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Submission + - China to censor internet during Olympic Games ( 1

chareverie writes: "China's rulers have announced that they would censor the internet to the foreign reporters who would be covering the Olympic games. Sun Weide, spokesman for the Beijing Olympic Organizing Committee, assured that China would provide "sufficient access to the internet for reporters", where he specified sites to be censored would be related to the Falungong spiritualist movement, which is currently outlawed in China. However, reporters at the main press center for the Olympic games attempted to surf the web and found that many other sites were censored that Sun did not specify, such as those related to Tibet's government-in-exile, Amnesty International, and the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre. The announcement was met with extreme disappointment by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), where IOC member John Coates expressed frustration and stating that "the Chinese had gone back on one of their 'key' Olympic promises." China's decision to censor the internet is the latest in the line of controversies leading up to the Olympics."

Submission + - Judge rules on breaking cell phone contracts

An anonymous reader writes: The fees that cell phone carriers charge customers who break service contracts took a big hit in a California courtroom when a judge said such charges by Sprint Nextel Corp. likely violate state law. The judge, in a tentative ruling issued late Monday, said Sprint will have to pay $18.3 million to customers who sued over the fees and credit $54.8 million to those who were charged but did not pay the fees. The same judge is considering other lawsuits against telecommunications companies over their so-called early termination fees, which can range from $150 to $225.

Submission + - Ted Stevens Indicted on Corruption Charges

Zilvreen writes: Being as he's everyone's beloved senile web celebrity, I figured I would let you guys know that Ted "Series of Tubes" Stevens has been indicted on 7 counts of filing false financial disclosures by a Federal grand jury in Washington D.C.

Details on the matter are rather scarce at the moment. I'm guessing because they don't want the tubes getting clogged.
Linux Business

Submission + - OSCON 2008 Roundup

An anonymous reader writes: Infoweek's Serdar Yegulalp wraps last week's event with Inside The OSCON 2008 Conference, which pulls together interviews with Mark Shuttlework, Linux Foundation's Jim Zemlin, MySQL's Zach Urlocker and Sam Ramji, who's director of Microsoft's Open Source Lab. Best quotes: "We will make a significant attempt to elevate the Linux desktop to the point where it is as good or better than Apple," from Shuttleworth; and ""If I would start a business tomorrow I'd do it in the netbook marketplace. I'd build a dead-simple $200 device that targets sports fans, women over forty," from Zemlin.

Submission + - Ted Stevens Indicted by Federal Grandjury

An anonymous reader writes: Everyone's favorite technologically challenged senator and ranking member of the Senate's Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, Ted Stevens, has been indicted by a federal grand jury for making false statements on his financial forms.
Data Storage

Submission + - Hans Reiser to reveal location of body

dlgeek writes: The story of Hans Reiser is well known to all Slashdotters by now. Some still placed doubts about the conviction, stating that he might be innocent. It now seems that all doubt has been quelled, since Alameda County District Attorney Thomas Orloff has revealed that Hans Reiser will disclose the location of Nina's body for a reduced sentence.

The deal is not yet finalized, though. "There's been some overtures," Orloff said, "But everything is in its preliminary stage." The deal would reduce his conviction from first degree to second degree murder. In addition, an anonymous source close with the situation said that "the only real leverage he has is if he can provide a body. He really doesn't have any options left. Even if he won a retrial somehow, he'd likely be convicted."

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