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Schumer vs. Facebook
JoAnne Allen (Front Row Washington)
Submitted at 4/26/2010 12:43:17 AM

Charles Schumer, the senior senator from New York, is concerned about the protection of private information people give to Facebook and other social networking websites. And the Democrat wants new federal guidelines to help members of these online communities keep control over how their personal details “can be shared or disseminated to third parties.” Schumer (or someone posting on his behalf) says so on his Facebook page. He also posted a press release on his page and echoed concerns about privacy on social networking sites on Sunday at a news conference in his Manhattan office. Schumer told reporters he wants to make sure private information isn’t given away without the user’s permission.

He said he was prompted to appeal to the Federal Trade Commission after word last week of new Facebook features that allow the sharing of members’ personal information with outside websites. “Now all of sudden, with rules changing, there are lots of things that you may have never wanted

to go beyond your family and friends but do,” Schumer told reporters. He wants the FTC to set new rules for how sites like Facebook, MySpace and Twitter can and cannot use all of that personal information submitted by members. Facebook chief executive Mark

Zuckerberg deflected privacy questions at a news conference last week, saying the changes did not mean that any more information was being shared than before. Schumer, who is seeking reelection in November for a third six-year term in the Senate, recently took on the airlines over extra fees they have been charging for carry-on luggage. Subsequently, five major carriers said they would not charge passengers for carry-ons. There’s also a reminder of that on Schumer’s Facebook wall. Photo Credit: REUTERS/Jason Reed ( Schumer speaking at a Senate Judiciary Committee h e a r i n g i n 2007), REUTERS/Thierry Roge (The Facebook logo is displayed on a computer screen in Brussels April 21, 2010)

Aliens may exist but contact would hurt: Hawking (AFP)
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Unsolved History Videos
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America's Favorite Foods Quiz
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The United States is known as a melting pot of cultures, and its cuisine shows influences from

countries all over the world. Just how much do you know about American food?

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Obama sits down with Rev. Billy Graham
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More medical tests are planned for Bret Michaels (AP)
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President Barack Obama had his first face-to-face talks on Sunday with one of America’s top spiritual leaders, the Reverend Billy Graham. Graham, 91, who is ailing with Parkinson’s disease, has prayed with U.S. presidents over the course of the past 50 years or so. Obama visited his Montreat log cabin home at the end of a weekend trip to western North Carolina. ”Rev. Graham has obviously been an important spiritual leader for past presidents and for the American people for decades,” White House spokesman Bill Burton said. He called Graham “a real treasure for our country and the

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"If you spent the money on an original iPod in 2001 on Apple stock ($499), you would have $14,513.78 today."
president appreciates the opportunity to visit him at his home and speak with him.” He said he assumed Obama and Graham would pray together. The U.S. Army last week withdrew an invitation to Graham’s son Franklin Graham to speak at a Pentagon prayer service next month following an outcry over his references to Islam as a violent religion. The invitation had been extended by the private, Colorado-based National Day of Prayer Task Force. Photo credit: Reuters/stringer (Graham after a New York press conference in 1995)
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Jobs: No Mac app store coming
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expressed fears that Apple may implement a Mac app store and only allow Mac apps built to run on OS X to be sold through it. Submitted at 4/26/2010 11:00:00 AM Filed under: App Store Whether The benefits of this would be a you love or hate the closed universal store front and QA nature of Apple's iPad and a s s u r a n c e t h o u g h A p p l e . iPhone app stores, you can't However the draw back (and it's deny that they've helped Apple's a doozie) would be end of the touch devices become the hits M a c ' s o p e n d e v e l o p m e n t Jobs has officially put an end to they are. From time to time, p l a t f o r m . these rumors before they spiral Mac OS X app developers have Well fear not, developers. Steve

out of control. Fernando Valente, developer at Chiaro Software emailed Steve Jobs and asked it the rumors of a Mac app store and no software running on OS X without authorization from Apple were true. Jobs' answer: "Nope." Apple knows that what works well for one OS platform wouldn't work well for another, so everyone can breathe easier.

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IPL chief Lalit Modi suspended amid corruption claims
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investigation that Mr Manohar said could take as long as a year. Submitted at 4/26/2010 3:25:00 AM Mr Modi, who also faces I n d i a ’ s P a r l i a m e n t w a s scrutiny for having family links adjourned in uproar today as the to three IPL teams and is also Government denied allegations the subject of an investigation that it had secretly tapped the by India's tax authorities, has t e l e p h o n e s o f l e a d i n g consistently denied all the politicians, including a minister a l l e g a t i o n s a g a i n s t h i m , embroiled in the Indian Premier claiming that the IPL is “clean L e a g u e ( I P L ) c o r r u p t i o n and transparent". scandal. P Chidambaram, the Home The incident came as India's Minister, insisted that neither cricketing regulator today the current government nor its outlined the allegations against predecessor – both led by the Lalit Modi that led the creator C o n g r e s s p a r t y — h a d and chief administrator of the authorised any such phoneIPL, the sport’s most lucrative tapping activity, and that all tournament, to be suspended last intelligence agencies operated night. strictly within the law. Shashank Manohar, president But he added that the of the Board of Control for G o v e r n m e n t w a s s t i l l Cricket in India (BCCI), investigating the allegations sketched out the charges Mr made by a news magazine last Modi faces at a hastily arranged week, and the wording of his press conference in Mumbai. statement allowed for the They include allegations of possibility that unauthorized irregularities in share holdings phone-tapping had taken place. and transfers involving two IPL “I wish to state categorically teams: the Rajasthan Royals, that no telephone tapping or who are captained and coached eavesdropping on political by Shane Warne, and the King’s leaders was authorised,” he told XI Punjab, part owned by the parliament, his voice almost Bollywood star Preity Zinta. drowned out by shouting from Mr Modi’s alleged involvement t h e O p p o s i t i o n . “ F u r t h e r in kickbacks related to a $1.6 enquiries are being made into billion (£1.03 billion) broadcast the allegations in the magazine. deal and his alleged role in the If any evidence is forthcoming manipulation of franchise or discovered, the matter will auctions through the disclosure be thoroughly investigated by of confidential information will the appropriate agencies.” also be probed in a BCCI The Opposition, however,

repeated its demand for Manmohan Singh, the Prime Minister, to make a personal statement, and for a Joint Parliamentary Committee to investigate all the allegations surrounding the IPL. L K Advani, the Opposition leader, told parliament the government’s alleged spying activities were similar to those taken by Indira Gandhi when she suspended civil liberties during the 1975-77 Emergency. "We don't want the country to reach the point of emergency ... We don't want the country to reach the point of emergency...Democracy has to be defended," he said. "There is total violation, we want a clear statement from the Prime Minister. Mr Modi was suspended from his role as IPL chairman last night, shortly after the Chennai Super Kings vanquished the Mumbai Indians in the final match of the third edition of the tournament in Mumbai. The move effectively ended his three-year rule over a competition he conceived and which has transformed the commercial face of cricket. He is now barred from serving on any committee of the BCCI, which owns the IPL. The Baroda Cricket Association president Chirayu Amin was today appointed as the interim commissioner of the IPL. Mr Modi's suspension sets the

stage for a messy dissection of the scandal in which the Indian Premier League has been mired for the past fortnight. Over the weekend, the BCCI failed in its efforts to persuade Mr Modi to resign – a result that would have drawn a partial line under a saga that has dominated India’s front pages since it erupted. The body will now have to justify its reasons for sacking him and give Mr Modi a chance to defend himself — an opportunity he has said he will relish. Confirmation of his suspension came from the BCCI president Shashank Manohar. "Alleged acts of individual misdemeanours of Mr Lalit K Modi, chairman IPL and vice president BCCI, have brought a bad name to the administration of cricket and the game itself," he said late last night. "I have waited for IPL 2010 to conclude in order to respond to the situation as I did not want the event to be disrupted in any manner. Immediately after the conclusion of the IPL final, the secretary, BCCI Mr N Srinivasan has in consultation with me issued a show cause notice to Mr. Lalit K Modi under Rule 32 (iv) calling upon him to show cause within 15 days why disciplinary action should not be taken against him. “I have suspended Mr. Lalit K Modi from participating in the affairs of the Board, the IPL,

the working committee and any other committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India.” Mr Modi was apparently aware of the action against him when he addressed the crowd at the DY Patil Stadium after the final. "We have had some off field unpleasant dramas only based on innuendo, half truths and motivated leaks from all kinds of sources," he said in a lengthy and emotional speech. "I assure you all decisions have been taken jointly by the governing council and approved by the general body ... Still, as the leader of the team, if there is any flouting of rules or any other financial irregularity, I will take full responsibility." BCCI officials have also said that a number of documents being searched for by tax officials are missing from the IPL offices in Mumbai. The crisis erupted after Mr Modi revealed on his Twitter account that a close female friend of Shashi Tharoor, a high profile government minister, had been given a £10 million stake in a new IPL franchise to be based in the city of Kochi. Opposition MPs alleged that Mr Tharoor, whose most important political mentor was Sonia Gandhi, the powerful president of the ruling Congress party, had abused his authority to IPL page 7


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Tibetan writer Zhogs Dung held for organising Yushu quake donations
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gained renown as Tibet’s premier intellectual and essayist, a moderniser who has not Submitted at 4/26/2010 5:14:32 AM hesitated to credit religion in the T h e l e a d i n g T i b e t a n deeply Buddhist region and who intellectual, a writer, publisher has long been seen as closely and philosopher long seen as associated with the ruling c l o s e t o C h i n a ’ s r u l i n g Communist Party. Communist Party, has been However, he appears to have arrested after organising private run foul of the authorities in donations for this month’s recent weeks through his earthquake. writings that have become more Tra Gyal, better known by his critical of Chinese rule of penname of Zhogs Dung, was Tibetan regions, and also detained at 5.30pm on Friday in because of his activism after the Xining, capital of the western earthquake. province of Qinghai where the He may have triggered anger by April 14 tremor killed more mobilising private donations to than 2,000 people, Tibetan help the 100,000 people left sources said. homeless in remote, Half a dozen police picked him mountainous Yushu county after up from his office at the Qinghai the 7.1 magnitude tremor that Nationalities Publishing House, razed the county town. He had took him to his home and asked Tibetans not to send their carried out a meticulous search funds via China’s Red Cross or of his study, taking him away at through official channels but to about 10.00pm. travel as volunteers to Yushu to The officers returned in the ensure the donations reached early hours of the morning and those in need. r e m o v e d t w o c o m p u t e r s , The Government have long written documents and pictures been wary of any attempts at and came back again at about independent organisation – an 3.30am to show the writer’s action viewed as in direct wife a formal arrest warrant for competition with Communist her husband. Party rule – and are bound to be Tra Gyal – both first names – more sensitive in the case of who is aged about 45, has Tibetans who have long chafed

at being governed by Beijing. Indeed, the authorities had specifically banned private donations to Yushu. Robert Barnet, a Tibet expert at Columbia University, said: “This is an astonishing thing for the authorities to do since they risk creating a hero among Tibetans.” One Tibetan expert said: “The arrest is of wholly exceptional significance not just because he is the leading Tibetan public intellectual but because he is an ‘official intellectual’ whose position has always been seen by many Tibetans as unusually close to the Party and the Chinese state in terms of his views on religion and Tibetan culture.” Several lesser-known Tibetan writers have been arrested and even jailed in Qinghai and Sichuan provinces in recent months, but the action against a man seen as a part of the system is a surprise. The writer joined six other prominent Tibetan intellectuals in signing an open letter on April 21 that contained mild criticism of the official response to the earthquake. This could have angered the authorities who are nervous at any sign of

opposition from Tibetans since a riot rocked the Tibetan capital, Lhasa, in March 2008 leaving some 22 people dead. The letter read: “As the news from the mouthpiece for the Party organisations can not be believed, we dare not believe in the Party organisations. The Party organisation ordered to temporarily suspend sending people to the disaster area for political purposes. For this reason, we in faraway Xining out of concern for you and your suffering send you this letter, apart from this, there is nothing else we can do.” It concluded with an appeal for people to avoid official organisations in sending donations, saying: “Do not send your donations to the accounts of a certain organisation or a certain group as if you were paying taxes. The best thing to do is to send somebody one can fully trust to send one’s contributions. Because, who can say that there is no corruption.” Five Filters featured article: Chilcot Inquiry. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.

Sony Getting Rid of Floppies in Japan
Curt Hopkins (ReadWriteWeb)
Submitted at 4/25/2010 9:00:00 PM

2011 will be the year the floppy disc goes extinct. Sony, which sold 47 million of the 3.5-inch discs a year at its height, is phasing them out in Japan, one of the last markets. According to the Examiner, sales fell to only 8.5 million in 2009. Sony's sales of floppies worldwide ended in March of this year. Sales in Japan will end next year exactly a year later. Most worldwide manufacturers of floppies already put the kibosh on the little devils. Sponsor Other more popular, and capacious, media for information storage and transmission, including USB drives, DVDs and CDs and online, the demand for the discs has severely declined. Added to that the fact that few computer makers are even including disc drives, there's just no compelling reason to keep investing in them. I wonder what we'll do, a decade hence, when we unearth a mysteriously-labeled floppy and find no way to read it? Maybe some things are better left as mysteries. Discuss

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Oxford graduate Steven Mulvain, 23, sent 'puerile' Nexus One orders open Pope visit memo
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more senior civil servant who authorised him to send the document has now been Submitted at 4/26/2010 6:07:25 AM "transferred to other duties". A "disrespectful" and "foolish" A Facebook group, exhorting document that threatened to members to buy Mr Mulvain "a derail the Pope's visit to Britain drink or two immediately" has was circulated by a 23-year-old gathered 59 members. Oxford graduate who once The Foreign Office apologised listed "drinking a lot" among his to the Vatican and dispatched hobbies. Francis Campbell, ambassador Steven Mulvain was revealed to the Holy See, in person to today as the junior civil servant make amends. who sent a memo to Downing Cardinal Renato Martino, the Street and three Whitehall former head of the Vatican’s departments suggesting that the Pontifical Council for Justice Pontiff should launch a range of and Peace, said: “The British "Benedict" condoms and open government has invited the Pope an abortion clinic during his as its guest and he should be visit in September. treated with respect. T h e m e m o , w h i c h a l s o “To make a mockery of his recommended Pope Benedict beliefs and the beliefs of XVI bless a gay marriage, millions of Catholics not just in included a health warning that Britain but across the world is its contents “should not be very offensive indeed.” shared externally” because they Vatican sources told The Times included “even the most far- that the incident could have fetched of ideas”. It was dreamt jeopardised Pope Benedict's up in a Foreign Office brain- first tour of Britain and senior storming session to generate Church officials are said to be ideas for the Pope's visit. outraged that no-one has been Mr Mulvain, who is the son of a fired. driving instructor from South The ideas were included in a Shields in Tyne and Wear, has paper titled “The ideal visit not been punished because a would see...” The official

document, which was not seen by ministers before it was sent out, also posited that the Pope “announce sacking of dodgy bishops”, sponsor a network of AIDS clinics and stay in a council flat in Bradford. The memo went on to suggest that the Pope could apologise for the Spanish Armada or sing a song with the Queen for charity. The national anthem, it added, should be changed to God Save the World. Jim Murphy, Scottish Secretary, who is leading the preparations for the tour, described the suggestions as “absolutely despicable” and “vile”. David Miliband, Foreign Secretary, was said to have been “appalled” to hear of the paper One of the recipients was Nicola Ware, a senior diplomat who until last year was the trade and industry attaché at the British Embassy in Lima, Peru. It is believed that she raised concerns over the contents of the memo, sparking an internal investigation. Mr Mulvain was educated at the £9,279 a year King's School Tynemouth, and studied

English at Balliol College, Oxford. He taught at a summer school in northern Germany in 2006, where he said in a podcast that his hobbies included “drinking a lot and reading more or less what I want”. The Foreign Office said the “foolish document” had not been cleared or shown to ministers or senior officials before it was circulated. A spokesman added that “many of the ideas in the document are clearly ill-judged, naïve and disrespectful” and the department was “deeply sorry for the offence which it has caused”. The Vatican said it accepted the apology and appeared to be placated by the Government's gestures of remorse. “For us the case is closed,” said Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman. The incident will have “absolutely” no impact on the Pope’s visit in September, he added. Five Filters featured article: Chilcot Inquiry. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.

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Vodafone, the U.K.-based mobile operator, has started taking preorders for Google's Nexus One smartphone, which it will offer for free with a twoyear contract at 35 pounds, or $54.15, per month. The company will start selling the Android-based handset on April 30--four months after sales began in the U.S. Up to now, Europeans could buy an unlocked phone directly through Google for $529, plus shipping and customs charges. The handset, which is manufactured by HTC, has a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and a 5-megapixel camera with a flash. Read more of " Vodafone begins taking orders for Nexus One" at ZDNet UK. Five Filters featured article: Chilcot Inquiry. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.


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Comment: real loser in cricket scandal may be India
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Lucid Lynx paves way for Ubuntu shake-up
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fashion. He now has 15 days to answer allegations of financial Submitted at 4/26/2010 10:06:25 AM impropriety – including an With its cheerleaders and its alleged role in organizing an Bollywood swagger, the Indian $80million kickback on a Premier League (IPL) is the television rights contract. That biggest, brashest tournament means his suspension may have cricket has ever seen. As the set the stage for a messy confetti settles on this year’s dissection of the scandal in competition, however, the which the IPL has been mired question is whether it is too big for the past fortnight. to fail. Over the weekend, The BCCI Lalit Modi, the IPL’s fast failed in its efforts to persuade t a l k i n g c r e a t o r a n d c h i e f Mr Modi to resign – a result administrator, was suspended that would have drawn a partial just minutes after the Chennai line under a saga that has Super Kings vanquished the dominated India’s front pages Mumbai Indians in last night’s since it erupted. The body will final, amid allegations of money now have to justify its reasons laundering, match-fixing, for sacking him and give Mr illegal betting, team auction M o d i a c h a n c e t o d e f e n d m a n i p u l a t i o n , p o l i t i c a l himself— an opportunity he has corruption and multi-million said he will relish. dollar kickbacks. "Are they so scared of the T h e m a t c h h a d b e e n truth?" he asked of the Board of disappointingly one-sided, with Control of Cricket in India Mumbai, by far the best side in when it emerged that he was to the pool stages, choking at the be barred from a meeting of d e a t h . I f h i s m o s t r e c e n t officials that gathered this comments are anything to go morning to decide his future. by, don’t expect Mr Modi to For the BCCI, the question disappear in the same quiet sounded ominously like a battle

cry. Already, the scandal has rocked India to its core. Two weeks ago, the resignation of Shashi Tharoor, a highprofile Foreign Minister, was a reminder of how cricket in the country is riddled with political patronage and worse. Mr Tharoor, a favourite of Sonai Gandhi, was forced to step down when it emerged that a business consortium he had advised had given a £10million stake in a new IPL side to a woman widely reported to be his girlfriend. Having sacrificed Mr Tharoor, the Government went out for revenge, unleashing its tax inspectors on anybody with an association with the IPL – a group comprising of several of India’s best known Bollywood stars and billionaire business moguls. The real target, however, appeared to be Mr Modi. For it was Mr Modi who triggered the Tharoor scandal through a leak on the Twitter website. He probably now wishes he had held fire.

Mr Modi has now lost his job, but the real loser may be India. The IPL is only three years old but like the country its potential is enormous. India has 1.2 billion people, many of them crazy about the game. Most are growing wealthier and the number who can afford to buy satellite TV subscriptions and replica shirts is growing. More than that, for many Indians the IPL is an emblem of their aspirations and proof of how the epicenter of the global economy is shifting East. It is also a symbol of what they believe India is destined to become: a true global power. In short, the IPL was an icon of a “New India” – one that was supposed to have shed the corruption, nepotism, cronyism and political patronage of the past. Five Filters featured article: Chilcot Inquiry. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.

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The Market is Up, But Look, Goldman Is Down Again
Joe Weisenthal (The Money Game)
Submitted at 4/26/2010 8:46:23 AM

In the early going, all the Greek

chaos isn't having much of an effect on stocks. The Dow is up over 30. But here's a little red flag: another 2%, as the market gets Goldman Sachs (GS) is down

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acquire the stake. He denied the allegation, but was forced to resign. Mr Tharoor alleged that Mr Modi was leaked the existence of the stake to favour a rival bidder for the Kochi franchise. The Government had suggested that Mr Singh would make a statement in the afternoon, but Parliament was adjourned soon after lunch as the Opposition continued to disrupt proceedings. The IPL scandal has already forced Shashi Tharoor, a junior Foreign Minister and former UN Under-Secretary, to resign over his role in helping a business consortium win a $330 million bid for a new IPL team. It has also implicated Sharad Pawar, the Agriculture Minister who is a former head of the Indian cricket board, and Praful Patel, the Civil Aviation Minister whose daughter works as “hospitality manager” for the

IPL. Now the phone-tapping saga threatens to paralyse India’s Parliament just as the Government is trying to push through the budget and other key reform bills, and facing nationwide protests over rising food prices. "The time has come to institute a system of parliamentary oversight over our intelligence agencies since India is the only democracy that lacks such an arrangement," said an editorial in the Mail Today newspaper. The phone-tapping allegation, made in the latest issue of the Outlook news magazine, is that the government secretly monitored and recorded conversations involving at least four senior political figures since 2007. The magazine alleged that the National Technical Research Organisation, an intelligence agency set up in 2004, used new

phone-tapping technology to monitor the politicians’ conversations. Among the exchanges monitored were some in the last fortnight between Mr Pawar and Lalit Modi, the IPL chief who was suspended today, discussing deals done during the IPL bidding process. The magazine said the agency also listened in to Prakash Karat, a leader of the Communist Party of India, during a stand-off with the government over an India-U.S. nuclear deal in 2008. The Communists withdrew their support from the Congressled ruling coalition in protest at the nuclear deal that year, forcing a no-confidence vote which the Government only narrowly survived. Opposition leaders now fear that the government could have been monitoring them to find out their negotiating positions

on that and other issues, as well their strategies for last year’s general election. Their professed anger has been exacerbated by the government’s suggestion that the politicians' phone conversations might have been monitored “by accident”. Abhishek Manu Singhvi, a Congress party spokesman, has told reporters it was "entirely possible that legitimate national security activity could have had an unintended inclusion of snatches of conversation by inadvertence and not by design." Five Filters featured article: Chilcot Inquiry. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.

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Upcoming: Join us for a live Air Sharing for iPad interview
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Air Sharing, which has been around for some time on the iPhone and iPod touch, is one of Submitted at 4/26/2010 8:00:00 AM the best selling file viewing and Filed under: iPad Please join us management utilities around. on Tuesday at 1PM Eastern We'll be discussing how and D a y l i g h t T i m e f o r a l i v e why the revised version of this TalkShoe audio chat with app really understands and takes Avatron Software CEO, Dave advantage of the iPad's built in at 1PM Eastern, 10AM Pacific Howell. Avatron is the maker of features like document sharing. Who: Anyone who's interested "Air Sharing" for the new iPad. When: Tuesday, 27 April 2010

in iPad features and applications Where: We'll put up a post sending you to the TalkShoe chat on Tuesday We're looking forward to seeing you there! There will be a live reader chat going on at the same time as the audio interview. TUAW Upcoming: Join us for a live Air Sharing for iPad

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Democrats willing to test GOP in Wall St. showdown (AP)
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derivatives, blamed for helping precipitate the meltdown, to be traded in open exchanges. WASHINGTON – With a The House already passed its s h o w d o w n v o t e l o o m i n g , version of the legislation. Democrats are resisting Senate Republican Leader Republican appeals for a broad Mitch McConnell on Friday c o m p r o m i s e o n f i n a n c i a l blocked Democrats' efforts to overhaul legislation and are bring the bill up for debate, eager to test whether GOP unity setting up a vote Monday that will crack in an anti- Wall Street will require 60 votes to move political climate. ahead. McConnell and Shelby The top negotiators on the said Sunday that without a deal regulatory bill — Democratic with Dodd, all 41 Republican Sen. Christopher Dodd and senators would vote to stall the R e p u b l i c a n S e n . R i c h a r d start of debate. Shelby said a Shelby— professed to be close deal in time for the vote was t o a d e a l d u r i n g a j o i n t unlikely. appearance on NBC's "Meet the Rep. Darrell Issa said Monday Press." that 41 "no" votes by Senate But Shelby conceded that Republicans "is a yes vote to "inches sometimes are miles," more comprehensive reform, and the two did not hold a more balanced reform." negotiating session Sunday. Speaking on CBS's " The Early Appearing Monday morning on S h o w , " t h e C a l i f o r n i a a network news show, Shelby Republican said the bill the said, "I don't believe we'll have Democrats want to advance in a deal today." the Senate does not go far The legislation is the most enough to restrain mortgage sweeping effort to rein in housing giants Fannie Mae and financial institutions since the Freddie Mac, which lost billions Great Depression. Aimed at in bad loans. avoiding a recurrence of the But public sentiment was not near collapse of the financial w o r k i n g i n f a v o r o f system in 2008, it would create Republicans, as it did to some a mechanism for liquidating extent during the health care large firms that get into trouble, debate. Public opinion is leaning set up a council to detect toward more regulation of large systemwide financial threats and financial institutions, and a establish a consumer protection S e c u r i t i e s a n d E x c h a n g e agency to police lending. The Commission lawsuit alleging legislation also would require fraud by Goldman Sachs has

added the cloud of scandal to Wall Street. On Sunday, Dodd, D-Conn., agreed to toughen his overarching bill with stronger rules on derivatives, including one that had drawn objections from the Obama administration, according to a Democratic official familiar with the negotiations. Dodd entered into a tentative deal with Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., to incorporate her committee's derivatives provisions into the broader regulatory legislation. At least two Republicans — Sens. Charles Grassley of Iowa and Olympia Snowe of Maine — are on record supporting Lincoln's derivatives package. Derivatives are the complex securities blamed for helping precipitate the 2008 Wall Street crisis. One of the most sweeping of Lincoln's restrictions would require banks to spin off their derivatives business into subsidiaries with a separate source of capital. Large banks fiercely opposed the provision. The administration has called for banks to end trading in speculative securities but not to jettison operations that create derivatives markets for clients. In yet another attempt to attract Republicans, Democrats appeared willing to jettison from the bill a $50 billion fund —

financed by large banks — that would have been used to liquidate failing firms once considered "too big to fail." The fund has been one of the main targets of GOP criticism. Democrats said the time had come to move on with the bill. "Are we going to start the debate or are we going to shut it down and continue negotiating, negotiating, negotiating?" Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, asked on ABC's "This Week" Sunday. For now, Republicans are using the only leverage they have — the threat of 41 unified votes — to seek a bigger GOP imprint on the bill. The impasse reflects differences over how to contain large, interconnected financial firms and how to liquidate them when they fail. But Democrats and Republicans also differed on how to protect consumers and how to set limits on previously unregulated exotic instruments such as derivatives. Dodd has already incorporated a number of Republican ideas into his version of the bill following negotiations with Shelby and Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee. Democrats, particularly liberals, have become increasingly worried that a compromise with Shelby will limit their ability to amend the bill during floor debate. Dodd tried to reassure them.

"We can't take care of everything in the bill," he said, referring to his talks with Shelby, R-Ala. "Obviously our colleagues will want to be heard." Shelby said on ABC's "Good Morning America" that he and Dodd have a meeting scheduled for early afternoon, just hours ahead of the procedural vote. He also said he believes the two sides ultimately will agree on a bill. "I believe we're going to get a good bill," Shelby said. He said he wants a bill that's going to "put to bed forever the idea that you're going to bail out somebody." "If they want to trade with their own money, with their own resources, is one thing," Shelby said. "But the idea of ... believing the taxpayers will bail them out, that's a mistake. Both sides are together on that." "I think that, conceptually, we're very close together," the senator said of negotiations with Dodd. But Shelby also said the bill that emerged from the banking panel had "too many loopholes, and we're trying to tighten it up." Five Filters featured article: Chilcot Inquiry. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.

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At about 2 p.m., airport police saw McVey get out of a maroon car with Ohio plates and that he ASHEVILLE, N.C. – An armed had a sidearm, airport police man who was spotted at a North Capt. Kevan Smith said. Both Carolina airport parking lot just airport police and the Secret after Air Force One departed Service questioned him and he and said he wanted to see the was taken into custody. The president was to appear before a suspect was nowhere near the judge Monday. president's plane, which had just Authorities arrested Joseph departed, and was in a rental car Sean McVey, 23, of Coshocton, return lot that is open to the Ohio, on Sunday afternoon at public, Smith said. the Asheville Regional Airport His car was equipped with clear and charged him with going LED law enforcement-style armed in terror of the public, a strobe lights in the front and rear misdemeanor. dash, Smith said. The car also A first appearance in court was had a mounted digital camera in scheduled for Monday, said Sgt. the front window, four large John Lutz of the Buncombe antennas on the trunk lid, and County jail, where McVey was under the steering wheel was a being held on $100,000 bond. working siren box. McVey told an officer in the When McVey got out of the airport parking lot he wanted to car, he was listening to a see the president and he had a handheld scanner and radio that car equipped with police gear, had a remote earpiece, Smith including a siren and flashing s a i d . P o l i c e s a i d h e w a s lights, though he did not work in monitoring local agencies and law enforcement, authorities had formulas for rifle scopes on said. a note in his cup holder. Security was heightened at the Authorities did not say if a i r p o r t S u n d a y b e c a u s e McVey had a rifle or scope with President Barack Obama was him. leaving after spending the A rifle scope formula is a set of w e e k e n d v a c a t i o n i n g i n calculations that helps a shooter Asheville. adjust for distance from a target.

The formulas, which estimate how much a bullet drops after it is fired, are generally in the information packet that comes with a scope purchased for hunting or recreation, said Greg A. Danas, a firearms expert based in Massachusetts. McVey gave authorities an Ohio driver's license, but a computer check failed to show the number was valid, police said. His hometown of Coshocton is about halfway between Pittsburgh and Columbus, Ohio. When Officer Kaleb Rice asked him what he was doing, McVey told him he heard the president was in town and wanted to see him. Rice removed the firearm and took McVey into custody. The investigation into what McVey was doing with a gun, with formulas for rifle scopes and why his car was equipped with police gear was continuing, Smith said. The Secret Service had no comment on the arrest Sunday, deferring to airport police. In Ohio, Randy Fisher, president of the Coshocton County Amateur Radio Association, said McVey was a

ham radio enthusiast who had come several times to the group's monthly meetings over the last year or two. Fisher said he was shocked to hear of the arrest and said he last talked with McVey about a week ago via radio and always found him friendly and interesting to talk to. "I was impressed that he was a public-service-minded type of individual. He really enjoyed using his ham radio for emergency services and that sort of thing," Fisher said. McVey was involved in a local organization that assists the sheriff's department when it needs help controlling traffic, which may explain why he had the police gear, Fisher said. A message seeking comment was left Monday for Coshocton County Sheriff Tim Rogers. ___ Associated Press Writer Doug Whiteman in Columbus, Ohio, contributed to this report. Five Filters featured article: Chilcot Inquiry. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.

Test Drive: 2011 Ford Fiesta
Matt Burns (TechCrunch)
Submitted at 4/26/2010 7:58:58 AM

The 2011 Ford Fiesta isn’t the status quo. No longer do consumers need to compromise on creature comforts for the practicality of a compact car. The top Fiesta trim level is loaded with enough gizmos to keep a baby boomer confused for months. However, while items like the comfy leather seats, voice-controlled Sync system, and long list of standard features might draw customers, it’s the impressive powertrain that will ultimately sell the compact car. Europeans already know this. The Fiesta is very popular across the pond, earning the title of Europe’s top selling car in 2009. It has won award after award and now it’s finally available here in the states, the final piece in Ford’s most impressive car lineup ever.


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Germany sets tough terms, markets hammer Greek debt
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"I reported Greece's needs to the parliamentary leaders and requested that we arrange the ATHENS/BERLIN(Reuters) - p a r l i a m e n t a r y d e b a t e a n d Germany called on Monday for decision process so that we are a financial rescue to be ready for in a position -- like the others -Greece by a May 19 debt to make the necessary loans deadline after uncertainty over available to Greece before May the terms and implementation of 19, if needed," he said. the aid package pushed Athens' Germany may be able to borrowing costs up to a 12-year finalize a law granting Greece high. financial aid on May 7, and Germany| Greece cautioned that any failure by Greece's efforts to reassure Athens to refinance the euro investors that aid would arrive bond on May 19 would have in time to avert the euro zone's unforeseeable consequences, first sovereign debt default Schaeuble added. proved unconvincing, and there He spoke shortly before were signs a 45 billion euro Chancellor Angela Merkel, who ($60.49 billion) EU-IMF aid was due to make a statement on package would have to be Greece at 1300 GMT. bigger. The backing of Germany, The premium investors demand Europe's biggest economy, is to buy Greek government bonds vital for any aid but Berlin faces r a t h e r t h a n e u r o z o n e public opposition to a financial benchmark Bunds hit a 12-year rescue and is taking a tough line h i g h , G r e e k b a n k s t o c k s over the terms. dropped and the euro fell. In a possible complication, "The market wants to see the Germany's opposition Social cash laying on the table, not in a Democrats said they would not coffer beside the table," said b a c k a n a c c e l e r a t e d David Schnautz, strategist at p a r l i a m e n t a r y p r o c e s s t o Commerzbank in Frankfurt. approve aid for Greece. German Finance Minister GREEK PROTESTS Wolfgang Schaeuble sought to Saddled with huge debt and a ease investors' concerns by swollen deficit, Greece bowed saying Berlin aimed to free up to pressure from markets on financial support for Greece Friday and formally requested before May 19, when Athens aid, triggering what could be the has to refinance an 8.5 billion first financial rescue of a euro bond. member of the 11-year-old
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currency bloc. Athens is in talks with the EU and IMF on additional steps to get the aid flowing in time to meet the May 19 debt deadline. Athens has already announced billions of euros in budget cuts, including tax hikes and reductions in public sector wages, setting off violent protests and strikes. Dockers at Greece's largest ports stopped work on Monday to protest against moves to allow non-Greek cruise ships to moor at multiple Greek ports without hiring Greek crews. "Lifting the restrictions, as announced, will mean the end of Greek-flagged cruise shipping and the funeral of Greek sailors," said Antonis Dalakogiorgos, head of the Panhellenic Sailors' Union. But financial markets sent a warning over any failure to contain Greece's debt problems, pushing up the cost of insuring Portuguese government debt against default to a record high because of fears Lisbon could be next to suffer a debt crisis. "The Greek crisis has started to spread to the rest of the periphery and Portugal seems to be next in line. The situation there is less urgent than in Greece, but the medium-term outlook is challenging," said Darren Williams, senior economist at Alliance Bernstein.

"Unless Europe's leaders can draw a line under the situation, Portugal could face an uncomfortable period." Underlining the fears of "contagion" to other heavily indebted members of the 16country euro zone, and also concerns about the damage the crisis could do to the EU's standing, Austria called for a quick decision on triggering aid. "This aid, which is urgently needed, needs to be effective. We should waste no time here, the basic decisions have been made," Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger said. TALKS ON AID PROGRESS Greek Finance Minister George Papaconstantinou said on Sunday talks on the aid had gone well and he was confident Athens would secure help in May to finance its public debt. Papaconstantinou also played down concerns that the German government, which wants to avoid defeat in an important regional election on May 9, might block the rescue deal. Canadian Finance Minister Jim Flaherty said the package would end up being "more than had been said previously." Asked whether aid could be as much as 80 or 90 billion euros, Papaconstantinou said he could not provide specific figures. "An EU-IMF support package of 45 billion euros would only

fill liquidity needs of the first year. A multi-year package of 90 billion euros could provide Greece the breathing space to implement the fiscal adjustment," Barclays Capital said. The Greek/German 10-year bond yield spread climbed to 679 basis points, up from Friday's settlement close of 588 bps, matching levels last seen in February 1998. Spreads against Bunds widened across the euro zone periphery, with the Italian spread moving to 99 bps, its widest since July 2009. "Greece needs 30-40 billion (euros) this year. They need the same amount for each of the following two years. The aid is very much a stop-gap and it's far from certain that everyone is going to support it," said Nigel Rendell, an emerging markets strategist at RBC. (Additional reporting by George Georgiopoulos, Renee MaLtezou and Ingrid Melander in Athens; Ilona Wissenbach in Luxembourg and Emelia Sithole -Matarise in London; writing by Timothy Heritage, editing by Toby Chopra/Susan Fenton) Five Filters featured article: Chilcot Inquiry. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.

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program, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. "In some ways Cairo is not WASHINGTON(Reuters) - going to be fulfilled until you P r e s i d e n t B a r a c k O b a m a get grander solutions to some of l a u n c h e s a n e w e f f o r t o n the big geopolitical problems," Monday to build business and said Juan Zarate, an analyst at social ties to the Muslim world, the Center for Strategic and but analysts say the need for International Studies and a progress on big issues like former deputy national security M i d d l e E a s t p e a c e w i l l adviser to President George W. overshadow the initiative. Bush. O b a m a h o s t s a t w o - d a y "The president is going to be P r e s i d e n t i a l S u m m i t o n judged by his ability to move Entrepreneurship that will bring those big issues much more so together about 250 successful than whether or not he hosts a b u s i n e s s a n d s o c i a l conference at the White House," entrepreneurs from more than he said. 50 countries, most with large Obama has struggled to Muslim populations, fulfilling a advance many of those issues. pledge he made in his Cairo His effort to revive the Middle speech to the Islamic world last East peace process has been June. hampered by Israeli settlement The president will address the activity, and his attempts to summit at the end of the first engage Iran over its nuclear d a y t o u n d e r s c o r e h i s program have been rebuffed. commitment to "deepening our The administration is pushing engagement around the world ahead with its strategy for the w i t h M u s l i m - m a j o r i t y war in Afghanistan despite communities," Deputy National increasingly brittle relations Security Adviser Ben Rhodes with Afghan leader Hamid said. Karzai due to concerns about While the summit is widely c o r r u p t i o n i n t h e A f g h a n viewed as a positive step that g o v e r n m e n t . demonstrates follow-through on Administration officials point the Cairo address, analysts said to Obama's responsible steps Obama would ultimately be toward winding up the Iraq war, judged on his handling of the and his fulfillment of pledges bigger issues in the Muslim made in the Cairo speech -world -- the Israeli-Palestinian c r e a t i n g a f u n d t o b o o s t peace process, Iran's nuclear technological development,
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naming science envoys and now holding the entrepreneurship summit. "These things don't hurt. They're helpful," Zarate said. "But I don't think we should be Pollyannaish about the grand impact or effect of these." DAVOS CROWD AND MORE The two-day entrepreneurial summit brings together a diverse group of people ages 20 to 79, "everybody from ... the Davos crowd to people that are not traditionally invited to things like this," said one senior administration official. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and other senior U.S. officials will participate in sessions alongside private sector experts like Yahoo! chief executive Jerry Yang, Grameen Bank founder Muhammad Yunus and Arif Naqvi, head of Abraaj Capital, the largest private equity firm in the Middle East. The aim is to bring together successful business and social entrepreneurs from different countries, venture capitalists, development bankers and other business experts to discuss ideas and share experiences with a view toward creating support networks that will help promote development in the region.

The White House has urged groups outside the government to participate by organizing their own related events, and that has spawned more than 30 other sessions by such groups as the National U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce, Arab Empowerment and the Middle East Youth Initiative at Brookings. The focus on social entrepreneurship as well as business entrepreneurship is seen as particularly helpful because it appeals to young people interested in having an impact, and a large proportion of the Muslim world population is under 30. "The number one priority in the Middle East and North Africa must be job creation," said David Hamod, head of the National U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce. "This is a part of the world that has very high youth unemployment and when people don't have jobs, it's easy to get up to mischief." But observers and participants say the success of the summit ultimately depends on whether it produces concrete results -financial and otherwise -- after it ends. "What kind of networks does it establish? What kinds of funds will come out of it? What kind of ... concrete recommendations for legal reforms that need to take place in certain countries?"

said Ehaab Abdou of the Middle East Youth Initiative at the Brookings Institution, which is involved in a social entrepreneurship event. Obama planned to announce some new financing to support entrepreneurship, but administration officials made clear the government wants to be seen not as a funder but as a catalyst bringing together entrepreneurs with potential investors. That may leave the success of the summit largely in the hands of the people in attendance, and some participants see that as a good thing. "It puts responsibility on these summit delegates and on people in the community to not just sit back and watch things like the Cairo speech and say, 'OK, well what's Obama going to do next?'" said Hazami Barmada of Arab Empowerment. "It goes back to igniting that fire of, 'I can be part of figuring out how we can create a more sustainable, viable and healthier community and society.'" (Editing by Jackie Frank) Five Filters featured article: Chilcot Inquiry. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.


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Financial reform nears test in Senate
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WASHINGTON(Reuters) - The most sweeping overhaul of financial regulation since the Great Depression appeared unlikely to clear its first hurdle in the Senate on Monday as Republicans held out for a bipartisan deal. Barack Obama Even as Wall Street reeled from more revelations out of the government fraud case against Goldman Sachs, Republicans said they would block action on the bill until it was more to their liking. President Barack Obama and his Democratic allies have seized the political initiative to advance the overhaul after months of work, but they need at least one Republican to side with them in a late-afternoon procedural vote in order to begin debate in the Senate. Senator Richard Shelby, the lead Republican negotiator on the issue, predicted his party would stand firm in blocking debate to seek greater leverage in talks with Democrats. "If we hang together on the

floor, we can create critical mass," he told a banking group on Monday. If Democrats fall short, the setback would be temporary. Neither side wants to be seen as siding with a deeply unpopular industry ahead of congressional elections in November. Republicans have struck a conciliatory tone and said they expect a final bill to pass by a wide margin. The future shape and profitability of the banking industry hangs in the balance, more than two years since the worst financial crisis in generations unleashed reforms worldwide. The stakes are high for Obama. Since the recent passage of his landmark healthcare restructuring, he has sharply criticized Wall Street in speeches backing the Democratic financial regulation bill. WOULD BAN BANKS FROM SWAPS TRADE The Senate bill would require banks to spin off business units involved with trading swaps, a type of financial contract implicated in the fall of bailed-

out insurer AIG, sources said. That would reflect the hardhitting approach to the unpoliced $450 trillion derivatives market taken by the Democratic chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, Blanche Lincoln. Other controversial parts of the Democrats' bill include forming a new consumer protection watchdog and devising a new government process for dismantling troubled financial firms. With an eye to ending bailouts of "too big to fail" firms like Goldman Sachs, Democrats want a new "orderly liquidation" process. As proposed, it aims to protect taxpayers from costly bailouts, like that of AIG, while shielding the economy from shock bankruptcies like Lehman Brothers' 2008 collapse. Shelby said he would meet at 2 p.m. with Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd, a Democrat, but did not expect a deal before the vote, scheduled three hours later. Republicans have said they oppose the bill on various grounds, and have called it a

costly overreach of government that could reduce credit flows. Shelby said it does not sufficiently ensure that taxpayers won't be on the hook for future bailouts. Hundreds of lobbyists for banks and Wall Street, sometimes working closely with Republicans, have been working for months to block the reform plans, which threaten profits, particularly in the lucrative derivatives market. Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid could bring up the bill again later in the week if Republicans succeed in blocking it on Monday. The U.S. House of Representatives approved a financial reform bill in December. Whatever the Senate produces would have to be merged with the House bill before a final measure could be sent to Obama to be signed into law. Analysts expect it could happen by mid-year. Intensified efforts in Congress and from Obama on reform have come amid a high-profile fraud case brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission

against Goldman Sachs, a titan of Wall Street with deep political connections. Goldman released three-yearold e-mails over the weekend that showed bond trader Fabrice Tourre wrote of the impending collapse of the subprime mortgage market and how he was masterminding ways at Goldman to make money from it. Tourre is the only individual charged by the SEC in its case. Goldman released the e-mails as it readies for its appearance before a Senate panel on Tuesday. Goldman Chief Executive Lloyd Blankfein and Tourre are slated to testify, with other former and current executives. (Additional reporting by David Lawder, Rachelle Younglai and Tabassum Zakaria in Washington and Steve Eder in New York; editing by Eric Beech) Five Filters featured article: Chilcot Inquiry. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.

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Iraq panel wipes out votes, result in doubt
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Sunni anger just as the sectarian violence unleashed after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion recedes. BAGHDAD(Reuters) - An "The ruling of the review panel Iraqi review panel on Monday is politically motivated and threw the results of a March could be detrimental to the e l e c t i o n i n t o q u e s t i o n b y whole democratic process in invalidating votes cast for 52 Iraq," said Mustafa al-Hiti, a c a n d i d a t e s , o f f i c i a l s s a i d , senior member of Allawi's casting a shadow over the slim Iraqiya alliance. lead of a Sunni-backed alliance. Electoral officials and other World politicians said a more One of the names barred for significant ruling might come on alleged ties to Saddam Hussein's T u e s d a y , w h e n t h e p a n e l banned Baath party was a considers the fate of six to nine winner in the March 7 ballot for winning candidates. The bloc the cross-sectarian bloc of ex- that could benefit the most from premier Iyad Allawi, which rode any change in the result is strong Sunni support to gain a Shi'ite Prime Minister Nuri altwo-seat lead in the election. Maliki's State of Law coalition, Allawi's allies said they did not which won 89 seats, just two think the final election result behind Iraqiya's 91. would change. Under Iraq's The rulings come before the electoral system, a candidate expected start next week of a barred by the panel might recount of votes in Baghdad, conceivably be replaced by a which could also change the member of the same party. result and enrage Sunnis who But any reduction in Iraqiya's saw Iraqiya's success as a representation could reignite vindication of their claim to
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greater political clout. Sunnis' resentment at their fall from power after the ousting of Sunni dictator Saddam in 2003 helped fuel a bloody sectarian war and a fierce insurgency after the invasion. Iraqis had hoped the election would help the war-damaged country cement improved security and stability. Instead, the lack of a clear result has spawned protracted political uncertainty as Shi'iteled, Sunni-backed and Kurdish factions try to negotiate tie-ups that would allow them to gain a working majority and pick the next government. "This decision (of the review panel) builds a wall between the political parties when they should be getting closer to forming a government quickly," said Khamis al-Badri, a professor of political science at Baghdad University. "This decision at this time will not be good for the political

process." The impasse has also occurred as international oil firms are starting to invest in Iraq's vast oilfields, launching the country on a path that could more than quadruple its oil output capacity to Saudi levels of 12 million barrels per day. Hamdiya al-Husseini, a member of Iraq's independent electoral commission, said Monday's ruling by the panel was not final as the affected candidates had a month to appeal. (Additional reporting by Rania El Gamal and Muhanad Mohammed; Writing by Michael Christie; Editing by Dominic Evans) Five Filters featured article: Chilcot Inquiry. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.

AeroZoom Supercharges Your Mouse for Keyboard-Free Presentations [Downloads]
Jason Fitzpatrick (Lifehacker)
Submitted at 4/26/2010 6:30:00 AM

Windows: The Windows builtin magnifier tool was designed more for aiding those with vision problems than aiding those giving presentations. AeroZoom is a supercharged magnifier that makes it effortless to zoom and adjust your presentation view with simple mouse clicks. More »

iPad x-rayed, everything looks fine
Michael Grothaus (The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW))
Submitted at 4/26/2010 10:00:00 AM

Filed under: iPad An orthopedic doctor in Japan wanted to see what made the iPad tick, so he threw it under an x-ray machine and posted the

images to his blog. We guess the good doctor (whose name is Dr. Ambition, according to his blog) wasn't happy with all the teardown photos and videos of the iPad. Or maybe he just wanted to see what happens when you pump it full of the iPad's x-ray was processed radiation. Appropriately enough,

with OsiriX DICOM medical imaging software for Mac. The good news for the iPad is that nothing was broken and, as long as the stool samples come back negative, it seems it can look forward to a long life. [via Obama Pacman] TUAW iPad x-rayed,

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The Modigliani Test for Linked Data: Results
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database Freebase. However Kiryakov, who is the Executive Director of Bulgarian Semantic Submitted at 4/26/2010 4:56:34 AM Technology company Ontotext In a recent post, I outlined a A D , d i d a g r e a t j o b o f kind of layman's test for the explaining his methodology and Semantic Web. I wrote that the noting the issues he faced. The tipping point for the Semantic Current State of Linked Data Web may be when anyone can Queries query a set of data about a The result of Kiryakov's historical figure and get a long attempt is a relatively short list list of structured results in of locations of Modigliani r e t u r n . I c a l l e d t h i s ' T h e paintings around the world. He Modigliani Test,' after my admits that the list isn't long f a v o r i t e a r t i s t A m e d e o enough, but says that it's the Modigliani. To pass this test, closest he could get - not just you must deliver - using Linked because of the limited amount of Data - a comprehensive list of data in the Linked Data Web, locations of original Modigliani but because it's "hard to query art works around the world. and use today." A developer named Atanas Essentially Kiryakov created Kiryakov gave the test a good code to query a few known crack. In doing so, he illustrated Linked Data sets, with custom the core issues facing the manipulations to output location Semantic Web currently. data. This is what he came up Sponsor with: The challenge of this test is that PREFIX fb: PREFIX dbpedia: there isn't currently enough PREFIX dbp-prop: PREFIX dbp linked data on the Web about - o n t : P R E F I X u m b e l - s c : Modigliani. Also the key data in P R E F I X r d f : P R E F I X o t : this test is the locations of art S E L E C T DISTINCT works, which probably isn't one ? p a i n t i n g _ l ? o w n e r _ l of the main data fields for art ?city_fb_con ?city_db_loc data when it's uploaded to the ?city_db_cit WHERE { ?p Web (artist name and art work fb:visual_art.artwork.artist title would be the two key data dbpedia:Amedeo_Modigliani ; fields). fb:visual_art.artwork.owners [ Kiryakov wasn't the only fb:visual_art.artwork_owner_rel person who attempted to pass a t i o n s h i p . o w n e r ? o w ] ; the test; and in fact his results ot:preferredLabel ?painting_l. mirror what can be found ?ow ot:preferredLabel ?owner_l already on the popular open . OPTIONAL { ?ow

list was just 8 items long and most of the locations are in major U.S. cities. This falls well short of a comprehensive list of Modigliani art work locations. For example, there's no data about Modigliani paintings in Europe - where Modigliani lived all his life. Other Sources of Modiglidata Kiryakov wrote that most of the data returned in the Modigliani example came from Freebase. Indeed, as RWW commenter fb:location.location.containedby Brian Karlak pointed out in our [ ot:preferredLabel ?city_fb_con original post, you can get much ] } . OPTIONAL { ?ow dbp- the same result within Freebase prop:location ?loc. ?loc rdf:type itself. Another commenter, u m b e l - s c : C i t y ; Michael, pointed to a nonot:preferredLabel ?city_db_loc } t e c h n i c a l r e s u l t s p a g e . OPTIONAL { ?ow dbp-ont:city Kiryakov's result has a little [ ot:preferredLabel ?city_db_cit more data, but not much more. However the point of ]} } Kiryakov's attempt and blog That query was executed in a tool called LDSR, a "Linked post was to point out the Data Semantic Repository" d i f f i c u l t y o f p a s s i n g t h e created by Kiryakov's company Modigliani Test right now. He Ontotext. He calls LDSR a noted that "getting useful "search engine for part of the information from LOD [Linked linked data web." Ontotext's Open Data] quite often requires LDSR includes data from a lot of efforts to analyze and e x i s t i n g L i n k e d D a t a post-process them in order to get repositories such as DBPedia, reasonable answers to structured Freebase, Geonames, UMBEL queries." In other words, it's much more than just inputting a and Wordnet. Here is a screenshot of Atanas natural language query (note Kiryakov's attempt to pass the that the Freebase example was Modigliani Test. He spent over provided by a user there named an hour formulating the code masouras, so it's not something an average user could do). used to generate this result. As you can see, the resulting I should also mention that in the comments to the previous post,

Bruce Wayne pointed to his company Factoetum's effort to pass the test- which had 7 results, including some different ones to Ontotext/Freebase. Like Kiryakov, Wayne noted that it's "nearly impossible" for non technical people to use the current solutions. Finally, to address an issue that some commenters raised in the previous post: yes it would be possible to pass the Modigliani Test with some manual human effort to track down location data. But that's cheating - we want to see this done using Linked Data. And not just for Modigliani works, but for any other artist. Much Work to Be Done Atanas Kiryakov concluded that "there is still a lot of work to be done, because we cannot expect wide usage and interest in the Semantic Web if writing such a query takes more than an hour and a lot of technical knowledge." While that's true, I thank Atanas for giving the Modigliani Test a crack. At least now I know to visit the Museum of Modern Art when I next go to New York! Let us know your thoughts on the Modigliani Test in the comments. Or perhaps you're a developer willing to take on this challenge? Discuss

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2 More Weeks Until the ReadWriteWeb Mobile Summit Register Today!
Admin (ReadWriteWeb)
Submitted at 4/26/2010 10:00:00 AM

There are just two more weeks until the ReadWriteWeb Mobile Summit 2010, so we invite you to register now. Be a part of high-value, intimate conversations with people working throughout the world of mobile, from garage developers to industry luminaries. The summit will take place May 7, 2010, in Mountain View, California and will be an exploration of the latest mobile development trends, both the technology and the emerging business applications. We are looking forward to some amazing discussion and debate about mobile with participants like: Sponsor • Deb Schultz of Altimeter group • Patrick Chanezon, Don Dodge & Bob Meese of Google • Ted Morgan of Skyhook Wireless • Scott Raney and Tom Tunguz of Redpoint Ventures • Adam Blum of Rhomobile • Brady Forrest of O'Reilly

• Brent Simmons of Newsgator Technologies • Patrick Burns of DASH7 Alliance As with our first event, the Real -Time Web Summit last October, the Mobile Summit will be in the "unconference" format. Laura Fittion, founder of, had these thoughts about ReadWriteWeb's last summit:"There were a lot of investors there and it was a great dialogue between startups and investors. The unconference format was great because it got away from the bogus who-is in the real-time Web, and made it who-wants-to-be. You didn't have to be big and influential to get your ideas across - if it was a good idea then it got heard. It wasn't just Twitter, it was many things real time, defined pretty expansively." How Unconferences Work What's an unconference all about? Here's the idea: Convene an incredible group of people, frame the discussion, ask important questions, then guide participants in building an agenda for the day to maximize the value of the event and

minimize hot air. Martin Källström, CEO of the real-time blog and feed tracking service Twingly brought his team over from Sweden for our last event. " Last year we happened across one of Kaliya Hamlin's unconference events," he told us. "We spent a couple of hours there and it was an amazing experience. The unconference format is an amazing way for things to happen; it gets everyone to lower their defenses. By opening peoples' minds to 'this is about whatever we want it to be about", they look at how they can create value." Or, as Google's Brett Slatkin said when using the elite FooCamp events as a way to explain the unconference format: "Foo-style [unconferencing is] always way better than talks." As with our previous event, the

Mobile Summit will be facilitated by Kaliya Hamlin, who in our opinion is the best in the business at this style of event. We're using the same venue too, the beautiful Computer History Museum. Mobile was one of our top five trends last year and continues to undergo explosive growth, so our aim with this event is to help you navigate the opportunities. Get ready to explore, think and create the future of mobile! Because it will be you - the attendees - who ultimately set the agenda. You can begin adding your suggestions now. We will have two main tracks at this Summit, Development and Business. Here's a sample of some of the topics we'll explore in both of these tracks: • Geo-location services- what can you do using location as a platform? • Commerce & Marketing- as more and more consumers use smartphones, how can businesses utilize this channel? • Content, Publishing & Recommendations- the technologies and best practices. • Mobile Social Networkinghow to tap into communities on

mobile devices. • Internet of Things- the emerging opportunities from sensor and RFID data. • Augmented Reality- the technology and business applications of AR. • Native App vs. Browser Based- Including iPhone, Android, RIM, Palm, Windows Mobile and Symbian. If you're a company in the mobile Internet market, you may be interested in becoming a sponsor for this event. Please contact our COO Sean Ammirati for more information about sponsor packages. And a big thank-you to our current event sponsors: CallFire, WorldMate, Alcatel-Lucent and Ipevo. The ReadWriteWeb team is excited about our second event and we can't wait to discuss the opportunities in Mobile with you on May 7. You can find banners and logos to link to our event here, if you're so inclined. We hope to see you on May 7! Discuss



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Do Kids Read Blogs? New Study Aims to Confuse
Sarah Perez (ReadWriteWeb)
Submitted at 4/26/2010 10:12:59 AM

in some of the millenials with the the "Gen X" group to create a hybrid group called "Gen A new study released earlier X/Y." The term "millenials," this month seems to contradict h o w e v e r , i s o f t e n u s e d findings from Pew Internet interchangeably with "Gen Y," Project's February report on the so it's unclear why they've declining blog authorship and d e c i d e d t o b r e a k u p t h a t blog readership among the demographic group in this way. youngest generation of online To boost Gen X's numbers, users. Instead of seeing a perhaps? We can't be sure. downward trend in blogging, the Ignoring Those Under 18 latest research appears, at first More importantly, the study glance, to have us questioning simply ignores the youngest those prior reports. generation, the one we like to According to the latest study, call "generation I" or the this one from BlogHer and "iGeneration" (you can guess iVillage(red flag?) and co- why), which was a major focus sponsored by Ketchum and The of Pew's study. In fact, Pew's Nielsen Company, young adults study showed that only 14% of known as "millenials" are the tweens and teens ages 12 to 17 top demographic group in both now report that they blog, down reading and writing blogs with from 25% only four years ago. nearly one-third reporting they And only 52% reporting reading read blogs and just over 40% a n d c o m m e n t i n g o n t h e i r saying they blog themselves. friends' blog, down from over So was the earlier study - the three-quarters back in 2006. one claiming "kids don't blog" In other words, the Internet's anymore- wrong? newest users aren't blogging or Sponsor all that interested in reading Odd Demographics Studied blogs. Instead, they prefer In the new study, the focus was Facebook, said the study. It's o n f o u r a g e g r o u p s : their method of communication millenials(ages 18-25), Gen between friends and for getting X/Y(26-42), Boomers(43-61) the latest news. and Seniors(62-76). Yes, sigh, Facebook is the new T h i s i s a c o n f u s i n g Internet. And the social segmentation of demographic network's latest moves will only groups because they've lumped further solidify that position

and 29.3% saying they were blog readers. Some of the other numbers are questionable, although we have no way of proving their legitimacy or lack thereof. But really: 12.8% of seniors blog? This is perhaps the most with the launch of the universal shocking number of them all. "like" button for the entire web, Nothing against seniors, of the "instant personalization" course, but I live in a state filled provided by websites like with them, and I have yet to Pandora and Yelp (to start), the meet a single senior who even "sign in with Facebook" boxes knows what a blog is, much less that appear on seemingly every authors one. site now and so on. At the end of the day, the How this youngest online study's numbers just feel a little generation uses the Internet is an too bullish on this whole important trend to watch. blogging thing for my tastes. Although their habits may Plus, there's little info about the change over time, it's worth methodology included in the considering that their general report and, then there's the fact disinterest in sharing their t h a t B l o g H e r , a b l o g g i n g thoughts, feelings, news and community for women, is, in ideas via blogging is a trend that part, behind the research. will continue as they age. After The truth of the matter is that all, who needs to blog when you neither this latest study nor h a v e F a c e b o o k ? Pew's research is likely painting BlogHer/iVillage's Findings an entirely accurate picture of For what it's worth, the the blogging landscape. We've BlogHer/iVillage study found questioned Pew's methodology that those 18-25 were the group many times in the past and we're most likely to write or read skeptical of positive studies put blogs, with 40.4% reporting the out by those who would benefit write blogs and 30.3% reporting from the news. they read them. The mysterious Our advice? Take both reports Gen X/Y group was a close with a grain of salt. Discuss second with 28.1% of the group saying they were blog authors

Alex e-reader rooted, five users overwhelmed with joy
Joseph L. Flatley (Engadget)
Submitted at 4/26/2010 10:53:00 AM

Well, it was only a matter of time before the Alex e-reader got it's Android sportin' self hacked, right? According to ereader enthusiast (and oddly named pirate) Bluebrain, this is exactly what he did over the weekend! You're psyched, right? Want to see pics? Get instructions? Try it out for yourself? What else are you going to do on a Monday morning -- work? Hit that source link to get started. Alex e-reader rooted, five users overwhelmed with joy originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 26 Apr 2010 10:53:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Android Forums| Email this| Comments

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GE, Nissan team on smart charging for electric cars

director of GE Global Research, in a statement. Nissan last week began taking General Electric and Nissan orders for the Nissan Leaf, an all p l a n t o r e s e a r c h " s m a r t -electric sedan that can go about charging" technologies for 100 miles. It plans to start e l e c t r i c v e h i c l e s t o h e l p delivery of the car in the U.S. consumers take advantage of and Japan by the end of the cheaper electricity rates and year. keep the power grid stable. As these plug-in vehicles come The two companies on Monday to market, though, people in the announced a memorandum of auto and utility industries say u n d e r s t a n d t o u n d e r t a k e there still are a few issues that r e s e a r c h m a i n l y a t G E ' s need to be cleared up to make Niskayuna, New York smart- the transition smooth for car grid lab for three years. The first owners. phase of the work will focus on In a blog post, GE scientist integrating electric car charging Matt Nielsen, who is taking the with homes and buildings. The lead on the smart charging second phase will work on research, said that GE and integrating electric vehicles in Nissan will seek to sort out the power grid, according to the which challenges are real and companies. which are perceived by using GE's Matt Nielsen is the lead c o m p u t e r s i m u l a t i o n s a n d researcher for the smart gathering data. charging work at GE's research Among the challenges he sees lab in upstate New York.(Credit: are equipping homes with the GE) appropriate wiring for car "Together with Nissan, we will charging, administering lowtake a comprehensive look at c o s t m e t e r i n g p l a n s f r o m what technologies will be utilities, and managing car needed in the car, on the grid cables so people don't trip over and at home or work to make them. smart charging a reality," said In addition to providing Mark Little, the president and convenience for drivers, smart
Submitted at 4/26/2010 9:34:17 AM

driving route. Ford and Microsoft earlier this month said Ford electric vehicle drivers will use car-charging tools in Microsoft's Hohm home energy-management Web application. The Pacific Northwest National Labs has developed a smart charger controller, a device that can get data on charge rates from the Internet while making sure a car is fully charged when needed. Utility and electric vehicles company executives are also exploring ways for plug-in vehicle batteries to provide services for the power grid. A network of plugged-in vehicles charging software is considered c o m m u n i c a t i o n o f t h e i r electric cars could help stabilize a critical piece of infrastructure perception may impact the the grid's frequency and reduce as more electric cars are plugged overall adoption curve," Nielsen the need for power plants used in. If a neighborhood has only a said. for that purpose. Electric few electric vehicles charging at To avoid taxing the grid, smartvehicles could also send their the same time, it could strain or charging equipment could charge back into the grid, take down a local circuit, m o n i t o r t h e r a t e t h a t c a r although that technology is according to utility executives. batteries are charged or schedule considered more challenging. "Initially the small numbers of charging for off-peak times. Five Filters featured article: electric vehicles will not strain Consumers could also program Chilcot Inquiry. Available tools: the grid. However, I would their daily charging to take PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, argue that providing a good advantage of off-peak rates, if Term Extraction. customer experience will be they are available. Or, there critical for these early adopters. could be tools to check the I n t o d a y ' s s o c i a l - m e d i a charge status and estimate the connected environment, the charge needed for a planned

Automotive Recalls - from Consumer Reports
Press Room (Consumer Reports)
Submitted at 4/25/2010 9:00:59 PM

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RIM announces BlackBerry Pearl 3G, Bold 9650
Submitted at 4/26/2010 7:30:00 AM

RIM BlackBerry Pearl 3G(Credit: RIM) This post was updated at 6:39 a.m., PT with information from Sprint regarding the availability of the RIM BlackBerry Bold 9650. Research in Motion's Wireless Enterprise Symposium (WES) doesn't officially start till Tuesday, but the company kickstarted things by introducing two new devices on Monday: the BlackBerry Bold 9650 and the BlackBerry Pearl 3G. Carriers and pricing are sparse at this time, but the news finally gives us a look at two devices that have been a long time coming. The BlackBerry Bold 9650 is a handset that's been promised since last summer and while now under the Bold name, this is essentially the BlackBerry Tour with the addition of Wi-Fi and an optical trackpad. The rest of the smartphone's features remain largely the same as the Tour's, including dual-mode functionality for world roaming, support for international 3G bands, and a 3.2-megapixel
FanHouse TV (FanHouse Main)
Submitted at 4/25/2010 4:00:00 PM

camera. It also features a 3.5mm headphone jack, a 2.44-inch HVGA screen, 512MB Flash memory, and ships with a 2GB microSD card. So far only Sprint has officially announced that it will offer the BlackBerry Bold 9650 starting May 23 for $199.99 with a twoyear contract and after a $100 mail-in rebate. While we have yet to hear from Verizon, we'd

will actually be two configurations. The 9100 model will have a 20-key SureType keyboard, while the 9105 will have a 14-key SureType keyboard. Like the latest BlackBerrys, the optical trackpad replaces the trackball navigator and also has dedicated media controls on top of the device. The smartphone also runs BlackBerry OS 5.0 and includes Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n), Bluetooth, and GPS. The BlackBerry Pearl 3G supports both AT&T's and T -Mobile's 3G networks. For a next-gen model, however, we're disappointed that RIM didn't upgrade the 3.2-megapixel camera. While not the most mindblowing news, RIM may also show off BlackBerry OS 6.0 at be pretty surprised if the carrier WES, which we're definitely didn't pick up the Bold 9650 excited to hear more about and sooner or later. we'll be sure to report back any Meanwhile, the BlackBerry news from the show. WES is Pearl 3G finally gives us a taking place in Orlando, Fla. refresh of the popular Pearl from April 27 to April 29. series. Like previous models, Five Filters featured article: the Pearl 3G keeps a compact Chilcot Inquiry. Available tools: design, measuring 4.25 inches PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, tall by 1.96 inches wide by 0.52 Term Extraction. inch thick, and features a SureType keyboard but there

Google’s Nexus One Hits Vodafone UK
Steve O'Hear (TechCrunch)
Submitted at 4/26/2010 6:37:47 AM

Brits can now get their hands on Google's so-called 'superphone' for an upfront cost of "free". Kinda. Available from today for pre-order on Vodafone UK, the Androidpowered Google Nexus One can be had for £35 per-month on a 2 year contract, including a bundle of minutes and texts, and the much needed 1GB monthly data allowance -- this is a Google Phone after all (see TechCrunch review). There are a number of other tariffs available too. Customers who pre-order can expect deliveries to go out on April 30th.

FanHouse TV: 2010 NFL Draft Winners
Filed under: NFL Draft The with three of the first four picks University of Oklahoma may representing the Sooners. have been the biggest collegiate As for which NFL teams fared winner in the 2010 NFL Draft, the best, FanHouse TV's Dan Graziano breaks down the big winners. Click below to watch:

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CTL 2go Convertible Classmate PC NL2 now available for the kids
Joanna Stern (Engadget)
Submitted at 4/26/2010 10:30:00 AM

We may have dropped the Convertible Classmate PC on its head back at its CeBIT launch, but obviously that didn't throw the little netbook off its educational course. Intel along with its hardware partners are now officially launching the improved and re-ruggedized netverible, and here in the US, CTL's added the kiddie laptop to its lineup. The $499 2go Convertible Classmate PC NL2, which is configured with an Intel Atom N450 processor, 1GB of RAM, 160GB hard drive, Windows XP Home and a four-cell battery, will start

shipping to those ever so studious school children this week. We can tell you that the kids are lucking out this time. We've been playing around with the netvertible for the last few days, and must say it's one tough piece of hardware. Though we can see the 3.7-pound rubberized chassis putting a bit of strain on smaller arms, it's really easy to grip and the retractable handle is less cumbersome than the previous versions. We've got to admit we were a bit disappointed that the resistive screen still doesn't support multitouch, but it's responsive to finger touches and the included stylus takes some

pretty smooth notes. Our $599 unit came with Windows 7 Professional installed, but we continue to love Intel's Blue Dolphin software layer for easily opening programs with a

finger. The accelerometer is slightly sluggish to rotate the screen orientation, but we were quickly distracted by the antimicrobial keyboard and rotating webcam. We'll be here

wondering why the kids get to have all the fun, but we encourage you to check out the hands-on pictures and PR below. Gallery: CTL 2go Convertible Classmate PC NL2 hands-on Continue reading CTL 2go Convertible Classmate PC NL2 now available for the kids CTL 2go Convertible Classmate PC NL2 now available for the kids originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 26 Apr 2010 10:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| CTL| Email this| Comments

Steve's private jet is back in the air
Michael Grothaus (The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW))

the $580,000 Steve was reimbursed for travel on his jet during the January to June 2008 period. Submitted at 4/26/2010 9:00:00 AM Filed under: Steve Jobs The $4000 reimbursement was Steve Jobs is flying again. due to several reasons, notably Literally. Last April the Wall Jobs being sick, but also Street Journal freaked out a bit because he didn't need to fly all when they went through Apple's over the world closing iPhone SEC reports and saw that Apple 3G deals with international only reimbursed Steve Jobs for carriers. For those that see Jobs' US$4000 in flight expenses for G u l f s t r e a m e x p e n s e s a s his private Gulfstream V jet directly"integral to negotiations f r o m J u l y t o D e c e m b e r with international carriers and 2008.The $4000 reimbursement supply chain partners," you'll be was a paltry sum compared to happy to hear that Jobs has

racked up $127,000 in Gulfstream expenses from January to March of this year, according to Apple most recent SEC filing.

So why is Jobs flying all around on Apple business again? We know he was in New York several times to talk to publishers about putting their

content on the iPad, beyond that, it's anyone's guess. TUAW Steve's private jet is back in the air originally appeared on The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) on Mon, 26 Apr 2010 09:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Read| Permalink| Email this| Comments



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iBracket turns your iPad into an iKiosk
Steven Sande (The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW))
Submitted at 4/26/2010 10:30:00 AM

Filed under: iPad Gravity Switch has been making kiosk enclosures for various computers for about 15 years, so it's not a surprise that their attention would move to the iPad. Apple's newest device is perfect for touchscreen kiosk applications, as well as much less expensive than most traditional kiosk setups. T h e a l u m i n u m iBracket(US$349, $399 for the gallery version) features a beautiful anodized aluminum finish in one of 14 colors, and can be hung either vertically or horizontally. The gallery version

of the iBracket (seen above) has 4 built-in speakers, so it's easy to have the iPad play music or a narration through the iPod app while displaying a custom application or photos. You simply slide an iPad into the

iBracket, connect the speakers and power, and then mount it on the wall. The iBracket has a locking mounting bracket, so there's no fear of someone walking off with your iPad and the bracket.

Gravity Switch is currently taking orders for the iBracket, and you can also inquire about custom finishes if one of the existing colors just doesn't trip your trigger. As Jason Mark of Gravity Switch mentioned, the iPad is truly a "game-changer" in the touchscreen kiosk world, and with the iBracket, we're sure to see a lot more iPad-based kiosks popping up everywhere. TUAW iBracket turns your iPad into an iKiosk originally appeared on The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) on Mon, 26 Apr 2010 10:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Read| Permalink| Email this| Comments

ThinkPad Edge beats Vostro V13 in LCD stress test (video)
Vladislav Savov (Engadget)
Submitted at 4/26/2010 10:09:00 AM

They might officially be targeting the lower end of business budgets, but a quick peek at the attractive stylings of Lenovo's ThinkPad Edge and Dell's Vostro V13 would suggest that both have no THINKPAD page 21

BlackBerry Bold 9650 hands-on: yeah, it's a Tour with an optical pad
Chris Ziegler (Engadget)
Submitted at 4/26/2010 9:40:00 AM

which is definitely a big improvement over the trackball of old -- not only does it If you had any illusions about eliminate the issue of gunk what exactly the Bold 9650 is, b u i l d u p , b u t i t ' s t o t a l l y make no mistake: owning a responsive and arguably even Tour takes you 95 percent of the easier to use than the ball for w a y t o u n d e r s t a n d i n g t h e most tasks. The version we used experience. The only thing was Sprint-branded, but RIM you'll really notice on an has unbranded units on hand, Verizon will end up picking it ongoing basis is the optical pad, t o o ; w e c a n o n l y a s s u m e up, though Big Red has been

uncharacteristically silent about the matter so far. Hit up the quick gallery below (or, you know, take your Tour and just tape a picture of an optical pad over the trackball to get the experience firsthand). Gallery: BlackBerry Bold 9650 hands-on: yeah, it's a Tour with an optical pad Gallery: BlackBerry Bold 9650

hands-on 2 BlackBerry Bold 9650 handson: yeah, it's a Tour with an optical pad originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 26 Apr 2010 09:40:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| | Email this| Comments

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Sprint gets BlackBerry Bold 9650: $200 on contract, ships May 23
Darren Murph (Engadget)
Submitted at 4/26/2010 9:47:00 AM

continued from page 20

We suspected that both Sprint and Verizon Wireless would eventually pick up RIM's hot-off -of-the-press BlackBerry Bold 9650, and sure enough, the former has already come forward with a glowing press release stating as much. Starting on May 23rd (that's just under a month, for those operating sans any sense of time), Sprint loyalists will be able to score this very smartphone for $199.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate and 2-year contract. It'll reportedly be available in "all Sprint sale channels," tempting you with that 480 x 360 resolution display, BB OS 5, Wi -Fi module and 3.2 megapixel camera. So, VZW -- got a similar announcement you'd like to make? [Thanks, Travis] Continue reading Sprint gets BlackBerry Bold 9650: $200 on

shortage of consumer market appeal. So, for the sake of differentiating between these two thin-and-light machines, Lenovo has provided us with one of its torture test videos. Subjecting the V13 and Edge to (hopefully identical) pressure at varying points across the LCD lid, this procedure assesses the robustness of each machine's screen design. In spite of lacking all the fancy metals presented in its elder ThinkPad siblings, the Edge comes through the test unscathed and begging for more, whereas the V13 ... well, it doesn't. Skip past

the break to see the hideously disfigured LCD that resulted from its visit to the Lenovo labs. Continue reading ThinkPad Edge beats Vostro V13 in LCD stress test (video) ThinkPad Edge beats Vostro V13 in LCD stress test (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 26 Apr 2010 10:09:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink ThinkPads| Lenovo Video Library (YouTube)| Email this| Comments

Android Ported to iPhone
Curt Hopkins (ReadWriteWeb)
Submitted at 4/25/2010 8:00:00 PM

contract, ships May 23 Sprint gets BlackBerry Bold 9650: $200 on contract, ships May 23 originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 26 Apr 2010 09:47:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Sprint| Email this| Comments

Hacker Planetbeing has apparently ported the Android to the iPhone. The Android OS is, in this video, apparently running successfully on the Apple phone. Planetbeing has offered the Android-to-iPhone " pre-built images and sources" as a torrent Sponsor download "It should be pretty simple to For the time being, it looks like port forward to the iPhone 3G," the porting only works on first- says Planetbeing. "The 3GS will generation iPhones.

take more work. Hopefully with all this groundwork laid out, we can make Android a real alternative or supplement for iPhone users." As Alexander Vaughn points out on AppAdvice, "Just like you can do Bootcamp on your Mac to access PC apps, you'll be able to go on Android to try all these apps that don't exist, or were not allowed on the iPhone." Discuss


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Rhapdosy App For iPad, iPod touch, & iPhone Lets You Download Music Now, No Internet Connection Required
Nicholas Deleon (TechCrunch)
Submitted at 4/26/2010 9:40:42 AM

Rhapsody, the digital music service, has released an updated App for the iPad, iPod touch, and iPhone. It's free to download but requires a subscription to use. The big deal here is that not only can you listen to your Rhapsody playlist while connected to the Internet, but you can also download individual songs to local storage. Yes, that means you'll be able to listen to your favorite song—Rhapsody has a catalog of more than 9 million songs—while in areas without Internet access, such as the

VidCoder Streamlines HandBrake's UI for Easy Ripping and Converting [Downloads]
Kevin Purdy (Lifehacker)
Submitted at 4/26/2010 5:30:00 AM

subways of New York. It marks the first time that Apple has allowed a third-party music subscription App to be able to download songs in the U.S. Yes, it's a reasonably big deal.

Windows: HandBrake is a killer tool for ripping DVDs and converting videos to friendly formats. Its interface, though, is a bit imposing to first-time users, at least on Windows. VidCoder builds on John Biggs (TechCrunch) also looks like B&N's retail HandBrake's core powers and network is also driving sales. adds pared-down menus and Submitted at 4/26/2010 8:30:39 AM Digitimes reports that 53% of e- options. More » Well look at this: new kid on book readers shipped were the book, Barnes & Noble's Nooks while 1.43 million Nook ereader, just surpassed ereaders were sold in Q1 2010. Amazon Kindle sales in March. They're estimating that total Obviously the Nook is a bit ereader sales will reach 11 newer than the Kindle and those million by year's end. who were going to buy a Kindle probably have already, but it

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Sony To Stop Manufacturing Floppy Discs After 30 Years
Serkan Toto (TechCrunch)
Submitted at 4/26/2010 7:17:03 AM

Remember Floppy discs? In case you haven't noticed (like I

didn't), Sony is actually still making and selling those discs. But soon it's time to say goodbye, as the company now in March next year. Sony rolled said[JP] it will stop production

out the world's first 3.5-inch floppy disc back in 1981. And believe it or not, even in 2008, the company could still sell 8.5 million units in Japan alone.

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Dancing's Derek Hough: I Have to Top Last Season's Mambo Head-Bob
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stickler when it comes to that? Derek Hough: Yeah, well, it was story week and with our Submitted at 4/25/2010 9:01:00 PM song, I thought I'd take some liberty with it instead of doing • Apr 25, 2010 10:01 PM ET the standard quickstep. I was • by Joyce Eng doing the song — "Anything • Goes." I was expecting to get a few comments from the judges, Derek Hough so that wasn't a surprise. I'm still Derek Hough is feeling the happy with what we did and I pressure — not because he and think people enjoyed it. I'm not Nicole Scherzinger are the going to be breaking any more Dancing with the Stars leaders, rules — I don't do them on but because the swing marathon purpose! is taking place Monday. And Dancing's Nicole Scherzinger: who can forget how he and "I'm not going to freaking cry Joanna Krupa, uh, head-bobbed anymore" their way to a victory in the Then Nicole mambo marathon last season? struggled with the rumba and "Everyone still talks about that!" broke down. What do you think Hough tells "I went wrong there? really feel like I've got to do Hough: I think so much something to trump that now." pressure has been put on her, but The swing marathon isn't the most of it is from herself, and only thing on Hough's plate this that week, she just reached the week. He and Scherzinger, who breaking point. One little thing bounced back from a tear-filled seemed like the biggest thing. I meltdown last week to earn a j u s t t r i e d t o r e a s s u r e h e r season-high score of 29, must afterward that it wasn't as bad as also perform the samba. See she thought it was, and of how rehearsals are going, what course, after she relaxed and he has to say to Kate Gosselin's watched it over, she realized it haters and why he would never wasn't. ... The rumba's also a go pantless on stage. hard dance because it's so You've had a technical and the details show. roller-coaster couple of weeks You feel like you're walking on starting with your quickstep. eggshells. Why did you decide to break the Do you think rules knowing Len is such a part of it is because it's so

think of another move that will be as memorable — something else that's similar that gets everyone talking and into it, but helps us do well and maybe win, and is also a swing move! You've got to pull out all the stops if you want to win, you know? Are you saying it won't be PG again? Hough:[ Laughs] I can't promise anything! I mean, that move last year, everyone thinks it was planned, but it wasn't. ... I'll come up with something else this time. I have to top it! serious and you guys joke though since they told us [we The celebrities around? Maybe you should've had the samba]. It's a difficult also get to design the costumes used your "love hand" in the routine — lots of choreography this week. Nicole said she routine. — but we're working hard, wanted "Derek Hough in the Hough:[ Laughs] I think that's going nonstop. I'm hoping it'll buff." exactly what was missing! We be another great one. The swing Hough: Yeah, I don't think needed to lighten the mood! But marathon should be fun. I think that's going to happen! She you know, as difficult as it was everyone's looking forward to keeps talking about putting me for her, it also completely that. It also kind of eases you in a Speedo with diamonds and changed things around. She into doing more than one routine stuff. But I can never do what realized she was taking it too a week. I've got to come up with Jake [Pavelka] did and go out seriously and just needed to something good since I won last without pants! I keep telling her enjoy it and do her best, and I season! I can't show off my chicken think that showed in our tango. Dancing's Aiden Turner: Edyta legs. We had a much better time didn't think we should be going What did you there. ... ["Oh, Pretty Woman"] home think about Kate getting the was an odd song to tango to, but Yeah, with your boot? I think we did a good job with it. infamous head-in-the-crotch Hough: Someone has to go, You have the bob. Are you going to pull that unfortunately. I thought she did samba and the swing marathon. again? Can you even do that in a fantastic job getting as far as How are they coming? swing? she did. For someone who Hough: Samba's going great. Hough:[ Laughs] Uh, probably DANCING'S page 25 Nicole's very excited about it not. But I can't repeat myself. I'll



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Will One Tree Hill's Season Finale Feel Like the Series Ender?
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• Apr 25, 2010 08:45 PM ET • by Robyn Ross • One Tree Hill - James Lafferty Although viewers are still waiting to hear whether One Tree Hill will get another season, at least one wait is over: After a two-month hiatus, the CW series is back Monday at 8/7c for this season's four final episodes. James Lafferty, who plays Nathan Scott, one of the only original characters left, tells there are "really gratifying moments for those fans that have hung in there." Read on to see what Lafferty has to say about the season's last episodes, including some big decisions that will be made and where the series stands at the end of the season. Before the show's hiatus, Haley's mom died. Will she and Nathan still be dealing with the loss when it returns? James Lafferty: Yes, absolutely. There's definitely a grieving process. Not to make it sound like it'll be all gloom, but

that's Haley's journey ... and she's going to need help and that help is going to come from her family unit. One Tree Hill's Shantel VanSanten: Road bumps are ahead for Quinn and Clay What leads the gang to Utah in the finale? Lafferty: Julian's film has a certain amount of success, and that's why we're in Park City, Utah. For different reasons, they decide not only do they want to show their support for the film, but they want to get out there to blow off some steam and have a good time. There are actually a lot of big decisions that are made in that town, and after the characters come back to Tree Hill, a lot of big things will happen. So is there another time jump? Lafferty: That's a good question. I don't know if I have an answer there. It seems a little quick for his film to be edited and already submitted, so maybe we did jump ahead a little bit. Watch full episodes of One Tree Hill in our Online Video Guide What was the best part about shooting in Utah? Lafferty: Those snow days were

if the show is coming back? Lafferty: It was weird because we left here and didn't take all of our crew to Utah. So we had a little impromptu wrap for Wilmington when we left, in which we said goodbye to a lot of people possibly for good. It's tough, but it's really hard for it to be sad. We're lucky to still be here and so grateful for it. Does the season finale feel like it could be a series finale? Lafferty: I think [creator Mark Schwahn] has really walked this fine line. He knows the affection so much fun. It was literally like the fans have for the show, so he being a kid again. Working in doesn't want to leave the show that much snow all day, having so open ended that they get no that much fun, having such a gratification from it because blast building snow men and ultimately that could define the throwing snow balls around and legacy that we leave. We just h a v i n g J a c k s o n want to be remembered as a [Brundage]around —his energy show that delivered, but at the is so infectious you're a kid right same time he wants to set up along with him. You wrap a what could possibly happen next day, take all your snow clothes year if we get another season. off, put on your regular clothes, So it's a tough line to walk, but I get in the van to go back to your think the fans are going to be hotel, and then it just hits you pleased either way. Catch up on One Tree Hill with how exhausted you are. our recaps Tree Hill's Robert Buckley: "Dan isn't out of the picture just Tree Hill fans are one of the more vocal yet" How was the groups. Do you have a message feeling on the set, not knowing to the viewers that have been with you since Day 1?

Lafferty: Thank you. It's because of them we're still here. A show can't stay on the air if it doesn't have viewers, but our viewers have always gone above and beyond. They've always gone the extra mile to keep the show on the air and to let it be known they're watching the show. All you can really say is thank you to the fans, and they've really helped define what the show will be remembered as. It's just not this cult hit; [it's] truly a show that has staying power and a generation identified with. What can viewers expect in the final four episodes? Lafferty: Fans are really going to enjoy seeing characters make some very important decisions — everybody from Brooke and Julian to Nathan and Haley. There are a lot of things that are going to actually happen. The characters have been in limbo for a long time throughout all the seasons, but there's going to be some really gratifying moments for those fans that have hung in there. Five Filters featured article: Chilcot Inquiry. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.

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clearly came into this with a complete blank slate, I think she did a great job. There are so ( Breaking ( Rena Sofer) after Gibbs. Will many different things about the News) show that people can take out of Lt. Dean be more successful? Rena Sofer keeps NCIS secrets h e r b e i n g t h e r e , l e a r n i n g Submitted at 4/25/2010 9:00:00 PM something that was obviously by not knowing what they are Bruno's character will first very difficult for her, and just • Apr 25, 2010 10:00 PM ET a p p e a r i n t h e s e a s o n ' s trying her best. ... We have an • by Adam Bryant penultimate episode, but he will eclectic group of people on the • stick around for the big finale, in show, and she's a mom and has which Gibbs has to make a so much going on, and I think Dylan Bruno devastating choice to save his it's inspiring to her fans for her to be on. Numb3rs star Dylan Bruno will team. guest-star in the final two Bruno, best known as FBI agent Read Maks' Dancing blog episodes of NCIS' seventh Colby Granger on Numb3rs, has There are a lot season, has also appeared on CSI: Miami of people who were dying for her to leave. What do you have learned exclusively. and in Saving Private Ryan. Check out photos of the NCIS See photos of Bruno throughout to say to them? Hough: To each their own. I cast his career Bruno will play Lt. Jason Paul dishonorable discharge — and NCIS returns with the first of think everyone has their share of Dean, a freelance mercenary he's not at all afraid to kill when five new episodes Tuesday, fans and haters. We're getting with ties to the private military necessary. April 27 at 8/7c. The season flak for Nicole being a "ringer." company operated by Col. Obviously, that's bad news for finale airs Tuesday, May 25 at It is what it is. There's always going to be something. Each Merton Bell ( Robert Patrick), Gibbs, who arrested Bell for 8/7c. an enemy of Gibbs ( Mark going after the granddaughter Are you excited to see Bruno's person is different and have Harmon). As we first reported, and daughter-in-law of Gibbs' character mix it up with Gibbs? t h e i r o w n s t r e n g t h s a n d Lt. Dean is an imposing, edgy good friend, Mike Franks ( Five Filters featured article: weaknesses, and you can't really and dangerous former Army Muse Watson), earlier this Chilcot Inquiry. Available tools: R a n g e r w h o w a s h i g h l y season. Since then, Bell has also PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, decorated before a screw-up in sent sly lawyer M. Allison Hart Term Extraction. Afghanistan led to his

let those negative comments get to you. Your acoustic paso doble performance with Mark and Chelsie was great. Are you going to do something like that again? Hough: I hope to. That was a lot of fun and something we've been talking about. I have a few new ideas for some future [results shows]. I definitely want to play more with performance styles and dimensions. I think that dance being stripped down definitely makes you look at it and appreciate it differently. Hopefully we can do something else soon. Five Filters featured article: Chilcot Inquiry. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.

'The Simpsons' - 'The Squirt and the Whale' Recap
Sharon Knolle (TV Squad)
Submitted at 4/26/2010 9:41:00 AM

Expo than the entire running time of most recent eps. There were even a few tears (S21E19) Finally, a good -- and when was the last time we maybe even great -- episode. c o u l d s a y t h a t a b o u t ' T h e 'The Squirt and the Whale' Simpsons?'(C'mon, admit it, packed more laughs in the first you're as sensitive as Lisa when few minutes' Alternative Energy it comes to beached whales).

I was not at all sure how the

whale storyline would play out: Could it really end happily, with "Bluella," as Lisa dubs her, safely back in the ocean? How on earth could the episode recover if they let the whale die? Continue reading'The Simpsons' - 'The Squirt and the

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The movie, described as a comedic modern-day fairy tale that centers on a mystery Submitted at 4/26/2010 9:54:00 AM involving the eccentric inhabitants of a remote island, • Apr 26, 2010 10:54 AM ET stars Woody Harrelson, Jason • by Gina DiNunno Lee, Giovanni Ribisi, Kieran • Culkin, Anjelica Huston, Eddie Izzard, Alanis Morissette and Lindsay Lohan Dave Matthews. Just days after getting a visit at See how Lohan has changed home from her father and over the years authorities, Lindsay Lohan has On Thursday, Lohan's lost a role in a feature film, estranged father, Michael, called according to TMZ. Los Angeles County authorities Michael Lohan prompts to visit her apartment to check sheriff's department visit to on the welfare of her younger Lindsay's apartment to check on Rolex watch? sister, Ali. The next day, a Ali A source connected to the report surfaced that the actress The 23-year-old actress no production of the film, however, was named a suspect in the theft longer will co-star in The Other told TMZ that Lohan was cut of a $35,000 Rolex watch. Side, writer/director David from the movie because she's Five Filters featured article: Michaels told the site. "Our not "bankable" and that people Chilcot Inquiry. Available tools: team simply chose to move on financing the film were reluctant PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, from Lindsay and we'll soon be to rely on her. Term Extraction. announcing a replacement," A call and e-mail to Lohan's rep Michaels said. were not immediately returned. Did Lindsay Lohan steal a

Sundays With Seth: Koala-ty Time With a Bully
Jason Hughes (TV Squad)
Submitted at 4/26/2010 9:11:00 AM

Superfast Vegetarian
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(if you're a strict vegetarian or vegan, make sure to use a This chili is heavy on the sweet v e g e t a r i a n and tangy flavor of tomatoes, version) brings great meaty with both diced and paste, but it flavor to the chili. Serve with also boasts four different jalapeño cornbread or over kinds of beans. The unusual cooked spaghetti, Cincinnatiaddition of Worcestershire sauce style.

Once again,'American Dad' flew solo this week, representing the vast Seth MacFarlane Sunday night empire on FOX.'Sons of Tucson' will be back to finish its run throughout the summer. The geniuses at FOX then decided that next week,'Family Guy' and'The Cleveland Show' will be all new, while 'Dad's' a rerun. View Recipe: Jane's Vegetarian This is the kind of brilliant Chili planning that had 'Sons' N e x t S e a r e d T o f u w i t h premiering after a night of Gingered Vegetables almost all repeats. Five Filters featured article: I don't know where I'm at with Chilcot Inquiry. Available tools: this ongoing courtship of PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Hayley by the koala Reginald. Term Extraction.

He's a strange little character, and I keep going back and forth on whether I like him or am just kind of annoyed by him. Their relationship moved both forward and backwards this episode, and I don't know if I cared either way. Luckily, Steve started getting picked on by a bully, and I found myself loving an episode that barely featured Roger at all. Continue reading Sundays With Seth: Koala-ty Time With a Bully Filed under: Other Comedy Shows, OpEd, Animation, Episode Reviews, Reality-Free Permalink| Email this| | Comments

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'The Hills' and 'The City': New Season Previews (VIDEO)
Jane Boursaw (TV Squad)
Submitted at 4/26/2010 10:28:00 AM

Our Country's Battles
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'Treme' - 'Right Place, Wrong Time' Recap
Sandie Angulo Chen (TV Squad)
Submitted at 4/26/2010 10:02:00 AM

( S01E03)'Treme' delved deeper into the injustices big and small faced by each of the characters in this episode. I saw it twice and liked it much more the second viewing. It wasn't as gripping (or funny) as the previous episode, but there were several moments that beautifully captured each of the main character's chief post-Katrina struggles. The most startling plot line of the night belonged to Chief Albert again, as he discovers his

'The Hills' and'The City' are gearing up for new seasons, and there's plenty of romances, break-ups, partying, new betrayals and new alliances ahead. Both shows premiere April 27 on MTV, and the love lives and careers of Heidi, Spencer, Brody, Audrina, Justin, Whitney, Roxy, Olivia and Erin will continue to dominate the new seasons. Wild Man's body under a row More previews and videos after boat. It's the first time we've the jump. seen a dead body on the show, Continue reading'The Hills' and and I fear it's not the last. Will the Chief ever get his tribe back? The fact that Delmond can't pick up his father's call, Allison Waldman (TV Squad) because he's back in New York for a charity concert, was telling Submitted at 4/26/2010 9:54:00 AM about his love-hate relationship Get ready for a CBS crossover with New Orleans... and his dad. event -- well, sort of. Continue reading'Treme' According to TV Guide, Dylan 'Right Place, Wrong Time' Bruno will guest on the last two Recap episodes of 'NCIS' this season. Filed under: Other Drama Bruno, who played Colby Shows, Episode Reviews, Granger on'Numb3rs,' will be Reality-Free, Episode Recaps playing a military man Permalink| Email this| | Comments

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It is increasingly likely that the Republican party, in league with more conservative Democrats, will have a decisive say in Congress following November's elections. The GOP could even be in the majority in the House. With this possibility in sight, the primary focus of conservatives has been the repeal of the recently enacted health care legislation. Given the magnitude of the bill and its impact on both health care and the economy, OUR page 28

Dylan Bruno to Guest on 'NCIS'
For more details and SPOILERS, such as they are, follow the jump. Continue reading Dylan Bruno to Guest on 'NCIS' Filed under: OpEd, Celebrities, NCIS, Casting, Reality-Free Permalink| Email this| | connected with the Gibbs' C o m m e n t s nemesis Colonel Merton Bell (Robert Patrick).


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this is perfectly reasonable. But health care is not the only matter that should come under review if a new working majority of conservatives results from the upcoming elections. Equally important are the Obama administration's plans for America's military. The president's proposed budgets call for an everincreasing piece of the federal pie to go to domestic programs and a decreasing amount to national defense. The Obama administration has already flattened out the defense budget this year, while domestic spending has exploded; in last year's stimulus, virtually every federal program got significant additional money except defense. Some comment that this is because the Pentagon got its big boost after 9/11. But the total defense budget has increased since 2001 only in the sense that the country paid for fighting two extended wars. The core defense budget--the cost of raising, training, and equipping the military--has barely grown. As a percentage of the GDP, the core defense budget has risen from 3 percent in 2000 to 3.5 percent today, with much of that change coming from increases in personnel and health costs associated with an all-volunteer force. In reality, the Bush team made little headway in filling the defense hole that had been

dug by the Clinton administration over the previous eight years. We have today an aging and shrinking Air Force and Navy, an Army that is overstretched, reserve forces that are far too "active" in their rate of deployment, and too few dollars to rebuild and modernize. And if the Obama domestic agenda is implemented, discretionary funds available to fund those who "fight our country's battles/ In the air, on land, and sea" will shrink to a level at which maintaining the dominant military we have become accustomed to since the end of the Cold War will almost certainly be a thing of the past. Indeed, the Obama administration's projected budgets have the defense burden shrinking to less than 3 percent of GDP in the decade ahead. A level not seen since before World War II. This budget reality is reflected in the 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR), the legislatively mandated review by the Department of Defense of the country's longer-term defense requirements. The QDR is supposed to bring together our strategy and our military capabilities in order to address our ability to handle today's conflicts as well as the foreseeable threats down the road. But while the 2010 QDR spells out some future problems,

it implicitly accepts the administration's lack of interest in defense procurement, and punts on providing any answers to those problems. In testimony in mid-April before the House Armed Services Committee, William Perry, secretary of defense during the Clinton years and cochairman of an independent panel set up by Congress to assess the adequacy of the QDR, noted that the review was supposed to look ahead 20 years, "informed by but not constrained by budget planning." The members of the panel, he added, were asked "whether the force structure needs [to be] changed to comply with that strategy. So, a reasonable question to ask is, 'Does the QDR do that?' In my judgment, the QDR is a very useful document, but it does not do that." And then Perry subtly but correctly pointed to the large flaw in the document: As secretary, I always felt constrained by the budget that Congress had appropriated for me and my best estimate [of] what they might appropriate in future years. That certainly influenced my actions and planning. But I also felt a responsibility to inform the Congress that if I saw some threat looming in the future for which the budget did not adequately prepare me. And let

me give you one example. If I believed, for example, that a new kind of a threat--a cyber threat--was emerging a few years in the future and that we were not adequately--and our present budget did not adequately prepare for that, I would feel obliged to inform the Congress that this was a threat to us coming up and that the present budget did not adequately deal with that. And propose additional funds coming from them. But this is precisely what the QDR does not do. As Representative Buck McKeon (R-CA), the committee's ranking minority member, noted in his own opening statement, "The QDR is supposed to shape the Department for 2029--not describe the Pentagon in 2009." McKeon concluded that the QDR avoided its primary task of looking to future force requirements precisely because to do so would have exposed the administration to the criticism that its defense plans are more about a self-imposed budget constraint than actual strategy. A new, conservative-led Congress could, of course, force the administration to be more responsible. But we must reckon with conservatives themselves. They are at present so upset with the increasing level of federal debt that, in the rush to cut spending and reduce the deficit, there is risk they may

lump defense in with all the other federal programs to be cut. No doubt, the Pentagon could be made more efficient. But efficiencies will only go so far. State-of-the-art weapons and military platforms are expensive, and so is the allvolunteer military that uses them with incredible capability. Republicans are only kidding themselves if they think defense reform will fix the procurement and modernization problems we now face. The gap between what is needed to modernize the military and the resources being provided is larger than any "reform" can bridge. And there may be an even more serious problem on the conservative side: the lack of a clear strategic vision. There is a sense among conservatives, especially among many in Congress, that, if we can just get our economic house in order, all else will be well. Yet, since the end of World War II, the overriding premise of American grand strategy has been that if we as a country want peace and prosperity at home, we must have a military sufficiently dominant to deter major threats, police the international commons, and, when necessary, win the wars we wage. Although not cheap, such a strategy provided the underpinning for six decades of OUR page 29

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remarkable prosperity and success all across the globe. This is something conservatives know in their bones, but spend too little time actually articulating. Take, for example, Representative Paul Ryan's (RWI) detailed blueprint for getting federal spending under control and restoring America to some level of fiscal sanity ("A Roadmap for America's Future"). This is a serious plan for achieving those goals. Yet missing in his analysis is thinking about what resources the Pentagon might need to do its job. While Ryan rightly points to the "fatal arithmetic of imperial decline" if the United States doesn't get its fiscal house in order, the only substantive remark in his plan about defense spending--another type of fatal arithmetic--is that, "if the nation is at war," the otherwise mandatory cap on government spending should be lifted. Obviously, this is a sensible loophole--but it leaves hanging the question of what we should be willing to spend to acquire a military of sufficient size and quality to stave off fighting a

major war to begin with. The Roadmap's introduction concludes with a quotation from Thomas Jefferson: A wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government. But, of course, this really isn't the total sum of good government. To think so is to give too little thought to the priorities of national defense--an attitude that, in the case of Jefferson and his followers, left the nation unprepared for the war that came in 1812 and allowed the capital to be sacked. None of this is to suggest that Congressman Ryan isn't aware of the importance of defense spending and U.S. military readiness. As the ranking member of the Budget Committee, he is necessarily focused on getting federal spending under control. His plan, though, is a useful reminder that, if conservatives gain sway in November, they

should not ignore America's military needs. In the 1990s, many Republicans were all too willing to let Democrats cut defense spending even as they focused on fighting about domestic programs. It's far from clear that the U.S. military can withstand another eight years of flat or declining budgets and remain the preeminent global force it is today, continuing to spare us the costs that come with a world in which there is increasing anarchy and less order as American military power recedes. Gary J. Schmitt is a resident scholar and the director of advanced strategic studies at AEI. William Kristol is the editor of The Weekly Standard. Photo Credit: U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Kevin J. Gruenwald Five Filters featured article: Chilcot Inquiry. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.

Top 10 Public Enemies
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that they were. For this reason, as an example, Adolf Hitler won't make an appearance here. Public enemies are usually He was an enemy to millions, p e r c e i v e d a s d a s t a r d l y but he has been vilified ad characters who threaten the well nauseam and is too well-covered -being of the general public. a character to take anyone by S o m e p r e y o n c e r t a i n surprise. All the public enemies populations; others aren't as who did make the cut have discriminating. But they all pose something compelling about a risk to society when they're at them, something unique to their large. particular brand of evil that In this article, we'll go over a entertains as well as it disgusts. whole nefarious bouquet of So get ready to run down a list public enemies. Some are of 10 people and organizations traditional villain-types anyone the world probably would've might expect to see, while been better off without. Sure, others will seem surprising they might not have been born additions to a list such as this. public enemies, but before their But each entry, in its own way, days were out, these guys have has contributed detrimentally to all done something to change the welfare of the common the course of history -- and not good. for the better. Additionally, there have been Five Filters featured article: p u b l i c e n e m i e s w h o h a v e Chilcot Inquiry. Available tools: received a fair share of face PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, time, considering the villains Term Extraction.

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Stand-off in Bangkok
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retake the streets from the demonstrators, without giving details, and said his solution Submitted at 4/26/2010 12:42:21 AM “may not please everyone”. By Thailand's crisis No peace, no his side, in a show of unity, was war in Thailand the head of the army, General Apr 26th 2010 | BANGKOK | Anupong Paochinda, who has From The Economist online been resisting pressure from IT TOOK several anxious days, government and military hawks and a lethal grenade attack, for to crack down hard. He wants a Thailand’s warring sides to political compromise to end the reach a tentative peace deal. Its crisis. He may not get one. unravelling was swift and The seizure of Bangkok’s d i s h e a r t e n i n g , a n d b r i n g s tourist and shopping hub is Thailand back to the brink of choking the city's economic further unrest. On April 23rd red recovery. Several luxury hotels -shirt protesters, who are and malls have been closed for camped out in Bangkok’s weeks. Companies are pulling shopping district, revised their out expatriate staff. A grenade demand for snap elections, attack on April 22nd against a saying a three-month timetable c r o w d o f p r o - g o v e r n m e n t was acceptable. Peace seemed to protesters that killed one person have broken out, to the relief of and injured dozens more has residents braced for another alarmed business people. Many violent showdown between foreign governments promptly security forces and the red warned their citizens against shirts, whose rallies attract tens non-essential travel to Bangkok. of thousands. But a bloody attack on a But the next day the prime sprawling fortified encampment minister, Abhisit Vejjajiva, shot could deal an even worse blow down the peace plan. He said he to Thailand’s reputation for w o u l d n o t b e f o r c e d i n t o stability. Few believe that a dissolving Parliament, which is crackdown would silence the the rallying cry of the red shirts’ calls for political change. six-week-long protest in the I n d e e d , i t m a y i n f l a m e a capital. In a taped interview movement that has the support broadcast on April 25th, Mr of working-class and rural Thais Abhisit held out little hope of a who already feel cheated by c o m p r o m i s e . H e s a i d h i s Bangkok’s royalist elite and its government was working to political wing. Inside the red

shirts’ squalid bamboo-fenced encampment, televisions screen bloody footage of the April 10th clashes with security forces that left 25 dead and over 800 injured. Protests are starting to spread in the north east, a stronghold of Thaksin Shinawatra, ousted as prime minister in the 2006 coup and still a hero to many red shirts. Over the past week, protesters have blocked a train carrying troops and equipment, and obstructed police units on their way to the capital. Power lines and a fuel-storage tank have also been targeted by unknown bombers, whose sabotage thankfully failed. After four years of political upheaval, Thai newspapers fret over the risk of all-out civil strife. The army could still be used to disperse protesters. By offering no clear alternatives to the scotched peace deal, Mr Abhisit may be leaning that way, urged on by royalist backers who see no need for a truce. He is right to argue that holding another election will not solve Thailand’s protracted crisis. There is also a risk that raising a mob to force an election becomes an accepted part of the political process. In 2008, Mr Abhisit was the beneficiary of a yellow-shirted revolt that closed Bangkok’s international

airports. Now he finds himself isolated in his own party and increasingly out of his depth. “I don’t know what is keeping him there,” muses a Western diplomat. The danger for Thailand is that there are people on both sides who want to escalate the crisis. Gunmen with military weapons showed up on April 10th to aid the red shirts, who profess nonviolence. One reason why the army is hesitating is that it knows resistance would greet any move into the red-shirt camp. In his joint appearance with Mr Abhisit, General Anupong admitted that some of his troops are conspiring with the red shirts. Some active officers, and other retired soldiers, may have fought alongside the protesters, he said. Still, he added, the army is unified and supporting the government. This was not very comforting. Meanwhile, the country waits to see who makes the first move. Readers' comments The Economist welcomes your views. Five Filters featured article: Chilcot Inquiry. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.

10 Healthiest School Lunch Plans
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Submitted at 4/26/2010 1:00:00 PM

With childhood obesity and diabetes on the rise, it's clear our kids need healthier eating habits. Establishing these behaviors early in life can lead to healthier eating as an adult. And what better place to start learning good habits than in school? Experts find that many school lunches are too high in cholesterol and saturated fat, and too low in dietary fiber, whole grains and vegetables. However, the days of soggy tater tots and rubbery hot dogs may be numbered. Schools nationwide are working to make more nutritious lunches available to all students. From vegetarian options to using local produce, school lunches are transforming. Following -- in no particular order -- are our picks for 10 of the healthiest school lunch plans in the country. Five Filters featured article: Chilcot Inquiry. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.

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See Joe Stiglitz's Complete Guide To Reinventing Economics
Gregory White (The Money Game)
Submitted at 4/26/2010 9:41:00 AM

Prof. Joseph Stiglitz has launched an attack on the economics that got us into this crisis, but has a plan to get us out. Stiglitz's plan is to ignore what we once thought was rational, things like efficient markets hypothesis, and instead pay attention to the realities of the market, the psychology of investors and information asymmetries in the market place. The end of catch all theories may be in order, as this financial crisis has shown their limits and ability to endanger the system as a whole. It is important to note that Stiglitz is not offering a competitor for the rational markets approach, rather that markets are not efficient and sound policy and investing must be based on that knowledge. The following lecture was recently delievered at George

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Cutest Pet of the Day: Sugar Editors (Daily Woman's Day Blog)
Submitted at 4/26/2010 9:00:00 AM

Sugar enjoys the sunshine. Thanks to Sue for submitting! Each day we will post an adorable picture or video of some of the world's cutest pets. Send your furry friends to and you might just see them on the site! VOTE for your favorites here using our new Cute Pet Face-Off tool. Ten winners will receive one Glow for Good Ball and two boxes of EATS from! For official rules click here. Five Filters featured article: Chilcot Inquiry. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.


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Why The IMF Bailout Won't Come Close To Meeting Greece's Financial Needs
Vincent Fernando, CFA (The Money Game)
Submitted at 4/26/2010 9:11:15 AM

This is why markets are terrified to hold Greek debt, despite the prospect of an imminent financial lifeline from the IMF. Times: Even assuming that this rescue is approved by Germany and the IMF, it looks like buying only a year’s relief. That’s how long the eurozone and the IMF have to work out whether they are prepared for further bailouts, of Greece or of

other members of the currency bloc yet to ask for help. George Papaconstantinou, the Greek Finance Minister, dismissed talk of default or restructuring of the debt this weekend, as did

Germany’s deputy finance minister. But Greece still lacks a credible plan for repaying its €300 billion debt and bank analysts are speculating that holders of the debt may have to

Look How German Media Is Vilifying Little Old Greek Ladies
Gregory White (The Money Game)
Submitted at 4/26/2010 8:53:35 AM

suffer a “haircut” of half of the value. For all the formal denials of restructuring, much legal effort is being devoted in private to trying to find terms of a Use a Dummy Account voluntary restructuring that do to Get Around App not trigger default clauses. This one-year-of-relief timeline Store Country makes sense, since even Greek 2 Restrictions [ITunes] -year bond yields are exploding. The prospect of a 50% haircut Kevin Purdy (Lifehacker) on your bonds is terrifying Submitted at 4/26/2010 7:05:00 AM indeed. There are some Join the conversation about this iPhone/iPod/iPad apps that don't story » want to make themselves available on a global scale. To jump around this weird blockade, the Digital Inspiration blog recommends creating a dummy account with a different email address to install free applications. More » use satellites to find and tax them. Once again this crisis is coming down to Germany, and its willingness to stomach what they see as a lack of serious economic cuts from Greece. A Greek Default Wouldn't Just Hurt Little Old Ladies, Check Out What Countries And Banks Get Crushed Too > Join the conversation about this story »

Germany's most popular newspaper, Bild, ran with a picture of a little old Greek lady with a €3500 ($4662) a month pension on their front page, lambasting the country for its poorly run tax system and out of control pension schemes. With regional elections coming up May 9 in Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel has

How-To Wiki: Building a Public Social Profile
How-To Wiki (Wired Top Stories)
Submitted at 4/26/2010 7:00:00 AM

her hands tied from acting on the current EU-IMF deal, lest she look weak in dealing with her more profligate neighbors. The article also explains how in

every way of Greek life businesses look to avoid paying tax. Even individuals won't admit they have swimming pools so the government has to

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A Call for Transparency in Apple's App Store
Brian X. Chen (Wired Top Stories)
Submitted at 4/26/2010 8:00:00 AM

The iTunes App Store is nearly two years old, and Apple still has not published a clear set of guidelines about what type of content is and isn’t allowed inside apps. That’s a problem, especially for publishers eying the iPad as a potential platform for the future of publishing, and it’s an even bigger problem for readers. We in the press don’t know to what extent we can retain our editorial freedom in the App Store. Working with Apple’s current opaque policy, we’re left to trust that Apple will do the right thing. And time and time again, Apple’s App Store reviewers have been proven fallible, as recently shown by the rejection of Mark Fiore’s Pulitzer-winning cartoon. Apple rejected the toon because it “ridicules public figures,” and after coming under fire in the press, the company approved the app. But in reversing its decision, Apple still did not make its content policy clear. Instead, the Fiore episode raised more questions. Does it mean we can now publish satire? Or does it mean we have to win a Pulitzer in order to publish satire? Or does it mean we have to stir up negative press in order to publish satire? The fact there are so many

questions points to a paramount concern: Readers don’t know what they could be missing when they’re reading the iPad edition of a publication, as opposed to its print or web version. The issue is poised to grow as more iPads sell. To understand,

you have to consider the logistics of embracing a new publishing medium such as the iPad. Media operations must integrate digital tablet production into their infrastructure, and it’s neither easy nor inexpensive to obtain the software developers,

designers and content creators to make such a transition. And if advertisers invest more money in the iPad version of a publication, that pressures publishers to give priority to resources allocated to the iPad. Given Apple’s lead in mobile, the rate at which Apple and the

App Store are growing and the wild enthusiasm among advertisers lining up for the iPad opportunity, it seems inevitable that Apple will to some extent have influence over the content that publishers produce. CALL page 35


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you visit. It used to be that your friends needed to sign up for every different web service you used, if they wanted to follow your activities. That meant not only a lot of work for you and your friends, but all of you were wedded to the fate of the various companies running the sites. Thanks to the explosion of technologies that connect social websites together, that scenario is now past. You can easily create your own online profile on any service you like and pull in posts from all the other sites your use. Although Facebook was one of the first to popularize this method of connecting with friends, it's by no means the only possibility. There are a variety of places you can set up social profiles. We'll take a look at a few of the most popular ones. This article is part of a wiki anyone can edit. If you have a public profile on a site that you love, please log in and contribute instructions others can use to set up their own. First of all, why? It's important to maintain control of your own identity on the social web. The deeper and more fully fleshed-out your presence is on a trusted service

like the ones listed below, the easier it is for your friends to find you, and the harder it is for anyone to impersonate you. One of the key things a profile page does is provide a list of links to other places on the web where you're active -- your Twitter page, your photo page, your blog. Even if you choose to keep all of your activities in those places private, having them all listed in one place helps search engines learn to associate those pages with your name. In other words, linking to all of your various accounts from one place makes it more likely that when somebody types your name into a search engine, they end up at a page you have total control over. Google Profiles Google recently beefed up its Profiles product -- a place for your personal identity on the web -- by tying it to its Buzz service. Now, you can instruct Buzz to pull in posts, photos, tweets, videos and status messages from other web services, and all of them will appear on your Google Profile. To set up a Google Profile, just create a Google account if you don't already have one, and then head to Google's profile service. From there you can add whatever data you'd like: a

photo, nicknames, cities where you've lived. Pull in Twitter posts, Flickr or Picasa photos, Tumblr blogs or any RSS feed by adding each service under "Links." Google will also be able to automatically discover other sites where you have a public profile. Be sure to fill out the relevant bio information and include links to your personal site, if you have one, and a way for people to contact you. Google's profile pages are public, and are viewable by anyone on the web, so be careful how much you share. You can delete your Google Profile at any time. Yahoo Profiles Like Google, Yahoo offers a public profile page to go along with your Yahoo account. To change the settings and add more information, head to the Yahoo Profiles page, where you'll find places to add links, bio information and contact data. To pull in posts from outside services like Twitter or Picasa, look for the section of your profile titled Updates. Add each site, under the header that says "Start sharing updates from other websites." As with other services, Yahoo offers privacy settings to control who can see and search for your

profile. Yahoo also lets you set up notifications, so you'll get an e-mail whenever anyone posts a comment to something on your profile or requests to make contact with you through your profile. Facebook While many have decried Facebook's recent move to open up to the public web, if you've been wanting to use Facebook as a public profile page, the company's recent changes (making profiles public in their default state) are good news. Now, not only can nonFacebook members see your profile, search engines can find it as well. However, it's important to understand that not all Facebook pages are totally public by default. To turn your Facebook profile into a public profile, you'll need to change a few settings. The first step is to head to Privacy Settings under the Account menu in the upper right corner of your Facebook page. On the privacy page you'll see five categories of privacy settings: Profile Information, Contact Information, Applications and Websites, Search, and Block List. Start at the top with Profile Information. For all the options you want to make public,

change the setting to "Everyone." This will let anyone see all the things you post under that category. Work your way through the rest of the options, turning all the aspects you want to publish publicly to the "Everyone" setting. Preview your profile to see what it looks like on the public web. Conclusion Sharing the relevant parts of your life with friends, and maintaining control over how you're represented on the social web is easier than ever, thanks to these tools. One advantage of public profiles: Your identity is no longer exclusively tied to any one company, and you can move from Google to Yahoo to Facebook and back again with very little hassle. This page was last modified 22:53, 23 April 2010 by ralfred. Based on work by howto_admin. Five Filters featured article: Chilcot Inquiry. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.

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Rhapsody Offers First US Smartphone App with Offline Playback
(Wired Top Stories)
Submitted at 4/26/2010 8:58:00 AM

The playlist screen in Rhapsody's iPhone app now lets you download playlists to the phone via 3G, Edge or WiFi. Apple on Monday approved a new version of Rhapsody’s iPhone app that includes a crucial new feature: the ability to store subscription music in the phone’s memory so that you don’t need to rely on your phone’s data connection to stream music using the company’s $10/month music subscription. That price — a 33 percent reduction made possible by the labels’ new licensing rates — allows you to carry music on one portable device, or you can upgrade to the old $15/month rate to carry music on up to three portables, be they cellphones or Rhapsodycompliant MP3 players. The company offers a 14-day free trial, unlike the European version of Spotify, which allows unlimited listening for free. The Rhapsody iPhone app 2.0 ( iTunes link) still lets you stream any song in your collection or the service’s nine-million song catalog on-demand, the same way the desktop version can — except now, you can download

any playlist associated with your account onto your iPhone using either the Edge, 3G or WiFi connection. Rhapsody staff are understandably proud of this feature because although MOG promises to deliver it in May, Spotify already offers it in Europe, and Thumbplay offers it on the Blackberry platform, no other company has managed to offer this feature to U.S. iPhone users yet. We found it easiest to organize playlists using the desktop version of the software, because there you have a big screen, mouse, keyboard and so on. That said, it is possible to add tracks to playlists on the phone too without too much trouble. Soon, Rhapsody plans to add the ability to download whole albums to the phone too (in addition to playlists) and roll out offline playback to its Android app later this year. We covered this feature — and why it’s so important— last month when Rhapsody gave us a sneak peek of this app at the SXSW festival. Now that it’s available to the public, this portable music subscription, in addition to being cheaper than it ever has been before, is also more attractive. Sure, you’ve been able to carry Rhapsody

listening to music. Earlier this month, Rhapsody parted ways with its old parent company Real as well as its more recent 49-percent owner, MTV/Viacom in order to become more like the startups that threaten its dominance (around 700,000 users) of the still nascent music subscription market. If this app is an example of the sort of thing we can expect from Rhapsody now that it’s flying solo, severing those ties appears to have been worth it. Here’s a Rhapsody-produced video of the new playlists u b s c r i p t i o n t r a c k s o n a caching feature in action: Windows Media MP3 player for See Also: years, but it now runs on the • Apple Approves Spotify iPod Touch and iPhone, solving iPhone App; US Rollout Still what has traditionally been the On Hold m a i n a r g u m e n t a g a i n s t • U.S. Exclusive: Hands-On Rhapsody: That it didn’t work with the Spotify iPhone App on popular Apple devices. • Sneak Peek: Rhapsody’s This new version runs on the Upcoming iPhone App iPad too, but Rhapsody also • Rhapsody Shrugs Off Real, p l a n s t o o f f e r a n i P a d - Viacom to Become a Startup customized version of the app • R h a p s o d y i P h o n e A p p soon, according to Rhapsody U n d e r w h e l m s , f o r N o w product lead Jon Maples, which • SXSW: MOG’s Mobile Music could be quite a hit at parties. Apps Go Beyond the Playlist And when Apple releases iPhone OS 4 later this year, Five Filters featured article: Rhapsody will add another Chilcot Inquiry. Available tools: crucial feature: the ability to PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, play music in the background so Term Extraction. you can surf the web while

Use Nostalgic "Keys" to Encrypt Files and Remember Passwords [Memory]
Ron Adams (Lifehacker)
Submitted at 4/26/2010 7:30:00 AM

Reader Ron Adams liked the idea of a mentally encrypted password card system, because it's similar to one he's been using for years to encrypt files and give each one a secure but memorable unlocking key. Here's how his scheme works. More »

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Tech observers have correctly compared the App Store to Walmart, which refuses to sell musical albums carrying the Parental Advisory tag. Walmart has even suggested that artists change lyrics and CD covers it deems objectionable. Given the retail chain’s position as the world’s largest music retailer, many agree Walmart has altered the way the recording industry creates albums. CALL page 36



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The major difference between the App Store and Walmart, however, is that the RIAA has published details about the Parental Advisory program. Apple has not published such documents regarding content for apps. Following the Fiore incident, the journalism industry is slowly waking up to my forewarning published in February about the potential for Apple to take control of the press. Columbia Journalism Review’s Ryan Chittum expressed his concerns about the rejection in his editorial “ It’s time for the press to push back against Apple.” “If the press is ceding gatekeeper status, even if it’s only nominally, over its speech, then it is making a dangerous mistake,” wrote Chittum. He makes an extreme suggestion: Yank apps from the store until Apple agrees to give publishers complete control over their

content. I partly disagree: A strong argument for Apple’s tight control is the level of quality and protection provided by its App Store — an experience many customers enjoy. My position is more moderate: It’s OK for there to be rules required for us to play in the App Store. It’s just not OK that publications and their readers don’t know what the rules are. As advocates of transparency, we in the press should demand transparency from our new partner, Apple. Make no mistake, though written from the perspective of a Wired writer, this editorial doesn’t just concern the press. Everybody participating in the App Store is a part of “new media” and should be demanding that Apple come clean with its rules. If there’s anything valuable we can extract from South Park’s last-minute censorship of

Mohammed in response to a death threat from a Muslim website, it’s that capricious censorship bears unexpected consequences. Similar can be said about Apple. In a creative platform like the App Store, when censorship is imposed without making clear what the rules for censorship are, the natural reaction for eager participants is to over-censor themselves so as not to be punished. That’s bad for innovation and democracy, and the detrimental side effect is widespread conformity — ironic, coming from a company whose former slogan was “Think Different.” Brian X. Chen is writing a book examining the positive and negative implications of the iPhone revolution, scheduled to publish Spring 2011 by Perseus Books Group. See Also:

• Steve Jobs Debates Developers Over Apple’s New App Policy • Apple Removes Porn Apps From App Store • Apple Expels 1000 Apps From Store After Developer Scam • IPad Apps Could Put Apple in Charge of the News • iPad Developers Code Their Apps in the Dark • Apple App Store Takes Tiny Step Toward Transparency P h o t o : B r y a n Derballa/ Five Filters featured article: Chilcot Inquiry. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.

Entrustet Secures Your Accounts After Death with Legal Backing [Deathhacker]
Kevin Purdy (Lifehacker)
Submitted at 4/26/2010 6:00:00 AM

The fate of your house, car, and Action Comics collection after your death can be planned for in legal documents. Your Gmail and Facebook accounts? That's a bit murky. New legacy service Entrustet aims to help create legally sound post-mortem password vaults. More »

Tie One On (ELLE Fashion Blogs)
Submitted at 4/26/2010 9:00:00 AM

Streamlined Bike GPS Offers Massive Data, Light Weight
you. :) But definitely work the scarf, perfect with shorts and a tee. SD: Perfect for flagging down cabs! Ciao! SHOP THIS SUMMER SCARF SHOP THIS SUMMER SCARF
John Bradley (Wired Top Stories)
Submitted at 4/25/2010 11:00:00 PM

SD: the summer scarf was so gigantically huge last year, but I have a feeling it's going to be even more major this coming season. Discuss. JZ: I agree. The summer scarf

is the new statement necklace. And with all the heat outside and a/c inside, it’s the perfect accessory. SD: I am tempted to wear one but am worried it's too girly. What do you think? JZ: Oh Simon, I think you can pull anything off. There's no m a y b e e x c e p t p i n k f r i l l y such thing as too girly. Well, lingerie. I would skip that for

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roads they know. Since race routes are clearly marked, map functions add unnecessary bulk and expense for a lot of users, so the wireless Edge 500 does away with them. The resulting unit is much simpler than the Garmin Edge 705 bike GPS we've been using religiously for the last two years. It's also half the price, and nearly half the weight (2 ounces). If you need map data to prove that you rode up Mt. Evans, don't worry. The 500 records where you've been. Plug the unit into your computer, and it syncs with Garmin's free Training Center software to display your route on a full-color map on your PC, while your other ride data will show up in customizable graphs. The 500 can also sync with Garmin Connect, an online community where people share route information and ride data — and quietly mock

one another for not riding hard enough. Even without onboard maps, the 500 serves up a geek's buffet of cycling metrics: Current speed, average speed, distance, time, altitude, climbing grade, heart rate, lap times, etc. The readings appear in customizable fields on up to three separate screens you can switch between. The unit's one glaring flaw is its buttons. It has two large ones along each side (power and page/menu, reset and start/stop), but using them while riding takes some practice. The 500's removable mount secures with heavy rubber bands, which allows for easy swapping between bikes, but when you try to press a button, the unit slips. To avoid this, we had to use a finger on the opposite side as a brace, which often resulted in pressing the wrong button. The 500 is still a decent buy,

especially given that it's half the price of the 705, with nearly all of the functionality. The 500's mounting system can fit any size and shape of bar or stem, and the compact design doesn't clutter up the cockpit like other GPS units. With reconfigured buttons, it would be tough to beat. WIRED No waste — every data field is specific to cycling. Crazy light weight. Seamless integration with desktop and online utilities. TIRED A more secure mount would be nice. Awkward button placement. • Sports: Cycling • Manufacturer: Garmin • Price:$250

Republican Calls for Financial Overhaul Changes
(Newsmax - Inside Cover)
Submitted at 4/26/2010 3:47:16 AM

votes by Senate Republicans "is a yes vote to more comprehensive reform, more A top House Republican says balanced reform." lockstep GOP opposition to a Speaking on CBS News' "The Senate effort to begin debating a Early Show," Issa said the bill b i l l r e v a m p i n g f i n a n c i a l does not do enough to restrain regulations does not mean his Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, party opposes an overhaul. the giant lenders that lost Senate Democratic leaders are billions in bad loans. expected to try starting debate © C o p y r i g h t 2 0 1 0 T h e M o n d a y o n t h e o v e r h a u l Associated Press. All rights legislation, which will require reserved. This material may not 60 votes. Senate Republican b e p u b l i s h e d , b r o a d c a s t , leaders have said all 41 GOP rewritten or redistributed. senators will vote against the Five Filters featured article: move, which would block the Chilcot Inquiry. Available tools: start of debate. PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, California Republican Rep. Term Extraction. Five Filters featured article: Darrell Issa maintains 41 "no" Chilcot Inquiry. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.



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WSJ Revs Up New York Times Rivalry
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Submitted at 4/26/2010 4:06:39 AM

damage both papers." Luxury retailer Bergdorf Goodman, a longtime prominent It might be the last great advertiser in the Times, plans to American newspaper war. And advertise in the new Journal Rupert Murdoch intends to win section. "We're going to try it it. and see," spokeswoman Ginger He has made a career of Reeder says. "We always look grabbing readers and advertisers for new ways to reach our from competing newspapers, customers." It's not yet clear and now he is racheting up the whether Bergdorf will reduce its challenge his Wall Street advertising in the Times. Journal poses to The New York Times President and General Times. On Monday, the Journal Manager Scott Heekin-Canedy is launching a metro section that s a y s s e v e r a l p r o m i n e n t w i l l v i e f o r r e a d e r s a n d advertisers have assured him advertisers on the Times' turf. that their promotions in the Although the new section will Journal's new section will not be available only in the New come at the expense of the York City area, collateral Times. He declined to name the damage could spread around the advertisers. country. Both newspapers are "We won't get in a pricing war," jostling with each other, USA he says. Today and regional dailies for News Corp. said Murdoch, 79, readers. By dramatically was not available for an lowering advertising rates in interview. But he has been open New York to undercut the about his goal of using his Times, Murdoch's assault could media properties to challenge leave both newspapers with what he considers a left-leaning fewer resources for other news establishment in the U.S. expansion plans. And he took a swipe at the "The Times has a lot of readers Times in a speech to New York and a lot of them are very loyal, real estate executives last long-standing folks. It's not month. "We believe that in its going to be easy to peel off the pursuit of journalism prizes and Times' core constituency," says a national reputation, a certain D e a n S t a r k m a n , a f o r m e r other New York daily has Journal reporter who writes for essentially stopped covering the t h e C o l u m b i a J o u r n a l i s m city the way it once did," he R e v i e w . " A s a b u s i n e s s said. proposition, I think I'm with the Times Co. CEO Janet Robinson majority of skeptics who think fired back Thursday. "When that this could ultimately you're the lead dog, people are

constantly going to go after you," she told financial analysts. But she argued that the Times has a better case to make with advertisers. "They are aware of the fact certainly that we have a larger female audience. They are aware of the fact that there's more time spent with our newspaper and website than the Wall Street Journal," she said. Going after the Times is the fight Murdoch had in mind when News Corp. bought the Journal and its parent Dow Jones & Co. for $5 billion in 2007. Since then, he has tried to broaden the newspaper's appeal by remaking the Journal's front page. Last year it surpassed USA Today as the nation's most widely circulated newspaper. The new Journal splashes color photos in place of its customary small, black-and-white renderings and includes more coverage of topics outside of business and finance. One recent edition carried a photo of the volcanic eruption in Iceland across the top of the page. To fill its new metro section, the Journal has hired several former staffers of The New York Sun. The Sun, a feisty upstart that - like the Journal had conservative opinion pages, spent six years trying to rival the Times with aggressive local coverage before going out of business in 2008. John Seeley,

the Sun's former deputy managing editor, will lead the Journal's new metro section. Pia Catton, the Sun's former culture editor, has been named the section's lead arts and leisure reporter. "They are hiring people trained to compete with the Times," says one former Sun contributor who was approached about a job with the new section. He spoke on condition of anonymity because his discussions with the Journal were supposed to be confidential. Murdoch has relished similar competitions. After buying the Times of London in 1981, he grabbed circulation from The Daily Telegraph by slashing subscription prices and introducing coupon promotions and prize raffles. As the owner of the Telegraph, Conrad Black battled Murdoch before Black was convicted of defrauding his own company in 2007. The Telegraph survived, but in an e-mail from prison Black wrote that if his experience is any guide, The New York Times could struggle to "absorb the kind of pricecutting and profligate expenses Murdoch will pour on." As owner of The New York Post, Murdoch has been willing to cut newsstand prices and lose tens of millions of dollars in his bid to outsell the New York Daily News. In 2000, the Post

sold about 435,000 copies on an average weekday, compared with 714,000 for the Daily News. By 2009, the Post was up to roughly 530,000 copies while the Daily News had sunk to 570,000. And Murdoch's underlings have been accused of using rougher tactics than just price cutting or promotions. News Corp. subsidiary News America, which prints coupons and grocery store ads and is led by New York Post publisher Paul Carlucci, agreed in January to pay $500 million to settle a lawsuit with rival Valassis Communications. Valassis had accused News America of using its market clout to demand that customers advertise exclusively with News America. It likened Carlucci to the gangster Al Capone beating his enemies with a baseball bat in the film "The Untouchables." News Corp. would not make Carlucci available for comment. In a statement, the company said it settled the lawsuit because "significant risks were developing in presenting this case to a jury." So far, competition between the Journal and the Times has taken a less cinematic course. The newspapers have shadowed each other's moves across the country over the past year by opening sections devoted to WSJ page 41

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Pressure Mounting to Legalize Immigrants
(Newsmax - Inside Cover)
Submitted at 4/26/2010 3:30:19 AM

They've pushed and pulled, marched on the national Mall and issued demands — including some to the president, which the White House hustled to meet — and now, immigrant rights groups find they've forced immigration and legalization to the top of the crowded congressional agenda. The next test of their power will come Saturday, when the groups hope to turn out hundreds of thousands of supporters in rallies across the country, all demanding that Congress and Mr. Obama slow interior enforcement and move to legalize illegal immigrants. "For us, what we're clear at is that our elected officials don't move out of courage," said Angelica Salas, director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA). "They move when there's pressure from our community, and we actually demonstrate to them there's impact on people's lives." When this year started, immigration was an afterthought issue, as Congress was facing high national unemployment, a huge deficit, an unfinished health care bill, and energy and financial regulation bills next in line. But immigrant rights groups refused to accept that calculus

and have cajoled and pushed their way into the discussion. Along the way, they've been helped by politics, with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's re -election bid in Nevada depending on tremendous Hispanic support. The immigration movement is one of the two mass mobilizations in American politics now. The other is the "tea party" movement. Since Friday, immigrants rights activists have been protesting in Phoenix, where the governor signed a bill into law that makes being an illegal immigrant a state offense. Mr. Obama has criticized that law and said it shows why the federal government must act, but the groups say it's time for him to do more than just call for action. "The avalanche of actions that have happened recently are really a demonstration by the immigrant and Latino communities in this country," said Gustavo Andrade, organizing director of CASA de Maryland, just days before Friday's events. "What we've seen from coast to coast is they are incredibly dissatisfied by the lack of leadership from the Obama administration on immigration in particular." Unlike the tea party activists, these groups have Mr. Obama's ear. Last month, leaders walked into

a meeting in the Oval Office, two weeks before a March 21 rally on the national Mall, and demanded the president halt deportations and push two senators to announce a legislative framework for a bill that he would then embrace. A week after that meeting, Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, and Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican, announced the outline of an immigration deal. Mr. Obama immediately endorsed it, giving immigrant rights supporters a boost heading into that March rally, which organizers say drew 200,000 to Washington. But action has since stalled, prompting the new set of demands, and accompanying rallies. This time, backers still want deportations halted, but also want Mr. Graham and Mr. Schumer to introduce their legislation. "It's almost like when you leave your kids at home, you need to be sure they're doing what they're told to when you're not around," Ms. Salas said. The groups learned the importance of mass action from their defeat in 2007. During that year's immigration fight, they were outflanked by organizations such as NumbersUSA, which lobbies for stricter immigration limits and which prodded its massive e

-mail list to flood the Capitol with phone calls and faxes demanding that the bill be defeated. By 2008, Hispanic rights organizations, such as the National Council of La Raza, ratcheted up their own campaign to try to define NumbersUSA and its allies as part of a campaign of hate. The efforts are thought to have helped chase CNN host Lou Dobbs from his television show. But the rhetoric may have unleashed something even the leaders of the groups can't contain, as Hispanics throughout the country have come to see immigration as the political litmus test for politicians seeking their vote. "This is now out of the hands of political operatives, lobbyists and even activists," Mr. Andrade said, pointing to last month's rally on the Mall for evidence. "What happened that day was people were emptying out their apartments, they were going around and knocking on neighbors' doors, they were talking to their co-workers. Those numbers - they're going to be increasing," he said. As for Mr. Obama, he is now in the same position as President George W. Bush, who also campaigned in 2000 and 2004 on a promise to pass a legalization bill. Mr. Bush encouraged bipartisan

negotiations in the Senate in 2006 and 2007, but neither effort led to Congress approving a bill. Marc R. Rosenblum, a senior policy analyst for the Migration Policy Institute, who was on Mr. Obama's immigration policy team during the presidential transition, said the president is working with all sides, but, like Mr. Bush, Mr. Obama has not found a winning coalition of 60 senators needed to overcome a certain filibuster. The White House declined to make anyone available for an interview but said the president has stepped up his efforts, including calling five Republican senators last week to ask them to join an effort to pass a bill. Mr. Obama addressed the issue Friday at a naturalization ceremony for 24 U.S. troops, blasting Arizona's new law making it a state offense to be in the country illegally and saying that's more reason to act at the national level. The president also called out the 11 Republicans still in the Senate who he said voted for an immigration bill in 2006. "I'm hopeful that they will join with Democrats in doing so again so we can make the progress the American people deserve," the president said. Behind the scenes, Homeland PRESSURE page 43



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Morning Bell: CBO Confirms You’re on the Hook for Wall Street Bailout Bill
Conn Carroll (The Foundry: Conservative Policy News.)
Submitted at 4/26/2010 8:51:01 AM

President Barack Obama’s favorite rhetorical device is to lecture the American people about what are and are not “legitimate” public policy arguments. So throughout the health care debate, President Obama insisted that it was “not legitimate” to claim that “a public option is somehow a Trojan horse for a single-payer system.” This despite the fact that Reps. Barney Frank (DMA), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Anthony Weiner (D-NY) and Nobel Prize winning New York Times columnist Paul Krugman were all caught on video explaining to single-payer advocates that the public option was exactly that. Now the President is bringing the same audacity to the financial regulatory debate, telling a handpicked audience at New York’s Cooper Union: “Now, there is a legitimate debate taking place about how best to ensure taxpayers are held harmless in this process. But what is not legitimate is to suggest that we’re enabling or encouraging future taxpayer bailouts, as some have claimed. That may make for a good sound bite, but it’s not factually

accurate.” Before President Obama continues to go around accusing others of lacking legitimacy, he should read the official cost estimate of the financial regulation bill released by the Congressional Budget Office last Thursday. Assessing the budgetary impact of the $50 billion that “systemically important financial firms” would have to pay in assessments to pay for the bill’s “Orderly Resolution Fund,” the CBO writes: The total amount collected from assessments is estimated to be about $58 billion through 2020. But such assessments would become an additional business expense for companies required to pay them. Those additional expenses would result in decreases in taxable income somewhere in the economy, which would produce a loss of government revenue from income and payroll taxes that would partially offset the revenue collected from the assessment itself. In other words, these financial firms have to get that $58 billion dollars from somewhere, and that somewhere is you. Now the Obama administration may argue that they actually oppose the creation of the resolution fund. But American taxpayers

In other words, the agency would be able to borrow huge sums so that it could make more generous payments to creditors than they would receive in a bankruptcy. Generous payments to creditors would certainly make unwinding a firm “orderly”—but it would also encourage lending to the too-big -to-fail financial institutions while disadvantaging smaller, less favored institutions. This in itself will have a profound and destructive effect on competition. should be even more frightened the fair value of assets” of any This is the core problem of the when they find out why the company the FDIC is resolving. D o d d - O b a m a W a l l S t r e e t Obama administration opposes Y e t o n e i n s t i t u t i o n Bailout Bill: it gives the same it. The New York Times reports: alone—Citigroup—has assets regulators that missed the “The Obama administration currently valued at about $1.8 beginning of the last crisis the does not support the $50 billion trillion. The potential costs of authority to engineer the exact fund, partly out of concern that resolving it (not to mention same politically motivated more money may be needed if others) would be spectacularly bailouts (see General Motors, one or more big financial firms higher than $50 billion. In short, Chrsyler) for the next one. ever collapse and that creating a the $50 billion in the resolution There is a better way. Congress fund could make it difficult to fund is a political number—a should modernize bankruptcy authorize more money.” AEI’s fraction of what the FDIC is laws to create an expedited Peter Wallison details CBO how authorized to borrow and spend. method to restructure and close t h i s p r o v i s i o n c o u l d p u t Why would this vast sum be large and complex financial taxpayer on the hook for much necessary? The Dodd bill has firms. Such an approach would larger sums: one answer. It says that the not give regulators virtually If the Dodd-Obama resolution FDIC “may make additional unlimited powers and would plan is ever actually put to use, payments,” over and above what free the process from political the direct or indirect costs could a claimant might be entitled to interference by giving control to be many times greater. For in bankruptcy, if these payments an unbiased court system that example, the bill authorizes the are necessary “to minimize already has extensive experience Federal Deposit Insurance losses” to the FDIC “from the with complex modern firms. Corporation to borrow from the orderly liquidation” of the MORNING page 43 Treasury “up to 90 percent of failing firm.

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local issues for readers in San Francisco and Chicago. But those new sections are running once or twice a week. The Journal has shuffled resources to staff its sections and hasn't done any hiring. The Times has sought partnerships with local media rather than add staff. By contrast, the Journal is hiring about 35 reporters for its New York section, which will run about 10 pages every day. It will include color - a critical feature for advertisers who want to stand out. And it will mimic the wide range of coverage offered by the Times, including stories on local politics, culture and sports. Murdoch is willing to put $30 million into the section over the next two fiscal years, according to a person familiar with the Journal's finances who was given anonymity to speak about internal company figures. The Times has countered with an ad campaign boasting that twice as many business professionals in the New York market read the Times as the Journal, based on surveys by the research group Scarborough. The Journal sells almost 2 million copies a day nationwide,

and the Times sells about 900,000. But the advantage is reversed in the New York market, which includes the city and parts of New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. The Times sold an average of 406,000 copies in the area on weekdays and the Journal sold 294,000 in the year that ended Sept. 30, based on Audit Bureau of Circulations figures. Even so, Murdoch still could reshape the local ad market. News Corp. is offering a discount for advertising in both the Journal and the Post and could package ads with other outlets it owns, such as the local Fox TV station. The Times essentially just has itself. Roberta Garfinkle, who heads print advertising strategy at the New York ad firm TargetCast, called Murdoch's plan a "smart move" because it will offer advertisers a cheaper way to target wealthy New Yorkers than having to pay for ads that run nationally. For instance, a full-page blackand-white ad in the Journal's national edition costs about $223,000 per day, while the same ad in the eastern edition delivered from Alabama to Maine - costs about $102,000.

(Both figures assume no volume discounts.) An ad that runs just in the New York market will cost even less. Materials prepared for one advertiser by the Journal and reviewed by The Associated Press offer a fullpage ad in the New York section of the Journal - plus a full-page ad in the Post - for less than $20,000. Dow Jones says such promotions have been offered to a small number of advertisers. The heightened competition for ad dollars comes as nearly every newspaper has lost advertising to the Internet. The newspapers' own websites haven't yielded the same kind of income that printed newspapers are used to. The Times Co. unit that includes its flagship newspaper lost more than 25 percent of its overall ad revenue last year and might not see it come back. News Corp. doesn't disclose the Journal's advertising figures or profits. But there are clear signs the newspaper has been struggling financially. It cut staff last year. According to the person knowledgeable about its finances, the Journal lost more than $80 million in the fiscal year that ended June 30. Journal spokeswoman Emily Edmonds would not confirm or deny the

figure. However, if it comes down to who can hold his breath longer while the ad slump continues, Murdoch would appear to have the odds. News Corp. has more flexibility. Some of its businesses, such as Fox News and other cable channels, are larger than the entire Times Co. Analysts expect the movie "Avatar" alone will earn News Corp. as much as $400 million in operating profit. The Times Co. had an operating profit of just $74 million last year. As Starkman, the former Journal reporter, put it, "The Times is a cork bobbing in a pretty big ocean." © Copyright 2010 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Five Filters featured article: Chilcot Inquiry. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.

Sharpton Vows to Protest Ariz. Immigration Bill
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Submitted at 4/26/2010 4:25:25 AM

The Rev. Al Sharpton says he's ready to travel to Arizona and march in the streets to protest the state's new immigration law. Sharpton joined Lillian Rodriguez Lopez from the Hispanic Federation in New York City on Sunday to speak out against the law. They say activists are prepared to commit civil disobedience to fight it. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed the bill Friday. It requires police to question people about their immigration status including asking for identification - if they suspect someone is in the country illegally. The law will take effect in late July or early August. President Barack Obama has called the new law "misguided" and has instructed the Justice Department to examine it to see if it's legal. © Copyright 2010 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Five Filters featured article: Chilcot Inquiry. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.



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House and Senate Cloakroom: April 26-30, 2010
Dan Holler (The Foundry: Conservative Policy News.)

It’s all about financial regulation in the Senate. Rumors persist that Senators Submitted at 4/25/2010 5:18:55 PM Dodd (D-CT) and Shelby (RHouse Cloakroom: April 26-30 AL) are closing in on a deal, but Once again the major issues for Senate Majority Leader Reid (D the week will be on the Senate -NV) is promising to move side with possible consideration ahead with a vote on Monday of a financial regulation even if a deal does not exist. overhaul bill and the possible Major Committee Action Senator Dodd’s bill is fatally introduction of a climate change • The House Armed Services f l a w e d a n d c o n s e r v a t i v e s bill by Senators Kerry, Graham, Committee will hold a number believe a complete re-write is and Lieberman. The House will of hearings during the week, necessary—a watered down be taking up three smaller most notably a full committee c o m p r o m i s e r e m a i n s measures this week focusing on hearing on the “Security and unacceptable. Global warming misspent federal funds, defense Stability in Pakistan” and a will make a come back on acquisition, and Puerto Rico. subcommittee hearing on the Monday, as Senators Kerry (DThough the defense acquisition budget for the Army Reserve, MA), Graham (R-SC) and bill received complete bi- N a t i o n a l G u a r d , a n d A i r Lieberman (I-CT) unveil their partisan support out of the N a t i o n a l G u a r d . plan to tax American energy. H o u s e A r m e d S e r v i c e s • The House Ways and Means Major Floor Action Committee and is lauded as a Subcommittee on Trade will • On Monday at 5:00pm, the bill that would save taxpayers hold its first hearing with new Senate will vote on the motion billions of dollars it is more subcommittee Chairman John to proceed to Senator Dodd’s likely to increase bureaucracy, Tanner (D-TN) to discuss U.S.- f i n a n c i a l r e g u l a t i o n b i l l add more regulation, create a Cuba policy. (S.3217). If cloture is invoked, s l o w e r a n d l e s s e f f i c i e n t • The House Energy and the Senate will debate and acquisition system, and continue Commerce Subcommittee on amend the bill for the remainder a risk adverse mentality at the Energy and Environment will of the week. Pentagon. hold hearing on reducing Major Floor Action dependence on oil. Major Committee Action • HR 3393— Improper • The Health, Education, Labor Payments Elimination and Senate Cloakroom: April 26-30 and Pensions committee will

Recovery Act of 2009 • HR 5013— Implementing Management for Performance and Related Reforms to Obtain Value in Every Acquisition Act of 2010 • HR 2499– Puerto Rico Democracy Act of 2009

hold two hearings on the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. • The Foreign Relations committee will hold a premature hearing on the START treaty. • While the Senate debates financial regulation, a Banking subcommittee will hold a hearing on short-termism in financial markets. • An Appropriations subcommittee will hold a hearing on the future of U.S. energy policy. • A Commerce subcommittee will hold the week’s most ridiculous hearing – promoting travel to national parks. Tags: cloakroom You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. Five Filters featured article: Chilcot Inquiry. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.

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Security Secretary Janet Napolitano also has made overtures. She had held at least 35 meetings with members of Congress since she took office to press for immigration reform. But just three of those meetings have been this year, and only one — with Mr. Schumer — has happened in the last two months. Mr. Rosenblum said the activists' pressure goes beyond the White House. The National Council of La Raza sent an e-mail asking supporters to petition their senators to join the effort, while

the New York Immigration Coalition held a news conference outside Mr. Schumer's Manhattan office last week to demand that he introduce a bill before May 1. Still, leaders say it's more with sorrow than eagerness that they find themselves taking on the president, and several of them note that they voted for Mr. Obama and were among his vocal supporters in 2008. "We were very patient because we said, understanding what else has to happen, we are going to do our job, and when you're ready, our expectation is you're

going to move on this quickly," Ms. Salas said. "Everything has been checked off the box, but every time we go back [and ask], is it time now, their explanation is, 'Well, there's something else.' " © Copyright 2010 The Washington Times, LLC Five Filters featured article: Laurie Pasternack Chilcot Inquiry. Available tools: (BloggingStocks) PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Submitted at 4/26/2010 10:00:00 Term Extraction.

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Quick Hits: • Warren Buffet pushes for changes to Obama-Dodd derivative regulations. • According to Gallup, 21% of American workers think it is “very” or “fairly” likely that they will lose their jobs or be laid off during the next 12 months, and Americans’ evaluations of their current financial situations is the lowest Gallup has measured in the past decade. • Voters in Hungary ousted

their governing Socialist Party in elections last weekend. • According to Rasmussen Reports, 64% of adults believe the Supreme Court judges’ rulings have been more antireligious than the Founding Fathers intended. • Despite the corporation’s pledge to be more environmentally friendly, the BBC has spent almost £5million on flying its directors, staff and guests around Britain.

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Bribery, Massive Corruption at Samsung, Says Exposé by Former S. Korean Prosecutor
Dan Nosowitz (Fast Company)
Submitted at 4/26/2010 9:36:56 AM

The New York Times reports on the questions the book, entitled Think Samsung, has asked of the South Korean people. Samsung is the single largest tech company in the world by revenue, accounting for more than 20% of South Korea's exports. But even more than that, it's a cultural touchstone for South Koreans, a universal marker of what's cool, what's modern, and what's of high quality. So when Kim Yong-chul's book accused the company of bribery, money laundering, evidence tampering, and assorted corruption, it was much more than a legal case. It brought to light the country's distrust of its government, legal system, and national media, since none seemed to be willing or able to take on Samsung. And this was an outrageous amount of money being stolen or hidden: Mr. Kim accused [Samsung chairman Lee Kun-hee] and his loyal aides of having stolen as much as 10 trillion won, or $9 billion, from Samsung subsidiaries and stashed it in stock and bank accounts illegally opened in the names of executives.

refused to print any op-eds or articles explaining, let alone backing, Kim Yong-chul's side, out of fear that Samsung would pull advertisements from their TV shows and newspapers. Samsung, for their part, has mostly tried to ignore the struggle, although their vicepresident for corporate communications did let loose this gem (which possibly, hopefully, sounds better in Korean). He was asked to explain why Samsung hasn't directly addressed the charges, and said: "When you see a pile of excrement, you avoid it not because you fear it but because it’s dirty." Sales of the book weren't exactly affected; the revolutionary mystique has certainly helped sales. Kim is now working on a boycott of The book alleges that they [State prosecutors] concluded hiding more than $42 million Samsung products, and trying to shredded books, fabricated that there was no evidence of f r o m t a x c o l l e c t i o n , a n d h a v e h i s b o o k p u b l i s h e d evidence and b r i b e d bribery, which astonished Mr. received nothing more than a internationally. Meanwhile, the p o l i t i c i a n s , b u r e a u c r a t s , Kim, since he had provided a suspended sentence. The media South Koreans are trying to p r o s e c u t o r s , j u d g e s a n d list of prosecutors whom he said decided not to mention the figure out if they can trust the journalists, mainly to ensure he had helped Samsung bribe whistle-blowing book at all, most powerful people in their that they would not stand in the while he was working there. In despite it achieving remarkable country. way of Mr. Lee's illegal addition, a lawmaker said she sales for a non-fiction book in [Image and quotes via New transfer of corporate control to had once been offered a golf bag that country. (Not a single York Times] his only son, Lee Jae-yong, 41. full of cash from Samsung, and newspaper published a review, Dan Nosowitz, the author of Yet the state prosecutors a former presidential aide said and the only discussion of the this post, can be followed on seemed unable to find much he had received and returned a book mentioned its sales--but Twitter, corresponded with via wrongdoing at all, surprising the cash gift from the company. not its title or author. Yeah, you email, and stalked in San man who'd seen it with his own Lee Kun-hee, the chairman of read that right. They left out the BRIBERY, page 47 eyes: Samsung, was convicted of title.) Even worse, the media

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YouTube Quietly Begins Renting Movies, Warming Up for Fight Against Apple, Netflix, Hulu et al.
Dan Nosowitz (Fast Company)
Submitted at 4/26/2010 9:59:02 AM

Options Update: Cisco Volatility Low; Shares Near 28-Month High into EPS
Paul Foster (BloggingStocks)
Submitted at 4/26/2010 9:00:00 AM

Google knows it needs to compete with Apple, Amazon, and Netflix on content. That's why they're digitizing libraries. But considering Google also owns the world's largest streaming video site, they've stayed remarkably quiet while Amazon, Apple, Netflix, and Hulu have begun to figure out how to make boatloads of money off video content. Google's plans with this aren't clear at all, but they're definitely dipping a toe into the water of media content. And, going by this photo (taken by our own Tyler Gray on the streets of New York City), their promotion may consist entirely of one popcorn cart and a few Tshirts. Back in January, YouTube began offering five movies for rent as part of a partnership with the Sundance Film Festival. The five movies--The Cove, Bass Ackwards, One Too Many Mornings, Homewrecker, and Children of Invention--are selections from the 2009 and

2010 Sundance lineup. But they've now expanded that to a larger selection of mostly indie and foreign fare, including many recognizable titles (Precious, Reservoir Dogs, Rodger Dodger, Kicking and Screaming (Baumbach, not Ferrell), and many more). There are also a few TV shows, but nothing particularly interesting (mostly educational stuff and 32

episodes of something called "Bikini Travels"). The prices of rentals vary between $1 and $4, with few exceptions, and are available for 48 hours after purchase. Some movies are only available for a limited period of time--The Cove, for example, is only available through May 8th. You pay through Google Checkout, which is pretty convenient, and

since it's YouTube, you can view the movies on pretty much any device. Of course, there are also a boatload of easy, oneclick ripping tools for YouTube (including extensions for Firefox and Chrome), which might explain the hesitance of the major studios--there are no Big Four movies available. So what is Google's aim here? They have the capabilities to compete with Hulu and Netflix-Apple and Amazon are in the downloaded rental business, which is a little different--but they'll have to get major movie studios on board before YouTube rentals become preferable to either. Some legit TV shows wouldn't hurt, either-they can put as many ads in as they want, I'll still watch Parks and Recreation on my smartphone if they can get it. Dan Nosowitz, the author of this post, can be followed on Twitter, corresponded with via email, and stalked in San Francisco (no link for that one-you'll have to do the legwork yourself).

Filed under: Cisco Systems (CSCO), Chicago Merc Exch Hld'A' (CME), Options Cisco ( CSCO) closed at $27.47. CSCO is expected to announce Q3 EPS on May 12. May and June put option implied volatility is at 21, October is at 23, below its 26week average of 26, according to Track Data, suggesting decreasing price movement. CME Group ( CME) closed at $334.86. CME is expected to report Q1 EPS on April 29. May put option implied volatility is at 29, June is at 30, September is at 33, and December is at 35, versus its 26-week average of 32, according to Track Data, suggesting non-directional price movement. Options Update is by Stock Specialist Paul Foster of Options Update: Cisco Volatility Low; Shares Near 28Month High into EPS originally appeared on BloggingStocks on Mon, 26 Apr 2010 09:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Email this| Comments



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Everybody Look Under Your Seats--It's the Official Oprah iPhone App!
Dan Nosowitz (Fast Company)

now looks like a fake word to me. Just look at it: Oprah. Oprah. Weird, right?) Submitted at 4/26/2010 9:40:56 AM It's actually a surprisingly Not to be confused with Opera extensive app, not a cheapie Mini, which is a groundbreaking cash-in like some other branded Web browser known for its companion apps out there. It has offsite caching and end-of-year a few nice tie-ins with Oprah's gift lists (confusing!), Oprah show, letting you reserve tickets Mobile is the first official or see a calendar of her guests, iPhone app for Oprah fans, of or just see on which channel and which I have been assured there at what time you can get your O are several. The content comes fix, anywhere in the States. from Oprah's litany of media, There's also a ton of extra including The Oprah Winfrey f e a t u r e s , l i k e b a c k s t a g e Show, O (the Oprah Magazine), interviews, audio commentary Oprah Radio, and from Oprah herself, and " ( S i d e n o t e : I n o n l y o n e helpful advice on health, beauty, paragraph, I have written the cooking, money, relationships word Oprah enough times that it and more" from her arsenal of

publications. You can share all of that content via integration with Facebook, Twitter, and email. The app is unusually impressive --when I saw that Oprah had

released a paid iPhone app, I immediately assumed it'd be some kind of money-grab. But it's remarkably extensive and feature-packed--I may not care much about the Big O myself,

but if this app had all its content replaced with equivalent material from Stephen Colbert or something, I'd be super excited. You get an app! And you get an app! And you get an app.... Oprah Mobile is available now in the App Store for $2. Dan Nosowitz, the author of this post, can be followed on Twitter, corresponded with via email, and stalked in San Francisco (no link for that one-you'll have to do the legwork yourself).

Gilt Groupe Launches Gilt City, Attacking Groupon in New York City
Dan Nosowitz (Fast Company)
Submitted at 4/26/2010 9:32:21 AM

Gilt Groupe, one of our Most Innovative Companies, made its bones in flash sales (often just one or two days) of high-end fashion. But now it looks like they're setting their sights on Groupon with a new, more local service called Gilt City. Gilt City is available in, of course, New York City (and

nowhere else, at the moment). It's a bit like Groupon, in that it has limited-time offers of coupons and deals for local merchants, but it's also different in a few ways. For one, there doesn't seem to be a minimum number of people needed to actually secure a deal--you can just snag these deals whether or not Gilt fulfills some mandatory quota. It's also only a weekly history (and name), the vendors service, compared to Groupon's involved may be a little out of daily service, and given Gilt's the price range of most people.

It's a good idea (and sort of explains the hiring of former Nylon mag No. 2 Stephanie Trong as editorial director), although it's possible that the deals may not be as desirable as Groupon's due to the lack of a quota (which may result in vendors preferring Groupon). And, of course, I'm grumpy because Gilt City is only available in New York, whereas Groupon offers are sent to me here in San Francisco every day.

But if Gilt City can expand and consistently provide good deals and coupons, the service could find some success. Dan Nosowitz, the author of this post, can be followed on Twitter, corresponded with via email, and stalked in San Francisco (no link for that one-you'll have to do the legwork yourself).

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Before the Bell: Futures Is Facebook a Threat to Higher on Earnings, Apple and Google? Deals
Gary E. Sattler (BloggingStocks) Melly Alazraki (BloggingStocks)
Submitted at 4/26/2010 10:30:00 AM

Steve Jobs' Advice to Nike: Get Rid of the Crappy Stuff [Video]
Noah Robischon (Fast Company)
Submitted at 4/26/2010 10:15:56 AM

Filed under: Internet, Submitted at 4/26/2010 8:25:00 AM Competitive Strategy, Google (GOOG), Apple Inc (AAPL), Filed under: Before the Bell, Technology When Mark Cuban International Markets, Deals, blogs about companies such as Market Matters, Caterpillar Google ( GOOG), Apple ( (CAT), Citigroup Inc. (C), AAPL), or Facebook, I tend to Economic Data, Emerson pay attention. One reason is Electric (EMR) U.S. stock s u c h a s G D P , c o n s u m e r because Mark Cuban has a f u t u r e s a d v a n c e d M o n d a y confidence and jobless claims. unique way of analyzing a morning, as investors seemingly Also, the Federal Reserve Open situation in order to distill its ready to continue to drive stocks Market Committee is meeting to important details. Another higher after reaching a 19- d i s c u s s m o n e t a r y p o l i c y , reason I pay attention is because month high Friday. Strong including interest rates. The two he's just plain smart. earnings season, made stronger -day meeting will conclude on Recently, on his personal blog, with this morning's Caterpillar Wednesday. The Blog Maverick, Mark report have been a key driver in Continue reading Before the Cuban briefly examined the the past couple of weeks. In B e l l : F u t u r e s H i g h e r o n potential of Facebook and its addition, as the Greece bailout E a r n i n g s , D e a l s relationships with Apple and moves forward and economic Before the Bell: Futures Higher indications continue to point to on Earnings, Deals originally r e c o v e r y , i n v e s t o r s g a i n appeared on BloggingStocks on Mon, 26 Apr 2010 08:25:00 confidence. (Cooking Light: Editor's Picks) There are no major economic EST. Please see our terms for reports due Monday, but the use of feeds. Permalink| Email Time: 30 minutes week is full of key readings this| Comments Kid Pleaser: Sub chicken broth BRIBERY, for sherry, and either omit the continued from page 44 olives or change to milder black ones. Francisco (no link for that one-Serve with Pear, Date, and you'll have to do the legwork Manchego Salad: Arrange 1 cup yourself). gourmet salad greens on each of 4 plates. Finely chop 2 ripe Bosc pears; toss with 2 teaspoons l e m o n j u i c e .

Apple CEO Steve Jobs is among the greatest innovators of our time. And yet his genius for understanding business is rarely explained in any public way. G o o g l e . C u b a n p a i n t e d Rarer still is to hear the advice Facebook as a "unique threat" to he would give to the CEO of the futures of the two Internet another hugely successful giants. company: Nike. But that's Continue reading Is Facebook a exactly what you'll learn from Threat to Apple and Google? this video, in which Nike Is Facebook a Threat to Apple president and CEO Mark Parker and Google? originally appeared tells about the advice that Jobs on BloggingStocks on Mon, 26 gave him shortly after the Apr 2010 10:30:00 EST. Please release of the Nike+ product see our terms for use of feeds. line. It's a simple bit of wisdom Read| Permalink| Email this| that any entrepreneur can relate Comments STEVE page 48

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Filed under: Stocks to Buy, Travelers Companies Inc. (TRV) The Travelers ( TRV), which I first discussed on April 24, 2009, at a price of $30.50 is, as expected, becoming less-cheap by the month. Hence, it's likely that it's "now or never" to catch this train and earn an out-sized gain with TRV during the current economic expansion. Look for 2% to 4% premium revenue growth with TRV, as the insurance company takes advantage of new business opportunities. Prudent underwriting, a superior balance

to: "Get rid of the crappy stuff." Easy to say, hard to do. "I expcted a little laugh," Parker says of the exchange. "But there was a pause and no laugh at the end." The setting here is Fast Company's Innovation Uncensored conference on April

21, 2010, in New York City. It was a tough ticket to score, but for those who didn't, we're offering highlights. More to come this week.

sheet, and a $1.32 annual dividend add to the positive mix. Continue reading The Travelers Is in an Uptrend The Travelers Is in an Uptrend originally appeared on BloggingStocks on Mon, 26 Apr 2010 09:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Email this| Comments

Daily electronics deals
Paul Eng (Consumer Reports)
Submitted at 4/26/2010 6:26:44 AM

Q&A: Does deodorant increase breast cancer risk? (Consumer Reports)
Submitted at 4/26/2010 7:20:40 AM

Q&A: Does deodorant increase breast cancer risk? I’ve heard that using antiperspirants or deodorants increases your risk of breast cancer. Is that true? — R.S.,

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Compact electric YikeBike heads to market
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Gordon Angry at Jimmie Johnson, Again
Holly Cain (FanHouse Main)
Submitted at 4/25/2010 4:45:00 PM

The seating position is upright with handles on the side and there are no pedals. Power Submitted at 4/26/2010 1:59:59 AM comes from a lithium phosphate Compact electric YikeBike battery and it’s completely heads to market portable weighing only about 21 For those looking for easy pounds and can be carried urban mobility without worrying around in a case. about gas prices or parking, The driver steers by leaning there’s a new vehicle that might right or left and speeds are be for you called a YikeBike electronically limited to only go and it’s headed to the European up to 12 miles per hour. The market soon. This new product bike can travel between 5 and 6 honored by Time magazine as miles on a charge and takes 20 one of the 50 best inventions of minutes for an 80 percent charge 2009 looks at first glance, like a and the charger can work on any unicycle, because one wheel is voltage between 100 and 240. larger than the other or a cross The YikeBike is set to go on between a scooter and a bicycle. sale at the end of June for

around $4,600 (about the price of a Vespa 150) in a number of European countries as well as New Zealand, which is where the bike was designed and developed. No word yet on whether this new invention will cross over to American shores, but we’d be interested in hopping on for a ride if it does.— Liza Barth Subscribe now! S u b s c r i b e t o for expert Ratings, buying advice and reliability on hundreds of products. Update your feed preferences

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Salem, S.C. It seems unlikely. Aluminum, a sweat-stopping ingredient in antiperspirants, has caused cell mutations in test-tube and animal studies. And parabens, chemicals in antiperspirants, deodorants, and many other personal-care products, may mimic the hormone estrogen, which fuels breast-cancer growth. One small study found parabens in some human breastcancer tumors. Another study found that breast-cancer survivors who had used antiperspirants or deodorants more often or earlier in life

tended to develop the malignancy at an earlier age. But both of those human studies had major flaws. And a larger study of healthy women found no increased risk of developing the cancer in heavy users of underarm products. Research has similarly failed to link underarm shaving, which theoretically might increase the absorption of the suspect chemicals, with any elevated risk. So while the available research doesn’t provide definitive answers, there’s probably not enough evidence to warrant concern.

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Filed under: Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Talladega Superspeedway, NASCAR Fights, Sprint Cup, Hendrick Motorsports TALLADEGA, Ala. -- All weekend Hendrick Motorsports teammates and four -time champions Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson insisted their simmering rivalry is one of "healthy respect." They smiled on Friday and promised that "everything is fine" and the rough racing between the two last week at Texas Motor Speedway was just an inevitable result of two highly-motivated champions wanting the same thing: to win a race. But that good will and respect was put to another test at Talladega Superspeedway Sunday where a close call between the two of them left Gordon angry and not inclined

to mince words or drop euphemisms this time. "I can tell you the 48 (Johnson) is testing my patience,'' Gordon said of an incident between the two late in the Aaron's 499 Sprint Cup race. "It takes a lot to make me mad and I am pissed right now.'' "He's been testing my patience and it's about reached its boiling point." More Coverage: Kevin Harvick Wins Historic NASCAR Race| Results| Standings


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Submitted at 4/25/2010 8:40:00 PM

Bill Jordan
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Submitted at 4/26/2010 6:27:01 AM

Filed under: NBA This has been an NBA postseason of blood, balls and bile, exquisite in its unpredictability and laughable in its whining. Who cannot admire the audacity of Kevin Durant, who at 21 has stared into the eyeballs of a coach with 10 championship rings and turned Phil Jackson into a griping, melting mess, all while making Kobe Bryant look old, feeble and broken down? And who can't appreciate the San Antonio Spurs, called out by their coach as "dogs" and looking ready to throw an expiration date on their glory era, only to take a 3-1 lead over the favored Dallas Mavericks even as Manu Ginobili dripped blood from his nose and George Hill, best known for his nude pictures on the Internet, had to rescue the Big Three on Sunday night? Playoff life is proceeding according to form in the grinding Eastern Conference, where LeBron James continues to exhibit why he might be an MVP in perpetuity -- please, a

The business angel of my first company, Living Videotext, was a man named Bill Jordan. When he came calling I had given up on getting outside capital for the company, but he insisted on meeting, so I told David Greene, who was working with me, that he could meet with him if he wanted, but I was going to stick to writing software. I was tired of wasting my time with tirekickers. Bill came over, went into the back room. I kept working. After a while Greene came out with a check made out to Living Videotext, Inc for $50,000. triple-double AND a halfcourt scans out West, he's seeing staggering defending champs Okay, I met with him, and shot at the third-quarter buzzer - chaos that only can fuel the idea about heart, hustle, energy and, together we raised several - while Orlando and Boston of Cleveland, woeful Cleveland, yes, maturity. It was Jackson, million, launched a company, carry on as eventual Cavaliers f i n a l l y w i n n i n g i t s f i r s t remember, who tried to sink his etc etc. victims. "I've done some great championship in a team sport faux Zen into Durant's head by Bill used to have fun calling me things in the past, I'll do some since 1964 and keeping James in criticizing league officials for The Captain of Industry. He great things in the future," said town as the savior of northeast allowing him to march to the thought it was funny the way James, who went for 37 points, O h i o ' s s e l f - e s t e e m . T h e free-throw line more often than people in the software business 12 rebounds and 11 assists compelling story, of course, is he deserves. Durant said he felt are always announcing things as against overmatched Chicago h o w t h e O k l a h o m a C i t y d i s r e s p e c t e d , w h i c h w a s if they mattered. What was after scoring 40 and 39 points in Thunder, who began their move p e r c e i v e d b y s o m e m e d i a really funny was how the press his previous two games. "But from Seattle with a 3-29 start observers as a victory for thought we were so important. I we're in the present now, and and represent the very antithesis Jackson but, so far, has been a know he did it with a lot of love, I'm feeling pretty good." of all things L.A. and Lakers, statement of purpose for Durant that's why I laughed along with He should be. Because if he are teaching the suddenly and this unlikely success story. him. It was fun to be around him, for a lot of reasons. Mostly because our relationship got off on the right foot. I don't mention this for any particular reason other than I was thinking about him this morning.

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O, Say Can You See Venus and Serena?
Greg Couch (FanHouse Main)
Submitted at 4/25/2010 8:25:00 PM

Filed under: WTA Venus and Serena Williams keep saying how much they want to play for the U.S. flag, but whenever the U.S. Fed Cup team calls, darn the luck, they've had other plans, they've had to wash their hair, the dog ate their invitation. This weekend, Serena was fatigued and ... no wait, that was November. This week, both sisters had too much knee pain for the U.S.-Russia matchup. Venus let the team know on Wednesday. This little dance has become so tired and transparent. First, the sisters say they want to play. Then, they pull out. Then captain Mary Joe Fernandez publicly and without selfrespect, thanks them. Then the team plays on, hard feelings below the surface. Until now. Liezel Huber, who is always

Top Spanish Bullfighter Gored in Mexico
FanHouse Newswire (FanHouse Main)
Submitted at 4/25/2010 7:01:00 PM

there for the American team, told reporters this about Venus and Serena: "It's very tough for me to be supportive of their decision. Come Olympics time and they want to play, they have to understand the people that [are] going to be loyal, I would hope, are going to go ahead of them." Huber went off the deep-end there. Does she honestly think she should be picked for the

Olympic team over Venus or Serena? Based on attendance? It reminds me of an old Saturday Night Live routine when Chris Farley thought he should have made the Chippendales over Patrick Swayze because he had done well in the interview portion of tryouts. The Williams sisters should be in the Olympics. And their approach, their entire career

MADRID (AP) -- One of Spain's top matadors was path, is an example to society seriously injured in Mexico that you can have balance and when a 1,100-pound (500still become a superstar athlete. kilogram) bull gored him in the Although they seem to be groin and hoisted him into the putting self-interest above the air, causing major blood loss, national team's interest, and they his manager said Sunday. don't always handle things right, Jose Tomas lost up to eight in the end they are doing what's liters (17 pints) of blood after best for the game and the being gored Saturday by a beast country by preserving their own n a m e d N a v e g a n t e i n t h e Mexican city of Aguascalientes. sanity and longevity. TOP page 52

Halo: Reach 'Pre-Beta' video walkthroughs, gameplay footage
Xav de Matos (Joystiq)

included with the purchase of Halo 3: ODST, is activated next Submitted at 4/26/2010 9:00:00 AM week. You've already read our Note: This footage is best impressions but now you get to viewed in high definition. Click see some of the action, with 'HD' to enable it. hours of Halo: Reach Pre-Beta Halo fanatics will finally get footage carefully trimmed down their hands on Halo: Reach to the essentials. when the multiplayer beta, By showing the new armor

customization options, control changes, comparisons to Halo 3 and Halo 3: ODST and full gameplay matches in high definition, we're hoping to

answer as many of your questions as we can before you get your own quality time with Reach on May 3. Continue reading Halo: Reach 'Pre-Beta' video walkthroughs, gameplay footage Halo: Reach 'Pre-Beta' video walkthroughs, gameplay footage

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The bull's horn penetrated 4 inches (10 centimeters) into Tomas' groin and punctured a vein and an artery, manager Salvador Boix told Spanish radio station Cadena Ser from Aguascalientes. Tomas, one of Spain's most popular matadors, has a relatively rare blood type -- A- - and bled so profusely that bullring officials appealed over the arena loudspeakers for compatible donors to come forward for transfusions, Boix said.

Bullring doctors operated on the 34-year-old Tomas immediately to stabilize him, and he underwent more surgery later at a hospital for more than three hours. "Now he has new blood and is in intensive care, waiting to see how things evolve," Boix said, adding that Tomas is not conscious.

TT Games production chief: Kids are the best video game testers Halo: Reach live-action short arrives this week
Justin McElroy (Joystiq)
Submitted at 4/26/2010 10:30:00 AM

The live-action marketing for Halo 3 was top notch, from the stellar Believe campaign to Neill Blomkamp's preview of

something, and they'll get bored and move on." ... OK, so here's the pitch: "The [Image: Kidperez] Forget Will Tester 2.0: Lil' Wage Slaves." "Cyrus" Powers. If you really It'll be just like the first one, want to know if your game has only it's all eight-year-olds. what it takes, you need to turn to There will be none of the an eight-year-old, according to awkward sexual advances by the TT Games production chief more backwards contestants but Jonathan Smith. "They are the (and we're adamant about this) w h a t c o u l d h a v e b e e n i n most efficient quality filter," he twice the drinking. L a n d f a l l . S o , w e ' r e said in the new issue of Official *ring ring* "Hello? What's that, understandably excited for Halo: Nintendo Magazine. "They get Mark Burnett, producer of Reach to get the same treatment to it quicker than anybody else, reality show hits like Survivor in "Birth of a Spartan," a new because they'll just say if and The Apprentice? You say something doesn't work. The you're retiring because you've HALO: page 53 smallest things could ruin heard there's a new kid in town
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Justin McElroy (Joystiq)

whose big ideas are taking Hollywood by storm? Well, that's very flattering, thank you. Have your desk empty by the end of business." [Via CVG] TT Games production chief: Kids are the best video game testers originally appeared on Joystiq on Mon, 26 Apr 2010 09:37:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Read| Permalink| Email this| Comments

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The Best of Big Download: April 19 - 25
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Submitted at 4/25/2010 11:30:00 PM

Spring is in full bloom, which means more game announcements, more downloads and more hints about what megatons might be dropped at E3 in June. Let's take a look back at some of our biggest stories from the past week: Exclusive features Alexander Sliwinski (Joystiq) The only other new title on the • Reviews: We give our final chart last week was Dead to verdicts for Metro 2033 and Submitted at 4/26/2010 10:00:00 AM Rights: Retribution, which Sam and Max The Devil's Despite sales for Splinter Cell: broke and entered at No. 22. Playhouse: The Penal Zone. Conviction and Just Dance Check out the complete UK top • Heroes of Newerth interview: slipping 46 and 31 percent, 10 after the break. We chat with S2 Games about respectively, the two Ubisoft Source- Ubisoft are No1 and t h e i r s o o n - t o - b e - r e l e a s e d titles maintained their dominant No2 for second week [GFK multiplayer RTS-action game. positions on the UK all-formats Chart-Track] chart for a second week in a Source- Latest UK Software row. The top three didn't shift at Charts [GFK Chart-Track] all, as the PS3 and PC release of Continue reading Ubisoft holds Grand Theft Auto: Episodes t o p U K s a l e s s p o t w i t h from Liberty City last week C o n v i c t i o n helped to keep it in third. Ubisoft holds top UK sales spot Wii Fit Plus stepped up a spot with Conviction originally to work out at fourth, while appeared on Joystiq on Mon, 26 Monster Hunter Tri was stuffed Apr 2010 10:00:00 EST. Please and mounted in fifth place. see our terms for use of feeds. According to Chart-Track, Tri is Permalink| Email this| the most successful launch the C o m m e n t s franchise has seen on the isles.

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live-action short directed by Noam Murro, the man behind the underrated 2008 romantic comedy Smart People. Yes, you're right, it sounds like a perfect fit. Detailing the procedure that takes Carter 259 from zero to • Boot Disk: Our retro games Spartan hero, the short will be feature checks out Interplay's available online, on US and UK shooter Descent 3. TV, in movie theaters ... well, • All You Need To Know: We it's going to be hard not to see it. g i v e y o u t h e 4 1 1 o n t h e Let's just put it that way. upcoming indie-made shooter Look for a 60-second version to Miner Wars. premiere April 27 in the US • Freeware Friday: Our look at during V(at 10 p.m. EST) and free PC games checks out the on the UK's Sky Sports 2 at the strategy game Intrepid. full time whistle of the semifinal between Lyon and Bayern Continue reading The Best of Munichand, which kicks off at Big Download: April 19 - 25 7:45 BST. It'll be on the trailer's The Best of Big Download: official site that night and a twoA p r i l 1 9 - 2 5 o r i g i n a l l y minute-thirty-second version appeared on Joystiq on Sun, 25 will appear on Xbox Live for Apr 2010 23:30:00 EST. Please Gold members the next day. see our terms for use of feeds. Like we said: Hard to avoid. Read| Permalink| Email this| Halo: Reach live-action short Comments arrives this week originally appeared on Joystiq on Mon, 26 Apr 2010 10:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Read| Permalink| Email this| Comments



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The toxic coral reef
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much harder to actually make the ocean boil and the "web" is that big. T h e l a s t f e w d a y s h a v e As Doc says so well, a big belonged to Facebook and their developer might be able to new developer program. change the weather for a few Stuff that's coming (as Jerry moments, but we're talking Pournelle would say) Real Soon geology. All the bluster and big Now. It's a familiar tactic, it p r o n o u n c e m e n t s a n d c u t e draws developer attention away giggles from the Captain of from other places, but doesn't do Facebook amount to bupkis anything with it. It's generally a when it comes to plate tectonics. bad thing to do, not just for This is the domain of God not everyone else, but also for the mere mortals. platform vendor. All the major That's not to say the tech companies at one time or pronouncements don't mean another have been caught in the anything, quite the contrary. misery of vaporware. Apple T h e y m e a n a l o t t o t h e i r used to do it regularly. Execs d e v e l o p e r s a n d t h e i r with nothing to announce at a competitors. All corporate major press event go hunting platform vendors own their around the labs for a half-baked developers. That's just a fact. project to make a big deal about. You exist at their pleasure. The press loves big deals, and Apple owns their developers, years later the market and when they change an API all developer community are still developers must adjust or their waiting, all new stuff on hold software breaks. When they ban waiting for the pronouncement a product from the store its sales to become reality, if it ever g o t o z e r o i m m e d i a t e l y . does. Microsoft used to have a saying B u t I ' m n o t a F a c e b o o k -- "DOS isn't done until Lotus developer, so honestly I really doesn't run." Or something like don't care what they do, unless that. They used to wear t-shirts they manage to take over the that said "Delete Philippe." world, which no one really These weren't idle threats. (And believes they will do. They may given what Philippe was doing say they do, and maybe right back then, deleting him was a now they're being honest. But in very reasonable thing for a week or two the reality of the Microsoft to want to do, imho.) announcements will sink in, and Usually the corporate platform they'll realize that the easy part guys don't want to hurt most of was the announcements. It's the developers. But they also
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don't care very much whether they do or don't. But they very much want to hurt their competitors. Esp the young guys like Zuck. So a lot of what was announced last week was smoke, blown in the faces of their competitors. Who would that be? Certainly Google, but probably to a lesser extent Twitter, not because they're such a huge force with users, but mostly because they're so beloved by the press. That's gotta bother Zuck. And boy did the Twitter guys get it. Last week they came up with a new term that is so freakishly stupid and selfdestructive, it's a form of corporate insanity of the scale I've never seen in my long career. The term is OAuthcalypse. It's the day in June when all the Twitter apps

break. All of them. None will make it through this transition without being reconceived. And they're considering another change that would be even more dramatic, as if that were imaginable. Running hard just to stay in place. I used to talk about Twitter being a coral reef. This will be the end of that. In fact the threat of doing it is itself the end. I'm familiar with this point in the life of a corporate platform. Very few of the changes have any meaning in terms of apps you can create. The changes just move sand from one bucket to another. When Twitter breaks all the apps in the OAuthcalypse, they will break all of mine, and I have no intention of fixing them. I don't expect anyone to care. But what you should think about is how many of the Twitter apps that you do care about will break and how many of them will say the hell with it? And how many of them will be around for the next time Twitter breaks everything, because that's certainly coming unless Twitter develops some kind of philosophy about itself as a developer platform. (And even if they do, the promises will be forgotten in the next corporate reorg or the next time Zuck makes a huge press-quake.) This is why the only platform to

bet on is a platform with no platform vendor. Then there's no one who can rip up the pavement and break all the apps in one swoop. This way of working just doesn't work. Twitter is responding more to Facebook than they are to the market. It's time to stop thinking of Twitter as a coral reef, it's just another web site. If we want to have a nice coral reef we must boot one up that has no one at the center. That's why RSS is frozen. No developer should (or can) code against a moving target. RSS has been in the same place for a long time and look at all that has developed around it. If we kept changing our minds about how it worked, eventually it would have amounted to nothing. But no one had the power to make those changes, despite how much people complained -- so it stayed put. This is what works. PS: You can say a lot of bad things about Microsoft, but one thing they get is continuity. ThinkTank for the IBM PC, last released in 1987-- runs in VMWare on my iMac. I just downloaded a copy from and installed it. Here's a screen shot. That's what you call commitment to continuity. Amazing.

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I, Standards Body
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Submitted at 4/25/2010 2:26:30 PM

On my drive east earlier this month I read a bunch of audio books, including Isaac Asimov's I, Robot. It's basically a collection of short stories built around the assumption that we create robots that obey three laws at their core. The stories are mostly about the laws. How they mold the relationship between humans and the robots, unforseen consequences of the laws, and what happens when we create robots with slightly different versions of the three laws. The three laws: 1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. 2. A robot must obey any orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law. 3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.

It struck me, thinking about how the W3C and IETF are controlled by the big tech companies, and how they serve their interests, often in conflict with the interests of users, that perhaps a new kind of standards body is needed. One which never takes money from tech companies, and has its own version of the three laws. The restated laws: 1. A standard may not injure users or, through inaction, allow users to come to harm. 2. Standard-compliant software must obey any orders given to it by users, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law. 3. A standard must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with

the First or Second Law. Okay I know this is a little crude. But the point is this: Users are supreme. Tech companies are not even part of the charter of a human-serving standards body. They may use the standards, but we don't care one way or the other if they continue to profit, or even exist. Standards exist to protect the interests of users first. As a second priority standards do what users want them to do. And as a third priority, only after the first two are considered, does the standard perpetuate its own existence. I think after all the years going round and round this loop I've finally figured out what the bug is. We let corporations push us around. They've made it so we serve them. That's what's wrong with the way technology has been evolving. Every so often we get back on track, just to have a fresh set of corporations come along and take us off track again.

Which is Better: Buying Apple Products, or Buying Apple Stock?
Stan Schroeder (Mashable!)
Submitted at 4/26/2010 3:57:34 AM

Hindsight bias probably works best when it comes to money. The events that occurred in the past seem to have been more predictable than they really were, and I bet many of you feel that way when reading texts that explain how to get rich easily. Well, here is another example. As this table put together by blogger Kyle Conroy clearly shows, it would have been far more lucrative to buy Apple stock instead of buying their actual products. For example, that Apple PowerBook G4 1.0 you’ve paid $2999 back in 2002 is now collecting dust somewhere. If you had spend the same amount on Apple stock at that time, it would now be worth $94,334.40. As you go further back, this trade off becomes more and more lucrative. But amazingly enough, Apple’s stock has been doing so well that it works even for newer Apple products. For example,

Apple MacBook Pro “Core Duo” 2.0 15 cost $2499 back in 2006; for that amount of money you could have bought Apple stock that would today be worth $10005.98. The amazing power of hindsight bias makes this seem like easy money, but future events are harder to predict than they seem. Still, it’s something to think about; perhaps the next time you get the urge to buy an expensive gadget, you could do some investing instead. [via Gizmodo] For more Apple coverage, follow Mashable Apple on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook Reviews: Facebook, Twitter Tags: aapl, apple, stock


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A New Helmet Keeps Your Head On Straight
Matthew Cokeley (Popular Science - New Technology, Science News, The Future Now)
Submitted at 4/26/2010 9:24:34 AM

The Lazer Solano SuperSkin keeps a rider's head aligned during a crash A motorcycle accident can damage your brain in two ways: from the direct blow when your head hits the road, and then from the way your head turns, spinning violently and knocking your gray matter around inside your skull. Most helmets protect against the initial impact but not the rotation that follows, so Lazer Helmets built gear that keeps your head straighter. The trick is covering an ordinary helmet frame in a skinlike layer that, similar to human flesh, can slide independently across the hard skeleton beneath

it. The gliding reduces the torque of the helmet and the brain inside, which could cut by almost 70 percent the risk of "intracranial shearing"-the tearing of blood vessels and nerves caused by a twisting brain.

adapting the technology to protect football players throughout a game. Most helmets hit the ground[A] and then rotate[B], a movement that can force your brain to twist and bang against your skull. When the SuperSkin helmet hits the road[C], however, its synthetic outer membrane moves over a thin layer of gellike lubricant. The membrane flattens and stretches to as much as eight times its original size, allowing the frame inside to slide sideways for a few T h e S o l a n o S u p e r S k i n milliseconds instead of rolling motorcycle helmet is available around its curved shape. That now in Europe and goes on sale helps keep the helmet on a in the U.S. next year. The straighter path[D](even if it inventor of the skin material, bounces off the road) so your English doctor Ken Phillips, is brain gets less jostled after the currently testing a model for initial impact. equestrians, and he's also

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Analyze Your Dreams… via Twitter
Stan Schroeder (Mashable!)
Submitted at 4/26/2010 9:34:17 AM

Can you explicate a dream in 140 characters? It can be quite a task, but if you want a psychologist to analyze your dream for free, it might be one worth undertaking. Dr. Jennifer Parker, a British psychologist from the University of the West of England and a member of the Association for the Study of

Dreams, wants Twitter users to tweet their dreams to her. She will analyze the reveries for her research, and the best 10 dreams w i l l a p p e a r o n on Friday, April 30. This idea didn’t come out of the blue — the campaign is run by movie-streaming site and marks the video-on-demand release of Avatar. Legend says that the plot for both Avatar and

Chile-Lime Pineapple with Cardamom-Lime Ice Cream Click to Enlarge A little history: Not surprisingly, the pineapple gets its English name from the look-a -like pinecone. Non-British Europeans prefer to focus on the tantalizing flavor, instead calling it ananas, from the Paraguayan nana, which means multibillion-dollar Blockbuster, "excellent fruit." While this too? Or maybe just the most re- c e n t u r i e s - o l d s y m b o l o f tweeted fragment of the day… hospitality is native to South [img credit: Scott McLeod] America, Hawaii is now the F o r m o r e s o c i a l m e d i a leading producer. coverage, follow Mashable What they look like: The U.S. Social Media on Twitter or boasts two popular varieties, become a fan on Facebook both of which are juicy and Reviews: Facebook, Twitter tangy-sweet, with bumpy, Tags: dreams, tweets, twitter diamond-patterned skins. The Terminator came to director Hawaiian version is the tall, James Cameron in his dreams. cylindrical Cayennea goldenYou never know, maybe your dream could be made into a SEASON: page 57

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yellow pineapple with long, sword-like leaves that sprout from a single tuft. The shorter and plumper Red Spanish pineapple, usually from Florida or Puerto Rico, has reddish gold skin and leaves that sprout from several tufts. The average weight for each is between two and five pounds. Selection tips: Choose the largest, plumpest one you can find. It should have a strong color and be slightly soft to the touch, with crisp, dark green leaves. Avoid pineapples that have soft or dark areas on the skin (which is a sign of overripeness), or yellow or brown-tipped leaves. One medium pineapple will yield about three cups of chunks. Storage tips: These succulent tropical gems don't ripen off the plant, so those you buy will be immediately ready to eat. They c a n b e s t o r e d in the refrigerator, tightly wrapped, for up to three days

before cutting plus three more days after cutting. How to eat one: Using a sharp knife, cut off the base and leaves, then stand the pineapple on one end and shave off strips of skin from top to bottom. To remove the eyes, cut a wedge-shaped groove on either side, taking away as little flesh as possible. To core a pineapple, cut it into quarters after peeling, then stand each one on end and cut downward to remove the core. Now, it's ready to be cut up and eaten raw (perhaps the best way of all), or used in fresh fruit salads and desserts, as garnish for meats and vegetables, or cooked into a variety of desserts. You can also grill, saute, or broil it. Fresh pineapple contains an enzyme that prevents gelatin from setting, so if you want to use it in a dish that contains gelatin, you'll need to cook the fruit first. Peak growing season: While it's available year-round,

pineapple's peak season runs from March through July. Health benefits: Aside from the irresistible taste, there are some healthy reasons to indulge in this flavorful fruit. It's a wonderful source of vitamin C, which protects you from heart disease, cancer, and cataracts; and also contains manganese, which helps keep your bones strong. Plus, pineapple contains an enzyme that helps relieve indigestionmaking it a dessert your tummy will appreciate. Nutritional info: One delicious cup of raw pieces weighs in at 76 calories, 1.9 grams of fiber, 0.6 gram of protein, 0.7 gram of f a t ( n o n e of it saturated), 2.0 milligrams Stan Schroeder (Mashable!) of sodium, and no cholesterol. Submitted at 4/26/2010 2:56:20 AM Five Filters featured article: Chilcot Inquiry. Available tools: How can you tell that locationPDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, based social networking service Term Extraction. Foursquare is entering the mainstream? Well, the addition of movie-stars-turned-California -governors to the service is a very good clue. Yes, you can now track Arnold Schwarzenegger’s whereabouts on Foursquare. He already has more than 1,000 followers, which is no big surprise considering his Foursquare account is advertised on his official page. It’s a good sign for Foursquare.

He’ll Be Back: Arnold Schwarzenegger Is on Foursquare
When Twitter started showing signs of greatness, the debate about whether it would ever become a mainstream service raged on for months. Foursquare now seems to be entering this stage of development. What do you think: Will Foursquare ever be a truly mainstream service? Please share your opinion in the comments. For more social media coverage, follow Mashable Social Media on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook Reviews: Facebook, Foursquare, Twitter Tags: foursquare, governor, Schwarzenegger



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Not quite visiting Billy’s home
tmatt (GetReligion)
Submitted at 4/25/2010 6:25:51 PM

This may be the pickiest post I have ever written, but, hey, the mountains of North Carolina and Eastern Tennessee are my favorite place on earth, so please allow me to share a news-related chuckle with the locals. Why? Well there is this little problem in the Washington Post coverage of President Barack Obama’s courtesy call at the home of evangelist Billy

Graham. Here is the reference that will cause raised eyebrows in the Southern Highlands: During the 2008 campaign, Graham met with Sen. John McCain at his mountaintop house in North Carolina. But Graham, as he had in most elections, did not formally endorse any candidate. Last November, McCain’s former vice presidential running mate, Sarah Palin, also visited Graham at his home. White House officials said the

president’s visit to Graham’s house will mark the first time a sitting president has made the trip to Montreat, the tiny, rural preserve at the top of a mountain where Graham lives. Wait a minute! When did Montreat move out of its lovely little valley and up on top of a mountain? That would take a miracle. Montreat is a fascinating place. For one thing, when people talk about “Montreat” they are talking about several different

things. First, there is the town itself, which the locals refer to as be located in a “cove.” Now, a cove is a small fold in the side of a mountain. By definition, coves do not exist on mountain tops. Second, there is Montreat College and, near that, there is the Montreat Conference Center. Finally, there is the fact that both of these institutions are, by history and other ties, linked to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A), a mainstream denomination that, in other parts

of the country, would be considered quite left of center. Does this puzzle you? Why, you ask, does the world’s most famous Southern Baptist live in what, for all practical purposes, is a Presbyterian cove? The fact is that Graham is there precisely because it is a Presbyterian haven. Yes, there is a story there. Why? Because his late, beloved wife Ruth Bell Graham was the NOT page 61

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Which religious views are appropriate?
Mollie (GetReligion)

prayer service has been rescinded because his comments about Islam were inappropriate, Let’s start with a bit of the Army said Thursday. background. Last week, a Graham, the son of famed federal judge ruled that a law evangelist Billy Graham, in authorizing a National Day of 2001 described Islam as evil. Prayer is unconstitutional. That More recently, he has said he day is marked in early May and finds Islam offensive and wants observances can continue until Muslims to know that Jesus all appeals are exhausted. Christ died for their sins. There’s a group called the Army spokesman Col. Tom National Day of Prayer Task Collins said Graham’s remarks Force. It focuses on Christian were “not appropriate.” events and they worked with the “ W e ’ r e a n a l l - i n c l u s i v e Pentagon chaplain’s office on a military,” Collins said. “We National Day of Prayer event to honor all faiths. … Our message be held next month. They had to our service and civilian work i n v i t e d n o t e d C h r i s t i a n force is about the need for evangelist Franklin Graham to diversity and appreciation of all give a prayer. Mikey Weinstein, faiths.” who runs the Military Religious Except those faiths that criticize Freedom Foundation and was other faiths, I guess! Now, I also in the news years ago when personally hate the idea that our he fought evangelical influences government would be involved at the United States Air Force with deciding which religious Academy, complained about his expressions are appropriate and invitation and by Thursday, the which aren’t appropriate. Or that invitation was rescinded. (And our government would favor I’m not sure if it’s coincidence those religions that aren’t or not, but President Barack evangelistic or religions that see Obama is actually meeting with n o p r o b l e m s w i t h o t h e r Franklin Graham and his more religions. And I think this whole famous father, the Rev. Billy debacle is a great example of Graham, today!) and argument against civil The coverage has actually been religion. all right, although very shallow. But there’s one point that I’m Here’s the Associated Press not sure is properly conveyed in story: the coverage. Evangelist Franklin Graham’s I happened to have dinner last invitation to speak at a Pentagon night with someone who is a
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church and state expert specifically as it relates to the military chaplaincy. He was saying that the military perspective for this situation is not about deciding which religious expressions are appropriate and which are not appropriate. Rather, the military is only interested in supporting religious expressions that, in essence, support the military. Other reports moved the story forward a bit. This Christian Science Monitor story looked at the reaction of the two groups that opposed Graham’s invitation. It began: Muslim and military groups are applauding the Army’s decision to disinvite evangelist Franklin Graham to a prayer event because of his comments about Islam. Which is true except that the story only cites one Muslim group (Council on AmericanIslamic Relations) and one military group — which is actually the military watchdog group referenced above. And Religion News Service advanced the story by noting the reaction from some conservative Christian groups. It said they “blasted” the decision: Family Research Council President Tony Perkins said Graham’s “deeply held biblical convictions” were not a reason to deny him the speaking

opportunity. “The fact that he has theological differences with Islam — differences wholly in keeping with the teachings of the New Testament — and that he has expressed them publicly, is now being used by anti-Christian zealots in a manner offensive to the freedom of religion guaranteed by the very Constitution military leaders are sworn to uphold,” Perkins said. So you get a flavor of some early reaction. But again, I’d really like some meatier discussion of the competing interests at play. You have multiple interests. The military cares about cohesion and member morale. Others care about free religious expression. Others are concerned about how well suited the military or other government entities are to handle fair treatment of different religious groups. There are many ways to interpret the Army’s treatment of Graham and many ways to misinterpret the treatment. I hope we see some stories that dig down a bit more. Five Filters featured article: Chilcot Inquiry. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.

Wise words (no, not those) in NYTs
tmatt (GetReligion)
Submitted at 4/26/2010 5:52:56 AM

I know some of you are tired of reading about the Vatican, clergy sexual abuse and, of course, the mainstream coverage of all of that. However, please allow me offer an enthusiastic “Amen!” on behalf of the recent online commentary offered by New York Times columnist Ross Douthat about the Vatican and its ongoing difficulties relating to the mainstream press. I do this, in part, as a way of saying, “Please read this,” as opposed to suggesting that you WISE page 60


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wade through the “Why we did absolutely nothing wrong” opus published this weekend by the newspaper’s public editor, Clark Hoyt. Look, if you must, for the headline, “ Questioning the Pope.” But back to Douthat, one of the most articulate Catholics writing in the mainstream press today. Once again, the columnist did a wise thing — which is draw on the work and wisdom of the omnipresent John L. Allen, Jr., of the National Catholic Reporter. Let’s see, who has a deeper understanding of the past few painful and tragic decades in the life of the Church of Rome? Allen and Douthat or the latest public editor at the Times? Just asking. The topic is how Rome handled those high-wire meetings in Malta between Pope Benedict XVI and a circle of abuse victims. First, here is Allen, as quoted by Douthat: By insisting that these meetings occur only in private and without media coverage, the pope has also demonstrated a determination that they not become public spectacles — in

part, perhaps, to avoid impressions of exploiting the victims to score PR points. … (By) refusing to offer any other public comment on the crisis, including any sort of response to mounting criticism of his own record, Benedict’s calculation appears to be that he’s not going to seek to win over secular public opinion. That’s a project, by the way, that a growing chorus of senior church officials regards as a losing proposition, since they believe the secular deck is stacked. Ultimately, the gamble implied in this behind-the-scenes strategy is this: Over the long run, will the pope win points for his refusal to follow the spinsaturated crisis management strategies typically employed by politicians, sports stars and corporate CEOs? In other words, will his public reticence seem more like sincerity than denial? Douthat then offers some analysis that I hope is read by reporters as well as clerics (in a wide variety of ecclesiastical settings in Rome and around the world, including many that are

not Catholic). Here are two slices of that: Nobody who cares about the Catholic Church should want to see Pope Benedict engage in a “spin-saturated crisis management strategy.” But the “we can’t win, so why respond?” approach to unfair press treatment has a way of becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy. Yes, the media deck is stacked against Catholicism. Yes, there are reasons why this pope, in particular, is unlikely to get a fair shake from the secular commentariat. But the church is a missionary organization, the secular world is its missionary field, and influencing “secular public opinion” is one of its most important tasks. And that means finding effective ways to engage with the mass media, even — or especially — when you’re facing a storm of criticism. Later, there is this: Again, the Catholic Church will always face particular difficulties in its dealings with the press. But the rules that apply to politicians also apply to popes. Responding swiftly is

always better than responding slowly, and direct statements are better than oblique allusions. Attacks on the media tend to spur journalists to greater unfairness, whereas acknowledging legitimate critiques gives you more credibility, not less, when it comes time to rebut slanderous charges. If you think there’s a story the media isn’t covering, then you need to give them the story, in its most convincing and comprehensive form, instead of just complaining that they aren’t telling it. And if you have a statement that deserves maximum visibility, you’re better off having the pope deliver it himself, rather than punting it to a spokesman. Read it all, folks. Five Filters featured article: Chilcot Inquiry. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.

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daughter of Presbyterian missionaries and wanted to built their family’s home life, while her husband was away preaching, around the little Presbyterian church just down the mountainside from their very private and unique home. I love the fact that when you do a Google search for photographs of that log house, you get — nothing. It’s amazing that they managed to live a quiet and surprisingly modest life there for half a century. I have had the privilege of interviewing Graham there and, trust me, it is not on top of a mountain. From the back porch you are looking down at the cove, but you are looking up at the mountains. By the way, the Associated Press report about this meeting put the Graham house in the lede — but managed to get the location right. MONTREAT, N.C. (AP) — President Barack Obama made a pilgrimage Sunday to Billy Graham’s mountainside home, concluding his North Carolina vacation with his first meeting with the ailing evangelist who has counseled commanders in chief since Dwight Eisenhower.

What happened to the Post? Did the reporter simply skip that part of the president’s day and write the story off a press release? Then again, The Politico also has Obama meeting the Grahams at a “mountaintop log cabin in Montreat.” Maybe it was foggy today in the Blue Ridge Mountains? But enough about Graham’s home and legacy. After the divine Mrs. M.Z. Hemingway’s earlier post about the latest political controversy surrounding the Rev. Franklin Graham, the Post did offer this update on what little is known about the content of the meeting between Obama and the Grahams (plural). Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton said: … Graham has “some of the creaks that come with advancing age,” but added that “he’s still as sharp as he ever was.” After the meeting, Burton issued the following statement: “The President had a private prayer and conversation with Rev. Graham. He is extraordinarily gratified that he took the time to meet with him.”

Just last week, Graham’s son, Franklin, who is also an evangelist, was disinvited by the Army to speak at the Pentagon’s National Day of Prayer on May 6 because of comments Graham made about Islam. Graham, who had been scheduled to speak at the event, had said that Islam offends him and that he wants Muslims to know that Jesus Christ died for their sins. Burton confirmed that Franklin Graham was in the meeting with Obama and his father. Asked whether the controversy would affect the talks between Obama and the elder Graham, Burton said, “I don’t know. We’ll see.” Yes, it would be nice to have a transcript of that three-way conversation. Don’t hold your breath. Was a pool reporter allowed to attend? Photo: The Montreat Conference Center. Five Filters featured article: Chilcot Inquiry. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.

HOW TO: Spring Clean Your Twitter Account
Amy-Mae Elliott (Mashable!)
Submitted at 4/26/2010 8:05:47 AM

This series is supported by Gillette. Learn more about Gillette and its products at It’s no secret that we love Twitter. It’s a fantastic social media tool, a window on the world that can keep you updated on the big things, such as global news and events, the little things, like where your buddies are headed on a Friday night, and just about anything in between. However, once you’re following more than a dozen or so people, the service can get a little busy. In the spirit of our recent spring cleaning guides, which also offer advice on how to organize your Facebook account and sort out your iPhone, we’re bringing you some top tips to tidy up your Twitter stream. So whether you want to cut the dead wood, give your Twitter account a spruce up for the spring, filter out unwanted noise, or just get a little bit more organized, read on for a quick guide, complete with free online resources to help. And do let us know any tips you have in the comments below. Weed Out Inactive Users Twitter has a low retention rate,

so it’s highly likely that some folk you’ve selected to follow in the past are no longer active. You may want to unfollow inactive users to keep your following count down, or in case the account name gets rereleased by Twitter and picked up by someone else in the future. UnTweeps is one really simple free service that will help you identify inactive users you’re currently following. It will show you who hasn’t tweeted of late, and give you the option to unfollow them. You can choose to see who’s not sent a tweet over certain time periods. 90 days seems a reasonable span to consider an account abandoned (although Twitter’s official guidelines give you 6 month’s grace). You can also view 60 or 30 day options if you plan to be more aggressive in cleaning your follow list. Find Out Who is Following Whom HOW page 62


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Twitter shouldn’t be about only following people who follow you — that would be highly impractical for more popular users of the service. However, sometimes it is useful to identify who reciprocates your follow action. For example, you may have followed a user back out of courtesy, but their tweets are frankly annoying. If they have since unfollowed you, that may give you a decent reason to now unfollow them. Alternatively, you may want to check it out from the other angle and make sure you haven’t overlooked someone who is following you that you really should be following back. Twitter Karma offers a simple, free way of showing your Twitter contacts in a grid with a note beneath stating who is following whom. It can be used as an at-a-glance service, and you can make certain follow/unfollow actions from within the site. If you want to go in-depth, the contacts can be sorted in various ways. Filter Out the Noise Whether you want to mute everything one particular user says, or you’re fed up with

Twitter chat about a certain topic, then it’s possible to take control of your stream by applying filters. While Muuter offers a muting service that’s good for shortterm periods (say a whole bunch of your contacts are at a conference and “#2010conf” tweets are driving you insane), Twalala offers more long-term options. Using Twalala, you can mute people forever, for certain time periods (useful for managing vacation jealousy), as well as weed out tweets you don’t want to see on a keyword basis. This could be useful to stop plot spoilers for films and TV shows, or simply to never let Justin Bieber’s name intrude on your Twitter stream ever again. Set Up Your Twitter Lists If you want to keep on top of the different areas in your life — work, family, friends, interests — lists are the way to do it on Twitter. Creating Twitter lists is a simple job, best done sooner rather than later. You can choose to create private lists that only you can see, public lists that anyone can view, or alternatively follow lists others have already set up.

Listorious(“the definitive list of who matters on Twitter”) is a good place to start if you’re looking to follow lists of heavy hitters, while here at Mashable we offer a Twitter list directory(the content from which also appears on Listorious) spanning a wide range of categories. For anyone who hasn’t yet taken the list plunge, we can tell you they are incredibly useful, and break up the micro blogging service into much more manageable chunks of topical yumminess. Refresh Your Twitter Profile As well as tidying things up, a spring clean is also a good opportunity to freshen them up too. How long has it been since you updated your Twitter profile pic, made sure your bio is up to date, or changed your background? Put a spring in your Twitter step by freshening up your profile with a new background design, a ton of which are available for free online. In addition to personalized paid-for options, MyTweetSpace offers some decent free backgrounds that are quick to choose and apply, as does similar service

TweetStyle. FreeTwitterDesigner boasts a nice range of pre-designed backgrounds, and also lets you make custom ones from your own photos. Finally, TwitBacks is another such service you might want to check out. It has over 80 backgrounds to choose from, as well as options to customize with a focus on left-hand columns, and adding social networking links and promotional items. Series supported by Gillette This series is supported by Gillette. Learn more about Gillette and its products at For more social media coverage, follow Mashable Social Media on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook Reviews: Facebook, Mashable, Twitbacks, Twitter, UnTweeps Tags: better profile series, how to, social media, spring clean, twitter

Shocker: Facebook Does What’s Best For Facebook
Pete Cashmore (Mashable!)
Submitted at 4/26/2010 1:34:45 AM

There’s a debate in progress over Facebook’s new “like” buttons and “Open Graph API”, with open web advocates questioning the true “openness” of the new platform, and Facebook arguing that the move is good for the web. For those not clued in, here’s a 10-point guide to the debate and my take on who’s right: 1. OPEN GRAPH: Facebook launched its “Open Graph” on Wednesday, including “like” buttons that let users express interest in any piece of content on the web, sharing that data back to their Facebook profiles. 2. PUBLISHER INCENTIVES: Publishers are rushing to add these “like” buttons to their sites, plus other “Social Plugins” from Facebook (and more complex Open Graph implementations), since every time someone “Likes” SHOCKER: page 63

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something on your website, it creates a link back from the person’s Facebook page. Websites can also display the most relevant content to any user based on their friends and likes. All of which means more traffic and revenue for publishers. 3. SOME PARTS OPEN: Publishers are also adding data to these pages to identify specific items — like, say, identifying that a piece of content is a song, and including the title and band name (aka semantic data). This makes it easy for Facebook to organize their database of everything on the web — this semantic data is also accessible to rivals like Google. 4. SOME PARTS CLOSED: The “likes” data isn’t really accessible to Facebook’s rivals — unless they implement Facebook logins on their sites, Google and the rest can’t get unlimited access to your “likes”. So, Facebook is building a database of the world’s preferences, but won’t give others access unless they promote Facebook on their sites

(by using Facebook logins). 5. OPEN ALTERNATIVES: There are open alternatives to Facebook logins (eg. Open ID), but publishers rarely use those because they don’t drive traffic and signups like Facebook logins do. 6. NO EXPORT: Facebook also doesn’t let users export all their “likes” at once. If a rival builds a better service and you want to export and re-import all your “likes” to the new one, you can’t do that easily. So Facebook is building a database of information about you, but you don’t really own it: Facebook does. 7. LESS CHOICE: Open web advocates argue that it’s bad for users if you’re locked in to one system — rivals can’t build better systems and provide choice. 8. KEY TO SUCCESS: Facebook’s critics are correct, but unless Facebook keeps the “social graph” locked up in its database, the company can’t take over the web with a widelyused ID system and capture value for itself (ie. make lots of money).

9. MARKETING TERM: The implicit allegation is that Facebook is merely using “open” as a marketing term, since the Open Graph API isn’t fully open. That’s somewhat true since Facebook’s value proposition relies on keeping some of that data “closed”. 10. FACEBOOK WINS: Facebook has won the web by solving the identity problem for users and publishers. They’ve also helped to advance efforts around the semantic web. Rivals will try to fight back with a truly open solution, but without the correct incentive (lots of traffic for publishers), how can they compete? Bottom line: when a company solves a problem, should we be surprised that they solve it in a way that creates value for both customers and the company itself? Isn’t that how capitalism works? Reviews: Facebook, Google Tags: facebook, open id, open web, Zuckerberg