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Submission + - An odd symmetry breaking of clocks

stpalli writes: In 1665, Christiaan Huygens' observed, possibly for the first time, spontaneous self-emergent synchronization. He hung two pendulum clocks from a common wooden beam and noticed that the pendula always ended up in exact synchronized motion in spite of how they were started and referred to this as an odd sympathy of clocks an odd sympathy of clocks. Inspired by this classical experiment, researchers now find, in a stunningly simple experiment , the co-existance of of synchrony and desynchrony in coupled metronomes — an odd symmetry breaking of clocks, known as a chimera state.

Submission + - Justice Department calls Apple the 'ringmaster' in e-book price fixing case (tuaw.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Back in April 2012, the US Justice Department filed an antitrust lawsuit against Apple and a number of publishers for allegedly colluding to raise the price of e-books on the iBookstore.

As part of its investigation into Apple's actions, the Justice Department collected evidence which it claims demonstrates that Apple was the "ringmaster" in a price fixing conspiracy. Specifically, the Justice Department claims that Apple wielded its power in the mobile app market to coerce publishers to agree to Apple's terms for iBookstore pricing.

Crime

Designer Arrested Over Anonymous Press Release 288

An anonymous reader writes "A Greek designer named Alex Tapanaris, whose name appeared on the PDF press release circulated by online trouble-makers Anonymous has had his web site disappeared and, according to reports, the unfortunate chap has been arrested. THINQ managed to talk to Alex on the phone, and while he wouldn't confirm his arrest, he 'certainly sounded spooked,' the web site reports. 'No comment,' he said and hung up. The press release sought to explain Anonymous's aims and lack of any formal organization. It explained that the Anonymous name is applied to a shifting roster of individuals who come together on an ad hoc basis, depending on individual concerns and practical, day-to-day matter such as who happens to be online at the time. Clicking on the document's properties revealed Tapanaris as its named author."
The Courts

First-Sale Doctrine Lost Overseas 775

Max Hyre writes "In a 4-4 decision, the US Supreme court let stand the Ninth Circuit's decision that the First-Sale Doctrine (which says once you buy something, the maker gets no say in what you do with it) only applies to goods made in the US. That Omega watch you bought in Switzerland last year? It's yours now—forever. You can't sell it without Omega's permission."
Graphics

AMD's New Flagship HD 6970 Tested 152

I.M.O.G. writes "Today AMD officially introduces their newest flagship GPU, the Radeon HD 6970, hot on the heels of the Radeon HD 6870 released at the end of October, then the NVIDIA GTX 580 in early November, which is Nvidia's current flagship card. Initial testing and overclocking results are publishing at first tier review sites now. While the HD 6970 is a strong performer and the price point is outstanding for consumers, the GTX 580 retains the flagship crown while the AMD 5970 keeps the single card performance crown with its dual GPUs on a single card."
Bug

Researchers Demo ASP.NET Crypto Attack 98

Trailrunner7 writes "The crypto attack against ASP.Net Web apps has gotten a lot of attention this week, and with good reason. Microsoft on Friday night issued a security advisory about the bug, warning customers that it poses a clear danger to their sites. Also on Friday, the researchers who found the bug and implemented the attack against it released a slick video demo of the attack, clearly showing the seriousness of the problem and how simple it is to exploit with their POET tool."
Iphone

Submission + - Apple lifts ban on native Google Voice application (mac.com)

SD_92104 writes: Following last weeks change to the iPhone developer agreement and publication of AppReview guidelines, Apple seems to have also changed its view on native Google Voice applications. GV Connect, an application that has been in approval limbo since last year (and has been available as a MacOS Dashboard widget for well over a year) is now available for download from the iPhone AppStore. Let's hope that Apple won't change its mind again and start pulling Google Voice apps again after a while

Submission + - Graffiti makes a comeback on Android (mymobilewave.com)

zachinvest writes: Graffiti, still the most popular handwriting recognition software ever developed for mobile devices, is now available as a free application specifically optimized for Android. This new version includes Japanese input support. Graffiti installs as an alternate Input Method so once installed, you can easily switch into Graffiti mode for all of your text input-and you don’t need a stylus anymore! On today’s high-quality capacitive touch screens, Graffiti input with just your finger works great.
Security

Submission + - Security Vulnerabilities are lower now than 2006 (esecurityplanet.com)

darthcamaro writes: Nearly every report we see about technology security paints a bleak picture of increasing security vulnerabilities as the years go by. That's not necessarily the entire truth though. A new report from HP TippingPoint shows that 2006 was the peak year for vulnerabilities and no year since then has exceeded 2006 total number of reported security issues.

"As new products are released we're finding bugs in those products, but a lot of the bugs in 2006 were found in older products," Mike Dausin, manager, Advanced Security Intelligence at HP TippingPoint DVLabs told InternetNews.com. "In many cases a lot of products really take security very seriously these days and as a result there may be fewer vulnerabilities."


Transportation

Submission + - About GM's Futuristic EN-V Mini-Cars (incl.videos) (mobilesynergetics.com)

DeviceGuru writes: GM's EN-V (Electric Networked-Vehicle) recently made news by driving autonomously outside the confines of its World Expo 2010 Shanghai pavilion (where it's been on display since March) for the first time. What's an EN-V? This article introduces the EN-V concept vehicle, which integrates a broad range of 'intelligent transportation system' and 'cooperative mobility' principles and technologies. According to GM, the zero-emission concept vehicle was designed to address six key mobility concerns facing residents of big cities: energy, environment, safety, congestion, parking, and affordability. Three short YouTube videos (produced by GM) delve into the overall goals of the EN-V, its design and human-factors considerations, and how the prototypes were constructed. One thought immediately comes to mind, though: where the heck do you stow your groceries?
Government

Submission + - New U.S. Cybersecurity Strategy Revealed (securityweek.com)

wiredmikey writes: After meetings at NATO and the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe on cybersecurity, U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III detailed the Defense Department’s new cybersecurity strategy at a Brussels gathering sponsored by the Security and Defense Agenda this week.

The first is simply recognizing that cyberspace is a new domain of warfare, on a par with air, sea, land and space. “We need training, we need doctrine, we need all the elements we apply to any other domain,” he said. “That’s the fundamental reason that the U.S. stood up the United States Cyber Command.”

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