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August 31st, 2010 by cockmaster

Music tech guru says Web is not the enemy | Media Maverick – CNET News

Link: http://news.cnet.com/8301-31001_3-20014752-261.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-20 (via shareaholic.com) The Internet is a killer of art–or at least that’s how a couple of former rock ‘n’ roll gods see it. John Mellencamp, known for such ’80s hits as “Jack and Diane” and “Hurts So Good,” last week said the Web is the most dangerous creation since the atomic bomb. Stevie […]

August 31st, 2010 by cockmaster

‘Anti-Facebook’ project nears launch | Software, Interrupted – CNET News

Link: http://news.cnet.com/8301-13846_3-20014984-62.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-20 (via shareaholic.com) The open-source social networking project Diaspora reported on its blog this week that the code for its much-hyped “anti-Facebook” software will be released September 15. Hatched by a team of New York University programming students, Diaspora raised $200,000 through a microfinancing strategy–nabbing small chunks of money from a lot of individuals. […]

August 31st, 2010 by cockmaster

Another ISP bucks ‘Hurt Locker’ subpoenas | Media Maverick – CNET News

Link: http://news.cnet.com/8301-31001_3-20014970-261.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-20 (via shareaholic.com) In federal court on Monday, Midcontinent Communications filed a motion to quash a subpoena received from Voltage Pictures, the film’s producers, who allege some of the ISP’s customers used peer-to-peer services to pilfer unauthorized copies of its movie. Voltage seeks to require Midcontinent to identify those customers as well as turn […]

August 31st, 2010 by cockmaster

FTC settling case over ‘fake’ iTunes reviews | Politics and Law – CNET News

Link: http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-20014887-38.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-20 (via shareaholic.com) A PR firm accused of writing phony iTunes reviews of its clients’ iPhone apps is settling the case with the Federal Trade Commission. As part of the proposed settlement (PDF), PR firm Reverb Communications and owner Tracie Snitker must remove any iTunes reviews that were written by Reverb employees posing as […]

August 31st, 2010 by cockmaster

Broadcasters defend push for mandatory FM tuners | Politics and Law – CNET News

Link: http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-20014874-38.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-20 (via shareaholic.com) Newspaper publishers didn’t ask the U.S. Congress to put news-reading apps on mobile phones. Walkie-talkie and CB radio makers haven’t pushed Apple or Nokia for radio frequency compatibility. But radio broadcasters are a bit more politically ambitious. Claiming public safety benefits, the National Association of Broadcasters is proposing a new federal […]

August 31st, 2010 by cockmaster

Scientists work to harness lightning for electricity | Green Tech – CNET News

Link: http://news.cnet.com/8301-11128_3-20014798-54.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-20 (via shareaholic.com) Nikola Tesla would be jealous. A group of chemists from the University of Campinas in Brazil presented research on Wednesday claiming they’ve figured out how electricity is formed and released in the atmosphere. Based on this knowledge, the team said it believes a device could be developed for extracting electrical charges […]

August 31st, 2010 by cockmaster

Google likes pot more than Facebook | Technically Incorrect – CNET News

Link: http://news.cnet.com/8301-17852_3-20014751-71.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-20 (via shareaholic.com) According to the Huffington Post, Facebook first approved ads created by lobbying organization Just Say Now and the Libertarian Party, then removed them. In the case of Just Say Now, Facebook reportedly said it didn’t allow pictures of drugs in ads. The Libertarian Party, on the other hand, says it was […]

August 31st, 2010 by cockmaster

Microbes may be to thank for BP oil spill cleanup | Green Tech – CNET News

Link: http://news.cnet.com/8301-11128_3-20014667-54.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-20 (via shareaholic.com) Humans may have naturally occurring nanotechnology to thank for partially cleaning up the oil spill from BP’s Deepwater Horizon rig. Researchers from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have found that previously undiscovered ocean floor microbes have literally risen to the occasion and begun degrading the giant underwater oil plume in the Gulf […]

August 31st, 2010 by cockmaster

Idaho building its largest wind complex to date | Green Tech – CNET News

Link: http://news.cnet.com/8301-11128_3-20014658-54.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-20 (via shareaholic.com) As part of the groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday for the 183-megawatt Idaho Wind Partners project, Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter and others signed the giant blade of a wind turbine. Most of the land being used for the Idaho project consists of both active and idle farmland across Magic Valley, part […]

August 31st, 2010 by cockmaster

AGs call on Craigslist to banish adult ads | Politics and Law – CNET News

Link: http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-20014641-38.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-20 (via shareaholic.com) Craigslist’s adult services section is under fire once again. Attorneys general from 17 states sent a joint letter (PDF) on Tuesday that asks the site to immediately remove the section because it promotes prostitution and child trafficking. In the letter to Craigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster and founder Craig Newmark, the attorneys […]