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Medicine

Submission + - Indian pharmaceutical Cipla slashes cancer drug prices by 76% (yahoo.com)

suraj.sun writes: Indian generic drug company Cipla said Friday it had slashed by up to 76 percent prices of three anti-cancer medicines in what it called a "humanitarian" move and promised to cut the costs of more products. There are 2.5 million cases of cancer diagnosed in India each year, according to the World Health Organisation, with most patients receiving inadequate treatment as drugs are priced beyond their reach. "Business is business, but it has to be linked with one's social responsibilities. This initiative of price reduction is a humanitarian approach by Cipla to support cancer patients," company chairman Y.K. Hamied said. The family-led company first hit headlines in 2001 when it offered to supply life-saving triple therapy AIDS drug cocktails at prices sharply below those of multinational firms with Hamied saying the move was for "social reasons". Cipla has been pushing the Indian government to allow widespread use of so-called "compulsory licences" for production of life-saving patented drugs to overcome barriers for people in accessing affordable medicines. Compulsory licences are allowed under the World Trade Organization's TRIPS Agreement, which governs trade and intellectual property rules. Analysts said Cipla's move could prompt a price war in the 15-billion-rupee Indian drug market — challenging multinationals which sell costly patented medicine and Indian firms whose generic range is less expensive but not as cheap as Cipla's.
Censorship

Submission + - MPAA Filter Censors Legit Torrent Files on isoHunt (torrentfreak.com)

SolKeshNaranek writes: Summary: Court ordered filtering for isoHumt results in thousands of non-infringing files becoming unavailable due to heavy handed action of MPAA.

Excerpt from the article:
"Following a US court decision BitTorrent search engine isoHunt was ordered to implement a site-wide keyword filter provided by the MPAA. According to isoHunt’s owner the ruling would result in mass censorship of legitimate content, and recent evidence shows that this is indeed the case. The MPAA’s mandatory filter is accidentally censoring thousands of public domain songs and even an independent film which was uploaded by the filmmaker himself.

Nearly two years ago the U.S. District Court of California issued a permanent injunction against BitTorrent search engine isoHunt.

The Court ordered the owner of isoHunt to start censoring the site’s search engine based on a list of thousands of keywords provided by the MPAA, or cease its operations entirely in the US."

Related articles:
  http://torrentfreak.com/isohunt-continues-legal-fight-to-thwart-mpaa-censorship-101221/

http://torrentfreak.com/isohunt-tells-court-that-mpaas-filter-is-needless-censorship-100627/

Microsoft

Submission + - CEO of tuCloud dares Microsoft to Sue his New Company (arstechnica.com)

Fluffeh writes: "Word from arstechnica is that OnLive, a service provided that seems to totally flout Microsoft licensing and offers iPad users a Microsoft Desktop for free (or a beefier one for $5) isn't being sued by Microsoft as this blog quotes: "We are actively engaged with OnLive with the hope of bringing them into a properly licensed scenario." The people who are angry include Guise Bule, CEO of tuCloud. He accuses Microsoft of playing favorites with OnLive—whose CEO is a former Microsoft executive—while regularly auditing license compliance for companies like tuCloud that provide legitimate virtual desktop services. Bule is so mad that he says he is forming an entirely new company called DesktopsOnDemand to provide a service identical to OnLive's, complete with licensing violations, and dare Microsoft to take him to court. Bule hopes to force Microsoft into lifting restrictions on virtual desktop licensing that he says inhibit growth in the virtual desktop industry, and seem to apply to everyone except OnLive."
Privacy

Submission + - Have we lost our Privacy to the Internet? (guardian.co.uk)

An anonymous reader writes: An article in the Guardian, penned by Joss Wright and Tom Chatfield, discusses whether we — as in Internet users in general — are, or indeed are not, giving away way too much information about ourselves to large Corporations that profit handsomely from mining the info. The article talks about how contemporary internet companies — perhaps predictably — are run with a "privacy is dead" motto. It considers what implications having all your private data out on the internet — where it can be seen, searched, shared, retransmitted, perhaps archived forever without your consent — has for the "future of our society" (by which the authors presumably mean the society of the UK). The (rather long) article ends by mentioning that Gmail scans your email, that Facebook apps frequently send your private data right to the app developer, that iPhones are known to log your geographic location, and that some smartphone apps read your address book and messages, then dial home to transmit this info to the company that developed the app.
Patents

Submission + - Patent Attorneys Sued for Copyright Infringement (patentlyo.com)

Zordak writes: "Patent blogger Dennis Crouch writes on Patently-O of a catch 22 for attorneys. Patent attorneys (I am one, but not yours, obviously) are required to submit all prior art that they know of to the patent office. Failing to do so is an ethical violation, and can result in a patent being invalidated. But now the Hoboken Publishing Company and the American Institute of Physics are suing a major patent firm for copyright infringement, because they submit articles to the patent office without paying a separate royalty."
Google

Submission + - Microsoft recommended Google privacy breach and then destroyed the trail. (computerworld.com) 1

rtfa-troll writes: Recently we reported on Microsoft's accusation that Google had been bypassing privacy controls. The story continued with Google attempting to explain the difficulties with P3P. Now, according to Computerworld, it turns out that Google was actually following a Microsoft recommendation and that prior to the accusation against Google, Microsoft deleted the support page with the recommendation (apparently still online at archive.org) which means that Google can no longer point to it to explain why they did what they did. The original article behind this (warning: PDF) goes into more detail about various aspects of privacy and P3P policies including what is wrong with Microsoft's recommendation.
Apache

Submission + - Apache 2.4 Takes Direct Aim at Nginx (serverwatch.com)

darthcamaro writes: The world's most popular web server is out with a major new release today that has one key goal — deliver more performance than ever before. Improved caching, proxy modules as well as new session control are also key highlights of the release.

"We also show that as far as true performance is based — real-world performance as seen by the end-user- 2.4 is as fast, and even faster than some of the servers who may be "better" known as being "fast", like nginx," im Jagielski, ASF President and Apache HTTP Server Project Management Committee, told InternetNews.com


Facebook

Submission + - Facebook To Microsoft: P3P Is Outdated, What Else Ya Got?

An anonymous reader writes: After Microsoft blamed Google for bypassing Internet Explorer’s privacy settings, it soon became clear Facebook and tens of thousands of websites were doing the same thing by writing incorrectly formatted compact policies (CPs) for the Platform for Privacy Preferences Project (P3P). Facebook today confirmed it is also bypassing IE’s privacy settings. The social networking giant has told the software giant that P3P is outdated and that it needs to find something else.
Linux

Submission + - Whitehouse.gov petitions (whitehouse.gov)

technosattva writes: The Whitehouse has a section on their website for petitions. I was referred to this today because a friend in the scientific community would like to get more attention for opposition to HR-3699 .

"HR 3699, the Research Works Act will be detrimental to the free flow of scientific information that was created using Federal funds. It is an attempt to put federally funded scientific information behind pay-walls, and confer the ownership of the information to a private entity. This is an affront to open government and open access to information created using public funds."

There are other petitions worthy of consideration there too... I would like to encourage every American to take their opportunity to participate in democracy . Please contact them if it does not work with your OS (like it did not for me).

Submission + - Adobe employee speaks out on bloatware (blogspot.com)

An anonymous reader writes: This controversial post by Adobe's Kas Thomas asks if splash screens are just a sign of program bloat and callous disregard for users. It suggests that big programs should launch instantly (or appear to), perhaps by running against an instance in the cloud while the local instance finishes loading. Users of cell phones and tablets are accustomed to apps being instantly available. This is the new standard for performance, the author argues. Nothing short of it will do, any more.
Open Source

Submission + - LibreOffice is the triumph of maturity over adversity (computerworlduk.com)

superapecommando writes: Simon Phipps, former head of open source at Sun, points out how the story of LibreOffice is a great example of how open source communities can triumph over adversity.

"While much of what has happened has been the steady momentum you'd expect from a community-run project, the announcement this morning that parent organisation The Document Foundation has finally been officially incorporated in Germany seems a symbolic maturity point for the once-renegade project. Incorporation was made possible by the amazing week in 2011 when hundreds of individual donations provided the €50,000 starting capital for the Foundation, and while it's taken a year to happen, the entity that's been created — a German Stiftung — is as solid as rock. "

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