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+ - Michael Jackson Dies of Heart Attack->

Submitted by JM78
JM78 (1042206) writes "TMZ first to break the news, "We've just learned Michael Jackson has died. He was 50.

Michael suffered a cardiac arrest earlier this afternoon at his Holmby Hills home and paramedics were unable to revive him. We're told when paramedics arrived Jackson had no pulse and they never got a pulse back.

A source tells us Jackson was dead when paramedics arrived.

Once at the hospital, the staff tried to resuscitate him but he was completely unresponsive.

We're told one of the staff members at Jackson's home called 911.

La Toya ran in the hospital sobbing after Jackson was pronounced dead.

Michael is survived by three children: Michael Joseph Jackson, Jr., Paris Michael Katherine Jackson and Prince "Blanket" Michael Jackson II.

Story developing...""

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PlayStation (Games)

+ - Lawsuit Fears Prompts Dark_Alex to Leave PSP Scene->

Submitted by wamerocity
wamerocity (1106155) writes "Dark_Alex, the PSP Homebrew God who has been delivering his "Open-Edition" firmware upgrades to the PSP has decided to leave the homebrew scene for fear of retaliation from Sony, reminiscint of what happened the the PS3 Hackers who found a way to load games from ISO images.

Rumors are beginning to arise on forums whether he was paid to leave or has already been threatened by Sony. Regardless he will be sorely missed."

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Security

+ - The Pirate Bay, Hacked.

Submitted by axelsson
axelsson (934680) writes "A group of hackers has stolen a list of all 1.6 million usernames and passwords for registered users of file-sharing site The Pirate Bay. Computer Sweden reports that the sensitive information was accessed by a group calling itself Angry Young Hackers (Arga Unga Hackare — AUH). You can read the whole story in english here: http://www.thelocal.se/7280/20070511/"
Music

+ - Ubuntu Studio Released!

Submitted by joshsherman
joshsherman (1100843) writes "The Ubuntu Studio team is proud to announce its first release: 7.04 for Intel i386-compatible processors. We provide a suite of the best open-source applications available for multimedia creation. Completely free to use, modify and redistribute. Your only limitation is your imagination."
Security

+ - Pirate Bay hacked - 1.6 million passwords exposed

Submitted by paulraps
paulraps (1007407) writes "More bad news for The Pirate Bay. A week after a prosecutor announced charges against the file sharing site, hackers have stolen a list of all 1.6 million usernames and passwords for registered users, reports The Local. The group calls themselves "Angry Young Hackers" and they first hit the headlines when they defaced the website of Sweden's Anti-Piracy Bureau. So now nobody knows whose side they're on. Meanwhile, The Pirate Bay is urging users to change their passwords immediately."

Scientists Offer New Way to Read Online Text 404

Posted by Zonk
from the i'd-prefer-to-reformat-my-brain dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Scientists at a small startup called Walker Reading Technologies in Minnesota have determined that the human brain is not wired properly to read block text. They have found that our eyes view text as if they're peering through a straw. Not only does your brain see the text on the line you're reading, but it's also uploading superfluous information from the two lines above and the two lines below. This causes your brain to engage in a tug of war as it fights to filter and ignore the noise. The result is slower reading speeds and decreased comprehension. The company has developed a product that automatically re-formats text in a way that your brain can more easily comprehend."
Security

+ - Windows Update downloader used to carry Trojans

Submitted by
PetManimal
PetManimal writes "Computerworld reports that the Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS), which Windows Update uses to deliver patches to XP, Vista, and Windows Server 2003, is being used by Trojan makers to bypass firewalls and install malware on target systems. Symantec, which is the source of the news, described the exploit in its group blog:

Using BITS to download malicious files is a clever trick because it bypasses local firewalls, as the download is performed by Windows itself, and does not require suspicious actions for process injection. In fact, the malicious Downloader sample in this case gets access to the BITS component via the COM interface with CoCreateInsance(), and it uses CreateJob() and AddFile() methods to configure the file to download and the destination path.
Unfortunately, there's no way to get around this BITS flaw, but Elia Florio, the Symantec researcher who described the exploit, says "... The BITS interface should be designed to be accessible only with a higher level of privilege, or the download jobs created with BITS should be restricted to only trusted URLs.""
Portables (Apple)

+ - iPhone Nano Plans Discovered

Submitted by
greenlander
greenlander writes "This article offers up evidence that a new version of the iPhone may be in the works even before the first one hits the stores.

An overview of a recently discovered US Patent Application that hints at an upcoming "nano" version of the iPhone. Includes technical drawings up the device. Features a two sided touch interface with translucent control panels."
Space

+ - Weird Gravity in Canada

Submitted by
WED Fan
WED Fan writes "Forget your roadside exhibits of the weird, Mel's Hole, "coasting uphill", because Canada has the grandaddy of them all. Near Hudson Bay, gravity is weaker. Significantly so.

Scientists have known that the Hudson Bay region features lower gravity than surrounding areas. While two theories have emerged to explain the strange phenomenon, conclusive evidence has been elusive. One theory involved a change in the area's overlying glacial weight as the Laurentide Ice Sheet melted.


Forget Subway sandwiches and Jared, I'm heading to Canada for my weightloss plan."

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