There's a 'new boson' in the universe

week in review Scientists discover the "God particle," while Facebook users discover an e-mail black hole. Also: Apple scores twin legal victories.

week in review Scientists believe they have found the "God particle," also known as the Higgs boson.

The leaders of the experiments running through the giant Large Hadron Collider (LHC) said that their two teams had independently observed a particle consistent with the Higgs , which has until now been theoretical rather than a sure thing. The Higgs boson is thought to be responsible for mass in the otherwise-already-proven standard model of physics.

The scientists say they have more than "five-sigma" certainty that the particle they saw was the Higgs boson, which means they are 99.99999 percent sure of their conclusions. The revelation comes days after U.S. scientists working at Fermilab said their experiments with Tevatron, a less powerful particle accelerator that was otherwise similar to the LHC, had strongly suggested that the high-mass particle did exist.
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Web users beware: DNSChanger victims lose Web access July 9

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Google offers to settle EU antitrust probe

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Twitter: 5K tweets removed this year over copyright complaints

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•  Judge: Twitter must release account data of arrested user
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Judge rejects Samsung bid to lift Galaxy Nexus sales ban

Preliminary injunction granted to Apple will go into effect once the iPhone maker posts a bond of nearly $96 million.
•  Google working on software patch to avoid Galaxy Nexus sales ban
•  Samsung loses bid to lift U.S. sales ban against Galaxy Tab

Apple says it has fixed glitch that led to crashing apps

Server bug generated DRM code that caused some recently updated apps to crash when users tried to launch them.
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MegaUpload and the White House: A case of curious timing

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•  Apple settles iPad trademark dispute in China for $60M
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