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Google Working To Launch Music Store Soon
Posted by News Fetcher on October 15 '11 at 05:45 AM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's everybody's-doing-it department:
afabbro writes with news that Google is working to follow up its cloud music service with an MP3 store capable of competing with Amazon and Apple. The NY Times reports that "According to numerous music executives, Google is eager to open the store in the next several weeks," but it's unclear "whether Google would be able to close the necessary deals with labels and music publishers in time to open a full-service store." The Wall Street Journal confirms in its own (paywalled) report that negotiations with Warner, Universal, and Sony are still a long way from resulting a deal.

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Soon, No More Film Movie Cameras
Posted by News Fetcher on October 15 '11 at 04:45 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's video-has-another-crime-to-answer-for department:
phil reed writes "Creative Cow Magazine reports that manufacturers of movie cameras have quietly discontinued production of film cameras. There are still some markets — not in the U.S. — where film cameras are sold, but those numbers are far fewer than they used to be. If you talk to the people in camera rentals, the amount of film camera utilization in the overall schedule is probably between 30 to 40 percent. However, film usage is dropping fast, which has ramifications up and down the production line. Archivists are worried."

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Sony Reader T1 Hacked
Posted by News Fetcher on October 15 '11 at 02:45 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's oh-no-now-it's-more-useful department:
Nate the greatest writes "It's been just over a month since the T1 launched and only a couple weeks since it shipped — and it has already been hacked. A video has surfaced that shows the T1 running a number of apps, including a new home screen, AW Launcher, and a couple of different reading apps. It can't run Angry Birds just yet, but this is still great news. There aren't any details yet on when you'll be able to hack your T1, but I bet they'll be filtering out fairly soon."

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Australian Gov't To Streamline Anti-Piracy Lawsuit Process
Posted by News Fetcher on October 14 '11 at 11:45 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's streamlining-always-looks-cool department:
daria42 writes "Remember how the mass piracy lawsuits common in the U.S. are now coming to Australia? Of course you do. Well, now Australia's Government has come out backing the legal process which makes them possible — and is even promising to streamline it. Anti-piracy organisations will be jumping for joy — but I'm not sure how popular the move will be with the rest of the population."

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LibreOffice Going Online and Mobile
Posted by News Fetcher on October 14 '11 at 08:45 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's this-rocks-quite-hard department:
itwbennett writes "News from the LibreOffice Conference in Paris is trickling out. Blogger Brian Proffitt has a roundup of the conference announcements thus far. Notably included are plans for a browser-based version of LibreOffice called LibreOffice Online; and ports of LibreOffice to the Android and iOS platforms."

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US Bishop Charged For Not Reporting Priest's Child Porn To Police
Posted by News Fetcher on October 14 '11 at 06:00 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's thought-it-was-just-a-phase department:
PolygamousRanchKid writes "Kansas City's Catholic bishop was charged Friday with not telling police about child pornography found on a priest's computer, making him the highest-ranking U.S. Catholic official indicted on a charge of failing to protect children. Finn has acknowledged that he and other diocese officials knew for months about hundreds of 'disturbing' images of children that were discovered on a priest's computer but did not report the matter to authorities or turn over the computer."

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OccupySF IT Admins Using Pedal Power For Protest
Posted by News Fetcher on October 14 '11 at 04:30 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's still-occupying-the-basement-for-now department:
99luftballon writes "The OccupySF team have been running an ad-hoc computer network on the streets of San Francisco without a steady power source, no Wi-Fi and even the occasional police raid. It turns out the best way to keep the lights on is car batteries and pedal power."

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100,000 iPhones Overwhelm Activation Server
Posted by News Fetcher on October 14 '11 at 03:45 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's cap'n-we're-under-attack department:
dstates writes "What happens when Apple ships 100,000 iPhone 4S in a day? Answer, 100,000 users all try to activate their new phones. AT&T's activation servers are struggling under the load. Apparently Verizon and Sprint are doing a better job keeping up with the load." Adds an anonymous optimist: "The solution? Call AT&T by dialing 611 and talking to an operator to perform a manual activation with your IMEI and SIM card #, works every time!"

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Scientists Recover Black Death RNA From Exhumed Victims
Posted by News Fetcher on October 14 '11 at 03:15 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's what-could-go-wrong? department:
Richard.Tao writes "Scientists have recovered the RNA of the virus that caused the plague by digging through an English mass grave, and compiling [from several partial examples] the genetics of the virus. Though the plague still persists, scientists have believe the ancient strain was different due to a different onset of symptoms."

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NASA CTO Says Help Desks May Disappear
Posted by News Fetcher on October 14 '11 at 03:00 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's no-trash-can-therefore-no-trash department:
Lucas123 writes "NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has placed its data, from photos of Mars to top secret government information, in 10 different public or private clouds. JPL's 5,000 workers have access to that data with any mobile devices they want to use, as long as it has first been secured. Because JPL's and other workforces are becoming more mobile, a help desk as it's known today may soon become unnecessary, according to JPL's IT CTO Tom Soderstrom. 'Have you ever called a help desk for your mobile device? What do you do? Probably, the first you do is Google or Bing it,' he said. 'If you can't get your answer there, you ask your friends who are like you. For us, that's the workgroup.'"

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Security Researcher Threatened With Vulnerability Repair Bill
Posted by News Fetcher on October 14 '11 at 02:15 PM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's biting-a-helping-hand department:
mask.of.sanity writes "A security consultant who quietly tipped off an Australian superannuation fund about a web vulnerability that potentially put millions of customers at risk has been slapped with a legal threat demanding he allow the company access to his computer, and warned he may be forced to pay the cost of fixing the flaw. A legal document (PDF) sent from the company demanded that the researcher provide its technical staff with access to his computer. The company acknowledged the researcher's work was altruistic and thanked him for his efforts, but warned that the disclosure, which was not previously made public, may have breached Australian law. The researcher had run a batch file to access about 500 accounts, which was then handed to the company to demonstrate the direct object reference vulnerability."

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Samsung Lawyer Fails To Differentiate iPad and Galaxy Tab In Court
Posted by News Fetcher on October 14 '11 at 01:45 PM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's shouldn't-you-know-these-things department:
Several readers sent in a story that's sure to be embarrassing for Samsung. The company has been involved in a drawn-out patent dispute with Apple over similarities between the Galaxy Tab and the iPad. Today, during a court session, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh held up both objects and asked one of Samsung's attorneys whether she could identify which was which. The attorney replied, "Not at this distance, your honor." The distance was roughly 10 feet. The judge then quizzed the rest of Samsung's lawyers. After a brief hesitation, one of them was able to correctly identify the Galaxy Tab.

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Ask Slashdot: What To Do With Old Webcams?
Posted by News Fetcher on October 14 '11 at 01:30 PM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's attach-to-squirrels department:
An anonymous reader writes "I work as an IT administrator at a school. We have just upgraded our entire webcam inventory (about 45 webcams, model Logitech Quickcam Communicate STX) and have all the old ones sitting around. I would like to know what a neat project would be to make use of all the old ones. I was figuring there would be an open project somewhere that involved mass amounts of webcams."

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NASA Game Lets You Build Complex Space Networks
Posted by News Fetcher on October 14 '11 at 01:15 PM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's packets-in-space department:
gregg writes "According to this article, a new game called NetworKing, developed at NASA's Ames Research Center, 'lets players build fast and efficient communication networks by first setting up command stations around the world and then linking them to orbiting satellites and space telescopes. Resources are earned throughout the game as players continue to acquire more clients.' The game is available for play through an internet browser, and also has downloadable versions for Windows and OS X."

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SEC Says Public Firms May Need To Disclose Cyberattacks
Posted by News Fetcher on October 14 '11 at 12:45 PM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's would-make-for-some-fun-news-days department:
Trailrunner7 writes "The Securities and Exchange Commission has issued new guidance to help public companies determine when they may need to disclose an attack — or even a potential attack — in order to make potential investors aware of possible risks to the company's business. The guidance, which does not constitute a rule or requirement for companies to disclose, is meant to help registrants in 'assessing what, if any, disclosures should be provided about cybersecurity matters.'"

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Throwable 36-Camera Ball Takes Spherical Panoramas
Posted by News Fetcher on October 14 '11 at 12:15 PM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's anyone-want-to-play-some-volleyball department:
MrSeb writes "Jonas Pfeil, a student from the Technical University of Berlin, has created a rugged, grapefruit-sized ball that has 36 fixed-focus, 2-megapixel digital camera sensors built in. The user simply throws the ball into the air and photos are simultaneously taken with all 36 cameras to create a full, spherical panorama of the surrounding scene. The ball itself is made with a 3D printer, and the innards (which includes 36 STM VS6724 CMOS camera sensors, an accelerometer, and two microcontrollers to control the cameras) are adequately padded, so presumably it doesn't matter if you're bad at throwing and catching."

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Google Buzz Buzzing Away
Posted by News Fetcher on October 14 '11 at 11:15 AM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's bad-news-for-tens-of-users department:
MrCrassic writes "It looks like the glory days of Google Buzz have finally come to an end. Google has formally announced the termination of this service to concentrate their efforts on Google+. From the article: 'In a few weeks we'll shut down Google Buzz and the Buzz API, and focus instead on Google+. While people obviously won't be able to create new posts after that, they will be able to view their existing content on their Google Profile, and download it using Google Takeout.' Other products, such as Code Search, the Google Labs website and Jaiku, will also be on the chopping block.

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US Copyright Czar Cozied Up To Content Industry
Posted by News Fetcher on October 14 '11 at 10:45 AM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's just-some-folks-working-together department:
Nemesisghost writes "According to emails obtained via a Freedom of Information request, the U.S. Copyright Czar played an important role in brokering the deals between ISPs and copyright holders to punish subscribers whose IP addresses participated in copyright infringement. From the article: 'The records show the government clearly had a voice in the closed-door negotiations, though it was not a signatory to the historic accord, which isn’t an actual government policy. ... [T]he communications show that a wide range of officials — from Vice President Joe Biden’s deputy chief of staff Alan Hoffman, the Justice Department’s criminal chief Lanny Breuer to copyright czar Victoria Espinel — were in the loop well ahead of the accord’s unveiling. "These kind of backroom voluntary deals are quite scary, particularly because they are not subject to judicial review. I wanted to find out what role the White House has played in the negotiation, but unfortunately, the OMB (Office of Management and Budget) withheld key documents that would shed further light on it," Soghoian said when asked why he sought the documents."

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Swedish Court Finalizes Jail Sentence For Pirate Bay Co-Founder
Posted by News Fetcher on October 14 '11 at 10:00 AM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's yes-he-looks-very-dangerous department:
Mightee sends in this excerpt from TorrentFreak:
"The Stockholm District Court sentence against Pirate Bay founder Gottfrid Svartholm was finalized today after he failed to appear at the Court of Appeal. Svartholm, also known as Anakata online, did not appear at the appeal trial last year because he was hospitalized in Cambodia and later went missing. The Court of Appeal has now decided to finalize the initial verdict of one year jail time and a fine of $1.1 million."

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The Mystery of Mars' Bizarre Plumbing
Posted by News Fetcher on October 14 '11 at 09:15 AM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's who-built-this-place-anyway department:
astroengine writes "Hesperia Planum: once a Martian plain — a regular, no-surprises, run-of-the-mill plain. But now, thanks to researchers who used high-resolution imagery from the armada of satellites currently orbiting the Red Planet, Hesperia Planum holds a mystery. Sinuous rilles, a common feature in ancient volcanic regions on Mars and the Moon, appear across Hesperia, but they appear to have no origin and no destination. If they were formed by lava flows, wouldn't they originate near volcanoes? This oddity has led Tracy Gregg and her student Carolyn Roberts of the University at Buffalo to postulate an entirely different rille formation process that could make Hesperia Planum a whole lot more interesting than scientists ever thought."

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