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Submission + - Rambus Loses Antitrust Case Against Micron and Hyn (

An anonymous reader writes: Rambus's attempt to step outside the world of patent trolling and file antitrust claims against DRAM companies got hit with a major defeat today in San Francisco. After a four month trial, the jury returned a verdict that Micron and Hynix did not conspire against Rambus. Rambus had been seeking over $12 billion in damages, and instead got $0. Couldn't have happened to nicer folks.

Submission + - South Australian Government gags internet debate ( 2

JesseJaimes writes: SOUTH Australia has become one of the few states in the world to censor the internet.
The new law, which came into force on January 6, requires anyone making an online comment about next month's state election to publish their real name and postcode.

The law will affect anyone posting a comment on an election story on The Advertiser's AdelaideNow website, as well as other Australian news sites.


Submission + - AstroTwitter To Reveal Telescopes' Targets (

KentuckyFC writes: "If you've ever seen a major astronomical telescope and wondered what it is looking at, wonder no more. Following the success of NASA's Twitter feed for the Phoenix Mars Lander, a British astronomer has proposed a system called AstroTwitter which will broadcast the targets that telescopes are studying. He also suggests that a mashup could display the object of interest using services such as Google Sky or Microsoft's World Wide Telescope. The service will allow professional astronomers to check whether their requested observations have been carried out and to track which parts of the sky are being covered in real time. There's no word yet on a launch date for AstroTwitter, but why stop at telescopes? Twitter feeds for experiments such as particle accelerators, genome sequencers and microscopes could give us an entirely new way to engage with the process of science"

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