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Brazil approves Internet Bill of Rights

Dr.Potato (247646) writes | 6 minutes ago

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Dr.Potato (247646) writes "After more than three years being discussed, Brazil's Internet Bill of Rights was approved on April 22nd ( http://www.engadget.com/2014/0... and in Portuguese http://g1.globo.com/politica/n... ). It was rushed through senate in order president Dilma Roussef could sign it during the meeting on internet governance that occurs in São Paulo this week. In the bill of rights, among other things, net neutrality was maintained, providers will not be legally responsible for content published by users (but are forced to take it down when legally requested) and internet providers are obliged to keep records of users' access for six months and can't pass this responsability to other companies."

Law doesn't limit breaks employees can take

Rhristop (3629811) writes | 13 minutes ago

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Rhristop (3629811) writes "Taking two 30-minute breaks during the workday does not violate the law. It may, however, violate your employer's work rules and result in discipline or termination. The state of the law is clear on this point.

Although many states require employers to provide their employees a meal break and rest periods throughout the workday, neither federal law nor Arizona law has such a categorical mandate. An Arizona employer generally can require its employees to work a continuous shift without giving them a break."

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Fearless Bob

Anonymous Coward writes | 14 minutes ago

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An anonymous reader writes "Spin, curve, and smash your way through 30 levels to rescue Bob's friends from the cages of Harold the hungry monster!"
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NanoScale Systems 3D Prints Gears Tinier Than a Dust Mite's Head

Anonymous Coward writes | 24 minutes ago

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An anonymous reader writes "A company by the name of Nanoscale Systems has been working diligently on Sterolithography technology capable of 3D printing out objects smaller than the head of a single dust mite. The company aims to get even smaller, printing out figurines as small as 5 micrometers in width. A Human hair is between 10 and 100 micrometers in width. Some of their incredible prints can be view at a forum post made here: http://3dprintboard.com/showth.... Stereolithography is a 3d printing process in which lasers cure a liquid resin material."
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iPad Fever is Officially Cooling

Hugh Pickens DOT Com (2995471) writes | 11 hours ago

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Hugh Pickens DOT Com (2995471) writes "Christina Bonnington reports that the public is not gobbling up iPads like they used to. Analysts had projected iPad sales would reach 19.7 million but Apple sold 16.35 million iPads, a drop of roughly 16.4 percent since last year. "For many, the iPad they have is good enough–unlike a phone, with significant new features like Touch ID, or a better camera, the iPad’s improvements over the past few years have been more subtle," writes Bonnington. "The latest iterations feature a better Retina display, a slimmer design, and faster processing. Improvements, yes, but enough to justify a near thousand dollar purchase? Others seem to be finding that their smartphone can do the job that their tablet used to do just as well, especially on those larger screened phablets."

While the continued success of the iPad may be up in the air, another formerly popular member of Apple’s product line is definitely on its way to the grave. The iPod, once Apple’s crown jewel, posted a sales drop of 51 percent since last year. Only 2.76 million units were sold, a far cry from its heyday of almost 23 million back in 2008. "Apple's past growth has been driven mostly by entering entirely new product categories, like it did when it introduced the iPod in 2001, the iPhone in 2007, and the iPad in 2010," says Andrew Cunningham. "The most persistent rumors involve TV (whether a new Apple TV set-top box or an entire television set) and wearable computing devices (the perennially imminent "iWatch"), but calls for larger and cheaper iPhones also continue.""

Will Bitcoin do to Banks what Ebay and Amazon did to Mega-Malls?

Haweinn (3612879) writes | 1 hour ago

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Haweinn (3612879) writes "Built to revive the city of Hawthorne, California, the Hawthorne Plaza Mall opened in 1977 hoping to bring a new renaissance to the city. Three anchor department stores were located here: Montgomery Wards, JCPenney, and a large three-story Broadway store. Today, it is a ghost-town.
The mall struggled due to low income in the area but endured for almost three decades. The nail in the coffin came as the result of the Dot Com Boom and the rise of e-commerce causing the mall to finally close in 1999.
The same picture can be witnessed all across America as brick-and-mortar retailers are dying a slow and painful death — a scenario so common that there is an entire website dedicated to it."

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Ex wife uses DMCA to erase former husband from the internet

Anonymous Coward writes | 2 hours ago

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An anonymous reader writes "Numerous websites across the internet have been receiving DMCA takedown notices over the last few days, sent by a legal firm representing one Dina Mackney. Ms Mackney is asserting copyright ownership over her ex-husband's suicide note. In the note he describes the process of parental alienation he was forced through, the abuses inflicted on him by the family court system and his ex wife, and the manner in which his assets were stripped from him and his life destroyed. It appears now that he is being systematically erased from the internet, his blog, G+ account, facebook posts, all are being wiped clean."
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Australian law enforcement pushes against encryption, advocates data retention

angry tapir (1463043) writes | yesterday

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angry tapir (1463043) writes "Australia is in the middle of a parliamentary inquiry examining telecommunications interception laws. Law enforcement organisations using this to resurrect the idea of a scheme for mandatory data retention by telcos and ISPs. In addition, an Australian peak law enforcement body is pushing for rules that would force telcos help with decryption of communications."
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Astronomers Discover Pair of Black Holes in Inactive Galaxy

William Robinson (875390) writes | 4 hours ago

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William Robinson (875390) writes "The Astronomers at XMM-Newton have detected a pair of supermassive black holes at the center of an inactive galaxy. Most massive galaxies in the Universe are thought to harbor at least one supermassive black hole at their center. And a pair of black holes is indication of strong possibility that the galaxies have merged. Finding black holes in quiescent galaxies is difficult because there are no gas clouds feeding the black holes, so the cores of these galaxies are truly dark. It can be only detected by this ‘tidal disruption event’,."

Disposable electronic cigarette

Anonymous Coward writes | 5 hours ago

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An anonymous reader writes "In the 2010 my friend told me about the disposable electronic cigarette and on a trip to New York I bought one for myself. Trust me on this – I seriously thank my friend for this."
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Philip Knight elected as the Regional Director of the LEDES Oversight Committee

lsgcorporate (2973673) writes | 6 hours ago

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lsgcorporate (2973673) writes "New York, 22 April 2014: LSG, the leading software application and business process outsourcing company is pleased to announce that Philip D. Knight- Domain Director has been elected to the LEDES Oversight Committee Board. At the recent board meeting it was agreed that he will serve in the role of Regional Director, the position previously held by David Nelson. Philip has served as an LOC member on several sub-committees including UTBMS activity and Expense Code Revision, UTBMS E-Discovery, UTBMS Timekeeper Classifications. Currently he is also involved in the Knowledge Management Code Set sub-committee.

The LEDES® (Legal Electronic Data Exchange Standard) Oversight Committee (“LOC”) is an international, voluntary; not-for-profit organization comprised of legal industry representatives and is charged with creating and maintaining open standard formats for the electronic exchange of billing and other information between corporations and law firms. The LOC is dedicated to using open standards which cater to no one organization or group of organizations but uniformly satisfy the complex needs of the legal industry based on 5 basic principles: keep it simple; make it unambiguous; diverge from existing formats as little as absolutely necessary; only ask for information the law firm is typically able to provide from their financial system; and meet the needs of corporations, law firms and legal industry software vendors to the maximum extent possible consistent with the first four criteria.

“I am delighted for the opportunity to serve on the Board of Directors and look forward to contributing to the ongoing success and promotion of LEDES” said Philip, on his appointment. He added, “The LOC has been pivotal in the creation, improvement and adoption of standards that benefit the legal industry.”
Chief Executive, Gary R. Markham, remarks “LSG is very proud to have Philip Knight appointed to the LEDES Oversight Committee Board. Phil has been working alongside the LOC for many years and has driven many initiatives, as well as working with many sub-committees on key LEDES and UTBMS initiatives. LSG also contributed its work on the international UTBMS litigation code set descriptors, which it produced in the early 2000’s. These codes are now used in over 60 countries worldwide.

Phil will add a lot of valuable contributions to the LOC Board, given his years of experience, in and around the E-Billing and Litigation Management space. Phil is ideally placed to help the LOC Board navigate an ever-more complex E-Billing world, given the impending Lord Justice Jackson codes in the UK, as well as many taxation and regulatory pressures that may affect the LEDES/UTBMS standards.”

For more information on LEDES, please visit www.ledes.org

About LSG

LSG is a leading ISO 9001:2008 software application and business process outsourcing company with a global network of offices in Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific. It specializes in the areas of procurement, vendor and litigation management. The company delivers sustainable and demonstrable financial and business benefits for its clients via proprietary applications and support solutions. These solutions enable electronic procure-to-pay engagements to be facilitated in the general insurance, captive, claims, legal, banking, finance, mining, construction and energy industries. LSG serves clients in more than 70 countries.

For further information, please contact:
Deepti Bherwani
+1-212-269-4520
dbs@lsg.com"

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