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How A Primary Election In Arkansas With Bizarre Rules Could Screw Over Wall Street On Derivatives Reform
Joe Weisenthal (Business Insider)

passed. As we've noted Senator Lincoln has proposed one of the toughest amendments yet-- a bill Submitted at 5/16/2010 10:00:41 AM that would force all banks to end Did you realize that it's election any dealings with derivatives. day this Tuesday? It's a plan that's opposed by Probably not, but it is; in a almost everyone, including most handfull of states, there are notably Paul Volcker, who some key primary races to nobody would mistake for a w a t c h , i n c l u d i n g i n Wall Street shill. Pennsylvania, where turncoat The amendment was clearly Senator Arlen Specter may not intended to give her some cred be able to hold the Democratic on the left, in the middle of her nomination against challenger bruising primary fight. What it Joe Sestak. wasn't intended to do, There also happens to be a apparently, was actually pass. primary in Arkansas, where But there's a hitch! Democratic Senator Blanche As David Dayen at Lambert Lincoln is facing a FireDogLake notes, the basic tough fight against the state's Lt. Democrat plan is to keep the bill Governor Bill Halter. on the table, wait for her to win So why is this race important? her primary, and then water it Let's step back. down. But under Arkansas rules, Financial reform is still winding she can't just win her primary its way through the Senate with with a plurality of the vote. She various amendments being has to win over 50%, and the either tacked on or shot down. presence of a third candidate is So far nothing too radical has making that less and less likely.

In that case, her primary battle gets extended to a June 8 runoff, beyond when the White House hopes to have this all wrapped up. If this happens, and the Senate still intends to continue, as Dayen puts it, the "Kabuki" dance of pretending the Lincoln

amendment is a serious proposal, it means a long drawn out joke, while Republicans hammer the Democrats of blatantly playing politics on a serious issue. Obviously it's still possible that Lincoln wins outright, and the very next day the bill gets

watered down and that's that (though it doesn't bode very well for her prospects in Novemer, but hey, at least she's alive to see that day). Still, it's hard to see the amendment in the final bill with the kind of opposition it faces. This just shows the danger of trying to walk a political highwire during such a crucial issue. Join the conversation about this story » See Also: • 13 Sellout Senators Who LOVE Fannie Mae And Freddie Mac • Why Blanche Lincoln's Derivative-Killer Bill Must Pass • Blanche Lincoln Made An Unpopular Vote On Healthcare, And Now She's Taking It Out On Wall Street In A Big Way

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Facebook Is About To Try To Dominate Display Ads The Way Google Dominates Text Ads (GOOG)
Chris Dixon (Business Insider)
Submitted at 5/16/2010 10:05:00 AM

It is customary to divide online advertising into two categories: direct response and brand advertising. I prefer instead to divide it according to the mindset of users: whether or not they are actively looking to purchase something (i.e. they have purchasing intent).* When users are actively looking to purchase something, they typically go to search engines or e-commerce sites. Through advertising or direct sales, these sites harvest intent. Google and Amazon are the biggest financial beneficiaries of intent harvesting. When the user is not actively looking to buy something, the goal of an online ad is to generate intent. The intent generation market is still fairly fragmented and will grow rapidly over the next few years as brand advertising increasingly moves online. P&G – which alone spends almost $4B/year on brand advertising – needs to convince the next generation of consumers that Crest is better than Colgate. This is why Google paid such a premium for Doubleclick, Yahoo for Right Media, and
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Microsoft for aQuantive (MS’s biggest acquisition ever). In 2003, Google introduced AdSense, a program to syndicate their intent harvesting text ads beyond Google’s main property Google.com. The playbook they followed was: use their popular website to build a critical mass of advertisers; then use that critical mass to run an off-property network that offers the highest payouts to publishers. AdSense became so dominant that competitors like Yahoo quit the syndicated ad business altogether. Today, Google has such a powerful position that they don’t disclose percentage revenue splits to publishers and extract the vast majority of the profits. It is widely believed that Facebook will soon follow the AdSense playbook by introducing an off-property ad network. They’ll try to use their strong base of advertisers to dominate intent generating ads the way AdSense dominated intent harvesting ads. But to win the intent generation ad battle, data is as important as a critical mass of advertisers. For intent harvesting, users simply type what they are looking for into a search box. [ fivefilters.org: unable to retrieve full-text content]

techniques like “search retargeting” (you do a google search for washing machines and the later on another site see a display ad for washing machines), sometimes intent harvesting is delivered through display ads Chris Dixon is Cofounder of Hunch. He's also a personal investor in early-stage technology companies, including Skype, TrialPay, Gerson Lehrman Group, ScanScout, OMGPOP, BillShrink, Oddcast, Panjiva, Knewton, and a handful of other startups that are still in stealth mode. He is a member For intent generating ads, you Knowing, for example, that a of Founder Collective. need to use data to make u s e r l i k e d A v a t a r i s a n Join the conversation about this inferences about what might incredibly useful datapoint for story » influence the user. targeting an Avatar 2 ad. See Also: This is what the introduction of Publishers who adopt • CHART OF THE DAY: the Facebook Like button is all Facebook’s Like feature may Facebook Just Blew Away The about. Intent generating ads – get more traffic and perhaps a Competition In Display Ads which mostly means displays better user experience as a • Revealed! Facebook's Plan To ads – have notoriously low click result. But they should hope the Double Its Revenues through rates (well below 1%). intent generation ad market • Ignore The Screams-Attempts to improve these doesn’t end up like the intent Facebook's Aggressive numbers through demographics harvesting ad market – with one Approach Is Why It Will Soon have basically failed. Many dominant player commanding Become The Most Popular Site startups are having success the lion’s share of the profits. In The World using social data to target ads * Most text ads are about intent today. But the holy grail for harvesting and most display ads targeting intent generating ads is are about intent generation, but taste data – which basically they are not coreferential means what the user likes. distinctions. For example, with

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Serious Question: Is PIMCO Actively Trying To Freak Out European Markets?
Joe Weisenthal (Business Insider)
Submitted at 5/16/2010 9:02:00 AM

Reminder: This Is Still Going On As You Read This
Joe Weisenthal (Business Insider)
Submitted at 5/16/2010 9:22:44 AM

We have to admit, we're stunned by the extent to which PIMCO folks are talking down the prospects of Europe pulling through its current crisis. It was reported by FT that the gigantic bond fund had dumped its Greek and Portuguese debt, then in the same article, portfolio manager Ramin Toloui is quoted as saying that ECB bond market intervention could be "backfiring". Strong words. Then yesterday, the top dog Mohammad El-Erian wrote another guest post for FT Alphaville about the shock & awe already waring off, and he calls on Europe to cut it out with the easy solutions: Yes, it is not easy to change track, especially after last weekend’s protracted negotiations and compromises in Brussels and Frankfurt; and, yes, the risks of immediate disruptions are material. Yet it is the right thing to do for the longer-term health of Europe and the global economy. Let us hope that courage and vision , rather than short-term expediency, prevail. So after having dumped Greek

debt, the head of the world's most powerful and fearsome bond fund is calling on Greece to do some combination of default and restructure, and not to wait, even though this contains material risk of immediate disruption. This is all the more striking when you compare the firm's tone now, in Europe, to its tone during our crisis. Let's revisit Bill Gross's famous investment outlook from March 2009, written at the depth of the market crisis. He specifically endorses radical government measures, and he says the "nationalize the banks" crowd (including a shout-out to

Investing.” No golf or vintage wines though – just cheeseburgers and interesting conversation. But come on out if you care. I’m sure we’ll stress our current theme of“shake hands with Uncle Sam”– buying agency mortgages, and other developing areas of government policy support in the credit markets. But we’ll talk about the future of stocks too, leveraging and deleveraging, globalization and deglobalization, and why safe secure income may be the most desirable investment in this evolving economic and financial crisis. Tell you what, Madame Congresswoman, if Roubini by name), hadn't you can’t make it I’ll write it up thought things through. in next month’s Investment And finally, he gives his Outlook. famous investment Shake hands with Uncle Sam, recommendation. This will of course, proved to be a always be a classic paragraph fantastic bet. (note the whole thing is written Of course... perhaps that's in the form of imaginary Europe's problem. There is no testimony on Capitol Hill: Uncle Sam to shake hands with Question: Enough already in Europe. There's Aunt Merkel, about this still confusing crisis – and Uncle Jean-Claude, and how should I invest my own Uncle Barroso, and about 10 money? other possible uncles. Answer: I’d give you an If only Europe had someone invitation to our PIMCO client specific to shake hands with, it conference next month in might be able to solve its Newport Beach if you weren’t problems more easily. so busy here in Washington. Its Join the conversation about this theme is titled “Evolution or story » Revolution – The Future of

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Euro: Next Stop $1.20
Vincent Fernando, CFA (The Money Game)
Submitted at 5/16/2010 4:52:00 AM

The euro is continuing to tank hard, the next stop seems to be $1.20 as shown by Finviz: Meanwhile the Dollar Index is soaring -- no fear of the USD printing press here despite gold being at $1,228 right now. Join the conversation about this story »

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Too Many Homes? Just Build More...
Calculated Risk (Business Insider)
Submitted at 5/16/2010 9:32:10 AM

From David Streitfeld in the NY Times: In City of Homes That Sit Empty, Building Booms Home prices in Las Vegas are down by 60 percent from 2006 in one of the steepest descents in modern times. There are 9,517 spanking new houses sitting empty. An additional 5,600 homes were repossessed by lenders in the first three months of this year and could soon be for sale. Yet builders here are putting up 1,100 homes, and they are frantically buying lots for even more. Las Vegas is trying to recover by building what it does not need ... Some of the demand is coming from families that are getting shut out of the bidding for foreclosures by syndicates that pay in cash, and some is from investors who are back on the

prowl. Land and labor costs have fallen significantly, so the newest homes are competitively priced. Some of the boom-era homes, meanwhile, are in developments that feel like ghost towns. And many Americans will always believe the latest model of something is their only option, an attitude builders are doing their utmost to reinforce. Many buyers have been frustrated recently trying to buy homes, especially at the low

end. They are competing with cash buyers, or they have to endure endless delays with short sales (although the process is improving), and meanwhile the lenders have been slow to foreclose. This has created an opportunity for builders - even The good news for buyers is though there is no need for new there are probably many more supply in places like Las Vegas. distressed sales coming. Click on image for larger graph Join the conversation about this in new window. story » This graph (from this post earlier this week) shows the negative equity and near negative equity by state. The

graph is based on the data in the First American CoreLogic Q1 2010 negative equity report this week. From the report: • Negative equity continues to be concentrated in five states: Nevada, which had the highest percentage negative equity with 70 percent of all of its mortgaged properties underwater, followed by Arizona (51 percent), Florida (48 percent), Michigan (39 percent) and California (34 percent). Las Vegas remains the top ranked CBSA with 75% of mortgaged properties being underwater, followed by Stockton (65%), Modesto (62%), Vallejo-Fairfield (60%) and Phoenix (58%).

Reminder: This Is Still Going On As You Read This
Joe Weisenthal (The Money Game)
Submitted at 5/16/2010 9:22:44 AM

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Tarantulas And Their Venomous Relations Videos
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Zelle 1337 Jewelry, For The Lady Who Pwn3d Ur Lyf
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Submitted at 5/15/2010 12:43:48 PM

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quite striking. The best part? Each comes with an offical “Certificate of Autheticity” that looks like the EULA that came with Windows 95. Read more…

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Earnings Highlights: BBI, CI, CSCO, 10 Best Family Dog DIS, DISH, ERTS, JCP, M, NVDA, Breeds PCLN, WEN, WFMI ...
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have to devote to the dog? Will there be people around during the week, or is the house empty Trey Thoelcke better-than-expected Q1 Continue reading Earnings So, it's time to get a family dog. for most of the day? Is there (BloggingStocks) earnings and higher revenue, Highlights: BBI, CI, CSCO, Just like there's no typical someone in the family who and reaffirmed its full-year DIS, DISH, ERTS, JCP, M, family, there's no typical family regularly goes for runs and long Submitted at 5/15/2010 1:40:00 PM outlook. NVDA, PCLN, WEN, WFMI ... dog. A family with three kids hikes, or is everyone happy on Filed under: Earnings Reports • Cisco Systems Inc.( CSCO) Earnings Highlights: BBI, CI, and a farmhouse outside of the couch watching DVDs? Here are some highlights from beat Q3 earnings and revenue CSCO, DIS, DISH, ERTS, JCP, Nashville, Tenn., needs a very Coming up is a list of 10 great t h i s p a s t w e e k ' s e a r n i n g s expectations in the "strongest M , N V D A , P C L N , W E N , different dog from a young dogs for any family situation. coverage on BloggingStocks: quarter in our history." WFMI ... originally appeared on couple with a new baby in Five Filters featured article: • Blockbuster Inc.( BBI) Q1 net • Dean Foods Co.( DF) lower BloggingStocks on Sat, 15 May Brooklyn, N.Y. The Art of Looking Prime loss was in line with estimates Q1 earnings beat analysts' 2010 13:40:00 EST. Please see There are many important Ministerial - The 2010 UK and same-store sales declined, estimates, but shares fell on our terms for use of feeds. factors to consider about your General Election. Available shares also fell. heavy volume afterward. P e r m a l i n k | E m a i l t h i s | f a m i l y ' s l i f e s t y l e b e f o r e tools: PDF Newspaper, Full • CA Inc.( CA) shares sold off • Denny's Corp.( DENN) bested C o m m e n t s deciding which breed will be the Text RSS, Term Extraction. on high volume following the consensus estimates and year- Cisco Systems- Blockbuster Inc best fit. How much time do you Q 4 e a r n i n g s m i s s a n d ago EPS by a penny, but said - CA Inc- Cigna- Earnings per d i s a p p o i n t i n g g u i d a n c e . same-store sales fell. share • Cigna Corp.( CI) reported

Paris Hilton Trades McDonald's for Bikini
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Submitted at 5/15/2010 2:40:00 PM

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Filed under: McDonald's (MCD), Commodities, Currency McDonald's( MCD) shares dropped a whopping 1.29% Friday on news that Paris Hilton is setting aside her fast-food habit in exchange for a bikiniready body. Paris is quoted by Starpulse.com as stating: "I've been really working out. I'm not

eating fast food anymore. No more McDonald's. (I'm) getting my bikini body, so I'm about that." This must come as a serious blow to McDonald's. Well okay, perhaps Paris Hilton's declaration isn't really all that important to McDonald's shareholders, but the truth remains that MCD shares are again showing signs that they have peaked. The question is why? The company's share price is currently hitting strong

Continue reading Paris Hilton Trades McDonald's for Bikini Paris Hilton Trades McDonald's for Bikini originally appeared on BloggingStocks on Sat, 15 May 2010 14:40:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Email this| Comments resistance in the range of $71, Paris Hilton- McDonald's- Fast and the three key reasons are f o o d - F r a n c e - T r a v e l a n d fierce competition, international T o u r i s m monetary exchange instability, and operating expense volatility.

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Waddell, Other Big Firms Not Interested in CA Identified as Mystery Traders After Q4 Report in Stock Market Plunge Steven Mallas (BloggingStocks)
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Filed under: Market Matters, Scandals, Headline News, Financial Crisis Gary Gensler, chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, testified before a congressional committee investigating the 998 point drop in the Dow. That plunge wiped out nearly $1 trillion in market capital. In his testimony, Gensler said he identified one high-volume trade in the e-mini S&P futures contract. The mystery firm was Waddell & Reed Financial ( WDR). Waddell sold 75,000 contracts during the time of the plunge. The e-mini is liquid and traders use it as a guide to trading the Dow. Waddell maintains that the sale was a

Filed under: Earnings Reports, Microsoft (MSFT), International Business Machines (IBM), CA Inc (CA), Technology CA Inc. ( CA), a software hedge. That means that the sales company that provides IT were used to offset other long solutions, has traded in a narrow range over the past twelve positions. Continue reading Waddell, months. The 52-week low is Other Big Firms Identified as $16.12; the 52-week high is Mystery Traders in Stock $24.15. On Friday, the stock closed down $1.37, or over 6%, Market Plunge Waddell, Other Big Firms to $20.51. Volume was way, Identified as Mystery Traders in way above normal. What's Stock Market Plunge originally going on? appeared on BloggingStocks on As you may have guessed, you Sat, 15 May 2010 11:40:00 can blame an earnings report for EST. Please see our terms for the sell-off. Adjusted earnings use of feeds. Permalink| Email of 34 cents per share was two pennies below analyst this| Comments Waddell & Reed Financial- expectations. Also, Bloomberg Business- Futures contract- B u s i n e s s W e e k s t a t e s t h a t Trade- Investing

guidance for next fiscal year's top line was slightly below estimates, and that the chief operating officer was leaving the business. Continue reading Not Interested in CA After Q4 Report Not Interested in CA After Q4 Report originally appeared on BloggingStocks on Sat, 15 May 2010 12:40:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Email this| Comments IBM- Microsoft- BusinessBusinessWeek- CA

The Battlefield Pinhole Camera Takes Amazing and Multi-Part Pinhole Photos [DIY]
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Submitted at 5/15/2010 4:00:00 PM

If you're interested in pinhole photography but you've been underwhelmed by some of the simple pinhole designs we've shared and you've seen around the net, the Battlefield Pinhole Camera is like the luxury SUV of the DIY pinhole camera world. More » Photography- Pinhole- ArtsTechniques and Styles- Camera

The Apple Store isn't down, but order status is
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Submitted at 5/15/2010 3:00:00 PM

Since late last night, the Apple Store order status page has displayed the banner you see above. We're not sure what it means, but it's driving anyone

who is trying to look up order status -- my wife, for instance -crazy. You can still order anything you desire, you just can't find out what's happening with your order. Fortunately, the order status page is scheduled to be back up and running tomorrow, at which time we'll

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Huge oil plumes found under Gulf as BP struggles (AP)
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warned could "lead to catastrophic operator error," records and interviews show. ROBERT, La. – Oil from a Two months before the blown-out well is forming huge Deepwater Horizon accident, 19 underwater plumes as much as members of Congress called on 10 miles long below the visible t h e a g e n c y t h a t o v e r s e e s slick in the Gulf of Mexico, o f f s h o r e o i l d r i l l i n g t o scientists said as BP wrestled for investigate a whistle-blower's a third day Sunday with its latest complaints about the BP-owned contraption for slowing the Atlantis, which is stationed in nearly month-old gusher. 7,070 feet of water more than BP, the largest oil and gas 1 5 0 m i l e s s o u t h o f N e w producer in the U.S., has been O r l e a n s . unable to thread a tube into the The Associated Press has leak to siphon the crude to a learned that an independent firm tanker, its third approach to hired by BP substantiated the stopping or reducing the spill on complaints in 2009 and found the ocean floor. Engineers that the company was violating r e m o t e l y s t e e r i n g r o b o t its own policies by not having submersibles were trying again c o m p l e t e d e n g i n e e r i n g Sunday to fit the tube into a documents on board the Atlantis breach nearly a mile below the when it began operating in surface, BP said. 2007. Oil has been spewing since the Word of huge submerged oil rig Deepwater Horizon exploded plumes, meanwhile, raised the April 20, killing 11 people and specter of more damage to the sinking two days later. The ecologically rich Gulf. It also government shortly afterward adds to questions about when estimated the spill at 210,000 large amounts of crude might hit gallons — or 5,000 barrels — a shore. day, a figure that has since been "It's just a matter of time ... and questioned by some scientists the first significant amount of who fear it could be far more. oil is going to show up around BP executives have stood by the the U.S," said Hans Graber, estimate while acknowledging director of the University of there's no way to know for sure. M i a m i ' s s a t e l l i t e s e n s i n g BP also owns a rig that facility, who has been tracking operated with incomplete and the oil slick. i n a c c u r a t e e n g i n e e r i n g Researchers from the National documents, which one official Institute for Undersea Science

and Technology said Saturday they had detected the underwater oil plumes at depths between just beneath the surface to more than 4,000 feet. Three or four large plumes have been found, at least one that is 10 miles long and a mile wide, said Samantha Joye, a marine science professor at the University of Georgia. Researchers Vernon Asper and Arne Dierks said in Web posts that the plumes were "perhaps due to the deep injection of dispersants which BP has stated that they are conducting." BP has won government approval to use chemicals on the oil near where it is gushing to break it up before it rises to the surface. The researchers were also testing the effects of large amounts of subsea oil on oxygen levels in the water. The oil can deplete oxygen in the water, harming plankton and other tiny creatures that serve as food for a wide variety of sea critters. Oxygen levels in some areas have dropped 30 percent, and should continue to drop, Joye said. "It could take years, possibly decades, for the system to recover from an infusion of this quantity of oil and gas," Joye said. "We've never seen anything like this before. It's impossible to fathom the impact."

Joye's lab was waiting for the research boat to return so a team of scientists can test about 75 water samples and 100 sediment samples gathered during the voyage. Researchers plan to go back out in about a month and sample the same areas to see if oil and oxygen levels have worsened. BP has been unable to stop the gusher with huge blowout preventers on the well or by putting a 100-ton box above the flow to trap and siphon it to a tanker on the surface. The latest effort, inserting a mile-long pipe into the largest of two leaks, hit a snag Saturday. BP chief operating officer Doug Suttles said one piece of equipment, called the framework, had to be brought to the surface and adjusted to fit with the tube. The framework holds a pipe and stopper. If it works, the tube could capture more than threequarters of the leak. BP also must contend with a smaller leak that's farther away. One expert said BP's latest idea seems to have the best chance for success so far. Inserting a pipe into the oil gusher would be easy at the surface, said Ed Overton, a LSU professor of environmental studies. But using robots in 5,000 feet of water with oil rushing out of the pipe makes things much more

difficult. "It's something like threading the eye of a needle. But that can be tough to do up here. And you can imagine how hard it would be to do it down there with a robot," Overton said. BP is also drilling a relief well that is considered the permanent solution to stopping the leak. It's about halfway done and still months away from being completed. The company also is still considering using a smaller containment dome known as a "top hat," as well as a "junk shot," in which golf balls and rubber would be inserted to try to clog the leak. ___ Associated Press writers Ramit Plushnick-Masti in Houston; Noaki Schwartz in Los Angeles; Janet McConnaughey near Fort Jackson; Jason Dearen in New Orleans; Erica Werner, Matthew Daly and Frederic J. Frommer in Washington, and Melinda Deslatte in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, contributed to this report. Five Filters featured article: The Art of Looking Prime Ministerial - The 2010 UK General Election. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.

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Thai govt rejects plea for talks, pushes crackdown (AP)
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turned parts of the city known for its nightlife into an urban war zone. B A N G K O K – T h a i l a n d ' s A towering column of black government insisted Sunday a smoke rose over the city Sunday c r a c k d o w n o n R e d S h i r t as protesters facing off with protesters will continue despite troops set fire to tires serving as their plea for U.N-mediated a barricade. Elsewhere, they talks to end four days of street doused a police traffic post with clashes with troops that have gasoline and torched it as killed 30 people. sporadic gunfire rang out. A pause by the Thai military Video courtesy of ABC News. was unnecessary since troops For more visit ABC News.com were "not using weapons to The Red Shirts have occupied a crack down on civilians," said 1 - s q u a r e - m i l e ( 3 - s q u a r e government spokesman Panitan kilometer) protest zone — W a t t a n a y a g o r n . T h e barricaded by tires and bamboo government maintains it is only spikes — in one of Bangkok's targeting armed "terrorists" ritziest areas to push their among the demonstrators. demands for Prime Minister Panitan's comments dashed Abhisit Vejjajiva to resign hopes of an end to Thailand's i m m e d i a t e l y , d i s s o l v e worst political violence in P a r l i a m e n t a n d c a l l n e w decades, which has spiraled out e l e c t i o n s . of control and raised concerns of Drawn mostly from the rural sustained, widespread chaos in and urban poor, the Red Shirts this nation of 65 million people. s a y A b h i s i t ' s c o a l i t i o n Thailand is a key U.S. ally and government came to power Southeast Asia's second-largest through manipulation of the economy. courts and the backing of the According to government powerful military, and that it figures, 59 people have died and symbolizes a national elite more than 1,600 have been indifferent to the poor. wounded since the Red Shirts Soldiers have encircled the began their protests in March. protest zone in a wide perimeter. The toll includes 30 civilians Most of the fighting is taking killed and 232 injured since place in the no-man's land in Thursday in fighting that has between. The Red Shirt fighters

have used homemade gasoline bombs, firecrackers, rocks — and in some cases guns — to attack troops positioned behind sandbag bunkers. The soldiers have responded with rubber bullets and live ammunition. Journalists have seen army snipers take aim through telescopic sights and fire to keep the attackers at bay. With the Red Shirts' encampment virtually sealed off by troops, the protesters are running out of food and water and other supplies. "We are willing to negotiate immediately," Nattawut Saikua, one of the protest leaders, told reporters and supporters earlier Sunday. "What's urgent is to stop the deaths of people. Political demands can wait." Nattawut said the United Nations must serve as a mediator in the talks because, "we don't see any neutral and just organizations." In response, Panitan said all groups using weapons to threaten security forces must "stop their actions immediately." Thailand is a sovereign nation and there was no need for the U.N. to get involved in internal matters, he said. A state of emergency, already

in effect in 17 provinces, would be extended to five more provinces, Panitan said. The emergency bans a gathering of more than five people and gives the military broad powers. On Sunday, protest leaders told women and children with them to move to a Buddhist temple compound within the protest zone. In Thai tradition, temples are considered safe havens and will not be entered by anyone bearing arms. But many of the worst clashes Sunday were outside the protest zone with particularly fierce battles in a working class neighborhood where a large group of demonstrators gathered — an indication the unrest was spreading. About 5,000 people are believed camped in the main protest zone, down from about 10,000 before fighting started Thursday after a sniper shot and seriously wounded a Red Shirt leader, a former army general who was their military strategist. His condition worsened Sunday, doctors said. The urban battleground resembles a curfew zone with no public transport or private vehicles. Most shops, hotels, supermarkets and businesses in the area are shut. The

government has shut off power, water and food supplies to the core protest site. Schools were ordered shut Monday in all of Bangkok. Long lines formed at supermarkets outside the protest zone as people rushed to stock up on food. The clashes are the most prolonged and deadliest bout of political violence that Thailand has faced in decades despite having a history of coups — 18 since it became a constitutional monarchy in 1932. The crisis appeared to be near a resolution last week when Abhisit offered to hold elections in November, a year early. But the hopes were dashed after Red Shirt leaders made more demands. ___ Associated Press writers Jocelyn Gecker, Vijay Joshi, Chris Blake and Denis D. Gray contributed to this report. Additional research by Warangkana Tempati and Sinfah Tunsarawuth. Five Filters featured article: The Art of Looking Prime Ministerial - The 2010 UK General Election. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.

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Abortion foes capitalize on health care law (AP)
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take rights away from women." Since Obama signed the legislation law March 23, WASHINGTON – Abortion Arizona and Tennessee have opponents fought passage of enacted laws restricting abortion President Barack Obama's coverage by health plans in new health care overhaul to the bitter i n s u r a n c e m a r k e t s , c a l l e d end, and now that it's the law, exchanges. About 30 million they're using it to limit coverage people will get their coverage by private insurers. through exchanges, which open An obscure part of the law in 2014 to serve individuals and allows states to restrict abortion small businesses. coverage by private plans In Florida, Mississippi and operating in new insurance Missouri, lawmakers have markets. Capitalizing on that passed bans and sent them to language, abortion foes have their governors. Most of the succeeded in passing bans that, states allow exceptions in cases in some cases, go beyond of rape, incest or to save the life federal statutes. of the mother. Insurers still "We don't consider elective could offer separate policies to abortion to be health care, so we specifically cover abortion. don't think it's a bad thing for Three other states may act this f e w e r p r i v a t e i n s u r a n c e year — Louisiana, Ohio and companies to cover it," said Oklahoma. Overall, there are 29 Mary Harned, attorney for states where lawmakers or Americans United for Life, a public policy groups expressed national organization that wrote serious interest, Harned said. a model law for the states. "You are going to see more Abortion rights supporters are actions like this," said Tom dismayed. McClusky, a lobbyist for the "Implementation of this reform socially conservative Family should be about increasing Research Council. "This is not access to health care and something we are just going to increasing choices, not taking let fall by the wayside." them away," said Sen. Patty Before the overhaul became Murray, D-Wash., a member of law, five states had limits on the Senate leadership. " Health private insurance coverage of care reform is not an excuse to abortion — Idaho, Kentucky,

Missouri, North Dakota and Oklahoma. Abortion rights supporters are concerned that the list is growing as a result of the new federal law. Murray had joined in voting down a federal abortion coverage ban when the Senate debated health care last year. Now she and other abortion rights supporters worry the same sorts of restrictions could spread from state to state. "It's really going to be a patchwork of state laws by the time these exchanges are set up," said Jessica Arons, director of women's health at the Center for American Progress, a liberal public policy institute. Most private health insurance plans cover abortion as a legal medical procedure, but research indicates many women opt to pay directly. The federal law allows private insurance plans in the exchanges to cover abortion as long as they collect a separate premium. That money must remain apart from public subsidies available to help pay insurance premiums for most customers in the exchanges. That compromise split abortion foes in Congress and around the country. Anti-abortion organizations including National

Right to Life and the U.S. Catholic bishops called it a fig leaf, and continued to oppose the legislation. But Catholic hospitals and many religious orders of nuns supported it. Abortion rights supporters were cool to the compromise, but it broke a political deadlock threatening the bill. Anti-abortion Democrats in the House cast critical votes for the legislation after Obama also agreed to an executive order affirming long-standing federal policy against the use of taxpayer funds for abortion except in cases of rape, incest or to save the life of the mother — known as the Hyde amendment. Tennessee already has enacted a far stricter ban, with no exceptions. Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen, who allowed it to become law without his signature, said in a statement it "creates a prohibition much broader than that found in current law and could unintentionally negatively impact the quality of health care options for Tennesseans." All eyes are now on Florida, where Gov. Charlie Crist will decide soon whether to sign a bill that restricts abortion coverage in that state's insurance exchange. Florida is a politically

diverse state, not known as a bedrock of social conservatism. Crist is running for the U.S. Senate as an independent, after it became clear that he would lose the Republican primary to former state Rep. Marco Rubio. Crist, who opposes abortion, has indicated he has problems with a part of the bill that would require a woman seeking an abortion to view an ultrasound of the embryo. "Florida has always been pretty much of a middle-of-the road state," said Stephanie Kunkel, executive director of Planned Parenthood's affiliates in the state. "If Florida passes it, it really open up more moderate states to passing these bans." Conservatives say they won't forgive a Crist veto. "You can count him as done if he vetoes this bill before him now," said McClusky of the Family Research Council. Five Filters featured article: The Art of Looking Prime Ministerial - The 2010 UK General Election. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.

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Being Bad at Relationships Is Good for Survival (LiveScience.com)
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groups of only secure or only insecure individuals. "Secure Feeling happy and secure in our people have disadvantages," relationships is a goal many experimental psychologist people Tsachi Ein-Dor of strive for, but in times of need the New School of Psychology the emotionally insecure in Herzliya, Israel, told partners may LiveScience. be doing us a favor by being "They react slowly and then act more alert to possible danger. slowly because they need to first Evolution get may have shaped us to consist organized." of groups of emotionally secure This notion would explain why and almost half of all i n s e c u r e i n d i v i d u a l s , people in the world have researchers write in the March insecure attachment styles, he issue of the said, despite journal Perspectives on the fact that people prefer Psychological Science. secure When faced with types as romantic partners. threats to close How we view the world personal relationships, people People who do well in r e a c t i n d i f f e r e n t w a y s relationships have what's called according to a secure their sense of whether the world attachment style. They tend to is a secure place. The same view the world as a safe place, reaction and their optimism allows them styles also cause people to be to focus on tasks without being more or less attuned to dangers bogged down with negative of all thoughts. They seek out groups kinds. and work well in them. Evolution would have favored a In contrast mix of these so-called are those who exhibit insecure attachment styles if mixed attachment styles. Some people groups were more likely to are anxious survive than types, always clinging to their

significant other, and others are aloof, or avoidant, preferring to deal with problems on their own instead of relying on their partners. Attachment behavior is a survival adaptation, said EinDor. Because infants can't survive on their own, they have to attach themselves to their parents. If an infant cries and is soothed by its parent, it learns that it can trust other people for love and support. Those whose parents don't have time or energy to respond may learn they have to fend for themselves. Such traits can take on different meanings in a group setting. When in immediate danger, people shouldn't necessarily take comfort in the sense of peace and safety a group can provide. Benefits of being insecure To test their idea that mixed groups would benefit survival, Ein-Dor and his colleagues put students in groups of threes

alone in a room with a concealed smoke machine, which was switched on to simulate a fire. Groups were quicker to notice the smoke and to react to it if they contained individuals who scored high for insecure attachment. Groups that had a member who rated high for the anxious attachment style tended to notice the smoke faster than other groups, and those that had a member rating high on attachment avoidance tended to react first, such as by leaving the room. "This is the first [paper] I've read that has started to sway me toward the idea that insecure attachment styles are adaptations," said Paul Eastwick, a psychologist at Texas A&M University, who was not involved in the current study. "I have always favored more of a 'side effect' explanation." • 10 Surprising Sex Statistics • 10 Things You Didn't Know

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Thailand toughens stand against spiraling protests
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scientist Vienrat Nethito at Chulalongkorn University. "This pretty much guarantees B A N G K O K ( R e u t e r s ) - fighting will continue and the Thailand took a tough stand city will be even closer to the against thousands of anti- brink of civil war." g o v e r n m e n t p r o t e s t e r s o n The most severe fighting took Sunday, rejecting demands for place in the Bon Kai area of U.N.-supervised talks and Rama IV, a major artery to the calling on their leaders to business district. Troops and surrender after deadly clashes snipers fired machine guns as with troops. protesters hurled petrol bombs World| Thailand and burned walls of keroseneHardline comments from the soaked tires to camouflage Thai government doused hopes themselves. of a compromise to end three One protester was shot in the days of chaotic fighting that has head by a sniper, a Reuters killed at least 29 people, all witness said. By afternoon, as civilians, and wounded 221, clashes intensified, a grenade trapping residents in homes and was tossed at troops, who raising the risk of a broader responded with gunfire, the conflict. witness said. Nattawut Saikai, a protest Some wounded protesters were leader, called for a ceasefire and taken to hospital on the back of U.N. moderated talks. "We have motorcycles, witnesses said, as no other condition. We do not medical rescue workers were want any more losses," he told either blocked by the military or supporters. too scared to enter the scene of But the government swiftly clashes after two medical dismissed the offer. "If they workers were killed in the really want to talk, they should clashes. not set conditions like asking us Government spokesman to withdraw troops," said Panitan Wattanayagorn called Korbsak Sabhavasu, the prime on protest leaders to surrender minister's secretary-general. and end the protest immediately. As fighting raged in two areas "We will move forward. We of the city of 15 million people, cannot retreat now," Prime residents hoarded food at Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said supermarkets, stayed indoors to i n a t e l e v i s e d s t a t e m e n t , fled to escape neighborhoods encapsulating the government's transformed into battlegrounds. mood. "Rejection of any ceasefire talk PUBLIC HOLIDAY is very ominous," said political Monday and Tuesday were
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declared public holidays, but banks and financial markets would remain open. Analysts and diplomats said the military appears to have underestimated the resolve of thousands of protesters barricaded in district of luxury hotels and shopping malls for six weeks. Some women, children and the elderly are trickling into a nearby Buddhist temple for safety. The government is seeking cooperation with protest leaders to dispatch Red Cross workers and other human rights volunteers to persuade people to leave. "We will not flee," Jatuporn Prompan, a protest leader, told supporters in their 3.5 sq-km (1.2 sq-mile) main protest site where at least 5,000 remain, including women and children, are barricaded behind walls of tires, poles and concrete. Abhisit briefly threatened to impose a curfew, a rare and jarring event for a city known for raucous nightlife, saying it could help isolate the area. The mostly rural and urban poor protesters, supporters of ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra, accuse the militarybacked government of colluding with the royalist elite and meddling with the judiciary to bring down previous Thaksinallied governments. The government declared a state of emergency in five more

provinces as fighting showed signs of spreading to the north and northeast, a Thaksin stronghold home to just over half of Thailand's 67 million people. In Ubon Ratchathani province, protesters burned tires on several roads. One group tried to break into a military compound but were forced back by warning shots into the air. Emergency decrees are now imposed in 22 provinces. Thousands of protesters were massing in a separate area in working-class Klong Toey area near the fighting on Rama IV. A new protest site would vastly complicate attempts to end the protests and resolve a crisis that has battered the economy. Five journalists have been shot, though one escaped unwounded because the bullet deflected off his flak jacket. ONE-SIDED BATTLE As Bangkok braced for more unrest, many residents hoarded food and other supplies from grocery stores. "We don't know how much longer this nightmare is going to last and how far it will spread," said Panna Srisuwan, a Bangkok resident waiting in line at a supermarket. "I am stocking up for the rest of the week." Witnesses said the bloodshed has been largely one-sided, as troops armed with automatic rifles easily dodge projectiles and open fire with automatic

weapons. Some protesters have been killed by snipers positioned on the tops of office towers. Soldiers can shoot if protesters come within 36 meters (120 ft) of army lines, said army spokesman Sansern Kaewkamnerd, adding more soldiers were needed to establish control. The government insists that some of the protesters are armed with grenades and guns and showed footage on national television in an attempt to bolster their case. Many protest leaders now face terrorism charges that carry a maximum penalty of death, raising the stakes in a twomonth crisis that has paralyzed parts of Bangkok, stifled Southeast Asia's second-biggest economy and decimated tourism. The government's strategy of starving protesters out of their encampment was shows signs of having an effect. Supplies of food, water and fuel were starting to run thin as the red shirt delivery trucks were being blocked. But they said they still had enough to hold out for days. Before fighting began on Thursday with the shooting of a renegade general allied with the protesters, the two-month crisis had already killed 29 people and THAILAND page 12

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UK and Ireland shut some airspace due to ash cloud
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the early part of the day but the later part of the day looks better and as the week goes on, it DUBLIN(Reuters) - Ireland should improve," IAA Chief shut several of its airports and Executive Eamon Brennan told Britain imposed a no-fly zone national broadcaster RTE. on parts of its airspace on Western airports Sligo, Donegal Sunday as another cloud of ash and Ireland West (Knock), shut from a volcano in Iceland earlier on Sunday, will remain looked set to disrupt European closed until 7 p.m. EDT (1100 air travel again. GMT). World Britain's National Air Traffic The Irish Aviation Authority Service said earlier a no-fly (IAA) said three northwestern zone would be imposed over airports were closed from early parts of Scotland and England Sunday and hub Dublin would between 8 a.m. EDT (1200 shut from 2 p.m. EDT (1800 GMT) and 2 p.m. EDT (1800 GMT) until at least 4 a.m. EDT GMT) on Sunday due to the (0800 GMT) on Monday volcanic ash but London morning. airports will not be affected. North Atlantic overflights Manchester, Liverpool, through Irish-controlled airspace Doncaster, Carlisle, Humberside remain unaffected despite the and East Midlands airports fall cloud drifting over the country. within the no-fly zone, as do all Cork and Kerry, as well as airports in Northern Ireland, S h a n n o n - - a n i m p o r t a n t NATS said. Airports in parts of stopover for flights to the United Scotland and the Isle of Man States -- remain open until will also be affected. further notice. The government has warned Ash spewed from the same that parts of British airspace volcano in Iceland wreaked might have to close until havoc on European air traffic Tuesday with different parts last month. including the southeast, where "The outlook (for) later Europe's busiest airport t o m o r r o w l o o k s b e t t e r , I Heathrow is located, likely to be wouldn't be too optimistic for closed at different times.
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The volcano under the Eyjafjallajokull glacier in Iceland is continuing to erupt with no signs of the explosive activity about to end and an ash plume reaching heights of 25,000 feet, Britain's Met Office said. "Winds are expected to blow mainly from the northwest for a time over the weekend with the risk of ash affecting some parts of the UK," it said. "However, winds are predicted to swing into a south westerly direction by the middle of next week, which would take most of any ash away from the British Isles." TEST FLIGHT Elsewhere in Europe, German airlines' association said no restriction of German air traffic was expected due to the ash, and German airlines were operating flights as normal. Airline Lufthansa said it was conducting a test flight to collect data over Europe to measure the ash concentration. In the Netherlands, an Amsterdam Schiphol airport spokeswoman said there were no expected closures in Dutch airspace. Much of Europe's airspace was

closed for six days in mid-April over fears that ash from the Icelandic volcano would cause aircraft to crash, causing havoc for airlines as some 100,000 flights were canceled and stranding millions of passengers. Airlines lost $1.7 billion, the International Air Transport Association said. Since then ash has periodically forced the short-term closure of parts of airspace in countries across Europe. British Transport Minister Philip Hammand said on Saturday that from now on fiveday -- rather than the previous 18-hour -- ash prediction charts would be made available to airlines and the public on the Met Office forecaster's website. (Additional reporting by Kylie MacLellan in London, Maria Sheahan in Frankfurt and Amsterdam bureau; Editing by Reed Stevenson) Five Filters featured article: The Art of Looking Prime Ministerial - The 2010 UK General Election. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.

wounded about 1,400 -- most of whom died during an April 10 gun battle in Bangkok's old quarter. (Additional reporting by Ploy Ten Kate, Damir Sagolj, Jerry Lampen, Panarat Thepgumpanat and Martin Petty; editing by Bill Tarrant) Five Filters featured article: The Art of Looking Prime Ministerial - The 2010 UK General Election. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.

Iran in talks with Brazil to resolve nuclear deadlock
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TEHRAN(Reuters) - The presidents of Iran and Brazil held talks in Tehran on Sunday, but Iran seemed to downplay the West's belief that the discussions were the Islamic Republic's last chance to allay growing tension over its nuclear work. World| Brazil Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmed Davutoglu are trying to IRAN page 13

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persuade Iran to revisit a stalled U.N.-backed nuclear fuel swap deal to break a deadlock over the country's disputed nuclear activities. Western and Russian authorities have said Lula's trip was probably the last chance to avoid new U.N. sanctions against Iran after its refusal to halt its nuclear activities. But Iran's officials and media seemed to ignore the nuclear issue in public and instead focused on mutual relations. "Your trip enjoys a special importance due to the onset of serious cooperation between the two great nations and also because many countries are awaiting our added cooperation," state television quoted President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as saying during a meeting with Lula. Lula also met Iran's most powerful authority Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has the last say on all state matters like Iran's nuclear activities.

"America is angry over the proximity of independent countries like Iran and Brazil...That is why they made a fuss ahead of your (Lula) trip to Iran," state television quoted Khamenei as saying. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Friday that Lula's mediation effort would fail. ERDOGAN JOINING TALKS? Turkey and Brazil, both nonpermanent members of the U.N. Security Council, have offered to mediate to find a resolution to the impasse at a time when world powers are in talks to impose a fourth round of U.N. sanctions on Iran. Iran had said it viewed the mediation positively. Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan had been expected to join Lula in Tehran, but a Turkish Foreign Ministry source said on Sunday he will only go if Iran gives a positive answer to the mediation attempt. "Prime Minister Tayyip

Erdogan's program hasn't been established yet. If it looks like we may get a positive answer from Iran regarding the exchange, Foreign Minister Davutoglu will give the green light to Erdogan to come to Tehran," the source said. A U.N.-backed deal offered Iran last October to ship 1,200 kg (2,646 lb) of its LEU -enough for a single bomb if purified to a high enough level - to Russia and France to make into fuel for the Tehran Research Reactor. Iran later said it would only swap its LEU for higher grade material and only on its own soil, conditions other parties in the deal said were unacceptable. Lula arrived in Iran on Saturday to attend a meeting of Group of 15 developing nations on Monday. Iran says leaders and top officials from 17 countries from Asia, Africa and South America will attend the meeting to develop economic cooperation. Iran, the world's fifth-largest oil

exporter, says its nuclear program is entirely peaceful and not intended for military use as the West alleges. The Islamic state started higher enrichment in February to create fuel for the research reactor itself, after the failure of talks with major powers over the nuclear swap. The step brings Iran's enrichment closer to levels needed for making weapons-grade material -uranium refined to 90 percent purity. (Additional reporting by Tulay Karadeniz and Pinar Aydinli; Writing by Parisa Hafezi, Editing by Diana Abdallah) Five Filters featured article: The Art of Looking Prime Ministerial - The 2010 UK General Election. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.

DIY Makeshift Motherboard Standoffs from Nylon Tubing [Clever Uses]
Whitson Gordon (Lifehacker)
Submitted at 5/16/2010 8:00:00 AM

If you do a lot of custom computer builds, you may get annoyed with the price of aluminum standoffs (or you may just lose them a lot). Surprisingly, a bit of nylon tubing makes a great substitute. More » Motherboard- HardwareBusiness- ComponentsPolymers

Ryan Kwanten Breaks From True Blood For Date Night
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True Blood's Ryan Kwanten was arm in arm with a lady friend on Thursday night as they left the Chateau Marmont. He had the evening off from

working on his hit series, after logging time on the set earlier this month with costars Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer. There are still a few weeks to go before Ryan, Anna, and Stephen are back with new episodes on and the just-released season June 13, but a sneak peek clip t h r e e t r a i l e r r e v e a l s n e w

characters and secrets. In the meantime, they're keeping us occupied with new minisodes bringing fresh drama with catfighting ladies and religious face -offs.

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BP will make new bid Sunday to contain oil spill: source
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LONDON(Reuters) - Energy giant BP captured oil and gas leaking from an offshore well in the Gulf of Mexico and had to interrupt the operation, but believes a new attempt on Sunday could be successful, a source close to the operation told Reuters. U.S.| Green Business Gas was taken to the surface and it was flared in the suspended operation on Saturday. The oil entered the pipe but didn't make it all the way to the surface, the source said. "The concept can now be

considered proven," the source said, referring to the operation to siphon leaking hydrocarbons by inserting a pipe into the damaged riser. The source added a new bid would be made on Sunday. In Saturday's attempt, the cord taking the oil to the surface became entangled and the operation had to be suspended, the source said. The fix involves guiding undersea robots to insert a small tube into a 21-inch (53-cm) pipe, known as a riser, to funnel the oil to a ship at the surface. Crude oil is gushing unchecked into the sea from a blown-out offshore well a mile deep on the floor of the Gulf of Mexico,

threatening an ecological and economic calamity along the U.S. Gulf Coast. Officials said that so far the spill has had minimal impact on the shoreline and wildlife, but oil debris and tarballs were washing up on barrier islands and outlying beaches in at least a dozen places in Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi. (Reporting by Tom Bergin; Editing by Charles Dick) Five Filters featured article: The Art of Looking Prime Ministerial - The 2010 UK General Election. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.

Which Magazine Will You Pick Up This Weekend?
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It's the weekend, which means it's time to check out all the weeklies. OK! has more on Robert Pattinson's backstage confessions to Oprah, while InTouch has the scoop from the ladies of Sex and the City. Us is concerned for the fate of Heidi Montag as her husband and mother battle it out, and Life & Style details the rift in Kendra Wilkinson and Hank Baskett's marriage. So, tell us - which

magazine will you pick up this weekend? Which Magazine Will You Pick Up This Weekend? OK!- Need to know all the details on Rob and Kristen! InTouch- Literally counting down the days until SATC 2 debuts. Us- What could possibly happen next for Heidi? Life&Style- I hope Kendra and Hank can work things out!

Ray Zone's 3D Jungle Adventures Comic brings a bit of 1953 to the iPad
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Filed under: App Review Ray Zone's 3D Jungle Adventures(US$0.99) is native iPad comic book that took me back to when I was ten and my parents brought me to a flea market. There I picked up a ten year old copy of The House of Terror published by the now

defunct St. John's Publishing Company. It was in gloriously gory anaglyph 3D requiring the use of red-cyan glasses. The first page displayed a scary devil's head that seemed like it was going to jump off the page and grab me, giving me nightmares for weeks. Now in light of the current 3D craze, a new audience can experience this sort of dimensional schlock-fest in

Nianda, a jungle princess is captured by the evil Stang who wants to make a trade with the chief of the village for a big red ape. Jahka, who must be Tarzan's twin brother, comes to the rescue and fights a drooling Sabre-toothed tiger to win her back, but no one told that to the big red ape. Jungle Adventure, a reprint of a TUAW Ray Zone's 3D Jungle 1953 Jay Disbrow comic. The Adventures Comic brings a bit story is as pulpy as it gets. of 1953 to the iPad originally

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Anglican rift deepens over Episcopalian ordination of lesbian bishop
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bishop, in 2003, Dr Williams has said that Canon Glasspool’s ordination “raises very serious Submitted at 5/16/2010 10:18:00 AM questions not just for the T h e A n g l i c a n r i f t o v e r Episcopalian Church and its homosexual clergy has grown p l a c e i n t h e A n g l i c a n deeper than ever after the C o m m u n i o n , b u t f o r t h e ordination in California of the Communion as a whole”. He Church’s first lesbian bishop. declined to comment on the The Archbishop of Canterbury, ordination. D r R o w a n W i l l i a m s , h a d A spokesman for the Church of previously called the move Ireland called the appointment regrettable and warned that it “ b o t h wrong and called into question the place of d i s a p p o i n t i n g ” . the US Episcopalian Church in Such sentiments were voiced t h e g l o b a l A n g l i c a n but quickly overwhelmed at the Communion. four-hour ceremony, at which Mary Glasspool, 56, was Canon Glasspool and another ordained yesterday in front of woman, Diane Bruce, were 3,000 supporters — and two ordained sufragan, or assistant protesters — in the Long Beach bishops by Archbishop Jon Arena, south of Los Angeles. Bruno of the Episcopal Calling herself a “reconciling Church’s Los Angeles diocese person”, she offered to “reach — considered one of the most out and engage with people progressive in the country. who believe or think differently Two men, thought to be father than I do”, but her appointment and son, held up placards and has already tested the Episcopal denounced homosexuality as an Church’s ties to the Church of “abomination” before being led England almost to breaking from the venue by security point. guards. There was silence when Hoping to retain the allegiance Archbishop Bruno asked later if of conservatives still furious anyone in the congregation had over the ordination of Gene any objection to the ordinations. Robinson, the first gay Anglican He said in his sermon after: “I

don’t think there was anybody in this place who was more nervous than me.” Episcopalians welcomed the consecration, which will be greeted by liberal Anglicans in the West as further evidence that centuries of prejudice against homosexuals in Christian doctrine and practice are finally being eroded. But in the Global South churches of Africa and Asia, where many Christian communities are persecuted by other groups who believe homosexual practice to be a sign of Western decadence, the ceremony will be greeted with dismay. The Anglican Church, with 77 million members worldwide, has been torn by bitter recrimination and the formation of several splinter groups since the ordination of Bishop Robinson seven years ago. Conservatives from the Episcopal Church have broken off to form their own Anglican Church in North America, while Dr Williams has infuriated Church of England liberals by resisting the ordination of gays in England in

order to placate conservatives elsewhere, particularly in Africa. Stunned by the ferocity of protests over Bishop Robinson’s ordination, the Episcopal Church approved a temporary ban on the ordination of more gay bishops, but revoked it last summer after the Los Angeles diocese announced its intention to ordain Canon Glasspool. Dr Williams recorded his dismay at the decision last year and the Californian decision to proceed against his wishes is seen as a deliberate effort to test the tolerance of the global Communion. Canon Glasspool and Diane Bruce became the first two women bishops in the Episcopal Church’s 114-year history to be consecrated together in the same lengthy service, enlivened by hip-hop dancing, a Mexican mariachi band and Japanese-style taiko drumming. Becki Sander, Canon Glasspool’s partner of 19 years, was in the congregation. “Today, as we pray over these magnificent women, bring into your hearts those things that you bear against any other

human being and cast them away,” Archbishop Bruno said at the service. “For we cannot be separated from each other if God is for us and with us ... There are no outcasts.” The US lesbian priest Rev Susan Russell compared Bishop Glasspool’s consecration to that of Bishop Robinson: “What a difference seven years makes. Then there were police lines and bomb threats and CNN trucks with live satellite coverage of our every move as we gathered at a New Hampshire hockey rink to make Gene Robinson a Bishop in the Church of God. “Today’s press conference drew a handful of church media and a local reporter or two. And the only lines we needed to cross were the ones in the hotel cocktail lounge.” Five Filters featured article: The Art of Looking Prime Ministerial - The 2010 UK General Election. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.

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last three days and at least 161 injured. Prime Minister Abhisit Submitted at 5/16/2010 11:11:48 AM Vejjajiva spoke on national TV, Thai troops have opened fire on o n S a t u r d a y a f t e r n o o n , anti-government protesters and promising to restore order to the more than 20 are dead after a a city with “minimum loss of third day of bloody clashes on life”. the streets of Bangkok. However he stood by the The army offensive against the military action and claimed that t h o u s a n d s o f R e d S h i r t the protesters, who are calling demonstrators occupying a for him to resign, had been sprawling encampment in the infiltrated by “terrorists”. city’s commercial district Abhisit said: “The government escalated on Saturday. must move forward. We cannot Soldiers started moving in on retreat because we are doing Thursday but their attempts to things that will benefit the entire disperse the camp have been country. met with fierce resistance, “I insist that if we want to see an resulting in increasingly bloody end to the loss of life, the only street battles. way is to have the protesters Crowds of protesters hurled end their protest.” homemade rockets, petrol The Thai army are now closing bombs and burning tires at the o f f r o a d s l e a d i n g t o t h e advancing troops, who returned Ratchaprarop district and have f i r e w i t h l i v e r o u n d s o f pinned Thai and Englishammunition. language notices on wires An estimated 22 people, all saying, "Live Firing Zone" and civilians, have been killed in the "Restricted Area. No Entry".

The British Embassy has warned of “intense violence” in the main areas of the capital where violence broke out. A embassy statement read: “We expect shooting and intense violence in Ratchaprarop, Din Daeng area and other violent areas.” “As a further precaution, please avoid department stores in Bangkok. If safe to do so, please return home or stay where you are safe.” The US Embassy is also issuing a new alert urging its citizens against any travel to Thailand’s capital. The fiercest clashes on Saturday took place along the usually congested Rama IV road near the business district. A volunteer medical rescue worker was shot and feared dead and at least four protesters were also shot and badly wounded, including one in the head. Witnesses described the fighting as one-sided as troops

dodged the projectiles and shot back with automatic rifles. Sansern Kaewkamnerd, army spokesman, said soldiers were permitted to open fire if any protesters come within 36 metres (118 ft). The army was calling in reinforcements, he added. The demonstrators, who come from mostly rural areas and wear signature red shirts, claim Abhisit’s government, formed after a military coup ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, is illegitimate and are demanding an immediate election. Their occupation of Bangkok started nearly two months ago and has now brought the bustling tourist destination to a near standstill. Five Filters featured article: The Art of Looking Prime Ministerial - The 2010 UK General Election. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.

Brewing TV Is a Great Inspiration Resource for Home Brewers [Vidcasts]
Whitson Gordon (Lifehacker)
Submitted at 5/15/2010 4:00:00 PM

If you're looking to start brewing your own beer, you'll love Brewing TV, a vidcast where the guys from popular home brewing supplier Northern Brewer travel around the country and showcase the setups of home brewers big and small. More » Beer- Food- Drink- RecreationUnited States

Megan Fox Does Lunch With Her Two Main Men
PopSugar (PopSugar)
Submitted at 5/16/2010 8:00:00 AM

Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green treated his son Kassius to lunch at Poquito Mas in LA on Thursday. She's once again been

listed among the world's sexiest women, but Megan's lately been more about chilling at her expertly decorated home than getting decked out for photo ops. That will change as Megan promotes the June 18 release of

Jonah Hex with her costar Josh

Brolin. He's currently in Cannes premiering Money Never Sleeps with her Transformers costar Shia LaBeouf. Megan will have some Shia time herself this Summer, when they get together with new addition Patrick

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Detained French student Clotilde Reiss released from Iran
(World News from Times Online)

jet to fetch Ms Reiss from Dubai, insisted that she was an innocent victim of the Tehran Submitted at 5/16/2010 9:38:00 AM Government’s repressive A French student who was held policies. Her self-possessed for ten months in Tehran on conduct during her televised spying charges flew home to a trial won her admiration in h e r o i n e ’ s w e l c o m e f r o m France. President Sarkozy today, as Ms Reiss thanked Mr Sarkozy Paris denied that it had struck “for defending my innocence” any deal for her release. after she was driven from the Clotilde Reiss, 25, was allowed Villacoublay airbase, near Paris, to leave Tehran after she was to the Elysée Palace for a 20convicted and given a £210,000 m i n u t e m e e t i n g w i t h t h e fine for taking part in a President. supposed Western plot to The release, after months of undermine the Iranian State. She behind-the-scenes contacts, was arrested last July after came five days after France attending anti-government refused an American request to demonstrations at Isfahan, extradite Majid Kakavand, an where she had spent the year as Iranian businessman who is an assistant university teacher. wanted in the US for evading After six weeks in Tehran’s export controls and buying notorious Evin prison, Ms Reiss, technology that could be used in a scholar of Iranian history and Iranian missiles. His release and l a n g u a g e , w a s t r i e d a n d subsequent return to Tehran confined to the French Embassy prompted speculation of a deal pending a verdict. Her case was over Ms Reiss. complicated by Mr Sarkozy’s Bernard Kouchner, the Foreign hard line towards Iran over its Minister, denied that there was d e v e l o p m e n t o f n u c l e a r any “quid pro quo trading” over technology. her case. A test will come on Paris, which sent a government Tuesday when Paris judges rule

on the possible early release of Ali Vakili Rad, who was convicted of murdering Shahpour Bakhtiar, an exiled Iranian politician, at his home outside Paris in 1991. Rad has applied for expulsion from France after completing the 18-year minimum term of his life sentence for strangling and stabbing Bakhtiar, the last Prime Minister of the late Shah, as part of a three-man hit team from the Iranian secret service. Last autumn President Ahmadinejad publicly suggested that Iran and France exchange prisoners held in each other’s jails. After receiving Ms Reiss Mr Sarkozy thanked Presidents Lula of Brazil, President Wade of Senegal and President alAssad of Syria for intervening with Tehran to win her freedom. Five Filters featured article: The Art of Looking Prime Ministerial - The 2010 UK General Election. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.

For the sake of God, Anglican Church must put aside its differences
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Submitted at 5/16/2010 10:35:00 AM

Some years ago, at the Greenbelt Christian rock festival that takes place every August Bank Holiday near Cheltenham, someone close to the Archbishop of Canterbury told me that a person’s view on homosexuality was now what defined them on the Christian spectrum. What this person of considerable authority and intellect was saying was that it was no longer possible to be both pro-gay and evangelical. In other words, the infighting over homosexuality means that for the 77 million Anglicans worldwide, more important than the Resurrection, the Crucifixion, the Virgin Birth and the Trinity is what one person does in bed with another. The lines of Christian belief, in the Anglican world at least, have been redrawn around a battle over gay rights that, in the secular world, ended years ago. Sexuality figures nowhere in the creeds. It is not mentioned in the church’s liturgies. When godparents witness to a baby’s

baptism they do not swear to help to raise the infant as straight. Many of the thousands of young people who never go to church in the UK but who are nominally baptised Anglicans cannot remember a time when sodomy was a criminal offence. These are the people that Church leaders should be trying to attract. In a world facing the well-documented consequences of consumer and materialist greed the Church’s spiritual message is potentially of benefit to millions. If the Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives can do it in Britain, surely the liberals and conservatives in the Christian world can form some sort of coalition to bring new leadership to the Anglican morass. They must put their differences behind them, for the sake of God, themselves and the common good. Five Filters featured article: The Art of Looking Prime Ministerial - The 2010 UK General Election. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.

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ReadWriteWeb Events Guide, 15 May 2010
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Submitted at 5/15/2010 4:05:00 PM

The upcoming week is full of thought-provoking social-media, startup and tech-related events. One that caught our eye was the SF MusicTech Summit, which looks at the intersection of music, business and technology. Speakers include Ben Folds, the musician, Michael Tilson Thomas, a conductor, and Tim Westergren, founder of Pandora. If you're going to be in San Francisco this week, find out more about the event here. How do you like your events guide? You can import individual events into Google Calendar using the link beside each entry, or download the entire thing as an iCal (and Google Calendar-importable) file, or even view it as a world map. Know of something cool taking place that should appear here? Let us know in the comments below or contact us. Sponsor May 17 2010: San Francisco, California SF MusicTech Summit The SF MusicTech Summit will bring together 700-plus visionaries in the music/technology space - the best and brightest entrepreneurs, developers, investors, service providers, journalists, musicians and organizations who work with them at the convergence of culture and commerce. We meet

to discuss the evolving music, business and technology ecosystem in a proactive, conducive-to-dealmaking environment. Enter the discount code "rww" to get 10% off. 18 May 2010: Silicon Valley, California Founder Showcase On Tuesday, May 18th, 10 companies elected by over 13,500 registered CEO Members of TheFunded.com will present to an audience of 200 investors, founders, and members of the press. A panel of experts will critique the pitches, and voting from those in attendance will determine the grand prize winner, who will receive $2,500 on the spot and a host of other prizes. Founder Showcase guests will be treated to food and drinks, as well as informative talks by two leading Silicon Valley CEOs. There is also a networking and Pitch Table area for startups, service providers, and investors to convene. Previous investors that have attended include Charles River Ventures, JAFCO, Leapfrog, Polaris, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, First Round, Blue Run, and various angels. Over $250,000 has been raised by presenting companies that met investors at previous Founder Showcase events. Use discount code "RWW" to get a 10% discount. 18 - 19 May 2010: Santa Clara, California

Social Media Strategies Social Media Strategies is a conference on social business, social marketing, advertising and optimization. Social media technologies are fundamentally changing the sales, marketing and operations process. Business are leveraging social technologies to acquire, market, and communicate with customers. This conference features cutting edge topics, keynotes, workshops and discussions that provided strategic knowledge, insights and real world examples on how to successfully plan, implement and manage your organizations social media efforts to achieve your business goals. Use the code "readwriteweb" when you register and get $100 off. 19 - 21 May 2010: Portland, Oregon WebVisions WebVisions explores the future of Web design, technology, user experience and business strategy from May 19 - 21, 2010 at the

Oregon Convention Center. Attend workshops with the experts, chill out in the WebVisions lounge, and network with speakers and fellow attendees. This year's allstar lineup of speakers includes Christian Crumlish and Erin Malone, Merlin Mann (43folders.com), Luke Williams (frog design), Renny Gleeson (Weiden+Kennedy), Kate Rutter (Adaptive Path), Scott Porad (LOLCATS) and many more. Since 2001, WebVisions has built a loyal audience of designers, technologists and industry leaders. We invite you to join us for an event that's seen as "the creative conference for the Web." Register now! 21 May 2010: San Francisco, California TEDxSoMa TEDxSoMa seeks to bring the TED experience to a local level, bringing together innovative ideas and concepts through TEDtalks and inspiring speakers. TEDxSoMa is organized by members of the Institute for the Future and the pariSoma Innovation Loft whose core beliefs are community, collaboration, innovation, openness, and sustainability. Ticket invitations for TEDxSoMa, "Interactivity and the Digital Future" have already been distributed. If you were unable to purchase a ticket, we will be embedding the live stream on our homepage.

Speakers include: • Nicole Lazzaro - XEO Design, Inc. • Pankaj Kedia - Intel Corporation • Pamela Hawley - Universal Giving • Jason Tester - Institute for the Future • David Pescovitz BoingBoing.net and MAKE • Jeff Lawson - Twilio • Christopher Willits - Musician • Jeffrey Betcher - Quesada Gardens • Dev Patnaik - Jump Associates • Nathan Shedroff - California College of the Arts 25 - 27 May 2010: Denver, Colorado Glue Glue is the only conference devoted solely to exploring the problem-sets facing architects, developers and IT professionals in a "post-cloud" world. Glue focuses on the APIs and protocols (Twitter, Facebook, Websockets, PubSubHubBub, XMPP), formats and standards (RDF/Linked Data, JSON, Microformats, HTML5), platforms and providers (Amazon, Rackspace, Google App Engine, Salesforce.com, Eucalyptus), Identity Protocols (OAuth/WRAP, SAML, OpenID, SPML) emerging NoSQL data models (Cassandra, READWRITEWEB page 19

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CouchDB, MongoDB, Riak, HBase), and other mechanisms that are building the post-cloud world. ReadWriteCloud will be blogging live from Gluecon and C l o u d C a m p , a n d ReadWriteWeb's Alex Williams will be moderating the "Managing Complexity in the Cloud" session. Please join us May 25-27 in Denver, Colorado. ReadWriteWeb readers can receive 10% off of registration by using the code "RWW12". 27 - 28 May 2010: Beijing, China Global Mobile Internet Conference The Global Mobile Internet Conference is designed specifically for entrepreneurs, executives and influencers to understand and capitalize on the growing opportunities in mobile internet. Though focused on opportunities in Asia, much of the conference dialogue is intended to compare and trade best practices across borders, especially between the East and West. Around 1000 industry leaders from Asia, Europe and North America are expected to attend. The conference will be in English, Chinese, Japanese and Korean. 28 May 2010: Beijing, China Global Mobile Internet Conference - Innovation Show & Startup Competition The Global Mobile Internet Conference Innovation Show

intends to be a launch pad for innovative mobile internet startups from around the world. Innovation Show finalists will have the opportunity to present their company to an expected 1,000 investors, industry leaders, and press. Finalists will be judged by and receive feedback from a team of respected venture capitalists and angel investors. The judges will choose one company as the GMIC Innovation Show Winner. Startups must apply by April 4. 4 - 6 June 2010: Chicago, IL Blogs with Balls 3 The bright future of sports media gathers for Blogs with Balls 3 in Chicago at the legendary Wrigley Field. This third installment of the conference focuses on sports and local media, the everchanging face of traditional media, as well as all the ways that mobile and emerging technologies are changing the world of the sports fan (and the companies trying to reach him or her) today. Feature speakers from established players like ESPN, Sports Illustrated, Yahoo! Sports & The Sporting News and emerging blogging/podcasting personalities and sports new media entrepreneurs, not to mention former professional athletes who are bolstering their brand through digital. Register before May 15 and

save more than $50 off the full t i c k e t p r i c e a t blogswithballs3.eventbrite.com. Use discount code RWWxBWB 15 - 16 June 2010: New York City Corporate Social Media Summit The Corporate Social Media Summit is a two day conference focused exclusively on how big businesses can take advantage of social media to enhance their marketing/comms strategy. Featuring: • Practical and relevant insights from peers who have already used social media successfully • 20-plus corporate speakers(including PepsiCo, Whole Foods, Dell, McDonald's, General Motors, Citi, Johnson & Johnson),• Best practice, benchmarks and practical next steps you can use to take advantage of social media in your business • A tightly-focused agenda with 14 in-depth, practical workshops giving you knowledge on only the most critical business issues surrounding corporate use of social media Save $400 if you quote RWW400 when booking. Book here. 21 - 25 June 2010: San Francisco, California SemTech 2010 SemTech 2010 is the world's largest, most authoritative

conference on semantic technology. The programs covers semantics in enterprise computing, consumer applications, search, Linked Data and social networking. SemTech is the place where the entire community gathers to do business - entrepreneurs and investors, researchers and product developers, marketers and customers. This year we have in-depth focus on industry applications in Healthcare, Life Sciences, Open Government, Publishing, Finance and Advertising. Case studies will be provided by early adopters including Best Buy, Biogen, Blue Cross, Boeing, Cleveland Clinic, DoD, Group M, Merck, Nokia, Pearson, Pfizer, Salesforce.com, US Air Force, University of Texas and the World Bank. The conference hashtag is #SemTech. 22 - 24 June 2010: Santa Clara, California Velocity Now in its third year, Velocitythe Web Performance and Operations Conference from O'Reilly Media - is dedicated to helping people build a better Internet that is Fast by Default. Join hundreds of web developers and experts under one roof from June 22-24, 2010 in Santa Clara, CA Velocity packs a wealth of big ideas, know-how, and connections into three concentrated days. You'll be able to apply what you've learned immediately for high

impact results and you'll come away prepared for what's ahead. O'Reilly Velocity 2010 is the premier conference dedicated to building industrial strength sites, at internet speed. Velocity">Register Now and save 25% with discount code "vel10rww". 29 - 30 June 2010: London Cloud Computing World Forum The 2nd annual Cloud Computing World Forum is the perfect event to learn and discuss the development, integration, adoption and future of cloud computing and SaaS. Building on the success of the 2009 show, this two day conference and free-to-attend exhibition will provide a focused platform for the global cloud and SaaS industry. Show highlights include: • Co-located with CloudCamp London • Co-located with Green IT conference • Free-to-attend exhibition with seminar and scenario theatre • Free-to-attend evening awards presentation • Hear from leading case studies on how they have integrated cloud computing and SaaS into their working practices • Learn from the key players offering cloud and SaaS services • Evening networking party for READWRITEWEB page 25

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The next five years of the X Prize
(CNET News.com)
Submitted at 5/15/2010 11:00:00 PM

At a gala charity event Saturday night featuring "Avatar" director James Cameron, Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page, and a who's who of tech industry luminaries, the X Prize Foundation laid out its vision for the next five years. Already in 2004, the foundation has paid out $10 million in prize money for the winner of the Ansari X Prize, which in 2004 went to the first nongovernmental team to launch a vehicle into space twice in two weeks. The prize winners were Burt Rutan and the Paul Allenbacked team that built SpaceShipOne. The foundation offers both X Prizes--$10 million or more for large-scale competitions focused on global problems that may take between three and eight years to solve--and X Challenges, awards on the order of $1 million for technology challenges and breakthroughs that have a time frame of one to two years. Currently, the foundation is offering up millions of dollars in prize money for the first teams to sequence 100 genomes in 10 days (the $10 million Archon X Prize); to send a robot to the moon, travel 500 meters and transmit video, data and images back to Earth (the $30 million Google Lunar X Prize); and to

produce green, production-ready cars capable of exceeding 100 miles per gallon or its energy equivalent (the $10 million Progressive Automotive X

Prize). In addition, it's planning on four other specific X Prizes: the AI Physician X Prize, which will be won by the first team to

build an artificial intelligence system that can offer a medical diagnosis as good as or better than a diagnosis from a group of 10 board-certified doctors; the

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It's Gawker vs. Jobs in e-mail debate over porn
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Submitted at 5/16/2010 7:35:37 AM

I understand that Apple and Gawker are enjoying something of a difficult relationship. I'm given to believe that Apple accused Gawker of making pornographic films using a prototype iPhone that a drunken topless man found in a bar. Then Gawker accused Apple of breaking the doors down of one of its editors in order to find some proof of the pornography, which the company believed threatened its image and livelihood. Oh, there are probably some facts askew there. Suffice it to say that I never expected to be reading a frank, joyously emotional e-mail exchange between Apple CEO Steve Jobs and Ryan Tate of Gawker's Valleywag. At least not in any current dimension. Yet, here I discover, in the pages of Valleywag, what appears to be this very thing. And it's a lot more riveting than I suspect "Robin Hood" might be this weekend. According to Tate, his emotions were set off by the new iPad ad, the one that rather aggressively reinforces the product's claims to a revolution by showing it in the lap of everyone but the gods. It seems that Tate likes to drink something that sadly involves white creme de menthe. So, this being late Friday night, and

feeling his loins and fingers emboldened, he reportedly penned an e-mail to Steve Jobs, reading: "If Dylan was 20 today, how would he feel about your company? Would he think the iPad had the faintest thing to do with 'revolution.' Revolutions are about freedom." Now for those of you who are wondering about this Dylan character, I am told by some older folks that Steve Jobs is extremely keen on the works of Bob Dylan. And, for slightly

younger readers, this Bob Dylan is someone whom you can hire for your"corporate event, private party, fundraiser, college, fair or festival." I am fairly sure that Tate would not have expected to receive a reply. However, Jobs, perhaps with "Blood on the Tracks" humming in the background, reportedly penned this: "Yep, freedom from programs that steal your private data. Freedom from programs that trash your battery. Freedom from porn.

Yep, freedom. The times they are a changin' and some traditional PC folks feel their world is slipping away. It is." "Go on, ask me anything."(Credit: CC Erik Pitti/Flickr) There are different kinds of people in the world. Some would be moved to focus on the technological issues here. And some would take a mental leap and focus just on the porn. Tate managed to straddle both. He engaged Jobs on his hostility to

Flash. But he added: "I don't want 'freedom from porn'. Porn is just fine! And I think my wife would agree." Jobs reportedly jabbed back: "You might care more about porn when you have kids." My jaundiced mind, naturally reinforced by the allegations that Apple was behind the breaking down of Gizmodo editor Jason Chen's doors, whispered at this point: "How does he know this Ryan Tate doesn't have kids? (Tate only revealed this in a subsequent email) If I write to him about porn, will he already know how many kids I have?" Perhaps I was alone in this. Meanwhile, from the extracts it appears that Tate began to engage Jobs (presumably the real one, and not a cheeky imposter) in considering whether many publisher's iPad apps were worth less than a single sock. For one moment I thought I was present at one of those Obama-Clinton debates. I half expected Tate to tell Jobs he was "likable enough." While Jobs insisted no one has to publish for the iPad, they choose to; Tate countered that he felt his attitude towards Adobe was "the same old revenge power bull****." Yes, he says he said that to Steve Jobs. And I have no reason to disbelieve him. A Jobs-ian IT'S page 27

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beating a top-seeded driver in a Gran Prix race; an unnamed X Prize for generating an organ from a terminal patient's own stem cells, transplanting the organ into the patient, and having that person live for a year; and another unnamed prize for building a deep-sea submersible that scientists could use to explore the ocean floor and gather complex data. Now, having spent Friday and Saturday cloistered in meetings of its "vision circle," the X Prize Foundation is ready to define a general roadmap and strategy that will likely govern its operations in the coming years. The planning In March, X Prize Foundation Chairman and CEO Peter Diamandis explained to CNET that the organization's four advisory groups would shortly be meeting to discuss areas of research and development that are "stuck." Those four groups focus on energy and the environment; education and global development; life sciences; and ocean and space exploration. And in an interview this week, X Prize Foundation President Bob Weiss told CNET that as it prepares for the future, the organization needs to focus not just on being a place that offers prizes, but also on solidifying its position as an "innovation engine." The question the foundation has

to answer, Weiss explained, is what happens after an X Prize is won and after the winner has shifted the paradigm in the specific subject area. The foundation has decided to engage with a growing number of corporate partners and is trying to figure out how it can take its rightful place in the innovation ecosystem that it supports. X Prize President Bob Weiss is at far left in this group shot from Wired's NextFest in September 2007. Standing with him, from left to right, are Google cofounder Larry Page, X Prize founder Peter Diamandis, and Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin.(Credit: Stefanie Olsen/CNET ) One element of the five-year vision is to put more of the foundation's energy into working with its corporate partners to try to identify suitable prize areas within the problems facing those companies. So the idea, Weiss said, is to evaluate the partners' research and development efforts and see which of those efforts are posing technological or philosophical conundrums that may merit their own X Prizes or X Challenges, or possibly an internal competition. As an example, Weiss pointed to a project the foundation did with NASA in which just such an internal examination produced 90 ideas that were

eventually whittled down to nine and turned into the Centennial Challenges, the space agency's prize program for the "citizen innovator." One of the results of that was the Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander X Challenge, which tasked teams with putting a vehicle in the air to an altitude of more than 50 meters, flying it laterally for 100 meters and then landing on a pad. Surveying the 'prize-scape' One of the major elements of the five-year vision is to try to commit the foundation to roll out about two full X Prizes and as many as three or four X Challenges per year. "We can't do an unlimited number of these," Weiss said, "but we think we might have as many as eight competitions going on simultaneously when we come up to speed." Identifying some of those potential competitions will be a big part of the visioneering workshops that the foundation held Friday and Saturday. During the two days, Weiss said prior to the meetings, the four working groups were expected to examine potential big issues needing solutions, and see if they could define specific X Prizes or Challenges that would solve them. Going forward, once the ideas are on the table, the foundation's working groups will go through an "ideation phase," in which

they will discuss the "broad prize-scape," essentially what could be accomplished in a particular prize sector. And then, the foundation will zero in on the particular prize to launch. Then they will enter the design phase, in which they will drill down and craft the rules and guidelines for the prize. And finally, they will enter the business phase, in which they look at issues such as what it could cost a team to enter the competition. Often, teams invest a great deal more in their entries than they would stand to win. The whole process of developing each new prize will last about four to six months, Weiss said, depending on the complexity. But what is vitally important, he continued, is that the goals of each prize be reachable, albeit worthy of being an X Prize or X Challenge. "The landscape is littered with broken prizes," Weiss said. "It's a lot more than offering a purse. It's a combination of art and science....That's a key part of the design. What's the point of throwing a party if nobody shows up?" Indeed, Weiss said, the foundation will likely have advance in-depth discussions with many of the teams that will eventually enter the competitions in a bid to attract realistic competitors and ensure that there is an actual likelihood

of someone winning. "That absolutely informs what we do so we don't get into" the situation in which a prize is unwinnable. New partners Already, the X Prize Foundation has teamed up with Cisco Systems, which was named its official Energy and Environment Prize Group partner. Now, Weiss said, the foundation is looking for new partners and expects to name a corporate Life Sciences partner by this fall. And as the organization moves into the next five-year phase, it is looking to stay as lean as possible, while adding new capabilities. The success of that, Weiss explained, will depend on leveraging the foundation's partners and other relationships. Ultimately, though, Weiss and others in the foundation have realized that what will make it strongest is not to house all of its competencies in-house, but rather to look for outside partners to work with in order to bolster its "intellectual capital across" the four working areas. Saturday night, then, in front of a room packed with the leaders of Silicon Valley, folks like Segway inventor Dean Kamen, Zynga CEO Mark Pincus, Google CEO Eric Schmidt, YouTube's Chad Hurley, and many others, including NEXT page 25

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BP tussles with latest bid to contain oil spill
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Pressing ahead after another setback, British energy giant BP said it hoped to complete its latest effort to contain the huge Gulf of Mexico oil spill late on Saturday, while the company's chief executive appeared to dismiss the disaster as "tiny." The accident at the offshore oil rig is threatening an environmental and economic calamity along the U.S. Gulf Coast. While London-based BP moved forward with its tricky undersea efforts to redirect the flow of oil, the Obama administration demanded "immediate public clarification" from BP Chief Executive Tony Hayward over the company's intentions on paying costs tied to the accident. With crude oil gushing unchecked from its blown-out offshore well a mile deep on the floor of the Gulf, BP was attempting to guide undersea robots to insert a small tube into a 21-inch pipe, known as a riser, to funnel the oil to a ship at the surface. BP's initial attempt to insert the tube into the riser ran into trouble when the metal frame that supports the siphon shifted, BP Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles told reporters in Robert, La., on Saturday. At Fourchon, La., workers on Friday place containment booms

on a beach in a bid to prevent oil from getting into the nearby marsh at high tide.(Credit: U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Patrick Kelley) Suttles said BP hopes to get the siphoning tube inserted late on Saturday night and operational overnight. "We did have to pull it back to surface [Friday] to make some adjustments so that we could connect it properly to the pipework," Suttles said. "We expect to begin operation of that equipment overnight tonight." The company's previous attempt to contain the oil using a giant containment dome failed last week. BP: A "tiny" amount of oil in "a very big ocean" In an interview published in a British newspaper on Friday, Hayward appeared to play down what threatens to become the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history. "The Gulf of Mexico is a very big ocean. The amount of volume of oil and dispersant that we are putting into it is tiny in relation to the total volume of water," Hayward was quoted as saying in Britain's Guardian newspaper. Hayward also acknowledged his job was on the line and that he would be judged by the company's response to the disaster. BP's shares have tumbled and wiped out $30

cleans oil off a pelican at a mobile wildlife rehab station in Plaquemines Parish, La., on billion of market value since the Saturday.(Credit: U.S. Navy disaster began last month. photo by Mass Communication The spill began after an April Specialist 2nd Class Justin 20 explosion on the Deepwater Stumberg) Horizon rig, which killed 11 Earlier, BP spokesman Mark workers. It threatens to eclipse Proegler said oil washed up in the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill off Mississippi for the first time in A l a s k a a s t h e w o r s t U . S . the state on Saturday, when tar ecological disaster ever. balls were discovered at Long Officials said on Saturday that B e a c h . O i l h a s n o w so far the spill has had minimal contaminated eight beaches in impact on the shoreline and three states after it was also wildlife. located at Whiskey Island, There have been questions Louisiana, and several in about the implications of current Alabama. U.S. law that limits energy Seeking to curb the volume of companies' liability for lost oil reaching the surface, the U.S. business and local tax revenues Coast Guard and Environmental from oil spills to $75 million. Protection Agency said they In a letter to Hayward, Interior have authorized more undersea Secretary Ken Salazar and use of chemical dispersants at Homeland Security Secretary t h e s o u r c e o f t h e l e a k . J a n e t N a p o l i t a n o c i t e d Dispersants are designed to statements by BP executives break the oil into small droplets that the company was taking more likely to sink to the sea responsibility for the spill and floor. would cover spill-related costs. Some environmental groups "Based on these statements, we a n d t h e G u l f ' s s h r i m p i n g understand that BP will not in industry have raised concerns any way seek to rely on the a b o u t t h e e f f e c t o f t h e potential $75 million statutory chemicals, saying the oil might c a p t o r e f u s e t o p r o v i d e not sink all the way, but become compensation to any individuals suspended in the water column or others harmed by the oil spill, and ingested by fish and other even if more than $75 million is wildlife. r e q u i r e d t o p r o v i d e f u l l A statement by the EPA and compensation to all claimants," Coast Guard sought to allay Salazar and Napolitano wrote. those fears, saying dispersants A member of the Louisiana are "generally less harmful than State Wildlife Response Team highly toxic oil" and biodegrade

more quickly. Cleanup crews continue attacking the oil slick using surface dispersants, skimming and controlled burns. Inland, BP contractors assisted by flotillas of hired shrimp boats continued to string containment booms around sensitive coastal areas, while National Guard teams with bulldozers and helicopters press on to plug gaps in booms protecting Louisiana's storm-battered shoreline to prevent oil from reaching the fragile marshlands behind them. Scientists and shrimpers alike have said that contamination of marshes, the foundation for the region's economy and way of life, would be devastating. The vast but dwindling marshes are the nurseries for shrimp, oysters, crabs, and fish that make Louisiana the leading producer of commercial seafood in the continental United States and a top destination for recreational anglers. U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday gave a tongue-lashing to all the companies involved in the spill--BP, Halliburton and Transocean--and said he would not rest until the leak was stopped at its source. Estimates of the rate of escaping oil range widely from the official BP figure of 5,000 barrels per day, adopted by the government, to 100,000 barrels TUSSLES page 25

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Weekly Wrap-up: How do I Delete Facebook, 3D Wikipedia, Firefox 4, And More...
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Cameron, Brin, Page, and Diamandis, the foundation will set out on its next five-year journey. If it succeeds, the world is likely to be a better place. Five Filters featured article: The Art of Looking Prime Ministerial - The 2010 UK General Election. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.

Make Bacon Fruit Cups for the Ultimate Sweet and Savory Mix [Food]
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Steve Jobs Spars With Gawker Blogger Over Revolutions, Freedom, and Porn
Jason Kincaid (TechCrunch)
Submitted at 5/15/2010 3:01:49 PM

Jobs seems to be level-headed, though he does take a jab at Tate at the end. Through it all, For many years, tech fans have though, one thing is clear: Jobs known that Steve Jobs will is on a mission to reinvent o c c a s i o n a l l y r e s p o n d t o computing. He’s well aware of messages directed to his well- the controversies, and for better publicized email address. Most or for worse, it sounds like he of the time his responses consist genuinely believes that what of snappy one-liners, often Apple is doing will lead to a containing a nugget of new better future. information. But it’s rare to You can read the entire hear about a full-on debate, with exchange on Gawker here, but Jobs offering some rationale here are a few interesting b e h i n d A p p l e ’ s h i g h l y responses from Jobs: c o n t r o v e r s i a l d e c i s i o n s . Tate: That’s exactly what happened If Dylan was 20 today, how last night, when Gawker writer would he feel about your Ryan Tate got irritated by an company? Apple ad describing the iPad as Would he think the iPad had the “a revolution” and shot off an f a i n t e s t t h i n g t o d o w i t h email to Steve Jobs. Three “ r e v o l u t i o n ? ” hours later, at nearly 1AM, Jobs Revolutions are about freedom. replied, and a passionate email Jobs: debate ensued. The email Yep, freedom from programs exchange is mainly focused on that steal your private data. Apple’s stranglehold on the Freedom from programs that iPhone OS platform, and its trash your battery. Freedom decision to force developers to from porn. Yep, freedom. The build applications using Apple’s times they are a changin’, and tools. some traditional PC folks feel T a t e i s c l e a r l y a g i t a t e d like their world is slipping throughout the exchange (in his away. It is. blog post he notes a few things Here’s a later back-and-forth he regrets writing in his email (note the jab Jobs takes at Tate responses). For the most part at the end):

has spent any time coding knows the power and importance of intermediate APIs. And I don’t like Apple’s pet police force literally kicking in my co-workers’ doors. But I suppose the courts will have the last say on that, I can’t say I’m worried.” Jobs: You are so misinformed. No Tate: one kicked in any doors. You’re Was it a “technical issue” when believing a lot of erroneous Microsoft was trying to make blogger reports. everyone write to the Win32 Microsoft had (has) every right API? Were you happy when to enforce whatever rules for Adobe went along with that? their platform they want. If You have the chance to set the people don’t like it, they can tone for a new platform. For the write for another platform, new phone and tablet platform. which some did. Or they can The platform of the future! I am buy another platform, which disappointed to see it’s the same some did. old revenge power bullshit. As for us, we’re just doing what … we can to try and make (and PS And yes I may sound bitter. preserve) the user experience we Because I don’t think it’s a envision. You can disagree with technical issue at all — it’s you us, but our motives are pure. imposing your morality; about By the way, what have you porn, about ‘trade secrets’, done that’s so great? Do you about technical purity in the create anything, or just criticize most bizarre sense. Apple itself others work and belittle their has used translation layers and motivations? intermediate APIs. Objective C and iTunes for Windows are testament to this. Anyone who

Isla Fisher's Focused on Her Two Most Important Projects
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Submitted at 5/15/2010 11:00:00 AM

Olive Cohen looked deep in thought as she left her Thursday afternoon ballet class in LA with her mom Isla Fisher. The pair is all about their weekday hangouts, whether they're picking up books at the library or stopping to grab a sweet treat together. Isla's soaking up the family time as she and Sacha Baron Cohen get ready for their special delivery, after she wrapped up work on her most recent film Burke and Hare just a few months ago in England. View 5 Photos ›

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rebuttal insisted that Tate shouldn't be so bitter about "a technical issue." This, he said, was Apple trying to do the best for its users. Tate seemed to scream "technical issues!!" and then point to his behind. He accused Jobs of "imposing your morality about porn, about 'trade secrets', about technical purity in the most bizarre sense." At this point I admit I reached for a glass of the technically purest Failla syrah, because no one could maintain concentration and equilibrium simultaneously reading this email correspondence. It is very fortunate that I reached for the syrah, because Tate's fingers jabbed through his laptop screen and into Jobs' glasses: "I don't like Apple's pet police force literally kicking in my coworker's doors." Jobs did not seem stunned. Within nine minutes, he would appear to have shoved his hand through his iPad screen, ready to seize Tate's throat: "You are so

misinformed. No one kicked in any doors. You're believing a lot of erroneous blogger reports." Well, now. A blogger is accused of erroneously believing other bloggers? Other allegedly erroneous bloggers who work for the same company? This was almost too much to take. And to take in. Yet the exchange, at least the parts that Gawker published, was not quite over. It seems to have ended with Jobs insisting that Apple's motives are pure. And then this difficult rejoinder: "What have you done that's so great? Do you create anything or just criticize others work and belittle their motivations?" Really. Yes, really. Please sit down. Would you like a glass of Failla syrah too? I have two more bottles downstairs. Everyone will have their own views about this particular entertainment. Everyone will have their own views about the technical arguments. But let's just get the important element out of the way. Banning porn

apps (of which the Playboy app does not appear to be one) is an exercise in image, rather than reality. Those who would like to download porn on their iPads can just go surfin' Safari and do it through their browser. The iPad might like to offer "freedom from porn", but it doesn't. The truth of the Jobs-ian argument is this: Apple bothers to sell products that people actually want. It bothers to design products people actively desire. It uses its talent for doing that, in a very competitive marketplace, to place its own imprint on how those products might function. You can take it or leave it. An increasing number of people take it. So please clean my sneaker with your beak. However, somehow this exchange may offer something more--a wonderful insight into a CEO whose passion and forthrightness is uniquely modern and progressive for an aficionado of Dylan.

We are repeatedly being told by Facebook that the world is all about sharing. We are repeatedly being reminded that we should live in public and not have a different personality in our private sphere. Yet, here is a supposedly old-school CEO who is apparently willing to debate the issues, willing to share his views, in the middle of the night, with someone who happens to e-mail him. Someone, indeed, who may not be entirely well-disposed towards him, just at the moment. Would, for example, Mark Zuckerberg ever do that? Isn't it time he did? Friend me, Mark. I'm ready chat at least until midnight every night. Five Filters featured article: The Art of Looking Prime Ministerial - The 2010 UK General Election. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.

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Laura Bush Says Kagan Nomination Is 'Great'
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Laura Bush says she thinks it's great that Elena Kagan has been nominated for the Supreme Court. The former first lady she's

"really glad" there would be three women among the nine justices if Kagan won confirmation. Kagan would join Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor. Laura Bush tells "Fox News Sunday" that women should be

represented "in all parts of American political and civic life." She says it really makes a difference. Former President George W. Bush also nominated a woman for the Supreme Court. But Harriet Miers, who was the

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My take on the iPad: No Flash is foolish
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Submitted at 5/16/2010 8:00:00 AM

I like the iPad. A lot. But the iPad's lack of support for Adobe Flash is a blight on an otherwise great product. Steve Jobs' Adobe-is-not-open letter means nothing to the average user of the iPad. To them, it's much more simple: Hey, wait a minute, this is a media consumption product, why doesn't this thing run a lot of the Flash sites I use every day? Yeah, I know, Flash can be buggy. And no one is being forced at gunpoint into an Apple store to buy the iPad. But a lot of people who buy the device are oblivious to this limitation. Besides, I'm going to complain anyway because I think it's an unnecessary (did I say stupid?) omission from an otherwise mighty fine device. One of the biggest shockers for me after I bought the iPad was the number of Web sites and applications that, for better or worse, use Flash. In other words, it's not something I consciously thought about much until I couldn't actually view the videos on the iPad.

Still capture from an Adobe video touting the HP Slate and its ability to do Flash video.(Credit: Adobe) Curious to get a feel for the thoughts of those in the upper echelons of the tech business, during a phone interview Friday with Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang, I popped the question about Apple's lack of Flash support. His answer was diplomatic, since Apple is a large customer of Nvidia's

graphics processors, but he did say that he's a regular consumer of Flash. "Obviously, they made the choice...[but] I use a lot of Flash," he said. And to be fair to Huang, he added: "I think they make wonderful products and if Flash is not part of their plans, so be it." But the larger point is that Huang, myself, and everyone else uses Adobe Flash. It's unavoidable, it's pervasive, it's everywhere. Yes, there are a

growing number of sites that can do video on the iPad (see a partial list in Jobs' letter linked above) and the number will continue to grow, but Apple can't just say no to a technology that's baked into the Internet and not expect it to adversely affect the experience. You can't move the entire Web to a new technology overnight. It's like an automaker building a really great car, but it turns out that the car can only be driven on certain

designated road surfaces. It's as if Apple is saying: "Hey, if you want to drive on all of those other roads that everyone else is on, get another car." And I think it's disingenuous when bloggers suddenly have an epiphany that Flash isn't really that necessary anymore. Why, because Apple says so? And Apple must be right? And the fact that HewlettPackard or Dell or Motorola or Verizon haven't been quick to capitalize on this opportunity is just as stupid. Where is the "cool" Flash-capable HP Slate that both HP and Adobe crowed about earlier in the year? And, more generally, why isn't there one decent competitive product on the market now from another first-tier device maker? (I'm sorry, the Archos tablet doesn't count.) I guess Apple wins again. Five Filters featured article: The Art of Looking Prime Ministerial - The 2010 UK General Election. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.

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Tweets In Buzz: It’s Complicated — Well, Maybe Political
MG Siegler (TechCrunch)
Submitted at 5/15/2010 8:42:52 PM

Yesterday, I moderated a panel at TiEcon featuring the heads of product for Google, Twitter, and Facebook — an interesting group, obviously. It was a good, long discussion (hopefully I’ll have the full video to post soon). But definitely one of the most interesting points of the discussion was when I asked Bradley Horowitz, a Vice President of product management at Google, why Google Buzz doesn’t import tweets in real time? His answer was, well, interesting. Users of Google Buzz will know that the service is awful at importing tweets. Currently, the import is done in bulk at the end of each day, resulting in a barrage of tweets in streams. It’s so bad, that many users unsubscribe from others who set their Buzz account to autoimport tweets. So why does Google do this? Well, it’s complicated. It seems logical that Google Buzz would do exactly what FriendFeed(prior to its acquisition by Facebook) would do, which is pull in tweets in realtime. After all, from what I’ve heard from multiple sources, Google does have full

access to Twitter’s firehose. This makes sense considering that Google uses the Twitter firehose to populate its search results with tweets baked into them. So why the delay for tweets in Buzz? When I asked Horowitz this question, he immediately passed the microphone to Twitter’s director of product, Jason Goldman. Goldman immediately passed the

microphone back to Horowitz without saying anything. At this point, the audience was getting into it — what’s the answer? Horowitz would only say that Google is working closely with Twitter to come up with the best solution to import tweets. That, of course, is bullshit. I pressed, but Horowitz wouldn’t give me anything. So all I can do at this point is speculate based on what I know.

Twitter is giving Google full access to its firehose per its agreement for search results. But Buzz may not want to use this data presumably because it would overwhelm Buzz — much like tweets overwhelm FriendFeed. If you’re trying to start a service, it makes sense that you wouldn’t want it to be overrun with data from a competing service. But still, tweets in realtime in Buzz would make it much more useful than it currently is. It would make it, well, FriendFeed. In other words, I think this is all political. Google doesn’t want Buzz to become yet another Twitter client. And it’s hard to blame them. Horowitz noted that we’d be hearing more about how Buzz can be used as a platform during Google I/O next week — so hopefully they’ll have more to share about Buzz in general. For now, unfortunately, all of us must suffer through this halfassed approach Buzz takes towards tweets. It makes it the social service that is sort of social. CrunchBase Information Twitter Google Buzz Information provided by CrunchBase

'Doctor Who' - 'Flesh and Stone' Recap
Brad Trechak (TV Squad)
Submitted at 5/15/2010 5:15:00 PM

Filed under: Recaps(S05E05) If possible, the Weeping Angels are even scarier in the conclusion of this two-parter than in the beginning. The episode was fundamentally a forty-two minute chase scene, but that helped provide a backdrop for deeper issues involving the plotline of the season. Still, it would be nice if they could do something more malevolent to a person rather than snapping their neck. Why not turn them into another Angel upon contact? Or perhaps that's too reminiscent of zombies and Cybermen. This also represents a milestone in 'Doctor Who' as the show has now had its first on-screen attempted rape. More on that after the jump. Permalink| Email this| Linking Blogs| Comments

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MP3tunes Makes An Offer to Lala Customers
Alex Williams (ReadWriteWeb)
Submitted at 5/15/2010 5:00:35 PM

The speculation about Apple launching its own streaming service in place of Lala is fueling the competition for online music services. Apple acquired Lala last year. The popular service sold songs for 10 cents. The songs streamed in web browsers. Music could not be downloaded for the low priced tracks. Update: Higher priced tracks could be downloaded. Sponsor On May 31, Apple will shut the service down. The streams will no longer be available. Apple will give iTunes credits to Lala customers. MP3tunes is one of the most interesting alternatives to Lala. Michael Robertson is the company's founder. He is also the founder of MP3.com, a company he started in the 1990s and later sold. During its time, MP3.com was the largest online music site in the world. MP3tunes has a promotion

underway for Lala customers. Lala customers that wish to switch to MP3tunes may do so for 10 cents, the cost of single track on Lala. For the price of that song, uses get 50 GB of free storage space for their music. The service would normally cost $39.95. MP3tunes offers an API, which may give the service its biggest edge. They have figured out how to get the music you store

to play on any number of devices including: • The iPhone, Android and a variety of mobile devices • Consoles such as the Playstation 3, Nintendo Wii,the TiVo. • The Clarion MiND for playing in a car. • Web apps including Google Desktop Unlike Lala, users may keep

wrote, "Your music will be controlled by Lala and will eventually vanish, because no company lasts forever." I can't promise MP3tunes will last forever - all companies will eventually go away. But I can do the next best thing. Each MP3tunes customer gets a software program called LockerSync which you can use to download your entire library anytime you like. It's the ultimate insurance policy so that you'll never be dependent on MP3tunes or any other company for your media." What will the Apple service look like? The labels are wary of Apple. Deals will be much their music in an online locker more expensive. And we hardly but they may also download it. expect an API. And we wonder Other services share similar if that may be Apple's achilles models. heal. Without an API, Apple F o r e x a m p l e , C a n o n i c a l will have to rely on its own launched a music service earlier devices to deliver music. And this year that allows people to that's a potentially limiting buy music, sync it to their own approach. Discuss device and upload it to a cloud service. MP3tunes offer a similar service. Michael Robertson:"About a year ago I

Scott Coker Confident Fedor vs. Overeem Could Happen in 2010
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MMA Fighting caught up with Scott Coker at the Strikeforce: Heavy Artillery post-fight press Submitted at 5/16/2010 4:03:00 AM conference. Filed under: MMA Videos, The Strikeforce CEO reflected S t r i k e f o r c e , F a n H o u s e on his organization's latest Fedor Emelianenko vs. Alistair Exclusive, Videos ST. LOUIS -- event, the possibility of seeing

Overeem in 2010, what's next for "Feijao" Cavalcante and "Jacare" Souza and Strikeforce's next big event on June 26 in San Jose, Calif. Speaking of which, Coker confirmed that 145-pound women's champion Cris Cyborg

will defend her title against Jan Finney on the undercard of Emelianenko vs. Werdum. Check out the video interview below.

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Socialwok Adds A Collaboration Platform To Microsoft Outlook
Leena Rao (TechCrunch)
Submitted at 5/15/2010 12:20:54 PM

as well as view what files and emails have been previously shared. Microsoft Office users Socialwok, a product that ads a can also access the Socialwok social layer to Gmail and other user profiles of their co-workers Google products, is spreading its from the Microsoft Outlook wings beyond the search giant to address book. Microsoft land. Today, the Of course, the timing of startup, which launched its Socialwok’s connector fits with Google Apps-focused product at the roll out of the new version of TechCrunch50 last year, is Office 2010 this past week, rolling out the Socialwok Social w h i c h b r i n g s a l l o f i t s Connector for Microsoft Office applications, including Outlook, Outlook 2010, 2007, 2003. Word, and PowerPoint, to the Similar to the layer that PC, phone and browser. Outlook Socialwok creates for Google specifically has been revamped Apps and Gmail, the connector to become more social, with allows Outlook users to create a i n t e g r a t i o n a v a i l a b l e f o r private social network within L i n k e d I n a n d M y S p a c e the application to share ideas, But Socialwok’s beauty is that emails, files, Office documents it wraps a collaborative, social from Microsoft Word, Google n e t w o r k a r o u n d t h e m o s t Docs and other rich media using unsocial of email applications, status updates. allowing users to never have to From inside Microsoft Outlook, leave their email clients. And as users can see the latest activity Microsoft moves its applications of their co-workers in the office to the cloud and the idea of the

Microsoft products considering the startup has mainly tied its application to Google products. Not only was Socialwok was chosen as one of the showcase companies for AppEngine technology at this year’s Google IO Developer Sandbox but Socialwok was just integrated as a pilot partner in Google’s recently launched Google Apps Marketplace. The Microsoft integration certainly adds a twist to our theory that Google could buy the startup. It should be interesting to see if Socialwok will face the same fate as Google Docs killer and s o c i a l C R M t a k e s o f f , including adding support for collaboration platform Etherpad S o c i a l w o k ’ s p l u g i n c o u l d Facebook, Twitter and Buzz or Microsoft Word collaboration become appealing to business within its applications and plug-in Docverse. users. releasing a new version of its CrunchBase Information Socialwok, which employs a HTML 5 mobile version for Socialwok Information provided freemium model, has steadily Android and iPhone browsers. by CrunchBase b e e n a d d i n g f e a t u r e s a n d Of course, it’s interesting to see improvements to its application, Socialwok playing nice with

They Blinded Us ... With Science: TV's Greatest Science Guys
Danny Gallagher (TV Squad)
Submitted at 5/15/2010 8:04:00 AM

Filed under: Features Science was one of my least favorite subjects in school. The subject material didn't bore me. It actually enthralled me. It makes me wish nutrition class involved more random explosions and

pyrotechnics, so I wouldn't have to buy pants in bulk (the actual size, not the amount). It was the teachers behind that tall mesh of test tubes and beakers that made it so boring. I'm sure they meant well as educators, but as teachers, they had no sense of showmanship. attention for longer than five They couldn't sustain anyone's m i n u t e s a n d t h e i r v o i c e

inflections could actually make dogs wish they were deaf. Thank God for television. If it wasn't for TV's vast array of science shows from old favorites like'Mr. Wizard's World' to newer fare like G4's upcoming spinoff 'It's Efffing Science,' my knowledge on the subject wouldn't reach beyond

"Photosynthesis has nothing to do with photos or synthesizers." These are the greatest scientific minds to ever worm their way through the wondrous cathode ray in your TV. Permalink| Email this| Linking Blogs| Comments

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Audrey Watters (ReadWriteWeb)

importantly, you need to show them why they'd want to use it. There are exceptions, for sure, Submitted at 5/15/2010 5:28:14 PM and times when it's necessary to If you tell most folks that speak to the technical details. Diaspora is promising to build a You might need to address why distributed, open-source social you've chosen to build your new network, they are apt look at smartphone app in Flash, for you glassy-eyed. Perhaps they'll example. nod and say, "Oh. Cool." Tell My point isn't that your ideas those same people that Diaspora are too geeky or complex. Here encryption, External Service, is promising to build an at ReadWriteWeb, we love Scraping of most major services alternative to Facebook, and geeky, complex ideas. The (reclaim your data), Version 1 they're much more likely to point is that when you sharing of Diaspora's API with know what you are talking your ideas with others that you documentation, Public GitHub about. And as of late, it's much need to pay attention to who repository of all Diaspora code." more likely they'll nod and say, comprises your audience. You Of course, these details matter. "Oh! Cool!" - and mean it. need to make sure that you help Building an anti-Facebook Sponsor them understand why they might be a timely idea, but you Now, it's not that the idea of a should care in your ideas (why also need to have (or hire) the distributed, open-source social they should invest in your technical chops to bring that network is a bad one. To the startup or become your idea to fruition. contrary. But the stars that lined customer) and you need to craft No matter how beautiful or up for Diaspora this week and your message accordingly. brilliant your code, investors that resulted in their securing You want to give someone a and customers are probably not over $100,000 in microfunding reason why they should use your all that interested in, for probably wasn't due entirely to product. But you needn't give example, the intricacies of how the technical specifications they them the user's manual. you plan to use JSON to handle boasted for their project:"FullBrain coral photo from Flickr your payload. They need to fledged communications Discuss know that your product works between Seeds (Diaspora and works well, and just as instances), Complete PGP

Litl Webbook plummets from $699 to $399, still can't catch an eye
Darren Murph (Engadget)
Submitted at 5/16/2010 2:04:00 AM

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It's tough out there playing second(or third... or tenth) fiddle. Just ask Fusion Garage. Similar to the path we saw Celio's REDFLY take, Litl's Webbook is slowly (but surely, we're afraid) creeping towards complete and utter irrelevance, boasting a design that's too niche to gain traction in the mainstream, a hardware lineup that's too last year and a price that's still far higher than some of the more reputable netbooks on the market today. After just Dip six short months on the market, Next Strawberry Agua Fresca the company's easel-styled Five Filters featured article: laptop has fallen from $699 to The Art of Looking Prime $399, but during that same Ministerial - The 2010 UK General Election. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.

window of time, Intel has launched all new Atoms, tablet PCs have begun their assimilation on Planet Earth and HP has purchased Palm. Yeah, that last tidbit has precisely zero pertinence to the discussion at hand, but we bet even the engineers at Litl would've laughed you out of town had you told 'em that would happen back in November of '09. Litl Webbook plummets from $699 to $399, still can't catch an eye originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 16 May 2010 02:04:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink Daring Fireball| Litl| Email this| Comments

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Central Command Turns To Twitter To Solve The Gulf Oil Spill. Uh Oh.
MG Siegler (TechCrunch)
Submitted at 5/15/2010 3:48:45 PM

As you’re probably well aware, there’s a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico right now. When BP’s Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded and then sank last month, it began dumping thousands of barrels of oil into the Gulf each day. By the time the oil stops leaking, it’s expected to be the worst oil spill in U.S. history. Yeah, it’s bad. It’s so bad, that BP and several other organizations working on the spill are apparently running out of ideas. And they’re turning to Twitter, according to gCaptain. A group of a dozen or so organizations including BP, the EPA, the U.S. Department of Interior, the Department of Defense, and OSHA have set up Deepwater Horizon Response, a “Unified Command” established to “manage response operations.” Naturally, there’s a website for this effort, but there’s also a Facebook page, a Twitter account, a Flickr account, and a YouTube account. They’re covering all the social media bases (though no Foursquare account just yet). On one hand, this is absolutely great. This site and all of these

social accounts are giving users access to a ton of information about the spill, and what’s being done to try and solve it. On the other hand, it’s a little scary to see tweets like this: “ Submit alternative tech ideas to stop leaking...” Yes, they apparently must now resort to crowdsourcing ideas over Twitter for how to stop the spill. Ugh. Let’s hope they’re just tweeting stuff like that to let people know they’re doing all they can, and are willing to explore all ideas. Let’s hope it’s not that they’re completely out of ideas and need Twitter to solve the problem for them. (But tweets like this and this aren’t looking too promising.) Especially since

that account only has around 4,000 followers, and that tweet was only retweeted 3 times. Maybe they should enlist Ashton Kutcher, and his nearly 5 million followers to help out if they really want to crowdsource this thing. If you do have an idea for how to solve the spill, submit it using this form. If somehow this crowd-sourcing over Twitter does actually produce a solution, I’ll be all in favor of them winning some sort of Nobel prize at that point. [photo: flickr/ NASA Goddard Photo and Video] CrunchBase Information Twitter Information provided by CrunchBase

Students program Human Tetris into 8-bit microcontroller, give away schematics for free (video)
Sean Hollister (Engadget)
Submitted at 5/16/2010 7:04:00 AM

body into some grooves -- and as you'll see in videos after the break, it plays a mean game of Sure, Project Natal is the Breakout, too. Full codebase hotness and a little bird tells us and plans to build your own at PlayStation Move is pretty the source link. Eat your heart bodacious, but you don't have to out, geeks. buy a fancy game console to Continue reading Students sooth your motion-tracking program Human Tetris into 8-bit blues. When students at Cornell microcontroller, give away University wanted to play schematics for free (video) Human Tetris (and ace a final Students program Human Tetris project to boot), they taught a into 8-bit microcontroller, give 20Mhz, 8-bit microcontroller away schematics for free (video) how to follow their moves. originally appeared on Engadget C o m b i n e d w i t h a n N T S C on Sun, 16 May 2010 07:04:00 camera, the resulting system can EST. Please see our terms for display a 39 x 60 pixel space at use of feeds. Permalink| Human 2 4 f r a m e s p e r s e c o n d , Tetris| Email this| Comments apparently enough to slot your

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Vietnamese site leaks details of updated MacBook
Chris Rawson (The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW))

Based on Vietnam's proximity to the Chinese factories where these products are built, it seems Submitted at 5/15/2010 6:00:00 PM likely Apple has a factory leak Filed under: MacBook on its hands. It's also worth Vietnamese site Tinhte, the noting that this new MacBook same site that leaked video of may be the product referenced the next iPhone a few days ago, by number MC516LL/A K87 has published pictures and specs BETTER BTR-USA. Last week of the next MacBook. On the we thought this product number outside, the new MacBook referred to an upcoming appears identical to what's MacBook Air update, but based currently being sold, with a on this newest leak, it seems the plastic unibody enclosure and a MacBook is a far more likely 13.3" LED-backlit display. suspect. Internally, the only changes MacRumors cites "reseller same; the MacBook still has a made to the upcoming MacBook reports" and says this new 250 GB 5400 RPM hard drive are the introduction of a 2.4 and 2 GB of RAM. Based on MacBook may ship as early as GHz Intel Core 2 Duo CPU and markings on the side of the box, next week. an NVIDIA GeForce 320M battery performance appears to TUAW Vietnamese site leaks GPU. This is the same be unchanged, with the same 7- details of updated MacBook CPU/GPU set used in the h o u r p e r f o r m a n c e a s t h e originally appeared on The baseline 13" MacBook Pro. For currently shipping MacBook. U n o f f i c i a l A p p l e W e b l o g comparison, the currently In all, this appears to be a (TUAW) on Sat, 15 May 2010 shipping MacBook has a 2.26 relatively modest update. The 18:00:00 EST. Please see our GHz Intel Core 2 Duo CPU and larger question is how these terms for use of feeds. an NVIDIA GeForce 9400M Vietnamese sites keep getting Read| Permalink| Email this| GPU. pre-released Apple products. Comments All other specs remain the

'Stargate Universe' 'Pain' Recap
Mike Moody (TV Squad)

came courtesy of Lt. James. It was strange to see the ep start out with a pretty rough sex Filed under: Recaps scene between James and Scott. (S01E17) People on the ship Then Scott started acting like were experiencing strange the biggest douche in space hallucinations caused by an while taking his walk of shame. unseen alien force. Episodes like I'm sure most fans of the show this are staples of many sci-fi figured out pretty quickly that shows, especially the ones that this was some sort of dream or t a k e p l a c e o n s p a c e s h i p s . fantasy sequence, even before Luckily, I love episodes like James apparently "killed" Scott this. It's always fun to see with a blow to the back of the exactly what e a c h head. crewmember's space madness Permalink| Email this| Linking will look like. Blogs| Comments One of the darker hallucinations
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r e c i p e s the perfect recipe to satisfy your a good choice for anyone who is cravings for a frozen treat. lactose intolerant or vegan. Next Pineapple Sorbet From fruity strawberry sorbet to Five Filters featured article: decadent chocolate sorbet, find The Art of Looking Prime

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Five Most Dastardly Deeds from 'Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains'
Jackie Schnoop (TV Squad)
Submitted at 5/16/2010 5:30:00 AM

Mobilicity launches service in Toronto: all plans unlimited, no contracts to speak of
Darren Murph (Engadget)
Submitted at 5/16/2010 4:37:00 AM

White North, and change it has. Shortly after receiving an allimportant green light from the My, talk about a breath of fresh CRTC, the company has gone a i r . C a n a d i a n w i r e l e s s live with mobile service in subscribers have long since Toronto, with a number of other dealt with inhumane three-year large Canadian cities to follow contracts on mainstays like in the months ahead. What's Rogers and Bell, signing over most unique about the service, their cellular soul on a whim in however, is that every single order to get a marginally plan it sells is unlimited in s u b s i d i z e d p h o n e a n d a nature, and there's nary a guaranteed bill for 36 months. contract to be found -- you We've heard for awhile now that simply pick the phone you want, Mobilicity was jonesing to the plan you want, and then you change things up in the Great pay upfront. It's most akin to the

various prepaid options here in the States (Virgin Mobile, Boost Mobile, etc.), but still -- it's a lovely alternative to have if you're a Canuck. Unlimited calling and texting can be had for just $35 per month, while $65 per month nets you unlimited everything (including global texting, US long distance calling and data usage). The phone selection ain't half bad either, with the only major "gotcha" being that extra roaming fees can apply if you use your mobile outside of

Filed under: Features This has been an incredibly dastardly, evil season of'Survivor.' For me, that makes the season all the better. Blindsides, betrayals and just plain old evilness run amok. Evil schemes and false alliances abounded. That's entertainment or, as they say in the reality television circles, "That's good TV!" metro Toronto (or in the future, Although it was too much for away from the carrier's specific Boston Rob "I could have been coverage cities). Hit up the a contender!" Mariano, it's source link to get the facts what's made this season so straight from the horse's moose's intriguing. As I set to write this, I was going to pick out five mouth. simple dastardly deeds. But this [Thanks, Endi] Mobilicity launches service in season is so much more than Toronto: all plans unlimited, no just five selected deeds. It's contracts to speak of originally often been the deed-doer. Read appeared on Engadget on Sun, on. 16 May 2010 04:37:00 EST. Permalink| Email this| Linking Please see our terms for use of Blogs| Comments feeds. Permalink| Mobilicity| Email this| Comments

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LinnStrument multitouch music maker gets demoed on video, grasps for investors
Darren Murph (Engadget)
Submitted at 5/16/2010 11:17:00 AM

volume, timbre, pitch and pressure. No doubt, many have tried to concoct something Roger Linn. Ever heard of him? similar, but Roger's discovery of He's only the man behind the TouchCo enabled him to create modern day drum machine and one sans the limitations of the original MPC-60, and he's i m i t a t o r s . U n f o r t u n a t e l y , also the man behind the concept Amazon quietly scooped up the you're inevitably peering at startup in January of this year above. For now, Roger's calling (to have this sort of technology this beaut the LinnStrument, and available for the Kindle product there's quite a back story to go line), and in turn, shut down along with it. The design began TouchCo's involvement with the way back in 2006, with the goal outside world. Now, Roger's b e i n g t o c r e a t e a f u l l - o n being forced to reveal his multitouch instrument with the unfinished work in hopes of ability to let one's finger dictate a t t r a c t i n g i n v e s t o r s o r

unearthing another company that could mimic this sort of awesomeness en masse. Jump on past the break and mash play to get a better idea of what the

world's missing out on, and be sure to tell Jeff Bezos "thanks" the next time you bump into him. [Thanks, Peter]

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Nissan opens all-electric Leaf pre-orders to the US public: $99 to reserve
Darren Murph (Engadget)
Submitted at 5/16/2010 9:12:00 AM

Nissan didn't hesitate to gloat about its ability to book 8,000 Leaf pre-orders in just nine days during a pre-pre-order for those who specifically requested early access to the automobile, and now the outfit's looking to make good on plans to have 25,000 orders in place by December. If all goes well, the all-electric car will be "widely available" in 2012, with a semi-wide release

slated for next Spring. Naturally, the buzz is already fueling demand, and the automaker has today opened up a public reservation system online for those unwilling to take chances on availability come 2011. If you're interested, you can actually reserve your Leaf right now with precisely zero clothing on -- you heard right, there's no need to even visit a local dealer. Simply hand over a $99 refundable deposit and wait, but you best get your

story in line before being pinged by Nissan. The Wall Street Journal has it that pre-orderers will have to "convince Nissan

they are up to the task of owning an electric vehicle based on their driving patterns, living arrangements and other factors,"

and if you call Nunapitchuk, Alaska home, you can bet you'll be shoved to the rear of the line. But hey, we always heard it was best to pull the trigger now and ask questions later. [Thanks, Jim] Nissan opens all-electric Leaf pre-orders to the US public: $99 to reserve originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 16 May 2010 09:12:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Nissan| Email this| Comments

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First look: SketchyPad mockup tool for web and app designers
Steven Sande (The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW))
Submitted at 5/15/2010 4:00:00 PM

Filed under: iPad Part of my work involves making mockups of websites for clients, and up until this point the easiest way to do that was just to hand draw some sketches, scan them, send them to the client for rework, etc... Now there's a new iPad app from developer Nick Golovin that promises to make the creation of website and app mockups a lot easier. SketchyPad(US$4.99) is an iPad app using a simple sketchpad metaphor and a lot of stencils to make mockups. It includes many of the design elements that are used in web design and app development. The app includes snap-to bluelines for aligning elements,

the stencils can be locked in place with a lock icon, and there are tools for layering buttons and other elements on the page. When you're done with a sketch, it can be exported to your camera roll, emailed, or exported to Balsamiq Mockups for Desktop. Gallery: SketchyPad for iPad

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The Comcast Merger, Who Loves Ya Baby?
Danny Gallagher (TV Squad)
Submitted at 5/15/2010 11:00:00 AM

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Michael Snyder (The Money what the term "Keynesian economics" means, but the truth

Filed under: Features Big corporate mergers are nothing new. And if you are ever shocked to hear that Giant Corporation A is merging with Giant Corporation B, chances are the cave you live in probably doesn't get cable. Comcast and NBC Universal are about to do just that and both sides are vowing to work together before the ink on the paper has even had a chance to dry. The difference with this

deal, unlike other large corporate mergers, is that it gives a major cable company control over an extensive media empire. The deal also has all sorts of benefits for interested parties and a few unintended consequences that got lost in the mesh of paper ink that is "the fine print." Here's our breakdown of the Comcast-NBC merger. Permalink| Email this| Linking Blogs| Comments

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is that it has been deeply influencing U.S. economic policy for decades. Essentially, it is an economic theory that originated with a 20th century British economist named John Maynard Keynes, and it advocates government intervention in the economy in order to smooth out economic cycles. The general idea was that lower interest rates and increased government spending could be used to increase aggregate demand when the economy was experiencing a downturn, thus increasing economic activity and reducing unemployment. And you know what? To a certain degree, Keynesian economic theory actually does work. Increased government spending DOES stimulate the economy. But the problem is that governments all over the world decided that they would just run constant budget deficits and stimulate the economy all the time. All of this debt has brought a temporary prosperity to many of the nations around the globe, but there is one huge problem with debt. It has to be paid back eventually. With interest. So what happens when nations have to start spending huge chunks of their national budgets

just to service all the debt that they have piled up? Well, that is when they taste the bitter side of Keynesian economics. In fact, we see that starting to happen all over the world right now. All of a sudden, governments all over the globe are talking about huge budget cuts, pay decreases, and higher taxes. We all know about what is going on in Greece right now, but suddenly it seems like "austerity measures" are being implemented all over the place. Just consider the following examples.... *Portugal has pledged to impose fresh austerity measures that include much higher taxes and dramatic budget cuts. *Barack Obama is personally pressuring Spain to make severe austerity cuts. *It's not just Southern Europe that is facing these austerity measures either. It is being reported that Germans are bracing themselves for a"bitter" round of budget cuts. * The exploding debt situation in the U.K. was a major issue in the most recent election. Bank of England governor Mervyn King has even gone so far as to warn that public anger over the "austerity measures" that soon must be implemented in the U.K. will be so painful that whichever party is seen as

responsible will be out of power for a generation. *Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke says that United States citizens will soon have to make difficult choices between higher taxes and reduced government spending. *California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is reportedly planning to seek"terrible cuts" to eliminate an $18.6 billion budget deficit facing the mostpopulous U.S. state through June 2011. *In fact, many U.S. states are getting ready for their biggest budget cuts in decades. Austerity measures for everyone? That is the way it is shaping up. So what happens when austerity measures are implemented? Well, just as Keynesian economics correctly predicts that economic growth goes up when government spending increases, it also correctly tells us that economic growth goes down when government spending decreases. So all of these austerity measures are going to mean economic pain for a whole lot of people. Not only that, but there are now whispers that this European debt crisis could potentially cause the break up of the euro. Whether or not that is actually the case, officials in Europe are sure seizing on this crisis to

advocate for increased centralization of power in the EU. For example, senior administrators of the European Union are proposing that they be given unprecedented power to scrutinize the spending plans of member countries before national parliaments can vote on those budgets. Talk about a loss of sovereignty. But not only that, the Governor of the Bank of England, Mervyn King, has come right out and said that he believes that the European Union must become a federalized fiscal union if it is to survive. Doesn't it seem like whenever there is a crisis the solution that is always being proposed is to give centralized institutions even more power? There has also been talk that nations such as Greece could end up being ejected from the euro, but the reality is that such a scenario is not very likely. For one thing, the ECB has already come out and said that under current EU law, ejection of a nation from the monetary union is"legally next to impossible". In addition, leaders throughout Europe realize that if the euro fails then the entire EU may fail as well. German Chancellor Angela Merkel made this very clear when she recently warned

that if the euro collapses,"then Europe and the idea of European union will fail." For many in Europe that would seem like a disaster, but the truth is that it would be a wonderful, wonderful thing if the euro failed. Why? Because it would represent a major defeat for those who are seeking to drag us towards a "world currency" and a "global government". It would also be a huge victory for those who still believe in national sovereignty and the decentralization of economic power. So let us hope that the euro breaks up. But don't count on it. Meanwhile, the one thing that we can count on is all of the economic pain that all of these new austerity measures are going to bring. Read more: 20 Things You Will Need To Survive When The Economy Collapses And The Next Great Depression Begins Join the conversation about this story »

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Serious Question: Is PIMCO Actively Trying To Freak Out European Markets?
Joe Weisenthal (The Money Game)
Submitted at 5/16/2010 9:02:00 AM

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We have to admit, we're stunned by the extent to which PIMCO folks are talking down the prospects of Europe pulling through its current crisis. It was reported by FT that the gigantic bond fund had dumped its Greek and Portuguese debt, then in the same article, portfolio manager Ramin Toloui is quoted as saying that ECB bond market intervention could be "backfiring". Strong words. Then yesterday, the top dog Mohammad El-Erian wrote another guest post for FT Alphaville about the shock & awe already waring off, and he calls on Europe to cut it out with the easy solutions: Yes, it is not easy to change track, especially after last weekend’s protracted negotiations and compromises in Brussels and Frankfurt; and, yes, the risks of immediate disruptions are material. Yet it is the right thing to do for the longer-term health of Europe and the global economy. Let us hope that courage and vision , rather than short-term expediency, prevail. So after having dumped Greek

debt, the head of the world's most powerful and fearsome bond fund is calling on Greece to do some combination of default and restructure, and not to wait, even though this contains material risk of immediate disruption. This is all the more striking when you compare the firm's tone now, in Europe, to its tone during our crisis. Let's revisit Bill Gross's famous investment outlook from March 2009, written at the depth of the market crisis. He specifically endorses radical government measures, and he says the "nationalize the banks" crowd (including a shout-out to

Investing.” No golf or vintage wines though – just cheeseburgers and interesting conversation. But come on out if you care. I’m sure we’ll stress our current theme of“shake hands with Uncle Sam”– buying agency mortgages, and other developing areas of government policy support in the credit markets. But we’ll talk about the future of stocks too, leveraging and deleveraging, globalization and deglobalization, and why safe secure income may be the most desirable investment in this evolving economic and financial crisis. Tell you what, Madame Congresswoman, if Roubini by name), hadn't you can’t make it I’ll write it up thought things through. in next month’s Investment And finally, he gives his Outlook. famous investment Shake hands with Uncle Sam, recommendation. This will of course, proved to be a always be a classic paragraph fantastic bet. (note the whole thing is written Of course... perhaps that's in the form of imaginary Europe's problem. There is no testimony on Capitol Hill: Uncle Sam to shake hands with Question: Enough already in Europe. There's Aunt Merkel, about this still confusing crisis – and Uncle Jean-Claude, and how should I invest my own Uncle Barroso, and about 10 money? other possible uncles. Answer: I’d give you an If only Europe had someone invitation to our PIMCO client specific to shake hands with, it conference next month in might be able to solve its Newport Beach if you weren’t problems more easily. so busy here in Washington. Its Join the conversation about this theme is titled “Evolution or story » Revolution – The Future of

The coming days Mexico's president visits America May 16th 2010 | From The Economist online • THE Mexican president, Felipe Calderón, visits America for meetings with Barack Obama and other senior officials and will also address a joint session of Congress on Thursday May 20th. Discussion are likely to centre on a “war” against vicious drug gangs and organised crime declared by Mr Calderón and his efforts to dismantle the criminal organisations that operate at America’s borders. Mr Obama’s recent pledge to tackle immigration reform is evidence that he is sympathetic to the plight of migrants, which should reassure Mexicans outraged at Arizona's tough new immigration law. • BRITAIN'S “new politics”, an unlikely coalition government of the Conservative Party and the Liberal Democrats, will get its first test on Tuesday May 18th when the country’s Parliament sits for the first time to elect a speaker. A recent general election failed to produce an WEEK page 40

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From David Streitfeld in the NY Times: In City of Homes That Sit Empty, Building Booms Home prices in Las Vegas are down by 60 percent from 2006 in one of the steepest descents in modern times. There are 9,517 spanking new houses sitting empty. An additional 5,600 homes were repossessed by lenders in the first three months of this year and could soon be for sale. Yet builders here are putting up 1,100 homes, and they are frantically buying lots for even more. Las Vegas is trying to recover by building what it does not need ... Some of the demand is coming from families that are getting shut out of the bidding for foreclosures by syndicates that pay in cash, and some is from investors who are back on the

prowl. Land and labor costs have fallen significantly, so the newest homes are competitively priced. Some of the boom-era homes, meanwhile, are in developments that feel like ghost towns. And many Americans will always believe the latest model of something is their only option, an attitude builders are doing their utmost to reinforce. Many buyers have been frustrated recently trying to buy homes, especially at the low

end. They are competing with cash buyers, or they have to endure endless delays with short sales (although the process is improving), and meanwhile the lenders have been slow to foreclose. This has created an opportunity for builders - even The good news for buyers is though there is no need for new there are probably many more supply in places like Las Vegas. distressed sales coming. Click on image for larger graph Join the conversation about this in new window. story » This graph (from this post earlier this week) shows the negative equity and near negative equity by state. The

graph is based on the data in the First American CoreLogic Q1 2010 negative equity report this week. From the report: • Negative equity continues to be concentrated in five states: Nevada, which had the highest percentage negative equity with 70 percent of all of its mortgaged properties underwater, followed by Arizona (51 percent), Florida (48 percent), Michigan (39 percent) and California (34 percent). Las Vegas remains the top ranked CBSA with 75% of mortgaged properties being underwater, followed by Stockton (65%), Modesto (62%), Vallejo-Fairfield (60%) and Phoenix (58%).

outright winner. Despite assurances from David Cameron and Nick Clegg, the leaders of the two parties, that the coalition will survive for a full five years disagreements on European integration and the balance between liberty and security remain profound. These fissures could be exploited by backbench MPs and party activists unhappy with the new arrangements. • EU FINANCE ministers are due to vote on Tuesday May 18th on the imposition of strict regulations on hedge funds and private-equity firms. France and Germany want to ram through controversial new rules after turning down British pleas for a postponement. This might provide an early test in Europe for Britain's coalition government, which faces being outvoted on a directive that will apply to a European industry that is mainly located in Britain. America is also furious about the proposed rules, which could WEEK page 41

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People reports. Check out photos of Supernatural Submitted at 5/16/2010 10:47:00 AM The Supernatural star, 32, and Danneel Harris and Jensen Harris, 31, announced their Ackles engagement in November after Jensen Ackles and Danneel dating for three years. This is Harris wed Saturday in Dallas, the first marriage for both.

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Benefits for fall Ackles' TV brother, Jared Padalecki, married Genevieve Cortese in February. Harris, a former castmember on One Tree Hill, will next star in the new NBC sitcom Friends with Benefits.

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limit the activities of its hedge funds in Europe. Meanwhile America's Senate begins it deliberation of a bill for tough reform of financial regulations. It could pass next week, paving the way for its reconciliation with a House bill before passing to the president for signing into law. • A TRIAL on fraud charges of four big international banks—UBS, Deutsche Bank, JPMorgan Chase and the Irish unit of Germany’s Hypo Real Estate—11 bankers and two city officials is set to get underway

in earnest in Italy on Wednesday May 18th. A court in Milan will consider accusations that the four banks earned €100m in "illicit profits" from irregularities in the sale of derivatives between 2005 and 2007 linked to a €1.7 billion bond issued by the municipality of Milan. The banks are accused of baffling the city over the costs and benefits of the complex derivatives. If the banks are found guilty other municipalities with derivatives exposures (and potential losses of up to €8 billion) might take

similar legal action. Readers' comments The Economist welcomes your views. Five Filters featured article: The Art of Looking Prime Ministerial - The 2010 UK General Election. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.

This Week's Top Downloads [Download Roundup]
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What happens when you thaw a 'corpsicle'?
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do the same? It sounds like an idea straight out of science fiction, and indeed, the term " An Arctic frog can spend weeks corpsicle" was popularized by frozen solid. It may seem like writers of the genre to refer to the frog's dead -- there's no people who were frozen and respiration, brain activity or then thawed decades later. But heartbeat-- but once things there are more than a hundred warm up, the frog thaws out and people who would probably goes about its normal business. prefer that we didn't use the How is this possible? There's a word "corpsicle" to describe chemical in the Arctic frog's them. These are the people who bloodstream known as a have chosen to undergo cryoprotectant, which acts as a cryopreservation in the hopes kind of antifreeze. Even though that they can be revived down much of the frog is frozen, the the road, when cures for their cryoprotectant prevents ice ailments or the means for crystals from forming in the i m m o r t a l i t y h a v e b e e n cells, which could do long-term discovered. In the parlance of damage. cryonics, these are the " If Arctic frogs can survive a s u s p e n d e d p e o p l e . " frozen hibernation, could people Cryonics is the preservation of

a human being at very low temperatures. But human beings aren't like Arctic frogs; we lack a natural cryoprotectant in our bodies. That's why some people have joined cryonics facilities. For roughly $150,000, a cryonics facility will take a body and pump it full of cryoprotectant in a process known as vitrification. This cools the body without freezing it; as with the Arctic frogs, ice crystals in the body would cause damage upon thawing. The body is placed on dry ice until it reaches a temperature of -202 degrees Fahrenheit (-130 degrees Celsius) before it's put into a large tank of liquid nitrogen, which cools the body down even further. The body

remains in the tank until it is reanimated. So what happens when you thaw a suspended person? It's impossible to say -- no one has done it yet. Researchers still don't know exactly how to warm a person back up without doing damage to the body. You might wonder, then, how a facility can charge $150,000 for a job it can't finish. You aren't alone -there are many critics who argue that cryonics facilities are cheating their customers. Still, there are others who believe that the revival of a suspended person isn't far off, thanks to the rapid development of nanotechnology. If the field comes into being the way some researchers hope, very tiny little

machines could be sent throughout a preserved body to fix all of its flaws -- everything from eliminating cancer from cells to restoring perfect vision to undoing any damage caused by the vitrification process. In other words, each person could be brought back whole and intact. What would such a thing mean for the human race? Ethicists have plenty of time to discuss such a thing; meanwhile, the suspended people wait. Five Filters featured article: The Art of Looking Prime Ministerial - The 2010 UK General Election. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.

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somewhat confusingly called Ubuntu Light, is an instantly-onand-connected netbook and desktop solution. It's new "Unity" UI sports many of the features Mac users have come to know and love, built for easy browsing and window management. • Skype Beta Adds Group Video Chat(Windows) The latest Skype beta—released today—adds support for group video calling, allowing you to video conference with up to five people simultaneously. • Identity Finder Searches Out All the Sensitive Data on Your Computer(Windows) Free utility Identity Finder scans your hard drive looking for sensitive information, like credit card numbers and passwords. • Dolphin Browser HD Is a Great Android Browser Alternative(Android) Dolphin was once the browser that gave Android pinch-to-zoom powers, and its original version still is. Its new "HD" release, however, adds a whole lot more: extensions, YouTube downloading, flick-based navigation, gesture launching, and more.

• uTorrent Griffin Adds Extension-Style Functionality ( L i k e V i r u s Scanning)(Windows) The popular BitTorrent client uTorrent today released an alpha version of uTorrent 2.2, adding a new Apps functionality that allows users to extend uTorrent's functionality while keeping the core application fast and lightweight. • Similarity Finds and Removes Duplicate Music Files(Windows) Got a whole bunch of music files scattered across your hard drive by various media apps? Similarity can find duplicate music files using file names, metadata tags, and even audio analysis, and makes it easy to get rid of them. • Diagram Designer Is a Free and Simple Diagram Designer(Windows) If you're looking for a quick and simple way to generate a flowchart, Diagram Designer is a free and lightweight tool for easy flowchart generation. • Tab Utilities Tweaks Any Firefox Tab Setting You Can Imagine(Firefox) Firefox extension Tab Utilities can customize just about any tab-

related setting you can think of, from loading tabs from a clipboard URL to locking or faviconizing a tab with a Shift+Click. • Software Informer Supplies Updates and Community Support for All Your Programs(Windows) Many of you have a favorite software update tool for keeping track of all your software at once. Free utility Software Informer takes it to the next level, providing other management features and a support community for all your software. • Zoodles Corrals Kids in a Safe and Educational Browser(Windows/Mac) If you're looking for a kid-friendly way to let a young child interact with your computer without the risk of them deleting important files or getting into content they shouldn't see, Zoodles is a kidfriendly browser. More » Windows- Client- WWWBrowsers- Firefox

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Claudia Schiffer Claudia Schiffer welcomed a baby girl Friday in London, People reports. This is the third child for the 39 -year-old supermodel and her husband, Matthew Vaughan, following 7-year-old Caspar and 5-year-old Clementine. Schiffer and Vaughan, a film producer, have been married since 2002. Schiffer is expected to reveal the baby's name sometime next week, according to the German newspaper Welt am Sonntag.

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DISPUTATIONS: Lasching Out
Rochelle Gurstein (The New Republic - All Feed)
Submitted at 5/16/2010 11:00:00 PM

It is hard to imagine a more devastating charge lodged against the life work of an historian-intellectual-social critic than the one Alan Wolfe lodges against Christopher Lasch. His work has become "irrelevant" because he chose the wrong "targets": "Lasch was engaged in an endless war against the leftism of the 1960s

when the true enemy of American traditionalism would turn out to be the radical right." As if that were not enough to discredit Lasch's political judgment and historical acuity, Wolfe informs the reader of Lasch's "single most important miscalculation": "From start to finish, his enemy was liberalism." To which Wolfe counters victoriously, "It must be affirmed that against the DISPUTATIONS: page 43

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ignorant conspiratorialism of today's right, liberalism's theory of the good society, however thin, looks downright robust." Lasch was wrong about almost everything or at least everything important. This is the considered judgment of Alan Wolfe. As a student of Christopher Lasch's, I take exception to this verdict and to almost every word Wolfe has written in his review. But for those who are not familiar with Lasch's work, I think they would be hard-pressed to disagree with Wolfe. And this is because Wolfe has shirked his obligations as a reviewer. Instead of providing a thorough, accurate account of Lasch's books—the minimum required by the standards of critical rigor and intellectual decency when one is assessing the fruits of a life devoted to trying to push our thinking beyond the stale commonplaces of the present moment--Wolfe treats Lasch's ideas and complicated historical arguments in a breezy, haphazard fashion. One example can stand in for the whole: his treatment of Lasch's penetrating critical history of progress, The True and Only Heaven, which he he rightly calls Lasch's magnum opus. After dramatically announcing, "Underlying it all was a deep transformation in Lasch's thinking," Wolfe does not hesitate to sum up this "deep transformation" in language that

moves in the fashion-insider register of what's hot and what's not: "Marx and Freud were out, populism and Calvinism were in." One would never know from Wolfe's highly selective and therefore misleading account of Lasch's books that Lasch was just as penetrating a critic of the Right and the phony conservatism of the Republican Party as he was of liberal individualism and the phony radicalism of '60s liberationists, or that his primary "targets" were monopoly capitalism, corporate bureaucracy, mass culture, the therapeutic ethos, the ideology of growth without limits, freedom conceived as consumer choice, and progress conceived as the democratization of consumption. One would have no idea that Lasch was one of our most impassioned defenders of democracy, of dignity in work, of common sense and self -reliance. I am at a loss as to why Wolfe produced such a shoddy piece of work and I am speaking not only of its intellectual negligence but also of its nasty, sneering personal tone. Not only is a man's reputation at stake here but also one of our most compelling and convincing historical accounts of how we have arrived where we are today, politically, culturally, and morally. I would like to set the record

straight in regard to Wolfe's inelegantly put question, "What about his legacy?" Unlike most academics and pundits who write about contemporary affairs, Lasch had the rare capacity to capture what it feels like to be alive today. In Lasch's uncannily apt rendering of the narcissist that appeared in the opening pages of The Culture of Narcissism, many readers no doubt registered an immediate shock of recognition, if not of themselves personally, then of people around them—an experience that has not diminished in the 31 years since the book was published. Because Wolfe only rarely quotes from Lasch, in the name of recovering his distinctive tone, I quote at length: The new narcissist is haunted by guilt not by anxiety. He seeks not to inflict his own certainties on others, but to find a meaning in life. Liberated from the superstitions of the past, he doubts even the reality of his own existence. ... His sexual attitudes are permissive rather than puritanical, even though his emancipation from ancient taboos brings him no sexual peace. Fiercely competitive in his demand for approval and acclaim, he distrusts competition because he associates it unconsciously with an unbridled urge to destroy. ... He extols cooperation and teamwork while harboring deep

antisocial impulses. He praises respect for rules and regulations in the secret belief that they do not apply to himself. Acquisitive in the sense that his cravings have no limits, he does not accumulate goods and provisions against the future... but demands immediate gratification and lives in a state of restless, perpetual desire. As an historian, Lasch wanted to shed light on the many previously unnoticed ways that the major institutions of modern society—work, the mass-culture industry, the state, the school, the family—have contributed to the creation of the narcissistic personality. In The Culture of Narcissism and in later books as well, Lasch exposed "the social origins of the suffering ... that is painfully but falsely experienced as purely personal and private." For non-academic readers who found themselves engaged by a serious work of history and social criticism, surely it was a revelation, perhaps even a comfort, to discover that one's experience of inner emptiness was not merely a personal, psychological failing but rather a consequence of a violently contested historical development in which America moved from a localized society of independent, self-reliant farmers, artisans, merchants, and entrepreneurs to a mass society of large-scale production, consumption,

bureaucracy, and political centralization, administered in every detail by a new class of professionals and managers. Under these new social conditions, the sources of meaning and happiness became increasingly narrow and standardized: fulfilling, nondegraded work, voluntary associations, family, and friendships more and more gave way to commercialized leisure and the consumption of commodities. This understanding has now become a commonplace of American intellectual and cultural history and Lasch's work did much to shape it. Equally importantly-and this is the most original aspect of his thinking—Lasch's work revealed the psychological, moral, and cultural devastation that "progress" with its cult of "no limits" has left in its wake and articulated its political repercussions in terms that did not and still do not fit comfortably into conventional categories of Left and Right. (For a serious and balanced critical engagement with Lasch's ideas, see Ja ckson Lears's essay that appeared in TNR shortly after his death. For a sensitive appraisal of Lasch's work from the perspective of a kindred spirit, see Andrew Bacevich's essay in the current World DISPUTATIONS: page 48

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Removing the Nuts
Michelle Cottle (The New Republic - All Feed)
Submitted at 5/16/2010 11:00:00 PM

Charlie Crist has fled the GOP. John McCain has sold his maverick soul. Bob Bennett just got throttled by conservatives. Michele Bachmann is occasionally taken seriously. As Tea Partiers impose purity tests on Republican pols and the party’s center is dragged ever further right, is it any wonder many people are bemoaning the death of bipartisanship and moderation in American politics? Every election cycle, a few charismatic candidates (especially at the presidential level) exploit voters’ disillusionment by promising to change the tone, ease the polarization, stem the partisan bile, and otherwise end politics as we know it. But under the current system, that is never going to happen. Ever. Congressional districts are drawn to feed polarization, and party primaries are dominated by wingers from both ends of the spectrum, making it tough for candidates with more mainstream appeal to advance to the generals. For any real shakeup to occur, a significant structural overhaul is needed.

I’m opening the floor to any and all suggestions. In the meantime, one possibility I’d like to see chewed over: replacing party-based primaries with nonpartisan jungle primaries, also known as Louisiana primaries. Yeah. I know. It feels so very wrong to suggest that other states take any cues from the corrupt, screwed-up politics of the Bayou State. Crazier still, the Louisiana system—which pits all candidates regardless of party against one another in the initial primary, with the top two vote-getters advancing to the final showdown—was introduced by legendary Governor Edwin Edwards, a man known as much for his ethical flexibility as his political prowess. (The four-term governor is currently serving a 10-year sentence for racketeering.) A Democrat, Edwards pushed for jungle primaries as a way to stem the rise of the state GOP. (In fact, while the system boosted Edwards’s career, it more broadly ended up helping local Republicans.) The most obvious advantage to a nonpartisan blanket primary would be to free candidates from kowtowing to the craziest elements of their bases. All

candidates would be appealing to all voters, diluting the influence of the wingers—or at least any one set of wingers. This system would also reduce the kind of tactical voting where voters are loath to support lessestablished candidates for fear of “wasting” their ballots. (The best send-up of this remains the Simpsons’s“Treehouse of Horror VII,” where aliens Kang and Kodos pose as Bob Dole and Bill Clinton in the 1996 presidential race; when the plot is exposed and voters threaten to support a third-party candidate, Kang taunts them, “Go ahead, throw your vote away!”) In jungle primaries, by contrast, voters could go with their top choice in the first round, secure in the knowledge that, if their candidate didn’t make the cut, they’d have another chance to influence the final outcome. Jungle primaries do lend themselves to other types of strategic voting. For instance, a block of Democratic voters could band together to try to boost a weak Republican candidate into the final round. (This, however, is a tricky business that could wind up throwing the race to the “wrong” candidate.) They also increase the odds that a voting district dominated by one party

could wind up electing a candidate from the opposing party, depending on how much vote-splitting occurred. (Say, if five Democrats ran and only two Republicans—or one Republican and one third-party candidate—fragmenting the Democratic vote to the degree that none of the party’s candidates wound up in the final round.) It’s hardly surprising that the parties haven’t exactly rushed to embrace nonpartisan primaries, which, after all, would greatly reduce their power. The Democratic Party actually sued to disband a similar blanket system briefly attempted in California, taking the case (successfully) all the way to the Supreme Court. Plenty of states, including Texas, use jungle primaries in either special elections or low-level races, but getting them in place for highstakes races remains a tough haul. The Louisiana system is no longer used even in its namesake’s federal elections. Grappling with constitutional questions, in 2006, thenGovernor Kathleen Blanco signed a law returning the state's congressional elections to the regular primary system, effective 2008. In March 2008, however, Washington state’s

nonpartisan blanket primary was deemed constitutional by the high court, providing an opening for other states interested in following suit. Here’s hoping at least a few more states give it a test drive. Every system has its downsides, and certainly nonpartisan primaries are no guarantee against nutters. (In Louisiana’s 1991 governor’s race, David Duke, running as a Republican, placed second in the initial vote—knocking out thenG o v e r n o r B u d d y Roemer—before ultimately falling to Edwin Edwards, who was staging his comeback bid.) But most of the objections I’ve seen to the jungle primaries haven’t been particularly compelling. Many are premised on the need to keep parties strong as a way to prevent the electoral process from degenerating into chaos. Looking around, however, it’s not clear that the parties are getting the job done. More and more, it feels like the time has come to try a different kind of chaos. Michelle Cottle is a senior editor of The New Republic. For more TNR, become a fan on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

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Outside Right
E.J. Dionne Jr. (The New Republic - All Feed)

incumbents. The classic case was West Virginia's Democratic primary Submitted at 5/16/2010 11:00:00 PM last week. Rep. Alan Mollohan WASHINGTON—This year's b e c a m e t h e f i r s t H o u s e elections may exacerbate the incumbent this year to lose his difference between our two seat. He was defeated largely political parties, but not in the because of ethics questions, and way most people are talking many voters simply decided that about. his 14 terms in Congress were With incumbent Democratic enough. The winner was state Senators under threat in two Sen. Mike Oliverio, who was more primaries on Tuesday, the bolstered by strong support from conventional view is that anti-abortion groups and is, by Republicans and Democrats will almost any measure, more emerge from this election more conservative than Mollahan. ideologically polarized than Pennsylvania could produce ever. Primaries will push Tuesday's shocker result. Sen. Republicans to the right and Arlen Specter, first elected in Democrats to the left. 1980, switched from the T h a t ' s o n l y h a l f t r u e . Republicans to the Democrats Republicans will, indeed, end because he feared losing a GOP the year a more philosophically primary to conservative Pat coherent right-wing party. But Toomey. Now, despite support the Democrats will, if anything, from President Obama, Gov. Ed become more ideologically Rendell and virtually everyone diverse. else in the Democratic In the GOP, the right is on the establishment, Specter in danger march, and even relatively of losing to Rep. Joe Sestak. conservative incumbents such as The congressman is going after the defeated Sen. Bob Bennett Specter not on ideology but on of Utah are not safe against the 30-year incumbent's partisan more-conservative-than-thou and philosophical inconstancy. challengers. But in many of the While Sestak does enjoy D e m o c r a t i c p r i m a r i e s , support from the progressive incumbents are in trouble not netroots, it's impossible to cast because they are insufficiently the race as a left-vs.-center liberal, but because they are showdown, especially since

Sestak supported Obama's surge in Afghanistan while Specter, trying to curry favor on the Democratic left, opposed it. "We should not engage in the laborious and problematic task of nation-building," declared the newly dovish Specter. The Pennsylvania race illustrates the asymmetry of what's happening in the two parties: By driving Specter out, Toomey has already pushed the Republicans to the right. But Specter and Sestak occupy essentially the same philosophical space in the Democratic Party. The Arkansas Democratic primary provides what, on the surface, seems to be the closest thing to a challenge from the left to a moderate. Sen. Blanche Lincoln, probably the most vulnerable Democratic incumbent this year, has drawn a challenge from Lt. Gov. Bill Halter, who is strongly backed by progressive online groups and labor unions. But Lincoln, like Specter, is in trouble partly because of flipflopping, particularly during the health care battle. Labor is also furious that Lincoln, who once co-sponsored the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) that would make it easier to organize

unions, later turned against it. If Halter wins, progressives will have a right to claim victory. But it's not at all clear how liberal Halter is, and he avoids the label. He is for the public option on health care, but has ducked taking a stand on EFCA because it "is no longer being discussed." And consider Tuesday's special election in Western Pennsylvania for the seat left vacant by the death of Rep. John Murtha. Among the 435 House seats, Pennsylvania's 12th District is the only one in the country that switched from John Kerry in 2004 to John McCain in 2008. Mark Critz, the Democratic nominee, is treating the word "liberal" as if it were an expletive. In one of his ads, Critz declares flatly: "I opposed the health care bill. And I'm prolife and pro-gun. That's not liberal." His Republican opponent, Tim Burns, was reduced to quipping: "He's raising money from the liberals to come back to the district to claim that he's not one. It's crazy." Nice line, but it doesn't make Critz a liberal. Yet even conservative Democrats such as Critz are running to the populist left on

economics. He has made ending tax breaks for outsourcing jobs and his criticism of NAFTA and other trade deals central to his campaign. Lincoln, for her part, is touting her tough proposal on derivatives in the financial reform bill. But all this underscores the real difference between the two parties. The Democrats will remain an intricate coalition that struggles to hold together the left, the center and bits of the right. Republicans, as Arlen Specter could tell you, are the ones opting for ideological purity. E.J. Dionne's e-mail address is ejdionne(at)washpost.com. E.J. Dionne, Jr. is the author of the recently published Souled Out: Reclaiming Faith and Politics After the Religious Right. He is a Washington Post columnist, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and a professor at Georgetown University. (c) 2010, Washington Post Writers Group For more TNR, become a fan on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

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Pruden: 1st Amendment Under Liberal Siege
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Once upon a time we could count on lawyers and law school professors to defend the First Amendment, the most important 46 words in the Constitution. Those 46 words make everything else possible. Shut up the people and the government can shut down every other freedom. The genius of the Founding Fathers was their ability to write the Constitution in the plain English that everybody could understand. Lawyers, who can employ entire boring paragraphs to say "good morning" (many young women have dozed off while their lawyer swains were on their knees with a proposal of marriage) would inflict damage later. A good lawyer, or even a bad one, can put loopholes in any proposal. To wit, Elena Kagans explanation of the First Amendment. It's perfectly OK, she wrote in the University of Chicago Law Review, for the government to restrict free speech as long as it means well and calls it something else. The word "restrictions" sounds bad, like a leather restraint, but Mzz Kagan's "redistribution of speech" can sound benign, like free cheese. Who doesn't like cheese? She argued that the government can employ Orwellian restrictions on speech

if it thinks such speech might "harm" others, either by direct action or inciting someone else to take direct action. Who gets to decide when such restrictions are imposed for the greater good? Why, the government, of course. Here's how the Founding Fathers, ever suspicious of ambitious Lilliputians, wrote the guarantee of free speech: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or of the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances." Note that the First Amendment does not say that Congress "should" make no law abridging the freedom of speech, or that it would be nice if it didn't. The operative words are "shall make no law." The Constitution has "evolved" since then, of course, and now the liberal left, led by the Warren Court and its bastard progeny, has discovered all manner of "emanations" and "penumbra," like an embedded Da Vinci code, that the Constitution doesn't really mean what the words say it means. What part of "shall" can Mzz Kagan not understand? She does not identify, exactly, what speech the government could regard as inflicting such

"harm" as to justify suspending the Constitution, but she offers as examples incitement to violence, "hate speech" and "fighting words." Since certain friends of the White House have suggested that "tea party" activists may have already been guilty of sedition, we can imagine what some of the violations might one day be. President Obama's selection of Mzz Kagan is of a piece with what is emerging as his operating philosophy of government. The president's thin skin, his irritation with constructive criticism, is well known, and we can all be sympathetic. Who among us relishes criticism? But he's not content to retire to the cosseting comfort of the Oval Office to sulk. He complained to the Class of '10 at Hampton University the other day that Internet blogs, certain cable television networks and talk radio make life tough and inconvenient at the White House. Mzz Kagan's "redistribution of speech" could fix this. Elena Kagan has no large body of work that makes it easy to see what kind of justice she might be. This is the most important reason the president selected her. The White House is trying to keep her away from even the most polite questions until she has to face softballs from sympathetic senators. He

expects quick partisan confirmation. So he can't object to the despised pundits, bloggers, cable-TV commentators and radio talkshow hosts and guests speculating from whatever meager hints and clues they find in her past. Mr. Obama himself is the model for these speculators. He was frustrated by the lack of a paper trail for Harriet Miers, the White House lawyer for George W. Bush and a Supreme Court nominee whom Elena Kagan, with her abundant inexperience, resembles in many ways. Mr. Obama, then a very junior U.S. senator, called Mzz Miers "a blank slate" and said that "in the absence of a judicial record" she would have to be more forthcoming, and the White House would have to be more forthcoming, in answering fundamental questions about who she really was. Mr. Bush, properly chastened by the uproar over the Miers nomination, much of it led by conservatives, summoned the grace to withdraw the nomination. © Copyright 2010 The Washington Times, LLC Five Filters featured article: The Art of Looking Prime Ministerial - The 2010 UK General Election. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.

House and Senate Cloakroom: May 17–21, 2010
Dan Ziegler (The Foundry: Conservative Policy News.)
Submitted at 5/15/2010 11:00:01 AM

House Cloakroom: May 17 – 21 House Analysis: Last week Majority Leader Steny Hoyer announced the House would not be taking up a budget this year, which would be the first time since the modern budget process was created in 1974 that the House failed to pass a budget. The reason becomes clear when you take into account a previous statement Hoyer made, “It’s difficult to pass budgets in election years because they reflect what the [fiscal] status is.” The House Republicans successfully used their last chance to amend the bill known as the “motion to recommit” to HOUSE page 47

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force a vote that stalled the passage of the$85.6 billion authorization bill for the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the National Science Foundation, and research programs at the Department of Energy. This bill is expected to come back this week with some modifications. The other major bill likely to move this week is a $200 billion tax extender bill that will also extend spending programs like Unemployment Insurance, COBRA, TANF, and FMAP and will likely also include a Medicare Doc Fix. The final bill is not yet available as they are still working on several of the provisions. Major Floor Action: • Modified version of HR 5116– America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 • Modified version of HR 4213– American Workers, State, and Business Relief Act of 2010

Major Committee Action: • The House Armed Services Committee will complete the mark up of the 2011 Defense Authorization bill. • The House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Rights, and Oversight will hold a hearing on Afghanistan reconstruction. • After a high profile hearing in the Energy and Commerce committee last week on the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico several other committees are preparing to hold hearings as well including this week in the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Senate Cloakroom: May 17 – 21 Analysis: Legislative action stalled out last week on Senator Dodd’s (DCT) financial regulation and bailout bill, as political and policy problems emerged. Chief

among them are what to do with Senator Lincoln’s (D-AR) derivative language, which was added to Dodd’s bill despite broad opposition. Senator Corker (R-TN) suggested the problem would not be resolved until after Lincoln’s primary challenge is resolved on Tuesday. Of course, even if that problem is resolved, the Dodd bill remains riddled with problems, including the failure to address taxpayer-owned housing giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Major Floor Action: • The Senate looks to complete action on Senator Dodd’s financial regulation and bailout bill (S.3217). • Senate Majority Leader Reid (D-NV) may seek a test vote on whether to saddle FedEx with crushing union work rules. • Senator Murkowski (R-AK) may force a vote on whether to nullify the EPA’s backdoor

global warming regulations. Major Committee Action: • Four committees – HSGAC, ENR, EPW and Commerce– will hold a hearings on the Gulf Coast oil spill. • The Foreign Relations Committee will hold two hearings on New START. • The Rules Committee will hold a hearing on the filibuster.

GOP Sen. Sessions: Kagan's Testimony Will Be 'Big Deal'
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Submitted at 5/16/2010 6:32:14 AM

Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan's testimony before senators could be make or break because there's not much else to go on from a would-be justice without judicial experience, the GOP point man on her confirmation hearings said Tags: cloakroom You can follow any responses Sunday. "She has so little other to this entry through the RSS 2.0 record, this is going to be a big deal," said Sen. Jeff Sessions, Rfeed. Five Filters featured article: Ala. "It's so important how she The Art of Looking Prime testifies." The Senate Judiciary Ministerial - The 2010 UK Committee chairman, Sen. General Election. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Patrick Leahy, said he would Text RSS, Term Extraction. meet this week with Sessions, the committee's top Republican, to decide when to begin the hearings on President Barack Obama's second nominee to the GOP page 48

Triple Crown Is Sports' Toughest Riddle
Kevin Blackistone (FanHouse Main)
Submitted at 5/15/2010 9:40:00 PM

BALTIMORE -- If there is a bigger tease in sports -- LeBron James delivering an NBA championship to Cleveland included -- than the Triple Crown, I don't know it.

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool everyone for a 32nd consecutive spring, shame on us. And we really didn't get that far this year. Super Saver, the winner of the Kentucky Derby, was, well, Lookin at Lucky, for Lucky to reach the wire first in most of the minute and 55 Saturday's Preakness. seconds it took Lookin At

Hence, there will not be a Triple Crown winner this year. There won't even be Triple Crown drama at Belmont in three weekends. I'm starting to think Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens wasn't just blowing smoke when he told television interviewer Charlie Rose several years ago

that he doesn't think we'll ever see another Triple Crown winner because the fields at the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes are stocked with too many rested horses.

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high court. Kagan is now solicitor general, the top government lawyer who argues the administration's cases before the Supreme Court. She would succeed the retiring Justice John Paul Stevens. Leahy, D-Vt., noted that Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Sonia Sotomayor both were nominated in the spring and confirmed long before October, when the court begins its annual term. "If we could follow a schedule roughly like that, we'll be done this summer," he said. Sessions said he planned to question Kagan, a former Harvard Law School dean, about the school's barring military recruiters over the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy while she was in charge. GOP senators have said the decision — which Sessions said came about because of Kagan's "deep personal belief" that the ban on gays serving openly in the military was wrong — casts

doubt on Kagan's fitness for the bench. "This is no little-bitty matter," Sessions said. "She would not let them come to the area that does the recruiting on the campus. ... This is not acceptable. It was a big error." To Leahy, it was "sound and fury signifying nothing." He said conservative interest groups are trying to come up with an issue that could possibly slow down Kagan's confirmation. "I realize you have so many special interest groups on the far right or the far left who have points," Leahy said. "Ignore those. We ought to make up our own mind. We should be bright enough to do it." Sessions also said senators should tread carefully when it comes to questions about a nominee's personal life. "I don't believe that is a fundamental judgment call on whether a person can be a good judge or not," Sessions said.

What's important, Sessions said, is whether they can "restrain their personal political views and follow the law faithfully and serve under the Constitution? That's the fundamental test in personal integrity. So those are questions that go to the heart of whether a person will be an able judge or not," he said. The senators appeared on ABC's "This Week." © Copyright 2010 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Five Filters featured article: The Art of Looking Prime Ministerial - The 2010 UK General Election. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.

Affairs Journal.) There are few historians who have had the kind of moral imagination necessary to awaken our critical consciousness so that we might, in turn, develop a political conscience. In my judgment, that is Lasch's achievement and legacy. If you think, as Wolfe does, that the momentary appearance of a Sarah Palin successfully challenges Lasch's analysis of three hundred years of American history, then you would be well advised to accept his verdict that Christopher Lasch has become "irrelevant." But I think many people who read the following words from Lasch's posthumous The Revolt of the Elites and the Betrayal of Democracy(1995) will instead regard Lasch as more "relevant" than ever: Economic inequality is intrinsically undesirable. . . Luxury is morally repugnant, and its incompatibility with democratic ideals, moreover, has been consistently recognized in the traditions that shape our

political culture. The difficulty of limiting the influence of wealth suggests that wealth itself needs to be limited. When money talks, everybody else is condemned to listen. For that reason a democratic society cannot allow unlimited accumulation. ... We need to remember ... that a moral condemnation of great wealth must inform any defense of the free market, and that moral condemnation must be backed up with effective political action. Rochelle Gurstein, a monthly columnist for The New Republic, is the author of The Repeal of Reticence: America's Cultural and L e gal Struggles over Free Speech, Obscenity, Sexual Liber a tion, and Modern Art. She is currently writing a book on the history of aesthetic experience tentatively entitled Of Time and Beauty.

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Survivor's Rupert: "The Heroes Had No Hope"
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Rupert Boneham And then there was one. Hero Rupert Boneham may have made it to the final 6 and to his 100th day of Survivor, but most of his fellow Heroes fared much worse this season, sending only teammate ( Colby Donaldson) to the finale. As one of the last Heroes standing, Rupert says it was his inability to convince the rest of his tribe to distrust Russell Hantz that hurt the team, as well as the Heroes' lack of unity from the get-go. The 45year-old also spoke with TVGuide.com about Hantz's ranking among the reality show's biggest villains, teammate Colby's poor performance, and his fool-proof plan to faking a hidden immunity idol. Watch full episodes of Survivor TVGuide.com: On your last day, Russell and Sandra were competing heavily for your vote. What went into your decision to vote for Sandra? Rupert Boneham: I thought we had Russell convinced, the same way that I manipulated him into booting Danielle. Colby and I went to Russell, saying, "The girls are not going to take you to the final 3. They are against you. The only way you are staying is with us." And then,

Sandra, who did not tell me she had the immunity idol and said she was voting for Russell, I was so beside myself, when we walked into the tribal council, I had no idea what was going to happen. I was just hoping that it was going to be a tie between Sandra and I and we would have to do a re-vote or something. When Sandra pulled out that immunity idol, I had already started to pack. TVGuide.com: Earlier in the season, you were the only one that believed Sandra when she tried to warn your tribe about Russell. Why were you more cautious about trusting her this time around? Rupert: When we merged and you see that one little time Sandra comes to us, she was so afraid of Russell that as soon as she heard rustling in the bushes, she took off running and never really opened that door again. I went to my team and said, "We need to look at these villains. They are villains for a reason. You can't believe them." JT was so strong in believing Russell, and Amanda was so strong in believing Parvati, that the Heroes just had no hope. The Villains knew exactly what we were doing. Survivor' s Danielle: I wish I had been able to hold it together TVGuide.com: Why do you think there is only one Hero in the final five?

Rupert: One hundred percent the reason is that even though they were fighting, they were voting together as a team. When the Heroes went into the merge, you never see all five of us voting the same, ever. They couldn't stand together. Even before the merge, the Heroes believed Russell and believed that the girls were evil. And when the girls came over, the Heroes didn't want to hear anything from them. That's why I couldn't make them believe Sandra. TVGuide.com: One of your best moves in the game was pretending to find the hidden immunity idol. How did you think of that? Rupert: When we went out, I realized somebody had either already found the immunity idol and isn't saying anything, or that

it's so well hidden that nobody has found it yet. That's when I thought, OK, I'm not going to find it right now. Tribal Council is coming. Get a rock that's about the same size and shape, put in your pocket, walk back to camp and lay down. Look confident. Maybe go take a nap. When I walked back into camp, Russell was the first one who saw me and asked, "What are you doing back here?" and I told him, "I stayed out long enough in the jungle to feel comfortable." And I patted my little rock and took a nap. TVGuide.com: Looking back, what is your take on Russell now, since no one was familiar with him before the season started filming? Rupert: When I was asked to All-Stars from Pearl Islands, that was back-to-back, and I

know they asked me back because I was a hero's hero. That was the same reason why they asked Russell back, because he was a villain's villain. I looked right at my tribe and tried to tell them that [the producers] brought him back for a reason. The guy is rotten. They didn't want to hear it. I believed that Russell was back because he was the biggest villain they had ever seen and now I know that for a fact, he is the biggest villain. TVGuide.com: Colby is now the last Hero standing, but he has gotten a lot of criticism this season for his poor performance as both a physical player in the challenges and as a social player. What were your thoughts as his teammate? Rupert: Colby is a great guy. I really like Colby. But I have to say, the reason why Colby is still there is because of James' knee. If James had not gotten hurt, Colby would have been the one going home that day. In some of the challenges, watching Colby be the first one out? It's hard watching that. ... It's different. Five Filters featured article: The Art of Looking Prime Ministerial - The 2010 UK General Election. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.

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prevention. Watch videos of Ethan Zohn Now that his cancer is in Submitted at 5/15/2010 8:02:00 PM remission, Morasca says they Ethan Zohn plan to travel to South Africa in One year after Ethan Zohn was June to work with the charity first diagnosed with a rare form and to watch the World Cup of Hodgkin's Disease, the games. Zohn is also filming a Survivor: Africa winner's cancer new TV series called Outside is now in remission, People Today for the new network reports. Outside Television. "A few weeks ago, we got his "Ethan says he is just excited to first clean CT scan," Zohn's start living again and enjoying girlfriend (and Survivor: The every precious moment," Amazon winner) Jenna Morasca Morasca told People. "We told People. "Now we can wanted to come out of this officially call him 'in remission.' stronger people with more We were so nervous for this test c h e m o t h e r a p y t r e a t m e n t . appreciation for each other and because good news on this test However, his illness resurfaced the world — and that's exactly meant we could start our lives in September. what happened." again." After appearing on Survivor: Five Filters featured article: Past Survivor winner Ethan Africa and Survivor: All-Stars, The Art of Looking Prime Zohn battling cancer where he met Morasca, Zohn co Ministerial - The 2010 UK Zohn, 36, was first diagnosed in -founded the charity Grassroot General Election. Available April of 2009. Zohn believed his Soccer, which teaches young tools: PDF Newspaper, Full cancer had gone into remission p e o p l e a b o u t H I V / A I D S Text RSS, Term Extraction. after three months of

With Heavy Hearts, Cavaliers Play On
Jim Henry (FanHouse Main)
Submitted at 5/16/2010 1:10:00 AM

Tournament quarterfinal at No. 8 Stony Brook. Yet, any satisfaction was overshadowed Filed under: College Sports, by a sense of loss, a sense of Lacrosse confusion. CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- It marked the first time the team D o m S t a r s i a s a t n e a r l y returned to the public eye since motionless, a blank expression the death of Yeardley Love, a etched across his face. women's lacrosse player at the Starsia's right elbow was school who was found dead on planted firmly on the table, his May 3. Men's player George chin buried in his right hand. It Huguely was charged with firsttook Virginia's veteran head degree murder and remained in coach 15 or so seconds to a jail cell four miles from collect his thoughts when asked Klockner Stadium. of his emotions near the end of It was easy to understand why Saturday night's lacrosse match the players were conflicted. Any against Mount St. Mary's. smiles flashed on the field were Starsia hesitated, uttered a few replaced by reserved, if not words and exhaled. It was that measured tones following the difficult. game. The players had every Starsia's top-ranked Cavaliers right to feel happy, but this was had easily dispatched the more than a game. This was life, visitors 18-4 to advance into too. next Sunday's NCAA

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Lookin At Lucky emerges to earn Preakness win
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this time -- his signature trip. Lookin At Lucky won by three quarters of a length over First Submitted at 5/16/2010 8:55:50 AM Dude. Jackson Bend was BALTIMORE -- Change of another head back in third. The jockeys, change of fortune. winner ran 1 3-16 miles in Five years ago, Martin Garcia 1:55.47, giving Baffert his fifth was working in a deli making Preakness victory, tying him sandwiches. He couldn't name with D. Wayne Lukas for even one of the Triple Crown second all-time. races. But the 25-year-old It was the Hall of Famer's first j o c k e y s t o l e o n e o f t h e m Triple Crown win since 2002, Saturday, giving trainer Bob when War Emblem won at Baffert a Preakness win with a Pimlico. trouble-free ride. "When I saw those red colors Garcia beat veteran Calvin making that cruise, I thought, Borel, who had predicted a `Oh boy, he's running today,'" Triple Crown sweep after his Baffert said. colt Super Saver won the Lucky's win means yet another Kentucky Derby in the muck. year will pass without a Triple Baffert made a gutsy call Crown champion. Affirmed was between the two races, opting to the last to sweep the Derby, take veteran Garrett Gomez off Preakness and Belmont in 1978. Lookin At Lucky, who was Lucky Day anything but in a series of Lookin At Lucky was favored mishaps in big races dating to to win the Kentucky Derby but last year. finished sixth in sloppy "Our luck had to change conditions. Trainer Bob somehow the way the trips have Baffert's horse got the job done been," Baffert said. at the Preakness. Garcia, a little-known jockey Lookin At Lucky paid $6.80, from Mexico, proved to be up $4.60 and $3.80 as the 2-1 for the job aboard the bay colt in second choice. First Dude only his second Triple Crown returned $16.60 and $9.20, race. Surprisingly, his toughest while Jackson Bend paid $6.60 challenge didn't come from to show. Super Saver. The colt faded to Yawanna Twist was fourth, eighth as the 9-5 favorite in the followed by Dublin, Paddy 12-horse field. O'Prado and Caracortado. Then "When I asked him, he kind of came Super Saver, Schoolyard just folded up. It happens," said Dreams, Aikenite, Pleasant Borel, who didn't ride the rail Prince and Northern Giant.

Things started to look up for Lucky on Wednesday, when he drew the No. 7 post. Super Saver wound up immediately to his outside. "The draw was so important," Baffert said, and he turned out to be right. Bad post positions were only part of his colt's misfortunes. When Baffert decided to dump Gomez for Garcia, he traded experience for enthusiasm. Before the race, Garcia kept thanking Baffert for the mount, and the trainer kept telling him to focus on the race. "Even when I start riding, I don't even know what is Preakness, what is Kentucky, any race," Garcia said. "I just know that I need to go and ride a horse and win. I didn't know anything about big races." But he knew enough to put his horse in all the right places around the racetrack. Forde: Baffert's leap comes up lucky Bob Baffert sacked Garrett Gomez for Martin Garcia, a tiny 25-year-old who had never ridden in a Triple Crown race until finishing 15th on Conveyance in the Derby two weeks ago. It paid off. Story At Churchill Downs, Lookin At Lucky was compromised by his starting position on the rail. He was immediately checked hard along the fence under Gomez, who also was aboard for rough

rides in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, Rebel Stakes and Santa Anita Derby. Gomez's streak of bad rides continued aboard Lukas' Dublin, who broke poorly from the 12th post and was not a factor. Garcia kept Lookin At Lucky in the clear while running midpack down the backstretch, behind pacesetting First Dude. He made a big move on the final turn to challenge the surprisingly stubborn First Dude, a 23-1 long shot. Racing on a dry track under sunny skies, Lookin At Lucky finally took charge in deep stretch. Garcia came to the United States in 2003, working at a deli in the San Francisco Bay area. The owner introduced him to a former jockey, who got him a job as an exercise rider even though he had no experience. Two years later he was a jockey, but continued cooking two days a week at the deli in a show of gratitude. He moved to Southern California a year later and found success on the ultra competitive circuit. His most important new connection was Baffert. "He came out here today and he was so cool and calm," the trainer said. "He rode a perfect race. Martin can get a horse to settle really well, and I could see he had the horse in a nice rhythm."

The race looked good for Super Saver, too, in the early stages. Though Borel was unable to get him to the rail he did put the colt in perfect striking position behind First Dude. But turning for home, Super Saver came up empty. "He run so hard in the Derby," Borel said. "He's not a big horse." Trainer Todd Pletcher blamed the two-week Derby turnaround for the horse's poor showing. "He tried hard. It was a little quick for him," he said. "I wouldn't trade the Derby for anything. We got the one we wanted the most." Baffert already has three Derbys. But with so many years between Triple Crown wins, he wondered when the next one would come. Now a rising star has put Baffert back on top. "Hope you show up Monday to work my horses," he said, laughing. "Every day," Garcia replied. Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press Five Filters featured article: The Art of Looking Prime Ministerial - The 2010 UK General Election. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.

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England apologizes as World Cup bid chief David Triesman quits
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Mark Webber wins Monaco Grand Prix as Red Bull takes top two podium positions
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also faxed letters of apology to the Spanish and Russian soccer federations as well as FIFA, Submitted at 5/16/2010 8:38:18 AM insisting it doesn't support the LONDON -- The chairman of bid chairman's allegations. England's bid to host the World Triesman had joined former Cup resigned Sunday after E n g l a n d c a p t a i n D a v i d making bribery allegations Beckham at FIFA headquarters against 2018 campaign rivals in Zurich on Friday to hand over Spain and Russia. England's official bid book to David Triesman, who is also president Sepp Blatter. c h a i r m a n o f t h e E n g l i s h "Our top priority as a new Football Association, was government is to win this bid for secretly taped by The Mail on the country and I am delighted Sunday newspaper suggesting they have acted as quickly and Spain was planning to bribe decisively as they have done," referees at this year's World Cup Robertson said. "All is not lost, with the help of Russia, which we would rather we weren't didn't qualify. dealing with the situation but it "It's entirely right that he should is better that it has happened stand down and that the action now, so soon after handing over should have been taken as the bid book, rather than two, quickly as is the case," Britain's three months out." new sports minister Hugh The Mail on Sunday taped Robertson told Sky Sports Triesman making a series of News. allegations about England's bid “ rivals while talking two weeks We would rather we weren't ago with Melissa Jacobs, a dealing with the situation but it former aide from his time as a is better that it has happened government minister. now, so soon after handing over "I think the Africans we are the bid book, rather than two, doing very well with [winning three months out.”-- Britain their votes], I think we're doing sports minister Hugh Robertson kind of well with some of the England's World Cup bid team Asians. Probably doing well

with Central and North America," Triesman was quoted as saying. "My assumption is that the Latin Americans, although they've not said so, will vote for Spain. "And if Spain drop out, because Spain are looking for help from the Russians to help bribe the referees in the World Cup, their votes may then switch to Russia." Triesman then added that "I think Russia will cut deals," claiming the Russians have "absolutely nothing at all to lose." In Europe, Spain is bidding jointly with Portugal to host either the 2018 or 2022 World Cup as are Belgium and Netherlands, while England and Russia are standing alone. Australia and the United States are also bidding for either tournament, while Japan, Qatar and South Korea are concentrating on 2022, believing Europe is favored for 2018. FIFA's 24-man executive committee will decide the hosts for both tournaments in a vote in December. Triesman had told a briefing

earlier in the week that he hoped England would succeed in Cup bidding by running a fair campaign. "I don't believe you can ever be too clean," he said. "I've said from the beginning -- and I know it's true of everybody involved in this team -- that we would not try and earn it by means that we would be ashamed of. We just wouldn't do it." During his meeting with Jacobs, the newspaper reports that Triesman discussed stripping John Terry of the England captaincy for an alleged affair with a teammate's former partner. The report also claims Triesman commented on former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown's election campaign failures. Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press Five Filters featured article: The Art of Looking Prime Ministerial - The 2010 UK General Election. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.

MONACO -- Mark Webber won the Monaco Grand Prix from the pole on Sunday to lead a Red Bull 1-2 finish on the famous street circuit. Webber's fourth career win moved him to the top of the Formula One standings ahead of teammate Sebastian Vettel, who overtook Robert Kubica of Renault at the start and finished 0.4 seconds behind. Both Red Bull drivers have 78 points from six races, but Webber leads thanks to his two race wins. "To win here is a very, very special day," said Webber, the second Australian driver -- after Jack Brabham -- to win the iconic seaside race. "This place is such a test for two hours." Kubica held on to third place, while Felipe Massa of Ferrari was fourth ahead of McLaren's Lewis Hamilton. Five-time race winner Michael Schumacher passed Fernando Alonso at the last corner, just after the safety car had come in, to finish sixth. Ferrari driver Alonso, who benefited from a timely pit stop early on to storm through the field and overcome a last-place MARK page 53

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Los Angeles Dodgers' Andre Ethier breaks bone in right pinkie
Tony Jackson (ESPN.com)
Submitted at 5/16/2010 12:35:38 AM

SAN DIEGO -- The Los Angeles Dodgers have lost Andre Ethier, who broke a small bone in his right pinkie finger swinging a bat before Saturday night's 4-1 win over the San Diego Padres. Ethier Ethier, who leads the National League in all three Triple Crown categories, will return to Los Angeles on Sunday to meet with team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache and hand specialist Dr. Steve Shinn at the KerlanJobe clinic. Dodgers trainer Stan Conte said no prognosis for Ethier will be available until after that examination. Ethier said his finger got pinched against the knob of his bat while he was taking a swing. "I was just in the cage hitting, taking regular swings,'' Ethier said. "This is something I have done quite a few times before, but it's usually a sprain or a bruise. This time, it finally gave way, I think. I swung three or four more times afterward, thinking it was just a sprain. But then I sat around for an hour, and it started throbbing a little

bit. "I thought at that point that it must be pretty bad this time. I went out and played catch, and it flared back up a little bit. So then I tried to hold a bat just to see what it felt like, and it didn't feel right.'' At that point, Ethier told hitting coach Don Mattingly something serious was wrong and the decision was made to scratch him from the lineup. A subsequent X-ray showed a small fracture of a bone near the distal interphalangeal joint, which is the first joint from the tip of the finger. There was no initial indication as to whether Ethier is likely to be placed on the disabled list. But each player holds the bat slightly differently, and Ethier indicated this injury would prevent him from holding it the way he normally does. "It's a flexion thing,'' he said. "I kind of position that pinkie right above the knob, and it's a leverage point in my swing.'' Dodgers manager Joe Torre said if Ethier can avoid the DL, backup outfielders Reed Johnson and Garret Anderson, who started in place of Ethier on Saturday, would share time. If

Ethier goes onto the DL, the most likely candidate to replace him on the roster would be Triple-A Albuquerque outfielder Xavier Paul. But Torre said Paul left Saturday night's game at Salt Lake after being hit by a ball. The only other outfielder on the Dodgers' 40-man roster is Trayvon Robinson, but he has never played above Double-A and was hitting .256 for Chattanooga through Saturday. Ethier was off to a sizzling start to his fifth major league season, batting .392 with 11 doubles, 11 homers and 38 RBIs. He also leads the majors with a .744 slugging percentage and is second in the NL with a .457 on -base percentage. He is hitting .490 (24 for 49) so far in May, with five home runs and 19 RBIs. Tony Jackson covers the D o d g e r s f o r ESPNLosAngeles.com. Five Filters featured article: The Art of Looking Prime Ministerial - The 2010 UK General Election. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.

Alistair Overeem Dismantles Brett Rogers, Wants Fedor Emelianenko Next
Ben Fowlkes (FanHouse Main)
Submitted at 5/16/2010 1:54:00 AM

Filed under: Strikeforce, News ST. LOUIS - Going off numbers alone, it seemed as if Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem was finally picking on someone his own size. But while challenger Brett Rogers might have been bigger than the Dutchman, he was no match for the champ's strength and power at Strikeforce: Heavy Artillery on Saturday night. After trading strikes in the opening moments of the bout, Overeem flung the larger Rogers to the mat with little apparent effort and then quickly moved into a dominant position to finish the fight at 3:40 of round one with a barrage of

punches from the top, successfully defending his title for the first time since winning it in 2007. "I'm happy to be fighting for Strikeforce again," Overeem said in the post-fight press conference. "It's been too long. I think it's a hell of a comeback. ...You definitely won't have to wait that long again. I said in 2009, I'm hoping to make Strikeforce my priority [this year]."

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start, is third in the overall standings with 73 points. He had started in pit lane because his Ferrari couldn't take part in qualifying due to a crash in practice Saturday. Webber became the first Australian since Alan Jones in 1980 to win back-to-back races after taking last week's Spanish GP from pole. He was worried late on as he watched Jarno

Trulli's Lotus fly over the top of Karun Chandhok's HRT car at La Rascasse corner in the closing stages. "I thought: 'What the hell is going to happen here?' " said Webber, who had to endure four appearances by the safety car. "I just hoped I had some options to go on the inside." MARK page 54

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Red Bull appears to have put its reliability issues behind as it scored its second 1-2 finish of the season after taking a sixth straight pole position. It also moved into the lead for the constructors' championship. "All in all it was a very good day for us," said Vettel, who wasn't completely satisfied with his car. "We can sleep well tonight." Defending F1 and Monaco champion Jenson Button was on the second lap when his McLaren's Mercedes engine blew out to end his day. Massa's 71 points put him one up on Button, while Hamilton and Kubica have 59 apiece. Actors Michael Douglas and Jennifer Lopez were among the celebrities who watched the iconic race on the French Riviera get off to a dramatic start with Nico Hulkenberg's

opening-lap crash. The rookie Williams driver slammed into the barrier inside the Tunnel -- the fastest section of the narrow course -- after running wide. Button's engine started spewing smoke while the safety car out. Alonso immediately pitted for a mandatory change of tires that he would run to the finish. Before that, Webber had defended his pole position cleanly while Kubica didn't on his start, as Vettel moved up the inside to go second around the first corner. Both Red Bulls pulled away from the field from that point, despite the safety car bunching the field back several times. "We have to be positive, nobody was expecting us to finish on the podium," Kubica said. "There was no real chance [for second] unless Sebastian made a

mistake. And he didn't." Two-time winner Alonso, who overtook a number of cars at the exit of the Tunnel to move up the field, lost his grip at the last turn as the safety car came in and Schumacher craftily jumped ahead. Half of the 24 cars in the field failed to complete the 78-lap race in the Mediterranean principality. Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press Five Filters featured article: The Art of Looking Prime Ministerial - The 2010 UK General Election. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Ben Gilbert (Joystiq) Text RSS, Term Extraction. Submitted at 5/15/2010 9:00:00

EGM Now hires industry vet Billy Berghammer as group EIC
served as founder of PlanetGameCube.com (now NintendoWorldReport.com), Aside from having an excellent managing editor of Game last name that gives us the Informer Online, and, most impression he's really into recently, as editorial director of smashing hamburgers, longtime gaming at G4 Interactive. And game industry veteran Billy for his part, Berghammer says Berghammer was announced he'll be focusing on creating "a late this past week as the group talented editorial team that our editor-in-chief of EGM Media. readers wil recognize and I n h i s n e w r o l e , h e ' l l b e respect in the same way they've o v e r s e e i n g b o t h t h e p r i n t trusted EGM to delivery honest version of EGM Now and analysis in the past." So, hiring EGMi: The Digital Magazine. more former EGM writers then? "Finding someone with Billy's You can't fool us, Berghammer! expertise and knowledge of the EGM Now hires industry vet industry is rare and we're very Billy Berghammer as group EIC happy to have him guiding the originally appeared on Joystiq editorial voice of the new on Sat, 15 May 2010 21:00:00 Electronic Gaming Monthly," EST. Please see our terms for said publisher and founder Steve use of feeds. Harris of Berghammer in the Read| Permalink| Email this| announcement release. Comments Over the course of his tenure in the game industry, Berghammer
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Amir Khan Stops Paulie Malignaggi by 11thRound TKO
Lem Satterfield (FanHouse Main)
Submitted at 5/15/2010 10:43:00 PM

Filed under: WBA, Golden Boy Promotions, HBO NEW YORK -- WBA junior welterweight (140 pounds) champion Amir Khan had been baited throughout the promotion of his American debut by Saturday night's challenger, Paulie Malignaggi, as being an overrated fighter who was going to be exposed in The WaMu Theater at Madison Square Garden. It mattered little to the 29-yearold Malignaggi that Khan had won four straight bouts since being stopped in the first round

of a September 2008 clash by Colombian-born Breidis Prescott of Miami, who entered their matchup with a record of 19-0, with 17 knockouts. Nor did it matter to Malignaggi that Khan was coming off of

December's first-round knockout of Malignaggi's Brooklyn neighbor, Dmitriy Salita (30-1-1, 16 KOs). But, after having absorbed the criticism dished out by Malignaggi, Khan made him

pay for his trash talk. Khan battered Malignaggi behind a monstrous jab, a vicious follow-up right hand, and an assortment of crosses and uppercuts before a boisterous crowd of about 4,412 to improve his record to 23-1 (17 knockouts) with an 11th-round TKO, as Malignaggi slipped to 27-4 (5 KOs). Khan had Malignaggi trapped along the ropes in the 11th round when referee Steve Smoger stepped in, wrapped his arms around the Brooklyn resident and ended the fight at 1:25 of the round.

Weekly Webcomic Wrapup fears the Siberian snow tiger
Ben Gilbert (Joystiq)
Submitted at 5/15/2010 11:00:00 PM

And how could we not fear the Siberian tiger? Just look at this terrifying face! British photog Jonathan Griffiths captured the incredible image, and a mess of other close-ups of wild animals, recently for the Telegraph and we couldn't help but share them with you. What does this have to WEEKLY page 56

Call of Duty: Black Ops to feature dedicated PC servers
Ben Gilbert (Joystiq)
Submitted at 5/15/2010 7:00:00 PM

In a recent interview with UK gaming mag PC Zone, Treyarch head Mark Lamia announced that Call of Duty: Black Ops-unlike the last Call of Duty game on PC -- will feature dedicated servers for PC players. "I think dedicated servers are excellent. I don't see any reason not to see them unless ... well, I just don't see any reason not to," Lamia

responded when asked about Black Ops' PC iteration, reports CVG. Covering his bases (and likely not trying to insult Infinity Ward's reasoning behind not supporting dedicated servers), Lamia added, "We do work very hard to reconcile the desire to manipulate and modify those dedicated servers with offering them the persistent experience and benefits that the console system provides ... so people can run dedicated servers and

the game arrives this November. Hooray? Call of Duty: Black Ops to feature dedicated PC servers originally appeared on Joystiq on Sat, 15 May 2010 19:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Read| Permalink| Email this| Comments also participate in the communal experience the console players get to have, given they're all on first-party servers." And with that, it would seem that Treyarch will give us a chance to officially leap through the air while raining an unlimited supply of explosives on the ground below us when

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Lego Universe preorders now available
Ben Gilbert (Joystiq)

be precise), a "story leaflet," and a user guide -- some folks will also get an "exclusive Somehow -- and we don't know Minifigure" and a code to how -- pre-orders for Lego redeem said Minifigure in-game Universe kicked off this past ("while supplies last"). Though Friday and, again, we don't the game has been in closed beta know how, there's no "special for some time now, the game edition" that includes some has yet to receive an official actual Legos. Some of you launch date. That said, we have Legomaniacs may already to imagine that Netdevil is know, but boxed copies of the b u i l d i n g t o w a r d s t h a t upcoming Lego MMO from announcement, right? You Netdevil are now available for know, with Legos? Isn't that pre-order at Lego retail outlets, what they do over there? the online shop, the amusement Lego Universe pre-orders now p a r k ( L e g o l a n d ! ) a n d o n available originally appeared on LegoUniverse.com. Joystiq on Sun, 16 May 2010 D r o p p i n g y o u r 3 9 . 9 9 11:30:00 EST. Please see our USD/EUR or 29.99 GBP on a terms for use of feeds. copy will net you not just the Permalink| Email this| game itself on DVD, but also a C o m m e n t s month of free play (30 days, to
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Post-launch ModNation Racers patch will improve load times
Andrew Yoon (Joystiq)
Submitted at 5/15/2010 5:00:00 PM

If you have any interest in Sony's upcoming ModNation Racers, you've probably already read our review(and entered our giveaway). You're familiar, then, with our biggest grief with the early review code: obnoxiously long load times. Apparently we weren't the only ones to notice. According to Chuck Lacson, associate marketing manager at SCEA, developer United Front Games is "looking into further optimizing the game via a postlaunch patch." That should be good news for those already sold on Sony's

do with webcomics, you ask? Everything. In going through his photos, you experience the same variety of emotions found in this week's selection of webcomics -horror, fear, humility, and perhaps a bit of madness-- so please tread carefully when clicking through the links below. And feel free to vote for your favorite in our poll after the break. Not Worth(NerfNow) Slavery(WalkingInSquares) Taking It Too Far(Monday Night Crew) Give These Guys a Break(Extra Life) You Need Space Goals(Straight Face Comics) "Race, Create, Share" motto. It Just Looks Smaller in The rest of us, though? We'll be 2D(Virtual Shackles) able to download a playable Untitled(Sidescroller) demo in the next PSN Tuesday Continue reading Weekly update, May 18. The demo will Webcomic Wrapup fears the include one track, playable in Siberian snow tiger both single player and split- Weekly Webcomic Wrapup screen modes. It will also offer fears the Siberian snow tiger creation tools -- and, best of all, originally appeared on Joystiq any tracks you create and share on Sat, 15 May 2010 23:00:00 in the demo will be available in EST. Please see our terms for the full version of the game. use of feeds. Post-launch ModNation Racers Permalink| Email this| patch will improve load times C o m m e n t s originally appeared on Joystiq on Sat, 15 May 2010 17:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Read| Permalink| Email this| Comments

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What if Zuck invented the web?
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not tried to lock up their networking software, to make it so hard to develop apps that ran David Weinberger asks a on their network, there might thought-provoking question on have never been an explosion of his blog. networked creativity on the It would make an interesting Internet -- there wouldn't have debate. I don't believe it's been a need for it. anywhere near as simple, or There are lots of ways progress black and white, as he portrays gets held back. One of them is it. the W3C, the organization that I spent some time this week owns the standards of the web. with Joe Hewitt who was in NY I t ' s c o n t r o l l e d b y h u g e and one of the things we talked companies, so that forces new about is how stalled the web is. companies like Facebook to do J o e i s a b r i l l i a n t y o u n g their innovating outside of the technologist, with an impressive web. It forced RSS to happen track record. He works for outside the standards bodies. Facebook. And there are pitfalls to gifting If Joe wants to make a beautiful your creations to the universe, app he has to write for a locked- y o u g e t e x p l o i t s l i k e up company-owned API. There Feedburner. You could devote is no platform that isn't owned your whole career to studying by a company that is as rich as the might-have-beens, and you what he wants. wouldn't get any closer to W e w e r e m a k i n g r i c h e r knowing how it all should work. software than the stuff you can Whether you like him or not, run in the web browser 20 years Zuck is a creative guy. He ago. The only problem was that p u s h e d h i s c r e a t i v i t y o u t it didn't network well. Had through the only channels we Apple been more like TBL, and made available to him. You
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can't blame him for that. It's sub -optimal, it might even be wrong -- but what else could he have done? Having learned my lessons from blogging, RSS and podcasting, and TBL's experience with HTTP and HTML, I would have done the same thing. It was naive to believe that just giving away the formats and protocols would leave me free to keep innovating. Doesn't work that way. Once a market develops, the product is taken away from the creative people and owned by the VCs and managers at the big tech companies. I'm giving a talk at the NY Times later this month, and this is what I'm going to say to them. Don't be fooled by the hype of the tech industry, the rules aren't what they say they are. It's much more cut-throat. I give Zuckerberg a lot of credit for putting his plan out there for all to see. That's a lot more than Google or Apple has done.

The Watchtower’s market saturation
Sarah Pulliam Bailey (GetReligion)
Submitted at 5/16/2010 9:01:47 AM

The New York Review of Magazines describes itself as “an unabashed celebration of magazines,” so it’s no wonder the annual magazine would eventually turn its attention to “ The Most Widely Read Magazine in the World.” The piece on The Watchtower

is no quick read, but it’s worth considering for your weekend reading. Joel Meares draws us in by describing a day on the job as a Jehovah’s Witness and the magazine that plays a vital role in the religion. I’ll attempt to excerpt the good stuff and leave room for critique towards the end of my post. Every month, nearly 40 million WATCHTOWER’S page 58

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copies of The Watchtower are printed in more than 180 languages and sent to 236 countries. There are no subscriptions and you won’t find it on newsstands, but it’s still hard to miss. Thanks to the efforts of Witnesses like the Tavolaccis, The Watchtower is the most widely distributed magazine in the world, with a circulation of more than 25 million. Last year, the world’s 7.3 million-strong Jehovah’s Witnesses spent 1.5 trillion hours knocking on doors and “street Witnessing”—stopping folks in parks and on streets—to preach the “good news” with a copy of The Watchtower. Its closest competitors are AARP The Magazine (circulation 24.3 million) and Better Homes and Gardens(7.6 million). It doesn’t hurt that The Watchtower has been free since 1990, with the option of a small donation. Later, Meares gives important historical context to help us understand how The Watchtower came to exist. Here’s a short excerpt, but look at the full piece for more background. While some magazines have religious followings, few have actually started religions. The Watchtower did just that. Back then, it was Zion’s Watch Tower and Herald of Christ’s Presence, so named by its founder, the writer and preacher Charles T. Russell. A former

assistant editor of the Second Adventist magazine The Herald of the Morning, Russell released the first edition of Zion’s Watch Tower on July 1, 1879. It looked much like a newspaper of the time, with two columns, simple headlines and no images. Inside, readers learned that “we are living in ‘the last days,’ ‘the days of the Lord.’” The author also puts the Jehovah’s Witnesses in a local context, showing just how influential it is in New York City. The mammoth operation is funded by donations, mainly from Witnesses leaving anonymous contributions in boxes titled “Worldwide Work” at the back of Kingdom Halls. The money is funneled to the U.S. world headquarters to fund the publishing empire, as well as disaster relief. Just how much moolah makes that journey is unknown—as a religious organization, the Tract Society does not have to file an annual return with the IRS—but in 2001, Newsday listed the Tract Society as one of New York City’s 40 richest corporations, with revenues of $951 million. Last year, a report stated that the Society had pulled in $125 million for the fiscal year ending in August. Then, for media nerds, he explains the process of how the publication comes together. Since the 1940s, the

publications have left off bylines because, as the assignment editor tells the reporter, “The glory should go to God.” I’m guessing that’s not how The Economist sees things. The Watchtower then comes together like most magazines, Pellechia explains. A writer is chosen as a “Compiler,” functioning like a magazine editor, and an assignment editor distributes briefs to writers—there are about 20 on staff. Copy is fact-checked, copy-edited and rewritten as it moves through the 70-person Writing Department. Illustrators and photographers, at a Witness training campus in Patterson, N.Y., provide the images. Writers live with about 1500 other Bethel workers, including cooks, secretaries, cleaners and committee members, in five buildings throughout Brooklyn Heights. Meals, accommodation and an allowance are provided to keep the focus on God’s work. One Witness-occupied residential tower on Wilson Street might be the best deal in New York, housing 500 Witnesses, a library, a medical center and a dining room. Witnesses call it the “Towers Hotel.” If you look at any magazine’s archives, you might laugh at what was written 20, 30, 50 years ago, which is why I found this paragraph particularly interesting. I wonder whether

they’ve discussed how much archived content to release online. Of course, the magazine does not always agree with itself—or past versions of itself—on these matters. Early in its history, for example, The Watchtower told followers that the mischievous men of Sodom and Gomorrah would be resurrected. In 1988, an article in The Watchtower reversed this position. “Our publications are not infallible,” Pellechia says. “Certain Bible texts, certain doctrine, may need adjustment as more information is researched and understanding grows.” The piece covers a lot of ground with a lot of interesting anecdotes, colorful description, and informative quotes from adherents. However, because the reporter had a lot of space to fill, I was a little disappointed he didn’t explore some more basics of the religion. If you convert to being a Jehovah’s Witness, for example, what are the steps, what do you say, what do you commit to? It’s treated as a branch of Christianity, but how does it differ from Catholicism or Protestantism? Where do Jehovah, Jesus, and Satan fit in? How do Jehovah’s Witnesses understand how people get to heaven? What, in their view, happens to non-Jehovah’s Witnesses after death? Is there, for example, a concept of hell?

From a sociological point of view, have the Jehovah’s Witnesses grown or shrunk over the years? What challenges does it face in growth? Since adherents believe that 144,000 Witnesses will ascend to heaven upon Armageddon (the others will experience paradise on Earth), does it face retention issues? Also, an anecdote in the story left me wondering what happens if you formally leave the religion? The reporter speaks a woman named Kyria Abrahams who wrote about her experience as a former Witness. She explains that she hasn’t spoken to her father since she left and has not heard from her mother in three years. What’s unclear is whether that is common for those who “disfellowship” or whether that is her family’s particular situation. The reporter found an intriguing hook and provided some solid background. In a piece of about 3,700 words, though, I think we can ask for more doctrinal context. Five Filters featured article: The Art of Looking Prime Ministerial - The 2010 UK General Election. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.

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Beyond the L-word? Ask questions
tmatt (GetReligion)
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As you would expect, the Baltimore Sun is in full celebration mode when it comes to the consecration of the Rev. Canon Mary Douglas Glasspool of Annapolis as a new assistant bishop in the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles. This makes sense for all kinds of reasons, in terms of the newspaper’s views of the changes that must be made to help build a better and more enlightened world. The story, as you would expect, openly admits that this local story about the rise of the Episcopal Church’s first openly lesbian, partnered bishop has national and global elements. Here is the section of the story that makes this clear, while stressing the racial diversity of her new home diocese and its power base of progressive parishes. “The Diocese of Los Angeles is tremendously exciting to me,” said Glasspool, who spoke of the “very creative ways in which the church there does its mission and ministry,” and the fact that on any given Sunday across the diocese, the liturgy is being celebrated in some 40 languages. Glasspool’s election by the Diocese of Los Angeles in December and her confirmation by the rest of the Episcopal Church in March have further

strained relations with the Anglican Communion, which were already were complicated by the consecration in 2003 of The Rt. Rev. V. Gene Robinson of New Hampshire as the first openly gay bishop and the election in 2006 of the Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori as the first woman to head a national branch of Anglicanism. After Glasspool’s election, the Archbishop of Canterbury, who has labored to prevent a schism in the word’s third-largest Christian denomination, issued an unusually direct statement, warning that the decision raised “very serious questions not just for the Episcopal Church and its place in the Anglican

Communion, but for the Communion as a whole.” As always, the direct parallel is made between sexual orientation and race — through the voice of the current leader of the tiny Diocese of Maryland. Bishop Eugene Taylor Sutton of Maryland said the communion is in the midst of a fight, and “it’s a fight worth having. … Whenever the church has tried to limit leadership based on a person’s biology, in most cases they have had to admit that was a mistake.” Sutton, who in 2008 became the first African-American to lead the Diocese of Maryland, offers himself as an example. As recently as 50 years ago, Sutton

rattles the whole communion in matters of sexuality, although Glasspool argues that’s not the issue. “It has to do not with issues of sexuality but of power and authority,” said Glasspool. “You don’t hear an outcry about ordaining lesbians and gay people. But once they attain more authority and leadership there’s an outcry. There have been gay and lesbian people throughout history, and there have been gay and lesbian people in the church throughout history.” Is any other point of view offered on this issue? Of course not. That would be too complicated. Does the story even mention said, he probably would not any other doctrinal issues facing have been welcome to worship the Anglican Communion, in most of the parishes he now issues that have been given some ink in — to cite one prime oversees. Does the story note the irony setting — The New York that the global opposition to her Times? No, that would be too consecration is led by Africans, complicated. Asians and other leaders from The point of the story, after all, the giant, growing churches of is that this woman should not be the Global South? No. That defined by her sexuality. That is a great and appropriate would be too complicated. So what is the battle really journalistic goal. So, what is her about? How does her church fit stance on other crucial issues, into the larger, global Anglican doctrinal issues, that are causing Communion? Glasspool argues c r a c k s i n t h e A n g l i c a n that the fight is essentially about Communion? How would she authority and power in a loose describe her Christology, her view of the Virgin Birth, the network of churches. A creature of the American h i s t o r i c a l r e a l i t y o f t h e Revolution, the Episcopal BEYOND page 61 Church of the United States now

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Making every word count
Mollie (GetReligion)
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Here at GetReligion, we write about reporters and their journalism. But you wouldn’t have stories without story subjects. And I always find it interesting when subjects discuss what it was like to be written about in an article. Earlier this week, I highlighted an Associated Press article that I thought was very well done. It managed to break from the typical template for writing about homosexuality. It wasn’t terribly political and understood that people on all sides of the issue can have complex backgrounds. The article began with an anecdote about Bill Henson, a man who testifies that he had been in a gay relationship until he became convinced, through Scripture, that it was sinful. He is now married, with children, and discussed what the change means and doesn’t mean. He says he’s married to the only woman he’s ever been attracted to and that he still deals with same-sex attraction. He had some provocative things to say about how the church handles those with same-sex attraction. But on all sides, the discussion seemed civil and interesting. He was pointed to our discussion of the article by a friend and weighed in on some of the responses the article

received. I thought his comments were interesting: First, I agree the AP reporter did an excellent job. Many views are represented in this article without the typical “culture war” tone of pitting one side versus the other. Each person is quoted fairly and each quote adds something useful. Second, this story is primarily about how FOTOS seeks to extend Christ’s love to LGBT people in evangelical settings — not my personal story. The

strength is that Jay captures “the mission” in action through the lens of direct observers. The weakness is that the soundbites about my personal story understandably leave people asking MANY questions! Third, I agree: my wife comes across as a silent figure. This leaves readers with additional questions. The deeper reality is that my wife is everything to me and we mutually share a great passion in this area of ministry. Do people really think she does

not exist? (smile) Fourth, do readers really think my former partner also never existed? (smile) It is not my right to reveal his identity 15 years later. That would be an extreme act of disrespect that could deeply harm him, his family and his current partner. I readily concede that evangelicals have biases against LGBT folks. Just a question though: do suggestions that sources be gathered to confirm my former gay relationship

reflect a similar bias? Fifth, as the subject of this article, it may be interesting for others to hear how I felt most misunderstood. Lindsay writes that I describe my former partner as “beautiful.” The online LGBT community is having fun with the impression that I am still grieving Mr. Beautiful! (smile) I used that word to refer to how I experienced the relationship 15 years ago. The lesson learned is three fold: one must be careful what one says in an interview; one can never fully control how he/she will be perceived; and one must surrender what others think since there is really no way to correct this kind of misunderstanding. It’s always the small things that seem to get folks impassioned. I remember the first time I wrote about religion, the newspaper that published the piece only used “the Rev.” on first reference. After that, it was “Mr.” Many people thought that style rule indicated a lack of respect for the individuals about whom I wrote. Or how when you’re quoted, it’s usually a few words out of several minutes of discussion. The onus is really on the reporter to make sure each quote is set up accurately. And then, as Henson notes, no matter how much care is put into what you MAKING page 61

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Resurrection, the question of whether salvation can only be found through belief in Jesus, the nature of biblical authority? Issues of gender and liturgy? Or is her sexuality all that matters? Has she written or said anything on these issues? What about during the selection process in Los Angeles? Are there critics in Maryland or California — or in other parts of the world, like England — who have studied her life and work and might be able to offer insights, as part of a journalistic process in which the views of both sides are quoted accurately and with empathy? Critics? Another side of the issue? You must be kidding, we’re talking about the

Baltimore Sun. There was one paragraph of commentary from Anglican traditionalists in the story that ran when she was elected. That’ll do. Come on. Why does anyone need to ask journalistic questions? There is only one side to this issue, to this story. Controversy? What controversy? Journalism? What journalism? Five Filters featured article: The Art of Looking Prime Ministerial - The 2010 UK General Election. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.

say in an interview or how much care the reporter puts into framing issues and quotes … there will still be incomplete understanding. Five Filters featured article: The Art of Looking Prime

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Geoff Livingston co-founded Zoetica to focus on causerelated work, and released an award-winning book on new media Now is Gone in 2007. As the ongoing oil spill crisis in the Gulf of Mexico continues, several organizations have created dynamic uses of social media to monitor the situation.

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Robots are cool, but unless you stop by Stanford regularly or make it to MIT often, chances are you don’t see that many in your day-to-day life. That’s where the internet comes in, and specifically YouTube, which offers hours and hours of robo-themed footage for your on -demand entertainment. So, grab the popcorn, hit up the videos now and let us know in the comments which automatons get your vote. Oh, and should you subscribe the the belief that robots are pretty much evil and will eventually overturn their human masters and rule the world, then you might still want to watch these videos to check out the kind of tech on display and see how far off such an uprising might be. 1. Giant Robot Dinosaurs from Japan A video entitled “Giant Robot Dinosaurs from Japan” is never not going to be good. The next logical step is clearly to use these creations in a new feature

film called “Rob-assic Park” in which an amusement park gets overrun by robo-dinos while Jeff Goldblum stalks around looking tall and saying I told you so. 2. CES 07: Honda Asimo Humanoid Robot Demo A bit of a YouTube star, if there’s ever a robot to be voted least likely to rise up against his human overlords, it’s Honda’s humanoid “Asimo” who resembles a kid in a space suit and boasts a nice line in running, climbing stairs and conducting symphony orchestras. 3. Aldebaran Robotics’ Nao This amazingly advanced robot boasts cognitive skills, a high level of motion (with 25 degrees of freedom) and is programmable, so you can customize it to do pretty much

anything. Currently available to academic institutions for a high price, a consumer model is planned for 2011, so watch the demo above to start getting excited. 4. Dancing Sony Robots Sony’s Qrio (notable for being the first bipedal robot capable of running) never reached production (it’s development was axed at the same time robodog AIBO got his marching papers), but as this video shows it could bash out some sweet moves in its time. 5. BigDog Overview The DARPA-funded BigDog is a quadruped robot designed to be used as a kind of robotic mule in the field. This video demonstrates its incredible stability over all kinds of terrain, and even when taking a hit. It’s certainly much improved from the early beta. 6. Toyota’s Robot Quartet Band This video is in Japanese, but music, or for that matter robot awesomeness, needs no translation. If this has got you TOP page 62

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commercial licenses that fly in the face of everything he calls freedom. Free software pioneer Richard If you’ve ever downloaded Stallman spoke with us recently music illegally, if you’ve ever about the principles of free and complained about closed open source programs, and what platforms, if you’ve ever gotten he had to say is as relevant and a serial number online for revolutionary as when he first software you didn’t buy, if started working in this field 30 convenience — well, best to you’re worried about social stop complaining about your networks controlling your data, years ago. Our community has been loss of freedom and/or privacy. you need to hear what Stallman talking a lot lately about what it Like many heroes of the digital has to say. means to be open, about what era, Richard Stallman is largely We got the chance to interview makes software open, about unsung by the general populace. S t a l l m a n e x t e n s i v e l y a t what makes companies open. Yet when it comes to user WordCamp San Francisco, and N o m a t t e r w h a t t a l k o f privacy and technological we’ll be posting segments of “openness” you hear in the freedom, he’s probably one of that interview each week. Stay media, no major web company the most committed individuals tuned for insights on music — not Facebook, not Google, in the world. sharing, Apple versus Adobe not Adobe and certainly not By freedom, he means four and more. Apple — is creating truly free things: Note: Stallman asked that we and open applications. Some • The software should be freely use Ogg Theora, an open may make gestures toward this accessible. format, for encoding this video. ideology with APIs or “open • The software should be free to To download the original video, source” projects, but ultimately, modify. go to its Wikimedia page. This t h e c o m p a n y c o n t r o l s t h e • The software should be free to video is published under a software and the users’ data. share with others. Creative Commons-No At the end of the day, if you • The software should be free to D e r i v a t i v e s l i c e n s e . want freedom and privacy, the change and redistribute copies For more technology coverage, only way to attain those goals is of the changed software. follow Mashable Tech on to abstain from proprietary Twitter or become a fan on Stallman started the Free Facebook software, including media p l a y e r s , s o c i a l n e t w o r k s , Software Foundation. He even Reviews: Debian GNU/Linux, operating systems, document worked to make an operating Facebook, Google, Twitter storage, email services and any system ( GNU/Linux) that could Tags: free software, freedom, other program that is licensed, be entirely free. And he is open source, rms, Stallman, patented and locked down by a deeply opposed to proprietary video corporation. If you prefer s o f t w a r e , s o f t w a r e w i t h
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hot for robots playing instruments, then be sure to check out the violin-playing android, also from Toyota. 7. Hanson Robotics ALICE Hanson Robotics busies itself by “awakening intelligent robotic beings and granting them sparks of true consciousness and creativity.” Its Alice-bot is one example of the progress it has made with giving robotics realistic facial impressions with the aim of enabling “machine empathy” in the future. Be afraid robophobes. 8. The Robot Barman Human barkeeps fear for your future! This “alcohol administering automation” created for Japanese beer brand Asahi could well be tending bar in a few year’s time — if they can programme it to have selective vision and a suitable sneer when someone orders anything with “Lite” in its name. 9. Robot Fish If you’ve got the technical ability to re-create something from the underwater world as a robot you’d go for a shark, right? Not these guys. They make a blue goldfish. And it doesn’t even have any frickin’ lasers. 10. NASA Robonaut Humanoid Space Robot The benefits of using robots in oxygen-free outer space have not gone un-noticed by the

NASA brainiacs. NASA’s Robonaut, a futuristic spaceman with flexible fingers, could one day be used in space to carry out repairs, leaving the humans free for more important tasks. Like tweeting. BONUS: Cleaning Cat Uses iRobot Roomba 560 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner If the amount of videos on YouTube capturing cats sat on robotic vacuum cleaners is anything to go by, then the accepted wisdom that cats are clean animals certainly appears to be true. For more web video coverage, follow Mashable Web Video on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook More YouTube resources from Mashable: - Top 10 Wedding Dance Videos on YouTube - Top 10 YouTube Cover Songs - Top 10 LEGO Music Videos on YouTube - Top 10 Funny Cat Videos on YouTube - Top 10 Funny Dog Videos on YouTube Reviews: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube Tags: asimo, List, Lists, NASA, robots, Video Lists, videos, viral videos, youtube

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spill to old fashioned information dissemination on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Here are four ways non-profit and governmental organizations are helping citizens stay up-todate on the Gulf situation. 1. Grassroots Mapping Provides Accurate Pictures Grassroots Mapping uses balloons, kites, and other simple tools to produce their own aerial imagery of the oil spill. Supported by the MIT Media Lab’s Center for Future Civic Media and the Knight Foundation, the organization is not trying to duplicate satellite imagery or flyover data, but is encouraging complete open access to spill imagery. Grassroots Mapping is releasing all of its imagery into the public domain on places like Flickr. 2. EPA Deepwater Horizon Command Online Don’t think the U.S. government is just standing on the sidelines for this crisis. In fact, you can visit the EPA’s Deepwater Horizon Unified Command Response effort

There’s only one person who Twitter loves more than Justin Bieber, and that’s Mom. Her special day came in at number one on this week’s top trends list. Even after the results of the UK’s general election were in, the new coalition government remained on the minds of many tweeters this week. Sports, music and movies took home the rest of the list, which you can view below, courtesy of our friends at What The Trend. Because this is a topical list, hashtag memes and games have been omitted from the chart. You can check past Twitter trends in our Top Twitter Topics section as well as read more about this past week’s trends on What The Trend. Top Twitter Trends This Week: 5/8 – 5/14 Rank Topic Top Index This Week Previous Peak Index Description#1 Mother’s Day 1 Mother’s Day was celebrated on TOP Sunday May 9, 2010 (in continued from page 63 Canada, USA, Australia, Italy, Pattinson 1 It’s Robert F o r m o r e s o c i a l m e d i a Tags: justin bieber, mothers Venezuela, Mexico, Singapore, P a t t i n s o n ’ s b i r t h d a y . T h e coverage, follow Mashable day, Top Twitter Topics, trends, South Africa & The English actor, best known for Social Media on Twitter or twitter, twitter trends Netherlands).#2 Justin Bieber 1 his role in the file "Twilight," become a fan on Facebook 1 Justin Bieber & Charice turned 24. Reviews: Australia, Facebook, appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Image courtesy of iStockphoto, Twitter, iStockphoto, movie, Show May 11th.#3 GE2010 1 1 ricardoinfante sports, twilight In the UK, the Conservative

online for the latest updates. In addition to blog updates and FAQs the site includes links to, Twitter, YouTube videos, and hundreds of pictures, as well as a very vibrant Facebook page with lots of concerned citizens offering feedback. 3. Another Great Ushahidi Crisis Map While it has been around for years, Ushahidi really entered into the public consciousness with its fantastic mapping of the Haiti crisis. As reported last week on Mashable, the Louisiana Bucket Brigade is using the technology to develop an oil spill crisis map. See how reports of oil-inspired incidents are growing around the coastline. 4. Greenpeace Provides Ongoing Coverage Greenpeace USA has an ongoing blog about the oil spill where readers can find the latest news and images from the Gulf. Comprehensive coverage includes videos, blog posts, maps and Flickr images. There’s even a counter tabulating the minimum estimated amount of gallons of oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico thus far.

What other social media sites are you using to monitor the crisis? For more social media coverage, follow Mashable Social Media on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook More social good resources from Mashable: - 8 Tips for a Successful Social Media Cause Campaign - How Does Twitter’s New Social Good Initiative Stack Up? - How Non-Profits are Using Social Media for Real Results - 9 Ways to Do Good With 5 Minutes or $25 - 5 Ways Mega Charity Events Can Harness the Power of Social Media [img credit: jeferonix] Reviews: Facebook, Flickr, Mashable, Twitter, YouTube Tags: epa, greenpeace, List, Lists, mapping, oil-spill, social media, ushahidi

Top 10 Twitter Trends This Week [CHART]
Matt Silverman (Mashable!)
Submitted at 5/15/2010 6:47:47 PM

Party has joined forces with the Liberal Democrats in a coalition government.#4 Super Junior 1 BONAMANA is new single from Korean Boyband Super Junior. Their fans E.L.F (everlasting friends) are celebrating their comeback.#5 Soccer/Football 1 Cruzeiro lost to São Paulo. Chelsea FC played Wigan, and countries are announcing their FIFA World Cup lineup.#6 NBA 1 2 Fans tweeting about the NBA playoffs. LeBron James trended highest because of his sub par performance in the game against the Celtics.#7 Iron Man 2 (Movie) 2 4 Iron Man 2, the sequel to the incredibly popular 2008 original, was released on May 7th in North America in both regular format and IMAX 3D formats.#8 Jesus 2 People are thanking Jesus Christ.#9 Betty White 1 On 5/08/10, 88year-old Betty White hosted SNL thanks to a campaign started on Facebook.#10 Robert TOP page 63

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Why Steve Jobs Would Run America Better Than Obama [VIDEO]
Pete Cashmore (Mashable!)
Submitted at 5/15/2010 5:57:07 PM

Political pundit and comedian Bill Maher claimed last night that Steve Jobs would do a better job of running America than the Obama administration. The comments, inspired by Obama’s recent claims that he doesn’t know how to work an iPod, point to Maher’s frustration with the conflation of backwardness and likability — shunning new-fangled gizmos is seen as endearing in America, he explains. Maher’s solution? Bring in Steve Jobs to push the country forward: “America needs to focus on getting Jobs — Steve Jobs. Because something tells me that Apple would have come up with a better idea for stopping an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico than putting a giant box on top of it. In 2001, Apple reinvented the record player. In 2007, the phone. This year, the computer. I say, for 2011, we let them take a crack at America. Our infrastructure, our business model, our institutions. Get rid

of the stuff that’s not working, replace it with something that does. For example, goodbye US Senate — Hello Genius Bar! So good luck, Steve — you’ll need it!” The sentiments echo much of what’s being said about the two most controversial companies in the tech press right now: Facebook and Apple. While Jobs and Zuckerberg are seen as uncompromising, ruthless, even arrogant in their way of doing business, this decisiveness has

also pushed tech forward in leaps and bounds. Is Obama too concerned with being agreeable? Can he learn anything from Jobs? And can leaders be likable and revolutionary, or are these qualities mutually exclusive? Let us know your thoughts in the comments. Reviews: Facebook Tags: apple, obama, steve jobs

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