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In this issue:
* Iran Admits Stuxnet Affected Their Nuclear Program
* Peter Sunde Wants To Create Alternative To ICANN
* US Army Unveils 'Revolutionary' $35,000 Rifle
* Microsoft Word Patent Case Going To Supreme Court
* Aussie Gov't Decides ISPs Aren't Responsible For Infected Computers
* Patent Supports PSP2 Rear Touch Pad Rumor
* Earth's Water Didn't Come From Outer Space
* Combining Two Kinects To Make Better 3D Video
* Level 3 Shaken Down By Comcast Over Video Streaming
* Google Faces EU Probe Over Doped Search Results
* Apple Sues Steve Jobs Figurine Maker Over Likeness
* DDoS Attack On Wikileaks Increasing
* Inside the Labs At HP, Microsoft and IBM
* Windows 7 Phone Gets Jailbreak Tool
* Beer Made Just for Dogs
* Linus On Branching Practices
* Facebook's 'Like This' Button Is Tracking You
* AT&T Goes After Copper Wire Thieves
* Curious NASA Pre-Announcement
* Student Googles Himself, Finds He's Accused of Murder
* WikiLeaks Will Unveil Major Bank Scandal
* Microsoft Ups Online War, Says Google's 'Failing'
* The Last Stop For Space Station-Bound Software
* GNU Savannah Site Compromised
* Supreme Court Refuses P2P 'Innocent Sharing' Case
* Google Earth Adds 3-D Trees

| Iran Admits Stuxnet Affected Their Nuclear Program
| from the they-mailed-their-reactors-to-a-nigerian-prince dept.
| posted by Soulskill on Monday November 29, @19:28 (The Military)
| https://tech.slashdot.org/story/10/11/29/2344218/Iran-Admits-Stuxnet-Affected-Their-Nuclear-Program?from=newsletter

plover writes "According to this article in the Guardian, 'Ahmadinejad
[0]admitted the [Stuxnet] worm had affected Iran's uranium enrichment.
"They succeeded in creating problems for a limited number of our
centrifuges with the software they had installed in electronic parts,"
the president said. "They did a bad thing. Fortunately our experts
discovered that, and today they are not able [to do that] anymore."'"

Discuss this story at:

0. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/nov/29/iranian-nuclear-scientists-attack-claims

| Peter Sunde Wants To Create Alternative To ICANN
| from the icann-see-why dept.
| posted by Soulskill on Monday November 29, @20:15 (The Internet)
| https://tech.slashdot.org/story/10/11/29/2352225/Peter-Sunde-Wants-To-Create-Alternative-To-ICANN?from=newsletter

An anonymous reader writes "According to Peter Sunde's Twitter feed, he
has been [0]suspicious of ICANN for a long time. The non-profit
corporation is tasked with managing both the IPv4 and IPv6 address spaces
as well as handling the management of top-level domain name space
including the operation of root nameservers. Sunde has [1]lost a domain
in the past because of the way ICANN acted. It was taken without any
consultation on their part, instead the organization relied on
information from recording industry group IFPI to change the domain
ownership. But it seems for some reason his frustration has come to a
head recently, and he has [2]put a call out for help to create a
competing root server."

Discuss this story at:

0. http://twitter.com/brokep/status/8779363872935936
1. http://twitter.com/brokep/status/8773782676176896
2. http://www.geek.com/articles/news/peter-sunde-attempting-to-create-p2p-alternative-to-icann-20101129/

| US Army Unveils 'Revolutionary' $35,000 Rifle
| from the don't-even-have-this-in-video-games dept.
| posted by Soulskill on Monday November 29, @22:23 (The Military)
| https://tech.slashdot.org/story/10/11/30/0118224/US-Army-Unveils-Revolutionary-35000-Rifle?from=newsletter

rbrander writes "Don't call it a 'rifle,' call it the 'XM25 Counter
Defilade Target Engagement System' and get your $35,000 worth. Much more
than a projector of high-speed lead, this device [0]hurls small grenades
that automatically detonate in mid-flight with 1-meter accuracy over
nearly 800m. The vital field feature is the ability to explode 1m behind
the wall you just lazed — the one with the enemy hiding behind it."

Discuss this story at:

0. http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2010/11/24/armys-revolutionary-rifle-use-afghanistan/?test=faces

| Microsoft Word Patent Case Going To Supreme Court
| from the eye-for-an-eye dept.
| posted by Soulskill on Tuesday November 30, @00:20 (Microsoft)
| https://yro.slashdot.org/story/10/11/30/0147229/Microsoft-Word-Patent-Case-Going-To-Supreme-Court?from=newsletter

jfruhlinger writes "Microsoft may have had to [0]change Word after being
found guilty of violating a Canadian company's patents, but it's still
resisting paying for damages — and is [1]taking the fight to the US
Supreme Court. If you can't stand either MS or patents, who do you root
for here?"

Discuss this story at:

0. http://yro.slashdot.org/story/09/12/30/0011258/MS-Issues-Word-Patch-To-Comply-With-Court-Order
1. http://www.itworld.com/legal/129081/supreme-court-hear-microsoft-appeal-patent-judgment

| Aussie Gov't Decides ISPs Aren't Responsible For Infected Computers
| from the how-magnanimous-of-you dept.
| posted by Soulskill on Tuesday November 30, @02:19 (Australia)
| https://yro.slashdot.org/story/10/11/30/0218217/Aussie-Govt-Decides-ISPs-Arent-Responsible-For-Infected-Computers?from=newsletter

c0lo writes "In a sudden outburst of common sense, the Australian senate
decided that [0]it is not the government's responsibility to force ISPs
to [1]disconnect infected computers from the Internet. Peter Coroneos,
chief of the Internet Industry Association, used a car analogy that
actually makes sense: 'It would be like forcing car manufacturers to take
responsibility for bad drivers.'"

Discuss this story at:

0. http://www.zdnet.com.au/govt-stays-isp-zombie-laws-339307564.htm
1. http://tech.slashdot.org/story/10/01/25/1458231/Australian-ISPs-To-Disconnect-Botnet-Zombies

| Patent Supports PSP2 Rear Touch Pad Rumor
| from the i-always-thought-touchpads-were-too-easy-to-see dept.
| posted by Soulskill on Tuesday November 30, @03:46 (Sony)
| https://games.slashdot.org/story/10/11/30/032249/Patent-Supports-PSP2-Rear-Touch-Pad-Rumor?from=newsletter

itwbennett writes "According to Electronista, [0]a series of patents
filed 13 months ago and published late last week by Sony Computer
Entertainment America may confirm rumors of a PSP2 with back touchpad. Of
course, they could also confirm the rumored PlayStation phone. 'In either
case,' says Peter Smith, 'exactly [1]what interactions will be performed
via the rear touch pad remain to be seen. Without adding a cursor to the
display it couldn't be anything very precise (in other words, you
wouldn't want to have to tap on a specific spot on the UI), but scrolling
through menus, swiping to select items in inventory or panning around a
map all seem like viable touch-enabled gaming UI interactions that you
can do 'blind.' In shooter games you'll often have a gun reticle
(essentially a cursor) anyway so aiming could be done via a rear pad.'"

Discuss this story at:

0. http://www.electronista.com/articles/10/11/28/sony.patents.hint.at.psp2.back.touchpad/
1. http://www.itworld.com/personal-tech/129006/patent-supports-psp2-rear-touch-pad-rumor

| Earth's Water Didn't Come From Outer Space
| from the no-word-on-elvis dept.
| posted by Soulskill on Tuesday November 30, @05:09 (Earth)
| https://science.slashdot.org/story/10/11/30/045259/Earths-Water-Didnt-Come-From-Outer-Space?from=newsletter

sciencehabit writes "Where did Earth's oceans come from? Astronomers have
long contended that icy comets and asteroids delivered the water for them
during an epoch of heavy bombardment that ended about 3.9 billion years
ago. But [0]a new study suggests that [1]Earth supplied its own water,
leaching it from the rocks that formed the planet. The finding may help
explain why life on Earth appeared so early, and it may indicate that
other rocky worlds are also awash in vast seas."

Discuss this story at:

0. http://arxiv.org/abs/1011.2710
1. http://news.sciencemag.org/sciencenow/2010/11/earth-oceans-were-homegrown.html?ref=hp

| Combining Two Kinects To Make Better 3D Video
| from the this-is-what-happens-when-yo dept.
| posted by Soulskill on Tuesday November 30, @06:35 (Hardware Hacking)
| https://games.slashdot.org/story/10/11/30/0313241/Combining-Two-Kinects-To-Make-Better-3D-Video?from=newsletter

suraj.sun sends this quote from Engadget about improving the Kinect 3D
video recordings we [0]discussed recently: "[Oliver Kreylos is] blowing
minds and demonstrating that [1]two Kinects can be paired and their
output meshed — one basically filling in the gaps of the other. He found
that the two do create some interference, the dotted IR pattern of one
causing some holes and blotches in the other, but when the two are
combined they basically help each other out and the results are quite

Discuss this story at:

0. http://tech.slashdot.org/story/10/11/15/1347205/Exciting-Kinect-Stuff-Already-Coming-Out
1. http://www.engadget.com/2010/11/29/two-kinects-join-forces-to-create-better-3d-video-blow-our-mind/

| Level 3 Shaken Down By Comcast Over Video Streaming
| from the premium-tubes dept.
| posted by Soulskill on Tuesday November 30, @08:14 (Networking)
| https://yro.slashdot.org/story/10/11/30/0246235/Level-3-Shaken-Down-By-Comcast-Over-Video-Streaming?from=newsletter

An anonymous reader writes "It looks like the gloves are really coming
off; Level 3 Communications had to [0]pony up an undisclosed amount of
cash to [1]keep Netflix streaming to Comcast customers. Perhaps now the
FCC might actually do something to ensure that the internet remains open.
Level 3's Chief Legal Officer, Thomas Stortz, said: 'Level 3 believes
Comcast's current position [2]violates the spirit and letter of the FCC's
proposed Internet Policy principles and other regulations and statutes,
as well as Comcast's previous public statements about favoring an open
Internet. While the network neutrality debate in Washington has focused
on what actions a broadband access provider might take to filter,
prioritize or manage content requested by its subscribers, Comcast's
decision goes well beyond this. With this action, Comcast is preventing
competing content from ever being delivered to Comcast's subscribers at
all, unless Comcast's unilaterally-determined toll is paid — even though
Comcast's subscribers requested the content. With this action, Comcast
demonstrates the risk of a 'closed' Internet, where a retail broadband
Internet access provider decides whether and how their subscribers
interact with content.'"

Discuss this story at:

0. http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/11/29/netflix-partner-says-comcast-toll-threatens-online-video-delivery/
1. http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-20024070-93.html
2. http://www.level3.com/index.cfm?pageID=491&PR=962

| Google Faces EU Probe Over Doped Search Results
| from the that-doesn't-sound-nice dept.
| posted by CmdrTaco on Tuesday November 30, @08:57 (Google)
| https://tech.slashdot.org/story/10/11/30/1327259/Google-Faces-EU-Probe-Over-Doped-Search-Results?from=newsletter

Barence writes "The EU has launched an investigation into whether
[0]Google is deliberately doctoring its search results to favour its own
services. The search giant stands accused of artificially lowering the
search ranking of competing price-comparison sites in organic and
paid-for search results, in favour of Google Shopping. 'There is a
growing chasm between the enduring public perception of Google's search
results as comprehensive and impartial, and the reality that they are
increasingly neither,' said Shivaun Raff, CEO of British price comparison
site Foundem, which lodged the complaint with the EU. Google has denied
any foul play. 'Those sites have complained and even sued us over the
years, but in all cases there were compelling reasons why their sites
were ranked poorly by our algorithms,' it claims."

Discuss this story at:

0. http://www.pcpro.co.uk/news/363244/google-faces-eu-probe-over-doped-search-results

| Apple Sues Steve Jobs Figurine Maker Over Likeness
| from the false-idols-before-me dept.
| posted by CmdrTaco on Tuesday November 30, @09:34 (It's funny. Laugh.)
| https://apple.slashdot.org/story/10/11/30/145211/Apple-Sues-Steve-Jobs-Figurine-Maker-Over-Likeness?from=newsletter

eldavojohn writes "Techdirt brings word that China-based MIC Gadget, the
maker of a four inch 'SJ figurine,' is being [0]sued by Apple to stop
making the product. The fairly well detailed figurine went for $80 and
the manufacturer offered [1]updates as it quickly sold out of the first
300 and was [2]subsequently sued before starting a second batch. The
glasses, the black turtle neck, the salt and pepper beard, the blue jeans
and the new balance sneakers — that is Steve Jobs' look and you don't
even have to consider the smug look or the iPhone 4 in his hand while
standing in a classic press event spotlight pose. So far, this notice for
copyright infringement only exists for the 'SJ figurine' (no mention of
Apple or Jobs in the store listing) but [3]it appears other companies are
allowing MIC Gadget some leeway with trademarks or perhaps they just
haven't noticed yet. Could it be that Apple is just concerned that their
followers are purchasing lead-painted false idols?"

Discuss this story at:

0. http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20101124/14052912015/apple-forces-removal-steve-jobs-action-figure.shtml
1. http://micgadget.com/9634/phenomenal-steve-jobs-figure-hands-on/
2. http://www.mobiledia.com/news/77177.html
3. http://store.micgadget.com/iphone-4-faux-leather-case/144-nes-vintage-controller-iphone-4-leather-back-case.html

| DDoS Attack On Wikileaks Increasing
| from the that's-a-lot-of-bits dept.
| posted by CmdrTaco on Tuesday November 30, @10:08 (Crime)
| https://it.slashdot.org/story/10/11/30/1459214/DDoS-Attack-On-Wikileaks-Increasing?from=newsletter

tetrahedrassface writes "According to the Twitter feed for Wikileaks, the
[0]attack on the controversial site is increasing and is now at 10
Gigabits per second. In light of the recent release of highly sensitive
documents and calls by many lawmakers around the world to swiftly find,
extradite, and try suspected rapist Julius Assange for breaches of
national security, one nation, Ecuador, [1]has offered asylum."

Discuss this story at:

0. http://wikileaks.info/
1. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-11874911

| Inside the Labs At HP, Microsoft and IBM
| from the not-the-retriever-kind dept.
| posted by CmdrTaco on Tuesday November 30, @10:51 (Microsoft)
| https://yro.slashdot.org/story/10/11/30/1531246/Inside-the-Labs-At-HP-Microsoft-and-IBM?from=newsletter

alphadogg writes "At Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard and IBM, investment in
research and development is a [0]reflection of corporate culture. This
three-part piece by the IDG News Service examines the different
approaches taken by each of these influential tech companies.
Hewlett-Packard prides itself on its pragmatism, while Microsoft holds
the flag of basic research aloft — and IBM continues to file more patent
applications, year after year, than any other tech company."

Discuss this story at:

0. http://www.networkworld.com/news/2010/112910-inside-the-labs-at-microsoft.html

| Windows 7 Phone Gets Jailbreak Tool
| from the happens-to-all-of-us-eventually dept.
| posted by CmdrTaco on Tuesday November 30, @11:41 (Windows)
| https://mobile.slashdot.org/story/10/11/30/1622244/Windows-7-Phone-Gets-Jailbreak-Tool?from=newsletter

An anonymous reader writes "Developers have released [0]a 'jailbreak'
tool for Microsoft's Windows Phone 7, allowing the handsets to run any
application, not just those approved for distribution through Microsoft's
Marketplace. Although reminiscent of jailbreak tools for the iPhone, this
tool, called ChevronWP7, addresses a feature missing in Microsoft's
Windows Phone 7. It allows corporations to develop proprietary
applications and install them on users' handsets without the need to
first place the application on Marketplace, as is currently required by

Discuss this story at:

0. http://www.eweekeurope.co.uk/news/windows-7-phone-gets-jailbreak-tool-14613

| Beer Made Just for Dogs
| from the your-dog-wants-to-drink dept.
| posted by samzenpus on Tuesday November 30, @11:57 (Australia)
| https://idle.slashdot.org/story/10/11/30/1621219/Beer-Made-Just-for-Dogs?from=newsletter

Every dog owners knows there is nothing more pathetic than watching your
dog beg for a sip of your delicious beer. Now, thanks to some forward
thinking brewers, [0]you can finally drink with your dog. Australian pet
deli and boutique Paws Point, and American brewer Dog Star Brewing
Company, have designed beers especially for dogs. Both beers are
non-alcoholic, non-carbonated, and infused with meat flavor, making them
less than ideal for all but the most troubling family Christmas.

Discuss this story at:

0. http://www.care2.com/greenliving/beer-made-just-for-dogs.html#

| Linus On Branching Practices
| from the not-the-wood-kind dept.
| posted by CmdrTaco on Tuesday November 30, @12:18 (Programming)
| https://developers.slashdot.org/story/10/11/30/1649231/Linus-On-Branching-Practices?from=newsletter

rocket22 writes "Not long ago Linus Torvalds made some comments about
issues the kernel maintainers were facing while applying the "feature
branch" pattern. They are using Git (which is very strong with branching
and merging) but still need to take care of the branching basics to avoid
ending up with unstable branches due to unstable starting points. While
most likely your team doesn't face the same issues that kernel
development does, and even if you're using a different DVCS like
Mercurial, is [0]worth to take a look at the description of the problem
and the clear solution to be followed in order to avoid repeating the
same mistakes. The same basics can be applied to every version control
system with good merge tracking, so let's avoid religious wars and focus
on the technical details."

Discuss this story at:

0. http://codicesoftware.blogspot.com/2010/11/linus-on-branching.html

| Facebook's 'Like This' Button Is Tracking You
| from the of-course-they-are dept.
| posted by CmdrTaco on Tuesday November 30, @13:00 (Facebook)
| https://yro.slashdot.org/story/10/11/30/1734249/Facebooks-Like-This-Button-Is-Tracking-You?from=newsletter

Stoobalou submitted a story about some of the most obvious research I've
seen in a while ... "A researcher from a Dutch university is warning that
[0]Facebook's 'Like This' button is watching your every move. Arnold
Roosendaal, who is a doctoral candidate at the Tilburg University for
Law, Technology and Society, warns that Facebook is tracking and tracing
everyone, whether they use the social networking site or not. Roosendaal
says that Facebook's tentacles reach way beyond the confines of its own
web sites and subscriber base because more and more third party sites are
using the 'Like This' button and Facebook Connect."

Discuss this story at:

0. http://www.thinq.co.uk/2010/11/30/facebooks-button-tracking-you/

| AT&T Goes After Copper Wire Thieves
| from the silver-still-fine dept.
| posted by CmdrTaco on Tuesday November 30, @13:38 (Crime)
| https://yro.slashdot.org/story/10/11/30/1829247/ATampT-Goes-After-Copper-Wire-Thieves?from=newsletter

coondoggie writes "Copper thieves targeting Atlanta are [0]now being
targeted themselves by AT&T which is now offering $3,000 for information
leading to their arrest. The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that in
one recent three day stretch, nearly 7,000 customers and two schools lost
land line phone service. The FBI has said in the past that the rising
theft of the metal is threatening the critical infrastructure by
targeting electrical substations, cellular towers, telephone land lines,
railroads, water wells, construction sites, and vacant homes for
lucrative profits."

Discuss this story at:

0. http://www.networkworld.com/community/blog/att-goes-after-copper-wire-thieves

| Curious NASA Pre-Announcement
| from the phone-gnome dept.
| posted by CmdrTaco on Tuesday November 30, @14:14 (NASA)
| https://science.slashdot.org/story/10/11/30/1846255/Curious-NASA-Pre-Announcement?from=newsletter

CrtxReavr was one of a small avalanche of readers to let us know about a
[0]press conference NASA scheduled for Thursday at 2pm to discuss an
"astrobiology finding that will impact the search for evidence of
extraterrestrial life." I've heard rumors ranging from "proof of life on
Titan" to "first contact," depending on how optimistic/crazy you are.

Discuss this story at:

0. http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2010/nov/HQ_M10-167_Astrobiology.html

| Student Googles Himself, Finds He's Accused of Murder
| from the be-careful-what-you-search-for dept.
| posted by samzenpus on Tuesday November 30, @14:36 (Crime)
| https://idle.slashdot.org/story/10/11/30/1646244/Student-Googles-Himself-Finds-Hes-Accused-of-Murder?from=newsletter

University of Florida student Zachary Garcia was more than a little
surprised to [0]find out he was wanted for murder after Googling his name.
It turns out the police were looking for a different man but had
mistakenly used Garcia's photo. From the article: "Investigators
originally released a driver's license photo of Zachary Garcia — spelled
with an 'A' — but it was Zachery Garcia — spelled with an 'E'— who was
charged in connection with the crime."

Discuss this story at:

0. http://www.wtsp.com/news/topstories/story.aspx?storyid=159559&catid=250

| WikiLeaks Will Unveil Major Bank Scandal
| from the don't-be-evil dept.
| posted by CmdrTaco on Tuesday November 30, @14:58 (The Media)
| https://news.slashdot.org/story/10/11/30/1849235/WikiLeaks-Will-Unveil-Major-Bank-Scandal?from=newsletter

Atmanman writes "When WikiLeaks announced it was releasing 251,287 US
diplomatic cables, we all thought we knew what was meant by its earlier
ominous words that, 'The coming months will see a new world, where global
history is redefined.' It now appears the organization is sitting on a
treasure trove of information so big that it has stopped taking
submissions. Among data to be released are tens of thousands of
[0]documents from a major US banking firm and material from
pharmaceutical companies, finance firms and energy companies."

Discuss this story at:

0. http://blogs.forbes.com/andygreenberg/2010/11/29/an-interview-with-wikileaks-julian-assange/

| Microsoft Ups Online War, Says Google's 'Failing'
| from the shaking-in-their-boots dept.
| posted by CmdrTaco on Tuesday November 30, @15:42 (Businesses)
| https://tech.slashdot.org/story/10/11/30/2012249/Microsoft-Ups-Online-War-Says-Googles-Failing?from=newsletter

CWmike writes "Raising the stakes in its war of words, Microsoft said on
Tuesday that Google simply doesn't understand what businesses need, and
is [0]failing at pushing its way into the enterprise. In this edited
version of his interview with Computerworld, Microsoft's senior director
of Online Services, Tom Rizzo, talks about Google's privacy issues,
scanning user data, the difference between consumer and corporate needs,
and his doubts about Google surviving in the enterprise space. He also
said he thinks Google will be shocked to see Microsoft's momentum into
the enterprise cloud sector."

Discuss this story at:

0. http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9198658/Microsoft_exec_says_Google_is_failing_in_the_enterprise

| The Last Stop For Space Station-Bound Software
| from the debugging-is-a-little-harder dept.
| posted by CmdrTaco on Tuesday November 30, @16:22 (NASA)
| https://science.slashdot.org/story/10/11/30/2113240/The-Last-Stop-For-Space-Station-Bound-Software?from=newsletter

Normally I avoid slide show type articles, but this one is actually
pretty interesting. It starts "This NASA lab contains a [0]recreation of
the computer systems found onboard the International Space Station. It is
the place where the final bug testing takes place before software is
uploaded to the station and where software engineers recreate bugs that
occur onboard the station in an attempt to help fix them."

Discuss this story at:

0. http://www.silicon.com/technology/software/2010/11/29/photos-nasas-space-station-computing-centre-39746648/

| GNU Savannah Site Compromised
| from the it's-gnu/secure dept.
| posted by CmdrTaco on Tuesday November 30, @17:00 (GNU is Not Unix)
| https://news.slashdot.org/story/10/11/30/2134203/GNU-Savannah-Site-Compromised?from=newsletter

Trailrunner7 writes "A site belonging to [0]the Savannah GNU free
software archive was attacked recently, leading to a compromise of
encrypted passwords and enabling the attackers to access restricted
project material. The compromise was the result of a SQL injection attack
against the savannah.gnu.org site within the last couple of days and the
site is still offline now. A notice on the site says that the group has
finished the process of restoring all of the data from a clean backup and
bringing up access to some resources, but is still in the middle of
adjusting its security settings."

Discuss this story at:

0. https://threatpost.com/en_us/blogs/savannah-gnu-site-compromised-113010

| Supreme Court Refuses P2P 'Innocent Sharing' Case
| from the i-need-some-dinner dept.
| posted by CmdrTaco on Tuesday November 30, @17:44 (Music)
| https://entertainment.slashdot.org/story/10/11/30/2235212/Supreme-Court-Refuses-P2P-Innocent-Sharing-Case?from=newsletter

yoyo81 writes "The Supreme Court has [0]refused to hear an 'innocent
infringement case' in which Whitney Harper shared some music on the
family computer when she was a teenager and was subsequently hit with a
lawsuit from the RIAA. An appeals court overturned an earlier ruling from
a federal court that reduced damages to $200 instead of the statutory
$750 claiming 'innocence' was no defense, especially since copyright
notices appear on all phonorecords. She appealed to the Supreme Court,
which refused to hear her case, but Justice Alito stated, 'This provision
was adopted in 1988, well before digital music files became available on
the Internet' and further, 'I would grant review in this case because not
many cases presenting this issue are likely to reach the Courts of
Appeals.' For now, though, Harper's verdict remains in place: $750 for
each of the 37 songs at issue, or $27,750."

Discuss this story at:

0. http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2010/11/supreme-court-refuses-p2p-case-with-one-dissent.ars?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=rss

| Google Earth Adds 3-D Trees
| from the still-waiting-for-4d dept.
| posted by CmdrTaco on Tuesday November 30, @18:32 (Google)
| https://news.slashdot.org/story/10/11/30/2254223/Google-Earth-Adds-3-D-Trees?from=newsletter

terrancem writes "Google has populated several major cities with [0]more
than 80 million virtual trees based on an automated process that
identifies trees in satellite images. The realistic 3D representations
are based on actual tree species found in urban areas. But Google has
also extended realistic tree coverage to rainforests in Africa, Mexico,
and the Amazon."

Discuss this story at:

0. http://news.mongabay.com/2010/1129-google_earth_trees.html

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