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Submission + - Supreme Court rules against Microsoft in i4i case (

Nunavut writes: The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously upheld a lower court ruling today that Microsoft infringed on the patents of a tiny Canadian company, i4i, and required the software giant to pay $290 million. The ruling could have broad implications for the way patent law is applied to technology.

Submission + - Canadian Cable & Telecom Companies in Trouble (

Nunavut writes: If the new Conservative majority government in Canada has its way, the telecommunications industry in Canada will be liberalized through some form of relaxation of foreign ownership restrictions in the sector. The existing foreign ownership restrictions in Canada, among the most onerous in the developed world, have up to this point protected Canadian firms from real competition and allowed them to enjoy inflated margins as members of a cozy oligopoly.

Submission + - Save The Affordable Internet! (

Nunavut writes: Phone and cable companies have unleashed a deep-pocketed public relations campaign designed to confuse Canadians about new Internet usage fees.

At the same time, broadcasters and cable companies are meeting in Ottawa to hash out a plan to deal with online services that are "competing for customers".

We can't let them turn back the clock. We need a well-coordinated response to prevent these corporations from interfering in the upcoming CRTC hearing...

Indie ISPs Acanac and Teksavvy have agreed to provide matching funds if we raise $15,000 in the next 48 hours.

Submission + - Paypal and Valve/Steam

railz writes: With the release of Test Drive Unlimited 2, many users bought the title through their Steam accounts only to find that Atari had dropped the ball with their newest title. Not only did the game ship with massive bugs, their authentication servers are largely offline — causing many people to want refunds on their purchase price. Be careful though; if you request a refund through Paypal, Valve will lock your Steam account and if you win the dispute, they will permanently disable it and you will lose every game you've bought on it previously.

This is the email I got from Valve customer service after filing a dispute yesterday when they refused to answer my request though their support system for a refund.



Hello, We have recently received notification from PayPal that one of your recent Steam Purchases has been disputed. The Steam account has been locked while the dispute is being investigated by PayPal. It is important for you to contact PayPal or log in to your PayPal account and go to your “Resolution Center” to resolve this dispute. If the dispute is closed and the funds are released back to Steam, the account will be reactivated. However, if PayPal closes the dispute case by “Reversing the Payment”, meaning they send the funds for the purchase back to you, the Steam account will remain locked and you will lose access to all of the games on the account. There are no options to resolve a dispute once PayPal has closed the case, so we suggest that you contact them immediately at 888-221-1161. PayPal Help Center Please let us know if you have any further questions.
The Almighty Buck

Submission + - Amazon Takes Wikileaks Offline, Sells Cables ( 1

Khyber writes: "Irony, thine name is Amazon. After shutting down Wikileaks, an Amazon user has re-packaged a set of the cables in an E-book format and is selling them on Amazon. Of course, through this, Amazon makes a profit from part of the sale, and has yet to issue any statement regarding this. Many users of the site are expressing extreme displeasure at Amazon profiting from something they they originally had available for free, and there might be a possible backlash just in time for the Christmas season."

Submission + - WikiLeaks and the value of knowing (

Nunavut writes: Imagine that you go to a public market and have your choice of two ways of buying tomatoes. One vegetable stand offers you tomatoes in a closed cardboard box labelled "Farm Fresh Tomatoes." The other lets you see them, smell them, feel them or even taste a sample. You know which you would be more likely to choose...

For the most part these "secrets" are secret to nobody but the citizens of the government that has been trying to keep them. Like a scene from the Wizard of Oz, the U.S. government has, preposterously, told its own employees not to read the WikiLeaks documents.

"The great Oz has spoken. Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain."


Submission + - Canada - "No right to lawyer in police interview" (

Nunavut writes: The Supreme Court of Canada ruled Friday that a person questioned by police in connection with a criminal case does not have the right to have a lawyer present during the interview.

In a trio of related decisions, the Supreme Court also said a suspect doesn't have the right to re-consult with a lawyer midway through an interview, unless the situation in the interview has changed significantly.

The court also said a suspect does not have the absolute right to consult with a specific lawyer if that attorney can't be reached within a reasonable time.

Comment Re:Coincidence (Score 1) 75

FYI - The PS3 cannot suffer from RROD (Red Ring Of Death) but it can get YLOD (yellow light of death). RROD refers to the Xbox and YLOD is for PS3. I too had just recently fixed a 60 GB launch PS3 from YLOD using guides from YouTube. The power supply was fine, your power supply may working just fine too. I just needed a heat gun to re-flow the solder points on the BGA for the Cell BE and RSX chips. I think its great there is information available for those that are willing to try fix it themselves.

Submission + - Scientists Discover Gene Causing Migraine

An anonymous reader writes: A new study has linked a gene on chromosome 8 to persistent migraine headaches and suggests that having that particular variation of a gene could actually raise the risk of getting the disease. The study is among the first to identify a genetic variant associated with the common types of migraines, including those with and without aura, the notes the study conducted at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in England.

Submission + - How to deal with webmail giants dropping e-mail?

An anonymous reader writes: I run an MTA on my personal e-mail server, and I'm not listed on any blacklists for SPAM that I'm aware of. When I send e-mail to certain URLs, though, it frequently never reaches the intended recipient. Yahoo seems to be notorious for labelling almost anything sent as spam unless and until the recipient adds my e-mail address as a whitelisted entry. Others also seem to get dropped without any response. Checking the maillog, I can see where it's accepted by the MX of the recipient; what else can I do?

Submission + - Apple manager arrested in kickback scheme (

pickens writes: A midlevel Apple manager was arrested Friday and accused of accepting more than $1 million in kickbacks from half a dozen Asian suppliers of iPhone and iPod accessories in a federal indictment unsealed and a separate civil suit. Paul Shin Devine, a global supply manager, and Andrew Ang, of Singapore, were named in a 23-count federal grand jury indictment for wire fraud, money laundering and kickbacks. "Apple is committed to the highest ethical standards in the way we do business," Apple spokesman Steve Dowling said in a statement. "We have zero tolerance for dishonest behavior inside or outside the company." The alleged scheme used an elaborate chain of U.S. and foreign bank accounts and one front company to receive payments, the indictment said, and code words like "sample" were used to refer to the payments so that Apple co-workers wouldn't become suspicious.

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