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Obama takes on anti-Americanism, calls for new era
By Tabassum Zakaria (Front Row Washington)
Submitted at 9/23/2009 9:34:15 AM

Another kind of death panels
By Emily Kaiser (Front Row Washington)
Submitted at 9/23/2009 6:59:40 AM

President Barack Obama began his first speech before the U.N. General Assembly by taking on the anti-Americanism that spread overseas in the aftermath of the 2003 invasion of Iraq (six years before his presidency). “I took office at a time when many around the world had come to view America with skepticism and distrust,” he told world leaders. Misperceptions, misinformation, opposition to U.S. policies, and a belief that the United States acted unilaterally “fed an almost reflexive anti-Americanism which, too often, has served as an excuse for collective inaction,” Obama said. He called for embracing “a new era of engagement based on mutual interest and mutual respect.” Obama basically put on the line his hopes for a new chapter in U.S. relations with other

countries, and made clear that he was breaking from the unpopular policies of his predecessor, former President George W. Bush. He ticked off action taken on issues of friction, saying he has prohibited torture, ordered Guantanamo Bay prison closed and worked on combating extremism “within the rule of law.” At home, Obama faces

seeing the president back off his March pledge of providing the resources necessary for our men and women in Afghanistan.” “The president has already lost credibility with his commitment to our allies, so why should we believe his words today before the United Nations?” the RNC said in a statement. Obama is trying to change world perception of the United States. Republicans are trying to change American perception of Obama. Do you believe Obama will succeed in reducing antiAmerican opinion abroad? Will Republicans succeed in turning Republican and conservative A m e r i c a n o p i n i o n a g a i n s t critics who question whether he is O b a m a ? tough enough on national Click here for more Reuters security. political coverage The Republican National Photo credit: Reuters/Shannon Committee was quick with a Stapleton (World leaders listen as response to Obama’s U.N. speech: Obama addresses U.N. General “Last week President Obama Assembly), Reuters/Mike Segar backed off his pledge to protect (Obama speaking at the U.N.) America and our allies in Eastern Europe with a strong missile defense shield. This week, we are

U.S. Representative Barney Frank has never been shy about expressing his opinions. His opening remarks at a hearing he chaired with Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner on Wednesday was no exception. Frank poked fun at a political squabble over healthcare reform as he detailed his position on what to do about non-bank financial firms considered "too big to fail." "There will be death panels enacted by this Congress, but they will be for non-bank financial institutions that will not be considered too big to die. I say that because we have this euphemism that we are going to be 'resolving' these institutions. It has not been my experience that when someone says they are going to resolve something, they kill it. We are talking about dissolution, not resolution. We are talking about making it unpleasant for the entities. This is not a fate people will want."

Man surrenders after standoff at Chicago hospital (AP)
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The First Draft: Gaddafi, the tent and The Donald
By Deborah Zabarenko (Front Row Washington)
Submitted at 9/23/2009 7:28:36 AM

Official Washington is gazing northward this morning toward New York and the United Nations, where President Barack Obama will be followed in the General Assembly by Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi. The big question in the blogosphere is not what Obama will tell the gathered diplomats of the world — the White House has indicated he will stress a new tone in foreign policy — but where Gaddafi spent the night. Unlike the rest of the assembled envoys, Gaddafi prefers a Bedouin tent to a hotel (hates elevators, reportedly) but his plans to pitch a tent in the suburban town of Bedford, New York, hit a snag with local authorities. Construction of the tent, featuring draperies with a camel print, was halted on Tuesday. ABC News reported that he bedded down in Manhattan close to the United Nations. The titillation factor grew when it was discovered that the estate in Bedford was owned by none other than Donald Trump, New York real estate magnate and publicity

So what’s the carbon footprint of a motorcade?
statements on climate change be undermined by motorcades, magnet extraordinaire. this the issue that’s grabbing the Submitted at 9/22/2009 12:36:08 PM gridlock, idling engines? T h e m o r n i n g T V n e w s headlines? Is it because it’s The answer: electric programs — NBC, ABC, CNN, something to spark outrage? World leaders in New York City m o t o r c a d e s ! CBS, FOX — all featured stories, Laugh at? Because of all the for the U.N. General Assembly (Would that mean electric with video of the tent under gnarly problems of the world, this also bring motorcades, gridlock, sockets on every corner in construction. A quick Web search i s o n e t h a t a t l e a s t i s and idling engines. midtown Manhattan?) for tent+bedford+libya (leaving comprehensible? Let us know So when White House reporters, “I think the U.N. should make a out Gaddafi’s name because of what you think. also in New York following p l e d g e t o e l e c t r i c v e h i c l e the various spellings of it) Photo credits: President Barack Obama around, motorcades within five years,” resulted in 227,000 hits. REUTERS/Hugo Correia got a briefing on U.N. climate U.S. climate negotiator Todd There are plenty of critical (Gaddafi in his tent outside change talks, the question had to Stern told reporters. issues before the United Nations Lisbon, Portugal, December 6, be asked. Photo credit: Reuters/Kai General Assembly (and the G20 2007) CBS’s Mark Knoller wondered Pfaffenbach (power plug is seen in Pittsburgh) this week: nuclear REUTERS/Chris Helgren (Tent about the carbon footprint of the next to an electric-drive car) weapons proliferation, Middle for Gaddafi pitched on the s u m m i t : c o u l d t h e e a r n e s t East conflict, climate change, the grounds of an Italian villa in global economic slump. So why is Rome, June 9, 2009)

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Obama urges ‘new era of engagement’
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Barack Obama on Wednesday promised fellow leaders a new relationship with the US and said neither he nor his country could

solve the problems of the world without them. Challenging the world’s leaders to work with the US to address global problems, he referred to an “almost reflexive antiAmericanism” that had defined the attitudes of many states

towards the US in the past. “Those who used to chastise America for acting alone in the world cannot now stand by and wait for America to solve the world’s problems alone”.

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Slide in support for healthcare overhaul slows, poll says
By JoAnne Allen (Front Row Washington)
Submitted at 9/22/2009 7:36:42 PM

Public support for President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform initiative has rebounded slightly following his speech to Congress this month, according to an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll released on Tuesday. Forty-five percent of Americans approve of the president’s handling of healthcare, compared to 46 percent who disapprove, the poll found. In last month’s NBC/WSJ poll last month, 47 percent disapproved and 41

percent approved. Obama delivered a healthcare speech to Congress on Sept. 9 followed by a media blitz to revive his case for reform. His

healthcare overhaul initiative suffered a setback as the hot topic in a summer of raucous rallies and public debate. More people still believe Obama’s healthcare plan is a bad idea than a good one, 41 percent to 39 percent, according to the NBC/WSJ poll. However, 45 percent now say it would be better to pass a healthcare plan than to stick with the current system, while 39 percent don’t want any change at all.

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Submitted at 9/23/2009 9:30:10 AM

Skelton making point on Afghanistan with turn of phrase
By Tabassum Zakaria (Front Row Washington)
Submitted at 9/22/2009 2:47:32 PM

Sometimes it takes a colorful phrase to get the point across. And these days when it seems almost everyone’s got an opinion on Afghanistan, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton’s words caught attention. In a six-page letter to President Barack Obama, the Missouri Democrat bared his view that General Stanley McChrystal should have the troops and

resources he needs for the war. “The last administration allowed itself to be distracted from the fight forced on us in Afghanistan

by the fight it chose in Iraq,” Skelton wrote. “I believe that this was a strategic mistake, robbing the war in Afghanistan of the necessary resources and resulting in an approach of ‘half-ass it and hope.’ We cannot afford to continue that policy.” Can bumper stickers be far behind? Photo credit: Reuters/Joshua Roberts (Skelton on Capitol Hill in 2008)

the General Assembly so diplomats could take new seats. The U.S. Mission was In his first U.N. appearance, represented at a low level by a Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi note-taker and an African expert. issued a slashing attack on the U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Security Council and chastised the R o d h a m C l i n t o n a n d U . S . world body on Wednesday for Ambassador Susan Rice departed failing to intervene or prevent before Gadhafi ascended the some 65 wars since the U.N. was podium. founded in 1945. After waiting for the room to Gadhafi called for reform of the settled, Gadhafi rose and swept council — abolishing the veto his robe over him and strode to power of the five permanent the stage, using the handrail on members — or expanding the his way up. He wore a shiny black body with additional member pin in the shape of Africa pinned s t a t e s t o m a k e i t m o r e over his heart, on his brown and representative. tan Bedouin robes. "It should not be called the Gadhafi laid the yellow folder in Security Council, it should be front of him and opened some of called the "terror council," he the handwritten pages as he said. received scattered applause. The veto-wielding Security The chamber was half-empty as Council powers -- the United Gadhafi gave his first speech and States, Britain, China, France and held a copy of the U.N. Charter in Russia -- treat smaller countries as his hands, each with a large, shiny "second class, despised" nations, ring. For a moment, it seemed he Gadhafi said. lost his place in his speech while "Now, brothers, there is no he sorted through the pages of his respect for the United Nations, no yellow folder. regard for the General Assembly," He appeared to be speaking Gadhafi said. without a text, looking at a set of His speech followed President notes before him on handwritten Barack Obama's first General pages. He was not reading from Assembly address, but not before the TelePrompTer. a recess of some 15 minutes was called by the Libyan president of

Geithner pushes for stronger financial regulation
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chairman of the House financial services committee, on Wednesday insisted that large Submitted at 9/23/2009 8:49:03 AM institutions would not gain an Tim Geithner, US Treasury implicit government subsidy secretary, and Barney Frank, during a sometimes testy hearing in Congress. The Treasury’s desire to prevent large failing financial companies such as Lehman Brothers and AIG from threatening the entire system has sparked fears that large companies will benefit from lower borrowing costs because they are implicitly protected by the government.

Hit or Miss: September to Remember?
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Obama urges world to stand united
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Submitted at 9/23/2009 9:08:15 AM

Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. US President Barack Obama used his first UN address to urge world unity US President Barack Obama has said the world must face stark challenges, and the US cannot tackle them alone. In his first speech to the UN General Assembly, he said global problems included nuclear proliferation, war, climate change and economic crisis. But the world shared a "common future", Mr Obama said, with all nations bearing responsibility to resolve its problems. He was followed by Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, who criticised the major powers on the Security Council. Mr Gaddafi's speech, which continued for more than an hour, was his first address to the UN General Assembly during his 40 years in power. Relatives of victims of the 1988 Lockerbie bombing protested outside the UN headquarters as Col Gaddafi was due to arrive. The Libyan convicted of the bombing was released from a Scottish prison last month. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who has previously said he does not believe the Holocaust happened, is due to speak later on Wednesday. Israel has called for a boycott of his appearance and the Germans have said they will walk out if he repeats the claim. 'Act together' In his maiden speech to the

forum of leaders from more than 120 countries, Mr Obama acknowledged the expectations that accompanied his presidency expectations, he said, which were "not about me". He said that when he took office, "many around the world had come to view America with scepticism and mistrust". He said some of this was based on "misperceptions" but it was also due to "opposition to specific policies". But "we share a common future", he said, and "no longer do we have the luxury of indulging our differences". Mr Obama outlined "four pillars" which encapsulated the challenges facing the world: nuclear proliferation; peace and security; preservation of the planet; the global economy. He also said "no world order

which elevates one nation above others" could succeed in tackling these problems. He outlined ways in which he said the US would act to tackle the problems, but said all nations rich and poor - must join in. "Those who used to chastise America for acting alone in the world cannot now stand by and wait for America to solve the world's problems alone," Mr Obama said. "We must build new coalitions that bridge old divides... All nations have rights and responsibilities - that's the bargain that makes this work," Mr Obama said. The president devoted a significant proportion of his speech to the challenges of finding a peaceful settlement in the Middle East - and called for the relaunch of "negotiations

without preconditions". He said he did not underestimate the scale of that challenge, but added: "I will not waver in my pursuit of peace." On Tuesday, at the UN's climate change summit, Mr Obama acknowledged that the US had been slow to act, but promised a "new era" of promoting clean energy and reducing carbon pollution. Some countries may not take kindly to his words urging greater responsibility if it sounds too much like a lecture, particularly those who feel his commitments to tackle global warning were disappointing, says the BBC's Mark Mardell in New York. 'Terror Council' Following Mr Obama, Libya's President Gaddafi fiercely criticised the current power structure of the United Nations,

which he said was outdated and unfair, concentrating power unevenly. Clutching a copy of the preamble to the UN Charter, he said: "It says nations are equal whether they are small or big - are we equal in the permanent seats? No, we are not equal. Do we have the rights of the veto? "Sixty-five wars broke out after the establishment of the United Nations - are these wars and the aggressions in the interest of all nations? No, they were in the interest of four or five countries." Later, Mr Gaddafi said democracy should not be a luxury for the rich or more powerful. "All nations should have an equal footing. For those who have a permanent seat, this is political feudalism. It shouldn't be called the Security Council, it should be called the Terror Council." UN Secretary General Ban Kimoon opened Wednesday's proceedings by telling the assembled leaders: "Now is the time to put the 'united' back into the United Nations". He outlined problems facing the world - including "catastrophic climate change", the proliferation of nuclear weapons, and the global economic crisis - and said the world was looking to the UN for answers. "We must act for all nations and all people. So much is possible if we work together. We are the UN, the best hope for humankind, and now is our time," Mr Ban said. The order of the speeches is based on protocol, with some flexibility. A UN spokeswoman described it as a "challenging and OBAMA page 6

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Get your own beer! Swine flu spreading on campus (AP)
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Submitted at 9/23/2009 9:06:09 AM

ATLANTA – It's lurking in that awesome party just off the quad, hiding in the shot glasses passed from person to person and in the make-out sessions in the hallway. Swine flu is swirling through the nation's campuses, but despite all the warnings, flu kits and prominently displayed jugs of hand sanitizer, many students, like Georgia Tech freshman Elise Woodall, just aren't that worried. "I drink my orange juice," she said. "I figure I'll be OK." College administrators around the country are faced with a nearly insurmountable challenge: trying to stem the spread of the highly contagious swine flu virus amid the almost round-the-clock microbe-swapping behaviors of college students many of whom are not all that concerned about the impending bug. Since the first day of classes, colleges have asked students to isolate themselves once they begin coughing and sneezing, but the mild nature of this strain of flu has some students ignoring that advice, health center officials said. And just a few people with flu at a Saturday football game which can mean 100,000 people in a stadium at some colleges can turn into dozens more cases sitting in the waiting room of the student health center on Monday.

"When you're in the stadium with 90,000 of your closest friends, it's not exactly great infection control, especially when I look around and see people sharing a Coke," said Alan Blinder, a sophomore at the University of Alabama. "I know people are aware of the advice, but I don't know if they are applying it." From random hookups at fraternity parties to the passing of beer cans in dorm rooms, germs have always made the rounds on campuses with the speed of a viral video. "There's not a better way of transmitting germs than packing hundreds of young people into poorly ventilated party rooms and sharing glasses, smoking materials, playing beer pong and kissing," said Dr. James Turner, president of the American College Health Association and executive director of student health at the University of Virginia. Combine higher education's already germ-soaked environment with the largely unpredictable flu bug, and epidemiologists fear the pandemic could explode this fall and winter as the seasonal flu and swine flu both hit. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention even went as far as to recommend sick students wear surgical masks when they kiss. Turner's association estimates more than 13,000 college students annoying, but making a physical emoticon that changes expressions based on emoticons in Windows Live Messenger? That's

have had flulike symptoms in the last month at 250 colleges spread across the country, though there is no way to tell how many of those are swine flu because health officials are no longer testing every sick student. That data is the most comprehensive look at how the swine flu is playing out at colleges, though the numbers don't account for all the country's 4,300 degree-granting institutions. So far, two students have died from the flu one at Troy University in Alabama on Sept. 4 and one at Cornell University on Sept. 11. Health experts say those numbers will grow as more students with other health problems contract the virus. Even so, on most college campuses, student life in the era of swine flu bears pretty close resemblance to student life before the bug arose. Students still shuffle between classes, stopping to chat in hallways and the library, with the only really noticeable difference being the vats of sanitizing gel sitting in most common spaces. Georgia Tech sophomore Christopher Bryan said he tries not to touch door knobs and hand rails where he knows germs are easily shared, but the Panama native said he's not really changed his behavior otherwise. "There is always a concern about getting sick, but swine flu is everywhere, not just here," he said

waiting for a shuttle on the Atlanta campus. Colleges are offering isolation dorms for sick students, providing ample hand sanitizing gel and sending multiple e-mails about proper hand-washing techniques. For Emory student Anand Saha, the chills, sore throat and fever started after he attended an Indian dance workshop on campus that packed 50 students into a tiny room. Saha has his own bedroom in his dorm, so he isolated himself there instead of going to the residence hall for sick students. Now, the Memphis, Tenn., native, who is a resident assistant in his dorm, said he uses hand sanitizer as much as possible and has hung up posters on how to avoid getting swine flu in his dorm. "College life fosters close living, whether it's in residence halls or with sports teams that spend a lot of time with each other," said Saha, a neuroscience major. "It's a lot of interaction with a lot of different people on a daily basis. Classes are pretty big, and a lot of times you have people breathing down your neck or you're elbow to elbow with other people." _____ On the Net: Emory University: http://www.emory.edu American College Health Association: http://www.acha.org

Dollar falls to one-year euro low
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The US dollar has fallen to a one -year low against the euro ahead of the G20 meeting of world leaders. The dollar dropped to $1.4840 against the euro and it also fell against a basket of other currencies. Traders have been switching to other currencies as signs of economic recovery have begun to emerge, with many countries having exited recession. New Zealand has became the latest nation to end its recession, joining the likes of Germany, France and Japan. The New Zealand dollar rose to its highest level against the US currency for 13 months, after the country unexpectedly pulled out of recession in the second quarter of the year. The New Zealand dollar rose by more than a cent to $0.7315, its highest since early August 2008. Against the Japanese currency, the dollar fell to 90.90 yen from 91.24 yen, while the British pound rose to $1.6366 from $1.6352. The low yield status of the US dollar has also prompted speculators to sell it ahead of a Federal Reserve decision on interest rates due later on Wednesday. The US central bank is expected to keep rates at record lows. Print Sponsor

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Lull in winds around 8,500-acre S. Calif. wildfire (AP)

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At its peak it head of state, President Hu Jintao. m o u n t a i n s o f S o u t h e r n County fire Capt. Ron Oatman called for 100-degree heat and destroyed 89 homes and caused Did you watch the President's California's Ventura County, but said. low humidity, making brush two firefighter deaths. speech? Does the United Nations some areas are experiencing a lull The winds gusted to 45 mph in easier to burn. The fire remained 94 percent still have a purpose? Send us your in winds. the morning but should decrease More than 850 firefighters were surrounded Tuesday, and fire views using the form below. You Firefighters guarded ranch and through the afternoon, said Eric battling the fire. Three firefighters commanders again pushed back can also send your views on agricultural properties on the Boldt, warning coordination received minor injuries. t h e p r o j e c t e d d a t e f o r f u l l video. active west flank of the fire meteorologist with the National City spokesman Hugh Riley containment, this time from Send your videos to W e d n e s d a y m o r n i n g . N o n e Weather Service in Oxnard. said the water district authorized Tuesday evening to Thursday yourpics@bbc.co.uk. If you have appeared in imminent danger. "This morning is probably going avocado growers to turn on morning, due to the weather. a large file you can upload here. Firefighters expect winds to to be the most critical timeframe" irrigation sprinklers in their The weather service also issued Read the terms and conditions pick up again and consider 1,000 for firefighters, he said. orchards. He noted Tuesday that "red flag" warnings of fire At no time should you endanger homes and 20 commercial The 13-square-mile blaze that the fire was following the path of weather conditions in other parts yourself or others, take any buildings threatened. began near ranches and farms was a blaze several years ago. of California due to a combination unnecessary risks or infringe any A DC-10 jumbo jet converted heading toward subdivisions and "That was a big one and o f l o w h u m i d i t y , h i g h laws. into an air tanker has returned to was only 10 percent contained. fortunately it burned a lot of the t e m p e r a t u r e s a n d w i n d . A selection of your comments the blaze and dropped an The fire, which burned two fuel that could feed this one," he Those areas included the hills may be published, displaying your enormous load of fire retardant on outbuildings, threatened 1,000 said. east of San Francisco Bay and name and location unless you vegetation. homes and 20 commercial Some smaller wildfires broke mountains to the north, the state otherwise in the box below. The fire erupted Tuesday buildings, firefighter Steve out Tuesday as weather turned the northern Sierra and northern The BBC may edit your between the cities of Fillmore and Kaufmann said. region into a tinder box. Sacramento Valley and a large comments and not all emails will Moorpark as hot, dry and gusty Some areas were under A blaze that ignited in Riverside swath of the state farther north. be published. Your comments Santa Ana winds pushed through evacuation orders. County, 40 miles east of Los A 300-acre wildfire burning in a may be published on any BBC Southern California. M o o r p a r k C o l l e g e , a Angeles, burned 160 acres. It was heavily wooded area of Sonoma media worldwide. The gusts also fanned smaller community college located in the about 60 percent contained and no County near Geyserville was Print Sponsor fires east of Los Angeles. hills, announced on its Web site homes had been lost. expected to be contained THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS that it would be closed. Winds also caused some W e d n e s d a y m o r n i n g . UPDATE. Check back soon for The fire erupted Tuesday from i n c r e a s e d f i r e a c t i v i t y o n ___ further information. AP's earlier spontaneous combustion of ridgetops in the San Gabriels, AP writer Solvej Schou in Los story is below. manure at a local ranch, according where a gigantic arson-caused Angeles contributed to this report. MOORPARK, Calif. (AP) An to a statement from the county wildfire continues to smolder a 8,500-acre wildfire in the Ventura Sheriff's Department. But Oatman month after it began. But Carol County hills closed a college on called the statement premature Underhills, a spokeswoman for Wednesday and threatened 1,000 and said the cause of the blaze the U.S. Forest Service, says a

Eurozone economic growth picks up
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Submitted at 9/23/2009 2:40:51 AM

Eurozone economic growth has

picked up this month but the pace of recovery could be losing momentum, according to a closely watched survey. Purchasing managers’ indices

for the 16-country region in September showed a second consecutive monthly expansion in private-sector economic activity. But the improvement was less

than expected and the survey indicated that job cuts were being accelerated. France appeared to be powering much of the growth – while Germany’s recovery lost

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Microsoft Courier Heats up Tablet Sector - PC World
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Submitted at 9/23/2009 6:35:10 AM

Late Tuesday night the tech world's entire concept of what cool should be wa s upended when Microsoft's tablet project, codenamed Courier, came to light. If you haven't heard about this yet, Gizmodo released an exclusive report showing off a double-screen tablet device that functions like a day planner -- but a really cool day planner. It's not clear whether Courier will ever hit store shelves, as the device is just one of many tablet prototypes that Microsoft is developing, according to a CNET report. Nevertheless, with rumors swirling about an Apple tablet, and Courier's similarity to Asus' upcoming E-reader/netbook, it looks like the tablet concept could turn out be popular after all. Funny thing is, there might just be room for everybody's idea. Microsoft's Courier As described by Gizmodo, Courier looks like it could revolutionize personal business devices. Details are scarce about what the Courier can do, but so far we know it comes in the shape of book with two, 7-inch screens (presumably in color), built-in camera on the back, and Wi-Fi. Courier embraces a vast array of user inputs including multitouch gestures like pinching and flicking

as well as a stylus for handwriting and drawing. We've got no details on how Courier would handle tasks like email or if it has a microphone or Webcam for VoIP and videoconferencing, but the Courier concept does look like an excellent digital replacement for the traditional paper planner. Unlike other digital planners like PDAs from Palm and Research in Motion, Courier appears to merge the best of the paper planner -two pages and large writing spaces -- with a computer's capability to manipulate and index data. The Mythical Apple Tablet As Gizmodo points out, Courier is "almost the exact opposite of what everyone expects the Apple tablet to be." Apple's tablet is assumed to be an expanded iPod Touch with a 9- or 10-inch multitouch display, iSight camera, microphone, Wi-Fi, and 3G capability, and run either the iPod OS or some other version of Mac OS X. Even though analysts and pundits have been talking about the Apple Tablet for just over a year now, we've never seen a Courier-sized leak to figure out what the device will actually be like. All the details above are based on rumor and hearsay, with only a few blurry photos to back it up. So it's possible Apple's device may not even exist, but now that trading on Wednesday as investors braced themselves for the Federal Reserve’s policy statement this afternoon.

Microsoft's hand is tipped, Apple may get into the tablet race anyway. Courier vs Apple Tablet Assuming that both devices are real and coming to store shelves soon, you couldn't dream up a better example of the stereotypes found in Apple's Get A Mac ads. On the one hand, you have the business-oriented device that looks like it was born to display spreadsheets and pie charts. Then you have Apple's tablet, a sleek, cool-looking device that will help you start your own rock band and create a cinematic masterpiece within minutes. The problem with the Apple tablet may be this: Why is a consumer device like this even necessary? Why is this a better option than a laptop/smartphone combo? The tablet doesn't look like it can replace either device, and it appears the Apple tablet wouldn't really be a netbook either. So what is it? Presumably, it's an entertainment device for watching video, surfing the Web, and playing games. Although policymakers are expected to leave short-term interest rates unchanged, Wall Street will be scrutinising any

Courier, on the other hand, is immediately recognizable as a useful device. It brings the twopage paper day planner into the digital world for the first time. Courier takes advantage of data mash-ups by flicking your contacts onto a map to find a location; you can take notes on a reasonable-sized screen; and you also get Web access. Courier also appears to have nothing to do with Windows Mobile or Windows 7, but runs a new operating system specifically designed for this device. This doesn't mean, however, that Apple's tablet device can't catch on or that Courier will dominate the market -- just that Courier and the Apple tablet are for two different customer types. Courier is for those who want a smartly designed day planner that will probably be able to do other things like play videos and run other entertainment applications, just like a smartphone can. Apple's device is geared toward fun and will likely be very weak as an enterprise device. So the question is, which one do you want? The PC or Mac tablet concept? Check out Courier's demo video: Connect with Ian Paul via Twitter(@ianpaul).

Palm adds more shares to its new public offering
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Submitted at 9/23/2009 12:20:00 PM

Wall Street cautious ahead of Fed statement
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comments on the economic outlook and the government’s stimulus measures.

Filed under: Palm Inc (PALM) Just before Wednesday's opening bell, tech giant Palm(NASDAQ: PALM) announced that it raised the number of shares it will sell in a new public offering. The company will now offer 20 million shares rather than the previously reported 16 million. The offering will be at $16.25 per share and should lead to $313.1 million in proceeds. In early trading, PALM was up more than 3% -- pushing the stock through the $16 level. This level had acted as resistance in the past, so this technical advance is important. We could see the $16 level act as support if needed. Further support could come from PALM's 10- and 20-week moving averages, both of which are advancing to catch up to the equity's current position. More support can be found in the form of PALM's 10- and 20-month moving averages. Continue reading Palm adds more shares to its new public offering Palm adds more shares to its new public offering originally appeared on BloggingStocks on Wed, 23 Sep 2009 12:20:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Email this| Comments

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Mackenzie Phillips says she had sex with her dad - The Associated Press
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were also stopped for several hours for safety reasons. The dust over Sydney had By ROHAN SULLIVAN (AP) – largely cleared by midafternoon, 1 hour ago though national carrier Qantas SYDNEY — Australia's worst said severe delays would last all dust storm in 70 years blanketed day because of diverted and latethe heavily populated east coast running flights. Wednesday in a cloud of red The dust was still flying further Outback grit, nearly closed the north, however, and the sky over country's largest airport and left the Queensland state capital of millions of people coughing and Brisbane was clogged with dust sputtering in the streets. into the early evening. No one was hurt as a result of Such thick dust is rare over the pall that swept in overnight, Sydney, and came along with bringing an eerie orange dawn to o t h e r u n c o m m o n w e a t h e r Sydney, but ambulance services conditions across the country in reported a spike in emergency recent days. Hailstorms have calls from people with breathing pummeled parts of the country difficulties, and police warned this week, while other parts have drivers to take it easy on the been hit with an early spring miniroads. heatwave, and wildfires. Dust clouds blowing east from "It did feel like Armageddon Australia's dry interior — parched because when I was in the kitchen even further by the worst drought looking out the skylight, there was on record — covered dozens of this red glow coming through," towns and cities in two states as Sydney resident Karen told strong winds snatched up tons of Australian Broadcasting Corp. topsoil, threw it high into the sky radio. and carried it hundreds of miles The storms — visible as a huge (kilometers). brown smudge in satellite International flights were photographs of Australia on diverted from Sydney to other Wednesday — are the most cities — three from New Zealand severe since the 1940s, experts were turned around altogether — said. One was recorded traveling and domestic schedules were from southern Australia all the thrown into chaos as operations at way to New Zealand some 1,400 Sydney Airport were curtailed by miles (2,220 kilometers) away. unsafe visibility levels. Passenger Officials said particle pollution ferries on the city's famous harbor in Sydney's air rose to the worst

on record Wednesday, and the New South Wales state ambulance service said it had received more than 250 calls before midday from people suffering breathing problems. People with asthma or heart or lung diseases were urged not to go outside and to keep their medicine inhalers handy. "Keeping yourself indoors today is the main thing to do if you have any of those conditions and particularly if you're a known sensitive sufferer such as children, older adults or pregnant women," said Wayne Smith, a senior state health official. Sydney residents coughed and hacked their way through their morning commute, rubbing grit from their eyes. Some wore masks, wrapped their faces in scarves or pressed cloths over their noses and mouths. "These dust storms are some of the largest in the last 70 years," said Nigel Tapper, an environmental scientist at Monash University. "Ten very dry years over inland southern Australia and very strong westerlies have conspired to produce these storms." Copyright © 2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

a relationship with his own child." Phillips, who starred on TV's "One Day at a Time," said the (AP) – 24 minutes ago sexual relationship with her father CHICAGO — Former child star lasted a decade and ended when M a c k e n z i e P h i l l i p s s a i d she became pregnant and didn't Wednesday her father, John know who had fathered the child. Phillips, who was a leader of the She had an abortion, which her 1960s pop group the Mamas and father paid for, and "and I never the Papas, raped her when she let him touch me again." was a teenager and that her sexual Phillips told Winfrey that she relationship with him later first tried cocaine when she was b e c a m e w h a t s h e t e r m e d 11 years old. Her father did drugs "consensual." with her, taught her to roll joints Mackenzie Phillips writes in her and injected her with cocaine. new book, "High on Arrival," that Phillips said she's been clean for a she had sex with her father on the year after pleading guilty to night before she was to get possessing cocaine and entering a married in 1979 at age 19, drug treatment program. according to People magazine. Phillips said the sexual Phillips wrote in her book: "I relationship, although she believes woke up that night from a it became consensual, was "an blackout to find myself having abuse of power" and "a betrayal" sex with my own father." on her father's part. She said she She told "The Oprah Winfrey forgave John Phillips on his Show" in an interview that aired deathbed. Wednesday that her siblings "I can't be the only one this has "definitely have a problem with happened to," Phillips said. t h i s . " W i n f r e y a l s o r e a d a "Someone needs to put a face on statement from Genevieve Waite, consensual incest." John Phillips' wife at the time of Copyright © 2009 The the alleged abuse and Mackenzie's Associated Press. All rights stepmother that said he was reserved. "incapable, no matter how drunk or drugged he was, of having such

Dust Storm Slams Sydney: "It Was Like Waking Up on Mars"
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Confidant: Kennedys want ex-DNC chairman in Senate (AP)
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subsidiary of Air France-KLM, had been scheduled to be on the ground in Spain for only about 40 Submitted at 9/23/2009 8:00:39 AM minutes. A commercial airline pilot has During this time Spanish police been arrested in Spain over his made the arrest after contacting alleged role in Argentina's 1976- Interpol. 1983 "Dirty War". Mr Poch, who has dual Dutch Julio Alberto Poch, a Transavia and Argentine nationalities, is airline pilot, was held at Valencia said to have been a military pilot airport as he was about to fly a at Argentina's notorious Naval passenger plane to Amsterdam, Mechanics School - one of the Spanish officials say. biggest torture and detention Mr Poch is wanted in Argentina centres of the Argentine military for allegedly flying planes used to regime. dump political opponents of the Mr Poch is alleged to have been country's military regime into the involved in the so-called "death sea. flights", in which political S o m e 3 0 , 0 0 0 p e o p l e prisoners of Argentina's military disappeared or died during the were drugged and dumped into junta's rule in Argentina. the sea from the planes. 'Death flights' pilot In 2005, Argentina's Supreme Mr Poch was held during a short Court struck down amnesty laws stopover at Valencia's Manises which had shielded alleged human airport on Tuesday, Spanish rights abusers from prosecution. officials said. Print Sponsor They said the aircraft of the Dutch Transavia airlines, a

regularly visit Kennedy at his Hyannis Port home before he died there of brain cancer on Aug. 25. BOSTON – The sons of the late Kirk also knows the senator's Edward M. Kennedy have urged staff intimately and would likely the governor to pick Paul G. Kirk be assured of their loyalty given Jr., the former chairman of the his relationship with Kennedy. Democratic National Committee, As a senior statesmen who has to temporarily replace their father never served in political office, he in the U.S. Senate. would pose no threat to any of the A family confidant said candidates competing in the W e d n e s d a y b o t h E d w a r d special election. The Democratic Kennedy Jr. and Rep. Patrick field includes Attorney General Kennedy, D-R.I., had endorsed Martha Coakley, vying to be the Kirk in separate phone calls. state's first female senator, and A top aide to Massachusetts U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano, the Gov. Deval Patrick confirmed the lone member of the state's contacts but added, "No decision congressional delegation in the h a s b e e n m a d e y e t . " A race. spokeswoman in Patrick The family confidant, who like Kennedy's congressional office t h e P a t r i c k a i d e d e m a n d e d declined to comment. anonymity to speak about private Massachusetts lawmakers are conversations, refused to reveal expected Wednesday to give final whether the senator's widow, approval to a change in the Senate Vicki, had also endorsed Kirk. succession law so the governor Vicki Kennedy has granted no can temporarily fill Senate interviews since her husband's vacancies. The interim senator death, but Patrick revealed would serve until the seat is filled recently that she had told him she permanently through a special did not want to be considered for election on Jan. 19. the interim appointment. Patrick could announce his pick Kirk graduated from Harvard as early as Thursday. College and Harvard Law School The 71-year-old Kirk, a Boston and served on Kennedy's staff attorney, was close friends with between 1969 and 1977. He ran the senator. He and his wife, Gail, t h e D e m o c r a t i c N a t i o n a l live on Cape Cod, and he was Committee in the run-up to among the few people allowed to f o r m e r M a s s a c h u s e t t s G o v .

Michael Dukakis' unsuccessful run for president in 1988. Kirk also co-founded the Commission on Presidential Debates, which has sponsored every presidential and vice presidential debate involving major candidates since 1988. He now serves as chairman of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation. He was in the national spotlight last month when he hosted a memorial service the evening before Kennedy's funeral. Kirk also is exceptionally close to Caroline Kennedy, who serves as president of the library foundation honoring her late father. He stood on the stage with her and the late senator each year as they dispensed the library's annual "Profiles in Courage" awards. Asked recently whether he would be interested in an interim appointment, Kirk told The Associated Press in an e-mail, "It would be much too presumptuous of me to even consider. Hope you will understand." Dukakis is among those who is said to be under consideration. He, too, has declined to comment on the question. ___ Associated Press Writer Jay Lindsay contributed to this report.

Sept. 23, 1869: Here Comes Typhoid Mary
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disease among New York's wealthy and privileged, without even knowing it.

An immigrant cook spreads the

Chinese begin petrol supplies to Iran
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Chinese state companies this month began supplying petrol to

Iran and now provide up to onethird of its imports in a development that threatens to undermine US-led efforts to shut off the supply of fuel on which its economy depends.

The sales come in spite of of implementing sanctions aimed moves over the past year by a t c u r b i n g I r a n ’ s n u c l e a r international companies, ambitions. including BP and Reliance of India, to stop selling petrol to Iran, and highlight the difficulties

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presidency of his country and must be alert to ensure the inviolability of Brazil's diplomatic Submitted at 9/23/2009 8:11:40 AM mission in the capital of Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Honduras," Mr Lula told the UN L u l a d a S i l v a s a y s t h e General Assembly in New York. international community demands Venezuelan President Hugo the reinstatement of ousted C h a v e z a l s o c a l l e d f o r Honduran leader Manuel Zelaya. international action, telling Addressing the United Nations, reporters: "The United Nations Mr Lula used the situation in should demand that Zelaya be Honduras as an example of where reinstated to government again," greater global political will was Reuters news agency reported. needed. In Honduras, troops have "Without political will, we will s u r r o u n d e d t h e e m b a s s y . see more coups such as the one Electricity, water and telephone that toppled Manuel Zelaya in services were cut off for a time on Honduras," he said. Tuesday before being partially Mr Zelaya has been holed up in restored. Brazil's embassy in Honduras The interim leader of Honduras, since Monday. Roberto Micheletti, says he is He had been in overseas exile willing to talk to Mr Zelaya. since July, when he was forced But Mr Micheletti said Mr from the country at gunpoint, but Zelaya must first accept that m a d e a s u r p r i s e r e t u r n t o planned presidential elections Honduras two days ago. would be held in November. Brazil has warned Honduran Mr Micheletti has urged security forces not to enter the Brazilian officials to either grant e m b a s s y i n t h e c a p i t a l , Mr Zelaya political asylum or Tegucigalpa, and is seeking an hand him over to Honduran u r g e n t m e e t i n g o f t h e U N authorities. Security Council to address the A curfew in the capital, in force crisis. since Monday afternoon, has been "The international community extended until 1800 local time on d e m a n d s t h a t M r Z e l a y a Wednesday evening (2400GMT i m m e d i a t e l y r e t u r n t o t h e Thursday). Organization of American States Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza said he would go to Honduras when the airports reopen and "if there is a meaningful contribution that we can make". The political crisis erupted after Mr Zelaya tried to hold a nonbinding public consultation to ask people whether they supported moves to change the constitution. His opponents said the move was unconstitutional and was aimed at removing the current one -term limit on serving as president, so paving the way for Mr Zelaya's possible re-election. Mr Zelaya has denied this and said he always intended to hand over to his elected successor in January. Are you in Honduras? What do you think of Mr Zelaya's return? Send us your comments using the form below. A selection of your comments may be published, displaying your name and location unless you state otherwise in the box 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

Shootout shuts USMexico crossing
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when the suspected human traffickers in three vans tried to storm past border agents at the Submitted at 9/23/2009 12:00:07 AM congested crossing between the Please turn on JavaScript. Media U S c i t y o f S a n D i e g o a n d requires JavaScript to play. Mexico's Tijuana. Emergency services at the scene The agents then opened fire to of a shootout at the San Ysidro stop the vans. However, some crossing reports say the smugglers shot One of the busiest border first at the agents - across lines of crossings between the US and traffic at the crossing. Mexico was closed for hours after Three people in the vans and a a gun battle between US agents m o t o r i s t w e r e i n j u r e d , U S and suspected human traffickers. officials say. The incident is being Four people were injured at the investigated by the San Diego San Ysidro crossing after the police. agents fired shots to stop three The northbound lanes were shut vans from storming across the down for several hours, creating a border, US officials say. massive traffic jam at the Some 70 suspected illegal c r o s s i n g . immigrants crammed into the Some 40,000 vehicles enter vans were arrested. California every day at San The San Ysidro crossing is Ysidro - one of the busiest ports known as a major smuggling of entry along the entire border corridor for drugs and illegal between Mexico and the US. immigrants. Print Sponsor US officials say the gun battle took place on Tuesday afternoon

Austin Police Chief To Go After Anonymous Commenters
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Slashdot points us to the news that the police chief in Austin Texas is so upset about anonymous commenters, or commenters pretending to be

police officers, on various internet websites that he's going to start going after them. His complaint? Those comments "erode public trust in the [police] department." Funny, I would think that wasting public resources going after a bunch of random internet

commenters rather than focusing on actual crime prevention and solving would do a lot more to erode the public trust in the police department. Permalink| Comments| Email This Story

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Travolta Takes Stand, Describes Attempt to Revive Son - E! Online
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was doing the breathing." That's about as far as Travolta got in his testimony before the In what will no doubt go down court took their lunch break. He as the second most difficult day of and Preston were quickly ushered his year, John Travolta took the out of the courtroom; the star is stand this morning in the trial of expected to return to the stand this t w o B a h a m i a n s a l l e g e d l y afternoon. Preston is not on the i n v o l v e d i n a $ 2 5 m i l l i o n list of 14 witnesses who will be extortion plot against his family. called during the trial. A grim Travolta and Kelly Opening arguments kicked off Preston arrived at a Bahamian yesterday, with the Bahamian courthouse this morning escorted chief prosecutor wasting no time by a fleet of security. getting to the heart of the matter. The actor took the stand and "Contact was made with certain immediately began revisiting the persons to communicate a threat moments before his 16-year-old to John Travolta," Bernard Turner son Jett's death on Jan. 2. said, referring to codefendants Jett's nanny awakened Travolta Pleasant Bridgewater, a former and Preston at roughly 10:15 a.m., senator, and Tarino Lightbourne, the actor said, informing them that a n a m b u l a n c e d r i v e r , w h o Jett was unconscious in his together are alleged to have bathroom. attempted to extort $25 million "I ran downstairs with my wife from the grieving star. to help my son," Travolta At the root of the case is a recalled, adding that when he got refusal-to-transport document: to him, one of the boy's caretakers The trial's first witness, police was already performing chest inspector Andrew Wells, said compressions. The actor quickly Travolta requested that Jett be jumped into action and began taken directly to the airport rather administering CPR to his son. than the hospital—the reasoning "Jeff, the other nanny, was doing likely being that he could just as some compressions," he said. "I quickly get his son medical

treatment in the U.S. as on the island—and signed a release form stating just that. In the end, Jett was taken directly to the hospital after all. It's unclear what accounted for the change in decision or why the threat of publication of the signed document seemed like a good bargaining chip for the alleged extortionists. The second witness to take the stand yesterday, paramedic Derrex Rolle, testified that Jett was already unresponsive when the emergency services arrived at the actor's vacation home. The trial is expected to last three weeks. (Originally published Sept. 23, 2009, at 8:51 a.m. PT) ________ Take a look back at the life of Jett Travolta. • • • • • • •

FBI Data-Mining System Sifts Citizens' Travel Records
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Submitted at 9/23/2009 4:05:00 AM

The FBI's got a secret database for terror, criminal and spying investigations, and according to government documents acquired

by Wired.com, there are tens of thousands of records detailing Americans' airline flights, hotel stays and car rentals. The FBI is trying to use the database to predict future crimes.

Mexico. About 40,000 vehicles cross into the US at the port each day, and it has 24 northbound lanes. Those lanes were closed Submitted at 9/23/2009 9:43:19 AM after the incident, causing a rushDrivers of three vans filled with hour traffic jam as drivers on the illegal immigrants attempted to Tijuana side were turned back. pass inspectors, say officials Motorists were told to make US authorities shut down the their way through Tijuana's nation's busiest border crossing crowded streets to San Diego's after federal agents fired shots at only other border crossing at Otay three vans filled with illegal Mesa, about five miles (eight immigrants whose drivers tried to kilometres) to the east. Eight storm past inspectors, officials northbound lanes were eventually said. reopened. Three people were shot and Rooney said the three vans injured in the vans crammed with p u l l e d i n t o t h e s a m e l a n e dozens of illegal immigrants, yesterday afternoon, and the first authorities said, and one of the driver gave his license to a border vans smashed into another vehicle agent. When the agent stepped as it tried to bypass border back into the booth to run the inspectors, injuring a fourth license, all three vans drove person. quickly into the US side. One person who was injured "They got caught in traffic, and remained in critical condition last the last one tried to back up. The night, authorities said. The others other two drove wildly looking were expected to recover. The 74 for an open space to drive people who were inside the vans through," Rooney said. "That's were taken into federal custody. when they encountered the three San Diego police spokesman agents, who all ended up firing Lieutenant Kevin Rooney said the from different vantage points." van drivers tried to storm past The shooting will be inspectors at the San Ysidro port investigated by the San Diego of entry and enter the US without police department's homicide unit. Urban Cowboy stopping. Two US Immigration • California • US immigration By Zack Sheppard (Flickr Blog) and Customs Enforcement agents and a Customs and Border Patrol • Mexico Submitted at 9/22/2009 10:24:26 AM agent fired shots across nine lines • United States to try to stop the vans, he said. guardian.co.uk© Guardian • About Flickr News & Media Limited 2009 | Flickr is a revolution in photo There was no return fire. "It was human smuggling, Use of this content is subject to storage, sharing and organization, making photo management an definitely," ICE spokeswoman our Terms & Conditions| More Feeds easy, natural and collaborative Lauren Mack said. The San Ysidro port of entry process. Get comments, notes, and tags on your photos, post to connects San Diego and Tijuana, any blog, share and more!

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policies rejected by predecessor, ranging from signing up for the UN millennium goals on poverty to paying millions owed by the US to the world organisation. "Those who used to chastise Submitted at 9/23/2009 9:44:04 AM America for acting alone in the US president receives warm world cannot now stand by and reception as he tells delegates in wait for America to solve the New York he wants multilateral, world's problems alone," he said. not unilateral, approach In the speech – his first to the Barack Obama today promised U N – O b a m a d e m a n d e d to work with the United Nations something in return for the new rather than acting unilaterally, as international approach. the US did under the George Bush "We have sought, in word and administration, when he addressed deed, a new era of engagement the general assembly in New with the world," he said, echoing York. the co-operative theme he had The US president called on p r o m i s e d a s a p r e s i d e n t i a l other countries to work with candidate. "Now is the time for all America on climate change, peace of us to take our share of and nuclear non-proliferation. responsibility." Obama – who was given a twoHe addressed the hostility that minute ovation at the end of his had been felt towards Bush, 40-minute speech – said: "This saying: "I took office at a time cannot be solely America's when many around the world had endeavour." come to view America with H o w e v e r , p r o b l e m s o f scepticism and distrust ... this has international diplomacy and fed an almost reflexive antietiquette surfaced within minutes Americanism, which too often has of the end of his speech when the served as an excuse for our arrival of the Libyan leader, collective inaction." Muammar Gaddafi, at the podium The president said that, while he sparked a walkout. would act in the US national T h e U S p r e s i d e n t w a s interest, his belief was that the applauded repeatedly throughout world, more than at any point in his speech as he promised to push history, had a shared interest. for peace in Sudan and the Middle "The choice is ours," he said. East, close Guantánamo Bay and "We can be remembered as a tackle climate change. generation that chose to drag the He said he was aware that arguments of the 20th century into worldwide expectations for his the 21st – we can be a generation administration were rooted in that chooses to see the shoreline h o p e t h a t r e a l c h a n g e w a s beyond the rough waters ahead; possible and that the US would be that comes together to serve the a leader in achieving it. common interests of human After eight years of the Bush beings, and finally gives meaning a d m i n i s t r a t i o n , O b a m a h a s to the promise embedded in the already embraced many of the name given to this institution: the United Nations." He said there were four pillars to his foreign policy ambitions – non-proliferation and disarmament, the promotion of peace and security, the preservation of the planet, and a global economy that advanced opportunity for all. Obama's speech emphasised challenges the world had collectively failed to tackle. "Extremists sowing terror in pockets of the world. Protracted conflicts that grind on and on," he said. "Genocide and mass atrocities. More and more nations with nuclear weapons. Melting ice caps and ravaged populations. Persistent poverty and pandemic disease." The president added: "I say this not to sow fear, but to state a fact – the magnitude of our challenges has yet to be met by the measure of our action." The Bush administration was generally hostile towards the UN and alienated many members, a mutual dislike that grew with the US-led invasion of Iraq without UN backing. Obama called for a reduction in the world's nuclear arsenals, and called urged North Korea and Iran not to pursue nuclear weapons. "In their actions to date, the governments of North Korea and Iran threaten to take us down this dangerous slope," he said. "We respect their rights as members of the community of nations. "I am committed to diplomacy that opens a path to greater prosperity and a more secure peace for both nations if they live up to their obligations." Obama's speech was the centrepiece of a day in which he was also due to hold pivotal meetings with the new Japanese prime minister, Yukio Hatoyama, and the Russian president, Dmitry Medvedev. Yesterday he held talks with the Chinese president, Hu Jintao. The US president needs the influence of Russia and China in gaining tougher UN action against Iran over its potential nuclear weapons programme, but neither country is showing interest. The issue is likely to dominate the talks between Obama and Medvedev, according to reports in the Russian Kommersant newspaper. Kremlin officials told the paper the White House was unhappy about Russia's plans to deliver the S-300 anti-aircraft weapons system to Iran. According to Kommersant, the US believes the system‚ which could thwart a possible Israeli air strike on Iran's nuclear facilities‚ significantly enhances Tehran's military potential. Obama is also likely to express unease at Moscow's recent multibillion dollar agreements to supply rocket systems and MiG 29 aircraft to Syria, as well as tanks and other weapons to Venezuela. Russian sources, meanwhile, indicated Medvedev was unlikely to make concessions following Obama's decision to scrap the US missile defence shield in central Europe last week. But diplomats indicated he would point out that Russia's contract to supply Iran with the S300s was a "paper" agreement. Hopes seem to be diminishing that Washington and Moscow can reach agreement on a new strategic nuclear arms reduction treaty to replace Start-1, which expires in early December. Despite a marked improvement in US-Russian relations under Obama, Russian sources said there was little prospect of a deal in the next three months. US and Russian negotiators have so far failed to agree on how many delivery systems should be scrapped on each side, as well as other technical issues such as counting and verification. The meeting between Medvedev and Obama could also be overshadowed by reports that the US plans to build military bases in Georgia by 2015. Russia's Independent newspaper claimed the Georgian president, Mikhail Saakashvili, would hold a "secret" meeting with the US secretary of state, Hillary Clinton. Russia – which invaded Georgia last summer – remains vehemently opposed to any US military presence in its postSoviet backyard. The Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, was also due to speak at the general assembly today, and was expected to be defiant about Tehran's nuclear ambitions. • United Nations • Obama administration • United States • Muammar Gaddafi • Guantánamo Bay Ewen MacAskill Luke Harding Matthew Weaver guardian.co.uk© Guardian News & Media Limited 2009 | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions| More Feeds

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Parents to sue First Choice over crash
By Jill Insley (World news and comment from the Guardian | guardian.co.uk)
208, crashed immediately after take off. Thomas suffered a fractured skull and cerebral contusions. He Submitted at 9/23/2009 9:08:00 AM was taken to a local medical If six-year-old had worn seat centre but attempts to resuscitate belt, he would probably have him failed and he was declared survived Venezuelan crash, dead before he could be taken to inquest told hospital. The parents of a six-year-old The inquest in Alton, boy who was killed in an air crash Hampshire, heard that the crew w h i l e o n h o l i d a y i n S o u t h failed to tell passengers how to America are to take legal action fasten a four-point waist and against the tour operator First shoulder seat belt, and that a Choice after an inquest heard he representative of a third-party would probably have survived if company that organised the correct safety procedures had excursion indicated that it was not been followed. necessary. The plane also did not Jane and David Horne have have any safety instruction cards. called on all tour operators to The pilot then failed to use the check the safety records of entire runway, and took off in the companies that they use to rain with a tail wind. organise excursions following the Mrs Horne, a paediatric nurse death of their son, Thomas. A from Camberley in Surrey, told senior inspector of air accidents the inquest that the plane swayed told an inquest that Thomas from side to side, and the pilot would probably be alive had he appeared to abort take off by been restrained properly by a seat allowing the plane to decelerate belt. but then changed his mind and The Hornes were near the end opened the throttle. of a two-week holiday with First "There was a surge of power and Choice on the Isla Margarita in we took off. It was like a white Venezuela when they went on a knuckle ride," she said. As the two-day excursion to Angel Falls, plane rose very steeply, a siren a well known attraction. They went off, and the plane stalled and were on the last leg of the trip crashed just beyond the end of the w h e n t h e p l a n e t h e y w e r e runway. travelling in, a 14-seater Cessna Timothy Atkinson, a senior inspector of air accidents, said that wearing the shoulder strap could have reduced the flail area – the distance a body can move – sufficiently for everyone to survive the crash: "If they had been restrained correctly I would not have expected a fatality to ensue," he said. He said that the manual provided by Cessna points out in two places that not wearing the shoulder harness could be fatal, and said it would "make great sense" for aircraft manufacturers to make the shoulder strap an inseparable part of the seat belt harness. He added that the prudent action for the pilot would have been to allow the plane to go off the end of the runway, rather than attempting a takeoff at greater speed. Speaking after the inquest, at which the coroner recorded a verdict of accidental death, Mrs Horne said: "We strongly believe that Thomas's death was due to pilot error and the fact that there were not sufficiently robust safety procedures in place on the flight. Nothing will ever change our view that he may have survived had he been wearing a four-point safety harness. "We urge all tour operators, including First Choice, to look carefully at who they use to provide trips for their customers on holiday, and to take a detailed look at the safety records or those companies." First Choice said it was no longer using that Venezuelan company for excursions. In a statement, the tour operator said: "The Angel Falls excursion which was sold to the Hornes was run by a third-party company and First Choice acted as the agent. "First Choice holds the safety and wellbeing of its customers in the highest regard and for thirdparty air carriers we conduct appropriate assessments to ensure hese carriers fulfil our safety requirements. "First Choice notes the outcome of today's inquest into Thomas's death, where the coroner concluded that Thomas died as a result of an accident. "Due to ongoing legal action, it would be inappropriate to comment any further at this stage." • Plane crashes • Venezuela Jill Insley guardian.co.uk© Guardian News & Media Limited 2009 | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions| More Feeds

Blackstone reaps $3.8 billion on the Orangina deal
By Tom Taulli (BloggingStocks)
Submitted at 9/23/2009 11:20:00 AM

Filed under: Private equity, Blackstone Group L.P (BX) The past two years have been terrible for private equity firms. But, now we're seeing signs of life. If fact, this week there was a liquidity event. That is, the Blackstone Group(NYSE: BX) and Lion Capital have received a binding offer to sell Orangina Schweppes to Suntory (a major Japanese drinks company). It appears that the price tag comes to $3.82 billion. Continue reading Blackstone reaps $3.8 billion on the Orangina deal Blackstone reaps $3.8 billion on the Orangina deal originally appeared on BloggingStocks on Wed, 23 Sep 2009 11:20:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Email this| Comments

Bed Bath & Beyond Q2 earnings preview
By Trey Thoelcke (BloggingStocks)
largest domestic superstore chain in the U.S., is scheduled to discuss its second quarter 2009 Submitted at 9/23/2009 12:00:00 PM results Wednesday in a Filed under: Earnings reports, conference call at 5:00 PM ET. Forecasts, Bed Bath and Beyond You can catch the live webcast of (BBBY) the call on the company's website. Bed Bath & Beyond The retailer easily beat Wall quarter, and for the three months Inc.(NASDAQ: BBBY), the Street expectations in the first that ended in August, analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters expect the New Jersey-based company to report net income of $0.48 per share, two pennies per share better than a year ago. Revenue for the second quarter is expected to be 2.8% higher to $1.9 billion. Continue reading Bed Bath & Beyond Q2 earnings preview Bed Bath & Beyond Q2 earnings preview originally appeared on BloggingStocks on Wed, 23 Sep 2009 12:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Email this| Comments

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Swedish gang raid depot from above Travolta testifies over son's death
By Angelique Chrisafis (World news and comment from the Guardian | guardian.co.uk)
Stockholm police were unable to deploy their own helicopters because a bag containing suspected explosives had been left Submitted at 9/23/2009 9:02:45 AM at their hangar. Small spiked Getaway aircraft hovers for 15 objects had also been spread out minutes as thieves hoist millions on the road near the depot in an of krona to rooftop attempt to hinder the approach of Sweden has seen its fair share of police vehicles. daring cash robberies in recent One witness who saw the years, from fake bombs used as rooftop operation told Swedish decoys to the hold-up of luggage T V : " T w o m e n h o i s t e d handlers at major airports. themselves down. I saw when But a spectacular raid by a they hoisted up money, too." Stockholm gang today has so far Kjell Lindgren, a police left police stumped. spokesman, said: "I've never The gang landed a helicopter on experienced anything like it." . the roof of a cash depot before An abandoned helicopter was loading it with bags of money. later found in a recreational area Just after 5am, the helicopter near a lake north of Stockholm, hovered over the roof of the G4S about 15 miles from the cash plc cash depot, in the Västberga depot. area of the city, as men jumped One witness living near the out onto the building, smashed a helicopter's landing site said he window and entered a stairwell. had been watching a news report Staff on the early shift were of the robbery at 7:30am when he working inside the depot at the heard the sound of engines and time. looked out to see a red and white Once the gang were inside in helicopter flying low over his the building, witnesses reported house. hearing load bangs, believed to "I thought it can't have been the have been caused by explosives. one [involved in the robbery]," he The helicopter hovered for 15 said. "But now I realise the minutes, waiting for the men to helicopter I saw is the one that load up the bags of stolen cash landed here in Skavloten." from the rooftop. Meanwhile, a The British-based G4S, one of police Swat team attempted to the world's largest security gain entry to the cash depot using companies, did not say how much a battering ram. money had been in the depot at the time of the raid or how much was stolen. Its Stockholm depot stores cash before it is transported to banks and other businesses in Sweden. The company offered a reward for information about the robbery, but did not specify a sum. Last year, a group of men broke into a mail processing centre in Gothenburg, leaving large parts of Sweden's second-largest city at a standstill after spreading out spikes, burning cars in different areas and leaving suspected explosive devices in the centre. In 2006, Gothenburg International airport was partially closed after masked men crashed through a gate and held up luggage-handlers as they unloaded crates of foreign currency worth 7.8m krona (£700,000) from a passenger aircraft. Four years earlier, robbers pulled off a similar heist at Arlanda airport, in Stockholm, as staff loadeding foreign currency worth 43m krona onto an aircraft. • Sweden Angelique Chrisafis guardian.co.uk© Guardian News & Media Limited 2009 | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions| More Feeds

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NYC Tweeters Give Iran Boss the Green Middle Finger
By Nathan Hodge (Wired Top Stories)
Submitted at 9/22/2009 9:00:00 PM

Iran's pro-democracy movement was able to harness the power of Twitter to mobilize support for

their protests against electoral fraud. Now activists are using the micro-blogging tool to give Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad an extra-special welcome to New York City.

thanked his co-stars on his website for giving him time to grieve through their efforts to publicise the film. Submitted at 9/23/2009 9:12:07 AM Travolta arrived at the supreme John Travolta is the star witness court building in an entourage of in a trial against two men accused sport utility vehicles for his first of trying to extort $25m from the appearance at the trial. Security US actor was noticeably heavier than John Travolta described the previous days with Bahamas moments before his son's death in police officers surrounding the the Bahamas as he testified today courthouse. against two people accused of In his testimony, he said he and trying to blackmail him with Preston were awakened by a private information about the nanny around 10.15am on 2 rescue effort. January, the day of Jett's death. With his actress wife Kelly Travolta said when he went Preston looking on inside the downstairs, another caretaker was Nassau courtroom, Travolta said doing chest compressions and he that he performed CPR on his son began administering breathing after a nanny alerted him the teen help. had fallen ill at a family vacation Police say the alleged scheme home on Grand Bahama island. involved a document related to The chronically ill Jett Travolta Jett's treatment. It would have later died from a seizure. released emergency responders "I ran downstairs with my wife from liability if the family refused to help my son," Travolta said. an ambulance but police said that Travolta is the star witness at did not happen. the trial of two people — A police officer testified paramedic Tarino Lightbourne yesterday that Travolta signed the and former Bahamas senator release because he initially Pleasant Bridgewater — who are wanted his son taken to the airport accused of trying to extort $25m instead of a local hospital. (£15m) from the movie star. Both A nine-person jury was defendants pleaded innocent to expected to hear from a total of 14 extortion charges at the trial that witnesses, including Travolta. began on Monday in this island • John Travolta chain off the Florida coast. • United States It was a rare public appearance guardian.co.uk© Guardian for Travolta, 55, who has kept a News & Media Limited 2009 | low profile since Jett's death. He Use of this content is subject to skipped promotional events this our Terms & Conditions| More summer for his latest film, The Feeds Taking of Pelham 123. He

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Gaddafi banned from pitching tent
By Haroon Siddique (World news and comment from the Guardian | guardian.co.uk)
Submitted at 9/23/2009 7:47:09 AM

Erection on land owned by Donald Trump angers New York town of Bedford, which orders immediate halt In pictures: Gaddafy's travelling tent The list of international laws that Muammar Gaddafi stands accused of breaching stretches from sponsoring terrorism to abusing human rights. But he may be about to get his comeuppance for an altogether more mundane transgression: pitching a tent in a no-camping zone. Added to that, it appears the tent may have been pitched on an estate belonging to the tycoon Donald Trump, where residents include the US domestic diva Martha Stewart and the fashion designer Ralph Lauren. The town of Bedford, about 45 miles north of Manhattan, has ordered work to stop on the erection of a large bedouin tent that the Libyan leader, due to address the UN general assembly today, uses while travelling abroad. Libya's oil wealth may have

helped to rehabilitate Gaddafi's image in the eyes of other world leaders but his international standing apparently cuts no ice with Bedford officials. "There is no such thing as diplomatic immunity when it comes to complying with local laws and ordinances," said Joel Sachs, an attorney for the town. "This is a private piece of property and they have to comply with the laws of this municipality." He said the tent was believed to violate "several codes and laws of the town of Bedford". Sachs said an order to stop work was given to the property's caretaker after it was apparent that the construction workers could not understand English. The Trump Organisation said the entrepreneur, whose name is more often associated with skyscrapers than tents, had not rented land directly to Gaddafi. But it added that part of the estate "was leased on a short-term basis to Middle Eastern partners, who may or may not have a relationship to Mr Gaddafi. We are looking into the matter." A state department official, speaking anonymously, told the Associated Press that the property

was obtained for the duration of this week's UN general assembly and was likely to be used for entertaining. The official said no one would stay there overnight. Gaddafi wanted to erect a tent in New Jersey, where the Libyan embassy owns property, but the US government said he could not. A request to set up tent in Central Park was also turned down. Gaddafi, who arrived in New York yesterday, is likely to face protests over Scotland's recent release of Abdel Baset alMegrahi, the Libyan convicted of the 1988 bombing of Pan Am flight 103 which killed 270 people. Nita Lowey, a US congresswoman, said Gaddafi had shown a lack of remorse for the bombing and was "unwelcome throughout the New York area". • Muammar Gaddafi • Libya • United Nations • United States Haroon Siddique guardian.co.uk© Guardian News & Media Limited 2009 | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions| More Feeds

Smartphone apps to spike, newspapers to miss it (again)
By Tom Johansmeyer (BloggingStocks)
Submitted at 9/23/2009 12:40:00 PM

Filed under: Google (GOOG), Apple Inc (AAPL), Amazon.com (AMZN), Research in Motion (RIMM), Smartphones, Technology By 2013, more than $4 billion will be spent on smartphone applications, according to a new study by the Yankee Group... and the estimate is said to be conservative. With the average owner of one of these devices downloading around 20 applications a year, it's obvious that this market is getting ready to pop. Currently, only $343 million is spent in this space. An increase in the number of smartphone applications available -- for Apple's (NASDAQ: AAPL) iPhone, Reasearch in Motion's (NASDAQ: RIMM) Blackberry, and Google's (NASDAQ: GOOG) Android-- and rising prices for these applications will push the total size of this market higher. Continue reading Smartphone

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Ford Motor forecasts rebound in U.S. auto sales
By Elizabeth Harrow (BloggingStocks)
expects U.S. auto sales to rise during the next two years. Vehicle sales in 2009 are expected to Submitted at 9/23/2009 11:40:00 AM range between 10.5 million and Filed under: International 11 million units, and Mulally markets, Forecasts, Management, predicts that number will increase Ford Motor (F), India, Options to 12.5 million in 2010 and 14.5 Alan Mulally, president and million in 2011. CEO of Ford Motor Co.(NYSE: "It has started to pick up right F), said Wednesday that he now because we have had the "So, it will be up a little now, then will go down. But overall in the long term, the sales will grow with the GDP number." The CEO added that Ford expects to be profitable by 2011. Continue reading Ford Motor forecasts rebound in U.S. auto stimulus packages," said Mulally, sales speaking before reporters in India. Ford Motor forecasts rebound in U.S. auto sales originally appeared on BloggingStocks on Wed, 23 Sep 2009 11:40:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Email this| Comments

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Flavored cigarettes off the shelves
By Tom Johansmeyer (BloggingStocks)
Submitted at 9/23/2009 11:00:00 AM

The IMF on economic recovery: Snail's pace
(The Economist: News analysis)
in each particular instance. For this case, the findings of the fund's economists are hardly cause for cheer. They estimate that countries where an unusually high proportion of income was invested before a crisis (for example, by borrowing abroad to speculate in assets, such as housing) are worse off in the medium term. As most rich countries had a property boom before the banking crisis, they should expect more pain in the coming years. On the other hand, governments might be encouraged by the IMF. The economists also looked at the effects of macroeconomic policy, concluding that bigger increases in government spending help to limit the medium-term damage from recessions. Thus decisions taken to prime the fiscal pump during this crisis, despite the enormous increases in government debt in rich countries, may turn out to have been the right ones. Still, deciding when to end fiscal and monetary stimulus is tricky. Doing so too early risks making the green shoots of recovery wither; waiting too long means even more debt to deal with. Governments and central banks have the difficult task of ensuring that their actions do not nip in the bud what in any case is likely to be feeble growth. Back to top ^^ Readers' comments The Economist welcomes your views.

medium term as those that follow currency crises (222 of which the fund's economists also Submitted at 9/22/2009 5:11:48 AM Filed under: Altria Group (MO) scrutinised). As of Tuesday, you'll have to The IMF on economic recovery None of that bodes well for the cross a border to buy a clove. The Sep 22nd 2009 recovery of the global economy U.S. Food and Drug From Economist.com Recovery today. Part of the problem is that Administration's ban on flavored from this recession is likely to it is a long and messy task to cigarettes went into effect and take several years, says the IMF clean up a banking system. While prohibits the sale of candy and WHEN the chairman of the this is being done, many people fruit-flavored cigarettes. Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke, lose their jobs and drop out of the Authorized under the Family of strawberry, grape, orange, told a Washington think-tank this l a b o u r f o r c e a l t o g e t h e r . I n Smoking Prevention and Tobacco clove, cinnamon, pineapple, month that “the recession is very America, for example, the Bureau Control Act, the measure is vanilla, coconut, licorice, cocoa, likely over at this point”, he was of Labour Statistics said that in intended to reduce the number of chocolate, cherry and coffee. careful to add that the American August 758,000 people were Continue reading Flavored economy would remain weak for “discouraged workers”—people children who take up the habit. Under the new ban, cigarettes cigarettes off the shelves some time yet. Analysis released who have given up looking for Flavored cigarettes off the on Tuesday September 22nd by work because they believe there that include "an artificial or n a t u r a l f l a v o r ( o t h e r t h a n shelves originally appeared on IMF economists who have been are no jobs for them. That is menthol) or an herb or spice" BloggingStocks on Wed, 23 Sep studying the aftermath of 88 nearly double the figure of a year cannot be sold in the United 2009 11:00:00 EST. Please see banking crises over the past four earlier. Even those who keep S t a t e s . T h e l o n g , b u t n o t our terms for use of feeds. Read| decades, supports Mr Bernanke's looking may find that their skills exhaustive list of flavors, consists Permalink| Email this| Comments c a u t i o u s t a l k . W h i l e m o s t have grown rusty by the time a discussion of the worst recession recession ends, making it hard to since the Depression looks at the find a new job. immediate pain from lost jobs and Profits also collapse during a shuttered shops, the IMF analysis financial crisis because credit suggests that the effects of the becomes much more expensive; downturn will be felt long after it this in turn means that firms have is technically over. less to invest when the crisis ends. It is not surprising that trouble If firms cut spending on research in the banks results in big drops in By Sean Fallon (Gizmodo) Podcasts in playlists to iPod or GDP: the IMF finds that output and development during the downturn that is likely to result in iPhone. Submitted at 9/23/2009 8:59:00 AM per head falls steadily for three slower productivity growth •Fixes a problem sorting albums years after a typical banking later—nor does it help that many A couple of weeks after with multiple discs. crisis. Recovering from that takes productive firms go bust because releasing iTunes 9, Apple has •Addresses an issue with the a long time, even after a return to released the 9.0.1 update to work Zoom button not switching to pre-crisis growth rates. Seven of credit shortages. The IMF concludes that falling out some of the kinks. Mini Player. years after a typical banking crisis productivity, the employment •Resolves issues browsing the •Improves application syncing has ended output per head is 10% rate, and the amount of machinery iTunes Store. for iPod touch and iPhone. lower, on average, than it would •Addresses a performance issue •Genius is now automatically have been in the absence of a and equipment available to w h e r e i T u n e s m a y b e c o m e updated to show Genius Mixes. crash. The IMF also finds that workers each accounts for about a unresponsive. Nothing major here, but it is recessions (such as this one) that third of the medium-term output •Fixes a problem where iTunes definitely worth upgrading. [ are associated with banking crises losses. All this is what happens in a may unexpectedly quit. iTunes via Lifehacker] lead to output declines that are typical crisis. The conditions, and •Fixes a problem syncing about three times as large in the the effectiveness of policy, differ

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It's Neck-n-Neck at the Turn: Donnelley and Bowne in the XBRL Filing Lead
(Financial Sector and Stocks Analysis from Seeking Alpha)
Submitted at 9/23/2009 8:18:25 AM

Yesterday was the first time I'd seen complete XBRL filing results for Bowne ( BNE) and Merrill. Aliya Sternstein's Nextgov.com article helps to clarify the early leaders in the race to provide XBRL filing services. The article notes that Bowne & Co. had "filed XBRL documents on 120 public companies," and "Merrill processed documents for about 70 companies." By combining these new results with the XBRL Cloud Report, it is possible to estimate the leading filers' market shares. There were a total of 427 XBRL filings made to the SEC pursuant to the SEC mandate as of Sept. 14, 2009. There may be some additional quarterly reports made for companies filing late or with noncalendar quarterly reporting dates. RR Donnelley/EDGAR Online 149 XBRL filings 34.9% market share RR Donnelley ( RRD 21.71, 52week range 5.54 - 25.52 ) is a leading print and communications company with global revenue of $11.6 billion in 2008. EDGAR Online ( EDGR 1.89, 52-week range 0.60 - 2.49) is a financial information company providing XBRL data and solutions to financial markets with 2008 revenue of $19.5 million. See their joint website for XBRL filings business. As an example of the partnership's commitment, note RRD's upcoming 33-city tour scheduled with Ernst & Young. Bowne & Co. ( BNE 6.99, 52-

week range: 0.85 - 12.10) 120 filings 28.1% market share Bowne, with $767 million in 2008 revenues, provides shareholder reporting and communication services. The company has a strategic partnership with Rivet Software, a leader in XBRL software tools. Merrill Corporation 70 filings 16.4% market share Merrill is a private company providing XBRL and other advanced solutions for business. Fujitsu notes Merrill as one of its partners in the XBRL field. EDGARfilings (Thomson Reuters) 55 filings 12.9% Thomson Reuters( TRI 34.30, 52-week range 19.30 - 35.38) is a global information provider of $11.7 billion revenue for 2008. The company has strategic partnership with Rivet Software for XBRL data and with EDGAR Online for the I-Metrix financial analytic tool. In the last couple of years Thomson Reuters has expanded its XBRL activities including the purchase of EDGARfilings. Other Filers 33 filings 7.7% Based on the current filing cost for XBRL reports to the SEC of roughly $20,000-$40,000 per year per company, that rate of XBRL filings would translate into $240 $480 million per year after all companies were required to file in 2011. XBRL is an emerging market.

For instance, the XBRL US consortium recently launched XBRL US Labs to consider new applications of this advanced interactive financial reporting standard. In November, XBRL US will sponsor a national convention in New York. See scheduled speakers here. Current SEC filings in XBRL are a small vs. the analytics, auditing, business intelligence, and government agency data requirements to be spawned by the SEC XBRL mandate. In past reports regarding EDGAR Online, the company's market share of XBRL filings was estimated based on early voluntary XBRL filers. Now, with the actual first-quarter data available for the first-phase filers, it has been confirmed that the Donnelley/EDGAR Online partnership is the leading provider of XBRL-formatted filings to the SEC. Using the mid-point of the above revenue range and adjusting for its assumed 50% interest in the Donnelley/EDGR partnership, annual revenue to EDGR is estimated to be as follows: @34.8% market share Year 1 with 149 filers: $2,235,000 @continuation of above plus 30% of 1,800 new filers Year 2 with 689 filers: $10,335,000 @continuation of above plus 25% of 9,700 new filers Year 3 with 3,114 filers: $46,710,000 Total of EDGR revenue in first 3 years of SEC mandate: $59,280,000

Since the new XBRL filing revenue is incremental to EDGAR Online's regular data solutions and analytics business, the potential $59,280,000 of incremental revenue could have a positive impact on the company's bottom line, especially since EDGR has over $35 million of NOLs and a gross margin of around 75%. In considering the likelihood of the above assumptions, it is worthwhile to note that the company has already converted all the U.S. companies' financial results into XBRL data for about 10 years! EDGAR Online did that over the last 5 years or so to build their giant XBRL interactive database of U.S. companies. Since they now daily tag and store daily SEC reports---and have for many years---they have developed highly automated and proprietary data capture and handling techniques for using the SEC's EDGAR System. I understand that they have around 1.5 million rules that "sit atop" their XBRL database just for converting financial data to XBRL format. Even if one assumes that prices for XBRL conversion will decline after the initial filing stage for companies, it is widely expected that there will be many new applications for XBRL such as for proxy statements, mortgagebacked securities, and other SEC reporting data. EDGAR Online also has a partnership with Canadian News Wire for the Canadian XBRL conversion market. This is a fairly dramatic opportunity, and it appears not to

be lost on the company's management. They announced in the second-quarter conference call that they have engaged Jordan, Edmiston Group to consider strategic equity partners. Long-term, EDGAR Online controls the only XBRLformatted database for U.S. reporting companies, with a deep reach into more than 6,000 datapoints on each company. Trying to evaluate 10 years of usable and as-reported data on the 10-Q and 10-K filings of U.S. companies plus the associated proprietary data-mining techniques of retrieving and handling that data, is tricky. Now, with the new XBRL standard now in force, the value of EDGAR Online's database has no doubt become significantly more relevant to major financial information companies. And, the SEC mandate will probably give IMetrix analytic tool a boost in the Thomson-Reuters channel to CPAs and attorneys---who are especially interested in accessing as-reported company financial data. EDGAR Online's common stock (Nasdaq: EDGR) currently trading at 1.89 (52-week range 0.60 - 2.49). Its current $50.6 million market cap is less than its expected 3-year revenue from just the XBRL filings business. Even in the current downturn in the financial service area, EDGR generated $553,000 in Adjusted EBITDA for the quarter ended June 30, 2009. Disclosure: I am long EDGR IT'S page 18

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Climate change and the UN: Nice words
(The Economist: News analysis)
rapid climate change, urging the world to act “boldly, swiftly and together” to avert an “irreversible Submitted at 9/23/2009 1:02:49 AM catastrophe”. But he offered little Climate change and the UN that was practical or specific, Sep 23rd 2009 | NEW YORK beyond noting that America From Economist.com Leaders w o u l d s t a r t m e a s u r i n g i t s offer little of substance at the greenhouse-gas emissions more latest climate change gathering in exactly, to better assess what New York progress is being made. He struck JUST over 70 days to go and an urgent tone but there was little there is miserably little progress punch to the speech. A spokesman yet. The outlook for the global f o r O x f a m , a n a i d a g e n c y , summit on climate change to be responded ruefully that someone held in Copenhagen in December had “switched the coffee to decaf is uncertain. The current version at today’s UN climate summit”. of the draft outcome document for To some extent Mr Obama was the meeting is hundreds of pages upstaged by China’s president, Hu long, with thousands of passages Jintao, who at least offered some in brackets representing points of specific details of steps that his disagreement. Climate-watchers country is taking. He described are steadily lowering their how, in China’s five-year expectations. They had hoped that economic plan from 2006-2010, activities this week in New York, the country has set itself targets of scheduled around the UN General energy intensity—the energy Assembly, might move things required to produce a unit of forward. So far there is little to GDP. Mr Hu says that China will cheer. go further in the coming years, by A speech by Barack Obama on trying to cut the carbon emissions Tuesday September 22nd was per dollar of GDP produced, for e a g e r l y a w a i t e d . H e example by developing renewable acknowledged t h a t and nuclear energy. “We will America—which failed to ratify endeavour to increase the share of the Kyoto protocol, encouraging non-fossil fuels in primary energy industrialised countries to cut consumption to around 15% by e m i s s i o n s o f g r e e n h o u s e 2020”, he said. He also touted gases—has some catching up to plans to extend an existing do. He made clear the dangers of reforestation programme: 18%, or 175m hectares, of Chinese land is forested today; the government wants to see another 40m hectares added by 2020. China is now the world’s biggest greenhouse-gas emitter, and its emissions are rising rapidly as its economy grows. Mr Hu wants to show the world that he is taking concerns about the climate seriously. However the Chinese president did not offer hard targets on the main issue, carbon intensity, only promising a reduction by a “notable amount”. As long as China continues to add coal-fired power at an alarming rate, Mr Hu’s promises will not satisfy those who worry that global carbon emissions are growing too quickly. Nor is his speech likely to be enough to convince sceptics in America’s Congress who want China to commit to hard targets before—or at least at the same time as—America does. The cap-and-trade bill in Congress offers a target that many Europeans consider to be weak—a 17% reduction in emissions on 2005 levels by 2020. But even that is imperilled by almost total Republican opposition, and the nervousness of moderate Democrats in vulnerable electoral districts. Whatever Mr Obama’s personal commitment to doing something about climate change, he has a limited ability to enforce new policies. He has the power to do some things by executive decision, and has done so with efficiency standards on light bulbs and cars. And a 2007 court decision has ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency can directly regulate greenhousegas emissions which are considered an “endangerment”, a power that Mr Obama has threatened to use. But all sides in America agree that legislation would be more comprehensive than an executive order. But the slow progress of the bill through Congress has foreign partners running out of patience with the excuse that the healthcare bill must come first, or that Congress really is complex. America must move at the same time as other economies, rich and poor alike, a dilemma Scott Barrett, an economist at Columbia University, calls the “biggest collective-action problem in human history”. The lack of pace of cap-and-trade in the Senate is an ominous sign. Back to top ^^ Readers' comments The Economist welcomes your views.

Codex and InkSeine -- the roots of Microsoft's Courier?
By Joshua Topolsky (Engadget)
Submitted at 9/23/2009 10:54:00 AM

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stock and purchase EDGAR Online electronic data feeds for my company's portfolio analytic tool.

IDF 2009: Intel plays to its strengths
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Yesterday, the cats over at Gizmodo got a look at what appeared to be a pretty groundbreaking product from Microsoft -- the Courier-- a dualscreen, multitouch tablet with an advanced UI the likes of which we've rarely seen. According to the site's report, the product was in "late prototype" stages, and judging from the video, it looked to be pretty far along (at least as far as software was concerned). Today, MobileTechWorld looks as though it might be shedding a little more light on the device and its software... but it might not be quite what you think. Continue reading Codex and InkSeine -- the roots of Microsoft's Courier? Filed under: Handhelds Codex and InkSeine -- the roots of Microsoft's Courier? originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 23 Sep 2009 10:54:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Email this| Comments

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AmREITs on Fire: Prelude or Crescendo?
(Financial Sector and Stocks Analysis from Seeking Alpha)
Submitted at 9/23/2009 8:06:22 AM

Back on June 28 of this year, I suggested to readers here that they may want to look more closely at high yielding a gency mortgage backed real estate investment trusts(AmREITs). I pointed out in the article that as a group, a divergence between AmREITs and the S&P 500 index ETF ( SPY) had developed during the previous two weeks. The grey vertical line just before July 9 on the chart below is the point in time when I asked the question, “ Are high yielding AmREITs ready to run?” Looking back, i t is now clear that this divergence was sustainable and AmREITs were indeed “ ready to run.” Source: ValueForum Let’s look at how the six companies in the AmREIT group have done. Since the closing price on the day after the article was published (June 29), the SPY has gained 15.5 percent. The table below shows that American Capital Agency ( AGNC), Annaly Capital Management ( NLY), Anworth Mortgage Asset ( ANH), Capstead Mortgage ( CMO), Hatteras Financial ( HTS), and MFA Financial ( MFA) have all outperformed the SPY, some spectacularly. The leading gainer in the group, American Capital Agency with a 34 percent total gain, followed closely by Annaly Capital Management with a 30 percent

total gain. Annaly also happens to be the largest in the group by market capitalization and the most liquid. Note: The total return with dividend reinvestment plan ( DRIP) column includes actual dividend payments distributed between June 29, 2009 and September 22, 2009. Estimated annualized yield includes likely non-recurring dividend payments for AGNC. Source: ValueForum In fact, an even larger divergence developed between the AmREIT group and the SPY as five of the six companies hit 52week highs yesterday. The sixth, Hatteras Financial missed a new high by 5 cents. The AmREIT

group gained an average of 3.3 percent yesterday compared to the SPY which gained about 0.6 percent. Driving these gains were several bullish dividend declarations. On Monday, Annaly Capital declared a quarterly dividend of $0.69 per share. Yesterday, Hatteras Financial announced a $1.15 per share quarterly dividend and American Capital Agency Corp. declared a $1.40 quarterly dividend payment. The following chart shows yesterday’s closing price, performance, and share volume for each of the six companies in the group. Source: Self Directed Investor Dividend hungry investors will

take note that the estimated annualized yields for this group of AmREITs range from 10 to 20 percent. Healthy distribution of dividends seem likely to continue as the Federal Reserve appears to be in no hurry to raise short-term rates amid a bottoming economy and forecast for a jobless recovery. Remember, AmREITs take advantage of the spread inherent in the yield curve, borrowing short term at low-cost while investing in high-yielding, longer term mortgage securities issued by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and other government sponsored enterprises. The greatest risk is if the yield curve flattens as the economy recovers and the Federal

Reserve decides to raise the Fed Funds rate. Funding risk, related to systemic risk, is also a possibility if the short term credit markets fail. The question now is whether recent divergence between AmREITs and the SPY signal even higher future returns for AmREIT shareholders. As long as the Federal Reserve remains reluctant to raise the Fed Funds and Discount rates, AmREITs look like a very good bet. But remember, even if the Federal Reserve does raise shortterm rates, it may not put an end to AmREIT oversized returns. If long-term interest rates are rising along with short-term rates, a favorable spread can be preserved for the group. The key to an exit strategy in AmREITs is to keep an eye on the yield curve and its spread. AmREITs are currently in a very favorable steep yield curve environment that could last for at least another year. Moreover, valuations are not high by historical standards. AmREITs are a great option for income investors who are willing to manage the risk of a flattening yield curve and able to tolerate unlikely “funding risk.” I recommend—again—that readers look more closely at AmREITs to see if they might fit into your portfolio. Full disclosure: Long AGNC, NLY, ANH, CMO.

Model Behavior: 2010 New York Fashion Week
By ELLE.com (ELLE News Blog)
Personalities shine backstage at Thakoon, Phillip Lim, Anna Sui, Alexander Wang, L.A.M.B., F u r s t e n b e r g , D e r e k L a m , Michael Kors, Allison Lewis, and Yigal Azrouël, Diane Von other spring 2010 shows! All Photos: Kelly Stuart

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First-Time Homebuyer Tax Credit Program: Morally Hazardous?
(Financial Sector and Stocks Analysis from Seeking Alpha)
be applied to sales made between April 2008 and July 1 2009. Buyers must close on their Submitted at 9/23/2009 8:55:55 AM homes before Dec.1. But because First-time homebuyer tax credit much of the recent uptick in home claims soaring sales has been attributed to this M o r e t h a n 1 . 4 m i l l i o n tax credit, housing industry Americans have already claimed advocates worry that the market the new tax credit for first-time could quickly turn down again home buyers, according to a after the credit expires. report from the Internal Revenue "Just like the Cash-for-Clunkers Service. program, there could be a The credit, which applies to hangover effect," said Mike sales as of January 2009, is good Larson, a real estate analyst for for 10% of the price of a home, up Weiss Research. to $8,000, and supporters assert it That's why housing industry has helped stabilize the housing participants are pushing Congress market. It's available to anyone to keep the tax credit in place. who has not owned a home for "We're calling for extending the three consecutive years prior to credit until the end of next year purchase, and to qualify for the a n d e x p a n d i n g i t t o a l l full credit buyers must be h o m e b u y e r s , " s a i d N A R purchasing a primary residence, spokesman Walter Molony. "We and couples can earn no more do think that housing will recover than $150,000, while individuals without it but the market will must make less than $75,000. come back faster and stronger The credit has been an with it." important stimulus tool for two Some 1.8 million people are reasons. It's fully refundable, expected to participate in the meaning that even if buyers owe program by the time it lapses and no taxes whatsoever, they'll get an the National Association of $8,000 check from the IRS. And Realtors (NAR) estimates that it this refund will put money in will result in an extra 350,000 consumers' pockets for good, as s a l e s . T h e N A H B m o r e opposed to the $7,500 first-time conservatively predicts 165,000 homebuyer tax credit that could more home sales than would have occurred. The associations don't want that momentum to slow. The associations don't want that momentum to slow. "If we don't extend and expand the program, the seeds of growth planted could [die]," said NAHB president Jerry Howard. There are six bills before Congress that would extend the tax credit, two in the Senate and four in the House of Representatives. On Wednesday night, Senator Ben Cardin, D-Md., along with Senators John Ensign R-Nev., Harry Reid, D-Nev., Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and Debbie Stabenow, D-Mic., introduced a bill extending the tax credit program for six months. Reid released a statement saying, "Yesterday we learned that new home sales have increased in Las Vegas, and that's good news. I hope this credit will build on that so more Nevadans can realize the American dream of home ownership." Senator Isakson, a former real estate broker himself who has become a leading voice on housing market issues, had introduced his own bill several weeks ago. That would not only extend the credit for a year after it's renewed, it would allow all homebuyers, not just first-timers, to claim it, as long as the property is for a principle residence. The bill would also increase the tax refund to as much as $15,000. The house bills all extend the deadline through at least the end of December 2009 and two of the bills, introduced by Howard Coble, R-NC and by Dan Burton, R-Ind., would have it run through 2010. They would also open it up to all homebuyers. Sentiment backing efforts to extend the credit appears to be on the rise, according to Jaret Seiberg, an analyst with Concept Capital's Washington Research Group. He put the odds of an extension at 2 to 1. Isakson's version has already attracted 16 co-sponsors, according to his deputy chief of staff, Joan Kirchner. [...] Another hurdle: The growing sentiment among fiscal conservatives that any extension must be paid for by finding savings in some other areas. There has already been $14 billion allocated to the program -- and any extension would surely cost billions more. [...]

Palm Getting Pummeled With App Submissions For the Pre [Palm]
By Sean Fallon (Gizmodo)
Submitted at 9/23/2009 8:37:00 AM

Good news for Pre owners—Palm has literally been overwhelmed with app submissions on the heels of tomorrow's launch. As Palm Developer Community Manager Chuq Von Rospach notes, the approval process has got off to a rocky start: We got more applications than we could handle well, which is a good problem to have. Unfortunately, it means we dropped some things on the floor, and that's bad, but with the impending "stuff" that's coming, this is all going to get a lot easier for everyone and a lot more transparent. Despite these bumps in the road for developers, it does give consumers a reason to be excited about the apps that arrive tomorrow. [ Palm Forums via PreCentral]

iPod nano banned by many gyms
By Dave Freeman (CrunchGear)
Submitted at 9/23/2009 9:54:20 AM

The iPod nano has become very popular with the gym crowd. It’s light, doesn’t skip, and is inexpensive enough that if it gets

stolen, it’s not the end of the world. The bad news is, many gyms are banning the new version, due to the camera. Seems that recording devices in general are verboten in gym locker rooms, a n d s o m e t h i n g s m a l l a n d exactly what they are trying to concealable like an iPod nano is

avoid. So should Apple make a nano without a camera? The features of the new version make it perfect except for that pesky camera. Perhaps gyms could allow you to check your nano before you go into the locker room, and then

pick it up on the way out. One word of warning, if you do smuggle your nano in, please don’t forget that there is ‘good naked’ and ‘bad naked’. Oh, and don’t buy the yellow one. [via Slashgear]

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Cramer Hammers AIG Founder Hank Greenberg
(Financial Sector and Stocks Analysis from Seeking Alpha)
Without naming names, the often fiery and always controversial Jim Cramer turned Submitted at 9/23/2009 9:29:49 AM his outrage on another “AIG has been what we call in controversial titan, AIG’s( AIG) the business an up stock, meaning founder Hank Greenberg. The it has been one way up since they problem as Cramer views it, is did the split, the 20 for 1 reverse that Greenberg was the one that and that’s because of endless lead the company into its risky unconfirmed rumors and just derivatives business, but he rarely gossip, gossip that something takes any heat for these decisions. g o o d i s a b o u t t o h a p p e n . Furthermore, Greenberg has E m a n a t i n g , f r a n k l y , f r o m proposed a plan to reduce AIG’s someone who should be made to, debt to the government, and with let’s say, be quiet immediately. the stock surging more than 20% He’s the man who sewed the on Monday he is being hailed in seed for its destruction. Even some circles as a potential savior though he created the company, to the company. he’s the one who set up the rogue As everyone is well aware, AIG London office. He’s the one who was bailed out to the tune of $85 commanded the company to billion the day after Lehman insure financials. I urge you to go Brothers fell, and they have since back to the 2007 analyst meeting been bailed out three more times. to see how long this company was To date taxpayers have lent AIG doing stupid, stupid things like $182.3 billion, and after asset ensuring banks to allow them to liquidations AIG still owes the get around European capital government about $120.7 billion. r e q u i r e m e n t s . G r e e n b e r g Of course, there are doubts about somehow takes no responsibility whether AIG will be able to pay whatsoever, is never called out on back the taxpayers anytime soon this, and shamelessly hypes the as they have sold off many company as undervalued to every valuable assets at fire sale prices. media outlet imaginable. This A s G r e e n b e r g s a i d i n h i s man is really off the reservation.” s t a t e m e n t b a c k i n A p r i l , — CNBC’s Mad Money “Since the day the treasury 9/23/2009 announced its plan to liquidate other than Maurice “Hank” Greenberg, who is estimated to have made $588 million on the stock’s 21% rise on Monday. While we understand Cramer’s concerns that a bad actors get rewarded, this is what happens in AIG, value has been destroyed the aftermath of the “too-big-tobecause AIG’s people and their fail” moral hazard. Greenberg relationships — AIG’s business should take much of the blame for — are leaving. The evidence is his leadership of AIG that led overwhelming and indisputable them to need for unprecedented that the American taxpayer is an government bailouts. However, as investor in a steadily diminishing taxpayers, we should all demand repayment, especially those of us asset.” Greenberg’s plan is to ask for who disagree with how the mercy from the government in the situation was handled in the first form of lower interest rates and a place. We doubt that the original longer time-table for repayment. plan to sell off AIG in bits is Rep. Edolphus Towns’ House going to be able to get that money Oversight Panel is reportedly back (as the GAO stated in its going to push for up to 20 years to l a t e s t r e p o r t ) , s o p e r h a p s repay the restructured debt, Greenberg’s approach would instead of the original 5-year make the best of a terrible term. In so doing, there is a better s i t u a t i o n . W h e t h e r t h e chance that taxpayers get paid government will bite on this deal back, and AIG would have a is an different matter, considering much better opportunity to C r e d i t S u i s s e ( C S ) a n a l y s t survive as a healthy business. Thomas Gallagher calls the Cramer’s outrage stems from the Greenberg plan “farfetched” fact that you are rewarding the saying the terms of the loans are shareholders of this corporation already favorable for AIG. Original post that took far too many dangerous risks. Primary among the shareholder beneficiary is none

Skateboard Tetris: First Sport of the Highly Unofficial Video X Games [Gaming]
By Mark Wilson (Gizmodo)
Submitted at 9/23/2009 9:00:00 AM

Towering above San Francisco, glowing Tetris pieces gently fall into place like just as they were fated since birth. But at the street level level, skateboard Tetris is a different, more intense experience. The skaters spin through nearly pitch black streets, donning glowing wireframe Tetris blocks for a hats. And then, at the last moment, they need to negotiate just how they'll fit with all those other Tetris block heads on wheels. But...as long as no one was hurt...we wouldn't mind seeing the effect recreated in an empty swimming pool. [ TechEBlog via technabob]

Teclast to debut Android-powered PMP? Wake us up when it arrives
By Joseph L. Flatley (Engadget)
media players with such exciting features as "buttons" and "batteries," just might have a PMP Submitted at 9/23/2009 10:29:00 AM in the works that sports the Oh, Android -- it's obvious that buzzworthy open source OS. The someone out there wants to see it T58, whose existence is being on tablets, netbooks, toaster ovens reported by imp3.net, is said to -- anything, really, that sports a sport the RK2808 chipset (with processor and a display (OK, d u a l - c o r e A R M 9 R I S C never mind the toaster oven). p r o c e s s o r ) , 1 2 8 0 x 7 2 0 Now Teclast, fine purveyors of touchscreen, WiFi, GPS, and RMVB, MPEG-4, AVS, and WMV9 files constitute your favorite media types). Can the company manage to not bore us to tears with its next device? And will it have to install a cellphone OS on a media player to do so? Only time will tell. [Via PlayerBites] support for all of your favorite Filed under: Portable Audio, media types (that is, if H.264, Portable Video Teclast to debut Androidpowered PMP? Wake us up when it arrives originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 23 Sep 2009 10:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Read| Permalink| Email this| Comments

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Bank Fees Around the World
(Financial Sector and Stocks Analysis from Seeking Alpha)
as of October 19, Bank of America ( BAC) will “not charge overdraft fees on more than four Submitted at 9/23/2009 8:36:16 AM items per day”. What they don’t The EU, after a long and mention in the press release is that complicated study which I can’t the cap was increased from five to even find on their website, has ten earlier this year: they seem to come to a simple and powerful have adopted the yo-yo model of conclusion when it comes to the b a n k c h a r g i n g , w h e r e y o u subject of bank fees: maximally gouge your customers High prices are directly linked u n t i l t h e S e n a t e F i n a n c e to opaque price information. C o m m i t t e e s t a r t s a s k i n g Therefore, consumers in countries questions, and then immediately with opaque price structures are scurry backwards in a desperate likely to pay more for bank attempt to avoid regulation. accounts. Regulation is still very much This is a universal law; it’s not necessary, no matter how much confined to the EU. The poster BofA, JP Morgan ( JPM), and child for high and opaque bank others try to avoid it. Anything charges is Italy: there, someone they announce this week could be who uses their bank account a lot unilaterally repealed next week, gets charged €831 (over $1,200) a or next month, or whenever the year, compared to just €27 for the issue gets forgotten about. A few same level of service in Bulgaria. s i m p l e r u l e s w o u l d m a k e That number includes overdraft everything much more transparent fees, of course, which are the and customer-friendly. cause du jour in the US. Yesterday’s news is kinda funny:

What is the real-time web?
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Submitted at 9/22/2009 3:49:44 PM

USB 3.0 has a SuperSpeed coming-out party at IDF
By Nilay Patel (Engadget)
Submitted at 9/23/2009 12:07:00 PM

Four words: It Happens Without Waiting. Narrative: Today I wrote a piece about the Berkeley Public Library on InBerkeley.Com. I wanted to

find a pointer to the library website, so I switched over to Google. Looked up Berkeley Public Library. My piece, publshed less than a minute earlier. was the first item. Realtime web. (True story.)

course, while lightning-fast SSD transfers are nice, the showiest product on the floor is Point The world better be ready for Grey's prototype HD camera here, SuperSpeed USB 3.0, cause it's which streams uncompressed coming, baby -- and by the looks 1080p video over USB 3.0 -- it's of things at IDF, it's coming soon. not a final product, but it's I n t e l ' s " U S B C o m m u n i t y " apparently quite close. Yes, we pavilion is filled with SuperSpeed k n o w t h e g a l l e r y b e l o w i s tech from a variety of companies, basically cable porn, but here are and while some of the demos are the facts: USB 3.0 is 10x faster happening on crazy Frankenstein than 2.0 while using less power, rigs, there's a bunch of stuff here and it's entirely backwardsthat's basically ready to ship, compatible, since the five 3.0 pins including controller chips from in the connector have been NEC and Fujitsu, which are the cleverly engineered to sit above heart of the whole shebang. Of the four legacy 2.0 pins. If that

doesn't get you dreaming of hard drives for the holidays, well, we don't know what will. Video after the break! Gallery: USB 3.0 at IDF 2009 Continue reading USB 3.0 has a SuperSpeed coming-out party at IDF Filed under: Peripherals USB 3.0 has a SuperSpeed coming-out party at IDF originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 23 Sep 2009 12:07:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Email this| Comments

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Live at the Barnes and Noble Irex DR 800SG launch
By John Biggs (CrunchGear)
Submitted at 9/23/2009 8:30:59 AM

Nicholas is live at the Barnes & Noble Irex reader event and will report back what he’s seeing including, but not limited to, information on the e-reader. Watch this post for more details as they emerge. 11:42 – Ok folks, the Wi-Fi connection here at the New York Historical society is rubbish, so I’m literally “e-mailing” the guys my live reactions. Better stuff a-comin’ later in the afternoon. Today IREX, which is a Philips offshoot, is showing off its latest e -reader, the DR 800SG. It’s got an 8.1-inch screen (the Kindle 2’s is 6 inches), and is optimized to be used with a stylus. There’s a little bar on the left-hand side that you use to turn pages. Oh, and IREX partnered with Barnes and Noble, so all those e-books you buy from there work on the reader. 11:47 – Verizon Wireless provides the 3G wireless, which I’m not sure yet if you have to pay for extra. The Barnes and Noble dude is on stage now, and immediately opens with a joke: “Well I want one!” There’s very little laughter. Let’s see, while he’s patting himself on the back, let’s look at some of the other specs. It comes with 2GB of storage, which should hold around 1,500 books. And, unlike certain other e-book readers, it supports PDF (and EPUB, and Newspaper Direct, and Fictionwise), which should be good news for those of you who browse alt.binaries.e-books. 11:50 – The Verizon Wireless man is now talking, Mr. Tony Lewis. He’s talking about how

“open” Verizon Wireless has become. Mmmhmmm. VZW is, however, “thrilled” to partner with IREX. He seems more genuine than other suits I’ve seen over the years, so take that for

what it’s worth. VZW is all about finding new opportunities for folks to use the VZW network. “Thank you for the opportunity” with the partnership.

11:51 – Best Buy, which I’m still boycotting, will sell the IREX reader. Can you buy the Kindle in Best Buy? I don’t think so, but I could well be wrong. All that means is that, when you walk into

a Best Buy this shopping season, you’ll have Best Buy staff explain to you how “cool” the device is. 11:59 – Oh, duh, the price. It LIVE page 24

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comes out in October for $399 at “select” Best Buy stoes, whatever that means. VZW is totally free. The cost of the device covers the cost of VZW network access. So just like the Kindle. VZW just said nothing is off the table vis-a-vis releasing a subsidized model of the reader, or a different model altogether. So just like your VZW phone really costs $8 billion, but you get it on the cheap with a 2-year contract, that MAY OR MAY NOT happen in the future. The Irex Press Release: IREX TECHNOLOGIES TURNS THE PAGE ON EREADERS WITH NEW 8.1INCH CONSUMER DEVICE NEW YORK, Sept. 23, 2009 – IREX Technologies today wrote a new chapter in digital reading, combining technology that provides a traditional reading experience with an open approach to buying and transferring content. The company unveils the IREX DR800SG – a sleek, 8.1inch, touch-screen eReader that offers multi-mode 3G wireless capabilities. Complementing the modern design of the device, users can purchase books, newspapers or magazines from a wide variety of sources. In addition, IREX supports multiple formats including industry standard ePub format and multiple DRM solutions, rather than a single, “closed” proprietary format that locks content to a specific device. The IREX device is supported by key partners Barnes & Noble, Inc., Best Buy, Qualcomm and Verizon Wireless, which together provide access to the content, retail presence and the most reliable wireless network in the country, setting the DR800SG apart in an increasingly competitive market. “Consumers are ready for eReaders, but the device is only one piece of the equation. People want an enjoyable, easy reading experience with no-hassle access to content. IREX’s strategy – based on giving consumers choice – and the partnerships we have in place make it easier for them to purchase a device, access content and enjoy it wherever they are,” said Kevin Hamilton, North American CEO of IREX Technologies. “IREX has been a driving force behind the evolution of eReaders since its founders invented e-paper display technology based on E Ink Corporation’s electronic ink. With the DR800SG, we bring to market all that readers have been asking for: a stellar device that puts the reader in the driver seat with regard to where they buy content and what they do with it.” IREX teams with industry leaders The IREX device includes the Barnes & Noble eBookstore from Barnes & Noble, the world’s largest bookseller, giving users access to more than 750,000 titles, including new releases and bestsellers at $9.99. Barnes & Noble expects its eBookstore (www.bn.com/ebooks) will increase to well over one million titles within the next year, inclusive of every available eBook and eBook originals from book publishers. “The Barnes & Noble eBook strategy is very much aligned with IREX’s approach to the market,” said William J. Lynch, president of BN.com. “IREX’s open platform, powered by Barnes & Noble’s comprehensive eBookstore, is an appealing proposition for people who love to read. Barnes & Noble is the world’s largest bookseller, so we understand how to create a great shopping experience for people looking for simple and convenient access to their favorite subjects, authors and material.” 3G wireless connectivity for the IREX device is powered by Verizon Wireless’ network – the nation’s largest and most reliable wireless network. With wireless connectivity, customers can purchase and quickly download an eBook from an airport gate, couch or coffee shop – without being tethered to a PC. “Verizon Wireless invests heavily in its network to provide consumers with the best wireless experience possible, regardless of whether they’ve purchased a device directly from us or are using one of the devices certified through our open development program,” said Tony Lewis, vice president of open development for Verizon Wireless. “Our 3G network enables IREX devices to quickly access content in more places, giving IREX customers a distinct advantage over customers with other eReader devices.” The IREX device also leverages the Gobi™ multi-mode 3G embedded module which contains Qualcomm’s mobile broadband technology for connectivity to 3G networks around the world. The IREX DR800SG is the first eReader to leverage Qualcomm’s technology to support global connectivity enabling the device to be activated in any market. The IREX DR800SG will launch in Europe the first half of 2010. Additionally, users will have the ability to download content to the device while traveling abroad next year. “Wireless connectivity has the potential to enhance many aspects of everyday life, and the IREX DR800SG is an example of the type of flexibility and enhanced user experience that can be delivered through 3G,” said Barry Matsumori, vice president of product management for Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. “Qualcomm’s Gobi technology will bring a new level of freedom to consumers using the DR800SG worldwide.” Best Buy will carry the DR800SG at select stores beginning later this fall. Giving users access to the device through a retailer recognized for providing hands-on interaction with technology will drive increased awareness and understanding of eReaders, as potential buyers can see, touch and even test the product – a must do for consumers buying an eReader device. Key product specifications · Big screen, compact design – some competitive devices offer a similarly-sized device but with a much smaller display area. IREX’s 8.1-inch screen is ideal for books, magazines and newspapers with detailed graphics. · Purpose-built device – the DR800SG uses the latest electronic paper display technology to deliver an experience that is closer to reading ordinary paper than possible with a netbook or tablet device. It also has longer battery life and is lightweight. · Easy navigation – the device turns pages faster than competing products, and navigation is easy with an interactive touch screen and straightforward buttons. Users can search their library or add a bookmark with a tap of a stylus or skim an eBook with a touch of a thumb. · Customized reading – users can enlarge or reduce text size and margin widths or select portrait or landscape mode to suit their preferences. “The availability of new devices that empower consumers with the freedom to purchase content from a variety of sources will be a major driver to the success of the digital publishing market,” says Allen Weiner, research vice president, Gartner. “Sleek devices with consumer-friendly features – including the capability to purchase content on the go – that support open eBook standards will introduce the eBook experience to an entirely new generation of readers. Publishers, who have been on the sidelines waiting for market maturity, will now be inspired to become eReader evangelists.” Pricing and availability The IREX DR800SG with a leather cover will be available in October at select Best Buy locations. The device has an MSRP of $399.99. Wireless access to download content is included in the cost of the DR800SG and no contract is required.

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IREX unveils DR 800SG wireless ebook reader (updated with hands-on!)
By Paul Miller (Engadget)
content from Newspaper Direct and LibreDigital stores as well, and format support of PDF, IREX is currently, right this very E P U B , N e w s p a p e r D i r e c t , second, taking the wraps off its Fictionwise, eReader and TXT. big new splash in the ebook Quite the mouthful, and IREX space, the new DR 800SG. The promises to follow wherever the 8 . 1 - i n c h u n i t h a s w i r e l e s s market leads when it comes to connectivity courtesy of Verizon DRM. The $399 device includes a in the US and Qualcomm's Gobi leather cover and stylus in the multi-mode 3G for switching it up box, and will be available this in the rest of the world. There's October in "select" Best Buy also 2GB of built-in storage, stores and will hit Europe in the memory card expansion and first half of 2010. No wireless stylus input ("true finger touch" is contract is required. coming in Q2 2010 to a future Gallery: IREX unveils DR product, right now you can only 800SG wireless ebook reader with use the stylus, and a color reader touchscreen is in the works as well for 2011), Gallery: IREX DR 800SG and IREX claims to have the reader demo'd We got to play fastest page refreshes in the biz. with the new reader briefly, and Perhaps most notable is that the weren't quite sure how to feel. On reader is Barnes & Noble's first one hand, it's another sexy, slim big play in the space, with support reader, with a pretty great and fast for the B&N eBookstore-- though e-ink screen. On the other hand, the whole thing is an "open the interface is totally minimal platform" with support from and a little nonsensical without
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any heavy downloading, but the reader takes a very long time to create a connection -- a good 2030 seconds -- which might've been due to the concrete bunker we're hanging out in, or just a sign of a slow processor, we're not sure which. We love the "openness," and it's great to see so many format alternatives right out of the gate, but we're gonna need more time with the DR 800SG before we're sure it's worth the plunge. Gallery: IREX DR 800SG reader hands-on Filed under: Handhelds IREX unveils DR 800SG wireless ebook reader (updated with hands-on!) originally the stylus. A bar on the left side you get to text input is tapping appeared on Engadget on Wed, 23 gives you a "tactile" method of away at an onscreen keyboard. Sep 2009 12:40:00 EST. Please pushing right or left to turn the We're glad IREX avoided the see our terms for use of feeds. page, but it feels pretty janky. visibility-hampering pitfalls of Permalink| Email this| Comments Notetaking isn't enabled currently, S o n y ' s t o u c h s c r e e n e b o o k so you can't draw on the screen, technology, but perhaps some making the stylus feel a bit of a more thought should've been put burden, not a boon -- the closest into the alternative. We didn't do

R2D2 features 8 consoles, projector
By Doug Aamoth (CrunchGear)
Submitted at 9/23/2009 8:30:00 AM

And here we see one of the most useful implementations of an astromech droid to date. Modder Brian De Vitis gutted a novelty R2D2 beverage cooler and somehow managed to stuff eight

old-school consoles inside. And – AND! – there’s a built-in projector. Very nice. From Popular Science: “To get rid of the mess of wires from his many videogame consoles, PopSci reader Brian De Vitis decided to repurpose his R2D2-shaped cooler. The engineering student modified its OLED screens to the automotive world. It doesn’t have to be as futuristic as the dashboard in the Blue-Will concept car, but

legs and repainted it to look more realistic. Then he stacked the

motherboards from the eight consoles on shelves inside, added a sound system, and rearranged the inputs so he could plug in controllers from the outside. To watch all the gaming action, he added a projector in the rig’s dome, just like the real R2’s.” Judging from the photo, it appears that the consoles used are: already using LCD screens in its latest hybrids, but why not up the game a bit, and do something radical? Please?

NES, Atari, Dreamcast, N64, SNES, Genesis, PS1, and Xbox. That’s a lot of cords to keep untangled, yes, but I think you’ll agree that it’d be totally worth it. [ PopSci via HacknMod]

Hyundai goes nuts with OLED screens
By Matt Burns (CrunchGear)
Submitted at 9/23/2009 9:40:39 AM

[ CarAdvice via OLED-Info]

Hyundai? Pretty please bring

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Apple 1 - Palm 0 On iTunes Synchronization War [Palm Vs Apple]
By Jesus Diaz (Gizmodo)
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By Nilay Patel (Engadget)
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more, the USB-IF says that Apple has all the right to do what they are doing, since it's not agains the Bad news for Palm. They have rules: been trying to plug into the Palm's allegation (if true) does iPod/iPhone ecosystem by forging not establish that Apple is using the Pre's USB identification its Vendor ID contrary to USBnumber, with Apple smashing IF's policies. their efforts with each iTunes Palm told Business Week that u p d a t e . N o w , t h e U S B they are going to reply to the USB Implementers Forum says that Implementers Forum because they they should stop. believe the users have the right to Palm whined to the USB-IF use whatever device they want to about how Apple was blocking use their non-rights managed them every time they tried to media. They are right, especially circumvent their vendor ID-based when Apple has an almostanti-non-iPod-devices system. monopolistic position on the Here's part of the USB-IF reply: software music player market, and Palm may only use the single they are trying to get a hold of it Vendor ID issued to Palm for by limiting access to their own Palm's usage….Usage of another devices. However, maybe they c o m p a n y ' s V e n d o r I D i s should take the matter to the FTC specifically precluded. instead of going against the rules. Basically, what Palm is doing is [ Business Week] against the rules of USB, and Palm should stop doing it. What is

As expected, Intel just announced its Clarksfield laptop chips, bringing Core i7 to the laptop form factor. There'll be two chips, a quad-core and a Core i7 Extreme that can run as fast as 3.2GHz in Turbo mode, which By Joseph L. Flatley technology for finding the best selectively shuts off cores and (Engadget) available frequency in any locale, uses the extra power to speed up a n d a m i c r o - U S B p o r t f o r the the remaining cores while Submitted at 9/23/2009 11:57:00 AM charging any USB-powered iPod preserving battery life. The parts G r i f f i n , k n o w n f o r i t s or iPhone from a charger. iTrip is were demoed working in shipping accessories for the iPod and available for $49.99, and the iTrip -ready form on stage, but pricing iPhone, has just announced its Controller software can be and availability weren't mentioned latest and greatest (though just downloaded for free from the App -- we'll let you know what we can dig up. how great is still in question). The Store. Continue reading Intel latest iteration of the iTrip takes Filed under: Cellphones, full advantage of iPhone OS 3.0, Portable Audio, Portable Video announces quad-core Core i7 allowing you to control the FM Griffin iTrip now features Extreme and Core i7 for laptops Filed under: Laptops transmitter from your iPhone / i P h o n e O S 3 . 0 i n t e g r a t i o n Intel announces quad-core Core iPod touch itself. Aren't luscious originally appeared on Engadget touchscreen controls preferable to on Wed, 23 Sep 2009 11:57:00 i7 Extreme and Core i7 for the iTrip's tiny buttons anyways? EST. Please see our terms for use laptops originally appeared on In addition to app integration, the of feeds. Read| Permalink| Email Engadget on Wed, 23 Sep 2009 12:20:00 EST. Please see our transmitter features track and this| Comments terms for use of feeds. Permalink| artist information on RDSEmail this| Comments compatible radios, SmartScan

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Microsoft To Open Cafe In Paris To Build Windows 7 Buzz (Pics)
By Robin Wauters (CrunchGear)
Submitted at 9/23/2009 8:26:40 AM

Qualcomm’s FLO TV spied, reveals little [update]
By Matt Burns (CrunchGear)
Submitted at 9/23/2009 9:00:21 AM

Info about the Qualcomm FLO TV has been slowly leaking out the last few weeks. First we saw early concept art, then we released the first screenshots, but now it seems Boy Genius has a pic of the real deal. Sure enough, it sports a 4:3-ish screen just like the screenshots indicated. Besides that little tid-bit there isn’t anything else surprise that this pic reveals. We already knew that it was a pocketable FLO TV unit,

Microsoft is close to opening retail stores in several major cities across the planet, but in Paris By Jesus Diaz (Gizmodo) According to Hakes: they’re doing something special in With a high heel providing the anticipation of the real shops and Submitted at 9/23/2009 9:20:00 AM heel is supported, even by the imminent launch of the A shoe? What do you mean a standing on a wooden block the Windows 7 operating system. shoe? This can't be a shoe! Oh foot naturally 'spans' the gap Microsoft France has surprised well, I guess it is a shoe. naturally, with bones and tendons. inhabitants and visitors of the And a high heel shoe at that. Maybe. I guess. Who knows. I French capital with the public Designed by London architect need to see this because I have to preparation of a genuine coffee Julian Hakes, the Mojito shoe is admit that I'm quite amazed by shop / cafe situated in the heart of made of carbon fiber—to give it it—and so was Joanna when she t h e c i t y ( 4 7 B o u l e v a r d s t r e n g t h a n d s p r i n g — a n d saw it. It will probably cost a Sebastopol). The Windows Cafe, laminated with rubber on the gajillion dollars, and will make which will only be open to the b o t t o m a n d l e a t h e r — f r o m this curve go completely vertical: public for a couple of weeks furniture manufacturers in High [ Dezeen] starting October 22nd, will boast a Wycombe, England—on top. number of Microsoft products that visitors can play around with what did you expect it to look (Xbox, mobile devices and more) like? hat, and we took a vote, if you but they will not be able to Now all we need to know is the (ETonline - Breaking News) could have one guest star for the purchase anything there besides unit price, monthly rate, screen Submitted at 9/23/2009 6:38:00 AM whole season, who would it be?" snacks and drinks. size, battery life, and range of The "Golden Girl" Betty White White was the winner and she is content. Yeah, we really don’t know jack about the upcoming has reportedly landed a guest spot reportedly shooting her part on player, eh? More info will on the Emmy Award-winning the show this week. "30 Rock" has a long list of guest stars to probably leak out soon though. show "30 Rock." White is set to appear on Tina have already appeared on the [update] A tipster just dropped us a quick note stating HTC is the Fey's NBC comedy, TVguide.com show including: Jennifer Aniston, a c t u a l m a n u f a c t u r e r o f confirms. Actor Alec Baldwin O p r a h W i n f r e y a n d J e r r y the portable device and not revealed how the show makes S e i n f e l d . Qualcomm as many have thought. their decisions for guest stars, saying, "We all put names in a

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HOW TO: Plan a DIY Wedding Using Social Media
By Josh Catone (Mashable!)
Submitted at 9/23/2009 7:51:51 AM

I’m getting married next July, and being a Mashable editor, I’ve naturally attempted to use social media wherever possible when planning my wedding. Some things for the wedding have required me to go the traditional route — picking out a venue meant actually going to see a few, and to my knowledge, there isn’t yet a way to actually taste food over the Internet. There are plenty of local wedding vendor directories and review sites that were helpful in locating vendors to try out, but actually checking them out in person is a must. However, much of the wedding actually can be planned via social media and the web, especially if you take a more DIY approach and assemble bits and pieces of the event on your own. I’m taking that approach to the planning of my own wedding and have been relying on social media and webbased tools to help. In this post, I’m open sourcing my wedding planning work-flow and sharing all the tricks I’ve learned so far. Feel free to share other ideas in the comments. Planning The first thing my fiancé and I did when beginning to plan our wedding was pick out a color scheme. Once we had our colors picked out, it became a lot easier to start planning everything else pertaining to the design of our wedding, from the bridesmaid dresses to the decorations to the invitations. Check out COLOURlovers and Adobe’s Kuler for active communities of designers that create and share color palettes. If you are color challenged, these sites will help

you identify colors that go well together, and if you’d rather create your own scheme, they offer tools to easily create color swatches. Once we had our colors figured out, the next thing we used the web to help us out with was creating our save-the-date cards and invitations. We looked into traditional, wedding-focused print shops, but we decided that they were both too expensive and not personal enough — we wanted something designed just for us, not picked from a catalog. I am lucky enough to have a close friend who happens to be a great graphic designer and she volunteered to create my save-thedate cards and invitations, but prior to her generous offer, I was planning to use a crowd sourced design site like 99designs or crowdSPRING to get my wedding collateral created. Before I actually send out my save-the-date cards, I need to get my wedding web site made (the cards have the web site URL printed on them). The web site will have information about hotels and air travel for guests, about local attractions and weddingrelated activities, and about the all -important wedding registry (more on that in a moment). I also plan for the web site to also serve as a central repository for the distribution of post-wedding media. There are plenty of services online that offer web sites catered specifically to weddings, but since I have design-savvy friends and a moderate amount of technical knowledge, I’m planning to go the DIY route. I’m in the process of putting together a page built on WordPress. I’m self-hosting, but

combining items for any store on the web, or one from MyRegistry.com, which lets couples create a registry from hundreds of different stores, and request cash gifts (i.e., for a honeymoon or single, big-ticket item). That’s the virtual stuff covered, but what about the tangible items? t h e r e ’ s n o r e a s o n w h y What about the things that really WordPress.com couldn’t work as matter, like what the wedding well (or any other hosted blog party is going to wear? I have one word for you: Etsy. Etsy is solution). WordPress is actually a great probably the world’s largest tool to power the back-end of a marketplace of handmade goods, wedding web site. It lets you keep and in it you can find almost people automatically updated via anything you need for your blog posts (and RSS), lets you w e d d i n g . I t h a s b e e n a n e a s i l y a d d s t a t i c p a g e s , i s invaluable resource for us while infinitely customizable, and there planning our wedding, and we are already a slew of wedding like being able to support small specific themes available for free business at the same time. Etsy has a weddings category, on the web. WordPress also has iPhone and BlackBerry apps, so but branch out and search the rest you can update your page on the of the site for the type of items go. In addition to a web site, I am you need. We’ve been able to find considering setting up a private everything from bridesmaid Twitter stream and Facebook dresses, to neckties for the Event page for guests, creating groomsmen, to wedding bands. It should be clear by now: multiple channels for people to planning a wedding is a mammoth stay updated. Of course the main reason for a undertaking (and ours is relatively wedding web site is to tell people small at just over 100 guests). what sort of presents to get you. Keeping track of all the details Right? Right. We considered can be difficult, but two tools are going the traditional route and potentially invaluable for staying registering at stores like Crate & organized as the list of items you Barrel or Bed, Bath & Beyond — need to keep straight for the and we probably will register at wedding grows larger. One of one of those to accommodate for those resources is Backpack. older or less tech-savvy guests — Though initially designed for but no store really completely business use, Backpack is a single matched our taste or the small, but -page, wiki-style organizer that eclectic list of things we’d like to can be amazingly useful for get as gifts. That’s why our keeping track of who is doing wedding web site will most likely what, what is left to do, and what point to a Universal Wishlist from has already been accomplished. Amazon, which allows users to Because Backpack pages can be c r e a t e a c u s t o m r e g i s t r y shared, you can also use the app

to get your wedding party involved — dole out tasks to bridesmaids, groomsmen, and relatives and keep track of everyone’s progress. Another great application for those planning a wedding is the WeddingWire iPhone application. WeddingWire’s app has a built-in vendor search, but more importantly, it has to-do lists and a budget calculator. One thing I learned very quickly while planning my wedding is that everything costs money, and often times deposits are due at specific dates (for the food, for the venue, for the flowers, for the transportation, etc.). The WeddingWire app can help you keep track of who needs to get paid, when, and how much. The Big Day All that planning is really the hard part — or so I’m told — but there’s still a lot to do on the wedding day itself. My brother, who was married five years ago and also took a do-it-yourself approach, was actually up at 3 AM the night before the wedding assembling programs — I don’t want that to happen to me next summer! So I’m trying to keep everything organized, and one way I’m doing that is by using services like RememberTheMilk, which offers to-do list apps for the iPhone, Android, and other mobile devices so I (and my bride -to-be) can keep the wedding day task list close at hand and make sure everything gets done. Because I’m a social media nerd, I’ve considered integrating Twitter into my wedding reception. We’ll certainly have a traditional paper guestbook that HOW page 30

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Paramount COO Shows FCC How To File Share, Blames Tech Companies, Has FCC Hide Its Presentation
By Michael Masnick (Techdirt)
Submitted at 9/23/2009 7:30:00 AM

should not be placed online-- as the FCC has done with all its other hearings. Wow. Yes, this Last week, the FCC held what was a public government hearing. was ostensibly a panel discussion Thankfully, the folks at Public about the National Broadband Knowledge went through a low Plan, but which was actually quality video of the whole focused on copyright issues. How, p r o c e e d i n g a n d p u l l e d o u t exactly, is copyright an issue for Huntsberry's part, where he not broadband? Well, mainly because only demonstrates how file the entertainment industry has sharing works for the FCC, but been trying for years to get ISPs goes on to implicate plenty of to act as copyright cops... and companies as aiding in the apparently the FCC felt the need p r o c e s s , i n c l u d i n g G o o g l e , to hear them out. While the deck Yahoo, eBay, Boxee and others: was mostly stacked in favor of the In the video, he demonstrates entertainment industry in terms of using Mininova and Drop.io speakers, thankfully the FCC (which is an amazingly useful site allowed Gigi Sohn of Public f o r m a n y t h i n g s t h a t h a v e Knowledge to take part as well -- absolutely nothing to do with and she questioned whether the unauthorized file sharing -- and is FCC even had any mandate over now being unfairly tarred by such issues and wondered why the Paramount). There isn't really hearing was even being held. anything surprising in the video. However, beyond stacking the He basically shows what everyone deck of speakers, it appears the knows: it's easy to share files FCC gave significant other these days. But he seems to miss b e n e f i c i a l t r e a t m e n t t o the point of that. That is, he wants entertainment industry speakers. the gov't to come in and try to Paramount's COO, Frederick stop this (an impossibility), rather Huntsberry, not only was given than recognizing that it's time for twice the amount of time to speak him to shift his business model. as the rest of the speakers had (10 Yes, distribution is cheap and minutes, instead of five, as Gigi e a s y t h e s e d a y s . I n m o s t was told), but also was able to businesses when distribution convince the FCC that his talk becomes cheaper and easier, that's was"owned" by Paramount, and a good thing. Why is it that

Hollywood top execs still can't figure out how to take advantage of it? Mehan Jayasuriya points out the many problems with the way the FCC handled this whole event: • Any presentation delivered at a public government hearing should be made available to the general public in a convenient format. Not everyone is able to travel to Washington D.C. for hearings and those who cannot should not be excluded--rather, they should be encouraged to participate in the debate. The mission statement on the Commission's new Broadband.gov site seems to agree: "A great way to create a connected America is to involve all Americans in the development of a National Broadband Plan. The FCC welcomes civic participation, and we look forward to more interaction through this website." If Paramount was concerned that its video would encourage "piracy," then the company should not have presented it at a public hearing. It's as simple as that. • All of the other presentation materials for all of the other workshops are available on the FCC's website, so that citizens can download, read, comment on, reference and critique them. Why

should Paramount's statement be treated any differently? • During the presentation, Huntsberry seems to suggest that a number of legitimate technology companies, including Drop.io, Twitter, Google, Facebook, Apple, Boxee, Sony, LG, Yahoo!, PayPal and Rapidshare, are arguably acting to enable or encourage unlawful filesharing. These companies and the users of their products should have an opportunity to respond to this allegation. • In the beginning of the clip, Huntsberry walks us through a timeline of when various camcorded copies of Star Trek were leaked to the Internet. This timeline provides a great example of how widespread the problem of camcording is, though it's worth noting that camcording is already illegal in most U.S. States and has little relevance in the context of this workshop (it's also worth noting that Star Trek made over $200 million at the box office regardless of the fact that camcorded copies were available within hours of its theatrical release). This evidence that films are commonly pirated while still in theaters undermines many of the arguments made by the studios in the FCC's Selectable

Output Control proceeding(i.e. "We need to be granted the power to shut off outputs on the back of your A/V gear, otherwise you will unlawfully copy the films that we broadcast via cable"). Not only did the FCC treat Paramount's presentation with kid gloves, the agency also treated the Hollywood execs preferentially throughout the course of the workshop. Upon entering the room where the workshop was held, attendees were greeted by a massive vinyl banner--presumably belonging to Paramount--on which the aforementioned Star Trek timeline was printed. While I appreciate the fact that a visual aid can be helpful, I can't help but feel like a PDF file submitted to the record would have sufficed. But that's not all. Though these workshops were technically less procedural in nature than a formal hearing would be, MPAA Chairman and CEO Dan Glickman was repeatedly allowed to call his technical expert, MovieLabs CEO Steve Weinstein, up to the stand to chime in with additional comments--even though nothing he said was actually technical in nature. The Commission allowed Glickman to PARAMOUNT page 35

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people can sign and we can keep as a memento, but in an effort to go geeky, I may attempt to use Twitter to create a real-time guestbook that anyone at the wedding can contribute to and see. The plan is to create a special Twitter hashtag just for the wedding (#catonewedding, for example) and ask people to tweet their thoughts, well-wishes, toasts, or maybe even song requests during the reception. Then, behind the dance floor, we would project the real-time stream of tweets from wedding attendees using Twitterfall, a laptop, and a projector. Another option in the same vein is the Brightkite Wall, which ties updates to location, supports SMS (for those with older phones), and can insert camera phone images into the stream. I’ve been to events utilizing the Brightkite Wall, and it really is a lot of fun. Of course, while not every wedding needs tweets (though they can’t hurt!), every wedding does need music and photos. On the music front, we’re planning to use a laptop and iTunes playlists rather than a band or DJ. It’s low budget, but works well and allows us to create separate playlists for different parts of the evening (i.e., soft, background music for dinner, upbeat dance tunes for after the meal, and “Closing Time” by Semisonic when we want everyone to leave). At any time during the reception, it will be easy for someone from the wedding party to man the laptop to take requests. One thing we won’t be able to do due to a lack of wifi, is utilize the Apple Remote iPhone app that can hook into iTunes DJ and allow anyone at your party to browse your iTunes library from their phone and make requests or alter the playlist. That would have been an awesome way to get wedding guests involved in the music decisions and out on the dance floor, but the lack of wifi at the old farmhouse we’re renting for our wedding won’t make it possible. Update: Some commenters point out that this should actually work via a local area network — no net access required. Good point, and I’ll definitely look into it! Another thing a wedding needs is pictures. We’ll be having some of ours taken the old fashioned way — by a wedding photographer — but given that everyone has a camera phone in their pocket these days, we’re anticipating that a lot of our guests will be snapping photos. We plan to invite everyone to share the photos with us via special, private albums on Facebook and Flickr, and we may even assemble our favorites into a book using Blurb for any close relatives that might want one (like grandparents who may not even own a computer, let alone know how to view a private wedding photo group on Flickr). The Honeymoon Just as important as the wedding? The honeymoon. And social media and web tools can be just as helpful (or perhaps even more helpful) in planning your honeymoon. For ours, we’re hoping to travel around Europe for a couple of weeks, and though our plans are still in their infancy, one site that I know will be a huge help to us is YourTour. One thing that has always frustrated me about most travel booking sites on the web is that booking a multi-leg trip that requires travel between and accommodations in more than one city is a major hassle. The recently-launched YouTour, which right now works only for France, allows visitors to easily plan out multi-leg trips, including transportation, hotels, and activities in both circular or linear itinerary patterns. Support for more countries is reportedly coming in the future, but even just in planning the French leg of our European honeymoon, YourTour should prove extremely helpful. Another site that I have on my radar for honeymoon planning is Stay.com, which lets users build free, customized guide books that highlight the specific places you’re planning to visit — from museums to restaurants. The site supports a handful of major cities right now, but has plans to expand. In many ways, Stay.com is similar to Offbeat Guides, a service that automagically creates travel guides based on your itinerary with information gleaned from around the web. In my testing, though, the results from Stay.com in the cities they support was generally more relevant to travelers. Though both sites could do with a bit of polish (and each is still under active development), the concept of personalized travel guides is a powerful one and as the technology gets better, services like Stay.com will become must-haves for globetrotters. Of course, as mobile phones become more powerful, the need for paper guides will decrease. There are a number of iPhone travel tour applications already available, such as those for a select group of European locales from travel writer Rick Steves( iTunes link) that were featured in a recent iPhone commercial. Clearly, how to use social media to plan a honeymoon could take up an entire separate post, and I am only just beginning to plan mine. Please share any other honeymoon planning apps, sites and tips that you know of, as well as any great social media resources for wedding planning in the comments below. See also: HOW TO: Plan a Wedding on the Web and Comment Contest: What’s the Most Romantic Thing You’ve Seen on the Social Web? Image courtesy of iStockphoto, Aquilegia Reviews: Android, BlackBerry Rocks!, Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, WordPress, blurb, iPhone, iStockphoto Tags: diy, event planning, honeymoons, how to, Lists, Planning, social media, social weddings, wedding, wedding planning

Frugalista! Frugalista! Frugalista! Now... Where's My Cease And Desist?
By Michael Masnick (Techdirt)
Submitted at 9/23/2009 8:38:00 AM

The term "frugalista" is apparently quite popular, such that the word has even been defined by the Oxford English Dictionary. There are a bunch of bloggers who write about "frugal living" who refer to themselves as "frugalistas." It was a nice little community... until a trademark claim entered into the mess. William alerts us to the news that a blogger (who established her blog long after the word was in common usage) has trademarked the term and is having her lawyer send cease-and-desist letters to other bloggers who refer to themselves as frugalistas. A US News reporter asked the woman's lawyer how it could possibly make sense that she could go after people who used the term before her client did, and the lawyer's response was:"they all have to stop now." Except... no. That's not quite how trademark works. But, once again, in a society where people think they get to claim ownership of whatever they want, we end up in silly situations like this. Hopefully the threatened bloggers are able to stand up to the bullying frugalista. Who knew that living the frugalista lifestyle included trademark infringement suits? Permalink| Comments| Email This Story

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Future of mobile commerce, in a skinny vanilla latte?
By Caroline McCarthy (Webware.com)
text-message codes to redeem for free drinks to the nascent pop-up deals in geolocation app Submitted at 9/23/2009 5:00:00 AM Foursquare, are nothing new. And Your decaf caramel macchiatos m o b i l e p a y m e n t s a r e and no-whip pumpkin spice lattes commonplace in countries like are going mobile. Japan and South Korea. In the In a double-shot launch (sorry), U.S., they haven't caught on yet. coffee giant Starbucks unveiled But having a ubiquitous national late Tuesday its first two iPhone retailer like Starbucks in the game apps. The first one, called could change this. MyStarbucks, is a no-brainer: you The barcode-based electronic c a n u s e t h e p h o n e ' s G P S gift card from the new Starbucks capability to find nearby stores iPhone app.(Credit: Starbucks) (previously, this was available via "We're really venturing into new text message), search ingredient w a t e r s i n t e r m s o f m o b i l e and calorie information for payment," Stephen Gillett, senior Starbucks beverages, study coffee vice president of digital ventures bean varieties, and build virtual at Starbucks, said regarding the drinks to see what exactly would Starbucks Card Mobile app. be in one if you ordered it. "The mobile app is really the But it's the second app, called powering of some of our most Starbucks Card Mobile, that could frequently used functions on (the be worth a double-take. The app Starbucks card's Web site) and allows for balance check and our in-store activity in terms of refilling of Starbucks gift cards, balance and payment and favorite which the company has expanded orders," Gillett said. The app was into a customer loyalty program developed internally with some by offering discounts, free refills, help from third-party companies and two hours of free Wi-Fi to like mobile billing start-up c a r d h o l d e r s . A n d i n t w o mFoundry, he said. experimental test markets, the Unless you're geographically S t a r b u c k s C a r d M o b i l e very lucky, you won't be able to application can use a barcode to pay for a venti frappuccino with replace the plastic gift card your iPhone just yet. Only 16 altogether. Starbucks outlets, eight in its As far as mobile e-commerce is home turf of Seattle and eight in concerned, this could be a big Silicon Valley, can currently deal. handle the barcode-based gift Mobile retail promotions, from cards. These are stores already Estimates vary on just how big the U.S. gift card industry is, but according to the Federal Reserve, it's certainly well into the billions and continues to grow. As for Starbucks, already one in seven transactions at the coffee chain involves its array of gift and loyalty cards, Gillett says. "We see a significant amount of our traffic represented by loyalty cards of some sort," he said. And eliminating that need for a physical gift card is a pretty obvious next step, especially if you've ever spent any time fishing around for one in a handbag. The question is whether a new concept like barcode-based gift cards can easily scale to a chain as widespread as Starbucks. Mobile internally designated as test spots barcode systems have typically for new Starbucks technology, been rolled out in far smaller Gillett said. contexts--short-term advertising "In some of these Seattle stores campaigns, for example, or we've tested store manager companies with far smaller reach laptops, allowing them to get such as Equinox, a high-end gym instant messaging, full access to e in a handful of U.S. cities that -mail, and conferencing," he said. recently began letting members "These are some of the stores that check in with an iPhone-based got the new AT&T Wi-Fi earlier." barcode. And while Starbucks has As a result, that means the been battered by the recession and integration process may be has closed several hundred stores smoother for the test stores than it in the U.S., it still operates or would be for a random Starbucks licenses over 10,000 outlets in the elsewhere in the country. "The U . S . a n d t h o u s a n d s m o r e store employees are used to o v e r s e a s . getting new kinds of technology, So Starbucks is taking a slow new kinds of services earlier than approach to mobile payment most markets," Gillett said. testing, which means that customers outside of Silicon Valley and Seattle might not be seeing it any time soon. "We're really working on getting that (customer) feedback before we put any long-term plans in future markets," Gillett said. "This really is a consumer-driven app in so many ways. This is an app that we need the customer experience to have a very strong influence on." He was equally mum om whether Starbucks Card Mobile will offer advance mobile ordering options or other potential features. "Again, we're really looking to this app hitting the real world before we lock in future functionalities," Gillett said. The same goes for taking the app beyond Apple's handset. Apple and Starbucks have a years -long and complicated history encompassing both iTunes and AT&T wireless service, but a mobile payment option ideally wouldn't be restricted to the iPhone. "We are definitely interested in non-iPhone based platforms, particularly Windows and Android and BlackBerry," Gillett said. "But at this point we're just really focused on the launch for this." Originally posted at The Social

New Study Reveals (Duh) Very Few People Will Pay For News Online
By Michael Masnick (Techdirt)
Submitted at 9/23/2009 2:40:13 AM

We've been pointing this out for ages, but a new survey once again confirms that very few people would be willing to pay for news

content online. In this case, only 5% said they'd pay for their newspaper if it put up a paywall, with most saying they'd find free alternatives instead. And, I'd argue (as I have before) that even meaning that it's what people say that 5% is quite high. It's a survey, they would do, rather than what

they'd actually do. That means, you can probably lop off at least

50% of that 5%. At least. And yet, industry folks still think that 15% will pay? Good luck... Permalink| Comments| Email This Story

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USB-IF to Palm: "Oh really? You've got some explaining to do."
By Michael Jones (The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW))
USB-IF turned the tables, and hinted that Palm itself may be in violation of its own agreement (emphasis added): Submitted at 9/23/2009 9:45:00 AM I attach for your information the Filed under: Hardware, iTunes, USB-IF's adopted and published Apple Didn't you hate it when you policy regarding Vendor were a kid, and you would Identification Numbers (VIDs). complain to an adult about Under the Policy, Palm may only something one of your siblings use the single Vendor ID issued to was doing, just to end up getting Palm for Palm's usage. Usage of yourself in more trouble than they any other company's Vendor ID is ended up in? specifically precluded. Palm's Well, you might say that's expressed intent to use Apple's exactly what is happening to Palm VID appears to violate the and the ongoing dispute with attached policy. Apple over the Pre's ability to Please clarify Palm's intent and sync with iTunes. The company respond to this potential violation has landed itself in some hot within seven days. water after drawing the attention Vendor ID (VID) contrary to the simply identifying the device as What's next for Palm? Will the o f t h e U S B I m p l e m e n t e r s USB-IF's policies... Therefore, an iPod that was made by Palm, to company finally decide to work Forum(USB-IF) by filing a under present USB-IF policies, actually using Apple's assigned something out with Apple? Will complaint against Apple for the USB-IF does not consider the U S B v e n d o r i d e n t i f i e r s t o Palm start embedding USB chips violating "the letter and spirit of alleged use, without more, to be completely masquerade as a true out of refurbished iPhones so that t h e U S B - I F M e m b e r s h i p 'improper.'" To summarize, the Apple iPod. it isn't technically misreporting Agreement," which is "intended to USB-IF does not believe that Perhaps even more startling, the device's identity? Only time facilitate interoperability between Apple is in violation of the h o w e v e r , i s t h a t P a l m i s will tell, and in the meantime, at USB devices." a g r e e m e n t , b a s e d o n t h e completely open about the whole least we can look back and say What that's referring to, of information provided in Palm's process, even going as far as "Palm, we told you so." course, are Apple's repeated complaint. What is interesting detailing the workaround in the TUAW USB-IF to Palm: "Oh attempts to block the Palm Pre with this chain of events is how complaint to the USB-IF, saying r e a l l y ? Y o u ' v e g o t s o m e from syncing with iTunes. The Palm continues to shoot itself in "Palm will shortly issue an update explaining to do." originally whole question of whether or not the foot trying to find a resolution. of its WebOS operating system appeared on The Unofficial Apple Apple is in the wrong by doing so Rather than work out a deal with that uses Apple's Vendor ID Weblog (TUAW) on Wed, 23 Sep is entirely debatable, but the USB- A p p l e o r w r i t e a c u s t o m number for the sole purpose of 2009 09:45:00 EST. Please see IF seems to be of the opinion that a p p l i c a t i o n t o l e g i t i m a t e l y restoring the Palm media sync our terms for use of feeds. Apple is following the letter of the communicate with iTunes, Palm functionality." Although openness Read| Permalink| Email this| law: has chosen the sly path of is usually a good thing, it seems Comments "In the view of the USB-IF, attempting to trick iTunes into that Palm may have encountered Palm's allegation (if true) does not working with the Pre, first by too much of a good thing: the establish that Apple is using its

Clearwire Supports Net Neutrality? Does No One Remember Its History?
By Michael Masnick (Techdirt)
Submitted at 9/23/2009 12:22:52 AM

How quickly people forget. With the FCC's announcement about support for net neutrality legislation the PR and lobbying machines of the major telco and cable providers have cranked up, putting out all sorts of fear mongering letters and reports about the damage such a law will do. There was one interesting exception. Some noticed that wireless broadband provider Clearwire appeared to support the FCC's position(though, I'd argue that the statement's wording is a bit vague). While the article at Moconews suggests this "isn't surprising," I'm wondering how everyone seems to have forgotten that Clearwire, in the past, was one of the most aggressive broadband providers to support a non neutral network. A few years back, it was blocking VoIP and streaming media and proudly promised to block any type of traffic or application it didn't like. It also tried to get VoIP providers to get "certified" before promising they could work on Clearwire's network. Of course, plenty can change in a few years, but it's quite noteworthy that Clearwire may have changed its tune on net neutrality entirely. Permalink| Comments| Email This Story

Street Chic: London
By ELLE.com (ELLE News Blog)
Submitted at 9/23/2009 4:00:00 AM

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Parties seek Google Books hearing delay; new deal brewing
By Tom Krazit (Webware.com)
Submitted at 9/22/2009 1:42:00 PM

First Look: Best Camera App for iPhone
By Steven Sande (The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW))
Submitted at 9/22/2009 7:00:00 PM

scan those books, raising anticompetitive fears and provoking strong opposition from Updated 2:18 p.m. PDT with authors, academics, privacy comment from Google. advocates, and some libraries. The parties involved in the Judge Chin had been scheduled Google Book Search settlement to decide whether or not the have asked a federal court to settlement should go forward in a postpone an October hearing to hearing at the U.S. District Court approve the proposed settlement for the Southern District of New while they work out a new deal. g r o u p o f c o m p a n i e s a n d York. The parties asked for a When the Department of Justice organizations opposed to the November 9 status conference to made it clear last Friday that it settlement, declared victory. discuss the modifications they could not support the settlement "This is a huge victory for the plan to make to the settlement. as written--which would give many people and organizations It's not clear whether Judge Google unique rights to scan out- who raised significant concerns Chin will automatically approve of-print books still protected by that this settlement did not serve the request. He could still hold the copyright law--it said the parties t h e p u b l i c i n t e r e s t , s t i f l e d hearing as scheduled and make were in talks to amend the i n n o v a t i o n , a n d r e s t r i c t e d his own decision about whether or settlement. In a joint brief ( click competition. It's also an enormous not to approve the settlement, for PDF), lawyers the Authors loss for Google, which had been although that seems highly G u i l d , t h e A s s o c i a t i o n o f saying for months that no changes u n l i k e l y g i v e n t h e r e c e n t American Publishers, and others were necessary to the settlement. developments, especially the asked Judge Denny Chin to delay Now, that settlement, as we know involvement of the DOJ. a hearing on whether to approve it, is dead," the alliance said in a It's likewise not clear what types the settlement while the parties blog post Friday. of modifications to the deal are work out the new terms of the In a statement, Google has this being discussed. The DOJ's main settlement with the DOJ. to say: "The plaintiffs moved for objection to the deal was that "the "Because the parties, after an adjournment of the final Proposed Settlement seeks to consultation with the DOJ, have Fairness Hearing, currently implement a forward-looking determined that the Settlement scheduled for October 7. We are business arrangement rather than Agreement that was approved considering the points raised by a settlement of past conduct," preliminarily in November 2008 the Department of Justice and which is not what class-action will be amended, plaintiffs others, and we look forward to suits are designed to do, it said in respectfully submit that the addressing them as the court a filing with the court last Friday. Fairness Hearing should not be proceedings continue." It is also concerned about held, as scheduled, on October 7," The parties had originally potential violations of antitrust the plaintiffs in the case said in a settled in October 2008, ending a law, concerns that Google has briefing. They said Google had dispute over Google's legal right grown accustomed to hearing with given them permission to indicate to scan copyright protected out-of mounting government scrutiny that the company was not opposed -print books. But the settlement this year. to the motion. Originally posted at Relevant gave Google the sole legal right to The Open Book Alliance, a Results

Filed under: iPhone, App Store, App Review The first thing I normally do when someone names their application "The Best..." is roll my eyes and delete the PR email. However, when I saw a press release about the Best Camera app for iPhone, I decided to take a look and I'm glad I did. Best Camera[ iTunes link] is a collaboration between professional photographer Chase Jarvis and iPhone dev firm Übermind. The app gets its name from Jarvis's book "The Best Camera is The One That's With You," a collection of photos taken all over the world by Jarvis with his iPhone. The US$2.99 app features 14 useful filters and effects that can be stacked; in other words, you can take a photo with the iPhone camera, then apply several filters and/or effects before sharing your handiwork. The filters and effects are on a side-scrolling "dock" at the bottom of the screen, and you apply them by simply tapping on the icons. Sharing includes saving the photo on your iPhone camera roll, sending it out via email, or blasting it to your Facebook or Twitter account. There's also one more place to share your photo. While filters and effects are nothing new, Jarvis has created a community at thebestcamera.com where photos that have been submitted are displayed on a constantly

changing photo wall. These photos are also viewable in the app itself, and by tapping a photo in either location, you can view information about the photographer. On the website, the information also includes a list of the filers or effects that were used on the original photo so you can re-create photos that you find fascinating. Check out the gallery below for some screenshots of the Best Camera app in action. Gallery: Best Camera App TUAW First Look: Best Camera App for iPhone originally appeared on The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) on Tue, 22 Sep 2009 19:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Read| Permalink| Email this| Comments

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Bored? Goby helps you find things to MeetMe makes meeting do up easier
By Josh Lowensohn (Webware.com)
But it's not going to be like that forever. Goby's CEO Mark Watkins tells me that there will Submitted at 9/22/2009 9:01:00 PM eventually be review links from New search engine Goby is places like Yelp, as well as launching Tuesday night, and mentions on places like Facebook "beers" into its food and drink and Twitter--something that unlike Microsoft's Bing, or category, along with providing should give results some social Hunch, Goby really is a "decision engine"--enabling users to very other category suggestions like flavor. For now at least, you're quickly find something to do "beer tastings", "breweries" and going to have to hoof it over to nearby or in a far away place. "bars and pubs." Yelp, CitySearch, or some other You tell Goby what you want to local reviews place to get ratings Its task-centric search tool is do and where you want to do it, and reviews for restaurants and comprised of three boxes--a "what," "where," and "when." and it searches the Web to find other local businesses. You just tell it what you want to e v e n t s a n d h a p p e n i n g Other things on the way include do and where you want to do it, as p l a c e s . ( C r e d i t : C N E T ) a personal search history, which Along with helping users fill out will let users save their queries for well as some general date (or no date at all), and it goes through its the beginnings of a search query, future searches that will show index to find you places or it also does a decent job at letting updated results based on date and activities that match up with those them whittle down the results. For index changes. The company is simple parameters. Oftentimes instance, if you want to limit the also working on an iPhone app this results in it finding events that results to a specific area, you can that will be able to automatically fall during the time period you just grab a pin from the map that fill out the "where" field based on originally selected, which is a sits on the right of the results the user's location, however this pretty neat trick for a search page, and it filters points of and the personal search history engine and potentially a huge time interest down to that vicinity. You will not be immediately available saver if you're using it for can also restart a search query on launch. vacation or business travel search. within one or more genres just by See also Diddit, a service that The tool does many things to clicking on their check boxes. launched back in February, that One thing it's missing though helps people make lists of things help you fill out its three search boxes quickly, and get straight to (and it's a biggie) is a way to tell to do, as well as discover local the results. For one, it offers up you how good any of these places lists made by others. There's also suggestions as you type. You can are. If you're used to hitting Yelp Yahoo-owned Upcoming, which also cruise through a nested to hunt for a new place to eat, or provides local events and venues folders of activities in its index for something fun to do on the listings. suggestions. In my case, it did a weekend, Goby doesn't offer any Originally posted at Web spot-on job at turning "tomorrow" kind of social-rating system or Crawler into in real date. It also rolled tools of its own.

By Sang Tang (The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW))
Submitted at 9/22/2009 8:00:00 PM

Filed under: App Store, App Review Pam recently moved to New York City to attend art school in pursuit of her life long dream of becoming an artist. Unfortunately, this puts 120 or so miles between Pam and her boyfriend, Jim, who happens to live in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Despite the distance between them, they manage to visit each other frequently -- often times at rest stops centrally located between the two cities. Obviously, finding new and different places for the two to meet may prove trying, as it would be for many in a similar situation. But, fortunately for iPhone owners in similar shoes, there's MeetMe[ iTunes link]. MeetMe provides meeting points of interest between two points. For MeetMe, these two points are Points A and B. In either one, you can choose to use your current location, use an address from your iPhone's contacts, or enter an address manually. After settling on the locations of both Points A and B, tapping the "places to meet" button provides a list of places to meet by category and subcategory, for which vendor ratings and reviews are provided via Yelp. MeetMe also provides the distance from a

vendor to both Points A and B, so you'll know who's really driving more. While the shortest distance between two points is a straight line, your choice of what to do once you get there ought not be as straight and narrow. Fortunately, MeetMe may present you some more options. MeetMe is available at in the App Store for $1.99. TUAW MeetMe makes meeting up easier originally appeared on The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) on Tue, 22 Sep 2009 20:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Read| Permalink| Email this| Comments

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Swift.fm: Easy Music Sharing on Twitter
By Christina Warren (Mashable!)
more users sign up for the service. Still, even it its early form, I like the direction that Swift.fm is Submitted at 9/23/2009 9:49:08 AM going in and I like its approach to This post is part of Mashable’s discovering and sharing tracks Spark of Genius series, which using Twitter. highlights a unique feature of Do you share music over startups. If you would like to have Twitter? If so, what service(s) do your startup considered for you use? Spark of Genius Series inclusion, please see the details Sponsored by Microsoft BizSpark here. The series is made possible BizSpark is a startup program With Swift.fm, you can not only by Microsoft BizSpark. search Swift for tracks to play and that gives you three-year access to Name: Swift.fm share with friends, you can upload the latest Microsoft development Quick Pitch: Swift.fm is a new, your own MP3s (up to 10MB in tools, as well as connecting you to free service that leverages Twitter size) to share. That’s really nice, a nationwide network of investors to let users discover music from and it adds a Tumblr-esque and incubators. There are no f o l k s t h e y ’ r e f o l l o w i n g o n simplicity to sharing those upfront costs, so if your business Twitter. obscure tracks that might not exist is privately owned, less than three Genius Idea: Think of Swift.fm in iMEEM. years old, and generates less than as a friend-powered Pandora. What I like about Swift.fm is U.S.$1 million in annual revenue, Users can share music tracks with how smoothly it integrates into you can sign up today. friends by either tweeting in a Twitter. You sign in using OAuth, Entrepreneurs can take special format or uploading a no other account stuff needed, you advantage of the Azure Services t r a c k d i r e c t l y t h r o u g h t h e can tweet from the site or use a platform for their website hosting Swift.fm site. Swift.fm also takes special syntax to tweet from your and storage needs. Microsoft all the songs your friends “swift” favorite Twitter client. You can recently announced the“new and turns it into a custom radio also monitor Swift.fm mentions CloudApp()” contest– use the station. and tag songs as favorites so you Azure Services Platform for Services like Blip.fm are great can play them back again, as well hosting your .NET or PHP app, on their own, and integrate well as retweet songs you like that you and you could be the lucky winner into Twitter, but you are often see in your Swiftlist (basically a of a USD 5000* ( please see l i m i t e d b y w h a t s o n g s a r e listing of what people you follow website for official rules and available on Blip’s servers. This is are also listening to) or that you guidelines).” Reviews: BLIP, actually a problem for most of the find via search. Blip.fm, PHP, Pandora, Tumblr, services that offer music sharing The service is still in beta and Twitter via Twitter— you are limited to the real Pandora-esque attributes Tags: blip, music sharing, what online streaming libraries won’t really be apparent until swift.fm, twitter those tools access.

Ask TUAW: Target disk mode, energy saver prefs, iTunes sharing and more
By Chris Ullrich (The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW))
Submitted at 9/23/2009 11:00:00 AM

Filed under: Software, iTunes, iWork, Ask TUAW Welcome back to Ask TUAW, our weekly Mac troubleshooting Q&A column. This week we've got questions about target disk mode, energy saver prefs, Safari file issues, iTunes album artwork, iTunes sharing and more. As always, your suggestions and questions are welcome. Questions for next week should be left in the comments. When asking a question please include which machine you're running and which version of Mac OS X(we'll assume you're running Leopard on an Intel Mac if you don't specify). And now, on to the questions. computergeeksjw asks: I have an old iMac Blue G3. The fliesystem failed, but I can't reformat because there is a disc in

the slot-loading drive. I tried the tricks I know like Open Firmware (gives me a weird error) and holding in the mouse button (I hear the drive spin up but nothing else happens). I have a newer G4 Quicksilver. Will it be able to boot up into Target Disk Mode even though the filesystem is damaged? (Then I can try to repair with Disk Utility or reinstall from there) or will it fail like a normal boot does? Continue reading Ask TUAW: Target disk mode, energy saver prefs, iTunes sharing and more TUAW Ask TUAW: Target disk mode, energy saver prefs, iTunes sharing and more originally appeared on The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) on Wed, 23 Sep 2009 11:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Read| Permalink| Email this| Comments

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do this so many times that Weinstein also started calling others from the audience up to the stand, including Disney Executive Vice President Preston Padden and Disney Vice President Troy D. Dow. Perhaps I'm being overly cynical but I doubt that the Commission would have allowed any of the other panelists to engage in this kind of behavior. FCC's mandate that it has any say And, again, uh.... what does in copyright policy? copyright have to do with Permalink| Comments| Email broadband policy in the first This Story place? And where is it in the

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Latest Thunderbird rolls search changes
By Seth Rosenblatt (Webware.com)
change your folder view until you're looking at the one you prefer. Thunderbird will Submitted at 9/22/2009 4:01:00 PM remember your last setting, so Mozilla released a major update when you restart it won't jump Tuesday to the beta build of its back to the smart folder setting. If d e s k t o p e - m a i l c l i e n t you have multiple e-mail Thunderbird, debuting a new accounts, though, this should search feature, "smart" folders, an make managing your e-mail activity manager for monitoring stream much easier. communication with your mail Apparently, there was a lot of s e r v e r , a n d b e t t e r G m a i l code that was overhauled in this integration among the list of fourth beta and that might explain improvements. Thunderbird 3 why my default button bar and beta 4 is available for Windows, toolbar settings reverted to Mac, and Linux. normal. It might also have been Search results in the new beta because of the introduction of the open in their open tab, and are new search bar, which defaults to filterable.(Credit: Screenshot by a significant chunk of window Seth Rosenblatt/CNET) space. The global search bar T h e s m a r t f o l d e r v i e w features auto-complete as well as condenses your various in-boxes more robust filtering tools for into one gestalt in-box, but it's narrowing down a broad search easy to switch back to the quickly. traditional view if you don't like Thunderbird 3 beta 4 introduces it. In the folders pane, use the left tighter folder integration for and right arrows at the top right to Gmail users.(Credit: Screenshot Windows users should also find that Thunderbird results will now appear when search in Windows Vista and Windows 7, while Mac users will find Growl notification support for new e-mails, integration with the Mac OS X address book, and support for Mail.app. Beta 4 doesn't support legacy versions of Windows prior to Windows 2000 or Mac OS X 10.3 and older. Thunderbird 3 beta 4 supports the nightly builds of the calendaring plug-in Lightning, but many other add-ons are likely to break until their publishers release compatibility updates. The full list appeared spotty at times. Searches of Thunder 3 beta 4 changes can d o p r o d u c e a n i f t y c h a r t , be read here. Originally posted at The accessible by clicking on the blue Download Blog bar graph at the top of the search results, that's good for numbers junkies who want to see how often that particular search term shows up.

by Seth Rosenblatt/CNET) I found the new search to work well, opening the results in a new tab, although occasionally narrowing down results did not produce the desired result of fewer e-mails in the results window. Searching by tags also

Accordance: powerful Bible study software, only for the Mac
By TJ Luoma (The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW))
Submitted at 9/23/2009 12:00:00 PM

Filed under: Software, Reviews "I switched to the Mac to use this!" might be the highest praise a Mac developer could ever hope to hear. Switching platforms means not just buying a new computer, but also buying a bunch of new software. There are probably only a handful of applications that merit changing platforms all on their own, but Accordance Bible Software is one of them. Accordance isn't just widely respected within the Mac

world, it's widely respected within the entire scriptural research software universe. Bible Software Review wrote:"Anyone who knows a little bit about Bible software has heard of Accordance." The current version is compatible with Snow Leopard, and yet still runs on System 7.5! This is the first time I've seen a Mac application vendor talk about running Mac software in emulation rather than the other way around. Accordance is proudly Mac-only, suggesting to users that once they have switched to Mac they shouldn't

put up with "Windows software" on their Macs, and offering crossgrades for those who have made the switch.

Being first is nice, but once other companies have come into the market, it doesn't take long to forget who was first and start to compare based on which features each product provides. Fortunately, Accordance has a lot to offer. There are a wide variety of packages available, ranging from $49 to several thousand dollars, depending on the library options. Like other Bible software programs, you are buying two parts: first, the app itself; second, items for your library, such as commentaries, different translations of the Bible, maps, and so forth. Most users should

expect to make an initial investment of at least $100, perhaps $200-$300, but those purchases will almost certainly reflect savings over buying the printed versions. Continue reading Accordance: powerful Bible study software, only for the Mac TUAW Accordance: powerful Bible study software, only for the Mac originally appeared on The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) on Wed, 23 Sep 2009 12:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Read| Permalink| Email this| Comments

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Spread The Word on Twitter, Get a Free MP3 From Jack Johnson’s New Album
By Stan Schroeder (Mashable!)
Submitted at 9/23/2009 1:47:32 AM

Google Toolbar adds comments with Sidewiki
By Tom Krazit (Webware.com)
Submitted at 9/23/2009 7:25:00 AM

This idea has been tried before by others, but Google is proposing to use an algorithm to rank Sidewiki--shown on the left- comments by quality and to link hand side of this page--lets comments to a user's Google G o o g l e T o o l b a r u s e r s a d d Profile. comments to any Web Google has developed an page.(Credit: Google) algorithm that it says can filter out Google plans to try its hand at obvious spam, naughty words, t h e b a n e o f m a n y a W e b and the classic all-caps technique publisher's existence: comment e m p l o y e d b y s o m e o f t h e moderation. Internet's more unhinged pundits, Sidewiki is a new addition to said Caesar Sengupta, group the Google Toolbar that will let product manager at Google. As users read comments on any Web comments build over time, a site and add their own in a special recursive algorithm can analyze interface on the left hand side of the quality of past comments the screen enabled by the toolbar. u s i n g r e a d e r v o t e s o n t h e

comment's usefulness. You can share your comments with your Facebook or Twitter accounts, and can post a link to a blog item discussing that Web page with a snippet of the text, Sengupta said. Only Google Toolbar users will be able to see the comments on the Web page, obviously, but Google plans to work on an API (application programming interface) that will allow developers to use Sidewiki in other places. This kind of service will likely sink or swim on the strength of its ranking algorithms, but could give readers a way to discuss, correct,

or clarify static Web pages that don't allow reviews or comments directly on the page. Google Toolbar is available for Internet Explorer and Firefox, and you'll need to download the toolbar to get started with Sidewiki. Current Google Toolbar users will see the Sidewiki button shortly as Google works out a few kinks in the delivery process, but they can re-download the toolbar if they want to get started. Originally posted at Relevant Results

Jack Johnson, the author of many mellow melodies that’ll make you want to stay in bed all day, has figured out a really cool way to promote his new live album on Twitter. It’s really simple: just head on to twitter.jackjohnsonmusic.com. There’s a premade Twitter message there (you can add 24 more characters if you like) that promotes the new album, titled En Concert, and all you need to do is login into your Twitter account and send it. The download of the promised tune (it’s a 192 kbps MP3) will start automatically. This is probably one of the simplest and best examples of how a musician can promote his work via Twitter, because everyone wins: you get a free song off the new album, and Jack Johnson will probably get a free Twitter trend and lots of good vibes. Reviews: Twitter Tags: Jack Johnson, promotion, twitter

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Sidewiki: Google’s Newest Attempt to Make the Browser Social
By Ben Parr (Mashable!)
Submitted at 9/23/2009 8:44:37 AM

Google’s taking a stab at making web browsing social. And in classic Google fashion, it’s turning to algorithms to do it. The company has announced and launched a new project, Google Sidewiki, a Firefox and Internet Explorer add-on (Chrome support is in the works) that adds a sidebar for commenting on websites across the web. Users with the plug-in installed can add their own opinions to the discussion of specific web pages. While there are a range of products that already do this sort of thing, Google differentiates with its algorithm.

Google’s explanation of the technology is actually quite succinct, so here is their explanation on the Google Blog: “In developing Sidewiki, we wanted to make sure that you’ll see the most relevant entries first.

We worked hard from the beginning to figure out which ones should appear on top and how to best order them. So instead of displaying the most recent entries first, we rank Sidewiki entries using an

algorithm that promotes the most useful, high-quality entries. It takes into account feedback from you and other users, previous entries made by the same author and many other signals we developed.” Let’s be clear: this is not a new idea. There are a ton of players in this space ( AddATweet and Kutano come to mind), but with Google’s reach, the results could be different. Here’s a video further explaining the project: What do you think? Is this a tool you’ll use or a waste of Google’s resources? Let us know in the comments. Reviews: Chrome, Firefox, Google, Internet Explorer Tags: Google, Sidewiki

Having ISPs Fight Piracy Could Cost More Than Claimed 'Losses' From Piracy
By Michael Masnick (Techdirt)
Submitted at 9/23/2009 6:10:00 AM

Point of Wealth: The reverse ATM
By Rafe Needleman (Webware.com)
Submitted at 9/22/2009 3:14:00 PM

Point of Wealth co-founder David Prehn (left) pitches to USA Today writer Ed Baig. The POW system lets employees who are paid in cash deposit their money, pay bills, and top off pre-paid credit cards.(Credit: Rafe Needleman/CNET) At DemoFall 2009, one of the few hardware companies launching is Point of Wealth, which makes a bank machine. It's like an ATM, but in reverse: You can only put cash in, not get it out. The kiosk is designed to be placed in businesses where

employees are paid mostly in cash. The idea is that the employees, when they're paid, can then deposit their cash in the machine and distribute it as they wish -- to pay bills, put money into IRAs, or top off debit cards

for use later. Of course they can keep whatever cash they want in their pocket, too. CEO and bar owner Doug Lindstrom told me that the kiosk can also be used by business owners to pay their employees, by

transferring funds from their bank account to their employees' prepaid debit card accounts. Full-service ATMs do many of the same things, but they generally don't serve the "unbanked," like this business does. Point of Wealth is a very solid concept with a strong business model: The machines are free to the establishments that install them, and Point of Wealth takes small fees for each transaction. Originally posted at Rafe's Radar

While I'm sure defenders of kicking people off the internet will quibble with the numbers, ISPs are pointing out that the cost of implementing Lord Mandelson's plan to have ISPs police the internet for file sharing, will cost the industry significantly more than the music industry claims it's losing to "piracy." Even if you accept that the ISPs may be exaggerating the cost, we already know for a fact that BPI massively exaggerates its loss numbers. So if you cut back the ISP estimates significantly, the overall cost is still likely to be much higher. Meanwhile, we're still waiting for anyone to explain how kicking people off the internet gets more people to buy stuff. It's difficult to see how anyone could support this plan if they've actually put more than two seconds into thinking about it. Permalink| Comments| Email This Story

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An Onslaught of Windows Mobile 6.5 Phones Coming Before Year’s End
By Stan Schroeder (Mashable!)
Submitted at 9/23/2009 5:59:48 AM

In May of this year, we wrote that Google expects around 18 Android-based handsets to be released before the end of 2009, and it seemed like quite a lot. Now, Microsoft is stepping up to the challenge. According to Benjamin Tan, senior director of the GCR Mobile Team Unit at Microsoft China, over 30 smartphones running on Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.5 will be launched this year, by as many as 15 different vendors. Given the fact that Windows Mobile 6.5 is not even available yet(the first devices based on the OS will appear on the 6th of October), this sounds like a bold prediction, but Microsoft has obviously managed to get great support from manufacturers for their new mobile platform.

VIDEO: Drug Raid Turns Into a Loooong Wii Session
Manufacturers that will be offering a Windows Mobile 6.5 phone this year are HTC, Acer, Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics, Sony Ericsson, Toshiba, Hewlett-Packard. On the telecom end of the spectrum, we can expect WinMo 6.5 phones from AT&T, Sprint Nextel, Verizon Wireless, Orange, TMobile, Vodafone, NTT DoCoMO, Softbank Mobile, SKT, Telstra and Telus. By Sang Tang (The Unofficial Tags: Mobile 2.0, smartphones, Apple Weblog (TUAW)) Windows Mobile 6.5 Submitted at 9/23/2009 8:45:00 AM

By Stan Schroeder (Mashable!)
Submitted at 9/23/2009 6:37:06 AM

Unreleased Michael Jackson Song to be Revealed
(ETonline - Breaking News)
Submitted at 9/23/2009 6:58:00 AM

The first new Michael Jackson song since his tragic death is set to be unveiled -- and ET has the single's release date. On October 12, Jackson's brand new song "This Is It" will be revealed followed by a two-disc album to come at a later date. The album, also titled This Is It, will be released internationally on Oct.

When they say the Wii is addictive, they don’t necessarily mean “so addictive that policemen will forget they’re on a drug raid and start playing Wii”, but now we have video proof that this is exactly the case. The amazing fact about this video, taken by a home security system, is the length of the Wii addition, Courier is said to include s e s s i o n t h a t e n s u e s . T h e a camera on its back cover. policemen are completely taken According to Giz, J. Allard, by a game of Bowling, and they Microsoft's "Chief Experience keep on playing for about nine Filed under: Rumors Officer," is heading the Courier hours. And I consider myself a According to the Wall Street project, which is said to be in late gamer, with my puny 5-hour Journal, Apple CEO Steve Jobs prototype stage. sessions. See the video, bound to has been focusing almost all of his Readers, tell us what you think. become an instant YouTube hit, attention on the company's Apple allegiances aside, what do after the break. From what we can see in the 26 and in North America on Oct. purported tablet-like device, you think of Courier? TUAW Courier new? Gizmodo video, the policemen actually get 27. The two-disc set features which is said to be under his m u s i c i n s p i r e d f r o m t h e Jobsness's fine eye to detail. And posts alleged pics and video of pretty good at the game. That’s documentary of the same name. i f G i z m o d o ' s d e t a i l s o f MS Tablet originally appeared on what 9 hours of practice does to The first disc will include Microsoft's Courier are the real The Unofficial Apple Weblog y o u r W i i B o w l i n g s k i l l s . original masters of some of deal, then it looks like Steve Jobs (TUAW) on Wed, 23 Sep 2009 R e v i e w s : Y o u T u b e Tags: police, video, Wii Jackson's biggest songs arranged and Apple won't be alone at the 08:45:00 EST. Please see our as they would be in the film, touchscreen tablet ball. Courier terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Email this| while the second disc will be will purportedly sport dual 7 inchcomprised of unreleased versions "ish" multitouch screens, with C o m m e n t s of some of the King of Pop's support for "writing, flicking and drawing with a stylus." In classic songs.

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Machine Vision on the Horizon: Vitamin D Launches Object Recognition for Video
By Jolie O'Dell (ReadWriteWeb)
zero configuration and a simple rules wizard that sets up notifications for specific events. Submitted at 9/23/2009 7:00:00 AM Ultimately, Vitamin D Video A 2-year-old Silicon Valley could eliminate the need for startup is working on technology humans to stuff text-based data to solve the problems of machine around their videos. "Vitamin D v i s i o n . T h e i r n e w p r o d u c t , envisions a near future in which launching today at DEMO, will all the world's video can be lay the foundation for true video searched, monitored, understood, search, wherein software will and reacted to in more automated learn, recognize, and understand ways," company rep Allen Bush patterns and take subsequent wrote to us in an email. "If actions rather than relying on computers could understand video m a c h i n e - r e a d a b l e t a g s a n d content without having to be told metadata. by humans, many disruptive In its current form, Vitamin D applications would surface." Video is targeted for video This application will be analytics and monitoring, but the available to any user with a underlying technology, called simple webcam or IP camera and Hierarchical Temporal Memory, will be free throughout the beta or HTM, is modeled on the testing period. Vitamin D sees the human neocortex and is the stuff app as particularly useful for of AI-yet-to-come. video surveillance and security as Sponsor well as mobile capture and Vitamin D, founded by some of lookup, contextual advertising, the key UX, engineering, and entertainment, and general visual marketing folks behind the search. Interested parties can original Palm and Treo products, check out their demo. tells us that their video application The company is based in Menlo can distinguish between people Park and has received small and other objects in live or amounts of angel funding from archived video in ways that no investors that include HTC CEO other system can, not even the Peter Chou. highest enterprise-grade analytics In 2005, Jeff Hawkins, Palm and monitoring technologies. Computing founder and brain It condenses enormous amounts researcher, founded a company of video into distinct and valuable called Numenta. Numenta's HTM events very quickly. It also has technology is focused on a new demo packages, developed in conjunction with Vitamin D. The demos show small video clips being processed in real time for machine recognition of humans in video, even in low light, in crowded environments, and in environments with multiple moving objects. It is important to note that HTM systems are trained rather than programmed in the traditional sense. According to the Numenta website, "Sensory data is applied to the bottom of the hierarchy of an HTM system, and the HTM automatically discovers the underlying patterns in the sensory input. HTMs learn what objects or movements are in the world and how to recognize them, just as a child learns to identify new objects." Vitamin D CEO Celeste Baranski said, "We've witnessed the incredible growth and importance of searching textbased content. But we're still in the dark ages when it comes to finding things in video... There is a clear need for a better way to detect, recognize, and filter objects. Vitamin D Video is the first of many smart applications that will unlock the value inside video across a broad range of consumer and business applications." Discuss

Quickly Scan Your Gmail Spam for Missed Messages [Spam]
By Kevin Purdy (Lifehacker)
Submitted at 9/23/2009 7:00:00 AM

generation of artificial intelligence, or more specifically, enabling computers to recognize, learn, and understand patterns in massive amounts of data. Their HTM platform, the foundation for Vitamin D's app, is also applicable to a broad class of other problems, from machine vision to fraud detection to semantic analysis of text. HTM is based on a theory of neocortex first described in Hawkins' book On Intelligence and was subsequently turned into a mathematical form by Numenta co-founder Dileep George. Other HTM-based applications solve such problems as recognizing objects in images, recognizing behaviors in videos, identifying the gender of a speaker, predicting traffic patterns, doing optical character recognition on messy text, evaluating medical images, and predicting click through patterns on the web. Check out some sample applications and their

Gmail's spam filter is good, but not perfect. If you've got a sneaking suspicion there might be a false positive, shoulda-seen-it email trapped in your Spam bin, the Digital Inspiration blog suggests a quick search to find it. Using a combination of Gmail's search operators and "OR" combinations, Amit Agarwal suggests a quick search that runs through your Gmail spam to find any messages directly address to you that don't start with "DEAR SIR/MADAM." Head up to the search bar (or tap the / shortcut) and enter a personalized version of this string: in:spam to:me "Hello Kevin" OR "Hi Kevin" OR "Dear Kevin" OR "Hey Kevin" I added the "Hey" greeting to Amit's suggestion, because I find a lot of email senders using that informal intro more and more these days. Hit the link for Amit's explanation of how this string works, and how you can expand it to catch more missed messages, and leave your own spamreclaiming search suggestions in the comments. Scan the Junk Folder in Gmail for any Important Emails[Digital Inspiration]

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Report: The Future of RFID Smart Cards Looks Bright
By Richard MacManus (ReadWriteWeb)
Submitted at 9/23/2009 5:00:00 AM

Stewart Brand: Save the Slums
By Douglas McGray (Wired Top Stories)
Submitted at 9/22/2009 5:00:00 PM

This post is sponsored by IBM's A Smarter Planet blog, where it has also been cross-posted. In recent posts we've looked at three of the world's leading RFIDpowered Smart Cards: Japan's cutting edge Suica Card, London's Oyster Card and Hong Kong's long-running Octopus Card. The most conservative of those three, the Oyster card, can only be used on London's public transport system. However that alone is a huge mainstream market for RFID chips. What's more interesting though is how Smart Cards are being used in Japan and Hong Kong. Sponsor In both countries the cards (and other devices, such as phones and watches) may be used to purchase goods from selected shops. It's more pervasive in Hong Kong, where the Octopus can be used at more than 1,000 merchants. Furthermore, in Hong Kong the card can be used as an access device for places like apartment

buildings and schools. Hong Kong is leading the way in the use of smart cards, but how is the overall RFID smart card market tracking? A report released last month by VDC Research Group looked at the global demand for RFID Smartcards. Despite the economy and difficulties in implementing RFID products, VDC believes that "the future remains bright for the RFID Smartcards market." According to VDC Research Group, RFID smartcards revenues were nearly US$700M in 2008 and are predicted to grow at more than 26% per annum through 2013. Image: VDC Research Group Most interestingly, VDC stated that "several emerging applications are quickly approaching their tipping points." VDC mentions contactless payment and ticketing as examples. Both are already

features of the Octopus Card in Hong Kong. At ReadWriteWeb we'd argue that RFID smart cards for ticketing on public transport has already tipped. Just look at the number of cities across the world that use smart cards for that purpose. What hasn't yet tipped, in our estimation, is using smart cards for a wider range of purposes shopping, access to buildings, ecommerce, a range of identity purposes. Hong Kong has, over the past decade, developed into a great test case for many of those things. What's more, the citizens of Hong Kong appear to have few privacy and security concerns. However we suspect those issues would be much more high profile in, say, the United States. We've only seen the beginning of RFID smart card use cases, although Asia is clearly ahead of the curve. What we're most looking forward to is web applications built off an RFID smart card platform. Japan's Suica Card has begun to do that, with its Suica-enabled posters. But there's much more to come. Discuss

Mackenzie Phillips Says She Had Sexual Relationship with Father
(ETonline - Breaking News)
Submitted at 9/23/2009 8:16:00 AM

Former "One Day at a Time" child star Mackenzie Phillips opened up to Oprah Winfrey about her alleged incestuous relationship with her father, The

Mamas and the Papas lead singer John Phillips. Phillips said her father started a sexual relationship with her when she was about 18 years old and claims the relationship continued for 10 years. "It didn't happen every day,

didn't happen every week, but it did happen many times," the actress told Oprah on Wednesday's "Oprah Winfrey Show" of the incest. "It became a consensual relationship over time."

Some people see a squatter city in Nigeria or India and the desperation overwhelms them: rickety shelters, little kids working or begging, filthy water and air. Stewart Brand sees the same places and he's encouraged. The pioneering environmentalist, technology thinker, and founder of the Whole Earth Catalog has written a new manifesto, Whole Earth Discipline, in which he defends genetic engineering, nuclear power, and other longtime nemeses of the green left as good for the planet. Brand also makes a counterintuitive case that the booming slums and squatter cities in and around Mumbai, Nairobi, and Rio de Janeiro are net positives for poor people and the environment. Wired asked him to elaborate. Wired: What makes squatter cities so important? Stewart Brand: That's where vast numbers of humans—slum dwellers—are doing urban stuff in new and amazing ways. And hell's bells, there are a billion of them! People are trying desperately to get out of poverty, so there's a lot of creativity; they collaborate in ways that we've completely forgotten how to do in regular cities. And there's a transition: People come in from the countryside, enter the rickshaw economy, and work for

almost nothing. But after a while, they move uptown, into the formal economy. The United Nations did extensive field research and flipped from seeing squatter cities as the world's great problem to realizing these slums are actually the world's great solution to poverty. Wired: Why are they good for the environment? Brand: Cities draw people away from subsistence farming, which is ecologically devastating, and they defuse the population bomb. In the villages, women spend their time doing agricultural stuff, for no pay, or having lots and lots of kids. When women move to town, it's better to have fewer kids, bear down, and get them some education, some economic opportunity. Women become important, powerful creatures in the slums. They're often the ones running the community-based organizations, and they're considered the most reliable recipients of microfinance loans. Wired: How can governments help nurture these positives? Brand: The suffering is great, and crime is rampant. We made the mistake of romanticizing villages, and we don't need to make that mistake again. But the main thing is not to bulldoze the slums. Treat the people as pioneers. Get them some grid electricity, water, sanitation, crime prevention. All that makes a huge difference.

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Waze: Free Turn-by-Turn Directions Nils Christie: Empty the for Mobile Users Prisons
By Sarah Perez (ReadWriteWeb)
slowing things down. Users can upload photos, too, so other Waze drivers can actually see what's Submitted at 9/23/2009 10:40:00 AM causing the problem. This feature Waze is a free mobile navigation is a little disconcerting, though, What's most interesting about since it does require the driver to application which uses Waze is how it uses the power of interact with the phone while crowdsourcing to build its maps. Simply by having the application the crowd to build its map behind the wheel. However, Waze open and running, drivers using database. Just by driving along encourages the use of these GPS-enabled smartphones can with the application open, users features only when stopped, or contribute map data to Waze are contributing data to Waze. even better, by having a passenger where it then becomes part of the Although this does make the enter this info instead. (At least base map. Through passive service somewhat dependent on they disabled typing while the car tracking features which monitor building critical mass in order to is in motion. Whew!) speed, direction, and starts and be successful, the company is Also new to Waze is turn-bystops, Waze can also identify confident they can do so. That's turn directions, now available for traffic patterns to warn you of because Waze originally launched free within the application. That jams ahead. Drivers who want to in Israel and in less than a year's feature alone should encourage t a k e a m o r e a c t i v e r o l l i n time, they already have 91% of more users to give it a shot, contributing content on hazards the country mapped. Here in the especially those who haven't and accidents can do so from the U.S., that process will obviously purchased their own standalone app...although hopefully, not take longer, but Waze believes GPS-based navigation device yet. they'll have at least one while driving. Early adopters can download metropolitan area completed in the free mobile application from Sponsor At this week's DEMOfall 09 the next three months - the San the company's homepage here. conference, Waze announced that Francisco Bay area, of course. Just remember: this service only Since the application is arrived in the U.S. this May so at their mobile application is now available on the Windows Mobile designed to provide traffic alerts, this point, it may be more about a n d S y m b i a n p l a t f o r m s i n one of its features allows users to helping build the map data than it addition to iPhone and Android. contribute additional information is about using what's already Blackberry, however, is still in the like whether that's a speed trap there. Discuss ahead or just a fender bender works. ones are so incorrigible that they need to stay behind bars. Christie's approach may sound Submitted at 9/22/2009 5:00:00 PM implausible in the US, where From the death penalty to "three crime is far more prevalent than in strikes" laws, Americans love his home of Norway. But our tough responses to crime—but not n a t i o n a l p r e d i l e c t i o n f o r necessarily smart ones. Nils punishment has gotten out of Christie has a better idea: Stop hand. The Land of the Free t r e a t i n g l a w b r e a k e r s l i k e incarcerates more citizens per criminals. capita than any other country on "I don't like the term crime—it's Earth, almost half of them for such a big, fat, imprecise word," nonviolent offenses. And it's not says the renowned University of because of a rise in crime Oslo criminologist. "There are rates—in fact, those have been only unwanted acts. How we falling for nearly a decade. perceive them depends on our Rather, tough sentencing and antirelationship with those who carry drug laws have put a growing them out." If a teenager swipes a number of marginal offenders wallet, we call it a crime. If he behind bars. Maybe that's why snakes a twenty from his dad, it's some US officials are starting to a family issue. Locking up the think like Christie. California and pickpocket only sets him up to a few other states now mandate learn worse tricks from hardened t r e a t m e n t r a t h e r t h a n thugs. Better, Christie says, to imprisonment for certain drug treat him like a badly behaved offenders, and many communities son. Send him to counseling and have launched victim-offender require that he compensate his mediation programs. victim. Similarly, drug abuse If nothing else, cutting the should be considered a matter of prison population helps the public health, not criminal justice. bottom line. Each inmate costs US Give addicts treatment instead of taxpayers more than $22,000 a incarceration and you'll cure more y e a r . A n d r e t u r n o n t h e of them and (bonus!) foster a investment stinks: Two out of more humane society. Of course, three prisoners released are seriously violent criminals should arrested again, according to be locked up, but Christie points government studies. Now that's a Two men are being prosecuted Travolta testified on Wednesday out that the justice system does a crime. i n t h e t r i a l f o r a l l e g e d l y about the day his son died, poor job of determining which attempting to extort $25 million according to the Associated Press. from the actor. The trial began on The AP reports that Travolta Tuesday and prosecutors are performed CPR on his chronically alleging that the paramedic who ill son after he and his wife were treated Travolta's late son Jett, 16, alerted to his son’s condition threatened to go public with when they were awakened at confidential information unless 10:15 a.m. by a nanny. the actor paid him.

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John Travolta and Kelly Preston Arrive for Bahamas Extortion Trial
(ETonline - Breaking News)
Submitted at 9/23/2009 8:26:00 AM

ET has the latest... ET has obtained a new photograph of John Travolta and his wife Kelly Preston arriving at a Bahamas courthouse for a trial related to an alleged extortion attempt.

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Annotate the Web: Google Launches Now There's Even an SideWiki App That Lets You Pay for Coffee at Starbucks
By Frederic Lardinois (ReadWriteWeb)
Submitted at 9/23/2009 9:35:09 AM

Over the years, numerous companies have offered services that allowed users to annotate web pages. Now, with a new project called SideWiki, Google is going to join the fray as well. SideWiki, which will be distributed with a special version of the Google Toolbar for Firefox and Internet Explorer, allows users to publicly annotate any page on the web. Entries will then be sorted by an algorithm that filters out lowquality comments and moves the most interesting items to the top. Sponsor The sorting algorithm and SideWiki's ability to display notes about the same topic on various sites make SideWiki somewhat unique. Google uses a quote from a speech by President Obama as an example here. SideWiki will recognize the quote on multiple sites and aggregate them together, no matter whether somebody commented on this quote on Little Green Footballs or Daily Kos.

You can also leave a comment about the entire page, of course. For some popular sites that haven't been annotated yet, Google will also pop up a notification that comments exist, but the sidebar will actually be filled with related blog posts, which is another feature that makes Google stand out from the competition in this field. API: Making SideWiki a Universal Commenting System A lot of companies have tried to offer similar services and the ones that have succeeded did so because they focused on a very specialized market. We will have to see where this Google project goes in the long run, but unlike a lot of other companies that offered annotation features, Google will offer an API for SideWiki. The SideWiki Data API will give developers the ability to access all of these comments and include them on

their own sites or in a widget, for example. How Will Google Use this Data? We can't help but wonder how Google will use the data it gathers from this service. After all, there is often valuable information in comments. Google, for example, could use sentiment analysis to see its users' reactions to a page and then influence search results accordingly. The company could also expose some of this data in the search results. Outside of SideWiki, Google currently only exposes annotations in a user's Google Profile. Right now, when a forum post appears in Google, it will display some extra data about how many posts there are and how many authors contributed. Google could do something similar for every page with SideWiki - though chances are that third-party developers will quickly build a Firefox addon or Greasemonkey script that will do the same within a few days from now. Discuss

By Frederic Lardinois (ReadWriteWeb)
Submitted at 9/23/2009 12:22:19 AM

Backstage Beauty: SS10 NY Fashion Week
By ELLE.com (ELLE News Blog)
Submitted at 9/22/2009 9:55:02 AM

Backstage beauty looks at this year's hottest designers... Karlie Kloss at Derek Lam All Photos: Kelly Stuart Du Juan at Derek Lam Ginta Lapina at Derek Lam Mathilde Frachon at Yigal

Azrouel Tara Gill at Diane Von Furstenberg Karmen Pedaru at Alexander Wang Bruna Tenorio at Diane Von Furstenberg Katie Fogarty at Alexander Wang

Tao Okamoto at Michael Kors Constance Jablonski Michael Kors Vlada Roslyakova at Michael Kors Ranya Mordanova at Yigal Azrouel Alana Zimmer at Isaac Mizrahi

Starbucks just launched two iPhone apps. One app, myStarbucks, allows users to find stores, build drinks, and browse the coffee chain's menu and find nutritional information. While this is interesting, the second app is far more exciting. Starbucks Card Mobile gives users a virtual Starbucks Card and in 16 select stores in Silicon Valley and Seattle, users will be able to use this app to pay for their drinks. The app will display a barcode that the baristas at these stores will be able to scan. Sponsor In addition, the mobile payment app will also allow users to check their card's balance, reload it with any major credit card, and view their transaction history. For now, this feature will only be available in these two test markets, which, according to Starbucks, were chosen because of the high usage rates of iPhones and Starbucks' loyalty cards. After this trial, Starbucks will decide whether it will bring this feature to other markets. While similar and more sophisticated payment schemes

that use mobile phones have already become relatively widespread in other countries, the US is still lagging behind, though some interesting mobile payment projects have already made it to the market. Just last month, Nokia announced its Nokia Money service, but it remains to be seen if this service will be able to gain any traction. Starbucks, on the other hand, already has a large user base for its Starbucks Card and given that customers have to use their card to get access to Starbuck's Wi-Fi network, customers already have a pretty strong incentive to use the card and the app. Discuss

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French Officials Propose Disclaimer on Photoshopped Ads
By Dana Oshiro (ReadWriteWeb)
Submitted at 9/22/2009 10:42:14 PM

French member of parliament Valerie Boyer recently proposed a law to include a disclaimer at the bottom of all enhanced press, political, art and advertising-based photographs. Backed by 50 other French members of parliament, Boyer's efforts aim to reduce the instances of eating disorders across the country. While the attempt is certainly a noble one given France's influence on the fashion world, enforcing the legislation may be another story. While Boyer has already managed to pass a charter against inciting skinniness, policing image doctoring may prove to be a much tougher task. Sponsor According to Reuters, if the bill passes, failing to add the disclaimer "would be punished with a fine of 37,500 euros ($54,930), or up to 50 percent of the cost of the advertisement." In the case of Fashion Week advertisements, this could add up

to millions. And trust me, it's rare that any fashion, celebrity or campaign photograph hasn't been retouched unless purposely made to reveal the subject's flaws. Dartmouth computer science professor and forensic imaging specialist Hany Farid is convinced that photo manipulation isn't just a 20th century phenomenon as employed in a Polish Microsoft ad last month, but rather something that has existed since at least the 1860's. He cites an image of Lincoln as being a composite of the President and of another

politician's body. Says Farid in a recent issue of the IEEE Spectrum, "Even as experts continue to develop techniques for exposing photographic frauds, new techniques for creating better and harder-to-detect fakes are also evolving. As in the battle against spam and computer viruses, it seems inevitable that the arms race between the forger and the forensic analyst will continue to escalate, with no clear victor." Farid points to abnormalities in quantization(or image compression) and multiple points of light as telltale signs of image tampering. As services like Picnik and Fotoflexer continue to power the editing features in common photo sharing sites like Flickr, Photobucket and Picasa, it will be interesting to see how many forgeries are actually detected should the law pass. Photo Credit: Art Comments(Lead Image), Hany Farid's "Photo Tampering Through History" (Inset) Discuss

Apple Releases iTunes 9.0.1 Update [Updates]
By Adam Pash (Lifehacker)
Submitted at 9/23/2009 8:30:00 AM

• Fixes a problem syncing Podcasts in playlists to iPod or iPhone. Two weeks after releasing • Fixes a problem sorting albums iTunes 9, Apple has pushed out a with multiple discs. small update to the popular music • Addresses an issue with the player in the form of iTunes 9.0.1. Zoom button not switching to The update addresses several bugs Mini Player. and improvements, but doesn't • Improves application syncing offer any significant updates (not for iPod touch and iPhone. surprising considering iTunes 9 • Genius is now automatically just came out). Fixes include: updated to show Genius Mixes. • Resolves issues browsing the So while the update doesn't iTunes Store. address any of the items in our • Addresses a performance issue iTunes wishlist, if you're an w h e r e i T u n e s m a y b e c o m e iTunes user you should definitely unresponsive. grab it when you get the chance. [ • Fixes a problem where iTunes iTunes] may unexpectedly quit.

Make Your Own Homebrew Soda [Recipes]
By Kevin Purdy (Lifehacker)
Submitted at 9/23/2009 6:00:00 AM

experiment we posted for homemade ginger ale, this one uses actual fermentation to get the Homebrew soda was a lot more bubbles into your non-alcoholic common in the days before there brew. As commenters at a Serious were 212 varieties available at Eats post note, that means you every gorcery store. Grab some need to closely watch your yeast, sugar, water, and flavoring, proportions and not let it sit too however, and you can craft your long in tight containers before own bubbly soft drink in your drinking. Then again, it's a very inspires us to give it a go—in the fridge. cheap experiment to learn from, garage, stored near a drain pipe: Unlike the last DIY soda and this semi-ridiculous video

How To Make Your Own Soda on Howcast Made your own homebrew nonalcoholic beverages you'd like to brag about? Had a DIY soft drink turn disaster? Tell us all about it in the comments, and share the recipes! How To Make Your Own Soda Video[Howcast.com via Serious Eats]

The Beginner's Guide to Tricking Out Your WordPress Blog [WordPress]
By Gina Trapani (Lifehacker)
Submitted at 9/23/2009 9:00:00 AM

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WordPress to host your own blog because you want complete control over how it looks and works. Now, it's time to power it up, lock it down, and make your blog completely yours. What You're In For With all the hype around cloud computing and no-configurationrequired hosted services, you don't hear about the joys of running great software on your own server very much. The fact is, if you're just a casual user who doesn't know if you'll stick to blogging over the long haul, or if you don't want to spend a little time maintaining WordPress, you should sign up for a hosted blog at WordPress.com or Blogger or TypePad. (Also, this tutorial is not for you.) But if you're willing to keep WordPress updated religiously, you get access to a whole world of WP plug-ins that add features to your site, the opportunity to create and tweak custom WordPress themes, and a huge sense of accomplishment. In version 2.8 and greater, keeping your installation up-to-date is a matter of clicking a link when you get notified to do so. Everything you need to know about installing WordPress is right here. Got it up and running? Let's get to customizing. Initial configuration The first thing you want to do on your WordPress blog is set up a new author with administrative access. Don't use the default "admin" user to write your posts; create your custom username and give it admin privileges. Then, log out of WordPress and back in as your new username. For security reasons, some folks like to delete the admin user completely (as some WordPress attacks have used it to do bad things to your blog). Once you've got your administrative account working, add other authors to the list of users who might be posting to your blog. Now it's time to cruise through WP's settings area and configure things just how you like 'em. First, set up your post permalinks to look prettier for both humans and search bots. WordPress' default post permalink looks like http://example.com/?p=123. I n s t e a d , u n d e r Settings>Permalinks, select s o m e t h i n g l i k e http://example.com/2009/09/welc ome-to-my-blog. Next up, configure how you want comments to work on your blog. Under Settings>Discussion, you can enable comments and set other advanced options, like whether or not users have to be logged into your site to comment, or if comments should automatically close on posts after a certain number of days, if user avatars show up, or what words in a comment should automatically mark it as spam. Speaking of, spam comments is a ridiculously epic problem across the internet for all blogs, so how you set up comments will mean the difference between miserable hours spent gardening V14gRa and "check out my sexy webcam!!" comments or not. Coming from Lifehacker's "must register to post here" model, I checked off "Users must be registered and logged in to comment." If you don't want to put up the registration hurdle in front of your commenters, make sure you install the Akisment spam-killing plug-in (more on that below). Must-have plug-ins Just like you can extend Firefox with feature-adding extensions, WordPress also has a pluggable architecture and a whole world of plug-ins that can soup up your blog. The plug-ins that you use will depend on how you want your site to work and look, but here are a few that every WP user can benefit from. When you're logged into WordPress, click on Plugins, and search for the name of the plug-in you want to install (which you can do without involving your FTP client). Here are some of my picks: WordPress Database Backup(Backup): Running your own server and database means that if things go wrong, it's up to you to have a backup. This plugin can email a full backup of your WordPress database on a schedule to an address you specify. I've had great success building my WordPress site locally with the backup this plug-in created; however, the other resident WP expert here on staff, The How-To Geek, recommends using the oldschool cron job for "mysqldump uUser -pPassword databasename > filename.bak" approach. No matter how you do it, to make sure you're backing up both your blog's database and files. It's worth consulting with your blog hosting provider about the best way for you to do this, too. FD Feedburner Plug-in(Feeds): Google-owned FeedBurner is a must-use for anyone who publishes RSS feeds, like your blog does. FeedBurner saves you bandwidth costs by hosting your blog's feed and offers statistics about how many people are reading it; this plug-in will redirect your blog's feed to FeedBurner for you. WordPress.com Stats(Stats): See what posts are most popular using this up-to-the-minute statistics plug-in, right inside your WordPress dashboard. WordPress.com stats doesn't count visits to your own blog, and unlike the richer Google Analytics service, there's no day-long delay to see what's happening on your site. To run this plug-in, you have to get a WordPress.com API key (it's free) and enter it into the plug -in's settings. Search Meter(Stats): If you have a search box on your site, you'll want Search Meter, a plug-in which shows you what readers are looking for and finding (or not) on your site. Search meter also offers widgets you can add to your site which shows readers what other readers are searching for. WP SuperCache(Optimization): The first time a highly-trafficked site like Digg links to your blog, you'll wish you had installed this plug-in, which maintains highspeed, database-call free "cached" copies of your WordPress pages on your server. Your site will run faster and won't buckle under the strain of a lot of traffic if you're caching it with this excellent plug -in. Akismet(Comments Spam killer): Because comment spam can get so bad, WordPress now ships with the Akismet spam filtering plug-in. Since I'm requiring user registration to leave comments on my WordPress blog, I don't have any experience with how good Akismet is (and haven't had any spam at all), but word on the street is it's absolutely essential for sites with open comments. Like WordPress.com stats, Akismet requires a WordPress.com API key. Finally, to make your site as accessible to Google and other web search engines as possible, a few Search Engine Optimization SEO plug-ins help. I use All in One SEO Pack and Google XML Sitemaps. Make Your WordPress Theme Yours If you've got HTML and CSS chops, you can make your WordPress theme sing your tune. (For advanced stuff, some PHP skills come in handy, too.) First you want to start with a base theme. WordPress' default theme is ok, but if you google "free WordPress themes" or take note of what themes sites you like already use, you'll find an insane number of gorgeous and eyecatching site layouts. Picking your theme is one of the most fun (and most time-consuming, if it's tough to make a decision) parts of setting up WordPress, but it's worth it. Once you've installed the theme you want by downloading the .zip file and putting it in your WordPress themes folder, you can dig into the CSS and markup and make it your own. WordPress offers a theme editor in its interface which lets you update files on the fly. While this is convenient, it's also dangerous if you hit the wrong key, save the file, and don't have a backup. My recommendation is to set up WordPress and your theme of choice on your own computer, edit it in your favorite text editor, and upload it to your live server when it's perfect. 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Greatly Improve Your Physical Workspace with Small Changes [Supercharged Workspace]
By Jason Fitzpatrick (Lifehacker)
from the ravages of repetitive stress injuries. We've shared several resources over the years to Submitted at 9/23/2009 6:30:00 AM help you plan an ergonomic Many of us spend quite a lot of workspace like a workstation time in our workplaces yet spend designer, and a guide to setting up precious little time thinking about a healthy and usable workspace. how that workspace is laid out. Make sure to carefully consider It's time to assess the state of your each component of your setup. As workplace and improve it. a personal example, no matter Photo by foundphotoslj. what I did I couldn't find a Why take the time to assess the comfortable position for my current state of affairs? Because if mouse. I tried adjusting my arm you don't you'll end up like an old rest, changing mice, changing the coworker of mine. I questioned position of the chair, and so on. once, why his desk was arranged Finally while reading a web site in such a peculiar fashion. He about RSI injuries and the paused, shrugged and said "That's importance of keeping the angle how it was when this office of your arms neutral I realized became mine." The office had that my enormous keyboard was become his some ten years earlier, the problem. I couldn't put my so for a decade he had simply left arm in a neutral position with the the desk at an odd angle and numerical keypad pushing the poorly arranged for the room. mouse so far to the right. I Don't simply accept that the s w i t c h e d t o a k e y b o a r d , a poor arrangement of your work Microsoft Sidewinder, where I space is fate. Whether you're could place swap keypad to the stuck working in the constraints left hand side of the keyboard and of a corporate cubicle or you've I've been happy and ache free ever got carte blanche to do as you since. Give your own workspace wish with your home office, make that kind of detailed look over and the most of the space you have. you'll be able to banish your aches Before all else, assess your and pains too. ergonomic situation. How do you Before we leave the topic of feel, physically, after working in ergonomics and peripherals, if your workspace all day? Are your your interested in replacing your shoulders sore? Do your wrists keyboard or mouse with a more ache? Although tweaking your comfortable model we'd urge you workspace for ergonomic issues to check out two previous features isn't glamorous it will save you at Lifehacker: The Best Mouse monitor as bias lighting. Taking care of plants may not be high on your daily list of priorities, but having them in your workspace provides fresh air and a mood boost. We've gathered up some guides to five hard-to-kill houseplants for your home or workspace as well as three great plants for cleaning the air in your office. Don't underestimate the importance of quality air. I've worked in offices so tiny and with such poor air circulation that closing the door would cause the people inside to slowly fall asleep like deep space voyagers on a mission gone wrong. We can't offer suggestions for every possible issue with your office, but we can offer nearly a hundred featured workspaces from the Lifehacker archives for your to browse and get ideas for solving your office problems. You'll find everything from interesting lighting to effective use of space. Check out the all of the featured workspaces here. If you've made positive changes to your workspace, big or small, we'd love to hear about them in the comments. You're advice might make a fellow reader's office all the more bearable.

You've Ever Had and The Best Keyboard You've Ever Had. Both are compilations of the mice and keyboards Lifehacker readers love. Photo by blupics. Once you've assessed the ergonomic situation and determined that your workstation isn't going to give you carpal tunnel or scoliosis you can begin considering other aspects of the space. How is the lighting? Is

there a significant amount of glare on the monitor? Is it possible to turn off or diffuse the source of the glare? Although it might look silly, if putting a simple monitor hood eliminates glare from overhead lights you can't turn off it's well worth it. You may want to consider inexpensive sources of alternate light such as using cheap rope lights as ambient lighting or a simple CFL bulb behind your

Red dust over Sydney
By Zack Sheppard (Flickr Blog)
Submitted at 9/22/2009 3:40:08 PM

Right now there is a dust storm in Sydney turning the sky and

everything under it red. Above are a few images from Flickr members. You can see more by doing a search for sydney dust if you are in Sydney and see a and sorting by most recent. (Also,

giant sandworm, don’t move.) Coates‘ Red Dust gallery. Photos from Highranger, tomhide, africadunc, asphotos, abbt1947, and Andrew Knott. Featuring photos from Tom

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theme, copy the default theme's files into a new folder and get to hacking. The WordPress Codex is an invaluable resource for both starter reading and reference as you go. That is, when you get to the part where you're thinking "WTF is wp_list_comments?", Google it and you'll find the function reference at the codex. It took me a full weekend of pretty intense theming work to get my first custom theme done and ready to go live, so give yourself some time, and most importantly, have fun with it. Here are some tips and links from my Twitter followers on creating a custom WordPress theme. Sidebars and Widgets, Oh My! The easiest way to customize your WordPress blog without digging into code or your FTP client is to do so with widgets. The latest versions of WordPress offer drag-and-drop custom modules you can add to and remove from your blog. When you're logged into WordPress' admin interface, under Appearance, click on "Widgets" to see what's available and add and remove what you want on your site's sidebar (or top bar or bottom bar, depending on where your theme puts it). Advanced trickery Here's a few more tips for advanced WordPress hackers who want to troubleshoot or try even more customization: • Use multiple custom sidebars: WordPress' sidebar and widgets feature is very powerful and customizable; in fact, you can create and customize multiple sidebars or site zones to show up on different pages. (For example, the sidebar that shows up on a post page can look different than the one on the front page. • Troubleshoot slowness and other problems with Firebug: Every web developer knows that the Firebug Firefox extension is absolutely essential when developing any site, and it's true for WordPress, too. When my WP site went down because of multiple background 404's doing resource-sucking searches, Firebug revealed the problem and so I knew how to fix it. • Use tags to display content differently: You can use conditional tags to display different types of content on your blog in different ways, like a short link or big photograph. I use has_tag to display "quick links" with smaller inline headlines on my front page by assigning the tag "brief." • Set up a "staging" server: Once your blog's up and running and live, you don't want to make huge changes to it with the whole world watching. Set up WordPress on your local computer, hack away on your theme and/or plug-ins, then upload your changes when they're complete and ready. This post only scratches the surface of WordPress customization possibilities. The good news is WordPress' open nature and huge community means that you can find the answer to almost any WP question hitting up Google—or in worst case, asking the forums. Special thanks to the author of this CSS Tricks post who also writes the excellent Digging into WordPress, which I referenced for this post. So what did I miss? What are your favorite WordPress tricks, hacks, themes, plug-ins, security measures, and widgets? Shout 'em out in the comments. Gina Trapani, Lifehacker's founding editor, loves herself a little WordPress hacking. Her weekly feature, Smarterware, appears every Wednesday on Lifehacker. Subscribe to the Smarterware tag feed to get new installments in your newsreader.

Apple OKs first porn star apps for the iPhone
(CNET News.com)
tamer than what some may have expected, GrindHouse did admit that in the first round they were "a Apple has approved the first two l i t t l e t o o ' h o t ' f o r A p p l e ' s iPhone apps dedicated to the c o m p l i a n c e d e p a r t m e n t . " careers of popular (or, ahem, so GrindHouse went back to the we're told) porn stars. drawing board to redo the apps so Developed by GrindHouse they would be accepted on the Mobile and the stars, the two apps App Store. mark the first time that Apple has "We worked closely with Apple allowed the porn industry into the to meet all of their guidelines store in such an obvious way. while developing an offering that While these apps may be more is compelling and user friendly," in-your-face than some of the GrindHouse said in a statement. apps showing bikini-clad women There was no word from Apple that are already on the App Store, directly on its assessment. the content of these apps is Apple has run into some relatively tame. They appear to controversy with its App Store show no more than suggestive approval process, pretty much photos--the same as the apps that s i n c e i t b e g a n a c c e p t i n g preceded them. submissions from third-party In other words, there is no developers. For instance, e-book nudity. reader Eucalyptus was rejected The apps, which feature adult because it could allow access to a c t r e s s S u n n y L e o n e a n d the Kama Sutra, an ancient text Penthouse Pet Aria Giovanni, known for its description of seem to be more of a way for fans sexual encounters. And an app to keep up with the latest from from the band Nine Inch Nails their favorite starlets. Leone's app was rejected because of sexually features a blog, various sets of "objectionable content" in a song. photos, and personal videos, along For the time being, at least, you with a Premium section through can get Sunny Leone's free app which updates are pushed to your and Aria Giovanni's 99 cent app phone. Giovanni's app doesn't from the App Store. appear to be much different. While the apps are probably
Submitted at 9/23/2009 9:07:46 AM

It's Jack Bauer! On Call of Duty!
By Jane Boursaw (TV Squad)
Submitted at 9/23/2009 10:42:00 AM

that sounds like Jack Bauer." I listened, and sure enough, that unmistakable "Fire!" was indeed I was playing Call of Duty: Keifer Sutherland, a.k.a. Jack World at War with my son the Bauer on 24. other day (hey, I'm the cool It's always fun when stuff like mom), and he said, "You know, this happens, where you recognize

a beloved TV character's voice

elsewhere. I surfed around Continue reading It's Jack YouTube and found a video of Bauer! On Call of Duty! Sutherland in the recording Filed under: OpEd, 24, Video, studio, along with Gary Oldman, Celebrities, Reality-Free who played James Gordon on The Permalink| Email this| | Dark Knight, among dozens of Comments other films.

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Think of Your Savings Plan as a Bedroom Dresser [Money]
By Kevin Purdy (Lifehacker)
Submitted at 9/23/2009 8:00:00 AM

Weels aims to let browser users toss their keyboards
(CNET News.com)
including Amazon--and drop the copied product information onto the Amazon logo. The result? The SAN DIEGO, California--It's not Amazon page for that product that today's Web browser users pops right up. don't have keyboards. It's that we Similarly, different users can set don't really need to use them. up a sharing relationship, with That's the business case of each user having a spot on the Weels, a startup that presented at toolbar. Then, content can be DemoFall 09 Wednesday: that dragged to that user's spot and it much of what we do in browsers, immediately appears on their including sharing content between screen. That can include text, users, can be done strictly with a photos, videos and many other mouse. items. The idea is that, in a browser, The service also features what's everything can be manipulated-- called "collages," which are moved around, copied to folders basically pastiches of content that and shared--solely by being can be saved and arranged as a dragged and dropped with the user wants for later investigation. m o u s e . A f t e r a s i m p l e Collages can also be shared registration, users see what between users. amounts to a toolbar at the top of For now, the company appears their browser and can then get to be just getting off the ground, information related to various and its founders--some college kinds of data by moving that data and high school students--made a into the appropriate place on the point of calling for investors toolbar. while on stage. And it's not at all For example, say you want to clear how they would make get product information about a money off their free service. But h i g h - t e c h g a d g e t f r o m the idea is intriguing, since it Amazon.com, you could click on simplifies the way users live with the gadget from a product review their browsers, their keyboards site and then, with a click of the and their mice. mouse, bring up a list of sites-Submitted at 9/23/2009 9:27:01 AM

New data shows that more of us are cutting spending, shaving debt, and saving more. Many of us, though, don't have a multilocation plan for that stashed cash. The Wall Street Journal suggests using a bedroom dresser metaphor for better saving. Photo by goatling. Why a dresser? Because each drawer contains clothing you always need, or only occasionally need, and each dresser serves a different purpose to get you dressed. Family money writer Karen Blumenthal explains a bit further: Just as you have to have that allimportant underwear drawer, you need an emergency-cash drawer. This drawer will give you daily comfort and keep you out of trouble, allowing you to pay the bills for a few months if you lose your job, get sick or face a financial emergency. Unless you have stocks or bonds that you are willing to liquidate, you need enough cash to cover a few months of crucial expenses, such as the rent or mortgage, bills and groceries.

Just as you need a sock drawer, you also need a retirement drawer to keep you warm in your later years. If your company still provides a pension, that drawer may be filled for you. But most of us need to contribute to it, and the tax incentives and potential employer match of a 401(k) or a similar account make that an attractive place to put your savings. Read the whole article to get "dresser" setups for young folks just starting out, families with

kids and with kids out of the house, and those on the edge of retirement. Too nervous about the market and your money to even think about saving? Start out by buckling down to ride out the financiapocalypse. A Savings Plan That Will Sock You Into Action[Wall Street Journal via Sree Sreenivasan/Twitter]

Dana White: Rampage Jackson 'Acting Like a Baby' But Can Do What He Wants
By Michael David Smith (FanHouse)
Submitted at 9/23/2009 9:45:00 AM

by Michael David Smith Filed under: UFC Shortly after Rampage Jackson wrote on his

web site that he was retiring from mixed martial arts to pursue a career in acting, UFC President Dana White said he was disappointed in Jackson for "acting like a baby" -- but he added that he understands Jackson

can do whatever he wants with his life.

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We'll be immortal in 20 years, says Kurzweil
(CNET News.com)
Submitted at 9/23/2009 8:12:00 AM

I want to live forever. I want to learn how to fly. High. I feel it coming together. And, thankfully, so does celebrated large brain and, who knows, maybe "Kids from Fame" aficionado Ray Kurzweil. In an article reported by the Telegraph, Kurzweil says that our technological and genetic knowhow is marching at such a furious pace that in 20 years' time we should be holding in our sweaty, excitable hands the nanotechnological secrets of our existence. This is all part and parcel of the nano-forecasting he's been doing for years, along with his rather singular vision of the man-machine future. These secrets should allow us to replace our kidneys, livers, hearts and, hey, what about minds, with functioning vital organs made by human hands.

They say Kurzweil is 61. He doesn't look a day over 43 to me.(Credit: Null0/Flickr) Kurzweil's contemplations, first published in The Sun, offer us these vast nuggets of hope: "I and many other scientists now believe that in around 20 years we will have the means to reprogram our

bodies' stone-age software so we can halt, then reverse, aging. Then nanotechnology will let us live for ever." Yes, you can be 28 again. You can drink yourself stupid and let those nano-nano folks just slip you a new liver. You can have sex, drugs, and rock and roll, and

still be able to perform Whitney Houston karaoke better than Whitney herself can these days. "If we want to go into virtualreality mode, nanobots will shut down brain signals and take us wherever we want to go," said Kurzweil. "Virtual sex will become commonplace. And in our daily lives, hologram-like figures will pop in our brain to explain what is happening." One can only hope those hologram-like figures don't resemble the chaps from Google too closely. And I am not entirely sure I am persuaded by the concept of virtual sex. Perhaps worse would be the concept of some Googleperson-like hologram talking one through virtual sex. And whispering to one after it. Still, Kurzweil's passionate certainty offers us all hope for a very different future from the one we might have imagined. I can't wait. No, really. I can't.

MediaDailyNews: Weisenberg to SVP, Marketing, Sundance
(MediaPost | Media News)
Submitted at 9/23/2009 9:03:13 AM

Sundance Channel named Shari Weisenberg senior vice president of marketing. She reports to Sarah Barnett, executive vice president and general manager. Weisenberg joins the network from SyFy, where she was vice president of strategic marketing. There, she led SyFy's sales marketing initiatives and played a major role in the networks recent rebranding from SciFi. Prior to joining SyFy, she served as director of marketing for Bravo, where she was responsible for the development of British Airways integrated partnership of "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy."

Dell launches first laptop with Intel's Core i7
(CNET News.com)
Submitted at 9/23/2009 8:51:00 AM

SAN FRANCISCO--Dell is launching its first laptops with Intel's new Core i7 processor for laptops. The Intel "Clarksfield" Core i7 processor boasts four cores and is the chipmaker's first mobile chip based on its new Nehalem microarchitecture. Most Intel processors will move to this design in 2010. Dell is trying to take an early lead in embracing the new technology. Dell's flagship

product for the mobile Core i7 will be the 15-inch Alienware M15x gaming laptop. Dell is also offering the chip as an option on other laptop models worldwide, including the Studio 15 and Studio 17. At the Intel Developer Forum today, David Perlmutter, executive vice president and cogeneral manager of Intel Corporation's Intel Architecture Group, is discussing Intel's mobile Nehalem platform that also includes a future chip codenamed "Arrandale," which will integrate graphics into the CPU, or central

processing unit. The Alienware M15x configurations include the Intel Core 920XM CPU and 1GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260M

graphics chip. The Alienware M15x will come with Intel's first Core i7 mobile processor.(Credit: Dell) The Dell Studio 17 will feature

the Intel Core i7 720QM 1.6GHz processor, a 1GB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4650 graphics chip, 17.3-inch HD+ (1600x900) display, and 9-cell battery. The Studio 17 starts at $1,099. Dell will also offer the Studio 15 with Core i7. Configurations include Core i7 720QM 1.6GHz, 512MB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4570 graphics chip, and 4GB of memory. Pricing start at $999. And the Dell Studio XPS 16 will come with a Core i7 option, with a starting price of $1,249, Dell said.

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Apple’s HD Cinema Display: Or, How I Overcame Monitor Envy
By Liam Cassidy (TheAppleBlog)
amazing displays. Perhaps they haven’t always been the first choice of graphics professionals, Submitted at 9/22/2009 10:30:22 AM but at least they’ve been In 1999 I was building websites consistently better than the cheap with UltraDev and Drumbeat. I m o n i t o r s o f f e r e d b y P C was playing with DHTML and a manufacturers. So early this year, cool new thing called CSS. I was as I switched completely from PC dropping the word “recordset” to Mac, I made sure I bought the into conversations with other geek biggest and best displays Apple friends via the just-released MSN could offer. And that meant the Messenger Service. I considered g a r g a n t u a n , b e a u t i f u l , myself pretty technologically breathtaking 30 inch Cinema HD accomplished. But then one day a Widescreen Displays. Two of friend visited and used my them, as it happens. computer to check his email. As And they are amazing. he took his seat before my beige Positioned side by side before me, plastic 15 inch CRT he mumbled I practically swim in Cinema “Ugh! It’s so small.” Display goodness. To clarify; I was crushed. My monitor was when I work on my 15 inch smaller than his monitor. How Macbook Pro, despite the beauty embarrassing! of that glossy screen, I’m acutely Since that day I have always aware that it provides a limited, strived to use the largest monitor narrow view of the digital world, possible, and usually two of ‘em a little like peering through the side by side. And while dual mail slot in my front door. With monitor setups are not so common these enormous cinema displays, I in most homes, at least we’ve don’t need to peer through the come a long way since the mail slot because the door has primitive days of 15 inch CRTs. b e e n t h r o w n w i d e o p e n . The first flat panels ordinary Sometimes, it feels like the door people could afford were tiny, low has been taken off its hinges. And resolution, low color saturation, sometimes, I feel a little silly low-light things. The contrast having all this display. In fact, (pun intended) to today’s cheap, u n l e s s I ’ m d o i n g s o m e bright and capable LCD screens is graphics/video work, I don’t remarkable, but it has been a very maximize windows. Doing so short journey from one to the feels… I don’t know… over the other. top, somehow. I always knew that Apple made So why does anyone need more Apple’s own Mini-DV standard isn’t supported without an adapter. But by far the biggest problem with the 30 incher is its price. At $1,799 it’s a fantastically expensive monitor. Our own James Dempsey compared Apple’s behemoth with Dell’s 30 inch UltraSharp Widescreen and concluded he preferred the Dell. Read the article to see his reasons why, but I’ll tell you now that price was an important factor. than one monitor? The answer But I have no regrets — and a falls conveniently down to a good job, too, considering how single word: productivity. Quite expensive these things still are. simply, people who (properly) use Whether you buy from Apple or multiple monitors work more elsewhere, they’ll set you back a efficiently and productively. painful $1,799 each! Personally, Don’t take my word for it — look however, these displays are by far at this report(PDF) from Pfeiffer, t h e m o s t i m p r e s s i v e n o n which goes into extraordinary television panels I’ve had the depth examining the virtues of pleasure of using. Call me insane, extensive screen-space. There’s but I enjoy needing to slide my Always a Down Side chair a little to the left to more The Cinema HD Display isn’t comfortably see what’s going on perfect. Sure, Apple generously on my other screen. The Future endowed it with two USB ports As with all things Apple, there’s and two Firewire 400 ports within the knowledge that what’s top-ofeasy-reach, and if you’re using a the-line today will be old-hat M a c P r o , t h o s e p o r t s a r e tomorrow. Buy a brand new fantastically useful, saving you MacBook Pro and enjoy the f r o m m a k i n g t r i p s t o t h e pleasure of being at the cuttingmysterious, cable-strewn world edge while it lasts — because new Beneath the Desk. But FW400 is models will be out before you old now, and since these displays know it. Well, the 30 inch Cinema were launched they haven’t been HD Displays have yet to be refreshed. Newer standards, such surpassed. But Apple does have as HDMI, are unsupported. Even some very nice new LED screens on the market. It makes me wonder what might be happening with the ageing 30 inch line. A quick visit to both the American and UK versions of the Apple website revealed that, at some point since April this year, Apple quietly removed the dedicated microsite for the 30 inch display. The only link you’ll find now is to its product page in the online store. My old bookmarks no longer work. So — what’s happening? Is Apple discontinuing the 30 inch Cinema HD Display, perhaps planning to replace it with a refreshed new line based on their LED monitors? I emailed no fewer than four of my contacts at Apple who, two weeks later, have remained utterly silent on the matter. But I’ve never quite gotten over that brief period of monitor envy in 1999. I’ve always hated it when I’ve walked into a room and discovered, to my silent horror, bigger and better monitors than my own. So I’m going to enjoy my beautiful cinema displays while I still can, because I know it’s only a matter of time before Apple makes them feel like that old, beige 15 incher that started it all. Read our latest analysis piece, " Why Startups Aren’t Changing the World." Only on GigaOM Pro.

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Google Picasa 3.5 Takes Some Cues New Pioneer In-Dash Nav Units Get Hardware From iPhoto ‘09 Specific iPhone App
By Darrell Etherington (TheAppleBlog)
Submitted at 9/23/2009 9:00:41 AM

In case you’re an Apple user who isn’t on board with iPhoto ‘09, Google has just updated its own free image management software, Picasa, which shares its name with the web-based Flickr rival. Picasa 3.5 for Mac takes a lot of direction from iPhoto ‘09, borrowing at least two major features from Apple’s own software. Picasa web users will recognize the “new” features for the desktop version, which haven’t previously been available on locally installed instances of Picasa in the past. They include face recognition, which Picasa calls “Name Tags,” and support for geotagged photos with location data. With Name Tags, Picasa will analyze your photos and group them according to faces it find in them, at which point you’re able to assign names to these faces, and then search your library based on people you’ve tagged. If it sounds like Faces in iPhoto ‘09, that’s because it is, with the exception that when signed into your Gmail account with the app, Picasa will offer auto-complete

share with your Google contacts all in one fell swoop. Tagging is also better than it was before, with better batch tagging, quick tags, and tag counts for image groups. If you’re looking for an alternative to iPhoto, and you’re already very plugged into Google via its various personal information management apps, Picasa is a good choice. It isn’t much of a resource hog, it’s very good at combing and organizing your computer’s image files suggestions of names you start without much intervention on typing. your part, and it plugs into your Google also baked-in location e x i s t i n g G o o g l e a c c o u n t support in Picasa 3.5, which information to fill in a lot of resembles iPhoto ’09’s Places blanks. If I weren’t a MobileMe organizational feature. That user (which I might not be for means photos with embedded l o n g a f t e r y e s t e r d a y ’ s geotagging EXIF data, like those announcement), I’d definitely taken with the iPhone’s built-in consider using Picasa as my fullcamera, or using an Eye-Fi Geo time solution. card, can be optionally displayed Picasa 3.5 is available now for on a map in Picasa 3.5. If you’ve Mac and PC, though not for t a k e n y o u r p h o t o s w i t h o u t Linux, and it’s an English-only embedded location information, download. It’s completely free, you can simply drag them to the which is something iPhoto ‘09 is appropriate location on a built-in not, if you haven’t purchased a Google map to achieve the same new Mac lately. Read our latest effect. analysis piece, " Mobile Sites Version 3.5 also brings an Show Little Improvement." Only improved importing process, so on GigaOM Pro. that you can star your favorite shots, upload to the web, and

By Darrell Etherington (TheAppleBlog)
Submitted at 9/22/2009 1:10:54 PM

At least one company is taking the hardware integration features of iPhone OS 3.0 seriously. Pioneer, which announced A/V home theater receivers with some serious iPhone connectivity in June, has just revealed an iPhone app(iTunes link) designed to integrate with two of its brand new in-dash navigation units. While the iPhone app doesn’t provide iPod control without a hardware cable connection, it does allow you to search for points of interest or trip destinations on the iPhone, which then communicates said information to the navigation unit. Basically, it’s like having an advanced, user-friendly remote for your GPS unit instead of having to fumble with clumsy ondevice controls. You can also access any POI information on the nav system over Bluetooth via your iPhone, so it’s a two-way conversation. Also, the app automatically searches your device for geotagged photos taken with the iPhone’s camera and uses those as custom POI entries. I can see this becoming annoying, since every photo I take with my iPhone has geographic information associated with it. The neat spider I saw when we stopped at that roadside

diner isn’t a POI, cool though it might have been. If you’re in the market for an indash nav system, and you already own an iPhone, then there’s really not much of a downside to going with these Pioneer models. The entry-level AVIC-U310BT will set you back $699, while the much snazzier AVIC-Z110BT has a $1,799 price tag. The more expensive model will get you a motorized screen, rear cam readiness, voice control, and A2DP stereo Bluetooth support. Forgive me for also wanting it to drive the car for me at that price. Subscribe to GigaOM Pro and gain access to our Webinar, " Biggest Opportunities in the Smart Grid," on Oct. 7, 2009.

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Snapture Goes Legit and Gets Cheaper
By Darrell Etherington (TheAppleBlog)
Submitted at 9/22/2009 4:00:27 PM

The iPhone’s camera app is OK, but it really leaves much to be desired. That was why Snapture came to exist in the first place. Snapture is a jailbreak app that many users on that side of the fence have sworn by for quite a while now. Now owners of legitimate, nonjailbroken devices can take advantage of the nice little suite of usability enhancements and feature additions that Snapture brings to your iPhone’s static media capture capabilities. The app has been approved by Apple and is available via the App Store. This isn’t a pale, featurereduced version of its former self. According to Just Another iPhone Blog, who received word directly from Snapture’s developers about the release, the app is making the switch from renegade to lawabiding citizen feature-intact. For those of you unfamiliar with Snapture, those features include: • Patent-pending Picture-inPicture Technology (allows users to view and delete recent photos

directly on the viewfinder) • Multi-Touch Pinch and Pan Zoom (5X max) • High Speed Multishot: 3 rapidfire snaps to capture every moment of action. • Easy Snap: Tap anywhere on screen to take a photo. Those who’ve already been shopping around for a solid camera app alternative may

to the tap-anywhere shutter controls. Tapping an unobtrusive arrow icon at the bottom of the stream brings up your detailed controls, which allow you to turn on or off the auto level aid, and change your image resolution, along with accessing the zoom and burst fire modes. You can also email photos directly from the app, so you shouldn’t even have much cause to open up Photos. If you’ve purchased Snapture via Cydia, you’ll be disappointed to learn that legitimate App Store customers get a special launch pricing deal on the app. For a limited time, Snapture will sell for $1.99, making it 75 percent cheaper than its jailbreak predecessor. Kudos to Apple for being open rightly point out that these features aren’t really anything to the advances of developers who new (aside from that PIP thing) are willing to come in from the and can be found in other apps, cold. It’s one of the few reasons I but can they be found altogether still have some hope for the future in one program? Snapture is of the App Store as a fair and well meant to be a true replacement, so - r u n s o f t w a r e d i s t r i b u t i o n that you never have to open platform. Read our latest analysis piece, " Will Apps.gov Raise the another camera app again. By default, your view is Bar for Cloud Providers?" Only unobstructed in Snapture, thanks on GigaOM Pro.

Odin, open
By blogeditor1 (Material Interest on Men.style.com)
Submitted at 9/23/2009 7:21:26 AM

As we reported last month, it's been a busy season for the guys at Odin: a new collection of colognes, a collaborative line with Duckie Brown, and a little retailspace musical chairs. The new West Village shop is now open in Oliver Spencer's old Greenwich Street digs (and Spencer's up and running on East 11th Street). Here's a peek inside: From the look of it, grabbing brunch at the neighboring Spotted Pig just got a lot more dangerous for your bottom line. 750 Greenwich St., NYC, (212) 420-8446, odinnewyork.com [via WWD] MATTHEW SCHNEIER Photos: Courtesy of Odin

USB Forum Sides With Apple Over Palm
By Charles Jade (TheAppleBlog)
Submitted at 9/23/2009 8:00:43 AM

After months of software updates by the respective companies to disable and enable the Pre syncing with iTunes, the USB Implementers Forum(USBIF) has ruled on the issue. Palm loses. The standards group has not

only rejected Palm’s claim of anti -competitive behavior by Apple, but says that it is Palm that’s violating the USB-IF Membership Agreement, John Paczkowski at Digital Daily reports. The Pre’s touted “feature” of media syncing with iTunes is accomplished by spoofing Apple’s USB vendor ID, in effect making the Pre appear to be an iPod.

In its letter to Palm and Apple, the USB-IF noted that “Palm may only use the single Vendor ID issued to Palm for Palm’s usage. Usage of any other company’s Vendor ID is specifically precluded.” Further, the USB-IF has asked Palm to clarify its “intent and respond to this potential violation within seven

days.” Palm’s immediate response was to pontificate, asserting that the company believes “consumers should have freedom and choice in how and where they use the non-rights managed media they already own.” And they do. The Pre is perfectly capable of managing media by drag-and-drop all by itself, and if Palm is all about “freedom and choice,” then where

is the support for Zune software? Clearly, this has never been about consumer choice, but rather a beleaguered Palm maximizing its potential customer base with minimal development effort on its own part. Subscribe to GigaOM Pro and gain access to our Webinar, " Biggest Opportunities in the Smart Grid," on Oct. 7, 2009.

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iTunes 9.0.1: Return of the MiniPlayer
By Charles Jade (TheAppleBlog)
Option key while clicking zoom. Were Ralph Waldo Emerson alive today, he might have said Submitted at 9/23/2009 6:30:55 AM something about foolish Two weeks after introducing consistency and iTunes 9, and it’s iTunes 9 at the “It’s Only Rock highly likely a lot of people did and Roll” music event, Apple has because Apple has restored the released the first update to the previous behavior. Clicking the software. zoom button toggles between a Version 9.0.1 of iTunes normal window and the minicryptically addresses performance player window. Holding down the and stability, as well as resolving Option key and clicking zoom unnamed issues when browsing toggles between normal window the iTunes Store. Syncing issues states. related to applications and u p t h e m i n i - p l a y e r . T h i s Available for both the Mac and Podcast playlists have been c o n t r a d i c t e d A p p l e H u m a n Windows, including a 64-bit addressed. The Genius now Interface Guidelines, which states version for Vista, iTunes 9 can be automatically updates to show that the zoom button “toggles a had through Software Update or Genius Mixes, and the issue of window between its standard state downloaded directly. Read our sorting albums with multiple discs and its user state.” With iTunes 9, latest analysis piece, " Mobile has been fixed — finally. Lastly, the decision was made to make Sites Show Little Improvement." there is the matter of the zoom the behavior of the zoom button Only on GigaOM Pro. consistent with other applications. button behavior. Through iTunes 8, clicking the A c c e s s i n g t h e m i n i - p l a y e r zoom — green — button brought window was done by holding the

Waltzing Women of ‘Dancing with the Stars’’ Talk to Marie Osmond after Their Debut
(ETonline - Breaking News)
Submitted at 9/23/2009 7:54:00 AM

The women embarked on the long road leading to the mirror ball trophy in part two of the season premiere of "Dancing with the Stars." ET's special correspondent Marie Osmond spoke to all of the dancers backstage after the show. Singer Macy Gray won over the hearts of the audience--and Marie-with her debut routine and personality. She brought the audience, even her male opponents, to their feet. Lost in the whirlwind of emotions, Macy didn’t even realize the response she had earned. She appreciates

the commitment of her partner Jonathan Roberts, saying, "The thing about Jonathan is…he loves dancing, so it's really infectious and you kinda get excited about it with him." One-time rocker chic Kelly Osbourne morphed into an elegant ballroom dancer. She told Marie, "If you would have seen the person that I was a year ago compared to now, I don't even think I was capable of doing anything like this or becoming this. That's what's so great about this show. It allows you to become this person that you've always been frightened to be."

The SUL as a tool to control news?
(Scripting News)
There's no doubt that Twitter has received a lot of help from the press, and much of it is genuine SUL is Twitter's Suggested enthusiasm for a communication Users List. tool that at least hints at the future It's a group of approximately of news. 500 Twitter users who are Many of the suggested users are "suggested" to new users when news organizations, reporters, they create an account. The stated columnists, marketers, and as a purpose is to provide people to result, most have over a million watch when you're starting out. followers. Almost all of the top Compare this to the graph for But are there other purposes? tech news organizations are on the Could it be used to reward list. And TechCrunch was one of Mashable, over the same period. And plotted on the same graph. positive coverage and punish them until something happened in It's pretty clear something negative coverage? I think we J u l y a s i s e v i d e n t i n t h i s happened in July. now have some data on that. TwitterCounter graph.
Submitted at 9/22/2009 5:29:43 AM

We know this much -TechCrunch was dropped from the Suggested User List, right around the time their follower count started heading down. As to

why, we can only speculate that it was because they ran a piece that Twitter didn't like. 7/16/09: Twitter's Internal Strategy Laid Bare: To Be "The Pulse Of The Planet." People have always questioned whether there was a connection between being on the list and not being too critical of Twitter. At this point, there isn't much doubt that the connection is there.

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Sharing links in the River2 community
(Scripting News)
Submitted at 9/23/2009 5:54:56 AM

A new feature makes it easy to share links to stories from the River2 news page to followers on Twitter. http://newsriver.org/r2ly.html It also maintains a Top 40 list for River2 users. This feature is itself a bootstrap since one of the key ingredients are the people using it. Just the right number and the right kind (thoughtful, passionate, forgiving, visionary) are needed. The result can be an editorial product in its own right. And the first experiences will probably certainly suggest the second and third level of features. Bootstrapping is for users too. In fact at some point, without users participating, the bootstrap stops. You have to wait until they show up, or keep trying to figure out what it will take to entice them to participate. I realized something yesterday, that bootstrapping is hard because you have to use things that don't exist yet.

I often use bridges as metaphors to describe bootstraps in software. Here goes.. People hardly notice driving across the Golden Gate Bridge, they might notice the scenery, or the walkers or bike riders, or think about the oncoming traffic. But one day, a long time ago, someone stood on one side or the other -- in San Francisco or Marin -- and looked at the Golden Gate (which was the waterway before it was the bridge) and thought "I bet we could put a bridge here." Nice thought, but then what? What's the first step? And when that doesn't work, what's the next first step? Long before there's a bridge, someone has to make the trip in a

bucket hanging from a cable. Today, River2 users are those kinds of people. I've been having an on-and-off discussion with Marshall about this. He's been frustrated by the software. I understand. But I need people like him to struggle through it, tell me what went wrong, so I can try to fix it, and then tell me if it worked. The rewards mostly come from within, to know that you played a role in making something new happen. In this case it will be a distributed loosely-coupled 140-character message network that is free from YWFFTMMR. And there might be business opportunities to provide services to users. No one's saying you can't get rich. But it has to be fair, and people should always have lots of choice. One more note -- it's taking a long time for the domain I'll use, r2.ly, to come through the registration process. So to begin with we'll use a teamrss.com domain to share links. If you see one of these on Twitter it's coming from this part of River2.

What's On Tonight: Old Christine, Cougar Town, Glee, CSI: NY, Top Chef
By Bob Sassone (TV Squad)
Submitted at 9/23/2009 12:11:00 PM

Around the Net In Media: Dow Jones Shutters 'Far Eastern Economic Review'
(MediaPost | Media News)
Submitted at 9/22/2009 7:52:07 PM

Dow Jones will cease publishing Far Eastern Economic Review, its Asian news magazine, effective with the December issue. Starting then, Dow Jones will feature more

content from Asia within the Wall Street Journal and its other remaining properties. Hugo Restall, the mag's editor since October 2004 -- two months before the magazine switched to a monthly frequency -- will continue to serve on the WSJ

editorial board. Far Eastern Economic Review was launched in 1946 by Eric Halpern, an immigrant from Vienna, and was based in Hong Kong.

• At 8, ABC has a new Dancing with the Stars, followed by the series premieres of Modern Family, Cougar Town, and Eastwick. • CBS has the season premiere of Old Christine at 8, then the season premieres of Gary Unmarried, Criminal Minds, and CSI: NY. • NBC has the series premiere of Mercy at 8, followed by the season premiere of Law and Order: SVU and a new Jay Leno Show. • FOX has a new So You Think You Can Dance and a new Glee. • There's a new America's Next Top Model on The CW at 8, then a new The Beautiful Life. • Cartoon Network has a new Bobb'e Says at 8, followed by a new Dude, What Would Happen? • At 9, Discovery has a new Man

vs. Wild. • Food Network has a new Throwdown with Bobby Flay at 9. • History Channel has a new Nostradamus Effect at 9, followed by a new MysteryQuest. • Also at 9: Syfy has a new Ghost Hunters, then a new Destination Truth. • At 10, Bravo has a new Top Chef: Las Vegas. • Travel Channel has a new Man vs. Food at 10. Check your local TV listings for more. After the jump, the late night talk shows. Continue reading What's On Tonight: Old Christine, Cougar Town, Glee, CSI: NY, Top Chef Filed under: Late Night, Programming, Celebrities, Talk Show, What To Watch Tonight, Reality-Free Permalink| Email this| | Comments

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Bill Lawrence talks Cougar Town
By Joel Keller (TV Squad)
Submitted at 9/23/2009 11:04:00 AM

A couple of weeks after I got some Scrubs scoop from Bill Lawrence in Pasadena, I asked if we could talk by phone about his new show, Cougar Town. The Courteney Cox-led show, which follows the travails of a fortysomething Florida real estate agent and single mom as she tries to re-enter the dating world, starts tonight at 9 PM ET on ABC. We talked a little more about Scrubs(I'll print that in a few weeks), then about Cougar Town. I opened with the fact that at the session he had for the show at the TCA press tour, he seemed to spend a lot of time defending the "noisy title" of the show. The conversation ranged far and wide from that point, from what he thinks about the future of the multi-camera sitcom, why NBC's dependence on Jay Leno is shortsighted, why he's so outgoing to us press types, and why Courteney Cox let him talk everyone's ears off during the press tour session. You can read the long but interesting full

The Office: season five DVD review
By Kona Gallagher (TV Squad)
Submitted at 9/23/2009 10:00:00 AM

When I received my copy of The Office season five DVD in the mail, the first thing I noticed was that there may or may not be a Golden Ticket enclosed that would win me a trip to Hollywood. I tore into the By Mike Moody (TV Squad) other, and they also gave the show packaging, and saw that I had not, transcript if you're eager to find Submitted at 9/23/2009 10:21:00 AM a real sense of danger and in fact, won. So, this DVD set that stuff out. An edited version of purpose. Oh, and Macpherson sucks. THE END. the interview is after the jump. (S01E13) It took a while, but also gave us Claudia and Leena, ...Okay, I've been informed that I won't get paid unless I tell you Continue reading Bill Lawrence Warehouse 13 finally broke away apparently. talks Cougar Town from the stale case-of-the-week Macpherson returned to twist about what's actually on the F i l e d u n d e r : I n d u s t r y , episodes (and the stale dialogue) the knife one more time in a DVDs. So, let's get to that. The short version of the story is, Interviews, TCA Press Tour, to become the summer's most s e a s o n f i n a l e p a c k e d w i t h Reality-Free, Cougar Town amusing slice of sci-fi TV. The surprises, red herrings, and a few the folks who make The Office Permalink| Email this| | shift happened a few weeks ago insane artifacts (Timothy Leary's DVDs do so with fans in mind. Comments when Roger Rees' smug and psychedelic glasses? That was a They are not creating merely a collection of episodes: They sadistic baddie, Macpherson, good one.) showed up to make trouble for the Continue reading Warehouse chock the DVDs full of enough team. 13: Macpherson (season finale) extras and other goodies to make Macpherson turned out to be the Filed under: Other Sci- buying the DVDs preferable to big bad Warehouse 13 was Fi/Supernatural Shows, Episode say, buying a season pass on iTunes or just not erasing the missing all along. He was an ex- Reviews, Reality-Free Warehouse agent with a vendetta Permalink| Email this| | season's episodes off of your DVR. against Artie and the regents. His Comments Continue reading The Office: evil plots forced Artie and the season five DVD review agents to bond and trust each Filed under: TV on DVD, The Office, Reality-Free Permalink| Email this| | Comments

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Chicago Cubs' Milton Bradley would return to team if allowed, his mother says
Heights) Daily Herald of Illinois. Bradley, who was scratched from Saturday's lineup with a sore left Submitted at 9/23/2009 7:53:32 AM knee, was quoted as saying, "You The mother of banished Chicago understand why they haven't won Cubs outfielder Milton Bradley in 100 years here." said her son would consider As of Tuesday, the Cubs still returning to the team if it will hadn't filed any formal papers have him back. with Major League Baseball, the The Cubs suspended the volatile players' union or Bradley's agents Bradley on Sunday for the rest of outlining the suspension. He the season for what amounted to remains absent from the team and conduct detrimental to the team, it is still unclear whether the one day after he criticized the suspension is with or without pay. missed any episodes this season, f r a n c h i s e i n a n e w s p a p e r Bradley has two years or if they're piled up on the i n t e r v i e w . remaining on a three-year, $30 DVR/Tivo queue, making you “ million contract that he signed as feel guilty for not keeping up, Milton eats, sleeps and drinks a free agent last offseason. here's an out. AMC is going to baseball. He loves it. That's all he Hendry said Sunday he did not show a Mad Men Season Three wants to do.”-- Charlena Rector, know if the relationship can be marathon on Sunday, September mother of salvaged. 27, starting at 10 a.m. All six Cubs outfielder Milton Bradley "Recently, it's become episodes will air up to the Speaking to the Chicago Sun- intolerable to hear Milton talk premiere of the last, episode Times on Tuesday, Charlena about our great fans the way he seven, at 10 p.m. Rector said: "All the people on has," Hendry said. "We pride Continue reading Mad Men TV keep saying, 'Oh, Milton has ourselves on having the greatest marathon this Sunday played his last game for the fans in baseball, so at this time we Filed under: Programming, Cubs.'" But, she added, that won't felt it was best to send him home OpEd, Reality-Free, Mad Men be the case if Bradley has any say for the rest of the season." Permalink| Email this| | with management. The Cubs haven't won the Comments "Milton eats, sleeps and drinks World Series since 1908 and, baseball. He loves it. That's all he though they had high postseason wants to do," Rector told the hopes entering 2009, they are 78newspaper. 72 through Tuesday and out of the Cubs general manager Jim playoff races. Hendry said he decided to send According to his mother, Bradley home after learning of the Bradley's unhappiness in Chicago player's remarks in the (Arlington stems in part from racism that his

By ESPN.com news services (ESPN.com)

Mad Men marathon this Sunday
By Allison Waldman (TV Squad)
Submitted at 9/23/2009 11:40:00 AM

There was a real conundrum for Mad Men last Sunday night. Did you watch the Emmys and see Mad Men win as Outstanding Drama Series or were you tuned in to watch latest episode from Season Three? Of course, most of you reading are DVR owners and could watch one live and record the other, but watching an award show after you know the winners is a little like watching sports when you know the results. Well, if a Mad Men fan has

3-year-old son has faced at school. "When racism hit his 3-year-old baby in school, he couldn't take that," Rector said in a radio interview earlier this week, according to the Sun-Times. "Parents, teachers and their kids called him the n-word. He didn't even know it was a bad word until his mom told him." When asked why her son shared the information only with her this season, Rector said, "Milton is a quiet person. Stuff like that, he keeps to himself. He doesn't want to talk about that because he doesn't think anybody cares. It is a heartbreaking situation." She believes it affected his play. Bradley struggled at the plate, batting .257 with 12 homers and 40 RBIs this season, and was booed vigorously by home fans at Wrigley Field. "I watched his swing, and I could tell what was wrong," Rector told the Sun-Times. "His mind wasn't on baseball. He was thinking about all of these other things." Information from The Associated Press and ESPN.com senior writer Jayson Stark was used in this report.

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Why Let Stats Cloud an MVP Debate?
(WSJ.com: The Daily Fix)
Submitted at 9/23/2009 8:57:48 AM

It’s not news that the Minnesota Twins and New York Yankees won Tuesday night. The Twins’ win helped the team keep pace in an attempt to catch the Detroit Tigers in the AL Central, while New York’s clinched a playoff berth. Nor is it news that those teams’ two top stars — Joe Mauer and Derek Jeter — each spent roughly half their nights on base. They’ve been doing it all year, and that’s why they have been at the center of a debate over the rightful American League Most Valuable Player. How and why that debate has grown so unusually heated is another story. Reuters Does Derek Jeter deserve a lifetime-achievement MVP award? Mauer leads the league, by generous margins, in batting average (.372), on-base percentage (.442) and slugging percentage (.609), has hit a career -best 28 homers despite missing the first month of the season to injury, and has keyed the Twins’ improbable late run in the AL Central. Jeter, for his part, has less impressive stats but is enjoying a terrific season for a winning team, is one of the game’s most revered players and has never won an MVP. By the numbers, be they averages and homers or advanced metrics like WAR, it’s hard to make an argument for Jeter over Mauer as MVP, but many have made the case for Jeter nonetheless MLB.com’s Hal Bodley, for instance based on both Number Two’s intangible contributions and the fact that the future Hall of Famer has not yet won an MVP.

The relative squishiness of the pro-Jeter case has led to a backlash in the more stat-friendly online baseball community. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s Michael Rand was more polite than some in his dismissal (it’s Minnesota, after all), but no less dismissive. Yahoo’s Gordon Edes predicts that Mauer will win the argument, and the MVP, in the end. At this point, though, the debate less is about which player has been more valuable than about the interlocutors themselves the traditionalists arguing for Jeter on near-mystical grounds and the increasingly enraged objectivists in Mauer’s corner. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, for one, picks Mauer as his MVP but feels picked on by the statheads making the case for him. “Sabermetricians were ignored for so long, they had to shout to be heard,” Rosenthal writes. “Now they are getting heard — properly heard in the highest levels of baseball media and front offices. But some continue to shout, dismissing those who disagree as ignorant dolts. Last I checked, it’s a free country.” Joe Posnanski thinks Rosenthal’s dialing up the huff a bit too much, given that “the mainstream media is still, you know, mainstream.” “It strikes a fun image of stat-heads holding mainstream media members hostage with slide rulers and mechanical pencils,” Posnanski blogs. “[But] Ive got to believe that Kens whole notion that baseball bloggers are so powerful and overbearing that they are stifling free speech and peoples willingness to push for Derek Jeter as MVP over Joe Mauer is

at least partially tongue in cheek. At the Daily Deal, Matthew Wurtzel imagines Prokhorov as a Russian answer to Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban. The prospect of an NBA team — even a team that one hugely talented and utterly shameless Nets fan tagged a serious disgrace pretty comical. I think the power in its current iteration — passing that comes from the best bloggers into the hands of a Russian who use statistics is that what they oligarch will surely result in more interesting articles along the way. write MAKES SENSE.” An argument for ambiguity an While you wait, check out Julian argument for the argument, if you G a r c i a ’ s a b l e r e c a p o f like comes from the temple of Prokhorov’s interesting past in the objective stats that is Baseball New York Daily News.* * * Considering that Kim Clijsters Reference. At BR’s Daily Blog, Bill Baer makes the case for a wound up winning the U.S. Open nebulously defined MVP. “If we in just her third tournament after follow the statistics and simply e n d i n g a t w o - y e a r c a r e e r mechanically hand out the awards sabbatical, it’s perhaps not that based on what FanGraphs and surprising that Justin Henin, the Baseball Reference say,” Baer 2007 U.S. Open champion and writes, “then theres no more winner of seven Grand Slam reason to hold any interest in the tournaments, announced Tuesday that she was ending her own 16end-of-season awards.”* * * It’s not an appealing word. But month retirement. While all these there isn’t really a more accurate c o m e b a c k s m a k e f o r n i c e term than “oligarch” to describe television narratives, they have M i k h a i l P r o k h o r o v , a also raised the question of why so controversial Russian nickel- m a n y t e n n i s p l a y e r s f e e l mining magnate with an estimated compelled to leave the sport — if net worth of $9.5 billion and an only for a little while — at their increasingly serious interest in peaks. “Despite its genteel roots, purchasing the NBA’s New Jersey Nets. Of course, it’s still kind of m o d e r n t e n n i s h a s b e c o m e hard to tell exactly how serious p r o g r e s s i v e l y c o n d u c i v e t o this is — Nets executive Brett f l a m e o u t s , ” U S A T o d a y ’ s Yormark is one of the most Douglas Robson writes. “From a relentlessly on-message human young age, players are subjected beings on earth, and he isn’t t o i n c e s s a n t g l o b a l t r a v e l , talking. Prokhorov, for his part, increasingly physical matches and expressed his interest in a Russian a grinding season that runs until language LiveJournal post. The N o v e m b e r f o r w o m e n a n d Newark Star-Ledger’s Dave December for men. Examples of D’Alessandro blogs the goofily players in their prime that took Borat-ian Google translation. At time off and returned, or left the Field of Schemes, Neil deMause s p o r t f o r g o o d , l i t t e r t h e wonders if Prokhorov’s post was landscape.” At Fanhouse, Greg

Couch celebrates the return of “the best women’s tennis player in the world.”* * * NBA commissioner David Stern’s hard line in negotiations with the NBA referees union — discussed in this recent Fix— seems destined to lead to a lockout and replacement refs. In the New York Times, Howard Beck remembers 1995, the last time the NBA broke out replacement referees. “Fourteen years ago, the N.B.A. locked out its referees, handed their whistles to an army of wide-eyed substitutes and watched the insanity unfold,” Beck writes. “The games got messy. The players got antsy. They wanted their old referees back — the same ones who, in any other season, would be the targets of their fury.” At the blog 48 Minutes of Hell, Graydon Gordian steps back from the negotiating table jockeying and examines the human stakes of a referee lockout.* * * During NBC’s Sunday night broadcast, the network’s broadcasters all but wrote a love poem to the budget-busting gaudiness of the new Cowboys Stadium. A few of the lessdiscussed downsides to Jerry Jones’s new palace: Parking costs $40, a 20-inch pizza really costs $60, and the tax burden placed on the community by construction overruns is a whopping $933 million. Eric Deggans of the National Sports Journalism Center injects some welcome perspective with a column that ponders the thin line between enthusiastic reportage and outright boosterism. “If youre WHY page 61

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Plaxico Burress sentenced to two years in prison on firearms charge
By ESPN.com news services (ESPN.com)
Submitted at 9/23/2009 8:28:23 AM

Plaxico Burress Begins Prison Sentence Plaxico Burress Begins Prison Sentence VIDEO PLAYLIST • Plaxico Burress Begins Prison Sentence Plaxico Burress Begins Prison Sentence • Burress' Attorney Addresses The Media Burress' Attorney Addresses The Media • Cossack: Burress Faces Tough Two Years Cossack: Burress Faces Tough Two Years • Plaxico Behind Bars Plaxico Behind Bars NEW YORK -- One-time Super Bowl hero Plaxico Burress was sentenced to two years in prison Tuesday for violating New York's stringent gun laws and was immediately taken into custody following his hearing. Burress agreed to a plea deal last month and pleaded guilty to a lesser firearms charge. The charges stemmed from an incident late last fall, in which Burress accidentally shot himself in the thigh at a Manhattan nightclub with a gun that had not been licensed in New York. He is expected to serve about 20 months with credit for good behavior -- meaning he could be released as early as the spring of 2011 -- followed by two years of probation. Burress arrived at the courthouse at 9:41 a.m. ET on Tuesday wearing a jeans and a long-sleeved T-shirt, a stark

contrast to the dark blue suit he wore last month when he entered his guilty plea. He was accompanied by his pregnant wife, Tiffany; his almost 3-year-old son, Elijah, whom he carried; his father and stepmother; and his grandmother. Before the sentencing began, Burress asked for and was granted permission by Judge Michael Melkonian to say one last goodbye to his wife and family, seated in the fifth row of the courthouse. The hearing was brief, as the prosecution and defense told the judge they had previously agreed to the guilty plea and two-year sentence. A soft-spoken Burress then apologized to his family and fans and thanked them for their support. "We will all get through this," he said. He was then taken into custody. The Giants, through spokesman Pat Hanlon, said, "This has been a tragic, sad, disappointing situation from the beginning. Our concern has always been for Plax's welfare, and for his family, and that continues to be our overriding feeling." Michael Strahan, a former Giants teammate who is now an NFL television analyst, used his Twitter account to support Burress: "My Thoughts and Prayers are with my man Plaxico and his family today!!!" Antonio Pierce, also a former Giants teammate who was with Burress the night of the incident, and former Giants linebacker

Kawika Mitchell, now with the Buffalo Bills, re-tweeted the Strahan comment. Burress was transported to Rikers Island jail in New York, where he arrived at 1:20 p.m. ET, according to Steve Morello, a deputy commissioner with the New York City Department of Corrections. He will later be transferred to another correctional facility for processing before being sent to one of New York state's 34 medium-security prisons to serve out his sentence. Afterward, his defense attorney, Benjamin Brafman, called the case "terribly sad and very tragic." "This has been a very emotional experience for him," Brafman said. "He's sad about what he's done to his life, his career, and more importantly to his family. He's a fundamentally good man who has used bad judgment and is going to pay a very, very severe penalty." The case went to a grand jury after months of negotiations between prosecutors and Burress' defense attorney broke down, apparently because Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau insisted that the former New York Giants wide receiver serve at least two years in prison for violating the city's strict gun laws. Mayor Michael Bloomberg had also publicly called for Burress to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. On July 29, Burress took the rare and risky step of testifying before the grand jury, hoping to

convince the panel that the gun was not used in the commission of a crime and that he was the lone victim. But days later, Burress was indicted on two counts of criminal possession of a weapon and one count of reckless endangerment. He faced a minimum sentence of 3½ years if convicted at trial. On Aug. 20, the day he was to be arraigned, Burress agreed to a plea deal and pleaded guilty to attempted weapons possession in the second degree. Hours after Burress pleaded guilty, the NFL announced that commissioner Roger Goodell had suspended the receiver and said Burress is ineligible to sign with any team until he completes his prison term. After that, Burress may sign with an NFL team without further review. Burress, a nine-year veteran with the Giants and Pittsburgh Steelers, became a Super Bowl hero when he caught the winning touchdown pass in the last minute of the Giants' 17-14 upset win over the previously unbeaten New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII. Burress and Pierce were at the Latin Quarter nightclub in Manhattan in late November 2008 when a gun that was tucked into Burress' waistband slipped down his leg and fired, shooting him in the right thigh. The bullet narrowly missed a nightclub security guard who was standing inches away, prosecutors said. It lodged in the floor and was recovered by a bartender.

The gun was not licensed in New York or in New Jersey, where Burress lived. His license to carry a concealed weapon in the state of Florida had expired in May 2008. Prosecutors said Pierce drove Burress to a hospital, then took the gun to his own home in New Jersey. It was later delivered to Burress' home. Pierce, who also testified before the grand jury, was not charged. The Giants released Burress in April, but the 32-year-old told ESPN he hopes to resume his NFL career when he completes his sentence. "When I get out, I'll be 33, not 43," Burress said in an interview broadcast in August. "I'll still be able to run and catch. I'll still have the God-given ability to snag footballs; that's what I love to do. Of course, I want to play again." Gil Brandt, an analyst on NFL Sirius Radio and the former head of player personnel for the Dallas Cowboys, said Burress won't be too old for a comeback when he's released from prison. "First of all, Plaxico is a guy who keeps himself in pretty good shape," Brandt said. "Lots of times guys get heavy in the offseason. He is not a guy who has done that." ESPN reporter Sal Paolantonio and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Dolphins Dominate All Stats but Final Score
(WSJ.com: The Daily Fix)
Submitted at 9/22/2009 7:52:47 AM

Winning the time-of-possession battle in a football game can be about as valuable as the $10 you collect for winning second prize in a beauty contest in Monopoly. It doesn’t hurt, but as the Miami Dolphins can attest today, it doesn’t necessarily help much, either. Getty Images Peyton Manning takes time from his busy schedule filming commercials to steer the Colts to victory. The Dolphins controlled the ball for over 45 minutes out of 60 yet lost 27-23 to Indianapolis on Monday, thanks to Peyton Manning’s quick-strike capabilities. The Colts quarterback threw a TD pass on the game’s opening play and another late in the fourth quarter to beat Miami. Those drives required all of 44 seconds combined. The Dolphins also rushed for an impressive 239 yards on 49 carries, another stat that won’t make them feel any better about dropping to 0-2. “The point is that the view from two losses in the first two games of any NFL season isn’t a pretty one,” Greg Stoda writes in the Palm Beach Post. “Jacksonville, Tennessee, Cleveland, Kansas City and the Dolphins are working from that AFC perspective at the moment; Carolina, Tampa Bay, Detroit and St. Louis are the NFC counterparts. How’s that for a miserable bunch of teams? If there’s a championship contender

among those groups — or, for that matter, a playoff participant — it’s pretty well-disguised.” “Despite what the clock might lead you to believe, Manning was the more efficient quarterback on Monday night,” Vinnie Iyer writes for the Sporting News. “You can’t ‘fault’ him for [Dallas] Clark and [Pierre] Garcon making great moves to score in a blink. That’s just the nature of having explosive playmakers.” The Indianapolis Star’s Bob Kravitz imagines Johnny Unitas in football heaven celebrating Manning’s efficiency and his 119th victory, breaking the legendary quarterback’s franchise record. “Seriously, did you see my boy, 18? Is that kid a leader, or what?” Kravitz writes, channeling Unitas. “He spent more time on the sideline talking to Tiger Woods than he did on the field. Seemed like he needed 10 plays to score 27 points. That, my friends, is more than quarterback; that’s a leader.” While the Dolphins are winless, division rival New York is 2-0. But don’t celebrate too early, Jets fans, Jeff Pearlman warns at Sports Illustrated. In Washington, the Redskins needed an ugly 9-7 win over St. Louis on Sunday to get to 1-1 before displeased fans. Afterwards, a tweet from linebacker Robert Henson led to a torrent of criticism of the rookie Monday, Dan Steinberg writes in the Washington Post. It’s never a good thing to refer to your own

spectacularly,” Justice fumes. “Had Dave Clark, who managed six years in the minor leagues and is held in high esteem in the clubhouse, gotten a chance earlier, a cloud of doubt and negative emotions would have been lifted.” Sports Illustrated’s Ted Keith thinks the Astros will be hardpressed to contend next year even fans as “dim-wits.”* * * The community-owned Packers with the managerial change. “The thrive in Green Bay, the NFL’s Astros are old and it shows,” smallest market. But it’s a Keith writes. “They have only two different story in Jacksonville, position players younger than 29, where the Jaguars likely will not and when veterans like Miguel sell out any games this season. Tejada and Lance Berkman For Sunday’s home opener, a 31- stopped producing as they did in 17 loss to Arizona, the Jags their prime, their offense was announced attendance of 46,520 rendered largely punchless.”* * * Most baseball teams run but the crowd appeared much smaller. High unemployment and academies in the Dominican foreclosure rates and little Republic, injecting over $100 corporate support are major m i l l i o n a n n u a l l y i n t o t h e reasons Dan Wetzel of Yahoo economy, because of the wealth Sports labels this small-market of talent they reap from that NFL experiment a failure.* * * investment — the most of any The Houston Astros surprised foreign country. But the game in no one by firing manager Cecil the D.R. is rife with steroids, Cooper on Monday. Afterwards, fraud and kickbacks, Kevin Cooper’s replacement, third-base Baxter writes in the Los Angeles coach Dave Clark, watched the Times.* * * Canada and the U.S. usually Astros fall to their eighth straight have an amicable relationship. defeat, 7-3 to St. Louis. Poor signings and a weak minor The two countries share the -league system contributed to the world’s longest undefended Astros’ early elimination from the border and are each other’s largest playoffs, the Houston Chronicle’s trading partners. But things aren’t Richard Justice writes. But they hunky-dory as Canada prepares aren’t the biggest reason for for the Winter Olympics in Houston’s failures, at least February. Hoping to sit atop the according to Justice. “Cooper was medal standings and win its first a huge part of the problem. In gold medal as host, Canada is almost every way a manager can l i m i t i n g t r a i n i n g a c c e s s t o b e m e a s u r e d , h e f a i l e d American and other foreign athletes, John Branch writes in the

New York Times. A country stereotypically known for its polite citizenry is suddenly fighting accusations of poor sportsmanship.* * * Some message Formula One sent Monday. The sport’s governing body gave Renault a two-year suspended sentence for its role in Nelson Piquet Jr.’s deliberate crash at last year’s Singapore Grand Prix. While team boss Flavio Briatore was banned for life and engineer Pat Symonds was banned for five years, Renault didn’t even get a hefty fine. “The governing body of motor sport has failed in its duty sufficiently to penalize Renault and its Formula One team for one of the worst acts of cheating in sporting history and allowed commercial considerations to cloud its judgment,” Edward Gorman wonders in the Times of London. In the New York Times, Rob Hughes writes that Briatore’s suspension poses a problem for British soccer, too. – Tip of the Fix cap to reader Don Hartline. Found a good column from the world of sports? Don’t keep it to yourself — write to us at dailyfix@wsj.com and we’ll consider your find for inclusion in the Daily Fix. You can email Garey at ris84rap@gmail.com.

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The Count: Wildcat Has Been a Boon to Dolphins
(WSJ.com: The Daily Fix)
Submitted at 9/22/2009 4:29:20 PM

though, that would make the yardage increase even more impressive, because yards are The Wildcat offense, featured by harder to come by close to the end the Miami Dolphins in their zone. Yardage also can matter Monday night, 27-23 loss to the more or less depending on the Colts, got a bad rap on the ESPN situation, as Football Outsiders telecast. Associated Press Ronnie reminds readers in a review of this Brown and the Dolphins did well past weekend’s games. with the Wildcat on Monday. Still, the Wildcat numbers last Broadcasters cited statistics year were impressive, and they showing that last year, the were even more so last night, Wildcat formation — a kind of when the average Dolphins play option offense that allows the out of the formation gained 8.9 offense to was used on 8.4% of yards, compared to 4.1 yards for Dolphins’ snaps, and amounted to all other plays. That suggests that 10.5% of Miami’s total yardage Miami should be using the from scrimmage. To Ron offense more often. Though the Jaworksi, this demonstrated that team can’t be called conservative the Wildcat represented just a 2% when it’s trying Wildcat more improvement; he dismissed it as a than its peers, the underuse of gimmick. But as reader Kenneth season. SI used the numbers, such a successful strategy is Levin points out, those figures though, to make the opposite consistent with NFL teams’ suggest that the average Wildcat point — that the Wildcat has been reluctance to go for it on fourth play gained far more than other very successful for Miami. The down. Football analyst Brian plays –28% more yards, on magazine also reported that plays Burke studied when teams should average. The two percentage- out of the formation accounted for kick and when they should try to point difference looks small, but 20% of all Dolphins touchdowns. get the first down, and came up is more a reflection of the But that understates the Wildcat’s with a handy chart coaches can infrequency with which Miami effectiveness relative to other consult. He also credits the deployed the unconventional offensive plays, because it R e d s k i n s w i t h s o m e g u t s y formation, despite all the attention includes two interception returns decisions on fourth down, and for touchdowns. The Wildcat names the game last season with it gets. “Most ’standard practices’ of contributed 21.5% of offensive the most egregious decisions not today started as what could be touchdowns. That means plays to go for it on fourth down. described as a ‘gimmick, gadget, out of the Wildcat were almost Bonus NFL numbers: Pro or trick (GGT)’ that proved three times as likely to result in Football Reference identifies the successful over the long term,” touchdowns than other plays. teams that have had the least and These numbers don’t account most turnover of talent since the Western Kentucky University economist Brian Goff writes. for the position on the field when inception of free agency. Those stats aired by ESPN also the plays were run. Perhaps the were cited by Sports Illustrated in Wildcat was used more often a preview of the Dolphins’ close to the end zone. If so,

Starting linebacker A.J. Jones among 6 out of Florida Gators practice for flulike symptoms
By Associated Press (ESPN.com)
Submitted at 9/23/2009 4:35:03 AM

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- No. 1 Florida Gators kept six more players out of practice Tuesday because of flu-like symptoms. Gators coach Urban Meyer said starting linebacker A.J. Jones was among those feeling ill. No player has had a confirmed case of swine flu, but Meyer has expressed concern that the virus could ravage the defending national champions. Receivers coach Billy Gonzales, who was sent home the day before because he had a fever, returned to practice Tuesday wearing gloves and a mask. SEC blog ESPN.com's Chris Low writes about all things SEC in his conference blog. • Blog network: College Football Nation Also not at practice were defensive back Josh Evans, receiver Justin Williams, running back Mike Gillislee, defensive end Earl Okine and walk-on offensive lineman Shawn Schmieder. "We're all right," Meyer said. "We've just got to get ready. We're doing what we've got to do. What we can control, we control. Guys are wiping down everything. We're doing everything we can. I think we'll be all right." Meyer sounded as if he were coming down with something himself, but insisted he was just

hoarse from "screaming too much" during practice. Previously, running back Jeff Demps, tight end Aaron Hernandez and defensive end Jermaine Cunningham were isolated because of flulike symptoms. "They're still not 100 percent," Meyer said. "We had six others come down today with it, so we're battling a little bit right now." The Gators all had a round of flu shots Sunday, about a week after one school official predicted that as many as 40 percent of students could catch swine flu this season. Team doctors and trainers responded by placing hand sanitizer and prevention checklists all around the facility. When asked about the flu, linebacker Ryan Stamper jokingly coughed at reporters, then laughed. "We're doing a real good job with that, trying to keep guys from catching that," Stamper said. Also Tuesday, linebacker Brandon Spikes (Achilles tendon) and receiver Deonte Thompson(hamstring) did not practice. Meyer was optimistic Thompson would be able to play Saturday at Kentucky. "They ran him again today and he's feeling really good, but I'm just kind of cautious right now," Meyer said. "We didn't hit the mark last week, so I want to hit the mark this week." Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press

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Fan asks Oregon Ducks coach Chip Source: Dallas Cowboys running back Marion Barber Kelly for refund after loss at Boise State, gets a check for $439 in return gets treatment, hopes to play
By Matt Mosley (ESPN.com)
Submitted at 9/23/2009 9:25:48 AM

By ESPN.com news services (ESPN.com)

everydayshouldbesaturday.com, he was so unhappy with what he saw, he sent Ducks coach Chip Submitted at 9/23/2009 7:35:05 AM Kelly an e-mail, with an attached Plenty of disgruntled fans have i n v o i c e f o r $ 4 3 9 i n t r a v e l said they wanted their money e x p e n s e s . back after an underwhelming "The product on the field performance. Thursday night is not something I But how many have made that was at all proud of, and I feel as complaint -- and then received a though I'm entitled to my money check in the mail, signed by the back for the trip," he wrote, coach? according to the Web site. Tony Seminary did. “ The story starts in Boise, Idaho, Let's just say he lost every game where on Sept. 3, Oregon lost its as an Oregon coach. You would season opener to Boise State-- and never hear me calling for his star running back LeGarrette head. It just wouldn't happen. The Blount lost his temper and guy showed an incredible amount responded to an apparent taunt of class.”-- Oregon alumnus Tony from Boise State's Byron Hout Seminary, with a punch. on coach Chip Kelly The 19-8 loss was disappointing According to the Web site, for Oregon, which started the Kelly replied to Seminary's e-mail s e a s o n w i t h B C S b o w l with a question: "What is your aspirations. The punch and address?" Blount's behavior afterward, in Sure enough, a check for $439, which he had to be restrained apparently signed by Kelly, from approaching fans in the arrived in Seminary's mailbox, stands, led the team to suspend according to the Web site. him for the season. Seminary was so impressed by the Seminary, an Oregon alumnus gesture, he returned the check to from the Portland area, attended Kelly with a thank-you note, the game in Boise. According to rather than cashing it. t h e W e b s i t e "As a sales guy, it's really hard

to shut me up," Seminary said, according to the Web site. "When I received that check, I was literally speechless. "I think of Coach Kelly as a totally different person now," Seminary said, according to the Web site. "I have a different bond with him now. ... Let's just say he lost every game as an Oregon coach. You would never hear me calling for his head. It just wouldn't happen. The guy showed an incredible amount of class." Kelly would not address the situation on Monday. "I've got no comment on that," Kelly said Monday during a media conference call. "We're getting ready to play California." Oregon athletic director and former football coach Mike Bellotti said that during his career, he has received e-mails and letters demanding money back, according to The Register-Guard of Eugene, Ore. But he never complied with those requests. "I've never heard of a coach sending money," Bellotti said, according to the report. "Chip [doing that] is one for the ages. He earns my respect."

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going to wow us with breathless facts on the size of the joint and celebrate the games recordbreaking status,” Deggans writes, “surely theres also a little time to acknowledge any downside to the debut of this behemoth — or at least tone down the genuflecting.” – Tip of the Fix cap to fellow Fixer Garey Ris. Found a good column from the world of sports? Don’t keep it to yourself — write to us at dailyfix@wsj.com and we’ll consider your find for inclusion in the Daily Fix. You can email David at droth11@gmail.com.

yards on 18 carries Sunday against the Giants, isn't ready to go, second-year player Tashard Nursing a strained quadriceps Choice will take on a larger role muscle in his left leg, Dallas on the offense. When Barber and Cowboys running back Marion Felix Jones were out with injuries B a r b e r r e c e i v e d t r e a t m e n t last December, Choice stepped in Tuesday morning and hopes to and made a very favorable play against the Panthers on impression. Monday, a league source told Jones tied a career high with 96 ESPN.com on Tuesday. rushing yards and scored a An MRI taken Monday morning touchdown on seven carries confirmed the strain. Coach Wade Sunday. Phillips said the Cowboys would Cowboys owner Jerry Jones have to "wait and see on that" questioned Barber's toughness when asked about Barber's status w h e n h e w a s i n j u r e d l a s t d u r i n g M o n d a y ' s n e w s December, which seemed conference. The Cowboys will see completely out of place for one of how Barber's quad responds to the most punishing runners in the treatment over the next few days league. Jones attempted to retract and then make a decision. his comments later, but it still Barber pulled up lame at the end made for a bizarre situation. of a 35-yard run in the fourth To add depth, the Cowboys quarter of the Cowboys' 33-31 signed running back Chauncey loss to the Giants on Sunday Washington to their practice night. squad on Tuesday. Television station KXAS-TV in Washington played in six games D a l l a s - F o r t W o r t h c i t e d for the Jacksonville Jaguars in anonymous sources in reporting 2008 as a rookie seventh-round on Tuesday that Barber will miss draft pick out of USC. He had one to two weeks, but the only four carries for 9 yards and Cowboys initially said the running one catch for 9 yards. back was "50-50." Now, it To make room on the practice appears to be a waiting game. s q u a d f o r W a s h i n g t o n , t h e NFC East blog Cowboys released fullback Julius ESPN.com's Matt Mosley writes Crosslin. about all things NFC East in his Matt Mosley covers the NFC division blog. East for ESPN.com. Information • Blog network: NFL Nation from The Associated Press was Having one extra day certainly used in this report. helps the running back's situation. But if Barber, who ran for 124

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Webb Reportedly Will Not Restructure Option for Arizona
By Pat Lackey (FanHouse)
Submitted at 9/23/2009 10:33:00 AM

NBA Players Union Stands With Refs
By Tom Ziller (FanHouse)
Submitted at 9/23/2009 9:15:00 AM

by Pat Lackey Filed under: Diamondbacks, NL West One of the big stories of the early offseason in 2009 is going to be Brandon Webb's 2010 option. The Diamondbacks hold a team option on their ailing ace worth $8.5 million and they're understandably a little hesitant to pay such a steep price for a pitcher coming off of a shoulder injury, even if that pitcher is Brandon Webb. In that vein, the Arizona Republic reported Tuesday that the D'backs are planning on approaching Webb about restructuring his contract. Of course, in the same story it was reported that Webb has absolutely no interest in any sort of contract restructuring of his deal. That means the D'backs have until shortly after the World Series to figure out what they're going to

do with their ace. Webb Reportedly Will Not Restructure Option for Arizona originally appeared on Fanhouse MLB Blog on Wed, 23 Sep 2009 10:33:00 EST . Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Email this| Linking Blogs| Comments

by Tom Ziller Filed under: NBA Referees Hornets guard Chris Paul may not be worried about replacement referees coming to the NBA, but Paul's union apparently feels differently. Derek Fisher, the Laker who heads the National Basketball Players Association, put out a statement Tuesday supporting the referees union in its labor dispute with the league. In the statement, Fisher called the implementation of B-level referees "unacceptable" and said that replacement refs "could compromise the integrity of the game." He also asks the league to treat the refs fairly, presumably because Fisher would like the

How's Everyone Feeling? Who's Ready for Training Camp and Who Isn't
By Matt Steinmetz (FanHouse)
league to treat players fairly in ongoing collective bargaining agreement negotiations. NBA Players Union Stands With Refs originally appeared on Fanhouse NBA Blog on Wed, 23 Sep 2009 09:15:00 EST . Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Email this| Linking Blogs| Comments
Submitted at 9/23/2009 12:00:00 PM

CFL Fan Climbs Goalpost, Somehow Avoids Breaking Neck
By Adam Gretz (FanHouse)
Submitted at 9/23/2009 11:15:00 AM

the north? Well, they raise the stakes to daredevil levels and climb the goalposts. by Adam Gretz During the Hamilton Tiger-cats Filed under: Blogs And you vs. Calgary Stampeders game on thought American sports fans September 18, which the Tigerwere a little off their rocker. Here, cats won 24-17, a fan decided to we simply fight in the stands and scale the goalpost, climb the run across the field allowing u p r i g h t , s l i d e d o w n l i k e a security guards to tackle us in the fireman's pole, and then tightrope outfield. Our friendly neighbors to walk across the crossbar, all

before falling into the waiting hands of stadium security.

by Matt Steinmetz Filed under: NBA Injuries Several NBA players missed significant parts of last season because of injury. Here's a quick rundown of how some of them are doing with training camps set to begin next week for most teams: Gilbert Arenas, Washington (knee): He's had three surgeries on his knee in a year and a half, but Arenas said he'll be ready for the start of training camp. Of course, he took things a step further by saying that had he continued to rehab in Washington, instead of working with trainer Tim Grover in Chicago, he wouldn't have made it back as fast. How's Everyone Feeling? Who's Multiple video's after the jump. Ready for Training Camp and CFL Fan Climbs Goalpost, Somehow Avoids Breaking Neck Who Isn't originally appeared on originally appeared on Fanhouse Fanhouse NBA Blog on Wed, 23 Backporch on Wed, 23 Sep 2009 Sep 2009 12:00:00 EST . Please 11:15:00 EST . Please see our see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Email this| Linking terms for use of feeds. Blogs| Comments Permalink| Email this| Linking Blogs| Comments

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Lions Worst in NFL in LongHaired Hippies, Too
By Ryan Wilson (FanHouse)
Submitted at 9/23/2009 12:00:00 PM

by Ryan Wilson Filed under: Sports Media I love that the Wall Street Journal's David Biderman, as part of his job, spent a few hours clicking through every headshot of every player currently on an NFL roster for the sole purpose of writing this post: "More NFL Players Are Letting Their Hair Down." Rupert Murdoch must be spinning in his grave. But out of Biderman's work comes some interesting findings. Like this: NFL defensive backs have longer hair than any other position. Or this: Quarterbacks are among the cleanest cut.

Xbox 360 system update preps Twitter, Facebook, Last.fm
By David Hinkle (Joystiq)
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Metroid Prime producer hints at future Prime titles

Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker characters revealed in Famitsu
By Griffin McElroy (Joystiq)
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If you're playing hooky from work or school today to get in some quality time with Halo 3: ODST, you know that a mandatory system update is By Ben Gilbert (Joystiq) for the DS in Metroid Prime putting a pause on your action. Hunters, and it's possible Tanabe Major Nelson reports that the new Submitted at 9/23/2009 11:02:00 AM is speaking about future Prime system update doesn't bring any With the recent release of titles for Nintendo's handheld i m m e d i a t e c h a n g e s t o t h e Metroid Prime Trilogy, it was system, hearing about more Prime Dashboard and only prepares easy to presume that the Prime g a m e s i n a n y c a p a c i t y i s some backend support for the series of Metroid games had intriguing news. While Team upcoming additions of Twitter, received a final nail hammered N i n j a i s b u s y w o r k i n g o n Facebook and Last.fm to Xbox into its coffin. According to a Metroid: Other M, it's possible Live later this year. Oh, and if you do decide to link recent interview with Kotaku that Prime series dev Retro though, it appears the series' Studios could be working on the up your Twitter and Facebook producer isn't quite done. In future of its brand of Metroid. accounts to your Xbox 360 when response to a question regarding Don''t just take it from us, take it that update launches, be careful multiplayer in the series, Kensuke from Retro Studios prez and CEO about faking sick when the next Tanabe said: Michael Kelbaugh who said so Halo rolls out. We'd hate for your boss or principal to find out you're "As all I take part in is the Prime himself! series, I am not capable of Metroid Prime producer hints at all too well"pwning n00bs!" Xbox 360 system update preps c o m m e n t i n g o n t h e w h o l e future Prime titles originally Metroid series. But we will keep appeared on Joystiq on Wed, 23 Twitter, Facebook, Last.fm considering multiplayer for the Sep 2009 11:02:00 EST. Please originally appeared on Joystiq on Prime series. For instance, I think see our terms for use of feeds. Wed, 23 Sep 2009 10:42:00 EST. I can come up with some unique Read| Permalink| Email this| Please see our terms for use of feeds. ideas using the Morph Ball, which Comments Read| Permalink| Email this| is a specific skill of Samus'." Comments Though the series got a spinoff

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Hideo Kojima has remained tight -lipped about the characters that will appear in Konami's upcoming PSP spy romp, Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker-- so far, we only know four: Snake, Snake, Snake and Snaaaake! However, Famitsu has revealed a few other faces that will make an appearances in the game: Amanda, Huey, Chico, Coldman, Strangelove, Galvez, Cecile, Paz, and, most notably, Master Miller from Metal Gear 2. The magazine also included illustrations of these characters, who look as colorful as their names might suggest. Famitsu also provides details about the co-op modes seen in the nine-minute trailer released last month. When two players get close to one another, "Co-op" mode activiates, merging the players' health gauges and allowing them to trade items. When they get really close, they go into "Snake-in" mode, in which one player controls both Snakes' movements so that the other can focus on murdering fools. We wonder if all four players can merge in this manner, forming a growling, bearded train of death? [Thanks, Ryan] Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker characters revealed in Famitsu originally appeared on Joystiq on By Alexander Sliwinski Wed, 23 Sep 2009 11:58:00 EST. (Joystiq) Please see our terms for use of Submitted at 9/23/2009 11:29:00 AM feeds. Read| Permalink| Email this| THQ's stock jumped up a solid Comments 13 percent yesterday over whispers that the publisher is in a takeover company's line of sight. Optimism has recently surrounded the once fumbling publisher, as it pulled off a couple retail successes and has put on a good show with some surprisingly frank talk about its future. However, as much as investors believe a buyout is in the works, Reuters spoke with an analyst who isn't so sure. MKM Partners analyst Eric Handler says rumors of a THQ buyout crop up almost every quarter. He believes THQ still has too many licensed games and is just starting to build a solid foundation of owned intellectual

THQ takeover talk causes stock bump
property. Yeah, well ... we talked to an analyst, too. Wedbush Morgan's Michael Pachter tells us he doesn't believe a buyout is likely either. He concurs, "THQ is heavy on licensed content, and many licenses potentially terminate on change of control. I don't see their recent performance instilling a lot of confidence in their ability to manage a bigger library of content that would be presented in a media buyout." Hmmm, from where are investors getting this buyout notion then? THQ takeover talk causes stock bump originally appeared on Joystiq on Wed, 23 Sep 2009 11:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Read| Permalink| Email this| Comments

Left 4 Dead's 'Crash Course' landing September 29
By David Hinkle (Joystiq)
Submitted at 9/23/2009 9:59:00 AM

DLC over here! Valve has announced that, next Tuesday, fans of Left 4 Dead will get a new campaign to play. " Crash Course" will take place between the events of "No Mercy" and "Death Toll," providing a series of survival maps and a streamlined version of Versus mode on top of the new co-op campaign action. The DLC will be free for PC on September 29 ... and 560($7) for the Xbox 360 version. Did you hear: a true sequel will be out just 7 weeks later? Left 4 Dead's 'Crash Course' landing September 29 originally appeared on Joystiq on Wed, 23 Sep 2009 09:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Email this| Comments

New AoT: 40th Day screens drop shield, charge head first
By Ben Gilbert (Joystiq)
Submitted at 9/23/2009 12:31:00 PM

We're misleading you a bit. The screenshots aren't quite dropping anything themselves, so much as the stars of upcoming bromance sequel, Army of Two: The 40th

Day, are putting down their yet hardcore. shields. Donning masks with That's what those bad guys get flames -- so as to terrify enemies for standing in the way of movie into thinking they're being night! advanced upon by White Zombie, Gallery: Army of Two: The of course -- Salem and Rio are 40th Day (TGS 2009) clearly concerned with meeting professional workplace: sporty, New AoT: 40th Day screens attire standards for the drop shield, charge head first

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Kate Lanphear on LFW
By ELLE.com (ELLE News Blog)
spirit about London, so this production is such a departure, but I also think it's amazing that Submitted at 9/23/2009 7:28:04 AM Burberry is here. It's the British It was the last night of London brand; for it to be showing in Fashion Week and Burberry threw London this season is so an extravaganza unlike any that important, and we all really came London has ever seen. While out to celebrate the brand. I think waiting for it to begin, I asked it's great that it's all happening in ELLE's very own Kate Lanphear one season. That was really the what she thought of this week and exciting thing. it's been so buzzy. how it differed from her past It seemed like every week we experiences. Kate is one of the were getting a new press release few major international editors about which designer will be who makes LFW a regular stop on showing in London and then her Fashion Week schedule, so everyone was talking and asking, she was at the top of my list of 'Are you going to London?' And experts on the topic of how LFW it will be very interesting to see has changed in its 25th year. everything had to become a little what happens next season. Here's what she had to say: bit more polished and produced, While it did feel different this " E v e r y t h i n g c h a n g e s b u t for better or for worse. Coming time, it didn't lose its essence. It is everything stays the same. When here in the past, I have always still really grassroots and is you are on the bandwagon going said, some of the best ideas I have creative for the sake of creating. from city to city, every city really s e e n a n y p l a c e , e v e r y You know, underground, seedy, does have its own flavor and its season—maybe sometimes the cool—none of that was lost." own feeling and its own voice, execution wasn't quite there, but —Rebecca Suhrawardi Austin and I don't think the voice here in the ideas certainly were—were in Click here to see the Burberry London changed so dramatically. London. collection. You really get the feeling it oneI don't think that's changed at Follow ELLE on Twitter. upped itself, it upped the ante and all. I think there is a renegade

Where Richard, Olafur, Murakami, and Marc meet
By blogeditor1 (Material Interest on Men.style.com)
Submitted at 9/22/2009 10:20:37 AM

Gentlemen, Raise Your Bidding Paddles
By stylemens (GQ: The Editors)
Submitted at 9/22/2009 11:58:37 AM

It’s not everyday that our accessories editor tells us, “This is one of the coolest watches I have ever seen.” Even less often is it that 100% of the proceeds for said timepiece go toward a good cause. Which is why the "Only Watch"—the latest from luxury watchmaker MB&F—turned our heads. It’s got more bells and whistles than you could hope for—an 18-karat gold, barbed-

wire design by artist Sage Vaughn, automatic winding double-dials, and Swiss movement so complex it runs like

In the spirit of full disclosure (and getting it out of the way): Yes, Rizzoli's mammoth new Louis Vuitton: Art, Fashion and Architecture has a lot of handbags in it. Keep reading anyway. The encyclopedia (it's alphabetized) of the brand's collaborations with artists, architects, and other designers goes far deeper than just purse projects and testifies to the house's long-standing support of the arts. LV has deep pockets and good taste; it can make the kind of offers not many can refuse. ("If this works, I can retire," Richard Prince tells Glenn O'Brien of his 2008 collaboration with creative director Marc Jacobs on show invitations, installations, and an enormously popular line of, well, bags; one of his acrylics pictured, left.) The book catalogs all of a car engine—and all of the these projects, which include store money raised for this item design and merchandising (by Jun benefits research for Duchenne Aoki, Olafur Eliasson, Teresita Muscular Dystrophy, a genetic Fernández) and limited-edition d i s o r d e r t h a t c a u s e s r a p i d product designs (by Murakami, muscular degeneration in 1 out of Prince, Stephen Sprouse, Zaha every 3,500 boys. The one-of-a- Hadid, Rei Kawakubo, and on and kind piece is being auctioned off on). Each project is lavishly this Thursday by Patrizzi & Co. illustrated and accompanied by an Auctioneers. And while you essay (O'Brien's on Prince and probably can’t be there for the Sprouse are alone just about actual event in Monaco, you can worth the price of admission). place a bid at the auctioneer’s web And while there's a hagiographic site in real-time.— andrew tinge to the whole, we might just richdale

as well call it giving credit where credit is due. It's hard not to be glad that Vuitton supports the artists, designers, and architects it does, especially when few seem inclined to either half-ass their contributions or rest on their laurels after cashing their checks. Take Prince's project. It worked. (The bags sold out.) He didn't retire. $85, available today at Rizzoli stores and rizzoliusa.com and at Louis Vuitton boutiques; for locations, visit louisvuitton.com MATTHEW SCHNEIER Photo: © Louis Vuitton: Art, Fashion, and Architecture, Rizzoli New York, 2009.

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Jude Law’s Latest Film is All the Rage
By ELLE.com (ELLE News Blog)
Submitted at 9/22/2009 12:41:32 PM

Last night Jude Law, Steve Buscemi, Lily Cole, Bob Balaban, Patrick Adams, and John Leguizamo gathered at downtown nightspot The Box to celebrate the premiere of Rage, an experimental work by British director Sally Potter. The minimalist murder mystery, which sees the aforementioned actors as fashion-industry personalities, follows a week in the lives of a cross-dressing supermodel (Law), critic (Judi Dench), photographer (Buscemi), and catwalk darling (real-life model Cole). Rage has the singular distinction of being the first film released via mobile Web (starting this week, viewers can access daily episodes through the service Babelgum). But straight–to–cell phone was not how Potter initially imagined the project. “I wrote a script about ten years ago,” she told me. “But I didn’t really ever feel that it was quite working the way I had conceived it. And it was only after having a website and blog myself that I began to really understand the power of the internet. And that gave me a clue about how to reconceive the film.” And of course, the medium is part of the

message: the themes Rage explores include, in Potter’s words, “the power of the internet; the reversal of power into the hands of the young, who know the internet much better; the effect of globalization on the lives of individuals; and the relationship between the world of appearances and the inner self.” Or as Buscemi observed, “It’s not about fashion, By blogeditor1 (Material it’s about human nature.” Interest on Men.style.com) —Erin Clements Submitted at 9/22/2009 2:34:11 PM Photo: Patrick McMullan Follow ELLE on Twitter. Astonishingly, we're not making our usual trip to Monaco this year. But luckily that doesn't forestall us—or, for that matter, you—from bidding at Patrizzi & Co.'s Only Watch auction, which will be held at the principality's yacht show on Thursday. For the auction, 34 major houses

Finally, one-stop shopping for your yacht and your watch
(basically every one you could want, from Audemars to Zenith [pictured]) designed one-of-a-kind pieces, the proceeds from which will support research on muscular dystrophy, and bids can be made in real time on the auction house's Web site. Anticipation's building, and everyone's got their eye on a particular specimen or two: Our friends at The Q are into MB&F's HM2 by artist Sage Vaughn, while the devotees at Hodinkee have picked out their three favorites (including the HM2—this might get interesting). Prices are sure to be plutocratlevel, but hey, compared to those of the yachts on offer, they'll practically be bargains. Auction begins at 12 p.m. EST Thursday, September 24, at patrizziauction.com MATTHEW SCHNEIER Photo: Patrizz & Co.

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Research Brief: Mobile Internet Engagement and Ad Clickthroughs Out of Sync
(MediaPost | Media News)
Submitted at 9/23/2009 6:15:49 AM

Horns aplenty
By blogeditor1 (Material Interest on Men.style.com)
clothing (leather, suede, shearling, and fur) as well as plywood, marble, and a few natural Submitted at 9/22/2009 7:52:14 AM products. More antlers? Well, we We're not sure when he finds might've been a little weary of time to do it—what with a men's those in the past, but if anyone's line, a women's line, a fur line, capable of breathing new life into and two diffusion lines—but an overused design detail, our s o m e h o w R i c k O w e n s a l s o money's on this guy. designs furniture. And as a new Through September at London gallery show of his Sebastian+Barquet London, 19 interior work makes clear, he's got Bruton Pl., London, 011-44-20plenty to fall back on if he ever 7 4 9 5 - 8 9 8 8 , decides this fashion thing's for the sebastianandbarquetlondon.com birds. Owens' pieces range from [via WWD] MATTHEW chairs and sofas to lamps and SCHNEIER Photo: Courtesy of tables, using some of the same Sebastian+Barquet materials he's worked with in

Burberry's Wildly Chic Front Row
By ELLE.com (ELLE News Blog)
Submitted at 9/23/2009 5:29:00 AM

Stylish stars came out in full force last night to celebrate Burberry’s return home to the London catwalk. My front-row favorites were Victoria Beckham looking ladylike as ever in a swingy dress from her spring 2010 collection, Liv Tyler wearing all black, Gwyneth

According to the results of research exploring mobile Internet engagement levels among smartphone owners, as compared to owners of other devices, InsightExpress found that 68% of smartphone users reported feeling positively engaged (enjoyment in activity) while using the mobile Internet, second only to the 70% of users who were positively engaged while on a computer. Alternately, only 47% of feature phone users reported positive mobile site engagement. When mobile Internet users were asked to identify the top three elements that most influence their decision to return to a mobile Paltrow in a worn-in tee paired Internet site, they reported: • The speed at which the site with a hot-off-the-runway skirt, loads and Emma Watson in gold (or, as • The ease of navigation on the Joe Zee tweeted, “shiny like a gold Christmas tree decoration”). site • The quality of the content on Whose look would you most like the site itself to wear out? Among mobile Internet users, Click here to shop Burberry's several small but telling fall collection. differences were revealed when —Violet Moon Gaynor comparing smartphone owners to Photos: Getty Images Follow ELLE on Twitter.

Around the Net In Media: Saving Newspapers From Their Saviors
(MediaPost | Media News)
Submitted at 9/22/2009 7:50:46 PM

Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin, DMd., early this year introduced a bill that would allow newspapers to reorganize themselves as nonprofits. But the last thing newspapers need is the sort of

help from the government that turns them into NPR, "endlessly begging for contributions, pursuing wealthy philanthropists, and standing in line for government handouts," says Slate. A previous round of government intervention damaged the newspaper business in the

cities where the feds approved joint operating agreements, which have basically failed. The government's attempt to prop up newspapers with rewrites of the tax code or Sarkozy-esque direct subsidies of government advertising and free subscriptions for young people are misdirected.

They only interfere with the already-in-progress transition from print to digital news delivery. Propping up troubled papers weakens the enterprises that are rising from below to compete with them to deliver advertising and deliver news. "There's no

better way to hinder the rise of such Web sensations as Politico and Talking Points Memo" than rewriting the rules to benefit traditional newspapers, Slate concludes.

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feature phone owners, says the report: • Both groups prioritized the speed at which a mobile site loads, • Smartphone users looked next at the quality of the content, ranking ease of navigation as less important • Feature phone users found ease of navigation almost as essential as their number one concern, how fast the mobile site loads. Mobile Web site features that had the least impact on a users decision to make a return visit were the absence of advertising, the ability to personalize, and the number of links, videos or images on the site. Publishers will likely welcome the news that the presence of advertising on a site does not lessen its appeal, concludes the study. Joy Liuzzo, Director of Marketing and Mobile Research. "Mobile advertising presents a unique opportunity to take advantage of high engagement levels and less clutter on the pages... advertisers enjoy a large share of voice per page since there is often only one advertisement on the page and it takes up more screen space... " And, an almost concurrent study by Chitika of mobile vs. nonmobile Internet usage, based on a sample of 93 million impressions, mobile users are approximately half as likely to click on an advertisement as non-mobile users. Non-mobile held an 0.83% clickthrough rate, while mobile as a whole pulled a mere 0.48% just over half of the average. It appears, given the numbers, that mobile users are not receptive to advertising. This phenomenon that is not surprising, concludes the report, given the mobile users' propensity to be searching for quick answers or directions. Of the five major smartphone operating systems, iPhone ranked the worst for clickthrough rate at 0.30%. iPhone also accounted for the bulk of mobile hits, at 66%. The group which clicked on ads the most is the "Other" group, comprised mainly of BlackBerry users and a small handful of other phone operating systems (including Symbian, Nokia, and HTC). The clickthrough rates, says the report, are certainly lower than expected, given the industry's general consensus that mobile users are more likely to click ads. Possibly, concludes the study, because the ads displayed on mobile devices are the same as the ones displayed to non-mobile, rather than comparing standard online advertising with mobileoriented ads. However, concludes the report, though "... (though) mobile accidental clicks are more relevant than in non-mobile ad serving, it appears that mobile Internet users are disinterested in advertising at an extremely high rate... " To review the Chitika report, please visit here, and to read the InsightExpress release in its entirety, please go here.

TV Watch: A Tax For Bad TV? If It Works For Sugar...
(MediaPost | Media News)
Submitted at 9/23/2009 7:45:17 AM

the time. (Give comedy writers a break here, considering the recent poor history of launching new Things that are bad for us sitcoms). compel others to consider a tax to Reality television should do it curb those activities. Too much part as well. Producers need to smoking? Tax it. Too much find more real-life, voyeuristic alcohol? Tax it. moments to satisfy our empty Now, according to a recent voyeuristic lives. If producers report, people are throwing can't find angry, back-biting around the concept of taxing stuff w a n n a b e b u s i n e s s p e o p l e , that contains too much -- or any -- h a i r s t y l i s t s , c h e f s , f a s h i o n sugar. designers, singers, dancers, car What about bad TV shows? drivers, models, bull riders, Programming that is too sweet, athletes, poker players, or actors trite, hackneyed, not funny, not - they are not doing their jobs. well cast; shows with bad A New York Times story says direction, poor lighting, not research suggests a tax on sugarbelievable sound effects. I figure sweetened beverages would have all those should be taxable. strong positive effects on reducing In this economy, everyone and consumption. everything needs to be Ah hah! Rid yourselves of that accountable. Talk to your media bad-tasting entertainment. Most buying and planning professional TV advertisers have long yearned about efficiency and eliminating for more engaged -- less sweet -waste. One can get fired for much TV viewers, anyway. less. Tax program license fees, the Bad critical reviews could be cost of TV commercials that one level of tax. Poor viewership support those shows, or any could be another. What to do f o r t h c o m i n g d i g i t a l T V with those tax dollars? Pay back subscription fees. I don't care. viewers for their wasted time. If cash can't be returned to the Our new economy is being built viewer, then that tax money for 50- or 100-mile-per-gallon should be used to make better cars. Why not demand more from shows. TV? Dramas should move you to In TV advertising-speak, that's tears -- or whatever -- 75% of the my version of a viewer maketime. Comedies should make you good. laugh -- or smile -- at least 65% of

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