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arnott writes "The Obama administration has approved guidelines that allow counterterrorism officials to lengthen the period of time they retain information about U.S. residents, even if they have no known connection to terrorism. The changes allow the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), the intelligence community’s clearinghouse for terrorism data, to keep information for up to five years. Previously, the center was required to promptly destroy — generally within 180 days — any information about U.S. citizens or residents unless a connection to terrorism was evident.
arnott writes "The federal government's vigilance at preventing anything relating to WikiLeaks from appearing on a government computer has tripped up military prosecutors, causing them to miss important emails from the judge and defense involved in the case. Yesterday's Manning hearing also revealed that the U.S. claims that Manning aided al-Qaeda by allegedly giving documents to Wikileaks. What about the New York Times, which also posted the Wikileaks documents?" Link to Original Source top
Company pays $500 million to avoid prosecution for fraud in NYCTime software pro
arnott writes "Science Applications International Corp. said Wednesday that it will pay $500.4 million in restitution and penalties under a settlement over its CityTime program with New York City. Previous coverage on slashdot here and here. Video coverage." Link to Original Source top
arnott writes "Google is constantly working on improving its search engine. The team which works on the algorithm to tweak the search engine recently talked to NYtimes.
One of the researchers Mr. Singhal discusses, how google dynamically makes changes when a problem with a query is identified and how recently there has been an attempt to find results from fresh webpages." top
arnott (789715) writes "From Fedoraproject.org : "The Fedora Project is pleased to announce the release of Fedora Core 6 (Zod). Install-time access to third-party package repositories, extensive performance improvements, support for Intel-based Macs, and a new GUI virtualization manager are some of the primary features. Additionally, Fedora Core 6 provides various improvements on the desktop, including a new default font and theme, the latest releases of GNOME and KDE, and additional options in window managers."