6/4/2006

Bloggers Are Not Libel For Anonymous Postings

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

U.S. District Judge Stewart Dalzell rulled that bloggers entitled to immunity under communications act.

Bloggers cannot be hit with libel suits on the basis of anonymous postings on their Web sites because federal law grants them immunity by explicitly stating that they cannot be treated as the “publisher” of such comments, a federal judge has ruled.

Source: Law.com

Japan Sets Rules for Robots

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry is working on a new set of safety guidelines for next-generation robots. This set of regulations would constitute a first attempt at a formal version of the first of Asimov’s science-fictional Laws of Robotics, or at least the portion that states that humans shall not be harmed by robots.

The first law of robotics, as set forth in 1940 by writer Isaac Asimov, states:

A robot may not injure a human being, or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.

Japan’s ministry guidelines will require manufacturers to install a sufficient number of sensors to keep robots from running into people. Lighter or softer materials will be preferred, to further prevent injury.

Emergency shut-off buttons will also be required.

Source: livescience

Groups to Give Free Access to Online Books

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Electronic book devotees may want to set aside some extra screen time this summer, as two nonprofits are preparing to provide free access to 300,000 texts online.

Project Gutenberg and World eBook Library plan to make “a third of a million” e-books available free for a month at the first World eBook Fair. Downloads will be available at the fair’s Web site from July 4, the 35th anniversary of Project Gutenberg’s founding, through Aug. 4.

Source: AP

SKorea’s Samsung SDI develops new 3D technology

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

South Korea’s Samsung SDI has said it had developed a new technology to display three-dimensional images on mobile phones and other devices.

Samsung SDI said it is the first company to develop so-called active matrix organic light-emitting diode (AMOLED) display panels.

The new product is much faster in displaying 3D images than existing liquid crystal displays (LCDs), Samsung SDI said in a statement Sunday.

The 4.3-inch (10.9-centimeter) AMOLED panel, now for mobile phones, guarantees “the world’s highest definition” in terms of 3D images, it added.

Source: AFP

Apple punishes Samsung for iPod ‘gaffe’

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

After an apparent 鈥済affe鈥? by an executive from Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., Apple Computer Inc. has reportedly 鈥減unished鈥? the South Korean semiconductor giant by maintaining its MP3 chip alliance with SigmaTel Inc., according to an analyst.

After an apparent 鈥済affe鈥? by an executive from Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., Apple Computer Inc. has reportedly 鈥減unished鈥? the South Korean semiconductor giant by maintaining its MP3 chip alliance with SigmaTel Inc., according to an analyst.

Source: EETimes

Google AJAX Search API available in beta

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Google has released a new version 0.1 of Google AJAX Search API is now available for free download.

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