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Steam Hacked, Credit Card Numbers Taken 141

An anonymous reader writes "DailyTech reports that Valve's Steam content distribution system has been compromised. According to the article a hacker claims to have 'bypassed Valve's security system and accessed a significant chunk of data, including: screenshots of internal Valve web pages, a portion of Valve's Cafe directory, error logs, credit card information of customers, and financial information on Valve.'"
Announcements

Submission + - Fishermen Catch Big, Old Alaska Rockfish

NowOrNever writes: A commercial fishing boat hauled in what may have been one of the oldest creatures in Alaska — a giant rockfish estimated to be about a century old. The 44-inch, 60-pound female shortraker rockfish was caught last month by the catcher-processor Kodiak Enterprise as it trawled for pollock 2,100 feet below the surface, south of the Pribilof Islands in the Bering Sea.
Space

Submission + - NOAA/Cornell Document Solar Impact on GPS

pease1 writes: "NOAA and researchers at Cornell Unviversity have reported on how solar flares impact GPS navigation systems.
On December 6, 2006, a solar flare created an unprecedented intense solar radio burst causing large numbers of receivers to stop tracking the GPS signal. Using specially designed receivers built at Cornell University as sensitive space weather monitors, Cornell scientists were able to make the first quantitative measurements of the effect of earlier solar radio bursts on GPS receivers. Extrapolations from a previous moderate event led to the prediction that larger solar radio bursts, expected during solar maximum, would disturb GPS receiver operation for some users."
The Internet

Submission + - Woman has house robbed after fake Craigslist post

flanksteak writes: The Seattle Times is reporting that a woman in nearby Tacoma had her rental property stripped of almost everything after someone posted a fake craigslist announcement that everything in the house could be hauled away no questions asked. When contacted, craigslist said they would release data about the poster if they were issued a subpoena.
Music

Submission + - RIAA sues sites hosting leaked Year Zero tracks

no reason to be here writes: "The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), which has become notorious for suing anyone from high school students to retirees for downloading music from the web, has gone after web sites such as Idolator that have posted leaked songs from the upcoming NINE INCH NAILS album, "Year Zero". The problem, however, is that the tracks were leaked intentionally. Several songs from the album were left on computer hard drives at venues on the band's current European tour, with fans finding and posting them on the web for others to download and swap. According to Billboard.com, the RIAA sent cease-and-desist emails to web sites that posted the tracks, leading one industry source to say, "These f***ing idiots are going after a campaign that the label signed off on."
Education

Submission + - Science fair project exposes GlaxoSmithKline lies

shadowspar writes: "Despite claims made by GlaxoSmithKline that their Ribena soft drinks are high in Vitamin C, two New Zealand high school students found in their science fair research project that at least some formulations of the drink contained no detectable levels of the vitamin. As a result, GSK has been fined over $200,000 by the NZ Commerce Commission and ordered to run newspaper ads admitting that some of their drinks contain no Vitamin C."
Operating Systems

Submission + - Dell WILL offer preinstalled Linux on the Desktop

Daveski_2 writes: Dell have said that they will be offering a preinstalled Linux on selected desktop and laptop machines. They also state that the recent survey ( http://linux.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07/03/13/ 1935222 ) suggests 70% of posters wanted Linux for both Business and Home. http://www.dell.com/content/topics/global.aspx/ide astorm/ideasinaction?c=us&l=en&s=gen
OS X

Submission + - Apple TV now runs on Mac and PC

An anonymous reader writes: As reported the AppleTV software already got transplanted to common OSX and even was made working on PC. So far it seems the original hack was once again made by the hacker semthex of the OSx86 project. Next goal he announced was bringing OSX to AppleTV, let's see.
Businesses

Submission + - Circuit City to fire thousands, demand cheap labor

rahga writes: "It's the dumbest move I've seen a tech retailer make recently... Circuit City will fire 3,400 employees, then offer them and others their job back if they are willing to go back to entry-level pay, from $11 to around $8. Justification is that they've been paying well over market values. In other words, they are now demanding salespeople that are as clueless as the guys in Wal-Mart's electronics department."
Announcements

Submission + - Electrically Conductive Plastic Polymer

AustinSlacker writes: "A Fox news article is reporting that a Dutch researcher is announcing a breakthrough in plastics. "Paulette Prins of the Delft University of Technology (Technische Universiteit Delft) demonstrated that specially rebuilt plastic conducts electricity just as well as the silicon wafers that are commonly used to make the semiconductor chips that are the brains of cell phones, MP3 players and other portable consumer electronics."
The Courts

Submission + - Hans Reiser stands trial for murder, no bail money

mtaht writes: "Announced today: Hans Reiser to stand trial for murder. He's too broke to make bail, so will remain in jail (hopefully doing something productive) until the jury trial starts May 7th.

To me, the evidence — with one notable exception — seems far more flimsy than in the OJ Simpson case. Trace samples of blood in the home? How many times have you bled in your house over the last 4 years? If your wife had gone missing, and you knew from watching hundreds of tv shows who was usually investigated — wouldn't a normal person (geek) that otherwise had had no encounter with the law previously — buy a book or two on the subject? (admittedly, pre-patriot act, I'd have got mine from the library). If innocent, would you get annoyed at being trailed everywhere and start playing games with the cops? Since when did washing your car "frequently" become evidence of a crime?

Still... what did you do with the damn car seat, Hans?"
Announcements

Submission + - World's first medical robotics fantastic voyage

hakaii writes: Some 40 years after the release of the classic science fiction movie Fantastic Voyage, researchers have achieved a major technological breakthrough in the field of medical robotics. They have succeeded for the first time in guiding, in vivo and via computer control, a microdevice inside an artery, at a speed of 10 centimetres a second. More: http://www.nanowerk.com/news/newsid=1661.php

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