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Monday Morning #2 (5 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 4-June-2007  10:43:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Dailytech have taken a look at the review website industry, posing as ad buyers in a "cash for comments" sting. Online Payola against Region: The only English-speaking country that did not report any Payola was Australia. Payola was fairly uniformly spread across the rest of worldwide English publications.

There's a new memory card standard, the miCard from Taiwan. The miCard will transfer data at 480M bits per second, and throughput will improve over time. The miCards due out in the third quarter will be able to store 8G bytes of information, but the maximum capacity is expected to top out around 2048G bytes. The compatibility with both USB and MMC slots means most users won't need separate card readers anymore.

InformationWeek report on a video game used as part of cancer therapy. Not surprisingly, Taylor embraced the concept of blasting the bacteria and cancer cells that were the cause of his pain. "I liked killing the things that made me so tired and all of the things that made me miss my friends," he says. Each level of Re-Mission offered him a chance to encounter a different cyberpatient suffering from a slightly different form of cancer. During his treatment last year, he played the game every day or every other day for about an hour, taking a break from it when the chemo made him too sick to play.

Here's some info on the next-gen Mars rover. Mars Science Laboratory (abbreviated MSL) is much bigger than Pathfinder, Spirit, and Opportunity and absolutely cannot use the same landing technique, so the engineers had to go back to the drawing board. They're using a heat shield and parachute to decelerate through Mars' upper and middle atmosphere, the same as Pathfinder and the rovers, but after that the landing system changes.

TorrentFreak report on life at ThePirateBay, one year after they were raided by Swedish authorities. Following the raid the Swedish pirate party got thousands of new members in a matter of weeks. Suddenly, they were the largest party without parliament seats. This success has also led to pirate parties forming in a number of other countries: France, Italy, USA, Belgium, Austria, and very recently also Germany, Spain and Russian.

EMI Music and YouTube have struck a deal, allowing people to use EMI's music in their own video clips. The fact that EMI is rushing into so many aggressive content deals -- like removing digital rights management from music offered on Apple's iTunes and partnering with YouTube on music video distribution -- all adds up to one thing, according to James McQuivey, an analyst with Forrester Research. "EMI has decided it's do or die," he told TechNewsWorld.

Rezin spotted this cool toy, an electric motorcycle with some poke! It goes 0-60 in around 3 seconds, hits close to 100 mph at top speed, and has about a 100-mile range at cruise. The bike is a Yamaha R1 that has been modified to be powered by lithium-ion batteries. The entire engine is missing. So are the tailpipes, radiator, gas cap, transmission and clutch. In their place: a wall of yellow batteries, an AC regenerative motor, an electric throttle and a three-pronged plug, which pokes out from the frame and connects to a standard outlet.

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