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Submission + - Vatican unveils Pope's Twitter account @pontifex (

Big Hairy Ian writes: The Pope is to begin sending Twitter messages using the handle @pontifex as his personal account, the Vatican said.

A spokesman said Pope Benedict XVI wanted to "reach out to everyone" with tweets translated into eight languages.

The first tweet from his account, whose name means both pontiff and builder of bridges, is expected on 12 December.

Last year, the Pope sent his first tweet last year from a Vatican account to launch the Holy See's news information portal.

"We are going to get a spiritual message. The Pope is not going to be walking around with a Blackberry or an iPad and no-one is going to be putting words into the Pope's mouth," Greg Burke, senior media advisor to the Vatican said.

"He will tweet what he wants to tweet," he added, though the leader of the world's 1.2 billion or so Roman Catholics is expected to sign off, rather than write, each individual tweet himself.


Submission + - Surveillance oponents send copies of Nineteen Eighty-Four to Attorney General (

boron boy writes: "Given the recent push for increased surveillance, ISP data retention, and the erosion of any “right to remain silent”, I wonder if Nicola Roxon (Attorney General of Australia) has read George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four.

Let’s make sure she has, or at least that she re-reads it, given the circumstances. I’ve started a campaign to send copies to her office at parliament house."


Submission + - Bruce Willis 'considering iTunes legal action' against Apple (

oobayly writes: It appears that Bruce "Die Hard" Willis isn't too impressed that he can't include his iTunes collection in his estate when he dies.

Bruce Willis, the Hollywood actor, is said to be considering legal action against Apple so he can leave his iTunes music collection to his three daughters.

Such a high profile individual complaining about the ability to own your digital music can only be a good thing, right? I suggest that also assaulting Cupertino in a dirty white vest would do the job.


Submission + - Star Trek Meets The Data Center (

1sockchuck writes: EvoSwitch describes itself as a "next generation" data center. So it celebrated its fifth anniversary with a Star Trek theme, with employees suiting up in Federation-style uniforms, and even a press release written in Klingon. EvoSwitch operates a carbon neutral Amsterdam data center that houses infrastructure for Wikipedia, among others.

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