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The First Draft: What will be in France returns 'stolen'

Obama’s Christmas stocking? relics to Egypt
By David Morgan (Front Row Some media commentators seem (World news and comment Hawass, cut ties with the Louvre
Washington) to think the Senate will fail to from the Guardian | in October. France said the
reach a compromise by fragments had been acquired "in
Submitted at 12/14/2009 7:42:22 AM
Christmas and point to fresh Submitted at 12/14/2009 9:36:03 AM good faith" in 2000 and 2003 ,
The last thing Republicans want criticism from lawmakers though it said doubts emerged
to see this Christmas is the U.S. including independent Sen. Joe Fragments of ancient wall last year about whether the pieces
Senate giving President Barack Lieberman of Connecticut as painting, which were subject of a had been taken from Egypt
Obama a nicely wrapped package evidence that reform is in trouble. dispute with Louvre Museum, illegally years before.
of health care reform legislation. But that doesn’t seem to matter handed back Hawass is leading aggressive
Republican National Committee much to Obama adviser David France has handed over five efforts to reclaim what he says
Chairman Michael Steele made Axelrod, who pointed out on fragments of an ancient wall are antiquities stolen from the
that plain today. He hopes the ABC’s Good Morning America painting at the centre of a dispute country and purchased by leading
Senate will be a lousy Santa who to a recent Fox News poll that that Christmas has yet to be between Egypt and the Louvre world museums. The move
leaves nothing in Obama’s showed 57 percent of Americans cancelled. Museum. against the Louvre was one of the
Christmas stocking. opposing healthcare legislation “I think that they can get it done. President Nicolas Sarkozy biggest escalations yet in his
“I hope so. I really do,” he told now under consideration. That’s I hope that they will get it done. showed one of the fragments – a efforts.
NBC’s Today show. the highest level of opposition We’re working day and night slab with sepia and blue tones • France
Steele says that’s because the Fox has found so far. with them to get it done,” he said. featuring two figures in profile – • Egypt
American public doesn’t want the Other polls have painted a more “The president said many times to his Egyptian counterpart, • Art
kind of healthcare legislation that complex picture of American that healthcare would be Hosni Mubarak, after the two
Senate Democratic leaders have sentiment. The Kaiser pronounced dead five times men had lunch in Paris today.© Guardian News
been talking about lately. Foundation’s health tracking poll before he signed the bill,” Egyptian officials said the & Media Limited 2009 | Use of
“People are not listening to what for November found that 58 Axelrod added. artefacts, from a 3,200-year-old this content is subject to our
folks back at home are saying. I percent of Americans want Photo Credit: Reuters/David tomb near Luxor, were stolen in Terms & Conditions| More Feeds
think the latest polls are showing reform. Thirty-three percent said Moir (Santas) the 1980s.
up to 60 percent of the people they want Obama and Congress Click here for more political Egypt's chief archaeologist, Zahi
want this thing either stopped, to tackle reform even though they coverage from Reuters
slowed down or somehow don’t like what they’re hearing
modified,” Steele said. out of Washington.
Steele may have been referring
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A tragedy for Western Sahara | Brian Eno and Stefan

By Stefan Simanowitz, Brian she were to abandon the hunger allowed to return home, but she agreement from Morocco to over what is a former Spanish
Eno (World news and strike. But abandoning her strike rejected both options on the allow her return. In a hastily colony – a claim that has not
comment from the Guardian | is not something Haidar, a human grounds that she did not want to organised press conference held been recognised by a single rights activist nominated for the become "a foreigner in her own soon after tearful supporters had nation and was rejected by the
Submitted at 12/14/2009 10:10:00 AM
Nobel peace prize, will land". According to Human watched Haidar being stretchered international court of justice.
countenance unless her single Rights Watch, her forced back into the airport terminal, Haidar's deportation has been
As the world's diplomats duel demand – to be allowed to return expulsion breached Article 12 (4) Santos claimed that Spain had condemned by governments,
over her destiny, Aminatou to her country – is met. of the International Covenant on attempted "to facilitate the civil society groups and human
Haidar, on the 29th day of her Haidar has been on hunger strike Civil and Political exercise of her right to return to rights organisations across the
hunger strike, could be hours in Lanzarote airport since being Rights(ICCPR), ratified by her country" and could do no world. Her action has raised
from death deported there from her home in Morocco, which makes it clear more. awareness of the forgotten
Anyone who has seen Hunger, Western Sahara on 15 November. that no one can be arbitrarily This statement was greeted with injustice perpetrated against her
Steve McQueen's harrowing film Two days earlier she had flown deprived of the right to enter their incredulity by the Spanish media, people, but the cost may be high.
about the Maze prison hunger back to Laayoune, the largest city own country. In addition, by and the Zapatero government has Imelda Gonzalez, one of many
strike, will have some idea of just in Western Sahara, from New preventing her return to Western come under increasing internal campaigners who travelled to
how horrific it is to die by York, where she had picked up Sahara, Spanish authorities may and international pressure to do Lanzarote to offer their support,
starvation. Bobby Sands, a fit 27- the Train Foundation's Civil have breached both Spanish more to resolve the crisis. Indeed, is aware that Haidar is
year-old man, survived 66 days Courage human rights award. On national law and Article 2 of today Hillary Clinton was due to irreplaceable. "Western Sahara
without food. Aminatou Haidar, her arrival in Laayoune she wrote Protocol 4 of the European discuss the issue with Spain's has had so many martyrs, they do
a delicate 42-year-old, is on the her address on her landing card convention for the protection of foreign minister, Miguel Angel not need another. Her death
29th day of her hunger strike; as being in "Western Sahara" human rights and fundamental Moratinos. Last week the UN would be a tragic loss to the
with a perforated ulcer and a rather than "Morocco". As a freedoms. Article 12 (2) of the secretary general, Ban-Ki moon, world and its leaders must act
constitution weakened by years Saharawi, she has never ICCPR also stipulates that urged the Moroccan foreign together and act quickly to save
of imprisonment and torture, recognised Moroccan sovereignty everyone shall be free to leave minister to re-admit Haidar. The Aminatou." As high-level
there are fears that she will not over her native land which has any country. European Union has also urged discussions take place around the
survive much longer. been occupied by Morocco in On 4 December, perhaps after Morocco to "meet its human world, Haidar is on the brink of
She is now too weak to stand, breach of international law for having been made aware of the rights obligations". death. Biology knows nothing of
and the director of Lanzarote over 34 years. In the past legal situation, Spain laid on a Morocco has taken a firm line on politics.
hospital, Domingo de Guzmán, Morocco has chosen to overlook private aircraft to carry Haidar the matter, with the foreign • Protest
has warned that Haidar's life her numerous "landing card back to Laayoune. As she minister, Taieb Fassi-Fihri, • Morocco
expectancy is now "hours or days protests", but on this occasion boarded the plane with Agustin insisting that Haidar had " • Spain
rather than weeks". Listing her she was interrogated, stripped of Santos, of the Spanish foreign disowned her identity and her • Human rights
symptoms as hypotension, her passport and expelled to the ministry, it seemed as if Haidar nationality" and "must accept, on
nausea, anaemia, muscular- volcanic Canary Island which lies had won a significant victory. her own, the legal and moral Stefan Simanowitz Brian Eno
skeletal atrophy and gastric less than 80 miles off the African However, celebrations among consequences which result from© Guardian News
haemorrhaging, Dr Guzman coast. Saharawis and campaigners this behaviour". Morocco has & Media Limited 2009 | Use of
believes she is nearing an Spain offered to give Haidar around the world were short- also demanded that she offer an this content is subject to our
irreversible deterioration that refugee status or Spanish lived when it emerged that the apology for questioning Terms & Conditions| More Feeds
could result in her death even if citizenship so she could be Spanish had not received any Morocco's claim to sovereignty
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Don't blame the internet for extremism | Tim Stevens

By Tim Stevens (World news passage to a Pakistani safe house. are as effective as they might be. activities more difficult and firm oversight. Arquilla is right
and comment from the The incident has raised further Arquilla suggests that we need to awkward. to argue for better co-operation
Guardian | concerns that young Americans reimagine our relationship with Total cybersecurity is between law enforcement and
Submitted at 12/14/2009 10:02:35 AM with links to Muslim populations cyberspace, and treat it as a impossible. The only sensible intelligence agencies, but we
in Asia and Africa are travelling "battlespace" analogous to the approach is risk management, should be very wary of ramping
Concerns about YouTube users to Pakistan to connect with physical domains of land, sea, air and there will always be cracks in up covert state activities in
b e i n g r e c r u i t e d b y j i h a d i s extremist Islamist groups of and space. Militaries have been any system, no matter how cyberspace on the basis of a few
shouldn't lead us to treat the various stripes. The internet, doing this for some time. As an sophisticated the surveillance and individuals who, let's not forget,
internet as a 'battlespace' unsurprisingly, is implicated in integral part of warfare, analysis. As we are often told, the were apprehended before
The arrest last week of five t h i s p r o c e s s , a s r e l i a b l e cyberspace has long been viewed internet is a big place, and it is committing any acts of terrorism.
y o u n g A m e r i c a n m e n i n communications are crucial to as a space in which wars can be unrealistic to expect that states State agencies could perhaps do
Sargodha, Pakistan has reopened f o r g i n g a n d m a i n t a i n i n g won or lost; it is right that can sensibly be involved in the better, but increased powers are
the debate over the role of the transnational networks. Its speed militaries develop capabilities for internet in all its myriad not necessarily the way forward
internet in radicalising and and relative anonymity are protecting citizens and soldiers in manifestations. in combating terrorist use of the
recruiting young Muslims into eminently suitable for remaining this way. Information operations Do we seriously think that the internet.
terrorist networks – and how below the radar of intelligence of many different types are "Sargodha Five" might not have • This article was amended on 14
states should respond to it. and law enforcement. important facets of the attempted to get to Pakistan some December 2009. The original
The five, currently being The events in the Punjab expeditionary wars in Iraq and other way? Would they not have referred to David Ronfeldt when
questioned by the FBI ahead of prompted John Arquilla, a Afghanistan, for example. gone the old-school routes of it should have referred to John
possible extradition to the US, prominent academic and analyst Unfortunately for average users letters and telephony, as did those Arquilla. This has been corrected
are all said to have watched c l o s e t o t h e A m e r i c a n of the peacetime internet, treating who volunteered for the • Global terrorism
jihadi videos on YouTube government, to accuse US all cyberspace as "battlespace" is Republicans in the Spanish civil • United States
involving footage of insurgent agencies of giving jihadis a " free a deeply unedifying idea. war, and a dozen other conflicts? • US foreign policy
attacks on allied troops in ride in the virtual domain". This Domestic terrorism is not a war: Yes, the internet helped, but it • Pakistan
Afghanistan. After one of the i s u n t r u e , g i v e n t h e l e g a l it is a security issue. Allowing was not the only factor in their • Islam
men left an approving comment provisions afforded the National state agencies unrestricted access eventual passage to Pakistan. • YouTube
on one of these clips, they are Security Agency and others, and to personal data, internet Of course the net is a valuable • Internet
alleged to have come under the the effort they are expending on browsing histories and email logs tool for extremists. It is not,
influence of a net-trawling this issue. His statements also will not make terrorism however, the cause of Tim Stevens
middleman calling himself ignore the success the US and its disappear. Nor will it make radicalisation and extremism.© Guardian News
" S a i f u l l a h " . A c c o r d i n g t o allies have had in using the extremists "leave the virtual Any expanded state involvement & Media Limited 2009 | Use of
Pakistani law enforcement, internet to track and trace world," as Arquilla claims, should be thought through this content is subject to our
Saifullah contacted the five men suspects, although it would be although there is a valid carefully, and delivered with Terms & Conditions| More Feeds
and eventually facilitated their disingenuous to suggest that they argument for making their appropriate transparency and

27-inch iMacs sucking wind, orders backing up New Movies on

By John Biggs (CrunchGear) and the litany of problems, a clever problem tracking website DVD & Blu-ray:
Submitted at 12/14/2009 7:15:20 AM
including broken displays and
busted hard drives, shows us that
along with a Flash web app for
display testing.
December 15
The 27-inch iMac, darling of all this model wasn’t quite fully Anyone else having problems? (ETonline - Breaking News)
and sundry, are having some baked. Submitted at 12/14/2009 6:01:00 AM
shipping issues. Orders are CNET has Apple saying that inconvenience but there have
currently backed up two weeks t h e y a p o l o g i z e f o r t h e been enough problems to warrant
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EU staff stage
Tiny Nauru struts world stage by recognising three-hour warning
breakaway republics strike over pay
(World news and comment
By Luke Harding (World news Ossetia's capital, Tskhinvali. The UK, with a brief violent Centre for Political Technologies
and comment from the from the Guardian |
Russian foreign minister, Sergei incursion by Japan during the in Moscow.
Guardian | Lavrov, who normally grapples second world war. "These countries need to
Submitted at 12/14/2009 9:35:15 AM with weightier issues such as Home to a Pacific people with a advertise themselves. Submitted at 12/14/2009 9:53:46 AM

Iran's nuclear programme, also unique language, Nauru became Recognition of Abkhazia and
Pacific atoll once famed for invited Keke for talks. independent in 1968. It joined the South Ossetia may become their Hundreds of European Union
exporting bird droppings is to Today Keke was unavailable for UN in 1999. The republic, which PR act. I don't rule out staff join industrial action over
recognise Russian-backed comment and the island's website lies just south of the equator, has recognition statements from pay increase opposed by half of
Abkhazia and South Ossetia for appeared to have conked out. been in economic trouble for a several states in the region, in member states
£31m aid Observers suggested Russia's decade or so. addition to Nauru,"' he told the Hundreds of European Union
It is 8 square miles in size, home latest diplomatic initiative was In 2000 its main resource, Interfax news agency . staff today staged a warning
to 11,320 citizens and looks like worthy of ridicule. fossilised bird droppings mined He added: "This is good for the strike to push wage demands and
a small dinner plate dropped into "I don't see the sense in this," for their valuable phosphates, image of Abkhazia and South threatened to block EU
the gleaming South Pacific. But said Alexander Privalov, a began to run out. The island Ossetia because they can now say ministerial meetings later this
today the tiny atoll nation of columnist and political analyst in experimented by becoming a tax they are recognised by four week.
Nauru achieved a rare moment in Moscow. haven. From 2001 until last year countries." The civil servants want a 3.7%
the international spotlight by According to Privalov, Nauru Nauru took in asylum seekers in Russia's attempt to buy pay increase in line with
saying it will recognise the has previously taken money to a money-spinning deal with international support on the issue commitments made earlier.
republics of Abkhazia and South recognise the independence of neighbouring Australia. has not always ended happily. In About half the EU member states
Ossetia. Kosovo and Taiwan. In July According to Kommersant, October, Moscow offered say a pay increase is
According to Kommersant 2002, Nauru accepted $130m Nauru's parliament will legislate Ecuador's president, Rafael inappropriate in times of
newspaper, Russia is preparing to from China to de-recognise on South Ossetia and Abkhazia Correa, $200m in loans when he economic crisis.
give hard-up Nauru $50m Taiwan only to re-recognise it in in the current winter session. popped into Moscow. Correa The FFPE trade union,
(£30.74m) in humanitarian aid. 2005 after apparently receiving Nauru officials may also visit subsequently failed to recognise representing the civil servants,
In return Nauru will establish another, better offer. Abkhazia – another somewhat South Ossetia and Abkhazia, and said some 2,500 people – over
relations with the two Russian- "It seems that political démarches larger micro-territory on the Russia responded by not giving half of the staff of the council –
backed territories. are a kind of business in Nauru. Black Sea. "We will be asking him the money. showed up for the three-hour
The Kremlin has been frantic to It's a custom there, a bit like other Oceania countries to help Last night the Russian foreign warning strike. European
secure international recognition wearing a tie," Privalov said. "I us in the same way," South ministry spokesman, Igor Liakin- commission and European
for both regions since its punitive can't really understand what Ossetia's speaker, Stanislav Frolov, said he was too busy to parliament staff did not take part.
war last year with Georgia. So far Russia gets out of this. It may be Kochiev, told the paper. comment. • European Union
only Venezuela and Nicaragua about making us look more Some analysts put a more • Nauru
have followed Moscow's lead, decent." positive spin on the development, • Russia© Guardian News
with the rest of the world Germany annexed the island in predicting that other tiny island • Georgia & Media Limited 2009 | Use of
regarding the rebel provinces as 1888 and incorporated it into the states in Oceania could emulate this content is subject to our
Georgian territory. Even Kremlin Marshall Islands Protectorate. Nauru. Luke Harding Terms & Conditions| More Feeds
allies such as Belarus declined. Australia occupied it during the "These small exotic countries© Guardian News
In mounting desperation, Russia first world war, and it make their living from tourism & Media Limited 2009 | Use of
courted Nauru's foreign minister, subsequently became a mandate and the issue of collectors' this content is subject to our
Kieren Keke. Over the weekend, country administered by stamps and coins," said Alexei Terms & Conditions| More Feeds
Keke dropped in to South Australia, New Zealand and the Makarkin, deputy director of the
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Exxon Mobil moves into natural gas Apple iPhone sales pick
with XTO Energy buyout up in China, but still at
By Andrew Clark (World news
and comment from the
Guardian |
dismal pace
independence for America – a
goal of the Obama
administration, which wants to
from environmental groups over
its refusal to invest in sustainable
forms of energy.
wean the US off its dependence Kert Davies, research director By Brian White
Submitted at 12/14/2009 9:59:06 AM (BloggingStocks)
on foreign oil. for Greenpeace US, said the
• America's largest oil company "XTO's strengths, together with process of burning gas emitted Submitted at 12/14/2009 12:30:00 PM

will pay $41bn to XTO Exxon Mobil's advanced R&D far less carbon than burning coal:
• Exxon looking to tap into and operational capabilities, "If this is in any way an Filed under: Competitive
'unconventional' resources global scale and financial indication that they're leaning strategy, Apple Inc (AAPL),
America's largest oil company, c a p a c i t y , s h o u l d e n a b l e towards cleaner burning fuels or China
Exxon Mobil, placed a huge bet d e v e l o p m e n t o f a d d i t i o n a l that they have an instinct to clean Apple ( AAPL) saw limited
on the future of gas-fuelled supplies of unconventional oil up their act, then that's news. success in China when it recently
debuted its iPhone there. Indeed, a mobile market with a
power yesterday by striking a and gas resources, benefiting For XTO, the buyout ends 23
Although the Chinese really 1.3 billion potential customer
$41bn (£25bn) deal to buy a consumers both here in the US years of independence. The
weren't all that impressed by the base and the comparison of
T e x a s - b a s e d p r o d u c t i o n and around the world," said company, which is based in
device's requirement of an 100,000 handsets sold for a
company, XTO Energy, giving it Tillerson.With natural gas prices Houston, made profits of $1.91bn
expensive calling plan from device that has seemingly
access to potentially lucrative languishing at historic lows, the last year and has been steadily
Apple partner China Unicom, the revolutionized the entire mobile
natural gas reserves across the deal is a sign that Exxon sees increasing its production target
iPhone has sold fairly well since industry don't appear to belong in
US. long-term prospects in gas as an for 2009.
its debut. Or, it has sold poorly the same sentence, right?
The buyout is the sixth largest alternative to coal. Once the deal XTO's chairman, Bob Simpson,
depending on your perspective. Continue reading Apple iPhone
c o r p o r a t e d e a l o f 2 0 0 9 is wrapped up, Exxon said it said: "As the world's leading
In two months, China Unicom sales pick up in China, but still at
worldwide and is Exxon's largest would establish a new upstream energy company, Exxon Mobil
has sold a little over 100,000 dismal pace
move since its formation through organisation to manage so-called will build on our success and
Apple iPhones. Compare that Apple iPhone sales pick up in
the merger of Exxon and Mobil "unconventional" resources open new opportunities for the
with China Mobile, China China, but still at dismal pace
in 1999. XTO is the top US which were once regarded as too development of natural gas and
Unicom's largest competitor and originally appeared on
player in natural gas, with i n a c c e s s i b l e t o t a p c o s t - oil resources on a global basis.
the largest mobile carrier in BloggingStocks on Mon, 14 Dec
operations stretching from Texas e f f e c t i v e l y . • Exxon Mobil
China, which apparently doesn't 2009 12:30:00 EST. Please see
to New Mexico, West Virginia, The headline price of the • Oil
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North Dakota and Wyoming. takeover amounts to less than a • Oil and gas companies
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In an all-share deal, Exxon is year's profit for Exxon, which • United States
issuing 0.7 new shares for each produced earnings of $45.2bn in
XTO share. The headline price of 2008 – the largest ever for a US
$41bn includes the assumption c o m p a n y . B u t a l t h o u g h i t
Andrew Clark© Guardian News
Web accessibility no longer
by Exxon of $10bn of debt. generates an enormous amount of
Exxon's chief executive, Rex cash, Exxon has been slower than
& Media Limited 2009 | Use of
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Tillerson, described it as a rivals such as BP to jump into Terms & Conditions| More Feeds By Tom Krazit world's move to the Web is more
positive step towards energy natural gas and has faced anger ( and more available to those with
Submitted at 12/14/2009 4:00:00 AM
Originally posted at Relevant
Thanks to the work of Internet Results
accessibility advocates, the
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Nike stands by sponsorship of Tiger MBIA booted from S&P

Woods despite 'indiscretions' 500 Index
By Matthew Weaver (World Gillette have said they would prominently on Nike's website. By Elizabeth Harrow
news and comment from the limit the use of Woods in its "Being the best takes dedication, (BloggingStocks)
Guardian | marketing patience and insight. For Tiger Submitted at 12/14/2009 12:45:00 PM
Submitted at 12/14/2009 10:11:10 AM But Nike will continue to Woods, these are the pillars of
sponsor him. It has too much to his approach," it says. Filed under: Major movement,
C h a i r m a n o f s p o r t s w e a r lose to do otherwise. Nike has The Swiss watchmaker Tag Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY), S
company gives unequivocal invested heavily in Woods and Heuer said it would also continue and P 500, MBIA Inc (MBI)
backing and describes golfer's built its entire range of golf to sponsor Woods, saying the Standard & Poor's is performing
troubles as 'a minor blip' sportswear and equipment around company did not care about the some end-of-year cleanup on its
His marriage may be in deep him. It signed him up in 1996 golfer's private life. benchmark index, the S&P 500 index market cap space." The
trouble but Tiger Woods's main when Woods turned professional Company spokeswoman Mariam Index (SPX). My colleague Mark beaten-down insurance company
sponsor – Nike – is standing by in a deal worth $40m (£25m) a Sylla said the sponsorship was Fightmaster reported earlier that will be replaced by Mead
its man. year. Before then, it had not unchanged because Woods Visa ( V) is set to replace Ciena Johnson Nutrition ( MJN), which
Phil Knight, the chairman and co entered the golf market. remained the world's best golfer. Corp. ( CIEN) on the widely is in the process of being spun off
-founder of the sportswear Despite the public backing, in "He's the best in his domain. We watched market barometer, but by Bristol-Myers Squibb (
c o m p a n y , h a s g i v e n h i s private Knight and the other Nike respect his performance in the that's not the only SPX BMY).
unequivocal backing to Woods at executives must be nervous about sport," she said, adding that development hitting Wall Street Continue reading MBIA booted
a time when other sponsors are Woods's future in the game. The Woods's personal life was "not today. In fact, struggling from S&P 500 Index
distancing themselves from the company's association with our business." insurance issue MBIA Inc. ( MBIA booted from S&P 500
world's top golfer. Knight said: Woods, like that with other Tag Heuer has been sponsoring MBI) is preparing to take its Index originally appeared on
"When his career is over, you'll sporting greats, has fuelled Nike's Woods since 2002. Before the leave from the venerable index. BloggingStocks on Mon, 14 Dec
look back on these indiscretions expansion. current scandal it was estimated In a press release late Friday, 2009 12:45:00 EST. Please see
as a minor blip." Speaking to the It has built a brand with the that Woods earned around Standard & Poor's explained that our terms for use of feeds.
Sports Business Journal, Knight slogan Just Do It, by associating $100m a year in endorsements. MBIA "currently ranks 500th in Permalink| Email this| Comments
brushed off the scandal engulfing with controversial sportsmen, • Tiger Woods the index and is no longer
Woods as "part of the game" of from whom more conservative • Golf representative of the S&P 500
sponsorship deals. sponsors have shied away. Other • United States
Woods has announced he is Nike stars have included John
taking an"indefinite" break from McEnroe, Ronaldo and Michael Matthew Weaver
golf after admitting infidelity. Jordan.© Guardian News
The admission prompted the In his interview, Knight said of & Media Limited 2009 | Use of
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Woods. Proctor & Gamble and Woods continues to feature

TwitVid gets a real-time search engine, analytics

By Josh Lowensohn Twitter video host TwitVid users a way to see who is
( finally has a search engine that watching their videos.
Submitted at 12/14/2009 5:00:00 AM
pulls in results in real time. The Originally posted at Web
service is also now offering its Crawler
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Aol pushes ICQ, talking Walmart trying to keep

to Digital Sky new customers by
By Tom Johansmeyer
(BloggingStocks) enhancing store experience
By Brian White
Submitted at 12/14/2009 11:45:00 AM
Filed under: Deals, Rumors,
Internet, Time Warner (TWX),
Submitted at 12/14/2009 12:00:00 PM
GAO audit of the Fed
Technology Filed under: Consumer would represent a
Digital Sky Technologies may experience, Competitive strategy,
be looking to grow its online Wal-Mart (WMT) giant step -- backward
empire a little bit. The Russian into Facebook, paying $14.77 a Walmart's ( WMT) new "Project By Joseph Lazzaro
investment firm is said to be s h a r e f o r t h e p r i v i l e g e o f Impact" plans to enhance the (BloggingStocks)
making a play for Aol's ( AOL) investing in the white-hot social store experience as a way to Continue reading Walmart trying Submitted at 12/14/2009 12:15:00 PM
ICQ instant messaging service. A media company which could be retain those consumers who have to keep new customers by
report in the Wall Street Journal, setting the stage for an initial found the big-box retailer a enhancing store experience Filed under: Politics, Federal
which cites sources familiar with public offering next year. money-saving haven for over a Walmart trying to keep new Reserve, Financial Crisis
the talks, says that the Continue reading Aol pushes year while the U.S. was mired in customers by enhancing store The financial services reform
discussions are still in early ICQ, talking to Digital Sky recession. experience originally appeared process is likely to yield many
stages. And, in case Digital Sky Aol pushes ICQ, talking to This isn't just planogram on BloggingStocks on Mon, 14 public policy improvements, but
doesn't bite, Aol is exploring Digital Sky originally appeared changes, though: Walmart is Dec 2009 12:00:00 EST. Please one dimension that Congress
options with other companies. on BloggingStocks on Mon, 14 lowering shelf heights (to greatly see our terms for use of feeds. should not act on concerns the
The WSJ puts the possible sale Dec 2009 11:45:00 EST. Please increase in-store visibility), is Read| Permalink| Email this| U.S. Federal Reserve.
price at $200 million to $300 see our terms for use of feeds. getting rid of the pallet clutter Comments One reform effort would
million. Permalink| Email this| Comments commonly seen in most Walmart authorize the General
Back in July, Digital Sky supercenters and is increasing its Accountability Office (GAO) to
pumped another $100 million food offerings. audit the Federal Reserve. The
initiative, though well-
Serious Money: These Dow Dogs are not! intentioned, would represent a
By Sheldon Liber didn't know whether to laugh or promoting them. Continue reading GAO audit of
(BloggingStocks) cry. In Thirteen Dow stocks that Continue reading Serious the Fed would represent a giant
Submitted at 12/14/2009 1:00:00 PM
are doomed, we are informed that Money: These Dow Dogs are step -- backward
13 of the 30 are going down and not! GAO audit of the Fed would
Filed under: Forecasts, Rants we should all bail out before it is Serious Money: These Dow represent a giant step -- backward
and raves, Serious Money, S and too late. Dogs are not! originally appeared o r i g i n a l l y a p p e a r e d o n
P 500, DJIA, Stocks to Buy, I find this silly on many levels. on BloggingStocks on Mon, 14 BloggingStocks on Mon, 14 Dec
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Google's Chrome browser

goes live for the Apple
Mac operating system
By Brian White
Submitted at 12/14/2009 11:30:00 AM

Filed under: Competitive

strategy, Google (GOOG), Apple
Inc (AAPL)
JVC intros cord-free TH-BA3 and
Google ( GOOG) is shaping up
to be quite a competitor to once-
friend Apple ( AAPL). Not only Continue reading Google's
TH-BS7 soundbar audio systems
By Darren Murph (Engadget) soundbar, wireless subwoofer of floor space. Hop on past the
is it taking on the iPhone in many Chrome browser goes live for the
ways, it's now competing with Submitted at 12/14/2009 10:24:00 AM
and wireless rear speaker kit) and break for the full release and
Apple Mac operating system built-in surround decoding. detailed specifications.
Apple's Safari web browser on Google's Chrome browser goes JVC's never been much on using You'll also find a single analog Gallery: JVC intros cord-free
the Mac computing platform. live for the Apple Mac operating wires to hook up its home theater input, two optical digital inputs TH-BA3 and TH-BS7 soundbar
Google Chrome, which was system originally appeared on systems, and for those not and support for Dolby Digital, audio systems
launched over a year ago and is BloggingStocks on Mon, 14 Dec looking for mind-blowing 7.1 DTS and Dolby ProLogic II Continue reading JVC intros
seen by some as the most 2009 11:30:00 EST. Please see surround, these soon-available surround signals. The TH-BS7 cord-free TH-BA3 and TH-BS7
simplistic and fastest web our terms for use of feeds. Read| wireless soundbar setups might ($599.95) is engineered to mount soundbar audio systems
browser on the planet, want to be Permalink| Email this| Comments just satisfy your aural cravings alongside flat-panel HDTVs, JVC intros cord-free TH-BA3
your portal to the Internet -- by
without forcing you to run with a 1.4-inch tall, ultrathin and TH-BS7 soundbar audio
displacing Apple's own excellent
ungodly lengths of cabling soundbar, an even slimmer wall- systems originally appeared on
Safari web browser product.
around your den. The TS-BA3 mountable amplifier / control unit Engadget on Mon, 14 Dec 2009
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Samsung ST5500 Shows Off Wi-Fi and Nice Specs in FCC

Appearance [Cameras]
By Brian Barrett (Gizmodo) good so far: 14.2 megapixels, a microSD support, and can take year, and not for cheap. [ FCC
Submitted at 12/14/2009 10:09:54 AM
3.5-inch screen, and the ability to 1280x720 video at 30fps. It's also via Wireless Goodness via
send photos via email and post got 7x optical zoom and ISO Engadget]
Samsung's new camera showed online via Wi-Fi. settings up to ISO 3200, along
up on the FCC website the other According to the FCC filing, the w i t h 1 0 0 M B o f m e m o r y , with a max 1/2000 shutter speed.
day, and the specs look pretty ST5500 also comes equipped Expect it sometime early next
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Nintendo’s 2010 lineup features new games, colorful Wii

By Doug Aamoth CAPCOM™: ULTIMATE ALL- • Racquet Sports March • Super Meat Boy Q1
(CrunchGear) STARS Jan. 26 • Red Steel 2 Q1
Submitted at 12/14/2009 8:30:00 AM
Nintendo DS/DSi
City Interactive USA XSEED Games 2K Sports
Nintendo has gone ahead and let • Combat Wings: The Great • The Sky Crawlers: Innocent • Major League Baseball 2K10
loose some information Battles of WWII Feb. 16 Aces Jan. 5 March
concerning its early 2010 lineup • Chicken Riot Feb. 9 • FRAGILE DREAMS:
of games and accessories. For FAREWELL RUINS OF THE Activision
starters, from February 14 Collision Studios MOON March 16 • Percy Jackson & the
onward there will be two new • City Builder February Olympians: The Lightning
Wii Remote colors: pink and WiiWare Thief™ Feb. 2
blue. These new controllers will D3Publisher Akaoni Studio S.L. • How To Train Your Dragon
feature the Wii MotionPlus add- • Family Party: 30 Great • Zombie Panic in Wonderland March 23
on standard. Black and white Wii Games™ Winter Fun February Q1
Remotes will still be available as Aksys Games
well. Deep Silver, Inc. Broken Rules • World Cup of Pool Feb. 9
Feb. 22
As for games across all of • Let’s Play Ballerina March • And Yet It Moves Q1
Nintendo’s systems, here’s a • Let’s Play Garden March The American Game Factory,
SEGA of America
partial list of Wii, DS(i), and Capcom Inc.
• Super Monkey Ball Step &
downloadable titles that we can Disney Interactive Studios • P h o e n i x W r i g h t ™ : A c e • Build-A-Bear Workshop –
Roll™ Feb. 9
expect in the early part of next • Alice in Wonderland March Attorney™ January Welcome to Hugsville March 17
• Sonic & Sega All-Stars
year: • Mega Man® 10 March
Racing™ March
Wii Hudson Entertainment Atlus U.S.A., Inc.
2K Sports • Rooms: The Main Building Ghostfire Games • Shin Megami Tensei®: Strange
SouthPeak Games
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• Sled Shred™ featuring the
March • Calling Spring
Jamaican Bobsled Team Feb. 1
Hudson Entertainment Capcom Entertainment, Inc.
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Activision Konami • Military Madness: Nectaris® • Ace Attorney Investigations™:
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• DanceDanceRevolution Q1 Nabi Studios City Interactive USA
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The American Game Factory, • Toribash Q1 • Animal Country: Life on the
Inc. Majesco Entertainment Farm Feb. 16
UFO Interactive Games, Inc.
• Build-A-Bear Workshop – • Data East Arcade Classics Nintendo • Art of Murder March 16
• Arcade Shooter: Ilvelo Q1
Friendship Valley March 17 January • WarioWare™ D.I.Y. Showcase
• Rock Blast Q1
• The Daring Game of Girls Q1 Deep Silver, Inc.
• Jaja’s Adventure Q1
Atlus U.S.A., Inc. February • Let’s Play Flight Attendant
• Shiren the Wanderer™ Feb. 9 • Pizza Delivery Boy March Press Play ApS March
• Max & the Magic Marker Q1 • Let’s Play Ballerina March
• No More Heroes 2: Desperate
Capcom Nintendo
Struggle late January NINTENDO’S page 11
• TATSUNOKO V S . • Endless Ocean: Blue World Team Meat
• Sleepover Party Jan. 12
10 Gadgets/ E-reader News Edition

Why We All Need to Calm Down About the "Real Google

Phone" [Android]
By John Herrman (Gizmodo) breathless commentary on the
Submitted at 12/14/2009 8:36:34 AM
Nexus One admits that what it
means is more important than
If you've seen the internet (or what's on its spec sheet. And
Giz) this weekend, you've heard yeah, it'll be the first phone
about it: the "real Google phone" marketed as the Google phone,
that " changes everything." But and Google's sales strategy—to
before we get carried away, a offer the device without contract
counterpoint: Google isn't magic. first, and probably unlocked,
And the Nexus One isn't a game- with a ( hardware
changer. Not yet. limited—possibly just to T-
And I don't mean to say that I Mobile, if you care about 3G)
don't understand what the Nexus choice of carriers—is foreign to
One is, or what Google's trying to the US market. But it's far from
do. Nor am I saying that Google unheard of—you can buy
plan for the Nexus One—to offer unlocked phones at Best Buy, for
a different type of cellphone God's sake. Oh, and Nokia's been
buying experience than US handling their US smartphone
customers are accustomed to, and releases like this for years. It
to provide a model for future hasn't gone well.
Android handset—is a Google doesn't have
particularly bad one. I'm saying superpowers. Using their
that I don't get the hype: Google's unmatched internet superpowers,
Nexus one is an interesting Google can do more to convince
experiment, not some kind of the general public that an
heroically disruptive Google expensive, unsubsidized phone is
coup, as many people, changes a good idea than Nokia, whose
everything">including us, have marketing efforts have been
implied. Consider the facts: wimpy and ineffective. But they
It's an HTC Android handset. I t ' s t h e t h i r d ( a t l e a s t ) how Google had full control over step up from 2.0, which is what can't do anything crazy, like give
This means that on a material Snapdragon-powered Android the Nexus One user experience, the Droid ships with, which, this thing away. They can sell it
level, it's barely more of a phone we've heard about. It's got and how it's going to be unlike mind you, Motorola doesn't seem for cheap by relying on their own
G o o g l e p h o n e t h a n t h e a 5-megapixel camera. It's got any other Android we've ever to have touched almost at all. As advertising network—or hell,
G1—which Google passively dual microphones, to help with seen before. But we've seen other far as I can tell, the Nexus One their homepage—for advertising,
o v e r s a w — o r t h e M o t o r o l a noise reduction. It's fairly thin. builds of 2.1, albiet covered in will have some pretty new UI as well as the massive press
Droid—which Google actively These are nice features for a new the Sense UI, leaked for the HTC flourishes, and maybe a few UX coverage they're already getting,
helped design. And hey, people phone, but they're more or less H e r o ( s p o i l e r : n o t t h a t changes. Again: this is typical, and selling it at little to no profit.
remember: Google still isn't a exactly what we'd expect HTC to impressive), and combined with paced progress, not a drastic To be able to match carriers'
hardware company. Not even be working on next. the early glimpses we've caught overhaul. prices, though, will be a stretch:
close. It's pretty much running Android from spy shots, they give the The new business model isn't
The hardware isn't revolutionary. 2.0. People are talking a lot about feeling that 2.1 isn't much of a really new. Even the most WHY page 13
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continued from page 9

• Let’s Play Garden March March 14 • T.A.C Heroes: The Big Red • Downtown Texas Hold’em
• WarioWare: D.I.Y. March 28 One March Poker Q1
Disney Interactive Studios • America’s Test Kitchen: Let’s • Surviving High School™ Q1
• Sonny With a Chance Spring Get Cooking March 28 TECMO
• Alice in Wonderland March • Monster Rancher® DS March Gameloft
Natsume Inc. • AGAIN™ March • Legends of Exidia Q1
GameMill Publishing • Squishy Tank™ February • Telegames, Inc. Puzzle • Let’s Golf Q1
• Escape the Museum Jan. 12 • Cheer We Go!™ March Overload™ Spring • Real Soccer™ 2010 Q1 Spandau Ballet To Be
• Hidden Mysteries: • Solitaire Overload Plus™ • Gangstar 2: Kings of L.A. Q1 First Intergalactic Band
Buckingham Palace Feb. 9 PopCap Games Spring Aboard Branson's
• Bejeweled Twist™ Q1 Nintendo
Hudson Entertainment THQ • Trajectile™ Jan. 4 SpaceShipTwo
• Rooms: The Main Building SEGA of America • Daniel X: The Ultimate Power • Number Battle™ Jan. 25 Enterprise [Space]
Spring • Sands of Destruction™ Jan. 12 Jan. 12 • Starship Defense™ Jan. 18
By Kat Hannaford (Gizmodo)
• DECA SPORTS™ Spring • Infinite Space™ March • Touch Solitaire Jan. 11
• Sonic & Sega All-Stars Tomy Corporation • X-Scape™ February Submitted at 12/14/2009 10:11:34 AM

Konami Racing™ March • Lovely Lisa™ and • Link ’n’ Launch™ February
Last week I invoked the wrath of
• Scene It! Twilight Q1 • Sonic Classic Collection™ Friends(enhanced Nintendo DSi
trance fans everywhere by
• Puzzle Chronicles Jan. 10 Spring content) February Subatomic Studios
suggesting Above & Beyond,
• Fieldrunners Q1
rumored to be the first musical
Majesco Entertainment SouthPeak Games Ubisoft
act in space, should be kept up
• Super Speed Machines • Crime Scene™ Feb. 1 • Imagine Reporter Jan. 20 WayForward
there. Turns out Richard Branson
February • Dementium II™ Feb. 2 • Imagine Party Planner Jan. 13 • Shantae: Risky’s Revenge Q1
chose Spandau Ballet instead.
• The Daring Game for Girls • Fast Food Panic™ Jan. 5 • Imagine Sweet 16 Feb. 10
I think I now want a ticket
February • Sushi Go Round™ Feb. 1 • Imagine Gymnast March 10 [ Press Release]
aboard Enterprise even more than
• Dawn of Heroes February • Montessori Music™ March 1
I did before.
• ATV Revolution March XSEED Games
They're performing just one
Storm City Entertainment • KORG DS-10 Plus Jan. 19
song, rumored to be either Gold,
Nintendo • Bermuda Triangle: Saving the • Ragnarok™ DS Feb. 16
True or I'll Fly For You
• Glory of Heracles Jan. 18 Coral February
(surprising news to anyone who
• Pokémon HeartGold Version • Myst February Nintendo DSiWare
thought they had just two songs)
and Pokémon SoulSilver Version • ATV Quad Kings March EA
if Spandau Ballet
guitarist/saxophonist Steve
Black Friday Emits 50x More CO2 Than Cyber Norman is to be believed. With
only six passengers and two

Monday [Graphs] pilots allowed on that first

Enterprise flight, the five
Spandau Balleters will make up
By Mark Wilson (Gizmodo) to a store on Black Friday, one almost half the human weight.
Submitted at 12/14/2009 8:40:00 AM
study found Cyber Monday emits Although judging by the looks of
50 times less carbon through the GigaOM Pro via Treehugger] Tony Hadley these days, maybe
Assuming a 20-mile round trip miracles of online shopping. [ it'd be more like 50/50. [ The
12 Gadgets/ E-reader News Edition

World of Warcraft’s new dungeon finder just made life worth

living again
By Nicholas Deleon
Submitted at 12/14/2009 9:50:09 AM

For me, the best part of Patch

3.3 in World of Warcraft is the
new dungeon finder. I’ve used it
a bunch in the past couple of
days, and can say this: PUGing is
now fun (though it’ll change the
way we look at guilds).
PUG stands for pick-up group, a
term to describe a ragtag
collection of players thrust
together to run though a
dungeon, or instance. Prior to this
latest patch, setting up a PUG
was a pain the the ass: you’d join
a specific chat channel then
submit yourself to a pretty
rubbish queuing system. It would
take an awful long time to get The biggest change is that the around 10. I say that as a damage guilds. Before, you’d join a guild why put up with all the drama of
five players together. We’re dungeon finder looks across -dealer (Warlock); healers and so you can get to know a bunch a guild?
talking 30+ minutes. servers, so even if your server tanks, being more rare, are placed of other people who you’d run This only speaks to pre-endgame
Inconvenient, yes. You’d get has, say, only 100 people in it into groups even quicker. dungeons with. It was a lot raiding, of course. That’s a whole
prepared to run a dungeon, have (for argument’s sake), that’s no (Groups consist of three damage- quicker for a few guildies run a different animal where being
all your potions and items and longer a problem. You’re no dealers, a healer, and a tank.) dungeon than sit though the old friends with people and knowing
whatnot on you, then enter the longer handcuffed by your Like I said, I’ve used the new PUG system. But now that you what are people’s motivations
queue… then you’d wait. And server’s inadequacies! system several times since the can have a dungeon run up and (what gear they’re after and so
wait and wait. Needless to say, The queueing system has also patch went live. I couldn’t be ready in just a few minutes, why on).
by the time you got a group improved, and dramatically. Now happier. Within 10 minutes of bother with a guild? This is So there you go. Running
together, you were often no you select your role in the group entering a queue I’m fighting my especially true of people who like dungeons is infinitely easier, and
longer in the mood to run the (damage-dealing, healing, or way through the game’s to play the game alone like I do: I faster, now, but it may change the
dungeon. tanking), then the system scours dungeons. have no interest in asking my way people look at guilds. Are
And then you’d find that the several servers to find other plays Yes, this is what I do with my fellow guildies “hey, what’s up they even worth the trouble now,
group itself was rubbish. Not fun, queuing up for the same life, such as it is. guys?” If I can find a group in a especially at lower levels?
no. dungeon. What used to take 30+ But the new dungeon finder may few minutes, then be done with a
The new system changes things. minutes to set up now takes change the way people look at dungeon in double-quick time,
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Bag Week: Kata CS-17 camera satchel

By Matt Burns (CrunchGear) the trendy and teal 90’s. I’m even
Submitted at 12/14/2009 7:45:00 AM
turned off by Kata’s logo. And
the inside is way too yellow.
Name one messenger bag that Throw a Transformer’s logo on it
effectively combines a notebook and it would be Bumblebee.
bag and a camera case? But that’s Kata. All the
Obviously the bag pictured company’s bags have a yellow
above. The Kata CS-17. interior and I better get used to it;
Info: I have two more bags from Kata
• The Kata CS-17 to review this week.
• Holds up to a 17-inch notebook Wrap-up
• Padded, removable pouch can The concept behind this bag is
hold a DSLR & 2 lens solid. It effectively holds both a
• Constucted out of nylon notebook and a DSLR at the
• Weather cover same time. But I’m not into the
• $140 MSRP look. Say what you will, but I
• Big Bird designed the inside one side of the bag as possible so o w n padded spot t o t a l l y f e e l
Pros the camera’s lens will fit down too. Accessing the contents can that’s important especially when
• Dual purpose notebook/camera If you’ve ever tried to fit your the side of the bag next to the be done by unzipping the large, a bag costs $140. Hey, maybe
case DSLR into a normal messenger computer. It definitely doesn’t front flap or through a somewhat you’re still into pleated khakis
• Top zipper allows bag, you totally understand the make you feel comfortable. hidden top zipper. If the bag and light blue polo shirts. If
quick, discrete access draw to this bag. Other bags just But with this bag your camera wasn’t so damn ugly, it would be that’s you, and you have to tout
• Relatively inexpensive aren’t designed to hold a large can be safely stored in its own perfect for a blogger running b o t h a b i g c a m e r a a n d a
camera and a notebook at the padded pouch with room for two around CES. notebook, buy this bag.
Cons same time. I’ve always ended up accessories like flashes or lenses. I’m not loving the bag’s look. It
• Not the best looking bag pushing the notebook as far to The computer is housed in its reminds me of something from
WHY 2009 holiday sales
continued from page 10

A Verizon or a T-Mobile can phone; they'll control how it's guide the progress of an industry, earnestly, to ascribe to Google online: $19.9
absorb the cost of a phone in
month-to-month fees and overage
updated; they'll control what
software is and isn't allowed on
not the product that'll define it.
Whenever we talk about Google,
mystical qualities, and to take for
granted a series of future actions
billion and counting
charges. What does Google it. And they could use it to we need to factor in a little that Google hasn't even hinted at By Don Reisinger
have? Theoretical future Adsense convey an vision for Google windage. They're buzzy, they're fulfilling yet. Apple isn't the only (
revenue? Voice, in which Google supplies huge, and they've thrown plenty company tech watchers Submitted at 12/14/2009 6:30:00 AM
Even if what we see now is your number, your nonstandard of other industries curveballs recklessly project onto.
exactly what we're going to get, calling rates and your texting before. This phone sits at the Or, to compress it to 140 ComScore releases stats on the
the Nexus One is something allowance, while carriers simply hype nexus (for lack of a better characters or less: "The Google online holiday-shopping season
worth paying attention to—it will supply a neutral, dumb and word) of Google Voice, Android, phone matters as much as Google so far. Sales are strong and ahead
be a way for Google to ultimately out-of-sight cellular Google's online services and makes it matter." For now, of 2008 levels.
demonstrate what their vision for connection. But even if that is HTC. For now, to say that the people, calm down.
Android is without carrier what they're doing—we don't Nexus One has somehow
interference. They'll control the know!—the Nexus One is a first changed everything is to buy into
software experience on the step. It'll be an early product to these company's hype too
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Synaptics Fuse concept handset puts a new squeeze on

touchphone interaction
By Paul Miller (Engadget) squeeze, tilt and haptic interaction. Check out a quick
Submitted at 12/14/2009 11:34:00 AM
interaction. The big idea is to video after the break.
approach single-handed and no- Continue reading Synaptics Fuse
In case you weren't aware, look operation on a touchscreen concept handset puts a new
S y n a p t i c s d a b b l e d i n t h e handset, no small feat to be sure. squeeze on touchphone
touchscreen handset game way The result is a pure kitchen sink interaction
back in 2006 with the Onyx of sensors, including a touchpad Synaptics Fuse concept handset
concept, before phones like the on the back of the phone, touch puts a new squeeze on
LG Prada and Apple's iPhone and pressure sensitive strips touchphone interaction originally
came along and proved the idea along both sides of the phones, appeared on Engadget on Mon,
so convincingly. However, dual haptic feedback motors, a 3- 14 Dec 2009 11:34:00 EST.
Synaptics thinks innovation has axis accelerometer and of course Please see our terms for use of
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another trend-setting concept. OMAP 3630 processor powers know where your finger is on the on to something, but even if the
This one's a bit more wild: the the TAT Cascades 3D UI Engine screen -- an attempt to emulate Fuse isn't the next best thing, we
"Fuse" involves contributions which attempts to contextualize feeling out the correct nub for could certainly see somebody
from Alloy, TAT, Immersion and UI interaction with perspective keypad orientation on a button using some of these sensors to
Texas Instruments, and includes tilts and fancy motion, and the phone. We'll have to play with it improve existing handset

Cowboys Stadium 3D scoreboard experiment doesn't go so

well, turned off in less than seven minutes
By Nilay Patel (Engadget) people in attendance didn't bother turned off in less than seven
Submitted at 12/14/2009 1:01:00 PM
to put on the headgear required to minutes
see the 3D effect, and instead Cowboys Stadium 3D
You know 3D has a long way to saw a blurry anaglyph image -- scoreboard experiment doesn't go
go when even Jerry Jones can't which they then booed. What's so well, turned off in less than
manage to sell it for longer than more, some who wore the glasses seven minutes originally
seven minutes: the vaunted real- complained that the 3D effect appeared on Engadget on Mon,
time 3D scoreboard display c a u s e d n a u s e a - - a l t h o u g h 14 Dec 2009 13:01:00 EST.
experiment at last night's 'boys / probably not as badly as the Please see our terms for use of
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The problem, as usual, was but it simply doesn't work when when the Cowboys fail to make Stadium 3D scoreboard
glasses: most of the 80,000 scaled up for the world's largest the playoffs with another couple experiment doesn't go so well,
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PS3 Slim was supposed to have network storage (that is, no

local hard drive)
By Nicholas Deleon would have cost too much money yeah, that I can understand.
(CrunchGear) to set up and maintain the Money aside, it’s a pretty foreign
Submitted at 12/14/2009 9:00:17 AM
required servers. It’s a shame, concept for console owners. “So
because as slim as the PS3 Slim I have zero control over my
Did you know that, at one point, turned out, it could have been so saved games? That’s not cool.”
Sony considered constructing the much slimmer! What happens if Sony’s servers
PS3 Slim around the concept of Well, all of this according to a explode and an earthquake
network storage? That is, instead recent interview with Nikkei knocks over the backup storage
of there being local storage (hard Electronics Asia. facility and a tornado destroys
drive, memory cards, etc.) you’d Sony also said that it could have the backup’s backup facility?
store all of your data on Sony’s made the PS3 Slim even slimmer Then what?
servers then retrieve said data by moving the power supply I don’t know about you, but officially don’t understand why Flickr
over the Internet. Now that (see: the Xbox 360’s power when I place a video game Sony didn’t go with the power
would have been radically brick) outside the system. That console in its spot, it doesn’t brick idea—it did with the PS2
different. was ixnayed, too, because it leave that spot until the next Slim!
Of course, Sony decided against would have made it “harder to generation rolls around. So I Now, the network storage thing,
the idea, primarily because it use freely.”

Thanko rolls out not one but two spy cams

By Serkan Toto (CrunchGear) powered by USB. video continuously for about 2
Submitted at 12/14/2009 8:40:40 AM
The camera cap shoots video hours before the battery dies.
with 640×480 resolution and at You can use the 2GB of internal
Tokyo-based USB gadget maker 25fps. It has 4GB of internal memory, but there’s also a
today started selling two spy memory (enough to store 50 microSD/SDHC card slot (8GB
cameras, the so-called Camera minutes of video), weighs 130g max). Just like the camera cap,
Cap[JP] and the LED Spy and has a battery life of 2.5 you can connect the Spy Light to
Light[JP]. While it’s a bit of a hours. You can connect it to your your Windows PC via USB.
stretch to call the latter a spy Windows machine via USB. It’s The device is available at Geek
accessory, the bizarre cap can available over at Geek Stuff 4U camera that shoots video with point” here is that you can do this Stuff 4U for $94.92.
surely be used for undercover for$134.47. 640×480 resolution (at 30fps) while it’s dark. If you use the
r e c o n n a i s s a n c e a n d o t h e r The LED Spy Light looks more and pictures with 1,600×1,200 light and the camera at the same
shenanigans. As to be expected, like a conventional flashlight resolution. The main “selling time, you’ll be able to shoot
both gadgets are kind of silly and than anything else. It has a small

Video: How It All Ends

(Little Green Footballs) teacher Greg Craven’s“What’s and responses to his first videos: What’s the Worst That Lansdale novel: Sunset and
Submitted at 12/13/2009 4:12:34 PM
the Worst That Could Happen” video.[Video] Could Happen? I have it on my Sawdust.
video, clarifying his arguments You may also be interested in Kindle now, waiting to be read
This is the sequel to science after he received many comments Craven’s book based on the after I finish this great Joe
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JVC has two more sound

bars from you to pick from:
TH-BA3 and TH-BS7
By Nicholas Deleon bar. That means both the
(CrunchGear) speakers and the subwoofer are
Submitted at 12/14/2009 8:00:36 AM
totally wireless—handy if you or
yours hate to see wires strewn
Didn’t Nickelodeon used to give about. It’s a 5.1 sound system,
a w a y J V C b o o m b o x e s a n d one that works with Dolby
whatnot on its game shows back Digital, DTS, and Pro Logic II.
in the day? (I’m primarily talking There’s more! JVC has one
to twenty-somethings here, yes.) more sound bar, the TH-BS7
Imagine you were a contestant on ($600). Whereas the TH-BA3’s
Double Dare, and you manage to big deal is that it’s dual wireless,
find the flag inside the big nose the TH-BS7 is quite tiny at 1.4
Xperia Pureness available now - filled with goo, and you win this, inches. This one is only 4.1-
the TH-BA3. It’s a sound bar, channels, but works with all the
which are a heck of a lot easier to aforementioned codes.
includes concierge service, avarice incorporate into a small space Both are available now.
than a complete surround sound Anyone else remember What
By Joseph L. Flatley the mobile phone to its most the grand you dropped on a cell system. Would You Do and Wild &
(Engadget) essentials functions." You see, phone. PR after the break. The TH-BA3 ($550) is the Crazy Kids?
Submitted at 12/14/2009 11:57:00 AM
this bad boy "is not simply about Continue reading Xperia world’s first dual wireless sound
a phone; it is about opening a Pureness available now - includes
Great news for the disposable debate about people's relationship
i n c o m e c r o w d : T h e S o n y with technology in a complex
concierge service, avarice
Xperia Pureness available now -
The Facts About Bottled Water
Ericsson Xperia Pureness is world." Got that? In case you're includes concierge service, (Little Green Footballs) You may want to have a look at
finally available online through still not sold, did we mention that avarice originally appeared on Submitted at 12/13/2009 6:52:19 PM this chart, and then wipe that
Saks Fifth Avenue -- and it can the purchase price includes a Engadget on Mon, 14 Dec 2009 smug off yer face: The Facts
be yours for a mere $990. concierge service? Although we 11:57:00 EST. Please see our Are you feeling healthy and About Bottled Water.
According to some seriously high don't know for sure, it's probably terms for use of feeds. Permalink| smug because you drink nothing (Hat tip: Stanley Sea.)
-minded PR, the sleek and feature not a leap to assume that this Saks Fifth Avenue| Email this| but bottled water?
-poor handset "represents an "concierge" is a help desk Comments
alternative approach to life in the employee somewhere who could
complex, digital age by refining feed his village for a month with
E-reader News Edition Gadgets/ Tech News/ 17

Quadriplegic Man Gets a

License to Control a
Shotgun with his Mouth
Samsung ST5500 WiFi By Adam Frucci (Gizmodo)
Submitted at 12/14/2009 9:16:11 AM

camera hits the FCC RAmos T11TE 5-inch PMP

Jamie Capp was paralyzed
playing football in high school,
By Donald Melanson Toss in a fairly large 3.5-inch robbing him of the ability to
Submitted at 12/14/2009 12:28:00 PM
touchscreen and built-in 802.11
b/g WiFi (all in a surprisingly outputs 1080p over HDMI, might hunt. But now, after a two and a
half year legal battle, he's
compact package) and you've got
Samsung's fast making a name a camera that just might turn a be compensating for something obtained a hunting license.
Jamie is now able to hunt using
for itself as a company that few heads. Of course, there's no By Paul Miller (Engadget) inch thick, and even packs in a 12-gauge shotgun attached to a
throws more than the basics into indication of a price or release Submitted at 12/14/2009 11:10:00 AM dual 3.5mm headphone jacks, b a t t e r y - p o w e r e d m a c h i n e
into its point-and-shoots, and it date just yet, but you can check and we really have no excuse to operated via breathing tube.
looks to be continuing the trend out a few more pics and even the Look, we're not ones to knock be Negative Nancys, but we For a quadriplegic, firing a
with its new ST5500 camera, camera's user manual at the links specs for specs' sake, and 1080p suppose we're just a little OS- shotgun requires help from a
which just recently cleared the below. output is certainly impressive for spoiled these days. It's not you, companion. In Mr Cap's case, a
FCC. Judging from the specs, Samsung ST5500 WiFi camera a $177.45 Chinese import PMP, RAmos, it's us. We've changed. friend sets up the contraption,
this one certainly looks to have hits the FCC originally appeared but after seeing RAmos churn its RAmos T11TE 5-inch PMP s a f e t y o n , o n M r C a p ' s
things covered on the picture- on Engadget on Mon, 14 Dec way through some Android with outputs 1080p over HDMI, might wheelchair and Mr Cap aims the
taking front, with it packing an 2009 12:28:00 EST. Please see the W7, it's hard to get fired up be compensating for something shotgun by moving the toggle
ample 7x optical zoom, 14.2 our terms for use of feeds. for this new T11TE monster. But originally appeared on Engadget switch with his mouth. Once his
megapixels, ISO settings up to Permalink| Wireless Goodness, back to the specs: there's a 5-inch on Mon, 14 Dec 2009 11:10:00 partner releases the safety, Mr
ISO 3200, a max 1/2000 shutter User Manual (PDF)| Email this| 800 x 480 touchscreen, 16GB of EST. Please see our terms for Cap fires by sipping on the
speed, and support for 720p Comments b u i l t - i n m e m o r y , m i c r o S D use of feeds. Permalink PMP breathing tube.
video at 30 fps for good measure. expansion and codec support Today| Ownta| Email this| It's great that the technology
galore. Mix in the fact that the Comments exists to allow Jamie to continue
whole player is less than half an to enjoy a hobby that he loved
before his accident. [ Telegraph
Dec. 14, 1996: Kingston's Holiday Bonus Shows Workers the Money via Geekologie]
By John C Abell (Wired Top What'd you get this year? A w o r k e r s , n o t b a m b o o z l i n g memories.
Stories) party? A turkey? How about bankers or anything. Kingston
$130,000 — and these were tech Technology, thanks for the
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Nintendo bringing pink and blue

Wiimotes to America on Valentine's
By Darren Murph (Engadget) Wii MotionPlus dongles. There's
Submitted at 12/14/2009 10:48:00 AM
no word yet on pricing, but we're
guessing a small premium is in
Hey, kids. We got your order for those badly in need of
attention? Good. Remember some hue variation.
those pink and blue Wii Nintendo bringing pink and blue
controllers that were quietly Wiimotes to America on
launched in the Land of the Valentine's Day originally
Rising Sun back in October? appeared on Engadget on Mon,
Yeah, well it seems that both of 14 Dec 2009 10:48:00 EST.
those gems are coming to the Please see our terms for use of
United States, but it'll be well Starting on February 14, 2010, feeds. Permalink Electronista|
What's Basically the Most
after Christmas before you can the blue and pink Wiimote will Nintendo| Email this| Comments
get your hands on either (without be on sale on US soil, and both Adorable Children's Gift I
a good importer, anyway). devices will come bundled with
Can Imagine [Toys]
Verizon Waives $21,917 Monthly By Mark Wilson (Gizmodo)
Submitted at 12/14/2009 10:00:00 AM
really good idea, actualizing a
child's design into something
Bill Caused by 13 Year-Old Data they can hold.
Here's the idea: your child I believe the cost is $85, and if
scribbles an animal on Shidonni's you were interested in the gift for
Hog [Bills] w e b s i t e , t h e y h a n d - s e w a Christmas, you'd need to order by
corresponding one-of-a-kind tomorrow, December 15th. No
By Brian Barrett (Gizmodo) magnanimity, Verizon has plush toy and mail it to you. word on whether or not Shidonni
Submitted at 12/14/2009 9:20:00 AM
forgiven all charges for the Neat, right? will sew you one of the deadly
month, and Estarija the Younger From the looks of this video, tanks firing exploding ice cream
Attention, teenagers of America: has been cut off, so everything's s w e a t s h o p l a b o r e r s a r e n ' t cones that I drew as a kid. [
things cost money, even when back the way it should be. Except stitching their fingers to your Shiddoni]
plucked out of thin air. And for the fact that apparently a child's Christmas gift. Shidonni is
attention parents of America: buy kajillion percent (approximately) just a small operation with a
a data plan, already. increase in data usage didn't send
When Ted Estarija added his son up any flags at Verizon as it was
to his cell phone plan, he 1.4GB in a month. But these happening, which is pretty
probably wasn't expecting the kids, that's they do! Anyway, in a unfortunate customer relations. [
adorable little scamp to download s h o w o f u n c u s t o m a r y AP via Consumerist]
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Oracle pledges to play well with MySQL

(CNET of MySQL storage engines, developers of derived versions-- against anyone that a third-party to further develop MySQL, both
Submitted at 12/14/2009 8:41:53 AM
promising to maintain the nor enterprise users would have a vendor's implementations of a the commercial and GPL
openness and flexibility of basis on which to invest in storage engine must be released editions.
The chill between Oracle and the MySQL's Pluggable Storage MySQL-related innovation," said under the GPL (GNU General • MySQL Customer Advisory
European Commission may Engine Architecture and not Florian Mueller, a spokesman for Public License) because they Board. No later than six months
finally be thawing. require commercial licenses to MySQL co-founder Michael used the APIs that are part of the after the anniversary of the
European antitrust regulators use the storage engine APIs. "Monty" Widenius, who has been Pluggable Storage Engine closing, Oracle will create a
have been playing a wary In response, the European one of the loudest voices in Architecture. Further, Oracle will customer advisory board to offer
bouncer to Oracle's planned Commission on Monday issued a opposition to the deal. not require a commercial license guidance and feedback on
takeover of Sun Microsystems, statement suggesting that it's Fearing that Oracle will try to from third-party storage engine MySQL development. The board
and they've been especially warming up to the idea of a Sun- weaken MySQL to strengthen its vendors to implement the will include end users and
attentive to the software maker's Oracle combination. own database products, Widenius Pluggable Storage Engine embedded customers.
i n t e n t i o n s r e g a r d i n g S u n ' s "Today's announcement by has been intent on drumming up Architecture's APIs. • MySQL Storage Engine
M y S Q L o p e r a t i o n s . I n Oracle of a series of undertakings support among the faithful, • License commitment. When Vendor Advisory Board. No later
November, their concerns about to customers, developers and asking them to urge the EC to current MySQL OEM than six months after the
the future of the open-source users of MySQL is an important stop the merger for good. agreements with storage vendors anniversary of the closing, Oracle
MySQL database software led to new element to be taken into The battle for Sun began in April end, Oracle will offer an will create and fund a storage
a formal thumbs-down to the a c c o u n t i n t h e o n g o i n g when Oracle's $7.4 billion bid extension up to December 10, engine vendor advisory board for
acquisition. proceedings," said the EC in its won over Sun's board. 2014, with the same terms and guidance on issues important to
But recent discussions between statement. "In particular, Oracle's Subsequent approval by conditions. MySQL storage engine vendors.
O r a c l e a n d t h e E C h a v e binding contractual undertakings shareholders and the U.S. Justice • Commitment to enhance • MySQL Reference Manual.
apparently been fruitful, as t o s t o r a g e e n g i n e v e n d o r s Department seemed to solidify MySQL in the future under the Oracle will continue to update
Oracle on Monday pledged 10 r e g a r d i n g c o p y r i g h t n o n - the deal. GPL. Oracle promises to enhance and provide a free download to a
"commitments to customers, assertion and the extension over a Summarized below, Oracle's 10 MySQL, including version 6, MySQL Reference Manual
d e v e l o p e r s a n d u s e r s o f period of up to 5 years of the commitments outline how the under the GPL. Oracle won't similar to the one currently
MySQL." terms and conditions of existing company intends to keep MySQL update MySQL Enterprise available from Sun.
Among other things, the c o m m e r c i a l l i c e n s e s a r e alive as a competitive database Edition without also updating • Preserve Customer Choice for
company pledged to spend more s i g n i f i c a n t n e w f a c t s . " product. MySQL Community Edition and Support. Oracle will make sure
cash than Sun did on MySQL EC Competition Commissioner • Continued Availability of will make the source code of that end-user and embedded
development and to set up Neelie Kroes expressed optimism Storage Engine APIs. Oracle Community Edition available to customers paying for MySQL
advisory boards to include for a satisfactory outcome, one promises to maintain and the public at no charge. support can renew that support
MySQL customers. Oracle also that won't hurt the competition in enhance MySQL's Pluggable • Support not mandatory. each year or every few years,
said it would not require paid the European database market. Storage Engine Architecture, Customers won't be required to depending on the customer's
support to get a commercial But according to the Reuters which gives users the ability to buy support services from Oracle preference.
MySQL license and that it would news agency, critics of Oracle select from a variety of different to get a commercial license for
offer flexible support contracts to aren't impressed with Oracle's storage engines that can plug into MySQL. featured article:
customers. latest promises. a MySQL database server. • Increase spending on MySQL Normalising the crime of the
i n a d d i t i o n , i t a d d r e s s e d "This is purely cosmetic, totally • Non-assertion. As copyright research and development. century by John Pilger
licensing and copyright issues ineffectual. Neither storage holder, Oracle will change Sun's Oracle promises to spend more
relevant to third-party developers engine vendors nor 'forkers'-- current policy and will not assert money than Sun did to continue

James Cameron's New 3-D Epic Could Change Film Forever

By Joshua Davis (Wired Top Twelve years after Titanic, with Avatar, a $250 million 3-D
Stories) director James Cameron is back interplanetary epic.
E-reader News Edition Tech/ Tech News/ 23

10 Great Digital Gifts for Social Media Lovers

By Barb Dybwad (Mashable!) too. 2. Dropbox Subscription up their gifts. Not sure what someone the gift of a monthly
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Have a friend or loved one with game to give? Download Squad subscription to various levels of
multiple computers who’s always has a good guide with a few books on tape. 10. Newegg Gift
Maybe you just hate leaving the trying to keep things in sync, ideas. 7. Netflix Subscription Cards
house to shop, or you find likes to share a lot of files, or If you’re gifting to a film or TV If your giftee is a gadget lover,
yourself last-minute gift-hunting, needs a totally hands-off backup buff who doesn’t already you can let them go to town with
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Internets and want to give gifts to dead simple cloud storage, subscriptions from as little as one Newegg Gift Card. They’re
other web lovers. The web can sharing and backup option for month up to a year. Your giftee delivered by e-mail and never
help you create and personalize them. A Pro account with 50 GB For the music lover in your life, will get the benefits of painless expire, which make them a
unique physical gifts, but it can of storage space is $9.99 per consider giving the gift of DVD and/or Blu-ray rental worthy choice for the tech lover
also provide instant gratification month, or $19.99 a month for uninterrupted streaming tunes delivery by mail, as well the on your gift list. More holiday
with gifts for friends and family 100 GB of space. Your giftee from The music social opportunity to instantly stream a shopping resources from
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Inventing Effects to Create the Avatar Universe

By Frank Rose (Wired Top Go behind the scenes to get a special effects and the tech that
Stories) look at Avatar's groundbreaking made them possible.
24 Tech/ Tech News/ E-reader News Edition

Vintage AOL: Adventures in digital-age archaeology

(CNET access or 45 days, whichever behind it, and yet, at the same The dial-up access business is
Submitted at 12/14/2009 9:40:30 AM
comes first, with no credit card time it doesn't. The thing about still there, but slowly dying.
required. (1,025 hours is slightly AOL in the late '90s and early A lot's changed, and still a lot
This year for Christmas, I finally under 42 days.) On the red-and- '00s was that it was as hasn't. The focus at AOL now
decided to give my family gold packaging is the face of a mainstream and ubiquitous as might be on blog content, not the
something that they've been Japanese anime-style character, any tech company could get. In a beeps and buzzes and "You've
asking me about for more or less the edges of the drawing blurred press call last week to announce Got Mail!" messages. But at its
the past five years: I told them to make the marketing message AOL's long-overdue spinoff from core, even in the Tim Armstrong
that I would clean my room. absolutely clear: This is fast. This Time Warner, current CEO Tim age, AOL still wants to be
No, really. I moved out of my is the future. building on our strong, engaged A r m s t r o n g s a i d t h a t " t h i s something that the average
childhood home years ago, but AOL 7.0 was released on relationships with more than 31 company is one of the companies consumer--which, I suppose,
more or less shut the door to my October 16, 2001, right in the million members worldwide to that really put the Internet in includes small-town teenage girls
room and didn't change a thing. depths of post-9/11 turmoil and lead the transformation of new vogue for consumers." who spend more time instant-
It's sort of a late '90s-early '00s some of the darkest hours for the c a t e g o r i e s l i k e m u s i c , "The '90s were about access, and messaging than learning how to
teenage time capsule. There was dot-com industry. It was also less entertainment, local, and digital AOL played a major role in parallel park--absolutely can't
stuff in there that had not been than a year after America photography--with more on the access," Armstrong continued. live without.
t o u c h e d s i n c e t h e C l i n t o n Online's historic $165 billion way as broadband and AOL "This decade has really been Rebuilding AOL is a challenge
administration. There were merger with Time Warner, now A n y w h e r e c r e a t e n e w about platforms: Google, that some have dismissed as a
m a g a z i n e s w i t h J u s t i n regarded as one of the most o p p o r t u n i t i e s l i k e h o m e Facebook, Twitter, et cetera, and total pipe dream for Armstrong &
Timberlake on the cover from an disastrous business decisions of networking." we believe that the next decade co. But some cultural phenomena
era when nobody expected he'd the past decade. It was also right I don't exactly remember why I will really be about content." have indeed proven capable of
be cast as a Silicon Valley around the time I turned 17 and had that CD stashed away, but So the company has courted being relevant at both the
hotshot in a movie directed by flunked my driver's test; in I'm willing to surmise that I was Madison Avenue aggressively, beginning and end of the '00s: I
the Fight Club guy. There were hindsight I clearly should've been keeping it around in the case of a with marketers and agency types mean, look at Justin Timberlake.
varsity letters and prom photos honing my skills of coordination dial-up nuclear winter--i.e. if my flooding the floor at AOL's glitzy That guy looked ridiculous when
and model rockets and Warped by playing more video games. parents came across a less-than- spinoff party at the New York he was all over teen magazines
Tour '01 memorabilia and pretty A press release from October 16 s t e l l a r c a l c u l u s g r a d e a n d Stock Exchange last week. It's ten years ago.
much whatever else you'd expect hails version 7.0 as having "a responded by silencing the launched, a bold and (As for the AOL disk, thanks
to find in the living space of a kid fresh new look that puts local, Internet connection that sucked controversial clearinghouse for very much to those of you who
who came of age in the era of community-focused features, away some of the time that I quick, efficient media content offered suggestions via Twitter
Can't Hardly Wait and "Dawson's shopping and resources front and might have been spending on based on trends and demand. A for what I should do with it.
Creek." center throughout the service to homework otherwise. With that medium-sized 2005 acquisition, Seems like a lot of you use them
That inventory included one m a k e A O L a n e v e n m o r e shiny disk, I could somehow Weblogs Inc., has proven more as coasters!)
almost perfectly preserved AOL relevant and valuable part of figure out a 45-day lifeline. important to the company's featured article:
7.0 installer disk, a CD-ROM members' daily lives." Then-CEO The 'new' AOL. navigational course than the jaw- Normalising the crime of the
that boasts "Faster Than Ever!" B a r r y S c h u l e r o f f e r e d a AOL wants to put those days dropping $850 million it spent on century by John Pilger
and offers 1,025 free hours of s o u n d b i t e , s a y i n g " W e ' r e social network Bebo last year.

Baby-by-Number: Parents' New Obsession With Data

By Hadley Leggett (Wired Top We track our packages, our nap to electronic toys that track children's lives. Is that a good
Stories) flights, our pizzas -- and now our how kids play, a host of new thing?
Submitted at 12/13/2009 9:00:00 PM
kids. From iPhone apps that products let parents keep tabs on
record every diaper, bottle and nearly every aspect of their
E-reader News Edition Tech/ 25
Woman Arrested For
8 Ways to Share Happiness on the Web [Contest] Filming Snippets Of
'New Moon' May Sue
By Matt Silverman rescue by acting as their How do you use the social web
(Mashable!) webmaster, managing Twitter to spread happiness and help Theater
account and Facebook page. others? Share your experience in
Submitted at 12/14/2009 10:12:59 AM By Mike Masnick (Techdirt)
We’ve saved literally hundreds of the comments section of our
Mashable is proud to present the dogs over the past few years. original post for a chance to win Submitted at 12/14/2009 5:16:18 AM Sharing Happiness Bonnie Jean Weinman: a $3,000 shopping spree at

The latest in the saga of the
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considering suing the theater,
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question basically lets the theater
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do exactly what it did, even if the
Ways to Share Happiness on the Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, to anyone. The web is a amazing o n t h i s p o s t b y T u e s d a y ,
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any lawsuit is unlikely to last,
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Herb Hernandez: motherhood and business! What me. I love my kids and want the Zappos
One example: helping dog makes me most proud of what I most life can give them.
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Microsoft fixes Office 2003 bug with patch

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Priceline shrinks from marketing scandal

(CNET according some experts. The
government's investigators have
Israeli ISPs Caught
Submitted at 12/14/2009 8:34:00 AM
unearthed documents that show Traffic Shaping
Priceline, an online travel site the marketing companies and the
accused by the government of e-tailers know that the ads are Without Admitting It
selling customer credit card deceptive. They also show that By Mike Masnick (Techdirt)
information to "scam" marketers, only a tiny percentage of the Submitted at 12/14/2009 3:14:48 AM
says it no longer has any people who are signed up to the
relationship with the marketing membership programs ever use For many years, in the US, there
firms. them and that an elaborate were claims that Comcast was
Company spokesman Brian Ek system is created by the doing traffic shaping on its
said Priceline, perhaps best marketers to shield their retail network, slowing down or even
known as the "name your price" partners from getting blamed by blocking certain types of traffic.
company, stopped using post- customers. Despite increasingly
transaction firm Affinion Members of the Commerce sophisticated evidence, Comcast
sometime last month. The news committee have called the always denied it, until the
was first reported by The practices a "scam," and Associated Press finally
Connecticut Post. "robbery." presented proof. Comcast still
In May, the U.S. Senate Just washing its hands of tried to dance around on
launched a probe of the company, Affinion may not get Priceline definitions, but finally came
as well as competitors off the hook. On November 5, clean. In response it got a wrist
Webloyalty and Vertrue and 88 marketers. Among the merchants But buried in the fine print are Commerce committee Chairman slap from the FCC (which it's
online merchants, for allegedly that have cut ties with the the full terms, which state that by John Rockefeller wrote a letter to
fighting in court), but it has
duping as many as 30 million m a r k e t i n g f i r m s s i n c e t h e providing an e-mail address, Priceline CEO Jeff Boyd asking
become a lot more transparent in
consumers into paying monthly g o v e r n m e n t b e g a n i t s shoppers are enrolling in a f o r i n f o r m a t i o n a b o u t h i s
its traffic shaping/filtering
fees. investigation are Continental m e m b e r s h i p p r o g r a m a n d company's relationship with
practices. There just isn't any
"With the Senate inquiry going Airlines and VistaPrint, an online authorizing the marketer to Affinion. logical reason why any ISP
on, we want to wait and see what printing service. charge their credit card up to $20 Ek said he didn't know whether
should be less than forthcoming
happens," said Ek, who added The government says that the per month. After finding the Priceline severed ties with
about these issues.
that Priceline no longer has merchants agreed to allow the charges on their bank statements, Affinion before or after Boyd
Slashdot points us to the news
partnerships with any of the post- marketers to present ads late in thousands of mystified people received Rockefeller's letter.
that a new study of Israeli ISPs
transaction marketers. t h e t r a n s a c t i o n p r o c e s s . have complained that they were The Commerce committee is shows that, despite denying it,
According to the U.S. Senate According to experts, the ads are misled. expected to hold another hearing many are traffic shaping P2P
Committee on Commerce, designed to give unwitting Web The marketers have denied on the matter sometime after the
traffic, often using deep packet
Science and Transportation, shoppers the impression that by wrongdoing and say that their start of the year.
inspection. Apparently, Israel's
Priceline is one of about 19 providing their e-mail address practices are legal because all the featured article:
Communications Ministry is
companies, including Orbitz, they are justing signing up to terms are included in their ads. Normalising the crime of the already looking into this and
Travelocity, Shutterfly, receive a cash-back reward or T h e y h a v e r e c e n t l y b e g u n century by John Pilger
determining if it requires any,, and discount. requiring consumers to enter the
action on its part. It makes you
Redcats USA, that banked more Click the photo and read a last four digits of their credit card
wonder why ISPs think it makes
than $10 million from its collection of CNET's stories on number. sense not to explain what they're
partnerships with post-transaction the marketing scandal. That doesn't go far enough, doing to customers.
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Apple Launches
Nuclear Patent
Counterstrike On Nokia
By Mike Masnick (Techdirt)
Submitted at 12/14/2009 1:17:05 AM

We've discussed in the past how

Dear CNN: Patents Are Not A Proxy For many large companies now view
patent accumulation as

Innovation something of a nuclear

stockpiling technique. That is, if
you accumulate enough patents,
By Mike Masnick (Techdirt) seemed to think it was even it comes to innovation. It could perhaps he feels it's his mission other large companies won't sue
Submitted at 12/14/2009 9:35:00 AM
worth trying to actually back up be a whole variety of factors, to overstate the importance of the you for patent infringement,
that claim with any evidence from firms recognizing what a organization, but his claims because you'll just sue them right
We've seen it over and over whatsoever. If innovation were waste it is to patent certain should have at least some basis in
back for infringing on your
again in the press. They love to really declining in the US, you things, to companies deciding not reality.
patents. As ridiculous (and
assume that the number of would think there would be some to waste money on patents during B u t , o f c o u r s e , a g o o d obviously against the basis of the
patents being filed is a proxy for sort of tangible evidence of it, but a recession, to the various court explanation for why this is
very patent system) as this is, it
innovation. There's just one C N N a n d r e p o r t e r D a v i d rulings that have finally put a tiny happening is explained (though,
has certainly limited some patent
( l a r g e ) p r o b l e m w i t h t h a t . Goldman never bother to even pushback on what is considered not by the CNN reporter who
lawsuits between large tech
Multiple studies have shown no look for it. Tragically, USPTO "patentable." But none of that appears to miss it entirely) later
companies. But every so often, a
connection between patents and boss David Kappos -- who s u g g e s t s a n y l i m i t o n U S in the article: the USPTO is
nuclear battle breaks out. Earlier
innovation. But, don't tell that to should know better -- perpetuates innovation or ingenuity. And, it's e n t i r e l y f u n d e d b y p a t e n t
this year, Nokia, jealous over the
the reporters at CNN who are the myth that the two are directly even more ridiculous to claim, as application fees. Thus, it has
success of the iPhone, sued
f r e t t i n g a b o u t h o w t h e connected. In commenting on Kappos appears to do in that every incentive to get more
Apple. Apple, of course, has
"recession" has taken its latest the decline in patent applications, quote, that this drop in patent people to file, and to play up the
bragged about all those patents it
victim: US Innovation. This is he notes:"That's unfortunate applications could represent a prestige and value of a patent,
holds on the iPhone... so... the
ridiculous on so many levels that because [patent filings] are a decrease in jobs and opportunity. even when the evidence is to the
obvious next step has occurred,
even patent system defenders are reflection of innovation," said That statement is even more contrary. So, now it appears that
and Apple is lobbing back
disagreeing with CNN. First, David Kappos, director of the laughable, since Kappos must CNN becomes the PR arm of the
charges of patent infringement
CNN bases this on a minuscule P a t e n t O f f i c e . " I n n o v a t i o n know that the number of jobs Patent Office, rather than actually
against Nokia. In the end, the
2.3% decline in patent filings, creates so many jobs and so created is not even remotely looking to find out what's going
two sides will probably work out
despite a massive growth in m u c h o p p o r t u n i t y f o r o u r related to the number of patents on.
some sort of settlement, but the
patent filings over the past fifteen country. It is absolutely key to granted or held (just ask some Permalink| Comments| Email
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years. our long-term success in the patent hoarding firms that hold This Story time and resources. Wouldn't we
But, more importantly, there is global economy." But, of course, many patents but employ just one
all be better off if they just
no indication whatsoever that this there is no indication that this or two people). What a shame
focused on competing in the
means anything in terms of US tiny drop in applications is that Kappos would repeat such
marketplace by creating better
innovation. No one at CNN reflective of anything at all when myths. As boss of the PTO,
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Stories) planning to release its own to issue next year: the unlocked,
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development of James Cameron's
30 Tech/ Tech News/ E-reader News Edition
Artists: Don't Expect To
Send virtual 3D gifts with Little World Gifts Get Paid For What
Imeem & Snocap Owe
By Victor Agreda, Jr. (The someday your Sims could wear
Unofficial Apple Weblog Abercrombie or your virtual You
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Submitted at 12/14/2009 11:30:00 AM a dancing Elvis? I'd be happy to
ship toxic waste to Farmville. Submitted at 12/14/2009 8:17:00 AM

Filed under: iPhone, iPod touch Currently the gifts on the store
We always hear the record labels
When Apple launched the App are rather limited and have a
and politicians screaming bloody
Store, there were no in-app holiday theme. I'm sure there will
murder over the concept that
purchases, but it quickly became be more items to buy as time
musicians aren't being paid "what
apparent that some mechanism goes on, but I'd love to see a
they're owed" due to piracy -- but
for buying stuff within an app "real" market a la Second Life,
when there's a situation where
itself would be needed. I where users could build their
musicians might actually not be
remember thinking a store of own 3D trinkets and sell them on
getting paid what they're owed?
virtual gifts seemed like a no- this store. Hey, maybe we could
Silence. A few weeks back,
brainer, but the in-app purchase resurrect the 3DMF format? Who
MySpace "bought" Imeem in a
block was a show-stopper. threw that virtual tomato?
fire sale. But, the details of the
Kisky Netmedia isn't the first The Little World Gifts app is
deal suggest they didn't actually
company to enable in-app free, of course. The gifts
buy the company, but "certain
purchases, of course, but Little normally range from $.99 to
assets," which means they get to
World Gifts[ iTunes Link] is $3.99 or more (or less), but for a
ignore the liabilities. Guess what
precisely what you'd expect to short time all gifts are only
those liabilities include? You got
evolve on the iPhone: a little $.99US to celebrate the app's
it: paying artists what they're
store of 3D trinkets which you debut.
owed. Now, as the Wired article
can purchase and share with Gallery: Little World Gifts
notes, there's nothing technically
friends. Little World Gifts (which with little 3D items, and you can sometimes, and you have to intuit TUAW Send virtual 3D gifts
wrong with MySpace acquiring
we covered a few weeks ago) buy them. Some are simply 3D to double-tap to bring up a "close with Little World Gifts originally
just the assets, but it is notable
would be relegated to a "gee objects you can rotate and zoom this view" button, but the models appeared on The Unofficial
that it's the musicians left without
whiz" factor were it not for the in a little staging area, while are quite wonderful to behold. Apple Weblog (TUAW) on Mon,
getting paid what they're actually
F a c e b o o k c o m p o n e n t . M y some have associated animations You can send gifts to people via 14 Dec 2009 11:30:00 EST.
owed (not some theoretical
purchases appear in the Facebook (none that I tested had sound). the app or into Facebook, and Please see our terms for use of
concept like what they might be
LWG app (as seen in the gallery Y o u w i l l n e e d a n e t w o r k there's even a tracker to see who feeds.
"owed" due to unauthorized file
below) and from there I can share connection to browse this store, has picked up their gift. As I said, Read| Permalink| Email this|
sharing). And, yet, we don't
with my friends who also enable a s n e w i t e m s m a y a p p e a r this is the practical evolution of Comments
seem to hear any politicians or
the Facebook app. No iPhone periodically. I found the store virtual gifting on the iPhone, and
record labels screaming about
required. Uh oh. pretty easy to use, as most in-app via Facebook, frankly. I can this. Funny, since they keep
The implementation is simple: purchases tend to be low friction. envision a raft of new, branded
insisting that they're really just
you see a series of little shelves Viewing an item is a little tricky stores popping up, too. Perhaps
interested in helping artists...
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By Kim Zetter (Wired Top Several restaurants breached by that the system wasn't secure.
Stories) a Romanian hacker file a class-
Submitted at 12/13/2009 8:44:00 PM
action suit against the maker of a
point-of-sale system on grounds
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Facebook Movie Hotly Anticipated Kindle iPhone App

by Hollywood Insiders Goes International
By Christina Warren cuts between Zuckerberg’s By Christina Warren
(Mashable!) heated depositions with his (Mashable!)
Submitted at 12/14/2009 8:11:52 AM
former Harvard colleagues who Submitted at 12/14/2009 8:09:40 AM
claimed he stole Facebook from
Let’s be honest, when the news them and the chronological Good news ebook fans:
first surfaced that acclaimed retelling of the company’s trip to Amazon’s Kindle app for the
writer Aaron Sorkin was writing becoming a billion-dollar iPhone is now available in more
the script for a movie about enterprise. than 60 countries.
Facebook, most of us laughed. Status: In production for Sony Amazon launched an
Then we found out that it wasn’t list is made up of up-and-coming Pictures. Jesse Eisenberg plays international version of the device, or sync with purchases
a joke, and we groaned and screenwriters. Second, as we’ve Zuckerberg while Justin Kindle back in October, but now you make on a Kindle or via the
prepared for the worst. Even with covered, the film’s production is Timberlake portrays Sean Parker, users can link their Kindle books web browser. Amazon recently
luminaries like Sorkin and well underway. This underscores one of the founders of Napster with their iPhone or forgo buying released Kindle Desktop software
director David Fincher on board, just how well the script itself has and Zuckerberg’s idol. David the Kindle and just read the for the PC, and a Mac version is
what were the chances that this been received. Fincher is directing. books on their mobile phone. in the works.
wouldn’t be just a disaster This is how Entertainment Having read an early draft of the Amazon employs a technology Amazon also says that Kindle
waiting to happen? Weekly describes the film: script, as well as Ben Mezrich’s they call Whispersync with the for BlackBerry is on the way,
The film, which is currently in The Social Network book, The Accidental Kindle that keeps the bookmarks too. Since launching the Kindle
production, is scheduled for By Aaron Sorkin Billionaires, I have to agree with and last pages synchronized in 2007, Amazon has watched
release in October 2010. What it’s about: Chronicles the assessment: It’s an excellent across different devices on the the competition in the space go
However, that hasn’t stopped the Mark Zuckerberg’s complicated script with the potential to be an same account. It also means that from nearly nonexistent, to more
script for The Social Network journey towards creating excellent film. While I’ll hold if you accidentally remove a and more crowded. Competitor
from appearing near the top of Facebook. Sorkin depicts both back judgment until the film book from your iPhone, you can Barnes & Noble just launched
2009’s The Black List. The Black the founder’s motivations for actually reaches theaters, at this redownload it on the fly. their own eReader, the Nook,
List is a compilation of the most- starting the largest social network point, it seems more likely than Amazon’s Kindle app[iTunes which also has its own iPhone
liked unproduced scripts of the in the world and the human not that “the Facebook” movie lin]) is one of the best e-readers app.
year, as chosen by Hollywood casualties that came with his won’t suck after all. Reviews: for the iPhone, regardless of We think that the free Kindle
insiders. profound success. Facebook platform. It’s easy to navigate, iPhone app is the best
The Social Network, which is What it’s like: The fascinating Tags: Aaron Sorkin, facebook, has adjustable settings for text advertisement Amazon can make
number two on the list, is unique biographical elements of facebook movie, Movies, and background color, and you for the Kindle itself. It’s
for several reasons. First, it is a Shattered Glass meets the screenplays, the social network can enable or disable the extremely easy to buy and read
script from a high-profile writer courtroom drama of Kramer vs. accelerometer (which is handy books, and after you start to
(Sorkin), whereas the bulk of the Kramer, without the tears. Sorkin for anyone who likes to read in amass a small library, that can
bed). play a large factor in what
3 Found Shot to Death Inside Texas Mobile Home Using the app, you can buy standalone eReader you buy.
( or redistributed. © 2009 FOX Normalising the crime of the books directly from Tags: eBook, ereader, iphone,
News Network, LLC. All rights century by John Pilger and download them to your Kindle, kindle iphone, nook
Submitted at 12/14/2009 7:11:20 AM
reserved. All market data delayed
This material may not be 20 minutes.
published, broadcast, rewritten, featured article:
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Get a Mac Named Ad Campaign of Qik Launches Desktop

the Decade App for Live Video
By Adam Ostrow (Mashable!)
Submitted at 12/14/2009 8:50:23 AM
who is casual and comfortable in
his skin. PC, personified by John
Hodgman, as a rounder, paler
In the past few years, clever Bill Gates, is a well-meaning By Christina Warren
commercials have become geek with all kinds of operating
content in and of themselves, problems. For Apple, the Submitted at 12/14/2009 9:02:36 AM

thanks in no small part to the rise campaign managed the neat trick
of YouTube and embeddable of making the brand look laid It’s been a busy couple of weeks
multimedia. back and cool while it for Qik. Last week, the company
For example, Verizon and “Apple always diverged from the mercilessly skewered its rival.” launched its first official app for
A T & T ’ s r e c e n t w a r o v e r ’speeds and feeds’ ads associated AdWeek actually went tech- and the iPhone 3GS, letting users
coverage maps has made for with the computer category, but Apple-happy for its entire end of finally livestream from their
plenty of tech and media blog the brand really defined itself decade special — Google was phones without having to resort comes in. The Air app runs in the
fodder, with each new ad with the 2006 launch of n a m e d b o t h m e d i a a n d to jailbreaking. background and when you go
drawing lots of eyeballs both in TBWA\Media Arts Lab’s ‘Get a technology company of the Today, Qik is rolling out its live, your friends and family can
TV and in online media. Mac’ campaign. That series of 60 decade, YouTube top website, invitation-only beta for Qik-in- watch you instantly and interact
But the campaign that perhaps -plus ads brought some humanity Steve Jobs top marketer, Apple Touch, a service that brings the with you through chat.
personifies this more than any into the equation by turning the top brand and iPod top product. Qik experience to your desktop Power Qik users can also use
other is Apple’s iconic “Get a m a c h i n e s i n t o l i v e - a c t i o n Conventional picks, perhaps, but and makes it easy to share videos Qik-in-Touch to access their own
Mac” ads, a staple of both TV cartoons. In so doing, the comic difficult to make a strong and interact with your friends and video collections or to watch
and Internet advertising since s p o t s o f f e r t r a n s p a r e n t argument against as we wind family. Qik-in-Touch is an what is going on on QikTV.
2006. Perhaps it should come as understanding of the aspirations down the ’00s and consider the Adobe Air app, so it runs on Qik-in-Touch is in private beta,
no surprise then that AdWeek has of its audience and how people performance and impact of these Windows, Mac and Linux. but you can request an invite by
just named the series “campaign i d e n t i f y — a n d c o n n e c t companies over the past 10 years. If your mom is like my mom, going to
of the decade” in its best of the emotionally—with technology. Reviews: Google, YouTube she probably really wants to be How do you share live video
2000s roundup. The genius is in the casting. The Tags: advertising, apple, able to watch your live with your friends and family?
Here’s what the publication has Mac guy, Justin Long, is a c o m m e r c i a l s broadcasts, but has a hard time Reviews: adobe AIR, linux
to say about “Get a Mac”: younger version of Steve Jobs figuring out what time to tune in, Tags: live video, qik, qik-in-
where to go, etc. touch
This is where Qik-in-Touch

Apple has 12 gifts of Christmas for people who live in the UK

By Michael Grothaus (The Days of Christmas promotion for hours, so be sure to sign up for The Unofficial Apple Weblog
Unofficial Apple Weblog UK residents. From December 26 their email alerts to be notified of (TUAW) on Mon, 14 Dec 2009
(TUAW)) to January 6 anyone with a UK the new daily download. 13:00:00 EST. Please see our
Submitted at 12/14/2009 1:00:00 PM iTunes account can download a As for our US readers: it's not terms for use of feeds.
free song, music video, app, exactly Bah, humbug! for you. Read| Permalink| Email this|
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App Store For the second year in ' s o m e o f t h e b i g g e s t s t a r download is only available for 24 Christmas for people who live in
a row, Apple is running their 12 performers' on iTunes. Each free the UK originally appeared on
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Talkcast 10pm tonight: It's a bird, it's Lieberman Won't Vote

a plane, it's the Googlephone for Health Bill
By Michael Rose (The (Little Green Footballs) supporters of abortion rights.
Unofficial Apple Weblog Submitted at 12/14/2009 9:43:40 AM
In interviews on the CBS News
(TUAW)) program “Face the Nation,” Mr.
Submitted at 12/13/2009 8:30:00 PM
In a surprise move that’s only Lieberman and Mr. Nelson said
surprising if you haven’t paid the bill did not have the 60 votes
Filed under: TUAW Business, much attention to Joe it would need in the Senate.
Podcasts We had a fun show last Lieberman’s many other Senate Democratic leaders,
week, as we had a crowd of “surprise moves,” he announced including Mr. Reid and Senator
several TUAW team members; today that he won’t support the Charles E. Schumer of New
we were also joined (about health care bill in its current York, said they had been mindful
halfway through) by our friend form. of Mr. Lieberman’s concerns in
and frequent guest Ross Rubin of WASHINGTON — In a surprise the last 10 days and were
Engadget and NPD. The hour setback for Democratic leaders, surprised when he assailed major
passed by with us mulling Senator Joseph I. Lieberman, provisions of the bill on
Apple's Lala acquisition and independent of Connecticut, said television Sunday. He reiterated
what the company might choose on Sunday that he would vote his objections in a private
to do with this newly bought against the health care legislation meeting with Mr. Reid.
expertise. You can download the in its current form. Democrats are not pleased: 81%
shows direct from Talkshoe or The bill’s supporters had said Of Dems Want Lieberman
subscribe on iTunes. earlier that they thought they had Punished For Health Care
Tonight, we're back live at 10 secured Mr. Lieberman’s Filibuster.
pm ET with the usual gang of agreement to go along with a More than 80 percent of
ruffians, and at least two stories compromise they worked out to Democrats say they believe Sen.
to talk about: the impending Web" button on our profile page P h o t o : overcome an impasse within the Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn)
arrival of the Googlephone, and at 10 pm Sunday. To call in on Democratic Party. should be stripped of his
the unfortunate display problems regular phone or VoIP lines (take ydm// CC BY-SA 2.0 But on Sunday, Mr. Lieberman powerful chairmanship in the
and shipping delays for the 27" a d v a n t a n g e o f y o u r f r e e TUAW Talkcast 10pm tonight: told the Senate majority leader, Senate if he ends up supporting a
iMacs. Of course, we're happy to cellphone weekend minutes if It's a bird, it's a plane, it's the Harry Reid, to scrap the idea of Republican filibuster of health
be detoured and derailed by your you like): dial (724) 444-7444 Googlephone originally appeared expanding Medicare and abandon care reform, according to a new
c o m m e n t s , q u e s t i o n s a n d and enter our talkcast ID, 45077 - on The Unofficial Apple Weblog any new government insurance poll.
pontifications... but we won't - during the call, you can request (TUAW) on Sun, 13 Dec 2009 plan or lose his vote. It should be noted that over the
know about any of those unless to talk by keying in *-8. 20:30:00 EST. Please see our On a separate issue, Mr. Reid course of his career, Joe
you call in and join us. If you've got a headset or terms for use of feeds. tried over the weekend to concoct Lieberman has taken almost $2.5
To participate on TalkShoe, you microphone handy on your Mac, Read| Permalink| Email this| a compromise on abortion that million in donations from the
can use the browser-only client, you can connect via the TalkShoe Comments would induce Senator Ben health care industries, and more
the embedded Facebook app, or 'ShoePhone' VoIP client or with Nelson, Democrat of Nebraska, than $1 million from the
the classic TalkShoe Pro Java the free Gizmo (now a Google to vote for the bill. Mr. Nelson insurance industry:
client; however, for maximum product) or X-Lite SIP clients; opposes abortion. Any provision
fun, you should call in. For the basic instructions are here. Talk that satisfies him risks alienating
web UI, just click the"TalkShoe with you soon!
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Ashley Greene Spills
Give your Dashboard a kick in the pants 'Twilight Saga:
By Michael Grothaus (The delay to be between the time your Eclipse' Secrets
Unofficial Apple Weblog computer starts, or wakes from
(TUAW)) sleep, and the time you want your (ETonline - Breaking News)
Submitted at 12/14/2009 7:00:00 AM widgets 'kicked'. I set the sliders Submitted at 12/14/2009 5:03:00 AM
to the lowest time possible.
Filed under: Productivity, Dashboard Kickstart is free and ET exclusively went behind the
Freeware After reading through requires 10.4 or above. Let me scenes of Ashley Greene's photo
the comments on my post about know what you think of shoot for Teen Prom magazine,
Dashboard Widgets, I noticed Dashboard Kickstart in the where the actress (a.k.a. vamp
quite a few people lamented the comments! Alice Cullen) dished about her
fact that the widgets have to go TUAW Give your Dashboard a rigorous fight and stunt training
through a 'start-up' process every kick in the pants originally for 'The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.'
time you turn on your Mac or log appeared on The Unofficial "I was excited about the photo
out and log back in. Well, not Apple Weblog (TUAW) on Mon, shoot. I wasn’t too nervous, I've
anymore. been in a prom dress before,"
starting or re-starting of the Dashboard the first time you 14 Dec 2009 07:00:00 EST. said 22-year-old Ashley, looking
We actually covered this four Dock. Every time you log in or want to use it. Please see our terms for use of
years ago, back when it was an glamorous in a strapless, floor-
out, you restart the dock. When I've used Dashboard Kickstart, feeds. length purple gown.
application named Dashboard that happens, Dashboard in its different iterations, for Read| Permalink| Email this|
Starter. Today it's called "I'm trying to convince them to
Kickstart initiates the starting years and its always worked Comments let me take the dress so I can go
Dashboard Kickstart and its taken sequence of the Dashboard flawlessly. Once installed, open
the form of a System Preference out in it," she giggled, "but I
Widgets. This prevents the delay your System Preferences and don't think it's going to happen."
pane by Alwin Troost that runs in you'll experience when launching simply set how long you want the
the background and reacts to the

World's most geeky Christmas card includes an iPhone

By Aron Trimble (The case of the card from my construct the card.
Unofficial Apple Weblog insurance agent, in the trash. [via Switched]
(TUAW)) However, this particular card Continue reading World's most
Submitted at 12/14/2009 10:15:00 AM (featured on Crave) is one that I geeky Christmas card includes an
wouldn't mind receiving and iPhone
Filed under: iPhone, Holidays w o u l d m o s t d e f i n i t e l y b e TUAW World's most geeky
There's no more procrastinating: treasured long after the new year. Christmas card includes an
the holidays are officially here, The card uses different colors of iPhone originally appeared on
and regardless of your construction paper, card The Unofficial Apple Weblog
celebratory affiliations, some sort decorations, and an iPhone(!!!) to (TUAW) on Mon, 14 Dec 2009
of holiday card is going to end up create the ultimate in holiday- crafty and creative delivery an iPhone you're willing to give 10:15:00 EST. Please see our
in your mailbox. Typically, these mail technology. Combine the medium for your loved one's gift away... terms for use of feeds.
little card stock/construction above with a scalpel or exacto that is sure to excite and delight. Read on to see the video Read| Permalink| Email this|
paper doo-dads end up on the knife, a little free time and elbow Of course, you have to start with d e m o n s t r a t i o n o f h o w t o Comments
mantle, refrigerator or, in the grease and what you get is a
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Apple is delaying shipments of 27 GOP Climate Denier

inch iMacs Profile: Rep. Joe Barton
By Joachim Bean (The (Little Green Footballs) Adaptation Polities and
Unofficial Apple Weblog Submitted at 12/13/2009 1:31:32 PM
Programs,” one of the “experts”
(TUAW)) called to testify by Barton and his
Submitted at 12/14/2009 12:30:00 AM
For a perfect example of the GOP anti-science cronies (in
willfully, pig-headedly ignorant addition to complete wacko Lord
Filed under: iMac, Bad Apple Republican position on climate Christopher Monckton) was Dr.
Uh oh! It looks like there's change, check out this video from E. Calvin Beisner(PDF link), a
shipping delays and availability C-SPAN of Rep. Joe Barton(R- young earth creationist. A quote
issues with 27 inch iMacs. It's Tx). from Beisner’s testimony:
reported that these delays could The first question from C- The naturalist, atheistic world
be due to graphics issues with the S P A N ’ s m o d e r a t o r : “ W h a t view sees Earth and all its
GPU. Several Apple resellers are causes, in your perspective, ecosystems as the result of
citing shipping delays when global warming?” chance processes and therefore
trying to order the models. Barton’s reply: inherently unstable and fragile,
Apple made a brief statement to inch iMacs also had issues earlier shipments of 27 inch iMacs Well, the short answer would be vulnerable to enormous harm
CNET tonight acknowledging the with graphic performance and originally appeared on The God. from tiny causes. The Biblical
delays, but iMacs are showing a Flash, which was fixed in the U n o f f i c i a l A p p l e W e b l o g Which might be OK if it really world view sees Earth and its
two week shipping delay on 10.6.2 update. The 27 inch iMac (TUAW) on Mon, 14 Dec 2009 was just “the short answer.” The ecosystems as the effect of a wise
Apple's online store, which might has also had a number of other 00:30:00 EST. Please see our problem is that for Barton, this is God’s creation and providential
mean you won't be able to reported problems before, from terms for use of feeds. the only answer. preservation and therefore robust,
purchase one in time for the machines that have had broken Read| Permalink| Email this| Watch and weep. Where does resilient, and self-regulating–like
holidays. screens, to iMacs arriving that Comments ignorance this impenetrable come the product of any good engineer
Graphics issues are nothing new simply don't work. from? Perhaps … the energy who ensures that the systems he
to these iMac models. Some 27 TUAW Apple is delaying industries?[Video not shown] d e s i g n s h a v e p o s i t i v e a n d
It’s like a six-course meal of negative feedback mechanisms to
Teen Wolf gets some Tylers stupid. Barton is the archetypal balance each other and prevent
anti-science climate change small perturbations from setting
By Brad Trechak (TV Squad) arch-nemesis, another werewolf. denier. He categorically rejects off a catastrophic cascade of
Submitted at 12/14/2009 11:02:00 AM
One can only wonder if this all of the scientific evidence, reactions.
casting was done in hopes that from all of the sources. Here’s Barton at this ludicrous
We know a new version of the they would be confused for And Barton, of course, is also a hearing; his solution to global
Michael J. Fox '80s flick Teen Taylor Lautner, the werewolf in c r e a t i o n i s t . A t a r e c e n t w a r m i n g ? F i n d s o m e
Wolf is coming to MTV. Now the latest Twilight movie. Subcommittee on Energy and s h a d e . [ V i d e o ]
we have some names for the cast Continue reading Teen Wolf Environment hearing titled,
as well as a glimpse of the gets some Tylers “Preparing for Climate Change:
premise. Filed under: Programming,
Apparently, MTV has cast two nerdy high schooler who gets OpEd, Casting, Reality-Free
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36 Politics/ TV/ E-reader News Edition

The African Baby Boom and Bush's New Protests in Iran

Abstinence Programs After Ayatollah Photos
(Little Green Footballs)
Submitted at 12/13/2009 7:11:46 PM
generation of Africans under a
mountain of poverty. Promoting
birth control in Africa faces a
Organization and the U.S.
government’s own experts, all of
whom touted contraception as a
The religious right’s pernicious host of obstacles — patriarchal crucial method of preventing (Little Green Footballs) and the elite Revolutionary
influence in Africa isn’t limited customs, religious taboos, ill- births of babies being infected Submitted at 12/13/2009 10:45:37 AM
Guard, the country’s most
to Uganda’s persecution of equipped public health systems with HIV, the virus that causes powerful military force, called
h o m o s e x u a l s ; t h e B u s h — but experts also blame a AIDS. I r a n i s e r u p t i n g i n for the trial and punishment of
administration’s much-praised powerful, more distant force: the The Bush program is widely demonstrations again, after state those responsible.
a n t i - A I D S p r o g r a m h a d a U.S. government. hailed as a success, having television repeatedly broadcast Video circulated widely on the
decidedly less altruistic side. Under President George W. supplied lifesaving anti-retroviral video of people burning pictures Internet on the day of last week’s
SIRAKANO, Uganda — At age B u s h , t h e U n i t e d S t a t e s drugs to more than 2 million HIV of the Ayatollah Khomeini and protests also showed photos of
45, after giving birth to 13 withdrew from its decades-long patients worldwide. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali
children in her village of thatch r o l e a s a g l o b a l l e a d e r i n However, researchers, Africa Police surrounded the campus of K h a m e n e i a n d P r e s i d e n t
roofs and bare feet, Beatrice supporting family planning, experts and veteran U.S. health Tehran University on Sunday, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad being
Adongo made a discovery that driven by a conservative ideology officials now think that PEPFAR trapping hundreds of students burned as well as one photo of
startled her: birth control. that favored abstinence and shied also contributed to Africa’s protesting what they said were Khamenei and Khomeini side by
“I delivered all these children a w a y f r o m p r o v i d i n g epidemic population growth by fabricated government images of side going up in flames. The
because I didn’t know there was c o n t r a c e p t i v e d e v i c e s i n undermining efforts to help the burning of a photo of the faces of those burning the
another way,” said Adongo, who developing countries, even to women in some of the world’s Islamic Republic’s revered pictures could not be seen and
started on a free quarterly married women. poorest countries exercise greater founder. loud chants against the
contraceptive injection last year. Bush’s mammoth global anti- control over their fertility. State television has repeatedly government were heard in the
Surrounded by her weary-faced AIDS initiative, the President’s “It was a huge missed shown images, ostensibly taken background. …
brood, her 21-month-old boy Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, opportunity to integrate during student-led protests on Students, who led Sunday’s
clutching at her faded blue dress, poured billions of dollars into HIV/AIDS and reproductive Dec. 7, of unidentified hands protests, contended the images of
she added glumly: “I fear we are Africa but prohibited groups health in ways that made sense,” burning and tearing up pictures burning photos were fabricated
already too many in this family.” from spending any of it on family said Jotham Musinguzi, a of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. by government agents as a
On a continent where fewer than planning services or counseling Ugandan physician who heads It was a grave and illegal insult pretext for further crackdowns on
one in five married women use programs, whose budgets flat- the Africa office of Partners in against the former leader still the opposition.
m o d e r n c o n t r a c e p t i o n , a n lined. Population and Development, an widely respected in the country
e x p l o s i o n o f u n p l a n n e d The restrictions flew in the face intergovernmental group that
pregnancies is threatening to bury of research by international aid promotes sexual health in
A d o n g o ’ s f a m i l y a n d a agencies, the U.N. World Health developing countries.

Sarah Palin Visit Doesn’t Boost Conan’s Tonight Show Ratings

By Robert Seidman night, but perhaps since the info Meter Markets Conan scored a the “Late Show” encores’ 0.7/3).
(TVbytheNumbers) about her appearance only came 1.0/4 rating/share with adults 18- featured article:
Submitted at 12/14/2009 6:05:43 AM
out a few hours beforehand, 49. He did best Letterman and Normalising the crime of the
people who might have tuned-in “The Late Show” (.8/3 ) but last century by John Pilger
Sarah Palin made a surprise visit to watch Palin didn’t know about week against a repeat of “Late
to “The Tonight Show” on Friday Friday night in the local People
it. Show” Conan pulled a 1.1/4 (to
E-reader News Edition Tech Tips/ 37

Understanding the Windows Pagefile and Why You Shouldn't

Disable It [Mythbusting]
By The How-To Geek your PC, and your workload
(Lifehacker) really isn't that huge, you may
Submitted at 12/14/2009 9:40:00 AM
never run into application
crashing errors with the pagefile
As a tech writer, I regularly disabled, but you're also taking
cringe at all the bad tweaking away from memory that
advice out there, and disabling Windows could be using for read
the system pagefile is often a and write caching for your actual
source of contention among documents and other files. If
geeks. Let's examine some of the your drive is spending a lot of
pagefile myths and debunk them time thrashing, you might want
once and for all. What is a to consider increasing the amount
Pagefile and How Do I Adjust It? of memory Windows uses for the
Before we get into the details, filesystem cache, rather than
let's review what the pagefile disabling the pagefile.
actually does. When your system Windows 7 includes a new file
runs low on RAM because an caching mechanism called
application like Firefox is taking and navigate to Advanced –> you are forcing Windows to keep become very unstable. When that SuperFetch that caches the most
too much memory, Windows S e t t i n g s – > A d v a n c e d – > everything in much faster RAM application crashes, it's going frequently accessed application
moves the least used "pages" of Change. From this screen you all the time. down hard—there's no time to f i l e s i n R A M s o y o u r
memory out to a hidden file can change the paging file size The problem with this logic is save your work or do anything applications will open more
named pagefile.sys in the root of (see image above), set the system that it only really affects a single else. quickly. It's one of the many
one of your drives to free up to not use a paging file at all, or scenario: switching to an open In addition to applications reasons why Windows 7 feels so
more RAM for the applications just leave it up to Windows to application that you haven't used crashing anytime you run up m u c h m o r e " s n a p p y " t h a n
you are actually using. What this deal with—which is what I'd in a while won't ever grind the against the memory limit, you'll previous versions—and disabling
actually means to you is that if recommend in most cases. Why hard drive when the pagefile is a l s o c o m e a c r o s s a l o t o f the pagefile takes away RAM
y o u ' v e h a d a n a p p l i c a t i o n Do People Say We Should disabled. It's not going to actually applications that simply won't that Windows could be using for
minimized for a while, and you Disable It? make your PC faster, since run properly if the pagefile is caching. Put the Pagefile on a
are heavily using other Look at any tweaking site Windows will never page the disabled. For instance, you really Different Drive, Not Partition
applications, Windows is going anywhere, and you'll receive application you are currently won't want to run a virtual The next piece of bad advice that
to move some of the memory many different opinions on how working with anyway. Disabling machine on a box with no you'll see or hear from would-be
from the minimized application to deal with the pagefile—some the Pagefile Can Lead to System p a g e f i l e , a n d s o m e d e f r a g system tweakers is to create a
to the pagefile since it's not being sites will tell you to make it huge, Problems utilities will also fail. You'll also separate partition for your
accessed recently. This can often others will tell you to completely The big problem with disabling notice some other strange, pagefile-which is generally
cause restoring that application to d i s a b l e i t . T h e l o g i c g o e s your pagefile is that once you've indefinable behavior when your pointless when the partition is on
take a little longer, and your hard something like this: Windows is exhausted the available RAM, pagefile is disabled—in my the same hard drive. What you
drive may grind for a bit. inefficient at using the pagefile, your apps are going to start experience, a lot of things just should actually do is move your
If you want to take a look at and if you have plenty of crashing, since there's no virtual don't always work right. Less pagefile to a completely different
your own pagefile settings, memory you should just disable m e m o r y f o r W i n d o w s t o Space for File Buffers and physical drive to split up the
launch sysdm.cpl from the Start it since RAM is a lot faster than allocate—and worst case, your SuperFetch
menu search or run box (Win+R) your hard drive. By disabling it, actual system will crash or If you've got plenty of RAM in UNDERSTANDING page 39
38 Tech Tips/ E-reader News Edition

What You Missed in Google Phone News Over the Weekend

By Kevin Purdy (Lifehacker) Then the Wall Street Journal normally drive down prices in
Submitted at 12/14/2009 7:30:00 AM
broke the news wide open exchange for two-year
Saturday(modified numerous agreements, it could be quite a
Did you have something to do times since then) that Google chunk of change: the iPhone, for
this weekend other than scan tech isn't just producing a new phone example, actually costs AT&T
news and Twitter for "Nexus with a cell network partner. about $599, but it sells the model
One"? Here's the quick-read They're going to sell the phone, for $199 to make it more
lowdown on what the "Google unlocked, directly to consumers. palatable.
Phone" is (and isn't), what it The general reasoning cited in Here's a quick list of related
looks like, and when it might news reports and blog analysis is reading:
arrive. that Google wants to stake its • Gizmodo has its own take on
Image via Cory O'Brien. claim in the smartphone how the Real Google Phone
CNET producer and pocaster advertising market, which is changes everything.
Jason Howell got to play with a growing at a faster rate than • Engadget has, at the moment,
phone given out to Google s t a n d a r d i n t e r n e t - b a s e d the most revealing screenshots.
employees on Friday. He posted a d v e r t i s i n g . • Android Guys has a very
about it, of course, to his Twitter What is this device? It is, thorough list of everything that's
account, and was backed up by supposedly, an unlocked version known and unknown about the
Google employees registering of the rumored HTC Passion, Nexus One.
their own thoughts, with such a.k.a. Dragon, with a 1 GHz • TechCrunch, always willing to
descriptions as"an iPhone on Snapdragon processor (roughly jump out on an unconfirmed
beautifying steroids." twice as powerful, at least in limb, cites Nexus-One-havers as
Google's given out "developer" specs, as the chip that powers saying the phone is "really, really
models, or non-carrier-locked almost every Android device fast," and that it features
phones, of its latest Android right now, except the Droid), a complete voice-to-text
projects to employees before. 3 . 5 - i n c h O L E D s c r e e n , a functionality (as in, speak your
They've even doled them out to trackball-style pointer as the only email responses out loud).
conference goers. This time, physical buttons on the front, and designed entirely by sources stating that the phone
however, they acknowledged in a a virtual keyboard. Sources have Google—not that the G1 and could be offered physically
What do you think of all the
blog post that they were handing the phone as running on GSM Droid weren't similarly Google- through Best Buy and T-Mobile
Google Phone/Nexus One
out the phones for use as a networks, the kind supported by sponsored setups. stores. Once purchased, you'd
hoopla? Is a phone that's actually
" m o b i l e l a b " i n i n t e r n a l T-Mobile and AT&T in the U.S., Where and when can you get it? choose your wireless voice and
unlocked and designed front-to-
testing—known as "dogfooding," and used nearly everywhere in Multiple posts and reports agree data carriers through a software
back by Google something you're
or "eating your own dogfood," in E u r o p e a n d o t h e r f o r e i g n only on an estimate of early menu upon starting up the phone.
intrigued by? Tell us your take in
developer parlance. It's dubbed d e s t i n a t i o n s . 2010. As for where, beyond The big question mark at the
the comments.
the Nexus One, which, as Daring It would, of course, be running a Google just posting up a page moment is pricing. If sold
Fireball points out, is a reference new version of Android, 2.1, and and offering it through Google unlocked, without any subsidy
to the androids in Blade Runner. have its hardware and software Checkout, blogs have sniffed out from the wireless carriers who
E-reader News Edition TV/ Tech Tips/ 39
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workload. What Size should my memory usage was 5GB is that restoring minimized managed pagefile, every
Pagefile Be? (including virtual memory), you applications you haven't used in a application opens quickly, and
Seems like every IT guy I've should set your pagefile to at while is going to be faster. This even the applications I haven't
ever talked to has stated the least 1GB and the maximum as comes at the price of not being used in a while still open almost TorrentFreak's Most
"fact" that your pagefile needs to 2GB to give you a buffer to keep able to actually use all your RAM instantaneously. I'm regularly Popular Torrent Sites of
be 1.5 to 2x your physical you safe in case a RAM-hungry for fear of your applications running it up to 80-90% RAM 2009; Demonoid
RAM—so if you have a 4GB application needs it. If you have crashing and burning once you usage, with dozens of application
system, you should have an 8GB 8GB of RAM and a max 3GB of hit the limit, and experiencing a windows open, and I don't see a
Returns [BitTorrent]
pagefile. The problem with this memory usage, you should still lot of weird system issues in slowdown anywhere. By Adam Pash (Lifehacker)
logic is that if you are opening 12 have a pagefile, but you would certain applications. If you want to read more Submitted at 12/14/2009 9:05:00 AM
GB worth of in-use applications, probably be fine with a 1 GB The vast majority of users extremely detailed information
your system is going to be size. Note: If your system is should never disable the pagefile about how virtual memory and All-things BitTorrent weblog
extremely slow, and your hard configured for crash dumps you'll or mess with the pagefile your pagefile really work, be sure TorrentFreak broke down the
drive is going to grind to the need to have a larger pagefile or settings—just let Windows deal to check out Mark Russinovich's numbers and rounded up the 25
point where your PC will be Windows won't be able to write with the pagefile and use the article on the subject, which is most popular torrent sites of
fairly unusable. You simply will out the process memory in the available RAM for file caching, where much of this information 2009. The results represent
not increase or decrease event of a crash—though it's not processes, and Superfetch. If you was sourced. Don't agree with several best-known sites (like
performance by having a gigantic very useful for most end-users. really want to speed up your PC, my conclusions? Voice your The Pirate Bay), but also
pagefile; you'll just use up more The other size-related advice is your best options are these: opinion in the comments, or even probably a few you're not all that
drive space. to set the minimum and • Upgrade your RAM. better—run some benchmarks to familiar with. Incidentally,
Mark Russinovich, the well- maximum size as the same so • Clean off the crapware—the prove your point. number 20 on the list
known Windows expert and you won't have to deal with biggest cause of system The How-To Geek has tested Demonoid—a hybrid public and
author of the Sysinternals tools, fragmentation if Windows slowdown. pagefile settings extensively and private tracker that we've always
says that if you want to optimize increases the size of the pagefile. • Switch to Microsoft Security thinks everybody should just liked despite its recent
your pagefile size to fit your This advice is rather silly, Essentials and stop paying for upgrade to Windows 7 already. downtime—is back up and
actual needs, you should follow a considering that most defrag bloated Windows security His geeky articles can be found running. And while we're on the
much different formula: The software will defragment the packages. daily here on Lifehacker, How- subject, feel free to share your
Minimum should be Peak pagefile even if Windows • Windows 7 handles multi- To Geek, and Twitter. BitTorrent search engine of
Commit – Physical RAM, and increases the size, which doesn't tasking much better than choice in the comments. [ Top 25
the Maximum should be double happen very often. The Bottom Windows XP did. Most Popular Torrent Sites of
that. Line: Should You Disable It? 2009(Warning: Link contains one
For example, if your system has As we've seen, the only tangible On my Windows 7 system with very small but NSFW thumbnail
4GB of RAM and your peak benefit of disabling the pagefile 6GB of RAM and a Windows- image of one of the sites)]

The Twelve Days of Festivus: Ten shows on DVD

By Nick Zaino (TV Squad) time now, bringing back classic show, where the secondary Days of Festivus: Ten shows on
Submitted at 12/14/2009 11:29:00 AM
TV, shows that had short runs, characters really came to life and DVD
and current favorites. You know House broke down and finally Filed under: TV on DVD,
On the tenth day of Festivus, TV about most of the big shows, so had to face his addictions and House, Festivus, Reality-Free
gave to me... Ten shows on here's a mix of more popular and personal failings. Season five Permalink| Email this| |
DVD. some maybe less-heralded may wind up being a pinnacle for Comments
There are plenty of great TV collections. was a breakout season for the the series as a whole.
collections being released all the House, M.D.: Season Five: This Continue reading The Twelve
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Take the Mystery Out of Holiday Tipping [Tips]

By Jason Fitzpatrick barber or stylist would appreciate
(Lifehacker) a holiday tip of the cost of one
Submitted at 12/14/2009 6:30:00 AM
haircut or small gift of similar
value. Giving a gift to the
Want to tip some of the hard postman or woman is common
working people in your life that practice but beware that postal
make things easier? How should regulations prohibit postworkers
you tip the delivery person? Your from accepting cash or gifts that
babysitter? Your barber? Check have a value of more than
out Emily Post's guide to get $20—this rule is common across
things sorted out. most delivery services. Google Auto-Suggest
Photo by Check out the full article for a
The first order of business is, of lengthy list of professions and
Offers Quick-Glance
course, working within your own appropriate gifts and tip amounts. Weather, Flight Data,
personal budget. Beyond that a How much do they recommend can or can't traditionally accept Have your own method for and More [Search]
variety of factors come into play at the Post Institute for various cash), and some suggested gifts holiday tipping or showing By Kevin Purdy (Lifehacker)
like whether or not you tip well tips? They've compiled a list of or cash amounts. appreciation for the people that
throughout the entire year, the various professions for which For a regular babysitter a make your life easier? Let's hear Submitted at 12/14/2009 8:10:00 AM
size of the city you live in (bigger you might leave a tip, the custom customary holiday gift is an a b o u t i t i n t h e c o m m e n t s . Google's auto-suggest feature is
cities, bigger tips), and how long typically associated with that evening's pay as a bonus and a Holiday Tipping Guide[via now good for more than quick
you've been a customer and had a profession (type of gift, if they small gift from your children. A FiveCentNickel]
relationship with the individual. searches and occasionally
hilarious search completions.
Type something like buffalo
Move Ubuntu's Notifications to a Less Annoying weather or your flight number in,
and a drop-down box will
Corner [Linux Tip] provide answers from Universal
Search without even clicking.
By Kevin Purdy (Lifehacker) and installing the source code for Many of Google's automatic
Submitted at 12/14/2009 6:00:00 AM
the notifications, and might search data results can be
require dealing with additional accessed now from the drop-
Ubuntu's ambient notification dependency installations if you d o w n a u t o - s u g g e s t b o x ,
system, styled after the Mac get back errors on trying to install including movie times, ZIP code
Growl interface and first arriving the source code. After it's done, l o o k - u p s , a n d c a l c u l a t o r
in April's 9.04 release, can be however, your notifications now functions. That's pretty helpful
very helpful. They can also be appear in the lower left, and when you're running out the
very annoying in their default they're less intrusive on your door, and a good reason to
position. This config editing desktop experience. How to: a actually visit Google's own home
corner of your desktop to the clicking on any controls can get
work-around moves them quick and dirty hack to keep page once in a while. Two new
lower left. The top right corner in the way of certain apps, and
elsewhere. n o t i f y - o s d o u t o f y o u r features enhance search beyond
An Ubuntu Forums user details a seems like the best place to stash stay around longer when you the results page[Official Google
hair[Ubuntu Forums]
few steps that move Ubuntu's notifications, until you realize hover your cursor over them. Blog]
notifications from the upper right that they block the mouse from The fix requires downloading
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Thousands evacuate
NewTabURL Fine-Tunes Firefox's after gas leak in
New Tab Behavior [Downloads] central Ohio (AP)
(Yahoo! News: U.S. News)
By Kevin Purdy (Lifehacker) automatic highlighting of the
Submitted at 12/14/2009 9:21:54 AM
Submitted at 12/14/2009 5:30:00 AM
address bar when you open a new
tab, so you can quickly get to Jewel buzzed up: Back from Review: The
Firefox: By default, Firefox where you're going after opening combat, women struggle for
shows just a blank white page a tab to do so. acceptance (AP)
Simpsons - O Brother,
when you open a new tab. If NewTabURL is a free download, 10 seconds ago 2009-12- Where Bart Thou?
you'd rather have it open a works wherever Firefox does. 14T10:10:04-08:00
custom URL or load what's in The developer's page, linked By Jason Hughes (TV Squad) featured article:
your clipboard memory, below, has a more recent version Normalising the crime of the Submitted at 12/14/2009 10:41:00 AM
NewTabURL can do just that. than the add-on's Mozilla page, century by John Pilger
The extension consists of just a but you won't receive automatic (S21E08) The last episode of
single preference pane, where updates that way, so it's your 2009 also has the distinction of
you can set whether a new tab whatever URL is in your copy- choice. NewTabURL[Sogame being the 449th episode of The
loads a blank page, the same and-paste memory, NewTabURL via Mozilla Links] Simpsons. The series will come
page as you last had open, or a can do that, too, and do it only back Sunday, January 10th for a
custom URL location. If you'd once if you open a bunch of new 450th episode extravaganza,
like to have Firefox load up tabs. A final, handy feature is including a one-hour 20th
anniversary special. It's certainly

Cartoon: Friends With Benefits a big year for Tracey Ullman's

one-time back-up series.
The beginning of the episode
By Rob Cottingham a.k.a. those damn kids who won't h i r i n g p o o l o f c o o l k i d s . had an almost frantic pace, as it
(ReadWriteWeb) get off your lawn) are happy to Blocking social media from your set up about four or five different
Submitted at 12/13/2009 10:00:00 AM
return the favour when recruiting company can mean cutting possible plotlines, before finally
time rolls around. Blocking yourself off from an important settling on Bart's jealousy of Lisa
The debate rages on over access to Facebook looks a lot potential source of productivity, and Maggie's relationship. His
whether social networks (and like those IT departments that i n n o v a t i o n a n d i n c r e a s e d attempts to help his parents
Twitter, and YouTube, and, and, wouldn't install web browsers on efficiency. create a little brother for him
and) have any legitimacy in the your computer a decade ago... or Of course, that's an argument I were a little disturbing, but that
workplace, fueled in no small external email access a few years like to make to people who was more than made up for by a
part by people who sell tools to earlier. haven't just received a dozen fantasy sequence featuring many
block them. Sponsor Farmville notifications. famous brothers.
But employers who turn their And like those tools before productive, collaborative work. More Noise to Signal. Discuss Continue reading Review: The
noses up at Facebook et al. may them, the social web today is So it's not just a question of Simpsons - O Brother, Where
well discover that their coveted increasingly being used by denying your HR department a Bart Thou?
Millennials(a.k.a. Generation Y, companies and organizations for
Filed under: OpEd, The
Simpsons, Episode Reviews,
Ga. man sentenced to 17 years in terror case (AP) Reality-Free
(Yahoo! News: U.S. News) Jewel buzzed up: Back from 10 seconds ago 2009-12- Normalising the crime of the Permalink| Email this| |
combat, women struggle for 14T10:10:04-08:00 century by John Pilger Comments
Submitted at 12/14/2009 9:27:03 AM
acceptance (AP) featured article:
42 Tech News/ E-reader News Edition

Content Farms: Why Media, Blogs & Google Should Be

By Richard MacManus search engines, then make it viral "vertical and niche markets." other search engines find betters
(ReadWriteWeb) through social software and make Plus Reuters, he says, provides ways to surface quality content,
Submitted at 12/13/2009 12:59:43 PM
lots of money through ads. "valuable services - not just for its own sake as well as ours.
Demand Media has been heavily content." Because right now Google is
I've been writing a lot about so- funded to carry out that mission, Ahearn also implies that being infiltrated on a vast scale
called 'content farms' in recent to the tune of $355 million. In syndication technologies, like by content farms.
months - companies like Demand short, it's a well-funded, well- Reuters' semantic analysis If you thought it was bad enough
Media and which oiled page view generating platform Open Calais, will lead that many professional blogs
create thousands of pieces of machine. to a new kind of "B2B content pump out 30 posts a day, often
content per day and are making a In November I explored more network" - where content regurgitations of press releases or
big impact on the Web. Both of a b o u t h o w D e m a n d M e d i a creators and publishers can easily quick write-ups of "news" such
those two companies are now produces 4,000 pieces of content collaborate and make money as Twitter being down for a few
firmly inside the top 20 Web a day, based on an interview I did and now AOL? Yes it is. together. Google Needs to Wake minutes(note the irony of that
properties in the U.S., on a par with the founders in September. I From my analysis of Demand Up and Smell the Coffee tweet), this new type of Google
with the likes of Apple and AOL. followed up by asking: is ad- Media and similar sites, such In my view both writers and gaming is on a far bigger scale.
Big media, blogs and Google are driven content crossing a line? content is very generic and lacks readers of content will need to What Demand Media,
all beginning to take notice. Low Quality, High Impact depth. While I wouldn't go as far work harder to get quality and AOL are doing
Sponsor The bottom line is that the as wikiHow founder Jack Herrick content. I know I'd rather read an is having a much greater impact
Chris Ahearn, President of quality of content produced by and say that it "lacks soul," it article by The Economist on any on the quality and findability of
Media at Thomson Reuters, these 'content farms' is dubious, certainly lacks passion and often given topic, than one generated content on the Web.
recently published an article on which has an impact on both also lacks knowledge of the topic by Demand Media. But we, as See also:
how journalism can survive in publishers and readers. at hand. Arrington's analogy with readers, need more help from • Demand Media Is a Page View
the Internet age. TechCrunch Last week I analyzed the way fast food is apt - it is content Google and the other search Generating Machine - And it's
founder Michael Arrington also wikiHow produces its content- its produced quickly and made to engines. Working
riffs on this theme, mentioning users do all of the writing and order. Can Quality Survive? Right now 'quantity' still rules on • 31 Million
AOL's "Toyota Strategy of editing for free, via a Wikipedia- Given the impact that content the Web, 'quality' is hard to find. Copied and Pasted Web Pages
building thousand of niche l i k e p l a t f o r m . T h e r e w a s farms are having right now, how Perhaps that's why Reuters is Can't Go Wrong
content sites via the work of cast- evidence that wikiHow's model is can producers of 'quality' content betting on the subscription model • The Age of Mega Content Sites
offs from old media" and quoting producing better content than its survive? - it hopes that consumers will just - and Demand
a Wired piece on Demand Media Demand Media counterpart for Chris Ahearn from Thomson subscribe to quality content, Media
from October. how-to articles, eHow. More Reuters claims that journalism thereby removing the need to • How Demand Media Produces
I started my analysis of Demand worrying though is that Demand will "do more than survive the search for it. I think there's 4,000 Pieces of Content a Day
Media in this August post. I Media is producing thousands of Internet Age, it will thrive." something to that, which if true • Ad-Driven Content - Is it
wrote then that Demand Media these types of articles a day. Ahearn notes that Reuters makes implies that Google will become Crossing The Line?
operates based on a simple So is the Web becoming awash the "vast majority of its less relevant in the future. Should
formula for success on the Web: w i t h l o w - q u a l i t y c o n t e n t revenues" from subscription- Google be worried about that? Photo credit:~Darin~ Discuss
create a ton of niche, mostly produced by content farms like based business models targeted to Yes; and they are.
uninspired content targeted to Demand Media, I can only hope that Google and
E-reader News Edition Tech News/ TV/ Economy/ 43
Guess which TV star
MySQL Co-Founder: "Save MySQL from makes a voice cameo
Oracle's Clutches" in The Single Man
By Bob Sassone (TV Squad)
By Jolie O'Dell October about how MySQL that either Oracle is not a fit
Submitted at 12/14/2009 12:41:00 PM
(ReadWriteWeb) could be shuttered. timely manner steward for MySQL or that
Submitted at 12/14/2009 3:35:06 AM
"The easiest way to kill MySQL • That dual licensing will O r a c l e m u s t m a k e c e r t a i n Colin Firth is getting Oscar buzz
would be to not sell licenses any continue and that affordable guarantees to ensure its open- for his role in Tom Ford's first
Several days ago, we called more or make their prices 'really commercial licenses will be source competitor's success. EU directorial effort The Single Man,
MySQL's falling prey to Oracle high'. Another scenario is that the available Competition Commissioner but there's a TV actor who makes
one of the top 10 tech-related development resources are • That MySQL will be Neelie Kroes is a known a voice cameo in the movie and
failures of 2009. drastically reduced in some developed as an open source s u p p o r t e r o f o p e n - s o u r c e he goes completely uncredited.
It seems we're in good company, important areas. Then people project technology; if user emails reach He plays the guy who phones and
as one of MySQL's founders, would stop believing in the future • That Oracle will work with the her before January 19 and make a delivers some bad news to Firth's
Monty Widenius, the man who of MySQL, which slowly will existing MySQL user community significant impression, her office character (obviously this might
spent the past 27 years creating kill the product... It's safe to • That discrimination will nor could shut the deal down. be a spoiler if you haven't seen
and working on MySQL, is using assume that both Sun and Oracle occur when MySQL patches As we've reported in the past, the movie). Answer after the
his personal blog to incite mass understand this." compete with Oracle products MySQL usage is expected to jump.
letter-writing to the European Now, Widenius says MySQL - • That MySQL will continue to d r o p i f t h e a c q u i s i t i o n i s Continue reading Guess which
Commission in order to ensure hardly an underdog in the space - be developed in ways that make complete. It seems that Oracle is TV star makes a voice cameo in
the open-source future of the has grown and stabilized to the it even more competitive with putting a bad taste in the mouth The Single Man
popular database. We're not the point that it "hurts Oracle every Oracle's main offering of more than a few open-source Filed under: Video, Celebrities,
o n l y o n e s w h o q u e s t i o n e d day... Oracle have to lower prices geeks. Reality-Free
w h e t h e r M y S Q L w o u l d all the time to compete with In other words, by omitting What's your opinion? Do you Permalink| Email this| |
"succumb to corporate lameness" MySQL when companies start certain language, Oracle has left think Oracle should be allowed to Comments
after a takeover by a major closed new projects. Some companies i t s e l f m o r e t h a n e n o u g h take MySQL and do with it as
-source competitor. In fact, even migrate existing projects ammunition to kill MySQL, if they please? Do you think Oracle Citigroup to repay
Widenius speculates that Oracle from Oracle to MySQL to save not execution-style then certainly should have to make certain
could close or even kill all or money." over a long, slow, painful process g u a r a n t e e s t o e n s u r e t h e
$20bn in Tarp funds
parts of MySQL. Although Oracle has made of throttling innovation and l o n g e v i t y a n d s u c c e s s o f (Financial Times - US
Sponsor several statements about the freedom (as in beer and as in M y S Q L ? O r d o y o u t h i n k homepage)
Although the U.S. Department future of MySQL, here's what speech). Widenius points to MySQL should simply go to a Submitted at 12/14/2009 9:17:12 AM
of Justice approved Oracle's Widenius says the companby has Oracle's handling of the InnoDB good home, a.k.a. a nonprofit
acquisition of Sun Microsystems not guaranteed: acquisition in 2005 as a possible f o u n d a t i o n , a n d r e m a i n a Citigroup to repay $20bn in Tarp
earlier this fall, the EC chose to • That all of MySQL and its sign of things to come. "In the standalone competitor to Oracle's funds
open an investigation of the parts, modules and tools will end, he writes, "Sun had to fork offering? By Alan Rappeport in New York
matter. The DOJ saw no problem remain under an open source InnoDB, just to be able to Vote below, and let us know Published: December 14 2009
with Oracle's acquiring MySQL license improve performance." your full thoughts in the 12:23 | Last updated: December
and focused instead on Java • That MySQL license and So, without a list of users, c o m m e n t s . 14 2009 17:17
licensing issues. support prices will remain the Widenius is issuing a call to the Should Oracle Get MySQL?( featured article:
Widenius, who split from Sun same entire open source community to surveys) Normalising the crime of the
earlier this year after - and • T h a t n e w v e r s i o n s a n d help save MySQL from Oracle Discuss century by John Pilger
entirely because - MySQL was s u b m i t t e d p a t c h e s w i l l b e by emailing the EC and stating
acquired by Sun, wrote in released consistently and in a
44 Tech News/ Entertainment/ E-reader News Edition
'I Made A Mistake' Cori
P2P Sharing Being Blocked Around the World, Rist Says of Alleged
Tiger Woods Affair
Where Next? (ETonline - Breaking News)
By Jolie O'Dell ago, Comcast caught some heat results this report will yield in Submitted at 12/14/2009 7:01:00 AM
(ReadWriteWeb) from users and media for filtering Israel, we are left to ponder the
user traffic when torrent files perturbing question: Where will Cori Rist, the latest woman
Submitted at 12/13/2009 11:24:13 PM
were being downloaded, even traffic-shaping pop up next to allegedly connected to Tiger
Last week, we told you about causing some to speculate that prevent P2P activity? Take Woods, says she made a mistake
peer-to-peer and torrent file- the ISP was violating U.S. law by another look at the findings from when she had an affair with the
sharing sites were being prohibiting this traffic. Vuze's traffic-monitoring plug-in. golf pro, and feels sorry for his
systematically shut down all over Eventually, Comcast did strike a You'll see that ISPs around the wife.
China. Not too long before that, deal with BitTorrent to allow world - including Verizon, "I'm sorry for her pain. I hate that
we let you know about file- p r o t o c o l - a g n o s t i c t r a f f i c BellSouth, AOL, AT&T, Charter, I'm a part of it," the 31-year-old
sharing being monitored by a management, but only after the Road Runner and ISPs in France, mother told "Today" show
major ISP in the UK. sparring had been brought to the this research to be blocking file- Italy, Germany, Poland, the UK correspondent Natalie Morales
Now, Israeli ISPs are throttling a t t e n t i o n o f t h e F e d e r a l s h a r i n g t r a f f i c . B e z e q and the Middle East, to name a on Monday. "I had no idea it
P2P network access, too, as Communications Commission. International was the third ISP few locations - are already would be like this. I can only
confirmed in a report just It's currently unclear whether investigated. Although Bezeq interrupting traffic. imagine the pain she's feeling
released by an Israeli cyberlaw Israeli ISPs are filtering traffic was cleared by this particular Vuze's researched was released now, and I'm sorry."
attorney and a partner news site. due to piracy concerns or simple i n v e s t i g a t i o n , a p l u g - i n in April 2008; in August, the She claims she is only telling her
Whether you consider file- due to bandwidth concerns, as introduced last year from popular FCC declared that ISPs should story to clear reports that she was
sharing an affront to content shared files can often amount to bittorrent client Vuze shows that not be allowed to target and paid to be Tiger's lover. "I felt it
creators and copyright-holders m u l t i - g i g a b y t e , h o u r s - l o n g this ISP, too, throttles and interrupt P2P applications. Still, was necessary to defend myself
everywhere or whether you see downloads. However, traffic- disrupts file-sharing network suspicious Americans and other because I'm hearing negative
P2P networks as a permissible s h a p i n g t h a t b l o c k s P 2 P traffic. users around the world should reports; they're not true," she said
and valid way for users to protocols can also apply to VoIP In response to the findings consider using a tool such as the on the program. "I'm not an
exchange data, this trend is calls, IM clients and other presented by Ynet and Klinger, EFF's Switzerland to determine escort, he has not paid me, I'm a
gaining considerable momentum applications. Although P2P all three of the investigated ISPs whether torrent downloads and mother. At the end of the day, I
around the world. Where will traffic is associated with illegal gave typically canned responses VoIP calls are being interrupted made a mistake, but I'm not what
P2P restrictions pop up next? downloads, nothing about the claiming to offer users excellent by their ISP. they're claiming that I am. So I
Sponsor protocols themselves is surfing experiences. Israeli Do Israeli or other ISPs have the will defend myself because I
In their research, tech attorney inherently illegal."The element Communications Ministry rep right or the moral imperative to have no other choice."
Jonathan Klinger and researchers common to all P2P services," Dr. Yechiel Shabi told Ynet, throttle traffic in this manner? Do
involved with the Israeli website reads the Israeli report, "is the "The research materials relayed they have the need or right to
Ynet found that two of the three lack of economical benefit to the to us paint a picture which examine the applications, files,
m a j o r I S P s i n I s r a e l a r e ISP." arouses the need for thorough and protocols being employed by
interfering with user traffic and Klinger noted that although examination. After we become users on their networks? Or do
might be conducting deep packet complaints have been brought to familiar with the study's findings, ISPs around the globe need to
inspection. media outlets and ISPs since we shall consider the need for read the wiki on net neutrality
Traffic shaping is a practice 2007, the ISPs have typically interference, supervision or and get their act together? Let us
sometimes used by some ISPs to i g n o r e d t h e s e c r i t i c i s m s . regulation of the matter." know your experiences and
discourage the use of certain Netvision and Internet Zahav So, while we wait to see what opinions in the comments.
applications. A couple of years were the two ISPs determined by Discuss
E-reader News Edition Tech News/ TV/ 45

Dell Increases its Crowdsourcing Efforts - Will it Work?

By Alex Williams The ideas then get loaded to the
(ReadWriteWeb) IdeaStorm site.
Submitted at 12/13/2009 8:01:00 PM
Dell product groups receive the
information collected from the
Dell is increasing its sessions. It is analyzed and
crowdsourcing efforts on integrated into the product
IdeaStorm, by giving hardware development process.
manufacturers more feedback on IdeaStorm is impressive,
products and services."Storm especially considering that just
Sessions" are designed to attract two-people manage it. The
a larger business community to amount of feedback Dell receives
the IdeaStorm site, by providing in return is significant, which
a more focused, structured shows the power that
approach. crowdsourcing can bring to an
Storm Sessions provide a way organization.
for Dell to listen to its Storm Sessions will initially
community, but we are a bit focus on the education market,
skeptical that the effort will opportunity to post their own vocal on IdeaStorm and Dell now starting with two topics, covering where Dell shows a strong
receive significant interest from ideas about Dell's products and offers Ubuntu on Dell machines mobile technology and the presence. This could serve as the
the business community. services. Ideastorm now has based on feedback from the redesign of the Dell support site. major draw for Storm Sessions.
Sponsor 60,000 registered users. The Linux community. Sessions are presented with a We look forward to watching the
This may be in part due to the community posts about 300 ideas Storm Sessions seek to better statement, providing context progress of Storm Sessions and
transparency of the process. Will per month. match business users with the about the issue Dell is exploring. how other companies bring
business people feel comfortable The free form aspects of the community aspects of the Each session includes a count c r o w d s o u r c i n g i n t o t h e
giving their feedback in such a crowdsourcing effort attracts a IdeaStorm site, through a more down. enterprise. Discuss
public way? consumer crowd. Product groups structured process. Storm Ideas are submitted through a UI
Dell launched Ideastorm two and at Dell find Ideastorm useful. The Sessions will live on the Dell site that looks much like a blogging
a half years ago, with the Linux community is especially for two to four weeks. Dell is platform.
intention of giving customers the

Remember the great Edward Woodward with Callan

By John Scott Lewinski (TV gritty British spy series, Callan. role -- blending haunted humor Shows, TV on DVD, Celebrities,
Squad) Written by James Mitchell, the with genuine menace to create an Obituaries, Reality-Free, British
Submitted at 12/14/2009 1:02:00 PM
show featured David Callan -- a intelligent, tortured man who you TV
spy working for an ultra-secret believed could kill anyone Permalink| Email this| |
Most American TV viewers arm of the British Intelligence without having to look like Comments
know Edward Woodward from s e r v i c e s p e c i a l i z i n g i n Rambo while he did it.
his run as Robert McCall as The assassinations. Unfortunately, the Continue reading Remember the
Equalizer. But, British TV former soldier and convict was and himself. great Edward Woodward with
aficionados know he trained in cursed with a conscience that led Woodward was perfect in the Callan
backside-kicking on the dark, him to hate his job, his superiors Filed under: Other Drama
46 Apple/ E-reader News Edition

Complete Guide to Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Mac

By Charles Moore displays, or input/ peripheral free cloth. short-circuit and/or residual
(TheAppleBlog) devices. Much of its advice For the new unibody MacBook’s corrosion).
Submitted at 12/14/2009 10:00:30 AM
should be common sense, such as non-slip plastic coated aluminum Should you spill liquid on your
before you start cleaning: bottom case, Apple recommends keyboard, if it’s thin and clear
Computers get dirty, especially • Turn off your Mac. using a 3M Gray Microfiber or fluid, immediately shut the
their human interface surfaces — • Unplug the power cord from soft dye-free, lint-free cloth for computer down, unplug the
keyboards and pointing devices. the wall or power strip. cleaning, once again giving its keyboard, turn it upside down,
In some instances, dirt can even • Remove the battery (from blessing to 70 percent isopropyl and drain the liquid out, let it dry
affect input device performance products with removable alcohol or iKlear on the bottom (inverted or on edge is best) for
as well as appearance. Some time batteries such as some Apple case. Mouse Cleaning 24 hours at room temperature,
ago the faithful SlimType gave portables or from wireless Mice get dirty. When your after which it may or may not
me a scare when the F and W devices such as mice and mouse becomes covered in recover. If the liquid is greasy,
keys stopped responding keyboards). Instructions specific to Apple fingerprints or its surface is sweet, sticky, or acidic, you’re
properly. A keystroke would • Disconnect all external devices l a p t o p s i n c l u d e n o t u s i n g soiled, you can gently wipe it likely out of luck. I ruined a
register only when the key was from the computer. isopropyl alcohol on bare LCD with a clean, lint-free cloth. If MacAlly iceKey scissors-action
pressed more firmly than usual, panels (or any type of alcohol or necessary, moisten the cloth keyboard a while back by
and the subtle over-center click Other warnings some users ammonia-based glass or window using plain water, making sure sloshing diluted Grapefruit Seed
of the SlimType’s scissors might be less likely to think of cleaner, I hasten to add). Use not to over-saturate it, and be Extract (extremely acidic) on it
keyswitch mechanism was are: only a damp, soft, lint-free cloth mindful that the mouse’s internal twice in a week — the only times
missing — the malfunctioning • Don’t use window sprays or o r p u r p o s e - m a d e , A p p l e - electronic components may be I’ve drowned a keyboard in two
keys feeling “numb” and offering cleaning products containing approved LCD cleaning product damaged if water seeps or drips decades of computer use. We
higher than normal resistance. ammonia, chlorine, or abrasive like iKlear. inside. disassembled the keyboard and
The medicine that time proved to ingredients. Aluminum portables are best With Apple’s Mighty Mouse, cleaned the circuits, but corrosion
be blowing out the accumulated • Don’t use rough towels or tackled with a damp, soft, lint- the scroll ball can be cleaned had set in. Computer Disinfection
crud beneath the key console cloths to dry the plastic. free cloth. Apple says it’s safe to using a lint-free cloth lightly With the H1N1 flu pandemic,
with compressed air. I • Don’t spray cleaner directly use 70 percent isopropyl alcohol moistened with water, making computer contact surface
successfully used an automotive onto your computer. Liquid could on them (I personally wouldn’t) sure to rotate the ball itself to disinfection has moved to the
shop compressor with a blow drip inside the case and cause an or iKlear. Remove surface dust or ensure complete coverage or you front burner, especially for
gun. For more cautious folks, or electrical shock or malfunction. loose dirt gently with your bare can use something like Wet One. machines accessed by multiple
those without convenient access • Don’t use excessively damp hand before proceeding with Drowned Keyboard First Aid users. Apple support also has a
to a compressor, one of those cleaning wipes. cleaner and cloth. After cleaning, Moisture is potential death to Knowledge Base article entitled
little aerosol cans of compressed dry the aluminum with a soft, lint electronics, as anyone who’s ever How To Disinfect The Apple
air used for cleaning photography If more than dusting is needed, -free cloth. spilled liquids on a computer Internal Or External Keyboard,
equipment could do the trick. use a lint-free cloth slightly For plastic portables, the same keyboard or laptop can ruefully Trackpad, And Mouse. The
But sometimes a bit of dampened to wipe away dirt or applies as aluminum, but I would tell you. Apple also warns against article recommends, in addition
compressed air isn’t enough. So, grime. Don’t over-wet the cloth. recommend a gentler, damp-cloth using solvents like acetone, to regular cleaning of your
here is our guide to cleaning If you can squeeze drips of water approach first and reserve the a l c o h o l , o r a l c o h o l - b a s e d computer and input devices, that
everything from mice to laptops. out by wringing, it’s too wet. heavier-duty agents for stubborn cleaners on your computer, disinfecting them may be
Getting Started: Apple’s Solvents and Cleaners s t u f f . A s w i t h t h e m e t a l admonishing to never spray desirable, noting that,”Multiple
Cleaning Recommendations Plain water may not be effective machines, remove any loose c l e a n e r d i r e c t l y o n t o t h e people using the same computer,
Apple has posted a Knowledge on oils or grease residues, in surface dirt gently with your bare machine, since liquid could drip people using the computer when
Base article covering which case a stronger agent will hand before proceeding with inside the keyboard or case and they were ill, and the particular
recommendations and guidelines be needed. Try iKlear or mild cleaner and cloth. After cleaning, cause an electrical shock (or
for cleaning Apple computers, COMPLETE page 48
detergent first. Cleaning Laptops dry the plastic with a soft, lint- more likely a component-frying
E-reader News Edition Apple/ 47

iPhone Owners Suffer Stockholm Syndrome, AT&T is

Actually Awesome (Just Don’t Mention Friday’s Outages)
By Liam Cassidy day Stross’ article appeared on but the flaws are for some reason accepted and defended, despite The good news for AT&T is that
(TheAppleBlog) the WSJ website. AT&T worse on AT&T than other those shortcomings resulting in they’re still liked by some people
Submitted at 12/14/2009 8:00:56 AM
acknolwedged the problem with a carriers around the world, and limitations in iPhone users’ daily — Business Traveller
statement via Engadget’s just happen to be worse still in lives. Magazine’s readers have voted
It’s hard to know where to w e b s i t e : some cities than others, and When we examine the iPhone AT&T the operator with the Best
begin. The weekend has seen a “We are seeing a hardware issue Apple has been unwilling and/or users’ arguments defending the Mobile Phone Coverage in the
series of events unfold that in downtown San Francisco that unable to address these flaws in iPhone, it reminds us of the World. Naturally, AT&T is keen
m a n a g e t o c o m b i n e — is causing some degradation in three model years. famous Stockholm Syndrome – a to milk any positive coverage it
beautifully, perfectly — into a service. GSM and EDGE voice Gruber debunks Stross’ claims term that was invented by gets (which isn’t in great supply
s i n g l e g l o r i o u s m u t u a l l y - and data services are still with a few easy and, it appears, psychologists after a hostage these days). Bill Hague, the
a n n i h i l a t i n g m a e l s t r o m o f accessible. Our experts are aware perfectly rational drama in Stockholm. Here company’s vice president of
silliness. and working to resolve as quickly observations. But you can’t trust hostages reacted to the International Mobility and
On Friday the Wall Street as possible. Further resolution is Gruber. And if you’re an iPhone psychological pressure they were Consumer Markets, said in a
J o u r n a l p u b l i s h e d a n expected this evening.” owner, you can’t trust yourself, experiencing, by defending the statement:
inflammatory piece by Randall Perfect timing, right? And either. That’s because, according people that had held them We are truly honored that
Stross which began “I love my perhaps proof that Stross is right? to a report from Strand hostage for 6 days… Business Traveler readers have
iPhone…” but barely a half Just ignore for a moment that his Consulting(no, you’re not alone, …the iPhone is surrounded by a once again chosen AT&T as
dozen sentences (and some primary “source” is financially no-one else has heard of them, multitude of people, media and having the Best Mobile Phone
o b l i g a t o r y ‘ A T & T v e r s u s affiliated with AT&T. I’d love to either) we’re all delusional, companies that are happy to bend Coverage in the World. AT&T is
Verizon’ white noise later) added rant some more about the whole suffering from a condition akin to the truth to defend the product committed to helping our
“…the iPhone itself may not be stupid situation but I don’t need Stockholm Syndrome. 9to5 Mac they have purchased from Apple. customers stay connected to their
so great after all.” to, since I can offer you this summarizes the most salient So there you have it. The take- world when traveling abroad.
I’ll spare you the tumultuous perfect conclusion from John points from Strand’s report home message from this Shame it’s not quite as
(and largely inane) nonsense that Gruber: entitled “How will psychologists weekend’s press is that, broadly committed to keeping its
follows, and just give you the So on the one hand we have the describe the iPhone syndrome in speaking, the iPhone is a poorly- customers connected when
bottom line; Stross thinks the simple theory that AT&T’s the future?”: designed piece of junk that they’re at home, too. That
iPhone is a flawed device; that network stinks, especially in It is no secret that there has been simultaneously inspires mindless statement was released the very
Apple has mass-produced shoddy large metro areas, and extra- a great deal of hype surrounding fanaticism in its fans while same day San Francisco’s iPhone
hardware; and that the iPhone’s especially in New York City and the iPhone and it is also no secret callously destroying poor old customers lost SMS and Data
poorly engineered internals lie at San Francisco. that Apple probably has the most AT&T’s data network services. Really, you can’t make
the heart of AT&T’s network On the other hand, we have the loyal and fantastic customers in infrastructure. That embarrassing this stuff up. There is a silver
problems. theory that AT&T’s network is the world. outage in San Francisco on lining — Fake Steve has already
In an example of utterly brilliant just fine because two network Apple has launched a beautiful Friday? Nothing to do with had a chat with the Powers That
( b u t c o i n c i d e n t a l ) t i m i n g , consulting companies say so, phone with a fantastic user AT&T. All your fault, you pesky Be. Let’s hope they listen…
A T & T ’ s n e t w o r k i n S a n even though a Consumer Reports interface that has had a number iPhone fanatics, gobbling up all
Francisco’s Bay area ground to customer survey says otherwise, of technological shortcomings that precious bandwidth. Shame
an awkward halt the very same and it is the iPhone that is flawed, that many iPhone users have on you.
48 Apple/ Entertainment/ Picture/ E-reader News Edition
Apple Looking to Have Record continued from page 46

environment where the computer with water or iKlear for that.

iPhone Quarter: Report is used, are a few reasons you
may wish to disinfect areas of the
computer that people come into
Otherwise, follow the general
rules outlined in the regular
cleaning instructions above, with
By Darrell Etherington information gathered by the standards is something that’s
(TheAppleBlog) Taipei-based market Intelligence recently come up in rumors contact with the most.” a special caveat to not use
& Consulting Institute (MIC), surrounding Apple’s next- Using a mild soap with disinfectant wipes containing
Submitted at 12/14/2009 7:08:49 AM
much of that increase is due to generation device, and it looks antibacterial properties will help, bleach, or disinfectant sprays in
According to information Apple’s strong sales. Which isn’t like that rumor is well in keeping but Apple suggests properly general.
gathered from parts suppliers for to say that Apple’s competitors with the pulse of the industry at disinfecting contact areas with What are some techniques
Apple’s iPhone 3GS, the handset a r e n ’ t h a v i n g a n y l u c k large. Perhaps it isn’t so far- products like Lysol Wipes, you’ve used to clean those hard
is headed for a record quarter. c h a l l e n g i n g i t s m a r k e t fetched to imagine that the next Clorox Disinfecting wipes, or to reach and sensitive areas of
Apple’s Taiwanese suppliers for dominance, according to MIC iPhone could use both GSM- and Clorox Kitchen Disinfecting your gadgets?
the iPhone’s components have analyst Edward Lin: CDMA-based networks, allowing Wipes. I would be cautious about
reported a 31 percent increase in Samsung is currently the largest it to be offered on Verizon in the using them on the screen
volume of orders placed for the supplier in the market, as it U.S. Of course, then some of however (except for glass-
parts, which should indicate a supplies for the Apple iPhone Apple’s commercials would covered aluminum laptop and
very healthy spike in sales of the series models. However, TI, become factually incorrect. iMac displays), and would stick
smartphone. which has exited from the Regardless of what’s coming,
The report comes via Taiwan’s baseband business and now
online tech industry publication, focuses on AP development, has
third-quarter sales of 10 million
is a huge win for Cupertino.
'Inglourious Basterds' &
t h e D i g i T i m e s , w h i c h h a s rolled out the OMAP 3430 series,
provided ample fuel for the which adopts the Cortex A8
Looking at recent developments,
its easy to spot the source of this 'Nine' Lead in Critics
rumor fire regarding various architecture and features a clock late-game success. Apple has
Apple devices in the past, as well speed of 1GHz. This offers
as reporting on Apple’s business processor options other than
opened up sales of its device to
many more carriers at the
Choice Award Nominations
(ETonline - Breaking News) anticipated film 'Avatar' follows
outlook. In the second quarter, Qualcomm, enabling terminal international level, expanding
Submitted at 12/14/2009 7:30:00 AM
close behind them with nine
the iPhone sold 7.4 million vendors to pair together different into new territory in the UK, nominations, while 'The Hurt
worldwide, but if DigiTimes’ communications systems, and it Canada and France, to name a The nominees for the "15th Locker' and George Clooney's
information is accurate, total has been well received by many few. It’s also finally gained Annual Critics’ Choice Movie movie 'Up in the Air' are up for
sales for the third quarter, which brand-name vendors, such as official access to the massive Awards" have been decided, with eight awards.
end in December for the Mac HTC, Palm, etc. As a result, TI’s Chinese market, which paves the the male-dominated movie The heart-wrenching drama
maker, could reach the 10 million s h a r e i n t h e T a i w a n e s e way for a lot of potential success, 'Inglourious Basterds' and the 'Precious: Based on the novel
mark. smartphone AP market increased despite early setbacks. female crazed film 'Nine' leading Push by Sapphire' got six Critics'
Numbers are up all across the in the third quarter of 2009. the way in nominations. Choice noms, with actresses
smartphone component supply The ability to use different The films boast an all-star cast Gabourey Sidibe and Mo’Nique
industry, but according to w i r e l e s s c o m m u n i c a t i o n and crew and are both up for 10 both nominated.
awards, including Best Picture.
James Cameron's highly

Your Best Shot 2009: For the Birds

By Heather Champ (Flickr • About Flickr easy, natural and collaborative featured article:
Blog) Flickr is a revolution in photo process. Get comments, notes, Normalising the crime of the
Submitted at 12/13/2009 6:42:11 PM
storage, sharing and organization, and tags on your photos, post to century by John Pilger
making photo management an any blog, share and more!
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Apple Delays iMac Shipments, Says

By Liam Cassidy
Submitted at 12/14/2009 7:29:46 AM

Back in November we reported

on the news that some of Apple’s
new 27-inch iMacs were turning
up with shattered screens and
dodgy “flashing” displays. At the
time, the most plausible
explanation for the physical
damage was that the packaging
designed to protect the machines Review: Aqua Teen Hunger
during transit was insufficient.
The crazy flashing? Well, that’s Force - A PE Christmas
anyone’s guess.
Add to the mix an already-
lengthy waiting period for order
(season premiere)
fulfillment and you get a fair By Jonathan Toomey (TV However, last night's companion
apologized. Really: “We inconvenience or delay this may Squad) episode was anything but that.
number of frustrated customers
wondering what they paid $1,700 apologize.” Wow. I almost fell cause our customers. Submitted at 12/14/2009 11:51:00 AM
Paling in comparison to classic
for. off my chair. Of course, there was no mention ATHF X-mas fare (like
Over on the Apple Support The apology (I can’t stop of the shattered glass problem. ( S07E01)"Larger point: listeners "Cybernetic Ghost of Christmas
forums there’s a mammoth (80+ shaking my head in wonder as I Not a word about blinking ain't gonna know until they've Past From the Future"), "A PE
pages!) discussion raging about type that word) was delivered by displays. But c’mon, you didn’t already paid for the album!" - Christmas" could have truly
the very issue. As though that’s an Apple spokesperson to CNET expect a full and frank confession Shake captilized on the idea of Shake
not enough, one disgruntled iMac and reads, in all did you? This is Apple. Still, as Those words, spoken by Master making Christmas music, but
owner created this web site for its succinct glory; Engadget’s Vladislav Savov put Shake, while recording his instead never took the idea far
reporting and tracking other The new iMac has been a huge it, “Some contrition is better thanChristmas album with Meatwad, enough.
instances of damaged 27 inchers. hit and we are working hard to none.” were intended to be a jab at Continue reading Review: Aqua
Yesterday Apple did what it so fulfill orders as quickly as consumers -- our Christmas Teen Hunger Force - A PE
very rarely does — possible. We apologize for any album sucks but you won't figure Christmas (season premiere)
that out until we have your Filed under: Other Comedy
Risk appetite surges on Dubai bail-out money. On the contrary, the Shows, OpEd, Animation, Adult
album (aptly titled " Have Swim, Episode Reviews, Reality-
(Financial Times - US assets, after Dubai said it had should halt any contagion from Y o u r s e l f a M e a t y L i t t l e Free
homepage) received $10bn from Abu Dhabi Dubai’s woes. Christmas") is an absolute Permalink| Email this| |
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to help cover its debts. featured article: goldmine of comical music hits C o m m e n t s
The FTSE World index rose 0.8 Normalising the crime of the for fans of the show.
16:45 GMT. Global risk appetite per cent with financial groups century by John Pilger
surged on Monday, boosting particularly strong in Europe as
stocks and initially denting haven traders calculated that the loan
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Cedric The Entertainer, Alyson Hanningan and Leann Rimes

to appear on Dec. 15 “Cookalong Live”
By Robert Seidman As a reminder, participants will known for his crowd-pleasing the foundation nationally.
(TVbytheNumbers) need to be armed with all the • 2 1/2 tablespoons salted butter roles in such hit films as Alyson Hannigan has captivated
Submitted at 12/14/2009 9:49:17 AM
ingredients before the “Barbershop,” “Be Cool,” audiences in both television and
COOKALONG, so Chef Ramsay PASTA/BREAD “Madagascar,” “Intolerable film. She currently stars on the
Monday, Dec. 14, 2009 has provided this shopping list to • 7 ounces angel hair pasta Cruelty” and Spike Lee’s “The Emmy-nominated comedy series
HOT FROM FOX… assist in preparation for the Original Kings of Comedy.” He “How I Met Your Mother,”
CEDRIC THE ENTERTAINER, cooking event: will next be seen in “All’s Faire which centers around a group of
ALYSON HANNIGAN AND SHOPPING LIST(Serves 4) • 4 Italian Ladyfingers, or in Love” opposite Christina best friends in their 20s who are
LEANN RIMES PRODUCE Savoiardi Ricci. Cedric has celebrated living in New York and
STEP INTO THE KITCHEN • 1 red chili pepper many career successes spanning searching for love. Prior to that,
WITH CHEF RAMSAY • 5 large garlic cloves, peeled BAKING television, live performances and Hannigan starred as “Willow
FOR “GORDON RAMSAY: • 1 large tomato (heirloom, • 1/4 cup powdered sugar film. Some notable accolades Rosenberg” in Joss Whedon’s
COOKALONG LIVE” beefsteak or a few smaller roma • 1 vanilla bean, or 1 teaspoon include nabbing the AFTRA hugely popular “Buffy the
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 15, tomatoes) vanilla extract Award of Excellence in Vampire Slayer,” and she also
ON FOX • 1 lemon • Piece of chocolate (to grate as Television Programming for his guest-starred on a number of
Shopping List Outlines All • Small handful of fresh basil garnish) television series “Cedric the popular television shows,
Ingredients Necessary leaves Entertainer Presents,” as well as a including “Picket Fences” and
To Participate in the Live • 3 scallions LIQUOR/COFFEE record-breaking four consecutive “Roseanne.” Hannigan made her
Nationwide Event • 4 ounces crimini mushrooms, • 4 tablespoons Marsala, or NAACP Image Awards for breakthrough performance at the
Comedian Cedric the cleaned (can also use button sweet dessert wine such as Vin Outstanding Supporting Actor in age of 13 in “My Stepmother Is
Entertainer, actress Alyson mushrooms instead) Santo a Comedy Series for his portrayal an Alien” opposite Dan Aykroyd
Hannigan and Grammy Award- • 3 shallots, peeled of the lovable “Coach Cedric and Kim Basinger. Her film
winning artist LeAnn Rimes will • Small handful of flat-leaf Robinson” on the top-rated “The credits include “American Pie,”
strap on their aprons and step up parsley • 1/4 cup brandy or cognac Steve Harvey Show,” which ran “American Pie 2,” “American
to the stovetop as they join Chef • 3 small sprigs of rosemary • 1/4 cup white wine for six seasons. In November Wedding,” “Date Movie”
Gordon Ramsay in-studio for • 1 pound small waxy potatoes • 1 cup cold strong coffee 2008, Cedric made his Broadway opposite Fred Willard and
GORDON RAMSAY: (Yukon Gold or any small potato, debut in David Mamet’s Jennifer Coolidge, “Dead Man on
COOKALONG LIVE Tuesday, cut in half) CONDIMENTS “American Buffalo.” Now Campus” and “Boys and Girls.”
Dec. 15(9:00-10:00 PM ET • 2 cups peas, defrosted if using • Salt and freshly ground black helming his own production Born in Washington D.C.,
live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX. frozen pepper company, A Bird and a Bear Hannigan grew up in Atlanta and
During the live one-hour special, • Olive oil Entertainment, Cedric will currently resides in Los Angeles.
Chef Ramsay will guide America MEAT/FISH • Extra virgin olive oil develop and produce feature LeAnn Rimes has sold more
and his special celebrity guests • 1/2 pound medium-size raw, • 1-2 tablespoons Worcestershire films. In the field of than 37 million albums, won two
through step-by-step instructions peeled shrimps sauce, to taste philanthropy, Cedric founded Grammys, three Academy of
on how to cook three fresh and • 4 small sirloin steaks (approx. • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard The Cedric the Entertainer Country Music Awards and 12
easy dishes, including Angel Hair 7 ounces each) Charitable Foundation, which Billboard Music Awards. Rimes
Pasta with Shrimp, Chili Peppers NOTE: You will need to have a provides scholarships and is the youngest recipient of a
and Tomatoes appetizer; Steak DAIRY pot of boiling water ready for outreach programs to enhance the Grammy and the first country
Diane with Sautéed Potatoes and • 1 3/4 cups heavy cream your pasta at the start of the lives of inner-city youth and their recording artist to win in the Best
Peas as the main course; and • 1 cup mascarpone show. families in his hometown of St.
Quick Tiramisu for dessert. Cedric the Entertainer is best Louis, MO. He plans to extend CEDRIC page 54
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'Jersey Shore' Cast
Disney XD To Premiere I’m In The Band, A New Reacts to Snooki Getting
Punched in the Face
Music-Filled Comedy Series, January 18 (ETonline - Breaking News)
By Bill Gorman v i s i t association to begin regulating newcomer Caitlyn Taylor Love Submitted at 12/14/2009 7:02:00 AM
(TVbytheNumbers) skateboarders. (”America’s Got Talent”). The
The cast of the "Jersey Shore"
Registration is required.) • “Band Van” – Iron Weasel series was created by Michael B.
Submitted at 12/14/2009 10:03:49 AM sits down with ET's Mark Steines
The premiere schedule is: music video will be available on Kaplan (”Frasier,” “Girlfriends”)
to reflect on the horrific night
via press release: Monday, January 18 Disney XD and Disney and Ron Rappaport (”Date My
when cast member Nicole
DISNEY XD TO PREMIERE • “The Suite Life on Deck” (6:30 Mom”) and is executive-
"Snooki" Polizzi was punched in
“I’M IN THE BAND,” p.m., ET/PT) Tuesday, January 19 produced by Kaplan and Richard
A NEW MUSIC-FILLED the face by a man in a bar.
• “I’m in the Band” premiere G u r m a n ( ” M a r r i e d … w i t h
"It's really hard for me to watch,"
COMEDY SERIES In this new episode, “Any Given episode available on Disney XD Children,” “Still Standing”). The
Snooki says of watching the
MONDAY, JANUARY 18 ON Fantasy,” Mr. Moseby forbids on Demand,, series is produced by It’s A
punch that was caught on camera.
DISNEY XD football on the Sky Deck so the Disney XD Mobile, Xbox Live Laugh Productions and carries a
"The first time I saw it, [I] started
– New Episode of “The Suite students decide to play fantasy and iTunes. TV-Y7 parental guideline.
Life on Deck” Guest Starring football instead. Cody enlists hysterically crying. ... It came out
Disney XD is a basic cable
of nowhere."
Arizona Cardinals Quarterback K i r b y t o t e a c h h i m a b o u t “I’m in the Band” follows Tripp channel and multi-platform brand
Jenni "J-WOWW" Farley says
Kurt Warner – football, and London unveils her Campbell as he joins his favorite showcasing a compelling mix of
she was directly behind Snooki at
“I’m in the Band,” a music-filled, s e c r e t w e a p o n – A r i z o n a “ v i n t a g e ” r o c k b a n d , I r o n l i v e - a c t i o n a n d a n i m a t e d
the time of the punch and says
live-action comedy series for kids Cardinals Quarterback Kurt Weasel, and becomes determined programming for Kids age 6-14,
and families about a teenager Warner himself. she caught her cast mate. "It was
to help the band he idolizes make hyper-targeting boys and their
horrifying," J-WOWW tells ET.
who realizes his wildest dream • “I’m in the Band” (7:00 p.m., an epic comeback. He’s certainly q u e s t f o r d i s c o v e r y ,
"My arms, everything was just
when he joins his favorite ET/PT) got his work cut out for him with a c c o m p l i s h m e n t , s p o r t s ,
covered in blood. ... It was a
“vintage” rock band, Iron the trio of rock star misfits whose adventure and humor. Disney XD
grown man punching a tiny, tiny
Weasel, will premiere In the premiere episode, “I stars have fallen so far that they branded content spans television,
MONDAY, JANUARY 18(7:00 Wanna Punch Stuff,” Tripp gets can’t even afford their own o n l i n e , m o b i l e a n d V O D girl."
p.m., ET/PT) on Disney XD and dumped by Lana, the prettiest girl housing and are forced to share platforms. The programming Kicking off the in his class, so he’s inspired to bunk beds in a guest room at includes series, movies and short-
evening is a new episode of the write a new song, “I Wanna Tripp’s house. Nonetheless, in form, as well as sports-themed
hit series “The Suite Life on Punch Stuff.” Meanwhile, Tripp their own off the wall way, the programming developed with
Deck” guest starring Arizona surprises his band mates with a three stooges will do their best to ESPN. In the U.S., Disney XD is
Cardinals Quarterback Kurt visit from professional mixed help Tripp steer through his seen on a 24-hour, advertiser
Warner (6:30 p.m. ET/PT). martial arts fighter and former teenage years with the goal of supported network that reaches
S p o n s o r e d b y P e p p e r i d g e roadie Ernesto the Besto who, turning him into a bona fide rock over 74 million households via
Farm® Cheddar Goldfish® unbeknownst to Tripp, has a star and giving him the chance to its basic cable affiliates. Disney
crackers, “I’m in the Band” will bone to pick with Iron Weasel. live out his dream. XD recently launched in the UK,
also be showcased via Disney • “Zeke and Luther” (7:30 p.m., The series stars Logan Miller F r a n c e , S p a i n , D e n m a r k ,
TV Ratings Sunday:
XD on Demand,, ET/PT) (”Ghosts of Girlfriends Past”), S w e d e n , N o r w a y , P o l a n d , Football Wins, Oprah’s
Disney XD Mobile, Xbox Live Steve Valentine (”Crossing Greece, Turkey, Latin America Christmas Rates Below
and iTunes on Tuesday, January In the new episode, entitled Jordan,” “Wizards of Waverly and Japan. Brothers & Sisters
19. “Law and Boarder,” Zeke and Place The Movie”), Greg Baker featured article:
(Editors please note: Click here Luther crash into Ginger’s potato ( ” S p o r t s N i g h t , ” “ H a n n a h Normalising the crime of the By Bill Gorman
for images of “I’m In The Band” wedge stand, and she gets even M o n t a n a ” ) , S t e p h e n F u l l century by John Pilger (TVbytheNumbers)
and“The Suite Life On Deck” or by convincing the home owners (”Hannah Montana,” “CSI”) and Due toRATINGS
the naturepage
of live
52 sports
Submitted at 12/14/2009 9:01:42 AM
programming the ratings for
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continued from page 51

NBC (Sunday Night Football) -49 rating. The Cleveland Show affiliated stations, sometimes area at a specific time. (See also,
and CBS (NFL overrun) are fell 9% to a 3.0 rating. Family including network programming, Rating, which represents tuning
approximate and subject to Guy dropped 14% to a 3.8 rating. sometimes not. The figures may or viewing as a percent of the
significant revisions in the final American Dad was down 6% to a include stations that did not air entire population being
numbers. See below for more 3.1 rating. the entire network feed, as well measured.)
information on these Fast ABC’s Extreme Makeover: as local news breaks or cutaways Time Shifted Viewing– Program
Affiliate Ratings. Home Edition was up 3% from for local coverage or other ratings for national sources are
Of course, Sunday Night last week to a 3.1 rating. CBS’ programming. Fast Affiliate produced in three streams of data
Football& NBC won the Sunday lineup was a jumble with the ratings are not as useful for live – Live, Live+Same
night ratings as usual, as NBC NFL overrun, you can see the programs and are likely to differ Day(Live+SD) and Live+7 Day.
averaged a 5.7 adults 18-49 preliminary half hours in the significantly from the final Time shifted figures account for
rating on the night, far ahead of table below, but making results, because the data reflect incremental viewing that takes
second place CBS‘ 2.9 rating,
which was itself boosted by an
comparisons is a bit difficult until
the final ratings are out this
normal broadcast feed patterns.
For example, with a World Series
place with DVRs which are
currently in approximately 24.4%
J is for
NFL overrun. ABC’s Christmas
In the White House special did a
game, Fast Affiliate Ratings
would include whatever aired
of all U.S. TV households.
Live+Same Day(Live+SD) Jersey [Open
2.8 adults 18-49 rating, lower You can see TV ratings from from 8-11PM on affiliates in the include viewing during the same
than the season average for
Brothers & Sisters(of 3.17).
other recent Overnight ratings
reports here.
Pacific Time Zone, following the
live football game, but not game
broadcast day as the original
telecast, with a cut-off of
By Brian Moylan (Gawker)
NBC’s Sunday Night Football Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2009 The coverage that begins at 5PM PT. 3:00AM local time when meters
Submitted at 12/14/2009 8:25:38 AM
Game 14: Eagles vs. Giants Nielsen Company. All Rights The same would be true of transmit daily viewing to Nielsen
delivered a 7.0 adults 18-49 Reserved. Presidential debates as well as for processing. Live+7 Day [ Jersey Shore star Nicole
rating/17 share from 830-11p, on Definitions: live award shows and breaking ratings include incremental "Snooki" Polizzi carries a
par with last week’s Game 13 Fast Affiliate Ratings: These news reports. viewing that takes place during monogrammed purse (that
(Vikings vs. Cardinals) which first national ratings, including Rating: Estimated percentage of the 7 days following a telecast. doesn't match her outfit)
posted a 6.8/16 in the Fast demographics, are available at the universe of TV households For more information see emblazoned with the mysterious
Nationals before rising to a approximately 11 AM (ET) the (or other specified group) tuned Numbers 101 and Numbers 102. letter J while walking the Los
7.8/19 from 8:31-11:16p in the day after telecast, and are to a program in the average featured article: Angeles streets with DJ Paulie
Finals. released to subscribing customers minute. Ratings are expressed as Normalising the crime of the Directions on Saturday night.
Against a close SNF game with daily. These data, from the a percent. century by John Pilger Image via X17]
popular teams and no NFL National People Meter sample, Share (of Audience): The
overrun, the Fox line up suffered are strictly time-period percent of households (or
compared to their last original information, based on the normal persons) using television who are
telecasts on 11/29. The Simpsons broadcast network feed, and tuned to a specific program,
was down 23% to a 3.2 adults 18 include all programming on the station or network in a specific

Taylor Swift Gives $250,000 Christmas Gift

(ETonline - Breaking News) rumored boyfriend Taylor "Something I wanted to do at the she told the magazine. "The
Submitted at 12/14/2009 8:21:00 AM
Lautner! end of this amazing year and schools that I went to and the
The music superstar marked her especially on my birthday was amazing people I got to learn
Taylor Swift gave a whopping 20th birthday by giving big, give back to something I really from really turned me into who I
$250,000 gift -- but it wasn't to according to believe in, which is education," am, and I wanted to give back."
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“Christmas at the White House: An Oprah

Primetime Special” Draws ABC’s 2nd-Biggest
Audience in the Hour this Season
By Bill Gorman continued to beat out its non- months– since 3/1/09. 11/22/09.
(TVbytheNumbers) sports boosted competition on
Sunday, defeating Fox’s original “Extreme Makeover: Home A note about increasing DVR
2-on-1: Goalies
Submitted at 12/14/2009 9:40:58 AM

via press release:

Sunday lineup by 4.6 million
viewers(10.2 million vs. 5.6
Edition” (8:00-10:00 p.m.)
Gaining viewers and young
penetration and year-to-year
rating comparisons: Year-to-year
On the Block
Up Year to Year, ABC By Adam Gretz (Fanhouse
million) and by 12% in Adults18- adults throughout its 2-hour rating comparisons based on the Main)
Continues to Beat its Non-Sports 49(2.8/7 vs. 2.5/6). telecast against NBC’s Eagles- Live + Same Day data stream are
Sunday Competition • ABC’s Sunday numbers Giants game, ABC’s “ Extreme distorted by the level of DVR Submitted at 12/14/2009 2:00:00 AM

Opposite CBS’ NFL Overrun at jumped over the year-ago night Makeover: Home Edition” penetration in the Nielsen
7pm, “AFV” Draws its Biggest by 2.3 million viewers and by improved the time period over sample, which has jumped up to Filed under: Flyers, Kings,
Audience in 9 Months 22% in Adults 18-49(7.9 million the same evening last 33% currently, from 28% at the Panthers, Thrashers, NHL
Growing Throughout its 2-Hour and 2.3/6 on 12/14/08). year(12/14/08) by 1.4 million same point in 2008. Rumors
Telecast Against NBC’s Big NFL viewers(10.2 million vs. 8.8 More viewers are watching Every Monday during the season
Eagles-Giants “America’s Funniest Home million) and by 15% in Adults 18 shows on their own timetables, two of our hockey writers will
Game, “Home Edition” Boosts Videos” (7:00-8:00 p.m.) -49(3.1/8 vs. 2.7/6). which may not be reflected in the debate one topic. It's the 2-on-1.
its Time Slot for ABC by Wide Opposite CBS’ big NFL overrun “Christmas at the White House: overnight next day numbers. The This week, Adam Gretz and
Margins Year to Year in the 7 o’clock hour, ABC’s An Oprah Primetime Special” only truly valid year-to-year Chris Botta talk about potential
Sunday’s Most-Watched “America’s Funniest Home (10:00-11:00 p.m.) comparison would be one based landing spots for the numerous
Entertainment Program, Videos” beat out its non-sports ABC’s “Christmas at the White on the Live + 7 Day metric, once goaltenders that could be on the
“Christmas at the White House: c o m p e t i t i o n o n House: An Oprah Primetime those stats are released by trade block.
An Oprah Primetime Special” Fox(“Brothers”/”Brothers”) by Special” registered as Sunday’s Nielsen.
Draws ABC’s 2nd-Biggest 5.6 million viewers(8.7 million most-watched entertainment Source: Nielsen Media Research
Audience in the Hour this Season vs. 3.1 million) and by 91% in program(11.8 million). (Fast Affiliate, Live + Same Day
Sunday Night (7:00-11:00 p.m.) Adults 18-49(2.1/6 vs. 1.1/3). • The Oprah special generated Ratings), 12/13/09.
Opposite NFL driven • Despite the substantial NFL ABC’s 2nd-largest audience in featured article:
NBC(Eagles-NY Giants) and competition from CBS in the the hour this season– behind only Normalising the crime of the
CBS(Cowboys-Chargers slot,“AFV” generated the series’ the final hour of the “2009 century by John Pilger
primetime overrun), ABC biggest audience in over 9 American Music Awards” on

Sunday Night Football Live Chat: Eagles vs. Giants

By Adam Gretz (Fanhouse throw down this week as the the the season 5-0. chat. Festivities begin at 8:15 PM
Main) New York Giants, looking to The Eagles are riding a three- ET.
Submitted at 12/13/2009 11:45:00 AM
keep pace in the NFC playoff game winning streak after
picture, host Donovan McNabb thumping Atlanta 34-7 last
Filed under: Eagles, Giants, and the Philadelphia Eagles. The Sunday.
NFC East, NFL Live Blogging Giants are coming off a huge 31- Sunday, but are just 2-5 in their Should be a good one, so please
We have a classic NFC East 24 win against Dallas last past seven games after starting join us for our Sunday night live
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What's On Tonight: The Sing-Off, Big Bang

Theory, Men of a Certain Age
By Bob Sassone (TV Squad) • History Channel has two new Australia releases R18+
Submitted at 12/14/2009 12:13:00 PM
episodes of Pawn Stars at 10. discussion paper,
• Hallmark has the movie A requests public feedback
Christmas Carol: The Musical at
• At 8, ABC has Jennifer 10. By Alexander Sliwinski
Hudson: I'll Be Home For (Joystiq)
Christmas, followed by a new Check your local TV listings for Submitted at 12/14/2009 11:00:00 AM
Find My Family. more.
• CBS has a new How I Met After the jump, the late night The Australian government has
Your Mother at 8, then new talk shows. finally released the R18+
episodes of Accidentally on Continue reading What's On discussion paper and is
Purpose, Two and a Half Men, Tonight: The Sing-Off, Big Bang requesting comment on whether
Big Bang Theory, and CSI: Theory, Men of a Certain Age the adult classification should be
Miami. Filed under: Late Night, made available for video games.
• NBC has the two-hour series Programming, Celebrities, Talk For those just joining us, Aussie
premiere of The Sing-Off at 8, Big World at 8. Me. video game classification caps at
Show, What To Watch Tonight,
followed by a new Jay Leno • Food Network has a Christmas • TNT has a new episode of The MA15+, meaning any game
Show. Good Eats at 8. Closer at 9, then a new Men of a unsuitable for a 15-year-old can't
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• ABC Family has Mary Poppins • Also at 8: Cartoon Network has Certain Age. be sold in the region.
at 8. Grandma Got Run Over By A • TLC has a new Cake Boss at 9. Submissions stating why the
• USA has a new Monday Night Reindeer, followed by Gotta • At 10, Bravo has a new Chef government should allow an
RAW at 8. Catch Santa Claus. Academy. R18+ rating for games is due by
• TLC has a new Little People, • At 9, FOX has a new Lie to • A&E has a new Hoarders at 10. February 28, 2010. The
government spells out quite
CEDRIC plainly that any change in the
continued from page 50
classification policy "must be
New Artist category. Her current L i v e , ” t h e s e c o n d - l o n g e s t and an inspirational book, “What Potato Inc. and A. Smith & Co. unanimously agreed [upon] by
album, “Family,” marks the first c h a r t i n g s o n g e v e r o n t h e I Cannot Change.” Rimes is a Gordon Ramsay, Ben Adler, C o m m o n w e a l t h , S t a t e a n d
time Rimes has written or co- B i l l b o a r d H o t 1 0 0 . R i m e s long-time supporter of charity Patricia Llewellyn, Arthur Smith Territory Censorship Ministers."
written every song on an album. ventured into acting when she organizations, including The a n d K e n t W e e d s e r v e a s [Thanks Simon and everyone
She recently won the CMT starred in the television movies National Psoriasis Foundation, e x e c u t i v e p r o d u c e r s . else who sent this in]
Award for Collaborative Video “Northern Nights” and “Holiday T h e C o a l i t i o n t o S a l u t e featured article: Australia releases R18+
of the Year with Bon Jovi and the In Your Heart.” She also guest- America’s Heroes and Children’s Normalising the crime of the discussion paper, requests public
Gospel Music Association’s starred on the long-running series M i r a c l e N e t w o r k . S h e i s century by John Pilger feedback originally appeared on
Dove Award for her song “Ready “American Dreams” and in an currently in the studio working Joystiq on Mon, 14 Dec 2009
for a Miracle.” Rimes has scored episode of “Days of Our Lives.” on her new album, which is due 11:00:00 EST. Please see our
numerous hit singles in her An accomplished author, Rimes out in summer 2010. terms for use of feeds.
career, including “Can’t Fight the has written two children’s books, GORDON RAMSAY: Read| Permalink| Email this|
Moonlight,” which went to No. 1 “Jag” and “Jag’s New Friend”; a C O O K A L O N G L I V E i s Comments
in 11 countries and “How Do I novel, “Holiday In Your Heart”; produced by One Potato Two
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Up in the Air Is The Grapes of Wrath for the Rich and Out of
Touch [That's Rich]
By Brian Moylan (Gawker) because his tale is about the
Submitted at 12/14/2009 9:26:04 AM
people whose livelihood was lost
due to natural and financial
In yesterday's New York Times, disaster and who subsequently
Frank Rich says the George wander around doing anything
Clooney flick Up in the Air will, just to survive. Through it we can
"salve national wounds that sympathize with the once-proud
continue to fester in the real people who have been laid low
world." Did he see the same by the Great Depression.
movie we did? Because he's Up in the Air, on the other hand,
totally wrong. is a film about the man who flies
For those of you who rushed out around in first class collecting
to see the movie during its big frequent flier miles for sport and
city engagement before it opens still has a job, an expense
wide on Christmas day will account, an apartment, and so
know, Up in the Air is the story many hotel key cards that he
of Ryan Bingham, a man who doesn't even need to pony up for
travels around the country firing a night at the Milwaukee Hilton
people who have been downsized unless he wants to. After a peek
by their respective companies. into his luxe lifestyle, it asks us
Rich thinks this is the greatest to feel sorry for him, because his
thing since sliced bread, if we job firing people is so hard and
could all still afford a loaf of he doesn't have a life outside of
bread or a knife to cut it with. Grapes of Wrath. Early in the because it provided a refuge from owner men sat in the cars and work. He's lonely. Sad face.
Here is an America whose novel, he gives a few pages to the thought and from feeling. If a explained. You know the land is While director Jason Reitman
battered inhabitants realize that bank men who came to kick bank or a finance company poor. You've scrabbled at it long uses "real people" who lost their
the economic deck is stacked farmers off their land: owned the land, the owner man enough, God knows. jobs as the sorry spectres loosed
against them, gamed by distant, Some of the owner men were s a i d , T h e B a n k o r t h e And then Steinbeck moved on to from this employment coil by
powerful figures they can't see or kind because they hated what Companyneedswantsinsistsmust the true characters, the Joads and R y a n , h o w d o y o u t h i n k
know. Up in the Air may be a they had to do, and some of them have as though the Bank or the their trek west, full of empty watching this movie must feel for
glossy production sprinkled with were angry because they hated to Company were a monster, with dreams and shattered promises. someone who has met the Brooks
laughter and sex, but it captures be cruel, and some of them were thought and feeling, which had The only way this movie — that Brothers-clad grim reaper in a
the distinctive topography of our cold because they had long ago ensnared them. These last would tries to humanize the corporate beige conference room in their
Great Recession as vividly as a found that one could not be an take no responsibility for the hatchet man — could be anything very own workplace? They're
far more dour Hollywood owner unless one were cold. And banks or the companies because like The Grapes of Wrath is if intended to muster up even the
product of 70 years ago, The all of them were caught in they were men and slaves, while John Steinback came back from slightest bit of sympathy for this
Grapes of Wrath, did the vastly s o m e t h i n g l a r g e r t h a n the banks were machines and the dead and rewrote it so that it dude, who still gets a paycheck,
different landscape of the Great themselves. Some of them hated masters all at the same time. focused on and humanized the because he doesn't have a life?
Depression. the mathematics that drove them, Some of the owner men were a men who show up at the Joad's Yeah, that's not salve we're
Steinbeck did actually tell the and some were afraid, and some little proud to be slaves to such house to tack a foreclosure notice
story of Up in the Air in The worshiped the mathematics cold and powerful masters. The on the front door. But he didn't AIR page 56
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Houston Accidentally Elects a Lesbian Mayor continued from page 55

putting on that wound, Frank, it's

[Moral Victories] salt.

By John Cook (Gawker)

Submitted at 12/14/2009 9:57:08 AM

Houston became the largest

American city to elect an openly
gay mayor on Saturday night, but
don't get too excited: No one was
really paying attention, and it's
not like they're going to let them
start getting married or anything.
Annise Parker, a former city NintendoWare weekly:
council member and city Bejeweled, Blaster
controller with 12 years of
experience as a civil servant and
Master, Earthworm Jim
19 years of experience as a 2
lesbian in a committed By David Hinkle (Joystiq)
relationship with her partner
Submitted at 12/14/2009 1:20:00 PM
Kathy Hubbard (that's Hubbard
and Parker, on the right, in the As promised, Sunsoft's brought
photo), was elected mayor of Blaster Master to the Virtual
Houston on Saturday night in a Console -- though we think the
run-off against a fellow impact is somewhat dulled by the
Democrat. It's very good news, the race for the first time in three than a lesbian." in elections no one pays attention
decades also helped Ms. Parker's • No one really cares who the to. That bad news is that the quantity of other games available
but the New York Times explains for download this week. There's a
why you shouldn't get your hopes bid." mayor of Houston is, anyway. "In FBI's analysis of hate crime
• Her opponent Gene Locke had the end, it turned out that the statistics for 2008 is out, and total of 11 different games
up too much about America no available, so head past the break
longer hating gay people or never won elective office and Houstonians who were paying offenses motivated by sexual
doesn't sound too sharp. "Mr. attention to the election - only orientation are up 11% over last for the full list.
anything like that: Continue reading NintendoWare
• Parker didn't play up the whole Locke, who is black, also ran a about 16 percent of registered year. Crimes motivated by racism
flawed campaign. He was late to voters - did not seem to care against African Americans are up weekly: Bejeweled, Blaster
gay thing. "When asked, for Master, Earthworm Jim 2
instance, if she would advocate begin television advertising, a deeply about Ms. Parker's sexual 4%, so Prop. 8 generated almost
fatal mistake for a little-known orientation...." three times as much violent NintendoWare weekly:
for a referendum giving benefits Bejeweled, Blaster Master,
to same-sex partners of city candidate." hatred as the Barack Obama
• Also, he was a lawyer and a So the good news is that even campaign, for those who are Earthworm Jim 2 originally
workers, she was quick to say it appeared on Joystiq on Mon, 14
was not in her plans." lobbyist, which led one political Texas will let gay people become counting.
columnist to write, "Here's the mayors, as long as they don't Dec 2009 13:20:00 EST. Please
• There were no Republicans in see our terms for use of feeds.
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WSJ Editor: 'Principle Is But a Bystander at The

New York Times ' [Newspaper Wars]
By Hamilton Nolan (Gawker)
Submitted at 12/14/2009 9:17:19 AM

Fight! The Wall Street Journal

enjoys newspaper feuds,
FYI: WarioWare
remember? Which is the only
sensible explanation for WSJ
DIY does it on
editor Robert Thomson's
pugnacious statement that just
DS in March
went out regarding David Carr's By JC Fletcher (Joystiq)
New York Times column today. Submitted at 12/14/2009 10:30:00 AM

Carr's non-shocking thesis

today: Since Rupert Murdoch One of Nintendo's most exciting
bought the WSJ, he's turned it announcements from E3 was the
into more of a general interest localization of WarioWare DIY,
paper, and its Washington a DS app that lets players create
coverage leans right, as their own WarioWare games,
evidenced by Robert Thomson's with custom graphics, sound, and
hiring of a right-wing deputy gameplay. Nintendo didn't
managing editor, and also happen to offer a date during the
evidenced by the fact that that's thrilling E3 presentation, and it's
what several WSJ staffers tell an increasingly successful rival prizes or in the disparagement of strong I-stand-by-the-column said nothing at all about what
Carr, and also evidenced by while its own circulation and competitors, principle is but a from Bill Keller. should be a major part of the
reading the paper. Robert credibility are in retreat. The bystander at The New York UPDATE 2: NYT PR sends us publisher's DS lineup -- until
Thomson will not let this usual practice of quoting ex- Times. the same statement the NYO got, today.
observation stand! employees was supplemented by Robert Thomson, namely: In its Q1 schedule, Nintendo
From: Thomson, Robert a succession of anonymous Editor-in-Chief, Dow Jones. Here's a response from Bill provided a date of March 28.
Sent: Monday, December 14, quotes and unsubstantiated Rather feisty, no? We've emailed Keller: You're not buying anything in
2009 11:06 AM assertions. The attack follows the both papers to try to get more While David's column clearly March, right? The company also
To: Christie, Robert extraordinary actions of Mr Bill info and responses to the got under Mr. Thomson's skin, I offered a Q1 date for WarioWare
Subject: Statement by Robert Keller, the Executive Editor, allegations against Bill Keller. In don't see anything in this DIY Showcase, the WiiWare
Thomson on The New York who, among other things, last the meantime, our diagnosis: response that casts doubt upon it. game through which WarioWare
Times year wrote personally and at Rupert Murdoch and his peons The column was scrupulously DIY games can be uploaded and
The news column by a Mr David length to a prize committee are essentially drunk barroom fair and, if anything, understated, played on a big screen.
Carr today is yet more evidence casting aspersions on Journal fighters. They love this shit. and I have no inclination to help FYI: WarioWare DIY does it on
that The New York Times is journalists and journalism. Keep it coming, plz. Mr. Thomson change the subject. DS in March originally appeared
uncomfortable about the rise of Whether it be in the quest for UPDATE: John Koblin gets a on Joystiq on Mon, 14 Dec 2009
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Wall St. Bankers Snub Obama, Duck D.C. Sit- Obama presses
banks to boost
Down Because of 'Inclement Weather' [Goldman lending
Sachs] (Financial Times - US
By John Cook (Gawker) systems put in place this morning
Submitted at 12/14/2009 9:05:38 AM
Submitted at 12/14/2009 9:37:55 AM
at Dulles International Airport
and Reagan National due to fog, President Barack Obama on
Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd and many flights between New Monday told the US’s top
Blankfein, Citigroup chairman York and D.C. were delayed or bankers that they had a “special
Dick Parsons, and Morgan canceled. But these are powerful responsibility” to help spur the
Stanley CEO John Mack all men, with private planes. They economic recovery after they
skipped out on a scheduled really couldn't squeeze in a received government bail-outs
dressing-down today from landing ahead of the losers who last year, urging them to increase
Barack Obama because fly commercial? For a sense of lending to small businesses and
"inclement weather" made it just how debilitating the fog is in mortgage refinancing.
physically impossible for them to D.C., here's a live shot from a As Wall Street returns to health
travel to Washington. traffic camera about a mile from while Main Street continues to
Convenient! Reagan Washington: struggle, Mr Obama struck a
Obama met with 10 top banking Not to mention Baltimore- sharp tone before the meeting,
executives, or"fat cats" as he's Washington International saying he “did not run for office
taken to calling them these days, Airport, just a quick limo drive to be helping out a bunch of fat
to yell at them for not lending from the White House, which cat bankers”.
enough money and generally them bodily to Washington, D.C. released, because we expect wasn't experiencing any delays
this morning. Obama's voice to be dripping featured article:
being horrible people. But the this morning: Normalising the crime of the
worst of them, Goldman Sachs' According to Joyce Jones, the with saracasm. Also, there are trains that travel
Black Enterprise reporter doing As you can see from the above century by John Pilger
Lloyd Blankfein, is among the between Washington and New
three that are participating via White House pool duty today, photo, taken from the roof of York. Nine of them arrived at
conference call because fog made Obama "thanked them for calling Gawker HQ, there was no Washington's Union Station
it impossible for them to deploy in and said he's sorry their flights problem getting off the ground in before the 11:09 a.m. start-time
the billions of dollars under their got held up." We're hoping that New York this morning. There of the meeting with Obama.
control in service of transporting the audio of the meeting is were indeed traffic management

Reid Rules: Eagles Follow Coach's Lead

By Thomas George fracas and thus the game, 45-38, Eagles coach Andy Reid has It is four consecutive victories
(Fanhouse Main) to the Philadelphia Eagles here figured out his team. And he has and counting now in Reid vs. the
Submitted at 12/13/2009 7:00:00 PM
on Sunday night. You could say dissected the Giants and Giants. He beat them in the
that the Giants' pass rush has continues to carve them into playoffs last season in Giants
Filed under: Eagles, Giants, NFL slipped, that their secondary has pieces. Stadium. He roasted them in
Analysis EAST RUTHERFORD, crashed. That the Giants' shoddy You have to say this now about Philadelphia earlier this season,
N.J. -- You could say the New punt coverage helped kill their the Eagles-Giants rivalry: Reid 40-17.
But what you have to say is that
York Giants lost the turnover chances. Rules.
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Incredibly Wonky Pranksters Pretend Canada

Cares About Climate [Hoaxes]
By Pareene (Gawker) website too? Looks just like the
Submitted at 12/14/2009 8:24:41 AM
real thing!
So. No one is sure where this
This morning, an elaborate hoax came from and Canada does not
briefly convinced the world that
Canada was going to take the
find it very funny.
The Yes Men tend to perform
Warm Up
lead on carbon emissions
reductions and financial aid to
their stunts in person, and they'd
be more likely to pretend to be
With the Roku
Africa. But... why?
No one seems to know who was
American than Canadian. Right?
(They already did a climate hoax
and Netflix
behind the hoax—or what the involving the US Chamber of By (ELLE News
point was, except to embarrass Commerce.) Maybe Canada has Blog)
Canada?—but it involved its own Yes Men! But who Submitted at 12/14/2009 9:06:00 AM
emailed press releases, a fake would want to pick on the
website for Canada's went on to claim that Canada was email announcing the fake new Canadian government? It’s #&$*ing cold here in New
Environment Department, and going to send Africa $13 billion Canadian policy, but also a (Presumably lots of people, York City, so this weekend I
and even a (really well done) in aid next year for development follow-up claiming the office had because Canada does not want to turned up the oven (no fireplace
spoof Wall Street Journal story. and as "reparations" for climate been spoofed and linking to the do much about emissions at all, in my tiny apartment) and turned
The release claimed Canada was change caused by developed false Journal story. and they're trying to back out of on the Roku, a small black box
going to reduce emissions to 40% nations. The people behind the And, wow, is this a spoof UN Kyoto.) that connects to the TV and plays
below 1990 levels by 2020, and it hoax sent out not only the initial Climate Change Conference any Netflix movie in my Instant
Queue wirelessly. (Without the

New Pic: Tiger Woods' Wife Elin Spotted box, you can still watch a huge
collection of movies instantly,
but in the glow of your laptop.)
Without her Wedding Ring Other similar devices have come
along— the Xbox 360, PS3, and
(ETonline - Breaking News) and Families reportedly paid a Family Services. The deputy is the agency responsible for the Tivo HD can play Netflix movies
Submitted at 12/14/2009 8:56:00 AM
visit to Tiger Woods' home, responding was to meet with the visit and no report or instantly, and some LG HD TVs
according to a story on Radar DCF investigator at the front documentation was generated by have the service built in— but the
ET has the latest... Online, but the sheriff's entrance of the Isleworth this office, any information Roku’s price tag ($79) makes it a
ET has just obtained this new d e p a r t m e n t r e l e a s e d t h e community, located in the regarding the case should be sweet accessory to my cold-
photo of Tiger Woods' wife Elin, following statement to ET in unincorporated area of west directed to them, it is a common weather-fueled Netflix obsession.
spotted in Florida over the regards to Radar's report: Orange County. The Orange occurrence for DCF to request — Julie Vadnal, Assistant Editor
weekend pumping her own gas "On Friday afternoon the Orange County Sheriff's Office is not at assistance from a law Follow ELLE on Twitter.
while sporting a smile -- but not C o u n t y S h e r i f f ' s O f f i c e liberty to discuss the reason for enforcement agency." Become our Facebook fan!
her wedding ring. responded to a call for assistance the visit, who was being
Also over the weekend, the from an investigator with the contacted, nor the details of the
Florida Department of Children Department of Children and complaint received by DCF. DCF
60 Entertainment/ Sports/ E-reader News Edition

Nike, Tag Heuer continue

sponsorship with Tiger Woods
By news services checked out by Nike before best in his domain.
( signing a deal with him and, "We respect his performance in
Submitted at 12/14/2009 7:54:37 AM
according to Knight, "he came the sport," she said, adding that
out clean." Woods' personal life is "not our
Tiger Woods Loses Sponsor Knight said companies cannot business."
Tiger Woods Loses Sponsor get such background checks right Tag Heuer has been sponsoring
Nike chairman and co-founder all the time and "there's always a Woods since 2002. Financial
Phil Knight said his company is r i s k . " H e a d d e d t h a t t h e details of the agreement have not
standing by its relationship with company's relationship with its been announced.
T i g e r W o o d s , a d a y a f t e r most famous client isn't going to Tag Heuer's comment came a
Accenture decided to part ways change. day after global consulting firm
with the embattled golfer. "I think he's been really great," Accenture PLC became the first
Knight told SportsBusiness Knight said in the interview major sponsor to announce it was
J o u r n a l t h a t t h e s c a n d a l published Monday. "When his cutting ties with Woods.
Kids These Days: surrounding Woods is "part of career is over, you'll look back on
t h e g a m e " i n s i g n i n g these indiscretions as a minor
Accenture said Sunday the
golfer is "no longer the right

Hopeless [Trendwatch] endorsement deals with athletes. blip, but the media is making a
Woods admitted to "infidelity" in big deal out of it right now."
his marriage in a statement Meanwhile, Swiss watchmaker
representative" after the
"circumstances of the last two
By Hamilton Nolan (Gawker) prisons for kids because the
released Friday on his Web site. Tag Heuer said Monday it will The move ends a six-year
prisons are too dangerous, for the
Submitted at 12/14/2009 8:51:30 AM Mike and Mike in the Morning continue its association with relationship during which the
criminals. Jesus.
CNBC sports business reporter Woods. firm credited its "Go on, be a
What about the children? A • Even South Dakota Indian
D a r r e n R o v e l l j o i n s M i k e Company spokeswoman Mariam Tiger" campaign with boosting
cursory examination of the reservations, some of the poorest
Greenberg and Mike Golic to Sylla said the sponsorship is its image significantly.
"news" reveals the chilling truth places in America, are now
which we have all dreaded for so r i d d l e d w i t h j u v e n i l e discuss Accenture publicly u n c h a n g e d b e c a u s e W o o d s Information from Reuters and
severing ties with Tiger Woods remains the world's best golfer The Associated Press is included
long: There is no hope for you, gangs(surprise!). One kid quoted
and what it means for Woods and and Tag Heuer does not care in this report.
kids. Just do what you want. in the video accompanying this
his other sponsors. about his private life. featured article:
• Want to go to college? Why? story is in the Black Wall Street
More Podcasts » "We will continue," Sylla told Normalising the crime of the
• The juvenile justice system in gang, which is a gang of dirt-
New York is so fucked up, p o o r S o u t h D a k o t a N a t i v e W o o d s ' b a c k g r o u n d w a s The Associated Press. "He's the century by John Pilger
a c c o r d i n g t o a n e w Americans, obviously. Jesus.
report(surprise!), that "the state • Not to mention all these other
agency overseeing the prisons crazy juvenile crimes!
has asked New York's Family • " Kids Wonder: Did Dad Kill
Court judges not to send youths Mom?" Jesus.
to any [juvenile prisons] unless
they are a significant risk to We blame this on role models
public safety." Yes, the agency who are losers.
that runs the prisons is begging [Pic via]
courts not to send any kids to the
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NFL Diary: Chargers 20, Cowboys 17

( The Daily Fix)
Submitted at 12/13/2009 11:12:26 AM

Reuters The Chargers’

LaDainian Tomlinson (center)
scores the only touchdown in the
first half.
The Journal provides minute-by-
minute analysis of the San Diego
Chargers’ 20-17 victory over the
Dallas Cowboys from Cowboys
Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Guest blogger Steve Kornacki
offers commentary on the game
and the CBS telecast.
2:15 pm | Pregame | by Steve
If youâre counterintuitive by
nature, you have to like the
Cowboysâ chances today.
Dallas, as you might have heard,
canât win in December â- more touchdown and one less together and shut down the more. Right now, they're tied 4:22 pm | First quarter, 0-0 | by
pick than Romo on the season, streaking Chargers today. with Philadelphia atop the NFC Steve Kornacki
something they demonstrated yet
while Romo has thrown for 14 4:19 pm | Pregame | by Steve East with an 8-4 mark. The The Cowboys are doing an
again at the Meadowlands last
more yards. Overall, the Kornacki Giants (who play the Eagles excellent job of shooting
week. The Chargers, meanwhile,
Cowboys ranks third in total As we approach kickoff, a quick tonight) are one game back at 7- themselves in the foot here --
are 10-0 in December since Norv
Turner took over before the 2007 offense, compared to 12th for the look at what's at stake for both 5. So Dallas really can't afford a after quickly moving inside the
Chargers. (On defense, San teams: loss -- especially with a game Charger 40, two penalties (false
season â- and 15-0 if you throw
Diego is 12th, two slots above It looks like the Broncos are against the now 13-0 Saints start and illegal use of the hands)
in Marty Schottenheimerâs final
Dallas.) about to lose to the Colts, so this looming next week. A win today sets up a 2nd and 22 all the way
campaign in 2006. Factor in San
Certain players, coaches and isn't a must-win game for the would keep Dallas tied (at least) back at their own 47.
Diegoâs current seven-game
winning streak and Tony Romoâs teams seem to be at their best Chargers; even if they lose, for the division lead. A loss 4:25 pm | First quarter, 0-0 | by
when everyone expects the worst they'll still be a game up on would put them in jeopardy of Steve Kornacki
decision to start holding kicks
-â and at their worst when Denver in the AFC West. Still, missing the playoffs. 4th and 4 from the Charger 35.
again and the Chargers look like
everyone expects the best. (See: with Cincinnati falling to the 4:20 pm | First quarter, 0-0 | by Wade Phillips wants to go for it.
the cinch of the century as three-
Ron Zook at Florida, Gerry Faust Vikings, the Chargers can move Steve Kornacki The crowd agrees. First Big Play
and-a-half-point underdogs.
Then again, streaks were made at Notre Dame and Steve Lavin into sole possession of second Nate Kaeding manages to avoid of the game and....Tony Romo
at UCLA.) The Cowboys have place in the AFC -- a slot that hitting Jerry Jones' 14 trillion- hits Roy Williams for 19 yards.
to be broken. On paper, at least,
crumbled late in the season so would guarantee them a first- pound scorebaord with his (In case you're wondering, no,
this is an evenly matched game.
many times now that another round playoff bye -- with a win. opening kickoff, which Felix that's not the same Roy Williams
Philip Rivers comes in with a
slightly higher passer rating collapse this year is taken as a Of course, they play the Bengals Jones runs back to the Cowboy who kicked a fan out of a
(104.9) than Tony Romo (96.3), given. Maybe, just maybe, thatâs next week, so it wouldn't really 46. Makes Dallas' decision to basketball game yesterday.)
but their stats are basically the perfect set-up for Coach matter that much. receive the opening kick seem
Wadeâs team to put all the pieces The Cowboys need this one wise. NFL page 62
identical: Rivers has thrown one
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4:29 pm | First quarter, 3-0 4:42 pm | First quarter, 7-3 that offense. confidence and rest the defense, Chargers | by Steve Kornacki
Cowboys | by Steve Kornacki Chargers | by Steve Kornacki 4:55 pm | Second quarter, 7-3 would be very helpful. Rivers gets it at the 1-yard line
Cowboys forced to try a 31-yard Also, we didn't see Antonio Chargers | by Steve Kornacki 5:06 pm | Second quarter, 10-3 and keeps it for a yard. We're at
field goal, which means it's time Gates on that last drive. But we We'll see if Norv Turner agrees Chargers | by Steve Kornacki the two-minute warning. 10-3
for the obligatory flashback did see Kris Wilson, a little- with me. Darren Sproles is And there's a 12-yard run for Chargers. And worth
footage of Romo's last effort at used sixth-year tight end from stopped a half-yard short on Felix Jones on first down. remembering that they'll get the
holding a kick, in the 2006 Pitt, who made only his second third down. And Turner doesn't Followed by another 12-yarder ball to start the second half.
playoffs. CBS obliges, but Romo reception of the year, for 21 even blink; they're going for it. to the outside. Two plays, two 5:21 pm | Second quarter, 10-3
has no trouble setting the ball for yards. Fourth and short from just inside first downs, and the Cowboys are Chargers | by Steve Kornacki
Nick Folk, who bangs it in, and 4:43 pm | First quarter, 7-3 the 31. Nothing fancy: Rivers in Charger territory now. Statistically, the Cowboys look
the Cowboys take a 3-0 lead. Chargers | by Steve Kornacki sneaks it for what looks like a 5:08 pm | Second quarter, 10-3 like the stronger team so far.
4:32 pm | First quarter, 3-0 On first down, Brandon Siler first down -- except that he gets a Chargers | by Steve Kornacki They've run more plays, gained
Cowboys | by Steve Kornacki sacks Romo back at the bad spot, setting up a dramatic CBS informs us that Shawne more yards, and kept the ball for
It's still been 16 games since Dallas 10 for a loss of 10 measurement. The verdict: First Merriman is now on the sideline. five minutes longer than the
Dallas scored a touchdown on its yards. And Romo barely avoids down by about an inch. But the Cowboys seem happy to Chargers. But they're down by
first possession of a game, but the safety on second down. 4:56 pm | Second quarter, 7-3 keep it on the ground -- five seven points.
that was still a very good start -- Looks like we'll be seeing that Chargers | by Steve Kornacki straight runs now on this drive, 5:23 pm | Second quarter, 10-3
the Cowboys ate up nearly seven Charger offense momentarily. An encroachment call against which has reached the Charger Chargers | by Steve Kornacki
minutes of clock, managed a key 4:45 pm | First quarter, 7-3 Dallas. CBS cuts to Wade 31. Interception! Terence Newman
third-down conversion, and took Chargers | by Steve Kornacki Phillips, who shakes his head 5:10 pm | Second quarter, 10-3 picks off Rivers' third-and-9 pass.
the lead. Plus, they covered the Sproles fair catches the punt at slowly. That's called his Chargers | by Steve Kornacki But that's giving him too much
ensuing kickoff well, jamming his own 25. Chargers were December look, I think. And now Merriman seems to be credit -- Rivers made a bad
the Chargers inside their own 20. probably expecting better field 5:02 pm | Second quarter, 10-3 back in the game. The cameras throw, falling backward and
4:37 pm | First quarter, 3-0 position after the first two plays Chargers | by Steve Kornacki just caught Jason Witten floating the pass. So far the
Cowboys | by Steve Kornacki of that last drive. Chargers' fans might be a little seemingly holding him on a Cowboys are having trouble
A reminder of why San Diego 4:49 pm | First quarter, 7-3 frustrated with how that Tashard Choice running play. taking advantage of the gift,
has such a potent offense: Chargers | by Steve Kornacki possession ended. After moving 5:14 pm | Second quarter, 10-3 though: It's third-and-7 from the
LaDainian Tomlinson has carried Third and 8 for the Chargers. into the red zone, Turner got Chargers | by Steve Kornacki Charger 25.
the ball three times so far for just Excellent chance for the conservative and called two run A hands-to-the-face penalty 5:25 pm | Second quarter, 10-3
two yards. And yet the Chargers, Cowboys to settle things down plays -- one for Sproles and the against Shaun Phillips sets the Chargers | by Steve Kornacki
in about three minutes time, have with a stop and get the ball back other for Tomlinson. Result: a Cowboys up inside the 5, but Romo had plenty of time on
moved the ball 83 yards on three in good field position. Instead, third and 3 that wasn't too Marion Barber can't reach the third down, but couldn't connect
passes -- the last 38 courtesy of a Rivers finds Vincent Jackson for hard for Dallas to defend. end zone on three straight carries. with Miles Austin. Dallas will
trick play that ended with a pass- 33 yards. I thought Dallas was Nate Kaeding hits the 29-yard Fourth and goal from inside the have to settle for a disappointing
interference call that set San supposed to be a great first- field goal and it's 10-3 San 1. Will Wade Phillips go for it? 41-yard field goal. But
Diego up inside the 5. quarter defensive team? Diego with 10:18 left in the half. 5:16 pm | Second quarter, 10-3 wait....they won't even get that.
4:38 pm | First quarter, 7-3 4:51 pm | First quarter, 7-3 Not a bad position to be in, Chargers | by Steve Kornacki Folk's kick goes wide to the left.
Chargers | by Steve Kornacki Chargers | by Steve Kornacki obviously, but San He does. And it's another Dallas gets nothing. Again. Still
And there's the touchdown -- a 1 Tomlinson carries for a yard on Diego could be up more right handoff to Barber, who loses 10-3 Chargers. 42 seconds left in
-yard run for Tomlinson, who the last play of the first quarter. now. ground. A goal-line stand for the the half. I'm sure they'll be
now has four carries for three It'll be third and 3 from the 5:04 pm | Second quarter, 10-3 Chargers! The boos rain down. I delighted to run the clock out and
yards (and six points). Kaeding Cowboy 33 to start the second. Chargers | by Steve Kornacki wonder if that one looked even take that lead to the locker room.
tacks on the XP and it's 7-3 I'm guessing this is four-down I wouldn't say Dallas needs to worse in 3-D on the Cowboys 5:27 pm | Second quarter, 10-3
Chargers with 4:30 left in the territory for the Chargers. I score on this drive. But a few Stadium big screen? NFL page 63
quarter. know I'd like my chances with first downs, to build some 5:18 pm | Second quarter, 10-3
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Chargers | by Steve Kornacki get it at their own 20 after a field goal would make it a two- it's cheering Cowboy fans, possession, freeing up Austin for
Never mind that running out the touchback. possession game. suddenly on their feet after a 19- the TD catch. So, in other words,
clock business. They have three 5:50 pm | Third quarter, 10-3 6:06 pm | Third quarter, 10-3 yard pass to Miles Austin. Dallas Wade Phillips is a coaching
time-outs, and use one after Chargers | by Steve Kornacki Chargers | by Steve Kornacki is in San Diego territory now. genius.
Sproles carries for five on first Not a good start for the Dallas Big third-and-10 here for the 6:15 pm | Third quarter, 10-3 6:26 pm | Fourth quarter, 10-10
down. San Diego is probably 30 D. Rivers hits Tolbert for 11 Chargers from the Cowboy 44 -- Chargers | by Steve Kornacki tie | by Steve Kornacki
yards from Kaeding field-goal yards on the first play of the and Rivers' pass to Sproles is And now it's nothing but Third-and-7 for the Chargers
range. drive, then a few plays later, four yards short of the marker. passing. A catch-and-run to Roy from midfield. Huge play coming
5:29 pm | Second quarter, 10-3 finds Vincent Jackson to move Cowboy fans breathe a sigh of Williams brings the Cowboys up. But the Cowboys' DeMarcus
Chargers | by Steve Kornacki the chains again. Chargers relief. It's still a one-possession inside the 10. Barber carries to Ware is down, so we're at a break
...and there's about 20 of them, moving close to midfield now. game. But once again their team the 1 on the next play. Back at now.
on a pass to Legedu Naanee. 5:54 pm | Third quarter, 10-3 has a long field ahead of them. the goal line. Can they finish the 6:29 pm | Fourth quarter, 10-10
Chargers take timeout No. 2. Chargers | by Steve Kornacki The Chargers' just downed the job this time?? tie | by Steve Kornacki
5:30 pm | Second quarter, 10-3 CBS keeps showing various punt at the 1. 6:17 pm | Third quarter, 10-3 OK, this looks worse than I
Chargers | by Steve Kornacki Cowboy fans staring up at the big 6:08 pm | Third quarter, 10-3 Chargers | by Steve Kornacki thought. Ware is still down and
Rivers is taken down at the 50. screen with their 3-D glasses. Do Chargers | by Steve Kornacki Uh-oh. Whistles before the snap. they're bringing a cart out now.
It'll be third and long with 18 they know that if they take the Jim Nantz mentioned this the Yes, that's right: it's a false start. It looks like his legs are still
seconds left. Chargers burn their glasses off and look at the actual last time Dallas had the ball: So much for being on the goal moving.
final timeout. It'll take about 15 field, it's also 3-D? Romo hasn't completed a pass line. Now the Cowboys are six 6:35 pm | Fourth quarter, 10-10
yards here to get within field- 5:57 pm | Third quarter, 10-3 since the first quarter. The yards out on second down. A tie | by Steve Kornacki
goal range. But any pass will Chargers | by Steve Kornacki Cowboys' long, time-consuming field goal wouldn't do much here; Ware is on the stretcher now.
have to be near the sidelines, now A huge break for Dallas -- Mike drive (that ended with a goal-line the Cowboys would still need a One of the Cowboy players
that the Chargers can't stop the Jenkins is flagged for pass stand) was fueled almost entirely touchdown after it. around him flashed a thumbs-up.
clock again. interference on Malcolm Floyd, by Marion Barber runs. For the 6:18 pm | Third quarter, 10-10 Phil Simms says his arms were
5:35 pm | Halftime, 10-3 a penalty that would have set the game, Romo is 6 of 13 for 65 tie | by Steve Kornacki moving too. The emergency crew
Chargers | by Steve Kornacki Chargers up near the Cowboy 10, yards -- a 61.4 rating. It makes Touchdown! A perfect fake to is now securing him in the cart.
Pass goes incomplete and the Instead, the officials rule it an Rivers' otherwise pedestrian Barber helps Romo find Austin Play should resume momentarily.
Chargers punt. Romo takes a uncatchable ball and San Diego performance -- 14 of 24 for 158 in the back of the end zone. XP I won't even speculate on what
knee to kill the final four is forced to punt. The replay yards and a pick -- look is good. We have a tie, 10-10. exactly might have happened.
seconds and that's the half. The seems to support the call. impressive. 6:21 pm | Fourth quarter, 10-10 The replay shows Ware running
headline so far: Missed Romo will make his first 6:10 pm | Third quarter, 10-3 tie | by Steve Kornacki with his head down directly into
Opportunities Killing Cowboys. appearance of the half, taking Chargers | by Steve Kornacki Also, that touchdown was the a Charger player, then falling to
Jim Nantz just put it perfectly: over from his own 5. If the first Maybe the Cowboys are just last play of the third quarter. the ground.
"The Cowboys with three trips half is any guide, he'll have no done with trying to pass. Jones Sproles carries the ensuing 6:38 pm | Fourth quarter, 10-10
inside the Charger 25 -- and they trouble moving them down the and Barber are alternating kickoff out to the Charger 25. It tie | by Steve Kornacki
come away with only a field field...until they make it to the carries, and so far it's been good hasn't been pretty, but this should Now, here's that third-and-7
goal." Chargers lead 10-3, and red zone. for two first downs on this be a fun fourth quarter. play. Actually, it'll be 3rd-and-
they'll get the ball to start the 6:00 pm | Third quarter, 10-3 possession. Oh, never mind -- 6:25 pm | Fourth quarter, 10-10 12. There's a false start on San
second half. If Rivers can drive Chargers | by Steve Kornacki there's a nine-yard pass to tie | by Steve Kornacki Diego. The crowd hasn't been
them down for a touchdown, Woah. Romo is nearly picked Witten. I'm re-thinking that second this loud all game. Ooohh...what
things could get ugly in King off by Stephen Cooper on third- 6:13 pm | Third quarter, 10-3 quarter goal-line stand. The a play! Rivers barely gets the
Jerry's castle. and-6. Cowboys have to kick, Chargers | by Steve Kornacki four straight runs to Barber may pass off, but he hits Vincent
5:48 pm | Third quarter, 10-3 and Sproles runs it back to his Wait, what's that strange, have been futile then, but it Jackson, who has a step on the
Chargers | by Steve Kornacki own 43. Pretty good field unfamiliar sound I'm hearing ensured that the Chargers were NFL page 66
And we're back. Chargers will position for the Chargers. Even a from my television? Oh yeah -- thinking run on that last
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( The Daily Fix) doses of Manning or the team’s pursue, by most accounts, a schools share a long-running
Submitted at 12/14/2009 9:25:40 AM
other signature stars. massively duplicitous lifestyle — rivalry as part of Philadelphia’s
Outside the realm of undefeated, A thirst for danger? Anger at storied Big Five scene, but
With all due respect to the t h e M i n n e s o t a V i k i n g s decades of imprisonment inside Temple’s upset was made in
equally undefeated, manifestly r e b o u n d e d f r o m a p r e t t y the bubble of fame? A mega- Argentina. Temple’s Argentine
f u n - t o - w a t c h N e w O r l e a n s thorough thrashing at the hands celebrity’s delusion of immunity guard Juan Fernandez ripped
Saints, Week 14 of the NFL of the Arizona Cardinals in Week from consequence? — was a ‘Nova for 33 points in the win,
s e a s o n b e l o n g e d t o t h e 13 to hand out a beating to the powerful force, and will only be and went 7-for-10 from three-
Indianapolis Colts. The Saints Cincinnati Bengals and improve long touchdowns, Jackson was defeated by his powerful will in point range.
reached 13-0 in a squeaker of a to a mere 11-2. In Sports just too good to let the Eagles return,” Newport writes. “If he so “The Wildcats were undone by a
win against Atlanta, but Indy’s Illustrated, Joe Posnanski argues lose.” chooses.” kid who couldn’t possibly
28-16 victory over the Denver that Minnesota’s ability to shrug Another must-watch receiver has At, Cameron Morfit understand the magnitude of the
B r o n c o s m a d e h i s t o r y . off the Arizona loss augurs well been nearly invisible of late. writes that the scandal — call it Big 5,” ESPN’s Dana O’Neil
Indianapolis also ran its record to for the Vikings’ prospects down Slumps beset every player, but L’Affaire(s) Tiger — is just writes. “Fernandez came to
13-0 and, unlike the Saints, the stretch. “It was a loss. They when the receiver is Randy another way an over-exalted Temple last December, following
extended its regular-season got outplayed,” Posnanski writes. Moss, the accusations that he has sport is coming back to earth. in the footsteps of his
winning streak to an NFL-record “And it doesn’t mean anything quit on his team are quick to “Golf has come down from on Argentinean hero Pepe Sanchez
22 games. Associated Press How important. This is the way teams follow. At CBS Sports, Ray high because there is money in it, to enroll there. The Big 5? When
would Peyton Manning do if he used to feel about regular season Ratto tackles the affair with his long term,” Morfit writes. “It’s I sat down with him this summer
had to face Tim Jennings and his losses. And this, it seems to me, characteristic wryness.* * * why golf has followed football’s for a story, he was still trying to
teammates on the fierce Colts is still the healthiest way for Tiger Woods announced on lead: The Tour condensed its get his arms around the bright
defense? teams to feel about losses.” Friday that he will be taking an schedule in 2007 in part because lights and show that is American
It’s easy, especially for those of It’s saying something that, on a indefinite hiatus from golf in the country’s most popular college basketball, his studies
us who benefited from it in Sunday that saw Denver receiver order to piece back together his league, the NFL, has an enviably and the English language.”
fantasy sports, to focus on Peyton Brandon Marshall set a single- family life, super-tarnished brand finite, clearly delineated season. As awesome as Fernandez’s
Manning’s four touchdown game NFL record with 21 and what’s left of his self-respect. And it’s why golf has aped auto fireworks were, Xavier’s 83-79
passes in the Colts’ win. But that receptions, Philadelphia Eagles It looks like the right thing to do racing: The Tour remade its end win over No. 19 Cincinnati
requires overlooking both receiver DeSean Jackson for any number of reasons, but game to resemble Nascar’s All of contained more action — thanks
Manning’s three picks and the managed to deliver the week’s that doesn’t make the prospect of the above moves have helped to two tense overtimes, 12 ties,
brilliant work of the Indianapolis best performance by a receiver. a Tiger-free PGA Tour any easier golf shake its insular, imperious nine lead changes and a pair of
defense in ensuring that none of Jackson powered Philadelphia’s to imagine. It may have been rep. Even Tiger’s embarrassing near-brawls. “The drama of this
those interceptions turned into 45-38 victory over the New York predictable that Woods would get missteps have helped, in their rivalry was gone, some said. The
game-losing mistakes. “The Colts Giants with a pair of long dropped by some sponsors and own sad, bizarre way.” In the intensity was supposed to be as
displayed the kind of defense a touchdowns, gaining 178 yards in t h a t h e ’ d p r o v i d e h e a v i l y New York Times, Larry Dorman stale as old chili,”’s
team needs come January to get all and also returning a punt 72 qualified non-explanations. But warns of lower TV ratings for a Paul Dehner Jr. writes. “It only
through to the Super Bowl,” yards for a touchdown. “He was the Journal’s John Paul Newport Tiger-less tour.* * * took one half to remind everyone
Yahoo’s Jason Cole writes. must-see TV, the guy people all gets at what remains so defiantly College-hoops upset season is why this is classified as one of
“Especially when Manning over the country will be talking odd about this whole sad affair: already upon us, as a pair of the great rivalries in all of college
wasn’t playing particularly well a b o u t t h i s m o r n i n g , ” t h e how the unknowable thing that unranked, crosstown rivals basketball. Then it added two
Sunday.” In the Indianapolis Philadelphia Inquirer’s Phil made Woods so great relates (or knocked off more highly touted overtimes to ensure nobody
Star, Bob Kravitz predicts that Sheridan writes. “On a night doesn’t) to his not-so-great programs this weekend. On would forget it.”* * *
Sunday’s win is the last time when the Eagles defense was decision-making off the golf Sunday, Temple scored an After several super-tempestuous
before the postseason that NFL utterly helpless, turning Eli course. impressive 65-55 win over third-
fans will be getting full-game Manning’s 10-yard passes into COLTS page 69
“Whatever drove Mr. Woods to ranked Villanova. The two
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Tom Brady defends Randy Moss, deflects criticism of effort

By the game pretty confident. Randy a fumble, dropping another ball He'd just give up a lot. Slow being late to practice this week
( is one of the best players in the and having a false start penalty down, he's not going deep, not affected Moss, but something
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history of the NFL. When it called against him. Some also trying to run a route. You can did.
doesn't go perfect out there, questioned whether Brady's first- tell, his body language." More Podcasts »
Reiss' Take On Moss Reiss' everyone wants to jump on quarter interception was a result Carolina defensive back Chris "Randy, as a person, is doing
Take On Moss Randy. It's all of us, and we all of Moss not completing a route. Harris also told the Globe: "I what he has to do to help this
A day after New England have to do a better job." According to numbers compiled don't want to say [Moss] quits, team win," he told
Patriots wide receiver Randy Brady also took a jab at Carolina by ESPN's stats and information but he kind of doesn't run the "He knows
Moss' effort was questioned by defensive back Chris Gamble, department, eight of Brady's 11 routes the way they're supposed what he has to do as a football
Carolina Panthers defensive who after Sunday's game said interceptions this season have to be run. If you get a jam on player for this football team and
backs, quarterback Tom Brady Moss gave up on a lot of plays. come on passes intended for him, he'll just ease up. He had the he is doing it. Nobody in this
rushed to his defense, deflecting "Everyone takes liberty to say Moss. one catch, and he fumbled. ... We organization is complaining
the criticism by calling Moss one whatever they want to say in a “ stayed on top of him. We were about what he's doing."
of his "favorite guys I've ever situation like [Sunday]," Brady When guys play Randy, they not gonna let him catch a deep Moss skipped out of the locker
played with" and saying it's not told WEEI. "I've seen plenty of want to show everyone what they pass. That's his game. If he can't room without addressing
easy when teams center their plays made on Chris Gamble, can do. I guess they came out of get it going, he gets out of sync." reporters Sunday, deciding to let
defensive game plan around too, over the course of the the game pretty confident. Randy After the game, Brady his play do the talking for him. It
stopping an individual like Moss. season." is one of the best players in the acknowledged Moss was didn't always look good on the
Moss Gathering ... Moss? In distinct Bill Belichick style, history of the NFL. When it frustrated. field. Or on the sidelines for that
Perhaps some of Randy Moss' the Patriots coach also defended doesn't go perfect out there, "He was frustrated in himself and matter, such as when Brady came
frustration has come from a Moss on Monday when asked everyone wants to jump on the situation and it's just over to offer encouragement and
reduced role in the Patriots' about critical comments made by Randy. It's all of us, and we all something you have to fight Moss kept staring ahead.
offense. Breaking down Moss' the Panthers. have to do a better job.”-- Tom through," Brady said. "He keeps "I know when we don't make
games this season (by "My response would be that's a Brady, defending Randy Moss in fighting through it and you have good plays, when I throw
comparison, Wes Welker was lot of conversation coming from a radio interview those days where it's not all great, interceptions or there are dropped
targeted 36 times in the last three a team that lost another game," Brady took the blame for the but you keep lining up and you passes and fumbles, I'm always
games): Belichick said. interception on Monday. keep going up. You've just got to trying to go over and pump the
"He's one of the top receivers in A few minutes later in his press "You throw it to a place where keep fighting." other guy up," Brady said
the league right now," Brady said conference, Belichick added you think the guy is going to be," Based on his track record, some Monday. "It's easy to get down
in an interview on Boston sports another dig. Brady said, "and Randy saw have wondered if Moss will do on yourself, and it's always
radio station WEEI on Monday "I have a lot of respect for something, and he went to the just that. While signs pointed to important to go back out there
morning. "He is up there in yards Randy, I think he's one of our place where he thought the ball Moss heading in a different and keep battling, too. We did
and catches and touchdowns. best players and I think if you was going to be. I don't think you direction at times Sunday, that definitely at times [Sunday].
Every game plan that the defense watch other teams defend him blame Randy on that. I'm the Patriots running back Kevin Randy has definitely done that
comes up with is trying to stop and watch other teams play ultimate one responsible with the Faulk passionately defended him, over the course of his career. He
Randy Moss. ... It's not like they against him, they think the same football. I hate games where I saying he has no doubt that Moss has to, because it doesn't always
don't have respect for him when way -- other than these two guys throw interceptions, especially is giving his all. go right. We didn't certainly play
their game plan is built around from Carolina after they lost against a team like that, a Mike and Mike in the Morning our best game on offense, but we
stopping him." another game. I guess they don't turnover-driven team." ESPN NFL analyst Cris Carter won and that's what is most
Brady expanded on that thought think that way. They haven't won After Sunday's game, Gamble says he was shocked by the important."
later in the interview: a lot of games now." told The Boston Globe that "we pathetic performance of Patriots Gamble described Moss as a
"When guys play Randy, they Moss had just one catch for 16 knew [Moss] was going to shut it WR Randy Moss against the sneaky player, because at times it
want to show everyone what they yards in Sunday's 20-10 Patriots down. That's what we wanted Panthers. Carter says he doesn't
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Cowboy defenders, for 39 yards Exactly what Dallas had to warning. But from here, it would the 5-yard-line, but the clock is happen until I was 25 years old.
to get near the 15. That'll quiet avoid: On second-and-long, be a 32-yard kick. Barring a down to seven seconds. Not tht It's sort of the same in Dallas, I
Cowboys Stadium. Rivers finds Jackson for a big 21 fluke turnover, the Chargers are they really had a chance here, but guess. There really is no
6:39 pm | Fourth quarter, 17-10 -yard catch. The ball is near going to be 10-3 -- and the Dallas has managed the clock December Curse for the
Chargers | by Steve Kornacki midfield now, and the clock is Cowboys are going to spend the horribly here. Cowboys, but until they start
And it gets even quieter as ticking. next week hearing all about their 7:14 pm | Fourth quarter, 20-17 winning games in the final month
Rivers finds Gates for a 14-yard 6:55 pm | Fourth quarter, 17-10 December Curse. Chargers | by Steve Kornacki of the year, it's all anyone will
touchdown on the next play. Chargers | by Steve Kornacki 7:05 pm | Fourth quarter, 17-10 Romo finds Patrick Crayton for talk about. With their 20-17 loss
Kaeding's XP is good, and the The Cowboys' defense is intent Chargers | by Steve Kornacki a touchdown with two seconds today, the Cowboys dropped to 0
Chargers take a 17-10 lead with on taking the fun out of these It will be a 33-yard field-goal left. What's the point? Even if -2 in December this year -- a
10:56 to go. final minutes. There's yet attempt. But first, there'll be a they get the onside kick, there record that is all but certain to get
6:41 pm | Fourth quarter, 17-10 another first down, this time break for the two-minute won't be any time left. That's worse next week when they play
Chargers | by Steve Kornacki courtesy of a Tomlinson run. warning. If Kaeding can make why you don't throw in the the 13-0 Saints. If the Eagles beat
And once again the Cowboys First down for the Chargers at the kick, it's over. Cowboys fans middle of the field when you the Giants tonight, they will
will start with awful field the Dallas 43. Inside of five are hoping the Kaeding who have no timeouts left!! 20-17 overtake the Cowboys for sole
position, as Felix Jones' kickoff minutes now. Even if the choked against the Jets in the now. possession of the lead in the NFC
return is stopped at the Dallas 13. Cowboys force a punt now, 2004-05 playoffs suddenly takes 7:16 pm | Fourth quarter, 20-17 East. If the Giants win, it will be
6:48 pm | Fourth quarter, 17-10 they'll probably be pinned deep the field. Chargers | by Steve Kornacki a three-way tie. Either way,
Chargers | by Steve Kornacki in their own territory without 7:06 pm | Fourth quarter, 20-10 Chargers recover the onside Dallas' playoff hopes -- once
Fumble! Jones drops the ball on much time left. Chargers | by Steve Kornacki kick. Hometown scoreboard again -- are fading as the year
a first-down carry, but is able to 6:57 pm | Fourth quarter, 17-10 The kick is good. It's 20-10 operator dutifully leaves a wnds down. This won't be a fun
scoop it up. Big break for Dallas. Chargers | by Steve Kornacki Chargers with 1:56 left. Dallas second on the clock. Rest week to be Wade Phillips.
6:48 pm | Fourth quarter, 17-10 But now we're talking field-goal has no timeouts. CBS shows assured, the clock would have The Chargers, meanwhile, look
Chargers | by Steve Kornacki range. A quick pass to Tolbert, Jerry Jones throwing his pen run out on that kick in San like an elite team. They've now
A near-interception on second the fullback, gives San Diego a down in disgust. Diego. won eight straight. Offensively,
down sets up third-and-15. first down at the 33. They call 7:09 pm | Fourth quarter, 20-10 7:17 pm | Final, 20-17 Chargers | they are similar to the Saints -- a
Romo's pass to Williams is low. another timeout -- just 3:39 to go Chargers | by Steve Kornacki by Steve Kornacki deep corps of receivers and
Cowboys are forced to punt. now. From here, it would be a 50 Two completions here for the It's official. Norv and Wade multiple threats in the backfield.
Chargers will get it at their own -yard kick. Cowboys, but both inbounds. shake hands. 20-17 is the final. And a quarterback who's not half
11 with 9:13 to go. Dallas can't 6:59 pm | Fourth quarter, 17-10 Clock moves inside of a minute. 7:31 pm -bad either. With a win over
afford to give up many first down Chargers | by Steve Kornacki Finally, Barber gets out of 7:32 pm | Postgame | by Steve Cincinnati next week, the
here -- not so much because of Dallas takes a timeout with 2:53 bounds around the Dallas 45, Kornacki Chargers would essentially lock
the time, but because of field to go. It'll be third-and-2 from the stopping the clock with 57 One of the worst things about up the second slot in the AFC
position. If they can force a three 25. Even if Dallas can somehow seconds to go. growing up in the Boston area playoffs -- meaning they'd get a
-and-out here, they could get the stop the Chargers here (and it's 7:12 pm | Fourth quarter, 20-10 was hearing -- over and over -- first-round bye and a home game
ball near midfield. doubtful they will, the way this Chargers | by Steve Kornacki about The Curse of the Bambino. in the semifinals. A date with the
6:50 pm | Fourth quarter, 17-10 drive has gone), the field goal is Tick, tick, tick. A catch-and-run I never believed in it and I tried, Colts for a trip to the Super Bowl
Chargers | by Steve Kornacki looking more and more like a to Barber brings the Cowboys to almost always in vain, to is looking more and more likely
LT takes it for 11 yards and a gimme. the San Diego 40. But he can't convince others not to take it too by the week. And won't that be
first down, giving the Chargers 7:00 pm | Fourth quarter, 17-10 get out. Next play is another seriously. But no matter how fun?
some badly-needed breathing Chargers | by Steve Kornacki completed pass, this time to the much I carried on, I knew that the
room. 7:38 to go now. Timeout Rivers to Gates. First down. It's 18. Clock is at 26 seconds. Dallas only way I'd ever hear the end of
San Diego. not officially over yet. The elects not to kick the field goal. it would be for the Red Sox to
6:53 pm | Fourth quarter, 17-10 Cowboys still have two Instead, Romo hits just win the World Series -- NFL page 67
Chargers | by Steve Kornacki timeouts, plus the two-minute the middle of the field! They're at something that didn't finally
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NFL mark with 21 catches in loss to Indianapolis

By Associated Press against San Diego. gave Marshall his due. goal line, allowing the Colts to
( Doubling-up "He's one of those elite maintain their 21-7 lead.
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Brandon Marshall is the only receivers," Hayden said. "He's 6- "On the one interception, I'd
person in NFL history with 18 or 4. You've got to play him throw it again," Orton said. "It's
Record Day For Brandon more receptions in one game aggressive and play your game. one-on-one coverage out there.
M a r s h a l l R e c o r d D a y F o r twice. You can't get caught up into what You give me that matchup, and
B r a n d o n M a r s h a l l V I D E O He tied Owens' mark on a 5-yard he's doing and things like that. I'll take it 100 times out of 100
PLAYLIST touchdown pass from Kyle Orton You just have to be effective at times."
• Record Day For Brandon in the fourth quarter. He set the doing what you're doing and the As good as Marshall's effort
Marshall Record Day For record on Denver's final chips will fall your way was, the rest of the team had
Brandon Marshall offensive play when he gained 7 eventually. eight catches for 77 yards, which
• Marshall Sets Single-Game yards on a fourth-down play "You know he's going to make had much to do with Denver's
Catch Record Marshall Sets before lateraling to lineman Chris his plays, but you have to make loss.
Single-Game Catch Record Kuper for 7 more yards. your plays as well." "When you lose, you lose,"
Marshall felt good about his Orton completed 29 of 41 passes Broncos coach Josh McDaniels
INDIANAPOLIS -- Brandon chances for success against the for 277 yards, two touchdowns said. "There's no moral victories
Marshall didn't enjoy his single- Colts. and an interception. He targeted in this league. We understand
game receptions record much. "I went to my receiving coach Marshall 28 times, despite heavy where we want to go. We just got
That's because his 21 grabs came [Adam Gase] before the game
i n D e n v e r ' s 2 8 - 1 6 l o s s t o and I told him, 'I think this is
"He got a lot of attention for sure,
a really close-up look of it for
four quarters."
Street Chic:
Indianapolis on Sunday. going to be the best game I've
"I believe it was one of those ever played,'" Marshall said.
games where, whenever you "Just because of the environment,
but he's such a special player
where he can beat them over the
top," Orton said. "They weren't
Colts linebacker Clint Session
seemed a bit shocked when told
how much damage Marshall
New York
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accomplish something like that, it the situation of playing the Colts. taking him away all that often, so inflicted. Blog)
definitely feels good," he said. I believe big players step up in we just kept on going." "He got 21 catches today?"
"But we have goals, and our only big games, and this was a big AFC West blog Session asked. "That's a good Submitted at 12/14/2009 4:00:00 AM

g o a l i s t o w i n g a m e s . I ' d game for us."'s Bill Williamson tribute to that guy. We knew he She's pretty in a pink, perfectly
definitely trade in a couple of Marshall had 10 catches at writes about all things AFC West was going to be a tough task to polished jacket.
those catches for a win." halftime and 15 at the end of the in his division blog. cover coming into this game. He .
Marshall surpassed the mark San third quarter. He was told he was • Blog network: NFL Nation got his, but they lost." Photo: Stylesight
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and bettered his team record of an idea of where I was," he said. Orton underthrew Marshall and Normalising the crime of the Chic Daily.
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Dallas Cowboys OLB DeMarcus Ware carted off Accenture Cuts
field with neck sprain Woods From Ads
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( The Cowboys to be too bad," said teammate his face and he's always lifting Submitted at 12/14/2009 7:41:28 AM

Submitted at 12/14/2009 9:49:33 AM

(8-5), who fell out of the NFC Terence Newman, who spoke to everybody's spirit. We'll be
East lead when Philadelphia beat Ware while he was being loaded praying for him." For six years, global consulting
Ware Will Miss At Least One the Giants late Sunday, play at 13 on the cart. "But the fact you're In October, Ware agreed to a firm Accenture PLC featured
Game Ware Will Miss At Least -0 New Orleans on Saturday taken off on a stretcher, you're $78 million, six-year contract Tiger Woods in ads designed to
One Game night and visit Washington on still always nervous." extension through the 2015 highlight the company's integrity
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Dallas Dec. 27. As Ware was being wheeled into season that included a $20 and high performance. All that
Cowboys outside linebacker Ware spent Sunday night icing the tunnel with associate trainer million signing bonus. The 27- ended Sunday; the first major
DeMarcus Ware was carted off his neck at home and had Britt Brown, he waved both his year-old Ware was in the final sponsor to cut Woods from the
the field after his head hit the hip significant soreness and swelling, hands and wiggled his feet. He year of the contract he signed ad green, reports AP. The
of San Diego Chargers right one source said. also gave a thumbs-up and made after being the 11th overall pick campaign's cut line: "Go on, be a
tackle Brandyn Dombrowski on Ware was rushing Chargers a motion with his fingers to look in the 2005 draft. Tiger." A new campaign is
Sunday. quarterback Philip Rivers with like a W. The Cowboys drafted Ware over planned for next year; the ad firm
Ware suffered a sprained neck 11:28 to play in the fourth "Nobody really wants to get hurt. Shawne Merriman, who was is Young & Rubicam.
and was taken to a local hospital quarter when his head smashed We talked at one point and he taken the next pick by the featured article:
for X-rays as a precaution. He into Dombrowski's left hip. was telling me to tell his Chargers. The two standout Normalising the crime of the
was alert and had feeling in all Ware's wife, Taniqua, rushed [teammates] when I got in [the defenders have been linked ever century by John Pilger
his extremities. The linebacker down to the field with several locker room] that he was all since. They keep in contact with
had tissue damage but nothing family members. right," Cowboys inside each other, consider each other
structural. The linebacker was moving his linebacker Bradie James said. friends, and were playing in the
"Initially, it looks like right at the arms and legs before doctors and "But we saw him moving. same regular-season game for the
base that he has a sprain," trainers came onto the field to get Anytime that you have a neck first time.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said. him. issues, or something happens to "I told him I'd call and check up
"I don't want to get into Trainers removed Ware's face your neck, it just really lets you on him," Merriman said. "It
medicine. Obviously I'm not mask before lifting him onto a know how precious life is." sounds like he's in good shape. I
qualified, but we feel very good cart. Ware leads the Cowboys with think it was just precautionary."
about everything was moving. More on the Cowboys nine sacks and 35 quarterback Ware was replaced by Victor
Everything was going. It was just Calvin Watkins and Tim pressures coming into the game. Butler.
by the nature of where it was. MacMahon have the Cowboys "We all love DeMarcus and's Tim
The doctors felt good. He's at the blanketed for obviously he's an incredible MacMahon and The Associated
hospital right now." Check in with their constantly player," Cowboys quarterback Press contributed to this story.
Later Sunday, Ware was updated coverage. Blog Tony Romo said. "But more featured article:
released from the hospital and is "The good thing is we saw him important to all of us, he's a great Normalising the crime of the
expected to miss two weeks, moving. Definitely from that guy and he's a joy to be around. century by John Pilger
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seasons, the New York Knicks Ridiculous Upside, Scott “Whereas Zac traveled in higher might look like he's not giving a "I think from everybody there's
are more or less past the point of Schroeder can’t fathom why the latitudes in mostly warm top effort, attempting to lull a frustration when you lose," Brady
surprising anyone anymore. But Knicks went with a surpassingly climates, Abby will venture cornerback into thinking he isn't said. "There's one thing that's
the franchise reached back and rusty 29-year-old instead of a D- offshore and sail down the part of the play before suddenly going to make us all feel better
delivered a stunner over the League call-up.* * * Pacific, round South America shifting into top gear. Yet and one thing only and that's to
weekend by announcing the For most who followed it, 17- and treacherous Cape Horn, then Gamble said there was little win. There's no sense of well
signing of former lottery pick year-old Zac Sunderland’s solo continue east below the deception with Moss on Sunday. being when you lose games, it's
Jonathan Bender. The sweet- circumnavigation of the globe populated continents in the wind- Instead, he was telegraphing the pretty much as simple as that.
shooting seven-footer played just aboard the 36-foot Intrepid swept and turbulent Southern Patriots' offensive intentions. "It'll be a much better feeling in
28 games over his last three provoked simple, gobsmacked Ocean — a direct but dangerous "Some of his body language let Foxborough this week. I can
seasons with the Pacers before awe. From his 16-year-old sister route around the world.” To his me know it was a run, and that's actually turn the TV on this
injuries finally forced him from Abby, it elicited a different credit, Thomas gets both the how I got a feel on when to help week. A week like last week, it's
the NBA in 2006, and he is now response — part inspiration, part “amazing adventure” and “who out on the run," he told so frustrating because everyone
attempting an out-of-nowhere sibling rivalry. In the Los lets a 16-year-old sail solo "I think if he wants to think back on the [last]
NBA return at age 29. In a Angeles Times, Pete Thomas around Cape Horn?” angles into came off the ball and had a little game ... but you're trying to move
Knicks season that’s already details the younger Sunderland’s his story. Wes Welker in him, you wouldn't forward ... you still obviously
circling the drain, Bender’s even more ambitious sailing goal. Found a good column from the know what was coming. That's have that disappointment from
comeback at the very least Abby Sunderland plans to world of sports? Don’t keep it to what I think Moss needs to do -- the week before, but you've got
provides an interesting storyline. become the youngest person to yourself — write to us at be like Wes and go hard every to move forward with what's
“If healthy, Bender fits well into sail around the world alone and and we’ll play. I'm going to respect him, ahead."
Mike D’Antoni’s system. He’s unassisted, and departs later this consider your find for inclusion and every other [defensive back] Patriots
long, versatile and can spread the month. in the Daily Fix. You can email is going to respect him if he reporter Mike Reiss contributed
floor with his shooting,” Frank “She’ll carry all provisions — David at comes off the ball hard." to this report.
Isola writes in the New York including freeze-dried food and a During Monday's radio featured article:
Daily News. “Think Danilo water desalination device — and interview, Brady also discussed Normalising the crime of the
Gallinari with two bad knees and cannot make landfall or accept the mood in the Patriots' locker century by John Pilger
that’s Bender.” assistance, beyond advice, once room last week, after the team
At the minor-league hoops blog she’s underway,” Thomas writes. had lost two straight and four
players, including Moss, were
disciplined for being late to a
Wednesday meeting.

Eagles top Giants 45-38 to take over NFC East

By Associated Press 886 total yards, which is fifth interception. He improved to 10- • Steve Smith had seven 2002.
( most in the NFL this season. 8 against the Giants in the regular receptions to give him 85 on the • Bloggers' wrapups
Submitted at 12/14/2009 6:05:01 AM
• DeSean Jackson had 178 yards season with 25 TDs and six season and break the team record • Rapid reaction
receiving and a touchdown and a interceptions. for most receptions in a single -- ESPN Stats & Information
Fast Facts 72-yard punt return for a score. • The Eagles are 5-1 against the season, a mark previously held featured article:
• The 83 total points are the most Jackson has scored eight TDs of NFC East this season and 15-5 by Amani Toomer (82 rec. in Normalising the crime of the
in the Eagles-Giants rivalry, 50 yards or more this season, against the NFC East in 2002). century by John Pilger
breaking the previous record of which tied the NFL record. December since 2000. The • Michael Vick scored
81 from Nov. 22, 1992. • Donovan McNabb threw for Giants have lost four straight consecutive rushing touchdowns
• The two teams combined for 275 yards, two TDs and an against the Eagles. for the first time since November
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Fantasy Football Wrap: Cowboys Sinking and Mindshare Wins
Marshall Law Chargers Soaring? Must Skyy Spirits
By Matt Snyder (Fanhouse (MediaPost | Media News)
Main) Be December Submitted at 12/14/2009 9:08:27 AM

Submitted at 12/13/2009 12:00:00 PM

By Nancy Gay (Fanhouse Mindshare North America has
Main) been awarded media planning,
Filed under: Sunday Wrap-Up,
NFL Value Machine Sunday Submitted at 12/13/2009 2:30:00 PM implementation and digital
Evening Wrap checks out players responsibilities for Skyy Spirits
who increased or decreased their Filed under: Chargers, Cowboys, brands, a Gruppo Campari
value during the Sunday AFC West, NFC East, NFL subsidiary. The assignment will
afternoon games. Coaching, NFL Analysis be handled by the agency's Los
Riser of the Week: It's pretty ARLINGTON, Texas -- There Angeles office. Gruppo Campari
evident the only person Kyle was no point asking Dallas coach already collaborates with
Orton trusts in his offense is Wade Phillips what he thinks Mindshare in some of its key
Brandon Marshall. Orton found about the Cowboys' latest trading territories, such as Italy,
The Broncos face the Raiders
Marshall 21 times (to set an NFL December swoon. Germany and Switzerland.
next week, which means Nnamdi
record in single-game receptions) The San Diego Chargers came featured article:
Asomugha, but Marshall had five
for 200 yards and a pair of away from Cowboys Stadium on Week 15 trip to New Orleans to Normalising the crime of the
catches for 67 yards and a
touchdowns. Orton only Sunday with a 20-17 victory, face the undefeated Saints, century by John Pilger
touchdown last time against
completed eight other passes all leaving the staggering home team followed by NFC East battles at
Oakland. Plus, he's in a much
game and many of his incomplete with consecutive losses. And that the Redskins and against the
better groove now. He was
passes were directed (read: means that Cowboys owner Jerry Eagles at home. "But there's no
superb both before and after the
forced) in Marshall's direction. Jones was the only Dallas voice doubt in my mind when we step
catch Sunday, so there's
Orton attempted 41 passes and that mattered in the aftermath. out here [in practice], we'll have
absolutely no reason to even
targeted Marshall a whopping 28 "This is a bitter pill to swallow a good week. And we'll be down
think about sitting him next
times. I'm honestly not sure I've here at home," said Jones, whose there competing to play."
week. Marshall is a WR1 again.
ever seen a quarterback so locked 8-5 team finds itself fighting for a
on one particular receiver. postseason pulse yet again, with a

Now's Not the Time for Colts to Go Easy

By Greg Couch (Fanhouse postseason, we can finally get were forced to fight to the end,
Main) those perfect 1972 Dolphins to and then won the Super Bowl.
Submitted at 12/13/2009 1:00:00 PM
shut up. And ... What about that?
What's that? Three more regular- "What you have to be careful in
Filed under: Broncos, Colts, season games? No, that can't be. doing is sometimes you try to use Despite What
NFL Analysis INDIANAPOLIS - The Colts are shutting down.
- They did it! Perfection. The Owner Jim Irsay himself told me
logic and perception," Irsay said,
"and you have to be careful that They Say, Saints
Colts beat the Broncos 28-16 that the most important thing is to
Sunday to finish the regular be healthy for that first playoff 2005 and 2007 and then lost their
you come
up with
Want It All
season a perfect 13-0. And now, game. first playoff game. In 2006, they By Terence Moore (Fanhouse
i f t h e y r o l l t h r o u g h t h e They tried shutting down in late Filed DESPITE
Main) under: Atlanta
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Saints, NFL Analysis
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ATLANTA -- It was a lie from perpetuating their lie last week,

the start. Yes, the New Orleans and that was despite Robert
Saints are obsessed with trying to Meachem becoming the latest
go undefeated. No, they won't New Orleans player to show that
say it, because they can't say it. this is one of those teams of
None of that matters, though. destiny. The No. 3 wide receiver
The truth is everywhere. turned a Washington Redskins
And the truth? The Saints wish interception into a Saints
to win every game in 2009. After touchdown with a miracle you
that, they plan to continue their really had to see to believe.
streak through February 7 of next
year -- you know, in Miami ,
where the NFL will play its final
game of the season.
Even so, the Saints kept

Preview: Heavy Rain's first full chapter

By Andrew Yoon (Joystiq) playing Heavy Rain, the first of the game to explain is its
Submitted at 12/14/2009 1:00:00 PM
question that generally pops up integration of inaction. You are
is, "Is it anything but a series of oftengiven the opportunity to do
While Heavy Rain attempts to Q u i c k - T i m e E v e n t s ? " T h e nothing -- and counter to your
welcome both serious and more problem with that question is that intuition, that can be the most
casual players, it's clear that it inherently assumes that a QTE satisfying option to pursue.
many will find the unique necessitates a lack of player Gallery: Heavy Rain: The
controls and the story's slow burn control. While it's true that the Origami Killer
a bit too jarring, unconventional, majority of player input is done Continue reading Preview:
and even boring. Sony has via on-screen indicators, to Heavy Rain's first full chapter
a l r e a d y r e l e a s e d s o m u c h simply call them quick-time Preview: Heavy Rain's first full
(arguably too much) footage of events is a bit derogatory, chapter originally appeared on
Quantic Dream's adventure, and ignoring the innovations that Joystiq on Mon, 14 Dec 2009
chances are that you've already developer Quantic Dream has 13:00:00 EST. Please see our
passed judgment on the title. made. Not all actions require while transitioning to a third. with each QTE trying to simulate terms for use of feeds.
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hopes that you want to like the most of the commands involve a will use a combination of various However, variety is not Heavy
experience. Why? It is -- at its very deliberate pace: you may inputs. There are many ways of Rain's greatest innovation.
core -- a role-playing game. need to move the analog stick interfacing with the controller, Perhaps the most difficult aspect
When people find out I've been slowly, or hold down two buttons
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Army of Two: The 40th

Day demo coming in
less than 40 days
By Griffin McElroy (Joystiq) eye out for the strange interaction
Submitted at 12/14/2009 12:30:00 PM
between the game's two beefy
protagonists. What is that? It's
Actually, according to the EA like ... the future of fist-bumping
press release we just received, the technology. The forearm-bump.
demo for Army of Two: The 40th More subtle, yet still triumphant.
D a y w i l l b e r e l e a s e d i n Less aggressive, but still dripping
significantly less than 40 days. with bravado. An alternative
It'll arrive on the PSN and Xbox m a n l y s a l u t a t i o n o r
Live Marketplace on December c o n g r a t u l a t i o n f o r t h e
17, and the PSP demo will drop gentleman's mercenary. Study the
on January 7 (January 14 in technique, friends. This thing's
Europe). The preview will allow gonna catch on like wildfire.
players to get a sneak peek at Army of Two: The 40th Day
most of the game's first level, demo coming in less than 40
Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands which takes place in Shanghai -- days originally appeared on
but you know what? None of that Joystiq on Mon, 14 Dec 2009
is important. What is important is 12:30:00 EST. Please see our
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the halfway mark, and keep an
By James Ransom-Wiley of Time game and its sequel, revisited) elements in the game
(Joystiq) Warrior Within. and the return of a familiar voice.
Submitted at 12/14/2009 12:00:00 PM
Clearly, Ubisoft has positioned Continue reading Prince of
the next game to piggyback on Persia: The Forgotten Sands fills
During a recent Ubisoft preview the Bruckheimer blockbuster and in gaps before Warrior Within;
event, Michael McIntyre, director ideally generate renewed sales new details revealed in developer
of level design for Prince of for the brand (which under interview
Persia: The Forgotten Sands, performed in its 2008 iteration). Prince of Persia: The Forgotten
talked to Joystiq about the new Forgotten Sands is also an Sands fills in gaps before Warrior
s e q u e l t o t h e o l d t r i l o g y , opportunity for Ubisoft to finally Within; new details revealed in
establishing its connection to the justify the Prince's remarkable developer interview originally
Sands of Time game series and transformation from carefree appeared on Joystiq on Mon, 14
the Bruckheimer film. The hero to brooding, emo warrior. Dec 2009 12:00:00 EST. Please
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AP Enterprise: Gaps
Lily Cole on The Imaginarium of Doctor in DNA banks lead
Parnassus to tragedy (AP)
(Yahoo! News: U.S. News)
By (ELLE News of the greatest actors of our age. for acting?
Blog) It’s a wonderful place to be and I think it prepared me for being Submitted at 12/14/2009 8:27:39 AM

Submitted at 12/14/2009 8:51:10 AM

also a scary place to be. on a film set and having a MADISON, Wis. – During what
What was the atmosphere like on hundred people in a room police say was a 20-year killing
It’s impossible to take one’s eyes set after Heath Ledger passed watching you and having spree in Milwaukee, Walter Ellis
off catwalk darling Lily Cole in away and Colin Farrell, Johnny cameras on you and not being left his DNA behind all along the
The Imaginarium of Doctor Depp, and Jude Law took over self-conscious and being way — everywhere but the one
Parnassus, Terry Gilliam’s trippy his role? confident enough to take on such place where it might have saved a
fantasy film, which hits theaters It was very sad, but also lovely a proposition. It gave me a lot of life.
December 25. The Pre- to see everyone again. There was tools that allowed me to not be Ellis should have given a DNA
Raphaelite beauty, who plays the a sense of unity and everyone too terrified by the prospect of sample to the state crime
teen daughter of the title really was so grief-stricken and acting. databank during a prison stint in
character—the leader of a really loved Heath and came Do you have any other film the early part of this decade, but
travelling theater troupe who back together in a beautiful and projects lined up? he had another inmate pose as
wins immortality through a loving way to try and finish the I’m starting a film next year with him, authorities say. As a result,
bargain with the devil—recently film, so it was a strange mixture. Mary Harron. It’s based on a when analysts tried to identify
chatted with us about her first Is acting a long-term goal? Rachel Klein book called The DNA in bodily fluids from one of
major role, her Cambridge I’m going to see what’s offered Moth Diaries. My character is the slayings back in 2003, no
studies, and upcoming acting to me. I’m definitely more innovative changes—Leonardo accused of being a vampire matches turned up.
projects. interested in acting than da Vinci and Albrecht Dürer, if throughout it, so it’s kind of Investigators didn't connect Ellis
—Erin Clements modeling and if I’m lucky I’ll you look back hundreds of years. ambiguously a vampire story, but to the crimes until this fall, when
What attracted you to Parnassus? keep pursuing that path and keep And then a lot of 20th-century it’s also about the narrator’s they seized genetic material from
I love fantasy films, but it was finding these interesting projects. artists—De Kooning, Eva Hesse, psychological obsession with his toothbrush. By then, it was
more that the script was At the same time, I’m studying Newman, Picasso, Gerhard another girl. too late for the woman police say
incredibly fascinating. I met the history of art right now [at Richter. What’s the best and worst advice was Ellis' seventh and final
Terry Gilliam and he was such an Cambridge] and the world’s got Has it been difficult juggling you’ve gotten? victim.
unusual, brilliant person. I’d seen vast possibilities. I’m not hell- school with modeling? The best is probably to stay true "If they would have got his DNA
Brazil and Fear and Loathing in bent on one particular path. I never get sick of school—well, to yourself and pursue the when they were supposed to get
Las Vegas, and was very excited What led you to study art? I hardly ever got sick of school, impossible. The worst it, maybe my cousin would still
to have the opportunity to work Wanting to know and appreciate and I hardly ever get sick of advice—did you hear about the be here," said Sarah Stokes,
with him. the greatest influences in visual modeling. But I’m sure I’d get Kate Moss scandal?—I know she whose cousin, 28-year-old
If you could have any culture over the last 2,000 years. sick of both if I’d just committed was joking, but “Nothing tastes prostitute Ouithreaun Stokes, was
superpower, what would it be? It’s an inspiring subject and it to one entirely. as good as being skinny.” found beaten and strangled in an
To fly. doesn’t seem at odds with Who are your favorite fashion Photo: Getty Images abandoned rooming house in
What was it like working with filmmaking these days, which is designers? 2007.
veteran actors like Christopher a technologically developed way Jean-Paul Gaultier, Noir, An Associated Press review
Plummer? of expressing creativity. Alexander McQueen, Chanel, a found tens of thousands of DNA
It was intimidating but very Do you have a favorite artist? lot of the French designers. samples are missing from state
inspiring to be up against some I love artists who make How did modeling prepare you databanks across the country
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Ground search for 2 missing Ore. climbers halted (AP)

(Yahoo! News: U.S. News) area, and will examine photos time," Strovink said of the Mount Hood is a popular site "It's exciting and fun when your
Submitted at 12/14/2009 8:31:35 AM
taken from Sunday's aerial photographs. among climbers in the United testing yourself against the power
search. The final frames of the photos States. In 25 years, it has been of nature," Whittaker said in an
GOVERNMENT CAMP, Ore. – Authorities say they have not appeared to show that the the site of dozens of climbing interview from his home in Port
Rescuers on Mount Hood who given up hope that Anthony climbers were at the 10,000-foot accidents and fatalities. The Townsend, Wash. "But you've
have recovered the body of one Vietti, 24, of Longview, Wash., level, not too far from the worst on record happened in May got to know what you're doing;
climber say "time is critical" in and Katie Nolan, 29, of Portland, summit, Erik Broms, a Portland 1986 when nine people — seven you've got to be prepared."
the hunt for his two companions, could still be found alive, calling Mountain Rescue team leader, students from Oregon Episcopal Republican John Lim, a former
but all but ruled out a ground them experienced climbers. But told the Oregonian newspaper for School and two adults — died legislator who's running for
search for them Monday because rescuers were mindful that "time Monday editions. after they dug a snow cave governor, said Sunday he plans
the risks of an avalanche on is critical now," Strovink said Steve Rollins, another Portland during a sudden storm. to keep pushing for a state law to
Oregon's tallest peak were too Sunday. Mountain Rescue leader, told the The latest search, which comes require mountaineers to carry
great. Mountaineers found the body of newspaper that rescuers believe almost exactly three years after electronic locator devices when
The search crews are hoping for t h e i r c o m p a n i o n , L u k e T . the missing climbers could still another trio of experienced they head for the summit of
a break in the foul weather by Gullberg, 26, of Des Moines, be alive, saying that details from climbers died on Mount Hood Mount Hood.
midday Monday to see if they Wash., on Saturday. the photos led them to believe during a December 2006 Many rescuers and mountaineers
can mount another aerial search. The three mountaineers had that Vietti and Nolan have blizzard, has generated heated oppose such a requirement,
"They can't take to the hill begun their ascent on the west survival equipment with them. debate among some about the saying it would create a false
because the avalanche danger is side of the mountain about 1 a.m. Relatives of the three climbers wisdom of tackling the mountain sense of security and prompt
e x t r e m e , m o r e s o t h a n Friday and were due back late were gathered at Timberline during the winter, a season when some climbers to take risks they
yesterday," said Detective Jim that afternoon, but failed to Lodge, a ski lodge on Mount brutal storms can move in otherwise would avoid.
Strovink of the Clackamas return. On Saturday, crews found Hood and a staging area for the quickly. In the latest case, the three
County sheriff's office. Gullberg's body on a glacier. A rescuers, to await more news. In an online discussion for climbers did not have a radio
Risk of an avalanche prevented f o r e n s i c e x a m i n a t i o n w a s The climbers met through church c l i m b e r s a t locator beacon but they did have
teams of rescuers from searching planned. No details were released activities, said Dennis Simons, a, a cell phone that was briefly
the mountain on foot Sunday. An on how he died or the condition nondenominational volunteer some said it's irresponsible even activated as they were preparing
overnight storm dumped seven of the body. chaplain for the police and fire for experienced climbers to take to begin their ascent.
inches of snow on the daunting His equipment also was found departments in nearby Sandy. on Mount Hood during the winter ___
11,249-foot mountain, raising the scattered around the glacier, Simons said the experience of while others said the challenge of Associated Press Writer Brad
avalanche danger. Forecasters including a camera with at least Nolan and Vietti also was giving winter mountaineering is what Cain contributed to this report
expect another storm to sweep in 20 photos of the climbers. Crews their relatives hope. He said brings them to Mount Hood. from Salem, Ore.
late Monday afternoon, dropping have looked over the photos for Nolan had made the summit of Veteran climber Jim Whittaker, featured article:
12 to 18 inches of snow on landmarks and other clues to the other Cascade Range peaks, and the first American to conquer Normalising the crime of the
Mount Hood. location of the two missing the three had climbed together Mount Everest, said he century by John Pilger
Rescuers held out the possibility climbers. before. "They know how to understands why climbers like
a helicopter could lower a rescuer " I t l o o k e d l i k e t h e y w e r e survive in the snow," Simons the challenge of tackling Mount
to inspect the immediate search confident and having a good said. Hood in the winter.
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because they were never taken or The case against Ellis, who is set gotten to me or gotten to any of charts to sheriff's departments to
Helicopter Search For
were lost. The missing evidence to go trial this spring, prompted the others," said Cunningham, help them keep things straight. Signs of Climbers
— combined with big backlogs at an audit in Wisconsin that found now 25. "It's scary how many Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle has (
the nation's crime labs that result 12,000 convict samples are more people are going to be blamed his state's missing DNA,
Submitted at 12/14/2009 9:28:14 AM
in DNA samples sitting on missing. The AP review further victimized because their attackers in part, on confusion over the
shelves for years without being found that Illinois failed to get aren't going to be caught. And it laws during the early days and no Rescuers in Oregon launched an
analyzed and entered into the DNA from about 50,000 would be so easy for them to be clear idea of who was in charge. all-out helicopter search Monday
databanks — is preventing offenders, Colorado from 2,000, caught if they could make the Roughly half the states have for two missing hikers on Mount
investigators from cracking and Virginia from about 8,400. matches." some cross-check between their Hood as bad weather and
untold numbers of cases. And Exactly how many samples are Patton is now serving a 68-year labs and prison systems to ensure avalanche danger ruled out the
some of those gaps have had missing across the country is prison sentence. everyone who owes a sample has possibility of a ground search.
tragic consequences. unknown. The National Institute State databanks contain given it, the AP found. For The Civil Air Patrol, the Oregon
"If you got missing samples, of Justice estimated in 2003 that hundreds of thousands of example, Michigan DNA Army National Guard and the
some of those people are out offenders owed up to 1 million samples. The FBI's national administrators and state prison U.S. Coast Guard are using aerial
there raping your wives and uncollected samples and as many database, built with states' officials compare information surveillance to produce high
abducting and murdering your as 300,000 samples may be uploads, held 7.4 million as of annually. Virginia requires that it resolution photo images to
children this week," said former waiting for processing. The September. be done quarterly. But half the examine any trace of the missing
Charlottesville, Va., police Capt. backlog grew to about 450,000 Over the past 15 years, tough-on states have no such procedures. climbers.
J.E. Harding, who helped by 2008. The institute had no -crime legislators expanded laws Robyn Quinn, Delaware's DNA Rescuers are hoping that the
uncover missing samples in that updated estimate of uncollected to require DNA from more database administrator, said she climbers — 24-year-old Anthony
state during a search for a serial samples. offenders. First it was sex is sure her state is missing DNA, Vietti and 29-year-old Katie
rapist. At least 13 states are dealing offenders. Today, 47 states but has no idea how much, citing Nolan — will hear the helicopter
Crime lab supervisors, state with more samples than they can demand DNA from every lack of communication between flying over and send a signal that
police and prison officials blame handle. Kansas, for example, has convicted felon. Twenty-one take her office and the Corrections they're alive.
the failure to collect samples on nearly 40,000 on its crime lab it from anyone arrested for Department. The body of their companion, 26
new and confusing laws and a shelves, waiting for upload. homicide or a sex crime, "The other end is a black hole for -year-old Luke T. Gullberg of
lack of coordination among the Police in Columbus, Ohio, say according to Gordon Thomas me. We have no way of getting Des Moines, Wash., was found
many different law enforcement Robert N. Patton Jr. committed Honeywell. into their system to see who is Saturday on the glacier at the
agencies and institutions 37 rapes over a decade and a half. Generally, prison officials supposed to be collected," she 9,000-feet level.
responsible for taking DNA. As with Ellis in Milwaukee, he collect DNA from inmates as said. "I am waiting for something The three had begun their ascent
"I would just about guarantee you could have been stopped earlier. they enter the institution, often by to hit the fan, if you will." on the west side of the mountain
every state has an issue with Patton had submitted his DNA swabbing the prisoner's mouth. ___ about 1 a.m. Friday and were due
this," said Lisa Hurst, who tracks in 2001 while behind bars for Local police, sheriff's Associated Press writers Robert back that afternoon, but failed to
DNA convictions for Gordon burglary, but it was not entered departments or probation officers Imrie contributed from Wausau, return.
Thomas Honeywell, an into the database until 2004, two are also supposed to take Wis., and Carrie Antlfinger from Gullberg's equipment also was
organization that lobbies on days before he climbed through samples. That means a profusion Milwaukee. found scattered around the
public safety and biotechnology an apartment window and raped of collection points. featured article: glacier, including a camera with
issues. Diana Cunningham. Police say But the laws are so fluid that the Normalising the crime of the at least 20 photos of the climbers.
The AP review found 27 states he attacked 13 women in all after agencies responsible for century by John Pilger Crews have looked over the
either failed to collect some DNA supplying his DNA. collecting DNA struggle to track photos for landmarks and other
samples or are unable to say If Patton's genetic material "had which offenders owe samples, clues to the location of the two
whether they took one from been processed in a timely authorities say. The New Mexico missing climbers — Vietti, of
every offender who owes one. fashion, he never would have lab has taken to sending wall
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Longview, Wash., and Nolan, of climbers had a shovel, which for Christian causes. c l i m b e r s a t
Portland. could be used to build a snow Simons said the experience of, some said
"It looked like they were cave to keep them out of the Nolan and Vietti also was giving it's irresponsible even for
confident and having a good elements. But, he said, "They their relatives hope. He said experienced climbers to take on
time," Jim Strovink, spokesman were well equipped otherwise." Nolan had made the summit of Mount Hood during the winter
for the Clackamas County The Oregonian newspaper other Cascade Range peaks, and while others said the challenge of
sheriff, said of the photographs. reported Sunday that Gullberg the three had climbed together winter mountaineering is what
Rescuers had to bring in a was a sales clerk at the outdoor before. "They know how to brings them to Mount Hood.
helicopter and airplanes to retailer and cooperative REI in survive in the snow," Simons Veteran climber Jim Whittaker,
conduct the search over the Tukwila, Wash., and he studied said. the first American to conquer
weekend because new snow had writing and English at Central Mount Hood is a popular site Mount Everest, said he
created avalanche dangers for Washington University. among climbers in the United understands why climbers like
crews working on foot. "He was very adventurous," States. In 25 years, it has been the challenge of tackling Mount
Skies had cleared Sunday Stacy Cleveland, his cousin, told the site of dozens of climbing Hood in the winter.
morning, but the weather the newspaper. "He did a lot of accidents and fatalities. The "It's exciting and fun when your
worsened again Monday. hiking and climbing and things a worst on record happened in May testing yourself against the power
SLIDESHOW: Missing lot us would never attempt." 1986 when nine people — seven of nature," Whittaker said in an
Climbers on Mount Hood Relatives of the three climbers students from Oregon Episcopal interview from his home in Port
After eight inches of snow fell were gathered at Timberline School and two adults — died Townsend, Wash. "But you've
on the 11,249-foot mountain Lodge, a ski lodge on the flank of after they dug a snow cave got to know what you're doing;
overnight Saturday, avalanche Mount Hood and a staging area during a sudden storm. you've got to be prepared."
dangers in the higher elevations for the rescuers, to await more The latest search, which comes Click here for the latest news
Sunday made a rescue mission on news. They were comforted by almost exactly three years after from KPTV Fox.
foot too risky. Dennis Simons, a another trio of experienced featured article:
"Nobody is going to want to nondenominational volunteer climbers died on Mount Hood Normalising the crime of the
tromp around in that snow," said chaplain for the police and fire during a December 2006 century by John Pilger
Steve Rollins, a Portland departments in nearby Sandy. blizzard, has generated heated
Mountain Rescue leader. "They are grieving and hoping," debate among some about the
Still, officials had not given up he said. wisdom of tackling the mountain
hope that Nolan and Vietti could The three climbers, all during the winter, a season when
still be found alive, calling them Christians, met through church brutal storms can move in
experienced climbers. Strovink activities, Simons said, and quickly.
said he didn't believe the Nolan has traveled extensively In an online discussion for
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Nev. brothel aims to offer 1st male prostitutes Husband of Missing
(AP) Utah Mom Again
(Yahoo! News: U.S. News) frequent cervical testing for DeMeo, who serves as a voting going to give me some heartburn
Submitted at 12/14/2009 8:25:02 AM
Submitted at 12/14/2009 5:11:48 AM
sexually transmitted diseases. member of both a county health over this," Flint said in a
The health board approved a commission and a board that telephone interview after Utah police are planning a
LAS VEGAS – The owner of a regulation to allow urethral oversees alcohol, gambling and appearing before the state Health second interview Monday with
brothel more than two hours' testing for men — a crucial rule brothel licenses. Board in Carson City on Friday the husband of a woman whose
drive from Las Vegas said she change by the state agency with "The ramifications of this are to endorse the Shady Lady disappearance has been called
hopes to hire Nevada's first legal ultimate power over whether going to be statewide," he said. proposal. "highly suspicious."
male prostitutes within a month, prostitutes can or can't work. "We're going to have to deal with "But I think it's an inevitability," West Valley City Police Capt.
now that state health officials For more than 25 years, no it at our other six brothels in Nye he added, "and the brothel Tom McLachlan told
have approved a method to test licensed female prostitute in County if they want to offer the association has reluctantly agreed that authorities
men for infectious diseases. Nevada has contracted HIV, the same service. We want to make to support this as a test." plan to re-question the husband
The world is ready for women, virus that causes AIDS, said sure we protect customers and Davis said she wants to add two of 28-year-old Susan Powell, the
or even other men, to legally buy George Flint, a Reno wedding make sure the industry is men to the three women she mother of two young children
sex, said Shady Lady Ranch chapel owner and longtime regulated with clarity and currently has living and working who was reported missing Dec. 6
owner Bobbi Davis. Plus, being lobbyist for the Nevada Brothel understanding." at her compound of trailers off from a Salt Lake City suburb.
the first to offer male service Owners Association. Prostitution has been legal in U.S. 95 about 150 miles Powell's husband, Josh, had
could boost business in tough "My concern is that we continue rural Nevada counties since 1971 northwest of Las Vegas. previously told police he left his
economic times, she said. to maintain that kind of record," under strict state health board She said the women usually wife and took his boys, ages 2
"With so many other male revues he said. oversight but is against the law in charge about $300 per hour for and 4, on a camping trip around
going on in Vegas, we thought it Davis, Flint and Nye County the Las Vegas and Reno areas. the five to 20 customers who midnight on Dec. 6 in
was time to give this a try," Sheriff Tony DeMeo all Flint said he feared the idea of visit on any given night. subfreezing temperatures. Police
Davis told The Associated Press. acknowledged Friday that Davis male prostitutes serving male "We don't know how to structure said he told them that they slept
Until now, men have been still needs county approval to clients could spur a legislative the men's pricing yet," Davis in a van and returned home
effectively barred from legally become the first of the state's 24 backlash. He said he works to said. Tuesday evening.
plying the world's oldest legal brothels to offer a lineup of make the brothel industry featured article: But authorities said that they
profession in Nevada by the men. socially acceptable to both Normalising the crime of the
specificity of a state health law "We're going to look at it. We libertarians and conservatives. century by John Pilger POLICE page 79
requiring prostitutes to undergo have some concerns," said "I think the Legislature is really

Britons' Guantanamo case rejected

(BBC News | Americas | to take up an appeal by the four. The four men were captured in interrupted, their beards shaved But the Obama administration
World Edition) Shafiq Rasul, Asif Iqbal, Rhuhel Afghanistan in 2001 and off, and that at one point a guard had opposed the appeal, saying
Submitted at 12/14/2009 9:17:55 AM
Ahmed and Jamal al-Harith said transferred to the detention centre threw a copy of the Koran into a further review of the case was
they were the victims of torture at Guantanamo Bay in early toilet. unwarranted.
Four British former Guantanamo and religious abuse during 2002. They were freed in 2004. In their appeal, their lawyers Print Sponsor
Bay prisoners have failed in their detention. 'Unique opportunity' said: "This case presents a unique featured article:
bid to bring legal action against Lower courts had already thrown Their lawsuit alleged that they and compelling opportunity for Normalising the crime of the
leading members of the Bush out the claims against former were beaten and threatened by this court to affirm that torture at century by John Pilger
administration. Defence Secretary Donald dogs during their captivity. Guantanamo was a violation of
The US Supreme Court refused Rumsfeld and 10 other officials. It also alleged their prayers were fundamental rights."
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haven't been able to verify the Shelby Gifford, a spokeswoman

(BBC News | Americas | basis for it... They were out The BBC's Tehran camping trip because snow had for Powell's family, told The
World Edition) hiking and unfortunately, correspondent, Jon Leyne, in covered the site at Simpson Associated Press Sunday that
Submitted at 12/14/2009 8:50:01 AM
apparently, allegedly walked London, says Iran's latest move Springs on the historic Pony there's an overriding feeling of
across an unmarked boundary." could be seen by Washington as Express Trail in Utah's West helplessness.
US Secretary of State Hillary 'Deliberate provocation' a deliberate provocation. Desert. "It's really difficult not to have an
Clinton has called on Tehran to Mr Mottaki earlier told a news The three hikers are all friends Powell's father, meanwhile, idea of where she is so that we
free three US citizens who conference that "interrogation of who attended the prestigious pleaded for her safe return can even concentrate our search
crossed into Iran while hiking in the three Americans who have University of California, Monday, calling the someplace."
Iraq. illegally entered Iran with Berkeley. circumstances surrounding her She said that Powell's children
She was speaking after Iranian suspicious aims is ongoing". Shane Bauer, 27, is a freelance disappearance odd and stating are weathering the ordeal.
Foreign Minister Manouchehr "They will be put on trial by the journalist and photographer, who that his daughter may have been "The family is making a huge
Mottaki said the three would judiciary and rulings will be specialises in reporting on the taken out of the state. effort just to insulate them from
stand trial, although he did not made," he said in comments Middle East and the Darfur • Click here for video. ... the stress and trauma of all of
specify on which charges. broadcast on state television. region of Sudan. He lives in "There's no way that my daughter this and they seem to be holding
Mrs Clinton said that any The three Americans were Damascus with Sarah Shourd, would leave her children or leave up all right."
charges would be unfounded. seized by Iranian border guards 31, a teacher and writer. her home under the Many of her family members
Shane Bauer, Sarah Shourd and on 31 July near the town of Josh Fattal, 27, an circumstances that they found — and friends were fasting, praying
Josh Fattal were detained in July Marivan, and are being held in environmentalist and teacher, had leaving her purse and cell phone and resting Sunday, said Damon
and have been accused of illegal Tehran's Evin prison. travelled to Damascus in the and keys behind," Powell's Talbot, president of the nonprofit
entry. Swiss diplomats - who represent summer to join them for the father, Chuck Cox, said Monday Destiny Search Project. Talbot
Iranian officials have also US interests in Iran, with whom hiking holiday. in an interview with Fox News. helps maintain a Facebook page
previously alleged the trio were the US has no formal diplomatic He reportedly posted a Facebook "Given the oddness of the for Susan Powell that was created
spying. relations - were allowed to meet entry on 17 July, saying that he disappearance and that no one by her best friend, Kiirsi
Their families say they strayed the trio in late September for the was in the Middle East and seems to have any idea where she Hellewell in West Valley City.
across the border accidentally. first time since their arrest. planning a trip to Kurdistan. may be, I believe it's possible she Hellewell had nothing new to
Mrs Clinton said: "We appeal to Their families say the spying Print Sponsor may have been taken out of state report Sunday afternoon.
the Iranian leadership to release allegations are "entirely at odds featured article:or out of the area," he said. "It's still a missing-person case.
these three young people and free with the people Shane, Sarah and Normalising the crime of the "If she were able to contact us, We don't have any information or
them as soon as possible. Josh are and with anything that century by John Pilger she would," he added. fact to move it from that
"We consider this a totally Iran can have learned about them McLachlan said 30 detectives classification," McLachlan said.
unfounded charge. There is no since they were detained". have been working on the case "But it is very suspicious to us,
and several of them were on duty given the circumstances."
Chilean tycoon wins first round Sunday, fielding any tips or leads
they can get from family and
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(BBC News | Americas | 44% of votes, with the count left rule. friends. featured article:
World Edition) almost complete, below the 50% Mr Frei, 67, is seeking his Powell disappeared without Normalising the crime of the
Submitted at 12/13/2009 7:54:05 PM
required for victory. second term as president after an taking her purse or cell phone or century by John Pilger
He will now face centre-left absence of 10 years. other items "that you would
Centre-right candidate Sebastian candidate Eduardo Frei, a former Around eight million Chileans n o r m a l l y a s s o c i a t e w i t h
Pinera has won the first round of president himself, in a second have been voting in the election. somebody leaving the house," he
Chile's presidential election, but round in January. Mr Pinera, 60, owns a television said.
without the majority needed to A victory for Mr Pinera would channel, a stake in Chile's most
avoid a run-off. put conservatives back in power CHILEAN page 80
The billionaire businessman has in Chile after 20 years of centre-
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successful football club and has He says Chile needs a new face
(BBC News | Americas | the sale. Advisors. millions of dollars in and new ideas in the presidential
World Edition) Payback time 'Fat cat' meeting investments. palace, after two decades of the
Submitted at 12/14/2009 7:16:26 AM
Nearly 700 banks were assisted Later on Monday, President He has campaigned on a tough same coalition.
by Tarp, and most were quick to Obama will meet top banking law-and-order ticket and has also The fourth candidate was Jorge
Citigroup has said it will repay repay the bail-out money because executives, including those from vowed to use his business know- Arrate, a veteran Socialist who
$20bn of US bail-out funding, it came with restrictions such as Citigroup. how to reactivate the economy, has the support of Chile's
marking the bank's exit from the caps on executive pay and He will ask them to support his promising Chileans an annual Communist Party.
US government's Troubled Asset dividends. efforts to tighten regulation on growth rate of 6% for the next Mr Enriquez-Ominami polled
Relief Program (Tarp). Last week Bank of America paid the financial industry and to four years. 20%, with Mr Arrate on 6%.
Citigroup is the last of the big back its $45bn Tarp funding. boost lending to small The BBC's Gideon Long in If Mr Pinera is successful, it will
US banks to leave the support Now the only national bank businesses. Santiago says a victory for Mr mark the first time in 51 years
mechanism. It will issue $17bn in remaining with the programme is The meeting could well prove Pinera would give Chile its first that the conservatives have taken
new shares to help finance the Wells Fargo. tense after the president referred conservative government since power in Chile via the ballot box.
move. The US Treasury said it was to bankers as "fat cats" in a TV 1990, when strongman Gen Are you in Chile? What outcome
Theoretically, it means it can pleased Citigroup was moving interview on Sunday. Augusto Pinochet finally are you hoping for? How
now avoid pay restrictions on its forward with plans to repay the In its statement, though, relinquished power. important is this election for the
top 100 employees. money. Citigroup struck a conciliatory This is the second time Mr country? Send us your comments
The bank said it owed American "While much work lies ahead to tone, saying it recognised "our Pinera has run for the presidency using the form below.
taxpayers "a debt of gratitude". improve lending and spur job obligation to support the at the head of a centre-right The BBC may edit your
Citigroup received $45bn in creation, today's announcement economic recovery through coalition. comments and not all emails will
government support but only has by Citigroup takes us another lending and assistance to In 2006, he lost to the extremely be published. Your comments
to pay back $20bn as the US step in the right direction." homeowners and other borrowers popular outgoing Socialist may be published on any BBC
government converted the rest Analysts noted that, like other in need". president, Michelle Bachelet. media worldwide.
into a stake in the company. It banks repaying the government, Print Sponsor But under the constitution she Print Sponsor
owns 34% of the bank. Citigroup is still subject to US featured article: cannot stand for re-election, and featured article:
The government says it plans to regulation and pressure. Normalising the crime of the her candidate, Mr Frei, is Normalising the crime of the
sell these shares within the next "They're still in the government's century by John Pilger struggling to emulate her century by John Pilger
year. The US Treasury estimates embrace. It's just not a bear hug popularity.
that taxpayers could ultimately n o w , " s a i d A n t o n S c h u t z , The third candidate was Marco
see a profit of $13bn-$14bn from president of Mendon Capital Enriquez-Ominami, a 36-year-
old independent who has
emerged from nowhere and split
the centre-left vote.
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A Nasa satellite designed to
uncover hidden cosmic objects Abu Dhabi is providing $10bn in
has blasted off from California. funding to bail out its fellow
The Wide-field Infrared Survey emirate Dubai, enabling it to
Explorer (Wise) blasted off from settle a $4.1bn sukuk or Islamic
Vandenberg Air Force Base on a bond owed by troubled developer
Delta II rocket just after 1409 Nakheel due on Monday, the
GMT. official news agency said.
It will pick up the glow of The government of Dubai said in
hundreds of millions of a statement that the remaining
astronomical bodies. funds would be used for interest
The probe is expected to uncover payments and working capital
objects that have never seen until April 30 next year on the
before, including some of the Nasa's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Herschel Space Observatory. many hundreds. condition that Dubai World, a
coolest stars and the most (JPL) in California. This mission is different from This could double or triple the heavily indebted state-owned
luminous galaxies. Sky scanner those others in that it will survey number of star-like objects c o n g l o m e r a t e , r e a c h e d a
The $320m mission will do this The satellite will also have a role the entire sky. known within 25 light-years of standstill agreement on the
by scanning the entire sky in in planetary protection: Wise will It is designed to cast a wide net Earth. remaining portion of $26bn in
infrared light with a sensitivity be able to detect some of the to catch a variety of objects of The spacecraft will spend a distressed debts.
hundreds of times greater than darkest near-Earth asteroids and interest. m o n t h c h e c k i n g o u t i t s The funds would also be used to
ever before. comets. Wise will target dim objects i n s t r u m e n t s . meet the needs of existing trade
Viewing the sky with "infrared This would help efforts to called brown dwarfs. These are Print Sponsor creditors and contractors, the
glasses" can lift a veil on many determine whether any of these effectively failed stars, which featured article: government said.
objects that are not visible to the objects could strike Earth in the have not gathered up enough Normalising the crime of the People close to Nakheel say it
naked eye. near future. mass to ignite. century by John Pilger owes as much as Dh11bn ($3bn)
"All systems are looking good, Wise joins two other infrared Brown dwarfs are cool and faint, to contractors even after agreeing
and we are on our way to seeing missions in space: Nasa's Spitzer and nearly impossible to see in cuts of about 25 per cent with
the entire infrared sky better than Space Telescope and the visible light. Mission scientists some suppliers in the spring.
ever before," said William Irace, European Space Agency's expect the spacecraft to uncover Cash flow has dried up as
the mission's project manager at property prices in Dubai have
Regional debt and equity
markets reacted positively to the
news that Abu Dhabi was coming
to the aid of its embattled
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Dubai : Saving the day agrees $41bn XTO
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analysis) Just as every film-goer knows routed through the UAE’s central with its owns laws, written in Energy takeover
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saved in the end, so Dubai’s billion lent in November through law principles. The judges homepage)
Dubai creditors had long assumed that two commercial banks partly include one who formerly sat in
Dec 14th 2009 the emirate would be saved by its owned by the Abu Dhabi the High Court of England and Submitted at 12/14/2009 8:36:05 AM

From Abu oil-rich neighbour. But the government. Wales and a Singaporean who ExxonMobil, the world’s biggest
Dhabi rescues Dubai after all s t a n d s t i l l a n n o u n c e d o n Even now, Dubai’s creditors previously served on his publicly listed oil company,
DUBAI, one of seven members November 25th departed from cannot expect every claim to be country's Supreme Court. They announced on Monday a $41bn
of the United Arab Emirates this script, creating genuine redeemed in full. The money left will apply DIFC law, with some acquisition of XTO Energy that
(UAE), is now in the middle of suspense. over after the Nakheel sukuk is tweaks, including a provision to gives it a strong position in the
its international film festival, Investors knew Abu Dhabi could repaid will go to Dubai World’s allow for an automatic stay on huge onshore US natural gas play
which includes “City of Life”, a not let its neighbour fail without suppliers and contractors, who creditors’ claims. and sets out a strategic focus for
film set in Dubai and directed by damaging its own economic endured a standstill on payments Their expertise will not be a cleaner-energy future.
a local. But the most gripping interests. They assumed that Abu long before the company asked needed if Dubai World’s Following the completion of the
cliff-hanger is playing out in Dhabi knew this too. Therefore the same of its creditors. The creditors now come to terms. The deal, Exxon said it will establish
D u b a i ’ s d e b t m a r k e t s . O n when it let Dubai walk to the money will service Dubai chances are good that they will. a new organisation to manage
Monday December 14th Abu edge, it was deeply unsettling. World’s other debts only if the The shock they have suffered global development and
Dhabi, the wealthiest member of Either Abu Dhabi's policymakers group is “successful in over the past three weeks may production of unconventional
the UAE, arrived on the scene at did not know the damage this negotiating a standstill as have softened them up. And the resources, enabling the rapid
the last moment to rescue its would do, or they did not care. previously announced,” the underlying case for a development and deployment of
neighbour from the brink of The announcement on Monday statement says. restructuring of Dubai’s debts technologies and operating
default. suggests that Abu Dhabi did care. If those negotiations falter, has some merit, even if the practices to increase production.
It provided $10 billion to It just did not anticipate quite Dubai World’s fate will be government has so far handled it Unconventional resources
Dubai’s government, more than how badly creditors would react. governed by a brand new abysmally. Dubai, one might say, include gas contained in shale
enough to repay the $4.1 billion Nakheel’s creditors can now be “reorganisation law”, unveiled on has had one life. Now it must rock, tightly compressed sands,
due on Monday to holders of a repaid, but Dubai’s credibility Monday. The UAE already has a make a success of its second. and coal bed methane. To
sukuk, or Islamic bond, issued by cannot be repaired so easily. Its bankruptcy law, but almost no Back to top ^^ Readers' capitalise on the XTO’s expertise
Nakheel, a prominent developer. solvency rests on a relationship one uses it. Any creditor comments in this area, Exxon will base the
Nakheel belongs to Dubai World, w i t h i t s n e i g h b o u r t h a t i s foolhardy enough to test the The Economist welcomes your organisation in XTO’s Fort
a holding company owned by the impossible to fathom. At least regime can expect to recover just views. Worth, Texas, offices, where it
Dubai government, which less this latest handout dropped the ten cents on the dollar, the World featured article: intends to keep the company’s
than three weeks ago requested a fig leaves that disguised Abu Bank calculates. Normalising the crime of the team in place. World gas
standstill on repayments of $26 Dhabi’s previous gestures of The new decree instead appoints century by John Pilger production
billion of debt, perplexing support. It was given directly three judges from the Dubai FT interactive graphic: The
investors and panicking global from one government to the International Financial Centre balance of power among the
producers of natural gas has
changed dramatically in the past
few decades. Use this graphic to
see the shifts
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Italian politics: Battered Berlusconi

(The Economist: News doctor said he would need about a man who admitted afterwards has more than once vowed to
analysis) three weeks to recover fully. Mr that he detested the prime reform the constitution,
Submitted at 12/13/2009 10:02:54 PM
Berlusconi’s spokesman minister, hurled a camera tripod apparently in an effort to curb the
described him as “tired and at him in Rome. powers of the judiciary.
Italian politics suffering”. It was expected that Most Italian politicians The prime minister had
Dec 14th 2009 | ROME he would leave hospital on condemned outright the latest apparently been warned of
From Italy Tuesday. attack. But Antonio Di Pietro, a possible trouble in Milan. His
reacts to an assault on the prime A 42-year-old man, Massimo former prosecutor who leads a spokesman said that, as they were
minister, Silvio Berlusconi Tartaglia, was arrested on small anti-corruption party, said on their way to the rally, Mr
F A M O U S p o l i t i c i a n s a r e suspicion of a premeditated Mr Berlusconi “instigates Berlusconi had asked him “don't
occasionally pelted with eggs or assault. Police said they had violence”. His remark was you think that something could
shoes. But the attack on Italy's found in his pockets another widely criticised. But several happen?” In the event, he was
p r i m e m i n i s t e r , S i l v i o souvenir and a chilli-pepper commentators of right and left vigorously heckled and hit back
Berlusconi, on Sunday December spray. An inventor and electronic alike remarked that, while the hard at his tormentors. Pointing
13th was of an entirely different engineer from a town just outside attack may have been the work of at the section of the crowd from
order. As he mixed with a crowd Milan, Mr Tartaglia had been a mentally disturbed individual, it which the heckling had come, he
after a rally in Milan a man undergoing psychiatric treatment emerged from a background of shouted: “Shame, shame,
hurled a plaster souvenir—a for ten years. Neighbours said he growing political tension, much shame.” Against this background,
model of the city's cathedral—at was subject to fits of rage. His of it revolving around the prime it is perhaps surprising that he
him from just a few feet away. father said that the family minister. chose to mix with the crowd. But
Mr Berlusconi fell to the ground supported the opposition party, The previous weekend, sizeable contact with the people is
and when he re-emerged into but added: “I am not aware that numbers of demonstrators had intrinsic to Mr Berlusconi's
view his face was smothered with my son hates the prime minister.” converged on Rome for a “No populist style.
blood. What the incident has made Berlusconi Day” at which the Back to top ^^ Readers'
The 73-year-old prime minister clear, however, is that plenty of prime minister was variously comments
had suffered what one doctor other Italians do. Within hours, deplored and ridiculed. He has The Economist welcomes your
later called “classic boxer's some 20,000 people had signed been involved in a string of sex views.
injuries”. He had a broken nose up to Facebook groups lauding scandals this year. Having lost featured article:
and cuts on his lips, one of which Mr Tartaglia as a hero. This is immunity from prosecution he is Normalising the crime of the
needed stitches. Two of his teeth not the first time Mr Berlusconi once more on trial in two cases century by John Pilger
were broken and he had a nasty has been assaulted. Five years involving alleged bribery and
gash just below his left eye. His ago, during his last government, fraud. And in recent weeks he
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neighbour. There has been lots of discussion week grace period ends around decree based on the bankruptcy intensive oil, coal and oil sands
The Dubai Financial Market and a very constructive December 28, the spokesman law at the Dubai International fuels.
jumped 10.1 per cent, led by dialogue,” the Dubai government said. Financial Centre, an offshore Yet Robin West, chairman of
property giant Emaar, which spokesman said. “They are He added that by paying off the zone, will establish a more PFC Energy, noted the onshore
recovered some of its losses over working together as partners.” sukuk holders, Dubai World efficient framework for – if need unconventional gas industry has
the past two weeks. DP World, Dubai financial crisis would avoid difficult cross- be – putting Dubai World into been dominated by smaller
the international ports operator FT In depth: News and analysis defaults that could have liquidation. players than the majors, who
owned by Dubai World, soared on the emirate’s debt woes prejudiced an orderly The decree includes provisions specialise in the short-term nature
10.2 per cent on the smaller The input of another $10bn in restructuring process with bank for creditor rights and avoids of the play, which requires
Nasdaq Dubai exchange. Abu Dhabi capital – bringing creditors. untested UAE laws widely seen constant reinvestment and
Stocks across the region also overall support from the United “The whole capital structure was as unsuitable for any bankruptcy drilling to maintain production.
gained. Abu Dhabi’s bourse rose Arab Emirates’ capital to at least a web of cross-defaults – the only of the size and scope of a holding This is at odds with the
7.5 per cent and Qatar gained 2.4 $25bn this year – came without way to calm this was to pay off company such as Dubai World. traditional Exxon strategy of
per cent, while Kuwait, Muscat conditions, such as equity the sukuk,” the spokesman said. “Ultimately we hope the large, long-term, highly efficient
and Bahrain’s exchanges added transfers or securitisation of the The ”extraordinary restructuring process works so assets. “The success of this
0.4 per cent, 2.1 per cent and 1 debt, the spokesman said. circumstances” around the Dubai the law doesn’t get used, but we investment will depend on
per cent respectively. “It is being done in a way [so as] World solution should not be have the framework in place just whether Exxon can keep the
The bail-out came after last- not to hurt sovereign credit,” he viewed as a precedent for the in case we can’t get resolution,” XTO culture in its team,’’ he
minute talks between the ruling said, adding that the support had restructuring of other Dubai the spokesman said. said. ”It’s a different business.’’
families of Dubai and Abu not come in the form of a loan. government related entities, such featured article: The all-stock transaction with
Dhabi, according to a Dubai In February, Dubai raised $10bn as Dubai Holding, he added. Normalising the crime of the XTO provides for Exxon issuing
government spokesman. The in bonds from the UAE central The statement said the UAE century by John Pilger 0.7098 shares for each share of
move should ease global bank as the first half of a $20bn central bank will help support XTO, representing a 25 per cent
concerns about Dubai’s solvency bond programme, another $5bn local banks, many of which have premium to XTO shareholders.
but also illustrates the extent of of which was raised from Abu substantial exposure to Dubai The transaction value includes
the commercial hub’s financial Dhabi banks last month. World’s distressed debt pile of $10bn of existing XTO debt and
dependency on oil-rich Abu The Dubai Financial Support $26bn, as well as other debts at is based on the closing share
Dhabi. Fund, which oversees the $20bn its more profitable DP World and prices of Exxon and XTO on
“Abu Dhabi and Dubai have been bond programme, will pay off the Jebel Ali Free Zone units. EXXONMOBIL page 85
spending lots of time together. Nakheel sukuk before a two- In addition,a new government
continued from page 82

this acquisition is that they intensive than coal. The fuel is portfolio in recent years, it had US supplies from 30 years, at about extracting gas from shale
understand the importance of gas gaining support from lawmakers nothing of significance in US current usage rates, to 100 years rock abroad.
in their future,’’ said Amy Myers at a time when the world is onshore, unconventional gas. supply, mostly by figuring out PFC Energy, a consultancy,
Jaffe, energy expert at the James looking at ways to reduce carbon This meant it had so far missed how to economically extract gas estimates advancements made by
A Baker Institute for Public emissions. out on the boom, brought on by from shale rock. the independents in developing
Policy. “It’s definitely the fuel of The acquisition could be a expertise and technology BP and BG Group of the UK; natural gas from shale could, if
the future.’’ bigger win than many realise, Ms perfected by the small StatoilHydro, the Norwegian taken abroad, more than
Gas has adequate scale and Jaffe said, if Exxon’s pilot independents to extract gas from energy company; and Eni, the quadruple gas resources,
infrastructure to replace oil in project to remove carbon shale rock. Italian oil company, have all increasing supplies of this
some cases and is about 30 per emissions from gas works. These small companies, bought into the US gas industry alternative option to greenhouse-
cent less carbon intensive than oil While Exxon has been building including XTO, have, in the past in the past year to not only EXXONMOBIL page 84
and about 50 per cent carbon a global liquified natural gas three years, grown estimates of produce but take what they learn
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December 11. Normalising the crime of the

JP Morgan Securities acted as century by John Pilger
financial advisors to Exxon and
Barclays Capital and Jefferies &
Company are acting as financial
advisors to XTO. featured article:

MediaDailyNews: Model Citizens: Magazines, Radio Mix It

Up With TV, Hope To Overcome Bias
(MediaPost | Media News) month, magazine audience fully measure the ROI of findings with MRI executives, It also comes as other media are
Submitted at 12/14/2009 6:16:40 AM
researcher Mediamark Research advertising without accurate they pointed out that the optimal seeking comparable metrics and
& Intelligence (MRI) will release weekly issue- and market-level data already existed - the data research that improves the way
In an effort to upgrade the role the beta version of a new audience data, a situation that has being generated by MRI's they are factored into marketing
magazines have in Madison syndicated database that will disadvantaged all media but magazine audience accumulation mix models, which are believed
Avenue's media mix, publishers enable magazines to be compared television," stated Jim Spaeth, studies - and they simply needed to have had a significant bias
are making a play for the alongside the kind of local founding partner of Sequent to be provided in a way that toward television. Earlier this
marketing mix. Specifically, they market TV audience data the Partners, the consultancy hired enabled advertisers, agencies and month, a consortium of radio
are releasing new research and models have used to determine by MRI to figure out how its data modelers to input them in a way broadcasters and researcher
data that is expected to prove h o w e f f e c t i v e l y t e l e v i s i o n could be applied to the models. that is similar to Nielsen's local Arbitron announced plans to
how magazines perform in so- advertising impacts product sales. Spaeth, a former president of the market TV rating points data. improve the "analytical methods
called marketing mix modeling The new, as-yet-unnamed Advertising Research The new service, which MRI has used by advertisers to evaluate
systems, which many in the research service is an outgrowth Foundation, and a highly been referring to as a "schedule- the tangible impact of radio
industry believe have had an of the Audience Accumulation respected research thinker on based audience builder," does advertising on product sales."
undue bias toward television. Study MRI has been offering to Madison Avenue, started by exactly that, showing how Arbitron said the consortium
For more than a decade, such the industry for free over the past surveying big marketers and magazine campaigns - even those planned to develop better
models have emerged as a major several years to allow magazine agency executives on how they based on monthly or weekly methods and data streams that
way many marketers - especially audience delivery to be compared currently use models, and what magazine schedules - contribute could be used by marketers and
those in consumer packaged directly with the reach and magazines needed to do to have to audience reach on a weekly agencies to model those effects.
goods - determine the impact frequency of television buys. By more of an influence on the basis in local markets. No timeframe was announced,
v a r i o u s a s p e c t s o f t h e i r making it available to marketing process. The release of the MRI system but the companies said they had
marketing, including advertising mix modelers, advertisers and His conclusion was that many coincides with the publication of coincidentally retained Spaeth's
and media buys, have on their agencies, MRI effectively is agencies and marketers have two important white papers Sequent Partners to "guide and
sales, but they are generally taking the data from the realm of been modeling the role of during the industry's recent coordinate their effort."
believed to have favored certain theoretical to applied research, magazines in the marketing mix, Worldwide Readership Research featured article:
media that have better, more and could dramatically effect the but they have been using "less Symposium, backing the method Normalising the crime of the
continuous, and more granular way some big advertisers think than optimal data" to do that, and up, and a big push by the century by John Pilger
data that can be used to compute about the role magazines have vis the result has masked the actual Magazine Publishers Association
how they contribute to the a vis other media in their mix. role magazines are playing. to make advertisers and agencies
models. But beginning this "Marketing mix models can't When Spaeth shared these aware of those findings.
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TV Watch: Bargain-Bin Ad Pricing? Nanocrystals Create an

The Cost Of Wannabee Reality Stars' Insulator Better Than
Antics Pure Vacuum
(MediaPost | Media News) become cast members of an see the downside. While the By Jeremy Hsu (Popular can even have configurations that
Submitted at 12/14/2009 8:15:37 AM
upcoming spinoff of the Bravo Heenes were in the midst of their Science - New Technology, block certain frequency ranges of
franchise -- "The Real court proceedings, they were Science News, The Future light, including infrared
Now, almost 10 years after a H o u s e w i v e s o f D . C . " B u t scheduling meetings with media Now) radiation.
new program genre hit TV crashing a state dinner at the folk in New York City! Submitted at 12/14/2009 10:00:32 AM
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airwaves in the form of CBS' White House may be going too Bright marketing executives in Science: the World's Tiniest
"Survivor," the off-air antics of far. believe if the buzz is still active, Photonic crystal insulation could Snowman Precision Nanoscale
some reality TV folks might be Jon and Kate Gosselin gained surely people will watch. Who have exciting applications Car Parts Self-Assembled From
lessening the value of the fame through a TLC show about wouldn't want to see the Salahis Vacuum's emptiness doesn't just DNA Scientists Design Versatile
category -- perhaps back to marriage with their eight children getting grilled by some D.C. p o s e a p r o b l e m f o r s p a c e Self-Assembling Nanogears Tags
original discount pricing. -- but that effort evolved into a socialite about their alleged travelers -- a vacuum lining is Technology, Jeremy Hsu, heat
In the early years of reality TV, tabloid-esque TV program many actions? also one of the best known loss, heat transfer, infrared,
traditional TV marketers placed a advertisers didn't sign up for. Cast the Salahis and Heenes as insulators on Earth, and may help infrared radiation, insulation,
discounted value on non-scripted Ryan Jenkins was a contestant evil characters in some keep those holiday drinks and insulators, light waves, photonic
programming -- even when o n t w o V H 1 s h o w s w h o storylines? Oh, yeah. They'll be soups warm in your thermos. crystals, vacuum The scientists
scripted and non-scripted shows allegedly killed his ex-wife in signed up as long as U.S. viewers Now scientists have found that stacked 10 layers of photonic
grabbed the exact same ratings. August, stuffed her mutilated will watch. layering photonic crystals within crystals into a tiny 100-micron-
Now, there are more stable, body in a suitcase and later But what these devil-may-care the vacuum lining can even t h i c k s t r u c t u r e . F o r s i z e
better-quality reality programs hanged himself. How would you contestants don't realize is that prevent heat loss from invisible comparisons, keep in mind that
with consistent year-in, year-out like to be the sponsor of those many TV advertisers still have infrared radiation. 1,000 microns make up a single
track records: "Amazing Race," VH1 efforts? old beliefs about a price discount Heat typically travels via millimeter.
"Top Chef," "Project Runway," Richard and Mayumi Heene for reality shows. Sleazy real-life methods such as convection and Tests on the new insulator
"Survivor," "America's Next Top created a faux script about their characters add to that perception conduction, which both require a showed that heat transfer does
Model," to name a few. six-year-old being taken away in of cheapness. material medium, which vacuum not rely on layer thickness, but
But along with the growing a balloon. Veterans of ABC's Bob DeBitetto, general manager conveniently lacks. But heat can only on how fast light can travel
number of shows comes more "Wife Swap," the Heenes were of A&E, has the right feel for also transfer through infrared through the material.
real-life incidents with reality TV looking for more TV deals -- this: "We're all in the business of radiation, and can pass through a The research team hopes that the
associations -- stuff that is even if they broke the law. selling ads. This can have a vacuum lining to a thermos's photonic crystals may now find
threatening to dramatically shrink The increased desperation of chilling impact on pricing. You outer wall. use beyond communications and
the list of marketers TV ad sellers people to be on TV comes at the don't want an entire genre to be Stanford University researchers computing applications. For
can target for specific shows. same time that TV ratings are weighed down because there are began wondering if anything instance, in solar-thermal systems
Michaele and Tareq Salahi add falling. Perhaps the theory of TV these unfortunate examples." could one-up nature's insulator, that try to capture the sun's heat
to this problem. They're the as a perishable commodity is featured article: and finally figured out that for use as an energy source,
Washington, D.C. couple who filtering down to the masses. Normalising the crime of the photonic crystals might do the photonic crystals could allow
seem to have tried everything to Despite the risks, few seem to century by John Pilger trick. Such crystals exist in both visible light to pass through and
nature and in the lab, and consist trap the heat inside.
of tiny nanostructures that affect [via ScienceDaily]
how light passes through. They
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Research Brief: Thanksgiving Holiday Deal: Japanese

Travelers Drove Close and Stayed Store Sells Custom
With Family Robot Lookalikes
(MediaPost | Media News) Dave Pierzchala, Vice President Among Americans who had no By Jeremy Hsu (Popular Technology, Jeremy Hsu,
Submitted at 12/14/2009 5:15:40 AM
of Ipsos' travel team explains, travel plans this Thanksgiving, a Science - New Technology, actroids, fembots, humanoids,
"Thanksgiving travel is as much primary reason is that: Science News, The Future kokoro, robot twins, robots,
In a snapshot poll taken in the of a tradition as turkey with all • 25% had the pleasure of Now) stepford wives
three days leading up to the the trimmings and these results hosting their friends and family Submitted at 12/14/2009 8:56:35 AM
Each robot twin is made of
American Thanksgiving break, show that the need to be with • 13% planned to avoid travel silicone and will only be able to
Ipsos Marketing's travel and friends and family does not this Thanksgiving because it was Just plunk down $225,000 at a move its upper body. So unlike
tourism division found that 19% disappear even in strained too expensive Japanese department store and Dwight of The Office, you won't
of Americans planned to travel financial times." • 5% said too crowded get your own robot twin have to request a six-foot
out of town this Thanksgiving, Thrifty Thanksgiving travelers • 5% are watching their travel Japan's obsession with robotics extension cord that prevents the
which was down slightly from say that this year they budget has led to one of the ultimate sci- robot from chasing you.
the number who traveled for • 22% planned to stay with • 3% have suffered a loss of fi fantasies (or nightmares): life- The new lookalike bots come
Thanksgiving in 2008. Even friends and family instead of a employment size robots customized to look courtesy of robot-manufacturer
though Thanksgiving is one of hotel • 21% simply didn't want to like you and speak in your own Kokoro, which has showcased its
the most important travel periods • 17% planned to drive travel this Thanksgiving voice. The department store Sogo androids at past robot expos. In
of the year, a large majority of instead of fly & Seibu wants to deliver that this case, buyers can also supply
Americans are not Thanksgiving • 14% planned to take shorter An Ipsos online study conducted d r e a m t o a n y i n t e r e s t e d their own recorded voices to
travelers, as 78% didn't travel last trips (14%) from November 23, 2009 to customers starting as soon as ensure that their robot twin
Thanksgiving and 79% had no • 41% said that nothing November 26, 2009 with 1,114 next month, but first it plans to comes armed with witty repartee.
plans to travel this Thanksgiving. changed for their Thanksgiving U.S. adults (18+). The results are test the waters by making this an This still seems a far cry from
Despite the economic downturn, travel plans this year considered accurate within 2.94 exclusive two-robot deal. If more the freaky fembots of the
35% of travelers planned to percentage points, 19 times out of than three buyers show interest in revisionist Stepford Wives and
spend more money this year as Dave Pierzchala, Vice President 20 having robotic doppelgangers, a Austin Powers, not to mention
compared to 2008 on their of Ipsos' travel team explains, "In For more information from lottery system kicks in. the classic Metropolis. So as long
Thanksgiving travel. Those who the current economic times Ipsos, please visit here. Related Articles Video: Wild as you have $225,000 to spend
planned to spend less in 2009 Americans are finding ways to featured article: Grouses Enticed into Mating for an "actroid," feel free to
accounted for 13% of all continue to connect with loved Normalising the crime of the W i t h S e x y F e m b o t A t t h e knock yourself out -- if boredom
travelers while the remaining ones and in some cases the pull- century by John Pilger International Robot Exhibition in takes over, you can always stuff
41% planned to spend as much in out couch or long car ride is the Japan, Robots For Your Every the robot into a Santa suit.
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• Education Technology keyboards. Elgan and others This is hardly an ideal world, 09) Science - New Technology,
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Last week, even I predicted that on a tablet, but this is just one technology will also enable i m p o r t a n t ( 1 2 - 0 9 )
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just one of many touch-enabled trick pony e-reader for its • What's behind my Classmate Constellation program
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But will an abundance of tablet- Convertible Classmate. It upcharge? Especially if the, Google four years planted firmly on the
like computers make netbooks provides tablet capability (which E P U B c o n t e n t d o e s c o m e Dictionary(12-04) ground. But NASA's hiatus is the
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technology fad to never really of the time) with a built-in v i e w a b l e o n a n y d e v i c e not alien search(12-02) commercial space carrier Space
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can still unload it. By this time especially at the low end of the b e , h o w q u i c k l y e - r e a d e r s Normalising the crime of the Galactic's unveiling of its
next year, the space between cell market and in education. improve, and how fast content century by John Pilger commercial spacecraft last week,
phones and laptops will be taken comes together for any platform. Hawthorne, Calif.-based SpaceX
over by a new generation of E-readers are another story. As No doubt, 2010 is going to be a also said it has conducted its first
touch tablets, and you won't be I've already noted, they need to very interesting year for these training session with a handful of
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Inhalable Chocolate Paves the Way for a Safer TB

By Jenny Everett (Popular delicious, one-calorie chocolate spraying a watery mix of the
Science - New Technology, taste on your tongue. drug BCG into a hot drum, which
Science News, The Future Each Le Whif is filled with a evaporates all the moisture,
Now) few hundred milligrams of cocoa leaving behind powder—except
Submitted at 12/14/2009 7:51:00 AM
particles engineered small with BCG, he makes the particles
enough to be moved by your small enough that they can enter
In 2007, David Edwards, a breath yet too big to make it to the lungs. Edwards’s nonprofit
biomedical engineer at Harvard the lungs. As you breathe in, the organization MEND (Medicine
University, gave his students a powder travels through a in Need) moved the TB inhaler
project: Develop a way to inhale mouthpiece that directs the cocoa into clinical trials in 2008 and
food, rather than chewing and to your tongue instead of the hopes to make the airborne
swallowing it. “They took a back of your throat. Edwards also inoculation available within the
whiff of everything from pepper plans to powderize lobster shells next four years.
to carrots and coughed a lot,” and other foods so people can make an inhalable tuberculosis
Edwards says. Last fall, he taste foods that they otherwise vaccine that doesn’t need
introduced Le Whif, a lipstick- wouldn’t ingest. refrigeration. As with chocolate,
size inhaler that drops a Now he is adapting the tech to he creates the particles by
continued from page 88

eventually dock the unmanned Hooking up with the ISS will

Dragon craft with the ISS. Three mark SpaceX's second milestone
of the astronauts will be aboard for the private space industry,
the ISS when that first Dragon having already gained the honor
spacecraft, carrying resupply of being the first private
cargo to the station, makes company to deposit a satellite
contact with the ISS next year. into orbit earlier this year.
The Dragon capsules will ride []
into orbit aboard SpaceX's own
medium-lift Falcon 9 rockets,
which will make their own debut
in February barring any setbacks.
The first Falcon 9 launch will
carry a Dragon capsule, but it
will not rendezvous with the ISS.