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Submission + - Will EU forbid the transfer of personal data to the US?

An anonymous reader writes: As the Snowden revelations have shown, personal data stored in the United States of America is not protected from the US government, be it through warantless eavesdropping or national security letters. In light of this, the general attorney for the Court of Justice of the European Union has just issued an opinion requiring the US to be removed from the list of "safe harbors", where the transfer of personal data of European citizens is permitted.

If the court follows his opinion, the change will have deep inpact in the operations of large transnational Internet companies, between a US government that wants to keep on spying, and European authorities that will punish them if they let it happen.

Submission + - Archos Gamepad: The Android console market gets crowded (engadget.com) 1

romiz writes: For years, handheld consoles were a domain where Nintendo reigned without contestation. SEGA and Atari failed in this market, and despite all its efforts Sony remains a distant second. But it is perhaps the end of the closed gaming device.

Until now, the lack of physical controls and the high price was preventing the trending tablets from entering this market. But Archos, a veteran tablet maker, is announcing a 7" Android tablet with physical gaming controls for the end of October. At 150€, it will be compatible with existing Android games. As with Ouya in the living room, Android devices are being opposed to the traditional consoles. Can they really propose an open alternative for game developpers ?

Submission + - A View of the Success of Movie Franchises (economist.com)

romiz writes: Have you ever wondered why it seems that movie sequels dominate the box office? As the eighth movie of the Harry Potter series gets released worldwide this week-end, the Economist produced a chart collecting the numbers for the most successful Hollywood franchises. Their conclusion is that a sequel is the best way to reduce the risk inherent to movie-making, but is it really ?

Submission + - AF 447 Flight Recorder Found in the Atlantic (bea.aero)

romiz writes: The memory of the flight recorder for the Air France 447 flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris, crashed on June 1st 2009, has been found on the seabed of the Atlantic Ocean, and brought back to the surface in good shape. This is the data recorder, that saves the flight parameters. The search is still continuing in hope of finding the voice recorder containing the sounds recorded in the plane's cockpit.

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