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+ - Arjonline.org - Best Online Journal Site for Open Access Journals->

Submitted by SatheeshSurthani
SatheeshSurthani (3981277) writes "American Research Journals Publishing is an academic publisher of open access journals. It also publishes academic books and conference proceedings. ARJONLINE currently has more than 200 open access journals in the areas of Earth.
AMERICAN RESEARCH JOURNALS (ARJ) is a leader in the field of publication of research and academic journals with global dimensions. With the ability to scale globally we cater to the needs of both academicians and research scholars across multiple continents. ARJ has the highest standards for unique, innovative, multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary and international contributions form authors of vast diversity in their pursuit of reaching a global audience."

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+ - man arrested for refusing to stop filming police->

Submitted by the simurgh
the simurgh (1327825) writes "A man who claims to be an independent journalist films has been arrested by New Jersey police officers for his refusal to give in to their demands for his video camera. In most cases such as this, the authorities immediately jump to defend the outrageous behavior of the officer. In this case, however, it is different. the citizen and his camera were released. Moreover, Ocean County prosecutor told the local NBC affiliate: "It would be my opinion that we'll probably be dismissing the charge.""
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+ - Porn Companies Are Going After GitHub

Submitted by rossgneumann
rossgneumann (3901661) writes "Porn production companies are currently engaged in a scorched earth copyright infringement campaign against torrenting sites with URLs containing specific keywords—say, “thrust” or “glob-watcher.” Github is getting caught in the crossfire. Several Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) complaints filed to Google by companies representing various porn companies in the last month alone have resulted in dozens of legitimate Github URLs being removed from the search engine’s results, TorrentFreak first reported."

+ - Sony Accused of Pirating Music in The Interview->

Submitted by the simurgh
the simurgh (1327825) writes "As the controversy surrounding Sony's handling of it's hack, the movie The Interview and it's aftermath continues, a singer is claiming that after failing to reach terms with Sony, the company put her music in the movie anyway. Yoon Mi-rae (real name Natasha Shanta Reid) is a US-born hip hop and R&B singer who currently releases music on the Feel Ghood Music label. she and her label claim that her track we learned that the track 'Pay Day' has been used without permission, legal procedure, or contracts. So, while Sony is trying to destroy the internet to combat piracy, it’s now facing copyright infringement allegations of its own."
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+ - Sony Paid Millions to "Rogue" Piracy Sites-> 1

Submitted by the simurgh
the simurgh (1327825) writes "Stopping money flowing into the pockets of 'pirate' sites has been one of Sony's top goals in it's war on the 'pirates', but it's something that's honestly can't be done and is damaging american freedoms in their attempts. In fact, despite sony's claims to the otherwise, it's so complex and hard to tell a legitimate site from 'rogue site' that during the first five months of 2014 Sony paid for almost two million ad impressions on "rogue" sites."
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+ - AirAsia Flight Loses Contact With Air Traffic Control->

Submitted by iONiUM
iONiUM (530420) writes "As reported by many news sources, yet another plane has lost contact during a trip.

This comes on the heels of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 which is still missing, and Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 which was shot down.

The question has to be asked: is airline travel still safe, especially within Asia? And, why has the news completely forgot about flight 370?"

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+ - Authorities Disrupt Utility services And Pose As Repairmen for Illegal search-> 1

Submitted by the simurgh
the simurgh (1327825) writes "a federal case in Las Vegas now working its way through the court docket now hinges on the question can federal agents disrupt utility services and masquerade as repair technicians. do federal agents have a right to create a reason and to deceive the occupants to enter and covertly search the premises in hopes of finding evidence that might later justify a search warrant against the occupants?

The defendants in this case are not your everyday homeowners or even Americans. They are, in fact, Chinese gamblers who were staying in Las Vegas at Caesar's Palace earlier this year. almost as if a plot from a movie, being unable to obtain a search warrant, the FBI came up with a plan to gain entry to the suit by cutting off the utilities after a second plan was a foiled due to an uncooperative butler."

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+ - Earthquake sensors track urban traffic, too->

Submitted by sciencehabit
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "Besides the roar of engines and honking of angry drivers, rush-hour traffic also makes underground “noise.” We can’t hear most of these ground vibrations, but seismic sensors can. With a network of 5300 geophones—devices that convert ground movements into voltage—researchers recorded 1 week’s worth of urban vibrations in a 70-km2 area of Long Beach, California. By analyzing the seismic data, they could measure how fast individual trains were moving between stations, count the number of planes landing and taking off at the airport, and calculate the average speed of vehicles on a 10-lane highway. Without GPS or cameras, seismic systems could allay privacy concerns by tracking urban activity in an anonymous way."
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+ - Labor Dept. to destroy H-1B records 3

Submitted by Presto Vivace
Presto Vivace (882157) writes "Records that are critical to research and take up a microscopic amount of storage are set for deletion

In a notice posted last week, the U.S. Department of Labor said that records used for labor certification, whether in paper or electronic, "are temporary records and subject to destruction" after five years, under a new policy. ... There was no explanation for the change, and it is perplexing to researchers. The records under threat are called Labor Condition Applications (LCA), which identify the H-1B employer, worksite, the prevailing wage, and the wage paid to the worker. ... ... The cost of storage can't be an issue for the government's $80 billion IT budget: A full year's worth of LCA data is less than 1GB.

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+ - Encryption Keys for Kim Dotcom's data Can't Be Given to FBI, court rules->

Submitted by the simurgh
the simurgh (1327825) writes "as many who follow the Dotcom saga knows in 2012, New Zealand police seized encrypted computer drives belonging to Kim Dotcom, copies of which were illegally passed to the FBI. fast-forward to 2014, Dotcom wants access to the seized but encrypted content. A New Zealand judge has now ruled that even if the Megaupload founder supplies the passwords, the encryption keys cannot be forwarded to the FBI."
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+ - Following EU ruling, BBC article excluded from Google searches. 1

Submitted by Albanach
Albanach (527650) writes "In 2007, the BBC's economics editor, Robert Peston, penned an article on the massive loses at Merrill Lynch and the resulting dismissal of their CEO Stan O'Neil. Today, the BBC have been notified that the 2007 article will no longer appear in some Google searches made within the European Union, apparently as a result of someone exercising their new-found 'right to be forgotten'. O'Neil was the only individual named in the 2007 article. While O'Neil has left Merrill Lynch, he has not left the world of business, and now holds a directorship at Alcoa, the world's third largest aluminum producer with $23 billion in revenues in 2013."

+ - More fraud in peer-reviewed science->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The science journal Nature today announced the retraction of two controversial stem cell papers.

The two papers reporting the stimulus-triggered acquisition of pluripotency (STAP) phenomenon appeared online on 29 January. Questions about the papers arose almost immediately, leading to an investigation by RIKEN, the headquarters of the network of the nationally funded laboratories that is based in Wako near Tokyo. Investigators documented several instances of fabrication and falsification in the papers and concluded that some of these constituted research misconduct on the part of [Haruko] Obokata [the lead author].

Japanese media recently reported that authors had agreed to retract the papers but were discussing the wording of the notice. In the note that appeared today, the authors point to errors previously identified by RIKEN investigations in supplementary documents. They also identify additional errors in both papers, including mix-ups in images, mislabeling, faulty descriptions, and “inexplicable discrepancies in genetic background and transgene insertion sites between the donor mice and the reported” STAP cells. [emphasis mine]

The list of errors now documented sound astonishing. In fact, I can’t see how any serious review by any competent specialist in this field could have missed them all, which suggests that for this research at least the peer-review process is mostly a sham. In fact, in the article Nature admits that its

policy had been “to check a small proportion of accepted papers” for image manipulation. In this case, as the authors explain in the retraction notice, images were duplicated across panels and in several panels, and images were mislabeled—problems more difficult to catch. “We are now reviewing our practices to increase such checking greatly, and we will announce our policies when the review is completed,” the editorial notes.

In other words, they haven’t really been reviewing most papers. When I read this stuff, I immediately think of climate change, and how frequently we have found unreliable the work of many of the scientists in that field. No wonder they fake their data. They know they can get away with it."
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