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D H NG (779318) writes "A court in Vietnam had ruled in favor of a gambler who won US$55,542,256.70 from a slot machine in 2009. The casino claimed that the machine malfunctioned and offerred to pay back only the US$300 he spent gambling. The man sued, claiming that it is the casino's responsibility to ensure the integrity of the machines and that their regulations were vague as to what constituted a malfunction. The court sided with the plaintiff, since the defendants unilaterally took out the circuit board of the machine to investigate, rendering the evidence inadmissible. The defendants planned to appeal, claiming that 'no one would program a slot machine to pay $55 million from 10 cents.'" Link to Original Source top
Google pays its Engineers Highest Among Tech Companies
D H NG (779318) writes "According to a study by the career site Glassdoor, Google tops the list of tech companies in the salaries it pays to software engineers. Google paid its engineers an average base salary of $128,336, with Microsoft coming in second at $123,626. Apple, eBay, and Zynga rounded off the top 5." Link to Original Source top
D H NG (779318) writes "Marissa Mayer, Google's employee #20 and Vice President of Local, was appointed CEO of Yahoo. She was Google's public face for years, famously being responsible for the look and feel of Google’s most popular products: the famously unadorned white search homepage, Gmail, Google News and Google Images. Mayer resigned from Google Monday afternoon and will begin her new job on Tuesday." Link to Original Source top
D H NG (779318) writes "The Arkansas Supreme Court had overturned a murder conviction due to a juror tweeting during the trial. Erickson Dimas-Martinez was convicted in 2010 of killing a teenager and was sentenced to death. His lawyers appealed the case on account of a juror tweeting his musings during the trial. Tweets sent include "The coffee here sucks" and "Court. Day 5. here we go again". In an opinion, Associate Justice Donald Corbin wrote "because of the very nature of Twitter as an... online social media site, Juror 2's tweets about the trial were very much public discussions." Dimas-Martinez is to be given a new trial." Link to Original Source top
D H NG (779318) writes "After being ordered by the Belgian courts to "remove from its Google.be and Google.com sites, and in particular, cached links visible on Google Web and the Google News service, all articles, photographs and graphics of daily newspapers published in French and German by Belgian publishers", Google had removed all traces of the newspapers in question from all its search services. The newspapers, however, are crying foul, and alleged that it was done in retaliation for being sued for copyright violations." Link to Original Source top
D H NG (779318) writes "Google announced that it recently uncovered a campaign to collect users' passwords. The campaign, apparently originating from China, affected what seem to be the personal Gmail accounts of hundreds of users including, among others, senior U.S. government officials, Chinese political activists, officials in several Asian countries (predominantly South Korea), military personnel and journalists. Google said it detected and has disrupted this campaign and has notified victims and secured their accounts, as well as notified the relevant government authorities." Link to Original Source top
D H NG (779318) writes "Google had gone public with the results of a sting operations that it says showed Bing was copying Google results. Following the practice of cartographers adding fake data to their maps, Google created fake results for gibberish search strings (such as "mbzrxpgjys") and performed Google searches for those terms on computer with IE Suggested Sites and Bing Toolbar enabled. Sure enough, these results started appearing in Bing for those search terms. Microsoft did not deny the allegations." Link to Original Source top
D H NG (779318) writes "Barely two months after launching the Kin phones amid much hoopla, Microsoft has pulled the plug on the phones aimed at teens. "We have made the decision to focus exclusively on Windows Phone 7 and we will not ship KIN in Europe this fall as planned," the company said. "Additionally, we are integrating our KIN team with the Windows Phone 7 team, incorporating valuable ideas and technologies from KIN into future Windows Phone releases. We will continue to work with Verizon in the U.S. to sell current KIN phones."" top
D H NG (779318) writes "After the Data Protection Agency in Germany asked Google to audit the Wifi data that its Google Street View cars were collecting, Google discovered that it was inadvertently collecting more data than intended. Besides the SSID and MAC addresses, it was also collecting samples of payload data from open (i.e. non-password-protected) WiFi networks. Google is asking a third party to review the software at issue, how it worked and what data it gathered, as well as to confirm that they deleted the data appropriately; and internally reviewing its procedures to ensure that its controls are sufficiently robust to address these kinds of problems in the future." Link to Original Source top
D H NG (779318) writes "In the aftermath of Google's exit from mainland China, it had sought to be more open about what it sensors. Google has launched a new tool to track the number of government request targeted at Google and YouTube. These include both requests for data and removal requests. A quick look at the tool shows that Brazil is the top country for both categories and information for China can not be disclosed because "Chinese officials consider censorship demands as state secrets". As part of its four-part plan, Google hopes to "change the behavior of repressive governments", "establish guiding principles for dealing with issues of free expression", "build support online to protest repression", and "better provide resources and support for developing technology designed to combat and circumvent Internet censorship"." Link to Original Source top
D H NG (779318) writes "Following a sophisticated attack on Google infrastructure originating from China late last year, Google had decided to a href="http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2010/01/new-approach-to-china.html">pull out of China. In their investigation, Google found that more than 20 large companies have been infiltrated and dozens of Chinese human-rights activists' Gmail accounts have been infiltrated. Google had decided to "review the feasibility of [its] business operations in China", no longer censoring results in Google.cn, and if necessary, "shut down Google.cn, and potentially [Google's] offices in China." Link to Original Source top
D H NG (779318) writes "Google announced today that it has agreed to acquire YouTube for $1.65 billion in a stock-for-stock transaction. YouTube will continue to operate independently. This comes at the heels of announcements that Google had signed deals with Sony BMG and Warner Music Group to offer Google Video users their contents." top
D H NG (779318) writes "Wired News has a story about the non-profit Open Prosthetics Project. Founded last year by Jonathan Kuniholm, a graduate student in biomedical engineering at Duke University who lost his arm below the elbow from Iraq, the Open Prosthetics Project applies the ethical and intellectual property foundation of open-source software to the task of building better artificial limbs. So far, the project has produced a "handful" of useful homebrew prosthetichacks, and is closing in on a solution that would dramatically improve the functionality of the common hook device."