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Submission + - Pro-anorexia site clampdown urged (bbc.co.uk)

An anonymous reader writes: In an recent article written by the BBC, MySpace says they plan on partnership with eating disorder support group B-eat to prevent the spread of content promoting anorexia and other eating disorders while Facebook says they will not, citing their support of "flow of information."
Security

Submission + - Former MS (now FF)Security Honcho: MS Hides Holes (mozilla.com) 1

theranjan writes: "When Jeff Jones, a Security Strategy Director at Microsoft, decided to compare Internet Explorer security vulnerabilities with those of Mozilla Firefox, and decided to publish his results showing that Internet Explorer was more secure, he perhaps forgot that the Head Security Strategist of Mozilla, Window Snyder, was a former MS employee, in fact the security lead for the Service pack of Windows XP and Server. In a rebuttal of the study, Window Snyder said that the number of vulnerabilities publicly acknowledged was just a "small subset" of all vulnerabilities fixed internally. The vulnerabilities found internally are fixed in service packs and major updates without public knowledge. This is probably one of the first times that we have confirmation from one of Microsoft's former workers that this practice is routinely followed in Microsoft. This also confirms that the studies performed or referenced by Microsoft touting itself as the safest Operating system, comparing the vulnerabilities between OSes, needs to be taken with bucketfuls of salt. Finally, Window speaks out against the practice of counting bugs,stating plainly that "If we as an industry would just acknowledge that counting bugs is useless then vendors could feel safe talking about what they are doing to protect users" and "Were not building fixes for our PR team, were building them for our users. Go ahead and count.""
Media

Submission + - Pepsi and Amazon's Super Bowl MP3 Promotion (sciam.com)

MaineCoasts writes: Scientific American reports that at this years Super Bowl, Pepsi will be kicking off a yearlong MP3 download promotion on the inside of 5 billion of its soda bottle caps. Sources said Pepsi customers will need to collect five caps in order to exchange them for a download; this yields the potential for 1 billion redeemable tracks through Amazon. Scientific American suggests that this may be a turning point for MP3s, forcing further consideration by Warner Music Group (WMG) and Sony BMG Music Entertainment to follow EMI and Universal Music Group's lead in distributing music in the MP3 format, which forgoes restrictive digital rights management technology.
Biotech

Journal Journal: Stem Cell-derived bone tissue closes skull injury

The American Society for Cell Biology reports "There are mice in Baltimore whose skulls were made whole again by bone tissue grown from human embryonic stem cells (hESCs). Healing critical-size defects (defects that would not otherwise heal on their own) in intramembraneous bone, the flat bone type that forms the skull, is a vivid demonstration of new techniques devised by researchers at John Hopkins University to

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