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Submission + - Julian Assange Video DMCA'ed Offline During Aussie Election

Pav writes: On the verge of going viral (600,000 views in a week) this video was taken offline during the Australian election. It's a humourous spoof of the various contenders, plus a guest appearance by the real Julian Assange, who breaks into a few bars of "The Voice" by John Farnham, jarringly and an octave too low — apparently this was the cause of the DMCA concern.

Submission + - Study: Fraud growing in scientific research papers (ap.org)

dsinc writes: In sharp contrast to previous studies suggesting that errors account for the majority of retracted scientific papers, a new analysis — the most comprehensive of its kind — has found that misconduct is responsible for two-thirds of all retractions. In the paper, misconduct included fraud or suspected fraud, duplicate publication and plagiarism. The paper's findings show as a percentage of all scientific articles published, retractions for fraud or suspected fraud have increased 10-fold since 1975. The study, from a collaboration between three scientists including one at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, published online October 1 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

Submission + - The Pirate Bay servers offline after raid by swedish police (forbes.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Stockholm police raided the free-speech focused firm (PRQ) Monday and took four of its servers, the company’s owner Mikael Viborg told the Swedish news outlet Nyheter24.
While a number of bittorrent-based filesharing sites including PRQ’s most notorious client, the Pirate Bay, have been down for most of Monday as well as PRQ’s own website, Viborg told the Swedish news site that the site outages were the result of a technical issue, rather than the police’s seizure of servers.

Microsoft

Submission + - CNet Download.com bundling adware with OSS softwar (neosmart.net)

An anonymous reader writes: In a recent site update, CNET Download.com listings have begun redirecting product download links for popular freeware and opensource applications to their own "downloader and installer" utility which bundles a number of adware components alongside the requested application and changes the users' homepage and default search engine to Microsoft Bing. Freeware authors are sending CNet cease and desist orders demanding virgin download links, something affected open source developers may or may not be able to do due to FOSS license terms.
Power

Submission + - New wave of ocean energy to be trialed off the coa (gizmag.com)

cylonlover writes: The researchers at Australia's BioPower Systems evidently looked at kelp, and thought, "what if we could use that swaying action to generate power?" The result was their envisioned bioWAVE system, which could soon become a reality, thanks to a just-announced AUD$5 million (US$5.1 million) grant from the Victorian Minister for Energy and Resources that will go towards an AUD$14 million (US$14,365,000) four-year pilot demonstration unit, to be installed at a grid-connected site near Port Fairy, Victoria.
The Internet

Submission + - Kapersky quits BSA; SOPA not supportable (betanews.com)

Cmdrm writes: Kapersky to release additional information as to why it is intent on leaving the Business Software Alliance. "Kaspersky Lab would like to clarify that the company did not participate in the elaboration or discussion of the SOPA initiative and does not support it. Moreover, the company believes that the SOPA initiative might actually be counter-productive for the public interest, and decided to discontinue its membership in the BSA as of January 1, 2012", said a Monday press release.
Security

Submission + - Linux distributor security list compromised (zdnet.com)

andrea.sartori writes: ZDNet reports that "Hackers have compromised a private e-mail list used by Linux and BSD distributors to share information on embargoed security vulnerabilities and used a backdoor to sniff e-mail traffic, according to the moderator of the list. In a note to Vendor-Sec's members, moderator Marcus Meissner said he noticed the break-in on January 20 but warned that it might have existed for much longer.
Immediately after Meissner's warning e-mail, the attacker re-entered the compromised machine and destroyed the installation."
Meissner has since killed the list: So everyone please consider vendor-sec@....de is dead and gone at this point, successors (or not) will hopefully result out of this discussion.
The H Security notes (link to the H's article) that this isn't the first compromise of the Vendor-Sec list. In 2005, black hat hackers reportedly hijacked a kernel exploit for root access from the list.

Censorship

Submission + - Libyan Internet Shows Signs Of Life (ibtimes.com)

RedEaredSlider writes: The Internet in Libya is still devoid of traffic — mostly. YouTube showed as light spike in traffic yesterday, as did Gmail. But it is still near zero for the day and remains an example of one of the more sophisticated methods of cutting off communications, far more so than Egypt's brute-foce approach.

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