Audio/Video, Business

Judge Orders Gmail account shut down over Bank Mistake

Ok here is the story, a Bank Employee types up a list of accounts [1300+] complete with Tax ID Numbers, Full names, Loan Amounts and even SSNs [Social Security Numbers] he then puts this document, completely unencrypted, into an e-mail and sends it to a ?. Gmail account. Yes you read right, a Gmail account.  But wait there is more, not only did this winner of the ?moron of the year? award send it to a Gmail account but he sent it to the wrong one. In what the bank called a ?move to protect its customers? they sued Google after sending repeated e-mails to

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Earth texts planet Gliese 581-d with Hallo messages

In conjunction with Australia?s National Science week, that country?s Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex, with NASA?s cooperation, will send 160 character, Twitter-like messages into space. Their target is Gliese 581-d, an exoplanet (one that orbits other stars) in the constellation Libra about 20.3 light years away from Earth. Planet Gliese 581-d, Picture credit: ESO 2007 The Gliese 581 planetary system has 4 known planets. The one designated as "d" is the most likely, according to recent determinations, to be habitable [even though the "581-c" is also high on the list]. While the planet is orbiting its red star every 66.8 days, Canberra will try to

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The Twitter Meteorwatch – socializing among the stars

Shooting stars will be matched by shooting tweets during the peak of the Perseids meteor shower beginning Tuesday evening, August 11th until the morning of August 13th, 2009. The Twitter event is part of the celebration of the IYA2009 – International Year of Astronomy 2009. The spectacle is the result of an celestial event in 1992, when the comet Swift-Tuttle passed by Earth. Shooting stars, as meteors are commonly called, are shed from the comet?s tail as icy debris. The streaks of light occur when small particles enter the Earth?s atmosphere at high speed and disintegrate. Fifty to eighty meteors an hour are expected to

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BSN* PR Manager of the Month: August 2009

Last month, we started with this monthly series – paying tribute to people whose every word is usually twisted and turned thousand times. In the world of journalists, I heard numerous terms, such as spinners, spinolas, public deceivers, or simply – PR Managers. Here at Bright Side of News*, we give credit where credit is due. In order for a person to be nominated for the monthly recognition, we are looking for the following qualities: ?  Professional ?  Responsive ?  Proactive ?  Creative ?  Persistent ?  Agile ?  Fair ?  Friendly face As we are working with dozens of PR managers spanned across the globe,

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Much Ado About Google Voice

Wow, what a difference a point of view makes. I have been pouring over the various articles on the FCC [Federal Communications Commission] investigation into Apple, AT&T and Google; some are saying Apple/AT&T are evil and it is good that the FCC is fighting the good fight while others are saying that the FCC is wrong in what they are doing. Regardless of the side they take there is one commonality between them; the FCC investigation is bad for Apple and AT&T. The thing I wonder if this might not be playing right into Apple and Google?s hands.Grab your tin foil hat and listen to

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Solar Eclipse live on Internet

The longest solar eclipse of the century is just hours away. At sunrise of the Eastern hemisphere on the July 22, 2009, a total eclipse of the Sun was visible from within a narrow corridor that traverses half of Earth. The times of totality in the following areas were:  01.15 GMT- Western China 01.40 GMT- Eastern China 01.55 GMT- Ryukyu Islands, Japan If you want to see the Eclipse all over again, there are several sites around the world that hosted live webcasts and have replays of the event: Grupo Saros (China – Wuhan) Eclipse City (China – Shanghai) Live! Eclipse 2009 (Japan) SEMS-Sun Earth Moon Systems

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How Lowry Digital is saving our history for a digital future

Lowry Digital transformed Marlon Brando?s The Godfather, Richard Burton?s The Robe, and now Buzz Aldrin?s 1969 moon walk into modern viewing formats. Using constantly evolving moving image technology, the film restoration company is working magic on memories, and milestones. The principals of Lowry Digital, John D. Lowry and Michael Inchalik, have been saving old films from extinction for over 30 years. John Lowry has patents for motion image processing technology. He designed the Image Transform system that was used to clean and enhance the TV pictures received on earth from the moon during the later Apollo 16 and Apollo 17 lunar landings. Now, his company

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Cool it! Sun?s heat is deflected by glass microspheres

"Hyperglass" is a paint that lowers the heat absorbed from the sun. Typically applied to the roof of a building, it keeps the surface around 40-60 degrees less than that of an asphalt roof, using ambient air as a guideline. The formula was developed by Ronald R. Savin, who holds multiple patents. His Hyperglass is the first paint formulated with hollow glass ?microspheres? suspended in a specialized white Teflon paint. This product won him yet another patent. His idea is timely, since a Nobel Prize winner in physics, the US Energy Secretary, Steven Chu, would like to see all roofs painted white to promote energy savings.

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Bing Survey used to Spew More FUD – Again

In the past we have talked at length about the Internet and the power of the repeated truth, FUD, misleading facts and titles as well as how many technical journalists now feel the Internet is a place to vent their personal opinions and feelings with impunity.  Well today I read an article that truly takes the cake. While browsing around and getting my fill of morning FUD [one of the food groups I think] I found a link to an article that is calling Bing a Bust before it is even a quarter old. The article talks about a survey [one of the most misleading

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Shocking! China bans electroshock treatment of Internet addicts

Electric shock treatment at the Internet Addiction Treatment Center at Linyi Mental Hospital may be ending. The Center is one of several addiction treatment centers in China. Generally, their clients are youngsters who are unable to stay off the internet, to the detriment of their studies and family life. Most of the young patients were forceably sent to the eastern Shandong province hospital?s treatment program for shock therapy according to China Youth Daily, a renowned Chinese news source. This hospital?s addiction program runs for four months and includes psychotropic drugs, electric shock therapy, and isolation from outside contact. The shock therapy is an aversion technique

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Shuttle Endeavor Launch Scrubbed, – History Lesson Inside

The Shuttle Endeavor launch set for Sunday at 7:13PM EDT [23:13 GMT] yesterday was scrubbed with a mere nine minutes to go on the countdown. The Decision was made due to high winds moving in the area. These winds were moving in opposing directions as were the cause of concern throughout central Florida. Tornado Warnings were in effect in Seminole County due to the rotation caused by the opposing winds. Just before the Flight Director called the launch off some had speculated that it was being called due to the approaching thunderstorms. But these storms were not close enough at the time and while of

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TESLA: Electricity – controversy – innovation – artistic inspiration, a salute

You can thank Nikola Tesla whenever you listen to the radio, have an x-ray, tweet on Twitter, click that remote control, or sit under the light of a neon moon sipping a beer. Born on July 10 in what is now Croatia, Tesla studied, thought, worked, and invented on both sides of the Atlantic, dying in New York in 1943. After college in 1881, Tesla began his career at age 25 as an electrical engineer with a phone company in Budapest. Then, he worked for Continental Edison Company in Paris, where he designed dynamos. While on the continent, he hit upon a solution to the rotating

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BSN* PR Manager of the Month: July 2009

In this industry, talk about the products and companies tends to hide the efforts put behind those products. While the war of words between ATI and nVidia, AMD and Intel, Google vs. Microsoft is all fun and games, there are people who we expect to answer ASAP regardless of the time zone we’re in. At Bright Side of News*, we decided to do something unusual – name the people we are working with and give credit where credit is due. In order for a person to be nominated for the monthly recognition, we are looking for the following qualities: Professional Responsive Proactive Creative Persistent Agile

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Biomedical research wants to use your computer to combat HIV, AIDS

Unless you are on your computer 24/7, you can donate unused time to help find a cure for major diseases. Usually, it takes the power of supercomputers to perform complex scientific calculations. Instead, distributing the load across many otherwise idle personal computers could save time and money. That?s exactly what researchers at the University of Delaware are doing in an attempt to create new or improved medicines. The Docking@Home project was developed to create molecular models and simulate their interactions. It is led by Michela Taufer, assistant professor of computer and information sciences, in collaboration with The Scripps Research Institute, and the University of California.

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Farmers learn how to beat the market – via cell phone

Rural farmers, a struggling population in Mexico, will profit from using cell phones. A mobile platform combines SMS, financial tools, and social networking to connect isolated farmers to one another, to the market, and to large companies who may purchase their produce. MIT is busy putting cell phones to work to help change the world. Zaca is a project begun by MIT?s NextLab students. Their technical team is working with FrontlineSMS, which enables instantaneous two-way communication that?s easy to implement, simple to use, and the software is free. The Mexican farmer faces difficult, and sometimes impossible, challenges caused by crop failures due to weather, inefficient planting,

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Can a cell phone change the world?

The instructor of NextLab at MIT, Jhonatan Rotberg, is asking students "Can you make a cell phone change the world?" The answer is "Yes." Students are directing their efforts towards helping people in developing nations in several unconventional ways. "Since mobile phones are dispersed throughout the developing world, they now constitute a platform atop which other services – mobile banking, mobile health, etc. – are now possible," said Michael F. Maltese, of MIT?s Legatum Center. The director of the Center, Iqbal Quadir, has experience operating in this environment. He founded GrameenPhone, a company that introduced low cost cell phone service to Bangladesh in 1997. Health,

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Christian Bible in Greek, the Codex Sinaiticus, is digitized

Written by hand more than 1600 years ago, and divided into four institutions in as many countries, the Codex Sinaiticus is all together again ? on line. Called one of the most important books in the world, not only for the text it contains, but for the 4th century technology used to make it, the Codes Sinaiticus has collided with the 21st century. The manuscript is a Christian Bible written in Greek, and is the oldest complete copy of the New Testament. As of July 6, 2009, the Codex Sinaiticus website offers all extant pages of the document. Now, scholars can study the entire manuscript which may

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Give me your John Hancock – preserving the Declaration of Independence

Protecting and preserving the 233 year old document that established the United States of America has been complex. Shuffled around the infant country, copied, hidden, displayed, analyzed, and digitized the Declaration of Independence has endured. It finally rests in the National Archives in a ballistically tested glass and plastic laminate case with ultraviolet-light filters. At night it is stored in an underground vault. A $3 million camera and computerized system monitors the condition of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States, and the Bill of Rights. The Jet Propulsion Lab designed the Charters Monitoring System to detect any changes in readability due

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Computer attributes stone tablet writing to specific author

A computer system has been developed that can differentiate between various authors on stone tablets from ancient Greece. Two computer engineers at the National Technical University of Athens, Michail Panagopoulos and Constantin Papaodysseus, worked on the project to create a system for writer identification which they have applied to ancient Greek inscriptions. Their group has focused on several projects which include computer system design and analysis, pattern recognition, and image processing. Their research involves virtual reconstruction of fragmented objects, writer identification and graphological examination of ancient artifacts, automatic recognition of musical recordings and video streams, and computer algorithms. Their recent work is assisting archaeologists place fragments,

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Mission: Crash into the Moon approaches its goal

As Ulysses ends its mission to the sun, another spacecraft begins orbiting the moon. After flying through space for four and a half days, NASA?s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbitor [LRO] reached the moon and was positioned into a 200 km polar Earth orbit. The US space agency launched the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite [LCROSS] on a mission to confirm the presence or absence of water in a permanently shadowed crater at the Moon?s South Pole. To that end, the goal is for LCROSS, its attached Centaur upper stage rocket, and all its sophisticated instruments to literally crash into the moon. Craig Tooley, LRO Project

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