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+ - J.K. Rowling bypasses Amazon, iTunes, etc. to offer an in-house solution->

Submitted by DJRumpy
DJRumpy (1345787) writes "J.K. Rowling may have just turned the digital book business on it's ear. They are offering the Harry Potter series via their website exclusively while foregoing the typical distribution channels like Amazon's Kindle, and iTunes. The formats are supported by every e-reader capable device out there according to their website. Is this the start of a new trend?"
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Blackberry

+ - BlackBerrys Can Replace Eyeballs For Security Scans->

Submitted by CowboyRobot
CowboyRobot (671517) writes "Research In Motion recently revealed that select BlackBerry smartphones can be used with Iris ID Systems' IrisAccess platform for identity/user authentication.
"Together, this NFC-equipped BlackBerry and secure Iris ID file will be compatible with existing iCLASS readers that are embedded in the iCAM 7000 series. Rather than supplying an eyeball or a separate NFC-card with the iris template on board, BlackBerry owners can use their smartphone to serve as their work or government ID.""

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Japan

+ - Japan's damaged reactor has high radiation, no water-> 1

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mdsolar
mdsolar writes ""One of Japan’s crippled nuclear reactors still has fatally high radiation levels and hardly any water to cool it, according to an internal examination Tuesday that renews doubts about the plant’s stability.

A tool equipped with a tiny video camera, a thermometer, a dosimeter and a water gauge was used to assess damage inside the No. 2 reactor’s containment chamber for the second time since the tsunami swept into the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant a year ago. The probe done in January failed to find the water surface and provided only images showing steam, unidentified parts and rusty metal surfaces scarred by exposure to radiation, heat and humidity.

The data collected from the probes showed the damage from the disaster was so severe, the plant operator will have to develop special equipment and technology to tolerate the harsh environment and decommission the plant, a process expected to last decades.""

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Encryption

+ - Cops Can Crack An iPhone In Under Two Minutes-> 2

Submitted by Sparrowvsrevolution
Sparrowvsrevolution (1926150) writes "Micro Systemation, a Stockholm-based company, has released a video showing that its software can easily bypass the iPhone's four-digit passcode in a matter of seconds. It can also crack Android phones, and is designed to dump the devices' data to a PC for easy browsing, including messages, GPS locations, web history, calls, contacts and keystroke logs.

The company's director of marketing says it uses an undisclosed vulnerability in the devices it targets to run a program on the phone that brute-forces its passcode. He says the company's business is "booming" and that it's sold the devices to law enforcement and military customers in 60 countries. He says Micro Systemation's biggest customer is the U.S. military."

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China

+ - Apple To Replace Google With Baidu For The Chinese Market->

Submitted by hypnosec
hypnosec (2231454) writes "Apple is planning to integrate the search function from Chinese web services giant Baidu into iOS. "Knowledgeable sources," suggest that Apple will release the new feature sometime next month. The sources say that, so far, an agreement has been signed and everything is going according to plan. Confirming these rumors, cloud and mobile chief Li Mingyuan pointed out last week at the launch of WangPan, Baidu's cloud storage services, that the Chinese company and Apple have a healthy cooperation agreement."
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