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Submission + - Google Starts Scanning Android Apps (

eldavojohn writes: A recent blog post has Android developers talking about Google finally scanning third party applications for malware. Oddly enough, Google claims this service (codenamed 'Bouncer') has been active for some time: 'The service has been looking for malicious apps in Market for a while now, and between the first and second halves of 2011, we saw a 40% decrease in the number of potentially-malicious downloads from Android Market. This drop occurred at the same time that companies who market and sell anti-malware and security software have been reporting that malicious applications are on the rise.' So it appears that they allow the software to be sold even before it is scanned and it also appears that no one has been bitten by a false positive from this software. Apparently Bouncer is not as oppressive as Apple's solution although given recent news its effectiveness must be questioned. Have any readers had their apps flagged or pulled by Bouncer?

Submission + - MIT photonic crystal leads to microreactors in gadgets ( 1

MrSeb writes: "Researchers at MIT have developed photonic crystals that, in as little as two years, could enable the use of hydrocarbon and nuclear reactors in portable electronic devices. Photonic crystals are optical nanostructures that are tuned to specific wavelengths of light. If you understand how semiconductors affect the motion of electrons (i.e. the bandgap only allows electrons with a certain energy level to pass through), photonic crystals are the optical equivalent. In this case, MIT has created infrared-absorbing photonic crystals using metals such as tungsten and titanium, which can operate at very high temps (1200C, 2192F). At the moment, devices such as radioisotope thermal generators (found in Pioneer, Viking, Mars rovers) generate electricity with a thermocouple. MIT's photonic crystals are much more efficient. Likewise, photonic crystals could replace photovoltaic panels — or they could usher in butane-powered microreactors in gadgets that last 10 times longer than current battery technology."

Submission + - Mapping Spread of Alzheimer's Disease Gives Clues to Stopping Progression (

An anonymous reader writes: New research shows that Alzheimer’s disease may spread throughout brain regions by way of circuits known as synapses that link one brain cell to another.

The new study, published on Wednesday in the online journal PloS One, raises hope that researchers may soon be able to stop Alzheimer's disease and other neurological diseases from progression.

The Courts

Submission + - RIAA protests Oregon AG discovery request ( 2

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: "The RIAA is apparently having an allergic reaction to the request by the State Attorney General of Oregon for information about the RIAA's investigative tactics, in Arista v. Does 1-17, the Portland, Oregon, case targeting students at the University of Oregon. See The Oregonian, December 1, 2007 ("UO suspects music industry of spying") and p2pnet, November 29, 2007 ("RIAA may be spying on students: Oregon AG"). Not only are the record companies opposing the request (pdf), they're asking the Judge not to even read it. (pdf)"

Submission + - HOA: Mandatory and exclusive ISP for 20 years

michaelmalak writes: "5-10 years ago when buying a house, the concern was whether or not it was close enough to the telphone company's central office for DSL. Now you have to check the fine print of the Homeowners Association. Residents in Southern Walk in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, DC, are up in arms over being required to pay $149/month for triple-play (whether they want the service or not) from an exclusive provider, OpenBand, designated by the builder, Van Metre, who by covenant will hold onto a majority of the HOA board for the next 20 years. That's right — the residents are forbidden from purchasing a traditional analog landline from Verizon."

Submission + - Big Content & DRM: Why Internet TV Won't Sucee (

Paul Ellis writes: "Internet Video & TV's problem isn't really technical, it's the content producers. When it's easier to consume stolen content than to pay for it (DRM), content producers will end up owning 100% of nothing, instead of 10% of something. I'm a paying customer just wanting to enjoy entertainment I paid for and arbitrary technical requirements are stopping me!"
The Courts

Opera Files EU Complaint Against Microsoft 455

A number of readers have sent word about Opera Software ASA's antitrust complaint against Microsoft filed with the EU. Here is Opera's press release on the filing. The company wants the EU to "obligate Microsoft to unbundle Internet Explorer from Windows and/or carry alternative browsers pre-installed on the desktop" and to "require Microsoft to follow fundamental and open Web standards accepted by the Web-authoring communities." The latter request makes this a case to watch. Will the Commissioner take the Acid2 test using IE7?

Submission + - Passport, now fraud: ex-Microsoft employee charged (

Anonymous Coward writes: "The former Microsoft employee associated with the company's notorious December 1999 Hotmail outage has been charged with fraud. Carolyn Gudmundson was indicted last week on charges that she raked in over $1 million during a four-year period by falsifying expense reports she filed for domain name registration charges. Gudmundson, a former program manager at Microsoft's MSN division, is charged with using her position within the company to run a number of different scams between 2000 and 2004. According to U.S. attorneys, she would use her corporate American Express charge for domain name registration fees, but then submit copies of invoices that carried inflated charges."

Submission + - Church files order for Yahoo to release identities (

An anonymous reader writes: Yahoo and consumer opinion site RateItAll had until Friday to follow an order by a Muscogee County, GA Superior Court judge to disclose the identities of 5 people who emailed and posted anonymously about Cascade Hills Church of Columbus, GA and its pastor Bill Purvis.

Submission + - Publishers Seek Change in Search Result Content ( 1

explosivejared writes: "The Washington Post is running a story on the fight between publishers and search engines over just what exactly is allowed to be shown by the search results. Personally, I'm much more likely to go to a web site based on a concise, clear, and informative search result. However, this is making publishers uneasy. From the article:

The desire for greater control over how search engines index and display Web sites is driving an effort launched yesterday by leading news organizations and other publishers to revise a 13-year-old technology for restricting access. Currently, Google, Yahoo and other top search companies voluntarily respect a Web site's wishes as declared in a text file known as robots.txt, which a search engine's indexing software, called a crawler, knows to look for on a site.

But as search engines expanded to offer services for displaying news and scanning printed books, news organizations and book publishers began to complain. News publishers said that Google was posting their news summaries, headlines and photos without permission. Google claimed that "fair use" provisions of copyright laws applied, though it eventually settled a lawsuit with Agence France-Presse and agreed to pay the Associated Press without a lawsuit filed. Financial terms haven't been disclosed. The proposed extensions, known as Automated Content Access Protocol, partly grew out of those disputes. Leading the ACAP effort were groups representing publishers of newspapers, magazines, online databases, books and journals. The AP is one of dozens of organizations that have joined ACAP."

The Courts

Submission + - Judge allows RIAA expert to testify (

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: "Judge David G. Trager has ruled that Dr. Doug Jacobson can testify as an expert in UMG v. Lindor even though Dr. Jacobson had conceded at his deposition that his method satisfied none of the "reliability factors" enunciated by the U.S. Supreme Court in Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals, Inc., 509 U. S. 579 (1993) and that he had no reason to think MediaSentry's materials — upon which Jacobson's testimony was based — could satisfy them either. The Daubert factors are "(1) whether a theory or technique "can be and has been tested," (2) whether the theory or technique has been subjected to peer review and publication, (3) a technique's known or potential rate of error, and the existence and maintenance of standards controlling the technique's operation, and (4) whether a particular technique or theory has gained general acceptance in the relevant scientific community". Judge Trager dismissed these as mere "suggestions" by the high court, but could point to no cases where any other judge had allowed expert testimony where not a single Daubert reliability factor had been satisfied."
The Media

Submission + - People confused about their rights

JonnyRocks writes: I just thought the slashdot community would be interested in what I found. I saw a question on yahoo answers about legality of limewire and what concerned me is how many of the answers were wrong. I sometimes fear that people think downloading anything off the net is illegal.;_ylt=Aj5x3XFF63j7S40sn28pENXsy6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20071129135605AAvmTEG&show=7#profile-info-6jydNwohaa
The Courts

Submission + - Oregon AG Seeks to investigate RIAA tactics

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: "Turning the tables on the RIAA's attempt to subpoena information from the University of Oregon about the identities of the university students, the Attorney General has now filed additional papers requesting permission from the Court to conduct immediate discovery into the RIAA's 'data mining' techniques, such as the use of unlicensed investigators, the turning over of subpoenaed information to collection agencies, the obtaining of personal information from computers. The AG pointed out (pdf) that "Because Plaintiffs routinely obtain ex parte discovery in their John Doe infringement suits.....their factual assertions supporting their good cause argument are never challenged by an adverse party and their investigative methods remain free of scrutiny. They often settle their cases quickly before defendants obtain legal representation and begin to conduct discovery...... and have dropped cases, such as their case against Tanya Andersen, in which their methods and practices have been challenged through counterclaims...... While the University is not a party to the case, Plaintiffs' subpoena affects the university's rights and obligations. Plaintiffs may be spying on students who use the University's computer system and may be accessing much more than IP addresses." As one commentator succinctly put it, "They'll be going bananas in RIAA land" after reading this filing."

Submission + - Yahoo To Serve Adverts In PDFs (

Placid writes: "According to the BBC, Yahoo! has signed a deal to provide adverts within PDF documents. The article states:

The service will allow publishers to make money by including adverts linked to the content of a PDF document in a panel at the side of the page.
It is Yahoo's latest way of expanding the places it can advertise online following deals with the auction site Ebay and the cable TV group Comcast.
Dynamic adverts can be changed for particular audiences or rotated to make sure that a particular user never sees the same advertisement twice.
Unlike Web Browsers, the advertisements will not appear if the PDF document is printed."

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