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Submission + - Yahoo to close down Geocities (techcrunch.com) 1

robkill writes: Yahoo announced on it's help site today that it will be shutting down Geocities later this year and is no longer accepting any new customers. Who knows, maybe it will take the blink tag with it when Yahoo shuts it down. More information at Techcrunch
The Courts

Submission + - Associated Press Counterclaims against Fairey (blogspot.com)

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: "In Fairey v. Associated Press the 'fair use' copyright litigation in Manhattan federal court involving the artwork of Shepard Fairey and a news photograph used by the Associated Press, both portraying Barack Obama, the Associated Press has filed counterclaims against the plaintiff artist. The 61-page answer with counterclaims (PDF) contains lots more photography and artwork than the usual federal court pleading. Fairey contends that while the purpose of the Garcia photograph was to document events, the purpose of Fairey's artwork was to 'inspire, convince and convey the power of Obama's ideals'. AP meanwhile argues that '[w]hile Plaintiffs have attempted to cloak their actions in the guise of politics and art, there is no doubt that they are profiting handsomely from their misappropriation'."
The Courts

Submission + - Appeals Court Stays RIAA Subpoena (blogspot.com)

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: "The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has stepped in and issued a temporary stay of the RIAA's subpoena for the identity of a student at the State University of New York in Albany. The student, 'John Doe #3', had filed an appeal and motion for stay pending appeal, arguing that the appeal 'raises significant issues, some of first impression (PDF), such as the standards for the use of ex parte procedures for expedited discovery, the scope of the First Amendment right of anonymity over the internet, the scope of the distribution right in copyright law, and the pleading requirements for infringement of such right."

Submission + - Fireball To End Jules Verne's Life

scdeimos writes: Europe's biggest, most sophisticated spaceship is about to bring its six-month mission to an end by plunging into the Pacific in a ball of flames. The "Jules Verne", also known by the generic name Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV), cost about 1.3bn euros to develop.

Its final moments will be witnessed in the Pacific by two chase planes, a Gulfstream-V and a DC8, which will carry observation teams equipped with a range of spectroscopic imagers and conventional video and stills cameras to study how the spacecraft comes apart during re-entry. The information gathered will be used to enhance computer models of space agencies to plan the safe re-entries of future spacecraft.
Social Networks

Submission + - Family Sues MySpace after Teen Suicide (dailytech.com)

Anonymous Cow writes: By now just about everyone has heard the story of the teenager who hanged herself after receiving nasty messages on her MySpace from a parent posing as a teenage boy. In June 2006 another teenage girl committed suicide after being sexually assaulted by a man she met on MySpace. DailyTech reports the family of the assaulted suicide victim is suing MySpace, claiming the site knew about prior sexual assaults by predators using the site and failed to implement security measures to prevent assaults from happening again.

Submission + - AMD previews new processor extensions

An anonymous reader writes: It has been all over the news today. AMD announced its "x86 extensions for parallelism", a series of x86 extensions to make parallel programming easier. The first extension are the so called lightweight profiling extensions [that] would give software access to information about cache misses and retired instructions so they can optimize data structures for better performance. The specification is here and it has much wider applicability that parallel programming. It can be used to accelerate Java, .Net and dynamic optimizers.

Submission + - Nokia recalls up to 46 million batteries

JavaBear writes: Now it's Nokia's turn to recall batteries, up to 46 million of them. It's the Nokia batteries branded BL-5C produced between December 2005 and November 2006, they shipped with these phones:
Nokia 1100, 1100c, 1101, 1108, 1110, 1112, 1255, 1315, 1600, 2112, 2118, 2255, 2272, 2275, 2300, 2300c, 2310, 2355, 2600, 2610, 2610b, 2626, 3100, 3105, 3120, 3125, 6030, 6085, 6086, 6108, 6175i, 6178i, 6230, 6230i, 6270, 6600, 6620, 6630, 6631, 6670, 6680, 6681, 6682, 6820, 6822, 7610, N70, N71, N72, N91, E50, E60
You can check if your battery needs to be replaced by visiting this advisory: http://www.nokia.com/batteryreplacement/en/
United States

Submission + - Government: iPhone and US cell service is unfair (blorge.com)

fdmendez writes: "Lawmakers in Washington believe the Federal Government needs to regulate the cell service industry in order to create a better experience for consumers. Other countries provide examples for the US to follow.

Recently, Amp'd Mobile shut down leaving 175,000 customers suddenly out of cell service. Sprint canceled the accounts of about 1,000 customers last month for complaining too much. Verizon is always behind the rest of the world when it comes to phone selection and phone technology, and don't get me started on AT&T's reception and call quality. Basically, America isn't satisfied with its cell service.

The House Subcommittee on Telecommunications and Internet thinks it might be a bad idea for wireless companies to be regulated at the state utility level rather than the federal level."

Operating Systems

Submission + - Kernel devs say VMware violates Linux copyrights (venturecake.com)

Nailer writes: Bloomberg believe VMware's IPO today may the largest technology offering since Google. But doubts have been cast over the company's supposedly proprietary ESX product, as top 10 Linux contributor Christopher Hellwig claims the software violates Linux kernel copyrights.
PlayStation (Games)

Submission + - A new possible Playstation 3 Exploit (hdtvinfo.eu)

DaMan1970 writes: "Team PS3HAX has released a new possible Playstation 3 Exploit, which allows you to run backups, or homebrew.


By copying a special prepared TIFF image to a USB/SD card & opening it in the Playstation 3, causes a unusual response in which the Playstation 3 controls & XMB are still fully functional & ables you to launch a game.

You can watch the hack on this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1kwnlsq9Jmc"


Submission + - The Myth, the Math, the Sex

jellie writes: "Numerous studies, and conventional wisdom, suggest that men tend to have more sexual partners than women do. For example, a recent federal study concluded that, in their lifetimes, men had a median of seven partners and women four. But simple logic indicates this is impossible. This article addresses some of the mathematical considerations and cites a math professor's proof:

"By way of dramatization, we change the context slightly and will prove what will be called the High School Prom Theorem. We suppose that on the day after the prom, each girl is asked to give the number of boys she danced with. These numbers are then added up giving a number G. The same information is then obtained from the boys, giving a number B.
Theorem: G=B
Proof: Both G and B are equal to C, the number of couples who danced together at the prom. Q.E.D."
The article also tries to explain some possible reasons for the discrepancy."

Submission + - Imagine Cup winners score $25K for speech software (networkworld.com)

Julie188 writes: A team of four Thai students beat out 10,000 competitors to win the $25,000 prize in Microsoft 2007 Imagine Cup. Their project is text-to-speech software in which computers read aloud typed and handwritten commands. The software will allow people who cannot read to interact with a PC. Imagine Cup judge Rand Morimoto has been blogging on the whole experience — from his video of the opening ceremonies to how contestants swilled free Cokes to keep themselves awake during the 24-hour, no-sleep phase of the competition. http://www.networkworld.com/community/node/18087

Submission + - Smallest gas turbine engine in the world 1

SK writes: "A gas turbine engine measuring 10 cm in diameter and 15 cm in length, small enough to hold in one hand has been developed by a study group led by Tohoku University, Japan. The group succeeded in running such a small gas turbine engine and demonstrated the complete cycle for the first time in the world. The study group is working toward practical use of such a gas turbine engine as power sources of autonomous robots for disaster rescue and relief, and personal transportation vehicles indispensable in the aged (Japanese) society."

Submission + - replace a freeway bridge in one night (canada.com)

An anonymous reader writes: In Ottawa tonight a freeway bridge is being ripped out and replaced in one night. A replacement section of the bridge was built in a nearby park, and will be hauled in place with heavy lift equipment, with a projected downtime for the major freeway of less than 24 hours. There is a webcam to watch the progress.

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