20 January 2013

US prosecution of Aaron Swartz tied to his FOIA requests?

Sen. John Cornyn Talks Aaron Swartz - Business Insider: " . . . In a letter sent Friday to Attorney General Eric Holder, Cornyn is questioning whether prosecutors were too overzealous in the case, The Washington Times reported Friday. Cornyn wonders if the government was trying to get back at Swartz for making too many Freedom of Information Act requests. "Was the prosecution of Mr. Swartz in any way retaliation for his exercise of his rights as a citizen under the Freedom of Information Act?" Cornyn said in the letter. "If so, I recommend that you refer the matter immediately to the Inspector General." Swartz has a long history of questioning the government. The activist filed his first FOIA request in 2010, reportedly looking for information about himself. Just two months before he died Swartz asked the US Mint for copies of its 2005 survey that found 147 million adults still collect state quarters, The Public Record reported Friday. . . . "
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Operation Red October Attackers Wielded Spear Phishing
Advanced, malware-driven espionage network employed over 1,000 modules and tools customized for just hundreds of targets, finds Kaspersky analysis. Start The Discussion · Tweet; Mail Mail; Print Print · Mathew J. Schwartz | January 18, 2013 03:06 PM ...

Microsoft to raise Windows 8 upgrade prices by 5X
Computerworld - Microsoft on Friday announced Windows 8 upgrade price increases of as much as 400% that will take effect Feb. 1, when a three-month promotional discount ends. The current $39.99 deal for a Windows 8 Pro upgrade expires in less than ...

White Veins of Mars: Curiosity Hits 'A Jackpot' in Quest for Wetter Past
ABC News
White veins of minerals coursing through rocks on the floor of Mars's Gale Crater are providing some of the strongest evidence yet that the rover Curiosity's landing site once was a wetter, warmer place. The details are still fuzzy. But the composition of the ...

ABC News

Finisar Drops as Jefferies Says Sell Stock
Finisar Corp. (FNSR), a maker of optical data transmitters and receivers, fell the most in more than a year after Jefferies & Co. advised clients to sell the stock because it may face competition from Intel Corp. (INTC) and Cisco Systems Inc. (CSCO). Sunnyvale ...

IE10 for Windows 7 nears final release, says report
Computerworld - Microsoft is close to wrapping up work on Internet Explorer 10 (IE10) on Windows 7, according to a report published Friday. Citing sources enrolled in an invitation-only IE10 test group, Microsoft-watcher and ZDNet blogger Mary Jo Foley said ...

Apple seeks China trademark on iPad's likeness
Having nabbed the iPad name in 2012 after an intense legal struggle, Apple now wants ownership of the tablet's likeness. Josh Lowensohn. by Josh Lowensohn. January 18, 2013 11:26 AM PST Follow @Josh. (Credit: Apple). Having secured the trademark ...

Hunting for Quail Eggs? Mind Your Steps
National Geographic
Female Japanese quail (Coturnix japonica) lay their eggs on the ground where they can make tempting meals for rodents, snakes, and deer. But as new research published in the journal Current Biology shows, these mothers choose areas on the ground that ...

National Geographic

Violin Memory expected to buy GridIron Systems for data center products
Summary: Violin Memory's efforts around the data center could be getting stronger soon if a new acquisition pans out. Rachel King. By Rachel King for Between the Lines | January 18, 2013 -- 19:30 GMT (11:30 PST). Follow @rachelking · Violin Memory is ...

Dragonborn Add-on for Skyrim Arrives Feb. 5
PC Magazine
Skyrim fans can whittle away the rest of winter with next month's latest add-on release - Dragonborn. Game maker Bethesda Softworks announced today that the title will be available on Steam for PC users beginning Feb. 5, while the PlayStation 3 version will ...

Petition Asks Apple to Pull NRA Practice Range App
The Mac Observer
A petition being hosted at SignOn.org is asking Apple to pull an app from the NRA that includes a shooting range. The petition calls the app, NRA: Practice Range, an "insult to the victims of gun violence" because it was released on the one-month anniversary...

The Mac Observer

App of the Week: 'Temple Run 2′
ABC News (blog)
What does this app do?: ”Temple Run,” developed by Imangi Studios, has enjoyed more than 170 million downloads since its release in 2011. This week, Imangi Studios released “Temple Run 2″ for iOS. This single-player video game challenges users to ...

ABC News (blog)

SecureIT Plus (2013)
PC Magazine
Excellent score in malware blocking and antiphishing tests. Parental control system is browser independent, handles HTTPS sites, allows weekly scheduling for Internet access. Cons Mediocre score in malware removal test. Firewall could be disabled by ...

SmiCity beta begins this weekend
TG Daily
Sim game fans have been looking forward to a new SimCity for a long time, especially after the utter failure of SimCity Societies. And while potential players may not be looking forward to having to play on Origin, it's still one of the most anticipated games of ...

Moon bounce 2.0: NASA announces plans for tests of inflatable space station ...
Digital Trends
The future of space stations may be inflatable, as NASA announces long-term testing of a module addition to the International Space Station that can be blown up in orbit. Just in case the idea of living and working on the International Space Station doesn't ...

Nasa beams Mona Lisa to Moon satellite using lasers
BBC News
An image of the Mona Lisa has been beamed to a Nasa satellite at the Moon! Scientists used lasers to send the image nearly 240,000 miles to the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. It's the first time that lasers have been used to communicate with a satellite ...

BBC News

First look: You might 'like' Facebook's new search tool
SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook is taking its time rolling out the new tool that will let you search across the social network in a new way. It will be months before most people have a chance to experience it. But once it rolls out, it is sure to change your Facebook ...

Severe droughts in Amazon linked to climate change, says study
CBS News
An area in the Amazon twice the size of California is experiencing what scientists call a "megadrought." The prolonged drought, which began in 2005, has caused widespread damage to the area and may possibly be a sign that the rainforest is showing the ...

CBS News

New Java Exploits Detected -- You DID Uninstall Java, Right?
Hot Hardware
When Oracle released its Java Update 11 earlier this week, it patched several zero-day exploits that security researchers had previously identified. Nevertheless, a number of firms still recommended uninstalling Java due to a number of remaining bugs.

Hot Hardware

The future of iPhone: how Apple's handset could evolve
TechRadar UK
When the iPhone launched, the world of mobile phone technology started changing immediately. Smartphones were the domain of high-powered businessmen and arch gadget lovers at the time, in part because of price, in part because their utilitarian looks ...

Google Glass may feature laser-projected virtual keyboard
TechRadar UK
Google's Project Glass AR specs could be fitted with a laser-projected virtual keyboard, which would allow users to input information by tapping their arm or hand. In a patent filing published this week, Google explained how a virtual keyboard could be used to ...

Facebook Cuts Off Find Friends Data To “Competing” Apps That Don't Share ...
Facebook is getting stingier about giving data to startups that don't share content back to it. At least, that's how it's describing its decision to cut off a voice messaging app that it has recently begun competing against. Yesterday, Facebook told voice messaging ...

Google wants Password123 in Museum of Bad Headaches
(Phys.org)—Should typed passwords ever make their way into the Memory Bin, no tears will be shed in certain quarters at Google. The search giant is taking a serious look at a computing future where users have a safer environment that can secure their ...

Pollution in Beijing Soars for Second Weekend as Smog Returns
Pollution in Beijing soared for a second weekend as smog started to cover most of the city from late yesterday, prompting the government to warn residents to reduce outdoor activities and urge companies to curb emissions. The city's meteorological bureau ...

PSN Maintenance Lasting Until Saturday Morning
Gaming Union
A scheduled PlayStation Network maintenance on Thursday the 17th of January has now left users offline for the past two days. The reasoning for this maintenance is due to " upgrade the software for the PlayStation Network" according to the PlayStation ...

Gaming Union

Clearwire investors balk on Sprint offer after Dish raises the stakes
Denver Business Journal (blog)
A sizable minority of investors in Clearwire appear to want a new deal from Sprint Nextel Corp., thanks to a counter offer from Dish Network Corp. News wire services Reuters and Bloomberg separately reported that some Clearwire Corp. (Nasdaq: CLWR) ...

Sen. Bill Nelson Comes Up Empty at Python Hunt
ABC News
This is unlike any other place on earth. And of course what Ronnie and I want to do is to preserve it. And we're talking now about the Everglades but there are so many unique features to our state.... See More. This is unlike any other place on earth. And of ...

FCC pushes for gigabit broadband in all 50 states by 2015
FCC's Julius Genachowski challenges service providers and local communities to build such networks, saying communities would turn themselves into innovation hubs that would create valuable jobs. Marguerite Reardon. by Marguerite Reardon. January 18 ...

Statistics Show That Reports Of Instagram's Demise Have Been Greatly ...
Popular photo sharing website Instagram eased concerns that they were losing members following controversial privacy policy changes last month, revealing on Thursday that they had 90 million monthly active users, various media outlets have reported.


Honda's GEAR concept brings back the original Civic
Digital Trends
The kind of go-kart-like fun of the original Civic has been slowly seeping out of the model with each successive generation. After forty years of production, it can sometimes be difficult to believe that the Honda Civic was ever a small economy car. The current ...

Could iPhone Sales Slump Help Apple Get Samsung Products Banned?
PC Magazine
Here's an interesting theory from a Chicago-based patent attorney—Apple's relative struggles in selling the iPhone 5 could help the company secure an injunction against Samsung products ruled to have infringed Apple patents despite a U.S. judge denying ...

iPad Readers Guaranteed First Access to Some Hearst Magazines
iPad owners are now getting more than just bells and whistles tacked on to some of their favorite magazines — they're also getting issues of those magazines first. As first uncovered by The Loop, Apple has set up a new category in its Newsstand store ...

Opera to sing WebKit's tune on mobile -- report
Opera is planning to ditch its in-house Web engine for the more widely-used WebKit in a new mobile browser, according to a report on Pocket-Lint.com. Seth Rosenblatt. by Seth Rosenblatt. January 18, 2013 5:59 PM PST Follow @b1g1nj4p4n ...

Nokia Releases 3D-Printing Kit for Lumia 820 Cases
PC Magazine
Nokia has released a 3D-printing kit that will allow those with a 3D printer to create their own case for the Lumia 820. The Nokia Lumia 820, unveiled in September, includes removable shell cases that let users switch up the color of their phone or enable ...

RIM shares rise after upgrade by influential analyst
By Euan Rocha. TORONTO | Fri Jan 18, 2013 12:06pm EST. TORONTO (Reuters) - Shares of Research In Motion Ltd (RIMM.O)(RIM.TO) rose more than 6 percent after an influential analyst raised his rating on the stock on Friday, saying that RIM's new ...

Biz Break: Apple ends volatile week at $500 on the nose, indexes hit five-year ...
San Jose Mercury News
Today: Apple (AAPL) and Google (GOOG) end the week on a downslope ahead of their earnings reports next week. Also: The Standard & Poor's 500 and Dow Jones close at five-year highs, but tech stocks can't keep up. Apple falls after report of cut in iPad ...

Halo 4 Spartan Ops returning with new episodes later this month
Game Guru
The mid-season break of the Halo 4 Spartan Ops episodes is about to come to an end, even as Microsoft and 343 Industries has announced fresh content heading the way of Xbox 360 gamers. This innovative feature for the game is actually a story-driven ...

Game Guru

Jupiter and the moon convene Monday
Washington Post (blog)
Via Sky and Telescope: “Jupiter dances with the Moon on the evening of January 21, 2013. This diagram shows the appearance of the pair from January 20th through January 23rd, looking south, high in the evening sky.” ( Sky & Telescope diagram ) ...

Scientists uncover massive river on Mars
In 2012, the European Space Agency discovered a huge 1,500 kilometer river in the upper Reull Vallis region of Mars. The agency's Mars Express took a picture of the area using a high-stereo camera, which gave an impressive look at the landscape. Now it ...


Software Developments Ruled Consumer Electronics Show 2013
French Tribune
A recent report has confirmed that this year's Consumer Electronic Show (CES) didn't see the biggies in the name of Microsoft, Apple, Google, Facebook and Twitter, thereby shocking one and all. Nonetheless, as many as 3,250 companies showed whatever ...

French Tribune

'4-hour' work guru on China outsourcer: Bad karma
Hong Kong (CNN) -- CNN readers had a mixture of admiration and disdain for "Bob," the anonymous U.S. programmer who outsourced his work to a Chinese firm for one-fifth of his paycheck. The incident was investigated by Verizon after a client company ...

PS4 controller to include LCD touch-screen, biometric sensors?
Source says Sony could replace long-running DualShock controller with an all-new pad for next-generation console. The PlayStation 4 could introduce a new controller, pushing the longstanding and iconic DualShock input to the background. A "senior ...

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