India Sets Up Elaborate System to Tap Phone Calls, e-Mail
India has launched a wide-ranging surveillance program that will give its security agencies and even income tax officials the ability to tap directly into e-mails and phone calls without oversight by courts or parliament, several sources said.
BitTorrent Taps Public Enemy For Their Latest Creative Venture: Crowdsourced Music
BitTorrent, the content distribution network that has been angling for a position as the platform of choice for the creative industries, is today taking one more step to show artists how they can use the service to engage with their fans and potentially spin some business in the process. The company is teaming up with Public Enemy, the iconic hip hop band, for a project in which the group will use the BitTorrent platform not only to market and distribute some of their latest music to the site’s 170 million monthly users, but also give those users a chance to then create their own track sampling Public Enemy’s music. The band will then pick the track they like best to produce it properly and subsequently distribute it. Gary “G-Wiz” Rinaldo, manager to Public Enemy frontman Chuck D and himself a longtime record producer who has worked with Public Enemy, Aerosmith, Run-DMC and others, says that when the band was thinking about where to go online to promote their music, BitTorrent was ...
'Sharpshooter' cancer drug ready for human trials, stops cancer
Cancer researchers from Toronto and Los Angeles combined research efforts and the result is a drug they call a "sharpshooter" for its ability to pinpoint enzymes and stop cancer, without harming healthy tissue. The drug is ready for human testing.
Cyprus Asks Creditors to Help Biggest Bank
Cyprus has asked its European partners to help ease a cash crunch at the island's biggest lender, saying this spring's bank-rescue deal was struck "without careful preparation" and was imperiling its ability to meet budget targets.
Trying To Learn a Foreign Language? Avoid Reminders of Home
sciencehabit writes "Show a native-born Chinese person a picture of the Great Wall, and suddenly they'll have trouble speaking English, even if they usually speak it fluently. That's the conclusion of a new study, which finds that reminders of our home country can complicate our ability to speak a new language. The findings could help explain why cultural immersion is the most effective way to learn a foreign tongue and why immigrants who settle within an ethnic enclave acculturate more slowly than those who surround themselves with friends from their new country."