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Submission + - Meteor Strike injures hundreds in Central Russia (

EzInKy writes: The BBC reports: A meteor crashing in central Russia's Ural mountains has injured at least 500 people, as the shockwave blew out windows and rocked buildings. Scientists have played down suggestions that there is any link between the event in the Urals and 2012 DA14, an asteroid expected to race past the Earth on Friday at a distance of just 27,700km (17,200 miles) — the closest ever predicted for an object of that size. Prof Alan Fitzsimmons, of the Astrophysics Research Centre at Queen's University Belfast, said there was "almost definitely" no connection. "One reason is that 2012 DA14 is approaching Earth from the south, and this object hit in the northern hemisphere," he told BBC News. "This is literally a cosmic coincidence, although a spectacular one."

Submission + - With 2012 Ends the "Netbook"

Voline writes: Digitimes reports that Asus and Acer will not be producing netbooks in 2013, signaling the end of a product category that Asus began five years ago with it's Eee PC. The Guardian looks at the rise and fall of the netbook and posits some reasons for it's end. These include: manufacturers shifting from Linux to Windows causing an increase in price that brought netbooks into competition with full-on laptops that offered better specs for not much more money, the global recession beginning in 2008, and the introduction of the iPad and Android tablets. Agree? What are they missing?

Submission + - Intel's Rumored TV Plans Would Compete with Apple, Google (

Nerval's Lobster writes: "Google tried to extend its influence to televisions, an effort that largely crashed and burned. Apple executives call Apple TV a “hobby,” although it’s been long-rumored that their company has a television set in the works. And Microsoft’s made a muscular attempt to conquer the living room with the Xbox, which now does a lot more than just video games. If current rumors prove correct, you can soon add Intel to that list of IT giants with an eye on televisions. According to TechCrunch and SlashGear, the chip manufacturer is prepping to unveil a first-generation television system of some sort at next month’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. TechCrunch suggests that Intel will debut the system on a city-by-city basis, similar to what Google’s doing with Google Fiber, in order to maintain “more flexibility in negotiating licensing with reluctant content providers.” (The publication’s information comes from the ever-popular unnamed sources.) In essence, Intel is proposing a set-top box paired with a subscription service, which would provide a mixture of traditional programming alongside streaming content."

Submission + - Egyptian government to adopt FLOSS on larger scale (

ezabi writes: After announcing a 43 Million USD license agreement with Microsoft, the Egyptian government was faced with a protest from FLOSS enthusiasts staging a stand before the cabinet
Later, representatives from the community had a meeting with the minister of communications and information technology, such a meeting led to the ministry issuing a press release (in Arabic) stating its commitment to gradually move to open source as a strategic option for future projects.
It's worth mentioning that all governmental websites used in the elections and constitution referendum were all based on open source solutions.


Submission + - FreeBSD 9.1 released (

tearmeapart writes: "The teams at FreeBSD have reached another great achievement with FreeBSD 9.1, with improvements to the already fantastic zfs features, more VM improvements (helping bringing FreeBSD to the next generation of VMs), and improvements in speed to many parts of the network system.
Support FreeBSD via the FreeBSD mall or download/upgrade Freebsd from a mirror. Unforunately, the torrent server is still down due to the previous security incident."


Submission + - Apple Switches (Mostly) to OpenStreetMap (

beelsebob writes: In the recent release of iPhoto for iOS it appears that Apple have started using OpenStreetMap's data. Unfortunately, there are still some problems. Apple are currently not applying the necessary attribution to OSM; they are using an old (from April 2010) dump of the data; and they are not using the data in the USA. Fingers crossed apple works through these issues quickly!

Apple are now one of a growing list (including geocaching, and foursquare) to Switch2OSM.


Submission + - Antihydrogen Experiment Sheds Light On Antimatter

An anonymous reader writes: "This was science fiction a year ago," says Jeffrey Hangst of the Alpha experiment at CERN. In a paper for Nature the team describe how they have taken a measurement for the first time on hydrogen's antimatter counterpart: antihydrogen. Demonstrating resonant quantum transitions in antihydrogen is a step towards discovering whether matter and antimatter obey the same laws of physics — and understanding why all the anti-matter predicted at the Big Bang appears to have left our universe without annihilating it.

Submission + - Steve Jobs calls Bill Gates "unimaginative" in new (

An anonymous reader writes: Steve Jobs first authorized biography, written by acclaimed biographer Walter Isaacson, is scheduled to hit stores this Monday. Checking in at over 600 pages, the biography promises to be a page-turner. In recently released excerpts, we see Jobs taking shots at President Obama as well as Bill Gates, whom he calls "unimaginative"

Submission + - $529M DOE Loan Spawns $97K Made-in-Finland Cars

theodp writes: With PR successes like the Fisker Karma, does the Department of Energy need PR failures like Solyndra? ABC News and others are reporting that electric car company Fisker, which received a $529M federal loan guarantee with the approval of the Obama administration, is assembling its first line of $96,985 base-priced hybrid cars in Finland, saying it could not find a facility in the United States capable of doing the work. According to Green Car Reports, Fisker said the EPA had rated the Karma at 54 MPGe (MPG-equivalent) when running on electricity from its battery pack, and that the EPA-rated electric range would be 32 miles. Omitted from the press release was the 20-mpg rating for a Karma running on power from its range-extending gasoline engine. Taking delivery of some of the first Karmas in the U.S. were actor Leonardo DiCaprio and HP Chairman Ray Lane. Lane, who some suggest has brougt bad Karma to HP, boasted last summer that Fisker 'has the potential to be the same value as [FarmVille creator] Zynga.'

Submission + - The Kindleis getting support for HTML5 ( 4

Nate the greatest writes: It looks like Amazon won't be adopting Epub after all. Today Amazon released some some technical details on the new Kindle ebook format, which they are calling Kindle 8. There are a lot of interesting changes to the file, including new formatting and SVG images. The new tags are going to open up a whole lot of new possibilities for making Kindle ebooks.
The Almighty Buck

Submission + - FL Woman Amasses $200K Phone Bill (

nandemoari writes: Celina Aarons, a resident of southern Florida, was recently charged $201,000 for a single month of charges to a cellphone registered in her name. Aarons was stunned to find that charge because she hadn't made any phone calls over seas, and immediately contacted her cellphone provider.

It was then that she pieced together the shocking truth: the phone, which was being used by her legally deaf brother Shamir, had been left on during Shamir's recent trip to Canada. Because the Great White North is far outside her plan's service region, the charges just kept coming and coming. It didn't help that Shamir also texted and used Internet-streaming services while in Canada.

Submission + - LHC May Have Broken the Speed of Light (

trum4n writes: "The boys over at CERN got quite a surprise when their neutrinos got to their destination a few pico-seconds early, because they realized, that if accurate, this test indicated that the particles broke the speed of light. The test was repeated >15,000 times, over a distance of 732km. They are asking everyone who can to prove them wrong or, perhaps, prove them right to do so!"

Submission + - Samsung Planning To Make "Bada OS" Open Source (

An anonymous reader writes: Opening up the source code of Bada OS is not a totally unexpected move from Samsung in light of the recent announcement of Google's plan for the acquisition of Motorola Mobility.

After announcement of the Motorola acquisition, there has been concerns that Google might inadvertently give preference to Motorola regarding the Android platform. Having another strong platform on the side makes for a good contingency plan for the Android phone manufacturers, in case things do not turn out as well as expected because of the Google-Motorola deal.

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