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Submission + - Lead by Steve Jobs, Silicon Valley CEOs conspired to surpress engineers' wages

Oneflower writes: In a widespread conspiracy, the CEOs of Apple, Google, Intel, Adobe, Intuit, and Pixar secretly agreed to surpress the wages of their tech staff reports Mark Ames at Pando. The DoJ accuses that

Between approximately 2005 and 2009, Defendants Adobe, Apple, Google, Intel, Intuit, Lucasfilm, and Pixar allegedly engaged in an “overarching conspiracy” to eliminate competition among Defendants for skilled labor. The conspiracy consisted of an interconnected web of express bilateral agreements among Defendants to abstain from actively soliciting each other’s employees.Plaintiffs allege that each agreement involved a company under the control of Steve Jobs (Co-Founder, Former Chairman, and Former CEO of Apple) and/or a company that shared at least one director with Apple’s Board of Directors.

Printer

Submission + - MIT students reveal PopFab, a 3D printer that fits inside a briefcase (gizmag.com) 1

cylonlover writes: There are plenty of different 3D printers to choose from these days, from the popular Makerbot Thing-O-Matic to the budget-priced Solidoodle. These all have one drawback however in that they aren't exactly portable. Most need to be disassembled to be moved and even the fully-assembled Cubify printer isn't really built for travel. But now, two MIT students have developed the PopFab, a machine that does 3D printing and more, all while fitting inside a small suitcase. With different heads, the machine could also be used for milling, vinyl cutting, drawing, and much more, to create a wide variety of objects. The creators have also tested its portability by traveling with it as a carry-on suitcase to Saudi Arabia, Germany, and within the U.S.

Submission + - A Data Center That Looks Like A Mansion (datacenterknowledge.com)

1sockchuck writes: A luxury homebuilder in Minnesota wants to build a data center that looks like a mansion, allowing the commercial building to fit into a residential neighborhood. The "community-based data center" designed for FiberPop features a stone facade and sloped roof with dormers, along with an underground data hall. Data centers are typically located in industrial areas in nondescript buildings providing anonymity and structural integrity. Can they work in residential areas?
Android

Submission + - Google Willing To Settle Oracle's Android Lawsuit? (computerworld.com) 1

CWmike writes: "Google has offered the first public indication that it may be willing to settle Oracle's lawsuit against it over the alleged infringement of Java patents in Android. Google and Oracle filed legal papers Wednesday that provide the court with an update on the reexamination of Oracle's patents, and on whether they think the case should be put on hold, pending the outcome of that process. Google argues in favor of a stay. It said the reexaminations are likely to narrow the scope of the case and the damages Oracle can claim against it. Narrowing the case would also make it 'more likely that the parties could reach an informal resolution of the matter,' Google's lawyers wrote. Florian Mueller, a patent attorney who has been following the case, said the move was 'a fundamental departure from the positions it previously articulated in its public filings and its public statements, Google clearly blinks,' Mueller wrote in his FOSS Patents blog."
Google

Submission + - How Attackers Use Search Engines (securityweek.com)

wiredmikey writes: We’re seeing a fast-growing trend in the cybercriminal community: search engines being turned into tools for attackers in numerous ways. While this isn't new, cybercriminals are always finding new ways to use search engines as a tool for malicious activity and profit.

The article shows a few of the popular and emerging methods that attackers are using to spread malware, find vulnerable targets to attack, and more.

A worthy read for IT folks, it also outlines some of the steps organizations can take to protect themselves and employees against attacks coming through search engines.

Open Source

Submission + - Citrix Buys Cloud.com and CloudStack Platform (gigaom.com)

miller60 writes: Citrix Systems has acquired Cloud.com, an open source platform that allows service providers to quickly deploy EC2-style cloud offerings. It also gets a prime cloudy domain. Citrix says it will continue Cloud.com's support for VMware, add support for Microsoft's Hyper-V, and also remains committed to the OpenStack open source cloud platform. Here's a video overview of Cloud.com and its technology.
Android

Submission + - More DroidDream-Infected Apps in Android Market (threatpost.com)

Trailrunner7 writes: For Android users, the refrain must be getting a little tiresome: Researchers have found another batch of apps in the Android Market that were infected with malware. Once again, it was the DroidDream malware family causing the trouble, but this time, it was just a handful of apps and they were only in the market for a little while.

This is the third known incident in which a variant of DroidDream has been found in a group of infected apps in the Android Market. And it's the second warning in two days for Android users about malware-infected apps. Just yesterday, researchers at NC State University identified a new SMS Trojan that was in Android apps in unofficial markets in China. Now comes the news of a strain of DroidDream infecting four apps in the Android Market.

Technology

Submission + - New Lenses Change Color on Demand (gizmag.com)

Zothecula writes: Most will be familiar with photochromic lenses that darken when exposed to UV light, but now a researcher at the University of Connecticut has developed lenses that can quickly switch color based on the amount of voltage passed through them. While sunglasses manufacturers are expected to employ the technology to create color-changing sunglasses, it has also apparently captured the attention of the U.S. military who see it as a way to potentially assist soldiers to see clearly in rapidly changing environments.

Submission + - Patriot act allows cloud based spying (zdnet.com)

An anonymous reader writes: LONDON — At the Office 365 launch, Gordon Frazer, managing director of Microsoft UK, gave the first admission that cloud data — regardless of where it is in the world — is not protected against the USA PATRIOT Act.

It was honestly music to my ears. After a year of researching the Patriot Act’s breadth and ability to access data held within protected EU boundaries, Microsoft finally and openly admitted it.

China

Submission + - New source of rare earths? (bbc.co.uk)

gyaku_zuki writes: "As reported in the BBC, a Japanese survey team has discovered 'vast' quantities of rare earths in international waters in the pacific ocean.
The search for alternative sources of these expensive elements (used in common consumer electronics including mobile phones) was intensified recently after a territory dispute with China, who produces more than 90% of the world's rare earths, resulted in China blocking export to Japan."

Submission + - Why BlackBerry CAN survive

An anonymous reader writes: RIM has taken a beasting lately — including from public-letter-writing employees — but it's not all bad news in Waterloo according to this article. The company that popularised push email still has some prize assets — and the chance to grab more marketshare.

"They are a very sound business and they've done remarkably well coming out of being effectively a two-way pager company, originally. They've maintained momentum in the smartphone industry and in the handset industry generally that I don't think anyone would have expected they were going to be able to."
Education

US Colleges Say Hiring US Students a Bad Deal 490

theodp writes "Many US colleges and universities have notices posted on their websites informing US companies that they're tax chumps if they hire students who are US citizens. 'In fact, a company may save money by hiring international students because the majority of them are exempt from Social Security (FICA) and Medicare tax requirements,' advises the taxpayer-supported University of Pittsburgh (pdf) as it makes the case against hiring its own US students. You'll find identical pitches made by the University of Delaware, the University of Cincinnati, Kansas State University, the University of Southern California, the University of Wisconsin, Iowa State University, and other public colleges and universities. The same message is also echoed by private schools, such as John Hopkins University, Brown University, Rollins College and Loyola University Chicago."
Censorship

EU Views Net Censorship As a "Trade Barrier" 245

I Don't Believe in Imaginary Property writes "The European Parliament just passed a proposal to treat internet censorship as a trade barrier, in particular the 'Great Firewall of China.' If passed by the European Council, the issue would be raised in trade negotiations and could lead to economic sanctions and trade restrictions for those countries unwilling to remove oppressive Net censorship." We have discussed some of the ways in which the EU, and its member countries, engage in their own brand of censorship.

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