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Al Jazeera Gets a US Voice

January 5th, 2013 01:59 admin View Comments

The Media

Hugh Pickens writes “The NY Times reports that Al Jazeera plans to start an English-language channel available in more than 40 million U.S. homes, with newscasts emanating from both New York and Doha, Qatar. They announced a deal to take over Current TV, the low-rated cable channel that was founded by Al Gore seven years ago. But the challenge will be persuading Americans to watch the award winning network with 71 bureaus around the world — an extremely tough proposition given the crowded television marketplace and the stereotypes about the channel that persist to this day. ‘There are still people who will not watch it, who will say that it’s a “terrorist network,”‘ says Philip Seib. ‘Al Jazeera has to override that by providing quality news.’ With a handful of exceptions, American cable and satellite distributors have mostly refused to carry Al Jazeera English since its inception in 2006. While the television sets of White House officials and lawmakers were tuned to the channel during the Arab Spring in 2011, ordinary Americans who wanted to watch had to find a live stream on the Internet. Al Jazeera’s Robert Wheelock said, We offer an alternative. It’s a broader coverage of news. It’s a broader spectrum into countries that aren’t traditionally covered.’”

Source: Al Jazeera Gets a US Voice

Facebook Gives Free Voice Calls a Trial Run in Canada

January 4th, 2013 01:42 admin View Comments

Canada

An anonymous reader writes with this nice news (for Canadians) snipped from CBC: “Facebook has chosen Canadian users to be guinea pigs for a new mobile feature to make free phone calls. Facebook’s new Messenger app for Apple mobile devices enables voice-over-Internet protocol phone calls, which use data instead of eating into the minutes in a mobile plan.”

Source: Facebook Gives Free Voice Calls a Trial Run in Canada

John McAfee Tells World How He Fooled Cops and Escaped Belize

December 28th, 2012 12:07 admin View Comments

Crime

It looks like the long and winding road of the John McAfee saga is going to continue for at least a little longer. McAfee posted a detailed blog post about how he was able to elude Belizean authorities and sneak out of the country. From the article: “‘It’s visually interesting and it is mostly a happy story — in line with most Christmas stories,’ he wrote. The former software executive describes an operation that was heavy in advance planning and trickery. He says he planted a lookalike (“my double — a man I have known for over 30 years and who years ago legally changed his name to John McAfee”) and had him picked up by authorities in the northern Belize-Mexico border, while he and a group of friends and reporters loaded up a truck and headed in the opposite direction, to a southern town called Punta Gorda. With the news that he’d been arrested broadcasting on a local news station, McAfee figured that checkpoint security would relax.”

Source: John McAfee Tells World How He Fooled Cops and Escaped Belize

How the Brain Organizes Everything We See

December 25th, 2012 12:30 admin View Comments

Science

An anonymous reader sends this excerpt from a UC Berkeley news release: “Our eyes may be our window to the world, but how do we make sense of the thousands of images that flood our retinas each day? Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, have found that the brain is wired to put in order all the categories of objects and actions that we see. They have created the first interactive map of how the brain organizes these groupings.”

Source: How the Brain Organizes Everything We See

Drawings of Weapons Led To New Jersey Student’s Arrest

December 22nd, 2012 12:21 admin View Comments

Censorship

First time accepted submitter gannebraemorr writes with this news, snipped from a CBS News report out of New Jersey:“‘The Superintendent of the Greater Egg Harbor Regional High School District said around 2 pm Tuesday, a 16 year old student demonstrated behavior that caused concern. A teacher noticed drawings of what appeared to be weapons in his notebook. School officials made the decision to contact authorities. Police removed the 16-year-old boy from Cedar Creek High School in Galloway Township Tuesday afternoon after school officials became concerned about his behavior. The student was taken to the Galloway Township Police Department. Police then searched the boy’s home on the 300 block of East Spencer Lane and found several electronic parts and several types of chemicals that when mixed together, could cause an explosion, police say. The unidentified teen was charged with possession of a weapon an [sic] explosive device and the juvenile was placed in Harbor Fields.’ If ‘chemicals that when mixed together, could cause an explosion’ is a crime, I’m pretty sure everyone’s cleaning cabinets are evidence just waiting to be found. Bottle of Coke and Mentos… BRB, someone knocking at the door.”

Source: Drawings of Weapons Led To New Jersey Student’s Arrest

Steam For Linux Is Now an Open Beta

December 19th, 2012 12:02 admin View Comments

Games

First time accepted submitter jotaass writes “In news that are guaranteed to make the Linux gaming community (in particular, but not exclusively) excited, Valve has just announced that the Steam for Linux client Beta is now open to the public. A .deb package is available here. Interesting as well, they are using an empty GitHub repository solely as an issue tracker, open for anyone to submit, edit and track bugs, with no actual code in the repo.”

Source: Steam For Linux Is Now an Open Beta

Instagram: We Won’t Sell Your Photos

December 18th, 2012 12:00 admin View Comments

Privacy

hugheseyau writes “Earlier, we discussed news that Instagram introduced a new version of their Privacy Policy and Terms of Service that will take effect in thirty days. The changes seemed to allow Instagram to sell users’ photos, and many users were upset. Instagram now says ‘it is not our intention to sell your photos’ and that ‘users own their content and Instagram does not claim any ownership rights over your photos.’ This is good news for Instagram users.” And so closes another chapter of “We Let Lawyers Write a Legal Document and The Internet Freaked Out.”

Source: Instagram: We Won’t Sell Your Photos

Samsung Drops European Injunction Requests Against Apple

December 18th, 2012 12:18 admin View Comments

Cellphones

An anonymous reader writes with this IDG News report: “Samsung dropped all claims pending in European courts in which it asserted patents that are essential for mobile communication devices to prevent the sales of Apple products in Europe. The injunction requests against Apple, which aimed to get courts to impose sales bans on infringing products, were withdrawn in the U.K., France, the Netherlands, Germany and Italy. Samsung only withdrew the injunctions requests — other litigation against Apple in Europe continues, Anne ter Braak, a spokeswoman for Samsung in the Netherlands, said in an email on Tuesday. While Samsung said it withdrew its claims in the interest of protecting consumer choice, it could have to do with a European antitrust investigation.”

Source: Samsung Drops European Injunction Requests Against Apple

Judge Refuses Apple Request For Samsung Ban, But Denies New Trial, Too

December 18th, 2012 12:13 admin View Comments

Patents

SternisheFan writes with this news from the Register: “Apple has failed in its attempt to obtain a permanent ban on several Samsung products in the US, but Samsung’s accusations of jury misconduct have also been rejected. As she has so many times before, Judge Lucy Koh kept things even between Apple and Samsung by rejecting most of their requests. After Apple won $1bn in its patent infringement case against the Korean firm, it set about pursuing another win in the form of permanent injunctions on the products in the case. The fruity firm wanted a California court to stop sales of the Sammy mobes and tablets in the US, but the judge said the company hadn’t done enough to legally support such a ban.” More details at Groklaw.

Source: Judge Refuses Apple Request For Samsung Ban, But Denies New Trial, Too

Ray Kurzweil Joins Google As Director of Engineering

December 15th, 2012 12:26 admin View Comments

AI

dgharmon points out with news at CNET and on Ray Kurzweil’s own site that Kurzweil will join Google as Director of Engineering. Specifically, “he will be joining Google to work on new projects involving machine learning and language processing,” which sounds to me like another way to say “quickening the singularity.”

Source: Ray Kurzweil Joins Google As Director of Engineering

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