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+ - Supreme Court rules cell phones can't be searched without a warrant->

Submitted by CarlThansk
CarlThansk (3713681) writes "The courts have long debated on if cell phones can be searched during an arrest without a warrant. Today, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the police need warrants to search the cellphones of people they arrest.

"Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., writing for the court, said the vast amount of data contained on modern cellphones must be protected from routine inspection.""

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+ - Former Google Exec: Facebook, Twitter Are Killing Search

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Former Google executive Stafford Masie believes that traditional search is dying because users are choosing to query their friends and followers on services like Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr. Here's the quote from the video: 'The pie of search query volumes in the world – that business is shrinking. Why? Because people are going and doing search queries – search query volumes are moving towards social containers. They’re moving away from static pages being searched and they’re moving more towards dynamic real-time stream content. Like Twitter. Like Tumblr. Like Facebook. Those things have a better result because the penetration, the personalization associated with it, and the constant freshness of the content. So I believe that Google’s search volume – the business Google is in on the search side – that business is shrinking. And they’ve got to do something about it.'"

+ - Robert Boisjoly dies at 73, engineer who tried to stop Challenger launch->

Submitted by demachina
demachina (71715) writes "Robert Boisjoly dies at 73. Boisjoly, Allan J. McDonald and three others argued through the night to stop the Challenger launch but Joseph Kilminster, their boss at Morton Thiokol overruled them and NASA managers didn't listen to the engineers. Both Boisjoly and McDonald were blackballed for speaking out. NASA's mismanagement "is not going to stop until somebody gets sent to hard rock hotel," Boisjoly said. "I don't care how many commissions you have. These guys have a way of numbing their brains. They have destroyed $5 billion worth of hardware and 14 lives because of their nonsense.""
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+ - Photography rights in the U.S.->

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A Commentor
A Commentor writes "With law enforcement harassing photographers, the ACLU has provided information on photographer's rights in the U.S.: Taking photographs of things that are plainly visible from public spaces is a constitutional right – and that includes federal buildings, transportation facilities, and police and other government officials carrying out their duties. Unfortunately, there is a widespread, continuing pattern of law enforcement officers ordering people to stop taking photographs from public places, and harassing, detaining and arresting those who fail to comply."
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+ - AT&T Responds to DoJ Lawsuit, Repubs Question -> 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Last week the Department of Justice filed an antitrust complaint to stop the merger between AT&T and T-Mobile USA. Now, AT&T has responded, arguing that the merger would benefit consumers by increasing competition and freeing up spectrum. "That means increased output, higher quality service, fewer dropped calls,and lower prices to consumers than without the merger," they say. Meanwhile, House Republicans have sent a letter to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski and Attorney General Eric Holder asking for an explanation of "what went into the decision to challenge the merger and whether the agencies considered the impact on jobs and economic growth.""
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+ - Business Won't Adopt Windows 8, Gartner Says->

Submitted by Velcroman1
Velcroman1 (1667895) writes "Next week, at the Build conference, Microsoft will finally pull the covers off on a new OS. And despite what Microsoft wants you to believe, the next version of Windows might be more icing on the same old cake. Michael Silver, a vice president at research firm Gartner who studies personal computers, said many companies have what he calls “migration fatigue” and will skip Windows 8 entirely. "We ... expect most companies to skip it," Silver said. "To the extent that the market expects companies to adopt Windows 8 in large numbers, it may be disappointed.""
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+ - Zero day bug found in Windows 7 and Server 2008...->

Submitted by kantos
kantos (1314519) writes "Security researcher Laurent Graffie, responsible for finding the early SMB2 remote BSOD exploit, has done it again. As reported by Information Week the exploit can be triggered through IE or remotely. In his blog Graffie notes that the exploit doesn't even cause a BSOD rather it forces the OS into an infinite loop requiring a hard reset. MS of course has played down the issue saying that few if any of its customers will be affected...."
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Comment: Re:Just who do they think they are anyway? (Score 1) 259

by lp60068 (#28964289) Attached to: Apple Balks, Finally Relents, At Possible User Queries of Dictionary App
They should apply a common sense standard - can you look up the word in the printed version of the dictionary? Then let it in. When I was a kid I looked dirty words in the dictionary. So what? Why do we continue to underestimate kids? In grade school we were using 4 letter words all the time and tried to come up with different combinations. lol - we never got the words from the dictionary, but from others using the words.

+ - Google OS Announced 12

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shystershep writes "Rumors have been floating around for years that Google was planning an OS to compete with Window. As of Tuesday night, it is official: "So today, we're announcing a new project that's a natural extension of Google Chrome — the Google Chrome Operating System. It's our attempt to re-think what operating systems should be. Google Chrome OS is an open source, lightweight operating system that will initially be targeted at netbooks. Later this year we will open-source its code, and netbooks running Google Chrome OS will be available for consumers in the second half of 2010." It is separate from the Android mobile OS, will run on both x86 and ARM processors, and is aimed primarily at web use. Other than that, details are scarce."

+ - Google announces open-source Chrome OS

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geog33k writes "Google has announced a new open-source OS that will first target netbooks. Quoting Sundar Pichai, VP Product Management and Linus Upson, "Google Chrome OS is an open source, lightweight operating system that will initially be targeted at netbooks. Later this year we will open-source its code, and netbooks running Google Chrome OS will be available for consumers in the second half of 2010.""

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