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Submission + - Astronomers Discover Three Super-Earths Orbiting Nearby Star Gliese 667C

An anonymous reader writes: The search for life on other planets continues. Now, astronomers may be just a bit closer to accomplishing that goal. They've discovered a system with at least six planets--and a record-breaking three of these planets are super-Earths that lie in the zone around the star where liquid water could exist. This makes them possible candidates for the presence of life. The star that hosts these planets is called Gliese 667C. A well-studied star, it possesses just over one third of the mass of the Sun. It's actually part of a triple star system known as Gliese 667, also known as GJ 667, located 22 light-years away from the constellation Scorpius.

Submission + - Richard Matheson, Dead at 87 (

Dave Knott writes: The prolific science fiction and fantasy author Richard Matheson has died at the age of 87. Over a career spanning more than 60 years, Matheson was responsible for writing numerous classic novels, short stories and scripts for movies and television. He is probably best known for penning "I Am Legend", a novel which was greatly influential on both the post-apocalypse and zombie sub-genres, and which was adapted for film three times. He was also responsible for many Twilight Zone episodes, including the fan-favourites "Steel" and "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet". Richard Matheson was a recipient of lifetime achievement recognition in both fantasy (World Fantasy Awards, 1984) and horror (Bram Stoker Awards, 1991), and was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2010. Matheson passed away on Sunday at his home in Los Angeles. No cause of death has been provided.

Submission + - Windows 8 Sells 40 Million Licenses In Just One Month 2

mystikkman writes: After selling 4 million copies in just three days, Microsoft announced today that it sold 40 million copies of Windows in the first month of general availability. Also, the upgrade sales of Windows 8 are higher than with Windows 7 in the month since launch. Microsoft says there are already some developers who have made more than $25,000 on their Windows 8 apps. That number is significant because Microsoft gives developers an 80 percent cut on all app sales over that figure, as compared to the industry-standard 70 percent on competing app stores. Other notable milestones include reaching 25 million users of the new and beating the entire multi-hundred million strong Android devices' web usage in just 10 days after launch. What does this mean for the much vaunted post-PC era? Combined with the much awaited Surface Pro coming out in January, will 2013 be the year of Windows 8 desktop and tablet?

Submission + - Judge Refuses Appeal in Kim DotCom case for extradition (

Virtucon writes: The USA has suffered another rebuff in its attempts to extradite Kim Dotcom, with Judge Winkelmann of the High Court of New Zealand upholding a previous disclosure order made by Judge David Harvey.

The previous order had required the FBI to disclose an extensive amount of documentation to support its application for Dotcom’s extradition. As noted by NZ’s LawGeekNZ blog, the disclosure would cover communications between US authorities and the MPAA and RIAA on behalf of copyright owners.

This had been resisted by the US, which requested a judicial review. This has now been completed, and in a 51-page judgment (available at LawGeekNZ), Judge Winkelmann has dismissed the application.


Submission + - Happy 30th Birthday to the Compact Disc!

An anonymous reader writes: 30 years ago today, workers in Germany handed Polygram executives an 11.5 centimetre round disc. It was an ABBA album, and it was the first CD ever pressed.

That meeting and that pressing sparked a three-decade long revolution that would all but kill the world's analogue audio and video formats for good. This is the history of the humble Compact Disc.

Submission + - Yellowstone Boosts Performance 30X by Reducing Clock Speed? (

An anonymous reader writes: The NCAR’s Wyoming Supercomputing Center runs is current Bluefire cores at 4.7 GHz resulting in 6 MFLOPS per watt, whereas its new Yellowstone supercomputer to be unveiled next month runs its cores at just 2.6-GHz to get 43 MFLOPS per watt. To compensate for the slower speed per core, Yellowstone uses 72,288 Intel Xeon cores as opposed to Bluefire's 3,744 Power6 cores. The bottom line is that U.S. weather forecasting will get nearly a 30X boost in Sept by moving to Yellowstone. But will that enable them to make more accurate weather predictions? I'll believe it when I see it ;)

Submission + - Tesla CTO talks Model S, batteries and in-car Linux (

angry tapir writes: "The IDG News Service recently had a chance to speak to JB Straubel, chief technology officer for Tesla, about the Model S all-electric car, its design and technology, and his outlook on electric vehicle technology. He also shed a little light on the car's Linux-based software system."

Feed Google News Sci Tech: Court Clears Samsung Galaxy Nexus For Sale But Patent Battle Continues - Wired N (

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Court Clears Samsung Galaxy Nexus For Sale But Patent Battle Continues
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By Nathan Olivarez-Giles The Galaxy Nexus is at the center of a patent dispute between Apple and Samsung and, after a week of being banned from sale, is now cleared to be sold again. Photo: Ariel Zambelich/Wired Winning a minor victory in its patent ...
Galaxy Nexus reappears in Google Play storeCNET
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Submission + - Facebook gives email you never asked for, appears on your profile (

dell623 writes: Facebook has given everyone a email address, even if you never asked for it. It also helpfully shows up on your profile without your permission. Just a reminder that privacy on facebook will always be opt out, not opt in, and Facebook is liable to make information public without your permission.

Submission + - The Rise of Filter Bubbles (

eldavojohn writes: Eli Pariser gave a talk at TED that posits that tailoring algorithms are creating 'filter bubbles' around each user that restricts the information that reaches you to be — unsurprisingly — only what you want to see. While you might be happy that your preferred liberal or conservative news hits you, you'll never get to see the converse. This is because Google, Facebook, newspaper sites and even Netflix filter what hits you before you get to see it. And since they give you what you want, you never see the opposing viewpoints or step outside your comfort zone. It amounts to a claim of censorship through personalization and now that every site does it, it's commingle a problem. Pariser calls for all sites implementing these algorithms to embed in the algorithms "some sense of public life" and also have transparency so you can understand why your Google search might look different than someone with opposing tastes. Is there even a way to opt for unfiltered searches on Amazon or unfiltered news feeds on Facebook? Pariser has been warning about this for at least a year.
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Submission + - Apple Might Face Antitrust Inquiry (

suraj.sun writes: After years of being the little guy who used Washington to fend off Goliaths like Microsoft, Apple CEO Steve Jobs is about to learn what life is like when the shoe's on the other foot.

  According to a person familiar with the matter, the Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission are locked in negotiations over which of the watchdogs will begin an antitrust inquiry into Apple's new policy of requiring software developers who devise applications for devices such as the iPhone and iPad to use only Apple's programming tools.

Regulators, this person said, are days away from making a decision about which agency will launch the inquiry. It will focus on whether the policy, which took effect last month, kills competition by forcing programmers to choose between developing apps that can run only on Apple gizmos or come up with apps that are platform neutral, and can be used on a variety of operating systems, such as those from rivals Google, Microsoft and Research In Motion.

An inquiry doesn't necessarily mean action will be taken against Apple, which argues the rule is in place to ensure the quality of the apps it sells to customers. Typically, regulators initiate inquiries to determine whether a full-fledged investigation ought to be launched. If the inquiry escalates to an investigation, the agency handling the matter would issue Apple a subpoena seeking information about the policy.


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