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+ - Ask Slashdot: Android and Google Alternatives?

Submitted by thetinytoon
thetinytoon (827176) writes "I have been using Google Calendar and Google Mail with my Android phone for a few years now, but with the upcoming new "feature" of Google to combine all information of any of their products to enable advertisers to profile me, I'm trying to find alternatives, preferably able to run on my own server. I do need Mail, Contact and Calendar Sync with my Android and my business Exchange account, and also a nice interface with a good search function (as I use this function by far the most). Any suggestions where to turn, now Google starts to shatter their "Do no evil"-rule?"

+ - How to move from Facebook to Google+ ->

Submitted by karthikmns
karthikmns (1524829) writes "Google plus is on a roll, challenging the mighty Facebook. Nevertheless only time has the answer to the question will Google plus overtake Facebook. As on now, we help you to migrate your Facebook album to Google plus. No its not a cluttered procedure. Thank to Aman Kumar Jain who crafted this app."
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+ - Snails Survive Bird Digestive Process->

Submitted by smitty777
smitty777 (1612557) writes "A recent article in the Journal of Biogeography describes some research showing that 15% of the snails devoured by birds on a Japanese island can survive the digestive process

This is thought to be the mechanism by which the snail populations can migrate from island to island, similar to the way plant sees are deposited."

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+ - Police raids German Pirate Party's servers-> 4

Submitted by thetinytoon
thetinytoon (827176) writes "The servers of the german pirate party have been raided and taken offline by the german police, after the french police asked the german officials for help in a lawcase. According to a police' spokesman, the case is not targeting the Pirate Party itself and that they cannot disclose any further details at this time.

Interesting bit is: If the german Pirate Party itself or a member of the party is not the target of the investigation, why did the police take down a complete democratic party's infrastructure?

Hashtag for followers of the events is already there: #servergate."

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+ - German Telekom offers Fiber-To-The-Home-> 3

Submitted by thetinytoon
thetinytoon (827176) writes "The german telecommunications provider Telekom has officially announced the availability of Fiber-To-The-Home (FTTH) in ten german cities, starting with a bandwidth of 100mbit down and 50mbit upstream for 65 bucks. A double in speed is available for 5 bucks more per month. "Technologically", a Telekom-spokesmen added, "we are able to bring about 1gbit down- and 0,5gbit upstream right to your home. The current limitation is due to the mass-market and not a technological decision".

This is a huge leap forward in terms of bandwidth for home users — the implications for the possible use-cases and the market in general are unseen so far."

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+ - Louis Vuitton sues over depiction of bag in artwor-> 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A fellow art student of mine (yes there are Artists on Slashdot as well) has been sued by Louis Vuitton for depicting one of their bags in her painting. Her painting is wholly original, however LV is demanding 5000 euros a day because the '..pattern of this bag infringes its design rights..' and and for her to cease displaying her original artwork on her website. It might be preaching to the choir here on slashdot, but these cases need all the attention they can get."
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+ - Microsoft reveals details of Windows Phone 'Mango'->

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BogenDorpher writes "Microsoft is beginning to give details on its next major update to its Windows Phone 7(WP7) operating system. The update, codename 'Mango', is set to arrive on WP7 handsets later this year.

During the MIX11 developer conference, the head of Windows Phone Program Management, Joe Belfiore, said that Microsoft was hard at work on creating a platform that will help sell more applications to engaged users. "The next release of Windows Phone represents the evolution of our strategy for ensuring that developers are at the forefront of 'what's next' by investing in even richer customer experiences, a powerful application platform and a thriving ecosystem.""

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30% More Patents Issued in 2010 77

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the bigger-is-better-right dept.
An anonymous reader writes "The numbers are in, and the US Patent Office granted 219,614 patents last year, which is 31% higher than in 2009 and 27% higher than any year in history. This wasn't just a marginal increase in patents being approved, but a major leap. US Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and USPTO director David Kappos have both stated that one of their goals is to reduce the backlog in patent approvals, and it appears that the way they're doing so is by approving more patents, more quickly with less scrutiny — with a large percentage of them being software patents. This may decrease the backlog at the Patent Office, but seems likely to increase the backlog in the court system as lawsuits are filed over a bunch of these new patents."
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Super Mario Bros. 3 Level Design Lessons 95

Posted by Soulskill
from the double-whistle-to-victory dept.
An anonymous reader writes with this excerpt from Significant Bits about how the early level design in Super Mario Bros. 3 gradually introduced players to the game without needing something as blatant and obtrusive as a tutorial: "Super Mario Bros. 3 contains many obvious design lessons that are also present in other games, e.g., the gradual layering of complexity that allows players to master a specific mechanic. What surprised me during my playthrough, though, was how some of these lessons were completely optional. The game doesn't have any forced hand-holding, and it isn't afraid of the player simply exploring it at his own pace (even if it means circumventing chunks of the experience)."

+ - Update on Paypal's rejection of WikiLeaks

Submitted by thetinytoon
thetinytoon (827176) writes "Just to be clear: Paypal did not deactivate an account of Wikileaks, but of the german Wau Holland Foundation. Wau Holland was a german hacker and journalist and one of the founders of the largest german hacker community, the Chaos Computer Club. After his death in 2001, family and friends of Wau founded the Wau Holland Foundation to preserve his ideals and attitudes by broadening the knowledge and fun in (information) technology.

Although no clear statement has been released so far, the foundation did provide monetary help to WikiLeaks, among other projects. Suspending the account of the foundation for a loose link to WikiLeaks is a really bold step for PayPal. There are still other methods to support WikiLeaks. Hopefully, the online support button will be back soon. Hey Peter, how about PayPal-functionality in Flattr?"

+ - EMI Music distributed "illegal music" themselves->

Submitted by thetinytoon
thetinytoon (827176) writes "In a legal battle between EMI Music and MP3tunes over illegal distribution of copyright music, the owner of MP3tunes Michael Robertson was able to get hold of secret emails from EMI Music, in which representatives of the group admitted to have used the well known file sharing company Rapidshare to distribute copyrighted material as virual marketing. The legal problems of a company distributing their music over file sharing sites and then suing people for using these downloads should be clear. Anyone here who was sued by EMI and would like to revive their cases — now is your chance."
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