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Government

Submission + - Copyright violation network in Brazilian senate

gustgr writes: "Although very concerned about issues such as child pornography on the Internet and wider use of free software throughout the country, it appears that Brazilian senators and representatives don't care too much about copyright violation matters. It was found that several computers in the Brazilian National Senate's network had access to a pool of illegal downloaded music, movies and games (Google translation to English). With just a few clicks anyone inside the internal network was able to reach a large collection of copyrighted material, varying from music by local Brazilian performers to various Hollywood blockbusters. Once this news gained force amongst Brazilian political and technological blogs, the senate's Secretary of Information removed the files (translation) and announced that an investigation is to be started in order to reveal the culprits."
Intel

Submission + - Intel brings rich UI to Moblin Linux platform (arstechnica.com)

2mob writes: Intel's Linux-based Moblin operating system recently got a significant user interface overhaul. The platform's new graphical shell, which was unveiled Tuesday in a new Moblin 2 beta release, delivers top-notch usability and slick visual effects. The developers have completely reinvented the concept of virtual desktops and have replaced it with a more fluid "zone" system that makes it easier to organize how windows are grouped together. The shell also has tightly-integrated social network and messaging features, such as a built-in Twitter client and an instant messenger buddy list. Ars Technica tested Moblin beta 2 on Dell netbook and has published a comprehensive hands-on look at the new user interface.
Privacy

Submission + - Palin's Yahoo E-mail Account Cracked (time-blog.com) 1

An anonymous reader writes: At around midnight last night an anonymous cracker gained access to governor Palin's email account gov.palin@yahoo.com and handed over the contents to Wikileaks. Governor Palin has come under media criticism in the past week for using private email accounts to avoid Alaskan freedom of information laws. The contents of the mailbox show this to be true and also hold clues of at least one other Yahoo based mail account held by Palin, gov.sarah@yahoo.com.

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