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Cocaine found at NASA Kennedy Space Center

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Corporate News, Science,

NASA has launched an investigation after cocaine was discovered at Florida's Kennedy Space Center, according to reports.

A NASA spokesman told reporters on Tuesday that 4.2 grams of "a white powdery substance" was found last Monday at the NASA facility and tested positive for cocaine.

"Law enforcement personnel field tested the substance, which indicated a positive test for cocaine," Renee Juhans, an executive officer with the office, told CNN. "The substance is now at an accredited crime lab for further testing." She wouldn't comment on where in the facility the drug was found.

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The Egypt Internet blackout

Posted by Patrick Lambert Categories: Editorial, Internet,

As the violence and protests develop in Egypt, Renesys, an Internet research firm, published a fascinating overview of what happened to the country's Internet connections. At 22:34 UTC, all the entry points into the country were cut in a matter of minutes. The four major Internet providers in Egypt were ordered to cut all links, by removing the 3,500 routes that packets could take, leading to no valid path for the traffic to reach any addresses inside of the country, save for one small network. Almost a day later, they estimate that around 93% of traffic is still cut off.

Unlike earlier protests in Tunisia and other countries, where governments tried unsuccessfully to block invidual sites like Twitter and Facebook, people still finding ways around the blocks through proxies, this time the complete isolation from the global Internet was an unprecedented event. It's still not known what will happen to the economy of the country if these measures stay for longer than a few days.

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Sony sues PlayStation 3 fail0verflow hackers

Posted by Drea Avellan Categories: Culture, PlayStation 3, Sony,

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However popular  hacking or moding consoles has become, one thing remains true -- it's Illegal. A fact Sony is not willing to overlook. Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA ) is suing 21 year-old hacker George Hotz (AKA "geohot") and more than 100  members of fail0verflow, who contributed to the release of the PlayStation 3's root key. However, this is not new to Sony. Last year Hotz published an exploit for the PlayStation 3, but it wasn't until this year that the hackers released a complete "jailbreak" of the system. "SCEA charged Hotz and the others with violations of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, plus breaches of California copyright law, breach of contract, and other violations. SCEA also asked the court for a temporary restraining order preventing the plaintiffs from posting any code, including the so-called Elliptic Curve Digital Signature Algorithm keys, encryption keys, dePKG firmware decrypter, or other tools."  Restraining order? Ouch. 

This restraining order has been set in motion to prevent Hotz to post the jail break information on this website. But we all know this never works, right?

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UK teen facing charges for hacking Black Ops servers

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Quitting games on Call of Duty: Black Ops can get you penalized, but forcing other people to quit games can get you locked up. A UK teen is now well aware of this as he sits behind bars for using a program called "Phenom Booter" to kick players from Call of Duty servers in September. 

The Phenom Booter program attacks servers, denying specific users - or all users on the server - to be booted off the server. This hack was floating around on forums earlier in the year, and can be seen in demonstration with a quick YouTube search. E-cops eventually traced the attacks from the teen to the Greater Manchester area, charging the 17 year old with violating the U.K.'s Computer Misuse Act of 1990.

"Programs marketed in order to disrupt the online infrastructure not only affect individual players but have commercial and reputational consequences for the companies concerned," stated Detective Inspector Paul Hoare to BBC. "These games attract both children and young people to the online environment and this type of crime can often be the precursor to further offending in more traditional areas of online crime."

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Lil Wayne to face copyright infringement lawsuit

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is to be handed a court summons in jail. The rapper - currently incarcerated at New York’s Riker’s Island prison on weapons charges - faces a fresh legal battle after his expected release on November 4, as a producer has launched a copyright infringement lawsuit against him.

Michael ‘Mali Boi’ Bradford is claiming for unpaid royalties he believes he is due for creating the beat to Wayne’s single ‘Mrs. Officer’. He says he came up with the rhythm five years before it was reworked by Deezle, who is credited as the producer of the track. Deezle is also reportedly launching legal action, saying he has not been paid royalties for the 2008 single, from Wayne’s breakthrough ‘Tha Carter III’ album.

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Mel Gibson Didn’t Offer Enough Money for Oksana Tapes

Oksana GrigorievaOksana Grigorieva played tapes of Mel Gibson’s rants to her lawyers because his attorneys didn’t offer her enough money.

Emails have been released in which the Russian singer - who recorded telephone conversations in which Mel makes threats to her and tells her she was a “****” - reveals their 11-month-old daughter Lucia was offered a “generous gift” but there was “nothing” in it for her.

“As far as the tapes go, I only played one to my lawyer, because on March 15 Michelle proposed on ur behalf not a very generous gift for our daughter and there was nothing for me. My lowers also told me that Tom Hansen [one of Mel’s lawyers] said I wouldn get a penny. (sic),” Oksana wrote in one email obtained by gossip website TMZ.

However, her lawyer Daniel Horowitz has revealed she was reluctant to play the tapes to him, because she didn’t want to “hurt” the star: “Oksana was legally entitled to play all of the tapes for her lawyers and most clients would have done so.  She was being supremely careful of Mel’s privacy because she knew that even lawyers in Hollywood might lose track of the tapes and she didn’t want to hurt him.”

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Items Du Jour: Chanel Forbids Press From Using Its Name, Victoria Loves Curves

Coco Rocha on the cover of Tatler—Forget the hassle of putting on and removing your clothes! Engineer Paul Luckham and designer Manel Torres have created spray-on clothing that actually turns into fabric when it touches the body, allowing you to recycle the article.

—Coco Rocha takes the cover of Russian Tatler, her first cover as a married woman. What goes best with a gorgeous designer gown? A giant teddy bear, of course.

—Victoria Beckham appeared on The View recently to promote her latest collection. In addition to explaining what a dream come true this is for her, she expressed her desire to design clothes for curvy women: “I want to celebrate a woman’s curves, though you’re right, I don’t have that many myself… I love a woman’s body and I want to make women look and feel fantastic.”

—At the launch of her second bag collection, Kate Moss revealed that she thought that her modeling career was over after her first cover shoot with Corrine Day.

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Items Du Jour: Nicole Richie Sues Kitson, Anne Hathaway Cuts Her Hair, H&M Teases

Miranda Kerr on Vogue Italia—Reality star-turned-fashion designer Nicole Richie is having difficulty with some of the stores her line is carried in. Majestic Mills, the company who owns her line Winter Kate, is going after Kitson for $240,000 worth of product given and not yet paid for.

—Marchesa designer Georgina Chapman gave birth to her first daughter, India Pearl, on Sunday night. This is Chapman’s first child with Hollywood producer husband Harvey Weinstein.

—Steven Meisel shot Miranda Kerr and her puppy for Vogue Italia. Does the puppy’s cuteness trump the cover’s 3-D-ness?

—For years, Anne Hathaway has proudly flashed her flowing, long brunette hair. Now the actress has chopped it off for a film role. What do you think of her new ‘do?

—Corrine Day, the fashion photographer noted for propelling Kate Moss’ career with their FACE editorial in 1990, passed away on Friday after a battle with brain cancer.

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Lindsay Lohan Misdiagnosed, Demanding Apology From Courts

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Movies, Drugs, Drunk, Legal Issues, Rants, Rumors,

Lindsay LohanDespite being on rehab lock-down, is making quite the fuss, reportedly wanting an apology from the Californian courts.

The actress is said to be “fuming” after medical assessments at the UCLA Medical Center - where she is currently undergoing a 90-day stint as part of her sentence for breaching probation - found she may have been misdiagnosed with attention deficit disorder (ADD) and is not suffering from bipolar disorder or addicted to drugs as was previously claimed.

Instead, medics believe it is possible her prescription for Adderall, which treats ADD, led to her erratic behavior, meaning the 24-year-old star feels her sentence was unfair. “Lindsay is fuming - she is really upset that the courts put her through all this,” said a source.

Although the insider says Lindsay’s representatives are “exploring their options,” it is not expected she will be able to gain legal action against the perceived damage to her public image. Criminal Defence Attorney Steve Cron explained to Fox 411’s Pop Tarts, “No judge or prosecutor could be sued under these circumstances, they have absolute immunity. Judge Revel formulated her opinion of Lindsay based on the information she had at the time from another program. The judge could still be dissatisfied with the report from UCLA and seek independent opinions or insist Lindsay be enrolled in other programs.”

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Taylor Lautner Sues Trailer Company

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Movies, Legal Issues, Rants, Rumors,

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There’s a new he-diva around town: is suing a trailer company for “emotional distress.”

The star planned to buy a customized 2006 Country Coach Recreational Vehicle (RV) for $300,000 to use while filming new movie Abduction but has launched legal action over his “annoyance” that the vehicle wasn’t delivered on time.

The actor filed a lawsuit at Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday against McMahon’s RV after the dealership failed to have the vehicle delivered by the agreed date of June 21. Taylor, 18, has claimed breach of contract and fraud and is demanding unspecified damages from the company.


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