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Old 2013-01-13, 08:28   Link #25741
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Reddit Cofounder, Digital Activist Aaron Swartz Dead From Suicide at 26

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Aaron Swartz, a programmer and Internet activist who co-founded a company that would eventually grow into Reddit, committed suicide Friday in New York City, according to The Tech and Boing Boing. Swartz's attorney confirmed the news to The Tech early Saturday morning.
"The tragic and heartbreaking information you received is, regrettably, true," confirmed Swartz' attorney, Elliot R. Peters of Kecker and Van Nest, in an email to The Tech.
http://gawker.com/5975410/reddit-cof...-suicide-at-26
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Old 2013-01-13, 08:55   Link #25742
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Israel evacuates Palestinians from West Bank tent outpost
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/...90B0FD20130113

Israeli women soldiers have "right stuff" for border watch
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/...90A0GB20130111
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Old 2013-01-13, 14:17   Link #25743
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and the gang rape bus in India continues to roll...

I suppose it's an improvement since they didn't bash her head in

http://www.cnn.com/2013/01/13/world/...html?hpt=hp_t2
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Old 2013-01-13, 14:35   Link #25744
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The Boeing 787 is having some teething troubles, especially with JAL. (ANA is another major customer.)

This should heat up the Airbus vs. Boeing flamewars some more.
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Old 2013-01-13, 18:33   Link #25745
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With all the news from the Mali conflict, this story hasn't gotten as much attention as it deserves:


Shabaab kills, captures French soldiers during failed rescue mission in Somalia:

"Shabaab, al Qaeda's affiliate in Somalia, killed one French commando and captured
another during a failed French attempt to rescue Denis Allex, an intelligence
operative who has been in the terror group's custody since 2009."

See:

http://www.longwarjournal.org/archiv...lls_captur.php


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French miscalculated rebel firepower in Somali raid:

"French troops underestimated the strength of Islamist rebels when they
launched a failed bid to free an intelligence officer held hostage in Somalia, the
French defense minister said."

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http://www.thesundaily.my/news/587701


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Witnesses to a failed rescue by French commandos in Somalia describe mayhem, night of terror:

"The night of mayhem and death started with the sound of helicopters above
pitch-black fields. When it was over, the French intelligence agent who had been
held hostage for more than three years was almost certainly dead, as was at
least one French commando, and the home that served as the agent’s final jail
was destroyed. And now the Somalis living in the muddy farm town had new
cause to fear the militants controlling their street."

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/...5c8_story.html
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Old 2013-01-13, 19:09   Link #25746
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Republicans add "temperament" to questions about Hagel at Pentagon
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/...90C0F020130113

U.S. states flirt with major tax changes
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/...90C08C20130113
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Old 2013-01-13, 19:35   Link #25747
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Aaron Swartz creator of RSS is dead at 26, apparently by suicide

He is one of the people who created RSS and founded Infogami (which was acquired by Reddit while it was in its startup days, people are incorrectly saying he co-founded Reddit). He suffered from depression and his life has been tumultous to say the least, especially due to criminal charges from his hacking of JSTOR

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/13/te...t-26.html?_r=0
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Old 2013-01-13, 20:22   Link #25748
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Aaron Swartz creator of RSS is dead at 26, apparently by suicide

He is one of the people who created RSS and founded Infogami (which was acquired by Reddit while it was in its startup days, people are incorrectly saying he co-founded Reddit). He suffered from depression and his life has been tumultous to say the least, especially due to criminal charges from his hacking of JSTOR

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/13/te...t-26.html?_r=0
Fragile guy, sorry to hear this. Yeah, he is one of the RSS creators which probably more important than Reddit in some ways
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Old 2013-01-14, 08:08   Link #25749
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Protest against gay marriage: Huge crowds expected in Paris

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PARIS - Several hundred thousand people are expected to march through Paris on Sunday against the planned legalization of same-sex marriage in the first mass protest against the unpopular President Francois Hollande.


Strongly backed by the Catholic hierarchy, lay activists have mobilized a hybrid coalition of church-going families, political conservatives, Muslims, evangelicals and even homosexuals opposed to gay marriage for the show of force.
http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2...-in-paris?lite
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Old 2013-01-14, 09:04   Link #25750
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Mali Islamists counter attack, promise France long war
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/...90D0FX20130114

EU rules out sending combat mission to Mali
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/...90D0IQ20130114
I look like than France will be alone on this one...
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Old 2013-01-14, 20:38   Link #25751
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I'm going to post this here since it really isn't "tech news". Some interesting evidence that might be describing alien diatoms that arrived via meteorite. They're fossils, of course, but the argument is that the data suggest the diatoms could not have been fossiled into the stone after arrival. YMMV and peer review in progress, of couse.

http://www.buckingham.ac.uk/wp-conte...-meteorite.pdf
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Old 2013-01-14, 20:58   Link #25752
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Paul Krugman on Japan's new expansionary economic policy

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Enter Mr. Abe, who has been pressuring the Bank of Japan into seeking higher inflation — in effect, helping to inflate away part of the government’s debt — and has also just announced a large new program of fiscal stimulus. How have the market gods responded?

The answer is, it’s all good. Market measures of expected inflation, which were negative not long ago — the market was expecting deflation to continue — have now moved well into positive territory. But government borrowing costs have hardly changed at all; given the prospect of moderate inflation, this means that Japan’s fiscal outlook has actually improved sharply. True, the foreign-exchange value of the yen has fallen considerably — but that’s actually very good news, and Japanese exporters are cheering.

In short, Mr. Abe has thumbed his nose at orthodoxy, with excellent results.
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Old 2013-01-14, 21:14   Link #25753
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Obama says to unveil gun-control proposals this week
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/...90D13W20130114

RPT-China's space activities raising US satellite security concerns
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/...0AJ10620130114
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Old 2013-01-14, 21:30   Link #25754
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Not surprising that would be Krugman's viewpoint. I'm a bit skeptical myself.
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Old 2013-01-15, 07:30   Link #25755
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Pakistan top court orders PM arrest

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The Pakistani Supreme Court has ordered the arrest of Raja Pervez Ashraf, the country's prime minister, in connection with a corruption case, officials say.

The court ordered the arrest of PM Ashraf on Tuesday morning, in relation to a case relating to contracts for the purchase of rental power plants by the federal government when Ashraf was the federal minister for water and power.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2...859175153.html
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Old 2013-01-15, 07:50   Link #25756
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Insight: In recession-hit Spain, hints of new competitiveness
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/...90E0AX20130115
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Old 2013-01-15, 09:02   Link #25757
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Not surprising that would be Krugman's viewpoint. I'm a bit skeptical myself.
Well at least dropping the yen should be a start to helping their exports which from what I keep hearing, is their biggest economic obstacle
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Old 2013-01-15, 15:13   Link #25758
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Sorry for this article being in french but I couldn't find the equivalent in english:
Un jeu vidéo du lobby des armes fait polémique ( A polemical video game from the NRA .)
http://techno.lapresse.ca/jeux-video...2_accueil_POS1
Mostly it's the NRA being hypocrite as always.
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Old 2013-01-15, 16:55   Link #25759
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Yeah I quite loved this one, saying game are the causes of the shooting but releasing a shooting game, that's perfect.
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Old 2013-01-15, 17:19   Link #25760
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I'm going to post this here since it really isn't "tech news". Some interesting evidence that might be describing alien diatoms that arrived via meteorite. They're fossils, of course, but the argument is that the data suggest the diatoms could not have been fossiled into the stone after arrival. YMMV and peer review in progress, of couse.

http://www.buckingham.ac.uk/wp-conte...-meteorite.pdf
Would be amazing if this turned out to be true. The images certainly look to be biological in origin, but I obviously don't know of whether they could be contaminants. I'd also be very curious where it came from, originally.

That's also the first I've ever heard of the 'red rain' phenomenon... How interesting.
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