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Businesses

Submission + - Steve jobs had liver transplant

root_42 writes: The BBC reports that Steve Jobs, the chairman and CEO of Apple, has had a liver transplant:

The Wall Street Journal said the Apple chief executive would be returning to his job on schedule, but may initially work part-time. Neither Mr Jobs nor a company spokeswoman confirmed the report, the newspaper said.

As usual, this will probably have some effect on the Apple stocks, however irrational or rational that might be.

Space

Submission + - Lord British flies into Space in October

root_42 writes: While the Soyuz TMA-12 has just blasted off into space on its way to the ISS with two Russian cosmonauts and a Korean astronaut onboard, Lord British, also known as Richard Garriot, is training for the next flight, Soyuz TMA-13. He will return with the current TMA-12 about two weeks later. He paid $30 million for his flight. I figure a lot of us here envy him for this. Space.com notes the following not-so widely known fact:

Garriott will be the sixth paying visitor to the ISS, but the first American second-generation spaceflyer to reach orbit. His father, Owen Garriott, is a retired NASA astronaut who flew aboard the U.S. Skylab space station and shuttle Columbia, and will serve as chief scientist for the coming spaceflight.
Novell

Submission + - Novell and Microsoft open Interoperability-Lab

root_42 writes: Novell and Microsoft officially the opening of their interoperability lab. From the article:

Located in Cambridge, the 2,500-square-foot lab and workspace will be home to a combined team of the best and brightest Microsoft and Novell engineers focused on making Windows Server and SUSE Linux Enterprise work better together. The first priority for the lab team will be to ensure interoperability between Microsoft and Novell virtualization technologies. Additional work will include standards-based systems management, identity federation, and compatibility of office document formats.
The collaboration between MS and Novell is usually frowned upon in the /. community, so I am wondering, what the interpretation of this collaboration will be this time. There is also a list of upcoming events about all rountable discussions concerning virtualization.
Music

Submission + - U2 manager wants ISPs to cut off illegal downloads 1

root_42 writes: As the BBC writes, the manager of rock band U2, Paul McGuinness, has called on ISPs in France to cut off users that illegally download music.

He goes on to compare: "If you were a magazine advertising stolen cars, handling the money for stolen cars and seeing to the delivery of stolen cars, the police would soon be at your door".

"That's no different to an ISP, but they say they can't do anything about it. If you steal a laptop from a store or don't pay for your broadband service, you'll soon be cut off and nicked."

I think this comparison is more than unfair.
Biotech

Submission + - Bionic hand makes it to market->

root_42 writes: "The BBC reports that a Scottish company has developed a bionic prosthetic hand, which is now going to market:

A highly functional bionic hand which was invented by a Scottish NHS worker has gone on the market. The thumb and fingers can move and grip just like a human hand and are controlled by the patient's mind and muscles.
The device really seems very "cool", compared to other prosthetics, and seems to allow the patients a wide variety of day-to-day activities. Also check out the patient gallery."

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XBox (Games)

Submission + - Gamer creates auto-"play" robot for the 36

root_42 writes: As the BBC reports US gamer David Harr created a small device to restart games of Perfect Dark Zero for him. As a devote gamer he collected all achievement points, except for the final 60. Those could only be achieved by playing 2,000 offline games of Perfect Dark Zero. So he just built a "robot" that pushed the buttons so as to start and re-start the games, instead of him, which would have taken 40 hours in front of the Xbox.
Space

Submission + - Amazon founder launches innovative new spacecraft

root_42 writes: As the BBC reports the billionaire founder of amazon.com, Jeff Bezos, has released the first images of the launch of a private spacecraft that could bring space travel to the masses. The spacecraft is operated by his company Blue Origin and looks like a soft, cone shape. It is able to perform vertical lift-off and landings. During the first test flight in Texas a height of 285ft were achieved.

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