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Sharp Rise In Jailing of Online Journalists; Iran May Just Kill Them 233

bckspc writes "The Committee to Protect Journalists has published their annual census of journalists in prison. Of the 136 reporters in prison around the world on December 1, 'At least 68 bloggers, Web-based reporters, and online editors are imprisoned, constituting half of all journalists now in jail.' Print was next with 51 cases. Also, 'Freelancers now make up nearly 45 percent of all journalists jailed worldwide, a dramatic recent increase that reflects the evolution of the global news business.' China, Iran, Cuba, Eritrea, and Burma were the top 5 jailers of journalists." rmdstudio writes, too, with word that after the last few days' protest there, largely organized online, the government of Iran is considering the death penalty for bloggers and webmasters whose reports offend it.
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Submission + - Google Chrome OS - Pre Aplha To Be Previewed Today (thetechnologycafe.com)

samzbest writes: The event of the day is all about Google Chrome OS, the highly speculated OS is said to be previewed in its early form today. Google is hosting an event today at its Mountain View, CA headquarters to showcase its progress, provide an overview of the platform, and give information on its “launch plans for next year.”
Social Networks

Robbery Suspect Cleared By Facebook Alibi 160

postermmxvicom writes "Rodney Bradford has been cleared of robbery charges because of a Facebook update. The defense was able to prove that the update was made from his father's house, 13 miles away from the crime committed one minute earlier. Lawyer John G. Browning said, 'This is the first case that I’m aware of in which a Facebook update has been used as alibi evidence. We are going to see more of that because of how prevalent social networking has become.' Surely, this must be media hype, since it would not be a difficult alibi to fake."

Comment Laptop with finger print or retina recognition (Score 1) 86

If you are worried that your laptop containing sensitive data might get stolen and thief would there by get the passwords stored in your firefox browser, then here is my suggestion.
Use the finger print or retina recognition so that the laptop operates only when it recognizes you. These are becoming standard these days with IBM T400 series having finger print recognition and Dell Inspiron 15 series having retina recognition.
If you are worried that there are so many passwords to maintain, then yes, I am worried about that too. Open IDs are coming up for help, but there are not there yet.

I, whenever possible use OpenID. then I store my passwords in firefox sxipper (with not all the values default, like I wont store my expiry date of the card, but would have input card number and password) and I dont use finger print recognition as I did not feel the need for it.

Transportation

Submission + - SPAM: X Prize car gets $5.5M of economic stimulus money

coondoggie writes: The Department of Energy today said it would give $5.5 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to support the X Prize Foundation's competition to build mass-production-capable cars that can get at least 100 MPG. X Prize recently whittled down the amount of qualified teams looking to build mass-production-capable cars that can get at least 100 MPG and qualify for the $10 million Progressive Insurance Automotive X Prize from 111 to 43. Performance testing will begin in spring 2010 and winners will be announced in September 2010.
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Linux

Submission + - Canonical halts Ubuntu CD free-for-all (pcpro.co.uk) 1

Barence writes: Canonical has announced that it's to begin limiting the number of free Ubuntu CDs people can order. The ShipIt scheme has proved so popular that Ubuntu will now only ship one free CD to users who haven't ordered a disc before. Users will now be required to upgrade to new versions through online upgrades, or by downloading the latest version as an ISO and burning it to CD themselves."While these CDs are often referred to as 'free CDs', they are of course not free of cost to Canonical," says Canonical's chief operating office Jane Silber. "We want to continue this programme, but Ubuntu’s growth means that some changes are necessary."

Submission + - Ukrainian goverment pushing to internet censorship (blogspot.com)

cedr1ck writes: Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada made the first step towards restriction of rights for free information due to the project of the law 327 with an additional edition for the Ukrainian law about telecommunications. According to this changes, now police, state courts and government will have an opportunity to control telecom providers and can make then to restrict access for a certain type of content and information due to the decision of the court.

Comment Re:Pretty soon... (Score 1) 169

Yes, you are right. With the development of Google we have similar seen development of Open Source technologies too. Google offers a convenience to a lot of users. They don't force themselves upon users. That is why they seem to be popular with both general crowd(solely for convenience) and technical /philosophy minded crowd ( not forcing down your throat). People who don't want it, can of course live without it.

Graphics

AMD Previews DirectX 11 Gaming Performance 103

An anonymous reader writes "AMD invited 100 people up to their private suite in the hotel that Quakecon 2009 is being hosted at for a first look at gaming on one of their upcoming DirectX 11 graphics cards. This card has not been officially named yet, but it has the internal code name of 'Evergreen,' and was first shown to the media back at Computex over in Taiwan earlier this year. The guys from Legit Reviews were shown two different systems running DX11 hardware. One system was set up running a bunch of DX11 SDKs and the other was running a demo for the upcoming shooter Wolfenstein. The video card appears to be on schedule for its launch next month."

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