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Submission + - Scientology on Trial in Belgium (theatlanticwire.com)

dgharmon writes: "After a years long legal battle, federal prosecutors in Belgium now believe their investigation is complete enough to charge the Church of Scientology and its leaders as a criminal organization on charges of extortion, fraud, privacy breaches, and the illegal practice of medicine .. The Belgian government won't charge Scientology for being a cult — authorities are focusing on prosecuting it as a criminal organization" ...
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Submission + - Canonical ominously hints at product release (ubuntu.com)

ZarathustraDK writes: "A mysterious countdown has appeared on the frontpage of Ubuntu's homepage, pointing to the imminent release of some new Canonical/Ubuntu-related product. The countdown makes no small effort to conceal that whatever it is, it is touch-related.

So what is it? A phone? A tablet? Ubuntu on Android? An office-stressball?

Side-question: How do you make stuff like this not sound astroturfy?"

Submission + - The U.S. Going Over Fiscal Cliff, Tax Deal Might Cushion Landing (forbes.com) 1

Jetra writes: The House of Representatives has no plans to take any votes before midnight tonight, meaning the U.S. is technically going over the “fiscal cliff”, with more than $500 billion in tax hikes and $110 billion in automatic spending cuts kicking in for 2013. But the landing still might be cushioned by a deal between Senate Republicans and the White House that would protect couples earning up to $450,000 from most of the income tax increases that would otherwise take effect in 2013 as a raft of tax cuts, including the steep income tax reductions first passed under President George W. Bush, expire.

Submission + - Space industry in Russia to receive $69 billion until 2020

An anonymous reader writes: The space agency and industry in Russia will receive a strong increase in budget over the coming 8 years, according to Russia's national news agency RIA Novosti. In the last week of December, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev greenlighted a budget of $68.71 billion on funding Russia's space industry from 2013 to 2020.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: What is your New Years Eve tradition? 1

skade88 writes: What does the /. community do to celebrate New Years Eve? Does your city do something cool and unique to celebrate? Do you celebrate with fireworks in front of your house or in your fav MMO (Wow... Minecraft... etc..)?

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