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Teenager Makes Discovery About Galaxy Distribution

January 6th, 2013 01:50 admin View Comments

Space

Janek Kozicki writes “It has been long thought that dwarf galaxies orbiting Andromeda galaxy (M31), or any other galaxy for that matter, are distributed more or less randomly around the host galaxy. It seemed so obvious in fact that nobody took time to check this assumption. Until a 15 year old student Neil Ibata working with his father at the astronomic observatory wanted to check this out of curiosity. It turned out that dwarf galaxies tend to be placed on a plane around M31. The finding has been published in nature. Local press (especially in France) is ecstatic that a finding by a 15yr old got published in Nature. However, there’s another more important point: what other obvious things we didn’t really bother to check?”

Source: Teenager Makes Discovery About Galaxy Distribution

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 The injunction requests against Apple, which aimed to get courts to impose sales bans on infringing products, were withdrawn in the U.K., France, the Netherlands, Germany and Italy.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

China’s ZTE and Huawei Join the German Patent Fray

December 16th, 2012 12:50 admin View Comments

Patents

An anonymous reader writes “Germany has pretty much become the new Eastern District of Texas, the world’s most popular patent battleground. After Apple, Samsung and Motorola, the Chinese are now going to Germany as well to sort out their domestic patent squabbles. Huawei and ZTE, arguably the People’s Republic’s leading wireless tech companies, started suing each other in April last year. On Friday the Mannheim Regional Court held a Huawei vs. ZTE hearing, reports a local patent watcher. Huawei says ZTE infringes a 4G/LTE handover patent and wants its rival’s base stations and USB modem sticks banned in Germany. More clashes between the two are coming up in the same court and in other places in Europe, including France.”

Source: China’s ZTE and Huawei Join the German Patent Fray

Federal Officials Take Down 132 Websites In “Cyber Monday” Crackdown

November 26th, 2012 11:19 admin View Comments

Government

coondoggie writes “A team of world-wide law enforcement agencies took out 132 domain names today that were illegally selling counterfeit merchandise online. The group, made up of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and law enforcement agencies from Belgium, Denmark, France, Romania, United Kingdom and the European Police Office (Europol), targeted alleged counterfeiters selling everything from professional sports jerseys, DVD sets, and a variety of clothing to jewelry and luxury goods.”

Source: Federal Officials Take Down 132 Websites In “Cyber Monday” Crackdown

U.S. Denies Using Flame Malware To Spy On French President

November 23rd, 2012 11:52 admin View Comments

Security

CowboyRobot writes with the (not unexpected) official U.S. denial of using the Flame malware to spy on France. From the article: “That allegation was leveled at the U.S. government by unnamed French officials, according to a Tuesday report in the weekly French newspaper L’Express. It reported that computers belonging to top advisers to then French president Nicolas Sarkozy had been hacked using the Flame cyberespionage malware, which was designed to be used in highly targeted attacks… Napolitano was also asked if it wasn’t ironic that while the United States has been sounding alarms over the growing amount of malware that’s targeting U.S. government system, it also commissioning the Stuxnet and Flame cyber-espionage malware used against Iran. Napolitano, however, pled official ignorance. ‘These programs were never attributed in any way to the U.S. government.’”

Source: U.S. Denies Using Flame Malware To Spy On French President

Australian Govt Pledges Action On Google Tax Evasion

November 23rd, 2012 11:12 admin View Comments

Google

daria42 writes “Looks like Google’s habit of funneling billions of dollars in revenue through its Irish and Bermuda subsidiaries continues to attract unfavorable government attention globally. France has already announced plans to take on the search giant’s tax evasion habits, and the Australian Government, to which Google paid just $74,000 in tax last year despite having Australian revenues close to $1 billion, has now confirmed plans to do the same.”

Source: Australian Govt Pledges Action On Google Tax Evasion

EU Passes Resolution Against ITU Asserting Control Over Internet

November 22nd, 2012 11:01 admin View Comments

EU

An anonymous reader writes “Today, the European Parliament passed a resolution that condemns the upcoming attempt from the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) to assert control over the Internet, and instructed its 27 Member States to act accordingly. This follows an attempt from the ITU to assert itself as the governing body and control the Internet. From the article: ‘The resolution, which was passed with a large majority, included Members of European Parliament (MEPs) from all major party groups, and the Pirate Party’s Amelia Andersdotter had been playing a central role in its drafting, together with MEPs Marietje Schaake and Judith Sargentini from the Netherlands, Sabine Verheyen and Petra Kammerevert from Germany, Ivailo Kalfin from Bulgaria, and Catherine Trautmann from France.’”

Source: EU Passes Resolution Against ITU Asserting Control Over Internet

World Governments Object To New gTLDs

November 22nd, 2012 11:05 admin View Comments

Government

hypnosec writes “ICANN is receiving more and more requests for new generic top level domains, and governments around the world are busy registering their complaints and objections with the proposed names. To date, more than 200 objections have been raised against proposed gTLDs, with Australia leading the pack with over 120 objections. Some of the other countries which are at the forefront of registering their objections include France, Germany and India. US and UK are near the bottom of the list. ICANN’s “early warnings” about national objections to gTLDs serves as formal objections but it doesn’t mean that these domains will never be signed off. There is always room for discussions and mediation that would allow prospective registrants to keep on pursuing their claims. Australia has objected to names such as ‘.baby,’ ‘.app,’ and ‘.beauty’ among other. It has also objected to names such as ‘.sucks’ and ‘.wtf,’ stating that these names have ‘an overtly negative or critical connotation.’”

Source: World Governments Object To New gTLDs

French Company Building a Mobile Internet Just For Things

November 13th, 2012 11:14 admin View Comments

Network

holy_calamity writes “France now has a dedicated cellular data network just for Internet-of-Things devices, and the company that built it is rolling out the technology elsewhere, says MIT Technology Review. SigFox’s network is slower than a conventional cellular data network, but built using technology able to make much longer range links and operate on unlicensed spectrum. Those features are intended to allow the service to be cheap enough for low cost sensors on energy infrastructure and many other places to make sense, something not possible on a network shared with smartphones and other consumer devices.”

Source: French Company Building a Mobile Internet Just For Things

Mind-Controlled Robot Avatars Inch Towards Reality

November 13th, 2012 11:27 admin View Comments

Robotics

Zothecula writes “Researchers at the CNRS-AIST Joint Robotics Laboratory (a collaboration between France’s Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique and Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology) are developing software that allows a person to drive a robot with their thoughts alone. The technology could one day give a paralyzed patient greater autonomy through a robotic agent or avatar.”

Source: Mind-Controlled Robot Avatars Inch Towards Reality