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Google

Submission + - German government wants Google to pay for the right to link to news sites (aljazeera.com)

presroi writes: "Al Jazeera is reporting on the current state of plans by the German government to amend the national copyright law. The so-called "Leistungsschutzrecht" (neighbouring right) for publishers is introducing the right for press publishers to demand financial compensation if a company such as Google wants to link to their web site. Since the New York Times reported on this issue in March this year, two draft bills have been released by the Minister of Justice and have triggered strong criticism from the entire political spectrum in Germany, companies and activist bloggers.

(Full disclosure: I am being quoted by Al Jazeera in this article)"

Your Rights Online

Submission + - Teacher Fired for Refusing to Make Students Buy E-Textbooks (www.good.is)

cultiv8 writes:

Wanting to save his students some money, rather than requiring them to buy an e-book he considered “redundant” and “irrelevant,” he left all texts off his syllabus and is now out of a job because of it. Tracy, who has previously never required books for his Photoshop class, was informed by school administrators that all teachers must require e-book purchases from their students as part of a new school policy. When Tracy refused to adhere to that policy, he received a letter dated last Tuesday, August 10, from school president Gregory Marick, who issued this ultimatum: "As you have been previously informed, you are required to utilize an eBook from the listFailure to comply with this directive will result in your immediate termination of employment for insubordination." The teacher refused, and was fired August 14.


Submission + - Assange Case: US "Does Not Recognise" International Law Re Diplomatic Assylum (foreignpolicy.com) 1

TrueSatan writes: Despite previously stating that it would not involve itself in the UK vs Equador dispute regarding Assange the US State Department declared today that the United States does not believe in the concept of ‘diplomatic asylum' as a matter of international law.

Following Equador's action in the Organisation of American States the US issued the following statement, "The United States is not a party to the 1954 OAS Convention on Diplomatic Asylum and does not recognize the concept of diplomatic asylum as a matter of international law," the office of Spokesperson Victoria Nuland said in a Friday statement. "We believe this is a bilateral issue between Ecuador and the United Kingdom and that the OAS has no role to play in this matter."

  This is directly contrary to previous US positions where it has given diplomatic assylum to dissidents of other regimes for instance Cardinal Joseph Mindszenty who was granted refuge in the US embassy in Budapest Oct '56 -May '71.

Android

Submission + - Android is under attack: New malware threats tripled in Q2 (bgr.com)

amiller2571 writes: "According to security research firm Kaspersky Labs, the volume of new malware targeting Android devices nearly tripled in the second quarter of 2012. Over the three-month period, the company found more than 14,900 new malicious programs targeting the platform. Nearly half of the malicious files were classified as multi-functional Trojans that were programmed to steal data from smartphones and could also download and install programs from remote servers."
Apple

Submission + - Apple loses bid to exclude evidence in Samsung patent trial (bloomberg.com) 1

Shavano writes: Apple loses bid to exclude evidence in Samsung patent trial Apple Inc. lost its bid to exclude evidence presented by Samsung Electronics Co. at the companies' patent trial in California about a tablet computer developed more than a decade before Apple's iPad was released in 2010. Judge Koh strikes for sanity again.
Data Storage

Submission + - Harvard cracks DNA storage, crams 700 terabytes of data into a single gram (extremetech.com)

MrSeb writes: "A bioengineer and geneticist at Harvard’s Wyss Institute have successfully stored 5.5 petabits of data — around 700 terabytes — in a single gram of DNA, smashing the previous DNA data density record by a thousand times. The work, carried out by George Church and Sri Kosuri, basically treats DNA as just another digital storage device. Instead of binary data being encoded as magnetic regions on a hard drive platter, strands of DNA that store 96 bits are synthesized, with each of the bases (TGAC) representing a binary value (T and G = 1, A and C = 0). To read the data stored in DNA, you simply sequence it — just as if you were sequencing the human genome — and convert each of the TGAC bases back into binary. To aid with sequencing, each strand of DNA has a 19-bit address block at the start — so a whole vat of DNA can be sequenced out of order, and then sorted into usable data using the addresses. DNA storage is very desirable because it's incredibly dense (1 bit per base, which is just a few atoms), and it's very stable (DNA will survive in a box in your garage for hundreds of thousands of years). It is only with recent advances in microfluidics and labs-on-a-chip that synthesizing and sequencing DNA has become an everyday task, though. While it took years for the original Human Genome Project to analyze a single human genome (some 3 billion DNA base pairs), modern lab equipment with microfluidic chips can do it in hours. Now this isn’t to say that Church and Kosuri’s DNA storage is fast — but it’s fast enough for very-long-term archival."

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Submission + - New #AntiSec tool that makex LOIC look like cheese (thehackernews.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Anonymous has developed a new tool that puts websites to shame using a DDoS like method that exploits a well known but rarely patched vulnerability in SQl. Last night it was used to take down PasteBin for nearly an hour after running the tool for a very short time. — ThunderMoose

Submission + - ManTech - Pwned (thepiratebay.org)

An anonymous reader writes: Jack be nimble — Jack be quick /. Submissions can't keep its grip

Disappearing Submission Syndrome

Epic Big Media News Coverage (crickets)

Privacy

Submission + - BitChat: P2P Instant Messaging Using BitTorrent (technitium.com)

MemVandal writes: BitChat is a peer-to-peer instant messaging concept using bit torrent trackers to find peers. The blog says, "the classic problem faced in peer-to-peer system is to find IP address of peers who want to communicate together privately in a group. BitChat concept finds solution for it by using existing BitTorrent trackers and forming a peer-to-peer network by connecting to the nodes which are being tracked by the same infohash."

Submission + - Anonymous releases 400 megs of FBI Contractor data (twitter.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Anonymous, as they have claimed they would, finally released 400 megabytes of files, allegedly stolen ManTech, a cyber security firm contracted by the FBI. Anonymous stated, 'The FBI is outsourcing cybersecurity to the tune of nearly $100 million to a Washington-area managed services company. The deal shows a willingness in the federal government to place IT services more and more in the hands of third parties as agencies don't have enough staff on hand to do the job.'
   

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