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Thomas' piracy penalty Reduced

Updated at 2:03 p.m. PST to include quotes from RIAA, music industry sources, and Jammie Thomas-Rasset's attorney.

A U.S. district court has dramatically slashed the amount of money a Minnesota woman must pay in damages for illegally sharing music online.

Last June, a federal jury in Minnesota found Jammie Thomas-Rasset liable for willful copyright infringement and ordered her to pay nearly $2 million. Michael Davis, chief judge for the U.S.

Man Buried in Haiti Rubble Uses iPhone to Treat Wounds, Survive

U.S. filmmaker Dan Woolley was shooting a documentary about the impact of poverty in Haiti when the earthquake struck. He could have died, but he ultimately survived with the help of an iPhone first-aid app that taught him to treat his wounds.

After being crushed by a pile of rubble, Woolley used his digital SLR to illuminate his surroundings and snap photos of the wreckage in search of a safe place to dwell.

EVGA launches Haiti Relief Fund

EVGA has set up a Haiti Relief Fund with the goal of collecting $10,000 for the quake stricken Caribbean nation, and as we're alway keen to support any sensible humanitarian drive, we urge you to take a look.

A week ago the poorest nation in the western hemisphere was struck by 7.0 earthquake. Loss of life was immense, with recent estimates exceeding 200,000 dead. Millions are homeless or injured and Haiti's capitol Port-au-Prince is in ruins. In other words - if you can, help.

EVGA will match community donations up to $5,000. Beta Forum Comments/Suggestions

Please post your comments and suggestions about the new integrated beta forum.

Cocaine Found At Kennedy Space Center

COCOA, Fla. -- NASA is launching an investigation after cocaine was found in a restricted facility at the Kennedy Space Center.

NASA said a small amount of white powder in a plastic bag was discovered by an employee on the floor inside the shuttle processing facility.

Kennedy Space Center police confirmed the powder was cocaine.

They said only certain people have access to the area, and they're now questioning employees.

NASA and the Kennedy Space Center have a zero tolerance policy for drugs.

Lunar Eclipse, Blue Moon Mark New Year's Eve

Once in a blue moon, as the saying goes, there are two full moons in a single calendar month, which NASA says actually happens every 2.5 years. A blue moon on New Year's Eve is much rarer, last happening in 1990. Even rarer, though, is the lunar eclipse that will accompany the blue moon.

Not only is the decade going to end on a blue moon -- the second appearance of a full moon in a calendar month -- but also a partial eclipse of the moon, at least for sky watchers in Europe, Africa and Asia. A partial lunar eclipse occurs when the moon is partially darkened by the Earth's shadow.

McDonald's to Offer Free Wi-Fi, Starbucks Beware?

McDonald's will offer customers free Wi-Fi come January, according to reports. Coupling Wi-Fi with its new coffee offerings, will the Golden Arches steal some green from Starbucks? Verizon says it is also now offering free Wi-Fi to some subscribers.

Not even the Dollar Menu can top this deal. Beginning in January 2010, McDonald's will offer its in-store Wi-Fi service for free, according to reporting from Wi-Fi Net News.

Hey, kids! Sexting is a bad idea!

You know, back in my day, us kids were perfectly happy to just cop a few condoms from Dad’s drawer and get on with our business. We’ve heard plenty about kids running up ridiculous texting bills and sexting (sending erotic pictures, video, and even text via SMS and MMS) has made headlines in the last year or so. Now, though, a study by Pew Internet & American Life Project reveals that as many as 15% of teens have received or sent sexually explicit text messages.

Meat grown in laboratory in world first

Researchers in the Netherlands created what was described as soggy pork and are now investigating ways to improve the muscle tissue in the hope that people will one day want to eat it.

No one has yet tasted their produce, but it is believed the artificial meat could be on sale within five years.

Vegetarian groups welcomed the news, saying there was “no ethical objection” if meat was not a piece of a dead animal.

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