Tuesday, March 30, 2010

No Human Gene Patent

A federal judge on Monday struck down patents on two genes linked to breast and ovarian cancer. The decision, if upheld, could throw into doubt the patents covering thousands of human genes and reshape the law of intellectual property. [NY Times]

Sunday, March 21, 2010

March 21 1985

I turned 25 today..The last Birthday that is really worth celebrating. Now I wont have to pay so much when I rent a car.

HealthCare Bill Passes

219-212 with the Republicans unanimously voting against the Bill. March 21st is a historic day. Lets see where this bill gets us. It still has to get approved by the President, which is of course going to happen. Then it goes to the senate for further debate...

Friday, March 12, 2010

A Week Into NFL Free Agency and......

From NFLlabor.com.........

In the seven days since free agency opened on March 5, 52 unrestricted free agents have signed new contracts as compared to 39 UFAs with at least six accrued seasons at this point last season (based on official notification to the NFL office).

Following is further comparison of UFA signings for players with at least six accrued seasons:

2010 2009
UFA Signings (6+ accr. seasons) 52 39*
UFAs (6+ accr. seasons) Switching Clubs 21 22
UFAs (6+ accr. seasons) Remaining with Club 31 17
Most UFA (6+ seasons) signings, position WR (8) LB (6)

*Note – including players with four and five accrued seasons, a total of 87 UFAs signed new contracts in the first seven days of free agency in 2009

To track all the signings on NFL.com’s “Free Agency Tracker,” click here.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Google Books in Italy

Google said Wednesday it will scan up to 1 million old books in national libraries in Rome and Florence, including works by astronomer Galileo Galilei, in what's being described as the first deal of its kind. Officials from Google and the Italian culture ministry said it was the first time Google Books and a culture ministry have had such a partnership. [AP]

2010 Highest Paid NFL Players

Glad the JETS aren't on this lists...

http://content.usatoday.com/sports/football/nfl/salaries/top25.aspx?year=2009

Monday, March 8, 2010

Internet Opening Up Closed Doors???

Seeking to exploit the Internet’s potential for prying open closed societies, the Obama administration will permit technology companies to export online services like instant messaging, chat and photo sharing to Iran, Cuba and Sudan, a senior administration official said Sunday. On Monday, he said, the Treasury Department will issue a general license for the export of free personal Internet services and software geared toward the populations in all three countries, allowing Microsoft, Yahoo and other providers to get around strict export restrictions. [NY Times]

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