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US Sues Oracle Over Alleged Overcharging 164

CWmike writes "Oracle is being sued by the US government for allegedly overcharging it by millions of dollars, according to documents on file in US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. The US General Services Administration's Schedules are supposed to provide discounts that are as good as or better than that given to the vendor's most favored customers, the complaint states. However, Oracle employee Paul Frascella, who joins the government's action, learned that Oracle was finding ways around the GSA restrictions in order to give commercial customers even deeper discounts, according to the complaints. In one alleged practice Oracle was said to be 'selling to a reseller at a deep discount ... and having the reseller sell the product to the end user at a price below the written maximum allowable discounts,' the complaint states. Overall, Oracle's actions cost US taxpayers 'tens of millions of dollars,' it adds."

Submission + - Stanford Robot Car Nails Amazing Parking Maneuver ( 1

kkleiner writes: Stanford’s Junior, the robot car that took second place at DARPA’s Grand Challenge in 2007, has learned how to perform a tire squealing 180 degree spin into a skin-tight parking space. Similar to a James Bond action scene, the maneuver is impressive and would be extremely difficult for a human to pull off. We won't be handing the keys over to robot cars anytime soon, but Stanford shows us that at least for some driving tasks robot cars can already meet or even exceed human ability.

Submission + - One Crime Syndicate Responsible For Most Phishing (

An anonymous reader writes: A single electronic crime syndicate employing advanced malware was responsible for two-thirds of all the phishing attacks detected in the second half of 2009 — and was responsible for the overall increase in phishing attacks recorded across the Internet, according to a report released today by the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG). The report authors found that the Avalanche phishing gang was responsible for some 66 percent of all phishing attacks launched in 2H2009. Avalanche successfully targeted some 40 banks and online service providers, and vulnerable or non-responsive domain name registrars and registries.

Millions of .de Domains Unreachable For Hours 83

An anonymous reader writes "Due to an error on behalf of DENIC, the German DNS registrar for second-level .de domains, millions of .de domains fell over the edge (auf Deutsch) of the Internet today. The cause of this GAU (GröYter anzunehmender Unfall = maximum credible accident) is still unknown, as DENIC officials haven't answered any questions from journalists at the time of writing."

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