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Submission + - Google Buys Mobile Social Network Zingku

HairyNevus writes: "Ina an attempt to provide more services for mobile phone users, Google has acquired the social networking company Zingku. Zingku allows people to send photos ans conduct polls via their mobile phone easier, and also allows businesses to send out "mobile flyers", advertisements. As of now, new Zingku account sign-ups have been frozen and all current accounts will be transferred to Google. The article also pointed out something interesting about Zingku's privacy policy, "It's privacy policy begins: 'The success of our business depends on maintaining your privacy. Also, our mothers brought us up properly so even if our business didn't depend upon protecting your privacy, we would STILL protect it because we would experience extreme guilt if we didn't.'""
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Submission + - Two Patriot Act Provisions Ruled Unconstitutional

buswolley writes: Judge Ann Aiken in Federal court ruled two key provisions of the Patriot Act unconstitutional. According to the ruling, the Patriot Act provisions unconstitutionally circumvented the 4th Amendment, and removed the checks and balances provided for by our Constitution. This is a great victory for the people of the United States, and demonstrates the inherent strength of our system of government.
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Submission + - Vote to Evict Useless PC Features (itworld.com)

narramissic writes: "Like the appendix or pinkie toes, our venerable PCs have a number of features that could disappear tomorrow and not be missed one iota, muses Sean McGrath in an article on ITworld. Function keys F1-F12, the parallel printer port, mouse connector, and the analog telephone line modem connection are all due for evolutionary phase-out. What features does your PC have that you never, ever use?"

Canadian Music Stars Fight Against DRM 506

An anonymous reader writes "Some of Canada's best known musicians, including Avril Lavigne, Sarah McLachlin, Sum 41, and Barenaked Ladies, have formed a new copyright coalition. The artists say in a press release that they oppose file sharing lawsuits, the use of DRM, and DMCA-style legislation and that they want record labels to stop claiming that they represent their views."

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