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CBO: Good news, bad news on Republican healthcare plan By Donna Smith (Front Row Washington) Submitted at 11/5/2009 1:08:14 PM
The Congressional Budget Office, Congress’ non-partisan score keeper on the cost of legislation, has some good news for Republicans and the alternative healthcare proposal they plan to offer in the House of Representatives. Their plan would save the federal budget deficit $68 billion over 10 years and on average reduce insurance premiums compared to what they would be under current law. “Under Republican health care reforms, premiums will go down, making coverage more affordable for families and employers, which is the first step to reducing the number of uninsured Americans,” said Republican Representative Dave Camp. The proposal is far more limited
in scope than the sweeping healthcare overhaul written by Democrats that the House is expected to debate on Saturday. The Republican proposal would provide for the sale of insurance coverage across state lines and calls for medical malpractice lawsuit reforms.
The proposal would also provide incentives to states to encourage them to review their insurance rules and mandates to find ways to reduce costs and expand medical coverage. Now the bad news. The proposal would reduce the rolls of the uninsured by about 3 million in
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2019, leaving about 52 million people without medical coverage, the CBO said. Also, the CBO said that premiums for some people, mostly the less healthy, would go up, feeding into Democratic criticisms that the Republican plan would allow insurers to “cherry pick” and enroll healthier, less costly people. “The Republican approach is certainly not healthcare reform,” said House Democratic Leader Steny Hoyer. “It’s a large amount of talk, with very little walk.” CBO stressed that its estimates were preliminary. Click here for more Reuters political coverage Photo credit: Reuters/Joshua Roberts ( U.S. Capitol police watch protesters opposed to Democratic healthcare refrom
Create the Ultimate Bionic Human Upgrades [Photoshop Contest] By Adam Frucci (Gizmodo) Submitted at 11/6/2009 8:00:00 AM
In the not-too-distant future, we'll be able to upgrade our bodies with real hardware. But what exactly do you want grafted onto your body? The world is your nanomachine-powered oyster! Send your best entries to me at firstname.lastname@example.org with Bionic Upgrades in the subject line. Save your files as JPGs or GIFs, and use a FirstnameLastname.jpg naming convention using whatever name you want to be credited with. Send your work to me by next Tuesday morning, and I'll pick three top winners and show off the rest of the best in our Gallery of Champions. Get to it!
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Holbrooke: my relationship with Karzai is good, really By Sue Pleming (Front Row Washington)
Submitted at 11/6/2009 8:27:26 AM
Two international service members missing in west Afghanistan while on routine resupply mission, Nato says Taliban forces in Afghanistan say they are holding the bodies of two foreign Nato soldiers who are believed to have been swept away by a river during a resupply operation in the west of the country. w i t h K a r z a i s i n c e h e w a s he had also made very clear to Nato officials earlier said the declared the winner of the fraud- Karzai that he “looked forward to two soldiers, whose nationality plagued Afghan election this c o n t i n u i n g o u r c l o s e was not revealed, had gone week. cooperation” with him and his m i s s i n g o n W e d n e s d a y a s Holbrooke is expected to travel government. supplies were being brought to a to Afghanistan soon. No date yet. Look for lots of public smiles base in the Bala Murghab district Stay tuned. and handshakes when Karzai and of Badghis province. H o l b r o o k e w a s l a s t i n Holbrooke meet in Kabul. What A spokesman for Taliban forces Afghanistan in August for the happens behind closed doors, told Reuters that the group had election when diplomats said he we’ll tell you later. recovered the men's bodies. The delivered a strong message to Photo credit: Reuters/Omar province's police chief, Abdul Karzai about corruption, telling Sobhani (Karzai and Holbrooke Jabar, identified the two missing him the United States wanted s h a k e h a n d s i n K a b u l i n men as Americans who had been more from the Afghan leader if F e b r u a r y ) swept away while trying to save he won. boxes that had fallen into the But in his letter, Holbrooke said water. Jabar said a helicopter had been dropping food parcels at a coalition base when strong winds I n 1 9 4 4 , w e a p o n s - g r a d e how things have progressed. blew one box into the river. Two plutonium is first produced, making the atom bomb possible. Twenty-seven years later, see
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Taliban claim to have bodies of two Nato soldiers By Peter Walker (World news and comment from the Guardian | guardian.co.uk)
Submitted at 11/5/2009 3:05:32 PM
Absolutely they are on good terms… Richard Holbrooke, special U.S. representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, once again declared his respect for Afghan President Hamid Karzai. In fact, he feels so strongly about reports that the two don’t get along he wrote a letter to The Washington Post. “I did not, and never have, spoken harshly to Mr. Karzai, ” said Holbrooke in the letter to the editor, which was published on Thursday. He was responding to a story earlier this week in the newspaper which said he had spoken harshly to the re-elected Afghan leader. “As for my relations with President Karzai, whom I have known for more than five years, they remain cordial, correct and respectful,” added Holbrooke, who is known for his combative style. He said the same last month when he was pressed about his relations with Karzai. Holbrooke wrote in the letter that he had been in direct contact
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soldiers were washed away while trying to recover it. He said Afghan police had helped coalition forces look for the soldiers but had not located them. "We continue exhaustive search and rescue operations to locate our missing service members. We are doing everything we can to find them," said Captain Jane Campbell, a spokeswoman for the Nato-led force in Afghanistan. "The families of these service members have been notified about their loved ones' status and we will continue to keep them informed as information becomes available." On 30 June a US soldier was captured by insurgents in the east of Afghanistan. Private Bowe Bergdahl, 23, was shown as a Taliban captive in a propaganda video in July. He has not been seen since. • Nato • Afghanistan Peter Walker guardian.co.uk© Guardian News & Media Limited 2009 | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions| More Feeds
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The First Draft: Jobs (not), Jobs (not), Jobs (not) By Tabassum Zakaria (Front Row Washington)
The October employment report is in and it’s a shocker. The unemployment rate jumped to 10.2 percent, the highest since April 1983 when it was also 10.2 pct. If you don’t want to do the math, that was 26 years ago. It was worse than expectations for 9.9 percent. This is not good news for President Barack Obama who is struggling to pull the economy out of the worst recession since the Depression. The employment numbers were also worse than expected with October payrolls falling 190,000, a bigger drop than the 175,000 decline expected. It’s a day of mourning at Fort Hood in Texas after an Army psychiatrist went on a shooting rampage that killed 12 soldiers and one civilian and wounded 30. “It’s difficult enough when we lose these brave Americans in battles overseas. It is horrifying that they should come under fire
Analyst upgrades, downgrades and initiations: AMZN, CBS, CVS, DE, GE, M, TRV ... By Eric Buscemi (BloggingStocks)
Submitted at 11/6/2009 5:51:26 AM
at an Army base on American soil,” President Barack Obama said yesterday. “I was saddened to learn of the tragic incident at Fort Hood. Laura and I are keeping the victims and their families in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time,” former President George W. Bush, who lives in Texas, said in a statement. Suspected gunman Major Nidal Malik Hasan was in stable
condition but investigators had not yet been able to interrogate him, Lt. Gen. Robert Cone, Fort Hood commanding officer, said on NBC’s “Today” show. Click here for more Reuters political coverage Photo credit: Reuters/Jim Young (Obama makes remarks about shooting at Fort Hood on Nov. 5)
its target on shares to $13 from $12. • JPMorgan upgraded Submitted at 11/6/2009 11:20:00 AM Macy's(NYSE: M) to Overweight Filed under: Analyst reports, from Neutral to reflect the A n a l y s t u p g r a d e s a n d company's improving comps. downgrades, General Electric The firm has a $23 target on the (GE), Amazon.com (AMZN), stock. CBS Corp 'B' (CBS), Analyst • Ansys(NASDAQ: ANSS) was initiations, Deere and Co (DE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Analyst upgrades: Jefferies. • Travelers(NYSE: TRV) was • Bernstein upgraded General upgraded to Buy from Neutral at E l e c t r i c ( N Y S E : G E ) t o Goldman. Outperform from Market • Air Methods(NASDAQ: Perform Thursday after the close. A I R M ) w a s u p g r a d e d t o The firm sees an improved Overweight from Equal Weight risk/reward on the stock and at Stephens. raised its price target to $19 from $18. Continue reading Analyst • Bernstein also upgraded u p g r a d e s , d o w n g r a d e s a n d A m a z o n . c o m ( N A S D A Q : initiations: AMZN, CBS, CVS, AMZN) to Outperform from DE, GE, M, TRV ... Market Perform as it believes Analyst upgrades, downgrades s a l e s g r o w t h a n d m a r g i n and initiations: AMZN, CBS, expansion expectations are too CVS, DE, GE, M, TRV ... low. The firm raised its target on o r i g i n a l l y a p p e a r e d o n shares to $160 from $125. BloggingStocks on Fri, 06 Nov • P i p e r J a f f r a y u p g r a d e d 2009 11:20:00 EST. Please see CBS(NYSE: CBS) to Neutral our terms for use of feeds. from Underweight following the Permalink| Email this| Comments company's Q3 results and raised
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Pierre Lellouche's views on the Tories and the EU were not lost in translation | Nicholas Watt By Nicholas Watt (World news and comment from the Guardian | guardian.co.uk) Submitted at 11/6/2009 8:40:40 AM
French minister's spokesman blamed my poor grasp of French. But interview was conducted in English The French Europe minister, Pierre Lellouche, has clearly been experiencing an uncomfortable 24 hours after he let rip at the Tories' approach to Europe in an interview with me. Amid Tory fury – William Hague condemned his remarks as an "emotional outburst" – Lellouche has embarked on a damage limitation exercise. Hague is his friend, he now says after accusing the shadow foreign secretary of a "bizarre autism" in their discussions. Lellouche would also live with whatever approach to Europe the Tories decide on, despite accusing them, in our interview, of "castrating" Britain's position in the EU. A "contrite" Lellouche telephoned Sir Peter Westmacott, the British ambassador to Paris, to explain his comments, as the FT reports today. That is all a standard rowback by a politician embarrassed when their true thoughts appear in print. But Lellouche, whose masters
are clearly nervous about alienating the next British government, has gone a stage further, and his spokesman (assuming his remarks have been correctly reported) has come out with some statements that are simply untrue. The Times reports this morning that Lellouche's spokesman Franck Allisio blamed "his interviewer's poor grasp of French" for the misunderstandings. There is a rather important flaw in this argument: my interview with Lellouche was conducted in English because he takes great pride in being an Anglophile, as he told me repeatedly. He knew exactly what he was doing and what he was saying. Charles Bremner, my former colleague on the Times who is that paper's Paris correspondent, picked up Allisio's criticism of the Guardian with relish as he wrote that three words uttered by Lellouche "seem to have failed to make a jump into English". If any hurdle failed to be cleared, that was in Lellouche's brain, which has a completely perfect understanding of English. The words identified by Bremner are Lellouche's claims that: • Hague has "a very bizarre sense of autism". Bremner wrote: "The word has become popular in
recent years in colloquial French to refer to anyone who is stubborn and does not listen. An equivalent in English might be 'deaf to' or similar expression." I can say that Lellouche knew exactly what he was saying when he used the word autistic. He used it repeatedly. • The Tories have a "pathetic" approach to Europe. Bremner wrote: "In French, pathétique means lamentable." Again, Lellouche knew that he was using the word in its English sense because he pronounced it in the English way, rather than with the hard "t" that the French use for "th" (it's always "Madame Tatcher" in France). To show how he understands the importance of the soft "th", Lellouche pronounced "pathetic" with an American accent, as fluent French English speakers often do when they want to emphasise their strong grasp of the language. • Tory policies had "castrated" Britain in the EU. Bremner wrote: "It is possible that he said émasculé – emasculated – rather than châtré." Again, Lellouche was speaking in English and knew what he was saying. The first translation of Lellouche's comments was actually carried out by French diplomats at the embassy in London.
In the daily briefing of the British press on Thursday, the press attache Lydie Naudin gave a direct translation of two of the words identified by Bremner. Naudin identified "autistes" and "castré". The French embassy says the press list has a limited distribution, but it pops up on Google. It is worth taking a look at Bremner's blog, on which he states categorically – but wrongly – that Lellouche was speaking in French. Bremner says the Guardian "mischievously or knowingly" translated him literally. He wrote: "We have a ripe example of the linguistic minefield between France and Britain today. A French minister has caused offence in Britain by calling the Conservative party autistic. "Correctly translated, he did nothing of the sort. But Pierre Lellouche, 58, the minister for Europe, should have known better, since he speaks pretty good English. "He was talking French when he had a brief telephone conversation with the Guardian while in a car between two meetings. "He fell into the old language trap, letting someone, mischievously or knowingly, translate him literally. He should
have been aware that words often carry quite different tones on opposite sides of the Channel." Perhaps the most important legacy of the Lellouche interview is the debate that has been sparked by his criticism of Hague as autistic. The Times has a powerful editorial today which says: "Autism is not a term to be used for political insult." Many Guardian readers were concerned when we put the word autistic in our front page headline yesterday. Siobhain Butterworth, the Guardian readers' editor, will be addressing this matter in her column on Monday. • Quite a few responses to this blog have picked up on Lellouche's claim that we failed to respect his wish to keep some of his remarks off the record. He did indeed ask to keep some remarks off the record. We respected that and only published remarks he made on the record. • European Union • France • Foreign policy • Conservatives • David Cameron • William Hague Nicholas Watt guardian.co.uk© Guardian News & Media Limited 2009 | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions| More Feeds
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Fort Hood gunman shouted 'Allahu Akbar' as he opened fire By Ewen MacAskill (World news and comment from the Guardian | guardian.co.uk) Submitted at 11/6/2009 8:11:32 AM
Army psychiatrist remains on ventilator after rampage that killed 13 people and wounded 28 A US army psychiatrist about to be deployed to Afghanistan allegedly shouted "Allahu Akbar", or "God is greatest", as he opened fire at a military base in Texas, killing 13 people and wounding 28. The gunman, Major Nidal Malik Hasan, 39, shouted the Arabic phrase just before he began his shooting spree at Fort Hood military installation yesterday, according to the base commander, Lieutenant General Robert Cone. Hasan's family said he had been dreading deployment to Afghanistan. Cone praised a civilian police officer for stopping the rampage. Sergeant Kimberly Munley and her partner responded within three minutes of reported gunfire. Cone said Munley shot the gunman four times despite being shot herself. "It was an amazing and an aggressive performance by this police officer," he said. Twelve of those killed were soldiers; one was a civilian. All of the wounded were in a stable condition, officials said at a press
conference today. Among them are Hasan himself and Munley. Contrary to initial reports, Hasan is alive but has not yet been interviewed by investigators as he is on a ventilator. "He is in a stable condition," an army medical spokesman said. Commander Colonel Steven Braverman, who was a colleague of Hasan at the Darnall army medical centre on Fort Hood, said Hasan performed well in his job and had showed no obvious signs of trouble. "We are not aware of any problems that he had while he was here at Darnall," said Braverman, adding: "We had no problems with his job performance while he was working with us." Braverman confirmed Hasan had received orders to deploy to Afghanistan. One of Hasan's cousins, Nader Hasan, told reporters he had been dreading going to war, having counselled scores of returning soldiers for post-traumatic stress disorder. "He was mortified by the idea of having to deploy," the cousin said. "He had people telling him on a daily basis the horrors they saw over there." Family and fellow officers said Hasan had complained of harassment by other troops about his Middle Eastern ethnicity and Muslim faith. The FBI was last night going
through Hasan's phone and computer records to see if a motive could be identified. Agents were checking back on website postings by a man who identified himself as Nidal Hasan that appeared sympathetic to suicide bombings. At about 1.30pm yesterday, Virginia-born Hasan is said to have opened fire with two handguns at the base's soldier readiness centre where troops were having equipment checks, dental treatment and undergoing other preparations before being flown to Iraq or as they returned from combat. Neither of the guns are believed to have been military issue. Ford Hood's deputy base commander, Colonel John G Rossi, said about 500 soldiers were in the area when Hasan entered the centre wearing military uniform. He shot some victims at close range and others were injured as the bullets ricocheted, Rossi said. Troops are not allowed to carry firearms on the base and armed military police quickly swarmed to the scene. Soldiers tore up their uniforms to bandage the injured. Troops at a graduation ceremony nearby, attended by 600, have been praised for quickly blocking the doors when the firing began. The base went into lockdown for
several hours amid fears other gunmen were involved. Greg Schanepp, who was representing a local congressman at the graduation, told how a soldier who had been shot in the back came running towards him and alerted him to the shooting, telling him not to go in the direction of the killer. The base commander, Cone, said only military police on the base carried guns. He did not speculate on a motive. Two other people were questioned and then released. Federal law enforcement officials told Associated Press that Hasan had come to their attention at least six months ago because of his web postings, which discussed suicide bombings and other threats. One of the web posts that authorities reviewed was a blog that equated suicide bombers with a soldier throwing himself on a grenade to save the lives of his comrades. "To say that this soldier committed suicide is inappropriate. It's more appropriate to say he is a brave hero that sacrificed his life for a more noble cause," said the post. "Scholars have paralled [sic] this to suicide bombers whose intention, by sacrificing their lives, is to help save Muslims by killing enemy soldiers." The officials said Hasan
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appeared to have made the postings but it was still being checked. The wounded were taken to hospitals in the central Texas region. Lisa Pfund said her daughter Amber Bahr, 19, was shot in the stomach and was in a stable condition. Barack Obama, interrupting a speech in Washington, said the incident was a "horrific outburst of violence". The gunman showed no signs of worry or stress when he stopped at a convenience store for his daily breakfast of hash browns, said Jeannie Strickland, manager of a local 7-Eleven. "He came in [Thursday] morning just like normal," she told the Houston Chronicle, "nothing weird, nothing out of the ordinary." Video footage was shown on CNN last night apparently of Hasan in a shop in the morning about six to seven hours before the shooting looking relaxed as he bought some goods. • Fort Hood shootings • US military • United States • Gun crime Ewen MacAskill guardian.co.uk© Guardian News & Media Limited 2009 | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions| More Feeds
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Fort Hood army officer shouted 'Allahu Akbar' before shooting rampage By Ewen MacAskill, Helen Pidd (World news and comment from the Guardian | guardian.co.uk) Submitted at 11/6/2009 8:47:40 AM
Army psychiatrist remains on ventilator after rampage that killed 13 people and wounded 28 A US army psychiatrist about to be deployed to Afghanistan allegedly shouted "Allahu Akbar", or "God is greatest", as he opened fire at a military base in Texas, killing 13 people and wounding 28. The gunman, Major Nidal Malik Hasan, 39, shouted the Arabic phrase just before he began his shooting spree at Fort Hood military installation yesterday, according to the base commander, Lieutenant General Robert Cone. Hasan's family said he had been dreading deployment to Afghanistan. Cone praised a civilian police officer for stopping the rampage. Sergeant Kimberly Munley and her partner responded within three minutes of reported gunfire. Cone said Munley shot the gunman four times despite being shot herself. "It was an amazing and an aggressive performance by this police officer," he said. Twelve of those killed were soldiers; one was a civilian. All of the wounded were in a stable
condition, officials said at a press conference today. Among them are Hasan himself and Munley. Contrary to initial reports, Hasan is alive but has not yet been interviewed by investigators as he is on a ventilator. "He is in a stable condition," an army medical spokesman said. Commander Colonel Steven Braverman, who was a colleague of Hasan at the Darnall army medical centre on Fort Hood, said Hasan performed well in his job and had showed no obvious signs of trouble. "We are not aware of any problems that he had while he was here at Darnall," said Braverman, adding: "We had no problems with his job performance while he was working with us." Braverman confirmed Hasan had received orders to deploy to Afghanistan. One of Hasan's cousins, Nader Hasan, told reporters he had been dreading going to war, having counselled scores of returning soldiers for post-traumatic stress disorder. "He was mortified by the idea of having to deploy," the cousin said. "He had people telling him on a daily basis the horrors they saw over there." Family and fellow officers said Hasan had complained of harassment by other troops about his Middle Eastern ethnicity and Muslim faith.
The FBI was last night going through Hasan's phone and computer records to see if a motive could be identified. Agents were checking back on website postings by a man who identified himself as Nidal Hasan that appeared sympathetic to suicide bombings. At about 1.30pm yesterday, Virginia-born Hasan is said to have opened fire with two handguns at the base's soldier readiness centre where troops were having equipment checks, dental treatment and undergoing other preparations before being flown to Iraq or as they returned from combat. Neither of the guns are believed to have been military issue. Ford Hood's deputy base commander, Colonel John G Rossi, said about 500 soldiers were in the area when Hasan entered the centre wearing military uniform. He shot some victims at close range and others were injured as the bullets ricocheted, Rossi said. Troops are not allowed to carry firearms on the base and armed military police quickly swarmed to the scene. Soldiers tore up their uniforms to bandage the injured. Troops at a graduation ceremony nearby, attended by 600, have been praised for quickly blocking the doors when the firing began.
The base went into lockdown for several hours amid fears other gunmen were involved. Greg Schanepp, who was representing a local congressman at the graduation, told how a soldier who had been shot in the back came running towards him and alerted him to the shooting, telling him not to go in the direction of the killer. The base commander, Cone, said only military police on the base carried guns. He did not speculate on a motive. Two other people were questioned and then released. Federal law enforcement officials told Associated Press that Hasan had come to their attention at least six months ago because of his web postings, which discussed suicide bombings and other threats. One of the web posts that authorities reviewed was a blog that equated suicide bombers with a soldier throwing himself on a grenade to save the lives of his comrades. "To say that this soldier committed suicide is inappropriate. It's more appropriate to say he is a brave hero that sacrificed his life for a more noble cause," said the post. "Scholars have paralled [sic] this to suicide bombers whose intention, by sacrificing their lives, is to help save Muslims by killing enemy soldiers."
The officials said Hasan appeared to have made the postings but it was still being checked. The wounded were taken to hospitals in the central Texas region. Lisa Pfund said her daughter Amber Bahr, 19, was shot in the stomach and was in a stable condition. Barack Obama, interrupting a speech in Washington, said the incident was a "horrific outburst of violence". The gunman showed no signs of worry or stress when he stopped at a convenience store for his daily breakfast of hash browns, said Jeannie Strickland, manager of a local 7-Eleven. "He came in [Thursday] morning just like normal," she told the Houston Chronicle, "nothing weird, nothing out of the ordinary." Video footage was shown on CNN last night apparently of Hasan in a shop in the morning about six to seven hours before the shooting looking relaxed as he bought some goods. • Fort Hood shootings • US military • United States • Gun crime Ewen MacAskill Helen Pidd guardian.co.uk© Guardian News & Media Limited 2009 | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions| More Feeds
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Wall Street bankers jump to front of the line for scarce swine flu vaccine By Andrew Clark (World news and comment from the Guardian | guardian.co.uk)
"Vaccines should go to people who need them most, not people who happen to work on Wall Street," said Dodd, who wrote a Submitted at 11/6/2009 8:41:14 AM letter of protest to the US health Goldman Sachs, Citigroup and secretary, Kathleen Sebelius. Morgan Stanley among first New New York's health department York employers to receive confirmed that vaccines had been shipments of H1N1 antidote shipped to banks - Citigroup, Just when you thought the which asked for 7,200 doses, popularity of Wall Street bankers received 1,200 while Goldman had hit rock bottom, top US Sachs, which applied for 5,400, financial institutions have caused was given 200. A spokeswoman uproar for allegedly muscling said distributing vaccines in their way to the front of the workplaces would "alleviate queue to get hold of scarce swine s t r e s s a n d p r e s s u r e f r o m flu vaccines. community healthcare settings Goldman Sachs, Citigroup and and hospitals". Morgan Stanley were among the She said pediatric and pregnancy first employers in New York to clinics had already received receive shipments of the widely doses and that banks were among sought after H1N1 antidote from the first 50 private employers to public health authorities this get vaccines simply because they week, prompting furious attacks were among the first to apply: from political critics who claim "They were among the first to bankers are getting privileged place orders." treatment. Seemingly taken by surprise at Christopher Dodd, Democratic the reaction, banks said they had s e n a t o r f r o m C o n n e c t i c u t , asked for doses in common with declared himself "stunned" that scores of other employers top banks had received vaccines including New York City's when a shortage of doses has led u n i v e r s i t i e s , h e a l t h c a r e to lengthy queues at clinics and companies and the media group hospitals across the US. Time Warner. The vaccines will
only be administered to staff who fall into high-risk categories including pregnant women, diabetics and employees suffering from cancer or liver disease. "Like other responsible employers in New York City, we requested the vaccine and will supply it only to employees who qualify under guidelines laid down by the Centres for Disease Control," said a Goldman Sachs spokesman. But the spectre of bank employees being immunised at work while others wait in line at public clinics has fed into discontent about the privileged lifestyles enjoyed by those on Wall Street. Some, including those at Goldman Sachs, are expecting record bonuses this year following a swift bounceback in the financial markets from the global financial crisis. Anna Burger, secretary treasurer of America's biggest healthcare workers' union, the SEIU, said: "It's obscene that Wall Street bankers think they are entitled to private shipments of H1N1 vaccinations while health-care workers, pregnant women, and
other at-risk Americans are either waiting in line for hours or getting turned away because of shortages." Swine flu has been blamed for more than 600 deaths in the US and the H1N1 vaccine was rushed into production over the summer by the French drugs firm Sanofi. But factories are struggling to meet demand - so far, 31.8m doses have been made available in the US but the authorities say that as many as 159 million people are in "high priority" groups. • US economy • Swine flu • United States • New York • Citigroup • Goldman Sachs • Morgan Stanley • Banking Andrew Clark guardian.co.uk© Guardian News & Media Limited 2009 | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions| More Feeds
Alterna-browsers Firefox, Chrome get quick fixes By Seth Rosenblatt (Webware.com) Submitted at 11/5/2009 4:12:00 PM
Just eight days after a previous Google Chrome has also been update, Mozilla Firefox 3.5.5 updated for security and stability. introduces fast fixes for three Originally posted at The bugs, one of which was critical. D o w n l o a d B l o g
John Reed on the Citigroup fiasco: 'Sorry' is the easiest word By Zac Bissonnette (BloggingStocks) Submitted at 11/6/2009 10:40:00 AM
Filed under: Management, Citigroup Inc. (C) John Reed, the financier who helped engineer the creation of Citigroup(NYSE: C) has a message for investors and taxpayers who are none-topleased with his track record of value destruction: My bad! In an interview with Bloomberg, Reed said "I'm sorry. These are people I love and care about. You could imagine emotionally it's not easy to see what's happened." He also advocated splitting Citigroup and similar banks into smaller parts to lessen their ability to torpedo the broader economy. Continue reading John Reed on the Citigroup fiasco: 'Sorry' is the easiest word John Reed on the Citigroup fiasco: 'Sorry' is the easiest word originally appeared on BloggingStocks on Fri, 06 Nov 2009 10:40:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Email this| Comments
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Mandelson: EU must not stifle investment By Elena Moya (World news and comment from the Guardian | guardian.co.uk)
representatives in order to redraft the directive, which could cost fund managers as much as £4.6bn in compliance costs, Submitted at 11/6/2009 8:14:16 AM according to a recent report by Business secretary warns against the Financial Services Authority. European Union's proposed The rules impose conditions regulation of hedge funds and s u c h a s r e s t r i c t i n g f u n d private equity firms management jobs to EU The business secretary, Lord nationals, as well as stopping Mandelson, warned in Brussels third-party funds, for example, today that the European Union's from the US, from marketing proposed regulations on hedge their services in Europe. funds and private equity firms UK lobbyists have so far won may threaten future investment. the support of Sweden, which "We must be vigilant against currently holds the rotating b u r d e n i n g i n d u s t r y w i t h European presidency, but will excessive costs, and resist any have to face Spain from 1 moves that place restrictions on January. Spanish finance minister investor choice, leaving the EU Elena Salgado recently told the o p e n t o a c c u s a t i o n s o f Guardian the measures proposed protectionism," Mandelson said were more a "protection" than a at an event hosted by the "restriction". thinktank Bruegel. "The EU must However, most politicians remain an attractive destination b e l i e v e t h a t t h e p r o p o s e d for venture capital." directive was drawn up in a rush Earlier this year, the EU and will have to be amended, Commission proposed tough new said Baroness Cohen, chair of the regulations on European private House of Lords EU economic equity firms and hedge funds, a n d f i n a n c i a l a f f a i r s s u b mostly based in London. committee, which is conducting UK officials are lobbying EU an inquiry into the subject.
"It is generally agreed that it was put together in a hurry and that it was flawed – people disagree in which way it is flawed," she said, following a series of meetings in Brussels earlier this week. The sub-committee, which will take evidence from City minister Lord Myners on Tuesday, plans to publish some recommendations before 2 December, the last day that Sweden can present its amendments to the directive before its presidency expires. The European parliament, which has to agree on any potential changes along with the council of ministers – made up of the member states – today issued a report by its economic and monetary affairs committee, saying: "We consider this directive in its current form poorly constructed, ill-focused and premature." It added that the analysis by the commission is "vague, sweeping and inadequate as a basis for justifying regulation". The proposed directive is "opportunistic" as the EU had
considered more regulation on hedge funds for a long time, she believes. "But hedge funds didn't cause the credit crunch – investors lost their money in the funds, but they didn't rock the banking system." France and Germany pushed for tough measures on hedge funds, which were accused of betting on the collapse of the shares in some banks, such as RBS. Hedge funds argue they didn't cause the shares to fall, only profited from it. A more important directive should have tackled derivative instruments, which did worsen the credit crunch, Cohen said. • Hedge funds • Peter Mandelson • European Union • Private equity Elena Moya guardian.co.uk© Guardian News & Media Limited 2009 | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions| More Feeds
Orb Media Streaming Finally Available For Macs [Media Streaming] By Rosa Golijan (Gizmodo) Submitted at 11/6/2009 6:33:54 AM
Orb's been out for a while, but now there's OS X 10.5 and 10.6 compatibility. Mac users can finally use the app to stream all sorts of media from iTunes to nearly any internet-connected device. Oh, and it's completely free. You can download the Orb application right here. You'll have to look for porn to stream on your own. [ Orb via Engadget]
Retail sales: Signs of life, but not yet a rising tide By Tom Johansmeyer (BloggingStocks)
slight up-tick in confidence. Holiday discounts are coming a bit earlier, too. For retailers, this Submitted at 11/6/2009 11:40:00 AM has been a great combination, Filed under: Wal-Mart (WMT), leading to the second consecutive Target Corp. (TGT), Costco month in which retail sales Wholesale (COST), Gap Inc increased. (GPS), Nordstrom, Inc (JWN) This follows more than a year of crazy, but they are loosening There's a chill in the air and a drops. Consumers aren't going
their wallets a little bit. Consumer spending accounts for 70% of the U.S. economy, and the coming holiday season is where the action is -- for the retail sector and, consequently, for everyone else. Continue reading Retail sales: Signs of life, but not yet a rising
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Think about this | Michael Tomasky Primerica IPO: Citigroup unwinds its far-flung empire By Michael Tomasky (World news and comment from the Guardian | guardian.co.uk)
conspiracy theory holding that one evil Jewish family has manipulated events around the globe for decades. Submitted at 11/6/2009 8:43:02 AM All of this extremism was on I was trying not to pay much display -- proudly -- at an event attention to the tea party storming that was officially sponsored by of the Capitol building yesterday. the House Republicans. But check out David Corn's Think about this. More: account: And at one point during the rally Think I'm being harsh? The -- call it a Bachmannalia -- when angry folks at the protest -- John Ratzenberger, a.k.a Cliff which attracted several thousand Clavin from "Cheers," claimed conservatives -- held up signs that the Democrats were turning with messages of hate: "Get the the United States into a land of Red Out of the White House," European socialism, the audience "Waterboard Congress," "Ken-ya shouted, "Nazis, Nazis." No Trust Obama?" One called the Republican legislator left the president a "Traitor to the U.S. stage in protest. Boehner and his Constitution." Another sign fellow GOP leaders should be showed pictures of dead bodies at asked how they feel about the Dachau concentration camp mounting a rally that attracted and compared health care reform intense hate-mongering. to the Holocaust. A different Think about that, too. That word placard depicted Obama as h a s a l w a y s b e e n p r o p e r l y Sambo. Yes, Sambo. Another considered out of bounds as an read, "Obama takes his orders analogy, reserved only for people f r o m t h e R o t h c h i l d s " - - a and groups that literally were reference to the anti-Semitic Nazis. And for good reason. it's a
pretty electric word. Imagine how they'd be screaming and peeing their pants if this kind of thing had happened at a Democratic rally while Bush was president, and Nancy Pelosi had stood there, saying nothing. Inch by inch, week by week, this is getting more and more dangerous to this country. And the Republicans are completely irresponsible. And if they want Nazi to be a word we use: okay by me. • Republicans • US Congress • US healthcare • US politics • US domestic policy • United States Michael Tomasky guardian.co.uk© Guardian News & Media Limited 2009 | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions| More Feeds
By Tom Taulli (BloggingStocks) Submitted at 11/6/2009 11:00:00 AM
Filed under: Citigroup Inc. (C), Initial public offerings Being 34% owned by the U.S. government, Citigroup's (NYSE: C) destiny is somewhat murky. Yet, to pay off the loans, this massive financial institution must shrink. To this end, Citigroup has filed a public offering for its Primerica Financial Services. According to the prospectus, the deal is expected to raise $100 million, but it's likely the amount will be much larger. Primerica certainly has an interesting history. Back in 1977, an aggressive financial service executive, Arthur Williams, started the company, with the focus on providing term
insurance to consumers as well as mutual fund products. However, he had an interesting twist on distribution: he used network marketing. Basically, a Primerica agent would get incentives by recruiting new agents. As a result, the company's growth exploded. Continue reading Primerica IPO: Citigroup unwinds its far-flung empire Primerica IPO: Citigroup unwinds its far-flung empire originally appeared on BloggingStocks on Fri, 06 Nov 2009 11:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Email this| Comments
Activision Blizzard's Q3: Am I right to be bearish? By Steven Mallas (BloggingStocks) Submitted at 11/6/2009 10:20:00 AM
Filed under: Earnings reports, Sony Corp ADR (SNE), Electronic Arts (ERTS), Activision Inc (ATVI), Technology, Nintendo (NTDOY) Activision Blizzard(NASDAQ:
ATVI) published third-quarter results on Thursday after the bell. I can't say I was wholly taken with them. I know the best is probably yet to come once the Christmas shopping season really gets under way, but I was a little disappointed that the company saw a decline in adjusted profit. Excluding items, Activision
Blizzard made 4 cents per share this quarter versus the 7 cents per share made in last year's similar period. Well, did I say I was a
little disappointed? Make that a lot disappointed. After all, this is supposed to be the publisher with the best pipeline on the block, the one with the Guitar Hero franchise and a great portfolio of licensed intellectual properties. Continue reading Activision Blizzard's Q3: Am I right to be bearish?
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Fannie Mae will rent to Offerpal Media mess owners in foreclosure
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Filed under: Before the bell, Bad news, Employees, Economic data Is this bad news for the recovery? The Labor Department reported that the U.S. unemployment rate jumped to 10.2% in October, pushing the rate atop the 10% mark for the first time in 26 years. Nonfarm payrolls fell by 190,000 in October, bringing the total number of jobs sacrificed to the recession to 7.3 million. October was the 22nd straight month that saw payrolls decline. According to MarketWatch, expectations were for an unemployment rate of 10% and 150,000 jobs lost. Yesterday, I took a look at the weekly jobless claims, suggesting that we could see a substantial
Filed under: Launches, Management, Personal finance, Housing, Recession Fannie Mae(NYSE: FNM) has initiated a new Deed to Lease drop today if this morning's jobs program in which homeowners report came in worse than facing foreclosure will be able to expected. The report was worse, stay in their homes as renters. now let's see if yesterday's "good During the first half of the year, news" and rally is going to give Fannie Mae has acquired 57,000 way to a slump like last Friday. homes through foreclosure. Continue reading Jobless rate These are owners who do not jumps to 10.2% during October q u a l i f y f o r m o r t g a g e Jobless rate jumps to 10.2% r e s t r u c t u r i n g . T h e y m u s t d u r i n g O c t o b e r o r i g i n a l l y demonstrate that they could not appeared on BloggingStocks on pay their mortgage but can pay Fri, 06 Nov 2009 10:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Email this| Comments
gets stickier By Caroline McCarthy (Webware.com) Submitted at 11/5/2009 2:54:00 PM
rent. The rents paid are lower than their previous mortgage payment. Continue reading Fannie Mae will rent to owners in foreclosure Fannie Mae will rent to owners in foreclosure originally appeared on BloggingStocks on Fri, 06 Nov 2009 11:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Email this| Comments
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DROID mania sweeps the nation, so to speak By Chris Ziegler (Engadget) Submitted at 11/6/2009 9:19:00 AM
It appears that last night's midnight opening in Manhattan went off like gangbusters, but the situation across the country is a little more subdued this morning with seemingly short lines and
easy access to DROIDs at every location we've visited. We won't put out a number, but we can confirm that several Engadget editors have taken the plunge today -- and if riffraff like us can waltz into the store and get them, you should certainly be able to. there today, and be sure to post Good luck being assimilated out pictures of your experience in
comments (up above we've got San Francisco's first buyer courtesy of Ross Miller, and after the break, you can live it up with the good folks of Albany as they were paid a visit by Tim Stevens). Continue reading DROID mania sweeps the nation, so to speak
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What’s YOUR favorite protocol? By Scott Merrill (CrunchGear) Submitted at 11/6/2009 8:27:03 AM
Yesterday’s trip down memory lane with the Gopher protocol got me thinking about all the other protocols I used to use, and those that I continue to use on a regular basis. There’s little doubt that hypertext transfer protocol(HTTP) is one of the most widely used protocols on the Internet today. But there are a host of other protocols used every day! Let’s look at a few of my current favorites, and some that have gone the way of the Dodo bird. Before I get started, I think we should break out protocols that one uses intentionally, and those ancillary protocols that get used in the normal execution of your other protocols. For example, every time I visit a web page I intentionally use the HTTP protocol. But unless I’m manually keying in IP addresses, there’s an awful lot of DNS traffic taking place, too. I don’t intentionally use the DNS protocol: it happens behind the scenes as I’m using my web browser. So with that out of the way, here are the protocols I intentionally choose to use on a regular basis: HTTP No surprise here. I write for CrunchGear, so I use HTTP (TCP port 80) to access the WordPress back-end to compose stories. I visit product web pages. I watch videos at YouTube and
Hulu. I compose email at GMail. HTTP is the king of protocols. SSH As a systems administrator, I use the Secure Shell protocol (TCP port 22) daily to access the variety of Linux systems I maintain. Whether for my day job, or my personal web server,
I’d be dead in the water without SSH. I also use SSH as a SOCKS proxy so that I can access a variety of resources using my home IP address. This is particularly useful when I’m using an untrusted wireless network: the link from my laptop to my proxy server is encrypted,
shielding my traffic from anyone snooping that wireless network. IRC I use Internet Relay Chat to communicate and collaborate on a number of projects. It’s also a terrific way to get ad hoc support on open source programs that I use. I’m usually idling in one or
two channels. I prefer IRC over IM, usually, but can’t really give a good explanation as to why. X As a Linux user, I use the X Window protocol all the time. Sometimes it’s to display WHAT’S page 13
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Hasn’t Infinity Ward earned your trust for Modern Warfare 2? By Matt Burns (CrunchGear) Submitted at 11/6/2009 6:23:13 AM
Everyone knows that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is almost here and just like every other epic game, its launch is covered in a haze of controversy. It seems like every day people find something else to bitch about the upcoming shooter. First, there was the lack of dedicated server support that got PC gamers riled up. Then a clip surfaced showing that *gasp* you might kill civilians. (GTA, anyone?) But it goes on: price gouging, multiplayer limited at 9v9, and online retailers boycotting because of Valve’s Steam or something like that. But am I the only one that have dismissed all these complaints because of Infinity Ward’s track record? Look at the history here, the Call of Duty franchise is among the very best FPS ever made and Infinity Ward was behind every major PC and console release. The Call of Duty games have never let me down in the past, and I doubt this one will be any different. Do you remember the original
Call of Duty? It was epic. Finally you were’t alone on the battlefield, instead fighting alongside fellow solders. You played as a solder from the American, British, and Soviet armies. The American campaign was almost a take on the Band of Brothers’s HBO mini-series. But it was the Soviet level where you had to defend the multistory apartment building from all angles that defined the game. It has to be one of the hardest and most complex FPS levels of all time. Not only did Infinity Ward use the Quake III engine to give the game great graphics, but the story was deep and involved. I expect no less from Modern Warfare 2. Infinity Ward did the same thing with Call of Duty 2 by allowing you to play as four different solders in different battle campaigns. But it was the multiplayer in the second chapter that was stunning. The maps where huge and could support up to 64 players. It’s still a favorite at LAN parties I attend although everyone eventually gravitates to the sniper rifle and the room falls silent for hours as we all sneak
multiplayer modes are on this game. You probably already know as everyone has played it. It overtook Halo 3 as the most played Xbox 360 online game of all time and became a favorite of PC gamers because it’s so easy to play pirated versions online. Its success is the reason Infinity Ward and Activision is getting so much flack over its sequel. All die-hard players want is updated graphics, new maps, and slightly different weapons. I don’t blame them, they don’t around. want their favorite game to It’s Call of Duty 3 that takes a change dramatically. I was the slightly different look. Don’t get same way with the Half Life me wrong, it’s still a good game, mod, Day of Defeat. but it wasn’t nearly as grand as Infinity Ward has different plans the previous two games. Infinity though. From what everyone can Ward didn’t develop this game, gather, this release is going to be another branch of Activision did, different from the previous game. Treyarch. COD3 was simply just Dedicated servers aren’t going to another WWII FPS and, feel free be available, which doesn’t sit to argue with me, not worthy of well with online gamer clans and the COD name with game play people hoping to play on cracked that boarded on tedious and servers like in the original. It just boring. so happens that these dedicated But the Infinity Ward release of gamers are vocal online and so Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare causal gamers have been carry a by far made up for COD3. I don’t picket line fence too even though think I need to go into just how they probably won’t notice a awesome the first player and difference in game play.
Yet none of the complaints seems to bother me although I consider myself on the edge of being one of those dedicated gamer. I really think it’s because I enjoyed the hell out of each of Infinity Ward’s Call of Duty releases too. Every single one of them is on my top 10 list of best video games of all time. Modern Warfare 2 might very well be a disgrace to online PC gaming, but I’ll wait the couple of weeks and decide that myself before. Infinity Ward has earned that trust. It’s easy to jump onto an Internet bandwagon, but when you really think about it, Modern Warfare 2 is just another stupid video game. If you boycott it because it doesn’t support 24v24 multiplayer or clans, the game will still go onto sell a bajillion copies and you’ll miss out on all the fun because you’re carrying the banner of some random gamers’ forum. I guess everyone needs to fight for a cause sometimes, but I’d be damn to let it get in the way of me playing what could be a great game.
Poll: Will the DROID have you in its clutches? By Chris Ziegler (Engadget) Submitted at 11/6/2009 10:26:00 AM
We've already got some smartphone beasts in the market like the Pre and the iPhone, but
Android hasn't really had a supercharged, drool-worthy device yet -- a knight in shining armor ready to sweep the platform off its feet and ride off into the sunset. The DROID
could very well be that device, so
we're turning the question over to you: are you jumping in? View Poll Filed under: Cellphones Poll: Will the DROID have you in its clutches? originally
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applications running on my local machine; and sometimes it’s to display applications running from one of the server I maintain. Some of the lesser used, but still important, protocols I use include • DNS: as mentioned above, the Domain Name System is a supporting protocol that makes our use of the Internet vastly easier. It’s really the backbone of the modern Internet, if you think about it. It uses TCP and UDP ports 53. • SMTP: like DNS, Simple Mail Transport Protocol is one of those things that keeps the Internet alive without being inyour-face all the time. Every time you send an email — whether you use Thunderbird, or Outlook, or GMail, or Hotmail — the messages travel back and forth using SMTP. It uses TCP port 25. • ICMP: the Internet Control Message Protocol is one of those protocols people use without even thinking about it. Every time you ping a host to see if your Internet connection is working, you’re using ICMP. • BitTorrent: I don’t use it too much, but I know a lot of people who do. BitTorrent easily
accounts for a large percentage of daily Internet traffic today. • FTP: the File Transfer Protocol is still heavily used today. Downloading drivers and patches is the dominant use, but it’s still a handy tool for getting any kind of file transferred. • Telnet is something I still use when I must, though I try hard to avoid it since it has basically no security at all. I use telnet to manage some Ethernet switches at my day job. • NNTP, the Network News Transfer Protocol, is used for accessing Usenet. I’ve never dipped my toes into the dark waters of Usenet, though John and Nicholas have. I envy their bravery.
paid for a license for the shareware file transfer protocol so that I could download files from the various BBSes faster. • Before ZMODEM, I was using XMODEM to download files. Surprisingly, I still occasionally use XMODEM to transfer switch firmware to an Ethernet switch I manage! • A dabbled with BiModem for a bit, in order to streamline the simultaneous sending and receiving of files. • FidoNet is one of those supporting protocols from which I benefited, but never really used directly. It allowed the BBSes I used to communicate with other BBSes, thereby increasing the number of people with whom I could connect. I spent most of my time on systems running WWIV, which had it’s own protocol for inter-board communication called WWIVnet.
But these are all modern — or at least currently utilized — protocols. What about the stuff from yesteryear? As I mentioned in my Gopher post yesterday, I started using the Internet by way So how about you? What o f a S L I P , a n d l a t e r P P P , protocols do you use regularly? connection. Prior to accessing the Which protocols from days of Internet, I was using Bulletin yore do you miss? Board Systems, which had their own suite of protocols: • ZMODEM was the very first piece of software I ever bought. I
Mozilla's e-mail group looks toward the cloud By Stephen Shankland (Webware.com) Submitted at 11/6/2009 4:00:00 AM
Mozilla Messaging, while about to release the Thunderbird 3 desktop e-mail software, also is turning its attention to cloud
computing with its Raindrop project. Originally posted at Deep Tech
Fever Pitch: It’s Droid Day, Enjoy The Moment. By Michael Arrington (CrunchGear) Submitted at 11/6/2009 4:26:14 AM
If you are a tech lover, there is nothing quite like the launch day of a much hyped new gadget. Expectations run high. And since those expectations are rarely satisfied once you have the special little device in hand, it’s a moment to savor. In the hours before you own it, that device is perfect in every way. It will make you happier, a better person. There are no bugs, there are only features. It is whatever you want it to be. Launch day of a new cool gadget is the closest thing to being a kid again on Christmas day (or whatever your winter solstice holiday of choice). You’ve anticipated the day. You’ve called in sick to work. And you are standing out in the freezing cold at 7 in the morning, hoping your place in line assures you a device before the carefullyplanned sell out occurs. You’ve worked yourself into…a Fever Pitch. I’ve always been let down with the real world gadget after that high of anticipation. But that’s ok. It’s part of the cycle of tech. Today is Droid day. In just
a few hours Verizon stores will open and the first customers will get their hands on their very own Droid. And I promise you, if you are one of the people waiting in line, you will have a much lower than average amount of letdown. That’s because, in my humble opinion, the Droid is the coolest mobile phone to exist to date. It is as close as we’ve come to the Platonic ideal of a smartphone. It’s very existence ensures that the next iPhone will be even better than it otherwise would have been. Competition is good. Yes, this is an unabashed love letter to the Droid. If you want the dispassionate reviews, we’ve got em. And then some. That isn’t what this post is about.
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PSA: Sears charging $50 less for new DROID activations than Verizon By Chris Ziegler (Engadget)
Sony and Atracsys develop Activision calls DJ Hero but a 3D interface for ORs, sci-fi ‘first step’ in expanding the franchises (video) music game genre beyond rock
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If you walk into a Verizon store today and pick up a DROID, you'll be out $300 (before tax) out of pocket, then you'll twiddle your thumbs for a few weeks while you wait for some By Joseph L. Flatley theater, the interface not only By Nicholas Deleon did address one issue, and said mysterious PO box in Texas to (Engadget) notices subtle changes in the (CrunchGear) that the game’s marketing send you your $100 rebate on a position of your body, arm, hand, campaign had only begun in debit card. Wouldn't you rather Submitted at 11/6/2009 11:37:00 AM Submitted at 11/6/2009 7:45:18 AM or finger position, but it's also earnest during the World Series. just pay $200 upfront? Or better You know what the world determine rough age, sex, or Here’s comes another DJ Hero People can’t play a game they yet, $150? Sears -- which, we n e e d s ? A n o t h e r c o m p a n y facial expression of the user. story. Activision called the don’t know exists. have to admit, we didn't know peddling their take on the touch We're guessing that this bad boy game’s launch“successful” at a Activision had better hope that sold phones -- is charging just interface as being "just like has some novel gaming potential conference call yesterday, saying “people may be burned out on $150 without a rebate for the M i n o r i t y R e p o r t ! " S u n , as well (count on the folks at that the game represents a “first the music game genre” isn’t the DROID today, a full $50 less Raytheon, Oblong-- it's a pretty Engadget to bring everything step toward diversifying beyond case if it truly intends for DJ than Big Red proper with rebate. obvious press hook (as well as a down to their level)! PR / videos rock” and into other genres, like Hero to be a “first step” in We don't know how good these pretty awesome area of research), after the break. hip hop and electronic music. In branching out to other genres. guys are with customer service but every once in a while some Continue reading Sony and other words, the game’s soft And of these genres, which ones (Simplexity is running the store such technology does come Atracsys develop 3D interface for sales aren’t necessarily a cause have any chance at all of success on Sears' behalf, it seems), but around that begs for a closer ORs, sci-fi franchises (video) for alarm (if you were ever in the U.S.? You can assume hip truth be told, we can deal with a look. A collaboration between Filed under: Desktops concerned in the first place). hop has the best shot, given its little incompetency for $50. Sony Europe and Atracsys (a Sony and Atracsys develop 3D We’ve already discussed why popularity, while electronic [Via I4U] Swiss company specializing in i n t e r f a c e f o r O R s , s c i - f i the game didn’t exactly fly off music is nowhere near as popular Filed under: Cellphones optical tracking) ICU is a dual franchises (video) originally the shelf: it’s too expensive; here as it is in Europe. PSA: Sears charging $50 less for camera-based system that tracks appeared on Engadget on Fri, 06 people may be burned out on the So yeah, Activision isn’t too new DROID activations than and analyzes body movements in Nov 2009 11:37:00 EST. Please music game genre; DJing doesn’t concerned right now with DJ Verizon originally appeared on three dimensions, in real-time. see our terms for use of feeds. appeal to people the way that Hero’s performance. Baby steps. Engadget on Fri, 06 Nov 2009 Initially designed for use with a Permalink| Email this| Comments rock does; and so on. Activision 11:14:00 EST. Please see our computer in a sterile operating terms for use of feeds. Read| Permalink| Email this| Comments
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Tenori-On Goes Orange and Gets a Little Cheaper, Sort Of [Musical Instruments] By Danny Allen (Gizmodo) Submitted at 11/6/2009 8:40:00 AM
The Tenori-On remains one of the most eye-catching, hypnotizing ways to make music, and Yamaha has a cheaper model coming in January. Problem is, it'll actually cost the same as the superior original does now. Confusing? Let me explain: The original (Tenori-On W) was $1200 when it arrived last year, but the official U.S. distributor has since dropped it down to $1000. You even get a free 2GB SD card. The new Tenori-On O
The original Tenori-On W is getting an OS update in January, and weirdly, it looks like Yamaha is increasing it's MSRP to $1500. Maybe it's the Yen to Dollar conversion, I don't know. But I don't see the the benefit of waiting until January for either when the original costs$1000 today. If you're super tight (and have an (for orange) will also be $1000, home studio versus performance. iPhone), you could also give the but unlike the original: won't run All those limitations for the same Tenori-On-like Melodica or on batteries, has a plastic casing, price? No thanks. Not unless that P a c k l S o u n d 1 a p p s a g o . [ and the 16 x 16 grid of LED- recommended price turns out to Y a m a h a ] lights only show on one side. be $800 by the time stores Basically, it's intended for the discount it.
written in web languages and rendered like a webpage. In another, it's not, because the tools It's no secret that Palm's been packages these things like native taking it niiiice 'n slow with their apps. As weirdly hybrid as the app strategy, whatever it is. results are, Palm reasoning is Here's their next baby step: Ares, straightforward: They want to a browser-based, drag-and-drop "help Web developers make the development toolkit for making l e a p t o b e c o m i n g m o b i l e simple apps. It's a marginally developers." You know, by good idea! making web development in to In a way, software written in app development, even moreso Ares is the purest kind of web that webOS and the Mojo SDK app: It's designed in a browser, already do. Ok! Submitted at 11/6/2009 6:28:18 AM
The tool will be available by the end of the year, Palm says, but it's not clear what effect it'll
By Serkan Toto (CrunchGear) Submitted at 11/6/2009 7:41:17 AM
Tokyo-based Princeton has announced a super-cute projector today, the so-called Toyjector[JP]. The device is sized at just 50×50x50mm, weighs 120g, comes in an extrakawaii box and is available in either red or white. The FLCOS projector is certainly nice to look at and very portable, but it only produces images with 300×224 resolution and 100:1 contrast ratio and features just 5 lumens brightness. Needless to say, you can’t expect actually have. The hope is that great (or even sufficient) images it'll spur development for a with these specs. Princeton says platform that runs the risk of you can use the Toyjector for scaring would-be developers 10,000 hours before you need to away with its limited user base. replace the lamp. There’s also an The fear is that by encouraging internal 1W mono speaker, which the development of nicely- won’t get you far either. wrapped web apps before they But at $150, the Toyjector is have a steady stream of regular affordable at least, and Princeton apps, Palm is dooming the Pre throws in a tripod, too. It’s Japan and Pixi to wallow in a sea of $1 -only so you need to contact the farts and spam. I'm taking bets, in Japan Trend Shop or Geek Stuff the comments. [ PC World] 4 U in case you live outside Japan and interested in getting one.
Palm Gives Pre Developers a Stupid-Simple Tool to Make Stupid-Simple Apps [Palm] By John Herrman (Gizmodo)
Toyjector: Cute mini projector to be released in Japan
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TiVo's AN0100 802.11n WiFi adapter hits the FCC, stirs up imaginations By Darren Murph (Engadget) Submitted at 11/6/2009 10:51:00 AM
Microsoft messes with 'natural' user interface, featuring eye tracking, voice control and wild body gestures By Paul Miller (Engadget) Submitted at 11/6/2009 9:45:00 AM
While today's Windows might not look completely out of place next to a Windows of yore, Microsoft Research certainly has some wild ideas for how to progress computer interaction. In a talk during Microsoft's college tour, Craig Mundle has been touting his research wares, including some pretty reasonable advances like auto completion of common concepts; automatic, intelligent sorting of large amounts of data; and a movable, modular work surface. One of the odder demos involves moving the LCD so it's flat on the desk and then using huge arm movements to manipulate a 3D
model projected onto a piece of glass, and the demonstration of eye-tracking is intriguing while not altogether convincing. Of course, we've got a while before we'll see any of this stuff in real products, but perhaps we won't have to wait so long as ten years for that"2019" vision of the future to come to pass. Hit up the read link for the videos. Filed under: Desktops, Displays Microsoft messes with 'natural' user interface, featuring eye tracking, voice control and wild body gestures originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 06 Nov 2009 09:45:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Read| Permalink| Email this| Comments
TiVo's Wireless G USB network adapter has been out and about since late 2005, so to say an 802.11n version is past due would be understating things dramatically. At long last, it seems as if high-speed network access is coming to the heralded DVR, with an AN0100 802.11n AP recently splashing down at the FCC. There's no instruction manual or indication of whether this is the device we've been
waiting for in order to stream networked media to the TV through one's TiVo, but why else would the outfit bother with
tossing out a new dongle with support for higher throughput? We know, we're letting ourselves get a bit too optimistic here -- but c'mon, can you really blame us? Filed under: Home Entertainment, Wireless TiVo's AN0100 802.11n WiFi adapter hits the FCC, stirs up imaginations originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 06 Nov 2009 10:51:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Read| Permalink| Email this| Comments
CrunchDeals: Two different 42-inch TVs at Best Buy for $499 each By Doug Aamoth (CrunchGear) Submitted at 11/6/2009 6:20:00 AM
Best Buy has not one, but two 42 -inch TVs on sale for $498.99 each. If you prefer to go with a name brand, there’s the 720p Panasonic VIERA plasma. Otherwise, there’s a model of The Panasonic’s been marked Best Buy’s house brand, Insignia: d o w n f r o m $ 7 0 0 a n d t h e Insignia’s been marked down a 1080p LCD TV.
from $650. Shipping adds a whopping $70 to either TV but if you’ve got a local Best Buy with the TVs in stock, you can use the in-store pickup option to avoid those shipping charges. Panasonic VIERA 720p Plasma[BestBuy.com via dealspl.us] Insignia 1080p LCD TV[BestBuy.com via dealnews]
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Microsoft showing off transparent glass display technology during college tour By Matt Burns (CrunchGear) Submitted at 11/6/2009 7:01:12 AM
ASUS O!Play AIR HDP -R3 arrives with WiFi Brainwave Sofa Turns and card reader Your Brilliance Into Butt Cushions [Design] By Darren Murph (Engadget) Submitted at 11/6/2009 10:06:00 AM
We had a sneak peek at ASUS' BR-HD3 just a week few back, and rather than holding out on us any longer, it looks as if the company has come forward to make things official. The O!Play Air HDP-R3 isn't a tremendous update from the previous edition, though the addition of 802.11n WiFi and a multimedia card reader are certainly appreciated. Reportedly, the media player packs an HDMI 1.3 socket,
support for just about every file format known to man and a respectable price tag of around €90 ($133). Too bad the Yanks in attendance are left in the lurch. [Via Engadget Spanish] Filed under: Home Entertainment ASUS O!Play AIR HDP-R3 arrives with WiFi and card reader originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 06 Nov 2009 10:06:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Read| Permalink| Email this| Comments
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into a 3D map. This map is fed into a CNC machine that carves the product itself out of foam. After capturing just 3 seconds of Done and done. brain activity through EEG, As of now, the work leans designers Lucas Maassen and toward proof-of-concept art. But Dries Verbruggen can carve a it's not hard to imagine walking snapshot of your thoughts into a into IKEA, thinking happy block of foam. thoughts about homemade While the idea itself is entirely cookies and walking out with a u n i q u e , t h e p r o c e s s o f kitchen table that, while not so constructing the couch sounds practical, is inherently chock full almost automated. After hooking of emotional warmth and caloric someone into an EEG, software euphoria. [ yatzer and unfold via converts the brainwave readings medgadget] Submitted at 11/6/2009 7:20:00 AM
Microsoft’s research division is hitting the streets and hanging with the college crowd recently. This nationwide tour is showing off some sick technology in an effort that’s probably, although I don’t know for sure, aimed at making Microsoft look cool and hip to upcoming talent. The demos should do just that too. Think Tom Cruises’s person computer from Minority Report combined with Tony Stark’s toys from Iron Man. Like iStartedSomething points out, some of this demo could be staged. It’s not that hard to follow a script to “simulate” a tech demo. But we’ve seen some fantastic stuff from Microsoft’s back rooms recently with the Courier, all those mice concepts, and a pressure-sensitive keyboard. I wonder what else is hidden? [via SlashGear]
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eBay's Skype sale gets go-ahead with settlement (CNET News.com) Submitted at 11/6/2009 6:58:00 AM
Another iPhone Developer Gets Busted Stealing Phone Numbers [IPhone Apps] By Adam Frucci (Gizmodo)
Online auction giant eBay announced Friday that its sale of a controlling interest in its Skype unit will proceed, following the settlement of litigation over the proposed transaction. The settlement restructures the deal with an investor group led by Silver Lake and puts an end to a dispute with software maker Joltid over the licensing of software that underlies Skype's Internet telephony service. In addition, the settlement brings Skype and Joltid founders Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis, into the investor group. The duo will take a 14 percent stake in Skype in exchange for contributing Joltid software and a "significant capital investment." Silver Lake and other investors will now hold 56 percent of Skype, and eBay will retain 30 percent. Those other investors include the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz--started by Marc Andreessen, the man behind the early Web browser Netscape--and the Canada
this; Swiss developer Mogo got busted gathering numbers and then calling people to harass iPhone game developer Storm8, them to buy more apps, which is creator of games such as World certainly a more brazen move. War, iMobsters and Vampires Storm8 claims that this was a (Little Green Footballs) Live, has just been hit with a suit bug, but they're getting sued for secretly gathering the phone anyways. It doesn't pay to be Submitted at 11/5/2009 11:36:00 AM n u m b e r s o f e v e r y o n e w h o shady, devs! [ Boing Boing via Pastor Stephen Broden from purchases its games. Kotaku] Dallas Texas gives the It's not the first time we've seen benediction at Michele Submitted at 11/6/2009 8:14:07 AM
Pension Plan Investment Board. Venture capital firm Index Ventures, which had been embroiled in the legal action, has withdrawn from participation in the investor group. As in the initial agreement, eBay will receive approximately $1.9 billion in cash when the sale is completed, along with a note from the buyer in the principal amount of $125 million. The deal, which eBay says puts Skype's value at $2.75 billion, is expected to close during the current quarter. Under the settlement agreement, which involves the Silver Lake investor group, Joltid, and online video company Joost, Skype will have ownership over all software previously licensed from Joltid. All related litigation now pending against the investor group and eBay will cease at the closing of the acquisition. Zennström and Friis had sold Skype to eBay for $2.6 billion in 2006, but they had also retained the rights to Skype's peer-to-peer technology via Joltid, a separate company that they had also founded. In its lawsuit filed in
September of this year, Joltid raised charges of copyright infringement, alleging that Skype had acquired unauthorized versions of the source code, made unauthorized modifications, and disclosed the software to third persons. Also in September, Joost--yet another company started by Zennström and Friis-- filed a lawsuit against former Joost CEO Mike Volpi, who two months earlier had become partner at Index Ventures, which also was named in the lawsuit. Joost claimed that Volpi, who had done a stint on Skype's board of directors, had used confidential information as part of Index Ventures' participation in the Silver Lake-led effort to buy a majority share in Skype. In the third quarter, Skype contributed $185 million in revenue to eBay, up nearly 30 percent from the year-earlier period. It has more than 520 million registered users. This content has passed through fivefilters.org.
Video: Pastor Broden's Benediction Bachmann’s “house call” protest against the health care reform bill, and immediately launches a political diatribe about “death panels!” and “death care!” and tyranny
and socialism and anti-Christ abortion and violation of all the laws of God and nature. Really. It’s one hell of a benediction.[Video]
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Quick QuickTime Q&A By TJ Luoma (The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)) Submitted at 11/5/2009 3:00:00 PM
Filed under: Multimedia, Software QuickTime was one of the few apps which changed significantly in Snow Leopard. We've heard from some readers who missed the initial reports about it, so we're repeating it here, with some additional QuickTime information. Q: "What happened to QuickTime in Snow Leopard?" QuickTime Player "X" has brought significant changes to the way the app looks and works. Most notably, there is no "chrome" to the player when a file is being played. This is intended to let you see as much of the picture as possible. Q: "How do I get the old QuickTime back?" You can install QuickTime Player 7 on Snow Leopard. Apple even posted instructions which boil down to this: • Insert your Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Install DVD. • Open the Optional Installs folder and double-click "Optional Installs.mpkg". • Select the QuickTime 7 option and click Continue. • QuickTime Player 7 will be installed in your Utilities folder.
It goes on to say "If you doubleclick any media that requires QuickTime Player 7 for playback and it is not already installed, you will be asked if you want to download it from Apple." Q: "I had QuickTime Pro before I upgraded to Snow Leopard, I want to use its features!" That's not really a question, but we understand that you're upset. QuickTime Pro had the ability to do more than QuickTime X. If you installed Snow Leopard over your Leopard installation, check /Applications/Utilities/ QuickTime 7 should already be there. If not, you can install it as above. Q: "I have QuickTime 7.6.3, and I tried to install 7.6.4 but it wouldn't let me." That isn't a question either. You're not very good at this Q&A thing, are you? Nevermind. This confused me as well. The webpage for QuickTime 7.6.4 says that it is for "... Mac OS X 10.5 or later" but the download page for QuickTime 7 says that it is for Leopard or Tiger only. The installer for QuickTime 7.6.4 refuses to install on Snow Leopard. Q: "What's New in QuickTime 7.6.4?" That's a good question. From Apple: "QuickTime 7.6.4
includes changes that increase reliability, improve compatibility and enhance security. This release is recommended for all QuickTime 7 users." It's unclear why this isn't available for Snow Leopard. Perhaps the security and compatibility aren't applicable. I hope. Q: "How can I take a screenshot of a movie in QuickTime X?" One gripe about the new QuickTime X is that when you pause a video, the on-screen controls stay visible, making it impossible to grab a clean screenshot. TUAW reader Gwion Daniel wrote in to tell us that you can make the controls fade by double-clicking the picture frame. I have had mixed results with this. I have had the most success double-clicking on the far right side of the window (where the scrollbar would be, if there was one). Sometimes it seems to work, sometimes it takes a few tries. If you can't get it to work, fire up VLC and use the menu item Video > Snapshot. Q: "What happened to QuickTime X's preferences?" Thery aren't any clearly visibe as there's no preference menu. However, if you install the Secrets preference panel which we mentioned earlier you'll find hidden preferences for:
• Autoplay movies on open • Allow multiple simultaneous recordings • Always hide title bar • Autohide titlebar/controller • Autoshow titlebar/controller • Automatically show subtitles and closed captioning on open • Exit fullscreen when switching apps • Use square corners
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Costume Designer Claims Riverdance Needs To Pay A Royalty For Every Performance By Mike Masnick (Techdirt) Submitted at 11/6/2009 6:08:00 AM
In the latest sign of bizarre and ridiculous lawsuits brought about by the belief that every concept and idea must be owned and licensed, Richard alerts us to the news that the folks behind the infamous Riverdance show are I'm hoping that the new being sued by the costume QuickTime player will eventually designer who created outfits for regain all of QuickTime 7 Pro's the show in the mid-1990s. functionality and the user While the original agreement had interface will become a little the show paying royalties to the more user-friendly (hiding these clothing designer to the tune of basic preferences seems like an 60 euros per performance, that odd decision), but for now we are deal ran out in 2001. Now, the living in an in-between time in designer, Jen Kelly complains QuickTime's development. that Riverdance continues to "use QuickTime turns 18 this year, and modify his designs without and it's obviously going through licence or payment." Frankly, it some changes. 'Ol Quicktime is seems pretty silly to think that a no longer who it was, nor is it yet stage show should need to pay what it will be when it grows up. the clothing designer for every At least you don't have to worry performance and that it would be about it staying out all night with some sort of violation of that its friends. designer's rights to "modify" the TUAW Quick QuickTime Q&A designs. Next, will designers originally appeared on The start demanding that people pay a Unofficial Apple Weblog royalty fee every time they wear (TUAW) on Thu, 05 Nov 2009 the clothes outside the home? 15:00:00 EST. Please see our After all, isn't that a "public terms for use of feeds. performance"? Read| Permalink| Email this| Permalink| Comments| Email Comments This Story
Stocks volatile as jobless rate hits 26-year high (Financial Times - US homepage)
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Smartphone market unfazed by recession (CNET News.com) Submitted at 11/6/2009 8:26:04 AM
Consumer demand for smartphones seems to be unstoppable. In the third quarter, vendors shipped a record 43.3 million devices, up 4.2 percent from last year's third quarter and up 3.2 percent from this year's second quarter, says a report released Thursday by market researcher IDC. Among smartphone vendors, Nokia still enjoys the greatest market share, according to IDC, with a 37.9 percent slice for the third quarter. Though the company has struggled in North America, it commands a huge worldwide lead. Results were aided by Nokia's pricey but popular N97 and E71 phones. IDC is also interested to see how Nokia's new N900 smartphone/tablet fares with high -end users. The demand for BlackBerry devices helped Research In Motion's third-quarter market share jump 35.7 percent over the same quarter last year--the highest jump of any vendor. With a 19 percent chunk of the market, the company now trails Nokia in second place. Though RIM has
done best in North America, it's also seen an improvement in buisness overseas, says IDC. During the third quarter, the company debuted two new smartphones--the Blackberry Tour and Curve 8520. With the debut of the iPhone 3GS, Apple saw its highest sales volume yet for a single quarter. Apple fans replaced their old iPhones, while the lower-priced 3G appealed to customers looking for a bargain. For the quarter, Apple's market share rose 7.1 percent, putting it in third place with a 17.1 percent stake. Popular in major regions like the U.S., the iPhone hasn't made a big dent in emerging markets. But IDC believes the phone's introduction in China could help it achieve greater sales volume worldwide. In fourth place, HTC enjoyed a gain in share of 14.7 percent for the third quarter and now holds a 5.6 percent slice of the market. The largest provider of smartphones running Windows Mobile, HTC has also been tapping into the Android arena with such devices as the Dream (G1), Hero, and Magic. Samsung saw no growth in market share, though its thirdquarter sales volume improved in
Asia/Pacific, Latin America, and EMEA (Europe, the Middle East, and Africa). Like HTC, Samsung has run Windows Mobile on its smartphones but jumped over to Android for its new Moment and Behold II phones. With Android appearing on so many new phones, the opensource operating system could pose a challenge to other smartphone operating systems, believes IDC. "With the release of Androidbased handsets from several different OEMs, most recently Motorola, but also HTC, Samsung LG, and Sony Ericsson, the buzz surrounding Android OS is reaching critical mass," William Stofega, research manager with IDC's mobile devices technology and trends team, said in a statement. "With an expanding portfolio of handsets and a just released update of the code, Android is poised to mount a serious challenge to the incumbent smartphone OEMs for the first time in its brief history." Overall, IDC expects worldwide demand for smartphones to continue, outpacing the general cell phone market. "As users expect greater functionality from their devices
beyond telephony, we believe the converged mobile device market to grow faster than the overall mobile phone market," Ramon Llamas, senior research analyst with IDC's mobile devices technology and trends team, said in a statement. A recent report from In-Stat echoed IDC's findings but focused specifically on Wi-Fi handsets. In-Stat found that Nokia still enjoys a leading slice of this market but has lost about 15 percent of its share over the past year to Apple and RIM. Yet another recent report by ChangeWave Research, however, offered somewhat different findings in the smartphone arena. Though ChangeWave also forecasts a thriving smartphone industry, it pegs RIM as the top vendor with a 40 percent share of the market, with Apple quickly catching up. To compile its data, IDC tracked smartphone shipments. By contrast, ChangeWave conducted a survey of 3,500 smartphone consumers and included RIM, Apple, and Palm but not Nokia. This content has passed through fivefilters.org.
Facebook: We're going after scammy ads, too By Caroline McCarthy (Webware.com)
The social network reinforced in its developer blog that it's taking an active stance against the
companies that have been getting bad press recently for deceptive advertising.
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Canon says firmware fixes 7D ghost images (CNET News.com) Submitted at 11/6/2009 8:16:38 AM
Canon has released new firmware for its EOS 7D camera that it says fixes a ghost-image problem in which faint traces of one image could show in the next. Version 1.1.0 of the camera firmware "corrects a phenomenon that in images captured by continuous shooting, and under certain conditions, barely noticeable traces of the immediately preceding frame may be visible," Canon said of the update. The ghost-image problem showed only in some circumstances when the camera was used in continuous-shooting mode and was more apparent when software was used to enhance the image. The Canon 7D, which just arrived on the market, costs about $1,700 and can shoot 18megapixel images at speeds of up to eight frames per second. Via Rob Galbraith This content has passed through fivefilters.org.
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Verizon Droid Meta-Review: “A Killer Phone” By Barb Dybwad (Mashable!) Submitted at 11/5/2009 10:27:51 PM
November 6 is an important day for both Verizon and Motorola — and to a somewhat lesser extent, Google. The U.S.’s largest carrier is unleashing its first Android device, and from the swath of reviews already in it looks to be a monster of a phone. Thus far it is being hailed as both the best Android phone to date as well as the best phone in Verizon’s current lineup. The Droid is getting high marks for its speed, audio quality, gorgeous screen, overall build quality, choice of physical or virtual keyboard, multitasking functionality, home and car docking options, and free Google Maps Navigation, among other niceties. Plus, it gets all the benefits of running on Verizon’s extensive 3G network, which means far less dropped calls than certain other popular phones that start with an i. As with most devices, of course, it’s not without its drawbacks. Several reviewers dinged it for lack of multi-touch support, a lackluster camera, lack of autosyncing software, and the paltry size of the memory available for storing apps — only 560 MB of
the phone’s built-in memory is available since you somewhat inexplicably can’t store apps on the 16GB microSD memory card that comes with the phone. And although the Android Market is gaining ground on the Apple App Store in many ways, it still falls short in terms of sheer selection (12,000 apps to Apple’s 100,000+) and overall quality of the programs available. We’ve rounded up a number of Droid reviews from trusted sources below for those of you who want to check out various hands-on perspectives and opinions on Verizon’s shiny new smartphone. Do you plan to pick up the Droid? Let us know in the comments. Engadget: “The DROID is an excellent smartphone with many (if not all) of the features that a modern user would expect, and if you’re a Verizon customer, there probably isn’t a more action packed device on the network.” Boy Genius Report: “We absolutely love the Motorola DROID. It’s a perfect storm between awesome hardware, great software, and a great network. That’s not to say it’s for everyone. It isn’t the most consumer-friendly device off the bat and it’s going to take some
time and a whole bunch of improvements before we think Android can totally compete in the consumer space like others can.” Gizmodo: “It’s this simple: If you don’t buy an iPhone, buy a Droid. It’s the best phone on Verizon, and with Android 2.0, the second best smartphone you can buy, period. It’s flawed, deeply in some ways. But it’s the second best phone around, on the best network around.” David Pogue (The New York Times): “Since Verizon seems to want a Droid-iPhone faceoff, here it is: the Droid wins on phone network, customizability, GPS navigation, speaker, physical keyboard, removable battery and openness (free operating system, mostly uncensored app store). The iPhone wins on simplicity, refinement, thinness, design, Web browsing, music/video synching with your computer,
In a new step to make the Web a more powerful foundation for programs, Google is releasing
Closure Tools that it says produce faster, better code. Originally posted at Deep Tech
accessory ecosystem and quality/quantity of the app store.” Walt Mossberg (The Wall Street Journal): “The Droid is potentially a big win for Verizon, Motorola and Google, as well as for loyal Verizon customers.” CNet: “Some minor design issues and multimedia quibbles aside, the Motorola Droid is the most powerful and fastest Google Android device to date. It fully embraces the openness of the Android platform and offers Verizon customers a smartphone that certainly rivals the other touch-screen devices on the market.” LA Times: “We’re getting this out of the way now: Motorola’s Droid is the best Google phone on the market. Here’s another one: Droid is the best phone on Verizon.” Disclosure: Motorola and Verizon are Mashable sponsors. Reviews: Android, Android Market, Google, Mashable Tags: android, droid, Google, Google Android, metareview, Mobile 2.0, Motorola, motorola droid, phones, review, verizon, verizon droid
Lord Mandelson Wants Students To Get More Tech Education; Can We Start By Educating Him? By Mike Masnick (Techdirt) Submitted at 11/5/2009 8:43:45 PM
Lord Mandelson, the UK Business Secretary who has been the leading force behind putting in place the entertainment industry's desired plan to require ISPs to kick accused file sharers off the internet under a "three strikes" plan, apparently is also saying that young people need better technology skills. Along with that, he's supporting a plan to get universities to do more technical skills training. Now, I'm all for more tech skills training in universities, but wouldn't it be nice if Mandelson started by getting some tech skills training himself -including a basic understanding of why an IP address is not an accurate indicator of who is doing something online? Or, perhaps, an understanding of how BitTorrent actually works and a brief primer on encryption technologies.... Permalink| Comments| Email This Story
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The loot from the recent MacHeist By Josh Carr (The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW))
• Hordes of Orcs-- I'll admit, this is the real reason I'm downloading the bundle. I've heard nothing but great reviews about this game even from our own Mike Schramm. It's one of the most innovative desktop tower defense games I've seen. Everything is in 3D, there are 6 different game variations and let's not forget tower defense. • Mariner Write-- This is a word processor with features you need but none of the "bloat" found in other applications *cough* Microsoft *cough.* Of course, it will open and save Word documents, as well as other formats.
Submitted at 11/6/2009 9:30:00 AM
Filed under: Software, Freeware, Deals As Kevin pointed out on Wednesday, MacHeist has a new bundle for us at the moment -but this one is what they consider a"nanoBundle" and it's free. I can't speak for everyone here at TUAW, but when I see the word "free" next to software, I horde it. They've decided to just give away this bundle of apps in what appears to be a move to encourage their users to come back for more. 6 great mac apps for zero dollars. That's my kind of deal. There are only 6 more days to download this bundle, so go grab it after checking out the loot: • Shove Box-- An awesome reminder, organization, gotta-getit-done application that sits in your menu bar. You can then drag things like text, URLs, images... possibly anything to the menu bar app and it'll save it for later. When you get some free time, you can go back through and see what you have. There's an iPhone companion app as well. • WriteRoom-- A simple writing application that removes all of the typical distractions from your writing sessions. It makes the text
window full screen, completely cutting off the rest of the world from your mind -- if you so choose. It still has simple tools like word count, background/text color adjustments... but definitely keeps you focused. We've covered it quite a bit. • Twitterrific-- One of my favorite apps on my iPhone as of late. The desktop version is similarly simple. Set up your Twitter account and tweet away
Wow, Google Really Likes Muppets! By Stan Schroeder (Mashable!) Submitted at 11/6/2009 12:33:49 AM
We’ve seen Google change their logo hundreds of times to celebrate some event during the company’s history, but lately they’ve really upped the ante, changing it nearly every day; I’ve While I was writing this, the almost forgotten what the real download total went up 5,000 Google logo looks like. downloads but it'll take 500,000 A couple of days ago we wrote for all of us to get the full benefit. about a Google doodle that MacHeist says that Mariner celebrates 40 years of the W r i t e i s t h e u n l o c k a b l e legendary children’s TV series application, so I'm hoping to get Sesame Street, and now the logo with the easiest solution a serial and really try it out. Head is sporting other two characters imaginable. over to Macheist, and download from the series. These two guys, • TinyGrab-- Is a screen capture your nanoBundle. For the first in case you forgot, are called Bert maniac's dream. It allows you to time, I'll be using all of the apps and Ernie. use the standard command-shiftin it -- and it's free! It seems that this particular 4 and select part of your screen TUAW The loot from the recent celebration will go on for a or hit spacebar to capture a MacHeist originally appeared on couple of days. We don’t mind, specific window. The kicker: it The Unofficial Apple Weblog we love muppets (nearly) as uploads it directly to your own (TUAW) on Fri, 06 Nov 2009 much as Google. Reviews: FTP server and puts the URL in 09:30:00 EST. Please see our Google your clipboard so you can paste it terms for use of feeds. Tags: Bert and Ernie, Doodle, in Facebook, Twitter, email, IM... Read| Permalink| Email this| Google, logo, sesame street whatever your pleasure. Comments
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DONE DEAL: eBay Settles Skype Lawsuit, Founders Return By Ben Parr (Mashable!)
- Skype will now own Joltid, the key P2P technology in dispute and owned by the Skype After a saga that simply defied founders. explanation, the eBay/Skype - Index Ventures, which was part lawsuit has finally been settled. of the original deal, has The founders of Skype have completely dropped out. We Can returned to their creation. All Move On A recap of the story: eBay While we don’t claim to be bought Skype for $2.6 billion The Settlement psychics, we actually predicted back in 2005. Skype’s founders, Now that saga has come to a that this would happen back in Niklas Zennstrom and Janus close. The New York Times April. As long as the founders Friis, got off with a nice sum, but reports that the pending lawsuit owned Joltid, Skype was a haven’t been satisfied with from Zennstrom and Friis (one ticking time bomb and no amount eBay’s handling of their baby. At that called for $75 million per of wrangling would fix that until t h e s a m e t i m e , e B a y a l s o day in damages) has been settled Skype took control of the Joltid neglected to buy a key piece of i n a w a y t h a t s e e m s v e r y technology. P2P technology that powers favorable to the two co-founders. Now with the Skype founders on Skype – one still owned by the Here’s the breakdown: board (and with a fair amount of Skype founders (Joltid). This - Skype will still be sold and control), Skype can move on as gave the founders leverage spun off as its own company, its own company. While the against eBay, and they used it, separate from eBay. litigation of Friis and Zennstrom threatening to end the license that - eBay will won 30% of the new felt excessive at times, the end p o w e r e d S k y p e ’ s P 2 P Skype, down from the original result is that they are back with technology. 35% it was going to won. their company, which we think is W h i l e t h i s t u r m o i l w a s - Niklas Zennstrom and Janus beneficial to the Skype’s future. occurring, eBay sold Skype to a Friis will combined own 14% of Now the deal has to officially group of investors. The Skype Skype. They will also each close, but at this point it seems founders didn’t like this, either. receive a seat on the Board of like a formality. We can start The result? They filed a hefty Directors. They paid $84 million closing the book on this saga. lawsuit that threatened to unravel for 4% of the company, with the Reviews: Skype the deal and even threatened other 10% being part of the Tags: ebay, lawsuit, Skype Skype itself. settlement. Submitted at 11/6/2009 8:15:41 AM
The Real Men Who Stare at Goats By David Hambling (Wired Top Stories) Submitted at 11/6/2009 8:29:00 AM
“More of this is true than you would believe,” we’re told, just a
few minutes into the movie version of The Men Who Stare At Goats>. But how many of the film’s outlandish military research projects really happened? Turns out there’s
plenty of material in the movie which sticks quite close to the truth — though reality is a bit more complicated.
Nestle's Kit Kat Bars Give Consumers An RtB In Japan By Michael Ho (Techdirt)
its potatoes, so northerners (or traveling southerners) can give out unique treats that aren't Techdirt reader Kathy writes in available nationwide. And all to let us know about the 200 over Japan, the candy bars have different flavors of Kit Kat candy also been packaged with mailing bars in Japan. Public Radio labels -- so that the candy can be International describes how sent as "good luck" charms. Due N e s t l e h a s d e v e l o p e d a n to the ingenious connection to the interesting sales strategy in Japan Japanese words Kitto Katsu where the competition among which mean "you will surely retailers is apparently so great win", the "good luck" symbol for t h a t s t o r e s b e n e f i t f r o m Kit Kats in Japan was also constantly updating their shelves successfully manufactured and with new products. In such a marketed and as a result, Kit Kats marketplace, Nestle has adopted have been popular with examnumerous varieties of its Kit Kat taking students who seem to want candy bars that can only be good luck, however they can get purchased in certain locations or it. at specific times of the year. So Clearly, Nestle must be admired instead of trying to peddle the for its efforts to connect with same merchandise to everyone, candy fans. And it's particularly Nestle has effectively given brilliant to see them bundle consumers a reason to buy (RtB)- candy bars as good luck charms - by making limited edition - a story that adds intangible flavors and targeting the local value to the otherwise ordinary tastes and customs in Japan. snacks. Perhaps it's only a matter Nestle caters to Japan's omiage of time before some artists write gift-giving culture (where friends s o m e f l a v o r - i n s p i r e d are expected to bring back unique songs/plays/films and try to sell trinkets when they travel) with loooots of Kit Kats, too. regional Kit Kats. So for Permalink| Comments| Email example, a potato-flavored This Story version is only sold in the northern part of Japan known for Submitted at 11/5/2009 10:44:40 PM
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Bluebeat Claims It Owns Beatles Copyright By Re-recording Songs; Judge Disagrees
LinkedIn Is Getting a Redesign [Pics]
By Mike Masnick (Techdirt)
Business social network LinkedIn, fresh off its milestone of 50+ million users, is now getting a makeover, and it definitely changes the way you use the social media website. In a detailed blog post, the company announced that it has begun a limited test of its new design. It features a newer, longer top-level navigation bar, the removal of the dreaded lefthand navigation bar, and a cleaner overall look. Screenshots The best way to describe the new layout though is to place the old design and the new one sideby-side. First, here is the homepage as it currently exists: Now, here is the new design for the homepage, courtesy of LinkedIn: You’ll notice immediately that the emphasis is on the top navigation, that the main content has been pushed to the left hand side of the screen, and that each of the top menu items have a deeper web of subcategories under them (just look at the options under “Groups” as an
registered the copyrights on those new recordings, claiming that the re-recording is a new work where In the US, if you really want to Bluebeat.com actually owns the "protect" your copyrighted copyright. Its "proof" is that the works, you have to register the Copyright Office okayed the works. Unlike for a patent or a registration -- suggesting that the trademark, it's pretty much a rubber stamp at the Copyright rubberstamp process. Every so Office is a bit too quick at times. often the Copyright Office will A judge isn't buying it and has reject a registration, but it's rare. barred the sale of the MP3s for It does still go through them all, the time being (i.e., almost though. Or at least it's supposed certainly forever). While it's to. However, we recently wrote a m u s i n g t o s e e B l u e b e a t ' s about the weird case of the site tortured explanation, perhaps Bluebeat.com selling Beatles some of the blame needs to go to MP3s for $0.25. We noted that the Copyright Office for allowing nowhere on the site did the these registrations in the first company explain how it had the place. Of course, you have to rights to do so, but in its response wonder if this now also opens up to the lawsuit filed by EMI, it Bluebeat to additional charges of explained its bizarre logic. false representation in registering Basically, the company claims it the copyright... somehow re-recorded the songs In the meantime, some readers v i a a " p s y c h o - a c o u s t i c have noted that this is not the simulation" (don't ask) and then first time that the folks behind added an image to the file, B l u e b e a t . c o m h a v e h a d making it a totally new work ridiculous interpretations of (um... yeah). And then it copyright law. Two and a half Submitted at 11/6/2009 7:45:00 AM
years ago, it sued Apple, Microsoft, RealNetworks and Adobe for not using the DRM created by Bluebeat's parent company, Media Rights Technologies. Basically, the company claimed that by not preventing the ability to rip files, these companies were violating the DMCA. Of course, that makes no sense. Given that it's now twice that we're seeing totally foreign interpretations of basic copyright law, it almost makes you wonder if the company is doing this to make a point about the ridiculousness of copyright law, rather than for any legitimate reasons. Either that, or the company actually thinks that filing lawsuits as publicity stunts is smart. I would imagine that a judicial slapdown might correct the folks behind Bluebeat and MRT of that notion. Permalink| Comments| Email This Story
Getty and Flickr deepen photo-licensing ties By Stephen Shankland (Webware.com)
Flickr photographers now can more actively try to sell photos through Getty's 60,000-image
collection. Meanwhile, Toyota shows that there's a market. Originally posted at Deep Tech
By Ben Parr (Mashable!) Submitted at 11/6/2009 7:21:29 AM
example). One more comparison. This is a profile page currently: And here is the new one: You’ll notice that content has been moved up the page (this is very important – it requires less scrolling and thus less chance of people bouncing off of the page) and a far stronger focus on the profile and its content. The key to this entire design it seems is the removal of the left hand navigation bar, which we are fans of. It distracted users away from the important information on the page. While the design is still being tested and iterated upon, more and more users should be seeing this layout relatively soon. Let us know what you think of it in the comments. Reviews: LinkedIn Tags: linkedin
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AT&T looking to sell an 8GB iPhone 3GS? By Josh Carr (The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)) Submitted at 11/5/2009 9:00:00 PM
Filed under: iPhone Boy Genius Report is claiming that two separate sources have told them that AT&T is looking to sell an 8GB iPhone 3GS for $99 US before Christmas. While this news wouldn't come as a shock, it would certainly take more than AT&T to make it happen. As most of you know, Apple doesn't make an 8GB iPhone 3GS and it would probably mean the discontinuation of the iPhone 3G in general. If you think back to the time of the first generation iPhone (it was so long ago now), you'll probably remember that Apple quickly discontinued the 4GB iPhone after realizing that most people were opting for the larger capacity. Not too long after that, Apple introduced the 16GB version and discounted the price of the 8GB. Now that the iPhones themselves are subsidized by the
wireless carrier, the game is a little different. I doubt that we'll see AT&T discount the 16GB iPhone 3GS to $99 US, even though it would be a huge strategic move before the holiday season, but I have a hard time believing that Apple would be willing to manufacture an 8GB iPhone 3GS. It's one
thing for them to continue with the 8GB iPhone 3G because they already have the manufacturing in place, but for Apple to start manufacturing another iPhone 3GS at a capacity less than its current models -- that just seems out of place. I've found it disappointing that the iPhone (a professional
device) has had a smaller capacity than that of its sister, the iPod touch. Currently, the iPod touch is shipping at a top capacity of 64GB and the iPhone only 32GB. Here's the point: if AT&T and Apple could work together and release the 16GB iPhone 3GS at $99 then that could potentially allow for the 32GB at $199 and a 64GB model at $299. That would be a killer plan for the two companies just before the holiday season. While this may be far-fetched, I don't think it's impossible: Apple did release a bump in storage to the 16GB iPhone in early 2008 without any warning. Here's hoping that they do that again. TUAW AT&T looking to sell an 8GB iPhone 3GS? originally appeared on The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) on Thu, 05 Nov 2009 21:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Read| Permalink| Email this| Comments
Texas Pulls Voting Reg System From IBM After Multimillion System Can't Recover Lost Data By Mike Masnick (Techdirt) Submitted at 11/5/2009 6:53:46 PM
EFF points us to yet another massively expensive computer system that can't do some rather basic things. Apparently the state of Texas has pulled its election systems from an $863 million computer system project it had with IBM, after failures and glitches in the system took down the voter system and lost data, which was unrecoverable. State officials realized that if this had happened during an actual election, the state wouldn't have been able to verify new voters, in violation of federal law. So, it dumped IBM and set up its own system that (gasp) actually has multiple backups of the data. I guess things like redundant backups aren't included in the $863 million package. Permalink| Comments| Email This Story
Microsoft's weak cloud privacy position (CNET News.com) Submitted at 11/6/2009 7:40:00 AM
Weird... but it seems like they're trying to straddle two contexts. On the one hand, its understandable that they want to take a hands-off approach to the cloud bits they sell for enterprises to host in-house. If this were the whole context, okay, normal and
natural, and I can understand that they'd want no part of taking responsibility for anything other than making sure you (the customer) get the media in working order and install it with a minimum of headache. OTOH, if the context is that Microsoft is doing the hosting, then yeah, your point is extremely valid, and someone in
Redmond needs to wake the hell up. After the Sidekick fiasco, I'm surprised that they didn't pay closer attention to this detail. One would think Microsoft would have done more to ameliorate the bad taste it left in the mouths of the enterprise community. While the Sidekick data loss deal (pretty much) involved only
generic consumers' data, there has to be more than one CIO with that incident in the back of his mind thinking '...okay, so what promises will Microsoft make to insure that such a thing doesn't happen to my company's data?' I've found (to my admitted semidelight) that you can make a Microsoft sales rep VERY uncomfortable if you say "...but
what about the Sidekick incident?" every time he says "cloud" (evil grin). Also, I'm curious - is this Microsoft's way of trying to avoid holding themselves to the DR aspects of any SLA now, or what? This content has passed through fivefilters.org.
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Wind Pole Ventures tackles faulty wind data
Fortune names Jobs "CEO of the Decade"
By Dave Caolo (The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW))
Submitted at 11/6/2009 7:29:49 AM
For more wind power to take hold, there's still a missing ingredient: data. Wind Pole Ventures is a start-up that is building a business as an information broker, gathering more accurate wind speed information for sale to wind farm developers. Last month, the Lexington, Mass.-based company signed on its first customer, Invernergy, which will use Wind Pole's data service to better predict wind performance. There's better wind speed data at the top, says Wind Pole Ventures.(Credit: U.S. Air Force) Wind power has grown rapidly in the U.S. over the past few years, but the output of largescale farms has not always matched expectations, which means those projects are less profitable than predicted. Varying wind speeds also makes managing the reliability of the grid more complicated, as unanticipated dips can cause outages. Wind Pole Ventures bought the rights to place wind speed measuring devices, called anonometers, on microwave towers. There were 1200 of the towers put in place for
Submitted at 11/5/2009 2:00:00 PM
Filed under: Apple Corporate, Steve Jobs Forbes Fortune bestowed a significant honor on Steve Jobs today, naming him their CEO of the Decade. Fortune outlines the incredible leaps in business, technology and industry Apple has made since Steve's return. For anyone who might not remember, the 90's were not kind to Apple and nearly everyone thought the company was finished. communications during the Cold can do is have better predictions Consider this incredible fact: War, some of which are used as for when it blows and when it Apple launched OS X and cell phone towers. But they were stops." iTunes, opened the first two retail largely made obsolete by fiber There are other companies and stores and introduced the first optic links, said Steve Kropper, technologies aimed at getting iPod ... all in the same year founder and CEO of Wind Pole more accurate wind speed data. (2001). Fortune also goes on to Ventures. Somerville, Mass.-based Second describe how Steve changed the Gathering data at 100 meters-- Wind has a solar-powered, land- film industry with Pixar, the about the same of wind turbines' based device that uses sodar to music industry with the iTunes t o w e r s - - d e l i v e r s f a r m o r e gather data. Store and the cell phone industry accurate information than getting Kropper said that using "old- with the iPhone and the App a reading at 10 meters which is fashioned" anonometers allows it Store. how much data is typically to be relatively cheap and attract He also kicked cancer's ass. gathered now, Kropper said. i n v e s t o r s w a r y o f n e w This is precisely why I'm excited "Ten states have more than three technologies. Invenergy plans to about the prospect of a new piece percent wind power in their state use in almost 60 towers in six of hardware from Apple. I won't and because it's intermittent, it states in the U.S. call it a tablet because that's not comes and goes. So wind has the This content has passed through what it will be. Apple didn't capacity to provide the grid or fivefilters.org. destabilize it," he said. "Since there is not storage yet, all we
invent the digital music player, the mobile phone or mass distribution of media. But, they did demonstrate how to do those things the right way, which no one else could come up with. If there's a new product coming, comparing it to contemporary tablets or netbooks is a huge mistake, because it won't behave like any of them. Click below to watch Fortunes' video on this announcement. [Via MacDailyNews] Continue reading Fortune names Jobs "CEO of the Decade" TUAW Fortune names Jobs "CEO of the Decade" originally appeared on The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) on Thu, 05 Nov 2009 14:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Read| Permalink| Email this| Comments
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G-Map East and West for iPhone updated with text to speech By Mel Martin (The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)) Submitted at 11/5/2009 4:00:00 PM
Filed under: Software, Odds and ends, iPhone When the latest GMap app covering navigation in the U.S. and Canada it had text to speech, which didn't make owners of the older East and West[iTunes store links for each] versions too happy. Now that has been corrected, and both iterations of the U.S. $24.99 app have text to speech, iTunes integration, and the ability to resume navigation automatically after a call. Traffic will be added soon to both apps as an in-app paid update. Meanwhile, the U.S. and Canada version has been pulled from the app store. According to the company: ' we found a critical issue in the new update of G-Map US &
Canada. In order to protect our current users, we have no choice but to temporarily pull the app from the App Store. We already corrected the problem and resubmitted the G-Map US & Canada for approval. Please allow us a few more weeks to serve you. We will do our best to
minimize any inconveniences that might occur to you.' All the G-Map apps have been reasonably priced, but a bit buggy which has not pleased buyers. I'm working on a holiday buyers guide for nav software for the iPhone, but the whole landscape will change radically if Apple approves the free Google nav app with turn by turn directions and photo realistic rendering of routes. The app is shipping in the new Android 2.0 phones, starting with the Verizon Droid, which is scheduled for release tomorrow. TUAW G-Map East and West for iPhone updated with text to speech originally appeared on The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) on Thu, 05 Nov 2009 16:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Read| Permalink| Email this| Comments
RoboForm password manager for iPhone faces hurdles By Jessica Dolcourt (Webware.com) Submitted at 11/5/2009 1:45:00 PM
We've praised the RoboForm password manager on the desktop. Here's why the iPhone version falls short.
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Ferrari Doesn't Want Web Racing Simulation To Use Ferraris By Mike Masnick (Techdirt)
claim. In the case of team sports simulations, courts have ruled that name and stats are facts -Lincoln Braun writes"I play an and not covered by intellectual online web game. BATracer property, so couldn't you say the which is designed to simulate a same thing for car names and number of racing series including specifications? And while I Formula 1, LeMans, A1 Grand could potentially see a trademark Prix, Ferrari Challenge, and issue, it's not as if BATracer is more. This week, however, the actually "competing" in the same owner of the site received a legal space as Ferrari. I can already notice from Ferrari, ordering a hear the excuses about how cease & desist from using Ferrari Ferrari needs to keep its brand cars. BATracer has somewhere special and being seen in such a between 2000 and 3000 active game might cheapen it -- but users, most of whom arrived at t h a t ' s n o t t h e p u r p o s e o f the site because of Formula 1. intellectual property law. Either The letter by Ferrari has really way, it seems pretty dumb to piss annoyed many of the most off so many people even if many passionate fans and they have of them probably can't afford a lost a lot of goodwill." Ferrari in real life (probably what It looks like BATracer shut the company is betting on). down for a bit before opening up There may be some who can (or again without Ferraris. Now, who will be able to someday), Ferrari has a big licensing and pushing them away for no business, but at some point you good reason can't help matters. have to wonder if legal actions Permalink| Comments| Email like this make any sense or if This Story there's a reasonable fair use Submitted at 11/6/2009 2:10:29 AM
4th Chicago teen charged in videotaped beating (AP) (Yahoo! News: U.S. News) Submitted at 11/6/2009 8:08:17 AM
ChrisS buzzed up: Man spends 3 days in tree during Vietnam
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Apple adds submission histories to iTunes Connect By Erica Sadun (The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW))
time, appear to be universally available. When I checked my personal apps this morning in the iTunes Connect "Manage Your Submitted at 11/6/2009 11:00:00 AM Applications" screen, I was Filed under: Developer, App unable to find any Status History Store iPhone developer Brian links on any of my application Stormont pinged us this morning listings. However, I was able to to share the news that Apple has confirm this feature with other quietly updated iTunes Connect iPhone developers. with a great new feature: Status Another new feature appears to History. Appearing near recently be that the amber-bubbled status reviewed items, this option opens messages have been extended. In a detail table showing how your addition to the standard "In application has worked its way Review," iTunes Connect now through the App Store review offers a "Waiting for Review" process, and on to the shelf. s t a t u s f o r n e w l y u p l o a d e d Stormont details this update on material. If you see any further his site. interface changes or new status This option does not, at this messages, drop us a comment
and let us know. So what does this all mean? In my opinion, this is all great stuff, helping move Apple towards greater developer feedback. No, it's still not the full ticketing system that a lot of us are hoping for but it's definitely a step in the right direction. Thanks, Maior TUAW Apple adds submission histories to iTunes Connect originally appeared on The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) on Fri, 06 Nov 2009 11:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Read| Permalink| Email this| Comments
Fort Hood Shooter Identified As a Major (Little Green Footballs) Submitted at 11/5/2009 2:36:49 PM
ABC News reports an identity for the Fort Hood shooter. The suspected gunman was identified by ABC News as Major Malik Nadal Hasan.[Video] UPDATE at 11/5/09 3:08:42
pm: More information from CBS News: CBS News investigative producer Len Tepper reports that Hasan, 39, is a licensed psychiatrist from Silver Spring, Md. A Fort Hood press release confirmed that “more than one
shooter fired shots into the Soldiers Readiness Processing Center and Howze Theater on Fort Hood.” According to Cone, the shooting began at 1:30 p.m. in the Soldier Readiness Center, a facility where soldiers receive medical treatment and fill out paperwork in preparation for deployment.
Brizzly is the Next Twitter Client to Support Lists By Barb Dybwad (Mashable!) Submitted at 11/6/2009 12:35:56 AM
Seesmic Desktop has the distinction of being the first third -party Twitter client to support the new Lists feature, and now web-based social reader Brizzly claims the second slot. Currently in closed beta, Brizzly is a Twitter and Facebook client built by many of the same folks who built Google Reader. Its maker, Thing Labs, is headed up by Jason Shellen — a former veteran of Blogger, the startup Twitter’s Evan Williams sold to Google in 2003. One of the cool features of Brizzly since it went into private beta this summer was Groups, which worked essentially like a precursor to Twitter’s own Lists. You could sort followers into groups in much the same way, and the way Brizzly chose to handle the transition from Groups to Lists is spot on. Brizzly will display the lists you’ve already created on Twitter and give you all the tools you
need to create, display, sync and navigate them. The Groups you’ve already created in Brizzly will be migrated back in the other direction to Twitter as well — but as private lists by default, in case you’ve made Groups you might not want to share publicly (you can of course change the setting to public if you wish). The Lists support should be rolled out to all users by sometime Friday night. Have you used Brizzly yet? If so, what’s your take on the client, and on its new Lists support? If you haven’t used Brizzly yet and are looking for an invite, try asking a friend who’s in the beta as they might have a stack in stock. Reviews: Brizzly, Facebook, Google, Google Reader, Twitter, blogger Tags: brizzly, twitter, twitter clients, Twitter Lists
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Comcast Exec: We Need To Change New Firefox and Customer Behavior, Not Our Chrome Versions Fix Business Model Stability Issues By Mike Masnick (Techdirt)
positively what a cable COO should be focused on. From there on out, though, he's off in Brooks writes"Speaking at a the weeds. How about offering cable broadcaster's summit, Steve this new generation new and Burke, Comcast's COO, said: innovative services that are worth "An entire generation is growing paying for? That's challenging, up, if we don't figure out how to of course... but how challenging change that behavior so it will it be to change the next r e s p e c t s c o p y r i g h t a n d generation's behavior "to respect subscription revenue on the part subscription revenue." Yikes. of distributors, we're going to How many consumers, in any wake up and see cord cutting." m a r k e t , a r e f o c u s e d o n How's that for cart before the "respecting" vendors' revenue horse? streams? How, exactly, does he His ultimate goal -- to maintain propose to effect this sea change? or increase revenue for Comcast - And why not just develop - makes perfect sense, and is products that consumers will Submitted at 11/6/2009 4:10:33 AM
willingly pay for, rather than trying to change consumer behavior in such a fundamental way?" The quotes really are quite stunning. Burke basically seems to be saying the focus needs to be on figuring out ways to get consumers to change, rather than changing to match what customers want. A business model based on going against what consumers want doesn't seem likely to last that long. Permalink| Comments| Email This Story
By Stan Schroeder (Mashable!) Submitted at 11/6/2009 6:54:53 AM
Both Firefox and Chrome have a new version out, fixing mostly stability issues and a couple of minor security vulnerabilities. Firefox 3.5.5 brings several stability fixes, most importantly the notorious GIF decoder bug which sometimes caused the browser to crash. You can find a complete list of changes in this version here. Chrome has a bit more important update, bringing its (awkwardly
iTunes LP now available for Apple TV customers By Dave Caolo (The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW))
a second download to work with the Apple TV. Apple is now offering those downloads. Submitted at 11/6/2009 8:45:00 AM The email from Apple is very Filed under: iTS, Multimedia, straight-forward: iTunes, Apple TV A few of us "With the latest versions of here at TUAW received an email iTunes (9.0.2) and Apple TV from Apple this morning stating software (3.0), you can now use t h a t A p p l e T V - c o m p a t i b l e iTunes LP on your Apple TV. versions of previous iTunes LP We have updated the iTunes LP purchases are available for that was included with [your download. You'll remember that previous purchase here] so that it LP purchases made before the can now be viewed on Apple TV Apple TV 3.0 release would need in addition to your Mac or PC...."
From there, the message provides a download link. Grab it, sync your Apple TV and you're off. My own is syncing as I type this, so we'll let you know
how it looks and behaves later today. In the meantime, enjoy iTunes LP on your Apple TV! TUAW iTunes LP now available for Apple TV customers originally appeared on The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) on Fri, 06 Nov 2009 08:45:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Read| Permalink| Email this| Comments
long) version number to 22.214.171.124. The new version includes five stability fixes and several security issues. Among other things, Chrome should now behave better with Acrobat Reader 9.2, Google Maps, and AAC files. Read the details on these fixes here. Reviews: Chrome, Google Maps Tags: chrome, Firefox
Mourners Gather Online in Aftermath of Ft. Hood Rampage By Nathan Hodge (Wired Top Stories) Submitted at 11/6/2009 8:17:00 AM
A picture emerges of alleged Ft. Hood gunman, Maj. Nidal Hasan, who reportedly opened fire inside a crowded medical processing center; investigators, as well as members of the Fort Hood community, are still trying to piece together what happened.
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Google: Don’t Be Evil. Tech Review: Apple's Magic Mouse Or Microsoft. (Little Green Footballs)
Submitted at 11/5/2009 5:23:37 PM
By Stan Schroeder (Mashable!)
The curvaceous top of the mouse is a multi-touch surface. Apple’s new Magic Mouse is a very nice Submitted at 11/6/2009 4:55:26 AM mousie indeed. No obvious Every company has something it buttons, no scroll wheel, just a aspires to, and it pretty much technology and the recovery of sleek multi-touch surface and boils down to world domination. the economy. some groovy new software that The folks at Google, however, The most interesting sentence, lets you scroll with momentum— insist they’re different; their however, is the one in which he similar to the way scrolling mantra of Don’t Be Evil still has t a l k s a b o u t M i c r o s o f t . works on an iPhone. a nice ring to it, but the question “Hopefully, we won’t repeat the I own a Wireless Mighty Mouse is how well can a motto translate mistakes that Microsot made, you — the previous generation of into a multi-billion company with k n o w , t e n y e a r s a g o t h a t Apple Bluetooth mouse — and thousands of employees. ultimately led to all these things w a s n e v e r h a p p y w i t h t h e A c c o r d i n g t o t h e r e c e n t that happened with them”, he tracking feel. It had a kind of interview with Google CEO Eric says. As far as huge companies sloppy quality and tended to lag Schmidt on Fox Business, one go, I don’t think Microsoft is behind hand movements. Some way to make sure they’re on the really doing all that bad, but people don’t even notice it, but it right track is not to repeat these little jabs between these was very annoying to me; so Microsoft’s mistakes. two giants are becoming quite much that I always use a wired You can see the entire interview commonplace; we look forward Mighty Mouse on my desktop below; in it, Schmidt takes on to Steve Ballmer’s response. machine. topics such as privacy (and the Tags: Google, microsoft But the connectivity and reasons behind launching their Google Dashboard), disruptive
response of the Magic Mouse is a vast improvement. It feels exactly like a wired mouse, no perceptible lag at all. And the fact that there’s no scroll wheel that needs cleaning when it gets clogged up with gross finger oil makes this a really maintenancefree mechanism. You can also use two-finger “swiping” gestures to move forward and back through web pages, photos, or other programs with a paged display. It’s a bit clumsy to hold the sides of the mouse while swiping with the second and third fingers, but maybe I’ll get used to it. I also notice an improvement in the way the Magic Mouse handles its “one big button” to
Breaking: Shooting at Fort Hood Army Post (Little Green Footballs)
FORT HOOD, Texas (CBS) &##x2015; Multiple soldiers were shot at Fort Hood in central There’s been a shooting incident Texas Thursday afternoon, CBS at the Fort Hood Army base in station KTVT-TV reports. Texas, with up to 7 people dead Army officials have confirmed a and at least 12 wounded (this “violent incident” at the post, but CBS 4 article says 20 wounded): have not released any other Reports: Multiple Soldiers Shot details. At Ft. Hood In Texas. CNN reported that at least seven Submitted at 11/5/2009 12:35:46 PM
soldiers had been shot dead, and 20 more were wounded. UPDATE at 11/5/09 2:09:07 pm: Latest word is that there were three suspects, all soldiers — the shooter was killed, but the other two are in custody. UPDATE at 11/5/09 2:14:21 pm:
allow both right and left clicks. The Mighty Mouse would sometimes treat a right click like a left click, often enough to be annoying, but with the Magic Mouse right-clicking works flawlessly. The Magic Mouse requires two AA batteries, for which I use two Eneloop rechargeables. This probably won’t be the ultimate mouse for everyone — it has no side buttons or middle button. But the multi-touch surface and momentum scrolling are great features, and I highly recommend this rodent. (Note: If you’re not buying a new Mac system that includes a Magic Mouse, you’ll also need to download and install Apple’s Wireless Mouse Software Update 1.0, available for both Leopard and Snow Leopard.)
Ford Brings Airbags To Back Seats
Latest news: 12 dead including the shooter, and 31 wounded, By Stuart Schwartzapfel some of them seriously. The (Wired Top Stories) suspects were confirmed by Fort Hood media relations to be Submitted at 11/6/2009 6:52:00 AM soldiers. Riding shotgun loses some its luster, as Ford announces the industry’s first inflatable seat belts, which it claims will provide five times the protection of a conventional belt and could increase the number of back-seat passengers who buckle up.
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Customize Ubuntu 9.10's Grub Boot Screen [Linux Tip] By Kevin Purdy (Lifehacker) Submitted at 11/6/2009 5:30:00 AM
Party with Bachmann in DC (Little Green Footballs)
UPDATE at 11/5/09 10:03:39 am: The word of the day on the C-SPAN 3 is covering the house callers’ signs is … “Mao.” Michele Bachmann anti-health UPDATE at 11/5/09 10:32:49 care tea party swarm right now; am: as I write, Jon Voight is speaking Slogans suggested so far today: on the steps of the Capitol. “Kill the bill!” I’d estimate the crowd at “No, you can’t!” between 7.3 and 8.2 million “NO NO NO NO NO, etc.” people. At least. Submitted at 11/5/2009 9:34:22 AM
Hubble: Birthplace of Stars (Little Green Footballs)
the nearby galaxy M83: Hubble Image Showcases Star Birth in M83, the Southern Pinwheel. A spectacular image from the (Hat tip: Phil Plait, who has Hubble Space Telescope’s newly interesting commentary on how -installed Wide Field Camera 3, this image was generated, and showing a birthplace of stars in what you’re seeing.) Submitted at 11/5/2009 7:54:27 PM
Teacher Claims Fingerprinting Is 'Mark of the Beast' By David Kravets (Wired Top Stories) Submitted at 11/5/2009 3:28:00 PM
A Texas teacher faces losing her
job for refusing to have her fingerprints entered into a database. She claims a First Amendment violation of the right of religion, as fingerprinting
amounts to the "Mark of the Beast."
Grub2, the new boot menu installed by default with Ubuntu 9.10, can still look pretty oldschool ugly if your tastes don't run with white terminal text on black. You can, however, customize its resolution, images, colors, and other aspects. An Ubuntu Forums user runs down the customizations he put in place on his own system. Rather than settle for the default, rather terminal-looking text, he upped the resolution, added a boot image, and tweaked the colors of highlighted text. It's a small change, and not entirely necessary, of course, but with Ubuntu 9.10 putting so much emphasis on a clean, stylish bootup experience, having an Apple II-style prompt appear on a multi -boot system can be less than appealing. Customizing Grub2 boot menu[Ubuntu Forums]
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Make an Emergency Fire Starter from a TShirt [Outdoors] By Sarah Rae Trover (Lifehacker)
off 100%, make sure to transfer your Char Cloth pieces to a water safe container like a film canister Submitted at 11/6/2009 8:30:00 AM or the like. Also keep in mind It's important to have a backup that an upside down fire is still plan in the great outdoors. An one of our favorite ways to keep extra pair of clean underwear is your campfire burning bright nice, but fire-starting tools are once the char cloth has served its essential. DIY weblog Make purpose. details how to make a no-fail fire As winter approaches and we're source from a few pieces of old t- putting together our winter shirt. emergency kits, char cloth Although most carry a lighter to doesn't seem like a terrible thing get things fired up in the great to have handy, either. What do outdoors, it's still smart to have a you carry with you when you backup source for fire-starting head out into nature? Do you like char cloth just in case. A few have a favorite way to light up cut pieces of cotton jersey and an the night? Let us know in the Altoids tin will give you just that. comments. Weekend Project: After charring the squares of cut Making Char Cloth[Make] t-shirt (check out the video above) and things have cooled
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Slacker Radio Brings Streaming, Customizable Tunes to Android [Downloads] By Kevin Purdy (Lifehacker) Submitted at 11/6/2009 4:30:00 AM
Android: Slacker Radio, the customizable internet radio service that's previously landed on iPhones, offers an Android app that offers the same on-thego streaming tunes, but with the big bonus of background music playing. The app apparently arrives customized on the new Droid and Droid Eris phones taking their bow today, but works the same on any Android device. The "Lite" free version intersperses
categories to listen to your music in, with a good variety across years and genres. We don't see an option to customize your stream and determine how many favorite artists get mixed into it, or ban certain artists, as with the iPhone/iPod app, but it seems you can do that from Slacker's web radio site. The audio streaming seemed consistent and of good audio quality, on Wi-Fi and 3G. visual and audio ads into your Slacker Radio is a free download stream, and allows you a limited for Android, as well as iPhones number of "Skips" per stream. and BlackBerry devices. Slacker T h e r e ' s a w h o l e h o s t o f Personal Radio[via Gizmodo]
BA suffers record first-half loss of ÂŁ292m (Financial Times - US homepage) Submitted at 11/6/2009 1:10:20 AM
BA suffers record first-half loss
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Wire Your House with Ethernet Cable [Weekend Project] By Kevin Purdy (Lifehacker) Submitted at 11/6/2009 6:10:00 AM
You've ripped a movie on your laptop, and now want it on that fancy new home theater PC next to your TV. If you've got the time, wiring your house with Cat -5e cable could make transfer
times a distant memory. Instrucables user Rogue Agent gets into the nuts, bolts, studs, and boxes needed to wire a house with omni-present cable in a fairly professional manner. The tutorial is based on setting up an actual cable switching box on a just need to run cable from one server-type rack. For those who room to another, the tips on
finding, mounting, and securing cable through the walls, without your home looking like the scene of a sledgehammer party, are just as helpful. Have you taken the dive into home cable networking? What guides, tutorials, or tips do you wish you'd known from the start?
Tell us, and share the links, in the comments. How to Wire Your House With Cat-5 (or 6) For E t h e r n e t Networking[Instructables]
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Change Your iPhone's Root Password After Jailbreaking It [Security] By Kevin Purdy (Lifehacker)
Especially when you open up your phone for tethering access, anyone who knows your iPhone's From the files of the Worth IP address could potentially jump Mentioning Again Dept.: If into the very deep guts of your you're jailbreaking your iPhone phone andâ€”well, let's just to get tethering up and running, presume they wouldn't leave you be sure to change the root access a nice pop-up message. password once you do. Besides Hit the link for a quick tutorial hacker ransom attempts, it's just and a bit of long-term safety. good security sense. How To Change the iPhone's The Just Another iPhone Blog password installed. By default, Root Password[Just Another provides the steps needed, from your iPhone's root password is iPhone Blog] first jailbreaking to final lock- alpineâ€”and everybody with a bit down, to get a new, custom root of iPhone savvy knows that. Submitted at 11/6/2009 7:00:00 AM
Bettween Displays Twitter Conversations in an Easily Thunderbird 3 Release Candidate Read Format [Twitter] By Jason Fitzpatrick (Lifehacker)
in the default Twitter interface Bettween does the leg work for you and lays the conversation out Submitted at 11/6/2009 6:30:00 AM in a back-forth traditional chat Twitter has always been great dialogue. for one-offs into the ether, but if If you want to share the you happen upon a dialogue that conversation on Twitter you can interests you it's a bit of a pain to e a s i l y s h a r e a l i n k t o t h e read. Bettween makes Twitter Bettween thread and in its dialogues much easier to read. unshortened form it shows the The interface of Bettween is n a m e s o f t h e u s e r s , straight forward enough, you http://bettween.com/user1/user2. plug in the @twitter accounts of Have a favorite Twitter tool? two people who are having a L e t ' s h e a r a b o u t i t i n t h e conversation you want to read c o m m e n t s . B e t t w e e n [ v i a more easily. Instead of having to T e c h C r u n c h ] click through the reply links link
Due Next Week [Email Apps] By Kevin Purdy (Lifehacker) Submitted at 11/6/2009 8:00:00 AM
Thunderbird, oft-overlooked email client and Mozilla project, will see a "near-final" release candidate of its third version debut on the web next week, according to Mozilla. We took a progressed since then. Accountlook at Thunderbird 3's rough wide searching with lots of first alpha, but a lot of work has parameters, automatic mail server
setup, built-in web calendar access, and a buffed-up Lightning appointment manager are due to be included. Are you a Thunderbird fan, or a devoted webmail user looking for an offline backup? Tell us what Thunderbird 3 should be in the comments. [ CNET News]
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Sean Parker's "Causes" to Leave MySpace: Does It Matter? By Marshall Kirkpatrick (ReadWriteWeb) Submitted at 11/5/2009 11:56:33 PM
The wildly popular nonprofit fundraising application Causes reportedly emailed users of its MySpace app on Tuesday to tell them that all Causes will be removed from MySpace on Friday morning, in three days. Causes was co-founded by Sean Parker, co-founder of Napster, the Comcast-acquired Plaxo and Founding President of Facebook. MySpace users of Causes were encouraged to post links on their MySpace profiles asking cause supporters to join the cause on Facebook instead. In abandoning MySpace, is Causes abandoning nonprofit groups organizing online with poorer users and people of color? Or are neither MySpace or Causes any big loss for social change organizations? Sponsor The Politics of Politics Amy Sample Ward writes today on the Stanford Social Innovation Review blog that she's concerned. "Causes leaving MySpace," she writes, "means that no users there will be able to continue promoting the causes, organizations or sectors that they care about via a process that's already been established,
adopted, and networked. "[The] Causes' About statement says, 'The goal of all this is what we call equal opportunity activism. We're trying to level the playing field by empowering individuals to change the world.' The removal of Causes from MySpace where there are active communities of supporters means 'equal opportunity activism' is defined by only certain communities - we know that social networking platforms have very different demographic user groups." So Sample Ward argues that Causes is being hypocritical by allowing equal access to tools for social change to be defined only by the more economically powerful demographic groups on Facebook. Causes told users it was pulling out of MySpace because of a lack of activity, but the MySpace App Gallery says there are almost 190,000 active Causes users right now, making it the third most popular app in the politics and causes category. Housing rights nonprofit exec Justin Massa concurs with Sample Ward and takes the critique a step further: "Causes' justification sounds an awful lot like what financial institutions and the real estate industry used
Not everyone sees it that way. The Humane Society, for example, posts daily to MySpace about animal welfare issues for its 65k+ friends. Causes co-founder Sean Parker poses sitting with crossed legs in his photo on the company profile page; his mission statement begins with the words "According to the historical Buddha..." It's hard to imagine a to say about poor and minority beneficent religious figure that neighborhoods. I'm planning a w o u l d d i t c h M y S p a c e f o r longer post on this subject early Facebook, isn't it? Perhaps "the next week, but in the meantime historical Buddha" would choose wanted to label this for what it is: to pull up stakes from the 11th social network redlining. " [Our most popular website in the world if the people were too link added for clarity.] shallow and go to the hip social On MySpace N o t e v e r y o n e t h i n k s t h a t network where the money-raising MySpace provides a meaningful action is. opportunity to effect social The Loss of Causes change, though. In an interview Perhaps even more cynical are four years ago on the topic of some of the attitudes around n o n p r o f i t p r o m o t i o n o n Causes itself. This Spring the MySpace, Pete Cashmore of Washington Post reported that social network tracking blog despite big expectations from Mashable articulated what's now many nonprofit organizations, a widely-held belief. He said he posting a Causes app to a believed MySpace was really just Facebook profile and waiting for filled with young, drunken, hyper the money to roll in is a sure path -sexualized, attention seekers. to disappointment."Only a tiny "You've been there...it seems fraction of the 179,000 nonprofits crazy for organizations to invest that have turned to Causes as an time and resources there," he inexpensive and green way to seek donations have brought in said, "but it's popular!" even $1,000, according to data
available on the Causes developers' site. The application allows Facebook users to list themselves as supporters of a cause on their profile pages. But fewer than 1 percent of those who have joined a cause have actually donated money through that application." Widely respected nonprofit technology consultant Beth Kanter says that Causes is like a one-night stand. "Where's the opportunity to cultivate and get to know those joiners and move them up the ladder to donation?" she asks, "Where's the relationship building?" So by pulling out of MySpace, is Causes abandoning some of the people who need it most? Or is MySpace a bad place to do political organizing anyway? Or, is Causes just not a great way to organize and fundraise? There's a lot of negative feelings around this news, but maybe that's what happens when the struggling nonprofit technology sector puts too much stock in the dalliances of a big-named Silicon Valley baron like Sean Parker. Kanter brings a twinkle of optimism to the conversation: "This sounds like a great opportunity for other fundraising applications," she says. Discuss
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LinkedIn Reveals New Look, Better Navigation By Sarah Perez (ReadWriteWeb)
room for more page content with less scrolling needed in order to see everything on the page. This Submitted at 11/6/2009 5:57:38 AM is also true to some extent. Some LinkedIn users will have However, on your homepage n o t i c e d a c h a n g e t o t h e where network updates and navigation and user interface of group updates are featured, the t h e L i n k e d I n . c o m w e b s i t e , amount of scrolling depends on announces a company blog post. the size of your network and how The business-focused social active the network members are. network is in the process of For example, under the "group rolling out an updated design that updates" section, updates for the aims to improve and simplify site past seven days were posted navigation while also offering a followed by a section that cleaner, less-cluttered look. Does included updates from the prior the fresh coat of paint hit the week. That actually led to quite a mark? bit of scrolling to see them all. Sponsor It's not necessarily a bad feature, W h a t ' s N e w : N a v i g a t i o n though. After all, LinkedIn isn't I m p r o v e m e n t s , L o t s o f the sort of site we're logging into Whitespace on a daily basis so it's nice to be One of the main new features of able to catch up when we're the revamped LinkedIn is the there... even if that means the global navigation bar at the top of h o m e p a g e s c r e e n e x t e n d s the page which links to all the d o w n w a r d f o r e v e r . site's features including profile, Also new on the homepage are contacts, groups, jobs, your moveable, collapsible sidebar inbox, and more. Click on any of modules which can display these items and a drop-down things like who's been viewing menu will appear providing you your profile, events, job listings, with further options. This gives applications you've added, and the most important navigational more. Cleaner Look Highlights aspect to the site a more modern Ads look than it had before when each One downside of the site's s e c t i o n w a s d i s p l a y e d i n "cleaner" look is how much more clickable tabs of different shades noticeable the ads are now. Of of blue. course, to LinkedIn this may be The company also touts how the an upside. Although the ad new look and feel also makes placements are no different than
Inbox One thing that still hasn't improved, sadly, is the LinkedIn inbox. Although the homepage before, the new look makes them view of the inbox provides a really stand out. Since everything handy "take action" button which is now black or blue text on a lets you quickly accept, reject, or white background, the full- archive requests, the full inbox colored ad at the top of the screen view still forces you to click each is the first thing to draw your eye message to accept or reject upon login. There's also a text requests - there are no bulk link ad directly below the global actions you can take from the navigation that demands your inbox screen besides archiving or attention. It's in the exact place marking messages as read or where a company message would u n r e a d . E v e n w o r s e , a f t e r normally appear and the font accepting or rejecting a request, used is a darker, bolder blue than the message remains in your anything else on the site. Both of inbox until you manually archive these elements are somewhat it, necessitating quite a bit of distracting, but we suppose additional work if you've let there's nothing that you can really those invites pile up. What Do do about ads. Still, we wish that You Think? the network had taken a page Are you impressed with the new from Facebook's book when it look for LinkedIn? Or did you came to ad placement - when you prefer the old tabbed interface log into Facebook, the first thing better? LinkedIn obviously hopes you notice is the content and the that simplifying the navigation updates, not the ads. and site elements which help to LinkedIn says the updated better engage users so they will design was based on years of spend more time exploring and data from usability research but interacting with the various site what you're seeing now isn't elements. Do you think that will necessarily the final product. be the case? Or do the underlying They're still iterating and, based f e a t u r e s o f L i n k e d I n n e e d on user feedback about the new improvement as well? Discuss look, they may make some additional changes in this and other areas. Still Needs Improvement: the LinkedIn
"Gettin' Rid of Britta" - the music video By Kona Gallagher (TV Squad) Submitted at 11/6/2009 11:32:00 AM
Leave it to the folks behind Community to go the extra mile for a joke. Last night's episode featured Britta's small-nippled ex, Vaughn, singing a song about what a B Britta is. First of all, I love it when anyone on TV calls someone a "B," because it always makes me think of Arrested Development("Don't call mother a 'B,' Michael!"), and secondly, having Pierce on keyboards and backup vocals singing about how Britta is a "GD B," is just hilarious. My sister has a friend named Britta, so anytime there's any Britta hate on Community, we harass her on her Facebook profile with clips. Because maturity is my middle name. So enjoy this video and bask in the glory of more of Vaughn's tortured rhyme schemes. Sample lyric: "I wouldn't strangle her, but I would sell her to the highest bidder." It even becomes a singalong at the end! [Watch clips and episodes of Community on SlashControl.] Filed under: Video, Watercooler Talk, Reality-Free, Community Permalink| Email this| | Comments
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Sponsor Post: The Rise of the Micro-Screencast By Admin (ReadWriteWeb) Submitted at 11/6/2009 5:00:59 AM
Editor's note: we offer our longterm sponsors the opportunity to write 'Sponsor Posts' and tell their story. These posts are clearly marked as written by sponsors, but we also want them to be useful and interesting to our readers. We hope you like the posts and we encourage you to support our sponsors by trying out their products. Remember what it was like to capture video off a computer screen before desktop recording software came along? You'd mount a big, expensive camera on a tripod, point it at the screen and, unless you had tweaked a bunch of settings or loaded special software, you'd get black bars creeping up and down the screen because of a refresh rate mismatch. And once you solved that problem, you still needed to be well versed in editing tools, video-tape transfer and replication. Sponsor 1990s: Cost of Production and Distribution = Very High The advent of all-in-one desktop recording software was a minor
revolution, because it gave ordinary computer users the means to capture anything they could see on their computer, edit it into a finished production and get it onto a CD-ROM or their Web server. Now, anyone could be a software trainer—or at least share tips and show off cool stuff that they'd done on their computer. Just as blogging platforms lit the fuse that rocked the world of online publishing, tools such as Camtasia Studio brought screencasting production to the mainstream. And video-sharing sites (think YouTube and Screencast.com) came along to eliminate distribution costs and hassle. The read/write Web took a step forward. 2000s: Cost of Production and Distribution = Low Then along came "instant" screencasting tools such as Jing, ScreenToaster and Screenr ( see ReadWriteWeb's reviews), which have lowered the barrier even further. The cost of these tools is nothing. And because content uploading and hosting is built right in, the time between idea and posted content has shrunk from hours to seconds. Think it,
your screencast. So, keep these basic tips in mind and you'll make something worthy of the record it, post a link. viewer's time and attention. If the all-in-one screen recorders are like blogs, these new apps are T h r e e T i p s f o r M i c r o like Twitter. And they've birthed S c r e e n c a s t i n g E x c e l l e n c e a new mode of communication: • Prepare This is as easy as the casual, disposable micro- pausing to collect your thoughts screencast. 2010s: Cost of and maybe jotting down on a Production and Distribution = 0 sticky note three things that you Meticulously orchestrated and want to communicate. This will s l i c k l y e d i t e d s c r e e n c a s t help you focus and be succinct. productions will always have • Practice No one wants to watch their place. But now it's also you hunt around, looking for the practical to fire off a quick, right window or browser tab. A informal micro-screencast in the quick dry run goes a long way time it takes to jot an email or towards smooth delivery on the first take. dial a phone number. And just as with Twitter, a • Pause Memorize the hotkey stripped-down feature set and that pauses your recorder (or length limitations can be a write it at the top of your sticky benevolent deficit. The author note). Use it to stop and regroup has no time to ramble and no if your brain freezes or you start temptation to fiddle around, to bumble. It's faster than starting "improving" something that's over. good enough. (Anyone who has wasted 15 minutes tweaking the How about you? Are screencasts formatting of an unimportant p a r t o f y o u r d a y - t o - d a y document just because you could, communication? Got a story or tip to share? raise your hand!) On the other hand, simple Daniel Foster (@fosteronomo) is doesn't mean poorly executed. a marketing writer at TechSmith You don't want the equivalent of and edits the company's monthly typos and grammatical errors in e-newsletter. Discuss
Not Wanting To Be Left Out: The Mentalist Sold Into Syndication, Too By Bill Gorman (TVbytheNumbers) Submitted at 11/5/2009 9:15:15 PM
It’s been a busy day for the syndication market. Fans of The Mentalist no longer have to wonder why NCIS:LA was sold into syndication and their show wasn’t. According to the pact between TNT and Warner Bros. Domestic TV Distribution, “Mentalist” will begin running weekly on the cable network in fall 2011, followed by a full-blown launch in 2012. Neither side would discuss the financials of the deal, but the Simon Baker starrer is said to have fetched from $2.2 million$2.3 million an episode. via THR.com This content has passed through fivefilters.org.
Rihanna Says She Hated Chris Brown After Beating (ETonline - Breaking News) Submitted at 11/6/2009 7:49:00 AM
ET has the latest...
As her interview series with Diane Sawyer continues, Rihanna reveals her true feelings for Chris Brown.
Although Brown made a public apology, the singer says she could not forgive her ex for brutally beating her.
"I just said to him, 'I can't do this.' I resented him," she says. "I always put the tough face on and try to, I can do anything face, and
just try to play it off. But he knew."
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Microsoft To Offer Application Marketplace In Sharepoint 2010 By Alex Williams (ReadWriteWeb)
managers will have a level of control over what applications users may integrate. Submitted at 11/6/2009 4:00:00 AM What Finn describes sounds Microsoft will offer an similar to application platforms application marketplace within now commercially available. Sharepoint 2010 that will Salesfoce.com is the obvious integrate with third-party example. Their Force.com applications from its partner platform is a full development network. No date has been set for environment. AppExchange is the marketplace lauch but it will the platform for building third evolve from "The Gallery" a party applications on feature that provides Sharepoint Salesforce.com CRM. 2010 users access to templates. Dazzle from Citrix also comes to Sponsor mind. It is an iTunes like service In an interview we did at that is all about making IT more Enterprise 2.0, Christian Finn consumer friendly. Employees said Microsoft will offer the may choose the applications that marketplace for vendors who they want to purchase. The want to sell their products service is set up as a store front through the Sharepoint platform. that can automatically stream the "We will have a route to market "We are seeing early customers with Sharepoint. But it also raises Microsoft will initially offer their application on a virtual desktop for vendors who want to have starting to move. When we see interesting competitive questions own web parts through Gallery. to a Windows PC, a Mac or an a p p l i c a t i o n s a n d a d d - o n s that bell curve adoption we will about the role of Sharepoint as a Eventually the service will take a iPhone. available," Finn said. Details are few about the definitely be there." cloud-based service. It almost different name and migrate to Conceptually, Finn said, you But collaboration services are looks like it will be more of a offering partner services. application marketplace that will think about a marketplace idea. i n c r e a s i n g l y c l o u d - b a s e d . Software-as-a-Servce (SaaS) than We asked Finn what the model be offered through Sharepoint. Customers will navigate from the M i n d T o u c h , S o c i a l C a s t , the on-premise platform it is will look like. Will it be pay per But it does point to the increasing Sharepoint interface to see what Socialtext and a host of other today. use? How will the application s i g n i f i c a n c e o f t h i r d - p a r t y web parts are available for a trial companies are offering best-ofThe Sharepoint application marketplace be administered? applications for the Sharepoint period. breed-services. marketplace will evolve out of Finn said most of the details are platform and how the service Finn said that from their The availability of a marketplace The Gallery, a resource within being worked out in Redmond. may evolve as cloud computing perspective, collaboration is brings up a lot of questions about Sharepoint 2010 that serves as a The service will have IT becomes more prevalent. Discuss mostly on-premise. Customers the role that partners will play central place for templates. safeguards. Finn said that IT are starting to move to the cloud.
Deng, Bulls put end to Cavs' 3-game win streak By Associated Press (ESPN.com) Submitted at 11/5/2009 11:32:49 PM
Fast Facts • The Bulls won for the third time in their last 12 road games against the Cavs.
• Derrick Rose recorded his first double-double of the season, finishig with 14 points and 11 assists.
• The loss was the Cavs' second at home this season, tying their total from all of last year. -- ESPN Stats & Information
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At Last! Streaming Media App Orb Launches Mac Version By Sarah Perez (ReadWriteWeb) Submitted at 11/6/2009 6:53:31 AM
We had almost forgotten about Orb, the media-sharing software that lets you stream video from your home computer to your iPhone or any other internetconnected device. In fact, the last time we had even looked at the application was November of 2008 when the company announced an update to their iPhone application which allowed you to stream live TV over the 3G network. At that time though, the desktop software portion of the Orb product was PC-only. As in Windows PConly. Today, that has changed. Orb for Macintosh has finally been released so Mac OS X users can now stream their media over the net, too. Sponsor Orb is a desktop software program that facilitates streaming of personal media over the internet. Once installed and configured, you can access your home computer's content library from any internet-connected
device. The software easily achieves what many other technology companies are still figuring out how to do - make your media available anywhere and everywhere on any device you use with minimal effort on your part. One of Orb's best features is the OrbLive iPhone application which connects with your home computer over the internet to provide access to your media
library of audio, video, and photos. Through the mobile application, you can access any of your media files and play stream them over either a Wi-Fi or 3G connection. In the Windows version of the software, PC's with TV tuner cards can also connect you to live, streaming TV in addition to the other shared media saved on the PC's hard drive. To some extent, Orb competes
with Apple's own offerings since it provides access to music and video from either a desktop computer or an iPhone. That's why it was somewhat surprising that Apple ever approved the company's iPhone application to begin with. Even more surprising is that they allowed it to function over 3G when similar products like Slingbox's SlingPlayer for iPhone, another live TV streaming app - are restricted to
Wi-Fi only. No Live TV for Mac Users Yet Unfortunately, the Mac version is debuting without the live TV streaming functionality. According to Joe Costello, CEO of Orb Networks, support for live TV support will be added in subsequent versions. In the meantime, however, Mac users can install the Orb software to stream music, photos, videos, home movies, and webcam feeds stored in iTunes to their iPhones or to any other internet-connected device including netbooks, notebooks, media players, game consoles and more. All that's needed is the new Mac OS X desktop software (works on OS X Intel 10.5 or later). Those interested in trying out the new Mac version can grab the installer from here: orb.com/en/download_orb. For now, the Mac software is available in English only. Discuss
TNT snags The Mentalist ... in syndication By Allison Waldman (TV Squad) Submitted at 11/6/2009 10:05:00 AM
Did the USA Network decide not to buy the Simon Baker series The Mentalist for
syndication because it would conflict with their own psychic detective show Psych? You have to wonder, because The Mentalist has been snatched up by TNT in a lush syndication deal. How lush? About $2
million per episode, a broadcast series record. (The overall record
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It's About Time: Twitter Aims to Fix Junaio: Will Editable Trending Topics 3D Objects Offer ARBased Foursquare? By Jolie O'Dell (ReadWriteWeb)
acknowledge that they already do police trending topics, and we hope they will do so with greater Submitted at 11/5/2009 5:19:09 PM diligence, intuition, and Finally, the powers that be are intelligence. planning to put a stop to Vulgarity and inanity aside, we with trending topics. Trends #liesboystell, #goodhead, and... worry about dupes. For example, began as a useful way to find out well, all the other asinine, vulgar, right now, FortHood, Fort Hood, what's going on but has grown and generally pointless trending and FtHood are all trending less interesting due to the topics one finds in the right topics. Likewise, every time a noisiness of the conversation. column of the Twitter web good football game rears its "So, today we're starting to interface. majestic head, we see the name experiment with improvements to Over the summer, we noticed and city of each team start to trends that will help you find that Twitter was submerging trend, along with NFL and the more relevant tweets. some adult-themed trending like. Specifically, we're working to topics, and we noted the absolute There are many ways in which show higher quality results for need for more top-down policing trending topics are busted, trend queries by returning tweets of the trends list, which should be useless, and irritating - hence, that are more useful. The available for surfacing interesting many opportunities for making improvement won't be very and timely items to engage users. them customizable, interesting, noticeable at first, but this is a Today, Twitter has finally and useful. We're sensing an small step toward unearthing acknowledged the brokenness of opportunity for third-party apps more value in search and getting the feature and has stated its to step in here. Traditionally, you more relevant results." intentions to fix the issue. Twitter is late to the game in We are interested to know Sponsor making official features from exactly how this new algorithm Twitter rep @jennadawn (no ideas third-party developers have will work. Clearly, the wisdom of real name given, and no link been working on for ages. Unless the masses has proved to be from her Twitter profile, either) Twitter takes some impressive anything but. We hope that, wrote on the official Twitter and noticeable action, an app beyond editing the tweets that blog, "We've noticed an might fix trending topics before qualify as representatives of a increasing amount of clutter in Twitter does. Discuss given trending topic, Twitter will the public timeline, especially
By Dana Oshiro (ReadWriteWeb) Submitted at 11/5/2009 4:36:00 PM
Metaio Augmented Reality Solutions is about to announce the release of the company's Junaio iPhone application and ReadWriteWeb has an exclusive pre-release review. While other products like Wikitude, Robotvision and Layar allow users to view notes and text above a location-based layer, no other service offers us a chance to add 3D objects and animation. While the demo may seem frivolous for now, the possibilities for branded scavenger hunts, real-world easter eggs and Foursquare-like location-based games are limitless. Sponsor Similar to Wikitude, Junaio offers location-based information on historical sites and points of interest. However, some of the unique features of this service include the ability to edit AR layers, add 3D animations and share edited scenes via social networks like Facebook and Twitter. These social features have us thinking about the current popularity of location-
based social games. While Foursquare and Gowalla offer users a chance to share their location-based experiences and compete for prizes, these products are placed above simple 2D maps. The potential for a similar product above an augmented reality layer is finally possibly with Junaio. While the video merely demonstrates the ability to edit text and images, there remains a huge opportunity for game-related exploration. Imagine setting animated booby traps during a scavenger hunt, or finding your friends' graffiti while waiting in line at the DMV or even being the first of 50 people on-site to receive a rare song download. While Junaio and editable AR-layers are still in their infancy, the potential for game-related interpretations are a natural next step. Junaio is currently pending approval in the App Store, for updates on the release follow the company's Twitter account@twitt_AR. Discuss
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Quick Look: Warhammer Online Mac Edition By Mark Crump (TheAppleBlog) Submitted at 11/5/2009 11:30:54 AM
Over the years, I’ve been forced to redefine my definition of “native” game clients for OS X. At first, I was a die-hard, nothing but true native code for me, thanks. Then, as the harsh reality of understanding that true native code is about as likely as Congress putting aside their differences and acting on what’s best for the common man, in a moment of true despair I opined that maybe running games in Crossover wasn’t such a bad idea. Now, the trend seems to be to use TransGaming’s Cider, which in non-technical terms a wrapper game developers can use to bridge their Windows code over to OS X. It’s not a “true” native client, but, since it doesn’t require a virtual machine or the ritual sacrifices that seem to go along with getting games to run on Crossover, I can handle that. Warhammer Online, from EAMythic is the latest game to get ported. After a few months of beta, it was released October 26. Full disclosure: this isn’t a full review. I’ve only got about 15 hours or so of game play to base these observations on. I’ve had decent luck with Cider ports, although my sample set of Sims 3 and Spore is a little small. Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning(WAR) is definitely the most resource-intensive of the
ports I’ve tried. For the most part, it worked fairly well. I have a brand-new MacBook Pro, but with only 2GB of RAM. I had enough stutters and jerks to prove to me that jumping to 4GB would be optimal, but it wasn’t unplayable with 2GB, either. Gameplay Warhammer has two modes: one where you fight against the computer-controlled monsters (PvE), and one where you fight against other players (PvP). There are two sides, Order and Destruction, and they are locked
in the age-old, time tried, cliché battle to control the lands. What I liked is you can earn the experience needed to level up in both modes — although there is a separate level called Renoun where you only earn in PvP. The PvE quests are fairly trite, being mostly “go forth and kill me 10 of these.” One nice variation is a Public Quest. When you go into an area, you’ll get a pop up to “kill x of this.” Any player in the area killing these contributes to the kill total. Participating in these earns you
some influence you can use to buy better gear — almost all the gear upgrades I found were earned from either Influence or Renoun rewards. There are also PvP quests relating to capturing enemy turf or killing other players. You can also play PvP scenarios, which are similar to a Team Fortresstype map. You’ll go into a small area and need to fight other player for control of a few objectives. This is where I had the most fun. The battles are short, usually fairly intense, and
last about 15 minutes. You can queue up for one with a press of a button. When enough players are queued up, the scenario will begin. When it’s completed the game will return your previous location. Being able to gain levels doing this relieves some of the boredom attached to just running quests. There are a couple of amusing bones EA has thrown to Mac players. All Mac players unlock QUICK page 41
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Rumor Has It: 8GB 3GS, RFID-Capable iPhones on the Way? By Darrell Etherington (TheAppleBlog) Submitted at 11/6/2009 8:11:08 AM
What better way to end the week than with two fresh, shiny new iPhone rumors to chew on? According to various reports, the iPhone 3GS could get an 8GB model just in time for the holidays, and Apple is also said to be testing iPhones that support radio-frequency identification (RFID), a tech that allows devices to sense nearby embedded chips without coming in actual contact with them. While the timing of both rumors happens to be concurrent, please note that it is very unlikely that if Apple were to release an 8GB iPhone 3GS in time for the holiday season, it would use the new RFID tech. It’s more likely that the RFID integration will come to fruition in later models of the iPhone.$99 8GB 3GS Rumors of the smaller capacity 3GS come via Boy Genius Report, which has proved fairly reliable in the past when it comes to predicting new product launches by Apple. They claim to have heard news of the 8GB model from two separate sources at AT&T:
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an in-game title, “I’m a(n) Order/Destruction” depending on your faction. If PC/Mac people kill enough of each other, you Definitely not confirmed, but AppleInsider: rather interesting nonetheless. The cost of RFID chips is now can also unlock a secret title. We’ve heard now from two down to just a few cents each in Competition Warhammer’s biggest sources that AT&T, and we quantity, making it possible to competition on the Mac is World guess Apple, are contemplating apply them to a wide variety of launching an 8GB iPhone 3GS at uses. Shipping companies and of Warcraft, and in many ways the $99 price point before retailers already use RFIDs to it’s not a fair comparision. WoW Christmas. One source said this t r a c k p a c k a g e s m u c h l i k e has years of polish behind it and was AT&T’s way of combating barcodes; libraries use them to only has a PvE mode (the PvP the DROID madness. track books, farmers use them to stuff is more of a tack-on than a It should be noted that BGR identify animals in herds, and the core game component as it is in specifically points out that they army, theme parks and schools W A R ) . T h e r e i s a v i s u a l similarity between the two, but haven’t heard any of this from attach RFIDs to people. Apple or any of its personnel, The site also speculates that it’s ironic. Warhammer Online is which could mean that AT&T is Apple could then leverage its based on the old Game Designers pitching the idea but doesn’t e x i s t i n g i T u n e s a c c o u n t s , miniatures game, which WoW necessarily confirm that Apple is broadening it to make it a method borrowed from for its look. receptive. Still, a 3GS at the is looking into integrating RFID for paying for anything via your However, I found the look to not magical $99 sweet-spot would swipe support into new iPhone iPhone, so long as the vendor be a sharp as WoW, and the definitely take some of the wind prototypes, according to a report you’re dealing with is equipped characters models were a little out of DROID’s sails. by a site devoted to near field to accept RFID payments. Such bland by today’s standards. Of course, there is the fact that c o m m u n i c a t i o n s . i P h o n e s payment systems using cell One of the benchmarks I’ve used Phil Schiller said the Apple boasting RFID capabilities could phones have already been used when reviewing games to judge holiday lineup is set. That should allow for things like making widely in parts of Asia and their elusive “fun” factor is how many times I bullcrap myself into mean no new products, right? Or swipe payments, proximity alerts, Europe. it could mean that the 8GB 3GS and getting information and data If Apple gets in early on thinking, “I’m just logging in to was already on the roster and that from swiping RFID-embedded widespread RFID adoption here check one thing,” knowing full it just hasn’t been announced yet. objects or even animals. in North America, it could see well I’m going to be in there for Still, if it is coming in time for RFID tech is ideal for this sort of the kind of industrial and at least an hour. That about sums Christmas, Apple is already thing because it requires little business success it’s been up my weekend with WAR. You missing out on some prime power, since the data transferred missing thus far. It might become can download a free, 10 day trial holiday buying time. We’ll is often very small in size, as common to see an iPhone- here. Existing customers, aka, definitely see it before Black usually only a number or a URL. based device on the loading dock y o u s W i n d o z e f o l k s , c a n Friday if we’re going to see it at There’s also the cost benefits of as it is to see one in a Starbucks. download the client for free. all. RFID the tech, and the fact that they’re AppleInsider reports that Apple already in wide use. According to
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MacHeist Nano Bundle Unleashed…for Free By Henry Balanon (TheAppleBlog) Submitted at 11/5/2009 5:08:41 PM
MacHeist announced its newest Mac app bundle, the MacHeist Nano. The traditional MacHeist software bundle is usually severely discounted and there has always been a price. But, for this one, they’re giving the software bundle for free. MacHeist is offering six apps instead of the usual dozen or so it usually does with its regular offering…hence the “nano” part. ShoveBox (Retail: $24.95) ShoveBox catches all those little scraps of information that you can’t act on now but would rather not forget. It sits in your menubar, waiting for you to drag in text, images, URL’s and more. WriteRoom (Retail: $24.95) For people who enjoy the simplicity of a typewriter, but live in the digital world. WriteRoom is a distraction-free writing environment. Unlike the cluttered word processors you’re used to, WriteRoom lets you focus on writing. Twitterrific
(Retail: $14.95) Twitterrific is a fun application that lets you both read and publish posts or tweets to Twitter. The application’s user interface is clean, concise and designed to take up a minimum amount of real estate on your Mac’s desktop. This is from the same guys who brought us the Twitterrific iPhone app. TinyGrab
(Retail: $14) Harnessing the power of preexisting and new OS screenshot taking capabilities, TinyGrab instantly uploads and allows you to share with a small URL — all in under 30 seconds. Hords of Orcs (Retail: $24.95) Hordes of Orcs is a tower defense game in which you must build walls and lethal towers to
defend your village from the Orcs emerging from, what the village elders call, “The Glowing Portal of Really Bad Things That We Should Have Bricked-Up a Long Time Ago.” It’s made by Freeverse, the guys who made the popular Skee-ball and Flick Fishing iPhone apps. Mariner Write (Retail: $49.95) Mariner Write is a powerful, yet streamlined word processor for Mac OS X. It’s for everyone from professional writers, to educators, students, to the average user. It’s also been touted by Macworld as the one of the best Microsoft Word alternatives. This isn’t the full-blown MacHeist 4. This is a smaller bundle to hold us over for the next few months. For those who don’t know about MacHeist, it’s a site that sells Mac OS X software. The unique thing is that the users are asked to complete certain challenges to get free and discounted applications and the software bundle grows as more customers purchase the bundle.
Street Chic: New York By ELLE.com (ELLE News Blog) Submitted at 11/6/2009 4:00:00 AM
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Stars Collide at BAFTA Awards (ETonline - Breaking News) Submitted at 11/6/2009 4:46:00 AM
The British Academy of Film and Television swam to the other side of the pond to honor some of Hollywood's leading talents at the BAFTFA/LA Britannia Awards on Thursday night. Governor Arnold Schwarzennegger had the honor of presenting the legendary Kirk Douglas with the Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Filmed Entertainment. Douglas offered advice to aspiring actors, saying, "Stay out of acting. It's too difficult. But, if you must be an actor, give it your all." Actor Colin Firth, who was honored for his humanitarian efforts, had such a busy night, rushing from a screening of his film 'A Single Man' to the awards, "I forgot my pants. We had to go back across town," he revealed to ET. He was happy to report that the film was "warmly received." It was his "first time ever at an event at the Chinese Theater, which is quite something. I've never been there for any other reason than…when I was a kid I went and put my hand in John Wayne's handprint."
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Art or Virus? Symantec Villifies Spoof Apple “Trojan”
Twitter needs a command-line
By Darrell Etherington (TheAppleBlog)
Submitted at 11/5/2009 9:50:20 AM
Security firm Symantec is warning computer users about a new Mac-specific Trojan that deletes files on the user’s hard drive, according to Techworld.com. It has dubbed the piece of malware “OSX.Loosemaque,” and uploaded a YouTube video of how it goes about its nefarious purpose. Basically, it’s a Space Invader clone wherein when you kill an alien, a file in your home folder is deleted. It looks like it’s evil — and designed to perform such a task without the knowledge of the Mac owner on which the program resides. But it isn’t. It’s an art project that clearly advertises its purpose and nature to all who would wish to use it. The game, dubbed Lose/Lose, is the brainchild of Zach Gage, who created the program as part of an online art installation and released it for public download in September. It’s intended purpose is not to dupe unsuspecting gamers, but to pose questions about the relationship between killing in video games and reallife moral issues. Gage says as much in a statement on his web
Of course, that doesn’t mean that an intelligent programmer couldn’t remove or change said message, and redistribute the game themselves with the intent of causing harm. That’s what Symantec’s worried about, and why the firm decided to issue its warning about the socalled Trojan. Of course, the company took the opportunity to recommend installing security software as a means to protect against this kind of dangerous artistic expression, seeing as that’s the business it’s in. Should you worry about this game or threats derived from it? Not unless you are one of the slim few whose retro Mac gaming addiction is so acute that site: you feel the need to hunt around By way of exploring what it the digital frontier in suspicious means to kill in a video-game, and shady locations looking for Lose/Lose broaches bigger i n d e p e n d e n t g a m e s o f questions. As technology grows, questionable quality and without o u r u n d e r s t a n d i n g o f i t any sort of legit distribution diminishes, yet, at the same time, channels. Or if you happen to be i t b e c o m e s i n c r e a s i n g l y a devoted patron of the arts, and i m p o r t a n t i n o u r l i v e s . therefore can’t resist the urge to Even if a user were to download download software you know full the game from a different, less well will harm your computer well-intentioned place, the game and destroy your files, all for the itself warns users right when it sake of the artistic effect it has. In opens, stating that “Killing in either case, anti-virus software Lose/Lose will likely result in won’t help. files on your hard drive being deleted. You have been warned.”
Submitted at 11/6/2009 2:10:31 AM
Imagine a terminal program that accepted commands like: twitter> follow davewiner twitter> follow ev twitter> unfollow sexygirl209 twitter> addtolist scoble halfmoonbay -u The first few commands are obvious, the last would add scoble to a list called halfmoonbay and unfollow him. I stumbled across this as I was thinking about how to implement follow and unfollow commands in listbrowser.org. Usually this would mean supporting OAuth, which is not a big deal, I already have the code, but it's a pain for users. Another site they have to trust. Even though OAuth is better than giving away my password, it's not much better. Then I thought how nice it is for a developer to just be able to shoot the text of a tweet over at the status box on Twitter, where the user is already logged-in. But that just works for tweets. What about follow and unfollow, and list operations? And a myriad of other chores that now you can do
either interactively or through the API. Why not have something in the middle, more techy than the point and click interface, but easier than the API. We already have an idea how that works -- it's a command-line interface. To be clear, there are already command-line interfaces for Twitter, but they run on the desktop. We need a CLI that runs as a web app from a public server. It could come from Twitter, Inc, or could be done by a developer. If there's more than one, it would be nice if they used the same syntax. If you're already working on this, post a note in the comments or send me an email at dave dot winer at gmail dot com.
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WordPress and rssCloud Review: FlashForward The Gift (Scripting News)
Submitted at 11/5/2009 10:21:56 AM
Joseph Scott has a post on the main WordPress site that explains that they are now supporting the two enhancements that were announced here on October 16. What this means: Now any aggregator that wants instant updates of WordPress sites can have it. It was an issue for complex sites like Google Reader, that's why we enhanced our apps, so they could hook into rssCloud and provide instant updates to their users. If you use Google Reader or My Yahoo or Bloglines, tell them you want rssCloud support so you can get instant WordPress updates from sites like CNN, TechCrunch, GigaOm (and of course) Scripting News! WordPress also fixed a problem that could prevent RSS feeds from reflecting the change
immediately. That was a problem because sometimes we'd receive notification that a feed had changed, and then would go read the feed only to find that it hadn't! Many thanks, once again, to the great people at Automattic.
'Dancing with the Stars'' Joanna Krupa & Derek Hough Reveal Their Guilty Pleasures!
By Jason Hughes (TV Squad)
(ETonline - Breaking News)
Submitted at 11/6/2009 3:00:00 AM
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(S01E07) You know, even without Dominic Monaghan appearing (save for one scene), this episode really captured my attention. There was some further development in the blue hand case, but for the most part it was about the people of the cast and how they're dealing with their lives at this point between the blackouts and the time of their visions. Since the beginning, I've been waiting to find some confirmation as to whether these were inevitable futures, or just possible futures. And every week, I got more and more proof that it just seems like they're racing toward these inevitable destinies. Even the contradicting visions, like Zoey's vision of her wedding with Demetri, and his lack-of-vision left room for interpretation: she was a bit away from him on that beach.
Joanna Krupa and her professional partner Derek Hough go one-on-one -- only for ET! The partners have a good time because they make each other laugh, so when ET asks them to interview each other, the good times roll! When Joanna asks, "What is the best thing about dancing with me?," Derek responds, "Your determination and your good work ethic. But most importantly, you are a really great person. It is like coming to work with one of my buddies. And you make me laugh when you laugh because your laugh is so contagious." Joanna reveals that her nickname for Derek is goofball, "because that is what you are. You are just a fun goofball."
But really, this episode was about Al Gough. We finally got to see the rest of his vision, and it's a doozy. Plus, Fiona showed up in the Los Angeles office, where she and Al meet again ... for the first time. Continue reading Review: FlashForward - The Gift Filed under: OpEd, Episode Reviews, Reality-Free, FlashForward Permalink| Email this| | Comments
Review: Parks and Recreation - Ron and Tammy By Kona Gallagher (TV Squad) Submitted at 11/6/2009 8:32:00 AM
(S02E08) All I'm saying is that it's about time someone took down those smug bastards in the library system. What, with their providing citizens with books
and resources for free and their stupid desire to turn abandoned lots into more branches where they can sling their literacy propaganda at an unsuspecting populace. Disgusting. I loved seeing Megan Mullally on primetime again. After the disastrous In the Motherhood(of
which she was by far the best
part), it's great to see her in a show I actually enjoy. As Tammy, she gives further credence to the theory that Leslie Knope isn't actually crazy: City government in Pawnee, Indiana really is as dog-eat-dog and cutthroat as she seems to think it is. Continue reading Review: Parks
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USA Network Acquires Rights To CBS Television Distribution’s NCIS: Los Angeles By Bill Gorman (TVbytheNumbers)
of instant broadcast popularity,” Blaney said. “ NCIS: LOS ANGELES is the perfect Submitted at 11/6/2009 8:32:19 AM complement to NCIS, R o b e r t h a d t h e N C I S : L A which has performed amazingly syndication story yesterday, but well for USA as the year’s #1 off for more information here is the -net series on cable.” USA press release. NCIS: LOS ANGELES is the via press release: No. 1 new show this season, USA NETWORK ACQUIRES averaging 17 million viewers RIGHTS TO CBS TELEVISION season to date. NCIS: LOS DISTRIBUTION’S ANGELES is the No. 2 drama on NCIS: LOS ANGELES television after only NCIS. NEW YORK, NY – November NCIS: LOS ANGELES has 6, 2009 – USA Network has i m p r o v e d t h e T u e s d a y 9 acquired the exclusive off- p.m. time slot compared to last network rights to the CBS year (“The Mentalist”) by 7% in Television Distribution’s drama total viewers and 5% in P18-49 NCIS: LOS ANGELES, the rating (4.2). NCIS on USA is newest addition to the NCIS the #1 “off-network” series on franchise. The announcement cable for 2009TD averaging was made today by Jane Blaney, nearly 3.5MM total viewers in USA’s executive vice president, Primetime. p r o g r a m a c q u i s i t i o n s a n d Currently in its first season on scheduling. CBS, NCIS: LOS ANGELES is a Under the agreement, USA will drama about the high stakes have access to weekly early world of the Office of Special exhibitions from season one Projects (OSP), a division of beginning September 2011 and NCIS that is charged with the right to start stripping the apprehending dangerous and series in September 2013. elusive criminals that pose a “ W e ’ r e t h r i l l e d a b o u t t h i s threat to the nation’s security. unprecedented opportunity to Chris O’Donnell stars as Special acquire a great show after just Agent “G” Callen, a chameleon s e v e n e p i s o d e s who transforms himself into
whomever he needs to be to infiltrate the criminal underworld. His partner is Special Agent Sam Hanna, played by LL COOL J, a former U.S. Navy SEAL who has seen action in both Afghanistan and Iraq, and a surveillance expert who uses state of the art monitoring equipment to look out for those in the field and feed them crucial information. Assisting the team is Special Agent Kensi Blye (Daniela Ruah), the exceptionally bright daughter of a slain Marine who lives for the adrenalin rush that comes with undercover work; Operational Psychologist Nate Getz (Peter Cambor), adept at getting into anybody’s head, profiling the target and monitoring agents’ states of mind before, during and after missions; Dominic Vail (Adam Jamal Craig), is highly qualified but lacking in practical experience and Henrietta “Hetty” Lange (Linda Hunt) who oversees the ‘backroom’ support staff tasked with providing everything from micro-surveillance cameras to cars for the team. Armed with the latest in high tech gear and sent regularly into life-
threatening situations, this tightknit unit relies on each other to do what is necessary to protect national interests. Executive producers are Shane Brennan and R. Scott Gemmill. NCIS: LOS ANGELES is produced by CBS Television Studios. About CBS Television Distribution CBS Television Distribution is the preeminent company in worldwide television syndication. CTD produces or distributes 11 first-run series and holds the largest internationally distributed television library at 70,000 hours strong. Among CTD’s criticallyacclaimed programs are the #1 syndicated series Wheel of Fortune; the #2 rated game show Jeopardy!; the top two talk shows The Oprah Winfrey Show and Dr. Phil; the Emmy Awardwinning talk show Rachael Ray; the Emmy-nominated Dr. Phil spinoff The Doctors; the #1 entertainment newsmagazine Entertainment Tonight and its sister show The Insider; the #1 newsmagazine Inside Edition; the top two court shows Judge Judy and Judge Joe Brown; and popular off-network product,
including the CSI and Star Trek franchises, Everybody Loves Raymond, NCIS, Criminal Minds, Ghost Whisperer and Medium. CTD is a unit of CBS Corp. About USA Network USA Network is the #1 network in all of basic cable and is seen in over 98.5 million U.S. homes. A division of NBC Universal, USA is the cable television leader in original series and home to the best in blockbuster theatrical films, acquired television series and entertainment events. The award-winning USA website is located at www.usanetwork.com. Characters Welcome. USA Network is a program service of NBC Universal Cable a division of NBC Universal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. This content has passed through fivefilters.org.
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Soap Opera Ratings, October 26-30, 2009 By Bill Gorman (TVbytheNumbers) Submitted at 11/6/2009 12:08:51 AM
Source: Soap Opera Network Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings Total Viewers 1. Y&R 5,002,000 (52,000/+298,000) 2. B&B 3,277,000 (+36,000/67,000) 3. DAYS 2,959,000 (43,000/+252,000) 4. GH 2,728,000 (+163,000/181,000) 5. AMC 2,722,000 (+52,000/+141,000) 6. OLTL 2,520,000 (+28,000/121,000) 7. ATWT 2,507,000 (+60,000/+37,000) HH 1. Y&R 3.6/12 (-.1/+.2) 2. B&B 2.4/8 (same/-.1) 3. DAYS 2.2/7 (same/+.2) 4. AMC 2.1/7 (+.1/+.1) 4. GH 2.1/6 (+.2/-.1) 6. OLTL 1.9/6 (same/-.1) 7. ATWT 1.8/6 (same/same) Women 18-49 Viewers 1. Y&R 1,107,000 (33,000/+120,000) 2. GH 919,000 (+76,000/64,000) 3. DAYS 899,000 (+32,000/+66,000) 4. AMC 738,000 (+3,000/33,000) 5. OLTL 727,000 (+17,000/115,000) 6. B&B 684,000 (-23,000/-
5,000) 7. ATWT 598,000 (+6,000/10,000) Women 18-49 Rating 1. Y&R 1.7/11 (same/+.2) 2. GH 1.4/8 (+.1/-.1) 2. DAYS 1.4/8 (+.1/+.1) 4. AMC 1.1/7 (same/-.1) 4. OLTL 1.1/7 (same/-.2) 6. B&B 1.0/6 (-.1/same) 7. ATWT 0.9/6 (same/same) Girls 12-17 Viewers 1. GH 43,000 (same/-1,000) 2. DAYS 30,000 (+3,000/2,000) 3. OLTL 23,000 (-21,000/18,000) 4. Y&R 20,000 (-18,000/21,000) 5. B&B 19,000 (+1,000/+2,000) 6. AMC 13,000 (-12,000/23,000) 7. ATWT 10,000 (-7,000/13,000) Women 18-34 Rating 1. Y&R 1.2/7 (same/+.3) 2. GH 1.0/6 (+.1/-.1) 2. DAYS 1.0/6 (same/-.1) 4. AMC 0.9/6 (same/+.1) 5. OLTL 0.8/5 (same/same) 6. B&B 0.6/4 (-.1/same) 7. ATWT 0.5/3 (-.1/same) Men 18+ Viewers 1. Y&R 1,263,000 (+52,000/+102,000) 2. B&B 737,000 (+36,000/+5,000) 3. DAYS 611,000 (+6,000/+6,000) 4. ATWT 548,000 (+24,000/+74,000) 5. AMC 504,000 (-41,000/-
1,000) 6. GH 483,000 (+1,000/-19,000) 7. OLTL 439,000 (-28,000/19,000) ————————————Day-To-Day Ratings – HH/Total Viewers AMC Monday: 2.2/2,876,000 Tuesday: 2.1/2,706,000 Wednesday: 2.1/2,673,000 Thursday: 1.9/2,644,000 Friday: 2.0/2,711,000 ATWT Monday: 1.8/2,410,000 Tuesday: 1.9/2,612,000 Wednesday: 1.9/2,627,000 Thursday: 1.8/2,497,000 Friday: 1.8/2,389,000 B&B Monday: 2,2/3,060,000 Tuesday: 2.5/3,494,000 Wednesday: 2.4/3,499,000 Thursday: 2.3/3,172,000 Friday: 2.3/3,162,000 DAYS Monday: 2.2/2,926,000 Tuesday: 2.2/3,025,000 Wednesday: 2.2/2,956,000 Thursday: 2.3/3,106,000 Friday: 2.0/2,781,000 GH Monday: 2.1/2,737,000 Tuesday: 2.0/2,682,000 Wednesday: 2.1/2,759,000 Thursday: 2.0/2,639,000 Friday: 2.1/2,821,000 OLTL Monday: 2.1/2,756,000 Tuesday: 1.9/2,436,000 Wednesday: 2.0/2,453,000 Thursday: 1.8/2,528,000
Friday: 1.8/2,425,000 Y&R Monday: 3.6/4,924,000 Tuesday: 3.8/5,292,000 Wednesday: 3.5/5,041,000 Thursday: 3.6/4,874,000 Friday: 3.5/4,880,000 ———————For the SEASON September 21, 2009 through November 1, 2009 HH 1. Y&R 3.8 2. B&B 2.4 3. DAYS 2.3 4. GH 2.1 5. AMC 2.0 6. OLTL 1.9 7. ATWT 1.8 Women 18-49 Rating 1. Y&R 1.8 2. DAYS 1.5 2. GH 1.5 4. OLTL 1.2 5. AMC 1.1 5. B&B 1.1 7. ATWT 0.9 Source: Soap Opera Network To see past week’s Soap Opera TV ratings click here. Y&R = The Young & The Restless, B&B = The Bold and the Beautiful, GH = General Hospital, DAYS = Days of Our Lives, ATWT = As The World Turns, OLTL = One Life to Live, AMC = All My Children. Nielsen TV Ratings Data: ©2009 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved. This content has passed through fivefilters.org.
'A Single Man' is Singular Sensation at Screening in LA (ETonline - Breaking News) Submitted at 11/6/2009 7:21:00 AM
'A Single Man' was screened Thursday night during the Closing Night Gala of the American Film Institute Festival. The movie, based on Christopher Isherwood’s novel, marks fashion designer Tom Ford’s directorial debut. Tom told ET, "It's the kind of thing that you dream about. You're not sure if it'll ever really happen and then when it does, it's absolutely surreal." New to the process of movie-making, he admitted, "Editing surprised me. It wasn't hard, I loved it, but I really...didn't understand what could happen in an editing room." Colin Firth, who plays the lead character George, received a BAFTA Award for Humanitarianism directly after the screening. Tom praised the star, saying, "Colin as an actor, he is so subtle and nuanced and he can communicate without moving a thing on his face. He can really telegraph what his character is feeling and I think he inhabited this role beautifully…"
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TV Ratings Thursday: ABC Edges CBS; FlashForward Keeps Sliding, Vampire Diaries Steady By Bill Gorman (TVbytheNumbers) Submitted at 11/6/2009 8:53:48 AM
ABC edged CBS for the overall adults 18-49 ratings on Thursday night, but FlashForward continued to slip in the ratings. The CW’s bright spot this season, Vampire Diaries, was steady. More analysis coming ASAP. Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2009 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved. You can see TV ratings from other recent Overnight ratings reports here. Definitions: Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings, including demographics, are available at approximately 11 AM (ET) the day after telecast, and are released to subscribing customers daily. These data, from the National People Meter sample, are strictly time-period information, based on the normal broadcast network feed, and include all programming on the
affiliated stations, sometimes including network programming, sometimes not. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect
normal broadcast feed patterns. For example, with a World Series game, Fast Affiliate Ratings would include whatever aired from 8-11PM on affiliates in the Pacific Time Zone, following the live football game, but not game coverage that begins at 5PM PT. The same would be true of Presidential debates as well as live award shows and breaking news reports.
Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent. Share (of Audience): The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. (See also,
Rating, which represents tuning or viewing as a percent of the entire population being measured.) Time Shifted Viewing– Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day(Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs which are currently in approximately 24.4% of all U.S. TV households. Live+Same Day(Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast. For more information see Numbers 101. This content has passed through fivefilters.org.
Will 'Ugly Betty' Turn into a Swan? (ETonline - Breaking News) Submitted at 11/6/2009 12:10:00 AM
Because of its new Friday timeslot, there is some buzz that the fourth season of "Ugly Betty"
may be the final season. So, ET checked in with series' star America Ferrera to find out if that should be the case, does she want to see Betty turn into a swan?
"I have always [seen the character] as transformative," she tells ET. "A caterpillar who has to grow into her own skin -- into the version of herself that she is most comfortable with. I never
see Betty turning into a supermodel, or one of a million cookie-cutter girls. I do see her as blossoming into a more mature version of herself." That said, sometime this season,
Betty finally gets her braces off, and she has already started dressing more chicly for her new job as a non-poncho-wearing assistant editor.
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Is Oprah ending her Fear this: Dan Aykroyd syndicated show for her as Yogi Bear OWN show?
Take Them Out to the Ball Game! Your Fave Celebs at Sporting Events!
By Allison Waldman (TV Squad) Submitted at 11/6/2009 9:29:00 AM
Yesterday there was a story on Deadline Hollywood that Oprah Winfrey would be ending her syndicated talk show in 2011 in order to move over to her OWN cable network. She'd still have a talk show, one based on Los Angeles, but it would not be syndicated. It would be on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), formerly Discovery Health. Well, after the news was reported all over the place, Oprah's company Harpo, Inc. issued a statement that there would be no announcement until the end of the year. They didn't deny it; they just said the announcement about the switch would be later in the year. To the average fan, if Oprah stopped her syndicated show, it probably wouldn't matter too much. Most people have basic cable and OWN would probably be a major addition to most cable systems, as well as DirecTV and
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I could make another joke about how Hollywood is out of ideas, but why bother? However, as further proof of the concept, a live-action/CGI Yogi Bear movie is in the works based on the Hanna-Barbera cartoon from way back when. Dan Aykroyd will be lending his voice for Yogi and Justin Timberlake will be the voice of Boo Boo. Did anyone else just feel a cold shiver down their spine? Anna Faris will also be in the movie as a documentary filmmaker. I like Anna Faris even when she's in crap movies, but I don't think her presence is going to make me like this one. I'm sorry to say that this movie will likely do well and the kids
Just like apple pie and ice cream, America loves sports! And so do A-list celebrities! Trading their red-carpet duds and glittering jewels for casual clothes and caps, many stars love spending their free time watching an adrenaline-filled game. Take a look at the countless celebs hooting and hollering for their favorite sports teams!
Dish. Longtime fans would be able to watch Oprah on cable or satellite. No biggie. Continue reading Is Oprah ending her syndicated show for her OWN show? Filed under: Industry, OpEd, Celebrities, Talk Show, RealityFree P e r m a l i n k | E m a i l t h i s | | (ETonline - Breaking News) Comments Submitted at 11/6/2009 12:02:00 AM
will eat up. Look at Hollywood's history of similar movies (most of which have actually spawned sequels): The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, Garfield, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Scooby Doo... the list goes on. So what do you think of this idea? Filed under: TV on the Bigscreen, OpEd, Reality-Free Permalink| Email this| | Comments
Video: Oprah Attends Ellen DeGeneres' O Magazine Cover Shoot Last March, Oprah Winfrey appeared on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" to grant one of Ellen's greatest wishes -- to
appear on the cover of O magazine --and only ET was with the two talk-show hosts moments before Ellen's shoot! Lady O greets Ellen before the shoot and thanks her for participating. Ellen returns the
gratitude, pointing out that it was she who wanted to grace the cover of the mag that almost always has Oprah's image on the cover. Ellen's cover appears in the December issue of O.
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Three Years After His Murder, Bryan Pata's Spirit Lives On By Jim Henry (FanHouse) Submitted at 11/6/2009 4:00:00 AM
Review: The Office Double Date By Joel Keller (TV Squad)
for him is when he's dressing down Dwight. What I was Submitted at 11/6/2009 9:01:00 AM expecting to see during his and (S06E09) There was so much Helaine's double date with Pam comedic potential in this week's and Jim was some blissful episode, that I ended up coming obliviousness on Michael's part away from this one unsatisfied. It and seething anger on Pam's part. played out as essentially two What we got was a Michael that mini-episodes, and while the was about as cruel as he's been to second one was better than the anyone in quite some time. first, neither was particularly Continue reading Review: The funny. Office - Double Date Michael Scott is always funnier Filed under: The Office, Episode when he produces cringe-worthy Reviews, Reality-Free moments via his cluelessness. Permalink| Email this| | Cruelty just doesn't suit him well, C o m m e n t s and the only time it really works
by Jim Henry Filed under: University of Miami TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The telephone conversation between brothers, as always, was friendly and upbeat. The noise in the Miami bowling alley, however, made it difficult for Bryan Pata to hear, so he quickly squeezed his feet into a snug pair of bowling shoes and contract expires in 2011, walked outside for better according to a report published reception. Edwin Pierre Pata was by Deadline Hollywood Daily’s 400 miles away in Florida's Nikki Finke. That report is in line Panhandle, standing near his car, with what Discovery chief David b u t t h e i r b o n d w a s n o t Zaslav had said nearly one year diminished by distance or time. ago to the day. Or school allegiance. O n T h u r s d a y a f t e r n o o n Bryan was a Hurricane; Edwin a executives tied to the show were Seminole. issuing a round of statements Three Years After His Murder, s a y i n g n o t h i n g h a s b e e n Bryan Pata's Spirit Lives On finalized. originally appeared on Fanhouse via Broadcasting & Cable. NCAA Football Blog on Fri, 06 This content has passed through Nov 2009 04:00:00 EST . Please fivefilters.org. see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Email this| Linking Blogs| Comments
Is The Oprah Winfrey Show Moving To OWN Because of Obama Endorsement? By Bill Gorman (TVbytheNumbers) Submitted at 11/6/2009 8:28:10 AM
Of course not. But I couldn’t pass up this chance to poke fun at the ridiculous press that wants to tie everything that happens to Oprah to her Obama endorsement. As usual, this isn’t about politics, it’s about money! CBS Television Distribution’s The Oprah Winfrey Show will depart broadcast syndication and move to Winfrey’s new cable network, OWN, when the show’s
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HSBC Champions: Tiger Woods shares 36-hole lead in China By Associated Press (ESPN.com)
Sheshan International. After consecutive holes failing to make birdie with a wedge in his hand, Submitted at 11/6/2009 7:52:11 AM he knocked in a 10-foot birdie on Woods, Watney On Top At the ninth and was on his way. Midway Point Woods, Watney "I certainly had some looks and On Top At Midway Point didn't really capitalize on SHANGHAI -- Tiger Woods anything," Woods said. "Made a realized that no one was pulling putt on 9 and from then on, I hit a away at the HSBC Champions on lot of good putts and basically Friday, so he settled into a good played the last 10 holes at 5 groove with the putter and made under." sure he caught them. He reached the par-5 18th in two Washburn: Quiet, Please! for one last birdie to catch Traditionally, fans at golf Watney (70) at 10-under 134. tournaments are seen and not They were one shot clear of heard. That's certainly not the Mickelson, Ryan Moore(69) and case at the HSBC in China, Alvaro Quiros of Spain, who where Tiger Woods and many in chose to lay up on the 18th the field battle the constant instead of hitting 4-iron to the camera clicks and ringing cell g r e e n b e c a u s e t h e p u t t i n g phones. Story surfaces were firm and quick. He Woods birdied five of his last 10 had to settle for a par and a 66. holes for another 5-under 67, Another shot behind was giving him a share of the 36-hole Anthony Kim, who made eagle lead with Nick Watney in the on the 18th for a 69, while Pat final World Golf Championship Perez made a bogey on his final of the year that continues to have hole for a 69 that put him at 7a distinct American look. under 137. Seven of the top nine players on Perez said he is working on the leaderboard are from the some swing adjustments and not United States, and the possibility really paying attention to his of another No. 1 vs. No. 2 s c o r e , s o w h i l e h e i s i n showdown looms with Phil contention for the first time in a Mickelson making three birdies World Golf Championship, he is over the last four holes for a 66 not particularly sure how he got to finish one shot behind. there. Woods has been runner-up twice At least he might get a few more at the HSBC Champions, and he fans on Saturday. put himself in contention again at "It felt like Sunday afternoon on
T-3. Mickelson (-9) T-3. Moore (-9) T-3. Quiros (-9) â€˘ Complete scores "It certainly was a bit frustrating," he said. "But the guys weren't running off and the wrong side of the course," he hiding, either. I knew if I could said. "We had like two people just play the back nine at 3-under following us. It's an awesome par ... I figured that would tournament, but we had no probably be a good number. And atmosphere. It made me realize I did a couple better than that." I'm actually a nobody. I thought I Putting also was the difference was decently somebody, but this for Watney, who made just about confirms it. In worldwide golf, everything on Thursday and was I'm a nobody." stunned to miss a couple of short Still laughing, Perez stated the putts in the second round. He was obvious. Most of the fans were even for his round until closing following three groups, the bulk with two birdies that put him in of them with Woods. the final group of a WGC event They lined the entire side of the for the second time this year. He fairway on the 603-yard eighth played the final two rounds at hole, although most of the cheers Doral with Mickelson, losing by were for Thongchai Jaidee of one shot. Thailand as he opened with three Watney wasn't the least bit birdies over the first seven holes. shocked to see Woods atop the Woods had birdie putts inside 18 leaderboard, with Mickelson and feet on every hole over the first Kim right in the mix. hour, converting only one of "I knew from the start they were them and losing his patience. The in the field, so it's no surprise Chinese gallery doesn't speak his they're playing well," Watney language, although it understands said. "Whatever the lead is at, that a player flipping his club at that's not going to win the golf the golf bag is not a good sign. tournament. I need to go out and Only when he glanced at the keep playing well and keep leaderboard did Woods realize no making birdies to have any shot." one was doing that much better. Watney and Woods will be HSBC Champions Leaderboard joined in the last group with T-1. Woods (-10) Moore, who messed up the easy T-1. Watney (-10) holes and picked up shots on the
harder ones. He finished by missing the green in a miserable spot on No. 9 and chipping in from 60 feet for birdie. "I was happy to walk away with par, and to have birdie ... that was nice," Moore said. Mickelson has been driving the ball great since the Tour Championship, and he gets to stack his length up Saturday against Quiros, one of the longest hitters in golf. Quiros is one of the few who has even dared go for the green on the 603-yard eighth, with a stream fronting the green. He reached it Friday with a 4-iron. "I'm playing OK," Quiros said. "I'm lucky with bad shots. I'm able to hit recovery shots." Mickelson won at Sheshan International two years ago and has done just enough to be near the lead. He chipped in twice, but perhaps his best shot followed a mistake. He hit hybrid into a fairway bunker on the 16th, leaving him an awkward yardage with the ball slightly plugged in the slope. He hit wedge to 12 feet and made birdie. "I put myself in good position heading into the weekend," he said. "There's a lot of guys there, and I'll need to play well." Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press This content has passed through fivefilters.org.
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The Count: Matsui’s Very Efficient World Series (WSJ.com: The Daily Fix) Submitted at 11/5/2009 10:47:02 AM
Hideki Matsui got just 14 plate appearances in the World Series, the fewest for a position player to win the series MVP in at least 30 years. But he made the most of them, with one walk, four singles, a double and three home runs. His remarkable output, capped by a six-RBI effort in the Game Six clincher, made him an easy pick for series MVP. Reuters Mariano Rivera’s two scoreless innings in Game Six weren’t enough to earn him a second World Series MVP award. One way to measure a player’s contribution to his team is win probability added. For each Matsui plate appearance, he added a portion of a win equal to the probability the Yankees would win after his plate appearance, minus the probability before he stepped to the plate. A similar measure can be made for pitchers. By that count, Matsui contributed 0.64 of a win during the series, more than any other player on either team. His contribution was far greater even then the 0.36 win, combined, added by long-time Yankees Mariano Rivera, Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte and Jorge Posada— “the men who connect all the dots in the Yankees’ universe,” according to ESPN’s Jayson
Stark. Rivera was nearly flawless in his four appearances, but the games generally weren’t close. Pettitte got two wins but didn’t pitch well in either. Posada got on base in every game, but didn’t have a huge impact. And Jeter actually cost his team, despite his gaudy stats, because he hit into a crucial double play in the ninth inning of Game Five. Matsui, meanwhile, made the most of his three starts at Yankee Stadium, and of his three pinchhit opportunities when he was benched for defensive reasons in Philadelphia, where the teams played without a designated hitter. He became the first nonpitcher World Series MVP since 1986 to win the award while coming to the plate fewer than three times in any game. In 1986, Ray Knight was benched in favor of Howard Johnson in Game Two. (That series is now considered a classic, but it bored at least one observer before the thrilling end to Game Six.) In 1983, Rick Dempsey twice had just two plate appearances. And in 1981, co-MVP Steve Yeager twice had just one plate appearance. All of them, and every other position-player series MVP over the last 30 years, averaged at least 2.5 plate appearances per game, compared to 2.3 for Matsui. The typical MVP had 4.3 plate appearances per game. (Matsui could have the
fewest plate appearances per game ever; I got tired of checking at 1980.) It’s fitting that a batter won the MVP, because the Yankees excelled this year at hitting, not pitching. At Amazin’ Avenue, James Kannengieser points out that the Yankees weren’t particularly outstanding this season at pitching, running or defending, but led baseball in the major hitting statistics. New York’s big pitching edge in the series came out of the bullpen. Beyond Rivera, the Yankees’ relievers weren’t great, and the team’s overall bullpen ERA in the series was 3.86. But that was nearly two runs better than Philadelphia’s bullpen, which also gave up three more hits or walks per nine innings. This was significant in a series in which the Yankees outscored the Phillies by just five runs. Both teams got some relief help from regular-season starters — Philadelphia’s J.A. Happ and New York’s Joba Chamberlain. That’s a marked change from the regular season, when far fewer starters make relief appearances
these days than in early baseball history. Though Pettitte got two wins, he didn’t pitch particularly well in either game — consistent with a striking characteristic of his career, that his win totals overstate the quality of his pitching. These days, Pettitte is “a slightly above average pitcher,” Tommy Bennett writes at Beyond the Boxscore. “Pettitte, it’s clear, is a fine pitcher, but his won-lost record says as much about the tremendous offensive teams backing him as it does about his pitching,” Sean Forman writes for the New York Times. ESPN’s Rob Neyer thinks Pettitte might need to reach 300 wins to reach the Hall of Fame, and he’s at least five years away from that milestone. But Tom Tango says a simple rule of thumb shows Pettitte is a viable candidate. Pettitte did outpitch his fellow veteran Game Six starter, Pedro Martinez. After Wednesday night, they both rank in the top 10 among oldest pitchers to start a World Series Game Six, though they’re outside the top 40 among all World Series starters. Martinez has had the better career, but Pettitte has been better lately.
Penguins Power Play Hasn't Overcome Loss of Gonchar, Malkin By Adam Gretz (FanHouse) Submitted at 11/6/2009 11:00:00 AM
by Adam Gretz Filed under: Penguins The power play unit for the Pittsburgh Penguins hasn't exactly been a model of consistency since the start of the 2008-09 season, finishing 20th in the league a year ago, and currently residing in the 22nd spot through their first 13 games of this season. Take the unit's quarterback, Sergei Gonchar, and arguably the team's best player, Evgeni Malkin, out of the lineup, and it goes from maddening inconsistency to complete disaster. Penguins Power Play Hasn't Overcome Loss of Gonchar, Malkin originally appeared on Fanhouse NHL Blog on Fri, 06 Nov 2009 11:00:00 EST . Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Email this| Linking Blogs| Comments
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Oklahoma State wide receiver Dez Bryant will enter NFL draft By Joe Schad (ESPN.com)
until September 2010, and the school appealed to the NCAA's Student-Athlete Reinstatement Dez Bryant To Enter NFL Draft C o m m i t t e e . T h a t g r o u p Dez Bryant To Enter NFL Draft announced Thursday that it had Oklahoma State wide receiver rejected Bryant's appeal in a twoDez Bryant said Thursday night paragraph statement that included that he will enter the 2010 NFL no explanation. draft. "This year didn't go the way I "I feel this is the best decision for wanted it to," Bryant said. "It was me," Bryant said. "It's what God so hard. And to be honest I had wants me to do. I'm going to start my head down at times. But the my training Tuesday in Tampa." NCAA has made their decision. Mike and Mike in the Morning And I respect that. And now I've ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. shares his made mine." thoughts on where Dez Bryant An attorney for Bryant said ranks for the NFL draft and the Thursday that the one-year college teams that could sneak up penalty handed down by the and surprise people like TCU. NCAA amounted to a "death More Podcasts Âť penalty" for his client's college Bryant sat out the past five career. games after Oklahoma State (No. "I don't know that there's much 19 BCS, No. 18 AP) ruled him about this type of decision that ineligible for lying to an NCAA would help improve a person," investigator looking into Bryant's Willie Baker, Bryant's attorney, offseason meeting with former told The Associated Press in a NFL player Deion Sanders. phone interview. "I think there The NCAA decided last week are other ways that the NCAA that Bryant should be suspended might try to develop -- a different Submitted at 11/6/2009 8:48:53 AM
way of administering, if you want to call it punishment or whatever, but in the end it ought to be something that would be helpful to the student." Big 12 blog ESPN.com's Tim Griffin writes about all things Big 12 in his conference blog. â€˘ Blog network: College Football Nation NCAA spokeswoman Stacey Osburn said in an e-mail that members of the committee were not permitted to speak to reporters and that the agency's national office had no comment beyond the statement. A call to Big Ten associate commissioner Carol Iwaoka, the chair of the reinstatement committee, was referred to Osburn. Bryant caught 87 passes for 1,480 yards and 19 touchdowns last season while also scoring twice on punt returns. He was the only one of three finalists for the Biletnikoff Award left in school this year.
Bryant said he hopes to live up to the NFL production of receivers such as Randy Moss and Anquan Boldin. He is projected as a first-round pick. "When I talk to the NFL, I'm going to be truthful with them about what happened," Bryant said. "It will be what I'm supposed to tell them, which is the truth." Bryant said after being suspended for most of his junior season, he just wants to play again. "I love the game," Bryant said. "I have a passion for the game. Football is what I do. And any NFL team that I play for is going to get great effort." Joe Schad is a college football reporter for ESPN.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report. This content has passed through fivefilters.org.
Skype founders settle dispute (Financial Times - US homepage) Submitted at 11/6/2009 7:35:17 AM
The group of investors seeking to buy Skype from Ebay have agreed to give the founders a large stake in the business to end the bitter dispute over the ownership of the technology that underpins the online communications service. Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis, who sold Skype to Ebay in 2005, will take a 14 per cent stake in the business. The investor group, including Silver Lake, Andreessen Horowitz and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board will take 56 per cent. Ebay will retain a 30 per cent stake in the business. Index Ventures, which had originally planned to take a 3 per cent share of the business will exit the deal. This content has passed through fivefilters.org.
NFL FanHouse Week 9 Live Chat By Bruce Ciskie (FanHouse)
Most teams will play their eighth game this week, meaning that we're hitting the halfway mark. by Bruce Ciskie Already, there's talk of 16-0 Filed under: Bengals, Colts, teams and teams that have played Ravens, Saints, NFL Fans, NFL t h e m s e l v e s o u t o f s e r i o u s Live Blogging contention. Submitted at 11/6/2009 11:00:00 AM
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Indianapolis Colts lose Marlin Jackson for Brock Lesnar has mono; season; Anthony Gonzalez has surgery, fight vs. Shane Carwin Bob Sanders meets with doctor on elbow postponed By ESPN.com news services (ESPN.com)
injury he suffered in last week's game against San Francisco. Gonzalez, who has missed most Submitted at 11/6/2009 8:34:29 AM of the season, suffered a recent The injuries are starting to pile setback in practice that led to u p f o r t h e u n d e f e a t e d surgery to clean out loose Indianapolis Colts. particles in his right knee, the The team has placed starting team said. Gonzalez is expected cornerback Marlin Jackson on to miss two to three weeks, a injured reserve, ending his team source told ESPN NFL season, and announced that on Insider Adam Schefter. Thursday, wide receiver Anthony Sanders, one of the Colts' best Gonzalez underwent arthroscopic defenders, made his season debut knee surgery. in Week 7 after missing the AFC South blog Colts' training camp, preseason ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky and the first five games of the writes about all things AFC regular season after having South in his division blog. surgery on his right knee. â€˘ Blog network: NFL Nation Jackson suffered a knee injury In addition, safety Bob Sanders during a non-contact drill on consulted with noted surgeon Dr. Wednesday. A team source told James Andrews on an elbow Schefter that Jackson tore his
ACL on the final play of practice and is expected to have surgery next week. Jackson's newest injury came a day after the Colts placed linebacker Tyjuan Hagler on injured reserve with a ruptured biceps. The Colts signed veteran defensive end Josh Thomas to replace Jackson on the active roster. Thomas played with the Colts from 2004 through 2008, starting in 12 of 68 appearances, and was credited with 172 tackles, including six sacks. ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter contributed to this story. This content has passed through fivefilters.org.
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Heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar has mononucleosis and won't be able to defend his title Jan. 2 at UFC 108 against Shane Carwin, UFC president Dana White texted to the Los Angeles Times. The fight, originally scheduled for Nov. 21, was pushed back to January because of a Lesnar illness. Now, White says Lesnar has mononucleosis and can't train for six weeks, according to his text to the Times. UFC officials said they hope to have Lesnar back in the octagon by March. "Guys my manager Jason Genet just told me that UFC 108 is not happening," Carwin wrote at
shane-carwin.com. "Brock has Mono and what the UFC has told me is that I have earned a title shoot [sic] but I have to wait for the title holder. I hope Brock gets well soon." The Jan. 2 card, set for the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, also lost a scheduled bout between Anderson Silva and Vitor Belfort. Silva has what a UFC official to the Times was a "nagging injury." The Nov. 21 card -- UFC 104 -will feature Tito Ortiz against Forrest Griffin as its main event. Lesnar hasn't fought since July at UFC 100. Carwin is undefeated through 11 pro fights, but has not competed since March. This content has passed through fivefilters.org.
Yankees Win the Best Thing for MLB By Terence Moore (FanHouse) Submitted at 11/6/2009 12:40:00 AM
by Terence Moore Filed under: Yankees, World Series NEW YORK -- Oh, it was a loaded question, all right. The guy that I expected to answer was Bud Selig, whose role as baseball commissioner expands beyond
the new sacred walls in the Bronx that feature the plaques of Yankee greats. I asked the question anyway. Given the mystique of pinstripes, television ratings that soar toward the farthest black hole at the sight of the interlocking "NY" in white against blue caps, baseball rock Mariano Rivera and the rest -- I s t a r s D e r e k J e t e r , A - R o d , mean, doesn't it help the entire
game whenever the Yankees win it all? Well, it does. Nobody cares about the Tampa Bay Rays in October or November, for instance, except those with too much time on their hands around the Skyview Bridge over the Gulf of Mexico. The world is dominated by Yankee lovers, Yankee haters and few in-
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Tiger Woods Tied for Lead at HSBC
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by Greg Couch Filed under: U.S. Open, ATP The head of the World AntiDoping Agency acknowledged that it's too late to punish Andre Agassi for his failed drug test from 1997, darned statute of limitations. But WADA said it still wants some punishment, anyway. Maybe for Agassi's lies to doping officials, which he admits in his book? Maybe for perjury? Doubtful. But I knew tennis would get its pound of flesh, anyway, as Agassi has embarrassed the sport's governing bodies. What I didn't know was how fast they would get that flesh. Or that they would take it from Yanina Wickmayer. She was banned Thursday for a year for a doping offense. It wasn't for failing a test, or apparently even for missing one, though details still aren't out. It
by Shane Bacon Filed under: European Tour Tiger Woods plays golf all over the world, all the time, and tends not to discriminate when trophies come his way in different languages. Unfortunately, none of those trophies Woods holds are covered in Mandarin, but that could change if Tiger keeps it up at the HSBC Champions. After two rounds in Shanghai, Tiger can't stop shooting 67s, and with a birdie on his final hole on Friday, Woods is tied for the lead at 10-under with first-round leader and fellow countryman Nick Watney. Watney, ranked 32nd in the world, followed up his course record 64 on Thursday with a 2under 70 to tie Woods and will be paired with Tiger on Saturday with a list of impressive golfers chasing, including 2007 HSBC champion Phil Mickelson, who is
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GM Europe chief poised to quit carmaker (Financial Times - US homepage) Submitted at 11/6/2009 4:31:51 AM
Carl-Peter Forster, the head of General Motors in Europe, is poised to leave the company, it emerged on Friday, just days after the US carmaker decided to hold on to its Opel/Vauxhall operations. Revamping GM Interactive graphic: Key events that have led to Opel U-turn People close to the carmaker told the Financial Times that Mr Forster was set to leave the company soon, adding that he 9-under, just one shot back. was likely to be replaced by Nick Golf.com: HSBC Round 2 Photo R e i l l y , G M â€™ s h e a d o f Gallery international operations, who is Tiger Woods Tied for Lead at known as a tough restructuring HSBC originally appeared on manager. Fanhouse Golf Blog on Fri, 06 This content has passed through Nov 2009 08:44:00 EST . Please fivefilters.org. see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Email this| Linking Blogs| Comments
Team up and watch this new Skate 3 trailer By Randy Nelson (Joystiq) Submitted at 11/6/2009 9:45:00 AM
EA's new Skate 3 trailer touts team-play as the stand-out addition to the franchise. The new element allows players to tackle challenges and compete
against other teams online for popularity within the Skate.Feed community. Of course, it's just as easy to become unpopular, too -just ask the guy in the short shorts. EA Black Box is once again handling the development of the
game, building on the, um, building features of Skate 2. The studio is working to greatly improve the film maker and skate park editor, as well as adding new features such as an in-game and web-based "social network," plus the ability to seamlessly
share parks, board designs and other user-created content a la Forza 3's storefront. Skate 3 is due in May 2010 for PS3 and Xbox 360. Gallery: Skate 3 Team up and watch this new Skate 3 trailer originally
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Elizabeth Lambert, New Mexico Women's Soccer Player, Plays Dirty vs. BYU By Michael David Smith (FanHouse)
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by Michael David Smith Filed under: Women's Sports Elizabeth Lambert is a New Mexico women's soccer player who turned the BYU vs. New Mexico game in the Mountain West Conference Tournament this week into a brawl. Lambert was seen elbowing, pushing, pulling hair and kicking BYU players in one of the most shocking displays of dirty play you'll ever see. BYU won the game 1-0, and BYU freshman forward Carlee Payne, who scored the only goal, said afterward that it was a rough
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U.S. regulators say they are "actively" working on a request from Hollywood to use antipiracy technology so studios can offer first-run movies over cable and satellite services. Opponents say the Hollywood proposal to block some signals to recording equipment wouldn't prevent
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Though plenty of people -analyst Michael Pachter chief among them -- are pretty certain that an HD version of the Wii is in the pipeline, you're not going By JC Fletcher (Joystiq) shouldn't be forced to install and to catch Nintendo's Reggie Filsrun a 3rd party software client to Submitted at 11/6/2009 9:22:00 AM Amie copping to it. Speaking be able to play the game you PC gamers aren't the only ones purchased." The site offers an w i t h G e o f f K e i g h l e y o n angry about the way Modern Amazon link to purchase the Gametrailers TV, the Regginator Warfare 2 is shaping up. PC game, and a $5 coupon for other said, "Michael continues to be retailers, starting with IGN's Activision titles on Direct2Drive. the only one who believes that Direct2Drive download service, Impulse and GamersGate won't this is gonna happen. I don't have made the bold move to be offering the Modern Warfare know how forcefully we can say leave piles of money on the table 2 either. Impulse tells VE3D that there is no Wii HD." by refusing to sell it. It's not in "the most obvious issue is the It certainly sounds like a firm protest of the dedicated server forced inclusion of a competitor's refusal, but let's all try to issue or the multiplayer cap, but store that blocks us from carrying remember that the shelf life of a Nintendo denial is exactly 10 movie piracy. rather the fact that the game the game." days. The blocking could affect 25 r e l i e s o n S t e a m w o r k s f o r [Via Gamasutra] million older televisions that rely u p d a t e s , s a v i n g a n d Modern Warfare 2 refused by Reggie denies the existence of on analog signals. The waiver Achievements; and Direct2Drive digital distribution retailers; Wii HD originally appeared on should be denied, in part because isn't thrilled about selling a game Steamworks to blame originally Joystiq on Fri, 06 Nov 2009 it would frustrate viewers who that requires the bundling of a appeared on Joystiq on Fri, 06 10:02:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. don't have access to the proper competitor's product. Nov 2009 09:22:00 EST. Please Read| Permalink| Email this| equipment, says Gigi Sohn, "At Direct2Drive," the statement see our terms for use of feeds. president of Public Knowledge, a on what would be the Modern Read| Permalink| Email this| Comments digital rights group. Warfare 2 product page reads, Comments This content has passed through "we believe strongly that when fivefilters.org. you buy a game from us, you
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Modern Warfare: Reflex footage inspires passionate comment By Griffin McElroy (Joystiq) Submitted at 11/6/2009 11:40:00 AM
"now all you 360 lovers can suck it!!!!! this game looks great." natevberg, YouTube commenter No insight from us relating to the recently leaked footage of the training mission from Modern Warfare: Reflex(and, prior to that, the original Modern Warfare) is required. Mr. control of the Phantoms in this natevberg seems to sum up the upcoming DS game, it's not r a w e m o t i o n o f t h e v i d e o through a musical instrument he beautifully. To see the modern finds in a treasure chest (the waggle controls in action, check usual Zelda route), but rather it's out the video after the jump. Continue reading Modern because Princess Zelda possesses Warfare: Reflex footage inspires them. Gallery: The Legend of Zelda: passionate comment Modern Warfare: Reflex footage Spirit Tracks Continue reading Zelda: Spirit inspires passionate comment Tracks trailer, now with more originally appeared on Joystiq on Fri, 06 Nov 2009 11:40:00 EST. Zelda Zelda: Spirit Tracks trailer, now Please see our terms for use of with more Zelda originally feeds. appeared on Joystiq on Fri, 06 Read| Permalink| Email this| Nov 2009 10:59:00 EST. Please Comments see our terms for use of feeds. Read| Permalink| Email this| Comments
Rock Band Weekly: The Zelda: Spirit Tracks White Stripes, The trailer, now with more Damned, Kasabian Zelda By Alexander Sliwinski (Joystiq)
regular Rock Band music store. [Thanks to our friend Dustin Burg for the Lego head!] Submitted at 11/6/2009 11:20:00 AM Check out the update after the . Forget that Jack White finds it " break, along with what Rock depressing" that kids are learning Band Unplugged players can about music through rhythm expect for DLC next week. games -- there's gold in them thar Select a platform below to view virtual hills! Next week's Rock complete DLC listing: Band DLC adds a pack of songs Continue reading Rock Band from The White Stripes, with Weekly: The White Stripes, The tracks off of three different Damned, Kasabian albums. Rock Band Weekly: The White We've also added this little guy Stripes, The Damned, Kasabian to Rock Band Weekly:. He originally appeared on Joystiq on i n d i c a t e s t r a c k s t h a t a r e Fri, 06 Nov 2009 11:20:00 EST. considered "family-friendly" Please see our terms for use of enough for Lego Rock Band. feeds. Such marked songs will be Permalink| Email this| available in LRB's music store, C o m m e n t s as well as appearing in the
By JC Fletcher (Joystiq) Submitted at 11/6/2009 10:59:00 AM
Nintendo's new The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks trailer (after the break) reveals a more exciting innovation than the whole train thing: You're not exactly rescuing Zelda in this game. In fact, she travels with you the whole time ... in spirit! In one of the craziest Zelda trailers we've ever seen, some wizard shows up and turns Zelda into a ghost, and then she sort of mopes around as an apparition until some guy with wheels suggests that she go on a road trip with Link. If you were wondering how Link could gain
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Collection Crush: Cushnie et Ochs SS10 (and FW09 and SS09…) By ELLE.com (ELLE News Blog) Submitted at 11/5/2009 3:16:36 PM
Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs, the minds behind emerging line Cushnie et Ochs, have been getting a lot of attention for the bold, cutout-heavy designs they’ve sent down the runway the past three seasons. What’s interesting about their signature as opposed to Preen’s or Ohne Titel’s or Elise Øverland’s—newish designers whose Aeon Flux eveningwear aesthetic aligns with Cushnie et Ochs’—is that, collection to collection, you still sense Carly By Alexander Sliwinski g e n t l e m a n , p e r h a p s K a n e , and Michelle are crossing the (Joystiq) successfully beats the dog off of his partner with what appears to Submitted at 11/6/2009 10:35:00 AM be a tray, and then the two MTV Germany has posted a presumably escape. By ELLE.com (ELLE News video that could be construed as a Could this be be a viral ad for Blog) viral teaser for Kane & Lynch 2. Kane and Lynch in" Dog Days?" Submitted at 11/5/2009 12:28:11 PM The clip is mock "surveillance Your call. v i d e o " o f t w o n a k e d m e n [Via Kotaku] The Brits love All Saints. It's a desperately barging into a Rumor: Kane & Lynch 2 teaser mid-priced brand of fashion Chinese restaurant. The streakers has duo dodging dogs originally that says rocker meets Ricks are apparently on the run -- appeared on Joystiq on Fri, 06 Owens meets pretty girl. All there's some gun fire aimed in Nov 2009 10:35:00 EST. Please Saints is the place to buy great their direction -- until one see our terms for use of feeds. everyday pieces to layer upon (possibly Lynch by the looks of Read| Permalink| Email this| layer, like asymmetrical sweaters his hairstyle) trips and falls over Comments and biker boots, to create a hot a table, only to be attacked a few London look that would make seconds later by a dog. The other
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river by feeling the stones. In other words, the duo knows what they like and what they’ve been successful at (cutouts, illusion sheer, asymmetric fabric contrasting), but they aren’t relying on what they’ve been lauded for in the past to dictate—or limit—where they’re going in the future. Instead, it seems they’re experimenting, synthesizing, refining an already stunning product. As much as I look forward to seeing what new take on futuristic chic Cushnie et Ochs will present in February, I just pray the girls keep the sheath you see below on Alexis Bledel in
production for years to come. The many unique cuts of Cushnie et Ochs (clockwise from top left): Alexis Bledel in a cutout sheath this past April, a one-sequined arm woman in the FW09 show, contrast colored structuring at its finest in the SS10 show, Rumer Willis in a bead-intense sheath in August, an Alejandro Ingelmo shoe from the FW09 show, Michelle and Carly after the SS10 show, racy racerback from the FW09 show, four-way peekaboo jacket from the SS09 show Photos: of Imaxtree, Getty Follow ELLE on Twitter. Become our Facebook fan!
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even Kate Moss proud. So if you are looking for a new place to get good basics that are original and likely not worn by
anyone else in U.S., then their new e-commerce site will rock your world. The gem of a site will offer collections for men, women and children, and includes free shipping nationwide. —Rebecca Suhrawardi Austin Follow ELLE on Twitter. Become our Facebook fan!
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Hollywood Hearts Roland Mouret By ELLE.com (ELLE News Blog) Submitted at 11/5/2009 12:07:16 PM
Last night, Cameron Diaz. Four days ago, Olivia Wilde. Two Mondays ago, Julianne Moore and Michelle Monaghan. Roland Mouret, the man whose sculptural sheaths have personified modern elegance for almost a decade (his first collection hit runways back in 2000), seems to be having the busiest fall of any designer this red carpet season. Mouret’s design signature is unique in that it is equally classic as it is fashion-forward; his most well-
known dresses hit at or just above the knee, bare no cleavage, and frame, as opposed to flaunt, the feminine form. His necklines and sleeves are works of art, often bearing some permutation of asymmetry, structured sculpturing, and origami-style pleating. The array of women who have embraced RM by Roland Mouret collections is wide, surprising, and includes everyone from loyal ladies Victoria Beckham and Jennifer Connelly to Kelly Ripa, Katy Perry, even Amber Rose. And evidently Gwyneth, too, who was fortunate enough to
wear a dress from the designer’s most recent SS10 collection only weeks after it showed in Paris. Roland makes all the ladies look like ladies (clockwise from top left): Cameron Diaz in the Electra, Olivia Wilde in the Scirocco, Julianne Moore in a belted coral sheath, Michelle Monaghan in the Traverse, Jennifer Connelly in the Diablo, Jennifer Garner in the Brise Noir, Penélope Cruz in the Daphne, and Amber Rose in the Mona Photos: WireImage and Getty Follow ELLE on Twitter. Become our Facebook fan!
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Amerie is known for her WARDROBE page 59can'tBy ELLE.com (ELLE News get-em-out-of-your-head songs, By ELLE.com (ELLE News Blog)
Patricia Field Partners With Baileys for Holiday Shoe Collection By ELLE.com (ELLE News Blog) Submitted at 11/5/2009 2:47:21 PM
Patricia Field has gotten into the holiday spirit, teaming with Baileys Irish Cream to present a collection of one-of-a-kind shoes inspired by the frothy liqueur, to be auctioned for charity between November 11 and December 2. Designers participating in the whimsical project for a worthy cause— proceeds benefit nonprofit Clothes Off Our Back— include Alejandro Ingelmo, Farylrobin, Rafe, Shree Moni and Vanessa Noel. In addition to this limited-edition
line, a heady array of designer footwear will be sold for just $75 a pair at pop-up shops in New York and Los Angeles. At last night’s launch party, I chatted with Field, whose costumes for
Bruno Pieters' New Limited-Edition Candles Make Scents
Sex and the City 2 caused quite a commotion after photos of the fabulous foursome decked out in ‘80s garb recently surfaced (“Carrie is meeting her friends to go shopping at Bergdorf’s and
thinking about when she first came to New York; it’s her reminiscing while they’re all approaching,” she explained.) So what was Field’s reaction upon casting her inimitable eye over the shoes on display at the event? “I’m very impressed with their quality and workmanship, and the achievement of these designers— some of whom are very young. I think this is a wonderful idea, and it should grow.” —Erin Clements Me sharing a cocktail with Field Follow ELLE on Twitter. Become our Facebook fan!
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Bruno Pieters is bringing his first scent to the world and it's in candle form. The candle is suggestive of the designer's aesthetic towards clothes, best seen through the slick black glass container, black wax, with a scent that is both sweet and spicy with notes like bergamot and black pepper. It's woody, it's leathery, and it's amber-y, all at once. The candle is limited edition and not available everywhere, though you can get it at the Convenience Store in London, so if you want it, you'll have grab it before it's gone. —Rebecca Suhrawardi Austin Follow ELLE on Twitter. Become our Facebook fan!
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though, after spending the day with the R&B star for ELLE.com's Wardrobe Chic shoot, I soon realized her eye for style and thoughtful approach to fashion are just as infectious. The self-proclaimed accessories junkie has amassed an impressive collection of edgy-chic jewelry—from Pamela Love dagger necklaces to Bliss Lau body chains (most of which she buys online). The Grammynominated songstress, whose fourth album just hit stores, follows one simple style rule: "Getting dressed everyday should
be fun." Here, she wears a hotpink See by Chloé dress paired with her highest (and most comfortable) Gucci booties. Shop out her look below. —Violet Moon Gaynor Michael Kors dress, Armani Exchange belt, and Forever 21 booties Photo of Amerie: Kelly Stuart Follow ELLE on Twitter.
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KISSIMMEE, Fla. Two former Osceola County school district employees face criminal charges after authorities say they accidentally left a 3-year-old special needs child in a bus for six hours. The sheriff's office charged the bus driver, 66-year-old Benjamin Gonzalez, and the aide responsible for the child, 60-year -old Carmen Pacheco, with child neglect Thursday. A school district spokeswoman says both
Deal over Honduran crisis 'dead' (BBC News | Americas | World Edition)
first, though the agreement did not guarantee the ousted leader's restitution. Submitted at 11/6/2009 3:29:09 AM 'Theatre' A deal to resolve the political Interim authorities did not crisis in Honduras is "dead", consider the Congressional vote ousted President Manuel Zelaya demanded by Mr Zelaya to be an has said. essential part of the agreement. He was speaking after interim They said the agreement set a leader Roberto Micheletti said he deadline for the formation of a w a s f o r m i n g a " u n i t y government, but not for Congress government" without Mr Zelaya's to meet. representatives. As the power-sharing deadline Mr Micheletti acted as a passed, Mr Micheletti said he had deadline passed for putting a " f i n a l i s e d t h e p r o c e s s o f power-sharing agreement into confirming a unity government". effect. "Everybody, with the exception Honduras has been shaken by a of Mr Zelaya, recommended political crisis that began when Hondurans to lead the institutions Mr Zelaya was forced out of the of our country as part of the new country on 28 June. government," he said. The two rivals agreed to a USThough Mr Zelaya had not employees were suspended backed power-sharing deal last submitted a list of names, Mr without pay and later resigned. week, with a deadline for it to be Micheletti said the government The young boy was found in the implemented by midnight on was "representative of a large bus Tuesday afternoon. School Thursday (0600 GMT Friday). i d e o l o g i c a l a n d p o l i t i c a l officials called his mother and But Mr Zelaya had warned on spectrum in our country and told her what had happened. Thursday that he would withdraw c o m p l i e s s t r i c t l y w i t h t h e The boy appeared to be in good from the deal unless Congress agreement" signed last week. health, but the mother took him held a vote on his restoration to Mr Zelaya, who has been to the hospital as a precaution. power. sheltering in the Brazilian T h e s t a t e D e p a r t m e n t o f He has said elections planned for embassy since his return to Children and Families began 29 November will not be valid H o n d u r a s i n S e p t e m b e r , investigating, which led to unless he is restored to power responded by pronouncing the Thursday's arrests. This content has passed through fivefilters.org.
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accord "dead". "It's absurd what they are doing, trying to mock all of us, the people who elected me and the international community that supports me," he said. "We've decided not to continue this theatre with Mr Micheletti." Mr Zelaya was ousted after planning to hold a non-binding public consultation to ask people whether they supported moves to change the constitution. His critics said the move was unconstitutional and aimed to remove the current one-term limit on serving as president and pave the way for his possible reelection. Are you in Honduras? What is your reaction to this latest development? What will be the implications of the "failure" of the deal? Send us your comments using the form below. The BBC may edit your comments and not all emails will be published. Your comments may be published on any BBC media worldwide. Print Sponsor This content has passed through fivefilters.org.
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Neighbor: Fort Hood suspect emptied his apartment (AP) (Yahoo! News: U.S. News)
enforcement authorities, and let's let that be the No. 1 priority in terms of ascertaining what FORT HOOD, Texas â€“ An motivations he had." Army psychiatrist suspected of Officials at the post hospital opening fire on fellow soldiers at where Hasan worked said they Fort Hood cleaned out his weren't aware of any problems apartment in the days before the with his job performance. rampage that left 13 people dead, One of Hasan's bosses praised a neighbor said Friday. his work ethic and said he The neighbor, Patricia Villa, said provided excellent care for his Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan came patients. over to her apartment Wednesday "Up to this point I would and Thursday and offered her consider him an asset," said Col. some items, including a new K i m b e r l y K e s l i n g , d e p u t y Quran, saying he was going to be commander of clinical services at deployed on Friday. She wasn't Darnall Army Medical Center. sure if he was going to Iraq or She described Hasan as "a quiet Afghanistan. man who wouldn't seek the Authorities said the 39-year-old limelight." Hasan went on a shooting spree An imam from a mosque Hasan later Thursday at the sprawling regularly attended said Hasan, a Texas post. He was among 30 l i f e l o n g M u s l i m , w a s a people wounded in the spree and committed soldier, gave no sign remained hospitalized on a of extremist beliefs and regularly ventilator on Friday. All but two wore his uniform at prayers. of the injured were still Soldiers who witnessed the hospitalized, and all were in r a m p a g e r e p o r t e d t h a t t h e stable condition. gunman shouted " Allahu Investigators were still trying to Akbar!" â€” an Arabic phrase for piecing together how and why an " G o d i s g r e a t ! " â€” b e f o r e A r m y p s y c h i a t r i s t f a c i n g opening fire, said Lt. Gen. Robert deployment allegedly gunned Cone, the base commander. He down his comrades in one of the s a i d o f f i c i a l s h a d n o t y e t worst mass shootings ever on an confirmed that Hasan made the American military base. comment before the shooting "This was an individual who took spree. it upon himself to attack and Hasan's family said in a murder his colleagues, people statement Friday that his alleged who were on the base with him," actions were "despicable and Homeland Security Secretary deplorable" and don't reflect how Janet Napolitano told Sky News the family was raised. from Brussels, Belgium. "That Villa, who recently moved next investigation is under way by law door to Hasan, said she had never Submitted at 11/6/2009 8:16:21 AM
spoken to him before he came over to her apartment. She said Hasan gave her frozen broccoli, spinach, T-shirts and shelves on Wednesday, then returned Thursday morning and gave her his air mattress, several briefcases and a desk lamp. He then offered her $60 to clean his apartment Friday morning, after he was supposed to leave. The motive for the shooting wasn't clear, but someone who used to work with Hasan said he had expressed some anger about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Retired Col. Terry Lee told Fox News said Hasan had hoped President Barack Obama would pull troops out of Afghanistan and Iraq and got into frequent arguments with others in the military who supported the wars. But another neighbor said Hasan appeared to be OK with his pending deployment, which he said was supposed to be to Afghanistan. "I asked him how he felt about going over there, with their religion and everything, and he said, `It's going to be interesting,'" said Edgar Booker, a 58-year-old retired soldier who now works in a cafeteria on the post. Col. Steve Braverman, the Fort Hood hospital commander, said early Friday that Hasan was on deployment orders to Afghanistan. A military official later told The Associated Press that Hasan was to be deployed to Iraq. It was not immediately
possible to verify the discrepancy. The military official, who did not have authorization to discuss the matter publicly and spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity, said Hasan had indicated he didn't want to go to Iraq but was willing to serve in Afghanistan. Cone said authorities have not yet been able to talk to Hasan, but interviews with witnesses went through the night. As some of the wounded began to recover, tales of heroic action during the shooting spree emerged. Base officials lauded an officer, Kimberly Munley, who shot the gunman and was wounded herself. "She happened to encounter the gunman. In an exchange of gunfire, she was wounded but managed to wound him four times," Cone said. "It was an amazing and aggressive performance by this police officer." Cone said some 300 soldiers had been lined up to get vaccinations and have their eyes tested at a Soldier Readiness Center when the shots rang out. He said one soldier who had been shot told him, "I made the mistake of moving and I was shot again." Sgt. Andrew Hagerman said before the first ambulance even arrived, soldiers were tearing off their clothes to help the wounded. "You had people without tops on. You had people ripping their pant
legs off," said Hagerman, a military policeman from Lewisville, Texas. Hagerman said he saw Hasan laying on the ground receiving medical assistance for a gunshot wound as responders tried to get his handcuffs off to better treat him. Officials are not ruling out the possibility that some of the casualties may have been victims of "friendly fire," that in the confusion at the shooting scene some of the responding military officials may have shot some of the victims. Cone acknowledged that it was "counterintuitive" that a single shooter could hit so many people, but he said the massacre occurred in "close quarters. "With ricochet fire, he was able to injure that number of people," Cone said. He said authorities were investigating whether Hasan's weapons were properly registered with the military. The wounded were dispersed among hospitals in central Texas, Cone said. Their identities and the identities of the dead were not immediately released. Friday was designated a day of mourning at Fort Hood. There also will be a ceremony at the air base to honor the dead. For six years before reporting for duty at the Texas post in July, Hasan worked at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center pursuing a career in psychiatry, as an intern, NEIGHBOR: page 68
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WASHINGTON â€“ His name appears on radical Internet postings. A fellow officer says he fought his deployment to Iraq and argued with soldiers who supported U.S. wars. He required counseling as a medical student because of problems with patients. There are many unknowns about Nidal Malik Hasan, the man authorities say is responsible for the worst mass killing on a U.S. military base. Most of all, his motive. For six years before reporting for duty at Fort Hood, Texas, in July, the 39-year-old Army major worked at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center pursuing his career in psychiatry, as an intern, a resident and, last year, a fellow in disaster and preventive psychiatry. He received his medical degree from the military's Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md., in 2001. While an intern at Walter Reed, Hasan had some "difficulties" that required counseling and extra supervision, said Dr. Thomas Grieger, who was the training director at the time. Grieger said privacy laws prevented him from going into details but noted that the problems had to do with Hasan's interactions with patients. He recalled Hasan as a "mostly very quiet" person who never spoke ill
of the military or his country. "He swore an oath of loyalty to the military," Grieger said. "I didn't hear anything contrary to those oaths." But, more recently, federal agents grew suspicious. At least six months ago, Hasan came to the attention of law enforcement officials because of Internet postings about suicide bombings and other threats, including posts that equated suicide bombers to soldiers who throw themselves on a grenade to save the lives of their comrades. They had not determined for certain whether Hasan is the author of the posting, and a formal investigation had not been opened before the shooting, said law enforcement officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to discuss the case. Federal authorities seized Hasan's computer Friday during a search of his apartment in Killeen, Texas, said a U.S. military official who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing investigation. In an interview with The Washington Post, Hasan's aunt, Noel Hasan of Falls Church, Va., said he had been harassed about being a Muslim in the years after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks and he wanted out of the Army. "Some people can take it and some people cannot," she said. "He had listened to all of that and he wanted out of the military." She said he had sought a
discharge from the military for several years, and even offered to repay the cost of his medical training. A military official told The Associated Press that Hasan was in the preparation stage of deployment, which can take months. The official said Hasan had indicated he didn't want to go to Iraq but was willing to serve in Afghanistan. The official did not have authorization to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. A second military official said Hasan's family has Palestinian roots. There have been reports that he was harassed for his Muslim religion, but the official says there is no indication Hasan filed a complaint within the military about that. Terrorism task force agents plan to interview several of Hasan's relatives Friday, according to a law enforcement official who spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to discuss the case. Noel Hasan said her nephew "did not make many friends" and would say "they military was his life." A cousin, Nader Hasan, told The New York Times that after counseling soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with post-traumatic stress disorder, Hasan knew war firsthand. "He was mortified by the idea of having to deploy," Nader Hasan said. "He had people telling him on a daily basis the horrors they
saw over there." Federal law-enforcement agents ordered an evacuation of the apartment complex where Hasan lived in Killeen, Texas, Thursday night and conducted a search of his home, said Hilary Shine, director of public information for the city. She didn't say what was found during the search. Officials said earlier that federal search warrants were being drawn up to authorize the seizure of his computer. Retired Army Col. Terry Lee, who said he worked with Hasan, told Fox News that Hasan had hoped President Barack Obama would pull troops out of Afghanistan and Iraq. Lee said Hasan got into frequent arguments with others in the military who supported the wars, and had tried hard to prevent his pending deployment. Col. Kimberly Kesling, deputy commander of clinical services at Darnall Army Medical Center at Fort Hood, said she had known Hasan. "You wouldn't think that someone who works in your facility and provided excellent care for his patients, which he did, could do something like this," Kesling said. She praised his work ethic, saying, "In my personal interactions, there was never any indication he would do something like this." Kesling described him as "a quiet man who wouldn't seek the limelight" and said she was 'shocked' when she heard that he was the man
suspected of carrying out the shootings. Hasan attended prayers regularly when he lived outside Washington, often in his Army uniform, said Faizul Khan, a former imam at a mosque Hasan attended in Silver Spring, Md. He said Hasan was a lifelong Muslim. "I got the impression that he was a committed soldier," Khan said. He spoke often with Hasan about Hasan's desire for a wife. On a form filled out by those seeking spouses through a program at the mosque, Hasan listed his birthplace as Arlington, Va., but his nationality as Palestinian, Khan said. "I don't know why he listed Palestinian," Khan said, "He was not born in Palestine." Nothing stood out about Hasan as radical or extremist, Khan said. "We hardly ever got to discussing politics," Khan said. "Mostly we were discussing religious matters, nothing too controversial, nothing like an extremist." Hasan earned his rank of major in April 2008, according to a July 2008 Army Times article. He served eight years as an enlisted soldier. Military records show he also served in the ROTC as an undergraduate at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg and received a bachelor's degree in biochemistry there in 1997. But college officials said Friday DETAILS page 66
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WASHINGTON His name appears on radical Internet postings. A fellow officer says he fought his deployment to Iraq and argued with soldiers who supported U.S. wars. He required counseling as a medical student because of problems with patients. There are many unknowns about Nidal Malik Hasan, the man authorities say is responsible for the worst mass killing on a U.S. military base. Most of all, his motive. For six years before reporting for duty at Fort Hood, Texas, in July, the 39-year-old Army major worked at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center pursuing his career in psychiatry, as an intern, a resident and, last year, a fellow in disaster and preventive psychiatry. He received his medical degree from the military's Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md., in 2001. SLIDESHOW: Deadly rampage at Fort Hood Army Base While an intern at Walter Reed, Hasan had some "difficulties" that required counseling and extra supervision, said Dr. Thomas Grieger, who was the training director at the time.
Grieger said privacy laws prevented him from going into details but noted that the problems had to do with Hasan's interactions with patients. He recalled Hasan as a "mostly very quiet" person who never spoke ill of the military or his country. "He swore an oath of loyalty to the military," Grieger said. "I didn't hear anything contrary to those oaths." But, more recently, federal agents grew suspicious. At least six months ago, Hasan came to the attention of law enforcement officials because of Internet postings about suicide bombings and other threats, including posts that equated suicide bombers to soldiers who throw themselves on a grenade to save the lives of their comrades. They had not determined for certain whether Hasan is the author of the posting, and a formal investigation had not been opened before the shooting, said law enforcement officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to discuss the case. In an interview with The Washington Post, Hasan's aunt, Noel Hasan of Falls Church, Va., said he had been harassed about being a Muslim in the years after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks and he wanted out of the Army.
"Some people can take it and some people cannot," she said. "He had listened to all of that and he wanted out of the military." She said he had sought a discharge from the military for several years, and even offered to repay the cost of his medical training. A military official told The Associated Press that Hasan was in the preparation stage of deployment, which can take months. The official said Hasan had indicated he didn't want to go to Iraq but was willing to serve in Afghanistan. The official did not have authorization to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. A second military official said Hasan's family has Palestinian roots. There have been reports that he was harassed for his Muslim religion, but the official says there is no indication Hasan filed a complaint within the military about that. Terrorism task force agents plan to interview several of Hasan's relatives Friday, according to a law enforcement official who spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to discuss the case. Noel Hasan said her nephew "did not make many friends" and would say "they military was his life."
A cousin, Nader Hasan, told The New York Times that after counseling soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with post-traumatic stress disorder, Hasan knew war firsthand. "He was mortified by the idea of having to deploy," Nader Hasan said. "He had people telling him on a daily basis the horrors they saw over there." Federal law-enforcement agents ordered an evacuation of the apartment complex where Hasan lived in Killeen, Texas, Thursday night and conducted a search of his home, said Hilary Shine, director of public information for the city. She didn't say what was found during the search. Officials said earlier that federal search warrants were being drawn up to authorize the seizure of his computer. Retired Army Col. Terry Lee, who said he worked with Hasan, told Fox News that Hasan had hoped President Barack Obama would pull troops out of Afghanistan and Iraq. Lee said Hasan got into frequent arguments with others in the military who supported the wars, and had tried hard to prevent his pending deployment. Hasan attended prayers regularly when he lived outside Washington, often in his Army uniform, said Faizul Khan, a
former imam at a mosque Hasan attended in Silver Spring, Md. He said Hasan was a lifelong Muslim. "I got the impression that he was a committed soldier," Khan said. He spoke often with Hasan about Hasan's desire for a wife. On a form filled out by those seeking spouses through a program at the mosque, Hasan listed his birthplace as Arlington, Va., but his nationality as Palestinian, Khan said. "I don't know why he listed Palestinian," Khan said, "He was not born in Palestine." Nothing stood out about Hasan as radical or extremist, Khan said. "We hardly ever got to discussing politics," Khan said. "Mostly we were discussing religious matters, nothing too controversial, nothing like an extremist." Hasan earned his rank of major in April 2008, according to a July 2008 Army Times article. He served eight years as an enlisted soldier. He also served in the ROTC as an undergraduate at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg. He received a bachelor's degree in biochemistry there in 1997. This content has passed through fivefilters.org.
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rape, is being held without bail on five aggravated murder charges. CLEVELAND â€“ Police say In response to messages asking there's only one way for the how the investigation would families of missing women to proceed on Friday, a police know for sure if their loved ones spokesman e-mailed a brief note are among the victims found in stating only that a news release suspected serial killer Anthony would be issued late in the Sowell's house: Give DNA morning. samples. But relatives with So far only three victims have checkered pasts in the been identified: Tonia hardscrabble neighborhood seem Carmichael, 52, of Warrensville reluctant to come forward. Heights; Telacia Fortson, 31, of Area pastors are urging families Cleveland; and Tishana Culver, to provide DNA samples that 31, also of Cleveland. could help the coroner's office If people are hesitant to reach identify the remains of eight out directly to police or the black women, saying that nearly coroner's office, Reed said they two dozen others are still missing should contact him or a pastor. in southeast Cleveland. The Stanley Miller, executive coroner's office, meanwhile, tried director of the NAACP in to calm concerns by promising Cleveland, said people concerned the samples would not be shared about turning over their DNA to with police. authorities might be reassured by "The only way we are going to the coroner's offer to use the get closure is to find out who DNA only for the purpose of these victims are," said City identifying victims. Councilman Zach Reed. "People are very reluctant Police and a cadaver dog re- because they don't trust the entered the house Thursday establishment," he said. "They where Sowell apparently lived don't trust the police, and they are among the reeking, rotting not very apt to give up something corpses of 10 women and the like DNA that can match you to paper-wrapped skull of another anyone, anytime forever. That's that authorities found in a bucket. an issue." The ex-Marine, who served 15 Powell Caesar, a coroner's office years in prison for attempted spokesman, said nobody should Submitted at 11/6/2009 5:38:09 AM
be alarmed about providing DNA, a painless process that involves swabbing the inside of a person's cheek. The program is voluntary, and samples from a mother or a child of a missing person are most helpful in matching genetic markers. For those who still don't want to provide samples, he recommends they supply dental records, which are just as helpful. Relatives of missing women, in particular, can provide the coroner's office with the names of dentists who may have treated their loved ones, he said. Meanwhile, a court document based on a 2005 interview with Sowell said the chances of him sexually assaulting another woman were supposed to be low, a newspaper reported Thursday night. The interview was done for Cuyahoga County Common Pleas court to determine whether Sowell was a sexual predator, The Plain Dealer of Cleveland said. It's standard procedure for sex offenders just released from prison. The evaluation said that of 100 offenders with criminal histories similar to Sowell's, six would commit another sex crime within five years of being released. But the report cautioned that the
estimates do not directly correspond to the individual but to the person's risk group. Sowell said during the court interview that a woman gave birth to his daughter in 1978. He also said got married in 1981 and divorced in 1985. Near Sowell's home, a plywood memorial hangs from a chain link fence, the word MISSING stenciled in black. Five stuffed animals and an artificial rose adorn the sign, which holds fliers showing 13 missing women and three men. The fliers reflect not just fears that their bodies might be on Sowell's property, but also community members' frustrations with how they say police treat missing-persons reports from their downtrodden neighborhood. Some of the missing are women who lived on society's fringe. Some were active or recovering drug users. Some had gone to jail, producing criminal records their families believe are the reason police didn't take their disappearances seriously. Gloria Walker was 43 when she disappeared May 20, 2007. She was an alcoholic and dabbled in drugs, said her aunt, Sandy Drain. "I think police looked at it as, 'Oh, just another drug addict
gone," said Drain, who now cares for Walker's two sons, 16 and 26. Janice Webb was on her way to a Father's Day gathering with her family when she disappeared, said fiancee Ronnie Bowie of Lakewood. Her grandmother lives in Sowell's neighborhood. Webb, the 47-year-old mother of a grown son, was a drug user, but had a good heart and would "give you the world," Bowie said. "She did things I wasn't proud of," he said. "That still don't give nobody the right to kill." Though Bowie disapproved, Sowell's neighborhood was one of the areas Webb frequented. Bowie says he went to police in Lakewood to report his fiancee missing, but they refused to take it because she was an adult. "They said, 'I'm sorry about your loss. But she's a grown woman.'" Later, he went back with her sister, but they still wouldn't listen. "If I was rich," he said, "they'd have been looking for her." ___ Associated Press writers John Seewer and Tom Sheeran contributed to this report. This content has passed through fivefilters.org.
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find that out," he said. Maj Hasan was shot four times during the attack and is currently being treated in hospital under armed guard. The policewoman who shot him first - named as Kimberly Munley, 34 - was among those wounded. President Barack Obama described the shooting as "a horrific outburst of violence". He said: "It is difficult enough when we lose these brave Americans in battles overseas. It is horrifying that they should come under fire at an army base on American soil." 'Could have been worse' The shooting began at about 1330 (1930 GMT) on Thursday at a personnel and medical centre
at Fort Hood - the largest US military base in the world, home to about 40,000 troops. In an e-mail to the BBC, a US soldier stationed at the base described the venue as a large, open room where hundreds of soldiers were queuing up to get their pre-deployment checklists signed off. Gen Cone said a graduation ceremony for a group of soldiers was taking place nearby. "Thanks to the quick reaction of several soldiers, they were able to close off the doors to that auditorium where there were some 600 people inside," he said. "As horrible as this was, I think it could have been much worse." A picture is beginning to emerge of the suspect, a psychiatrist who
was transferred to the Texas base in July. Reports suggested that he had been increasingly unhappy in the military and that his work at his previous post - Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington DC - had been the subject of concern. The gunman's cousin Nader Hasan posted a message on the Washington Post website on behalf of the family. "We are shocked and saddened by the terrible events at Fort Hood," it said. "We send the families of the victims our most heartfelt sympathies." The cousin also told US media that Maj Hasan had been opposed to an imminent deployment overseas, describing it as his
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interviewed the baby sitter. "Statistically speaking this should Submitted at 11/6/2009 4:22:38 AM not have ever happened, that we CHIPLEY, Fla. â€“ Sheriff Bobby found this child alive, especially Haddock knew time was running a f t e r s o m a n y d a y s , " s a i d out for a 7-month-old girl Haddock, who cradled Shannon missing in the Florida Panhandle. in his arms as he spoke to For five days, searchers had reporters. "Time was against us." scoured the dense vines and Authorities said the baby's marshes around the baby's rural mother, Chrystina Lynn Mercer, home, knowing that every hour a gave the infant to baby sitter child is missing, the chances of Susan Elizabeth Baker early finding them alive decreases. But Saturday, then reported her Shannon Lea Dedrick was finally missing about 10 hours later. discovered â€” lying quietly in a 2 H a d d o c k s a i d S h a n n o n -foot by 3-foot cedar box that had apparently had been fed and been shoved under her baby cared for while she was with sitter's bed. Baker, who lived about 12 miles Haddock held the baby in front from Mercer. of flashing cameras and a Shannon appeared healthy. cheering local audience, proudly "Once we got the hospital, five or displaying a discovery that defied six of us called our wives to let statistics that show only a 30 them know that we found the percent chance of bringing a child and a lot grown men were child home safe if they've been shedding tears," Haddock said. missing for more than three Mercer was charged Thursday hours. with interference of child "We are the proud papas of a custody, desertion of a child and little girl," the beaming sheriff several other charges. Charges announced, his deputies standing against Baker included neglect of behind him. a child with aggravated Later Thursday, the Sheriff circumstances and interference of choked up as he explained how child custody. investigators found the infant Bond was set at $150,000 for after days of searching. Clothing Baker and $75,000 for Mercer. In was packed around the box to separate hearings, the women muffle any sounds and baking shuffled in wearing leg chains soda placed inside to mask the and their hands bound with stench of dirty diapers. She had plastic restraints. been alone in the box for 12 The judge told Mercer she h o u r s a s i n v e s t i g a t o r s couldn't have contact with her
daughter, who was in state custody, if she posts bond. Both women said they understood the charges against them and their arraignments were scheduled for Dec. 14. According to court documents, child welfare officials began looking into allegations Shannon was being abused less than two weeks after she was born. Investigators frequently went to the infant's home from August to late September and reported that both parents used marijuana and kept a messy home. But they said Shannon seemed to be cared for and in September, a physician determined she was healthy. Susan Baker was involved in another missing child case in South Carolina more than two decades ago. She had been a baby sitter for James Baker and his now ex-wife before she married him, a family member said. Susan Baker told authorities her stepson, 3-year- old Paul Leonard Baker, disappeared from the family's Beaufort, S.C., home on March 5, 1987, while she napped. A massive manhunt turned up nothing. She and her husband, James Baker, were extradited to South Carolina in 2000 and charged with assault and battery in Paul's disappearance, according to police reports provided by the South Carolina
Law Enforcement Division. But a grand jury never indicted them and the child was never found. Paul's grandmother said she blames Susan Baker for her grandson's disappearance. Lambert gained legal custody of Paul's sister. She was glad the case in Florida has renewed interest in Paul's disappearance. "I'd like to know if my grandson is dead or alive," said Linda Lambert, 65, of Mebane, N.C. "I'd like some closure." Susan Baker did serve prison time after authorities investigating Paul's disappearance discovered her 6year-old stepdaughter had been badly beaten. Susan Baker was sentenced to 10 years in prison but the punishment was suspended to 80 days. Florida officials refused to answer questions Thursday about the South Carolina case. They would say only that investigators from that state were in Chipley and had spoken with Baker. ___ Associated Press writers Erin Gartner in Chicago and Katrina A. Goggins in Columbia, S.C., and APTN video journalist Dave Heller contributed to this report. This content has passed through fivefilters.org.
Fire Forces Evacuation at Ariz. Home of Jailed Iraqi Fathe (FOXNews.com) Submitted at 11/6/2009 7:25:48 AM
GLENDALE, Arizona An early morning garage fire forced nine people out of the home of a jailed Iraqi immigrant accused of running down his daughter because she had become too "westernized." Glendale Fire Department spokesman Daniel Valenzuela says firefighters kept the blaze from spreading to other parts of the home. At least nine people were inside the home when the fire started shortly before 4 a.m Friday. A person inside the home heard a smoke alarm and notified the fire department. No injuries were reported. Investigators are trying to determine how the fire started and the extent of damage. Faleh Hassan Almaleki's daughter, Noor Faleh Almaleki, died Monday. Another woman he is accused of running down is expected to survive. This content has passed through fivefilters.org.
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that Hasan graduated with honors in biochemistry in 1995 and there was no record of him serving in (FOXNews.com) rape, is being held without bail involves swabbing the inside of a was an alcoholic and dabbled in any ROTC program. He previously had attended on five aggravated murder person's cheek. The program is drugs, said her aunt, Sandy Submitted at 11/6/2009 5:41:21 AM Barstow Community College in charges. voluntary, and samples from a Drain. CLEVELAND Police say In response to messages asking mother or a child of a missing "I think police looked at it as, Barstow, Calif., and Virginia there's only one way for the how the investigation would person are most helpful in 'Oh, just another drug addict Western Community College in families of missing women to proceed on Friday, a police matching genetic markers. gone," said Drain, who now cares Roanoke, Va., according to know for sure if their loved ones spokesman e-mailed a brief note For those who still don't want to for Walker's two sons, 16 and 26. Virginia Tech records. are among the victims found in stating only that a news release provide samples, he recommends Janice Webb was on her way to ___ suspected serial killer Anthony would be issued late in the they supply dental records, which a Father's Day gathering with her Associated Press writers Lara Sowell's house: Give DNA morning. are just as helpful. Relatives of family when she disappeared, Jakes, Pam Hess, Lolita C. samples. But relatives with So far only three victims have missing women, in particular, can said fiancee Ronnie Bowie of Baldor and Brett Zongker in c h e c k e r e d p a s t s i n t h e b e e n i d e n t i f i e d : T o n i a provide the coroner's office with Lakewood. Her grandmother Washington; Alicia Chang in Los hardscrabble neighborhood seem Carmichael, 52, of Warrensville the names of dentists who may lives in Sowell's neighborhood. Angeles; and Sue Lindsey in reluctant to come forward. Heights; Telacia Fortson, 31, of have treated their loved ones, he Webb, the 47-year-old mother of Roanoke, Va., contributed to this Area pastors are urging families Cleveland; and Tishana Culver, said. a grown son, was a drug user, but report. to provide DNA samples that 31, also of Cleveland. Near Sowell's home, a plywood had a good heart and would "give This content has passed through fivefilters.org. could help the coroner's office If people are hesitant to reach memorial hangs from a chain link you the world," Bowie said. identify the remains of eight out directly to police or the f e n c e , t h e w o r d M I S S I N G "She did things I wasn't proud black women, saying that nearly coroner's office, Reed said they stenciled in black. Five stuffed of," he said. "That still don't give two dozen others are still missing should contact him or a pastor. animals and an artificial rose nobody the right to kill." in southeast Cleveland. The Stanley Miller, executive adorn the sign, which holds fliers Though Bowie disapproved, coroner's office, meanwhile, tried director of the NAACP in showing 13 missing women and Sowell's neighborhood was one Polygamist Sect Man to calm concerns by promising Cleveland, said people concerned three men. of the areas Webb frequented. the samples would not be shared about turning over their DNA to The fliers reflects not just fears Bowie says he went to police in Guilty of Sexual with police. authorities might be reassured by that their bodies might be on Lakewood to report his fiancee SLIDESHOW: Bodies Found on the coroner's offer to use the Sowell's property, but also missing, but they refused to take Assault of Minor Cleveland Rapist's Property. (FOXNews.com) DNA only for the purpose of community members' frustrations it because she was an adult. "The only way we are going to identifying victims. with how they say police treat "They said, 'I'm sorry about your Submitted at 11/6/2009 6:14:46 AM get closure is to find out who "People are very reluctant missing-persons reports from loss. But she's a grown woman.'" these victims are," said City because they don't trust the their downtrodden neighborhood. Later, he went back with her ELDORADO, Texas After Councilman Zach Reed. establishment," he said. "They Some of the missing are women sister, but they still wouldn't being duped by false leads and Police and a cadaver dog re- don't trust the police, and they are who lived on society's fringe. listen. chastised by a court for its entered the house Thursday not very apt to give up something Some were active or recovering "If I was rich," he said, "they'd handling of polygamist sect where Sowell apparently lived like DNA that can match you to drug users. Some had gone to have been looking for her." children, the state of Texas has among the reeking, rotting anyone, anytime forever. That's jail, producing criminal records This content has passed through won a criminal conviction in its corpses of 10 women and the an issue." first trial of a sect member their families believe are the fivefilters.org. paper-wrapped skull of another Powell Caesar, a coroner's office reason police didn't take their charged with sexually assaulted that authorities found in a bucket. spokesman, said nobody should disappearances seriously. an underage girl. The ex-Marine, who served 15 be alarmed about providing Gloria Walker was 43 when she Raymond Jessop, 38, was years in prison for attempted DNA, a painless process that disappeared May 20, 2007. She POLYGAMIST page 67
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convicted late Thursday for having sex with the teen with whom he had a so-called spiritual marriage. He faces up to 20 years in prison when the jury reconvenes Monday to begin deciding his sentence. Early on, the weeklong raid of the Yearning For Zion Ranch was hounded by missteps. After scouring the ranch for days in April 2008 in search of a caller who claimed to be an abused girl, law enforcement acknowledged "Sarah Barlow" didn't exist. Several weeks after Texas child welfare officials put all 439 sect children in foster care in one of the largest child custody cases in U.S. history, an appellate court ruled that Texas authorities had overstepped, and the children went back to their parents. But authorities still seized documents from homes and concrete vaults in the towering limestone temple and annex building at the ranch — documents that would help convict Jessop and indict 11 other members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Jurors deliberated for little more than two hours before convicting
Jessop, who did not visibly react as the verdict was read. Free on bond during trial, he was immediately handcuffed and led to jail. Lawyers in the case declined to comment on the verdict Thursday. Jessop allegedly has nine wives. He also faces a bigamy charge, but that case is to be tried later. The girl in the assault case, now 21, was previously in a spiritual marriage with Jessop's brother before being "reassigned" to Jessop when she was 15, according to documents seized at the ranch. She became pregnant at age 16. Generally, under Texas law, no one under 17 can consent to sex with an adult. "Any act of sexual assault is a horrendous crime, but an act of a sexual assault of a child is of such an extreme nature we don't even consider whether the victim was able — much less did — consent," Assistant Attorney General Eric Nichols said during closing arguments as he stood before photos of the young mother and toddler in prairie dresses. "There is a sound foundation
based not just in documents, based in DNA evidence for which the documents serve as corroboration ... that Raymond Merril Jessop behind those gates, behind that guard house, behind those walls, sexually assaulted" the then-teen, he said. Forensic experts who testified during the trial, which began with the largest jury pool in the small county's history on Oct. 26, said there was a nearly 100 percent probability Jessop was the father of the woman's daughter, who is now 4. Jessop's attorneys had argued that no witness placed Jessop in Schleicher County at the time of the alleged assault in November 2004. They said prosecutors instead relied on only small snippets of documents to place Jessop and the teen at the ranch at the time of the alleged assault. The defense offered no witnesses at trial and provided no evidence Jessop was elsewhere. Nichols used a photo album, family records and dictations by jailed sect leader Warren Jeffs to establish a time line that put Jessop and the teen at the ranch when she became pregnant. The records covered parts of 2004
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and 2005, but not specifically the time of the alleged assault. The woman was on the prosecution's witness list, but did not testify. Twelve men from the sect have been indicted on charges ranging from failure to report child abuse to sexual assault since authorities raided the ranch. Jeffs was convicted in Utah as an accomplice to rape and awaits trial in Arizona on charges related to underage marriages there. He'll then face separate sexual assault and bigamy charges in Texas. The sect broke away from the mainstream Mormon church, which renounced polygamy more than a century ago. The jury was told Jessop was legally married to another woman before entering the spiritual marriage, but only as proof that Jessop could not have been legally married to the teen. This content has passed through fivefilters.org.
US unemployment rate tops 10% (Financial Times - US homepage) Submitted at 11/6/2009 7:35:56 AM
The unemployment rate shot up to 10.2 per cent in October, its highest level in over 26 years, according to official data released on Friday, disappointing Wall Street and underscoring concerns about the effectiveness of the Obama administration’s efforts to turn the economy around. ”The bottom line is that although labour market deterioration is clearly not occurring at the pace suffered late in 2008 and early this year, conditions remain brutal,” said Joshua Shapiro, chief US economist at MFR. ”Moreover, we continue to believe that the healing process will be a slow one, and that households will be contending with weak income growth and balance sheet issues for some time.” This content has passed through fivefilters.org.
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a resident and, last year, a fellow in disaster and preventive psychiatry. The Army major received his medical degree from the military's Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md., in 2001. But his record wasn't sterling. At Walter Reed, he received a poor performance evaluation, according to an official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the case publicly. And while he was an intern, Hasan had some "difficulties" that required counseling and extra supervision, said Dr. Thomas Grieger, who was the training director at the time. Faizul Khan, a former imam at a mosque Hasan attended in Silver Spring, Md., said "I got the impression that he was a committed soldier." He said Hasan attended prayers regularly at the mosque in Silver Spring, Md., and was a lifelong Muslim. He spoke often with Hasan about Hasan's desire for a wife.
In an interview with The Washington Post, Hasan's aunt, Noel Hasan of Falls Church, Va., said he had been harassed about being a Muslim in the years after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, and he wanted out of the Army. "Some people can take it and some people cannot," she said. "He had listened to all of that and he wanted out of the military." At least six months ago, Hasan came to the attention of law enforcement officials because of Internet postings about suicide bombings and other threats, including posts that equated suicide bombers to soldiers who throw themselves on a grenade to save the lives of their comrades. Investigators had not determined for certain whether Hasan was the author of the posting, and a formal investigation had not been opened before the shooting, said law enforcement officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to discuss the case. FBI agents who searched
Hasan's apartment early Friday seized his computer, a law enforcement official said. It was not immediately known if they found anything suspicious on his computer files. A military official said investigators were sifting through materials Hasan carried with him during the shooting and evidence left in his vehicle, which was found parked at the base. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing investigation ___ Baker reported from Killeen, Texas. Associated Press Writers Lara Jakes, Devlin Barrett, Brett J. Blackledge and Eileen Sullivan in Washington, April Castro in Killeen and Matt Curry in Dallas contributed to this report. This content has passed through fivefilters.org.
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The Prince of Wales has praised the "courage, service and sacrifice" shown by Canada's armed forces. The tribute came as he presented new colours to the Royal Regiment of Canada and the
Toronto Scottish Regiment. Prince Charles, on a Canadian tour with the Duchess of Cornwall, wore a Royal Regiment ceremonial colonel uniform and bearskin hat at the event in Toronto. Canada has seen 133 of its military personnel die in Afghanistan since the conflict began in 2001.
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poor given Thursday's news of a fall in initial weekly jobless claims and the data earlier in the Submitted at 11/6/2009 8:52:30 AM week that showed the US The unemployment rate in the economy had grown by 3.5% US rose to 10.2% in October, between July and September. which was its highest rate since The number of unemployed April 1983, according to figures people rose by 558,000 to 15.7 from the US Labor Department. million. It rose from September's figure But there was some better news of 9.8%. The economy lost with the revision of September's 190,000 jobs in the month. figure from a loss of 263,000 Since the recession began in jobs to a loss of 219,000 jobs. December 2007, the number of The dollar fell against both the unemployed has risen by 8.2 euro and the yen following the million, while the jobless rate has release of the figures. risen from 4.9%. Long-term unemployed P r e s i d e n t B a r a c k O b a m a The sectors contributing the d e s c r i b e d t h e r i s e i n largest numbers of job losses in unemployment as "sobering". October were construction, " I w i l l n o t r e s t u n t i l a l l manufacturing and retail. Americans who want work can It was the 22nd month in a row find work," he added. that the US economy had shed He also said he would be signing jobs, which is the longest run l e g i s l a t i o n t o e x t e n d since records began 70 years ago. unemployment benefit, cut taxes There is concern that rising for businesses and extend tax unemployment could scupper the credits for home buyers. recovery by restricting consumer Analysts were also downbeat spending, which accounts for after the worse-than-expected 70% of the economy. The number of people who had About 43 soldiers from the figures. "It's pretty disappointing overall," been out of work for at least six regiments have been deployed to Helmand and Kandahar, but they said Richard Franulovich at months rose to a record 5.6 Westpac. million, accounting for 35.6% of suffered no fatalities. "Job losses are not moderating as the jobless total. The prince, who is colonel-inchief of both units, told soldiers quickly as I had hoped despite Print Sponsor gathered at the Varsity Stadium: those earlier indicators on jobs." This content has passed through fivefilters.org. "We remember generations past Dollar falls and the immense courage, service The figures were particularly
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The opposition has accused him of trying to strengthen his hold on power. Submitted at 11/6/2009 8:38:12 AM Rear Adm Ciber Benitez was the Paraguay's president has sacked fourth military commander to be the head of the armed forces, fired in just a few days by the after warning some officers were president, who took office in plotting a coup against him. August 2008. The commander has been He will be replaced by Gen Juan replaced by a general seen as Oscar Velazquez, seen as very more loyal to President Fernando loyal to Mr Lugo. Lugo. Local media reported that the Two days ago he also replaced sacking follow rumours of the heads of the army, navy and meetings between senior military air force, after warning of what f i g u r e s a n d t h e p o l i t i c a l he called "pockets of coup- opposition over the weekend. plotters" in the military. Support for Mr Lugo, a former
Catholic bishop, has been damaged by recent allegations that he fathered the children of three women during his time as a priest. In May he admitted responsibility for one of the children but denies the other allegations. Paraguay returned to democracy in 1989 after 35 years of military rule under Gen Alfredo Stroessner. Print Sponsor This content has passed through fivefilters.org.
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and sacrifice shown by your forebears over more than a century. "Today, both of your regiments continue in the finest traditions of your predecessors, only this time you have been deployed to other regions of the world including the Golan Heights, Sudan and, of course, Afghanistan." Two poppies At the start of the 11-day official visit, Charles and Camilla paid their respects to the country's war dead as the prince laid a wreath at a memorial in St John's, Newfoundland. The couple have been sporting two poppies during the trip - the traditional British flower and the deeper red version worn in Canada. Later, they are set to open the
2009 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto, said to be the world's largest indoor farming show. They will then fly on to Victoria in British Colombia. On Thursday, the prince and his wife visited Dundurn Castle in Hamilton, Ontario, home of Camilla's great-great-greatgrandfather Sir Allan Napier MacNab, a prime minister of the confederation of Canada in the 1850s. Print Sponsor This content has passed through fivefilters.org.
Getty Images wants you! By Fiona Miller (Flickr Blog) Submitted at 11/5/2009 11:09:04 AM
The Flickr Collection on Getty Images has been growing and growing since it launched back in March– with a princely figure of nearly 60,000 images in the collection so far. It’s no secret that there are billions of amazing photographs on Flickr, so it made perfect sense for us to find an easy way for members to suggest their own photos to be considered for the Flickr Collection on Getty Images. Starting today you can submit a portfolio of 10 images to the Getty Images Call for Artists group, giving you an opportunity to showcase your best shots
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Tech.view: Fighting fire with fire (The Economist: Daily columns) Submitted at 11/5/2009 11:40:41 PM
Tech.view Nov 6th 2009 From Economist.com Wildfires are getting fiercer and more frequent AS WOODLANDS in the warmer parts of the northern hemisphere come to the end of their fire season and their counterparts south of the equator prepare for the worst, people have begun to rethink how best to fight the wildfires, which seem
to be getting fiercer and more frequent. With less winter snow on mountains as average temperatures rise, woods in many regions are drying out and becoming ever more vulnerable to fire. The deadliest wildfire in Australia’s history, which scorched a broad swathe of the landscape north-east of Melbourne earlier this year and killed more than 200 people, has prompted local authorities to question the country’s longstanding policy of allowing residents to stay behind to defend
their homes as the flames roar through. Meanwhile, mistakes made in the early stages of a wildfire that raged across the mountains overlooking Los Angeles in August turned a containable blaze into the county’s worst conflagration ever. In both instances, a heatwave following years of drought provided tinder for an arsonist’s match. In order to ignite and burn, a wildfire requires heat, fuel and oxygen. These combine to TECH.VIEW: page 71
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Chris Christie, his Republican challenger, by large margins. Mr Christie attacked Mr Corzine's Submitted at 11/6/2009 6:00:46 AM record on the local economy and Local elections in America found some traction on ethics Nov 3rd 2009 issues. Mr Christie has been From Economist.com“Mini mid- embarrassed in the last days of term” elections get under way in c a m p a i g n i n g b y a b i z a r r e America, with Democrats braced political advert he made featuring for bad news a Monty Python sketch. Michael VOTERS were at the polls to Palin, who appeared in it, elect governors in New Jersey criticised the advert and said he a n d V i r g i n i a o n T u e s d a y was surprised that Mr Christie, a November 3rd and others were former federal prosecutor, was voting in a special election to fill not aware about copyright a vacant congressional district in infringement. upstate New York. Together, The race in New Jersey has these three races (numerous tightened in recent weeks. At mayoral contests and state Sunday's rally Mr Obama blamed referendums are also taking George Bush (in so many words) place) provide the biggest for the state's woes. Although Mr political test for the parties since Christie retains a tiny lead last year's presidential election. A Democratic activists are fired up year since Barack Obama won for a get-out-the-vote drive and that prize, these elections will be Mr Corzine could still carry the studied for clues about the state. electorate's mood. Facing what Barring a miracle, there will be looks likely to be a heavy defeat no such turnaround in fortunes for the Democrats in Virginia and for Creigh Deeds, the Democratic a fight to keep the governor's c a n d i d a t e f o r g o v e r n o r i n mansion in New Jersey, the Virginia. Mr Deeds has fallen president would be wise to even further in the polls behind remind people of Tip O'Neill's Bob McDonnell, the Republican famous dictum that “all politics is candidate. If the Democrats lose local”. But Mr Obama will not be the governor's mansion here it able to avoid some of the finger- will be a particularly heavy blow. pointing if things go very badly. They have held the one-term At the weekend Mr Obama office for eight years and one of supported Jon Corzine, the Mr Obama’s achievements was embattled governor of New to carry the state last year, the Jersey, appearing at two rallies. f i r s t t i m e a D e m o c r a t i c Over the summer polls suggested presidential candidate had won that Mr Corzine was trailing Virginia since 1964. As in New
Jersey, many of the issues in Virginia are centred on the local economy, but the election here is being touted as a referendum about Mr Obama. Mr Obama's push for policies that herald a return to big government is hugely unpopular with Republicans, and Mr McDonnell has focused on reducing the size of Virginia's budget and lowering taxes. Independents and moderates have warmed to his themes. Democratic operatives are blaming the hapless Mr Deeds for a poor campaign, saying he did not listen to advice from the White House about cementing the support of important Democratic constituencies, such as blacks, and getting them out on election day. Mr Deeds's supporters say his prospects worsened in line with the decline in Mr Obama's approval ratings. Mr Obama did attend a campaign rally for Mr Deeds last week, but the crowds were much smaller and less enthused than “the one” is used to. The biggest drama, however, comes in an election to fill a vacancy in a congressional district in rural New York, a Republican stronghold near the Canadian border. Republican Party chiefs had backed Dede Scozzafava, who sits in the state Assembly, to contest the seat, but her pro-choice, pro-gay marriage and union-friendly views attracted the ire of conservatives.
On October 22nd Sarah Palin fired a missive from her increasingly powerful Facebook page calling on Republican activists to ditch the Republican and support Doug Hoffman instead. Mr Hoffman is the candidate for the Conservative Party of New York, an outfit founded in 1962 to rail against Rockefeller liberalism that dominated east coast Republicanism at the time. Mrs Palin's intervention took even seasoned pundits by surprise. She said that Mr Hoffman best represented the views of conservative Republicans and that “best of all” he was not “annointed by any political machine”, a surprising statement from last year's Republican vice-presidential candidate. “Blurring the lines” between the parties was not the way for the Republicans to win elections, Mrs Palin opined. Perhaps with one eye on a presidential bid in 2012, Mrs Palin tapped into the rise of “teaparty” conservative activists, who are angry over the expansion of government under Mr Obama and George Bush. They have caused some mischief, pushing against health-care reform and expressing annoyance at Republicans whom they consider to be part of the Washington establishment. Following Mrs Palin's endorsement, Mr Hoffman's coffers filled and Ms Scozzafava found herself out of
favour. On October 31st, amid sinking poll numbers, she abandoned her campaign and on November 1st backed the Democratic candidate, Bill Owens; evidence, the teapartyers said, that she was a Republican in name only. After her stunning departure, the race remains open. The polls give Mr Hoffman a small lead over Mr Owens, but Ms Scozzafava’s name will appear on the ballot and many voters will have posted theirs before she withdrew from the race. All in all, conservatives seem to be heading to at least two big victories. They will point to a win in Virginia as marking the limits of Mr Obama's charisma. Win or lose in upstate New York they will warn Republicans to toe the line on conservative dogma. But they would be wise to heed a lesson from Newt Gingrich. Although another presidential hopeful, Tim Pawlenty, also endorsed Mr Hoffman, the former House speaker backed Ms Scozzafava, the official party choice. This should be taken as a note of caution by activists—Mr Gingrich surely knows a thing or two about conservative overreach. Back to top ^^ Readers' comments The Economist welcomes your views. This content has passed through fivefilters.org.
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produce a chemical chainreaction. In this so-called “fire tetrahedron”, heat breaks the chemical bonds of the fuel’s hydrocarbon chains. Oxygen from the air then combines with carbon and hydrogen atoms to release yet more heat, which breaks down more fuel. Remove any one of the basic components, though, and the fire will either fail to ignite or will fizzle out by itself. With wildfires, there is little that can be done about turning off the oxygen supply directly. So, halting the fire depends mainly on removing either the heat or the fuel, or tinkering with the chainreaction going on within the flames. Dousing the flames with water is cleverer than it sounds because it cuts the levels of both heat and oxygen. As the water turns into steam, it extracts latent heat from the fire and cools the smoke—thereby preventing the fire from jumping to a new location. As a bonus, the steam also smothers the flames by diluting the amount of oxygen in the surrounding air. At 500°C (about 900°F), steam occupies 4,000 times the volume it had as water. The fire is asphyxiated in the process. By contrast, dropping dry,
halogenated fire-retardants (compounds based on fluorine, chlorine, bromine or iodine) on the flames from air tankers disrupts the oxidation process going on in the flames directly, by displacing highly reactive hydrogen and oxygen-hydrogen radicals with less active halogen ones. This breaks the chain reaction and the fire is eventually snuffed out. Alternatively, removing fuel from the fire—by chopping down trees, digging fire breaks and setting control burns ahead of it— also helps stop a fire in its tracks. Though human activity is responsible for 98% of all wildfires, arson starts a surprisingly small proportion of them. Usually, a wildfire begins because of a combination of sizzling temperatures, low humidity and hot, dry winds that gather pace as they funnel through the canyons and blow down power lines. All it then takes is a spark from an arcing electricity cable to ignite grassy kindling and waxy chaparral. The vast majority of forest fires occur close to roads or where housing developments have pushed deep into the wilderness. There is a close correlation between population density and the number of fires in a given
region. A landscape with an average of 45 people per square kilometre is ideal for sparking wildfires. With fewer people around, there is less human activity to cause fires, accidental or otherwise; with more, there is less wilderness to burn. With urbanisation, however, comes a state of mind that seeks to deny the very existence of fire—and is then mortified when it happens, and demands action to ensure it never happens again. Ironically, the United States Forest Service has not helped. Its “ Smokey Bear” mascot—created in 1944 to educate the public about the danger of forest fires—advocated total fire suppression, which served a vital function during the second world war, when there were few ablebodied people available to fight fires rather than the enemy. Indeed, the Japanese armed forces made several attempts to set fire to forests along the coast of Oregon as a way of draining American manpower, destroying timber needed for the war effort and generally causing panic. Unfortunately, the Smokey Bear approach can be counterproductive. In many places, it has allowed dangerous amounts of fuel to accumulate on mountainsides. When fires do
happen in such places, they are far more devastating than would otherwise be the case. The mountains behind your correspondent’s home have not burned in nearly 40 years. Centuries ago, locals torched the hillsides every decade or so to replenish their biological diversity and encourage better hunting. Subsequent Spanish and Mexican settlers continued this sensible practice. Needless to say, no one does today. Many of the species native to California, such as the prickly chaparral, rely on fires to propagate. This shrub is a typical example of a tinderbox perennially in search of a flint. When there is a fire, its hardy seeds are carried aloft by the smoke and dispersed by the wind. Likewise, the giant sequoia redwoods of coastal California rely on periodic fires to thin out the competition and clear the ground and canopy ready for new growth. The modern view is that the complete suppression of fire has upset the natural order of things. In particular, it has deprived the environment of its share of species that have adapted successfully to heat and smoke, and proliferate in the charred environment that follows a
wildfire. Controlled burns of hillsides are clearly a useful tool for restoring an ecosystem to its native habitat as well as managing fire. Yet the Clean Air Act—let alone the potential for property damage caused by burns that accidentally get out of hand, and complaints about the smoke and destruction of scenic views—make attempts to use fire as a management and restoration tool difficult. The alternative, to allow fuel loads on mountainsides to go on accumulating to ever more dangerous levels, is hardly preferable. Unfortunately the debate about when, where and how best to use the technology for burning the wooded landscape in a controlled fashion has barely begun. Back to top ^^ Readers' comments The Economist welcomes your views. This content has passed through fivefilters.org.
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Research Brief: Twittering To Keep Current (MediaPost | Media News)
one device. Percentage Of Online Adults Who Use Twitter Or Another Some 19% of internet users now Status Update Service(Adult say they use Twitter or another Internet Users) service to share updates about Demographic Group themselves, or to see updates % of US Adults Tweeting about others. This represents a All Online adults significant increase over previous 19% surveys in December 2008 and Sex April 2009, when 11% of internet Men users said they use a status- 17 update service. Women Three groups of internet users 21 are mainly responsible for Race/Ethnicity driving the growth of this White (non Hispanic) activity: social network website 19 users, those who connect to the African American internet via mobile devices and 26 younger internet users (those Hispanic under age 44). 18 Internet users who already use Age social network sites such as 18-29 MySpace, Facebook or LinkedIn 33 are also likely to use Twitter 30-49 (35%), compared with just 6% of 22 internet users who do not use 50-64 such social network sites. 9 And, the more devices someone 65+ owns, the more likely they are to 4 use Twitter or another service to Education update their status. Fully 39% of Less than high school internet users with four or more 18 internet-connected devices (such High school diploma as a laptop, cell phone, game 17 console or Kindle) use Twitter, Some college compared with 28% of internet 21 users with three devices, 19% of College graduate internet users with two devices 21 and 10% of internet users with Household Income Submitted at 11/6/2009 6:45:56 AM
22 30k-49,999 21 50k-74,999 20 $75,000 20 Internet Connection Broadband 21 Dial-up 11 Wireless or Tethered Wireless 25 Tethered 8 Number of Wireless Devices One 10 Two 19 Three 28 Four or more 39 Social Network User Yes 35 No 6 Source: Pew Internet & American Life Project Survey, (August-September), October 2009 Survey data shows that internet users who use social network sites are more likely to use Twitter or another status updating service, independent of other
factors such as that group's relative youth or propensity to go online via mobile devices. As of September 2009, 54% of internet users have a wireless connection to the internet via a laptop, cell phone, game console or other mobile device. Of those, 25% use Twitter or another similar service, up from 14% of wireless users in December 2008. By comparison, 8% of internet users who rely exclusively on tethered access use Twitter or another service, up from 6% in December 2008. Analysis also shows that wireless access is an independent factor in predicting whether someone uses Twitter or another status update service. It is not simply because this group is likely to be young or tech-savvy. Owning and using a wireless internet device makes an internet user significantly more likely to tweet. Age is another strong, independent predictor for use of Twitter and other status-updating services. Internet users ages 18 to 44 report rapid uptake of Twitter over the last nine months, whereas internet users ages 45 and older report slower adoption rates. For example, 37% of internet users ages 18 to 24 use Twitter or another service, up from 19% in December 2008.
The median age of a Twitter user is 31, which has remained stable over the past year. The median age for a MySpace user is now 26, down from 27 in May 2008, and the median age for LinkedIn is now 39, down from 40. Facebook, however, is graying a bit: the median age for this social network site is now 33, up from 26 in May 2008. The report points out that Harvard Business School researchers analyzed a random sample of 300,000 Twitter accounts and found that "the top 10% of prolific Twitter users accounted for over 90% of tweets." In addition, says the report, Sysomos analyzed 11.5 million Twitter accounts and found that most people post just once per day (and one in five have never posted). For now, concludes the report, "... it is clear that a 'social segment' of internet users is flocking to both social network sites and status-update services. This segment is likely to grow as ever more internet users adopt mobile devices as a primary means of going online. For more about the study from Pew Research, please visit here. This content has passed through fivefilters.org.
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Online Media Daily: MLB: More Polish, Less Spit? (MediaPost | Media News) Submitted at 11/6/2009 4:00:13 AM
When you have a 14-year-olddaughter you quickly learn that her career choices tend to change faster than the postings on her Facebook wall or her brand preferences, which can be fanatical one day and "so over" the next. It wasn't so long ago that she was going to "study in Paris and become a chocolate maker." That was followed by working with "adoption agencies to place kids." During the justended baseball playoffs she announced she wanted to become a "manager" or "whoever makes the rules for the players." This decision was driven partly by our neighbor across the street inviting her to the final game of the American League Championship at Yankee Stadium, but her interest reached zealot status during the World Series. Her mission is not to reorganize the batting lineups or pitching rotations, or even give signals to the base runners. It is - as she said vehemently at each
offense -- to "Get them to stop spitting on the field." No amount of lore about the MLB legacy of tobacco chawin' came anywhere close to dissuading her from her position that it is "just disgusting." It did not help that virtually every time Fox came in tight on a player close up (no matter if at the plate, on the mound, on the bases, in the field or on the bench) they immediately dribbled a loogy. "See! See? They did it again!" became a clarion call in our family room, overriding whatever the game situation on the Big Screen TV. Having been thus sensitized (like back when Lucy used to drive Charlie Brown crazy by making him "aware of his tongue") I couldn't help BUT notice that baseball players indeed spit all the time, throughout the entire game, and not just in stressful situations. Guys eight places down the reliever chart, who wouldn't pitch in the game unless it went 27 or more innings, still sat in the bullpen spitting away. All of this really concerned my daughter, since most fields are now
artificial turf and she likened it to "spitting on the carpet at your office." A cogent observation, to be sure. Now, I played football, basketball and baseball growing up, and through a series of not altogether happy circumstances, found myself on national TV playing in the Gator Bowl, a situation one might consider to be stressful for a 21-year-old. Did I spit on the field? No. Did I ever spit on a playing field? Absolutely. Did I spit every 10 or 15 seconds like the big leaguers do? Never. If I was in a World Series game would I spit all the time? Nope (perhaps pee down my leg once or twice, but not spit). I am certain there is some perfectly logical physiological reason why baseball players have the urge to spit throughout the game -- but fair warning, if my daughter ever becomes your manager, there could be some serious fines handed out. Congrats, Yankees. Spit and all. This content has passed through fivefilters.org.
MediaDailyNews: Google Adds Nielsen's PRIZM To TV Ads (MediaPost | Media News)
PRIZM to do the same thing for advertisers and agencies making online audience buys through In another ironic shift in digital a d v e r t i s i n g n e t w o r k s a n d media planning, Google has e x c h a n g e s . licensed Nielsen Co.'s PRIZM In all of these cases, media audience segmentation system planners and advertisers would for advertisers and agencies using be using offline surrogates to its Google TV Ads platform. The make decisions for targeting deal is an extension of an earlier people that they already have one in which Google licensed actual users' behavior for. Nielsen's audience demographic "This partnership brings more data to enable advertisers and layers of audience data to our agencies to retrofit the empirical existing targeting tools," Google set-top data generated by Google posted Thursday on the official TV Ads buys. Google TV Ads Blog. " In Both deals are ironic, because addition to demographic and both Nielsen's National Audience interest dimensions from Nielsen Demographic data, and PRIZM and Equifax already available in are proxies of actual audiences our targeting tools, advertisers derived from samples and/or will now be able to layer on geographic clustering that are PRIZM segments to find their used to infer how viewers and audience on TV through Google households within the actual TV TV Ads. PRIZM categorizes US universe behave. Google TV Ads households into 66 unique is based on actual TV usage data segments, using attributes such as generated from satellite and cable lifestage, income, social group, TV digital set-top devices. home ownership, employment, The deal also follows a recent and education." o n e b e t w e e n N i e l s e n a n d This content has passed through DataLogix( Online Media Daily, fivefilters.org. Nov. 2), a company that licensed Submitted at 11/6/2009 5:15:27 AM
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TV Watch: Oprah Leaving? Then Where Is Syndication Going? (MediaPost | Media News)
extra cash these days. Broadcast networks want retransmission money from cable Oprah Winfrey leaving her roots operators -- and now their TV among TV stations could be the stations. Cable operators want last move in a quick triple play "TV Everywhere" money from gone wrong for the industry. consumers they don't control. First, TV stations have been -- New digital TV programmers and still are -- hit with the worst w a n t s e p a r a t e f e e s f r o m advertising market in decades, consumers, as well as advertising perhaps ever, with many TV dollars. groups sinking a massive 30% And TV stations? They just want and more in advertising revenues to survive -- whoever is willing in recent periods. to pay the bills. Next, more recently, stations say It's no secret that while "The they are being bumped out of line Oprah Winfrey Show" pulls in line, with broadcast networks big advertising dollars per year l o o k i n g t o g r a b s o m e for CBS Television Distribution, r e t r a n s m i s s i o n f e e s t h a t local TV stations have been seemingly were all going to getting big advertising benefits. station coffers. (One saving grace to losing Now perhaps one of the biggest Oprah: stations would also be faces of the airwaves -- and the parting with her large license national TV syndication business fees.) -- Oprah Winfrey, looks to be Oprah isn't the whole TV moving out. To add insult to syndication marketplace, nor injury, she's probably heading to does she represent all of TV broadcast stations' long-time stations' local ad dollars. But competitor, the cable industry. emotionally she puts a strong Everyone is looking for a little i n d i v i d u a l f a c e o n t h e Submitted at 11/6/2009 8:30:26 AM
marketplace for many viewers. Those viewers will follow her anywhere -- and Discovery Communications may be dictating the marching orders. Dealing with her as a partner in the massive undertaking of a new cable channel, OWN, Discovery will need her strong voice to carry the network. In recent years broadcast networks have had to part with, or share, off-network sitcoms like "Friends," "Seinfeld," and "Everybody Loves Raymond" with cable networks. That may have seemed OK at the time, with syndication still having its first-run TV shows as the major differential between it and cable. In the wake of a possible Oprah departure, TV stations executives must be thinking, what or who is next -- "Wheel of Fortune," "Dr. Phil," "Entertainment Tonight," "Rachael Ray" or "Judge Judy"? This content has passed through fivefilters.org.
E-reader market to boom fivefold in 2010, says analyst (EETimes) (Yahoo! News Search Results for e-readers)
according to MediaIdeas. "E-paper e-readers will be one of the major disruptive technologies Submitted at 11/6/2009 6:52:37 AM of the early 21st century," said LONDON In 2008 1.1 million e analyst Nick Hampshire, "it will -readers with e-paper displays change the nature of publishing were sold and in 2010 that and related print industries number will rise to about 6 forever, ushering in a host of million, according to market innovative ways to present, analysis firm MediaIdeas (New market, and distribute content." York, NY). Related links and articles: The first e-paper e-reader came www.mediaideas.net onto the market in 2004 and with E-book chip market to reach their "green" benefit of reducing $1.1 billion in 2013, says In-Stat paper consumption the device has E Ink to use Freescale SoC proved popular with consumers. Comment: Waiting for Plastic The market for e-readers is Logic's e-reader a c c e l e r a t i n g , a c c o r d i n g t o Opinion: Kindle ramp surprises MediaIdeas. By 2006 there were amateur pundit 3 types of devices available; by Scanned laser pico projectors: 2007 there were 5; and there are seeing the big picture now more than 40 types of e- This content has passed through reader available. This will double fivefilters.org. over the next 12 months
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New Multimedia Device Joins Parade of EReaders (Enterprise Security Today) (Yahoo! News Search Results for e-readers)
There are also reports that tiremaker Bridgestone is developing a flexible e-book Submitted at 11/6/2009 12:08:50 AM reader, although so far it's only a The e-reader market is getting prototype. And there have been yet another entry, with a report many reports that Apple is that Creative Labs is unveiling a preparing to enter the market tablet. The device, called a early next year with its own Mediabook, was shown at the tablet e-reader. Singapore-based company's Creative Labs' fan site general meeting last week. Epizenter.net originated the Although Creative hasn't made Mediabook report, and quotes an official announcement, news Willie Png, vice president of reports indicate that the s t r a t e g i c b u s i n e s s , a s Mediabook has a touchscreen, downplaying the Kindle as "just Internet connectivity, slots for another electronic device which SD memory cards, text-to-speech displays books in text." By capability, and is based on the contrast, Png told the site, the company's Zii technology. Mediabook will allow the merger Kindle 'Just Another Electronic of "videos, pictures, text and Device' services into one device that There was no word on the s u p p o r t s a m e d i a - r i c h Mediabook's launch date, but the e x p e r i e n c e . " e-reader category is already Epizenter also reports that beginning to have more than a Creative is in discussion with a few entries. There's the best variety of publishers about known, Amazon's Kindle, as well providing content. as Sony's recently updated e- LCD or Electrophoretic? readers and the newly released There was also no word on what nook from Barnes & Noble, kind of screen the Mediabook among others. would use. Sarah Rotman Epps,
an analyst with industry research firm Forrester, pointed out that, while LCD screens are good for video and graphics, electrophoretic screens have higher contrast and make reading text easier. She noted that E Ink, a company based in Cambridge, Mass., "now has about 100 percent market share" in electrophoretic screens, but that will change next year as competition heats up. In general, she said, 2010 is shaping up to be "an interesting year for the e-reader space" with new tablets and dual-screen readers emerging. But Epps pointed out that, right now, most of the announcements are reaching the industry, not consumers. For the consumer, she said, the e -reader category is still largely the Kindle, but a few developments could make big differences. She said one would be if Apple decides to make epublications a big category on iTunes, in which case "Apple would become a major player
overnight." The other development, she said, is if BlackBerry maker Research in Motion or another smartphone maker decides to release a double -screen device, with both a LCD and an E Ink display. Ross Rubin, director of industry analysis for consumer technology at NPD Group, noted that Google's open-source operating system, Android, is increasingly showing up on these devices. He pointed out that Barnes & Noble's nook is Android-based, as is Creative's recently released Zii Egg, which features 1080p high-definition video and is described by Creative as a "StemCell Computer." Rubin noted that several of Creative's Android-based devices, like those based on Zii technology, have been more focused toward developers and not yet released to a mass market in the U.S. This content has passed through fivefilters.org.
E-reader market to boom fivefold in 2010, says analyst (EETimes) (Yahoo! News Search Results for e-readers)
according to MediaIdeas. "E-paper e-readers will be one of the major disruptive technologies Submitted at 11/6/2009 6:53:39 AM of the early 21st century," said LONDON In 2008 1.1 million e analyst Nick Hampshire, "it will -readers with e-paper displays change the nature of publishing were sold and in 2010 that and related print industries number will rise to about 6 forever, ushering in a host of million, according to market innovative ways to present, analysis firm MediaIdeas (New market, and distribute content." York, NY). Related links and articles: The first e-paper e-reader came www.mediaideas.net onto the market in 2004 and with E-book chip market to reach their "green" benefit of reducing $1.1 billion in 2013, says In-Stat paper consumption the device has E Ink to use Freescale SoC proved popular with consumers. Comment: Waiting for Plastic The market for e-readers is Logic's e-reader a c c e l e r a t i n g , a c c o r d i n g t o Opinion: Kindle ramp surprises MediaIdeas. By 2006 there were amateur pundit 3 types of devices available; by Scanned laser pico projectors: 2007 there were 5; and there are seeing the big picture now more than 40 types of e- This content has passed through reader available. This will double fivefilters.org. over the next 12 months
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