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Time Warner Cable tries to put brakes on massive piracy case Yesterday, Time Warner Cable told a federal court overseeing a massive 2,094-person lawsuit targeting the poor folks who downloaded (and, what's worse, apparently watched) Uwe Boll's Far Cry that the US Copyright Group's subpoenas were out of control. Ars Technica
Laser celebrates its 50th anniversary The laser is 50 years young May 16, when Theodore Maiman built the first working laser at Hughes Research Labs. While initially leveraged towards military applications such as targeting, the laser eventually found its way to a wide variety of civilian uses, from communications and rock-concert visuals to CD players and tattoo removal. eWeek
Optical transistor is a step toward the quantum Internet Physicists at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics, led by Gerhard Rempe, have created a system based on a single atom that they're calling a "quantum optical transistor." The transistor could someday serve as part of a quantum computer or as a node of a quantum data network. IEEE Spectrum
Personal cellphone data end up for sale at Mexico flea market When the government launched a nationwide campaign to register cellphones, millions of Mexicans refused. And thousands of others registered with a familiar name: Felipe Calderon, the country's president. LA Times
Shakeup at Wikipedia in Wake of Porn Purge A shakeup is underway at the top levels of Wikipedia, FoxNews.com has learned, as administrators try to deal with the growing controversy surrounding pornographic images that appear on the online encyclopedia and its associated websites. Fox News
Tokyo couple married by robot in rooftop wedding Japan has hosted the world's first wedding to be conducted by a robot. The automated creature, known as the I-Fairy, oversaw the wedding of Tomohiro Shibata and Satoko Inoue in the capital, Tokyo. BBC