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Submission + - The Cuban Memory Stick Underground 2

circletimessquare writes: "The New York Times describes how hard it is in Cuba to get news that is not censored. Apparently students have taken to passing media around on memory sticks, as this is the only way they can get around state-controlled media. Also driving this phenomenon is the fact that there are so few places to get on the Internet: in Havana there is only one Internet cafe, down from three a few years ago. Ricardo, a 28 year old philosophy student, gets the memory sticks from European friends, since they are scarce to find in Cuba through normal channels. 'Like many young Cubans, Ricardo plays a game of cat and mouse with the authorities. He doubts that the government will ever let ordinary citizens have access to the Internet in their homes. "That's far too dangerous," he said. "Daddy State doesn't want you to get informed, so it preventively keeps you from surfing."'"

Nigerian Spammers Up the Ante 7

It seems the Nigerian spammers have learned you can't always kill them with kindness. Now they just threaten to kill you. A woman in St. Louis received a mail that said, in part, "Am very sorry for you my friend, is a pity that this is how your life is going to end as soon as you don't comply. ... I don't have any business with you, my duty as I am mailing you now is just to KILL/ASSASINATE you and I have to do it as I have already been paid for that. Get back to me now if you are ready to pay some fees to spare your life, If you are not ready for my help, then I will carry on with my job straight-up."

Submission + - Netflix announces Blu-Ray exclusivity (businessweek.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Netflix has announced its intention to go Blu-ray only. The company decided to make the move because it believes "it is likely that the Sony format will prevail." "From the Netflix perspective, focusing on one format will enable us to create the best experience for subscribers," the company said, adding that not many customers order high-def DVDs

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