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Submission + - Astronomer Who Inspired Carl Sagan's "Contact" Retiring (

ideonexus writes: "Jill Tarter, the woman who inspired the fictional character Ellie Arroway in Carl Sagan's "Contact," is retiring as a SETI Astronomer after 35 years in order to focus entirely on raising funds to keep the SETI project operational, which employs 150 people and costs $2 million a year to operate, but had to shut down for several months in 2011 due to budget problems."
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Submission + - New Zealand legalizes illegal police surveillance. (

d18c7db writes: "The Government will introduce legislation to overrule a decision by the Supreme Court on the Urewera terror raids, which rendered nearly all police video surveillance footage unlawful.

The new law would be applied retrospectively, which meant no trials were likely to be aborted and offenders would have no ground to appeal their convictions."

Submission + - Hackers break SSL encryption ( 1

CaVp writes: The Register has it: Researchers have discovered a serious weakness in virtually all websites protected by the secure sockets layer protocol that allows attackers to silently decrypt data that's passing between a webserver and an end-user browser.

Submission + - The Motes in God's Sky (

kgeiger writes: The Sprite project is testing the feasibility of chip-sized spacecraft. The project's goal is to deploy true "smart dust" comprising 5 to 50 mg, single-sensor spacecraft capable of forming deep-space sensor arrays.

Submission + - Spotify Sued For Patent Infringement (

An anonymous reader writes: Celebrated online music player Spotify just entered the US market a few weeks ago, and already it's being sued for patent infringement. Welcome to America! The patent in question is a very very broad patent on distribution of music in a digital form, which basically describes how anyone would ever distribute digital music. The company suing, PacketVideo, has no competing product. It just wants money from the company that actually innovated.

Submission + - First color E-ink reader unveiled (

Aviation Pete writes: At the CES, Chinese manufacturer Hanvon has demonstrated the first E-ink reader with a color display. The screen resolution is an impressive 1600 x 1200, but pages load rather slowly. The E 920 reader will be available not before May.

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