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A (free!) TED for teenagers: Announcing the incredible lineup for TEDYouth in New York City

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Just like school … not! TEDYouth is like a TED Conference for high school students, starring a lineup of speakers working at the top of their fields of culture, science, technology and art. You’ll hear about scientific discoveries and crazy art projects that will surprise you, make you laugh and blow your mind a little.

TEDYouth will take place on Saturday, November 17, from 1 to 6pm EST, at the Times Center in Manhattan. After the jump, the exciting lineup of speakers from NASA flight director Bobak Ferdowsi to producer-slash-inventor  Young Guru.


Young Guru is one of the most important music producers of the past decade, having worked on 10 Jay-Z albums and countless more with other well-known artists. He’s currently working on the future of sound.

Kelly Benoit-Bird is a marine biologist using sophisticated sound technology to explore how animals in the ocean find their…

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Report: Softbank in talks to buy Sprint for $19B

How Microsoft’s Copyright Claim Went Awry


Microsoft was just trying to stop a leak.

With the software giant’s Windows 8 on the cusp of being released (it’s slated to appear this month), the company was doing its best to prevent the unauthorized distribution of a beta version of the software through leaks and torrents. To do that, as is common practice under the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA), Microsoft asked Google to block hundreds of search results that might have linked to copyright-infringing material.

Generally, these requests are automated; a computer program monitors the Internet for keywords and other markers linked to unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material. And as with any automated system, occasionally things go awry. That’s what apparently happened with a series of Microsoft filings from earlier this summer, as a recently discovered, 892-item legal notice from July shows. While the bulk of Microsoft’s claims are legitimate, according to Boing Boing

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