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Submission + - Man HIV Free 2 Years After Stem Cell Treatment (

kkleiner writes: According to a recent report in the New England Journal of Medicine, a stem cell transplant performed in Germany has unexpectedly removed all signs of HIV from a 42 year old American patient. The unnamed white male was treated two years ago for Leukemia with a dose of donor stem cells and his HIV RNA count has dropped to zero and remained there since. While the treatment was for Leukemia, Dr. Gero Hutter and colleagues at the Charite Universitatsmedizen in Berlin had selected the stem cell donor for his HIV resistant genes. While there are still many questions unanswered, this is the first such case of stem cells treating HIV that has been reported in a NEJM-caliber publication.
Wireless Networking

Submission + - Hope fades for Palm

wpd writes: The market crushed shares of Palm on Thursday after it admitted that sales of its anticipated new phones were missing expectations, quelling hopes the company could regain ground in the competitive mobile market. Wall Street is skeptical as to whether the company can rebound from its mired attempt to jump back into the market. Demand is slow for its new phones, and the expected boon from Verizon and Sprint haven't been materializing.

Submission + - Windows 7 memory usage critic outed as fraud (

Fred Flowers writes: /.ers will remember a couple of stories in the past few days about Devil Mountain Software's finding that Windows 7 consumes too much memory. The original story quoted the company's CTO, Craig Barth on the issue. Now, InfoWorld editor in chief Eric Knorr has still more to add. From Knorr's blog at 'On Friday, Feb. 19, we discovered that one of our contributors, Randall C. Kennedy, had been misrepresenting himself to other media organizations as Craig Barth, CTO of Devil Mountain Software (aka, in interviews for a number of stories regarding Windows and other Microsoft software topics...There is no Craig Barth". Knorr's post goes on to say that Kennedy has been fired from his blogging gig at InfoWorld over this 'serious breach of trust', and that his blog will be removed. Is this a victory for the integrity of traditional media vs. bloggers or just another sad data point in the ongoing debate over the future of journalism?

Submission + - fired worker calls Microsoft a lawless place ( writes: Calling Microsoft "a lawless place," a longtime worker claims in a class action that he was fired in retaliation for reporting supervisors' misconduct. He claims the company "routinely produces and/or condones deficient investigations, covers up alleged misconduct, mischaracterizes evidence, refuses to preserve or provide pertinent facts and data, protects the perpetrators and retaliates against victims."
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Submission + - The Pitfalls of Plug-Ins (

snydeq writes: "Just as the power of browser plug-ins increases, so too does the likelihood of exploitation, Fatal Exception's Neil McAllister writes, adding that recent plug-in vulnerabilities 'are strong indicators of the changing nature of network-based attacks.' Rather than subvert systems software to gain control of PCs, today's malware authors can gain access to a much wider, cross-platform audience by targeting plug-ins such as Flash. Here, hints that Google will support extensions in Chrome could lead the way to containing plug-in exploits, as 'the compartmentalized, multi-process design of the Chrome browser is a significant improvement over the security models of past browsers.' But until the promised extension model appears, McAllister writes, it's too early to declare a victory in the war against plug-in vulnerabilities."

Submission + - 15 Turning Points in Tech History (

snydeq writes: "From Richard Stallman's Xerox hack, to Apple's NeXT acquisition, to XMLHttpRequest, InfoWorld's Neil McAllister details 15 pivotal decisions and paths not taken that have helped shaped today's high-tech landscape. What if U.S. District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson's decision to split up Microsoft had not been overturned? What if WordPerfect had been quicker to embrace Windows? What if NetWare had made an IP bet? Included are the turning points that led to the rise of outsourcing, IT's compliance mandate, and the dawn of the smartphone era, as well as SCO's fateful decision to take down Linux. 'With allies such as Computer Associates, IBM, Novell, and Red Hat willing to take up its defense, the open source OS was clearly here to stay. Ironically, the lawsuit that was meant to be the death blow for Linux may have succeeded only in ushering in its golden age.'"

Submission + - Roundtable: The state of open source (

iwjason writes: "InfoWorld has put together a roundtable discussion on the State of Open Source, including interviews with Bruce Perens, Eric Raymond, Google's Chris DiBona, IBM's Bob Sutor, Microsoft's Sam Ramji (who says MS doesn't compete with open source), and the folks behind open source products and projects Alfresco, EnterpriseDB, Mulesource , Hyperic, Asterisk, and MySQL. The discussion covers patents, Linux opportunities on the desktop, the economics and business of open source, missteps and infighting in the open source community, and ESR basically saying that closed-source programming is the today's dark age equivalent of bad sanitation from which all diseases spring."

Submission + - Computers circumventing corrupt officials in India

aalobode writes: If you have ever lived under India's bureaucracy, you will know that any interaction with a government entity — to pay taxes, get married, get a license etc., pass through customs — will cost you in time and money. Even the smallest of public services requires a bribe or other inducement. Frequently, the officials are unavailable for business until the amount is paid. The keepers of the keys to these kingdoms of privilege are the "babus", those clerks and officers trained in officiousness and inefficiency since the days of the British East India Company. Today, on the eve of the 60th anniversary of independence, the London Times has an article rticle2237920.ece on efforts in the southern state of Karnataka to computerize such services. Using the internet, a farmer gets a driving license in 5 minutes without paying a quarter of his income in bribes. Such attempts to stamp out corruption are spreading through India but, the question arises, can they succeed in a country where so few are connected to the power grid and the internet?

Submission + - DNA vaccine may treat multiple sclerosis (

GSASoftware writes: "Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a serious, as-yet incurable neurological disease which causes blindness, paralysis and other serious symptoms. In a new development, a neuroimmunology researcher in Montreal has developed a therapeutic DNA vaccine. The cause of the disease is not fully understood, but it appears to be auto-immune. If a DNA vaccine can be an effective therapy for this auto-immune disease, is it possible that DNA vaccines could treat other auto-immune diseases like Crohn's, eczema, and others?"

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