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Hugh Pickens writes “ABA Journal reports that the chief of the International Monetary Fund may claim consent as a defense to accusations that he sexually assaulted a maid at the Sofitel Hotel in New York as defense lawyer Benjamin Brafman told the judge he believed the ‘forensic evidence’ was ‘not consistent with forcible encounter.’ Police have said the maid knocked on Strauss-Kahn’s door and called out, used her master keycard to open the door, (more…)

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  • The Rise of Filter Bubbles

    eldavojohn writes “Eli Pariser gave a talk at TED which posits that tailoring algorithms are creating ‘filter bubbles’ around each user, restricting the information that reaches you to be — unsurprisingly — only what you want to see. While you might be happy that your preferred liberal or conservative news hits you, you’ll never get to see the converse. This is because Google, Facebook, newspaper sites and even Netflix filter what hits (more…)

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  • ‘Jetman’ Rossy Flies Above the Grand Canyon

    cylonlover writes “Yves Rossy, the former Swiss jet fighter pilot better known as Jetman, flew over the Grand Canyon last Saturday (May 7th) using his wearable jet-propelled wing. It was the first time he has flown with the device in North America, having previously used it to cross the English Channel, perform an aerial loop, fly in formation with stunt planes, and to unsuccessfully attempt traversing a stretch of the Atlantic Ocean between Morocco (more…)

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  • New Chrome Exploit Bypasses Sandbox, ASLR and DEP

    Trailrunner7 writes “Researchers at the French security firm VUPEN say they have discovered several new vulnerabilities in Google Chrome that enable them to bypass the browser’s sandbox, as well as ASLR and DEP, and run arbitrary code on a vulnerable machine. The company said they are not going to disclose the details of the bugs right now, but they have shared information with some of their government customers. The vulnerabilities are present in (more…)

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  • Zubinix writes “I have a background in doing automation in a Unix/Linux environment using scripting languages such as perl and bash shell, as well as ssh for remote scripting. My next project will be in the Windows environment so what approach and methodology is best for developing, say, the automation required for a test system? I don’t want to use things like Cygwin, as I need to integrate with Windows applications such as Exchange and Sharepoint. (more…)

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  • Stoobalou writes with this excerpt from thinq.co.uk: “Spotify has made a surprise announcement, and while it’s still not the long-awaited US launch, it will be making a splash over the pond: the streaming music service is morphing into an iTunes competitor. In what is a clear attempt at rattling Apple’s cage, Spotify has unveiled a pair of major new features: the ability to synchronise Spotify playlists with iPods, and the option to buy MP3 files (more…)

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  • Sweden May Mandate Opt-in For Cookie Transfer

    Vitdom writes “The present government in Sweden has published a proposition regarding ‘Better rules for electronic communication.’ Amongst other proposed amendments, it suggests that websites must inform the user of the ‘purpose’ regarding each individual cookie transferred to the user’s browser upon connection. Secondly, it is suggested that the user must give his consent before the transfer of the cookie in question. The proposition is to be voted (more…)

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  • Novell Completes Sale

    symbolset writes “Today Novell completed its sale to Attachmate. The company will be a wholly owned subsidiary and be delisted from the stock exchange. Novell was once a dominant player in network software, and its passing signals the end of an era.”

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  • Father of the CD, Norio Ohga, Dead At 81

    lightbox32 writes “Norio Ohga, who was Sony’s president and chairman from 1982 to 1995, died Saturday at the age of 81. He has been credited with developing CDs, which he insisted be designed at 12 centimeters (4.8 inches) in diameter to hold 75 minutes worth of music — in order to store Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in its entirety.”

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  • Google Loses Bedrock Suit, All Linux May Infringe

    blair1q writes “CNet reports that Google has lost the lawsuit brought by Bedrock, for infringing on Patent 5,893,120, ‘Methods and apparatus for information storage and retrieval using a hashing technique with external chaining and on-the-fly removal of expired data,’ and has exposed the Linux kernel, in which the infringing code reportedly appears, to liability for patent-license fees. Red Hat also participated in the suit, arguing that the patent (more…)

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