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January 30th, 2007

January 30th, 2007
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From bna.com's newsletter:

EBAY BANS AUCTIONS OF VIRTUAL GOODS
Ebay has confirmed its decision to ban auctions for the characters, currency, weapons, attire and accounts of online games such as World of Warcraft, City of Heroes and others. For its part, eBay said its decision, which is essentially a move to begin enforcing rules against virtual-item trades already under way, stems from a desire to protect users.
http://news.com.com/2100-1043_3-6154372.html

COMPANIES AGREE TO ADWARE SUIT SETTLEMENT WITH NY AG
Priceline.com Inc., Travelocity.com, and Cingular Wireless have agreed to change the way they advertise on the Internet in settlements announced by New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo's office. The settlements mark the first time advertisers have been held responsible by authorities for ads displayed through adware, which deliver nuisance pop-up advertisements and can slow and crash personal computers.
http://www.siliconvalley.com/mld/siliconvalley/news/editorial/16573862.htm

EU MAY CHALLENGE U.S. NET GAMBLING LAW
U.S. restrictions on online gambling may be challenged by the European Union, the bloc's top financial regulator said on Tuesday. "In my view it is probably a restrictive practice and we might take it up in another fora," EU Internal Market Commissioner Charlie McCreevy told the European Parliament.
<http://tinyurl.com/2ns6ba> [Reuters]

QUESTIONS RAISED ABOUT COPYRIGHT OF CANADIAN POLITICAL ADS
Canadian Conservative attack ads fired at Liberal Leader Stephane Dion may end up sideswiping the ruling party after questions were raised about possible breach of copyright laws. A broadcast consortium which filmed debate footage used in the ad said that any outside use of debate video would have to be approved by all pool members. Moreover, he said such video is traditionally never authorized for use by political parties.
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2007/01/29/3475135-cp.html

COURTS SHOW AN INTEREST IN WIKIPEDIA
The NY Times runs an interesting article on the willingness of courts to cite to Wikipedia. It notes that more than 100 judicial rulings have relied on Wikipedia, beginning in 2004, including 13 from circuit courts of appeal.
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/29/technology/29wikipedia.html
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From http://eurekalert.org:

Public Release: 30-Jan-2007
Cochrane Library
Antipsychotic drug controls some symptoms in autism disorder
Risperidone, a drug used to control schizophrenia symptoms, may also help treat behaviors found in autism spectrum disorder, according to a new review of studies.
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2007-01/cfta-adc013007.php

Public Release: 30-Jan-2007
Too much expected of microfinancing
That microfinancing is good for the emancipation of women and poverty alleviation in developing countries is true says Dutch-sponsored researcher Alfred Lakwo, but only in part. Lakwo travelled with the help of an NWO grant to Uganda. There he carried out research among rural women and concluded that microfinancing must be far better matched to the local situation if it is to be really effective in the longer term.
NWO Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research
http://www.nwo.nl/nwohome.nsf/pages/NWOA_6X6CK7_Eng

Public Release: 30-Jan-2007
Health Affairs
U-M, Harvard team propose way to make the most of health dollars
American employers -- and citizens -- could get a lot more value out of their health insurance by abandoning the old-fashioned system of charging everyone the same, says a team of University of Michigan and Harvard University researchers.
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2007-01/uomh-uht012907.php

Public Release: 30-Jan-2007
Radiology
Vaginal birth increases risk of hemorrhage in newborns
The first researchers to use magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to study the brains of a large group of babies soon after birth found a small amount of bleeding in and around the brains of one in four babies who were delivered vaginally. The study appears in the February issue of Radiology.
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2007-01/rson-vbi012507.php

Public Release: 30-Jan-2007
Ethology
To trust or not to trust your friends
Sometimes it is better to follow the advice of others rather than your own mind, even though you seem to have things under control. Not only humans but also fish follow this doctrine as shown by ecologists Jörgen Johnsson and Fredrik Sundström of Göteborg University, Sweden, in the journal Ethology.
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2007-01/bpl-tto011107.php

Public Release: 29-Jan-2007
American Naturalist
In many habitats, competition is the drama, but benefactors set the stage
Coral reefs, kelp forests, marshes and other familiar habitats can harbor a diversity of life by providing shelter from both harsh conditions and predators. New experimental work using cordgrass habitats suggests those positive effects of living habitats are the most important factor in driving the diversity and abundance of organisms in many ecosystems. The researchers suggest that facilitation cascades could be tapped to aid conservation efforts.
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2007-01/uocp-imh012907.ph

Public Release: 29-Jan-2007
Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids
MIT: Nanoengineered concrete could cut CO2 emissions
While government leaders argue about the practicality of reducing world emissions of carbon dioxide, researchers are seeking ways to make it happen. One group of engineers at MIT is focusing its work on the nanostructure of concrete, the world's most widely used material. The production of cement, the primary component of concrete, accounts for 5 to 10 percent of the world's total carbon dioxide emissions; the process is an important contributor to global warming.
Lafarge Group
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2007-01/miot-mnc012907.php

Public Release: 29-Jan-2007
New study is first to link romantic relationships to genes
New research suggests that choosing a mate may be partially determined by your genes. A study published in Psychological Science has found a link between a set of genes involved with immune function and partner selection in humans.
http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/press/pressitem.asp?ref=1092

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