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HP

Submission + - HP hit with lawsuit over Hurd's departure (networkworld.com)

alphadogg writes: Hewlett-Packard's board of directors has been hit with a shareholder lawsuit alleging mismanagement and breach of fiduciary duties following last week's abrupt departure of Chairman and CEO Mark Hurd.

The suit, known as a shareholder derivative lawsuit, was filed by a Connecticut-based law firm on behalf of the Brockton Contributory Retirement System, an organization in Massachusetts that is said to hold shares in HP. It names as defendants all 10 members of the HP board; Chief Financial Officer Cathie Lesjak, who also became interim CEO after Hurd's departure; and Hurd himself.

The suit accuses the board of failing to live up to its guidelines for corporate governance and allowing Hurd to run HP as "his own private fiefdom." It criticizes Hurd for hiring "a former reality TV contestant" with "no background in the high-tech industry" to help woo customers at marketing events.

"As a result of Hurd's, Lesjak's and the HP board's shortcomings, HP lost significant credibility and the market punished HP (and its shareholders) ... [by] slashing its stock ratings and erasing over $9 billion in market capitalization," according to the complaint, filed in California Superior Court by the law firm Scott+Scott LLP.

Google

Submission + - Oracle Sues Google for Infringing Java Patents (perens.com)

Bruce Perens writes: "Oracle has brought a lawsuit against Google claiming that Google has infringed patents on the Java Language, presumably in Android. We don't have the text of the lawsuit yet. But there's a patent grant that should allow Google to use Java royalty-free. Has Google failed to meet the terms of the grant?"
Politics

Submission + - Arrest made in the Times Square bombing attempt (americaswatchtower.com)

Mr Pink Eyes writes: Last night the suspect in the attempted terrorist attack on Times Square in New York was arrested and contrary to the reports in the media that the “person of interest” was a 40 something, white American, those reports turned out to be false. The man who was arrested– and who later admitted that he is the one who attempted to set off a car bomb in Times Square– turned out to be Faisal Shahzad, a Muslim Pakistani national who technically did become an American citizen a few short months ago. In order to save face, the media still mentions that Shahzad was a naturalized American citizen while neglecting the fact that he is a Muslim.
Open Source

Myst Online: Uru Live Returns As Free-To-Play 58

agrif writes "Shorah b'shemtee! Uru Live has been released for free, as a first step towards opening its source. This game, an MMO released by the makers of Myst and Riven in 2003, has been canceled, zombified, resurrected, canceled again, and is now about to be released as open source to its dedicated fan base. Massively has written a brief newbie guide if you're unfamiliar with the game."
Mars

Bacteria Could Survive In Martian Soil 90

Dagondanum writes "Multiple missions have been sent to Mars with the hopes of testing the surface of the planet for life — or the conditions that could create life. The question of whether life in the form of bacteria (or something even more exotic) exists on Mars is hotly debated, and still lacks a definitive yes or no. Experiments done right here on Earth that simulate the conditions on Mars and their effects on terrestrial bacteria show that it is entirely possible for certain strains of bacteria to weather the harsh environment of Mars." Perhaps this is something that will be tested further in a few years by the Mars Science Lab, also known as "Curiosity" and (as reader Nova1021 points out) "the Mars Action Hero."

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