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Late News: US House of Representatives Passes CISPA, Lumia 800 Taken into Space, Samsung Galaxy S3 Specifications Hinted

The US House of Representatives has passed CISPA (opens in new tab), the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. The vote pretty much went along partisan lines, with 248 in favour and 168 against, so not a close result. CISPA is the much publicised follow up to SOPA, but rather than focusing on copyright protection, it aims, broadly, to allow companies and the government to share data.

Nokia may be proud of their first Windows Phone device (opens in new tab), as the Lumia 800 was chosen to be taken out in space by UK scientists, to help them build trajectory-tracking software, for future projects. The flight was organised by University of Southampton and its main purpose was to launch a smartphone into the stratosphere, attached to a balloon, without any additional protection. A handset was needed to help them track the flight trajectory and to use this data, in prediction software for future missions.

Google Translate has reached an incredible 200 million active users (opens in new tab). That's enough translated text to fill 1 million books, every day. Introduced in 2001, Google Translate began with just 8 language options, to and from English. Franz Och, Distinguished Research Scientist for Google Translate, wrote in the Google blog just how far the useful service has come:

Not a day goes by without more leaks relating to the Galaxy S3 (opens in new tab), and now it's the turn of the Samsung GT-i9300 user manual. This document shows marks of a physical button, a possibly curved design and impressive specs. What appears to be a picture extracted from the Galaxy S III service manual, contains interesting details about the insides of the upcoming top-tier mobile phone.

The Droid RAZR MAXX has just been announced for the UK (opens in new tab), where it is due to arrive somewhere in the middle of May - with pre orders being taken from Clove and Expansys, while Amazon silently awaits its turn. Motorola has prepared an undefeated opponent in terms of battery life, with the unit providing an amazing 17.61 hours of talk time, thanks to the 3300 mAh capacity.

The phone will be launched this coming Thursday at an invite-only event in London where will be reporting via Rob Kerr, our mobile editor.

You can read more about the Samsung Galaxy S3 and all the gossip surrounding what could turn up to be the biggest non-Apple event of the year on our dedicated liveblog (opens in new tab). We will covering the event live from Thursday at 1800 GMT.

Ravi Mandalia

Ravi Mandalla was ITProPortal's Sub Editor (and a contributing writer) for two years from 2011. Based in Ahmedabad, India, Ravi is now the owner and founder of Parity Media Pvt. Ltd., a news and media company, which specializes in online publishing, technology news and analysis, reviews, web site traffic growth, web site UI. Ravi lists his specialist subjects as: Enterprise, IT, Technology, Gadgets, Business, High Net Worth Individuals, Online Publishing, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, News, Reviews, Audio, Video, and Multi-Media. He has also previously worked as Dy. Manager - IT Security at (n)Code Solutions.