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Australia

+ - Great Barrier Reef faces rapid coral loss->

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quippe writes "The world's largest coral reef — under threat from Australia's surging coal and gas shipments, climate change and a destructive starfish — is declining faster than ever and coral cover could fall to just 5 percent in the next decade, a study shows.

The Great Barrier Reef has lost half its coral cover in the last 27 years. The loss was due to storm damage (48%), crown of thorns starfish (42%), and bleaching (10%) according to a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences today by researchers from the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) in Townsville and the University of Wollongong."

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Microsoft

+ - EU set to charge Microsoft over ruling breach->

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quippe writes "Microsoft Corp will be charged for failing to comply with a 2009 ruling ordering it to offer a choice of web browsers, the European Union's antitrust chief said on Thursday, which could mean a hefty fine for the company

U.S.-based Microsoft's more than decade-long battle with the European Commission has already landed it with fines totaling more than a billion euros ($1.28 billion).

The Commission, which opened an investigation into the issue in July, is now preparing formal charges against the company, EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said."

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Microsoft

+ - MS updates BSOD to Black SOD

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quippe (767072) writes "Some Windows users are greeted with a black screen of death at login, ever since they installed this month's patches. One security company thinks it has a solution. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers debate what's going on.

http://blogs.computerworld.com/15170/black_screen_of_death_fix_for_windows_xp_vista_7
http://www.pcworld.com/article/183335/"

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