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+ - Australian court rules eBay auctions as binding

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Ellis D. Tripp
Ellis D. Tripp writes "An Australian court has ruled that an eBay seller cannot back out of an auction sale once it is successfully completed. The court has ordered a seller to hand over a vintage airplane to an eBayer who bid just over the reserve price of $128,000, despite a subsequent non-eBay offer of over $200,000. More details here:

http://www.comcast.net/news/technology/index.jsp?c at=TECHNOLOGY&fn=/2007/08/03/730424.html"
Quickies

+ - New FingerprintingTechnique to Reveal Race and Sex-> 1

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Tech.Luver
Tech.Luver writes "Telegraph reports, " A new fingerprinting technique that can identify the race and sex, and possibly the diet of suspects has been developed. Scientists have shown that using a gelatine-based gel and high-tech chemical analysis can provide significant clues to a person?s identity even if police do not hold existing fingerprint records. ""
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Censorship

+ - Flickr censorship also in Germany->

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perreira
perreira writes "Flickr is now censoring all pictures which are marked as "moderate" or "restricted" for users in Germany, Singapore and elsewhere. The censorship in germany might have been caused by pictures appearing on flickr containing Nazi-symbols which are illegal in germany. But the filter is going too far and censoring stuff which is perfectly legal to view. Discussion is happening here: — http://www.flickr.com/groups/404938@N23/discuss/72 157600347681500/http://www.flickr.com/help/forum/en-us/42597/"
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Portables (Apple)

+ - Review of the new MacBook Pro->

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mbpftw (666) writes "Ars Technica reviews the new MacBook Pro, which features Intel's new Santa Rosa mobile platform. The review looks closely at performance and battery life and includes benchmarks that compare the new model with its predecessor. The reviewer thinks highly of the new MacBook Pro, saying "The latest MacBook Pros are a solid upgrade from their predecessor, thanks to the new Santa Rosa platform. If you already have a 17" MacBook Pro and aren't dying for the higher-resolution display, don't bother upgrading. If, however, you have been sitting on the fence with an old G4 or Core Duo laptop, this is a worthy upgrade. If you like your laptops large and in charge, I strongly recommend the 17" MacBook Pro.""
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Spam

"Spam King" Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Court 238

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from the going-down-with-the-ship dept.
Monty writes "It looks like 'Spam King' Adam Vitale has finally plead guilty to violation of the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003 in federal court in New York City. 'The indictment said that in less than a week in August 2005, Vitale and Moeller sent e-mails on behalf of the informant to more than 1,277,000 addresses of subscribers at AOL, the online division of Time Warner Inc. Vitale will be sentenced on September 13 when he faces a maximum sentence of 11 years in prison. Moeller, who lives in New Jersey, faces the same charge.' We discussed Vitale's arrest back in February."
Networking

+ - Twice the speed of 10GigE using 1/10th the power->

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AirDat
AirDat writes ""Voltaire — introduced the Grid Director ISR 2012, a new director-class switching platform for high-performance grid computing in the data center. With a powerful next generation 20 Gbps design, it is ideal for large, scale-out architectures and addresses many of the critical pain points of today's data centers including inefficiencies from increasing server I/O bottlenecks, added complexity created by the use of multiple networks for servers, storage and LANs, and rising energy and data center real-estate costs.""
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Technology (Apple)

+ - Why Apple's Steve Jobs released Safari for Windows->

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An anonymous reader writes "SteveJack writes for MacDailyNews, 'Steve Jobs, by releasing Safari to Windows, has laid the foundation for the next major computing platform which will be Web-based, built for Safari, mobile, and Apple's. The big question is what, if anything (apart from the usual FUD campaign), can Microsoft do to effectively respond to this massive threat?'"
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Music

+ - EMI, McCartney ink with 7digital, Last.fm for MP3s->

Submitted by johnsson_tate
johnsson_tate (666) writes "7digital has become the world's first online music store to offer EMI's catalogue as DRM-free MP3s — instead of iPod-ready AAC files — and has inked an exclusive partnership with Last.fm to utilize the music-suggestion service as a sales portal. Their new site offers 320kbps MP3 files from the likes of Paul McCartney and Iron Maiden, along with every other release from EMI, with albums for just £5 (about $9).

The Last.fm partnership means widgets embedded on sites like Facebook and MySpace, will act as "micro portals" for people to buy music from the new site. It's claimed the new 7digital service is blending iTunes, iTunes Plus and eMusic, all with unprotected MP3's that work on any player and that don't contain any personal identification information."

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Space

+ - Private Funds For Time Travel->

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WED Fan
WED Fan writes "A University of Washington researcher who couldn't find funds the old fashioned way, from the Government, has raised funds from private parties to continue with his back in time studies.

He is studying the Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen Paradox. Basically, using spooky action, he wants to be able to use entangled pairs to send messages, not only through space, but also in time.

As the evidence for this has accumulated, several fairly contorted and unsatisfying efforts have been aimed at solving the puzzle. Cramer has proposed an explanation that doesn't violate the speed of light but does kind of mess with the traditional concept of time.


Question: How do you know where to find and "listen" to the right entangled particle to receive a message from the future? Or, in that vast amount of noise, if you don't know someone is sending a message, how do you know its there?"

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Upgrades

+ - Toshiba develops new NAND Flash technology

Submitted by morpheus83
morpheus83 (708114) writes "Toshiba has developed a new three dimensional memory cell array structure that enhances cell density and data capacity without relying on advances in process technology, and with minimal increase in the chip die size. In the new structure, pillars of stacked memory elements pass vertically through multi-stacked layers of electrode material and utilize shared peripheral circuits. The design is a potential candidate technology for meeting future demand for higher density NAND flash memory."
Patents

+ - EPO staff lose faith in their masters->

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An anonymous reader writes "According to a leaked document referenced in this article, the examiners of the European Patent Office (EPO) have lost all faith in their own governing bodies. Quotes like "it seems the EPO is involved in a political bunfight of such gargantuan proportions it is astonishing that anyone has time to examine any patents" seems to explain a lot..."
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