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Julie188 writes “In the ongoing patent infringement case between i4i and Microsoft, i4i has won a powerful ally: the US government itself. The US solicitor general, which represents the federal government in the Supreme Court, on Friday filed an amicus brief in support of i4i, saying that the US Patent and Trademark Office should not be second-guessed by a jury. i4i, which won a $290 million patent judgment against Microsoft, has now accrued 22 amicus (more…)

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  • angry tapir writes “China shut down more than 130,000 illegal Internet cafes in the country over a six year period, as part of crackdown to control the market, according to a new Chinese government report. Internet cafes in China are highly regulated by the government, which can issue and revoke their licenses. Authorities have made it illegal for Internet cafes to serve minors under the age of 18, stating that the Web’s content could endanger their (more…)

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  • Cutting Prices Is the Only Way To Stop Piracy

    Stoobalou writes “The only way to stop piracy is to cut prices. That’s the verdict of a major new academic study that reckons copyright theft won’t be halted by ‘three strikes’ broadband disconnections, increasing censorship or draconian new laws brought in under the anti-counterfeiting treaty ACTA. The Media Piracy Project, published last week by the Social Science Research Council, reports that illegal copying of movies, music, video games and software (more…)

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  • TSA To Retest Full Body Scanners For Radiation

    cultiv8 writes with this excerpt from USA Today:
    “The Transportation Security Administration announced Friday that it would retest every full-body X-ray scanner that emits ionizing radiation — 247 machines at 38 airports — after maintenance records on some of the devices showed radiation levels 10 times higher than expected. The TSA says that the records reflect math mistakes and that all the machines are safe. Indeed, even the highest (more…)

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  • A Bittersweet Finale For Discovery Space Shuttle

    Julie188 writes “The shuttle Discovery re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere for the last time Wednesday to close out the space plane’s 39th and final voyage. And so marks the beginning of the end for America’s shuttle program. Everything about the last flight felt epic, from how it overcame a down-to-the-last-second problem to launch on its final mission in February, to its sunny final landing this week. As it coasted to a stop, Discovery’s odometer (more…)

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  • siliconbits writes “At CeBIT 2011, we went around the stands from some of the biggest component manufacturers in the world and asked them a simple question, would you consider bringing out ARM products (barebones, laptops, tablets, motherboards) for Windows 8? The answer was a unanimous yes; like Microsoft, the same firms that have been faithful Intel and AMD partners for years are prepared to explore other territories as soon as Windows 8 will go (more…)

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  • Ask Slashdot: Facebook Archiving?

    Stenchwarrior writes “I was in the car with my wife and 15-year-old daughter this morning talking about the future of Facebook and how it’s likely that they will not be around forever (or at least not at the same capacity as now) and my daughter asked ‘Well, what’s going to happen to all of my pictures?’ It never occurred to her to that Facebook might not be around someday and all of those thousands of photos that she’s uploaded might someday be gone. (more…)

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  • An anonymous reader writes “A post on the IE blog details the new ActiveX filtering feature in the IE9 release candidate. Microsoft’s Herman Ng writes, ‘ActiveX Filtering in the IE9 Release Candidate gives you greater control over how Web pages run on your PC. With ActiveX Filtering, you can turn off ActiveX controls for all Web sites and then turn them back on selectively as you see fit. While ActiveX controls like Adobe Flash are important for Web (more…)

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  • natecochrane writes “The CEO of Australia’s No.2 telco, Optus, has called for a “Baby Bell” solution to handle what he says is a growing threat to competition in the emerging $43 billion Australian national fibre-broadband network. Paul O’Sullivan says that only by breaking up the network architect NBN Co and tendering out its services, overseen by an independent board (much like Australia’s Reserve Bank the Fed), can competition be preserved. And (more…)

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  • King’s Quest III Remake Released

    Beetle B. writes “Not being content with remaking Sierra’s King’s Quest I, King’s Quest II and Quest for Glory II, the Anonymous Game Developers Interactive have released a remake of King’s Quest III. Sure, the graphics may not appeal to the young’uns out there, but it’s the gameplay that matters, right? Last year, after several legal battles, another game in the King’s Quest series made by fans was released (with more episodes to come). And did I (more…)

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