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Submission + - Carl Sagan on Marijuana (boingboing.net) 1

eldavojohn writes: "BoingBoing is reporting that allegedly Carl Sagan wrote a piece for "Marihuana Reconsidered" under the pseudonym Mr. X that appears to look fondly upon the science of trippin' balls. Puff the Magic Sagan's full piece can be found here. It opens with 'It all began about ten years ago. I had reached a considerably more relaxed period in my life — a time when I had come to feel that there was more to living than science, a time of awakening of my social consciousness and amiability, a time when I was open to new experiences.' Too bad old Mr. Cosmos couldn't enjoy his latest vocals."
Biotech

Scientists Deliver Bee Toxin To Tumors Via "Nanobees" 98

ScienceDaily is reporting that Washington University School of Medicine researchers have found a way to deliver bee toxin to tumors using nano-spheres they call "nanobees." The results in mice showed a cessation of growth or even shrinkage of tumors while the surrounding tissue was protected from the toxin. "The core of the nanobees is composed of perfluorocarbon, an inert compound used in artificial blood. The research group developed perfluorocarbon nanoparticles several years ago and have been studying their use in various medical applications, including diagnosis and treatment of atherosclerosis and cancer. About six millionths of an inch in diameter, the nanoparticles are large enough to carry thousands of active compounds, yet small enough to pass readily through the bloodstream and to attach to cell membranes."
Games

Aion Open Beta Starts September 6th 147

NCSoft announced today that the open beta for upcoming fantasy MMO Aion will begin on September 6th, extending through to the 13th. The client is available now. The game launches on September 22nd in the US, with a two-day head-start given to players who pre-order. NCSoft has also said they'll be showing off Aion in more detail at the Penny Arcade Expo, expanding on the information they provided at Gamescom (video).

Comment Re:Getting Firefox? (Score 2, Insightful) 578

They don't have to use any standard protocol or client. They can probably ad an icon somewhere that says "Install IE" and get whatever is needed from the network with no further user interaction. I dont think they are expecting naive users to open a client, connect somewhere and getting a file using a FTP client or something to that effect.
Medicine

Submission + - Paging Doctor Google

Hugh Pickens writes: "The NY Times reports that according to the Pew Internet and American Life Project, at least three-quarters of all Internet users look for health information online; 1 in 9 of those with a high-speed connection do health research on a typical day; and and 75 percent of online patients with a chronic problem told researchers that "their last health search affected a decision about how to treat an illness or condition." But just adding a word makes all the difference. Searching for the name of a certain cancer will bring up the Wikipedia entry and several information sites from major hospitals, drug companies and other providers but add the word "community" to that search and "it's like falling into an alternate universe," filled with sites that connect patients says Susannah Fox, the associate director at Pew. As a result "patients aren't learning from Web sites — they're learning from each other," says Dr. Ted Eytan. But can online information be trusted? In a study earlier this year, a report in the journal Cancer looked at 343 Web pages about breast cancer that came up in online searches and found an error rate of 5.2 percent."
Music

MySpace Digital Music Service Is DRM-Free 93

Anti-Globalism sends word that MySpace flipped the switch on its online, ad-supported, DRM-free music service that will "... give its roughly 120 million users free access to hundreds of thousands of songs from the world's largest recording labels. Unlike much of the material at Apple's iTunes store, the music sold through MySpace's new service won't contain the protections that limit how many times a track can be copied. MySpace is hoping to set itself apart from iTunes even further by allowing its users to create an unlimited number of playlists containing up to 100 songs apiece, a sharing concept similar to music services already offered by Imeem and Last.fm."
Yahoo!

Submission + - SPAM: Carl Icahn Takes on Yahoo Board 1

narramissic writes: "In a letter distributed this morning to the press and addressed to Yahoo's board Chairman Roy Bostock, Carl Icahn charges the board with acting irrationally and losing the faith of shareholders and Microsoft and announces he is nominating 10 candidates to replace all incumbent directors at the company's shareholders meeting in July. The move, rumored since earlier this week, is intended to ultimately reignite merger negotiations between Yahoo and Microsoft.

'It is quite obvious that Microsoft's bid of $33 per share is a superior alternative to Yahoo's prospects on a standalone basis. I am perplexed by the board's actions. It is irresponsible to hide behind management's more than overly optimistic financial forecasts,' Icahn wrote.
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Handhelds

Submission + - Nokia adds QWERTY to Linux tablet (linuxdevices.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Nokia today announced its third Linux-based Internet tablet. The new N810 tablet is smaller, heavier, and faster, with a slide-out hardware QWERTY thumb keyboard, GPS receiver, FM transmitter (for in-car listening), and a light-sensing screen dimmer. It retains the same ARM11-based processor as Nokia's earlier N800, albeit clocked a bit faster. A full Mozilla-based browser with Flash 9 and Windows Media file support are also new, and are claimed to offer the best AJAX Web 2.0 experience on any mobile device. Next, Nokia plans to add WiMax to its Linux tablets, it has promised.
Patents

Submission + - Patent case filed against Red Hat and Novell

Patents

Submission + - Patent case against red hat and novell

raffe writes: From Groklaw: IP Innovation LLC has just filed a patent infringement They claim against Red Hat and Novell. It was filed October 9, case no. 2:2007cv00447, IP Innovation, LLC et al v. Red Hat Inc. et al, in Texas. You might recall the patent was used in litigation against Apple in April 2007, and Beta News reported at the time that it's a 1991 Xerox PARC patent. But ars technica provided the detail that it references earlier patents going back to 1984 claim to have the rights to U.S. Patent No. 5,072,412 for a User Interface with Multiple Workspaces for Sharing Display System Objects issued Dec. 10, 1991 along with two other similar patents. So in July one Microsoft executive arrives; then as of October 1, there is the second, a patent guy. October 9, IP Innovation, a subsidiary, sues Red Hat. And Novell. So much for being Microsoft's little buddy. I think SCO II has arrived
Patents

Submission + - Red Hat and Novell sued for patent infringement

twistedcubic writes: Red Hat and Novell have been sued for patent infringement in Texas by IP Innovation, LLC. and Technology Licensing Corporation. On October 9, IP Innovation filed suit claiming Red Hat and Novell violated U.S. patents 5072412, 5533183, and 5394521. The patents were originally assigned to Xerox Corporation. A cursory look suggests the patents involve virtual workspaces and sticky windows with different properties in each virtual workspace. Groklaw has the scoop.

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