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 Wednesday, 18-February-2009  23:45:47 (GMT +10) - by BlaYde

An interesting turn of events took place on the second day of the Pirate Bay trial into alleged copyright infringements. Things took an interesting turn on the second day of the trial, as the prosecution amended its charges against the Pirate Bay, dropping all mention of "complicity in the production of copyrighted material," according to the Local. The charges will now fall mainly in the production of the torrent files, which aid in the spread of the pirated material but have no involvement in the actual soft or hard copies of the copyrighted works.

Fujitsu has officially announced that they are selling their hard disk drive manufacturing business to Toshiba. The transfer between the two companies is expected to be completed in the first quarter of fiscal 2009. The transfer will take place with Fujitsu creating a new company consisting of its HDD-related businesses and functions, which Toshiba will than take an 80-percent stake in. Fujitsu will initially retain a 20-percent stake in the new company to help provide for a smooth transfer, but Toshiba will eventually gain full ownership.

Telstra backs down before court - Telstra has backed down from a fight in court over the legality of its employee collective agreement ballots, despite showing defiance right up to the day of the hearing.

Facebook has performed a massive U-turn over its new TOS, following a furious backlash from the users. Facebook has withdrawn controversial changes to its terms of service after tens of thousands of users complained it infringed on their privacy and copyright. The social-networking site had effectively granted itself the rights to users' photos, wall posts when it deleted a provision on February 4th that said users could remove their content at any time. But they returned to their previous terms of use after more than 25,000 people joined Facebook groups to protest at the retrospective changes, with some threatening to deactivate their accounts.

Cnet has posted Day 2 summary from the GSMA 2009 Mobile World Congress. Another day at GSMA winds to a close, and even though there aren't as many new devices, we did get a few important announcements.

And while we're on the subject of GSMA 2009, one thing that caught my attention was the announcement (and confirmation) by major mobile operators about a new universal charging standard (micro USB) for mobile phones. The goal is to make this universal charging solution (yes, it has an acronym: UCS) the majority interface by 1 January 2012 with their energy efficiency in line with targets set out by the Open Mobile Terminal Platform (ditto: OMTP). So who is aboard? The initial group of companies behind the UCS initiative include 3 Group, AT&T, KTF, LG, mobilkom austria, Motorola, Nokia, Orange, Qualcomm, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, Telecom Italia, Telefónica, Telenor, Telstra, T-Mobile and Vodafone.

Ars Technica has posted a hands on review of Lenny 5.0. The Debian development community has officially released version 5.0 of the venerable open source Linux distribution. The new version, which is codenamed Lenny, includes updated software, security enhancements, and improved hardware support.

A new Navy funded report warns of War Robots Going "Terminator". Robots gone rogue killing their human masters is rich science fiction fodder, but could it become reality? Some researchers are beginning to ask that question as artificial intelligence advances continue, and the world's high-tech nations begin to deploy war-robots to the battlefront.
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