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Submission + - Samsung Series 9: lighter, thinner than MacBookAir (

An anonymous reader writes: Samsung has announced that the 13-inch version of its Series 9 laptop with Windows 7 Home Premium is now available in the US through Best Buy, Amazon, Tiger, as well as other select retailers and e-tailers. The Windows 7 Professional option as well as the 11-inch version with Windows 7 Home Premium will become available in mid-April. The MacBook Air just got some serious competition.

Submission + - Drizzle Hits General Availability (

snydeq writes: "MySQL fork Drizzle has been released for general availability, giving companies a viable alternative to Oracle-owned MySQL, InfoWorld reports. 'Organizations that have been seeking a less-expensive alternative to Oracle's brand of MySQL — or a variant devoid of feature bloat — now have an option that Drizzle's creators deem ready to package in Linux distributions.'"

Submission + - Mozilla Schedules Firefox 4.0 For March 22 (

An anonymous reader writes: Mozilla plans to launch Firefox 4.0 on March 22, 2011. The news comes straight from the horse's mouth: the new release date was posted on the Mozilla Wiki and on
Mozilla has found problems in the current RC1 build, but it has decided that those issues aren't critical. RC1 will be released as the final version and a 4.0.1 release will be issued instead. The company will enable users to update Firefox versions 3.5 and 3.6 to 4.0 without the need to navigate to a download page.

Submission + - U.S. military commissions sock puppet program (

chrb writes: The Guardian and The Telegraph are reporting that U.S. based Ntrepid Corporation has been awarded a $2.76 million contract to develop software aimed at manipulating social media. The project aims to enable military personnel to control multiple "sock puppets" located at a range of geographically diverse IP addresses, with the aim of spreading pro-U.S. propaganda. The project will not target English speaking web sites (yet) but will be limited to foreign languages, including Arabic, Farsi, Urdu and Pashto. The project will be funded as part of the $200 million Operation Earnest Voice (OEV) program run by U.S. Central Command.

Submission + - Android Gets Full-Disk Encryption (

justice4all writes: "Whisper Systems has released a public beta of its enterprise-grade encryption product for Android

Whisper Systems has released what it calls an enterprise-grade full-disk encryption system for Android handsets, intended to offer Android users a feature already available on BlackBerry and Symbian devices.

The first beta of WhisperCore, released on Tuesday, encrypts the entire data partition at the device level by default, according to Whisper. It can optionally encrypt the device’s SD card as well.

AES encryption
The product is designed to provide “the security and management features necessary for transforming a consumer phone into an enterprise-class device”, Whisper said in a statement."


Submission + - NASA Worker Falls To His Death On Launch Pad (

RedEaredSlider writes: Tragedy has struck NASA as the organization announced a space shuttle worker fell to his death at the Endeavour launch pad this morning.

NASA said the United Space Alliance worker fell at approximately 7:40 am eastern this morning at the NASA Kennedy Space Center's Launch Pad 39A.The launch pad is currently holding the space shuttle Endeavour, which is slated to launch in a month on April 19.


Submission + - New MacBook Pro Teardown Reveals 'Shoddy Assembly' (

CWmike writes: "Apple's new MacBook Pro shows some build-quality problems that shouldn't be seen in a notebook that costs $1,800, a teardown expert said on Monday. found several signs of substandard assembly while disassembling a 15-in. MacBook Pro. Among them: A stripped screw near the subwoofer enclosure and an unlocked ZIF (zero insertion force) socket for the IR (infrared) sensor. '[These] should not be things found inside a completely unmolested computer with an $1,800 base price,' iFixit said in the teardown description. iFixit also spotted an unusual amount of thermal paste applied to both the CPU and the GPU. 'Holy thermal paste! Time will tell if the gobs of thermal paste applied to the CPU and GPU will cause overheating issues down the road,' iFixit said. The refreshed MacBook Pro models launched last Thursday in what one analyst called a 'ho-hum' upgrade."

Submission + - 20 Years of Innovative Windows Malware (

snydeq writes: "InfoWorld's Woody Leonhard takes a look at the past 20 years of innovative Windows malware — an evolution that provides insights into the kinds of attacks to come. From macro viruses, to interstitial infections, to spray attacks, to industrial espionage, 'there's been a clear succession, with the means, methods, and goals changing definitively over time,' Leonhard writes, outlining the rise of Windows malware as a succession of ingenious breakthroughs to nefarious ends."

Submission + - Comcast-NBC Deal Accidentally Protects Internet (

jfruhlinger writes: "Details of the conditions that the Department of Justice required to approve Comcast's purchase of NBC have emerged today. Blogger Kevin Fogarty looks at the details — Comcast is forbidden from blocking Netflix over its pipes, and must sell NBC shows via iTunes and other similar services — and concludes that Internet access for everybody, including business users, has been protected, more or less by accident."

Submission + - DOJ cracks down on copyright infringing sites (

An anonymous reader writes: The Obama administration is just getting started in its mission to shut down rogue websites that illegally share copyrighted content such as movies and music.

The White House's intellectual property czar, Victoria Espinel, said Monday that the Internet community should "expect more of that" pre-emptive action as the administration ramps up its efforts to combat online copyright infringement — especially the illegal copying and sale of pharmaceutical drugs.

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Submission + - Best Buy Unapologetic About Charging for Firmware ( 2

donniebaseball23 writes: After discovering that electronics retailer Best Buy was charging ignorant customers $30 for the "service" of installing updated firmware on PS3s, IndustryGamers got word from the company on its policy. Best Buy sees no problem with charging for this convenience, even though it's something Sony provides to PS3 owners completely free. "While many gamers can handle firmware upgrades easily on their own, those customers who do want help can get it from Geek Squad, and we continue to evaluate this offering to ensure it meets their needs. The service goes beyond a firmware updates, and includes user account setup, parental control setup and other components," a rep told IndustryGamers.

Submission + - WSJ: iPhone for Verizon by year end (

RevWaldo writes: The Wall Street Journal reports that "Apple Inc. plans to begin mass producing a new iPhone by the end of 2010 that would allow Verizon Wireless to sell the smartphone early next year, said people briefed by Apple." (Not in time for the holidays? Bummer!) All companies involved have declined to comment.
The Courts

Facing 16 Years In Prison For Videotaping Police 878

krou sends this snip from the Maine Civil Liberties Union: "The ACLU of Maryland is defending Anthony Graber, who faces as much as sixteen years in prison if found guilty of violating state wiretap laws because he recorded video of an officer drawing a gun during a traffic stop. ... Once [the Maryland State Police] learned of the video on YouTube, Graber's parents' house was raided, searched, and four of his computers were confiscated. Graber was arrested, booked, and jailed. Their actions are a calculated method of intimidation. Another person has since been similarly charged under the same statute. The wiretap law being used to charge Anthony Graber is intended to protect private communication between two parties. According to David Rocah, the ACLU attorney handling Mr. Graber's case, 'To charge Graber with violating the law, you would have to conclude that a police officer on a public road, wearing a badge and a uniform, performing his official duty, pulling someone over, somehow has a right to privacy when it comes to the conversation he has with the motorist.'" Here are a factsheet (PDF) on the case from the ACLU of Maryland, and the video at issue.

Submission + - SPAM: Researchers find key stem cells for eating and sex 1

GWMAW writes: New research, published in the journal Development, by Dr. Anthony-Samuel LaMantia, professor of Pharmacology & Physiology and director of the newly formed GW Institute for Neuroscience, and his colleagues have identified the stem cells that generate three critical classes of nerve cells – olfactory receptors (ORNs), vomeronasal (VRNs) and gonadotropin releasing hormone (GnRH) neurons – that are responsible for enabling animals and humans, to eat, interact socially and reproduce.

Submission + - 3D Video Health Issues Glossed Over With Legalese (

An anonymous reader writes: While Sony readies new 3D functionality for the PS3, they simultaneously look to cover their backsides concerning the potential health issues associated with prolonged exposure to simulated 3D video that killed previous incarnations of the technology like the VR goggles that cropped up in the 90's but then never materialized.

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