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Submission + - New York Times R&D wants to preserve iOS data (

An anonymous reader writes: In an alternate take on the iOS "location tracking" controversy, The New York Times R&D Lab has started, an initiative which promotes individuals' access to their own data. Via an upload application, participants securely store their iOS data and are given tools for mapping and conversion to common formats for their own use. Ultimately, the goal is to connect datasets to research projects in public health, epidemiology or urban planning on an opt-in basis.

Submission + - Microsoft on a $7 Billion to buy Skype (

kanad writes: Wall Street Journal is reporting that Microsoft is closing a deal to acquire Skype as early as today for $7 Billion. This would be one of the largest acquisition by Microsoft. Microsoft is trying to compete with Google and Facebook on internet space and this will give them the opportunity. Skype could be integrated with windows phone 7 or strengthen the Lync site of products.

Jailtime For Jailbreaking 281

An anonymous reader writes "Remember how the Librarian of Congress announced that jailbreaking your phone was legal and not a violation of the DMCA? Yeah, well, tell that to Mohamad Majed, who has already spent over a year in jail and has now been pressured into pleading guilty to criminal DMCA violations for jailbreaking phones for use on other carriers."

Submission + - Samsung's Galaxy Pad slate demonstration video (

Blacklaw writes: Samsung has unveiled a live video demo of its up-coming seven-inch Android-powered tablet, the Galaxy Tab.
The video, an official release from Samsung, represents the first live footage of the device in action — and there are some interesting features on display in the ten-minute demo. The 1024x600 display looks crisp in the footage, and the HDMI output to a larger screen in 1920x1080 resolution is something iPad owners can only dream about. With a range of accessories demonstrated — including a desk dock and a keyboard dock for quicker text entry — the Galaxy Tab is looking like an impressive piece of kit, but the question still remains whether it can steal sales from Apple's runaway iPad.

Submission + - Robot Archer iCub (

An anonymous reader writes: Humanoid robot iCub learns the skill of archery. It learns by itself to aim and shoot arrows at the target. It managed to hit the center of the target in only 8 trials.

This robot experiment was conducted by Dr. Petar Kormushev, Dr. Sylvain Calinon, and Dr. Ryo Saegusa, at the Italian Institute of Technology.

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Nigerian Spammers Up the Ante 7

It seems the Nigerian spammers have learned you can't always kill them with kindness. Now they just threaten to kill you. A woman in St. Louis received a mail that said, in part, "Am very sorry for you my friend, is a pity that this is how your life is going to end as soon as you don't comply. ... I don't have any business with you, my duty as I am mailing you now is just to KILL/ASSASINATE you and I have to do it as I have already been paid for that. Get back to me now if you are ready to pay some fees to spare your life, If you are not ready for my help, then I will carry on with my job straight-up."

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