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Submission + - Reported bitcoin 'founder' Craig Wright's home raided by Australian police (theguardian.com)

niftydude writes: Craig Wright, the individual Wired claims founded Bitcoin, had his home raided by police .

On Wednesday afternoon, police gained entry to a home belonging to Craig Wright, who had hours earlier been identified in investigations by Gizmodo and Wired, based on leaked transcripts of legal interviews and files. Both publications have indicated that they believe Wright to have been involved in the creation of the cryptocurrency.

Submission + - Chinese spacecraft lands on moon

niftydude writes: A Chinese spacecraft has landed on the moon in the first "soft landing" since 1976.

The event, broadcast live on Chinese TV, means the country has joined the US and the former Soviet Union in managing to accomplish such a feat.

The Chang'e 3, named after a lunar goddess in traditional Chinese mythology, is carrying the solar-powered Yutu, or Jade Rabbit rover, which will dig and conduct geological surveys. The mission is expected to last three months.

Submission + - Teen arrested after 'Timebomb' tweet (theage.com.au) 2

niftydude writes:

A teenage boy is facing criminal charges after he set off a bomb scare by tweeting some of the lyrics of a Pink song at the US pop songstress's concert on Sunday night at Rod Laver Arena.

The 16-year-old was thrown out of the concert and subsequently arrested by police after he tweeted a reference to Pink's song "Timebomb", off her chart-topping new album, and linked the tweet to the Rod Laver Arena official twitter account.

The tweet read:

@Pink I'm ready with my Bomb. Time to blow up #RodLaverArena. Bitch.

It is understood security at the concert were able to locate the boy in the 12,000-strong crowd by using his Twitter profile photo.

So tweeting the lyrics of a pop song while at the performer's concert can now get you arrested? I guess death metal fans should really watch out.

Submission + - Morales plane 'rerouted over Snowden suspicions' (guardian.co.uk)

niftydude writes: In an extraordinary move, France and Portugal revoked flight clearances for the Bolivian President's plane on Tuesday after representations were reportedly made by the US State Department. Mr Morales was flying home from an energy conference in Moscow and his aircraft was hastily rerouted to Vienna, Austria.

Bolivian Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca angrily denied that Mr Snowden was on the President's aircraft, a fact later confirmed by Austrian authorities, and said France and Portugal would have to explain why they abruptly cancelled authorisation for the flight.

AP reports that Venezuela's foreign minister Elias Jaua has condemned the decision by France and Portugal to block the plane from its airspace. He claimed that changing a flight's route without checking on how much fuel was left in the plane, put Morales' life at risk.

Submission + - Assange prosecutor quits while accuser sacks lawyer (theage.com.au)

niftydude writes: The top Swedish prosecutor pursuing sexual assault charges against Julian Assange has abruptly left the case and one of Mr Assange's accusers has sacked her lawyer.

The turmoil in the Swedish Prosecution Authority's effort to extradite Mr Assange comes as another leading Swedish judge prepares to deliver an unprecedented public lecture in Australia next week on the WikiLeaks publisher's case.

Fairfax Media has obtained Swedish court documents that reveal high-profile Swedish prosecutor Marianne Nye has unexpectedly left the handling Mr Assange's case, effective from Wednesday, and has been replaced by a more junior prosecutor, Ingrid Isgren. The reasons for the change have not yet been disclosed.


Submission + - Google hit with $200,000 damages bill over Mokbel shots (theage.com.au)

niftydude writes: Should Google be held liable for images that appear in its search results? An Australian court has said yes.

A Melbourne man who won a defamation case against search engine giant Google has been awarded $200,000 in damages.

Milorad Trkulja, also known as Michael, sued the multinational over images of him alongside a well-known underworld figure that appeared in its search results.

A six-person Supreme Court jury found last month that Mr Trkulja had been defamed by the images, which he first contacted Google about removing in 2009.


Submission + - Australian Sex Party threatens Google after ad spat (theage.com.au)

niftydude writes: Australian newspaper The Age is carrying the story:

The Australian Sex Party has threatened Google with legal action after the search engine refused to run its ads on the eve of tomorrow's Melbourne by-election.

It comes after Sex Party ads were blocked by Google at the last federal election because the company — which is typically opposed to censorship — perceived the text as too racy (the ads were reinstated by Google the day before the election).

Sex Party candidate Fiona Patten said this time the search giant said it would not approve her ads "because we have a donate button on our page and we're not a charity".

Don't all political parties allow donations? Is google imposing it's own sense of morality onto australian politics?


Submission + - Here we go again: Apple sues Samsung over Galaxy S III (theage.com.au)

niftydude writes: Apple has filed a motion in a California court to prevent Samsung selling its latest smartphone, the Galaxy S III in the US, according to court papers.

Apple claimed that the new phone, which is yet to go on sale in the US but went on sale in Australia last week, could cause it "irreparable harm," citing press reports that mobile companies had already sold more than nine million units in pre-orders.

"irreparable harm" is right — I played with one in-store yesterday, and it far surpasses any of last year's model smartphones.

Submission + - Raspberry Pi goes on sale today (raspberrypi.org)

niftydude writes: The long-awaited raspberrypi went on sale today at 0600 UST. Due to anticipated demand, sales have been offloaded to farnell and rs components. Even so, both http://www.farnell.com/ and http://uk.rs-online.com/web/ have suffered temporary meltdown at the hands of avid raspberry seekers. Announcement is at http://www.raspberrypi.org./

Submission + - Samsung sues to block iPhone 4S in Australia (theage.com.au)

niftydude writes: Samsung is suing Apple to stop sales of the iPhone 4S in Australia, just days after the device went on sale around the world.
Both companies are now shelling out millions in legal fees to fight more than 20 patent infringement cases in 10 countries. Samsung recently vowed to shift its strategy from "passive" to being "more aggressive" in targeting Apple for "free riding" on its patents.

Submission + - Pilot refuses full body scan, may lose job (gizmodo.com.au) 1

niftydude writes: A pilot for ExpressJet Airlines, Michael Roberts, refused to submit to a full-body scan in Memphis on Saturday, saying the technology amounts to “virtual strip searching.” Detained by airport security, he now may lose his job. His first hand account of the TSA agents to his refusal is here . He has also written a letter to the editor of a local Memphis newspaper in which he makes the quite relevant point that "Obviously, our work places us inside the flight deck door by necessity. We wouldn't have to smuggle a weapon into the airport to take control of an aircraft."

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