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Programming

Submission + - Mystery Company recruiting puzzle solved! 1

srealm writes: "Less than 24 hours from posting, the Mystery Company job posting has been cracked! With the collaboration of people at the Google Group setup specifically for cracking this puzzle, the three 'challenges' have been solved, and the company un-masked as N-Brain, Inc in Boulder, CO. The date in question is the release date for their flagship UNA product, meant to promote collaborative development."
Music

Submission + - Led Zep concert vids shows YouTube filtering holes (itworld.com)

jfruhlinger writes: "One of the ways that YouTube became respectable was by promising to filter out copyrighted content that had been uploaded against the wishes of the copyright holder. But the recent much-anticipated Led Zeppelin reunion concert — and the resulting flood of amateur video footage uploaed to YouTube — demonstrated a hole in YouTube's filtering process: the filter compares uploaded videos to an original version, a process that doesn't work when the videos in question are all taken from different angles and with different cameras."
Google

Submission + - Google Combines MultipleServices in New iPhone App (techluver.com)

Tech.Luver writes: "Today, Google announced the release of a new iPhone application that integrates its multiple services into a single interface, making it easy for iPhone users to find, use and switch between Google search, Gmail, Calendar, Reader, and more. To use the application, iPhone users simply point their web browser to Google.com. To accomplish this, Google is taking advantage of browser technologies (like AJAX) that made Gmail and Google Maps possible on the desktop. In supporting these advances in web technology, the iPhone's Safari browser not only delivers an excellent mobile Internet experience. ( http://techluver.com/2007/12/05/google-launches-new-iphone-app-that-integrates-multiple-services-into-a-single-interface/ )"
Patents

Submission + - Bezos Patent Reform Chief Patents Lighting Toilets

theodp writes: "Charles Cella, the man tapped by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Tim O'Reilly to lead their 'radical patent reform' effort, was awarded a patent Tuesday for Methods and Systems for Illuminating Household Products, including lighting toilet water. Cella was CEO of BountyQuest, which received a million bucks from Bezos to run contests to find prior art for patents, including one funded by O'Reilly for Bezos' own 1-Click patent. BountyQuest found no winner in the 1-Click contest, an outcome that continues to be offered as proof of 1-Click's patent-worthiness, although the USPTO recently used losing prior art submitted in that contest as the grounds for rejecting a number of Amazon's 1-Click patent claims."

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