Monday, May 09, 2005


Computers Now Grading Students'Writing (AP)
AP - Student essays always seem to be riddled with the same sorts of flaws. So sociology professor Ed Brent decided to hand the work off— to a computer.

'Tiger'Trips Up Some Creative Workflows (Ziff Davis)
Ziff Davis - Apple says it will cooperate with developers as they try to update their applications to work with Mac OS X 10.4. In the meantime, some companies offer workarounds.

Singaporean shuts blog after libel threat (Reuters)
Reuters - A Singapore student said on Monday hehas shut down his blog and apologized unreservedly after agovernment agency threatened to sue for defamation. ChenJiahao, a 23-year-old graduate student in the United States,told Reuters he closed down his personal Web site after A*STAR,a Singapore government agency focusing on science and research,threatened legal action for what the agency said were untrueand serious accusations.

Look who's talking: Gadget promises to translate baby babbling (AFP)
AFP - The cryptic cries, grins and gurgles of babies that leave parents dumbfounded could soon be deciphered, if the wonders of modern technology are to be trusted.

Court Strikes Down TV Anti-Piracy Rules (AP)
AP - People buying the next generation of digital televisions will be able to record and then watch their favorite shows without any interference from Hollywood. A federal appeals court on Friday threw out government rules requiring built-in, anti-piracy technology to let broadcasters and studios prevent digital shows from being copied and being shown on other TVs, computers and video players.

Will Spyware Be Spitzer's Next Big Thing? (AP)
AP - The windowless, cluttered 10-by-15-foot storeroom on the third floor of a Manhattan government building seems an unlikely setting for Attorney General Eliot Spitzer's next big thing. But purveyors of spyware and adware and even the major companies that advertise in the surreptitious downloads fear exactly that from the Democrat dubbed the"Sheriff of Wall Street."

For Some Techies, an Interminable Workday (AP)
AP - The traffic jam ended hours ago, the parking lot is nearly empty and fluorescent lights are dimmed at PortalPlayer Inc., where the nightly brainstorming session is about to begin.

64-Bit Linux Is Already Here (Ziff Davis)
Ziff Davis - Opinion: While 64-bit Windows is taking its first baby steps, 64-bit Linux has been running in the enterprise for years. To which would you rather entrust your business?

Nokia antes up new wireless player (Reuters)
Reuters - Nokia AB, the world's leadingmobile phone manufacturer, has introduced what is by far themost advanced combination of wireless phone and MP3 player,upping the ante for devices hoping to compete against AppleComputer's iPod.

Jail for'Robin Hoods'who cost Microsoft millions (Reuters)
Reuters - Four Britons were jailed on Friday forbeing part of a global gang described as"Robin Hoods"whostole expensive software from rich companies and gave it awayfor free over the Internet.

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