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Censorship

+ - Apple refuses to carry eBook that mentions Amazon->

Submitted by nam37
nam37 (517083) writes "Apple’s digital stores are known for their strict policies and painful approval processes; even the slightest error can get an author’s work barred from the company’s ecosystem. In a rather frightening story, author Holly Lisle, who is known for her online writing guides, described her recent conflict with Apple. Lisle’s latest book, “How To Think Sideways Lesson 6: How To Discover (Or Create) Your Story’s Market,” was rejected from the Cupertino-based company’s iBook store because it contained “live links” to an Amazon website. After the author removed the links, however, Apple rejected the title once more, telling her that the company wouldn’t sell her book because it mentioned an Apple competitor. As a result of Apple’s actions, Lisle has pulled all of her work from the iBooks store and no longer recommends the service."
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The Military

+ - GSA AUCTIONS TOP-SECRET US NAVY STEALTH SHIP->

Submitted by nam37
nam37 (517083) writes "The US Navy's super-secret Sea Shadow stealth cruiser is actually up for sale! Launched in 1984, and probably best known as the inspiration for the seaborne lair of a lesser/lamer Bond villain, she was the love child of a cash-flush Lockheed Martin and a nearly unlimited Cold War paranoia-fueled defense budget. Drawing stealth technology and design from the F-117 stealth fighter program, she was the testbed for advanced naval technology, from sea skimming hull structures to automated control systems. (Not to mention, who knows what else...) And now for a princely pauper's bid deposit of $10,000, you too can stalk the seaboard of third world countries with complete immunity."
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Privacy

+ - Verizon tweaks privacy policy; now sharing your lo->

Submitted by nam37
nam37 (517083) writes "Verizon Wireless began alerting its customers of changes to its official privacy policy on Friday. The carrier confirmed it will now use information for “private business and marketing reports” and “making mobile ads more relevant.” Verizon Wireless will share the URL of websites you visit, the location of your device, as well as app and device feature usage. It will also share information on data and calling features and your demographic so that it, and outside firms, can create reports and target ads more efficiently."
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Games

+ - Documentary mistakes video game for real terrorism->

Submitted by nam37
nam37 (517083) writes "A newly aired British documentary claims to have found terrorism footage linking Libya's Colonel Moammar Gadhafi and the IRA — but that footage, it turns out, is actually from a video game. The documentary, which claims Gadhafi gave the IRA enough weapons to turn a militia into an army, shows footage allegedly captured by the IRA in 1988 in which IRA militants use Gadhafi-supplied heavy machine guns to shoot down a helicopter."
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Apple

+ - Apple instructs support reps to refute malware->

Submitted by nam37
nam37 (517083) writes "In an internal support article leaked to ZDNet, Apple instructs its call center representatives on how to handle calls from users reporting that they have a machine infected with the “Mac Defender” malware trojan. “AppleCare does not provide support for the removal of the malware,” reads the memo. “You should not confirm or deny whether the customer’s Mac is infected or not.” Apple has yet to issue a public statement about the software’s existence or infection levels."
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Security

+ - Blumenthal Praises Sony's Efforts to Answer Questi->

Submitted by nam37
nam37 (517083) writes "Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT, and the man who once railed against "Beer Pong as Connecticut's Attorney General) said in a statement that Sony's response to the security breach and service disruption on PlayStation Network and Station.com "could serve as a model for other companies facing similar criminal hacking.""
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Security

+ - LastPass May Have Been Hacked->

Submitted by nam37
nam37 (517083) writes "LastPass, the online multiplatform password manager, has noticed "a network traffic anomaly," possibly a hacker attack, so it is forcing its users to change their master passwords.

LastPass, which hails itself as providing "the last password you'll have to remember," is an extension that works on all browsers, smartphones and operating systems. It fills in saved logins and forms with the click of a button and syncs personal data to any computer you use."

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Sony

+ - Sony Online Entertainment Services Taken Down->

Submitted by nam37
nam37 (517083) writes "Sony Online Entertainment's various services seem to be down and a message on the official site does not give much information on the particulars. According to a short post on the site, the services were taken down after an investigation revealed a deeper "intrusion" than expected at first. This is the first we have heard that Sony's MMORPG arm had some sort of security breach. This could be part of Sony's plans to beef up security for the PlayStation Network, but this message seems to indicate that something more serious going on."
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Games

+ - Circular Monopoly Cuts Corners, Cash->

Submitted by nam37
nam37 (517083) writes "Monopoly is about to get a makeover. The 75 year old game will be relaunched with a circular board, and no cash. Other than the lack of corners and currency, the game remains unchanged, which should mean that the inevitably marathon sessions will be just as FUN as ever.

Read More http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2010/01/circular-monopoly-cuts-corners-cash/#ixzz0eaLW2yFr"

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Movies

+ - MPAA shuts down town's muni WiFi for 1 download->

Submitted by nam37
nam37 (517083) writes "The MPAA has successfully shut down an entire town's municipal WiFi because a single user was found to be downloading a copyrighted movie. Rather than being embarrassed by this gross example of collective punishment (a practice outlawed in the Geneva conventions) against Coshocton, OH, the MPAA's spokeslizard took the opportunity to cry poor (even though the studios are bringing in record box-office and aftermarket receipts)."
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Programming

+ - Mono framework brings C# to iPhone and Wii->

Submitted by nam37
nam37 (517083) writes "Mono, an open source implementation of .NET runtime, is bringing Microsoft's development technologies to some unexpected places, including the iPhone, Android, and the Wii. Static compilation is the special sauce that makes it possible for Mono to run on the iPhone. Mono allows developers to use ahead-of-time (AOT) compilation, which converts .NET's common intermediate language (CIL) directly to native code at compile time. This means that the application doesn't have to use just-in-time (JIT) compilation to generate the native code at runtime."
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The Internet

+ - FCC asked to mandate 'e-mail address portability' 1

Submitted by nam37
nam37 (517083) writes "C|Net has an article up about the Federal Communications Commission being asked to create mandatory "e-mail address portability." The petition to the FCC (warning .PDF) based on the idea that because the U.S. Post Office offers to forward physical mail, and because FCC rules require telephone service providers to offer number portability, the same principle should be extended to e-mail accounts."
United States

+ - Pentagon Sought To Build A 'Gay Bomb'

Submitted by nam37
nam37 (517083) writes "CBS 5 has an interesting article about a strange U.S. military proposal to create a hormone bomb that could purportedly turn enemy soldiers into homosexuals and make them more interested in sex than fighting.

"The Ohio Air Force lab proposed that a bomb be developed that contained a chemical that would cause enemy soliders to become gay, and to have their units break down because all their soldiers became irresistably attractive to one another," Hammond said after reviwing the documents."
Encryption

+ - 'Electric Slide' on slippery DMCA slope

Submitted by nam37
nam37 (517083) writes "The inventor of the "Electric Slide," an iconic dance created in 1976, is fighting back against what he believes are copyright violations and, more importantly, examples of bad dancing.

Kyle Machulis, an engineer at San Francisco's Linden Lab, said he received a Digital Millennium Copyright Act takedown notice about a video he had shot at a recent convention showing three people doing the Electric Slide.

Jason Schultz, attorney, Electronic Frontier Foundation: "You can copyright the choreography for dances and then enforce the copyright against anyone who publicly performs the dance.""

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