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(TECH) Microsoft sues Google…

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www.blogcdn.com__battle-google-microsoft-200x267drSource: Times Online

The rivalry between the world’s leading technology companies intensified today when Microsoft announced that it is suing Google for poaching one of its leading executives.

Microsoft is furious about the defection of Dr Kai-Fu Lee, one of its technology experts and founder of its Asian research division, who has left to head Google’s first research and development centre in China.

Microsoft claims the move violates confidentiality and non-competition agreements Dr Lee signed when he joined the company in 1998. The software company is seeking a court ruling that would require Dr Lee to honour his contract, which it says includes a clause forbidding him to work for a rival within a year of leaving.

“As a senior executive, Dr Lee has direct knowledge of Microsoft’s trade secrets concerning search technologies and China business strategies,” Microsoft said. READ MORE

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September 5, 2009 at 8:15 pm

(STRANGE) READ: Honolulu vote on banning smelly people on public transit delayed…

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HONOLULU — One of the authors of a Honolulu City Council proposal that would bar people with offensive odors from public transit vehicles says a vote on it is being delayed.

The proposed ordinance would make it illegal to have “odors that unreasonably disturb others or interfere with their use of the transit system.” READ MORE

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September 3, 2009 at 4:21 pm

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(NOT SURPRISING) READ: Hidden Sex Scenes Cost Grand Theft Auto $20M…

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(Newser Summary) – The makers of Grand Theft Auto are shelling out $20 million to settle a lawsuit over hidden sex scenes in a version of the popular video game, reports Gawker. The suit by investors claims Take-Two Interactive Software officials knew about the x-rated “Hot Coffee” minigame inserted by programmers before shipping out the San Andreas version of the game in 2004. Take-Two has just released the trailer for The Ballad of Gay Tony, its latest Grand Theft game.


Mary Papenfuss

Source: Gawker

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September 3, 2009 at 4:11 pm

(CRIME) READ: Dying Manson Killer Pleads Today for ‘Sympathy’ Parole…

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Manson killer(Newser Summary) – The Charles Manson cult member who held down pregnant actress Sharon Tate and stabbed her 16 times will plead for sympathy today at her 13th parole hearing, reports CNN. Susan Atkins, 61, is suffering from brain cancer and is 85% paralyzed, according to her husband. The hearing may be held at her bedside at Chochilla prison in central California, officials said.

Gov. Arnold Schwazenegger earlier this summer denied Atkins’ request for compassionate release. Tate’s sister, Debra, wants Atkins behind bars. “The Manson Family murderers are sociopaths, and they can never be rehabilitated,” she said. “They should all stay right where they are—in prison—until they die.”

Mary Papenfuss

Source: CNN

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September 2, 2009 at 7:01 pm

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(NOT SURPRISING) READ: Pfizer Pays Record $2.3B Fine for False Marketing…

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phizer pharma(Newser Summary) – Pfizer will shell out $2.3 billion—a record for a health care fraud settlement—over deceptive marketing of its drugs, the Los Angeles Times reports. Pfizer and one of its subsidiaries marketed four drugs based on off-label uses specifically prohibited by the FDA. The settlement with the Justice Department includes a $1.3 billion criminal fine and $1 billion to settle civil claims.

As part of the settlement—which resolves allegations that Pfizer gave doctors kickbacks to prescribe the drugs for the unspecified off-label uses—six whistleblowers who brought the fraud to the government’s attention will receive $102 million. Pfizer will also have to enter an HHS program designed “to avoid and promptly detect” criminal conduct. The four drugs in question were Bextra, Geodon, Zyvox, and Lyrica.

Harry Kimball

Source: Los Angeles Times

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September 2, 2009 at 6:44 pm

(LEGAL SYSTEM) READ: Montana May Be 1st to Make Suicide a Right…

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bahairants.com__judge-gavel(Newser Summary) – The Montana Supreme Court tomorrow will take up the issue of—and likely affirm the right to—assisted suicide, the New York Times reports. The case is being brought on behalf of Robert Baxter, who died last year from leukemia after fighting for the right to end his own life. “He yearned for death,” his daughter says. Montana’s high court has a history of holding up rights to privacy and personal choice outlined in its 1972 constitution.

If it does so here, it would make make Montana the first state to sanction assisted suicide in its constitution. Similar laws in Oregon and Washington came about through voter referendums. Arguments against assisted suicide in Montana are myriad—some say health care for underserved rural residents should be addressed first, and religious groups are up in arms. Though not all: “I don’t think God created us to be string puppets,” says one Episcopal deacon.

Harry Kimball

Source: New York Times

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September 1, 2009 at 1:23 pm

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(READ): Big Business Wants to Put Global Warming on Trial…

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smogSource: Newser.com/Los Angeles Times

Reporting from Washington – The nation’s largest business lobby wants to put the science of global warming on trial.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, trying to ward off potentially sweeping federal emissions regulations, is pushing the Environmental Protection Agency to hold a rare public hearing on the scientific evidence for man-made climate change.

Chamber officials say it would be “the Scopes monkey trial of the 21st century” — complete with witnesses, cross-examinations and a judge who would rule, essentially, on whether humans are warming the planet to dangerous effect.

“It would be evolution versus creationism,” said William Kovacs, the chamber’s senior vice president for environment, technology and regulatory affairs. “It would be the science of climate change on trial.”

The goal of the chamber, which represents 3 million large and small businesses, is to fend off potential emissions regulations by undercutting the scientific consensus over climate change. If the EPA denies the request, as expected, the chamber plans to take the fight to federal court.

The EPA is having none of it, calling a hearing a “waste of time” and saying that a threatened lawsuit by the chamber would be “frivolous.”

EPA spokesman Brendan Gilfillan said the agency based its proposed finding that global warming is a danger to public health “on the soundest peer-reviewed science available, which overwhelmingly indicates that climate change presents a threat to human health and welfare.”

Environmentalists say the chamber’s strategy is an attempt to sow political discord by challenging settled science — and note that in the famed 1925 Scopes trial, which pitted lawyers Clarence Darrow and William Jennings Bryan in a courtroom battle over a Tennessee science teacher accused of teaching evolution illegally, the scientists won in the end.

The chamber proposal “brings to mind for me the Salem witch trials, based on myth,” said Brenda Ekwurzel, a climate scientist for the environmental group Union of Concerned Scientists. “In this case, it would be ignoring decades of publicly accessible evidence.”

In the coming weeks, the EPA is set to formally declare that the heat-trapping gases scientists blame for climate change endanger human health, and are thus subject to regulation under the Clean Air Act. The so-called endangerment finding will be a cornerstone of the Obama administration’s plan to set strict new emissions standards on cars and trucks. Read More

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August 26, 2009 at 12:05 pm

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