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Submission + - Facebook under fire from breastfeeding advocates (thestar.com)

An anonymous reader writes: After having images censored and even full user accounts canceled, a groundswell of support from Canadian groups who promote breastfeeding are angry at Facebook and say they should not have to defend a natural, healthy activity that is promoted by many medical groups and even the World Health Organization. "Photos containing an exposed breast do violate our terms and are removed," Facebook replied.

Submission + - Make a baby. Win a car.

Hugh Pickens writes: "Sergei Morozov, Governor of the Russian province of Ulyanovsk, has decreed September 12 a Day of Conception and is giving couples time off from work to procreate. Couples who give birth nine months later on Russia's national day — June 12 — will receive money, cars, refrigerators and other prizes. The New York Times reports that this is the third year the competition has been going on and so far, the region's birth rate is up 4.5 percent compared to the same period last year. Russia's population has dropped since the 1991 Soviet collapse, fed by declining birth rates, a low life expectancy, a spike in emigration, a frayed health care system and other factors. The country — the world's largest by area — now has just 141.4 million citizens, making it one of the most sparsely settled nations. Experts estimate that Russia's population could fall another 22 percent by 2050 with a devastating impact on the workforce, military recruitment and family formation."
Utilities (Apple)

Submission + - iPhone Unlocking Goes Open Source (fastsilicon.com) 1

mrneutron2003 writes: Sure to make the "Jobs Mob" and AT&T very happy, David Harrison has made available an open source method for unlocking the iPhone from provider, AT&T. He suggests donating to your favorite charity as opposed to sending him any green. Nice guy! He might want to check his warchest for legal defense funds however. Though we do not have an iPhone in need of unlocking (one of our staff has one, but he has AT&T service), it appears this is legitimate from a cursory glance around the webosphere. If you need it, it's right here . Use at your own risk... http://www.fastsilicon.com/off-the-wall/iphone-unlocking-goes-open-source.html

Humans Evolved From a Single Origin In Africa 461

Invisible Pink Unicorn writes "Researchers at the University of Cambridge have combined studies of global human genetic variations with skull measurements worldwide to show conclusively the validity of the single origin hypothesis. The alternative hypothesis contended that different populations independently evolved from Homo erectus to Home sapiens in different areas. The lead researcher explains, 'The origin of anatomically modern humans has been the focus of much heated debate. Our genetic research shows the further modern humans have migrated from Africa, the more genetic diversity has been lost within a population. However, some have used skull data to argue that modern humans originated in multiple spots around the world. We have combined our genetic data with new measurements of a large sample of skulls to show definitively that modern humans originated from a single area in Sub-saharan Africa.' The article abstract is available from Nature."
The Courts

Submission + - RIAA v. Santangelo default judgment vacated

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: "It was reported last week that at the July 13th status conference in Elektra v. Santangelo II, the default judgment taken by the RIAA against Patti Santangelo's daughter, Michelle, was vacated by Judge Stephen C. Robinson. This has now been confirmed in papers filed by the RIAA's lawyers in which they indicated that the Judge vacated the default judgment because he prefers cases to be decided on their merits, rather than by default (pdf). The papers sought $513 in attorneys fees for (a) procuring the default judgment and (b) preparing judgment enforcement documents. Patti Santangelo is the first RIAA defendant known to have moved to dismiss the RIAA complaint. After two years of litigation, the RIAA dropped its case against Patti Santangelo, leaving open only the question of whether the RIAA will be ordered to pay her attorneys fees."

Submission + - MIT Finds Cure For Fear (pressesc.com)

Chad Callihan writes: "MIT biochemists have identified a molecular mechanism behind fear, and successfully cured it in mice, according to an article in the journal Nature Neuroscience. Researchers from MIT's Picower Institute for Learning and Memory hope that their work could lead to the first drug to treat the millions of adults who suffer each year from persistent, debilitating fears — including hundreds of soldiers returning from conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan."

Microsoft to Offer Free Online Storage 290

athloi writes "Microsoft Corp. is giving computer users up to 500 megabytes of online storage for their documents, music, photos and video. They're offering it to a select 5,000 test users for now, but will make it widely available later this summer. This move is the latest in a series by the previous large corporation we all loved to hate to compete with the newest large corporation we might hate and fear, Google."
GNU is Not Unix

Submission + - FSF prepares GPLv3 official launch celebration (fsf.org)

fsmunoz writes: "With the release of the GPLv3 around the corner the FSF is preparing an official celebration in its Boston HQ. The live annoucement of the GPLv3 release by RMS will be streamed from the FSF main site and its scheduled to June 29 at 12 noon (EDT). Everyone is invited to "...join [them] in celebration as [they] bring to a close eighteen months of public outreach and comment in revision of the world's most popular free software license...""
GNU is Not Unix

GPL 3 Launch Date Announced 223

Joe Blakesley writes "Today, the Free Software Foundation announced that version 3 of the GNU General Public License will be released on Friday, June 29 at noon (EDT). Live video footage of the GPL's unveiling by Richard M. Stallman will be available as a stream on the FSF's website."
United States

Submission + - Senate subpoenas White House wiretapping docs

Peil writes: "The BBC are reporting that the Senate has handed down a subpoena relating to the surveillance of domestic terror suspects.

From the article link: "The US Senate has issued a subpoena ordering the White House to give up documents related to its surveillance of domestic terror suspects. The Senate Judiciary Committee asked the Bush administration to give up the papers as part of its inquiry into the controversial spying programme. "

The Senate Judiciary Committee's subpoenas target the White House, Vice President Dick Cheney, the National Security Council and the Department of Justice and they have set a deadline of July 18th.

Could be interesting to see just what legal advice as given on the legality of this — given a few of the faces at the time started their political careers in the Nixon Administration and the recent disclosures by the CIA on domestic surveillance in that time period."

Submission + - Nintendo market value now higher than Sony (videogamesblogger.com)

Wowzer writes: "Nintendo's stock is now worth $53 billion and as a result Nintendo has surpassed Sony, who are currently worth $52 billion, in market value. The Wii continued to outsell the PS3 on average by two to one, since both console's launches in November 2006. From the article: "Nintendo sold 251,794 Wii machines in May in Japan, topping PlayStation 3 sales by a five-to-one margin. — Sony last month sold 81,600 PlayStation 3 units in America, while Nintendo sold 338,000 Wii's. So the PlayStation 3 trailed the Wii by four-to-one in May.""

Submission + - Starting to manage a development team

Kris writes: I'm a programmer and have been for the past 9 years — and for 3 of these years I've started a small media agency with two colleagues — a business advisor and a graphics designer, however in the past 12 months the business has expanded rapidly where now, as well as some outsourcing we've now got 2 more developers directly under me. Unfortunately I've never had any management experience — and I'm not really sure where to start.

Time planning etc. is fine as I've aways done this with my own workflow — however some of the softer skills and general people management I have a real problem with. Has anyone here been in a similar position where they've 'fallen into' a management position? And have some advice?

Submission + - How Should Small-Time Artists Protect Their Work? (wellingtongrey.net)

Wellington Grey writes: "I'm a small webcomic author and have recently discovered that some people have taken my illustrations and are selling them in various forms (on CafePress, for example). I don't have large sums of money nor a lot a free time after my day job to try and follow up on issues like this. I thought that by making my work available under a creative commons license would give good karma and allow people to copy, but not commercially. What steps could be taken in a situation like this to protect my work?"

The Perfect Phone Storm? 567

peter deacon writes "Is the iPhone the next Segway, the next Zune, or the next iPod? The Perfect Storm offers some iPhone details that aren't secrets, but tend to be lost upon the analysts and journalists cranking out hit pieces on the iPhone. Why is everyone from Gartner to Gizmodo calling for a boycott of the iPhone? An interesting take on how Apple's new mobile phone will push to open up the web as a mobile platform for every mobile device on the market with a standards-based browser, and how Apple 'hacked the hackers' by releasing Safari for Windows in advance of its new phone."

Submission + - Egyptian Government Jailing Bloggers

Chardish writes: "The UK Telegraph is reporting that the Egyptian government has begun jailing bloggers critical of the regime. Shortly before his capture, one of the now-jailed bloggers posted that he had been suspicious that the police were spying on him. Another claims he was tortured. How long before bloggers start being forced offshore to free-speech-friendly countries?"

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