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Submission + - Distributors refuse to send Raspberry Pi to customers (

nk497 writes: "Distributors Element 14 and RS Components are holding onto the first shipment of 2,000 Raspberry Pis that have arrived in the UK, saying the low-cost computing devices need to be approved for the CE mark before being delivered to consumers. Liz Upton, Raspberry Pi spokeswoman, disagrees, saying the boards are not a "finished end product" and therefore don't need to be tested for electromagnetic emissions. However, she expects the Raspberry Pi to be approved quickly — with a little help from the "incredibly supportive" UK Government."

Submission + - ACTA "Could Be Dead By Summer" (

judgecorp writes: "The ACTA agreement could actually be thrown out by the European Parliament. The European trade committee has decided not to refer ACTA (the Anti Counterfeiting Trade Agreement) to the European Court of Justice, and this is "the first sign that this Parliament is ready to reject ACTA," according to Bernd Lange, the Socialists and Democrats trade spokesman."It was a mistake from the beginning to put counterfeit goods and Internet content in the same agreement.”"

Submission + - SPAM: Flexible Plastic ePaper display by LG

ravindra.joisa writes: "LG Display, a leading manufacturer of thin-film transistor liquid crystal display, announced that it has started mass production of the world's first plastic electronic paper display (EPD) for use in E-Books. The 6" XGA (1024x768), e-ink, plastic EPD is expected to revolutionize the E-Book market with its advancements in functionality and design.The world's first plastic EPD from LG Display offers users a paper-like reading experience with a plastic substrate that is as slim as cell phone protection film, and a flexible design that allows bending at a range of 40 degrees from the center of the screen. Compared to glass EPD of the same size and resolution, LG Display's plastic EPD realizes a super slim thickness of 0.7mm which is 1/3 slimmer than existing glass EPD; as well as a weight of 14g which is more than 1/2 lighter. As EPD gets thinner, lighter, and more durable with the introduction of plastic EPD, E-Books will be able to offer certain unique benefits compared to smart devices and tablets, including reduced eye fatigue and more efficient electricity consumption in addition to lower prices."
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Submission + - Jeff Bezos Locates Apollo 11's Engines in the Atlantic ( 1

astroengine writes: "Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon and founder of the private spaceflight company Blue Origin, has announced that he's located the F-1 engines that launched Apollo 11 to the moon. In the privately funded venture, Bezos' team used state-of-the-art deep sea sonar to hunt for the space artifacts that have sat 14,000 feet (4.2 kilometers) under the Atlantic Ocean for over 40 years. And now he wants to recover them. "We don't know yet what condition these engines might be in — they hit the ocean at high velocity and have been in salt water for more than 40 years," he said in his blog. "On the other hand, they're made of tough stuff, so we'll see.""

Submission + - How Linus Torvalds Helped Bust a Microsoft Patent (

inhuman_4 writes: Last December, Microsoft scored a victory when the ITC Administrative Law Judge Theodore R. Essex found that Motorola had violated four Microsoft patents. But the ruling could also eliminate an important Microsoft software patent that has been invoked in lawsuits against Barnes & Noble and car navigation device-maker Tom Tom.

According to Linus Torvalds, he was deposed in the case this past fall, and apparently his testimony about a 20-year-old technical discussion — along with a discussion group posting made by an Amiga fan, known only as Natuerlich! — helped convince the Administrative Law Judge that the patent was invalid.


Submission + - Microsoft's EU loss may set precedent for others

Stony Stevenson writes: iTNews is running an article about the consequences of the EU's ruling against Microsoft. The article discusses how the outcome of the case could force players like Intel, Apple, and others to share or open their technology to outsiders.

From the article: "Several looming European cases may now draw from the decision on Microsoft. The same section of the treaty that got Microsoft into trouble, a section that talks about "abuse of a dominant position within the common market," also spurred on-going formal probes of both Intel and memory chipmaker Rambus.

"This decision will make it difficult for a company with high market share to expand the functionality of its software or other products when sold in Europe," Nicholas Economides, an economics professor at New York University, said.

Meanwhile, the European Union will hold anti-trust hearings later this week to investigate whether Apple and major record labels are engaging in unfair pricing practices for digital media. That concern arises partially out of Apple's dominance in digital media sales, where some have complained that Apple creates its own vendor lock-in by not allowing any other media devices but the iPod to work with iTunes.

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