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Submission + - Assange Case: US "Does Not Recognise" International Law Re Diplomatic Assylum ( 1

TrueSatan writes: Despite previously stating that it would not involve itself in the UK vs Equador dispute regarding Assange the US State Department declared today that the United States does not believe in the concept of ‘diplomatic asylum' as a matter of international law.

Following Equador's action in the Organisation of American States the US issued the following statement, "The United States is not a party to the 1954 OAS Convention on Diplomatic Asylum and does not recognize the concept of diplomatic asylum as a matter of international law," the office of Spokesperson Victoria Nuland said in a Friday statement. "We believe this is a bilateral issue between Ecuador and the United Kingdom and that the OAS has no role to play in this matter."

  This is directly contrary to previous US positions where it has given diplomatic assylum to dissidents of other regimes for instance Cardinal Joseph Mindszenty who was granted refuge in the US embassy in Budapest Oct '56 -May '71.

Submission + - Scanner and Translator Merge Into Quicktionary (

Zothecula writes: People who often find themselves undertaking research in a library or museum could well encounter a text written in a language different to their own. While online translation solutions are now readily available, retyping the troublesome word, phrase or page onto a smartphone using a virtual keyboard can quickly become a tiresome task. The Quicktionary TS Premium from Wizcom Technologies allows the user to scan the text into the device and a built-in word and phrase dictionary offers up the translation on the included screen. There pen-like device also has a built-in speaker to help those who want to learn how to pronounce the scanned word or line of text.
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Submission + - NASDAQ in open source battle with $11bn NYSE bid (

DMandPenfold writes: NASDAQ has placed its Linux-based IT systems at the front of an $11.3 billion (£7 billion) effort to thwart a merger between the New York Stock Exchange and Deutsche Borse.

The high-tech stock market is teaming up with InterContinentalExchange in an attempt to acquire NYSE Euronext from under the nose of Deutsche Borse, which only last month announced it was the approved bidder for the exchange.

The Deutsche Borse merger also appeared to offer a Linux-based technology mix, but NASDAQ has directly attacked Deutsche Borse's ability to integrate technology.

NASDAQ said in a statement that following Deutsche Borse's $2.8 billion purchase of the International Securities Exchange from NASDAQ in 2007, the German exchange "failed to integrate technology platforms years after the transaction...ISE is still powered by NASDAQ OMX Technology".

Submission + - IBM makes nanobots (

An anonymous reader writes: IBM made nanobots, capable of treating MRSA.

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