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+ - SPAM: Gone in 2 Minutes: Mac Hacked First in Contest

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Amy Bennett
Amy Bennett writes "On the second day of the PWN 2 OWN hacking contest, Charlie Miller, best known as one of the researchers who first hacked Apple's iPhone last year, was the first contestant to attempt an attack. He directed the contest's organizers to visit a Web site that contained his exploit code, which then allowed him to seize control of the computer. All in under 2 minutes. His prize: $10,000 and the hacked MacBook Air."
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Microsoft

+ - Samba aquires licence to MS Server protocols

Submitted by MCSEBear
MCSEBear (907831) writes "Reuters is reporting that Microsoft signed a rare deal with an open source software group on Thursday, taking a step towards meeting sanctions imposed by the European Commission for antitrust violations.

"The agreement allows us to keep Samba up to date with recent changes in Microsoft Windows, and also helps other Free Software projects that need to interoperate with Windows," said Andrew Tridgell, creator of Samba.

"We are pleased that the Protocol Freedom Information Foundation has chosen to take a (license) ... which will provide Samba with access to our specifications for the Windows protocols...," Microsoft said in a statement.

Not yet known is the number of chairs Microsoft's CEO threw about his office in celebration. ;o)"
Power

+ - Nanosolar Releases Printed Thin-Film Solar Cell

Submitted by xocp
xocp (575023) writes "Nanosolar has announced they are now supplying commercial solar panels:

the world's lowest-cost solar panel — which we believe will make us the first solar manufacturer capable of profitably selling solar panels at as little as $.99/Watt
If you really want one, you can bid on this Ebay auction where they are selling their second commercially produced panel (one of three that got special treatment).

Of the other two panels, one is being kept at their corporate office and the other donated to the Tech Museum in San Jose."
Programming

+ - Apple hires author of the unofficial iPhone SDK

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Apple is apparently starting to hire inside the unofficial, jailbreak-savvy iPhone development community. The company has snagged Lucas Newmann from Delicious Monster as an "iPhone engineer." Newman wrote the first native game for the iPhone ("Lights Out!") and also put together an unofficial SDK for the device months ago."
Education

+ - School Bans Valedictorian Honors to Protect Studen-> 8

Submitted by Advocate123
Advocate123 (1144841) writes "As a result of these ridiculous policies, gifted students are locked in a box of mediocrity. Students who dedicate their lives toward academics, and excel, are ridiculed by fellow peers. Even worse, disgraceful teachers force the best and the brightest students to be patient with students who neither demonstrate the effort nor intelligence to succeed. The boredom resulting from a lack of high expectations is painful to endure for many students. In Colorado this past Tuesday, the Boulder Valley school district engaged in the most recent example of insanity by baning valedictorian honors."
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Microsoft

+ - Zune 2.0 Disassembled->

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Mike Arnold
Mike Arnold writes "Our company recently got their hands on a new flash based, 8GB Zune MP3 Player. In a fury of interest, we decided to do a step by step disassembly of the unit for the DIY who wants to start thinking of mods, or might just be interested in the technology involved. Given the audience that you are geared toward, we would hope that you would be interested in publishing something about the readily available and free disassembly guide. The guide, along with high quality photos can be located at http://www.rapidrepair.com/guides/zune2/Flash-Zune-8GB-Take-Apart-Guide.htm"
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Oracle

+ - SPAM: Oracle, VMware in pissing match

Submitted by alphadogg
alphadogg (971356) writes "A VMware official on Friday scoffed at Oracle's contention that its recent entry into the virtualization market performs better than "the existing leader server virtualization product." Oracle CEO Larry Ellison said Wednesday the company will provide benchmark numbers to back its claims, but as of Friday, those figures were not available. VMWare has also responded by putting up a blog post titled "Ten Reasons Why Oracle Databases Run Best on VMware.""
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The Internet

+ - Citizendium after one year

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Larry Sanger
Larry Sanger writes "Citizendium, "the Citizens' Compendium" — a free, non-profit, ad-free, wiki encyclopedia with real names and a role for experts — has just announced that it's celebrating the one year anniversary of its wiki, an occasion for which I wrote a project report. Make up your own mind about whether "we've made a very strong start and an amazing future likely lies ahead of us." We have been the subject of a lot of misunderstanding, but we've still proven a lot, such as that a public-expert hybrid wiki is consistent with accelerating growth and leads to high quality, or that eliminating anonymity helps remove vandalism. We've got lots of initiatives and plans, and signs are good that we are starting into a serious growth spurt. Might the Web 2.0 umbrella be expanded to include real name requirements and roles for experts? It's looking that way."
The Matrix

+ - Dwarf Fortress v0.27.169.32a released

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The new version of Dwarf Fortress out now at www.bay12games.com/dwarves. If you guys haven't been following this game, it's an amazing world-simulator done entirely in ASCII. You start out with seven dwarves with various skills, preferences and needs and must proceed to painstakingly dig from the mountain a ponderous fortress, replete with military, industry, agriculture, and glorious, glorious riches, all under the threat of starvation and grisly death.

The new release adds a fully functional z-axis and many other interesting features."
Wireless Networking

+ - Memory card adds wi-fi to digital cameras->

Submitted by ISurfTooMuch
ISurfTooMuch (1010305) writes "Gizmodo has a story on the Eye-Fi, an SD memory card that doubles as a wi0fi card. Plug the card into your digital camera, and it connects to a wireless router and automatically uploads any photos you take to your choice of 20 sites or your local computer. You can use it to automatically send your family photos to your PC, or, for the activists among us, you could use it to take pictures of protests and get them out on the Internet before someone can try to take your camera."
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Links

+ - Dogpile going through changes?

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Not much of a scoop, but...

I was wondering if I'm the only one who has noticed that Dogpile (http://www.dogpile.com/), the great search engine of search engines, has been changing. First, they remove the ability to sort results by search engine two weeks ago. Their preferences page still says that this is an option ("Sorting by Search Engine (Web Search)...").

And today no Dogpile page is availble from an Opera browser; the error page is reporting an IIS Runtime Error only for this broswer.

All attempts to contact them are met with either silence, or semi-automated email responses which fail to answer simple questions.

Has anyone heard anything about official changes to Dogpile?"
The Almighty Buck

+ - Personalized Genomes Go Commercial

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Ponca City, We Love You
Ponca City, We Love You writes "Nature reports that two companies have announced plans to commercialize individual human genomes by genotyping millions of regions in customers' genomes, called single nucleotide polymorphisms or SNPs, which have been linked to a handful of diseases and nonmedical traits and sell that information back to the customer. Navigenics will focus on medical conditions and estimate composite risk factors for diseases based on each customer's SNPs. 23andMe plans to introduce a social networking component by allowing customers to link their data with others, such as family members. Once customers have their DNA read and the information stored, they will be notified when medical and theoretical advances relevant to them are achieved. One of 23andMe's founders, Anne Wojcicki, is married to Google founder Sergey Brin and Google has invested $3.9 million for a minority stake in her company raising concerns about the privacy of the genetic data. Google is developing its own suite of health tools to allow users to personalize and share health information, and many speculate that 23andMe will feed its data to Google."
Hardware Hacking

+ - Linux-based SLUG spawns highly hackable NAS

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An anonymous reader writes "Cisco's consumer products division LinkSys has started shipping a successor to the Linux-based NSLU2 (aka "SLUG") consumer NAS server, up there with the WRT54G as one of the most-hacked devices of all time. The new $130 LinkSys NAS200 looks to be even more hacker friendly, being based on a 486 processor — if 44 Bogomips and 8MB of Flash give hackers enough elbow room. Efforts are already underway at the Slug linux project."

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