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Submission + - Amazons Kindle Fire Reviewed

adeelarshad82 writes: The solid little BlackBerry PlayBook look alike Kindle Fire packs quite a punch for its extremely competitive price tag. Measuring 7.5 by 4.7 by .45 inches (HWD) and weighing 14.6 ounces, the Kindle Fire runs on a dual-core, 1GHz TI OMAP4 processor and Android 2.3.4 (Gingerbread). Despite the fact that The Kindle Fire is missing a few features like a camera, memory slots, bluetooth connectivity and a microphone, it still gives users plenty of reasons to be excited. It's the first affordable, easy-to-use general-purpose tablet. Amazon's unlimited cloud storage provides a huge benefit for movie and music lovers. With a battery life that can last nearly five hours of continuous video playback, Kindle Fire proves to be a worthy companion for most road trips. Moreover, Kindle's Silk Web browser is super fast. Since it leverages on Amazon's EC2 servers to speed up web page loads, page load times take half as long as they do on the iPad. Plus it's hard to ignore the fact that the Silk browser supports Flash and displays full desktop Web pages.
The Courts

Geek Wins Copyright Lawsuit Against Corporation 616

Chris Gregerson writes "I work as a stock photographer/web developer. I saw a photo of mine used in Vilana Financial's full-page phone book ad. They wouldn't pay the licensing fee, and I wrote about it online (mirror). They sued me for defamation, producing a sales agreement signed by one ' Michael Zubitskiy' (who they said took the photo and sold the rights to them). I sued them for copyright infringement, and they added claims against me for trademark infringement, deceptive trade practices, and tortuous interference. There was a trial I'll long remember on the 5th of November, and the judge recently issued her verdict (PDF; mirror). She ruled Vilana Financial forged the sales agreement and willfully infringed my photos, and awarded me $19,462. All claims against me were denied. I represented myself during the litigation."
Hardware Hacking

Best Open Source License For Hardware? 125

An anonymous reader writes "MIT recently open-sourced some really cool hardware designs, including an H.264 video decoder and an OFDM transceiver, under MIT's open source license (a.k.a. the X11 license). Now, the OpenCores FAQ recommends that people use either the GPL, LGPL, or modified BSD license; they do not mention the MIT license at all. And, according to the Free Software Foundation the GPL license can be used for hardware, but they do not list the LPGL, modified BSD, or MIT licenses as suitable for non-software. Would you or your company use hardware source-released under the MIT license? What's the best license to use for releasing hardware?"

Submission + - Popular Science's Top 100 Innovations of 2007 (

john writes: Popular Science has just published their "Best of What's New" list of the 100 most impressive innovations in science and technology this year. Top honors goes to the Nanosolar Powersheet, a paper-thin solar cell that produces energy at 1/10th the cost of a traditional silicon and glass cell. Other winners include the Apple iPhone, the daVinci-inspired Ellsworth Ride bicycle, and the Audi R8.

Submission + - Fedora 8 officially released ( 1

Cat in the Hat writes: Fedora 8 has been officially released. Ars Technica has a run-down of what's new in Fedora 8, including the PulseAudio sound daemon, Nodoka visual style, and a new authentication system. 'Another major change in Fedora 8 is the new PolicyKit authentication system that makes authority escalation more secure. Instead of providing root access to an entire program when it needs higher privileges, PolicyKit makes it possible to isolate individual operations that require higher privileges and put them into system services that can be accessed through D-Bus. Another advantage of PolicyKit is that it will give administrators more control over which users and programs have access to individual operations that use escalated privileges.'

Grid Computing Saves Cancer Researchers Decades 149

Stony Stevenson writes "Canadian researchers have promised to squeeze "decades" of cancer research into just two years by harnessing the power of a global PC grid. The scientists are the first from Canada to use IBM's World Community Grid network of PCs and laptops with the power equivalent to one of the globe's top five fastest supercomputers. The team will use the grid to analyze the results of experiments on proteins using data collected by scientists at the Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute in Buffalo, New York. The researchers estimate that this analysis would take conventional computer systems 162 years to complete."
United States

House Narrowly Avoids Having to Debate Impeachment of Cheney 1033

An anonymous reader writes "Representative Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) yesterday successfully moved articles of impeachment against Vice President Dick Cheney to the House Judiciary committee. 'Today's resolution from Kucinich (D-Ohio) was essentially the same as the legislation he introduced earlier this year, which included three articles of impeachment against Cheney based largely on allegations that he manipulated intelligence in the run-up to the Iraq war. The last article accuses Cheney of threatening "aggression" against Iran "absent any real threat."'"
The Almighty Buck

Submission + - Ebay Buys StubHub

ruffnsc writes: Ebay yesterday announced it has agreed to acquire privately held StubHub, a leading online marketplace for the resale of event tickets. The acquisition will enable eBay to expand its presence and offering in the online tickets segment, while allowing StubHub to continue to scale its business with the e-commerce expertise and resources of eBay. "StubHub has been extremely successful in the online tickets segment, and it's a perfect complement to eBay's tickets business," said Bill Cobb, president, eBay North America Marketplaces. "Together we can strengthen both businesses and provide fans with more choice and better service." Link Here

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