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Swedish court confirms jail for Pirate Bay cofounder

Cofounder of the Pirate Bay Gottfrid Svartholm has had his court sentence confirmed after he failed to show up for a court hearing. Now all the court has to do is find him.
Iain Thomson, 15 Oct 2011
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Judge OKs warrantless tracking of suspect's cellphone

Investigators seeking the location history of an armed robbery suspect's cellphone aren't required to obtain a search warrant before compelling the carrier to turn over the information, a federal judge has ruled. The decision, issued by US District Judge Royce C. Lamberth of the District of Columbia, said the Stored Communications Act doesn't require investigators to get a warrant based on probable cause to access the suspect's location history pulled from cellphone towers. The ruling was based on his interpretation of cellphone calls as “wire communications”. Under the statute, records involving those communications are subject to a less burdensome standard requiring a showing that the contents are material to an ongoing criminal investigation.
Dan Goodin, 15 Oct 2011

Oz's SKAMP to help global mega-telescope bid

The University of Sydney’s radio telescope has been super-charged by CSIRO smarts, boosting its bandwidth tenfold.
Natalie Apostolou, 15 Oct 2011
Earphones
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Ten... earphones for mobiles

Product Round-upProduct Round-up Here we go again with some more headphones, but this time I'm looking at those faithful friends you'd use on a daily basis with your smartphone. While still likely to be churning through MP3s, their function is also to act as hands-free kit, so conversational ability is key. While you can spend silly money on smartphone earbuds, this round-up focuses more on models models that are in double figures, with just a few notable exceptions. Given the range to choose from, there are a mix of models with some headsets specifically designed for the iPhone along with others to suit other popular smartphone brands. Listen up.
Caleb Cox, 15 Oct 2011
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Silicon Valley's social tech formula doesn't add up

Open...And ShutOpen...And Shut In technology, as in other industries, only a few companies make it to the top. The rest get bought by the successful few, or go out of business. Unfortunately, the formula for tech seems to be a bit askew at the moment, with heavyweights Zynga and Groupon both on the ropes.
Matt Asay, 15 Oct 2011
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World Solar combatants rev their engines batteries

WSCWSC The heat is rising here in the capital of Oz's Northern Territory ahead of tomorrow's starting flag of the World Solar Challenge.
Lester Haines, 15 Oct 2011