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Submission + - Magicjack releases Magictalk in beta (magictalk.com)

JayRott writes: When I plugged in my Magicjack this evening a pop up officially announced Magictalk service is in beta. For those who have not heard, Magictalk allows users to make free calls using VOIP. The company plans on making money by billing the phone company on the receiving end of the call, which I expect will cause some companies to block the service. If you want to try it out, just head to http://magictalk.com/. The software works with either PC or Mac (as usual Linux users are left out in the cold.)

Submission + - Leslie Nielson diesat age of 84 (tekgoblin.com)

tekgoblin writes: You may remember him from hit movies such as Naked Gun and Airplane. Leslie Nielson made people laugh so hard they cried but today he died at the age of 84. He died in the hospital near his home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida of complications with pneumonia.

Submission + - Wikileaks releases U.S. War logs of Afghan War (wikileaks.org)

unity100 writes: From the wikileaks website itself :

"At 5pm EST Friday 22nd October 2010 WikiLeaks released the largest classified military leak in history. The 391,832 reports ('The Iraq War Logs'), document the war and occupation in Iraq, from 1st January 2004 to 31st December 2009 (except for the months of May 2004 and March 2009) as told by soldiers in the United States Army. Each is a 'SIGACT' or Significant Action in the war. They detail events as seen and heard by the US military troops on the ground in Iraq and are the first real glimpse into the secret history of the war that the United States government has been privy to throughout."

Diary Dig — War Log Explorer link provides an easy way to browse and search war logs, linked from the main wikileaks site at Wikileaks


Submission + - The Luck of the Irish Runs Out

theodp writes: Looks like threatening to take their ball and leave paid off for U.S. tech firms. The Irish government announced plans this week to tap the welfare state and working class for much of the $20B in savings they've pledged to find over the next four years, but the austerity measures will not touch large businesses like Microsoft, Intel, Google, HP, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Pfizer, which created jobs and fueled exports in Ireland after being lured by low corporate tax rates. More than 100,000 Dubliners took to the streets to protest the bailout plan, calling for the Irish government to default on the country's debts, and demanding an immediate election. 'We should default, said a retired union worker, 'the idea that the workers of this country should pay for the gambling of the billionaires is disgusting.'

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