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Piracy

Submission + - USTR Publishes Rogue Sites List

bs0d3 writes: The US Government has classified some of the largest websites on the Internet as examples of sites which sustain global piracy. The list released by the United States Trade Representative draws exclusively on input from rightsholders. It includes popular torrent sites such as The Pirate Bay, file-hosting service Megaupload and Russia's leading social network VKontakte. VKontakte says that company's copyright problems are in the past after a deal was made with the USTR. Also, for the first time in many years, China’s leading search engine Baidu has been removed from the list. However, China’s widely used online consumer and business-oriented online shopping service Taobao remains listed. The full report can be viewed here. It has no legal implications what-so-ever, but may be referred to by policy makers regarding future legislation (eg SOPA).
Power

Submission + - Sony Develops Paper-Powered Battery (inhabitat.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Sony just announced that it has developed a battery that is completely powered by paper. The design uses enzymes to break down the glucose stored within the cellulose of wood pulp fibers and then process the sugar produced to create hydrogen ions and electrons, which travel through a circuit to generate a charge.
Android

Submission + - A Real Effort To Mainline Android Changes In Linux (phoronix.com) 2

ghostoftiber writes: "From the article: "Tim Bird, a Sony engineering veteran and the chair of the Architecture Group of the Linux Foundation's CE Workgroup, has announced a new concerted effort to get Android's changes to the Linux kernel back into the mainline Linux kernel tree." Android has been using Linux 2.6.x for it's devices since it's release, with patches from Google. To date they haven't been merged back into the kernel mainline but existed on kernel.org. Some of the features such as wakelocks would help with Linux tablet projects, but other features aren't fully realized and support remains spotty. The radio interface layer — referred to as the RIL — still exists as an ati/nvidia-esque shimloader scheme with modem "drivers" being nothing more than ihex files loaded by open code."
Media

Submission + - BBC backtracks on Linux audience figures

6031769 writes: "After recently claiming that only 400 to 600 Linux users visit the BBC website, the BBC's Ashley Highfield has now admitted that they got their numbers wrong. The new estimate is between 36,600 and 97,600 according to his blog post. He stops short of describing how Auntie arrives at these two widely different sets of numbers and how their initial estimate is two orders of magnitude out."

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