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Submission + - Lawsuit: Windows Phone 7 Spies On Users (

jfruhlinger writes: "Microsoft wants to emulate the success of the iPhone, but they probably didn't want to follow in Apple's footsteps this way: a class action lawsuit claims that Windows Phone 7 is collecting location data on users, even when they request that it stop. But a look at the internals shows that Microsoft might not be acting as Big Brother-ish as it appears."

Submission + - Earthquake moved nuclear waste containers (

stevegee58 writes: Last week's 5.9 earthquake that shook the mid-Atlantic states moved some nuclear waste casks at the North Anna nuke plant in Virginia. 25 of the casks, weighing 115 tons each and containing spent fuel rods, were shifted by 1 to 4 inches.

Luckily none of the containers were damaged.


Submission + - Age Bias In IT: The Reality Behind The Rumors (

CWmike writes: "Is high tech really that tough on older workers, or are they simply not pulling their weight in an industry that never stops innovating? Age bias: Some consider it IT's dirty little secret, or even IT's big open secret. They have been hit harder by the recession. '[Age bias is] something that no [employer] talks about. But it's a reality in tech that if you're 45 years of age and still writing C code or Cobol code and making $150,000 a year, the likelihood is that you won't be employed very long,' says Vivek Wadhwa, who currently holds academic positions at several universities, including UC Berkeley, Duke and Harvard. Wadhwa's observation indicates that age bias is a simplistic label for a complicated set of factors that influence the job prospects for senior tech employees."

Submission + - Dyn, Inc spamming ex-EveryDNS customers

An anonymous reader writes: I used to use the free EveryDNS service for secondary DNS on my websites. Dyn, Inc bought them out and today has switched to redirecting all requests to a spam website. That is to say, someone asks their DNS servers where my website is hosted, and even though they know it is hosted on my computers, they intentionally return the address of their own computers. It's well within their rights to stop offering this free service, but giving fraudulent answers to DNS requests is a major breach. I can't believe they think they're going to get more customers with this approach. Are there any DNS service providers that aren't evil?
Technology (Apple)

Submission + - Top 10 Apple products which flopped

Miti writes: "Apart from phenomenal products like the iPod, iMac and Macbooks, Apple in its 30 year old history has churned out super flop products too. has compiled a list of 10 products in from Apple which fizzled in the market."

Submission + - IBM to demonstrate high-speed chip

Hedbonker writes: " IBM will demonstrate a new chipset today that can download a high-definition movie in a single second, compared to the current time of 30 minutes or more. The company said its optical transceiver chipset transfers information eight times as fast as currently available components. Such high speeds would have a significant impact on the way people share and access media and informmation, from video to music to corporate financial data."

IBM Doubles CPU Cooling With Simple Change 208

Ars Technica is reporting that IBM has discovered a new cooling breakthrough that, unlike several other recent announcements, should be relatively easy and cost-effective to implement. "IBM's find addresses how thermal paste is typically spread between the face of a chip and the heat spreader that sits directly over the core. Overclockers already know how crucial it is to apply thermal paste the right way: too much, and it causes heat buildup. Too little, and it causes heat buildup. It has to be "just right," which is why IBM looked to find the best way to get the gooey stuff where it needs to be and in the right amount, and to make it significantly more efficient in the process."

Comment Re:Contracts (Score 1) 1619

I think you've got it backwards. AT&T sold the wireless division 2 years ago. Then, SBC (co-owners of Cingular) bought AT&T last year. Finally, the new AT&T bought Bell South this year. So, AT&T and it's wireless division are re-married.

AT&T (read, the old SBC) has publicly announced that it is considering changing the Cingular name back to AT&T wireless as they believe more in the power of the AT&T brand.

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