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Submission + - Finnish National Digital TV Broadcaster Starts Sending Bitcoin Blockchain 3

Joel Lehtonen writes: Finnish national digital TV broadcaster Digita co-operates with startup company Koodilehto to start transmission of Bitcoin blockchain and transactions in Terrestrial Digital TV (DVB-T) signal that covers almost the entire Finnish population of 5 million people. The pilot broadcasting starts in September the 1st and lasts two months. The broadcast can be received by a computer with any DVB-T adapter like this $20 dongle. Commercial production phase is planned to begin later this year.
Google

Submission + - Oracle sues Google over use of Java (pcmag.com) 1

Underfoot writes: Oracle said Thursday that it has sued Google for patent and copyright infringement over the use of Java in the Android operating system. The Android operating system uses Java both in its software development kit and a Java-like virtual machine, called Dalvik, in the runtime environment. It is both the SDK and Dalvik that Oracle targeted with its suit, claiming that they infringed Sun's patents. Oracle also claims that Google has infringed its trademarks, including code and documentation. If this suit moves forward, Open Source as a whole could be in for a wild ride.
Cellphones

Nokia Trades Symbian For MeeGo In N-Series Smartphones 184

An anonymous reader writes "Nokia announced that moving forward, MeeGo would be the default operating system in the N series of smartphones (original Reuters report). Symbian will still be used in low-end devices from Nokia, Samsung, and Sony Ericsson. The move to MeeGo is a demonstration of support for the open source mobile OS, but considering the handset user experience hasn't been rolled out and likely won't be rolled out in time for its vague June deadline outlined at MeeGo.com, could the decision be premature?"

Submission + - Scientists One Step Closer to Cheap Nuclear Fusion

ewsnow writes: The Focus Fusion Society reports that the scientists and engineers at Lawrenceville Plasma Physics have finally built an operational Dense Plasma Focus device. While not at full power yet, they were able to achieve a pinch on their device. The small company that Eric Lerner started recently gathered enough funding to start a two year study on the validity of his theory regarding fusion-inducing plasmoids. If the theory holds, the device will produce more electricity than goes in. In contrast to the billions of dollars spent on Tokamak fusion (think ITER), LPP is conducting their research on a budget around a million dollars. Yet, if it works, it will provide nuclear fusion with much simpler equipment and much less cost. Eric Lerner and Focus Fusion have been discussed on Slashdot before.
Security

Submission + - Banks Warn of Online Fraud Wave Against Businesses (washingtonpost.com)

tsu doh nimh writes: Organized cyber-gangs in Eastern Europe are increasingly preying on small and mid-size companies in the United States, setting off a multimillion-dollar online crime wave that has begun to worry the nation's largest financial institutions, The Washington Post reports. From the piece: 'In the past six months, financial institutions, security companies, the media and law enforcement agencies are all reporting a significant increase in funds transfer fraud involving the exploitation of valid banking credentials belonging to small and medium sized businesses,' reads a confidential alert issued by the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center, an industry group created to share data about critical threats to the financial sector." The story includes interviews with several victim businesses, and explains that in each case, the fraudsters — thought to reside in Eastern Europe — are using "money mules," unwitting or willing accomplices in the US hired via Internet job boards. The Security Fix blog has more stories and details about these crimes.
The Courts

Submission + - U.S. Sues AT&T for Age Discrimination (pcmag.com)

adeelarshad82 writes: The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued AT&T Inc accusing the nation's largest phone company of discriminating against workers over 40. In a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, the EEOC said Dallas-based AT&T had "no legitimate business or reason" for its nationwide policy not to rehire employees who had retired under various retirement and severance programs.
The Internet

Submission + - Top 100 "Dirtiest" Sites (pirateparty.ca) 1

jornak writes: "Symantec has released a list of the dirtiest sites on the Internet, calling them the "worst of the worst" when it comes to Malware and other things of a malicious design. The list, compiled ratings from Norton Safe Web, is based solely on the number of threats detected per site. Here is a shocker, no pun intended, if you get the reference: Symantec said that 48-percent of the top 100 dirtiest sites were dirty as in porn dirty. Yet the remainder of the list contains content that would, on the surface, seem clean and friendly. Figure skating, catering, legal services, and shopping are all examples of the "clean" content discovered."
Debian

Debian Decides To Adopt Time-Based Release Freezes 79

frenchbedroom writes "The ongoing Debconf 9 meeting in Cáceres, Spain has brought a significant change to Debian's project management. The Debian project will now freeze development in December of every odd year, which means we can expect a new Debian release in the spring of every even year, starting with 'Squeeze' in 2010. Until now, development freezing was decided by the Debian release team. From the announcement: 'The project chose December as a suitable freeze date since spring releases proved successful for the releases of Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 (codenamed "Etch") and Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 ("Lenny"). Time-based freezes will allow the Debian Project to blend the predictability of time based releases with its well established policy of feature based releases. The new freeze policy will provide better predictability of releases for users of the Debian distribution, and also allow Debian developers to do better long-term planning. A two-year release cycle will give more time for disruptive changes, reducing inconveniences caused for users. Having predictable freezes should also reduce overall freeze time.' We previously discussed talks between Canonical and the Debian release team about fixed freeze dates."
Hardware Hacking

Submission + - M$ behind bad ACPI in Foxconn MB??? (ubuntuforums.org) 1

Anonymous Coward writes: "In short. User buys Foxconn product (motherboard). Product is advertised as ACPI compliant. User installs Linux. User gets weird errors. User dissasebmles bios, fixes it and tells this to foxconn. Foxconn deliberatly says its MB is only Windows certified and refuses to admit that ACPI should be OS indenpendant (FCC rules). and the saga contineus... .... It looks that user did won this one, thx to numerous voices of other users."
Operating Systems

Submission + - Stop Codecs Linux Mess By Buying Codecs (madpenguin.org)

LNXPhreak writes: According to a recent MadPenguin.org article, perhaps the best way to solve the codecs mess in Linux is to pay for them outright. Is that possible? "At the end of the day, I think the issue of restricted formats is not going to go away and the evidence of it holding OEMs back is very clear. Yes, you can buy them from Dell and other OEMs, but once the end user sees the text about it potentially being illegal to listen to MP3s, regardless of the truth behind it, the average user is not going to take that chance.
Media

Submission + - Things not looking for the BBC's iPlayer (binaryfreedom.info)

An anonymous reader writes: The future of iPlayer, the BBC's new online on-demand system for delivering content is continuing to look bleaker. With ISPs threatening to throttle the content delivered through the BBC's iPlayer, consumers petitioning the UK government and the BBC to drop the DRM and Microsoft-only technology, and threatened legal action from the OSC, the last thing the BBC wanted today was street protests at their office and at the BBC Media Complex accompanied by a report issued by DefectiveByDesign about their association with Microsoft.

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