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Helping Haiti: the nightmare scenario By Andrew Cawthorne (Front Row Washington)
Red Cross here estimates 4550,000 dead, and 3 million injured and homeless. Submitted at 1/14/2010 1:57:01 PM It could not have happened to a About the only thing that has more vulnerable nation. g o n e r i g h t i n t h e H a i t i a n Battered by storms in recent earthquake is the weather. years, and still suffering from a The dry, warm nights have been long history of political turmoil, k i n d t o t h e m u l t i t u d e s o f Haiti has struggled in the past to homeless, injured and terrified cope with far lesser disasters. Its Haitians sleeping out in streets, government has precious few parks and pavements all over the resources and the collapsed roof nation. Not to mention the ever- of the white presidential palace growing legion of foreign in downtown Port-au-Prince r e s c u e r s , a i d - w o r k e r s a n d symbolizes its impotence. And journalists who — like the locals of course many officials and — fear sleeping indoors because policemen are too busy hunting of still-rumbling aftershocks. for friends and relatives of their Apart from that, it has been a own, and picking through the sheer nightmare for millions of rubble of their own homes, to Haitians, and for aid-groups turn their attention to any sort of wanting to help them, after the nationwide rescue effort. worst disaster on record in the Local aid groups are decimated Western hemisphere’s poorest too. Many organizations — nation. No one knows the death- including the United Nations, toll, and many bodies still lie which has 9,000 peacekeepers untouched in the street, but here — have suffered damage to clearly thousands, or tens of t h e i r b u i l d i n g s a n d l o s t thousands, have perished. The p e r s o n n e l , e q u i p m e n t a n d
supplies. That makes it far harder for the many foreign groups piling into Haiti with lots of enthusiasm to help, but no one to work with. U.N. staff look as stunned as the Haitians. I spoke to a group of Chilean soldiers who arrived for their tour of duty just a few days
Haitians are still feeling abandoned, and are without the most basic necessities — water, bandages, shelter — as they populate makeshift refugee centers all over the capital. ”Of all the places for this to have happened, Haiti is the probably the least able to respond,” said an American rescue worker, who identified himself simply as John and said he was a veteran of disasters around the world. “I’m a pretty hardened sort of guy, but I haven’t seen much like this. It’s nasty, real ugly.” Reuters photos by Kena Betancur and Jorge Silva. For more multimedia coverage, s e e before the earthquake struck. http://www.reuters.com/article/id “How unlucky was that?” one of USTRE60 B5IZ20100114 them said, sitting on a tractor in For relief efforts, go to front of a mound of rocks he was h t t p : / / w w w . a l e r t n e t . o r g / supposed to move. Aid is coming into Port-auPrince airport fast now, but there is no structure to order, transport and distribute it. So many
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What did you expect from a financial meltdown hearing? By Tabassum Zakaria (Front Row Washington) Submitted at 1/14/2010 12:41:58 PM
If anyone was looking for Wall Street executives to say “sorry” at the financial meltdown hearing, they would have been disappointed. If anyone was looking for the Justice Department to offer a firm “Yes” to the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission’s request for sharing information, they would have been disappointed. (Attorney General Eric Holder did pledge cooperation). But one commission member declared “this is the happiest day of my life” (we’re thinking perhaps he needs to get out more). Doug Holtz-Eakin thanked the panel of regulators for resolving whether the “uptick rule matters, whether short sellers ruined the world, and how much mark-tomarket accounting matters. I have been waiting for this day and look forward to your reports. It’s going to be
wonderful.” But another commission member was totally unimpressed with the “uptick rule” and asked the SEC chief for a memo from the agency’s economist on it. “Many people care very deeply about it on both sides,” SEC Chairman Mary Schapiro said. “Right. And I can’t figure out why,” commission member
Keith Hennessey responded. OK then. (In full disclosure I am not an expert on the uptick rule, but my colleagues tell me it was adopted after the 1929 stock market crash and abolished in 2007 by the SEC which concluded it was ineffective in restraining certain types of trading.) The White House believes Wall
Street firms owe an apology for the financial mess. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said on Wednesday about the Wall Street officials testifying at the commission hearing: “It would seem to me that an apology would be the least of what anybody might expect.” President Barack Obama on Thursday, in proposing a fee on the biggest banks to recoup the financial bailout, said Wall Street firms should roll back bonuses for top earners and executives and “embrace, rather than fight, serious financial reform.” Let us know where you stand on the Obama bank fee, the uptick rule, and a Wall Street apology. Photo credit: Reuters/Jason Reed (Attorney General Holder preparing to testify at commission hearing), Reuters/Jim Young (Obama urges Wall Street to roll back bonuses)
Iron Man 2 will be shown on IMAX screens By Matt Burns (CrunchGear) Submitted at 1/15/2010 8:40:59 AM
This is awesome news. Iron
Man 2 will be Marvel’s first IMAX movie when it hits screens on May 7, 2010. Too bad that the whole movie wasn’t shot
on IMAX’s 70mm film. It will
get The Dark Knight treatment and some, if not most, of the film will be remastered for the huge format. [ CBR via io9 via Giz]
Geron (GERN): 'First in Class' in Stem Cell Research By Steven Halpern (BloggingStocks) Submitted at 1/15/2010 1:00:00 PM
Filed under: Newsletters, Stocks to Buy "Geron ( GERN) is developing first-in-class biopharmaceuticals for the treatment of cancer and chronic degenerative diseases, including spinal cord injury, heart failure and diabetes," says Tom Bishop. In his BI Research advisory he explains, "The company is also a, if not the, world leader in the development of human embryonic stem cell-based therapeutics." Here's his in-deth analysis of the company. Continue reading Geron (GERN): 'First in Class' in Stem Cell Research Geron (GERN): 'First in Class' in Stem Cell Research originally appeared on BloggingStocks on Fri, 15 Jan 2010 13:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Email this| Comments
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Doomsday Clock rolls back — what Clinton says Haiti’s would you do with an extra minute? development prospects can still be good By Deborah Zabarenko (Front Row Washington)
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Good news! We’re one symbolic minute further away from total annihilation! The Doomsday Clock, created in 1947 to dramatize the nuclear threat, was reset today to six minutes before midnight, back from five minutes before midnight — midnight being the symbol of the Ultimate Big Kaboom. Or as the board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists puts it, “the figurative end of civilization.” The board, which includes 19 Nobel laureates, has only adjusted the clock’s virtual hands 18 times, most recently in 2007 when the board moved it forward by two minutes. They cited North Korea’s test of a nuclear weapon, Iran’s nuclear ambitions and a renewed U.S. emphasis on the military utility of nuclear weapons. President Barack Obama gets a bit of credit for the latest move away from midnight. So do
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Former President Bill Clinton, who is helping to coordinate global relief for Haiti with former President George W. Bush, says the quake-stricken country could bounce back much more quickly than people might think. Clinton told NBC’s Today show that Haiti had made it onto the path to modernization when the d e v e l o p m e n t s o n n u c l e a r one symbolic minute more to earthquake struck on Tuesday. But he denied claims that the weapons control and climate work with. change. Learn more about it W h a t s h o u l d t h e U . S . devastation may have set the here. government spend that extra i m p o v e r i s h e d c o u n t r y ’ s So it’s not as late as you might minute on? And what would you development back by half a century. t h i n k , i n t e r m s o f a n y do? Let us know. a p p r o a c h i n g a p o c a l y p s e . For more Reuters political news, “Because they started from a low base, we can reconstitute where A s W a s h i n g t o n t a c k l e s click here seemingly insoluble problems — Photo credit: REUTERS/Kieran they are quicker than everyone fixing the U.S. healthcare Doherty (Big Ben, behind thinks. I just do not agree that system, tracking down al Qaeda, environmental protesters on the they’ve been set back 50 years,” s e n d i n g a i d t o e a r t h q u a k e r o o f o f t h e P a l a c e o f he said. “If we go back to work, ravaged Haiti — there is some Westminster, October 12, 2009, we’ll be all right.” Clinton, whose wife Secretary comfort in knowing that there’s London) of State Hillary Clinton is at the forefront of U.S. government relief efforts, also made an impassioned plea for donations to meet the immediate needs of people thrust violently into a An updated Google Mobile App BlackBerry. hellish existence. now launches phone calls, SMS O r i g i n a l l y p o s t e d a t T h e “Think how you would feel if messages, and e-mail replies D o w n l o a d B l o g from its search app for
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you lost everything, you were wandering around streets at night that were all dark, you were tripping over bodies living and dead, and you didn’t have water to drink or food to eat,” he told CNN. “That’s why giving money now in small amounts … even if you just have $5 or $10 to give, this is a big deal,” added Clinton, who is also the U.N. special envoy to Haiti. “They have made a decision to claim the future for the first time in my lifetime. We can do this, if we can survive the next week or two.” Photo credits: Reuters/Lucas Jackson (Bill Clinton); Reuters/U.N. handout (A Family in Port-au-Prince); Reuters/U.N. handout (Bodies of the Victims)
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FBI gives Osama bin Laden shave and a haircut By Tabassum Zakaria (Front Row Washington)
of 18 terrorist suspects listed on the State Department’s Rewards for Justice website,” a joint Submitted at 1/14/2010 2:31:39 PM statement from the two agencies Everyone gets older, even the said. most wanted terrorism suspect. “Federal investigators hope these So more than 8 years after the updated images will enable the Sept. 11 attacks, the FBI has public to better identify these used digital forensic techniques wanted suspects.” to figure out what al Qaeda The U.S. government has a $25 leader Osama bin Laden might million reward for finding bin look like now. Laden, who is in his early 50s In one new picture, bin Laden and has mainly been seen in the has a closely-cropped beard and West on videotapes aired to short, stylish grey hair — a far publicize his occasional cry from the photo that has been message. on the most wanted terrorism For more Reuters political news, website of a man with a long, sunken eyes. click here bushy, dark beard. “Using sophisticated digital Photo credit: Reuters/stringer Another depiction is of bin e n h a n c e m e n t t e c h n i q u e s , Afghanistan (bin Laden at a Laden with a white headdress, forensic artists at the FBI’s news conference in Afghanistan long salt-and-pepper beard and a laboratory in Quantico, Virginia in 1998) face with more hollows and have ‘age progressed’ old photos
Landlords Can't Force You To Sign Up With One Cable Co... But Can Charge You Extra For Water If You Pick Wrong By Mike Masnick (Techdirt)
the FCC stepped in to say such deals were illegal. But, of course, there are always For many y e a r s , loopholes. Broadband Reports cable/telco/satellite companies highlights how a bunch of would do "exclusive" deals with buildings are using loopholes apartment buildings and other like telling you can chose any developers, which would limit cable company you like... but if what services could be offered in you choose a different one they those buildings. Back in 2007, have to pay an extra $40 for Submitted at 1/15/2010 4:05:00 AM
water and trash. And... the FCC says these kinds of deals are legal, for now, though it may move against them soon. But, in the meantime, your landlord can effectively force you to choose a cable/telco/broadband provider. Permalink| Comments| Email This Story
Last word in Rome tombs fetches €938,000 at auction By John Hooper (World news and comment from the Guardian | guardian.co.uk)
three-bedroom flat in a block on the edge of one of Rome's loveliest parks. AMA announced last year that it Submitted at 1/15/2010 9:29:13 AM was putting up for auction 34 Location and famous neighbours tombs and mausoleums that had drives up price for one of fallen into decay after failing to c e m e t e r y ' s m o s t d e s i r a b l e trace the surviving members of residences the families that built them. It is unquestionably a desirable The final resting place that residence, with its imposing fetched the highest price is a entrance flanked by fine neo- roofed structure like a tiny classical columns. And it is in chapel. It stands in a tree-shaded one of the leafiest and most corner of the prestigious Verano sought-after parts of Rome. cemetery, where its eventual So it is perhaps not surprising occupant will lie alongside some that, when it came up for of Rome's most illustrious auction, it fetched €938,000 citizens, including the novelist (£831,000). But there is a snag: Alberto Moravia, the actor you have to be dead to live in it. Marcello Mastroianni and the The Azienda Municipale cinema directors Roberto A m b i e n t a l e ( A M A ) , t h e Rossellini and Vittorio De Sica. municipal body which in Rome A similar structure went for is disconcertingly charged with €500,000. AMA had expected to both waste disposal and the raise just over €2m. "We have so b u r i a l o f t h e d e a d , w a s far sold 28 for €6m," said celebrating the outcome of an Panzironi. The money will go auction of tombs that suggested towards cemetery upkeep. Romans are as concerned about • Italy their accommodation in the next life as they are in this. John Hooper "We certainly weren't prepared guardian.co.uk© Guardian for the sale of a tomb for News & Media Limited 2010 | € 9 3 8 , 0 0 0 , " s a i d A M A ' s Use of this content is subject to managing director, Franco our Terms & Conditions| More Panzironi. Among properties on Feeds sale for the same price was a
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Fox hunt: cracks in Murdoch dynasty as TV news chief finds himself in firing line By Andrew Clark, James Robinson (World news and comment from the Guardian | guardian.co.uk)
London public relations supremo married to Murdoch's daughter, Elisabeth, told the New York Times that members of the Murdoch family had become Submitted at 1/15/2010 9:38:24 AM embarrassed by Fox's output: "I • Mogul's son-in-law goes public am by no means alone within the to attack journalism family or the company in being • Whispering campaign could ashamed and sickened by Roger unseat channel boss Ailes's horrendous and sustained Rotund, bald and ferocious, the disregard of the journalistic Fox television boss Roger Ailes standards that News Corp, its is said to have two speeds – founder and every other global attack and destroy. Every night media business aspires to." under his watch, millions of Freud is said to be adamant that A m e r i c a n s a r e e n t h u s e d , he was speaking on his own engrossed or appalled by a lively b e h a l f , b u t h e i s a l s o diet of angry rightwing rhetoric unrepentant. His words were served up on Fox's rolling news calibrated to exert maximum channel. But the heady mix of damage and are a stunning blow hectoring, finger-pointing and to one of Murdoch's longest liberal-bashing may be proving serving and most successful too spicy even for the strong lieutenants. Their impact was all stomachs of his employers, the the more powerful because such Murdoch clan. moments of indiscretion are Rupert Murdoch's family, a anathema to Murdoch, as one close-knit, powerful and discreet high-ranking former employee dynasty scattered across three recalls. "When you are in the continents, prefer to air their inner circle, you are expected to d i r t y w a s h i n g i n p r i v a t e . keep your mouth shut. The mafia R u m o u r e d s q u a b b l e s o v e r call it omerta – the code of inheritance, succession and over silence." Murdoch's choice of wife have On the face of it, Freud's remark generally played out behind indicates a rift within the family. closed doors. But some Murdoch-watchers But a gaping crack appeared in believe it may be a more subtle the edifice of unity this week as signal. When Freud spoke, it was Murdoch's son-in-law, Matthew not his voice but Murdoch's that Freud, delivered an astonishingly many media observers in the US public broadside against Fox and Britain heard. The author News. Freud, a media-savvy Michael Wolff, who recently
penned a biography of Murdoch, believes Freud's outburst may be part of an orchestrated attempt to undermine a lieutenant who is getting a little too powerful. He points out that none-too-discreet "whispering campaigns" preempted the departure of other top executives. "In many instances, it takes about a year to fire someone at a high level within News Corp. They kind of marginalise you, stop speaking to you and eventually you get the message that it's over." A former political strategist who worked on the successful campaigns of three Republican presidents, Ailes was hired by Murdoch in 1996 to launch Fox News, in a widely scorned effort to challenge the broadcast establishment. Some 14 years later, Fox is by far America's favourite specialist news channel, pulling in 2.1 million prime-time viewers every evening – more than its two main rivals, CNN and MSNBC, combined. In business terms, it is a jewel in the crown of Murdoch's global media empire, tipped to make $700m (£430m) in operating profit in a difficult year for News Corp. Hit by asset writedowns, the parent company made a loss of $3.3bn last year. "Fox is a star performer, without a doubt," says Edward Atorino, a media analyst at Wall Street
stockbroking firm Benchmark, and Ailes is a key piece in the News Corp jigsaw. "There aren't too many Roger Aileses around … If he were to leave, it would leave a huge hole." With a pay package of $23m in 2009, Ailes made more money than Murdoch himself. Unusually, he has revealed that he personally lobbied Murdoch after hearing that his US papers might endorse Barack Obama. That irritated younger members of the Murdoch dynasty, while Fox's coverage of Obama since has left some of them horrified. Andrew Neil, who edited Murdoch's Sunday Times for over a decade and is also a former News Corp executive, says James Murdoch and Freud's wife Elisabeth both supported Obama, while Elisabeth raised funds for the Democrats. Neither are liberal, he concedes: "They just happen to be marginally more liberal than Rupert. It's a difference of tone." Neil doesn't buy the theory that Freud was acting with Murdoch's consent, but agrees that "he is reflecting the views of the younger Murdochs". "What better way to let their liberal friends know they are upset about the way Fox News is behaving than on the front page of the New York Times, the liberal journal of record?" Although promoted under the
slogan "fair and balanced", Fox News horrifies political moderates with the hectoring rhetoric of its prime-time evening anchors. One man in particular, Glenn Beck, raises liberal hackles with his furious diatribes against Obama. Advertisers including Procter & Gamble and the insurer Geico withdrew commercials from Beck's nightly show in August when the anchorman accused Obama of being "racist" towards white people. Just this week, Beck used a blackboard and chalk to illustrate the supposed similarities of Obama's policies to those of the Venezuelan president, Hugo Chávez. Beck is by no means unique. Conservative commentator Bill O'Reilly has used his primetime Fox show to label Mexicans immigrant "wetbacks". A passionate opponent of abortion, he was criticised last year after a Kansas abortion doctor, George Tiller, was murdered. Repeatedly dubbing him "Tiller the baby killer", O'Reilly had eviscerated him for operating a "death mill" and "executing babies" for profit. Fox's weekend line-up also includes a chatshow hosted by the former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, while Sarah Palin was signed up this week as a political FOX page 9
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Prince William embarks on first official tour - a four-day visit to New Zealand By Stephen Bates (World news and comment from the Guardian | guardian.co.uk)
fervour for the royals?", its website wonders as if not entirely certain, adding hopefully: "While the older Submitted at 1/15/2010 9:47:10 AM royals are a bit of a bore, it must • Opportunity for future monarch be said that the prince is pretty to 'learn the ropes' hot stuff." • Unofficial stopover in Australia TVNZ is asking Prince William also planned fans, "or anyone hoping to catch In retrospect, the two young a glimpse of him", to email in; women drinking lattes outside though whether its decision to the Vulcan coffee bar off screen the movie The Queen Auckland's Queen Street may not Sunday evening is entirely have been the best people to ask tactful, concerning as it does the about New Zealanders' attitude monarchy's reaction to the death t o t h e m o n a r c h y . " P r i n c e of Princess Diana, William's William?" one said, "Is he the mother, is less clear. one with the chubby cheeks, or The prince's four-day trip will the one with red hair?" take him from Auckland to After this weekend she might Wellington then, unofficially, to have less excuse for ignorance. Sydney and Melbourne. For the This Sunday, William, who one royal family it will be a test of day may be monarch of New how the 27-year-old prince Zealand, Australia and 13 other performs and a key to his future countries as well as the United marketing skills as he trips from Kingdom, opens a new chapter one event to another: meeting the in the royals' saga on his first All Blacks here, touring a official overseas visit, during h o s p i t a l t h e r e ; g r e e t i n g which he will stand in for his Australian troops fresh from grandmother in opening the new service in Afghanistan and supreme court building in survivors of last February's Wellington. disastrous bush fires; enjoying a That in itself is a sign of change: barbecue with the New Zealand New Zealand's judicial decisions prime minister and lunch with are no longer subject to appeal to Australia's governor general. the privy council 12,000 miles In the words of Major Jamie away. Lowther-Pinkerton, his private N e w Z e a l a n d t e l e v i s i o n secretary, it is "an instance of company TVNZ is doing its best H e r M a j e s t y s e e i n g a n to stir up excitement. "Will opportunity for her grandson to Prince William revive our learn the ropes".
Just as important, he is not his father. Prince Charles is not widely esteemed in either country, seen as too stuffy, too English, too rotten to Diana and too critical of the environmental cost of agricultural exports to Britain. So William provides a chance for the monarchy to redefine itself in a more youthful fashion in countries where the trend towards republicanism has been stronger than anywhere else in the Commonwealth. The moment could be propitious because the debate in both countries has stalled. In 1999 Australians voted by a narrow margin not to abandon the monarchy, but then last month the conservative opposition party replaced its pro-republican leader Malcolm Turnbull with Tony Abbott, a man who says he will always be a monarchist. The Melbourne Age recently bemoaned: "It's highly likely that after the Queen's death the Australian ethos of the 'fair go' will probably deliver the next monarch." New Zealand is unlikely to move before Australia. The former New Zealand prime minister Jim Bolger, himself a committed republican, told the Guardian: "The prince will be very welcome – no drama whatsoever. The future of the monarchy is a pretty low-level
priority. It's just a matter of time and generational change." That infuriates committed republican campaigners. Lewis Holden, an Auckland IT consultant who chairs the New Zealand movement, said: "The royal family come over here every five years and the premise that they are essential to the functioning of the state is nonsense. We have had a working government since 1853 and it is a stretch to say that the monarchy had much to do with creating it." Across the Tasman Sea, General Mike Keating, chair of the Australian republican movement, said: "William's having a twoday familiarisation visit here, tacked on to going to New Zealand. Give me a break – what's he going to learn about a country of 5 million square miles in that time? Here's someone who's not been here since he was a baby, who could one day be our head of state. How can he possibly empathise or understand? It sounds to me like he's another 27-year-old having a holiday with his mates." But the pro-monarchists feel they are on a roll. "I think there is a positive virtue in having a head of state 12,000 miles away," said Noel Cox, professor of constitutional law at Auckland University of Technology and chairman of Monarchy New
Zealand. "It means we don't have to worry about them and we effectively have a crowned republic already." Thomas Flynn, Abbott's successor as executive director of Australians for a Constitutional Monarchy, said: "They can come here as often as they like. People say Australians don't like Prince Charles and wouldn't like Camilla, but if they got to know her, I think they'd change their mind - she likes a drink and a smoke, so I think she's very Australian in character." William may be spared the attentions of Sam Bracanov. The octogenarian Croatian immigrant who once sprayed Charles with air freshener " ... to get rid of the stench of royalty", has turned to spraying local politicians instead. The last time the Queen came, the authorities made a deal with him: the police would supply him with an aerosol can providing he only used it after she had passed. For now that just leaves the 800 members of the NZ republican movement emailing TVNZ to say no, they don't want to see the prince. • New Zealand • Australia • Prince William • Monarchy PRINCE page 7
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JP Morgan's $9bn payout stokes bonus fury By Andrew Clark (World news and comment from the Guardian | guardian.co.uk) Submitted at 1/15/2010 10:10:16 AM
• Bank made year-end profits of $11.7bn • Darling's bonus tax to hit hard • Profits fall short of analyst forecasts The Wall Street bank JP Morgan Chase has reignited a political furore over City pay packets by disclosing that it will hand out $9.3bn (£5.73bn) to its investment banking staff around the world despite facing a likely hit of "several hundred million dollars" from Britain's special tax on bankers' bonuses. JP Morgan's 24,654 investment bankers, including nearly 5,000 employees in London, will get an average of $379,000 each after the financial services group surfed a wave of recovery in global markets to notch up yearend profits of $11.7bn, more than double its earnings of $5.6bn during crisis-stricken 2008. The bank's bonuses are lower than analysts had anticipated. In an apparent response to political and public concern, JP Morgan is shifting some of its payouts from cash into shares. In the final quarter of the year, the
proportion of revenue allocated to remuneration fell from a typical figure of 40% to just 11%. JP Morgan's finance director said the compensation total was reduced by a need to "offset British tax on bonuses" the first admission that banks are responding to Alistair Darling's bonus tax. But JP Morgan's payout still attracted swift condemnation. Brendan Barber, general secretary of the TUC, renewed calls for a global tax on financial transactions and said: "These obscene bonuses paid so soon after the world's taxpayers had to rescue the banking system show that there is something fundamentally wrong in the relationship between banking and the rest of society." Depressed by ongoing losses on bad loans made by its recessionbattered high street banking chain in the US, JP Morgan's profits were at the low end of Wall Street forecasts. Chief executive Jamie Dimon admitted he was disappointed with the firm's rate of recovery: "Though these results showed improvement, we acknowledge that they fell short of both an adequate return on capital and the firm's earnings potential." The numbers were revealed just
24 hours after president Barack Obama attacked banks for reverting to "risky bets" for quick rewards and set out plans for a levy on financial institutions to recoup US taxpayers' money spent on bailouts. Striking a defiant tone, JP Morgan's chief executive, Jamie Dimon, criticised the White House for singling out banks: "We generally agree with the concept that the industry should pay for its own clean-up. But the Tarp [bailout] got extended to a lot of things beyond banks insurance companies, car companies - and I don't understand why we should pay for that." Dimon's overtures to Darling In Britain, chancellor Alistair Darling intends to impose a 50% supertax on bankers' bonuses of more than £25,000 per person. Dimon has made representations over the tax to Darling, pointing out to the chancellor that JP Morgan is a major investor in London and received no state aid from British taxpayers. JP Morgan is due to decide later this year whether to press ahead with a planned new £1.5bn European headquarters office block at Canary Wharf and the tax is expected to be a factor in this
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decision. Speaking on a conference call with analysts, Dimon said he expected Britain's tax to cost "several hundred million dollars" although the precise figure will depend on the detailed wording of legislation that will determine exactly how many of JP Morgan's staff will be affected. The bank intends to share the impact of the tax, bearing part of the cost itself and passing on part of it to its individual bankers. Considered one of America's most financially robust banks, JP Morgan's sprawling financial services empire employs a total of 222,000 people globally and topped $100bn in revenue last year. The firm was one of the few Wall Street institutions to emerge from the financial crisis in a healthy state - it never reported a quarterly loss and it bought the remnants of two victims of the credit crunch, Bear Stearns and Washington Mutual. Although JP Morgan received $25bn in bailout funds from the US Treasury, it was among the first to repay the money, returning it in June. The collapse of weaker players, together with a vigorous stock market recovery, has turned surviving banks' trading floors more lucrative than ever. But the
spectre of bankers pocketing near record bonuses has infuriated members of the public who are still experiencing rising unemployment, failures in the high street and severe austerity. Another US bank, Citigroup, reportedly intends to cap cash bonuses at $100,000, with any additional rewards in shares maturing over a period of years. "People looking at it from the outside look at the dollars and say they are high," said Kenneth Raskin, the head of law firm White & Case's executive compensation practice in New York. "There is no question the dollars are high. The question is whether they were deserving." • JP Morgan • Banking • Executive pay and bonuses • US economy • United States • Alistair Darling Andrew Clark guardian.co.uk© Guardian News & Media Limited 2010 | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions| More Feeds
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China shuts down Mr Gay pageant By Tania Branigan (World news and comment from the Guardian | guardian.co.uk)
community. The winner was to take part in the Mr Gay Worldwide final in Norway next month. Submitted at 1/15/2010 9:59:49 AM "I'm about to cry," said Xue Fei, Mr Gay China branded a one of the eight contestants. "We 'sensitive issue' by officials but really wanted to promote the event would benefit whole sunny side of gay people." country, say campaigners He said he believed the pageant Chinese police shut down the had already achieved some of its country's first gay pageant aims because advance coverage tonight, just one hour before the had highlighted gay issues. event was due to begin. But he added: "It's been a long Participants hoped the contest time since China's reform and would help challenge domestic opening policies began and I stereotypes about homosexuality, think it really should follow the classified as a mental illness until steps of the international world. 2001, and show the rest of the "In China, the population of gay world that gay people could be people is large, but many of them accepted in China. But officers cannot live in the sunshine. I arrived at a Beijing nightclub really hope we can live with our shortly before the Mr Gay China heads held high and face the competition started and told world happily." organisers it was not properly Another participant, Simon licensed. They are understood to W a n g , s a i d h e w a s have told the venue's owners that "disappointed, but not surprised". it was "a sensitive issue". He added: "I think maybe the The event was to feature a reason it was cancelled was swimwear round and talent because they had too much section, but contestants would publicity." also have been judged on their The police officers who came to ability to represent the gay the venue were friendly and
asked questions about homosexuality, said Ryan Dutcher, one of the organisers. He added: "I'm very disappointed because we worked hard for this event, but I don't see it as a major step back. "Anyone who's been in China has seen how much the gay community has grown and how people – even the authorities – have become more accepting." The organisers had hoped the contest would be acceptable to officials because of other recent events. Last year, activists in Beijing held a gay film festival for the first time; previous attempts in 2001 and 2005 were shut down. Shanghai saw the first gay pride festival on the mainland, although some events were cancelled, despite attempts to keep it low-key. "I think this is a very stupid decision because showing the beauty of gay people to the world is a very positive thing," said Wan Yanhai, a well-known gay rights activist, who arrived at the venue after hearing of the cancellation.
"It would have fostered a good international image of China and benefited not only gay people here, but also China as a whole, because it would have shown the image of a harmonious society with gay people living happily in China." Gay sex was decriminalised in 1997, but Sara Davis, executive director of the US-based Asia Catalyst, which supports grassroots activists, said the authorities' attitudes towards gay events were still very mixed. "There are progressive elements which show recognising people as gay is not a threat to the government's stability, but also very conservative elements who are threatened by this activity." • China • Gay rights Tania Branigan guardian.co.uk© Guardian News & Media Limited 2010 | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions| More Feeds
PolyTune: The Violet Femmes tune all their guitar strings at once on the bus By John Biggs (CrunchGear) Submitted at 1/15/2010 10:00:20 AM
You know how when you play someone’s guitar for the first time at a party and one string is way high or low and you start to tune it and find that the guitar is total garbage and can’t be tuned anyway and so you play “Closer to Fine” on an untuned guitar in the corner of the part and people are all like “Who’s the douche playing Indigo Girls in 2010? I think his guitar is out of tune.” Has that ever happened to you? Definitely, right? Well Polytune tunes all your strings at once. You strum and it tells you which strings are out of tune. You fix those strings, strum again, and then people will never make fun of you again. The Polytune is shipping in March from TC Electronic and there’s no pricing but I would totally buy this. via DVICE via Giz
Work It: Labor Market Sees a Little Sunshine By Maccabee Montandon (Fast Company) Submitted at 1/15/2010 10:46:58 AM
While last week's unemployment news was, let's say, less awesome than we had all hoped, some bright spots did emerge. Among them were
figures on state-by-state initial unemployment claims for late December. The picture was slightly cloudy--Pennsylvania saw 9, 653 new filers, due largely to construction and transportation sector layoffs--but there were finally encouraging signs. The much-battered Golden
for unemployment that week than it did the one prior. Part of the dip was because of a shorter workweek, but there were also considerably less layoffs in fields such as construction and the service industry. True, this happy State, California, for example, trend might not last, but for a had 23,160 fewer people filing l a b o r m a r k e t t h a t ' s b e e n
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commentator. Fox's style was inspired by America's legion of rightwing radio "shock jocks", according to Kerwin Swint, author of Dark Genius, a biography of Ailes. "It's very anti-government, very anti-establishment," he says. "Part of Ailes's philosophy for television is that it should be confrontational. That draws viewers, it's exciting for people and it's always been a staple of talk radio." Irritated by Fox's partisan coverage, the White House has upped the ante. Obama has described the Fox network as "entirely devoted to attacking my administration" and has repeatedly snubbed its shows. The White House has been accused of failing to call on Fox journalists at press conferences and freezing the channel's reporters out on overseas trips. Obama's officials are unapologetic – Anita Dunn, former White House communications director, described Fox as "the
communications arm of the Republican party". Fox argues that during daylight hours its coverage is objective, drawing a distinction between daytime reporting and opiniondriven evening shows in the same way that newspapers distinguish between news pages and editorials. And Fox has a track record of breaking major stories – including news damaging to Republicans. But clashing with the White House may not help Murdoch's other business interests, and he has faced pressure to tone Fox down. "He has members of his family riding him hard about this all the time," says Wolff, adding that Murdoch has become increasingly embroiled with the liberal "chattering classes" of Manhattan and Hollywood under the influence of his wife, Wendi Deng. "He spends a lot of time socialising with people who tell him rather constantly that Fox News is contemptible." News Corporation was quick to dismiss the row this week,
portraying Freud as an outsider. A spokeswoman said: "Matthew Freud's opinions are his own and in no way reflect the views of Rupert Murdoch, who is proud of Roger Ailes and Fox News." Ailes himself sought to defuse any notion of a rift, telling the Los Angeles Times that "the entire Murdoch family" had always been supportive of him: "There is nothing to the idea that I have any problem with the children." Jack Shafer of the website Slate suspects Ailes is getting too uppity for his boss's liking: "There's only one star in the News Corporation firmament and it's Rupert Murdoch. You succeed there by keeping your head down and working hard. Murdoch despises glorygrabbers." Neil, who was sacked by Murdoch, concurs. "He hates it when the hired hands get above themselves, so Ailes's days are numbered." Murdoch will be flying to the Swiss ski resort of Davos in two weeks to rub shoulders with the
world's business and political elite. Unusually, Freud won't be attending. Murdoch watchers may seize on that as evidence that Freud has been frozen out by Murdoch, at least for now. Ultimately, however, it may be Comcast acknowledges the rumbustious Ailes who is left 2005 by slowly rolling out in the cold. out remote DVR • Fox News scheduling • News International • News Corporation By Doug Aamoth • Television industry (CrunchGear) • US politics Submitted at 1/15/2010 8:00:00 AM • United States Do you have a Comcast DVR? I Andrew Clark James Robinson do. I also have a TiVo, which guardian.co.uk© Guardian has had remote scheduling since News & Media Limited 2010 | 2005. I can almost schedule Use of this content is subject to recordings remotely to my our Terms & Conditions| More Comcast DVR. Not yet, but Feeds almost – it’s not available in Boston yet, apparently. If you have a Comcast DVR, check out www.comcast.net/mydvr/ to see if the service has been switched on in your area. If it has been switched on, you’ll be able to schedule recordings, view upcoming recordings, modify scheduled and series recordings, and manage multiple DVR boxes. It’s called myDVR Manager. The trick, from a marketing standpoint, is to Shortage in our Future? Cookie Dough Shortage in our lowercase the “my” part of it and Future? originally appeared on leave out the space between BloggingStocks on Fri, 15 Jan “my” and “DVR” so as to show 2010 11:40:00 EST. Please see that it’s an online product. Comcast Remote DVR our terms for use of feeds. Read| P e r m a l i n k | E m a i l t h i s | Scheduling is Here! (For Some)[Zatz Not Funny!] Comments
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crisis soon with a treat that's even more sinful: cookie dough. Now, we all know we are Submitted at 1/15/2010 11:40:00 AM supposed to cut and bake that F i l e d u n d e r : B a d n e w s , tube of raw cookie dough, but Consumer experience how many of us haven't opted, Remember the Eggo waffle instead, to grab a spoon and dig storage in November that had in? It's not the healthiest practice everyone up in arms? Well, we to begin with, for sure, but it harmful bacteria is involved. could all be facing a similar becomes a bit more dodgy if Continue reading Cookie Dough
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Civil weddings for Houses of Parliament By Johnny McDevitt, Paul Lewis (World news and comment from the Guardian | guardian.co.uk)
application, which cost parliament £687 to submit, by 17 February. "My very confident expectation is that we will get a licence and I Submitted at 1/15/2010 9:53:40 AM hope that it will be within a Europe minister Chris Bryant matter of weeks," John Bercow, could be first to make use of the Speaker of the Commons, historic change said. "I am cautiously optimistic Plans to hold about 20 civil t h a t t h e f i r s t s u c h c i v i l partnership ceremonies and partnership ceremony will take weddings a year at the Houses of place on the parliamentary estate Parliament have moved a step before the election, if the closer with a formal application election is in May." to the licensing authority, The Europe minister, Chris Westminster council. Bryant, and his partner, Jared The plans are understood to be Cranney, want to become the designed to allow the public – as first to hold a civil partnership well as MPs and their families – ceremony there. t o h o l d w e d d i n g s o n Supporting paperwork for the p a r l i a m e n t a r y g r o u n d s . application includes a map of "Due to the complexities of parliament, with two rooms when the house is sitting during allocated for marriages. The the week, there will probably Jubilee Room, which overlooks o n l y b e c e r e m o n i e s a n d Cromwell Green, would have a receptions on Saturdays," a capacity of 60 while the MPs' spokesman for the Speaker's dining room, with views of the office said. Thames, would have space for "We're hoping it will be a 180 guests. r e l a t i v e l y i n e x p e n s i v e The director general of facilities alternative, and certainly much at the Commons, John Borley, is cheaper than central London listed as the "responsible person" hotels, probably not more than a in the application, which also few hundred pounds for extra states that "approximately 20" security." ceremonies would take place The council will decide on the each year.
If successful, the application would break with more than six centuries of tradition at the Palace of Westminster. Gordon Brown is understood to have first asked parliamentary authorities to investigate whether they could host civil partnership ceremonies in October. Any venue can become a legitimate place for marriage with permission from a local authority. The Commons crypt in the 14thcentury chapel of St Mary Undercroft, in the basement of the palace, has been a venue for Church of England marriages and christenings, but only for a privileged few. The MPs William Hague, Charles Kennedy and Michael Mates were all married there. • Gay rights • Civil partnerships • John Bercow Johnny McDevitt Paul Lewis guardian.co.uk© Guardian News & Media Limited 2010 | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions| More Feeds
Why Does Movie Gallery Even Bother with Restructuring? By Zac Bissonnette (BloggingStocks) Submitted at 1/15/2010 12:20:00 PM
Filed under: Industry, Blockbuster Inc 'A' (BBI) Movie Gallery ( MVGR), which plunged into bankruptcy following its ill-conceived acquisition of Hollywood Video, is working on its second restructuring effort in two years, and could close 1,000 of its 2,700 locations as part of an effort to return to profitability. To recap: this is a company with $600 million in debt in a business that is in a permanent state of decline. The Wall Street Journal reports(subscription required) that the company could be headed back into bankruptcy: "The expected closings are part of broader discussions between Movie Gallery and its lenders, said a person familiar with the matter. The discussions are in the early stages and no decisions
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have been made. One possibility is that Movie Gallery could file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization in coming months, said the people familiar with the situation." Continue reading Why Does Movie Gallery Even Bother with Restructuring? Why Does Movie Gallery Even Bother with Restructuring? originally appeared on BloggingStocks on Fri, 15 Jan 2010 12:20:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Read| Permalink| Email this| Comments
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Top Jobs 2010: How to Search Smarter By Chris Dannen (Fast Company) Submitted at 1/15/2010 11:01:18 AM
The fast-food industry is hiring, but don't go all American Beauty on us yet. The next decade is all about HOW you search, not where you search. The job market isn't about to right itself, but aggressive jobsearchers can improve their lot by using two potent resources: their friends and their computers. Last year, FastCompany.com told you about the growth sectors for the next decade. No changes there, unfortunately. In 2010, you'll need to innovate if you want to participate. We can help with our shovel-ready job search toolkit. Get Ready If you're looking for a job, there's a good chance you just lost one. But don't move on too quickly. "Know what you're entitled to if you get laid-off," says Alison Doyle, About.com's guide to job searching. "Review your contract and know your rights: severance, health insurance coverage, pension vesting," and so on. That will help you clarify your financials and make contingency plans. Once you start looking, remember a few ground rules, says Doyle: customize your resume for every job you want, and do the same with your cover letters. "Many job seekers still think it's enough to send out resumes and wait for a phone
call for an interview, but it rarely happens that easily anymore." Hone Your Resume Resume sites like Emurse and ResumeBucket allow you to create and share an online resume that can also be PDF'd or printed out. Keep things brief and concise--you can expound in your cover letter and interview-and please, oh please, say the experts: avoid jargon. These days, many companies are eeking by on lean staff. "Be broad on your cover letter," says
Andy Speer, VP of technology solutions for Technisource, a nationwide outplacement firm. "Today, for example, our customers are looking for hardcore coders who can put on analytical hats, talk to customers, serve on committees, develop a business process--do something more creative," he says. In your resume and cover letter, layer your different experiences on whatever foundation you've created. Broaden your potential. Do Your Homework
Read, read, read. If the last year has been any indication, the state of American industries will be changing literally by the week in 2010, so you may not be as up to date as you think. Browse industry blogs, trade journals, and niche sites to keep abreast of the latest dirt in your sector so that you can emphasize the right assets in your resume and interview. If you don't know the sources, that's no excuse. Creatives have sites like Core77 and Variety; for
legal professionals, there's AboveTheLaw and the ABA Journal. If you think you know your industry beat already, search more creatively; there may be sources you overlooked in the past. If you're a logistics professional, for example, you may have spent some time reading BreakBulk and American Shipper. But you may not have perused Fairplay.co.uk, TOP page 12
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another trade site across the pond. Lastly, look for mailing lists specific to what you want; they often get the freshest job listings and host real-life meetups. Ed2010, for example, dishes to people in publishing, while Headsets & Highballs caters to workers in the film and television industries. Search Smarter It's not enough to slap a resume on Monster.com and saunter off to watch American Idol. On today's Web, there are dozens of avenues to spot jobs and get noticed, and you should be paying attention--outplacement firms and HR departments certainly are. General job search sites have evolved. There's nothing wrong with CareerBuilder and Monster, but these days, LinkUp, Indeed, and SimplyHired lead the pack. But don't stop there; look for niche listing sites that fit. TheLadders.com, for example, specializes in managerial positions that pay over 100K. Other sites get even more specific. "There are sites for retirees looking for consultancy, there are sites for former military folks, and there are sites that are "reunion" based for former employees or projects," says Speer.
Do a little Googling, and don't be afraid to get specific. If your search engine skills aren't up to snuff, ask the natural-language search engines at Mahalo and ChaCha where you can find listings for your niche. Search by industry, too. If you're a tech nerd, hit up HackerNews, Reddit Jobs, or Startuply. For media, there's MediaBistro, Mandy.com, IWantMedia, and Variety. Non-profiteers have Idealist.org and designers have Coroflot. For contract work, there is Solvate.com and, of course, Craigslist. Whatever your industry, find where the best companies are posting their jobs, even if it means calling the HR departments at your dream companies and asking where they advertise online. Chances are, their competitors are posting there too. In slow-growth quarters, government jobs often supply what private industry can't. Thanks to the recent Recovery Act, the Federal government will be hiring over 270,000 workers between 2010 and 2012. You can find out where the stimulus money is going at Recovery.org and where to find the ensuing jobs at this site published by the Partnership for Public Service. Build Your Network
Once you know where you want to work, get a guerilla network working for you. "If you want to control your own destiny, you need to tap into an internal 'sales' person who will sell your skillset" inside that company, says Speer. That means finding someone who works where you want to work, and getting them on your team. "Buy him lunch and say, "I want to have the experience you've had; what's the best way to get introduced to the people that make the decisions?"" says Speer. "That's the best way for any prospect to go where they want to go." (Need to build up your gumption? Check out this post on " recruiting a small army" by author Chris Guillebeau.) So, how do you find these "internal salespeople?" Chances are, you already know them, so hit the Web and start rekindling relationships. "I hear a lot of people saying, "I'm not interested in the new age stuff like LinkedIn," says Speer. "And that's fine--if you don't want to get called." Track down all the old cronies and classmates you can think of on LinkedIn, Speer says, and see where they all landed--they might be able to offer a "link" to a decision-maker at a company
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you like. Also remember that many companies compensate their employees for referral hires. If you can't find someone you used to work with, do a people search with sites like Pipl.com or Yahoo People. Be the Best Candidate Once you get your foot in the door, you'll have unprecedented competition, so it's important you communicate that you're the best fit for the job. This year, that means being amenable to doing "tours of duty"--that is, being flexible about your location. Maybe a company needs someone to work on a project for a year in Chicago or for six months in Palm Beach. "I can't tell you how pleased we are with transportability," says Speer. "Finding a resource from Phoenix that can go to Chicago and work on a project was unheard of three years ago. Now, there's a willingness to do a tour of duty supporting [an employer], and that's attractive." If you're not amenable to moving, be up-front about it. If your locale is a top priority, consider states that are experiencing job growth, like Minnesota, New Jersey, and Vermont, which showed the largest increase in new job listings this past quarter, according to LinkUp. (Big job
losers were Texas, New York, and California.) Don't Fight the System Yes, we all hate automated resume sites: they're impersonal and they smack of black holes. But HR departments use those systems as their central database, so being in that black hole is important. If you're a people person, go ahead and do your schmoozing in person--but make sure you also submit your resume to their system, says Speer. "They're not going to load your resume in their system if you walk it in," he explains, so when it comes time for them to do a search, your name won't be in their computers. Once you've exhausted yourself and your resources, go ahead and get old fashioned. "Collect business cards from your interviewers so you can send an old-fashioned paper thank-you note," says Doyle. Now, don't you have some American Idol to catch up on?
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Facebook, Twitter Turn Social Powers to Disaster Relief By Kit Eaton (Fast Company) Submitted at 1/15/2010 10:45:59 AM
In the wake of the disaster in Haiti, Facebook's launched a portal for people who want to help: The Global Relief page. Twitter's playing its part too. Superficially frivolous social networks driving social responsibility--who'd've thought it? Facebook's own non-profits manager Randi Zuckerberg announced the initiative on Facebook's blog, noting that the "Internet's critical role in connecting the world's population in times of tragedy" is undeniable, and could be a valuable tool for good. To exactly this end, Facebook's new Global Relief page is a fan-style Facebook page that is designed to be a central information portal about disasters. But the service is actually intended to be much more than that: It's supposed to be a "collaborative resource for individuals, non-profits, governments and industry to raise awareness for those in need around the world." In effect, Facebook is setting itself up as a central point for debate, plans, personal donations, and relief effort coordination at all levels from members of the public to
governments. Its status update, chat and micropayment systems would seem ideally suited to support all of these aims, and Facebook notes that the charitable efforts of some organizations have already raised "hundreds of thousands" of dollars for Haiti disaster relief efforts. And though Twitter doesn't have the level of sophisticated user tools that Facebook does, it benefits from its easy one-tomany transmission system and the simplicity of its short Tweets --creating a perfect venue for pithy and emotive pleas for help, and news and personal opinions
about disasters. The lifecasting service practically filled up with Tweets about Haiti over the last day or so--everything from requests for assistance, links to charity organizations and moving personal stories from the island itself. Twitter as an organization needs to do almost nothing to assist in this--though it's worth noting that the company is aware of its vital role, and even delayed a planned server upgrade during the Iran protests so as not to disrupt the efforts of Twittering protestors. Biz Stone has, nevertheless, gathered together some links in a blog post that illustrate some ways the public
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can help. And since Monday is Martin Luther King day, Twitter's actually taking some direct action to promote the efforts of the Corporation For National Community service--its promoting the same sort of charitable assistance that Facebook is, but directed at finding volunteer assistance in local communities. Twitter's blog post acknowledges that its users are making the most of Twitter, and that "on an international level this week, people are joining forces to heal Haiti. Together, we're proving that we're wired to help."
Both of these efforts are symbols of two things: That a community can mobilize itself very quickly to help others in trouble, even if they are remote from the scene--the Internet is a fabulous medium to assist in this. And it also shows that the social network crazes that sometimes appear frivolous and even timewasting actually can be used as a force for good. All that's required is a decision to act among its userbase. [Via Facebook, Twitter]
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Twitter to Compete With Ever-Expanding Facebook Connect By Kit Eaton (Fast Company)
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Facebook's Connect system, the unseen code that makes logging in to many other Web sites much easier, marches on--it's just reached MySpace for example. But Twitter isn't planning on being left out, and it's improving its own version. Facebook Connect has come so very far since its mid-2008 launch, and it's been so very successful it's basically stamped out competing services from Google. And now there's news that it's hitting MySpace--which is an even more potent demonstration of Connect's power, since MySpace was a vicious Facebook rival in the early days, and it actually had its own competing service just two years ago. The new effort is all part of MySpace's desperate scramble to resurrect itself from a ruined social network into a social media-sharing service, and though it brings all the traditional advantages of Connect (easy log in, widgets) it's sure to be a slightly bitter pill for MySpace's management. For now Connect is mainly tied to the Fan Video system inside MySpace--where it lets you share music videos with your friends--but it wouldn't be surprising to see it more fully
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integrated into MySpace soon. Meanwhile Twitter, Facebook's newest rival on the social network scene, is apparently determined to get into the same sort of cross-Web site login business that Connect operates in. Various code hooks and libraries to make it all possible are already embedded in Twitter's API, but over at TechCrunch they've heard from insiders that Twitter wants to wrap it all up in a much more user-friendly package. The idea is that if Twitter makes it supereasy for Web site managers to
add in Twitter logins and sophisticated status-updating connects back to Twitter to their sites, the system will get used more. Which will drive more users and traffic to Twitter, of course...and that'll push up its importance in the real-time status update market (where Twitter may have just turned its first profits.) One advantage of Twitter's system is that it is an open format, compared to Facebook's proprietary Connect code, and that may prove attractive to some. But exactly how well
Twitter will fare with its efforts is impossible to predict. What is clear though is that where social networking was once seen as a strange time wasting bit of online fun, the systems that make it possible are carefully insinuating their way deeper into the workings of the Web--and they're actually delivering additional, useful services as a result. [Via InsideFacebook, TechCrunch]
Ah yes. Nothing better than toting your laptop into McDonald’s and going through a handful of napkins every time you need to type something or move the mouse cursor. The food there is greasy, I guess would be the main takeaway from that sentence. Wireless internet access is free, starting today, at 11,500 out of 14,000 McDonald’s locations throughout the country. It had previously cost $2.95 for two hours of access — roughly an hour and 45 minutes longer than just about anyone has ever spent inside a McDonald’s. McDonald’s to start free Wi-Fi a t m o s t U . S . stores[Yahoo!/Reuters]
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Scared of Using "Twitter for Credit Cards?" But Blippy Makes Sharing Personal Info So Cute! By Ben Paynter (Fast Company) Submitted at 1/15/2010 11:41:22 AM
In Blippy's world, everyone gets deals on everything! All you have to do is share your credit card information online! Hey, wait. Where are you going? The social media start up, which has been described as "Twitter for credit cards"--provides radical transparency about who is paying what and where by encouraging users to live-stream their credit card purchases. That might sound creepy, but the company is already leading by example. They just raked in $1.6 million in venture capital and
have broken it down like the line items on your monthly expense report. Among the givers? Twitter co-founder and CEO Evan Williams. So how will joining up save you money? It likely won't, at first. But enough transactions would provide an incredibly nuanced balance sheet of what, say, hotels and airlines, are charging different customers for the same service. Make the best deals more obvious and you've just touched off a mega price war among formerly impervious industries. So your boss learns you spend way too many lunches at Hooters. Small price to pay when you can eventually afford that vacation in Saint-Tropez!
Still scared? Perhaps you're aware of that $9.8 million class action lawsuit just settled against your "friend" Facebook. They got in trouble for not disclosing they were exposing your personal information to third-
except that, while very specific, it can also limit your level of exposure by letting you register only one credit card at a time. Want to know if you're getting a break on groceries or health insurance? Sign up. Eventually, the crowdsourced numbers will reconcile. In the meantime, Walmart might notice that you are buying all your shampoo from Target and send you a $10off coupon to change over. Let the retailer bidding war begin! party e-commerce vendors. [Via VentureBeat] They've since revamped, but when you opt in without changing your privacy settings, retailers mine your personal data for trends now anyway. Blippy works on the same principle,
EA Sports Lets Gamers Decide Tiger's Fate By Ben Paynter (Fast Company) Submitted at 1/15/2010 10:43:53 AM
Tiger Woods marital indiscretions and poor driving record may have cost him endorsement deals with Accenture and General Motors, but there is at least one company out there willing to gamble that he'll comeback: EA Sports. The video game producer has already committed to releasing Tiger
Woods PGA Tour Online this month. Fittingly, future dealings now hinge on a MMORPG-that's Massively Multiple Player Online Role-Playing Game for
the non-geek set--of their own creation. News has leaked that the company is sponsoring an online customer survey to figure out
whether Woods public perception has been sullied among gamers. You know, those button-pushers already indoctrinated to view getting
virtually laid and crashing cars as positive scenarios. It makes sense to let the increasingly interactive fan base pick their own role-models. That defuses some of the culpability if he winds up having to dig out of the rough again. If gamers have their say, maybe Woods will even get multiple continues to try again. [Via CNet Image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/no tionscapital// CC BY 2.0
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Can Shopping Go Viral? Can JPMorgan's Earnings Help It Fight Through Technical Resistance? By Tom Johansmeyer (BloggingStocks)
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Filed under: Competitive strategy, Amazon.com (AMZN), Marketing and advertising, Target Corp. (TGT), Best Buy (BBY) Looking back on what became a tough end to a tough year for the retail sector, the one bright spot was the online sector. Shoppers whipped out their plastic at a record rate on Black Friday, a trend that continued throughout the season. The Amazon ( AMZN) Kindle killed the competition, reinforcing the status of the online channel as the future of the retail business. Social media, in particular, had its first real test this year, as many companies -including Best Buy ( BBY), JCPenney ( JCP) and Target (
By Mark Fightmaster (BloggingStocks)
Filed under: Earnings reports, JPMorgan Chase (JPM), Technical Analysis JPMorgan Chase ( JPM) has continued the earnings roll for U.S. banks. Friday morning, JPMorgan announced earnings of $3.28 billion -- thanks mainly to the company's investment banking and its trading business. Both of these segments benefited from the market's recent rally, helping the company make up for a continued weakness in the world of lending. So, why was the stock lower in morning trading action? Total revenue checked in at $25.23 billion, which was an increase of 32%, but expectations were set at $26.81 billion. This revenue
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TGT) -- used the likes of Twitter and Facebook to engage customers, publicize sales and generally increase revenue. The next stage in the evolution, of course, is to use shopping behavior to trigger viral results. Continue reading Can Shopping Go Viral? Can Shopping Go Viral? originally appeared on BloggingStocks on Fri, 15 Jan 2010 12:40:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Read| Permalink| Email this| Comments
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miss, along with the fact that JPMorgan did not hike its nickelper-share quarterly dividend, served to push the stock lower. Continue reading Can JPMorgan's Earnings Help It Fight Through Technical Resistance? Can JPMorgan's Earnings Help It Fight Through Technical Resistance? originally appeared on BloggingStocks on Fri, 15 Jan 2010 12:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Email this| Comments
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer reiterated his company's commitment to staying in China and following local laws, in response to Google's statements that it might be leaving. Originally posted at Relevant Results
Jan. 15, 1929: Birth of a Moral Compass, Even for Science By Tony Long (Wired Top Stories) Submitted at 1/14/2010 9:00:00 PM
It's Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday. He cautioned in 1964 about a growing disconnect between technological advances and ethical awareness.
Boeye's OEM E900 reader is the Kindle DX's cheaper twin By Laura June (Engadget) Submitted at 1/15/2010 11:32:00 AM
Ever wondered what an exact replica of the Kindle DX would look like? Well, if you were thinking that it would look like an exact replica of the Kindle DX, you're a winner. You're currently checking out the Boeye
E900, a 9.7-inch reader hailing from Guangdong, China. Besides the obvious lack of branding here, we're hard-pressed to spot another difference -- though we do only have the one photo. Both sport WiFi, Bluetooth, and textto-speech, plus apparently the exact same internals as the DX, resolution, 3G, 128MB built-in i n c l u d i n g a n 8 2 5 x 1 2 0 0 flash memory, and a microSD
card slot. We'll tell you this -- the price, at around $311, is way cheaper than Amazon's actual reader. That is however, seemingly a wholesale price as the minimum order accepted is apparently 100 pieces. Anybody need 99 fake Kindles? Boeye's OEM E900 reader is the Kindle DX's cheaper twin
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TV Industry Turns Blind Eye To Non-3D Viewers [3dTv] By CNET (Gizmodo) Submitted at 1/15/2010 10:21:16 AM
When it comes to 3D television, I don't see it. Literally. The technology that's supposed to convince me that a 3D image exists when I look at a 2D screen doesn't work for me. Nor does it work for a small but significant percentage of the populationâ€”4 percent to 10 percent, depending on which expert you ask. Millions of people like me are being left behind by content and hardware companies as they move to 3D. I don't mean to complain. It's not the end of the world. Flatviewers, like me, can watch 2D versions of 3D content. I saw "Avatar" in the non-3D version. As a bonus, the theater was nearly emptyâ€”the 3D showing down the hall was more crowded. Plus, we didn't have to wear those dorky glasses. Of course, we are social beings, and not being able to view 3D means that group or family outings to 3D showings are awkward for the flat viewers, who may have to sit through a showing that will cause headaches or just look bad to them. But the flat-viewer's experience with 3D imagery can vary. While I find viewing 3D imagery uncomfortable, Daniel Terdiman, another person at CNET who can't see 3D, saw the 3D version of Avatar and wore the 3D glasses. It looked fine to him, just not 3D.
Manufacturers are mute At CES this year, the trend toward 3D in home television sets was unmissable, but there was no mention by the manufacturers of how this move would affect flat viewers. I was curious how the hardware companies, which fight for every point of market share jealously, could cavalierly ignore the large number of us who won't like this new direction. It's a lot of market. How are they planning to deal with losing it? Oddly, none of the HDTV manufacturing companies I reached out to could provide a
direct comment on this topic, but I did talk with people familiar with the industry and with an optometrist who has a vested interest in promoting the growth of 3D content viewing. Bruce Berkoff of the LCDTV Association and formerly a marketing executive at LG, noted that for all the hype around 3D, the television manufacturers are not really investing much in putting products on store shelves, nor are they expecting consumers to pay for it yet. Adding the capability for televisions to display alternating images for stereoscopic viewing
through electronic shutter glasses is not expensive. It's the glasses themselves that are, and only a few 3D-capable sets actually come bundled with them. So consumers will be able to soon buy televisions ready for 3D without spending much. Berkoff, and everyone else I talked to about 3D TV, reminded me that a good 3D TV is also a good 2D TV. You should be able to turn off the 3D display features and view content designed specifically for 3D but in 2D: You just show the view for only one eye. If the refresh rate of the program is high
enough, you should not notice much of a difference in picture quality. Get your eyes examined From the optometrist's perspective, the inability to process stereoscopic imagery is, for many people, a treatable condition. Dr. Brad Habermehl, president of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development, told me, "You don't have to be a 3D refugee if you get to the root of the problem. The majority of stereoblind people really can be helped." Habermehl says that there are methods to teach people to see in 3D. Using graduated methods and physical aids (lenses) as "training wheels," he says, people can eventually learn how to "point both eyes to focus on the same space." It's like riding a bike. Once you learn, the training wheels come off and you can't imagine not doing it. "Vision is definitely learned," he says. "That's what vision training is." The doctor sounded to me suspiciously like a spokesperson for the 3D television manufacturers, or at least a recipient of some marketing dollars from them. But he's not. "It would be nice if they would fund us," he said. But after reminding me that "Avatar" had already made $1 billion in box office receipts, he added, "I don't INDUSTRY page 18
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think the industry is worried about this." Personally, I have no interest in By Nilay Patel (Engadget) -- but Apple's going to release an undergoing medical treatment accessory for older iPods to just so I can spend more money Submitted at 1/15/2010 12:28:00 PM enable this functionality as well. o n c o n s u m e r e l e c t r o n i c s . On today's edition of the neverOur take: This would be like a Although Dr. Oliver Sacks, in a ending Apple rumor roundup, we d r e a m c o m e t r u e f o r t h e compelling New Yorker article, take a quick detour into the consumer, and a crazy heroin Stereo Sue, did make me wonder murky realm of the United States nightmare for Apple to actually w h a t m y k i n d i s m i s s i n g . patent database, topped off with implement -- can you imagine an (Related reading: Fixing My Gaz a charming unsourced tip and i P o d w i t h a f r e a k i n g e, by Sue Barry, a subject of some delightful analyst CableCARD slot? Neither can Sacks' story.) conjecture. Let's blaze. we. Besides, it's not like Apple to And regardless of whether you The rumor: A recent Apple push content sales from anything see in 3D or not, the technology p a t e n t a p p l i c a t i o n f o r a it can get away with -- it's never other than the iTunes Store, and is inexorably changing the visual capacitive touchscreen-specific been wise to read too much into it's especially not like Apple to l a n g u a g e o f m o v i e s a n d stylus may or may not mean The them. extend functionality to older television shows. When directors create shows for 3D, they can't Tablet uses a stylus for input. The rumor: Another Apple iPods when it can just release a rely on cinematic methods O u r t a k e : W e ' v e a l r e a d y patent application hints that newer one in a slightly different viewers are used to in 2D for promised to eat our hat if Apple portable DVR functionality is metallic finish. Next! puts a removable battery in the coming to the iPod / iPhone-- Continue reading Apple rumor conveying action, depth, and iPhone, so what's next? A shoe? you'll be able to grab TV and roundup: iPhone patent 4.0 m o v e m e n t . H a r d c u t s a n d swooping camera moves can We will eat a shoe if Steve Jobs r a d i o c o n t e n t f r o m c a b l e , edition introduces a product that requires s a t e l l i t e , O T A , o r u s i n g Apple rumor roundup: iPhone disorient viewers new to 3D. The the use of a stylus. Besides, this "services" with your portable patent 4.0 edition originally new standard of practice is to product already exists: it's called device and then load that into appeared on Engadget on Fri, 15 lock down the camera and move the Pogo Stylus, and it's not iTunes. Not only will you be Jan 2010 12:28:00 EST. Please the action around it, instead of exactly rocking minds (although able to connect new iPods to a see our terms for use of feeds. we are intrigued by Inklet). cable box to record shows -- Permalink| | Email this| Apple likes to file silly broad channel changing and everything Comments patent applications and see what
the reverse, which is the case in today's 2D movies. Good 3D movies today will appear subtly more stately and cinematic than 2D shows. The future of the 3D feature For all the hype at CES, 3D for the next few years is likely to be a "feature" in the new crop of TVs, according to Gary Merson of the HDGuru3D site. "It's not black-and-white to color," Merson says. "It's a feature, like Internet connectivity and stereo." He also points out that the content is not there yet, and that many consumers have only recently upgraded their tube televisions to HD flat screens. For people like me, for whom the world is flat, this feature can not roll out slowly enough. This story originally appeared on CNET
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If you’re still chugging along with the free Silver membership, here’s what upgrading to Gold Submitted at 1/15/2010 9:00:00 AM gets you: Walmart is selling 12-month • Multiplayer games Xbox Live Gold cards for $30. • “TrueSkill matchmaking” The full retail price when • Parties (not real-life parties) p u r c h a s e d d i r e c t l y f r o m • Gamer feedback (vote down • Netflix (you have to also have a Netflix membership) Microsoft is $50. jerky players)
Should the service be free? I vote for YES! But Microsoft will never listen to me. And $30 is better than $50, I guess. Xbox Live 12-Month Gold Card[Walmart via dealnews]
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Entelligence: 'Don't be evil' isn't the basis for a relationship By Michael Gartenberg (Engadget)
Nexus One is the latest and greatest Android device, with a bit of a twist. The Nexus One is Submitted at 1/15/2010 11:02:00 AM available without contract and Entelligence is a column by unlocked directly from Google technology strategist and author for $530, as well as subsidized Michael Gartenberg, a man from T-Mobile on a two-year whose desire for a delicious cup contract for $179. Even with Tof coffee and a quality New Mobile service, the device is York bagel is dwarfed only by only available from Google. his passion for tech. In these Interesting, but hardly the articles, he'll explore where our groundbreaking business model industry is and where it's going -- that was expected as soon as the on both micro and macro levels - words "Google phone" began to - with the unique wit and insight make the rounds. only he can provide. As nice as the Nexus One is -After a weeks of speculation, and in my opinion it's the nicest leaks, confirmation and a sneak Android device on the market -peek from my colleagues here at it makes me wonder what Engadget, Google finally told the Google's up to with Android and story of the Nexus One. The why it's even in the mobile OS
business, let alone selling phones directly to consumers. I'd ask the same about Chrome and Chrome OS as well. Android is particularly puzzling, however: Google licenses it for free and
it's turned up on some rather interesting devices, but none of those devices have helped build out an ecosystem. Many of them are proprietary and Android is rapidly becoming fragmented --
the Archos5 Internet Tablet, for example, can't make official use of the Android marketplace. But nothing is as strange as Google getting into the hardware business directly and selling devices, albeit unlocked and unsubsidized ones, directly to consumers. Continue reading Entelligence: 'Don't be evil' isn't the basis for a relationship Entelligence: 'Don't be evil' isn't the basis for a relationship originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 15 Jan 2010 11:02:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| | Email this| Comments
Netflix Keeps Getting Reamed: The Best Streaming Movies Might Go Away [NetFlix] By matt buchanan (Gizmodo)
movies over the next few years, and it wants a lot more money from people who watch Starz The freshest movies on Netflix o n l i n e â€” l i k e t h r o u g h Watch Instantly come via Starz Netflixâ€”and if things go badly, Play, an arrangement where it could mean no more Disney or Starz resells Netflix their movie Dreamworks movies for Netflix licenses. As predicted, studios s t r e a m i n g , a c c o r d i n g t o are playing hardball with Netflix, B l o o m b e r g . and Disney movies could be the It's going to be a rough patch for f i r s t t o p o o f f r o m i n s t a n t Netflix and its ambitious plans streaming. for streaming, which is now Disney's current in negotiations obviously the focus of its with Starz for the rights to its business. (Why else would give Submitted at 1/15/2010 10:18:50 AM
up a whole month for new releases from Warner Bros. in exchange for better streaming rights? And notice the switched
tab arrangement on the Netflix homepage, putting Watch Instantly first.) Expect these battles for streaming rights to
repeat themselves with basically every major studio, and expect them to get bloodier. Nobody's conquered internet video, at least not the way iTunes wrapped its arms around digital music, but Netflix is, in many ways, damn near the closest, a fact not lost on studios. And they're not going to make it any easier for another company to wield that kind of power. [ Bloomberg]
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Rumor: Windows Mobile 7 Will Have Gestures, Really Debut in February [Windows Mobile 7] By Jason Chen (Gizmodo) Submitted at 1/15/2010 9:20:49 AM
There's still some question about whether Windows Mobile 6.6 or Windows Mobile 7 will be shown in February, but a solid tipster just told us that it will be WM7. And then he describes it. Here are a couple things described about WinMo 7 that mesh with the rumors we've heard before. First, it'll have the Natal-like gestures to be able to use the phone without touching it. We first heard about gestures on WM7 two years ago, and then sprinkled about the rumors in the past year. Then, he says that you won't be able to upgrade to Windows Mobile 7, because the OS actually requires you to have better hardware (faster processor,
more memory, etc) and includes support for the motion-sensing gestures above. This bit also meshes with the rumored specs of the "Zune phone", which is basically Windows Mobile 7. From that rumor:
ARM v6+ processor, with an Open GL ES 2.0-capable graphics chip-this may be the TI3430 or the Nvidia Tegra. To show all the eye candy there will be a 3.5" 800 x 480 or 854 x 480 pixels touchscreen. The specification also points out at
other things in Pink, like 3megapixel camera, GPS, light sensor, 3-axis compass, accelerometer, USB, Bluetooth, and full Wi-Fi support. But then how does that account for the HD2, which HTC Russia claimed will be getting a WM7 upgrade? Because HD2 is basically the top of the line right now, whichâ€”looking at its specsâ€”put it into the Windows Mobile 7-capable category. So yes, it seems like we'll be seeing Windows Mobile 7 at Mobile World Congress in February. It better be pretty damn good for Microsoft's projection of being able to regain 25% of the phone market by 2014. Thanks tipster!
Google, China define positions over censorship By Tom Krazit (Webware.com) Submitted at 1/14/2010 10:30:00 AM
Few will be surprised to hear that China has reiterated its belief that Web sites should adhere to government oversight, and that Google no longer wants to play ball. Originally posted at Relevant Results
Silverstat7 Zigbee-packin' thermostat to debut this fall for $600? By Joseph L. Flatley (Engadget) Submitted at 1/15/2010 11:59:00 AM
Every day it seems that companies are finding better ways to keep an eye on the nonrenewable resources we're sucking down to enable our voracious appetite for Xbox
gaming and Hulu viewing. Not that we're complaining! And now, thanks to a gracious tipster, we've received some deets on that Silverstat7 home energy management solution (er, touchscreen thermostat) we first hepped you to a couple days ago. Zwave protocols (as you Along with 802.11g WiFi, this probably guessed), so it should guy supports the Zigbee and
be able to play nicely with your existing smart meter, switches and outlets. Earlier reports of a June 2010 release date may have been premature -- look for it this fall for about $600 MSRP. [Thanks, Tony L.] Silverstat7 Zigbee-packin' thermostat to debut this fall for $600? originally appeared on
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Cold Feet wedding bouquet responds Couple Claims That Merely Talking About A Photo Is to your nerves on the big day By Laura June (Engadget) Submitted at 1/15/2010 10:32:00 AM
When geeks get married, there's always room for some nerdy insanity. This new take on the bouquet comes to us via just that route -- a couple of geeks getting hitched decided to DIY themselves an LED bouquet which responds to changes in Galvanic skin response (GSR). So, when the LEDs are blue, the person holding the flowers is essentially calm, whereas white LEDs indicate excitement. Now, the bouquet cannot actually tell us if the excitement stems from being overjoyed or horrified to find out that your intended owns a fully realized and accurate Quark costume, but at least it'll
give you some clues to start with. Regardless, this awesome contraption is also capable of recording heartbeat rates for both bride and groom and makes use of a 1GB SD card to store the
data, and other features like infrared proximity sensors to record how many times a day the bride and groom are near each other. Check out the video of the bouquet after the break. [Photo credit: Jonas Eriksson] Continue reading Cold Feet wedding bouquet responds to your nerves on the big day Cold Feet wedding bouquet responds to your nerves on the big day originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 15 Jan 2010 10:32:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink Make| Biometric Social Interaction| Email this| Comments
Copyright Infringement By Mike Masnick (Techdirt)
have the permission to show this picture. Everything so far seems more-or Bert Reyntjens writes"Some -less normal, except that one time ago, the (nude) photograph magazine (Story) was also sued of the wife of Helmut Lotti, a even though it didn't publish the Belgian singer, was used in a photograph(that link is in Dutch famous Flemish quiz 'de slimste -- here is the Google translation), mens ter wereld' (or in English it only mentioned it. According 'the smartest man in the world'). to the lawyer for Lotti -- 'a mere S e v e r a l n e w s p a p e r s a n d reference to an image should be magazines reported on this, some considered a reproduction of the displayed the photograph, others image'!" didn't. Now Lotti and his wife Permalink| Comments| Email are suing several of these This Story publishers for copyright infringement because they didn't Submitted at 1/15/2010 8:48:00 AM
Sony's COO says no new OLED TVs in 2010, BRAVIA Internet Video Link is coming to PS3 By Paul Miller (Engadget)
judge? -- but won't do any new OLED TVs this year. The Submitted at 1/15/2010 1:01:00 PM problem is, naturally, cost, but Want to blast some BRAVIA hopefully 2011 will bring better Internet Video Link content from things in sizes larger than 11your PS3 to your million-inch inches -- LG won't have a 30Sony-built 3D OLED TV this incher until 2012 at least, and year? Well, you're half in luck. that seems too long to wait. Sony Sony's bringing the Internet COO Stan Glasgow, in his Video Link service to the PS3 -- interview with Sony Insider that which seems to us to provide turned up these nuggets, also is little that isn't already possible refreshingly non-bombastic on the PS3, but who are we to about 3D. He points out that
Sony's doing 3D-capable TVs for essentially zero price differentiation, with separate glasses and emitters that can be
bought after the fact, and calls the 3D channel rollout "complex." But who knows, perhaps he's just never seen
enough of Taylor Swift in 3D to know what he's missing? Sony's COO says no new OLED TVs in 2010, BRAVIA Internet Video Link is coming to PS3 originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 15 Jan 2010 13:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Sony Insider| Email this| Comments
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Apple Wants to Do the Same Thing for Mobile Ads It Did for Digital Music [Unconfirmed] By matt buchanan (Gizmodo) Submitted at 1/15/2010 9:07:46 AM
Apple's interest in mobile advertising clearly goes beyond flicking Google in the nads, since they spent $275 million on mobile ad company Quattro after losing AdMob to Google. In fact, according to BusinessWeek, Apple's mobile ad plans are downright ambitious. " Mobile ads suck" is a sentiment BusinessWeek vaguely ascribes to Steve Jobs through a "source familiar with his thinking." So Jobs, along with "his lieutenants," have been talking
about "ways to overhaul mobile advertising in the same way they had revolutionized music players and phones," two sources told BusinessWeek. Why care so deeply about
mobile ads? Besides the ongoing Google rivalry, which stands to get even testier in the mobile space—just check out figures like ones out of this 424-page Morgan Stanley report, which
talk about how the mobile internet will be twice as big as it is on the desktop. (Also, this.) The first guy to really figure out mobile ads (whatever that entails)? Wins a truckload of money. Case in point: Google figured out search advertising. Look where they are today. Mobile browsers aside, just think of all of those free and cheap iPhone apps with room for innovative advertising to make somebody even more money. Not us, though. [ BW via Alley Insider]
Forget Boston, Even Dubai Isn't Ready For the BoA Floating Mega-Structure [Architecture] By Sean Fallon (Gizmodo) Submitted at 1/15/2010 10:18:00 AM
Kevin Schopfer, the same delusional, megalomaniac architect behind NOAH is back with the Boston Arcology(BoA) floating city concept for Boston Harbor. I'm not from Boston, but my guess is that their reaction would be: "this is wicked retahded." But I digress. If constructed, the
Gate (Little Green Footballs)
BoA would be LEED certified and be capable of housing 15,000 people distributed in hotels, offices, retail, museums,
condominiums, and a new city hall. Of course, there would also be sky gardens and some sort of public, carbon neutral
transportation system that would eliminate the need for cars. Don't get me wrong, I appreciate Schopfer's progressive thought process on this design, but there has to be more emphasis put on feasibility. Even if all of the construction goals could be accomplished, how much do you think something like this would cost? [ Schopfer via Yanko Design via Inhabitat]
Woot! Refurbished Sansa Clip for $13 By Doug Aamoth (CrunchGear) Submitted at 1/15/2010 8:21:00 AM
Here’s a wheel of a deal on SanDisk’s answer to the original iPod Shuffle, the Sansa Clip. It’s tiny, yet has a screen and menu system, features 2GB of storage, drag and drop music management (you can also use Windows Media Player), and 15 hour battery life. File support includes: MP3, WMA, Secure WMA, WAV, and Audible files. It works with subscription-based music services and there’s an FM tuner and voice recorder for good measure. Shipping adds $5 – works with Windows only. Sandisk Clip 2GB MP3 Player[Woot.com]
How to Amp Up a Laser Pointer By Terrence Russell (Wired Top Stories) Submitted at 1/14/2010 5:00:00 PM
Your standard laser pointer could be sculpting ice or sparking campfires. Here's how to intensify the beam.
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Week in review: Google slams China censorship (CNET News.com)
its worst decision: to self-censor search results in China for almost four years in hopes of improving In a stunning about-face, Google overall access to information. announced it would no longer FAQ: The attacks on Google censor search results in China, What Google might leave on and if the Chinese government the table in China balks, Google says it may take its Microsoft, Yahoo to follow servers and go home. Google's lead in China? The change in Google's policy Google's peers mulling their toward doing business in China options in China came after Google discovered Microsoft's Ballmer: We're that it and other companies were staying in China the victims of a "highly Google, China define positions s o p h i s t i c a t e d a n d t a r g e t e d over censorship New IE hole attack" aimed at gathering exploited in attacks on U.S. information about human rights firms Microsoft warns about zero Famous Knots of the activists. It is not clear whether -day hole in Internet Explorer World Illustrated in the Chinese government was that was used in targeted attacks Earbuds [Image Cache] behind the attacks, which Google on Google and other U.S. said in a blog post were also companies, and which Google By Mark Wilson (Gizmodo) directed against other U.S. claims originated in China. Submitted at 1/15/2010 10:00:00 AM companies. Unpatched Adobe holes link Google has always been a Google, earlier attacks I can't tie a sheepshank knot off the top of my head, but more company with a moral pulse, one More headlines than once, I'm pretty sure I've that in its early days attracted a Intel earnings surge 875 percent tangled one by accident. (Yes, certain sort of idealistic engineer Chipmaker's quarterly earnings this is a Ford Sync ad, but it's who truly believed the world jump on the back of very healthy quite clever.) [ AdsoftheWorld could be made a better place by a gross margins, which hit a record responsible corporation that 65 percent, all despite a series of via 9GAG via TheNextWeb] efficiently spread information payouts. and technology around the Microsoft, HP push businesses world. Yet Google is also one of to clouds Three-year, $250 America's largest and richest million effort is aimed at helping public companies, and obsessed b u s i n e s s e s l o w e r t h e i r with growing even larger. technology spending by moving The collision of those two forces their computing resources online. led Google into what the Understanding the HPc o m p a n y f o u n d e r s m a y Microsoft deal eventually come to consider as Microsoft Word injunction goes Submitted at 1/15/2010 8:00:00 AM
into effect Among other things, as an injunction preventing sales of certain versions of Office takes effect, most versions of the suite are temporarily unavailable from Microsoft's online store. 2009 PC shipments inch into positive territory The fourth quarter of 2009 saw the first time in more than a year that shipments of laptops and desktop grew. Mac shipments up 23 percent in the U.S. Facebook looking to beef up ecommerce team Two years after rumors abounded about a PayPal -like transaction platform atop the social network, the company is posting job listings for a "Facebook Payment Operations" team. Finally! Comment on Facebook through e-mail 'Anonymous' Facebook interview: Real or fake? Fugitive who teased police on Facebook caught U.S. to inject $187 million into fuel efficiency Funding, which includes more than $100 million from the U.S. economic stimulus plan, will cover nine projects to improve fuel efficiency in trucks and cars. Hybrids the early winners in electric-car race Electric cars advance in Detroit Survey hints at strong demand for electric cars
Ethanol alternative gains ground with new plant Tech companies pitch in for Haiti relief Google and Microsoft give seven-figure donations, while Apple and cell carriers make it easy for customers to donate to the earthquake-stricken country. Online masses text to offer Haitian quake relief Relief money via texting surpasses $4 million In urgent times, avoiding online charity scams Video game sales explode in industry's best month ever Reversing months of year-overyear declines, the industry recorded December sales of $5.53 billion, up 4 percent from a year earlier, according to The NPD Group. EA wants your thoughts on Tiger Woods Also of note Firefox 3.6 due this month; next comes 'Lorentz' Minnesota Twins stadium to recycle rainwater IBM is the year's patent champ, again Five Filters featured article: Chilcot Inquiry. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.
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5 Industries an Apple Tablet Could Revolutionize By Ben Parr (Mashable!)
newspapers with you. Apple’s tablet will almost certainly have a focus on bringing all of print If you haven’t heard an Apple into the digital world, whether Tablet rumor by now, you’ve the industry is ready for it or not. most likely been living in a cave 2. Healthcare somewhere for the past year. It’s Above: The AirStrop OB all anybody can talk about, iPhone App. It allow doctors to especially since it could launch check on their patients vitals onat the end of the month. the-go. With the daily deluge of rumors A few days ago, a rumor spread flooding your Twitter stream and that Apple was designing the RSS feeds, it’s easy to become t a b l e t s p e c i f i c a l l y f o r t h e cynical about the mythical healthcare industry. While we, device. Why should you care of course, have no idea whether about a device that has no the tablet is being made for c o n f i r m a t i o n a t a l l o f i t s doctors or whether it’s being existence? made at all, the notion is very The answer is that its potential logical. impact could be nothing short of First, the iPhone is already a revolutionary. Like the iPod and tool that doctors use to save the iPhone, an Apple-built tablet lives. If the tablet can run apps, c o u l d n o t o n l y b e c o m e a then those tools will immediately consumer hit, but actually be at their disposal. Second, it redefine multiple industries and has the capability to replace the how they do business. Here are clipboard by accessing digital just some of the ways an Apple records, making medical data Tablet could spark a revolution. easy-to-search, and having 1. Publishing and Media references built right into the Let’s start with the most obvious tablet. choice: Media. We’ve covered Healthcare is a lagging industry the previous rumors that Apple i n t e r m s o f t e c h n o l o g i c a l wants to redefine print with its adoption, but if any company has rumored tablet. While the the resources to break that Kindle has done a lot to bring b a r r i e r , i t ’ s A p p l e . 3 . print into digital form, a tablet E n t e r t a i n m e n t could be far more suited for Entertainment is another reading the newspaper, opening i n d u s t r y t h a t c o u l d b e up your textbook, and even immediately affected by an sharing notes. Hell, Wired’s Apple Tablet. It’s big enough to already preparing for the tablet. provide easy viewing for your The simple point is that it’s movies and television shows. easier to carry a smart tablet than And if the 3G rumors are true, 300 hardcover books and 20 you could access that data via an Submitted at 1/15/2010 8:54:57 AM
tablet and easily hand it over to someone else when the situation arises. A tablet would be a far more effective way of sharing financial data or even making payments. The need for paperwork would be gone. Personal Finance: With apps iPhone app. Having the ability like Mint at your fingertips, to view TV from anywhere is no managing your finances would be a snap. If tablets have a small deal. It’s not just the TV and movie wireless way to communicate experience that could potentially with one another, it could also be upended, either. Gaming prove to be the ultimate payment would get a completely new system. platform, paving the way for a Investment Banking: In addition new wave of touchscreen games, to facilitating faster and more depending on how the tablet is effective trading, investment designed (I wouldn’t want to banks could use them to quickly hold the tablet in one hand and conduct research and swap notes. touchscreen with the other). It The right software and the right probably won’t have the same i n t e r f a c e c o u l d s t i r m a n y effect on the music industry as financial institutions to purchase the iPod had, though. 4. Finance A p p l e T a b l e t s i n b u l k . 5 . The finance industry is a giant C o m p u t i n g behemoth with many arms — Consider the big picture with trading, banking, personal this final industry. For years, finance, and investment banking, we’ve relied on desktops and just to name a few. The tablet laptops with bulky keyboards. could have a dramatic impact on O n l y r e c e n t l y h a s m o b i l e become a computing force, but all of these areas. Trading: Traders need to have even that is nothing compared to information at their fingertips the computing industry. and make trades in an instant. Imagine that the Apple Tablet Many use their mobile phones or comes with a new type of tactile, specialized devices for this, but a g e s t u r e - b a s e d k e y b o a r d , tablet could present a lot more something a recent Apple patent information and be far more supports. Imagine you can type dynamic. You could see tablets almost as well on it as you can e v e r y w h e r e o n t h e f l o o r with a keyboard, or even 75% as well. It immediately becomes a eventually. Banking: Bank tellers could great device for computing on process information with the the go, an object that could be used as a primary computer if
you wanted to. Now imagine that the devices does have a few input ports, specifically two USB ports. Now you have a device that can be connected to your keyboard and mouse, as well as your other devices potentially. Stick the tablet on a stand and it’s a computer. Unplug and take it with you and your computer can come with you, even easier than a laptop. While this was a thought exercise, this is the type of thing Apple has clearly thought about in the tablet process. If the Apple Tablet proves to be real, you can expect this type of imaginative thinking to be present in every aspect of the tablet’s design, interface, and functionality. This is why the media and millions of early adopters care so much about the potential tablet and the rumors: Its potential as a revolutionary device is very real. More Apple resources from Mashable: - 5 Mac Apps to Boost Your Productivity - Mac Gift Guide: 10 Buying Ideas for Apple Fans - HOW TO: Create a Mac Theme for Windows 7 - Top 10 iPhone Apps as Judged by Mashable Readers - APPLE TABLET: Ultimate Gallery of Concept Designs and Prototypes INDUSTRIES page 25
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TV fans! Name the best shows missing on Hulu (CNET News.com) Submitted at 1/15/2010 10:11:13 AM
Hulu only offers the first three seasons of the great NBC police drama, 'Hill Street Blues.' Where are the other four seasons?(Credit: Hulu.com) Readers, I need your help. Actually, TV fans everywhere need it. Because Hulu is free, I've never gone to that great site with the expectation of finding any specific TV show or movie that I wanted to watch. Sometimes I've been pleasantly surprised to find a gem of a show or a movie, and other times I've felt utterly disappointed by a lack of quality content. It's all depended on my mood and what kind of thing I wanted to see. But there are some shows it seems to me are just out-and-out missing on Hulu. And the one that stands out most, to me, at least, is the great mid-1980s Steven Bochco legal drama, "L.A. Law," which starred, among others, Jimmy Smits, Corbin Bernsen, Blair Underwood, Harry Hamlin and John Spencer. Particularly because that eightseason masterpiece--my words, not yours--was on NBC, which is a major stakeholder in Hulu, I sort of assumed it might be
tucked away in the archives somewhere. Actually, though, it's not, and it's not even available on DVD anywhere. Searching for it once, I discovered someone purporting to sell it on VHS, but that seemed like a scam, so I stayed away. Still, after discovering the first three seasons of Bochco's wonderful and genre-defining police drama, " Hill Street Blues" on Hulu, also an NBC show, I had thought perhaps "L.A. Law" might be there. No dice. Which got me to thinking about all the other terrific TV shows
that Hulu doesn't have, and which its millions of users are clamoring for. As we type that "H" and that "U" and that "L" and that "U" and finish off with "dot-com" in our browser address bars, we, of course, have to keep in mind that Hulu can only feature content that it has rights to. I was told by someone at Hulu that one of the major hurdles to acquiring rights include getting streaming clearances from the rights holders. And yet, I was told, the service is aiming to meet its users' needs: to get as many TV shows and movies up
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on the site, and to keep them there as long as possible. Which brings me to you: I'd like to know which TV shows--let's keep the focus there, as movies would be too cumbersome--you would like to see on Hulu that are not currently available there. Or even which seasons of shows that are only partially available. Like, for example, "Hill Street Blues," which is missing seasons four through seven on Hulu. How fair is it to get someone hooked with the first three seasons and then leave them hanging? So, please think about this for a
moment, and leave your suggestions in comments below. Unfortunately, this little exercise probably won't help you and I get what we want, but it would be interesting to see what people are missing out there in TV land. And after you're all done submitting your suggestions, if there's enough good stuff, I'll do a follow-up post listing some of the best ideas, and your thoughts about those shows. Five Filters featured article: Chilcot Inquiry. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.
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Nexus One sells only 20,000 phones its first week By Chris Rawson (The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)) Submitted at 1/14/2010 10:00:00 PM
Filed under: Retail, Odds and ends, iPhone Another "iPhone killer" has failed to deliver on its hype. According to mobile analytics firm Flurry, Google's Nexus One phone sold a mere 20,000 units in its first week in the market. The Flurry report goes on to compare the Nexus One launch with other smartphones, including the Motorola Droid, which sold 250,000 units in its first week. In its comparison to the iPhone 3GS launch, however, the report is a bit disingenuous. The iPhone 3GS was an update to an existing & wildly popular product, not a completely new product launch. In that light, the 1.6 million iPhones sold in the first week of the 3GS launch, while indeed 80 times the number of Nexus One sales, aren't a true apples-to-Apple comparison. Instead, a better comparison may be to sales of the original iPhone. According to Apple's Q3 2007 results, released on 25 July 2007, the iPhone sold 270,000 units during the quarter. The original iPhone was released nearly a month earlier, on June 29. That works out to around 10,000 original iPhones sold per
Google's "soft launch" of the phone. Both Droid and the iPhone had aggressive marketing campaigns leading up to their respective launches, while the Nexus One has had to rely largely on industry hype and Google's own advertising. Nexus One also launched directly after the holiday season, which seems like a boneheaded move; a launch even three weeks earlier could have gained them much more robust sales. Google is also sort of "going its own" compared to Apple and AT&T's partnership with the iPhone and Verizon's vigorous hyping of Droid. All these factors aside, both the low sales numbers and criticism of both the handset itself and Google's abysmal customer support boil down to one thing: while it may be a good phone on its own merits (or not), the Nexus One is no iPhone killer. day following its 2007 release, If anything, these numbers [Via The Business Insider] which dovetails nicely with an highlight the popularity of the TUAW Nexus One sells only early 2008 analysis of iPhone Droid compared to the Nexus 20,000 phones its first week sales from Ars Technica. Far One. Droid sold nearly as many originally appeared on The from the flabbergasting sales phones in its first week as the Unofficial Apple Weblog lead of the 3GS, the original original iPhone sold in its first (TUAW) on Thu, 14 Jan 2010 iPhone sold about 3.5 times as month, which is nothing to sneer 22:00:00 EST. Please see our many units in its 2007 launch as at. By comparison to the Droid, terms for use of feeds. Nexus One did in 2010; also, the h o w e v e r , t h e N e x u s O n e Read| Permalink| Email this| original iPhone sold for a hefty launched with a whimper, not a Comments $599, even with an AT&T bang. contract, while the Nexus One is Flurry notes, correctly, that the $179 with a new T-Mobile Nexus One launch has suffered contract ($529 without). low numbers in part because of
Segway Announces The Most Understated Merger Ever By Mike Masnick (Techdirt) Submitted at 1/15/2010 5:56:00 AM
Considering the amount of hype and buzz that came about when Dean Kamen's Segway was first introduced, it seems like the company is going for the exact opposite in discussing its recent merger with a UK company. The company didn't even mention it for nearly a month, and only said something once rumors started spreading, and then the blog post they put up about it gives very little in the way of detail. They don't even mention the company's name: Segway Inc. is pleased to announce that in connection with a merger that occurred on December 24, 2009, Segway was acquired by a company that is based in the United Kingdom. The acquiring company is backed by Jimi Heselden, a prominent U.K. businessman and the Chairman of Hesco Bastion. Mr. Heselden is also an investor in the independently owned Segway U.K. distributorship. The company also got some funding (and lost its latest in a long, long, long line of CEOs), but in an interview with the local paper, Dean Kamen admits that he doesn't even know who the new investor is. Permalink| Comments| Email This Story
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Conan to 'sell' the 'Tonight Show' on Florida Not A Fan Of Craigslist The Internet; Potentially Rules Out Lawyer Blogs (CNET News.com)
show up for sale on Craigslist. His jest seemed quite real, as O'Brien, in the clip I have America has been gripped this embedded, presented the ad and week by the battle between two explained: "You might never get men, each with one portion of a chance like this again." his head oversized: Conan I am grateful to the the shivering O'Brien and Jay Leno. fingers at Mashable, which The baiting and the bile have seems to have tracked down this spilled over into the online actual ad in the Los Angeles world. The"I'm with Coco" section of Craigslist. And if you Facebook group already has don't find it ragingly funny, you more than 157,000 fans and a will, I am sure, at least feel the lovely icon of O'Brien with "raging" part. which people are adorning their The ad is headlined: "4 SALE: personal, but highly public, BARELY-USED LATE NIGHT profiles. TALK SHOW - MAKE ME AN Friday, I awoke to a Leno OFFER!!! (Universal Studios)." fightback. The Huffington Post Should you be a fan of O'Brien, reports that NBC executive Dick you will find the text more than a Ebersol described O'Brien as "an little moving. It begins: "This is astounding failure." He also said a chance of a lifetime to own his jokes about Leno were your very own late night talk "chicken-hearted and gutless." show--guaranteed to last for up Perhaps, though, his jokes about to seven months!! Really must the "Tonight Show" show a little see to appreciate." more valor. Wednesday evening The ad offers some more O'Brien jested that he had put the information for those like Fox Submitted at 1/15/2010 9:20:53 AM
who might be interested: "Measures 100' x 100' x 32' plenty of room for a futon," "Designed for 11:35 but can be easily moved," "Band can be sold separately," and "Buyer must honor Barry Manilow booking next Thursday." Finally, with all the gusto of a dying man's banter, the seller declares: "MAKE ME YOUR BEST OFFER!!!!! (Also willing to trade for Coldplay tickets.)" I know there may be some of you out there ready to pull out the trust fund Granny left you in order to buy this show and revive it. Television is a difficult place to make money. There are egos. There are tantrums. There are secrets. It's a little like trying launching an Apple tablet. Five Filters featured article: Chilcot Inquiry. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.
Rule 4-7.2(c)(1)(F). I also can't include testimonials; therefore, I request any former students or You may recall recently that the clients not to post comments Florida Judicial Ethics Advisory saying what a wonderful lawyer Committee issued an opinion a n d / o r p r o f e s s o r I a m . saying that judges shouldn't use Dramatizations and many other Facebook to connect with any creative marketing devices are lawyers. This made little sense also verboten. Of course, my since judges can, in fact, be personal concerns about the new friendly with lawyers in real life. bar rules are trivial when set There must be something in the beside those of all the Florida water down there, as new rules law firms who must now spend from the Florida Bar are so broad vast sums of money to revamp that they could potentially ban their websites to try to comply lawyer blogs because of an with the new rules, not to attempt to more carefully limit mention the concerns of nonhow lawyers "advertise" (found Florida firms that hire Florida v i a M i c h a e l S c o t t ) : T h e attorneys. That same blog post, substantive rules provide, among by Lyrissa Lidsky, reasonably other things, that an attorney p o i n t s o u t t h a t t h e F i r s t website can't "describe or Amendment should protect legal characterize the quality of legal advertising as long as it's not services being offered." Rule 4- inherently misleading. Of 7.2(c)(2) Thus, I can't tell you in course, this issue has come up in this post that I'm committed to the past as well. Five years ago, using my legal skills to provide we wrote about concerns that positive results for my clients laws in Kentucky required "filing (even though this is true). And I fees" for lawyers to pay for cracked software, or other illegal can't give you information "each advertisement" that would content regarding my past results, so I make legal blogging in the state Comments(optional): Report probably shouldn't tell you the prohibitively expensive. Cancel true information that I lost a case Permalink| Comments| Email Five Filters featured article: I argued in a Florida court as This Story Chilcot Inquiry. Available tools: cooperating counsel for the PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, ACLU in a "John Doe" case. Term Extraction.
SAP ditches shift to pricier support (CNET News.com) Submitted at 1/15/2010 8:48:53 AM
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It's Not An Open vs. Closed Internet, But Ours vs. Theirs
Obama Administration Considers More Public Access To Publicly Funded Research By Mike Masnick (Techdirt)
Yet, they hated it so much that they even got Rep. John Conyers to try to pass a law ending the It's hard to comprehend who requirement -- which thankfully By Mike Masnick (Techdirt) is ours and our culture is ours. "open" internet is that it will could be against the idea that went nowhere after lots of people There aren't too many other decrease any incentive for federally-funded research (i.e., protested. Submitted at 1/15/2010 10:10:00 AM things that are ours in that way. participation. There is definitely research funded by your tax The good news is that it looks Dave Weinberger has a thought- If we allow others to make a sense that part of the reason d o l l a r s ) s h o u l d n ' t b e c o m e like the Obama administration is p r o v o k i n g p o s t w h e r e h e decisions about what the Net is why some folks would like to available to the very public who looking to go in the other discusses why an "open" internet for -- preferring some content pull back on openness is to turn paid for it. But many publishers direction. The EFF points us to is so important, and suggests that and services to others -- the Net the internet from a platform for pushed back hard when the the news that the Office of we may be thinking about things won't feel like it's ours, and we'll users towards a more controlled National Institute of Health Science and Technology Policy incorrectly due to the term lose some of the enthusiasm (= broadcast sort of platform. That (NIH) began enforcing a rule that (OSTP) is looking at ways to "open." The Net as a medium is l o v e ) t h a t d r i v e s o u r i s , i t w o n ' t b e a b o u t required the research it funded to have this requirement go beyond not for anything in particular -- participation, innovation, and c o m m u n i c a t i o n , b u t a b o u t be published openly a year after just NIH and require public not for making calls, sending collaborative efforts. content delivery -- and when you it was published in a journal. access for all federally funded videos, etc. It also works at every So, if we're going to talk about do that, it loses a significant Again, this was really incredible. r e s e a r c h , i n c l u d i n g f r o m scale, from one to one to many to the value of the open Internet, we portion of its value. And I think Journals get all of their content organizations like the National many. This makes it highly have to ask what the opposite of that's where the shift from "ours" for free. They do not pay the Science Foundation (NSF). unusual as a medium. In fact, we "open" is. No one is proposing a to "theirs" comes from. Not authors. The journals often OSTP is asking for comments generally don't treat it as a closed Internet. When it comes everyone can put a show on TV, claim the copyright over those and input on the idea -- and it's medium but as a world, rich with to the Internet, the opposite of but anyone can put a video on works as well -- despite the lack an idea that makes a ton of sense. connections, persistent, and "open" is "theirs." I'd certainly Y o u T u b e o r j u s t c r e a t e a of payment. The journals also It seems likely that journal social. Because everything we never thought about it that way, website. The internet is about do not pay the peer reviewers publishers will protest, but encounter in this world is but it does make a point. I do communication, and when you either. The biggest expenses of hopefully common sense will something that we as humans think that many more people feel s t a r t m i t i g a t i n g w h o c a n most publications... not even prevail and federally funded m a d e ( a l b e i t s o m e t i m e s "at home" on the internet in a communicate and how, you lose p r e s e n t i n s u c h a c a d e m i c research will become open, indirectly), it feels like it's ours. way that they never could or the value of community. journals. And yet they still accessible and available to Obviously it's not ours in the would in other platforms or Permalink| Comments| Email c h a r g e h u g e f e e s f o r t h e everyone. property sense. Rather, it's ours media. And part of the fear that This Story publication itself. It's a great Permalink| Comments| Email in the way that our government people have about losing an scam, and they don't want it to This Story end. But even the NIH rules still give them a year's monopoly. Submitted at 1/15/2010 1:55:10 AM
Chrome dev for Mac earns minor but useful bump By Seth Rosenblatt (Webware.com)
An update to the Google Chrome developer's build for Mac introduces more than just
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TCM iPhone App Brings Movie Classics to Your Pocket
Sarcasm Gets Its Own Emoticon
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presented in the correct aspect ratio. It’s really neat to see how movie trailers from the 1950s Submitted at 1/15/2010 9:20:46 AM and 1960s looked. You can also Turner Classic Movies (TCM) view photos and press kits from has recently released an iPhone select films, look at classic actor app that promises to bring movie and actress images, and see stuff classics to your pocket. The app, like posters and lobby cards. You which is $2.99 in the App can also read the latest entries Store[iTunes link], has movie the best aspects of the website to from TCM’s movie blog, though clips and trailers, photos and your phone. I wish the entries were a little access to the TCM schedule. The schedule lets you see three better formatted for the app. I ’ m a f i l m f a n a t i c ( I months worth of data, and you Images are not clickable and text am@film_girl, after all) and as can select a seven-day view or isn’t spaced out in a way that an Atlantan, Turner Classic choose a specific day on the makes it easy to read on a Movie has always held a special calendar. On February 1, TCM handheld. place in my heart (except for that starts its annual “31 days of Qualms aside, this is a good app period of colorization, which we Oscar” celebration, and I only with lots to enjoy for TCM and should just try to ignore). TCM wish there was a search feature, classic movie fans. airs more than 300 movies every similar to what HBO has for its While just on the iPhone for month, all uncut and commercial app, to make it possible to find now, TCM plans to release a -free, spanning different decades and set reminders for showtimes. version for the Android and When you click on a film, you B l a c k B e r r y p l a t f o r m s i n and periods of film history. What you might not know if you can read a full synopsis, cast F e b r u a r y . haven’t been to the TCM website information, trivia and see any What are your favorite moviebefore is that it also has quite a essays or other stuff related to related mobile apps? Let us wealth of information and the film. know! historical data, as well as essays There’s also a collection of film Tags: app review, iphone, about films and different genres. clips and trailers (small now, but Movies, TCM The iPhone app brings much of hopefully growing) that are
Bachmann Suggests Obama Told KSM to Plead Not Guilty (Little Green Footballs) Submitted at 1/14/2010 11:59:59 AM
Rep. Michele Bachmann (RMars) suggests that President Obama or Attorney General
Holder advised Al Qaeda leader to see who can uncork the Khalid Sheikh Mohammed to wackiest accusation.[Video] plead not guilty so he could have (Hat tip: KT.) a show trial in Manhattan. Sometimes it seems as if right wing politicians are in a contest
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Are you prone to that most glorious form of humor known as sarcasm? Do your e-mail contacts frequently misinterpret your superior wit as outright cruelty? SarcMark has the solution you require. At present, you probably use emoticons in order to make your feelings known via text or e-mail — cushioning a slight reprimand to a co-worker or friend with a friendly: Now there’s a whole new symbol to add to your lexicon, the SarcMark, which looks something like a whirlpool with a dot in the middle (see image above). Here’s what the website has to say about the product: “With the spoken word, we use our tone, inflection and volume to question, exclaim and convey our feelings. The written word has question marks and exclamation points to document those thoughts, BUT sarcasm has NOTHING! In today’s world with increasing commentary, debate and rhetoric, what better time could there be than NOW, to ensure that no sarcastic
message, comment or opinion is left behind Equal Rights for Sarcasm – Use the SarcMark.” You can download the SarcMark at the company’s website for Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Vista and mobile devices for use in Word documents, e-mail, instant messaging and more. After downloading, all you have to do is hit “Ctrl” and “.” and the mark will appear, instantly giving wry impact to the sentence in question. The symbol costs $1.99, which seems a small price to pay for conversational clarity. Fun Fact:“Sarcasm” comes from the Latin sarcasmos, which means “to tear flesh.” How badass is that? Tags: humor, media, Mobile 2.0, Sarcmark, social media, trending
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Samuel L Jackson Now Gets Explicit Apple considering stylus for the tablet? They've on Your iPhone applied for a patent, but... By Samuel Axon (Mashable!) Submitted at 1/15/2010 8:40:45 AM
Samuel L. Jackson has his own iPhone app soundboard, with more than 150 exclusive, studiorecorded quotes and the option to download more. iSamJackson is the name of the app, and there are two versions available in the Apple App Store: clean[iTunes link] for ages 12 and up, and explicit[iTunes link] for 17 and up. With more than 100,000 apps in the App Store now, it looks like you can find a little something for everybody. The included sound clips were all recorded exclusively for the app by Samuel L. Jackson himself. Unfortunately, that means that it lacks famous movie quotes, but don’t fret; there are plenty of examples (in the explicit version) of his wellknown, artful delivery of a certain exclamation involving mothers — if that’s what you’re
looking for. Some of the clips belong to special categories, including meetings (“I can see where you might think this was a highly organized group, but trust me — it’s not”) and retorts (“I don’t need your attitude; I have one of my own,” and yes, “That’s what she said”). You can download more packs from within the app for $0.99 each — so far there’s a Sports Pack and “MMO
Alt Text: Wilderness Survival, iPhone-Style By Lore Sjoberg (Wired Top Stories) Submitted at 1/14/2010 5:00:00 PM
When it's you against the natural world, it's time to turn your Apple phone into a lifeline. A
potentially lifesaving list of apps that can miraculously transform a garden-variety communication device into a multitasking tool capable of outwitting that callous evil-doer, Mother Nature.
pwnership” — and at the moment there’s one free quote for download, too. The app gives you the option of plugging it to your Facebook friends with Facebook Connect. If you do that, you’ll get another free quote: “I’m not an expert on what’s cool — oh no, wait! Yes I am!” There’s also a faux thumbprint reader that “scans” you so Jackson can tell you what he thinks of you, and an 8-Ballesque “Query” function. It might be the most elaborate soundboard app we’ve seen — probably a good thing, since most of them are free or just $0.99 while this one costs $2.99. [via Oh Gizmo!] Reviews: App Store, Facebook Tags: apple app store, celebrities, facebook connect, iphone, iPod Touch, samuel l jackson
Newsweek Gives NonJournalist Plum Assignment [Barack Obama] By Pareene (Gawker) Submitted at 1/15/2010 12:55:14 PM
Barack Obama will "write" a Newsweek cover story on Haiti. That is stupid.
By Steven Sande (The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)) Submitted at 1/15/2010 7:00:00 AM
Filed under: Hardware, Odds and ends, Apple Steve Jobs hates styluses (styli?). At the January, 2007 Macworld Expo keynote where Jobs introduced the iPhone to the world, he went so far as to ask " Who wants a stylus?" and expressed his distaste for stylus input with a "Yeccch!" However, that hasn't kept Apple from applying for a patent on using a stylus on devices like the iPhone that are designed for finger input. The iPhone and other touchscreen devices use capacitive screens that require styluses with conductive tips. Older resistive screens, such as the one on the Apple Newton MessagePad (at right), could use virtually any plastic-tipped stylus for navigation and handwriting input. The patent application, filed on January 14th, is titled "Stylus adapted for low resolution touch sensor panels", and lists John G. Elias as the applicant. Elias is one of the co-founders of FingerWorks, a company
acquired by Apple in 2005 for its pioneering work on multi-touch interfaces. What this all means for tablet devices is unknown, but it's fascinating to see that the word "stylus" is still echoing around at least some of the conference rooms in Cupertino. [via MacRumors] TUAW Apple considering stylus for the tablet? They've applied for a patent, but... originally appeared on The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) on Fri, 15 Jan 2010 07:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Read| Permalink| Email this| Comments
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Found Footage: Steadicam releasing Smoothee for iPhone 3GS By Steven Sande (The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW))
Designed specifically for the iPhone 3GS, the Steadicam Smoothee weighs a scant 25 ounces and features the same Submitted at 1/15/2010 11:00:00 AM counterweighted construction of Filed under: Accessories, Video, the professional models. While Found Footage, iPhone no price has been announced for In the world of professional film the Smoothee, it's sure to be and video photography, the much less expensive than the pro Steadicam stabilizing camera video and film versions that sell mount revolutionized tracking for $50,000 - $60,000. shots by allowing a camera The promotional video above operator to "hand hold" a has several examples of the type camera, but keep the camera of smooth tracking shots that are steady. This Academy Award- the signature of Steadicam w i n n i n g i n v e n t i o n i s n o w movies. The fact that Tiffen has available for the rest of us in the c h o s e n t h e i P h o n e f o r a form of the Tiffen Steadicam Steadicam model appears to Smoothee for iPhone 3GS. show that the company sees the
potential of citizen journalism and movie-making with the platform. One of these would be great for doing TUAW TV Live from Ustream Broadcaster on the floor of Macworld Expo 2010... [via Engadget] TUAW Found Footage: Steadicam releasing Smoothee for iPhone 3GS originally appeared on The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) on Fri, 15 Jan 2010 11:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Read| Permalink| Email this| Comments
Volvo (Who Else?) TUAW Livechat: Brings Practicality Promoting your App Store products to Electric Cars By Chuck Squatriglia (Wired Top Stories) Submitted at 1/15/2010 6:15:00 AM
popular iPhone games. Zenonia 2 brings back one of the App Store's first RPGs, Zenonia [ iTunes link], with a whole new Submitted at 1/15/2010 10:00:00 AM adventure and four different Filed under: Gaming, Software, classes, compared to the last Odds and ends, Developer, game's three. Ranged attacks will iPhone also be possible, as well as new It looks like 2010 will be the difficulty modes and even an year of the iPhone game sequels asynchronous multiplayer mode. -- we first saw Zen Bound 2 the Sounds like fun -- the new other day and now Touch Arcade version of the game is due out in has news of two more sequels to March.
And from Polarbit comes Raging Thunder 2, another sequel to one of the first games to make a splash on the iPhone, even before the App Store. As you can see above, the sequel will have some shinier graphics, what looks like smoother gameplay, a bigger variety of powerups, and (we presume) the same accelerometer steering that made the iPhone platform such a hit for the genre out of the gate.
By Erica Sadun (The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)) Submitted at 1/15/2010 11:45:00 AM
DETROIT - Volvo has been pretty quiet among the automakers developing electric vehicles, but that doesnâ€™t mean it isnâ€™t working on one. It plans to roll out a test fleet next year and put some in showrooms by 2013.
A tale of two iPhone sequels: Zenonia 2 and Raging Thunder 2 By Mike Schramm (The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW))
No date for Raging Thunder 2 yet, but we'll keep our eyes out for it later this year. TUAW A tale of two iPhone sequels: Zenonia 2 and Raging Thunder 2 originally appeared on The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) on Fri, 15 Jan 2010 10:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Read| Permalink| Email this| Comments
Filed under: App Store<a href="http://www.coveritlive.co m/mobile.php?option=com_mob ile&task=viewaltcast&altcast_co de=66fd693d0a" >App Store Promotion Clinic</a> Welcome to our informal App Store promotion clinic! Today, we'll be chatting with Brian Akaka of Appular and our own Steve Sande about marketing and promoting apps. Brian Akaka's Appular focuses on providing Marketing and PR strategy and execution to iPhone App developers, helping them to gain visibility for their Apps in a quickly growing and maturing market. TUAW blogger Steve Sande has worked with iPhone developers to improve the marketing of their apps. To chat live with the participants, follow the directions in the widget above. Note that comments are moderated. Enjoy! TUAW TUAW Livechat: Promoting your App Store products originally appeared on The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) on Fri, 15 Jan 2010 11:45:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Email this| Comments
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Rumor: Aperture 3 release imminent? By Steven Sande (The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)) Submitted at 1/15/2010 1:00:00 PM
Filed under: Rumors, Software, Apple Here's another possible item for Apple to announce at the January 27th event (if there is an event...). Photography pros have been waiting for a new version of Apple's Aperture for way too long. A Google search of the term "Aperture 3" shows that as long as a year ago, there were many impatient photographers who were hoping for a new release of Apple's pro photography application. The
existing version, Aperture 2, was released on February 12, 2008 and last updated to version 2.1.4 on August 27, 2009. According to a post on Dutch website One More Thing, the wait might be over soon. Several Dutch photography sites are listing a book about Aperture 3 with mid-February availability dates. Aperture 3, by author Johan Elzenga, is a Dutchlanguage book and is listed for
availability on February 15th. A quick search of Amazon.com and other U.S. booksellers showed no similar texts in the works for the near future, but the Dutch discovery may mean that the long wait for a new release of Aperture is nearing its end. Thanks to Tim for the tip! TUAW Rumor: Aperture 3 release imminent? originally appeared on The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) on Fri, 15 Jan 2010 13:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Read| Permalink| Email this| Comments
Google Hack Attack Was Ultra Sophisticated, New Details Show By Kim Zetter (Wired Top Stories) Submitted at 1/14/2010 5:00:00 PM
The hackers who struck Google, Adobe and other companies used unprecedented tactics that combined three levels of encryption and steal programming, according to new details.
Oracle to sack half of Sun? Ridiculous, says Sun (CNET News.com) Submitted at 1/15/2010 9:06:01 AM
Oracle's expected $7.4 billion acquisition of Sun Microsystems will undoubtedly be followed by at least a few layoffs, but as much as half of the company's workforce? Not a chance, says Sun, which issued an all-hands memo reassuring employees that a recent report from research outfit
UBS that suggests Oracle might sack 13,800 when the deal finally closes is off the mark-and way off the mark. "You may have seen an article published by Bloomberg, subsequently picked up by other media, that references a UBS analyst report speculating that Oracle could cut up to 50% of the Sun workforce," the memo reads. "Oracle has asked me to assure Sun employees that this
talents of Sun employees to achieve this vision. Please dismiss these reports as they are report is absolutely untrue." not based on any information Changing course, the memo that Oracle has provided." strikes at the source of the story. Story Copyright (c) 2010 "It is regrettable that an analyst AllThingsD. All rights reserved. can be so irresponsible without Five Filters featured article: any facts. Oracle is acquiring Chilcot Inquiry. Available tools: Sun to do something it cannot do PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, a l o n e - d e l i v e r c o m p l e t e , Term Extraction. integrated systems. Oracle will need to rely heavily on the
Pants on the Ground: Enter the Neil Young/Jimmy Fallon Cover By Brenna Ehrlich (Mashable!) Submitted at 1/15/2010 10:21:38 AM
Despite navigating the tangled mess that has been the late-night wars this week, Jimmy Fallon managed to tap into the cultural zeitgeist last night with his unique spin on viral sensation,“Pants on the Ground.” Yup, the video of American Idol joke de rigueur General Larry Platt has barely hit the Internets, and the inevitable remixes and parodies are already cropping up all over the place. Not content to merely mimic the soulful singer, Fallon chose to add a whole new layer of absurdity by performing the tune as Neil Young. Oddly enough, it’s kind of a catchy number — if you like Neil Young, that is (and I do). Tags: humor, jimmy fallon, late night, neil young, viral video
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The “Me” Generation Alive and Well On TShirts Too By Adam Ostrow (Mashable!) Submitted at 1/15/2010 9:05:29 AM
Here’s a different type of yearend list: the top words worn on tshirts in 2009, according to the website Spreadshirt. However, if you were looking for a counter-argument to the assertion that we’re all a bunch of narcissists, this isn’t it. The most used word on Spreadshirt created threads in 2009? “I”. On the other hand, “you” came in at #2, while “team” was the #4 most worn word (though who knows how many “there’s no I in team but there’s an I in WIN” shirts were sold). In the “names” category of Spreadshirt’s listings, Obama took the top spot, with the
Recharge Your Resolutions in This Week's Open Thread [Open Thread] omnipresent Chuck Norris at #2, Washington Redskins star Chris Cooley #3, and someone who knows a thing or two about “me” — Chad Ochocinco — at #4. Did you have a favorite shirt in 2009? Was “me” a part of it? Let us know about it in the comments. Tags: humor, social media, Spreadshirt, t-shirts
7 Best Augmented Reality Apps
Think Pink: Hollywood's Hottest Ladies Are Pretty in Pink!
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From the iPhone's Yelp Monocle to the Android's Layar Reality Browser, check out the seven best augmented reality apps.
From a simple pop of hot pink to being a head-to-toe, bubblegum princess, Hollywood's most stylish ladies love to think pink! Take a gander at these sexy gals who are oh-so-pretty in pink!
Foodspotting Catalogs Delicious Dishes [Food]
By Adam Pash (Lifehacker) Submitted at 1/15/2010 9:00:00 AM
It's been a week since we were on the full-on resolution By Jason Fitzpatrick search for entries by name or w a r p a t h ; r e c h a r g e t h o s e (Lifehacker) geographic location, and flag resolutions—and simply unwind, food "Nom It" if you've eaten it ask questions, and shoot the Submitted at 1/15/2010 10:05:00 AM and approve of the food and breeze—in this week's open If you like documenting a good "Want It" if you're craving it. In thread. meal and enjoy checking out the addition to name and location- Photo by AtomFury. delicious culinary delights other based search you can browse the The open thread is our weekly foodies are finding, Foodspotting most popular food by the number call for readers looking to talk offers a platform for cataloging of people who have given it their with their fellow commenters, and browsing delicious eats from approval or put it on their wanted ask questions, offer advice, and around the world. list. discuss any topic they like—no Foodspotting was founded on Foodspotting is currently only matter how off-topic. You can the idea that it's more about a accessible via their website, continue the conversation at any good dish than it is about the although according to their FAQ t i m e o f t h e w e e k a t entire restaurant. Rather than file an iPhone app is slated for the#openthread hashtag page, but review entire establishments, this quarter. Foodspotting is a this is the day you're sure to get F o o d s p o t t i n g f o c u s e s o n free service that requires a basic the most replies. All you'll need delicious dishes and where you registration. Have a favorite tool to participate is a commenter can find them. or service for finding great account. Happy Friday! After signing up for a free meals? Let's hear about it in the Incidentally, cat lovers: you'd account at Foodspotting you can comments. Foodspotting[via better step up your submissions browse entries by other amateur GeekSugar] in the#openthreadpicture forum; food photographers and critics, we're pretty dog heavy at the moment.
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Find the Best Spots in New Cities with These Tools [Travel] By Kevin Purdy (Lifehacker) Submitted at 1/15/2010 9:30:00 AM
Ever take a trip to a city you're excited to visit, then realize shortly after arriving you've got no idea how to get around, where to go, and what to do? Next time, arrive as an expert with these tips and tools. In March, I'm attending SXSW Interactive for a second year, and this year, I really want to explore Austin, TX. Here are the web sites, apps, and research tools I'm using to ensure far more exposure to local awesomeness this year. As with any conference, SXSW has panels, keynotes, schmoozing opportunities, and hotel room keys that are easy to lose. The real excitement, at least for a guy from upstate NY that doesn't get out much, is exploring the city and nearby areas, finding the local eatery that none of your fellow visitors have discovered, and getting a feel for how things work and flow in the surrounding city. By nature, I'm terrible at knowing which way to walk and where the cool stuff might be. In the mini-trips I've taken since last year's shindig, though, I've devoted some time to prepping for fun, both in time spent before the trip and stocking up my phone and pockets with helpful apps and notes. You might find a few of these useful before, and during, the next trip where you've got some free time to
wander. Planning ahead No matter how powerful your smartphone, it's easier and faster to search out, plan, and prepare for your walks and wnaderings from a real computer, with a full keyboard. Here are a few pre-trip steps you can tackle in 10-minute bursts that'll pay off big when you get there. Plot your points with My Maps Google Maps is an easy-peasy way of finding any business or address inside pretty much any town or city. If you're signed into a Google account, the littlementioned My Maps section is also an easy way of setting up waypoints around a town and making them quick to pull up later. Click the "My Maps" link in the upper-left corner of your Google Maps page, while you're signed in. If you haven't created
any maps yet, click "Get Started." In my case, I'm naming it "SXSW," and switching it from a Public map to a private one. Next, I'll search out a place like, say, Casino El Camino, click the "Save to My Maps" link, and select my SXSW map. Do the same for anywhere and everywhere else you're thinking about visiting or shopping in your destination. When you've got your My Map sketched out, email yourself a copy of it or print it, both from the links in the upper-right corner of the map window. When you get to your destination, you can easily pull up your My Map on your laptop in a hotel room, or on a smartphone, by visiting Google Maps. Because you've pre-
pinned your destinations, getting walking, driving, or public transit directions is much quicker and easier, especially if Maps knows where you are by GPS location. Load up on Wi-Fi-finding apps and tools: This one's fairly easy to explain, because Gina already covered it. Free highlights for the casual traveler include JiWire for iPhones, WeFi for Windows laptops and Android, Windows Mobile and Symbian smartphones, iStumbler for Macs, and phone-friendly web sites like WiFinder, Hotspot Haven, and HotSpotr, along with JiWire's web site. Crowd-source your plans: You may not have thousands of Twitter followers, but between your Facebook friends, the friendly co-workers who don't
mind an occasional personal query, and your email contacts, you can probably find someone who'd love to give a recommendation or two. Better still? If you know you're a micro-brew person, a steak lover, or a record store type, now's the time to join and dig through some relevant web forums. Hit up BeerAdvocate's forums, get familiar with Chowhound's boards, and any other pastime you find yourself acting on in new cities. Prepare for work: If you know you'll really, really need to crank on work and keep a net connection while you're traveling, dig into our previous coverage of tethering solutionsâ€”hooking up your smartphone with net service to your laptop. Gina just rounded up all the Android solutions, and we've previously covered Palm Pre, and the semi-sometimes-free PdaNet works on Windows Mobile, (jailbroken) iPhones, and many other platforms. As for staying productive, we've covered that in our 10 downloads for road warrior laptops. Bit of hyperbole, we know, but they're great tools for never having to call the office and explain to your co-worker how to email a file to you. When you're there You can only plan so much in advance. A craving for authentic Mexican, or museum showing FIND page 35
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you heard about from a friendly local, and many other surprises can send you into the field. Here's how to look like, or at least feel like, a local: Google's Near Me Now link: Make Google.com your iPhone or Android phone's start page. Whenever you want to know if a bar is worth checking out, or what kind of shop has those crazy T-shirts, Google will likely be able to tell you, assuming you've got GPS turned on. Use SMS for reliable search and look-ups: Yes, you may end up in places without Wi-Fi, or even bare-minimum data service. If you have basic cellular service, though, you can always search and pin down need-to-know data with some helpful SMS addresses. Here's the shortlist:
your searches on Google's SMS simulator. One you might want to try out ahead of time is taxi, followed by the city you're in. • 4INFO (44636): Great for checking flight status and delays, as Gina previously demonstrated. Send the airline and flight number, and you'll get back detailed information on what's going on with that flight. If you ever get stuck, send "help" and you'll get back some explainer texts. • Google Calendar (48368): Even if you're not a Google Calendar user, it might make sense to synchronize any calendar to Google before you depart, then use day and nday when necessary.
community-based reviews of all kinds of places. There's a lot of opinions, some overly positive and some needlessly snarky. Your best bet is to pin down the data to within a block or two of you and find a stand-out review of a great local dish or unique local store.
characters—which you can then run your site:blogname.com scavenger hunt on. Nextstop has some great guides written and lovingly photographed by locals, if your city is lucky enough to be graced with them. Flickr's Places: People who love photography, and their city, will take the time D i g i n t o t h e l o c a l to geo-tag their shots on Flickr. blogs/weeklies: A while back, These people also tend to know R i c k B r o i d a a s k e d a b o u t the coolest spots in town. Do exploring new cities, and our what I've done when I've visited commenters came through with a town recently and head to great suggestions. Among them Flickr's Places directory, and was searching out the alternative t y p e i n t h e n a m e o f y o u r weekly for that destination, then destination. From inside that using a little Google juice to find Places page, you can then search i t s " B e s t O f " i s s u e — for whatever you're looking for, site:austinchronicle.com "best and you're bound to find some of" did the trick for me. great local inside info and Local-minded apps and sites: Local blogs and travel blogs can recommendations. Think about Want to find a point of interest be a great resource as well, if it—if you live in Austin, or just • GOOGLE (466453): Useful nearby, but just searching for you know how to navigate them. happen to be visiting, you're for nearly everything. Text it "good micro-brews Austin TX" Gridskipper, a former Gawker shooting your barbecue mostly to whatever you'd normally search won't work? Here are the sites Media property, tags its travel brag and remember, which helps for on the web, and you'll get and mobile apps that make p i e c e s i n t h e s t y l e o f those of us looking for bragweb results. Text directions 123 finding good stuff locally much gridskipper.com/tags/austin, and worthy food quite a lot. Spooner St., Boston, MA to 321 easier: its mission to not be like the Got your own favorite methods Fork Ave., Quincy, MA and • Urbanspoon:(Web, iPhone) Fodor's and Lonely Planets for finding your way around a you'll get driving directions. Great at finding restaurants in the franchises make it refreshing to new terrain with aplomb? Tell us Send weather, flight, and many category (sushi, Tex-Mex, steak) browse through. about it in the comments. other keywords, usually followed and price range ($-$$$$) near Technorati's blog directory is, if by a ZIP code or city name, and wherever you are. a bit clinical and sometimes techyou'll get other special powers. • Yelp:(Web, iPhone, Android, minded, still a great place to Before you go offline, test out Pre) The gold standard for stumble across local voices and
All the Jay Leno impressions you could ever want, if all you want is five By Danny Gallagher (TV Squad) Submitted at 1/15/2010 12:00:00 PM
A lot of people both in and around the media have been bashing Jay Leno, and maybe it's a little unfair. After all, it's the dunderheads at the top who are forcing Conan O'Brien to prove his willingness to preserve the sanctity of The Tonight Show, not Jay. That doesn't mean we still can't enjoy more fun at Jay's expense! Mental Floss has compiled a list of the best Leno impressions that have appeared on a television near you, from Jim Carrey on In Living Color to Dana Carvey on (even shorter lived than The Jay Leno Show) The Dana Carvey Show. Here's my personal favorite of the bunch: Crow T. Robot from Mystery Science Theater 3000. Filed under: Video, Celebrities, Reality-Free, Jay Leno Permalink| Email this| | Comments
Conan O'Brien and Jay Leno's Verbal Sparring Continues (ETonline - Breaking News) Submitted at 1/15/2010 12:36:00 AM
Conan O'Brien and Jay Leno
took more swipes at each other in their monologues Thursday night. On the “Tonight Show,” Conan
claimed he’d been offered a role in an adult film. He said he imagined shooting a scene with a beautiful co-star -- and getting
replaced by Jay before the scene was through. "No matter what happens," Conan continued, "it has been a
real honor to sit in the same chair as Steve Allen, Jack Parr, Johnny Carson, Jay Leno and Jay Leno."
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Look for a Good App Before Buying a New Device [Saving Money] By Adam Pash (Lifehacker)
By Bob Sassone (TV Squad)
Submitted at 1/15/2010 8:30:00 AM
We live in an era of multifunctional devices. Our phones aren't just phones—they're internet-connected computers, GPS devices, cameras, and more. So before you go buying new gear to fill a need, take blogger Fred Wilson's advice: Look for an app. Wilson explains how he attempted to find a better solution for entering text into and controlling his home theater PCs, having been dissatisfied with his current setup. His first instinct was to buy some new gear—specifically an Apple Wireless Keyboard and a Gyration Air Mouse, both of which set him back around $160 total. What he got was more frustration. Then he went with a friend Andy's advice, who suggested a $2 iPhone/iPod touch app: So in frustration, I pulled out the
Sneak Peek: The Human Target opening credits Submitted at 1/15/2010 1:00:00 PM
There's been a lot of talk coming out of the Television Critics Association press tour about the opening credits for FOX's new version of The Human Target, which premieres this Sunday. Here's a look. I like the graphics, but the music isn't as moody or energetic as it should be. It's more "majestic," which seems wrong for this kind of show. But hey, it's an actual opening credits sequence and a theme iPod touch we use as a Sonos (iPhone style keyboard) all for multifunctional device, Wilson song, which is more than most and Boxee remote in our family $1.99. had one takeaway: "Bottom line shows have today, so let's not room and downloaded the The Apple keyboard was for me: apps beat devices. argue. ( Here's the opening of the Mobile Air Mouse app from the roughly $80 and the Gyration Lesson learned. Relatively 1992 Rick Springfield version of iTunes store for $1.99. You have Air Mouse was about the same. cheaply." the show.) t o d o w n l o a d f r e e " s e r v e r $160 down the drain. The $2 Have you had similar Filed under: Other Drama software" for the device from the solution was better. experiences? What apps have Shows, Video, Reality-Free Mobile Air Mouse website as As Wilson is quick to point out, you used that've taken the place Permalink| Email this| | well. you would need an iPhone or of buying new gear? Let's hear C o m m e n t s Guess what? Andrew was right. iPod touch on hand—and those about it in the comments. The It works very well. And you get d o c o s t g o o d m o n e y — b u t $ 1 6 0 L e s s o n : A p p s B e a t a trackpad and a keyboard assuming you already have a D e v i c e s [ A V C ]
Review: 30 Rock - Black Light Attack! By Bob Sassone (TV Squad)
So Tina Fey got a lot of action in this special double-header. In the first episode, she did it with (S04E10) "For four years I've James Franco (and a pillow - I had to make do with what passes don't want to know more than for men around here, with their that), and in this one she makes untucked shirts, boneless faces, out with Danny. Which reminds their Stars, both Wars and Trek." me: we need more episodes - Jack where they actually show what's Submitted at 1/15/2010 10:45:00 AM
going on with TGS. We don't see many skits anymore or anything
else to do with the show, just plots involving the personal lives of the characters (with the occasional plot about a problem/scheme Jack has concerning NBC and executives). I'd like to get back to more of that. In the meantime though, this
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ShootShifter Unifies Photo Names and Synchronizes Timestamps [Downloads]
Madonna and Tyler Perry Pledge to Help Haiti
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stamps. You can tweak individual images or bulk shift the time stamps of entire folders Submitted at 1/15/2010 8:00:00 AM and collections. You can also Mac OS X: If you've ever used standarize the naming scheme so two cameras or tried to sync up that photos from Camera A that the photos from your camera and are in DSCXXXX.jpg format that of a friend, you know what a and photos from Camera B that frustrating experience it can be. are in P1020XXXX.jpg are all ShootShifter makes merging unified with a name like batches of photos painless. EventXXXX.jpg. When you're organizing photos ShootShifter is freeware and you can run into all sorts of m i s m a t c h e d t i m e s t a m p s , easy to correct these problems. requires Mac OS X 10.4 or issue: pictures taken by a camera pictures taken with two different Once you import pictures into above. Have a favorite tool for with a clock that isn't set cameras that have the correct shootShifter you can modify syncing your photos up? Let's correctly, pictures taken at the time but have different file- them either by dragging and hear about it in the comments. s a m e e v e n t b u t f r o m t w o naming schemes, and so on. dropping them on a timeline or Thanks Mortimer! shootShifter different cameras that have ShootShifter makes it incredibly by modifying the actual time
Prism HUD Puts Detailed Stats Anywhere on Your Desktop [Downloads] By Kevin Purdy (Lifehacker) Submitted at 1/15/2010 7:00:00 AM
Windows only: Prism HUD provides a heads-up view of the memory, processor power, and hard drive activity your system is using, but doesn't do it all the time. The lightweight monitor app only pops up when your system really moves. You don't have to do much more than decide the size and placement of the panels where
Prism HUD will show you the stats, if you don't want to. Prism HUD's defaults are decent for alerting you to notable activity on your system, but if you want
to dig into deeper statistical readouts, you certainly can. If all that interests you is memory usage, that's all you have to have show up, though you can decide how
opaqe the readouts are, the color of the panels, and whatever else is needed to fit your perfect desktop. Prism HUD is a free download, light on system resources (about 10 MB on Windows 7, matching what FreewareGenius reports), and available for Windows systems only. Prism HUD[via FreewareGenius.com]
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Madonna and Tyler Perry are the latest celebs to pledge their support to the people of Haiti. "I had planned to give a private donation," Tyler tells ET. "But then I thought about the people who may want to give but don't have the ability to look deeply into some of these organizations." Some scam operations have popped up in recent days, which Tyler calls "cruel." "If you want to make a donation," he adds, "you can do so to the Tyler Perry Foundation and I will add it to what I'm giving. I can assure you that every dime, 100 percent of what you give will get to an organization that will use it to help the Haitian people." Madonna is also helping out by pledging a donation to Partners in Health and is urging others to do the same.
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Social Media Marketing: You Fear, You Fail By Guest Author (ReadWriteWeb)
forever ruined is such an anomaly that brands need not worry. The act of interacting Submitted at 1/15/2010 5:00:00 AM with a customer inherently A few weeks ago a company I humanizes the brand, which work with lost an amazing protects it from potentially brand opportunity. We gave them the - s h a t t e r i n g b a c k l a s h e s . idea to create one of the best Consumers are more likely to brand blogs I've ever seen. support and champion a brand They said no. Instead, they that they feel connected to. decided to create a social media R e m e m b e r M o t r i n ? D i d n ' t strategy that was boring and T h i n k s S o dictated by legalities. Just Even the most well-known imagine a blog that doesn't allow s o c i a l g a f f e s a r e q u i c k l y c u s t o m e r c o m m e n t s . T h e forgotten. For example, Motrin's campaign not only offered zero controversial YouTube ad caused value to customers, but in the little long-term brand damage. end it ignored them by turning The Motrin story starts with the the blog into a press release release of what many mothers platform. Ultimately, the brand considered a controversial ad. decided to trash the project and When a number of mothers on walk away from social media. Twitter found it offensive, Sponsor Motrin responded quickly, This is guest post was written by removed the ad, and posted an Samir Balwani, an emerging a p o l o g y . S h o r t l y a f t e r a n t e c h n o l o g i e s s t r a t e g i s t a t apology was posted, Motrin Morpheus Media. You can consumers stopped caring about follow him on Twitter the marketing mistake. They The biggest reason most social recognized that someone made a media marketing campaigns fail mistake, and the story blew over. is fear - fear of jumping into Although mistakes occur, the something new and trying a effects can be controlled with an social media marketing strategy. understanding of online PR and Social media marketing doesn't p r o p e r o n l i n e r e p u t a t i o n always guarantee short-term m a n a g e m e n t . T h e a v e r a g e results, could be risky and c o n s u m e r s w o n ' t f i n d a doesn't always work. But what marketing failure unless they most brands don't realize is that specifically search for it. A doing nothing may be even Google search for Motrin on Jan. riskier. 11, 2010 returned only Motrin Engaging consumers online product information for the first requires a brand to stop worrying eight results. The 9th position is and become personable. The the actual commercial. However, scenario where a brand image is even that can be remedied with
online reputation management. Realizing that smart brands can engage in social media marketing with minimal risk can help overcome the fear of backlash. In a digital world where consumers have a low attention span and news moves quickly, the fear of permanently ruining a brand by engaging online need not be entertained. At most, a brand will experience short-lived obstacles and minor backlashes as it grows to understand how to engage online. The fear of error is a natural one, but it's not the only one that can cause a brand's social media marketing campaign to fail. Most brands tend to also be afraid of losing control over their image. It's ironic that most companies are afraid to trust their consumers but expect their customers to trust them. Next page: Define a Brand With the Push of a Button Define a Brand With the Push of a Button Instead of realizing the truth that consumers are already talking about brands and republishing brand asset ( remixing, as Lawrence Lessig would say), most brands act as if they can
still exert control over what their consumers know and see. Consumers no longer need the brand for information. Any semblance of brand control was lost when each consumer became the equivalent of a newspaper. Blogs, twitter and product reviews have enabled consumers to define a brand with the push of a button. When a customer writes about their horrible experience, a brand should be afraid of leaving that comment unanswered. However, most brands fear interacting with their consumers one-on-one. Restaurant owners, because of their huge dependence on wordof-mouth marketing, are one of the best examples of great customer interaction. They realize that a single unhappy customer can mean the loss of potentially 10 patrons. If a manager sees someone that isn't happy, more often than not he'll find a way to make the consumer have a better experience. Similarly for a brand, the Internet has evolved beyond simple advertising to one that is dominated by word of mouth marketing. Fear of interacting with consumers means foregoing this potentially lucrative avenue of marketing. A smart social brand would forego any fears of losing total control and embrace the idea of pull marketing, opening itself to attracting new customers through innovation and distinctiveness. Fear is what makes a business
average. Testing, Experimenting, Trying The best way to allay a brand's concerns is through knowledge. Nothing is a better teacher than testing, experimenting, and trying. Trying social media marketing and interacting with consumers is the best way to learn. However, the learning curve can be steep and not many are comfortable putting themselves at the mercy of their consumers. For some, an online department (with actual power and resources) that can dedicate themselves to learning and gathering data is a viable solution. For others, a consultant or coach may offer meaningful insights on what to do and, more importantly, what not to do. Knowledge isn't the only way to overcome fear; conviction helps one rise to the challenge. A brand that is sincerely dedicated to interacting online will find a way to make it work. When Cclass executives show interest by allocating resources and making social media a priority, managers become less afraid of failure. Social media marketing requires a company-wide culture shift that works best when inspired from the top down. By overcoming the fear that brands have, they can dedicate themselves to a social strategy instead of faltering between SOCIAL page 40
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Facebook Now Running Virus Scans on Users' PCs By Sarah Perez (ReadWriteWeb) Submitted at 1/15/2010 9:23:21 AM
Earlier this week, Facebook and security company McAfee announced a partnership which offers Facebook's 350 million users a free six-month subscription to McAfee's security software. Interested parties can visit the Protect Your PC tab on the McAfee Page on Facebook to sign up for the deal. However, the most interesting part of this new partnership isn't the online coupon, it's the drastic change Facebook is taking to protect their network involving required virus scanning of user PCs. As of now, users whose accounts have been compromised won't be permitted to log back into Facebook until their PC is scanned for malware and the infections are removed. Is Facebook overstepping their role by getting into the virusscanning game? Or is this new move a brilliant strategy that will help make Facebook a safer place? Sponsor Virus Scanning Now Required Prior to Login for Infected Computers In a related blog post, Facebook's Jake Brill notes that one of the company's biggest challenges is helping people whose accounts have been compromised by spammers.
Users who have had their accounts hijacked are now being identified and are temporarily locked out from logging into the social network until they complete a verification process. Facebook sends the affected user an email to verify that they are the legitimate owner of the account. Unfortunately, most hackers are savvy enough to change the email address and security question after compromising your account, which means many users will still have to contact Facebook support. A better solution, as it turns out, is to make sure that users' PCs are protected before they ever log in to the site. This way, Facebook can be sure that there isn't any malicious software running on the user's computer. Since many hackers are able to spread their malware on Facebook by way of an infected user's computer, this new process assures that only clean, uncompromised computers are able to access Facebook. While Facebook isn't running a scan on all PCs (yet!), the idea to run scans prior to granting access is one that comes from the world of business networks. Most companies that allow remote access to their internal systems either by way of a VPN, Wi-Fi, or an intranet site often also have security measures in place to verify that users accessing their
would argue that those backing this argument may be just a little too sensitive to privacy concerns, though, but that's a matter of personal opinion. network have malware-free A more valid point may be the computers. It's not unusual for fact that users are required to use companies to run a scan as part McAfee software as opposed to of the user account verification their own already installed and process prior to login to check configured security suite. (In the computer for viruses and truth, McAfee runs a web scan other malware and to make sure on your machine but like any that the computer is running the web-based virus scan, code is appropriate version of the downloaded and installed on company's security software. your machine.) Unfortunately, Thanks to Facebook's new current anti-malware programs partnership with McAfee, the have no mechanisms that can company is basically doing the report to a website about the same thing businesses have done status of a user's machine - that for years. However, unlike is, whether or not it's infected or corporate networks, only clean. Maybe it's time that they Facebook accounts that have should? been compromised will be A third opinion (and frankly, the subjected to a scan prior to login. one this author can get behind) is Is Virus Scanning Facebook's that this policy change is, in fact, Job? a brilliant move by the company. Obviously, the goal with this No other social networking new policy is to protect service goes so far as to verify its Facebook users. Even one users are entering their site with infected machine can have a clean, virus-free PCs. And since ripple affect on the network as Facebook is only scanning the hacker or spammer spreads previously compromised their malware across the site computers, one could argue that through the compromised they're actually doing these users account. Still, some people may a favor. Despite years of feel that Facebook is warnings, a surprising number of overstepping its role by requiring Windows users still don't run users to grant the company (by anti-virus programs on their way of McAfee) the ability to computers. (Macs and Linux download and run code on their have less issues with malware machine which scans all the files whether that has more to do with stored on their hard drive. We their inherently more secure
nature on the unappealing small size of their install base is constantly debated). The problem has become so bad over the years that Microsoft finally released a free anti-virus program called Security Essentials which is available to anyone running a legal copy of Windows. Requiring this subset of uninformed users to shape up or stay out will certainly help the social network stay safer for the rest of its users. Nevertheless, cynics may wonder how much of Facebook's decision was truly done in the name of security and how much was simply a desire to take part in what's likely a very lucrative deal with McAfee. The security company is the other big winner here - they now get their name in front of hundreds of millions of Facebook users specifically the ones who need their help the most. Talk about targeted advertising! It should be interesting to see how big of an impact this policy change has on the safety and security of the social network over time. Assuming it has a notable impact, we may even see other social networks and online communities take the same measures in the future. Whether that would a good thing for the internet as a whole is still open for debate. Discuss
Entrepreneurs: It's Not What You Do, It's Why You Do It By Chris Cameron (ReadWriteWeb)
theory in practice is of a historical sense. Sinek recounts the story of Samuel Pierpont Submitted at 1/15/2010 9:55:00 AM Langley, who was given money Motivational speaker and author and resources by the U.S. of the book Start With Why government to invent "the flying Simon Sinek believes he has machine" only to be beaten to the found a way to map out the way within this center "Why" circle p u n c h b y u p s t a r t a n d inspiring leaders and innovators When he talks about why a impassioned Wright Brothers. think. Young entrepreneurs who company makes a product, he Sinek says it didn't matter that may think they aren't up to snuff doesn't mean "to make money," Langley - who he says was with the big boys of innovation because that's the result of the d r i v e n b y g r e e d a n d t h e should be encouraged by Sinek's "What." Instead, the "Why" possibility of fame - had more theories which seek to break represents an innovator's beliefs money, more people and more down inspiration into an easily and passions that drive them resources, because the Wright replicated formula. Brothers were driven by their toward success. He calls his concept " The In a TEDx speech in Puget b e l i e f a n d t h e i r p a s s i o n . Golden Circle," a series of three Sound, Wash., Sinek repeated a E n t r e p r e n e u r s l o o k i n g t o concentric circles that represent mantra several times to the innovate today should take note the different ways we think about a u d i e n c e t h r o u g h o u t h i s of what makes a great leader, and a product or goal. The outermost presentation that sums up his it all starts with "Why", says circle, labeled "What," Sinek. "Golden Circle" theory. represents, for instance, a "People don't buy what you do, "The goal is not to do business company's product. The next they buy why you do it. And with everybody who needs what circle, "How," would be the what you do serves as the proof you have," he says. "The goal is technology behind this product, to do business with people who of what you believe," he said. and the innermost circle While Sinek points out today's believe what you believe." represents "Why" the company l e a d e r s a n d i n n o v a t i v e Discuss makes the product. companies, like Steve Jobs and Sponsor Apple, the best example of his The crux of Sinek's ideas lie
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U.S. Government Says: Overcharging for Text Messages is A-OK By Mike Melanson (ReadWriteWeb)
Justice Department has now declared that investigation over and announced that they will do If you're still paying a per text nothing to stop these companies message fee, we can only figure from charging as much as they one of two things. Either you please for a service that costs haven't opened up your phone them nearly nothing to provide. bill and taken a look at how Randall Stross of the New York much you're being charged Times shows us in a recent versus a monthly plan or you're article how the cell phone one of the remaining troglodytes companies are even making out that doesn't really use text like bandits on most customers messaging. Either way, you're with monthly plans, comparing about to pay more, and the the consumers to customers at an government couldn't care less. all-you-can-eat buffet, and the An article in gadget-guide companies as the cafeteria Electronista pointed out this o w n e r s . C u s t o m e r s w i t h m o r n i n g t h a t a r e c e n t unlimited plans, like diners investigation is over and the bringing a healthy appetite to an verdict is in. all-you-can-eat cafeteria, might Sponsor think they're getting the best out During the period from 2005 to of the arrangement. But the 2008, six major cell phone carriers, unlike the cafeteria carriers were pared down to four owners, can provide unlimited and text message prices doubled, quantities of "food" at virtually going from 10 cents to 20 cents a no cost to themselves -- so long piece. That is, competition as it is served in bite-sized decreased and prices increased - portions. a tell-tale sign of moving closer So, keep text messaging away to a monopoly. and filling the cell phone Wisconsin's Senator Herb Kohl companies' coffers - we know we a n d t h e S e n a t e a n t i t r u s t will. subcommittee decided to look Photo of cell phone by Flickr into the companies' practices and user Noel A. Tanner. Discuss urged an investigation. The Submitted at 1/15/2010 8:36:00 AM
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OneRiot Opens Up Real-Time Ad Network to All Developers By Frederic Lardinois (ReadWriteWeb)
what people are clearly interested in, it doesn't come as a Submitted at 1/15/2010 8:00:00 AM Starting today, any developer surprise that these ads would w h o w a n t s t o i m p l e m e n t perform quite well. Real-Time search engine OneRiot in an app can do so. Some of the developers that OneRiot just announced that its have already implemented ads Sponsor advertising network RiotWise is According to OneRiot, the f r o m O n e R i o t i n c l u d e t h e now open to all developers. service's ads perform very well. popular multi-service IM client RiotWise is OneRiot's attempt to With regards to click-through Digsby and the BlackBerry monetize real-time streams by rates, OneRiot argues that Twitter client ÜberTwitter. Ads focusing on trending topics and RiotWise ads perform three-to- are delivered through OneRiot's giving advertisers the four-times better than standard A P I a n d d e v e l o p e r s h a v e opportunity to highlight their ads. We don't have access to the considerable freedom in how own content in these streams or service's actual statistics, so we they use these ads. through regular banner ads. The will have to take these numbers For additional information about private beta of RiotWise began with a grain of salt. Given that OneRiot's advertising network, in October 2009 and the R i o t W i s e f o c u s e s o n also have a look at our earlier company has steadily opened up highlighting content based on coverage here. Discuss the service to more developers.
By Marshall Kirkpatrick (ReadWriteWeb) Submitted at 1/15/2010 9:00:28 AM
The guys at AppsFire have done it again - they've built a simple but compelling little iPhone app that you should probably download right away. Pastefire is an app that lets you capture and act upon information sent with a click from your computer's browser to your iPhone. See a phone number on the web you want to call? Text or a link you want to paste into an SMS?
What's On Tonight: Ghost Whisperer, Ben 10, Sanctuary, Critics Choice Awards By Bob Sassone (TV Squad) Submitted at 1/15/2010 12:15:00 PM
• At 8, ABC has a new Supernanny, followed by new episodes of Shark Tank and 20/20. • CBS has a new Ghost Whisperer at 8, then new episodes of Medium and Numb3rs. • NBC has new episodes of Law and Order, Dateline, and The Jay Leno Show. • PBS has a new Washington Week at 8, followed by new episodes of NOW and Bill Moyers Journal. • At 8:30, Cartoon Network has a new Ben 10: Alien Force. • At 9, FOX has a new Dollhouse. • Syfy has a the two-hour season Google" option in Pastefire, finale of Sanctuary at 9. which would be really nice. I'm • VH-1 has The Critics Choice sure these things will be worked Awards at 9. out. • Also at 9: Hallmark has The Click the Pastefire bookmarklet Not to overstate things, but this on your browser, then launch the is a great example of device Pastefire app on your phone and convergence that makes the the most appropriate action for iPhone all the more valuable, is it the type of media captured will not? We love handy little happen automatically. It's easy, services like this and the crew at fast and free. Appsfire comes up with things By Pareene (Gawker) Sponsor like this all the time. Are there Submitted at 1/15/2010 11:51:19 AM The app has some bugs, but it's other handy little must-have a good start. For some reason a iPhone hack apps we should One of Annie Leibovitz's ten captured address doesn't get know about? Let us know in z i l l i o n p r o b l e m s h a s b e e n presented with a "search in comments below. Discuss
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How-To: Create Your Own iTunes LP By Andrew Flocchini (TheAppleBlog) Submitted at 1/15/2010 7:45:38 AM
The iTunes LP is the new format Apple has been pushing in iTunes. It’s more like a DVD than anything else. You have menus, music, photos, liner notes and videos. Since this is such a fresh format, not many albums are available in it yet. The good news is, you can make your own. I’ll take you through the process of creating your own iTunes LP that you can distribute yourself. Getting Started Apple offers a template to help you out, which can be found here(ZIP). After it is unzipped, you should see an iTunes-LPExample.itlp file. Right click on the file and select “Show Package Contents.” If you open up the index.html file in Safari, you’ll see the LP. First, we want to edit the iTunesMetadata.plist file in TextEdit and enter some info about the LP we are creating. I decided to do the Neutral Milk Hotel album, In the Aeroplane Over the Sea. Filling out this information helps iTunes import the LP correctly. Make sure the artist and album name are correct at a minimum. Now we can get into the good stuff. We want to create the background image and the bleed image. The bleed image is what the user see’s if they are viewing the album at a resolution larger than 1280×720. Open up the
music. The music doesn’t live inside the LP itself. The LP file just references songs in your iTunes library. There is an audio folder, where the intro music that plays on the LP lives. Apple suggests keeping this short, so I opened up one of the songs off the album in iTunes. I then edited the Start and Stop times. After I made sure it played back properly, I created an AAC version of it by right clicking and selecting “Create AAC Version.” This created a new m4a file that was the specific length I wanted. I renamed the file to intro.m4a and replaced the original intro.m4a file in the audio folder.
Next, lets add some photos. I used Google to grab a handful of images related to the band. Then I replaced the photos in the images/photos folder and used the same naming convention of photo01.jpg. The photos will get resized and cropped automatically to 600×400 when they are displayed, so size doesn’t seem to be too important. Now I want to add some liner notes, so I used the band’s bio information from Amazon. Just edit the views/linernotes.html file and add your own text. I decided that I didn’t want the credit or video sections so I
deleted them out of views/home.html. Then I had to edit the css/home.css file to move the liner notes button up. Things are really starting to come together. Adding Songs & Lyrics Adding songs is probably the hardest part of the whole iTunes LP creation process. The LP references songs by their XID. The XID is a serial number of sorts that Apple assigns to every song available for purchase in the iTunes store. This means the LP can play any song that it HOW-TO: page 45
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New Year’s Resolutions iPhone Apps: Get in Better Shape By Alfredo Padilla (TheAppleBlog)
warned, none of these apps will actually burn calories for you, they’ll just help you get the Submitted at 1/14/2010 10:30:45 AM feedback and build the routines With the new year now a few you’ll need to make that happen. weeks old, it’s time to stop and Note: All links point to the remember those resolutions you iTunes store. made at the dawn of 2010. New Lose It! Year’s Resolutions are perhaps Price: Free best known for the likelihood Rating: 3.5 stars that they will fall by the wayside. This free applications has sat If you’re serious, however, one n e a r t h e t o p o f A p p l e ’ s of the best tools for making sure Healthcare & Fitness category you achieve your new year’s for a long time. Attractive and resolutions is your iPhone. easy to use, Lose It! is basically W i t h t h e v a s t a r r a y o f a calorie counter. Tell it a bit applications available for the about yourself, how much iPhone it might be hard to pick weight you want to lose and it the right ones if you want to get will give you a daily calorie in better shape, save money or allowance. You can then track get a date this year, so we’re what you eat and how you going to pick out some of the exercise, all with simple charts to best for you . First up we’re see how you’re doing. The going to start with applications newest version also includes the that will help you get in better ability to sync your information shape. with a website and even tweet The most popular new year’s your progress. resolution of all time, likely due iFitness to the expanding waistline that Price:$1.99 over one month of feast and Rating: 4.5 stars drink bestows upon us, getting in If you want to start building better shape can be a frustrating some muscle mass, then iFitness challenge. Thankfully there are is a great companion app. The p l e n t y o f g o o d i P h o n e application allows you how to applications available to help track a large number of different you keep this resolution. Just be weight-lifting exercises. It
includes photos, videos and written instructions for how to properly do each exercise and lets you set up custom workouts. Weightbot Price:$1.99 Rating: 4 stars If you want to eschew the bother of tracking every calorie and just want to keep an eye on your weight, then Weightbot is for you. The interface is gorgeous and it’s extremely easy to use. You can chart your progress over time and immediately get your BMI when you enter your weight. Nike+ Price: Free (for 3GS owners) + $29 for sensor Rating: N/A Apple and Nike’s partnership to track your jogging finally arrived on the iPhone with the 3GS. If
you have a 3GS, all you’ll need to do is jump into the settings to activate the Nike+ app, and then go out and buy the $29 sensor for your shoe. The app let’s you synchronize your progress to Nike’s website, choose a playlist while jogging, including the famous power song to get your over that hump, and gives you feedback when you’ve reached a milestone. Unfortunately if you have an older iPhone, you’re out of luck. RunKeeper Price:$9.99(free version also available) Rating: 5 stars If you don’t have an iPhone 3GS, or just don’t want to use the Nike+ system, RunKeeper Pro is a great alternative, although we should note it doesn’t work on the iPhone 2G.
Using your iPhone’s GPS to track your runs, RunKeeper let’s you track your progress, view your routes and control your music directly from the app. Information can also be backed up and viewed on the RunKeeper website. If the $9.99 price for the Pro version of RunKeeper is a bit too rich for your blood, there’s also a free ad-supported version with the same basic functionality. iCan Price: 99 cents Rating: 3.5 stars Not specifically related to getting in better shape, but a good app for any resolution, iCan is basically a goal tracker with an inspirational bent. Simply enter in any goal and you’ll immediately get an inspirational quote. If at any point you find yourself lagging, simply press a button for more inspirational text. An attractive and simple way to keep track of your resolutions so you don’t forget them and remember what you’ve achieved.
What You Didn't See on Last Week's 'The Bachelor'! (ETonline - Breaking News) Submitted at 1/15/2010 12:15:00 AM
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of the women of "The Bachelor: week's episode. O n t h e W i n g s o f L o v e " Check out as Elizabeth, Gia and discussing the Rozlyn scandal, Vienna reveal exactly what they which was edited out of last saw!
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Could a Tablet Replace Your Notebook? By Charles Moore (TheAppleBlog)
that a tablet will be a really wellsuited tool for workaday production use. Submitted at 1/15/2010 9:26:15 AM Of course there are many as yet PC World’s Jeff Bertolucci imponderables, especially in the posed the rhetorical question context of an Apple tablet, such recently, “Could a tablet replace as whether the machine will your notebook?” Referencing not support the standard Mac OS and only Apple’s anticipated tablet application software or will run computer but also new PC tablets with a variant of the iPhone OS, like the Microsoft-HP tablet limiting one to iPhone apps, and pitched at CES, the chatter about if there will be some provision which inclined him to wonder if for supporting a work-worthy a tablet/slate would work as a external keyboard and mouse, suitable notebook replacement. rather than limiting users to Jeff thinks that for folks who touchscreen input. use their laptops and/or netbooks On the OS support front, recent primarily for light-duty Web scuttlebutt is not encouraging. work like email and casual Earlier, Gizmodo reported new surfing, the answer may be the intelligence from someone they affirmative, and of course many say has been a reliable source in have pretty much switched to the past that the new tablet will using their iPhones or iPod be basically an “iPhone on touches for that type of duty. A steroids,” and will be running an tablet would presumably provide ARM CPU on the iPhone kernel a l a r g e r d i s p l a y s i z e a n d rather than Intel Core power with presumably greater feature t h e M a c O S , s o M a c O S depth, so for that cohort, and in a p p l i c a t i o n s w i l l n o t b e that usage context, such a supported. If that is accurate m a c h i n e c o u l d b e q u i t e information, then it would pretty satisfactory, and a step up from much rule out the Apple tablet as the handhelds in performance a serious work platform as far as terms. I’m concerned, and if this rumor However, for those of us who do i s a c c u r a t e , a l o n g w i t h serious production work on our prognostications of a $1,000 laptops, not so much. I’m price tag, I would say good luck resolved to keep an open mind, with that, Apple. but I’m exceedingly doubtful If the iTablet/iSlate or whatever
handwriting recognition could potentially condense those operations into one, but only if scribbling on the tablet proved ergonomically comfortable. My flirtations with using handwriting recognition in OS X have not been encouraging on that front, and personally, I really is going to be an “iPhone would miss the tactile on steroids,” that would also satisfaction of putting pen to make prospects for external good, old, low-tech paper, which keyboard and pointing device seems to help me organize my support murky, to say the least. thoughts more effectively. I simply can’t conceive doing Without Mac OS support, production work on a machine Dictate is out (along with much without a physical (QWERTY) else), although MacSpeech or keyboard. I’m only a “semisome other developer might touch” typist, but I’m pretty fast, eventually fill that void with an using most of my fingers in an iPhone OS compatible dictation idiosyncratic typing technique app. I’m not going to hold my I’ve developed over the years — breath waiting for that. I part visual and party spatial anticipate that I’ll be using reference — and I find the lack laptops as my do-all tools for of tactile feedback with years to come yet. touchscreen virtual keyboarding How about you? Can you unacceptable for typing more envision a tablet, especially one than a paragraph or two. Not a running the iPhone OS, problem, perhaps, for tweeting displacing your laptop? and texting, but not the thing for Related GigaOM Pro Research: long form typing projects. Is The Age of the Web Tablet Both handwriting and voice Finally Upon Us? and Rumored dictation support could have Apple Tablet: Opportunities Too potential. I use MacSpeech Big to Ignore Dictate a lot for entering text both as straight dictation and for transcribing material drafted by hand. Efficient and accurate
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Jessica Biel on Posing Nearly Naked at 18 (ETonline - Breaking News) Submitted at 1/15/2010 8:41:00 AM
ET First Look: Jessica Biel looks stunning on the cover of the February issue of Vogue, on newsstands January 26, and in the magazine the 'Valentine's Day' star reveals her regrets about posing nearly naked when she was 18! Watch Jessica behind the scenes of her Malibu photo shoot! "I really wanted to go to college, and it all kind of happened at the same time," she says about posing for Gear magazine, which freed her from her "7th Heaven" contract after the show's fourth season. "I did this photo shoot. The photo shoot came out. It was terribly embarrassing. I had to apologize to everybody, including my parents. It was a big learning experience -learning how to have boundaries and how to say no."
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knows the XID for, regardless if the user renamed the file in anyway. If it’s a song you didn’t By Darrell Etherington handset, now that the iPhone is purchase from iTunes, you have (TheAppleBlog) available on all major carriers to create your own XID. here in Canada, I would’ve We’ll look at how to find the Submitted at 1/15/2010 8:01:35 AM gladly waited until it became XID for songs you’ve purchased The selling strength of Apple’s o f f i c i a l l y a v a i l a b l e o n a l l from iTunes. First, you need to iPhone appears not to be waning networks before making a final enable author mode for iTunes. very much at all with the passage decision. As it is, I bought my Make sure iTunes is closed and of time, if the Vodafone UK iPhone back when only one then run this command in launch of the device is any only the third largest in the UK, provider offered it, and the other Terminal: indication. The newest iPhone following the merger of T- t w o d i d n ’ t e v e n h a v e t h e defaults write com.apple.iTunes provider in the UK, which joins Mobile and Orange. The number network capability to support it. WebKitDeveloperExtras -bool recent entrant Orange and disparity would make more sense The 50,000 figure, then, has true original exclusive carrier O2, proportionally if Vodafone more to do with many more Now open iTunes back up, right sold a reported 50,000 handsets already had more market share people making up their minds -click on a purchased song and when it officially started selling than did Orange. now that all the cards are on the choose Get Info. Under the Info tab you will see an XID field. the iPhone on Jan. 14. It could just be that Vodafone t a b l e t h a n a n y s i g n i f i c a n t It’s an impressive number for a was more flexible with early advantage offered by Vodafone That is how to tell your LP what song to play. launch this late, when the iPhone contract upgrades and other over other carriers. 3GS has already been on the incentive programs for its This strong launch is yet another But what if this isn’t a song you market for six months. Even existing subscribers, but I think reason Apple should really purchased through iTunes? Then more impressive is the fact that it what we’re seeing has more to considering following Google’s the XID field will be blank. We beat Orange’s launch day total of do with the growing outward N e x u s O n e s t r a t e g y a n d need to generate our own. Go to 30,000 by a wide, 20,000- a p p e a r a n c e o f f r e e d o m o f reconfiguring its sales strategy of Terminal and enter the following handset margin, only two months c u s t o m e r c h o i c e . F e e l i n g t h e i P h o n e t o w a r d s m o r e command: after that company’s introduction corralled into making a carrier openness. More choice is better uuidgen You will now get back a random of the device. decision based on available for business, and with a device The massive sales day comes hardware is not a pleasant thing, as popular as the iPhone, there’s UUID string that can be used for despite the fact that Vodafone speaking from experience. I little carriers can do to prevent a song. You have to do this for d o e s n ’ t r e a l l y o f f e r a n y would much rather choose my Apple from selling its device in every song so they each have a unique XID. Find your song in significant pricing advantages p r o v i d e r b a s e d o n t h e whatever way it chooses. over either Orange or O2. In fact, testimonials of people I know Related GigaOM Pro Research: iTunes and get to the XID field. pricing and terms on all three who’ve actually lived with and Why AT&T Should Be Ready Apple wants us to prefix this UUID with TEST:uuid: to create c a r r i e r s a r e s c a r c e l y used the service. for an iPhone Slowdown the complete XID string. Now i n d i s t i n g u i s h a b l e . A n d If I was still in the market for a our song has a unique XID that Vodafone’s subscriber base is can be referenced in our LP. There are two places these XID’s need to be entered. The manifest.xml file and the controllers/data.js file. First we
edit the manifest.xml file and replace the default XID with the one from our track. Then we edit the data.js file and do the same. Now open up your LP in iTunes, play the first song and admire your work. These same steps need to be done for every song on the LP. Let’s add some lyrics to our song next. The lyrics are just an image file located in the images/songs/ folder. They are named simply lyrics01.jpg and so on. You can either just create a simple image with text in it or get creative. What about scanning lyrics from the original vinyl/CD art? You could go even further and scribble the lyrics down on paper then scan it in. Replicate these steps for each song and remember to be creative. The LP will only be as cool as you want it to be. I like to think of it as digital scrapbooking. If you love the music, you will be inspired to go all out. If you create an LP and use XID’s from songs purchased through iTunes, you could give the LP to someone else. As long as they also purchased the songs in iTunes, it will work for them. You could also find a small local band that you dig and create one for them. That should get you some backstage passes.
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Official MobileMe Gallery iPhone App Released by Apple By Darrell Etherington (TheAppleBlog)
reel, and basically carry around my entire library in my pocket for showing off to friends and Submitted at 1/14/2010 11:47:46 AM relatives anywhere I have Apple released a dedicated Internet access. MobileMe iDisk app not too A feature that’s very promising long ago for those of us who is the ability to configure Safari stubbornly continue to pay good to open MobileMe Gallery links money for a subscription, but directly in the app, sort of the iDisk, as the app is called, is way the new Facebook uses really just a file manager and “fb://” links to open its own nothing more. Today, Apple application. I say promising unveiled another MobileMe- Gallery feature of MobileMe. In because although it seems specific iPhone application, this fact, I had to upload a new album terribly convenient, especially if one called Gallery(iTunes link). (“Dogs”) for the purpose of this you do a lot of mobile browsing, You can probably guess what it post, having only had my which I do, I’ve never actually does. Random one from before, with a v i s i t e d a n o t h e r p e r s o n ’ s Gallery allows you to browse grand total of four photos. Even MobileMe gallery in my entire your MobileMe photo galleries, using established platforms like year and a bit of being a something you aren’t able to Facebook and Flickr, I tend not subscriber. access using iDisk. The app has to have or share too many It wouldn’t be the first time an all the polish and intuitive UI pictures. iPhone app has resulted in me design you’d expect from Apple, That said, I like the way the actually using a service I never and it keeps things simple and to MobileMe Gallery app works on thought I would, and it likely the point. Even if you’re an avid my iPhone, and can see how it won’t be the last, either. Plus it’s MobileMe Gallery user with would be great in conjunction free, though you have to have a many albums, you should have with iPhoto for both backing up MobileMe subscription to use it, no trouble browsing through and making it easy to share but it does help justify the cost of albums and finding specific photos from events like family t h a t b y a n o t h e r c o u p l e o f photos. get-togethers and birthdays, etc. degrees. Good news for suckers My problem is, as you may That way, I could store a lot less like me. notice from the screenshots, I’m photos on my iPhone’s camera not really an avid user of the
Al Pacino thinks through a simple question about Jack Kevorkian - TCA Report By Joel Keller (TV Squad) Submitted at 1/15/2010 11:29:00 AM
Yesterday was cable's first day at the press tour, and a morning full of panels by the Discovery networks and a few other assorted cable entities was followed by three hours of starstudded panels for HBO. I mean, we're talking about one huge name in entertainment after another: Claire Danes, David Simon ( The Wire), Rosie O'Donnell, Susan Sarandon, Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg, Ricky Gervais. Oh, and Al Pacino. Pacino is playing Jack Kevorkian in the HBO movie You Don't Know Jack(Sarandon is also in the movie), and during the panel discussion, Pacino was acting a bit... odd. How odd? He wore sunglasses on stage for the first half of the panel. His answers were often rambling statements punctuated with occasional insight. And the
Bronx native spoke in a modified Midwestern lilt that made us think he hadn't gotten Kevorkian out of his system yet. When asked what it was like filming a movie for HBO, he replied, very Zen-like: "Well, it's television. It's HBO, and so HBO is television." Continue reading Al Pacino thinks through a simple question about Jack Kevorkian - TCA Report Filed under: Celebrities, TCA Press Tour, Reality-Free Permalink| Email this| | Comments
Wyclef Jean Text Campaign Raises $1 Million for Haiti (ETonline - Breaking News)
over $1 million for victims in Haiti with a text-based campaign in which cell phone users send While more help is needed, " T e l e " t o 5 0 1 5 0 1 f o r a n Wyclef Jean has already raised a u t o m a t i c $ 5 d o n a t i o n . Submitted at 1/15/2010 5:56:00 AM
Wyclef teamed up with "Give On The Go," a fundraising division of Red Fish Media. "100 percent of the donations that are made are given directly
to the charity," says Matt McKenna, president of Red Fish Media. "Our goal is to raise $1 million per day for the sufferers of this catastrophe. We are
delighted to be chosen by Wyclef as the exclusive mobile donations provider for the Yele Haiti foundation."
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By Nick Zaino (TV Squad)
Submitted at 1/14/2010 3:32:49 PM
An internal employee incentive program aimed at Intel retail salespeople seems to have let the cat out of the bag about a major upcoming revision to Apple’s MacBook Pro line, according to AppleInsider. If the flyer detailing the program is accurate, the MacBook Pro will soon sport the Intel Core i5 processor, replacing the Intel Core 2 Duo chip that has long driven Apple’s upscale line of notebooks. A prize draw for passing the training for sales associates for the month advertises two prizes of MacBook Pro laptops, featuring the Intel Core i5 processor. Intel, for its part, maintains that although the flyers are indeed company material, the suggestion that MacBooks will soon feature Core i5 tech is merely a typo. The Intel Core 2 Duo has been
running the show in MacBook Pros since the very same year Intel took over chip-making duties for the Apple line of computers in 2006, although originally the upscale notebooks ran Core Duos, and were upgraded late in the year. That means it’s been nearly four years since we’ve seen a major platform upgrade, although we have seen minor spec bumps and the introduction of the Santa Rosa platform in 2007, which
incorporated the NVIDIA GeForce 8600M integrated graphics card. Intel formally introduced the new Core i3, i5 and i7 chips last week during CES, and the mobile i5 is definitely the most likely suspect for inclusion in subsequent generations of Apple’s powerful notebook line. If Apple does decide to go with the Core i5 chips, contrary to earlier rumblings, future MacBook Pro owners can expect a nice little increase in performance over the Core 2 Duo chips, while at the same time not sacrificing anything due to increased power demands. Advantages also include increased battery performance, more speed and better graphics, and they could allow Apple to assign less internal space to the motherboard, which could clear up room additional battery volume or other things. 3G antenna, anyone?
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For those of you who might be worried about Steven Moffat taking over as lead writer and executive producer of Doctor Who, take comfort in the man's lifelong dedication to the show. In this video, fans get to see a bit more of departing Doctor David Tennant walking around the studios where Doctor Who has been filmed over the years and talking about the show. Moffat, who takes over for previous lead writer and producer Russell T. Davies, remembers his father calling him excitedly to the television, saying Doctor Who was on. It wasn't the show's regular night, but Moffat rushed to the television anyway,
Notre Dame Student Paper Apologizes for AntiGay Violence Cartoon [Cartoon Violence] By Pareene (Gawker) Submitted at 1/15/2010 12:45:53 PM
"Earlier, the cartoonist... posted
the original version of the cartoon on his blog. In this version, it shows the punch line as 'AIDS' instead of 'a baseball
preferred 'not to make light of fatal diseases.'" bat.' The paper, he claimed,
only to find it was the kids show Blue Peter, which often promoted and previewed episodes of Doctor Who, and burst into tears. Continue reading Doctor Who in good hands with Moffat Filed under: Doctor Who, Casting, Reality-Free Permalink| Email this| | Comments
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Learning doesn't stop at 22 (Scripting News) Submitted at 1/14/2010 1:01:56 PM
At least some young people have a blind spot, and it's easy to find if you try a little experiment. I stumbled across this at a workshop a number of years ago, when I was 44. You might wonder how I remember my age so specifically. It's part of the puzzle. Picture this. A group of about 20 people seated on the floor in a circle. A young man, opposite me, says directly to me, "I know as much as you do." It's part of a discussion about the differences between people of varying ages. According to the younger folk, they have everything we have, and of course their bodies are younger, and stronger. We older folk are nothing but older. This was the point the young man was trying to make. I wondered for a moment if it was true, but then I thought back to what I did and didn't understand when I was 22. I was tall and slim and beautiful. I had a 19-year-old girlfriend who was cute as a button and had a body made of elastic. The sex was fantastic. Life was great. But I didn't know very much about life beyond going to school and
concerts and eating, having sex, taking drugs, drinking beer, hiking, reading, going to the movies. I knew I didn't want to go into the army. I loved writing software. But I didn't understand much about the life in front of me. I was scared of a lot of things that now I think it was silly to be afraid of. If I had to visualize myself at age 40 or 50 I would have been completely at a loss. I dealt with it by assuming I wouldn't live to be 40 or 50. It was my way of shutting my eyes to the unknown. It really was unknown. Back to the 22-year-old in front of me. I asked him a question. "Do you know more now than when you were 12?" (I picked an age before puberty, when he lived with his parents. Before he had a beard. Back when college would seem as vague as high school, when he would have had no sense of his future life independent of his family.) "No comparison! I didn't know shit when I was 12." "Do you think learning stops at 22?" It's as if he didn't hear me. He didn't extrapolate. Had I pressed it (I didn't) I imagine he would have admitted that learning
probably didn't stop at 22, but nonetheless he knew just as much as I did, even though I had 22 more years of learning than he did. Over the last couple of days I've had younger people tell me I'm ageist when I say I know more than they do because I've lived longer. Of course I don't agree. Would it be ageist to say they can run faster than I can? Or heal from injuries faster? That their blood pressure is lower or their metabolism more efficient? What if I said they could please a woman in some ways I couldn't? But what if I said I could please a woman in ways they don't even know exist? Heh. One of the things you learn as you go through this journey is that every age has its advantages. I love myself now much more today than I did when I was 22. Back then I didn't even get that you could love yourself. I tolerate my limits much better, even though I had limits then as I have them now. I wouldn't even
know how to describe it to a younger person, it's as if we were different species in some ways. But you'll never get me to say there aren't big differences betw being 54 and 22, even 54 and 44. But I think I could have a more interesting conversation about it with someone who is 44. Because one of the things that happens as you get older is that you learn to listen better. And I can have an interesting conversation with a 70 or 80 year old, one that's more balanced than I could have had 32 years ago when I was 22. The thing that we shouldn't do is limit what someone can do based on their age. Age itself already imposes enough limits. If a younger person wants to hazard a guess as to what it's like to be our age, let them have fun and don't laugh. And if an older person says they understand electronics and blogging and texting, likewise, humor them. You never know what you might learn. People of all ages should keep their minds open. It might suprise some young people to learn that this advice applies to them as much as it does to older people.
D-League's Sundiata Gaines Saves Day for Jazz By Matt Moore (Fanhouse Main) Submitted at 1/14/2010 5:45:00 PM
Filed under: Cavaliers, Jazz, DLeague You deal with the low pay, and the long travel. You play in convention centers and hockey arenas. You travel to Bismarck, Bakersfield and McAllen, Texas. You listen to your coaches tell you that if you work hard and keep focused, you'll get where you want to go. A shot to play in the NBA. You stick with the NBA D-League, believing in the system, and believing in yourself, believing that you'll get your shot. Sundiata Gaines got that shot with the Utah Jazz. And with that shot, he took the shot, and won a game for the Jazz over LeBron James and his sidekicks, the Cleveland Cavaliers, 97-96. There are moments in sports that really speak to the human experience, that reflect the value of persistence, of dedication, of effort, and the underdog making it count. Tonight was one of those stories.
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Year Zero for Journalism (Scripting News)
excitement. The only way to find out is to be there. 2. NYU and Manhattan are First, an announcement. I've going to be very interesting accepted a position at NYU as a places in the coming months and Visiting Scholar. It's a great years, in exactly the areas I'm school, great people, a perfect fit. interested in. There are projects Jay Rosen, who I will be getting underway that I can't talk working for, wrote a post on our about yet, but when you hear Rebooting The News website about them you'll probably that explains the position, and understand why I had to go. provides context. 3. I have the same feeling about From my point of view, this is journalism today that I had about why I'm doing it. computer science in the 1970s. 1 . I t p u l l s m e b a c k i n t o Sure, we had textbooks and academia. A good university teachers, and projects and provides a cauldron where some grades, but there was also an pretty great stuff can happen opportunity to invent it as we quickly. When I was at Berkman, were going along. Computer w e r e a b l e t o b o o t s t r a p science felt like the greatest podcasting, unconferences, and place to be because there were take blogging out of the tech no older people entrenched with world and onto campuses and gates erected to keep out bright into politics, all in a two-year ambitious young people. That's fellowship. But more important one reason I gravitated there. I is the opportunity to reconnect felt equally excited about media, with young minds. Harvard in as a grad student, but I didn't go 2003 was a hotbed of interesting i n t h a t d i r e c t i o n b e c a u s e thought. Remember it was in that intuitively I felt that I'd spend my period that Facebook was born, career climbing a ladder, and as I right there in Cambridge. I have approached the top, the ladder a very strong feeling that NYU would be disintegrating. A better in 2010, esp in journalism, is way to matter in media, I felt, attracting the same kind of was through computer science. Submitted at 1/14/2010 11:34:16 AM
A few years ago Berkman had the baton, we were pushing what was possible by doing. Now they're focusing more on studying, which is fine, that's what academics usually do. But the young people whose lives we're helping to launch must view it differently. They, we hope, are the ones who will provide the information and perspectives to help us make better decisions, to be inspired to greatness, to solve the hard problems we face. Now is not That intuition proved correct. the time to study, imho, as much Today, 2010, is Year Zero for as it's the time to do. journalism the way 1970 was the I'm keeping the house in dawn of modern computer B e r k e l e y , a n d w i l l s p e n d science. approximately half my time in Over the last few years I've both places through the next looked at a number of journalism year. What happens after that, I programs, and of all the people don't know. I just heard that one out there Jay is closest to where I of my Berkman colleagues, w a n t t o b e . L a s t w e e k , Rebecca Mackinnon, who along Columbia, our uptown rival (that with Ethan Zuckerman founded f e e l s p r e t t y w e i r d , b t w ) Global Voices, has accepted a announced they had raised $15 position at Princeton. I hope m i l l i o n t o s t u d y t h e n e w New York and NYU don't mind, journalism. My immediate but it looks like we're getting reaction, which of course I ready to have some fun over on tweeted, was that it was way too the other coast. early to study it -- first we have to do it.
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Resident Evil 5: Gold Edition looks like a sequel in new trailer By Andrew Yoon (Joystiq) Submitted at 1/15/2010 10:45:00 AM
After numerous trailers for the upcoming Resident Evil 5: Gold Edition's zany costumes, Capcom has finally released a trailer focusing on both of the extra DLC story chapters. " Lost in Nightmares" takes place before the events of Resident Evil 5 and includes a mansion inspired by the setting of the very first RE game. " Desperate Escape" takes place during the end of Resident Evil 5, as Jill and Josh race to save Chris and Sheva from the endgame's exploding volcano. With Jill serving as the "main character" for the additional content, the Gold Edition expansion looks like a genuine sequel, a la Resident Evil 3: Nemesis. Most importantly, we're glad to see Jill's masterful unlocking skills put to good use in this trailer. The first batch of RE5 DLC will be available on February 17. Continue reading Resident Evil 5: Gold Edition looks like a sequel in new trailer Resident Evil 5: Gold Edition looks like a sequel in new trailer originally appeared on Joystiq on Fri, 15 Jan 2010 10:45:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Email this| Comments
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Real Housewives of Orange County: Slumber Party Massacre [Recaps] By Richard Lawson (Gawker)
since the dawn of human civilization. Tamela, like any normal person, was a bit Oh finally some fun! After befuddled by Gretchen's sudden, unending episodes of grim camera-followed interest in her cloudy skies and sad rubbery Teen Blues, so she went to her faces, we finally got some mom and was all "Why does that Housewives joy last night. I blonde rabbit want to send me to mean, sure there was also McLean's?" fighting and weeping, but there This made Lynn angry. And was also laughing. So much Lynn angry is much like Lynn laughing. anything else — same face, same But before we get to the voice, same brackish, deeplaughing, we have to start with pooled eyes — except she gets the murmuring. Do you hear it, kinda snippy and says bitchy in the trees? Whispering through little things. Mostly she said to the leaves like the creepiest parts Gretchen that Gretchen just can't of Lost? It's got a low, lazy possibly understand anything timbre, a hum like dragonflies. about anyone because she's not a And it's getting closer. Closer mom. Which is true. Gretchen is and closer and now it is joined not a mom. Unless you count by the sound of feet shuffling Doug "Slade" Smiley, who is along and the growls and breath like an overgrown, hairy, Ed of a ferocious hell-dog and closer Hardy-wearing child. A child and closer and — oh don't with his own children. Yeesh. worry! It's just Lynn. But yes, mostly Gretchen Yeah, Lynn went out to the park doesn't have any kids. That f o r a d o g - w a l k i n g / s e r i o u s doesn't mean that she doesn't discussion-having outing with understand kids, but that wasn't Gretchen. See, remember last what Lynn was saying. Lynn, in week's episode when Gretchen the grand fashion of these decided that the best thing to use housewives, wasn't talking about to wash the blood off her hands her kid or looking out for her was someone else's teenage best interests. No, Lynn was d a u g h t e r ? Y e a h , b e c a u s e talking about herself. Lynn was everyone hates her because of annoyed that Gretchen didn't Jeff, she decided to impress understand why Lynn was mad everyone by counseling Lynn's that Gretchen had talked to her daughter Tamela (or whatever) kid. That's what it was about. about the Teen Sadness epidemic These women are never not that's been sweeping teendom talking about themselves. Yay. Submitted at 1/15/2010 12:58:00 PM
Anyway, Gretchen and Lynn were at loggerheads and they couldn't figure out what to do, so they just took their dogs and walked off in opposite directions. Gretchen mad that she'd been found out as a selfpromoting sneak, and Lynn mad that someone had noticed that she doesn't so much pay attention to her children's needs as try to superficially mimic them, standing the way they stand, wearing jeans the way they wear jeans. Lynn doesn't have kids. She has role models. Ah well. They were to meet again and hash things out once more, this time with their men in tow, all dopey and flatly offended. Doug Smiley was acting all snaky and gross like he always is, trying to lecture Lynn about various bullshit that didn't mean anything. He got a wild look in his eyes and said something about how he and Lynn are friends and if they're friends he's going to tell it to her straight and Lynn and everyone else just seemed so confused. Because, wait. Lynn and Doug are friends? I don't think Doug knows what that word means. Either way, Lynn pretty much emerged the victor. Because, yes, anyone who's allied with Doug loses by default, but also because despite her brain being nothing more than a half-eaten Pot O' Gold appetizer sampler from
Bennigan's, Lynn is quick with a cutting remark. Though she says it so daftly and dumbly that I wonder if she's being clever or if she just has no filter. Like if words just sluice out of her mouth and she has no control over it. Whatever the case, she said appropriately mean things about Gretchen appearing nude or whatever on the internet and getting sooo drunk at that dinner party that one time last season. You know, Gretchen stuff. Boingy boingy rabbity Gretchen stuff. I wondered if Gretchen was sad that she didn't have kids or what the F was going on. And then I thought with a shiver about Gretchen with kids. A cozy Christmas morning, the kids giddy, even in sleep, curled up in their snowman pajamas. And then suddenly Gretchen kicking the door in wearing a sombrero, brandishing two bottles of tequila, crisscrossing bandoliers of shot glasses and salt shakers lashed across her bouldered chest. She'll dance a manic chacha for the kids for a moment, shrieking "Margaritassssss!!!" only to stumble down the hall and pass out a few minutes later, sitting on the carpet with her head on a couch cushion. How special Christmas will be in the Smiley household. I mean, it's already so pleasant for Doug's existing kids. Where are they, by
the way? Moving down the sunburnt pavement, we come to Tamra and her curdling life. Husband's being a shamed grump — useless now that he's broke and his trophy wife wants to learn how to cut and chew her own food — and her oldest son from a previous mistake just can't get his life together. He's facing jail time for unpaid parking tickets, he stole Tamra's car while she was on vacation and now Simon hates him even more, and worst of all he looks like a shark. Tamra just doesn't know what to do with this broken life that she broke. Ryan swears he's going to get his act together, but haven't we heard that before from everyone on this show and they never really do. Later in the episode Ryan talked about how his buddy was going to get him a job as a "brand manager" or some such nonsense and we all groaned and rolled our eyes and thought "Suuuuure." And we were right to think "Suuuuure." We weren't being sarcastic and we didn't even know it! Because Ryan DID get this coveted brand manager job from his buddy and Tamra was awfully proud and Simon raised his orange eyebrows and he seemed vaguely impressed, because at this point REAL page 52
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Jersey Shore: The Wild Animals of Atlantic City [Recaps] By Brian Moylan (Gawker) Submitted at 1/15/2010 12:41:00 PM
For the most important sociological experiment of our time, we must observe our seven guidos not only in environments they are comfortable in, but abroad as well. Still, it as in their native habitat where they truly flourish. Last night the crew got to spend the night in Atlantic City. Unfortunately, we didn't get to see any of the town other than the inside of a rather generic Italian restaurant and a nightclub called Providence. It is not named after the hometown of DJ Paulie Diplomat nor any sort of divine intervention, because there were no angels there. In fact, it was the scene of the robbery. In the second bonus hour of our study, our crew was returned back to its rightful place, terrorizing the boardwalks and sidewalks of Seaside Heights. Though internal conflict threatens to tear the tribe apart, there greatest attacks are still from without and their greatest struggles of the mating variety. In fact, the most successful at propagating the race—other than Sammi and Ronnie whose rough relationship already mirrors that of the average guido marriage—is Vinny Cellophane. He has gone from the missing link to the King of All Eyebrows in just a few short episodes. Last night, his two best groomed features not only wooed a cougar
and a skanky model (of the the Penthouse variety), but also The Situation's sister, Extenuating Circumstances. Young Vinny is now so virile that he lost Extenuating Circumstances because he started flirting with his cougar (the one he stole from bossman Danny) and managed to win Extenuating Circumstances back later that night. That is because EC sees herself as a Juliet figures and she is only attracted to men that her relatives deem unworthy or untouchable. Because of the striking physical similarities in their inbred family, she feels the need to assert her independence by choosing mates who will raise the ire of her siblings. That is why she creeps into Vinny's bed in the middle of the night. Next episode, she will be rushed to the hospital after ingesting a poison that she found under Vinny's bed that was made with milk, cheese, mayonnaise, and just a little bit of pickle juice. While it will render her inert for a long period of time, it is not lethal. It may stink, but not as bad a puke breath. This caused surprisingly little tension in the house, but just about every other petty grievance was aired as if it were the first night of Festivus. Actually, while DJ Paulie Disciple asserts his Catholicism and many members wear markings of Christianity, they all seem to celebrate this fictional holiday known for its squabbles, feats of strength, and
erect poles. If you don't know what we're talking about, maybe we should investigate some other terms that are germane to today's lesson on tribal politics. • Benny: This derogatory term for a guido is used by the natives of the Jersey Shore, the summertime playground of our lovely lads and ladies. It is actually an acronym standing for Bayonne, Elizabeth, Newark, and New York, the four places where most of the guidos hail from. It connotes the big hair, tans, trashy clothing, and all the other physical attributes that we associate with the guido, but cast in a negative light. • Prehistoric Kindergarten: The oldest age known to man, when the first things to walk on two feat were belligerent, muscle bound, heavily-browed humanoids who liked to pump their fists in the air. This is the age to which the guido traces his origins. • Clinger: A woman who demands constant attention from a man, especially after they have just met. They go in stages from Stage One to Stage Five, the final one being the worst. Stage Five of this rare disease is marked by excessive phone calls, tracking down the male in question, giving him odd gifts, and other stalkerish behavior. • Taste: While many may argue that guidos have no taste, that is decidedly not true. When a male makes out with a woman, his
very potent saliva causes a chemical reaction with hers which will leave a distinct taste in her mouth for any other man that makes out with her. It is a way for them to mark what is theirs • Belligerent: Getting so drunk that one is not accountable for his actions. This is not necessarily a bad thing. • Robbery: The stealing of a sexual conquest of one male by another male. While many may see this as a cheap tactic, for some pulling off such a maneuver is a source of pride. • Ammo: Mean things that one has stored up to say about his tribe mates, usually hurled when cornered and to cause maximum psychological harm. • Clown Out: To treat a woman badly or to fool her.
little) but a performance for the other men in the house. He is constantly trying to assert his superiority as the alpha male and he does this by showing his sexual potency. This is why it is important for him to score every night, even if the women is unattractive. It also explains why he needs to flirt with and attempt to steal the women that the other men in the house are interested in. His behavior should not be confused with a natural drive to be a leader, but by very deep seated existential pain and horrifically low self-esteem. This, of course, leads us to Paula, who not only doesn't wear her thong in the hot tub, she has sex with Mike in the Jacuzzi right in front of Vinnie and his Old Lady. When the pair finally leave to go inside the house, she is so drunk that she slips on the N o w t h a t w e k n o w t h e top step. Oopsie. passwords let us venture into the The next morning the crew is guido's secret lair. awoken by the pounding of the Meet Paula: Somehow while Tanning Salon Chick, who is trolling the finer nightlife there to tell Paula that her car is e s t a b l i s h m e n t s o f S e a s i d e missing, she has missed the first Heights, The Situation managed day of her new job (and is to find the trashiest girl in the probably fired), her mother whole land. Her name is Paula. thinks she's dead in a ditch, and But before we get to Princess that she is altogether a horrible Paula of Pooptown, let us take a human being. See, Paula has a minute to discuss The Situation's new job (probably after not tactics when it comes to bedding having one for a long time after women. He will stop at nothing the birth of her second child) and to bring home a girl every night. was not supposed to be out This has nothing to do with his drinking. She broke her word, sex drive (which may be boosted thanks to the "supplements" that JERSEY page 53 keep his arms big and his body
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Simon doesn't really have a job himself. I mean, sure he runs bootleg tequila across the border, but that's not something you can really put on your tax returns. So Ryan the Brand Manager is now the breadwinner for the Barney clan. (Isn't it just perfect that Tamra's last name is Barney?) Godsy St. Jesus, nee Juggs Jackson, showed up for a bit to get a massage and talk about "me time." Yes, she does need a lot of me time. Because she's got those three little people that are always making noise and she only has two nannies to take care of them. Plus her husband Ed Hardy is always wanting to put strange powders in her drinks and then she wakes up and all she remembers is the sound of bologna being thrown at salami and for some reason she's got a new diamond ring and a thank you note lying on the pillow next to her. So yes, she really does need her religious massages. It gives her the energy to go and get her necessary manicures and face treatments. It's hard out there for a simp. All of these above paragraphs are just preamble to last night's big, laugh-filled event. Vicki had a sleepover. Yes even though Vicki really hates all these women and she'd rather be playing a game she and Donn invented called Pogo Sticks, she signed this damn TV contract and has to hang out with the goils. But she really doesn't want to leave the house. So she invited
them all to come stay over for a slumber party and it just brought back such memories. Remember when you were a kid and sleepovers were like the best thing ever? (I mean, they're still the best thing ever, but for very very different reasons.) And remember all the sleepovery activities you'd do? Like scream and shriek a lot and make jokes. And pig out on delicious food and stay up late. And get completely puke-in-your-pants shitfaced? That last one especially. Oh, such memories! Well that's exactly what these ladies did. They all showed up with their rolly suitcases (for a night) and immediately started glooping jell-o shots down their gullets and slurping wine and Gretchen got out her El Margarita Mariachi outfit and it was just a big hootenanny. Everyone did a pretty good job of pretending they were having fun. One of the best things that happened was that Lynn was late. Of course Lynn was late. She is always late and getting lost. One time she didn't come home for three days and finally some squeaky-voiced stockboy found her buried under a pile of cabbage at the supermarket, slowly trying to gnaw her way out. "It tathetht purple," she said, cabbage bits dribbling out of her mouth. Another time she said she was going for a jog and a week later they found her running a small, modestly-successful
stationery store in Spokane. "Oh right..." she said softly when the police told her all about her life in Orange County on the long car ride home. When she finally showed up all the other girls were tittering about her and Lynn said "I just walked into the screen door! Did anyone else do that??" And the others just sort of giggled and said "No..." and Lynn shrugged her shoulders. "Well I've gone right through 'em before. Just right through." And I really, really believed her. I fully believed that Lynn has spent a reasonable amount of her life walking clear through screen doors, barging and stumbling into the house like a monster or zombie, "Oh... for God's... oh... door! There's a door here... Oh jeez... Not again..." If Lynn was Polish, she'd be the first one out of the submarine. After everyone laughed at poor old Lynn, Vicki said she had a surprise. Gretchen, I'm sure, eagerly expected a stripper. Tamra hopefully imagined Vicki handing them all huge sacks of money. Lynn frustratedly tried to figure out what "supper eyes" could possibly be. And Juggs smoothed her hair and straightened her dress, sure that Jesus would soon come crashing through the screen door to take her to women's heaven. But only Vicki knew the true surprise. And the surprise was... DOOGAL!!! Oh. Wait. No, I'm sorry. It
wasn't that Doogal. It was a gay psychic named Doogle who could read auras. Hm. All the girls, but especially Gretchen, were all "What kinder name is Dooooogle! Dooooogle! Hee hee hee." Because they are mature women. Most of them were skeptical of the psychic, but for different reasons. Lynn didn't trust him because she considered herself psychic, and she could use her psychic abilities to see that Doogle the Color Reader wasn't actually a psychic. Sounds scientific to me! Gretchen didn't believe in it because he said not very nice things about Doug Smiley, so... deal, broken. Godsy didn't like him because she doesn't believe in "that kind of profession", which is Jesus code for "witchcraft." After wrestling poor Doogle out of Godsy's arms while she tried to throw him in the pool to see if he'd float like a witch, the gals all had their colors read. Most of the readings were fairly accurate, because I'm sure Doogle just watched past seasons of the show on DVD before coming over that night. Also, you can kind of meet any of these women and immediately decipher: "Oh, they are completely dependent on their husbands, terrible to their children, and wildly insecure." I mean, that's like reading a picture book. Poor Doogle just really needs another job. Though, apparently ditzy Orange County women are willing to
pay him big bucks to show up at their ladyadult sleepovers, so, actually... Keep on truckin', Doogle. Keep on truckin' along. During the seance, Tamra broke down and cried and said "I'm scared my son is going to die young" (she hadn't seen the rest of the episode yet and didn't know that Ryan would soon be a highly successful brand manager for a nationally-managed brand!). Doogle frowned concernedly and said "He's not going to die young." Which, whoa whoa whoa Doogs. What if he does? You're going to feel pretty awful if he dies young and then Tamra shows up to your house and pounds your chest with her be-ringed fists and shouts "You were wrong, Doogle! You were wrong! Oh, Doogle..." But whatever. He probably hopped in his gypsy wagon right after this and rolled off into the night, the rainmaker shuffling on to the next rubefilled, unsuspecting town. After Doogle flourished his cape and disappeared in a puff of smoke (you could see him diving through some french doors and stumbling away through the bushes if you used DVR on the high-def), it was time for the evening's main event: The TP'ing of Jeana! Yes, mean old Jeana who quit the show and tried to make everyone else feel bad because she thinks she's too fancy for this show and she REAL page 54
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and when she realized she slept through work, she just went back to bed. Now Tanning Salon Chick is trying to help her find her clothes and fix the situation she got into (when really she is in this situation because The Situation wanted to get into her). While this is happening, Mike runs for cover in the bathroom, which is the only place in the house where a guido feels safe from confrontation. She leaves in a strangers sweats and T-shirt and leaves her clothes behind. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, meet Paula—the only woman fit to replace Trash Bags for season two. Tribal Politics: Our test sample of vacationing guidos have only been trapped in their Skinner Box for three weeks and the familial atmosphere that prevailed at the onset of the experiment is starting to change to one of factional animosity. As Snook points out, Sammi and Ronnie are off on their own, The Situation and DJ Paulie Disregarded are out hunting pussy, Snooki and ShamWOWW are trying to find new ways to get punched, and Vinny is off alone—probably scoring. None of the factions are getting along, and they are fighting for reasons to bicker that are even more retarded than the manufactured incidents that keep the BlondHeaded Bimbo Babes of The Hills making pouty faces at one another.
This dramatic altercation between ShamWOWW and The Situation happened because ShamWOWW got a major case of puke breath at the club and needed to be escorted home so that no one would be in the line of fire of her very potent exhales. The Situation refused because he was going to score with a chick and get the self-esteem boost that he so desperately needs. She goes home alone and no one was harmed. However, when The Situation gets back, she attacks him. He is very afraid until security steps in, and then he hides behind the big men and talks shit. ShamWOWW is truly a warrior princess. She is like Xena but with bad extensions and less of a Sapphic streak. This whole drama was a silly as the fight between Ronnie and Sammi Quiznos and Snooki about whether or not the couple spends enough time with the group or the fight between The Situation and Vinny about whether or not Vinny should have watched The Situation give it to Paula in the hot tub. Stupid! It seems that at least The Situation and Quiznos of Troy have no way of interacting with other people unless it involves an altercation. We don't know the cause of this, but unless it stops, they will grow old alone with no one to behold their wrinkled, leathery faces and tumor-ridden lungs as they sit in their Ed Hardy hospital gowns in St. Anthony's Retirement Home.
But the tide is turning against The Situation, not only in the house but among the millions of behavioral scientists watching this unfold every week. At first he seemed crazy and fun, but now he just seems like a jerk who has no loyalty, will do anything to get laid, hides from a fight, and likes to start shit with his housemates. We have assessed The Situation, and the prognosis is not positive. Danielle, Agent of Mossad: One night out at the club, DJ Paulie Diabolical picks up a lady named Danielle. She is from Israel and is a spy sent by her mother country to convert the powerful male guido soldiers to Judaism and bring them back to the motherland to introduce their aggressive, strong ethnic traits into their gene pool. She is determined not to fail on her mission, but she is a little too stalwart in her quest and plays her hand too readily. Also, she does not know her pray. She tempts DJ Paulie Danger with promises of Kosher food and marriage. What she should be using is a good red sauce and easy hook ups. She doesn't realize that the biggest crime a woman can commit is to appear to interested in a man. As we have learned, the guido does not have an easy time attracting and maintaining his women, so they are not used to it being too easy. Her persistent calling even angers the Duck Phone—the guidos'
household god—and makes its eyes burn red with ire. In fact, if a girl makes the path to her heart too clear, the guido will get quickly bored and look for something with a lot more complications. That is why DJ Paulie Disconnected ends it over the phone with her. But when she comes back to the club a few nights later, DJ Paulie Diagnosis sees that she is clearly crazy. Now that is something he can work with. Her bosses in Tel Aviv must have briefed her on the mores of our clan, and she is back in their good graces. No Nooki for Snooki: Why can't poor Snooki get laid? If the guy she picks isn't throwing up on her or ditching her to go chase other girls, then he has a girlfriend who is watching in horror as they make out in the club. Snooki—who is the most at home soaking her entire body in warm water—can not find a man to save her life. This strange phenomenon is one that we have no answer for and is, in fact, the greatest mystery we have unearthed during our study. It is especially irksome after she meets Keith, a farm worker who is unbelievably hot. We're talking Channing Tatum shirtless commercial for Dear John hot, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe hot, gay-for-pay porn hot. She rejects him because he is Irish and she "doesn't speak cowboy," but, Snooki, Keith is your soul mate. He won't ever be able to tan, but he will treat you
well and give you the relentless rogering you so deserve. You can become a vet and you two can start a petting zoo where you will entertain all the guido children for decades to come. Please, Snooki, marry Keith! Unjustified Assault: Last week when Ronnie and Sammi Quiznos were stalked and harrassed by Strawberry Shortcake and the Purple Pie man and Ronnie beat the shit out of him and sent his pansy ass back to whatever scented village he came from, we felt sympathy. That guy had a beat down coming. This week, Ronnie's antics weren't so valiant. A fight between a bunch of "townies" and our guidos broke out when Snooki's "cor-sette" was so provocative that they couldn't help hurling insults at it. The fight was resolved by the crew's security guards (is this a common reality show practice and we've just never seen them before, or was extra security needed to maintain the integrity of our social experiment?) and everyone walked away. But that wasn't enough for Ronnie who rushes back and cold cocks the guy, knocking him out. We initially believed that the guido would only attack when provoked and had to fight for his honor. Between ShamWOWW's completely illogical attack an Ronnie's unprovoked abused, we now realize that they just like to JERSEY page 55
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doesn't know what she's talking about so we'll show her. Luckily she lives next door, so it was the perfect crime. "Hey, Vicki, was it you and your sleepover guests who came running onto my front lawn throwing toilet paper around, chased by a camera crew, at midnight last night?" "Um... no... that must have been a different old lady sleepover being filmed for a different TV show." "Oh, OK. Makes sense to me." All the ladies dressed up in their black costumes and luckily Tamra had brought some masks (though she supposedly didn't know about the TP'ing before she showed up? Were the masks for something else? Hm. One word: Fidelio.) Before they left the house, they barged into Vicki's son's room (Lynn was glad he didn't have a screen door) and he was lying there shirtless with his laptop open on the bed. Which... Oh dear. All the ladies just giggled and screamed and the little baked potato wrapped himself more snugly in his tin foil and dreamt of his own place where he can do his... nighttime word prcoessing... in peace. Then it was time to go on their mission! I'm sure Godsy felt wildly awkward, because she didn't know Jeana from Eve. (Eve Kretzler, who lives down the block.) But whatever, it was part of the deal she'd signed. So they all shriek-whispered and skittered over to Keough Farms.
Vicki said it was mostly a harmless little prank, because she and Jeana had the same gardener and Julio would probably just take it all down. Because yes, that's the agreement most reasonable people have with their gardeners (if most reasonable people had gardeners): "Hm... OK. Well let's see. Lawn needs watering about three times a week if it isn't raining. And these azalea bushes can get a bit unwieldy so you'll need to keep those trimmed. These thorny bushes should be kept small because the kids keep tracking the prickers in and then the dog or someone with barefeet steps on them. Oh, and you'll occasionally need to clear a lot of toilet paper out of everything because some drunken middleaged women will have thrown it up there during a sleepover." Perfectly sensible. Once the ladies got back from their big adventure, the sleepover fell apart. Usually there's one whiny kid at the slumber party who can't make it through the night, but today there were four. Everyone wanted to go home to their own beds and Vicki didn't want to sleep down on the floor anyway, so she said goodbye to everyone and they all drove off in their enormous cars, drunk as monks, and no one thought anything of it. Vicki stood in the driveway, waving goodbye. Up above her a blue glow in a window finally turned off and her son went to sleep, sans light
but still blue. Vicki padded back into the house, shut the huge mahogany door, and crept up into her enormous bed. As she lay there falling asleep, she swore she could hear the lapping of waves. "Oh, Donn..." she said as she drifted off. He was staying in a hotel that night, but she'd see him tomorrow, once the sun rose again, as it does every day. In the morning, with the faraway dogs barking and the sprinklers pfitz-pfitzing and the birds darting noisily from tree to tree, Jeana trundled outside to fetch the San Diego Wealthy Patriot, the area's political paper of record, and she saw the whole mess. Toilet paper strung and draped over everything, wet and sticky now from dew, bits of it fluttering in the breeze. Her mind flashed back to Halloweens many years ago, the sharp wicked thrill of that night, all the things she'd done back then, or rather all the things she'd watched slouch-shouldered boys do, snickering to each other, while she and the other girls waited passively in the car, smoking cigarettes and inspecting mirrors. She wasn't sure why, but something about seeing that toilet paper that morning made Jeana's chest feel tight with sadness, with the loss of ages and time. She knew it was Vicki and her sleepover friends, had seen them creeping around doing something the night before. As she stood regarding the damage,
Vicki came stumbling out of her own house, on her phone. Jeana could hear her saying "Donn? Donn? You're breaking up..." She finally gave up and ended the call and as she looked up she saw Jeana standing there. A guilty look flashed across her face but then it quickly morphed into a smile and she gave Jeana big hearty wave. Jeana smiled wanly in return and fluttered her hand and turned back inside. She'd need to call Julio. While she waited for him to come rumbling up in that rusty old truck, she sat in the empty house and thought about waking up at slumber parties when she was a girl. How decadent and perfect the night always seemed, all the possibility of the eternal gap between two days laid out before you. But then in the morning how strange it was, to wake up not in a bed, not in your home. How suddenly faraway you felt, how disconnected and lost from all that you loved. All you wanted was to return, to go back go back go back. To something familiar and easy. Fun was fun, but life was life. And life was more important. "I don't miss the cameras," she said out loud. To no one. To herself. Outside the sprinklers were done and the sun had come out to warm the world, to shine brightly and evaporate all of it.
Dallas Cop Fired Over Nude Photos Sent to Student (FOXNews.com) Submitted at 1/15/2010 9:02:31 AM
DALLAS A 30-year-old Dallas police officer has been fired after an internal investigation revealed he sent nude photos of himself to a high school student. Police Chief David Kunkle on Thursday fired Officer Bryan Crews. The officer's attorney says Crews will appeal and criticized the investigation. According to the Dallas Morning News, the internal investigation started after Crews' wife gave authorities several items including his personal cell phone memory card. Crews' attorney says she handed police those items during divorce proceedings. The investigation found Crews sent nude photos to a 17-year-old high school student, had many conversations with her and exchanged text messages. The details of their relationship was not clear. Five Filters featured article: Chilcot Inquiry. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.
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hit things. They like to fight an hit things and then they lie about it and try to make themselves out to be the victims. This must happen often, because everyone seems to know the exact legal process that Ronnie is about to enter into. They know who to call, who to pay, and whether or not they should be worried about his incarceration as if they have all either lived through this or bailed out a friend at least 18 times in the past. This is unfortunate, but not unroutineâ€”much like when you walk to the local subway station on a Saturday to find the train isn't running. It throws one's plans for a loop, but is easily overcome with a little creative navigation. We can't wait to see them steer the course next week when Danielle Agent of Mossad and Paula assemble the Female Force and bust Ronnie out of prison. Native Tongue: Sammi: "If you wanna punch somebody, punch somebody, but not me" The Situation: "The only thing
we care about is getting girls, getting girls and going to the gym." Snooki: "First off I see muscles so I'm like, he's my type. But he's Irish and he talks like a cowboy." Snooki: "I"ve been with goats, sheep, cows, horses." Snooki: "I'm not a guido, I'm a guidette" Snooki: "We didn't have to have sex. I don't know why. If I had to have sex with one guy here, it would be him. He's a nice guy, he's gotta be clean." Snooki: "I do want to have sex with him. I'm saving myself for cowboy." Vinny: "She's riding you like a fucking donkey ride." The Situation: "If you're sexually frustrated, that's OK. Get it out in the shower." DJ Paulie D: "I'm Catholic dude." DJ Paulie D: "I don't understand that religion or what it is, I just want to get to the business." DJ Paulie D: "You like your girls like you like your underwear, dirty." Snooki: "Fuck my life.
Seriously, fuck my life." Snooki: "I feel like a cooking turkey." Snooki: "This feels like a porno, honestly." Sammi: "I like your unibrow." Sammi: "Mike didn't even have the audacity to go after her and apologize." Snooki: "I wanted to stab him in the fucking eyeball with my fork." Ronnie: "Sam and I leave around four o'clock, I couldn't take it anymore. You know what I mean. We been here since midnight. Five hours is enough." Snooki: "Fuck me, right. Fuck me." The Situation: "You better grab your girl tight when I'm around." Snooki: "If you leave. I'm gonna stuff your fucking nose with tampons." Snooki: "I really don't remember his face, because I was wasted" Snooki: "I think my crotch is sticking out." Snooki: "I'm not trashy, unless I drink too much." The Situation: "She likes her mouth full of pickles, she'll like
her nose full of pickles." Snooki: "I'm pissed off that mike and paulie like wasted two pickles. Dorks." The Situation: "I bring a girl home every night. Have they all been pretty? Some days no, some days yes." Ronnie: "I've had shit in between my toes that looks better than her." Snooki: "My boobs are so tight I can't breath. Is that normal?" Snooki:"What's so wrong with meeting guys at the club and kissing them. It's not like we're having sex, which I haven't had yet." Snooki: "Get me out of Seaside, honestly." Ronnie: "You want a sausage when we get home?" Townie: "Go back to Jersey." Snooki: "I'm wearing my corsette. I was like, I look slutty, but I don't give a fuck."
Stunning black and white photos with a touch of color (Holy Kaw!) Submitted at 1/15/2010 1:06:55 AM
Black and white photos have always possessed their nostalgic beauty, but add in a splash of color highlighting the precise point of focus like the photo above, well it's just pure art. Susan Elaine Cooper put together an amazing collection of black and white photos with a touch of color. More about Photography and Photoshop. Permalink| Leave a comment Âť
Deron Williams Re-Injures Wrist By Tom Lorenzo (Fanhouse Main)
perspective. Deron Williams got Boozer'd last night. He took a hefty elbow Submitted at 1/14/2010 10:00:00 PM to the face by none other than his Filed under: NBA Last Night, teammate Carlos Boozer. He F a n t a s y B a s k e t b a l l H o m e stayed in the game, but I figured D e l i v e r y i s y o u r m o r n i n g the hit was worth mentioning, roundup of last night's action in e s p e c i a l l y a f t e r t h e L o u i s through an elbow to the jaw, t h e N B A f r o m a f a n t a s y Williams fiasco when he played only to find out the following
day it was fractured. I'm not trying to scare you, I'm just in the mood to reminisce. Oh, and by the way, Williams left early as he found himself back on the ground. This time it had to do with his previously inured right wrist. Now this can't be good. The early word is that
he'll miss the remainder of this week, and possibly the beginning of next week. Ronnie Price anyone? Better yet, Sundiata Gaines? Can you believe this guy hit the game winner? I can. He's from Queens!
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Thomas Kaplan is the chair of the 92nd Street Y's board of directors. He is devoted to gaining control of the Orthodox conversion process and saving panthers. His 32-year-old nephew Guma has gone crazy, and he's tangled up in it. It's a super-complicated story, but what you need to know is this: Kaplan and his 32-year-old, multimillinaire Israeli nephew, Gumo Aguiar, had been funding the efforts of a shady ultraOrthodox rabbi named Leib Tropper as he attempted to gain
Kaplan is now strained over the little matter of $2.55 billion in proceeds from the sale of a natural-gas venture, and he had taken to leaving threatening voicemails for Kaplan and trying to gain custody of his kids. Because of his erratic behavior, Aguiar's family had him committed to a mental hospital. Anyway, give this Tablet Magazine chronicle a read. Super (Holy Kaw!) what that means either. Rape? rich Jews! Rabbis! Sexual BJs?) a prospective convert. coercion! Mental hospitals! It's Submitted at 1/14/2010 10:19:00 PM Aguiar is a former evangelical all there. Nice: Only hours ago you slept Christian who moved to Israel in [Pic: Guma Aguiar, right, posing through a tour of the Taj Mahal, 2007 with his wife and three with Texas Governor Rick Perry and now it’s 4 am, and your eyes children; his relationship with (!?!?!?!?) in Jerusalem, via AP] are wide awake. Sounds like you’ve got jetlag. We’re all familiar with the horrendous side effects associated with traversing time zones, like general $32 million over the next four confusion between day and y e a r s ; W a s h i n g t o n w a s night, headaches, fusiness, and scheduled to pay Arenas $80 unhappy travel buddies. Luckily, million over the next four years. Dumb Little Man has eight tips If his suspension leads to a on how to beat it. Three of them v o i d i n g o f h i s c o n t r a c t , are: Washington can put that $80 1. Keep to your usual routine. million toward a player whose 2. Focus on comfort. and the reserve of firepower on performance is actually worth 3. Stay hydrated. the Washington bench, I think that amount. “What is at stake is Read the full article for all theyll be able to survive his the ability for a Washington team explanations and tips. absence,” Jon Nichols writes at t h a t h a s b e e n a m a j o r Satisfy your travel bug. disappointment in 2009-10 and Photo credit: Fotolia the New York Times. Here’s how this possibly neutral now is sporting a major public Permalink| Leave a comment » effect can turn into a bonanza for relations black eye to be able to Washington: With Arenas’s rebuild almost overnight,” Pelton d e c l i n e , K e v i n P e l t o n a t writes. Basketball Prospectus suggests the star would be worth about
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The Count: Arenas’s On-Court Liability (WSJ.com: The Daily Fix) Submitted at 1/14/2010 11:43:34 AM
Could Gilbert Arenas’s gunrelated suspension be good news for his team, the Washington Wizards? Reuters The Wizards were no better this year with Gilbert Arenas on the court than without him. On the surface, the question makes little sense. Before his suspension, Arenas led his club in scoring. He still has more than twice the number of assists of anyone on the Wizards. He’s also the troubled franchise’s most recognizable star. But there is reason to believe the
Wizards are at least as good a team without Arenas. He was shooting just 41% this season from the field, was turning the ball over 3.7 times per game and had the worst adjusted plusminus— a measure of how good a team is with a player on the court compared to without him — among the four Wizards who have played the most minutes this season. David Berri estimates that Arenas’s contribution this season, per minute, was about half what it was in 2006-07, and was below average in the NBA. “Given Arenass inefficiency on offense, generally poor defense
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No Volunteers for Tennessee Job Yet (WSJ.com: The Daily Fix) Submitted at 1/15/2010 8:35:57 AM
Temperate climate, great tradition, loyal fans, greatly increased chances of meeting Peyton Manning during alumni events — there are a lot of reasons why the head-coaching job at the University of Tennessee might be appealing. None of them seems to be doing the trick at the moment. Left in the lurch when Lane Kiffin and assistants Ed Orgeron and Monte Kiffin bolted for the University of Southern California, Tennessee’s football program remains in limbo as candidates turn down offers to coach the school. Reports on Friday morning that Duke coach David Cutcliffe would choose to remain in Durham further shortened Tennessee athletic director Mike Hamilton’s short list of coaching candidates. Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun demurred earlier, and Texas assistant Will Muschamp turned down a reportedly lucrative job offer, as well. Associated Press Like much of the rest of America, Texas assistant Will Muschamp does not want to coach the Volunteers. “What is Tennessee at the moment?” Dennis Dodd wonders at CBS Sports. “Scrambling, for one, after the loss of the snarky 34-year-old boy-coach. Desperate for another as a recruiting class slips away. Maybe on probation, soon, after
Kiffin’s push-the-envelope interpretation of the NCAA rules. Rich and proud, too, but those qualities don’t count as much right now as the school struggles to get back its reputation and recruiting amid the destruction left behind by Kiffin.” An already difficult situation has been complicated by the sense that Hamilton needs to hire a new coach not now, but right now. Hamilton’s publicly expressed wish to get the position filled by this weekend didn’t necessarily take the pressure off. The Tennessean’s David Climer thinks the most important thing is getting the correct coach. “This is a careeraltering hire for Hamilton, who is in his seventh year as UT’s athletics director,” Climer writes. “Simply put, he has to get this right. If he does, the collateral damage of the Lane Kiffin debacle can be contained. If not, we are entering the nuclear winter of Vol Ball. The guy with the most to lose is Hamilton. If he messes this up, he’ll be the next one out the door.” In a mailbag column at Sports Illustrated, Stewart Mandel suggests a way to make the supersonic pace of the offseason coaching carousel a little less nauseating: either push Signing Day up, or move it back.* * * The human cost of the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti on Tuesday is still being tallied, but it is already
clear that the damage to that unluckiest of nations is tremendous. Philadelphia 76ers big man Samuel Dalembert is probably the most famous professional athlete from Haiti, and has given countless hours and millions of his NBA dollars to his impoverished and starcrossed homeland. At Yahoo, Adrian Wojnarowski writes that the incomprehensible tragedy that hit Haiti on Tuesday has rededicated Dalembert to his goal of turning his athletic good fortune into better lives for his fellow Haitians. “Why him? Well, now Sam Dalembert knows,” Wojnarowski writes. “This earthquake, this devastation, has sobered him in a way nothing else ever could. Why did he get out, and make it big? Because they would need him now, because they need everyone.” There are countless ways to donate to what promises to be a massive relief effort, but here is a link to a Fixer-endorsed organization: Partners in Health. The Journal’s Dispatch blog has more donation suggestions.* * * Think back a decade: Postgame rants by athletes — well, those
and ironic anti-rants— weren’t really all that rare. But as leagues have become more imagesensitive, and media training more ubiquitous, old-school killthe-ref ranting has become something of a lost art. That makes the already infamous postgame tirade that Vancouver Canucks forward Alex Burrows executed at NHL referee Stephane Auger’s expense earlier this week a fairly entertaining throwback. But the NHL was not at all amused by Burrows’s accusations — namely that Auger skated up to Burrows during pre-game warm-ups, threatened him with “payback” for a previous incident, and then proceeded to deliver on that promise via several questionable calls. In Sports Illustrated, Jim Kelley further illuminates the considerable gray area highlighted by Burrows’s accusations. “In the end, the NHL did the only thing it could do,” Kelley writes. “It fined Burrows $2,500 for criticizing an official (a detrimental conduct rule that is in the books and an infraction that Burrows clearly committed) after finding no evidence to fine or take action against the referee. Was justice served? Probably not. Can I prove it? No.” In the Edmonton Journal, John MacKinnon elevates Burrows to the pantheon of NHL troublemakers.* * * The U.S. figure skating national
championships begin Friday in Spokane, Wash., with the announcement of the skaters who will represent the U.S. in the Vancouver Winter Games coming Monday. Chances are good that all but the most ardent figure-skating fans would have a hard time naming the top dog in U.S. figure-skating (Evan Lysacek, duh). Johnny Weir is a different case entirely. The 25year-old Weir will have to skate well to claim a spot on the U.S. squad, but his celebrity is likely to remain intact, given his ultraflamboyant personality and knack for the spotlight: Whether he makes the team or not, Monday will mark the debut of “Be Good Johnny Weir,” an eight-part documentary series about him that will air on the Sundance Channel. Weir came to the sport late and has had his ups and downs, but his mastery of figure skating’s uniquely overthe-top theatrics is beyond question, and makes him a fascinating profile subject even for those of us with little interest in his sport. In the New York Times, Juliet Macur tells the story of Weir’s rededication to skating after nearly quitting in 2009. And in a longer, more involved profile at ESPN.com, Jim Caple elicits all kinds of gems from Weir on everything from his unsuccessful career in youth soccer to his VOLUNTEERS page 61
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Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas charged with felony gun possession By ESPN.com news services (ESPN.com) Submitted at 1/15/2010 8:47:06 AM
Arenas' Future With Wizards Arenas' Future With Wizards VIDEO PLAYLIST • Arenas' Future With Wizards Arenas' Future With Wizards • Roger Cossack With The Latest On Arenas Roger Cossack With The Latest On Arenas • Arenas Charged With Felony Arenas Charged With Felony WASHINGTON -- Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas has been charged with a felony in connection with last month's locker room confrontation with a teammate. But, Arenas has reached a plea agreement that would result in little or no jail time, several sources close to the case told The Washington Post. The newspaper had reported if convicted, Arenas could face a maximum five years in jail and a fine. Arenas is expected to plead guilty Friday afternoon before D.C. Superior Court Judge Robert E. Morin, The Post reported. His court appearance is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. ET. Arenas, who last week was
suspended indefinitely without pay by NBA commissioner David Stern, was charged with carrying a pistol without a license outside a home or business. The charges were filed in D.C. Superior Court in an "information," a document that generally signals a plea deal. The charge came directly from prosecutors and not in the form of an indictment. "We are aware of the charge filed against Gilbert Arenas today and will continue to follow the ongoing legal process very carefully," the Wizards said in a statement issued Thursday. "We will also continue to cooperate fully with the proper authorities and the NBA." Arenas charged Gilbert Arenas was charged in Washington D.C. with a felony for his possession of a gun at the Verizon Center. Document Arenas' lawyer had no immediate comment. The NBA also declined to comment. Arenas, a three-time All-Star, had admitted to taking unloaded guns out of his locker in a "misguided effort to play a joke" on a teammate following a gambling dispute during a team
flight. Arenas has said he kept multiple guns in his locker at the Verizon Center. He claims he wanted to keep them away from his children and didn't know it was illegal. At least seven Wizards players and coach Flip Saunders have appeared before a grand jury or been questioned by authorities regarding the matter. The teammate involved in the spat, Javaris Crittenton, had authorities search his apartment for a semiautomatic handgun in connection with the incident on Thursday afternoon but no evidence was seized. The Doug Gottlieb Show Ric Bucher says if Gilbert Arenas is convicted on a felony charge, the Wizards can void his contract. Bucher would not be surprised if Arenas is suspended for the rest of this season. More Podcasts » The outcome of the legal process will have profound implications for Arenas' future in the NBA and with the Wizards specifically. Possession of a gun at an NBA arena is a violation of the league's collective bargaining agreement. Stern was particularly upset that Arenas
joked about the matter and said that Arenas' conduct will "ultimately result in a substantial suspension, and perhaps worse." The Wizards could also attempt to invoke the morals clause found in standard NBA contracts and void the remainder of the six -year, $111 million deal Arenas signed in summer 2008. The players' union would almost certainly contest such a move. "We will continue to lend our full support to Gilbert and will assist him in every way possible to see this matter through," union executive director Billy Hunter said. Arenas has played in only 34 games since signing the contract because of a knee injury and the guns-related suspension. He was averaging 22.6 points and 7.2 assists this season for the Wizards, who are 12-25 and in last place in the NBA's Southeast Division. Information from the Associated Press was used in this report Five Filters featured article: Chilcot Inquiry. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.
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If you’ve been blogging for a while, it may be time to go back and rejuvenate some of your old posts. Rob Birgfeld explains six ways to give your old content some new life: • Update the post. • Reference the post. • Add comments. • Check the tags. • Add plug ins. • Start all over. Useful and interesting reading to those who have archives of old posts, so read his post for the details. More blogging tips. Photo credit: Fotolia Permalink| Leave a comment »
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Dallas Cowboys hire Paul Pasqualoni to replace Todd Grantham as defensive line coach By Tim MacMahon (ESPN.com)
Dolphins' defensive coordinator, was a Cowboys assistant for three seasons. He coached tight Submitted at 1/15/2010 9:44:13 AM ends in 2005 and linebackers the IRVING, Texas -- The Dallas next two seasons. Cowboys didn't take long to hire Grantham informed the Paul Pasqualoni as their new Cowboys at the beginning of defensive line coach. It actually Thursday morning's practice that took a matter of minutes. he intended to accept Georgia's The University of Georgia offer. Owner/general manager announced the hiring of Todd Jerry Jones and head coach Grantham as its defensive Wade Phillips agreed to attempt coordinator Friday, and shortly t o r e p l a c e G r a n t h a m w i t h t h e r e a f t e r , t h e C o w b o y s Pasqualoni, who went 107-59-1 a n n o u n c e d i t h a d h i r e d with nine bowl appearances as Pasqualoni to replace him. Syracuse University's head coach More on the Cowboys from 1991 to 2004. C a l v i n W a t k i n s a n d T i m Jones got on the phone, and the MacMahon have the Cowboys deal was done 10 minutes later. blanketed for ESPNDallas.com. "We're really pleased to have Check in with their constantly Paul back," Phillips said. "He's updated coverage. Blog an outstanding coach. I was Grantham will finish the season lucky to have him when we came w i t h t h e C o w b o y s , b u t in here. He was one of the best Pasqualoni already has reported coaches I've been around, and I to work at the Valley Ranch think we're lucky to have him facility. Pasqualoni, who was back." fired this week as the Miami Grantham spent the past two
seasons as the Cowboys' defensive line coach, helping nose tackle Jay Ratliff earn two Pro Bowl invitations and one All -Pro selection. Grantham, the Cleveland Browns' defensive coordinator the previous three seasons, contributed to a defense that allowed the fewest points in the NFC this season. "It's been great to have Todd," Phillips said. "He's contributed a tremendous amount to the defense. He's grossly overqualified to be a defensive line coach. I knew that he'd be a coordinator pretty quick or even a head coach. He has all those qualities. We appreciate all he's done." Grantham's contract with the Cowboys expires at the end of the season. The rest of the team's assistant coaches are under contract for next season. Grantham worked at Virginia Tech (1990-95) and Michigan
State (1996-98) before spending the past 11 seasons in the NFL. "I'm very excited about being part of a staff that will work tremendously hard to return Georgia football to one of the premier teams in the SEC," Grantham said in a statement released by the school. "To the fans and boosters of the University of Georgia, I understand the passion and standard of excellence expected. I look forward to developing an aggressive, physical, attacking style defense that offenses will not look forward to playing against." Tim MacMahon covers the Cowboys for ESPN Dallas. You can follow him on Twitter or leave a question for his weekly mailbag. Five Filters featured article: Chilcot Inquiry. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.
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For Florida Teen, Sweetest of Senior Moments By David Whitley (Fanhouse Main) Submitted at 1/15/2010 2:18:00 AM
ORLANDO -- A girls' soccer team retired the No. 12 jersey the other night. The person wearing it hadn't scored a goal or even played a game all season. Just attending Freedom High
School's final game was reason enough for the crowd to cheer. Bree McMahon wasn't satisfied with merely being there. Number 12 got out of her wheelchair, grasped her crutches and wobbled across the field on her loaner leg. They were the latest steps in a "It meant so much to be able to journey nobody would want to walk on Senior Night," she said.
take. But if you're a bit exhausted by the usual sporting headlines, you could probably use a Bree break. Her story began on a Saturday morning in September. Her soccer team was having a car wash to raise money. A player got in an SUV and her foot slipped off the brake and hit the
accelerator. Bree was pinned between the bumper and a brick wall. Her legs were crushed. Her spirit was untouched.
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Ex-St. Louis Cardinals slugger Jack Clark: Mark McGwire among 'creeps' of MLB By ESPN.com news services (ESPN.com)
didn't warrant consideration for Cooperstown. "All those guys are cheaters -- ASubmitted at 1/15/2010 9:26:39 AM Rod [ Alex Rodriguez]. Fake, Clark, Van Slyke Sound Off On phony. Rafael Palmeiro. Fake, a McGwire Clark, Van Slyke p h o n y , " C l a r k t o l d t h e Sound Off On McGwire newspaper. "[Roger] Clemens, Jack Clark's time in the spotlight [Barry] Bonds. [Sammy] Sosa. fell mostly in the years before Fakes. Phonies. They don't the so-called steroid era. deserve to be in the Hall of That didn't stop the former Fame. Cardinals and Giants All-Star "They should all be in the Hall of slugger from revealing an Shame," Clark said. "They can extreme distaste for players that afford to build it. They've all got might have availed themselves of so much money. And they could a performance-enhancing drug all go there and talk about the during their time in the big next way to rub something on leagues. your skin. The whole thing is "A lot of them should be banned creepy. from baseball, including Mark "They're all creeps. All these McGwire," Clark told the guys have been liars." St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Clark, a four-time All-Star who Clark served as the Dodgers' hit .267 and belted 340 home hitting coach several years ago. runs over 18 seasons, mocked He said McGwire, who will the apologetic and sorrowful return to baseball this season as tone of McGwire's Monday the Cardinals' hitting coach, was admission that he used steroids in a group of players that clearly during much of his major league
career. "They're not really a man's man," Clark said. "They're just whimpering boys who are just sad to watch. They try to put it off on somebody else. I don't know how they sleep at night, looking at all their fame, let alone the money they took by faking everybody out and lying to everybody." Clark's former Cardinals teammate, Andy Van Slyke, took a more subtle tack when speaking with the Post-Dispatch. "I never condoned a player who used steroids while they played, but I've never been mad at a player," Van Slyke said. "But I think if you have an opportunity to tell the truth and you continue to be disingenuous and lie, then there's every right for people to be upset by the continued lying or finger-pointing. "There's a lot of finger-pointing by Mark McGwire," Van Slyke continued. "He blames it on not
being tested and he blames it on the era. Why would you blame baseball for taking steroids? "That's like me saying the reason I was drunk driving was because I knew that on this particular highway, they didn't have anything for me to blow into." Van Slyke was also a teammate of Bonds. Van Slyke said he hoped the home run king would be truthful if he ever did reveal weather steroids played a role in his conditioning and performance. "One thing about Barry -- he's not afraid to speak the truth," Van Slyke said. "For the last four years [since his appearance before a congressional committee], McGwire could have said something." Five Filters featured article: Chilcot Inquiry. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.
Anil Ambani focuses on bid for MGM (Financial Times - US homepage) Submitted at 1/15/2010 4:45:49 AM
Anil Ambani is expected to bid for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, the film studio behind classics such as Gone with the Wind, in a move that would mark the Indian billionaire businessmanâ€™s deepest foray into Hollywood. Mr Ambaniâ€™s Reliance Big Entertainment, which already has a tie-up with director Stephen Spielberg, is one of at least a dozen groups poised to make an offer for the debt-laden MGM, whose assets includes the James Bond franchise. Five Filters featured article: Chilcot Inquiry. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.
Southern Indiana's Jeron Lewis Dies After Fall During Game By Chris Burke (Fanhouse Main) Submitted at 1/14/2010 6:23:00 PM
Filed under: Injuries Jeron Lewis (right), a player at D-II Southern Indiana, died Thursday night after hitting his head on the court during a game against Kentucky Wesleyan College in
Owensboro, Ky. According to the Evansville Courier and Press, Lewis, 21, fell to the ground after his feet became tangled during a play. Multiple witnesses said that Lewis hit his head on the fall. Lewis, a 6-foot-8 forward, began Mercy Health System, where he convulsing as trainers attended to was later pronounced dead at him. He was taken to Owensboro
9:52 PM CT. "The University community is heartbroken with the passing of this outstanding young man," Southern Indiana President Linda L.M. Bennett said in a statement on the school's website. "Jeron was an excellent example of a student athlete who strove to be the best that he could
be. He will be truly missed, not only by his teammates, but by the University community. Our prayers are with Jerons family in their time of need."
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Al Groh named Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets' defensive coordinator By Heather Dinich (ESPN.com)
Johnson. Groh, 65, has not been an assistant since 1988, when he was the offensive coordinator at Submitted at 1/15/2010 8:36:04 AM South Carolina. Former Virginia head coach Al The Yellow Jackets allowed at Groh will become the next least 30 points in six games but defensive coordinator at Georgia still finished the season with an Tech. 11-3 record. Groh said Friday that he and the Georgia Tech had one of the school have an agreement in nation's most prolific offenses principle, but did not disclose with Johnson's trademark tripleterms of the contract. option, averaging nearly 34 "I'm pleased about it," Groh said. points and more than 295 "It was my intention right from rushing yards per game. But the the start to continue to be defense struggled, leading to actively involved. I have a lot of high-scoring games such as a 49energy and a lot of ambition and 44 victory at Florida State, a 30I feel I have as much to prove as 27 loss to rival Georgia and a 39I did 30 years ago. So we're 34 win against Clemson for the ready to go." ACC title. ACC blog Georgia Tech concluded the ESPN.com's Heather Dinich season with a 24-14 loss to Iowa writes about all things ACC in in the FedEx Orange Bowl. her conference blog. Groh, who was 59-53 in nine • Blog network: years at Virginia, interviewed for College Football Nation the defensive coordinator Groh, fired following the p o s i t i o n w i t h t h e M i a m i Cavaliers' 3-9 season, replaces Dolphins on Wednesday and was Dave Wommack, who was reportedly a front-runner for the dismissed last week after two position there. seasons under coach Paul There was speculation he
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proudly out-there costumes. That Caple gets many of these quotes from Weir while the two get manicures and pedicures together is really neither here nor there, but seems worthy of mention.* * wanted to reunite with Bill * Parcells, who is the Dolphins' Sports-talk radio, in its current executive vice president of iteration, isn’t something most football operations. The two people would want to take credit have a long history together -- for inventing. Who really wants Groh was an assistant under to take responsibility for making Parcells with the New York Colin Cowherd possible? Art G i a n t s a n d N e w E n g l a n d Rust Jr. wasn’t exactly the father Patriots. of sports-talk radio, but his "Bill's not the coach," Groh said. pioneering work behind the "And the coach is the person you microphone, with his show on work with on a daily basis. Bill New York’s WABC in the i s v e r y d i s c i p l i n e d a s h e 1980s, did much to launch the explained it to me to be non- m e d i u m a n d t o d e f i n e i t s intrusive in that process and let u p p e r m o s t b o u n d a r i e s . A the coach coach the way he baseball historian as well as a wants to, just as Bill always radio pioneer, the Harlem-born wanted it to be when he was the Rust died at the age of 82 on coach. . . . There was just a set of Tuesday. Richard Goldstein criteria there that I thought that memorializes Rust in the New Paul's program and Georgia Tech York Times.* * * met very well." Collecting baseball cards isn’t a Heather Dinich covers the ACC sport. But the passion with which for ESPN.com. Information from certain collectors pursue their The Associated Press was used in this report. Five Filters featured article: Chilcot Inquiry. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.
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Duke Blue Devils' David Cutcliffe out of running for Tennessee Volunteers job By ESPN.com news services (ESPN.com) Submitted at 1/15/2010 8:47:54 AM
Cutcliffe To Remain At Duke Cutcliffe To Remain At Duke Duke coach David Cutcliffe on Friday withdrew his name from consideration for the Tennessee head coaching job. ACC blog ESPN.com's Heather Dinich writes about all things ACC in her conference blog. â€˘ Blog network: College Football Nation Cutcliffe, a former offensive coordinator with the Vols, had talks with Tennessee on Thursday to potentially replace Lane Kiffin, who bolted the program on Tuesday to become USC coach. "You follow your heart in big decisions," Cutcliffe told ESPN.com's Heather Dinich. "I have a lot of ties and a lot of people that I'm very close to, and a lot of respect for the University
of Tennessee, but my heart is here. We've worked very hard these two years to change the culture, to change the team physically. You feel like the job's not done, and in this era, it bothers me, what we do as coaches, moving here and there. This is mid-January. Nothing about that felt right to me as a person." Duke is 9-15 in two seasons under Cutcliffe after winning only 10 games in the previous eight seasons combined. Duke athletic director Kevin White said Cutcliffe told him Friday morning that he "intends to remain the Duke football coach for a long time." "Simply put, we could not be happier or more excited about the future of the Blue Devils football program," White said. Cutcliffe's withdrawal from Tennessee's search follows that of Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp, the Longhorns' head coach-in-waiting, who
turned down a lucrative offer from Tennessee, sources close to the situation told ESPN.com. Tennessee athletic director Mike Hamilton continues to work toward having a coach in place by this weekend. The recruiting period goes live again on Sunday, and the Vols are working feverishly to have a new coach in place by then. Louisiana Tech's Derek Dooley also is on Tennessee's list, as is Temple coach Al Golden. Kippy Brown, in his third stint at Tennessee, is the Vols' interim coach. Brown on Wednesday said he's been told that he also would be considered for the permanent head-coaching job. Information from ACC blogger Heather Dinich and SEC blogger Chris Low was included in this report. Five Filters featured article: Chilcot Inquiry. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.
Brian Viloria Sheds Guilt, Resumes Ring Career By Lem Satterfield (Fanhouse Main)
challenger noticed a man in the crowd, sitting in the front row. That man was Ruben Contreras. Submitted at 1/14/2010 8:31:00 PM And all at once, the intense fear, Filed under: WBA, WBC, IBF, the paralyzing doubt, and the WBO, HBO, Showtime, IBO heavy guilt that had plagued him Brian Viloria already was a f o r t h e p a s t f o u r m o n t h s cauldron of nerves as he strode evaporated from Viloria's body toward the ring at the Staples like a speck of spit on a hot Center in Los Angeles to meet stove. Mexico's hard-punching, WBC "Just to see Ruben standing right light flyweight king, Eric Ortiz. at ringside, right next to me, as I Nicknamed, "The Pinoy Punch," was walking up, with his wife as well as, "The Hawaiian and his family. When I saw that, Punch," Viloria was a former I was like, 'Wow!' You're here," U.S. Olympian known for his said Viloria, now 29, recalling two-fisted power -- as evidenced that moment on Sept. 10, 2005. by his 17-0 record that included "It was a crossroads for me, 11 knockouts. getting to meet him. It was the But as Viloria began to make his difference between whether or final climb -- surely, thought not I was going to go on with my some, to register his fourth career." consecutive knockout -- the
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Saints Expecting a Boost From Shockey By Chris Burke (Fanhouse Main) Submitted at 1/15/2010 2:25:00 AM
Filed under: Arizona Cardinals, Saints, NFL Playoffs, NFL Analysis The Saints' three worst offensive games of the year came in the final three weeks of the regular season. After averaging 33.2 points per game and never scoring less than 24 in any one game en route to a 13-0 start, New Orleans mustered just 44 points combined in Weeks 15, 16 and 17 -- losing 24-17, 20-17 and 23-10 in those weeks. Tight end Jeremy Shockey started each of those first 13 contests, as the Saints' offense lit up the scoreboard. He missed the last three games with a toe injury. Coincidence? New Orleans doesn't think so.
"The importance of a tight end with what we do -- both in the run game and the pass game -- is significant," Saints head coach Sean Payton said earlier this week. "Whether it's in the intermediate routes or down the field more, those are both things that factor in to what we do passing the ball."
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Conditions on Friday morning at the makeshift hospital set up in the United Nations compound in Port-au-Prince to treat survivors of this weekâ€™s earthquake in Haiti were indicative of the desperate struggle to help the
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when buying a game either for themselves or for their families. Note that it doesn't say they That woman buying her 12-year follow the ratings, only that they -old a copy of Modern Warfare 2 are aware of the system and pay millions of affected people. at Gamestop right now may not attention to how games are rated. The ground was packed with know about it, but Activision Gaming families spend a lot of camp beds, with many of the says a recent survey concluded time playing games, too: 76% of v i c t i m s s c r e a m i n g , o t h e r s that 82% of gamer parents are parents agree that video games unconscious. well aware of the ESRB rating are a big part of their family Five Filters featured article: guidelines and what they mean. activities, and among gamer Chilcot Inquiry. Available tools: The survey also found that 75% parents, a majority (52%) of their PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, of children who play games gaming time is spent playing Term Extraction. understand the rating system, with their children. Finally, a full and that 70% of parents actually 59% of kids polled say that "it's a pay close attention to the ratings little creepy" when Jane Lynch
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shows up to play games with you for a Microsoft commercial. Okay, you got us, we lied about that last stat. When anyone from Glee shows up, it's 100% fun. Activision survey: 82% of gamer parents aware of ESRB ratings originally appeared on Joystiq on Fri, 15 Jan 2010 12:15:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Read| Permalink| Email this| Comments
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First Risk: Factions screens released, surprisingly cartoony By Griffin McElroy (Joystiq)
bout. Not that we have anything against the idea, per se -- it's just never occurred to us to try. Click to Kitty-size Usually, The first batch of screenshots when playing the physical, real- from EA's upcoming XBLA life version of Risk, we like to version of the strategic board pretend that we're bloodthirsty game, Risk: Factions, depicts the conquerers -- ones capable of scenario mentioned above in an forging (and betraying) alliances unexpectedly animated fashion. w i t h h a t e d e n e m i e s , a n d If said fashion looks familiar, eradicating the military forces of you've probably played the n e i g h b o r i n g n a t i o n s w i t h Penny Arcade Adventures series extreme prejudice. We don't -- Powerhouse Animations, think we've ever envisioned which brought Gabe and Tycho ourselves to be person-sized t o l i f e i n t h o s e H o t h e a d felines during a heated global developed adventure titles, also Submitted at 1/15/2010 12:45:00 PM
did the cinematics for Risk: Factions. Judging by the extremely Penny Arcade-looking soldiers seen above, we're guessing they had some input on
character design, as well. According to the press release which accompanied the images, humans and cats are just two of the five factions featured in the
game. Anyone wanna place bets on the remaining three? Our money's on Spartans, Huns and puppies. Gallery: Risk: Factions First Risk: Factions screens released, surprisingly cartoony originally appeared on Joystiq on Fri, 15 Jan 2010 12:45:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Read| Permalink| Email this| Comments
Mega Man Zero series to be re-released as DS collection By JC Fletcher (Joystiq) Submitted at 1/15/2010 11:45:00 AM
If you took an extended break from Mega Man in the 2000s, until the release of Mega Man 9, you missed out on some great, punishing games developed by MM9 creator Inti Creates -- and it appears that Capcom's going to give you a chance to go back to them. Capcom Japan opened a site for "Rockman Zero Collection," a DS compilation of
all four Game Boy Advance Rockman Zero/Mega Man Zero games, featuring the adventures of Mega Man X's buddy Zero after the X series. He has a
sword. The collection will be released in Japan on April 22. Capcom has yet to announced a localization, but we're confident
JPMorgan fourth-quarter profits soar (Financial Times - US homepage)
its investment banking business. Net income at the bank more than quadrupled, rising to Submitted at 1/15/2010 7:03:25 AM $3.3bn, or 74 cents a share, up JPMorgan said on Friday that its from $702m, or 6 cents, in the fourth-quarter profits had soared, same period a year ago. Wall fuelled by continued strength in Street analysts projected that
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the publisher will, given the general attitude of pro- Mega Man sentiment surrounding the upcoming release of Mega Man 10.
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Rumor: Mass Effect 2 DLC details leaked By David Hinkle (Joystiq) Submitted at 1/15/2010 1:15:00 PM
[Image source: DagBladet] Norwegian newspaper DagBladet is reporting DLC will likely be available day one or soon thereafter for Mass Effect 2. DagBladet says the usual items like armor and weapons will be available, but also other things, such as an unlockable planet and even a new ally by the name of Zaeed Messani, the grizzled bounty hunter pictured above. The piece also mentions an in-game store for unlocking DLC called "Cerberus Network," which sounds a lot like Dragon
Age: Origins' DLC platform. There's more info available, but in the interest of being as spoilerfree as possible, we won't go into it. So, if you don't mind braving spoiler territory, hit up the link below. [Thanks, Thomas] Source- DagBladet article [ machine translation] Rumor: Mass Effect 2 DLC details leaked originally appeared on Joystiq on Fri, 15 Jan 2010 13:15:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Email this| Comments
Rock Band Weekly: Tom Petty, Phoenix, Silvertide By Alexander Sliwinski (Joystiq)
memories of our broken childhood, next week's update also includes tracks from Submitted at 1/15/2010 11:15:00 AM Phoenix and Silvertide. OK, so next week's Rock Band Check out pricing and track DLC doesn't include "Mary details for the console releases Jane's Last Dance" (pictured after the break. above) -- that was included in the Continue reading Rock Band p r e v i o u s T o m P e t t y l i v e Weekly: Tom Petty, Phoenix, anthology pack-- but that video Silvertide is all we can think of when Rock Band Weekly: Tom Petty, someone mentions Petty. Well, Phoenix, Silvertide originally that and the "Don't Come appeared on Joystiq on Fri, 15 Around Here No More" video, Jan 2010 11:15:00 EST. Please which had Petty playing The see our terms for use of feeds. Mad Hatter and is also positively Read| Permalink| Email this| frightening -- but that song is in Comments neither pack. Beyond Petty
US consumer prices jumped by 2.7 per cent last year on the back of rising petrol costs, but a flat December should ease fears about inflation. Separately on Friday, the Federal Reserve said that US industrial production rose for the sixth consecutive month and the latest Reuters/University of Michigan survey of consumer sentiment ticked up. Five Filters featured article: Chilcot Inquiry. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.
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Collection Crush: Vika Gazinskaya Spring 2010 By ELLE.com (ELLE News Blog)
herself creates in her eponymous RTW line, Gazinskaya is Submitted at 1/14/2010 3:28:44 PM someone who, like Lagerfeld, Vika Gazinskaya. I adore this you wouldn’t be surprised to girl. And no, not just because learn even dreams about fashion s a y i n g h e r n a m e o u t l o u d in her sleep. (VeeeeeKAH!) makes you feel In her newest collection (her like Angelina Jolie looked in that seventh), Gazinskaya puts forth leathered-up scene in Mr. and 14 looks, all of them dresses, Mrs. Smith, but because the with the “creative process of an young Moscow-based street style artist” serving as its inspiration. icon cum fashion designer, Wanting to illustrate everything w h o — f u l l d i s c l o s u r e , h a s from “waking up” to “the big become an e-pal of mine over the idea” to “editing,” even “stacks past year—has one of the most of sketch paper,” Gazinskaya individual points of view, translates into each look (most of sartorially, I’ve ever come which bear her favored mid-calf across. Evidenced by what she hemline and roomy cocoon wears, of course (that’s a photo silhouette) at least one, if not of her taken by ELLE.com’s several of these steps through her Kelly Stuart outside a show last color palette, use of texture, and September), but also by whom o v e r s i z e d , a s y m m e t r i c she admires (hint: Stefano Pilati, sculpturing. Though she didn’t Nicolas Ghesquière and Phoebe say so, I like to think the Philo rank high) and what she shoulder knot in the black dress
below—my favorite—represents a crumpled, discarded piece of parchment. With a price point between $725 and $2,900 and currently only available by custom order, Gazinskaya’s designs don’t come inexpensively. In their defense, though, they are all hand-sewn, sourced from the same materials as Lanvin and YSL’s, and as Gazinskaya succinctly put it, are of “perfect quality”. To see more from the designer, visit her website here(or just click onto any street style website during Fashion Week season). Three dramatic dresses from Gazinskaya’s new RTW collection Photos: Kelly Stuart and courtesy of Vika Gazinskaya Follow ELLE on Twitter. Become our Facebook fan!
Wyclef and John Bartlett Help You Help Haiti By ELLE.com (ELLE News Blog) Submitted at 1/15/2010 7:54:09 AM
It has been hard to focus on fashion and college with what is going on in Haiti. A povertystricken nation at the offset of this natural disaster, now the Haitian people are waiting for aid that is simply not coming fast enough, or not coming at all. This morning, footage aired on the BBC that showed Haitians literally grabbing and tearing at aid packages, wrestling and scrambling over one another. If you want to help, then Wyclef Jean and John Bartlett are giving you easy ways to reach out to the distressed nation. By texting "Yele" to 501501, you will donate $5 to Wyclef's charity, Yele Haiti, which according to MTV.com, has already raised over $1 million since Tuesday through the SMS initiative. John Bartlett is making himself personally available at his West (MediaPost | Media News) Brooklyn fringe artist, Thu Tran, combining culinary delights, Village shop all weekend to and a mix of unruly puppets who m u s i c a l p e r f o r m a n c e s a n d Submitted at 1/15/2010 7:29:24 AM serve as her culinary crew. In conversations with acclaimed IFC is debuting two food- their surreal live-action cartoon- indie bands. themed original series this April: like universe, Thu and friends Five Filters featured article: "Food Party" and "Dinner with create delicacies with ingredients Chilcot Inquiry. Available tools: the Band." They will air within commonly found in the average PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, the network's Automat block. kitchen. "Dinner with the Band" Term Extraction. "Food Party" is hosted by is an alternative food show
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collect donations. Ten percent of all sales from his shop this weekend will go directly to the Red Cross in aid of the relief efforts in the shattered island nation. Every effort can help make a difference, no matter how small, so let's all try to do our parts. — Rebecca Suhrawardi Austin Photo: Getty Images Follow ELLE on Twitter. Become our Facebook fan!
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Haiti quake puts parents' adoption dreams in limbo (AP) (Yahoo! News: U.S. News)
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How well do you know this week's most stylish happenings? 1. What is the title of BBC One's new Ugly Betty-esque series, which debuted last night? 2. What Victoria's Secret model sports a "topless" bikini in the spring 2010 swim catalogue? 3. Mila Kunis wore an asymmetrical LBD by what designer to the premiere of The Book of Eli? 4. Where will Isabel Marant open her first U.S. store in February? 5. Rachel McAdams wore a By ELLE.com (ELLE News surprise that you will often find green one-shoulder gown by Blog) the designers of Saint Martins what designer to the Berlin getting their caffeine fix there. premiere of Sherlock Holmes? Submitted at 1/14/2010 1:19:49 PM You can always expect a fun —Erin Clements Next door to Saint Martins is atmosphere, and though you may 1. Material Girl one of London's most beloved have to fight for a seat, the two bookstores, Foyle's. While giant shots of espresso in every coffee stores like the Borders across the surely make up for it. If in street have gone out of business, London, Foyle's is definitely a Foyle's has remained intact and place to stop off, read a book, their café continues to be the go- grab a coffee, and rub shoulders (MediaPost | Media News) to-spot in this neighborhood with some of the most creative Submitted at 1/14/2010 7:24:03 PM known for creativity. It's a place people in town. where wireless internet is free, — Rebecca Suhrawardi Austin Three judges on a federal the food is healthy (and often Follow ELLE on Twitter. appeals court seem ready to toss organic), live jazz plays in the Become our Facebook fan! out a government policy that can evenings, and students get a lead to broadcasters being fined discount. So it doesn't come as a for allowing even a single curse word on live television, with three judges hearing arguments sometimes mocking the
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Jill Lear has decorated bedrooms waiting for the 9-yearold boy and girl she calls her son and daughter even though she hasn't brought them home from Haiti. Kim Lewen wants to wrap her arms around the two smiling girls she left at an orphanage last fall with a promise to return. Though both know their children are safe after the magnitude-7 earthquake that devastated Haiti this week, what they don't know is when they'll be able to proceed with their dream of bringing the children to the United States. They fear for their children's safety in the days HAITI page 70
Around the Net In Media: Judges Seen As Likely To Toss FCC Profanity Case government's position. The judicial panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan kept a government lawyer on the defensive with dozens of questions suggesting that the current policy violates the First Amendment. Judge Rosemary Pooler said she understood broadcasters' argument that the threats of fines
would have a chilling effect on live coverage. "You know what a good lawyer would say, 'If in doubt, don't run it,"' she said. "And that's the chill." The judges then reserved decision. Five Filters featured article: Chilcot Inquiry. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.
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Gates: Military fails to spot danger within ranks (AP) (Yahoo! News: U.S. News) Submitted at 1/15/2010 9:01:36 AM
WASHINGTON â€“ Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Friday an investigation into the Fort Hood shootings found the military isn't sufficiently prepared to prevent similar attacks in the future. Commanders must be encouraged to intervene if they think someone within the ranks is a threat, Gates said. He directed Army Secretary John McHugh to make changes and expects new policies to be in place by summer. As many as eight Army officers could face discipline for failing to do anything when the alleged shooter in the Fort Hood rampage displayed erratic behavior early in his military career, two officials familiar with the case said, speaking on condition of anonymity before the report's release. Speaking to reporters at the Pentagon Friday, Gates said he could not talk in detail about some elements of the review involving Army Maj. Nidal Hasan, the man charged in the mass shootings at the Texas military base in November. Gates did say the review shows that "it is clear that as a department we have not done enough to adapt to the evolving internal security threat." The secretary also said it demonstrates that the Pentagon
"is burdened by 20th century processes and attitudes mostly rooted in the Cold War." Officials said Thursday that several midlevel officers overlooked or failed to act on red flags in Hasan's lax work habits and fixation on religion. Hasan was seen by the reviews as a loner who was passed along from office to office and job to job despite professional failings that included missed or failed exams and physical fitness requirements. Findings about Hasan and those who supervised him are contained in a confidential addendum to a larger report about the Pentagon's handling of potential extremism in the ranks and readiness to handle the sort of mass casualties Hasan allegedly inflicted. An official familiar with both documents detailed their findings on condition of anonymity because the larger unclassified report has not yet been released, and the one dealing with Hasan in detail will not be publicly released. Earlier, another official familiar with the findings said the five- to eight officers who could face discipline were supervisors who knew about Hasan's shortcomings and looked the other way or who did not fully reflect concerns about Hasan in professional evaluations. The officers supervised Hasan when he was a medical student
and during his early work as an Army psychiatrist at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington. Findings about Hasan are limited to a one-page summary in the main report. The report, called "Protecting the Force," concludes that the Defense Department had outdated and ineffective means to identify threats from inside as opposed to outside the military. It also says the department's means of sharing and collating information about a potential troublemaker are inadequate, one official said. The inquiry also questions whether the Pentagon is fully committed to FBI-run Joint Terrorism Task Forces. The report calls on the Defense Department to fully staff those teams of investigators, analysts, linguists and others so the Pentagon can quickly see information collected across government agencies about potential links between troops and terrorist or extremist groups. The report found that although emergency response at Fort Hood was generally good, there are gaps elsewhere and sometimes a failure to link emergency response operations on military installations with those in the surrounding communities. The findings are the result of two months of work by a panel convened by Gates to look for holes in Pentagon policies and
procedures revealed by the Hasan case. The review, which was led by retired Adm. Vernon E. Clark and former Army secretary Togo D. West Jr., did not consider whether the shootings were an act of terrorism and did not delve into allegations that Hasan was in contact with a radical cleric in Yemen. Those questions are part of the separate criminal case against Hasan. Hasan got passing grades and a promotion in part because disturbing information about his behavior and performance was not recorded by superiors or properly passed to others who might have stepped in, the report found. As Hasan's training progressed, his strident views on Islam became more pronounced as did worries about his competence as a medical professional. Yet his superiors continued to give him positive performance evaluations that kept him moving through the ranks and led to his eventual assignment at Fort Hood. Recent statistics show the Army rarely blocks junior officers from promotion, especially in the medical corps. The report does not answer whether intervention by one of Hasan's superiors might have prevented the shootings, one official said. It is possible that full knowledge by some superiors or a more proactive response to disturbing aspects of
Hasan's behavior could have either helped him or gotten him fired, that official said, but there is no clear evidence that anything would have been different. Hasan was often late or absent, sometimes appeared disheveled and performed to minimum requirements. The pattern was obvious to many around him, yet not fully reflected where it counted in the Army's bureaucratic system of evaluation and promotion, investigators found. Hasan nonetheless earned some good reviews from patients and colleagues. His promotion to major was based on an incomplete personnel file, one official said, but also on performance markers that Hasan had met, if barely. Hasan showed no signs of being violent or a threat. But parallels have been drawn between the missed signals in his case and those preceding the thwarted Christmas attempt to blow up a Detroit-bound U.S. airliner. President Barack Obama and his top national security aides have acknowledged they had intelligence about the alleged bomber, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, but failed to connect the dots. Five Filters featured article: Chilcot Inquiry. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.
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US sending 10,000 troops to Haiti (BBC News | Americas | World Edition) Submitted at 1/15/2010 9:59:36 AM
their family members who are slowly dying, but not a single doctor or nurse at the general hospital. Many are spending another day without food and shelter in the ruined capital. UN humanitarian chief John Holmes told reporters that 30% of buildings throughout Port-auPrince had been damaged, with the figure at 50% in some areas. The US has already sent an aircraft carrier, the USS Carl Vinson, to Haiti and the USS Bataan, carrying a marine expeditionary unit, is on its way. The chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm Mike Mullen, said a hospital ship and more helicopters would be sent in the coming days, carrying
more troops and marines. He said the total number of US troops would rise to between 9,000 and 10,000. "Right now, I mean, literally as we speak, the Vinson (aircraft carrier) and the company from the 82nd Airborne who got there last night are focusing on delivering water from the helicopters offshore to the people of Haiti." US defence secretary Robert Gates said the relief effort was the "highest priority for US military assets in this hemisphere", and all necessary resources would be made available. He described infrastructure problems which have led to delays in aid distribution as
appeal for $550m later on Friday, officials said. UN Secretary General Ban Kimoon said that distribution of food and medicine was under way, but correspondents say there is little immediate sign of a co-ordinated relief effort on the ground. The UN's World Food Programme says two million people will need food aid, but it has so far managed to feed just a few thousand. Meanwhile the head of the charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) said thousands of people were waiting for surgery in Haiti's hospitals, AFP news agency reported. Port-au-Prince's small airport is filled to capacity and US air traffic controllers have taken charge to help manage the influx of planes. Mr Holmes said everyone was "working desperately" to resolve the problems and the capacity to deal with flights was rising. The port is too damaged to use and roads are blocked by debris, although the main route from the Dominican Republic is now clear. The BBC's Andy Gallacher, in Port-au-Prince, says survivors are dying in huge numbers, and clean water, food and medical supplies are desperately needed. "We hear on the radio that rescue SENDING page 75
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to come, and that their monthslong effort to adopt the children could be stalled by the chaos. "I have this bed sitting there with a doll and a teddy bear, and little pink daisies, and she is in an orphanage with 150 kids without water tonight," said Lear, of Watertown, S.D. The earthquake has thrown U.S. adoptive families into a state of limbo. Many are finding themselves mired in a desperate search for answers about how their children are faring. Some fear paperwork — which can take months or years to finalize — may be buried or lost forever in crumpled buildings, stalling the adoption process for good. Adoptions from Haiti make up a fraction of international adoptions to the United States each year, but the number has been growing steadily as countries such as China and Guatemala have slowed or closed to international adoption in recent years. The U.S. State Department issued 330 immigrant visas to Haitian children last year, up from 96 in 1999. In the eyes of the Haitian government, many of those waiting to bring children home are already legal parents. Adoptions are finalized in Haiti, but it can still take months for final approval to bring the
children home to the United States. Even those who haven't completed the Haitian adoption process may have already met the children they hope to call their own. Unlike other countries, Haiti matches prospective parents and orphans early in the adoption process, so families have photographs for months, said Heather Breems, Haiti coordinator and international supervisor for Adoption-Link in Oak Park, Ill. "It's what makes a situation like this so difficult for families, because they've been matched with children already," said Breems, whose agency has five families matched or waiting to travel, including a single mother who was supposed to leave this weekend to bring home her HIVpositive daughter. Brett Schlenbaker and his wife, Kendra, of Bellingham, Wash., are in the process of adopting two children, an 8-year-old daughter, Dejennika, and her 6year-old brother, Djouvensky. They had already met them, and hoped to bring them home next month. "You just don't know what's going on with your child," said Schlenbaker. "Are they hurt, are they injured, are they safe? It's any parent's fear." Adoption advocates met
Thursday in the Capitol Hill office of Sen. Mary Landrieu, DLa., to discuss the quake's impact on adoptions. Many parents have been pushing to see if the State Department can expedite adoption proceedings, because they fear orphanages will need to serve other children left homeless or alone after the quake. Chuck Johnson, chief operating officer of the National Council for Adoption, said the experts agreed that efforts should be made to expedite proceedings for the relatively small number of U.S. families whose adoptions were nearly complete. But there almost certainly will be substantial delays in most of the roughly 900 pending adoption applications because of the chaos in Haiti, including widespread loss of essential documents. "Many of the orphanages have probably been damaged, records lost," he said. "It's going to be very difficult to proceed with intercountry adoption in the imminent future." State department officials did not return a request seeking comment Thursday. Tom DiFilipo, president of the Joint Council on International Children's Services, said his group would be setting up a Web -based registry through which families could try to get
information about the Haitian children they hoped to adopt. "Once we compile that data, we can determine which cases we might be able to speed up," he said. "The important thing is the status of the kids — are they OK?" The immediate focus is on the safety of the children and providing emergency relief, he said. Adoption is "part of the plan, but it's not the priority today," DiFilipo said. "The devastation is just phenomenal. We have a lot of work to do before we can move forward with the adoptions." That leaves parents in the U.S. filled with worry about what comes next. Lear and her husband Bruce had visited their 9-year-old Hatian children, Pierre and Ange-Laurette, twice. They had planned a third visit, which is now on hold because of the earthquake. They learned the children were OK about 10 minutes after the earthquake, just before cell phone signals went down across Haiti. But they've since received reports that conditions are worsening. Lewen, 40, of Willowbrook, Ill., knows the two young sisters she is adopting are safe — for now. The single parent-to-be started the adoption process in September and visited 1-year-old
Sandina and 3-year-old Benciana in October. "I felt like the luckiest person in the world," she said. "I got there on a Monday and Wednesday night I was so in love with them that I couldn't sleep." She learned by e-mail Wednesday afternoon that the girls were safe. Now she, too, is hoping for an emergency visa to get the girls out of the orphanage to make room for other children orphaned by the earthquake. "I need them to be here to be safe. I want them to know they have food and that they are not at risk of disease and they are not terrified," she said. "I can't imagine how terrified they are." ___ Associated Press Writers Charles Wilson in Indianapolis, David Crary in New York and AP videojournalist Mark Carlson in Chicago contributed to this story. ___ On the Net: http://www.jcics.org Five Filters featured article: Chilcot Inquiry. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.
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N.J. Church Group Returns Home From Haiti (FOXNews.com) Submitted at 1/15/2010 12:06:42 AM
HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. Members of a New Jersey church group who were in Haiti on a humanitarian mission when a massive earthquake struck the island nation this week have returned to the United States, recounting the horrors they experienced and thankful to be home. Relatives and friends were waiting at John F. Kennedy International Airport early Friday to greet the 15-member group from the Trinity United Methodist Church in Hackettstown, a town of about 11,000 residents in northwest Jersey. They hugged and kissed their loved ones in front of a banner saying, "Welcome back, Haiti team. We love you." Frank Procaccini, returning from his fifth Haitian aid trip, said the church group was in an open field playing ball with children from an orphanage when he heard an explosion and felt the ground shake. "The ground was actually like an ocean, and we were actually like riding the waves," said Procaccini, of Long Valley, N.J. "It just kept rolling."
He said the group took a school bus to the airport for a flight out of the decimated country and saw chaos and misery along the crumbled roadways. "Total devastation, buildings down, supermarkets just crushed in," he said. "People looking in the rubble for people, trying to dig them out, but they couldn't do it." The church members who visited Haiti included two high school students and were led by the Rev. Frank Fowler. They provided birth kits, diapers and other supplies to the impoverished country. Fowler's wife, Karen Fowler, called the group's safe return "a happy ending." But a New Jersey college student on a separate trip to Haiti was still unaccounted for early Friday. Officials at Lynn University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., said four of its 12 students who were in Haiti when the earthquake hit Tuesday were missing. Among them was Christine Gianacaci, of Hopewell, N.J. Two faculty members also had not been located. For much of the day Thursday, university officials said that Gianacaci was the only missing
student, but they announced late Thursday that three students believed to have been found were not. They said they had received "bad intelligence." Gianacaci's grandfather James Hall, of Hopewell, was anxiously awaiting word. "That's the hardest part of this — the waiting," he said. Hall said that Gianacaci's parents had traveled to Florida and that he hears from them often, but he didn't know much about the trip his granddaughter was on. Another New Jersey native on the trip, 19-year-old Lindsay Doran, of Rumson, was with a group of eight students who arrived safely in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, on Thursday, the university said. Members of another church mission from New Jersey also were safe. A group from three Mercer County congregations was at the U.S. Embassy in Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince, on Thursday awaiting evacuation to the Dominican Republic. Cooper University Hospital, in Camden, and Hackensack University Medical Center announced they were organizing medical missions to Haiti. The Record of Bergen County
reported that four New Jersey men who were in Haiti on a humanitarian mission to build housing for orphans remain stranded in Les Cayes, about 85 miles southwest of Port-auPrince. Speaking Thursday with family members through an online video chat, the group said they plan to do what they can to help those affected by the earthquake. "We have the skill set, we have the time and we have ability to help these people," Jeff Wells, an architect, said from a mission home and hotel in Les Cayes. "We're here, so we'll see if we can help." Frank Fowler, the leader of the Trinity church members, said God played a role in rescuing his group. When the church group arrived at the airport, he said, it found the crew of an Icelandic search and rescue plane that had just dropped off supplies and was leaving — with enough room to take people out. "I believe God's hand," he said, "is in everything." Five Filters featured article: Chilcot Inquiry. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.
Your Best Shot 2009: Yellow By Zack Sheppard (Flickr Blog) Submitted at 1/14/2010 10:48:05 AM
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Witness testifies kids do fine with gay parents (AP) (Yahoo! News: U.S. News) Submitted at 1/15/2010 9:41:41 AM
SAN FRANCISCO â€“ A Cambridge University psychologist testifying in a federal trial on California's samesex marriage ban says children raised by same-sex parents are as well-adjusted as children raised by a mother and father. Developmental psychologist Michael Lamb also said Friday that many children with two mothers or two fathers would thrive even more if their parents were able to get married. Lamb's testimony is being used in an attempt to undercut arguments by Proposition 8 sponsors that restricting marriage to a man and woman can be justified by the need to foster procreation and to make sure that children are raised by their biological parents. The trial, now in its fifth day, is the first in a federal court to examine whether preventing gay Americans from marrying violates their constitutional
rights. THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below. SAN FRANCISCO(AP) â€” A Columbia University social scientist says California's voterenacted ban on same-sex marriages contributed to the social stigma that makes gay men and lesbians more susceptible to depression, suicide and substance abuse. Testifying in the federal trial to decide if Proposition 8 violates the U.S. Constitution, Ilan Meyer said the measure sent a message of "You are not welcome here" to gay people by erecting a barrier to a "desirable and respected" institution. "People in our society have goals that are cherished by all people, that are part of the social convention," Meyer said. "We are all raised to think there are certain things we want to achieve in life, and this Proposition 8 says if you are gay or lesbian, you cannot achieve this
particular goal." The trial, the first in a federal court to examine the constitutionality of state gay marriage bans, is scheduled to resume Friday with testimony from Michael Lamb, a Cambridge University psychologist who will discuss gay and lesbian parenting and the benefits to children of allowing same-sex couples to marry. During Thursday's session, Howard Nielson Jr., a lawyer for the measure's sponsors, mounted an exhaustive cross-examination, using Meyer's own research showing that black and Latino gays had fewer mental health problems than white gays to try to undercut the professor's assertion. Meyer had hypothesized in his study that black and Latino gays would have more mental health issues because of their dual minority identities. Nielson also challenged Meyer on his statement that California's domestic partnership law, which grants same-sex couples the
same legal benefits and responsibilities as married spouses, was itself a source of stigma and emotional distress. Equality California, the state's largest gay rights group, sponsored the 2003 law. "Do you believe Equality California would sponsor legislation that would stigmatize (gay) individuals," Nielson asked. "No, but that doesn't change my answer," Meyer said. "Having a second type of an institution that is clearly not the one that is designed for most people clearly is stigmatizing." Earlier Thursday, an economist for the city of San Francisco testified that preventing gays from getting married costs the city millions of dollars a year in lost revenue and increased services. Five Filters featured article: Chilcot Inquiry. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.
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appreciate everything." Chimed in Zych: "We don't take anything for granted. We NEW YORK â€“ A year after 155 c e l e b r a t e d t h e o n e - m o n t h people lived through the water anniversary, two, three, four. landing of an incapacitated US We've been waiting for this day." Airways flight in the middle of Bostic said he still feels "a little the frigid Hudson River, many of anxiety" about flying. But he t h e m g a t h e r e d F r i d a y t o said having Zych with him celebrate the anniversary of their makes it easier. unlikely survival. Sullenberger said that to date he A crowd of about 100 applauded has met two-thirds of all the a s C a p t . C h e s l e y " S u l l y " passengers and hoped to meet all S u l l e n b e r g e r , s m i l i n g a n d of them eventually. wearing his pilot's uniform, American Red Cross of Greater arrived for a breakfast. Rescuers N e w Y o r k C E O T h e r e s a were thanked at the event, which Bischoff introduced Gov. David launched a day of activities. Paterson at the gathering, "We're so happy to have so much crediting him with coining the to celebrate. We have so much to phrase "Miracle on the Hudson." be grateful for," Sullenberger "It was the happiest day I have said. spent or ever will spend as Forty-eight of the passengers on governor," Paterson said. Flight 1549 were participating in Sullenberger's co-pilot Jeffrey the day's events, including Laura Skiles called all the rescuers, Zych and Ben Bostic of from the fire and police Charlotte, N.C., who started departments to ferry and boat dating after the splashdown's six- operators, "the true heroes of that month anniversary. day." Life, said Bostic, is "a lot better. Skiles then made a $5,000 I'm more open to opportunities. I donation to the American Red Submitted at 1/15/2010 9:34:03 AM
Cross for relief efforts in Haiti. He made the check in the name of the victims of the fatal crash of Continental Connection Flight 3407 in Buffalo, N.Y. last February. Bank of America, who had 20 employees on the flight, presented the Red Cross with a $21,549 donation for Haiti relief. Mayor Michael Bloomberg cited the Haiti earthquake, saying, "it's great that an organization like the Red Cross ... is always there." Later, Sullenberger was expected to join other crew and passengers to revisit the site where he deftly set down his Airbus A320 on Jan. 15, 2009, after a flock of geese disabled its engines. In the afternoon, they'll meet with boat crews and other rescuers to board one of the passenger ferries that plucked them from the icy water. Together, they'll return to the place where they made their escape. At 3:31 p.m., the moment of impact, they'll raise glasses in a
toast to life. The return to the water has brought up mixed feelings for some of the survivors. But many are eager to reunite with the others who shared in the harrowing experience. Some say they consider the group to be a kind of family. "It does bring back memories of being out there and what we went through," Bostic said previously. "But with those memories, it also reinforces that gratitude we have." Whether it's traveling together or just spending quiet time with each other, Bostic says he's intent on making sure he doesn't miss out on anything. After all, there could be another encounter with death at any time. "If it happens," he said, "it's going to happen this time without any regrets." Five Filters featured article: Chilcot Inquiry. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.
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JP Morgan reports $3.3bn profits (BBC News | Americas | World Edition)
Mr Dimon also praised staff for helping to protect the bank in its recovery from the banking crisis Submitted at 1/15/2010 7:56:39 AM and for keeping it "healthy and Wall Street bank JP Morgan vibrant". Chase has reported profits of Investors appeared unimpressed $3.3bn (ÂŁ2bn) for the last three with JP Morgan's results, with months of 2009. shares in the bank falling 2% in That compares with profits of early trading, though they later $702m reported at the end of recovered. 2 0 0 8 a t t h e h e i g h t o f t h e "The top-line results were financial crisis. disappointing and there were Total profits for the year were pressures on credit card lending $11.7bn, the bank said, with and retail banking," commented investment banking providing David Buik from BGC Partners. the bulk of the earnings. "It shows the US economy is far Staff compensation - made up of from out of the woods yet." salaries and bonuses - totalled The bank lost $2.2bn through its $27bn for the year. credit card business last year, Investment bankers earned and retail banking also made a $9.3bn in pay and bonuses. loss in the fourth quarter. Mixed performance Bonus payouts Jamie Dimon, JP Morgan's JP Morgan's 200,000 employees chairman and chief executive, were paid a total of $27bn in said he was pleased with the salaries and bonuses over the bank's performance, but said it year - an 18% increase on 2008 could be better. though a figure for bonus "Though these results showed payments alone was not given. improvement, we acknowledge The $9.3bn earned by that they fell short of both an investment bankers was a 21% adequate return on capital and increase on the previous year. the firm's earnings potential," he The results follow US President said. Barack Obama's announcement
on Thursday of plans to claw back nearly $120bn from US banks to pay back bail-out costs. "If these companies are in good enough shape to afford massive bonuses, they are surely in good enough shape to afford paying back every penny to taxpayers," President Obama said, announcing the measure. JP Morgan received $25bn of funds from the government's bail -out fund, known as the Troubled Asset Relief Programme (Tarp), but repaid it in full in June last year. Unlike many of its rivals, the bank did not report a quarterly loss during the financial crisis, having benefitted from a relatively low exposure to the US sub-prime mortgage market. The US's other major banks including Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and Citigroup will report their results from Monday. Print Sponsor Five Filters featured article: Chilcot Inquiry. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.
Google hackers 'used IE weakness' (BBC News | Americas | World Edition)
Google, which targeted Chinese human rights activists worldwide, showed a level of Submitted at 1/15/2010 2:42:34 AM sophistication above that of Microsoft has admitted that its typical, isolated cyber criminal Internet Explorer was a weak efforts. link in the recent attacks on McAfee's vice-president of Google's systems that originated t h r e a t r e s e a r c h D m i t r i in China. Alperovitch told AFP that The firm said in a blog post on although the firm had "no proof Thursday that a vulnerability in that the Chinese are behind this the browser could allow hackers particular attack, I think there are to remotely run programs on indications though that a nationinfected machines. state is behind it". Following the attack, Google The recent spate of attacks was threatened to end its operations alleged to have hit more than 30 in China. companies including Google and M i c r o s o f t h a s r e l e a s e d Adobe, but security firms have preliminary guidance to mitigate since said that such invasions are the problem and is working on a routine. formal software update. Mr Reavey echoed this in the So far, Microsoft "has not seen post. widespread customer impact, "Unfortunately cyber crime and rather only targeted and limited c y b e r a t t a c k s a r e d a i l y attacks exploiting Internet occurrences in the online world. Explorer 6". Obviously, it is unfortunate that "Based upon our investigations, our product is being used in the we have determined that Internet pursuit of criminal activity. We Explorer was one of the vectors will continue to work with u s e d i n t a r g e t e d a n d Google, industry leaders and the sophisticated attacks against a p p r o p r i a t e a u t h o r i t i e s t o Google and possibly other investigate this situation." c o r p o r a t e n e t w o r k s , " s a i d Print Sponsor Microsoft's director of security Five Filters featured article: response Mike Reavey in the Chilcot Inquiry. Available tools: post. PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, 'Unfortunate' Term Extraction. Security firm McAfee told news agency AFP that the attacks on
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Islamist flag? Muslim youths began the protest match after Friday prayers at the Submitted at 1/15/2010 9:32:59 AM Jamia Mosque in the centre of At least five people have died Kenya's capital, Nairobi. after Kenyan police opened fire They wanted to present a at supporters of a Jamaican-born petition to Immigration Minister Muslim cleric notorious for Otieno Kajwang and Prime preaching racial hatred. Minister Raila Odinga's office. Police also fired tear gas at But police had banned the hundreds of stone-throwing march and intervened. protesters calling for Abdullah al One banner read: "Release al-Faisal to be freed. Faisal, he is innocent", reports Faisal is in detention in Nairobi the AFP news agency. after Kenya failed to deport him. Some reports suggest that the Kenya wants to expel him citing protesters were waving flags of his "terrorist history". He was Somali Islamist group al-Shabab. jailed for four years in the UK Reuters news agency reports for soliciting the murder of Jews that some people joined the and Hindus. security forces in attacking the An unnamed senior police protesters. officer told the AFP news Faisal was arrested on 31 agency that five people had died, December 2009, a week after he w h i l e o n e o f t h e p r o t e s t is believed to have arrived from organisers told AP that seven Tanzania. people had lost their lives. Mr Kajwang says The Gambia Sources at the Kenyatta Hospital has agreed to take him in but have confirmed that one person Kenya was unable to send him has died, while seven others there because airlines in Nigeria sustained bullet wounds. Doctors refused to carry him. say their lives are not in danger. Tanzania has also refused to let At least four police officers have him re-enter its territory. been hospitalised, AFP reports. Faisal was born Trevor William
Forrest in St James, Jamaica though he left the island 26 years ago, initially living in the UK. His parents were Salvation Army officers and he was raised as a Christian. But at the age of 16 he went to Saudi Arabia - where he is believed to have spent eight years - and became a Muslim. He took a degree in Islamic Studies in the Saudi capital of Riyadh, before coming back to the UK. Faisal spent years travelling the UK preaching racial hatred urging his audience to kill Jews, Hindus and Westerners. A year after being deported from the UK in 2007, he was preaching in South Africa. The Kenyan authorities said Faisal had arrived in Kenya on 24 December 2009 after travelling through Nigeria, Angola, Mozambique, Swaziland and Malawi and Tanzania. Print Sponsor Five Filters featured article: Chilcot Inquiry. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.
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Survivors of Hudson River Jet Landing Gather 1 Year Later (FOXNews.com) Submitted at 1/15/2010 6:29:47 AM
NEW YORK A year after 155 people lived through the water landing of the incapacitated US Airways Flight 1549 in the middle of the frigid Hudson River, many of them gathered Friday to celebrate the anniversary of their unlikely survival. A crowd of about 100 applauded as US Airways Flight 1549 Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, smiling and wearing his pilot's uniform, arrived for a breakfast. Rescuers were thanked at the event, which launched a day of activities. Click here to see photos. "We're so happy to have so much to celebrate," said Sullenberger. Participants included passengers Laura Zych and Ben Bostic of Charlotte, N.C., who started dating after the splashdown's sixmonth anniversary. Life, said Bostic, is "a lot better. I'm more open to opportunities. I appreciate everything." Chimed in Zych: "We don't take
anything for granted. We celebrated the one-month anniversary, two, three, four. We've been waiting for this day." Bostic said he still feels "a little apprehension, a little anxiety" about flying. But he said having Zych with him makes it easier. American Red Cross of Greater New York CEO Theresa Bischoff introduced Gov. David Paterson at the gathering, crediting him with coining the phrase "Miracle on the Hudson." "It was the happiest day I have spent or ever will spend as governor," Paterson said. Later, Sullenberger was expected to join other crew and passengers to revisit the site where he deftly set down his Airbus A320 on Jan. 15, 2009, after a flock of geese disabled its engines. In the afternoon, they'll meet with boat crews and other rescuers to board one of the passenger ferries that plucked them from the icy water. Together, they'll return to the place where they made their escape.
At 3:31 p.m., the moment of impact, they'll raise glasses in a toast to life. The return to the water has brought up mixed feelings for some of the survivors. But many are eager to reunite with the others who shared in the harrowing experience. Some say they consider the group to be a kind of family. "It does bring back memories of being out there and what we went through," Bostic said previously. "But with those memories, it also reinforces that gratitude we have." Whether it's traveling together or just spending quiet time with each other, Bostic says he's intent on making sure he doesn't miss out on anything. After all, there could be another encounter with death at any time. "If it happens," he said, "it's going to happen this time without any regrets." Five Filters featured article: Chilcot Inquiry. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.
AI’s “Pants on the Ground” guy: Civil Rights hero (Holy Kaw!) Submitted at 1/15/2010 10:18:00 AM
Millions of Americans cracked a smile earlier this week at the sight of 62-year-old Larry Platt performing an original song titled“Pants on the Ground” for the “American Idol” judges in Atlanta. Platt’s spirited performance swept across the internet, giving A.I. its first viral hit of the season, but the story behind the singer makes him far more interesting than the William Hungs and Bikini Girls that came before him on the Idol stage. Larry Platt’s legacy dates back to the 1960s when the now quirky rapper volunteered as a teenage crusader for the Civil Rights Movement in Georgia. Platt even served as a student of Martin Luther King Jr, which is extra interesting considering today is King’s birthday. For his efforts in the Civil Rights movement, Georgia
honored him with his own holiday in Atlanta, Larry Platt Day, on September 4, 2001. On that day, the Georgia General Assembly declared: “For the past 40 years, Larry Platt has given of himself in service to the people of the City of Atlanta, the State of Georgia, and the nation…Larry Platt merits the highest recognition for his many valuable contributions to the Civil Rights Movement and his dedication to the struggle for equality and human rights.” Make your heart smile with tons of good news. Permalink| Leave a comment »
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TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. â€“ A passenger on board a small commercial plane was arrested Friday after making a bomb threat as the plane neared a northern Michigan airport, a government official said. No bomb was found, and the man was taken off the plane after it landed safely at Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City, said the official, who wasn't authorized to speak publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. The Transportation Security Administration said the passenger had entered the bathroom of the United Airlines Flight 6036 from Chicago as it approached the Michigan airport Friday morning. The passenger was questioned after the flight landed, and the airport suspended operations for about 30 minutes, the TSA said. Passenger David Boyer, 47, a Chicago attorney who has a home near Traverse City, said he was seated seven rows behind
the man, who got up and went to the bathroom, stayed about five minutes and then sat back down. Boyer said there was no disturbance, no reason to believe anything was wrong until the plane landed. Police came onto the plane and detained the man, who he estimated to be in his late 30s, and they took him off the plane. He was cooperative and didn't put up a struggle. The passengers were then taken to the airport fire department building where they were questioned by authorities, he said. "Everything's fine. It's just a hair -trigger misunderstanding as far as I'm concerned. It's a nonevent. It was a completely routine flight," he said as he was walking toward the terminal from the parking lot. The incident comes as airlines and airports have boosted security in the wake of the failed attack on a packed Detroit-bound Northwest Airlines flight on Christmas. A Nigerian man, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, has pleaded not guilty to charges
that he tried to blow up the plane using a chemical-laden device. Friday's United Airlines flight was operated by St. George, Utah-based SkyWest Inc., the holding company for SkyWest Airlines. The medium-sized, twin-engine Bombardier CRJ200 passenger plane had 11 passengers and three crew members on board, said Marissa Snow, a SkyWest spokesman. United Airlines spokeswoman Sarah Massier said there was a "disruptive passenger" on the flight that departed from O'Hare International Airport in Chicago. She said the flight crew requested that law enforcement officials meet the flight once it landed but would not provide more details. ____ Associated Press Writers Joan Lowy in Washington and Michael Tarm in Chicago contributed to this report. Five Filters featured article: Chilcot Inquiry. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.
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Officers 'face Fort Hood action' (BBC News | Americas | World Edition)
problem to the next unit, may lead to damaging or even devastating consequences," he Submitted at 1/15/2010 8:56:19 AM warned, after reading a Pentagon Up to eight US army officers report on the incident. face disciplinary action over the 'Evolving security threat' behaviour of a major accused of Mr Gates did not comment a shooting spree, officials quoted directly on the reports of officers by US media say. being disciplined over the Fort Thirteen people died when Hood case, but he did admit that psychiatrist Major Nidal Hasan the incident raised "serious opened fire at the Fort Hood base questions" about the defence in Texas last November. department's ability to address According to an inquiry, Maj internal, as well as external, Hasan's previous behaviour threats. should have sounded alarm bells, "We have not done enough to the unnamed officials say. adapt to the evolving security Defence secretary Robert Gates threat that has emerged over the has said that army superiors must past decade. be "attuned to personnel who "The department is burdened by may pose a danger". OFFICERS page 78 "Failure to do so, or kicking the
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3 College Students Believed Found in Haiti Still Missing (FOXNews.com) Submitted at 1/15/2010 5:38:13 AM
BOCA RATON, Fla. A South Florida college said late Thursday that three students who were believed to be safe in Haiti actually remain unaccounted for. Kevin M. Ross, the president of Lynn University in Boca Raton, said the private contractor the school hired to help find the missing students had received "bad intelligence" earlier in the day when it told the school that the students had been located and taken to the airport in Port-auPrince for transport out of the earthquake-ravaged city. "This is hard news to deliver," he said. "But it is more difficult to hear for those family and friends with whom, only hours earlier, such good news had been shared. I am deeply sorry for that." The students are Stephanie Crispinelli of Katonah, N.Y.; Courtney Hayes of Boca Raton,
Fla.; and Britney Gengel of Rutland, Mass. They were among 12 students and two faculty members traveling with the aid group Food For The Poor. Eight of the students have been evacuated to the Dominican Republic after a 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck Haiti on Tuesday. Those eight were due in Fort Lauderdale early Friday. Ross said an anonymous donor provided a plane to bring them back from the Dominican Republic. One other student, Christine Gianacaci, of Hopewell, N.J., remained missing, as did faculty members Patrick Hartwick and Richard Bruno. The university said it has hired a second group of private contractors to join the search for its students and faculty members. Hall said uncertainty remained about how the mix-up happened. Earlier in the day, Gengel's
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20th Century attitudes rooted in the Cold War," he said. He added that there had been no father said he was shown a w e l l - i n t e g r a t e d m e a n s o f photograph provided by the gathering and disseminating the searchers in Haiti that he wide range of behavioural believed showed his daughter. i n d i c a t o r s t h a t c o u l d h e l p Ross said it now appears that the i d e n t i f y a t h r e a t . Mr Gates announced that the woman was not his daughter. "They are devastated by this i n v e s t i g a t i o n ' s i m m e d i a t e news," Ross said. "They are still findings would be implemented by March. a very, very hopeful group." Maj Hasan, a 39-year-old Adding to the confusion is that American-born Muslim, will be seven of the students were reported safe at the U.S. embassy tried in a military court, but it on Wednesday. Sometime since has not yet been confirmed then, they were apparently joined whether military authorities are by Melissa Elliott, of Hartland, seeking the death penalty in the Wis., who was reportedly found case. with the three women who are Promotion and praise According to reports published now unaccounted for. Ross said there have not been in the Los Angeles Times and by any communications from any of the Associated Press, Maj Hasan t h e s i x p e o p l e f r o m t h e had shown lax work habits and a university who remain missing f i x a t i o n o n r e l i g i o n , w a s overweight and physically unfit. since the earthquake. Five Filters featured article: Chilcot Inquiry. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.
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1+2 0= 63. There is nothing magical about such a number, though November 11th does Submitted at 1/15/2010 12:50:45 AM (FOXNews.com) " H a d t h o s e f a i l i n g s b e e n an officer ill-suited to be an happen to be the birthday of a properly adjudicated, he wouldn't Army psychiatrist. Submitted at 1/15/2010 9:28:07 AM Tech.view member of your correspondent’s have progressed," the official Recent statistics show the Army Jan 15th 2010 | LOS ANGELES family. For his own amusement, As many as eight Army officers told the Times. rarely blocks junior officers from From Economist.com What if 63 of something will figure in may be punished for failing to Additionally, the Pentagon promotion, especially in the Napoleon hadn’t abolished the celebration. heed warning signs and take review into the deadly rampage medical corps. decimal time? All this playing around with action against suspected Fort that killed 13 found that the Hasan showed no signs of being SINCE the start of 2010, your binary numbers has made him Hood gunman Maj. Nidal Hasan, Defense Department does not do violent or a threat. But parallels c o r r e s p o n d e n t h a s a m u s e d wonder why binary time—or, for a U.S. official said Thursday. an adequate job of sharing have been drawn between the himself by interpreting the date that matter, decimal time—never First reported in the Los information about internal missed signals in his case and as a binary number, and then caught on in the Western world. Angeles Times, an official personnel, and it focuses more those preceding the thwarted converting that into its decimal Decimal time has been tried on familiar with a Pentagon review on hunting spies than ferreting Christmas attempt to blow up a e q u i v a l e n t . E x p r e s s e d many occasions. Indeed, a of the case, which will be out extremists. Detroit-bound U.S. airliner. internationally as dd.mm.yy, the decimal calendar based on a tendiscussed at a briefing Friday, The Defense Department made President Barack Obama and his first day of this year was 010110. month year was used by Romans said the officers who face public its own review of the top national security aides have In decimal form, that works out during the time of Romulus and discipline hold ranks of colonel rampage earlier this week and a c k n o w l e d g e d t h e y h a d to be 2 4+2 2+2 1=22. The game Remus. Their calendar ran from and below. found that doctors overseeing intelligence about the alleged is pointless, of course. But it has March to December. 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But seconds and Republic to adopt the déci-jour lend themselves to this phoney A u g u s t u s , t h e s o - c a l l e d Alexandrian calendar had even dozen years before Napoleon minutes, hours and days, weeks and centi-jour (a tenth and a binary treatment. abolished it in 1806. and months were left unscathed. h u n d r e d t h o f a d a y , Obviously, the smallest binary incorporated an additional day Ironically, when the French That, along with the failure to respectively). But the decimal number in this century’s set was f o r l e a p y e a r s . T h i s w a s invented the metric system in decimalise the compass, was calendar was deemed enough of January 1st at the turn of the essentially the decimal calendar 1795, two years after they p e r h a p s t h e m e t r i c a t i o n a gesture to the new age of m i l l e n n i u m ( 0 1 0 1 0 0 ) . T h e that the French introduced during changed the calendar, they commission’s biggest setback. rationalism, even though it did largest will be November 11th the revolution. But the French decimalised everything except Its august president, the noted not comply with the strict next year, when all the bits in the Republic’s official ten-day week six-digit sequence are present time. There were base units for mathematician Joseph-Louis (111111). In decimal terms, that TECH.VIEW: page 80 TECH.VIEW: page 79 length, area, volume, weight and Lagrange, tried in vain to get the is equal to 2 5+2 4+2 3+2 2+2
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divisions and multiples of ten, and used none of the metric system’s prefixes (milli-, centi-, deci-, deca-, hecto-, kilo-, etc). Even so, the idea of a centi-jour (14.4 minutes) has cropped up on several occasions since. One reason is that a ten-hour clock, with each hour divided into 100 decimal minutes, and each decimal minute sub-divided into 100 decimal seconds, would m a k e n a v i g a t i o n easier—provided, of course, you had a decimal sextant and compass to go with it. Decimal time and longitude would then correlate directly without the need for logarithmic conversion tables. Even the Royal Geographical Society in Victorian England was keen on decimal navigation, and published tables to convert sexagesimal angles and hours into centi-jours and their decimal subdivisions. Numerous clocks were made in France and elsewhere during the 19th century with faces showing both the numbers 1-12 for standard time and 1-10 for decimal time. The supposed advantage was that any observer with a decimal chronometer and a view of the sun’s height above the horizon would then know instantly where on the planet he was. With 100 decimal degrees (or “gons” as they became known) to a right-angle, and the
distance from the pole to the equator being almost exactly 10,000 kilometres, 1 km along the surface subtends an angle of one centigon (a hundredth of a decimal degree) at the centre of the Earth. Had it come to pass, decimal time and decimal angular measurement might have done for the 19th century what GPS did for the 20th. But the French were not the first to think of the ten-hour day, nor even the centi-jour. Like the Egyptians with their decimal calendar, the Chinese used decimal (not to mention duodecimal) time several millennia before Christ. Since the beginning of history, they have divided the day into a 100 equal parts called ke(14.4 minutes), and split each of those into 60 fen(14.4 seconds). When Jesuit missionaries introduced Western clocks to China in the 17th century, the local inhabitants simply changed the number of divisions in a day from 100 to 96, making a ke equal to exactly 15 minutes. To this day, the term ke is used in China to denote “a quarter of a hour”. In Japan, the same character (pronounced either “koku” or “kizamu”) translates roughly into “carving out a small amount of time” and was used, until the Meiji era, to signify “hour”, while the character for fen(pronounced “fûn” in
Japanese) is used to this day to denote “minute”. Ultimately, the only unit of time that really matters is the second. Originally, the internationally accepted system of units known as SI (Système International d’Unités) defined the second as 1/86,400 of a mean solar day—simply the inverse of the number of seconds in 24 hours. But irregularities in the rotation of the Earth made that unreliable. Thus, in 1967, SI adopted a more precise definition based on the frequency of the radiation a caesium atom emits when it flips between two energy states. No ifs and buts, at absolute zero temperature, this is exactly 9,192,631,770 hertz. Physicists have no trouble using, on the one hand, picoseconds (trillionths of a second) or even femtoseconds (quadrillionths of a second) to discuss time at the atomic scale. They also talk cheerfully of 10 18 seconds needed for light to travel from the farthest reaches of the universe. Likewise, in computing, “Unix Time” gives the date and time in terms of the number of seconds since January 1st 1970, and Microsoft’s “Filetime” is recorded as multiples of 100-nanosecond units since January 1st 1601. But computer scientists are just as likely to divide their day into hexadecimal hours, with each
hour broken up into hexadecimal minutes. (The 16-base hexadecimal system uses the numbers 0-9 followed by the letters A-F.) The hexadecimal day begins at midnight at .0000. One second after midnight, the time is .0001. Half a day later, noon arrives at .8000. A second before the next midnight is .FFFF. Got it? Your correspondent neither. In normal life, people have to go to work, arrange schedules, catch planes and trains, and pick up children from school at given times. The number of seconds needed to do such useful things has to be given names everyone recognises and agrees upon. It would be nice if such units of time were decimal multiples of one another. Unfortunately, here on planet Earth, with its decidedly undecimal sidereal year of 365-and-a-quarter days, that is just not going to happen. Back to top ^^ Readers' comments The Economist welcomes your views. Five Filters featured article: Chilcot Inquiry. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.
The Massachusetts Senate race: Too close for comfort (The Economist: News analysis) Submitted at 1/14/2010 10:32:54 PM
The Massachusetts Senate race Jan 15th 2010 | NEW YORK From Economist.com The Republican candidate for senator is doing surprisingly well in Massachusetts MASSACHUSETTS is the Democratic Alabama. Republicans deride the liberal, coastal state as “Taxachusetts” and worse. It has produced two failed Democratic presidential candidates, John Kerry and Michael Dukakis, successfully portrayed as coastal cissies. It is also home to America’s most enduring Democratic dynasty: the Kennedys. Its combination of unions, intellectuals and blacks makes it one of the safest Democratic states in the country. The state as a whole does not have a single Republican member in the House or Senate. Democrats are alarmed, then, that just before an election on Tuesday January 19th for Edward Kennedy's old seat, polls are surprisingly close. The Democratic candidate, Martha Coakley, the state’s attorneygeneral, should be a shoo-in. But Scott Brown, her opponent, even had a slender lead in one opinion poll, though he was 17 points MASSACHUSETTS page 81
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behind in another. A more recent snapshot of voters’ intentions, taken between Monday and Wednesday, now has Ms Coakley four points behind. But Mr Brown has momentum, and hauled in the better part of a $1m in an online “money bomb” fund -raiser on Monday. Barack Obama has expressed his support, but has not visited the state. This could be because his own poll ratings have fallen and are now roughly even between approval and disapproval. Calling in the president could make Ms Coakley appear desperate. The final debate between the two candidates, held on Monday, concentrated on high-profile national issues rather than local problems. Terrorism and health care, which are both politically too hot for comfort for Democrats, came under particular scrutiny. On terrorism Mr Brown, an army reservist and keen triathlete, took the tough-guy
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approach. He accused Ms Coakley of giving American constitutional rights to terrorists. Mr Obama’s plans to close the Guantánamo Bay prison and move its inmates to a “supermax” prison in Illinois, and to try the September 11th mastermind, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, in an ordinary New York court, have infuriated conservatives and, increasingly, independents too. The Christmas Day attempt to blow up a Northwest Airlines plane, in which different bits of the government overlooked information they had about Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Nigerian who tried to bomb the Detroit-bound plane, has revived fears that Democrats cannot be trusted on national security. On health care, Mr Brown says that if elected he would stop the bill from passing. But the different versions are being stitiched together swiftly by the House and Senate so, in the unlikely event that he wins, the
bill could have passed before he is seated. He could succeed. The Democrats would hold 59 seats, not enough to defeat a filibuster, if they were to lose Massachusetts. But the politics of the bill are not so simple. Mr Brown voted for a comprehensive health-care bill pushed by a former Republican governor, Mitt Romney, that looks a lot like the national bills. Ms Coakely promises to vote against the bill if it retains language that would keep federal money from paying for abortions. If she did so she would be the 41st vote against it, as the moderator of Monday’s debate pointed out to her. The fate of the late Mr Kennedy’s greatest legislative priority hangs in the balance. Voters are in a grouchy mood with both parties. After eight years of George Bush’s brand of Republicanism, strong affiliations to the Grand Old Party have weakened. But Democratic partisanship has
taken a recent dive too. Hence Mr Brown’s claims that Ms Coakely is too close to the Democratic “machine”. Ms Coakely retorts that Mr Brown is in “lockstep” with Republicans. In fact, Ms Coakely should win easily in a state that likes its senators to be part of the Democratic movement. The fact that there is some doubt that she will says much about voters’ frustrations, even in Taxachusetts. Back to top ^^ Readers' comments The Economist welcomes your views. Five Filters featured article: Chilcot Inquiry. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.
pleased that the spot resonated so well with our audience... " 2009 Top Ace Score Ads by Category Category Ace Score Advertiser Ad Overall 717 Rubbermaid "Neat. Not." Women 704 Masco Corp. Delta Faucets "Messy Hands" Men 717 Rubbermaid "Neat. Not." Automobile 612 Mercedes-Benz "The Most Advanced Automobile" Restaurants 634 Yum Brands RESEARCH page 82
Rubbermaid Lock-its. Steve Goldman, co-founder and CEO of Ace Metrix, says "Consumers clearly connected with the Rubbermaid creative treatment. The combination of a simple message, a clear call to action and a differentiating product offering all helped this ad stand out from others and resulted in an outstanding Ace
Score." Steve Pawl, vice president of marketing for Rubbermaid, said "We were excited that our... spot was named top ad of the year... both the product offering and the advertisement... were the result of understanding our consumers' frustrations.... we are especially
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scoring a 649 in watchability and 761 in persuasion, out of a Submitted at 1/15/2010 8:45:35 AM possible 950. The Rubbermaid Ace Metrix, announcing the Ace ad was also the highest scoring Score top scoring television ad in the consumer products advertisements for 2009, with category. the best creative effectiveness, HP swept the top four out of r e p o r t s t h a t t h e a d f o r five spots in the Top 10 Creative Rubbermaid Easy Find Lids food and AT&T scored second in the storage containers was the 2009 quarter with an ad featuring a overall highest scoring ad, trailer from the hit movie
"Avatar" playing on an LG projector phone. The Rubbermaid ad features the dichotomy of two women and their food storage cabinets. The ad also features a call to action, driving consumers to www.easyfindlids.com for coupons and mentions the newest in the line of containers in the Easy Find Lids family,
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Taco Bell "People Sing Pina Colada" Technology 679 HP TouchSmart "At Your Fingertips" TV & Appliances 704 Masco Corp Delta Faucets "Messy Hands" Consumer Products 717 Rubbermaid "Neat. Not." Beverages 660 Coca-Cola Diet Coke "Bottles In Recycle Bin" Source: Ace Metrix, January 2010 The "Hands" television ad for Delta Faucets delivered the highest 2009 television advertising Ace Score for the women and TV & Appliances categories. Susan Fisher, Delta brand director, said "...our goal was to create a break through, memorable ad that would clearly
demonstrate how Touch2O Technology delights consumers by offering a simple and intuitive solution... we've seen big results in online buzz, Web site traffic and sales... " HP nabbed four out of five top spots in the Ace Score Q4 Quarterly Top 10 Creative, which ranks all ads breaking between Oct. 1, 2009 and Dec. 31, 2009. The top ad for the quarter features a rapid montage of visually arresting touch screens, scrolling through applications and other computer functions. Chris Sutter, director Marketing Communications in the Personal Systems Group at HP "... winning the annual Tech category... (is a) great acknowledgement for HP, especially because so many great ads traditionally break in the fourth quarter... " said. AT&T scored second in the quarter with an ad featuring a trailer from the hit movie "Avatar" playing on a LG projector phone. The Ace Score Quarterly
Creative Top 10 for the quarter ending December 31, 2009 Ace Score Brand Ad 644 HP HP TouchSmart PC: Patty Cake 643 AT&T/LG Man Shows Avatar On His LG Projector Phone 641 HP HP Photosmart Premium with TouchSmart Web Printer: "Sense of Touch is Also a Sense of Direction" 634 HP HP TouchSmart PC & Photosmart Premium with TouchSmart Web Printer: Disney "Christmas Carol" Co-op 634 HP HP Photosmart All-in-One Printer "Noel Kyle Reviews the Photosmart Premium" 630 McCormick & co. McCormick Seasonings "Your
Next Dish has Holiday Meals Covered" 628 AT&T AT&T Wireless "On the Web While on Call" 628 Campbell Soup Co. Swanson Broth "Turkey Runs from Imitation Broth" 625 Osi Resteraunt Partners Outback Steakhouse "Free Bloomin' Onions for Veterans" 625 AT&T AT&T U-verse Cable "Cowboy Comes Out of Cable" Source: Ace Metrix, January 2010 For additional information from AceMetrix, please visit here; Or, to view the winning ads, go here. Five Filters featured article: Chilcot Inquiry. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.
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MediaDailyNews: Job Market Bringing Color to EImproves, Remains 'Intense:' PR Up, Readers (Technology Ad Agencies Down Review) (MediaPost | Media News)
Mediabistro, the top 10 job posters in 2007 accounted for 19% of all job postings. The The media industry employment same 10 companies accounted marketplace is beginning to for 16% of all job postings in improve, according to a report 2 0 0 8 , w h i l e i n 2 0 0 9 t h e y r e l e a s e d T h u r s d a y b y accounted for only 8% of total M e d i a b i s t r o . c o m . W h i l e postings. competition for jobs in the media The report notes that while some sector remains "intense," with job postings get lots of views, it many help wanted postings is the completion rate of job r e c e i v i n g h u n d r e d s o f applications that is the best applications, the analysis finds determinant of "desirability," and some improvement in the past the report finds that based on that two quarters. criterion, the most desirable jobs According to Mediabistro's 2009 are: "Media Jobs Report," a quarter 1) Marketing director for multiof all job postings received more title publisher - 86% application than 100 applications, while the completion rate. average was 81 applications per 2) Senior advertising sales job. The greatest number of executive for publisher of applications for a single job was lifestyle and hobby publications 1,309. 85% application completion rate. With layoffs and hiring freezes, 3) Midwest advertising sales the media companies that once account manager for leading dominated the employment digital media and e-commerce landscape gave way to newer company - 81% application p l a y e r s . A c c o r d i n g t o completion rate. Submitted at 1/15/2010 4:45:41 AM
4) East Coast sales director for social media advertising and marketing firm - 81% application completion rate. 5) Advertising sales director for niche online publisher - 79% application completion rate. The report shows that public relations related jobs experienced the highest growth rate in 2009, up 22% vs. 2008, while marketing related jobs rose 18%, and online/new media jobs climbed 15%. Categories showing declines in share growth included TV (down 19%), teaching/academia (13%), and magazine publishing, advertising agency, graphic design/art director, all of which were down 9%. Five Filters featured article: Chilcot Inquiry. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.
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good color screen for an ereader, and they are eager to get in the game. Submitted at 1/15/2010 8:06:57 AM This morning at the CES, Pixel One of the hot topics at the Qi demonstrated its new display Consumer Electronics Show technology, targeted for use in (CES) this week in Las Vegas is netbooks, e-readers, and tablets. color e-readers, with several In high-power mode, the 10.1companies showcasing new i n c h d i s p l a y a c t s l i k e a products. While E Ink has been a t r a d i t i o n a l L C D s c r e e n : a l e a d e r i n e - r e a d e r d i s p l a y backlight provides light that is technology, the company has yet filtered by red, green, and blue to produce a color display sub-pixels to create desired capable of showing video, and colors. However, the display also the next generation of devices has a low-power mode. In this c o u l d t h r e a t e n E I n k ' s mode the backlight is turned off, dominance. and reflective, mirror-like, E Ink's monochrome screens are elements--placed alongside the made up of microcapsules full of red, green, and, blue subpixels-p o s i t i v e l y c h a r g e d w h i t e take over the job of displaying particles and negatively charged the image, now in black and black particles. Applying a white. (How these elements are negative charge causes a pixel operated and distributed across containing the particles to appear the screen is being kept secret by white, while a positive charge Pixel Qi.) results in a black appearance. Switching from the backlit Color versions use the same mode, to the reflective one drops basic technology, but with the display's power consumption c o l o r e d f i l t e r s a d d e d . from 2.5 Watts to 0.5 Watts. Unfortunately, these filters tend This is for a refresh rate of 60 Hz to reduce the brightness of the --fast enough to display video. display, leading to a washed out Pixel Qi claims that using appearance. software to put the display into Companies such as Pixel Qi, an e-reader mode--suitable for Qualcomm M E M S reading text, where the screen Technologies, Liquavista, and might only update ten times a Kent Displays all have new ideas BRINGING page 85 about the best way to make a
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these. * Tablets are generally defined as notching between cell phones Submitted at 1/14/2010 9:01:16 PM and laptops in size and function, T h i s y e a r ' s C o n s u m e r although there is no reason they Electronics Show in Las Vegas could not be larger or smaller. was different from past shows in Tablets are usually considered to many respects. Probably the be fully functional devices biggest news was the large similar to a computer or phone number of tablets and e-book that can perform several tasks, readers announced. It's difficult including an e-book reader to draw a clear line of distinction function in some. between these two types of There is no clear line of devices, but generally they break demarcation here yet between edown like this: book readers and tablets as some * E-book readers tend to be models of each tend to move into dedicated devices designed to the other's area at times. This present books, magazines and will probably change as the newspapers in digital form. market defines itself and sorts There were at least 10 such out what products will be devices announced at CES, and popular. many more were rumored to be One big, mysterious factor in in production. I tend to dislike the tablet/e-book reader area is the notion of a device that can Apple. It seems more likely all only be used for one task, but the the time that they will be moving Amazon Kindle, Barnes and into this product area, although Noble Nook and others have it's by no means certain. The proved that there is a demand for company has scheduled a press
event for the end of January and the constant refrain online is that the long-suffering Apple tablet seekers will get their wish. I've long ago learned not to assume anything about Apple, regardless of the "for sure this time" rumor mill. It does look more likely that they will announce some new product at the upcoming event, and we can only hope it will be such a Tablet PC device. My favorite e-book/tablet announcement was not a device but a platform that could run on several devices. Ray Kurzweil announced the Blio platform for digital content, and the videos they showed are impressive and very forward thinking. The content is attractive, can be interactive and receive live feeds from the Web, and should adapt to any enabled digital device that runs the Blio platform. The company announced that they already have closed deals for
content from several providers and should be in production shortly. Look for magazines, textbooks and perhaps newspapers to find a home here - very impressive. There were a few other promising introductions in the ebook and tablet product space, a few of which I discuss in this week's podcast. I will of course be updating you as these products are shipped and I get a chance to try them out. Finally, USB 3.0 is soon to be with us. This next generation of the common USB connector is incredibly fast and will be great for hard drive and printer technology. Video and audio professionals in particular will benefit greatly from its updated speed and efficiency. Five Filters featured article: Chilcot Inquiry. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.
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E-readers: the compatibility conundrum (The Christian Science Monitor) (Yahoo! News Search Results for e-readers) Submitted at 1/14/2010 1:39:06 PM
At this month’s International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the biggest tech convention of the year, attendants found a trove of ereader devices. Just as iPods replaced your record collection with a click wheel and a pair of white headphones, the Amazon Kindle, Sony Reader, Barnes & Noble Nook, and untold others now want to digitize your bookcase. However, they all want to do it in different ways. If you bought a Kindle a year ago, loaded it up with e-books but then became smitten with the Nook, your purchased books cannot follow you over to the new device – the Kindle files will be inscrutable to a Nook. For now, e-books are not like DVDs – where a movie will work in a Panasonic, Toshiba, or any other company’s player. Transferring e-books is more like sticking that DVD into a VCR tape deck. The issue here lies in the age-old plight of early adopters: file formats. There are more than 10
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second--could drop the power consumption to as low as 100 milliwatts. The displays are currently in mass production and a number of device manufacturers are expected to e-book formats. But luckily, one piracy. These safeguards, often announce products incorporating seems to have emerged as an called DRM for digital rights Pixel Qi's display shortly. industry standard. management, severely restrict Story continues below The format of choice for the what customers may do with the "This is the year where you're Barnes & Noble e-book store is files they paid for. That means g o i n g t o s e e s o m e v e r y e P u b . G o o g l e a n d P r o j e c t the e-books are yours for the life interesting designs come to Gutenberg collectively offer of the original device. After that, market," says Jim Cathey, vice more than 1 million out-of- it’s anyone’s guess. president of business copyright ePub books free of Over several years, the music development for Qualcomm charge, including the works of industry realized that such MEMS Technologies. "I don't Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and measures inconvenience only think they'll even be called eWilliam Shakespeare. Even their customers, since the pirates readers in the near future." With Sony, which regularly backs its will inevitably find a way around a myriad of features such as Web own formats such as Betamax the protections anyway. Most access, e-mail, and e-reader and Blu-ray, announced in publishers now allow Apple, programs, these products will be August that its entire e-book Amazon, and others to sell music known as smart devices, he says. store will switch over to ePub. without the DRM. Perhaps the Qualcomm's Mirasol screens Despite this growing consensus, book-publishing industry will c a n h a n d l e a l l o f t h o s e Amazon shows no interest in reach the same conclusion, applications and even display w a v e r i n g f r o m i t s o w n allowing an ePub book you video. Much like E Ink screens, proprietary format. Kindles can bought for one reader to freely Marisol displays are reflective read TXT files and PDFs, transfer over to another. and require little to no power c o n v e r t M i c r o s o f t W o r d Until then, take comfort in an documents (something the Nook encouraging trend among edoes not do), but they do not readers. Amazon and Barnes & recognize even Google’s free Noble won’t share with direct ePub files. competitors, but both make it Also, although Sony’s Reader easy to read their e-books on and the Nook recognize ePub, iPhones and soon on BlackBerry neither device can read most of handsets. Baby steps. the e-books downloaded from Five Filters featured article: the other company’s store. That’s Chilcot Inquiry. Available tools: because, much as in the early PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, days of digital-music sales, Term Extraction. publishers demand that the files come with protections against
until the on-screen content needs to change. A little ambient light is also all that's needed to see the screen. These displays are consequently ideal for a task such as reading, when the screen doesn't have to change very often. But the Qualcomm device differs greatly when it comes to other applications, such as video or text messaging, that require frequent changes on screen. In those scenarios, Cathey says, Marisol's displays perform much better than E Ink's because they require less power per screen change. "As the content changes, the user experience changes and so do the requirements," he says. Five Filters featured article: Chilcot Inquiry. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.