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Submission + - San Francisco Bart shuts off protester cell phone (sfgate.com)

tpaudio writes: Bart, the San Francisco public train service, acknowledged this afternoon that they shut down cell phone and wireless data service in its downtown San Francisco stations to disrupt a planned protest. Their announcement sparked denunciations from civil libertarians and the apparent threat of a cyber-attack on the BART website.

Submission + - The Pirate Bay website is sold to game firm (bbc.co.uk)

tpaudio writes: "File-sharing site The Pirate Bay has been sold to a Swedish gaming company. Global Gaming Factory (GGF) has paid 60m kronor (£4.7m) to take over the site from its founders. Once it has taken control, GGF said it would start paying copyright fees for the movies, music and games linked to via the site. "We feel that we can't take The Pirate Bay any further," Mr Sunde told the Swedish news agency TT. "We're in a bit of a frozen situation where there's not much happening and there are neither people nor money to develop things." Half the money GGF will pay for the site will be in cash and the remainder in shares in the company."

Submission + - Botched launch kills Orbiting Carbon Observatory (reuters.com)

tpaudio writes: "The U.S. government's first attempt to map carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere from space ended early on Tuesday after a botched satellite launch from California, officials said. The 986-pound (447-kg) spacecraft was tucked inside a clamshell-like shroud to protect it during the ride into space. But three minutes into the flight, the cover failed to separate as expected, dooming the mission."

Submission + - Worm infects 9 million PCs in less than 2 weeks (computerworld.com)

tpaudio writes: "Security researchers at F-Secure Corp. today said that 6.5 million Windows PCs have been infected by the "Downadup" worm in the last four days, and that nearly 9 million have been compromised in just over two weeks. On Tuesday, Koivunen put the number of infected systems at 2.4 million, then updated the estimate Wednesday to 3.5 million, an increase of 1.1 million in just 24 hours. "The number of Downadup infections [is] skyrocketing," Toni Koivunen, an F-Secure researcher, said in an entry to the company's Security Lab blog. "From an estimated 2.4 million infected machines to over 8.9 million during the last four days. That's just amazing.""

Submission + - Police use Facebook to nab burglar (reuters.com)

tpaudio writes: "New Zealand police have arrested a safe burglar by using the popular social networking website Facebook to identify and track him down. Queenstown police in southern New Zealand posted security-camera footage and pictures showing the man's face as he tried to break into the safe of a local tavern on Monday."

Submission + - Apple announces final MacWorld with no Steve Jobs. (cnet.com)

tpaudio writes: ""The company (Apple) announced on Tuesday afternoon that January's Macworld would mark its last year participating at the show, which is run by publishing company IDG. In addition, Apple said Phil Schiller, senior vice president of worldwide marketing, will deliver the keynote, usually handled by Jobs."

This was very much a tradition of San Francisco and Apple fans. I'll be sorry to see it gone but it has been said in the past that Apple is trying to limit the tradition of standard announcement dates and the expectations they bring."


Submission + - Vacuum tube turns 100

wenko writes: "The device that heralded the beginning of the 20th century electronics industry first saw the light of day in late 1906, just over a century ago. This was the triode electron tube, or audion, as its inventor called it."

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