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Submission + - Juror's Tweets Overturns Trial Verdict ( 1

D H NG writes: The Arkansas Supreme Court had overturned a murder conviction due to a juror tweeting during the trial. Erickson Dimas-Martinez was convicted in 2010 of killing a teenager and was sentenced to death. His lawyers appealed the case on account of a juror tweeting his musings during the trial. Tweets sent include "The coffee here sucks" and "Court. Day 5. here we go again". In an opinion, Associate Justice Donald Corbin wrote "because of the very nature of Twitter as an... online social media site, Juror 2's tweets about the trial were very much public discussions." Dimas-Martinez is to be given a new trial.

Submission + - 2 large media companies sending false DMCA claims

bs0d3 writes: Today there's two large stories about false DMCA notices sent by large media corporations. One in which Universal tried to censor a megaupload commercial song created by many famous artists including P Diddy,, Alicia Keys, Kanye West, Snoop Dogg, Chris Brown, The Game and Mary J Blige. Universal sent persistant notices to cause the video to be removed by reason of copyright infringement. However these were false notices as megaupload claims that they can prove that they own the copyright to their content. The other story is from a scientific video that used Jamendo audio in the back ground. All the tracks used by the video creator were creative commons licensed and not in violation of any copyright. A complaint made by the Music Publishing Rights Collecting Society has been persistant in removing these videos. After contacting the artist, "Jamendo" ; Jamendo has reiterated that the music is licensed under a creative commons attribution license and has sent a counter take down letter to youtube on behalf of the video creator.

Submission + - TSA Facing Death By A Thousand Cuts (

OverTheGeicoE writes: The Transportation Security Administration is getting a lot of negative attention, much of it from the US government itself. A recent congressional report blasted TSA for being incompetent and ineffective (PDF). A bill to force TSA to reduce its screening of active duty US military members and their families was approved unanimously by the House of Representatives. After a TSA employee was arrested for sexually assaulting a woman while in uniform, a bill has been introduced to prevent TSA from wearing police-style uniforms and badges or using the title 'officer'. The bill's sponsor calls these practices 'an insult to real cops.' The FBI is getting involved by changing its definition of rape in a way that might expose TSA's 'enhanced pat-down' screeners to prosecution. Lastly, public support for TSA's use of X-ray body scanners drops dramatically when people realize there is a cancer risk.

Submission + - Redbox Raises its Prices to $1.20 per Day (

nixkuroi writes: "Redbox, apparently not having noticed the backlash against Netflix, as decided to charge its customers 20% more per day. Though there will be a discounted grace period for the first day of rental until Nov. 30 2011, the full pricing increase will kick into effect on December 1. Merry Christmas movie lovers!"

Submission + - US Police drone design revealed (

garymortimer writes: "AeroVironment Introduces the Qube Small Unmanned Aircraft System for Public Safety Professionals; Announces Test and Evaluation Program

  First solution tailored to law enforcement, first response and other public safety missions from the leading supplier of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS)

  Based on proven small UAS experience with hundreds of thousands of operating hours supporting U.S. and allied armed forces

  Will be made available to select public safety agencies for testing and evaluation"

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