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Submission + - FCC Relaxed Media Ownership, ignores public (nytimes.com)

anthrax writes: "Completely ignoring Congress and public comments, the FCC voted to relax ownership rules which prevented broadcasters from owning newspapers in the nation's 20 largest media markets. After holding several public hearings that overwhelmingly opposed the relaxation or the rules, and Congressional hearing where Democratic and Republican (even Ted "The Internet is Tubes" Stevens) voiced opposition to the move, the FCC voted 3 to 2 to change the rules. Not hard guessing the political affiliation of the votes."

Submission + - Verizon Embraces Google's Android (businessweek.com)

An anonymous reader writes: BusinessWeek has an article up on Verizon deciding to support Android. After passing on the iPhone and initially missing the Anroid boat, now Verizon says they're going to open their network to more devices, move their network to GSM-based radio technology (LTE), and now support Anroid. Is Verizon actually trying to become less evil or is this all for the press?

Submission + - OS X Leopard now can natively load Windows Files.

Steven Edwards writes: "PE Files were rejected on Tiger but now can be loaded natively on Leopard, which is interesting to me because I don't think that this is just a hold over from EFI support because the behavior is new. I think it may be a sign of future addition of a Win32 subsystem to OS X. Check the following URLs for the detailed technical information.


I think this behavior may be a sign of a future addition of a Win32 subsystem to OS X. I think the powers that be at apple have decided that they are missing the pie that Parallels, VMware and CodeWeavers are getting. If you combine the value of all three products, I expect its adding up to a good chunk of change they view as "lost" every month. Having a system like Wine that runs in a clunky Classic like mode would mean better user tie-in than having to reboot with BootCamp."

Submission + - Mythbusters to test cockroaches radiation myth (tri-cityherald.com)

redwoodtree writes: "As the article quotes so perfectly "Contrary to popular belief, not a significant amount of research goes into cockroach radiation" so the Mythbusters are going out to Hanford Site where plutonium was manufactured for the first nuclear bomb. It's the single most polluted nuclear waste site in the U.S. The Mythbusters are going to take cockroaches and other insects and apply successively higher doses of radiation in a controlled setting. One group of insects will not be exposed to any radiation of course. It turns out that the facility is used to test radiation on electronic equipment, power lines and so forth. It's comforting that all the nuclear waste is being put to some good use before it all washes down into the Columbia river."

Submission + - Outsourced, anonymous voter suppression calls (cnet.com)

An anonymous reader writes: On election day 2002, computerized hang-up calls orchestrated by the Republican Party jammed phone lines set up by the New Hampshire Democratic Party and the Manchester firefighters' union. The 2004 and 2006 elections saw similar shenanigans, leading to a FBI investigation of voter suppression calls in Virginia. A recent CNET editorial explores some scary future scenarios where political parties have outsourced their dirty-tricks to offshore companies in India and the Philippines. The main result of this, is that as phishers have already discovered, putting 8 thousand miles between the criminal and their victim can make investigation and prosecution next to impossible.

Submission + - Microsoft must abandon Vista to save itself (neowin.net)

Technical Writing Geek writes: "While Vista was originally touted by Microsoft as the operating system savior we've all been waiting for, it has turned out to be one of the biggest blunders in technology. With a host of issues that are inexcusable and features that are taken from the Mac OS X and Linux playbook, Microsoft has once again lost sight of what we really want.

As we're more than aware, Vista Ultimate comes at a premium. For an additional $160 over the Premium SKU price, Ultimate gives you a complete backup and restore option, BitLocker Drive encryption, the ever so popular Windows Fax & Scan, and the "Ultimate Extras." But what started with a promise of "Extras" by summer, quickly turned into an apology from Microsoft and the eventual release of DreamScene and Windows Hold 'Em (among others) today. And while each of the "Extras" runs just fine, Microsoft's "Extras" blunder is just another reason why the company must abandon Vista before it's too late.



Submission + - Google to Announce $30,000,000 Lunar X-Prize

chroma writes: "News has been leaked of the Google Lunar Prize. This new X-Prize contest is expected to be announced today at 2 PM Eastern Time. The news was leaked on a Huffington Post blog posting, though it was later redacted, presumably because the official announcement has yet to happen. You can still see the remnants of the original post on Google. The scoop: $30 million to the first private organization to put a rover on the moon."

Submission + - Universities move to GMail, GoogleApps (arstechnica.com)

Anonymous Coward writes: "According to ArsTechnica, five U.S schools have begun using GoogleApps on campus. The switch is partly due to the request from students for better mail systems, namely, GMail. The author speaks with IT Professionals at a few of the Universities, as well as a student, to get the inside scoop on why schools are making the move to GoogleApps."
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Submission + - Fox News smears rivals on Wikipedia (geeksaresexy.net)

boyko.at.netqos writes: "Changes made to Wikipedia from an IP Address that resolves to Fox News, show a pattern of smearing Fox's rivals, including Al Franken, Keith Olbermann, and CNN, while removing damaging or embarrassing information to it's own reporters. GeeksAreSexy.net pores through the changes to produce a comprehensive list of what Fox News allegedly changed.

An example of the changes:

From: "Many groups and commentators, including [[Media Matters for America]], and liberal broadcasters [[Al Franken]], and [[Keith Olbermann]], have claimed that Hume distorted Roosevelt's views."

To: "Many groups and commentators, including [[Media Matters for America]], and liberal broadcasters [[Al Franken]], and [[Keith Olbermann]], have claimed that Hume distorted Roosevelt's views in an attempt to ride Mr. Hume's coat tails in the ratings race as Mr. Hume hosts the highest rated political program on cable television.""

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