“Information technology giants are teaming up in defense against potential patent-infringement lawsuits, the Wall Street Journal said on Sunday” – Reuters
Companies Include Verizon, Google, CIsco, HP and Ericsson and the group is called Allied Security Trust. (via slashdot)
Tech majors to join hands against patent suits
Silicon Valley is experimenting with bacteria that have been genetically altered to provide ‘renewable petroleum’. Genetic alteration of very, very small bugs makes it possible for them to feed on agricultural waste such as woodchips or wheat straw and excrete crude oil.
Scientists find bugs that eat waste and excrete petrol
Comprehensive lifestyle changes including a better diet and more exercise can lead not only to a better physique, but also to swift and dramatic changes at the genetic level, US researchers said.
Good lifestyle can transform genes
Come 2Q09 and you’ll find thousands of new top-level domain names (TLDs), from .paris to .pepsi, in one of the biggest shake-ups in Internet history.
Internet body approves domain name big bang
Dutch security researchers rode the London Underground free for a day after easily using an ordinary laptop to clone the “smartcards” commuters use to pay fares, a hack that highlights a serious security flaw because similar cards provide access to thousands of government offices, hospitals and schools.
Hackers Crack London Tube’s Ticketing System
The Dynamic Tower design is made up of 80 pre-fabricated apartments which will spin independently of one another. According to the creators — this building never looks the same, not once in a lifetime; and would be energy self-sufficient and even feed extra power back into the grid!
Dubai plans ‘moving’ skyscraper
People who are bicultural and speak two languages may unconsciously change their personality when they switch languages, according to a U.S. study.
Switching languages can also switch personality: study
Fiona Bruce of BBC presents the definitive profile of Bill Gates as he prepares to step down next week from full-time involvement with Microsoft. (Available to view online for 6 more days and dowloadable to view for 30 days).
Note: BBC iPlayer downloads only works in the UK.
Bill Gates: How a geek changed the world
“Indian inflation has risen to a new 13-year high, hitting shares and weakening the rupee. The wholesale price index rose to 11% in the 12 months to 7 June, up from the previous week’s 8.75%. The inflation rate is now at its highest since 1995.” – BBC
India inflation rate rises to 11%
“Internet would be a much better place if sharing of any kind would be stopped altogether – at least that’s what some people seem to think. Lord Triesman, the parliamentary Under Secretary for Innovation, Universities and Skills in the UK government, called on ISPs to voluntarily stop illegal file sharing in their networks, threatening to legislate if they don’t comply.” – Mashable
UK might force ISPs to block file sharing