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Submission + - Sprint orders all OEMs to strip Carrier IQ from th (

An anonymous reader writes: In an attempt to distance themselves from the increasingly volatile Carrier IQ situation, we’ve been told that Sprint has ordered that all of their hardware partners remove the Carrier IQ software from Sprint devices as soon as possible. This is being done as soon as possible and, according to a source at HTC, anyone who is working with Sprint in testing labs have even had their vacation time over the holidays seriously restricted.

Submission + - New Humble Bundle Includes DRM'd games ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: Humble Bundle has had a great reputation for promoting DRM-free games. In it's latest promotion, it still advertises DRM-free, while two games (Multiwinia & DEFCON), require an activation key and external server activation.

So which is it?


Submission + - Apache vs. Open Source (

Peristaltic writes: Does the Apache Software Foundation still embody the values championed at its inception 12 years ago, or has it evolved to more closely resemble the corporate bureaucracies from which it has tried to distance itself? There seems to be a growing consensus for the latter. From the article:

The problem here is less about git and more about the chasm between Apache and the new culture of open source. There is a growing community of young new open source developers that Apache continues to distance itself from and as the ASF plants itself firmly in this position the growing community drifts farther away.


Submission + - Being Censored 1

Alunral writes: "Early tonight, multiple ISPs like Comcast, Optimum, Time Warner, and more have started to deny and block access to This comes as a bit of a shock, as blocking it will only seem to bring more attention to the entire problem."

Submission + - Particle Smasher Hints at Physics Breakthrough (

sciencehabit writes: The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) may have made its first crack in modern physics. Physicists there have detected a charge-parity (CP) violation at least eight times as high as the standard model (the accepted theory of elementary particles) allows. If this disparity turns out to be real, it might help explain an enduring mystery of the universe: why there's lots of normal matter, but hardly any of the opposite—antimatter. In other words, why there is still "stuff" in the universe.

Submission + - First Look: Oracle NoSQL Database (

snydeq writes: "InfoWorld's Peter Wayner takes a first look at Oracle NoSQL Database, the company's take on the distributed key-value data store for the enterprise. 'There are dozens of small ways in which the tool is more thorough and sophisticated than the simpler NoSQL projects. You get a number of different options for increasing the durability in the face of a node crash or trading that durability for speed,' Wayner writes. 'Oracle NoSQL might not offer the heady fun and "just build it" experimentation of many of the pure open source NoSQL projects, but that's not really its role. Oracle borrowed the best ideas from these groups and built something that will deliver good performance to the sweet spot of the enterprise market.'"

Submission + - Hacked VCU Server Exposes 176,000 Individuals (

wiredmikey writes: A server at Virginia Commonwealth University, containing files with personal information on current and former VCU and VCU Health System faculty, staff, students and affiliates, was breached in October, during a two step attack.

The breached server contained data on 176,567 individuals including a name or eID, Social Security Number and, in some cases, date of birth, contact information, and various programmatic or departmental information.

The university said it would not automatically grant everyone potentially impacted by the incident identity theft protection, but said it would honor individual requests for such services.

Wireless Networking

Submission + - Steve Jobs eyed building Wi-Fi network (

alphadogg writes: Steve Jobs initially hoped to create his own network with the unlicensed spectrum that Wi-Fi uses rather than work with the mobile operators, said wireless industry legend John Stanton. Currently chairman at venture capital firm Trilogy Partners, Stanton said at a seminar in Seattle that Jobs "wanted to replace carriers... He and I spent a lot of time talking about whether synthetically you could create a carrier using Wi-Fi spectrum. That was part of his vision."

Submission + - Why Ford Just Became A Software Company ( 1

gManZboy writes: "Sometime early next year, Ford will mail USB sticks to about 250,000 owners of vehicles with its advanced touchscreen control panel. The stick will contain a major upgrade to the software for that screen. With it, Ford breaks the model in which the technology in a car essentially stayed unchanged from assembly line to junk yard--and Ford becomes a software company.

This shift created a hot new tech job at Ford: human-machine interface engineers--people who come from a range of backgrounds, from software development to mechanical engineers, and who can live in the worlds of art and science at once."

The Internet

Submission + - Seeks A The Peer Driven Search Engine

bs0d3 writes: An International Group of hacktivists called telecomix, has created their own search engine. Based on the idea that Google controls too much information, and the fact that their agreement with the NSA is still unknown , seeks is a completely p2p based, log free search. Telecomix has recently shut down for multiple reasons; but many of their freedom of speech advocating tools will continue to work, such as seeks, and their censorship proof DNS server.

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