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Fed’s challenge to Arizona immigration law piles pressure on Democrats
Tim Gaynor (Front Row Washington)

of voters. “It is a proactive act that is effectively blocking something Submitted at 7/7/2010 12:44:50 PM that the voters want,” Rice W h e n P r e s i d e n t B a r a c k University political science Obama’s administration sued professor Mark Jones told Arizona over the state’s tough- Reuters. “Any Democrat in a as-nails immigration law this competitive race is not going to week, he piled pressure on like this.” House Democrats in the state Those facing potential fallout f a c i n g a t o u g h b a t t l e f o r from the legal challenge are r e e l e c t i o n i n N o v e m b e r , Reps. Ann Kirkpatrick, Harry analysts say. Mitchell and Gabrielle Giffords, The administration on Tuesday who are all seeking reelection in argued that the Arizona law, Arizona congressional districts which requires state and local that already lean Republican. p o l i c e t o i n v e s t i g a t e t h e “The people who view what immigration status of anyone Obama is doing as positive are who they reasonably suspect is going to vote Democrat anyway in the country illegally, is … b u t w h a t t h i s d o e s i s unconstitutional and would sap mobilize more Republicans in law enforcement resources. the districts to turn out and vote Analysts say the move wrong against them, and probably footed several House Democrats depresses the vote of people locked in competitive reelection who might have voted for races in the desert border state, them,” Jones added. where the new immigration law Giffords, who wrested the 8th consistently scores solid poll congressional district from ratings among a broad spectrum Republican control after Rep.

Jim Kolbe retired in 2006, was clearly forced into a difficult balancing act by the lawsuit. She issued a statement in which she called both the law and the administration’s suit “unnecessary distractions.” “Arizonans want our nation to

control its borders and bring a halt to the violence, smugglers and drugs that threaten our way of life,” she added. While Republicans may yet reap a backlash going forward from Hispanic anger at their embracing the controversial

state law, the GOP front-runner challenging Giffords in southeast Arizona made hay over her discomfort. “Unfortunately, Gabrielle Giffords’ decision to oppose this law and speak out against our state appears to have played a hand in fueling the boycotts and lawsuits to which we in Arizona are now subjected,” Jonathan Paton said in a statement posted on his campaign website. “I’m confident that Giffords, Obama and the Washington lawyers will end up on the losing side of this attack on our state and our security.” Photo credit: Reuters/Larry Downing (Obama speaks about immigration reform on July 1), Reuters/Kevin Lamarque (Arizona Governor Jan Brewer at White House June 3), Reuters /Joshua Lott (Demonstrators protest against Arizona law May 5)


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Palin seeks to harness power of “Mama Grizzlies”
Steve Holland (Front Row Washington)
Submitted at 7/8/2010 9:27:38 AM

Two Signs the Economy Will Survive
Derek and Damien Hoffman (BloggingStocks)
Submitted at 7/8/2010 12:10:00 PM

Sarah Palin is out with a new video today and she clearly is attempting to position herself as the leader of Republican conservative women. She’s had some success this campaign season, promoting Republican women candidates such as South Carolina’s Nikki Haley and California’s Carly Fiorina who have gone on to win primary votes. And how she is declaring women conservatives as part of a den of “Mama Grizzlies” eager to stampede Washington in Nov. 2 congressional elections and take on President Obama and his Democrats. “These policies coming out of DC right now, this fundamental transformation of America — there are a lot of women who

are very concerned about their kids’ future who are saying we don’t like this fundamental transformation and we’re going to do something about it,” she says in the video. “Pit bulls were tough but you don’t want to mess with the Mama Grizzlies,” says the former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee. We’re told the video, paid for by Palin’s Sarahpac political arm, was produced by a single

videographer and the images were not staged but rather were from Palin’s appearances at Tea Party and other events. We’re always watching for evidence that Palin might run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012. This documentary-style video does nothing to wave us off the thinking that she just might. “I don’t think she’s running for president,” said Republican strategist Scott Reed. “I think she’s running for ‘most influential person during the nominating process,’ and I think she will be a factor. She’s got a lot to say. She’s got a super megaphone, and she strikes a chord with a part of the party that votes.” Photo credit: Reuters/Jessica Rinaldi (Palin at Belmont Stakes June 5)

Filed under: Microsoft (MSFT), Apple Inc (AAPL), Cisco Systems (CSCO), Dell (DELL), Adobe Systems (ADBE), Oracle Corp (ORCL) The mainstream media is overflowing with hyperventilating bears preaching about a depression. All fearmongering aside, we see two very positive developments in the U.S. economy: retail and corporate spending. 1. Retail Spending The International Council of Shopping Centers has announced that retail sales expanded at the highest pace since September 2006. Luxury retailers posted an eye-popping 8% rise in sales. Seems like consumption is our culture. Some people think the U.S. consumer has changed.

Personally, I would never bet against the DNA of a tribe ... and ours is shopping. As my brother Derek said, "In the Great Depression we had bread lines. Now, there are Apple ( AAPL) iPhone 4 lines." That is a mindblowing distinction. Continue reading Two Signs the Economy Will Survive Two Signs the Economy Will Survive originally appeared on BloggingStocks on Thu, 08 Jul 2010 12:10:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Email this| Comments Apple- IPhone- Microsoft- Dell - Great Depression

Kohls Dips on Weaker than Expected June Sales
Brent Archer (BloggingStocks)
Submitted at 7/8/2010 1:00:00 PM

morning its June same-store sales rose 5.9%, missing analysts' forecasts of 6.5%. If Filed under: Major Movement, you think this stock won't be Bad News, Kohl's Corp (KSS), rising too far in the coming Options, Technical Analysis months, then it could be a good Kohls ( KSS- option chain) time to look at a bearish hedged stock is trading lower today play on KSS. after the company said Thursday Thursday morning, KSS

opened at $48.13. So far today the stock has hit a high of $48.14 and a low of $46.18. As of 12:00, KSS is trading at

$46.53, down $2.00 (-4.1%). The chart for KSS looks bullish and S&P gives KSS a positive 4 STARS (out of 5) buy ranking. Continue reading Kohls Dips on Weaker than Expected June Sales Kohls Dips on Weaker than Expected June Sales originally

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Presidential dreams are a walk in the Is Now a Good Time to park Consider Pepsi?
Tabassum Zakaria (Front Row Washington)
Submitted at 7/8/2010 11:25:03 AM

Joseph Lazzaro (BloggingStocks)
Submitted at 7/8/2010 12:30:00 PM

What do presidents dream of when living at the White House? For President Barack Obama it’s the simple things in life that he misses. “Taking walks. There is a value to anonymity in terms of just being able to wander around, sit on a park bench, take your kids to get ice cream without having Secret Service and helicopters over you,” Obama said in an interview with Israel’s Channel 2 television. “That part of this life I’ll never get used to,” he said. “In fact, I remember when I first visited Jerusalem, I could wander through the Old City and haggle for some gifts to bring back to Michelle, or stand

at the Wailing Wall, and people didn’t know who I was.” “And that is a profound pleasure that is very hard to experience now,” Obama said. (Aside from walking though, we’d like to point out that when it comes to other modes of transportation, the president does have an armored limo, planes and helicopters at his

disposal). Photo credit: Reuters/Larry Downing (Obama walks with Secret Service agents after going to a movie while on vacation in Hawaii)

Filed under: PepsiCo (PEP), Stocks to Buy I first discussed PepsiCo( PEP) here on March 13, 2009, at a price of $48.62. Its shares have pulled back roughly in-sync with the Dow's spring retreat, but just look on that move as a decent time to scoop-up shares. Pepsi remains a premier emerging markets/developed world play. Pepsi's strong presence in international markets remains the key. True, North American revenue growth will be low in 2010, after the recession's flattish 2009, but investors should remain focused on the long-term and large pictures: namely -Pepsi's emerging market growth

opportunities (it has a presence in more than 200 countries) and its new focus on health and sports drinks. Continue reading Is Now a Good Time to Consider Pepsi? Is Now a Good Time to Consider Pepsi? originally appeared on BloggingStocks on Thu, 08 Jul 2010 12:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Email this| Comments PepsiCo- BloggingStocksPepsi- Recreation- Soda

Augmented Reality: The Nightmare Scenario
(Fast Company)
Submitted at 7/8/2010 11:32:40 AM

We've been just as crazy about covering the rise of augmented reality as anyone else--but we haven't yet seen too many examples of just how terrifying a world filled with AR could become. Architecture student

Keiichi Matsuda took it upon himself to imagine just such a future, in this video: [vimeo 8569187] Could something like this come to pass? You want to say: No way! But then again, maybe it could: Would you trade off real-estate While it's easy to say that the in your personal field of vision, average person would never in exchange for free stuff? stand for so much branding and

advertising in their lives, it's just as easy to point out that the media saturated world of today

was unimaginable fifty years ago. Future generations might have a tolerance for ever-present ads that would dwarf our own, if companies offer the right incentives. I just threw up in my mouth. Welcome to the future, Consumer! [ Data Driven via Flowing Data]



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The Next 5 Apple Gadgets To Waste Your Time Obsessing About (AAPL)
Dan Frommer (Business Insider)
Submitted at 7/8/2010 11:47:25 AM

Apple has had a busy 2010, announcing and shipping its iPad tablet -- a big success so far -- and its newest iPhone, which represented a significant upgrade over last year's model. So what's next? Over the next year, Apple will likely announce incremental upgrades to most of its existing products. It recently updated the Mac mini, and it's likely to tweak its iPod and Mac lines over the next several months. And as far as major overhauls or completely new gadgets go, there's room for at least one in 2011. See Also: • 10 Things We Love And Hate About The iPhone 4 • My Excellent SIX HOUR iPhone 4 Adventure • 10 Things We Love And Hate About The iPad iPod touch 4 Image: Tinhe Te Everyone thought Apple would overhaul the iPod touch -- the future of the iPod business -- last year, by adding a camera to it. Nope! Instead, Apple put a camcorder in the iPod nano and left the iPod touch pretty much alone. So this year, it seems likely that

Apple will actually make significant hardware changes to the iPod touch. Like what? - It could add the dual-camera system that the new iPhone 4 has, allowing iPod touch users to make FaceTime calls with iPhone 4 users, achieving an end -around on the wireless carriers. (Or it might just add the front camera. Or the back camera.) - It could add the hi-res "retina display" that the new iPhone 4 has, and maybe some of its design cues, like the metal band and (faulty?) antenna design. - It could add the Apple A4 chip and additional memory and battery that the iPhone 4 has, supporting longer battery life. - It could make a smaller "iPod touch nano" with a hi-res display to replace the iPod nano. Apple TV 2 Image: Wikimedia Commons The Apple TV set-top box is the weakest link in Apple's product lineup. It's so bad that Apple doesn't even promote it on the front page of its web store anymore. It's buried as an iPod accessory. Publicly, Apple refers to Apple TV as a "hobby," but always says it has some ideas on how to make it better. So we assume that sooner or later, Apple will unveil an improved Apple TV gadget. What might that look like?

FaceTime video chat. - The hi-res "retina display," which would make reading ebooks and web pages even better on the iPad. - The new flat-back glass case, perhaps. (Or a lighter metal back.) iPhone for Verizon Enough with the excuses, Apple must sell the iPhone at Verizon Wireless, the no. 1 U.S. wireless carrier. Why? Because it'll help Apple sell a lot more phones, and it'll simultaneously hurt archrival Google Android, which is picking up steam fast because of its prime billing at Verizon. - Perhaps it'll sit on top of your - iAds! Apple's entry into the So, what would an iPhone at TV set and have a camera built- massive TV advertising market. Verizon look like? Maybe, the in for FaceTime video chat - Maybe, just maybe, it'll be same as the current iPhone 4, sessions with iPhones, iPads, built into an actual TV, the way with slightly different guts. and iPod touches. This might Google's "Google TV" is getting Or maybe Apple will also use actually be Apple's easiest entry built into Sony TVs. Apple is the opportunity to diversify the into normal peoples' living getting experience building and iPhone lineup a bit. One thing rooms. The concept of Internet shipping big things -- the 27we've read in the past is that TV is still foreign to a lot of inch iMac, for example -- and Apple might introduce a smaller people. But free video chatting could potentially enter the highiPhone at Verizon. We had with relatives is intuitive to end of the TV market. But this previously dismissed this, but anyone. won't help it achieve much now that we've seen the "retina - Based on iOS 4, with an App market share -- people don't buy display," which packs more Store. Video apps from Netflix, TVs very often, and they're pixels in a smaller space, Hulu, MLB.com, ABC, and highly price sensitive. anything's possible. others; not just iTunes videos. iPad 2 Apple's first iPad was a MacBook Air 2 Now that - Smaller, with no spinning hard good first take. But now that Apple's iPad tablet is launched, drive. Based on streaming we've seen the iPhone 4, we can it's possible that the MacBook video, not big downloaded files. begin to see some of the features Air has reached the end of its - Cheaper, ideally $149 or $99. Apple's iPad 2 may have. These It could basically be an iPod could include... NEXT page 9 touch without a screen. - A front-facing camera for

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Germany: Facebook Illegally Accessed, Saved Non-User's Data
Kit Eaton (Fast Company)
Submitted at 7/8/2010 10:30:01 AM

German authorities have launched a legal case against Facebook for violation of the nation's strict user privacy laws. The case hinges on Facebook's retention of data on people who hadn't signed up to Facebook themselves. The Hamburg Data Protection Authority is behind this legal action, and it's pretty serious stuff according to the body's head Johannes Caspar: He's reported as saying that he considers "the saving of data from third parties, in this context, to be against data privacy laws." Based on a number of complaints that have been received, the Authorities has posted a legal complaint about privacy law violation on behalf of users who found their details on the site despite not being registered Facebookers themselves. The accusation is that this private data is being retained by Facebook for marketing purposes, despite the people in question not giving their permission for their personal data to be used in this way--as they haven't agreed to Facebook's end-user clauses (a condition of signing up for membership). Facebook has until August 11th

to respond, and if the action results in a legal ruling against Facebook, the social networking site could face fines amounting to tens of thousands of Euros. While that's not necessarily a big figure for a website with half a billion members, it could set a tricky precedent for Facebook--officials in Switzerland are reportedly also interested in how Facebook uses third party data. How did these German folk's info get on Facebook, though, if they're not members? It's pretty easy, actually: It's via their friends. Or, perhaps, through people who are mere acquaintances or possibly who even know about the individuals

through a larger friendship group. Facebook offers you the opportunity to tag people in photos, for example, even if they don't have a Facebook account--you merely have to click on their face to append a tag (there's been some debate about this mechanism recently, and it evidently needs a workover). With various other tricks, it's possible to include info about non-members on Facebook updates, and since Facebook is now choosing to be very cavalier with what it considers to be public instead of private data, it's possible for non -member's data to show up in search engine results. And it can all happen without a person's

consent. While this is bad enough, the German complaint contends that Facebook is illegally holding on to this data, with the ultimate goal (as with all Facebook's operations) of maximizing cash returns through tricks like targeted advertising. Taken with a pinch of rationality, and knowing quite how digital all our media is becoming (and how fast the change is occurring) the complaint isn't all that serious, and Facebook may be able to fix its systems without too much difficulty. But it may not choose to--and it may argue that its merely retaining this info for reasonable purposes. Or the case

may start a tricky process where national bodies become increasingly concerned about how much data Facebook is retaining about their citizens, and the lawsuit floodgates may open. Google has, for example, already stirred up a wasps-nest of controversy in Germany over its "privacy invading" Street View cameras, and the German authorities have got involved here too, in attempts to try to regulate how much data the cameras can capture. To keep up with this news follow me, Kit Eaton, on Twitter. GERMANY: page 7



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Stanford's Bookless Library Heralds The Future of... Book Buying?
Kit Eaton (Fast Company)
Submitted at 7/8/2010 11:13:39 AM

The e-book has arrived folks, and if Amazon's Kindle and Apple's new iPad with its slew of e-reader apps doesn't prove it, then ponder this: Stanford University's Engineering school may be entering an era of bookless libraries. NPR has been speaking to adminstrators inside Stanford's library systems, concentrating on the Engineering library. Like most technical libraries in educational institutions, the shelves were once thronged with periodical publications--large tomes packed with research papers, refreshed as frequently as every month, and vital for researchers who need to keep up to date with the latest state-ofthe-art thinking. But according to the head of the library, Helen Josephine, over the last five years many if not most of the periodicals have switched to being digital publications. It makes sense for the publications, which don't have to worry about print costs, and it makes sense for the authors, who may see a shorter time delay before their articles get published. And readers searching for data inside the

texts have a much easier time of it too, they can run a digital search, rather than thumbing through indexes. The change in publication habits for periodicals, and plain ol' text books too, has been so severe that a new library building, commissioned in 2005 and due to open next month, actually has 85% less shelf capacity than the previous edifice. That's a massive reduction in storage volume, and a pure reflection of the fact that bytes don't weigh anything. It's also the next logical progression

in the modernization of library systems. Remember card catalogs? They were once a staple of any visit to a library, and their often hand-typed and hand-annotated reference cards were vital for finding the right book in a collection. But the card index was a perfect contender for digital replacement, even in an era when computers were mainly text-based. First they came for my card catalog ... then they came for my books ... When you remember that there's a huge push by

traditional publishers and booksellers, like Barnes and Nobel and Borders, to sell digital books for e-reader devices (and recall that Google's getting in on the act) it's tempting to mark this year as the beginning of the end for mainstream use of paper and ink books. Bookstores like B&N will, at some point, not need to stock quite so many physical texts--in the manner of Stanford's libraries--and merely extend its in-store "bonus" econtent merchandising to get people onto its property.

Imagine, in fact, that a future Borders store consists of a couple of physical copies of each book and a coffee store: You browse books while sampling a text, and then scan the QR code on its rear-face with your e-reader to buy a digital copy of the book. Is Stanford's library the first strong hint that this is coming sooner than we think? To keep up with this news follow me, Kit Eaton, on Twitter.

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Science Bloggers Outraged by PepsiCo-Sponsored Nutrition Blog
Ariel Schwartz (Fast Company)
Submitted at 7/8/2010 9:56:41 AM

Corporations sponsor blog posts all the time. It's a reality of the world of online journalism-corporations can provide the big bucks necessary to keep the figurative lights on. Why, then, is the scientific community so riled up about Food Frontiers, a new PepsiCo-sponsored blog on the ScienceBlogs network? The blog, launched this week, will purportedly offer insight on science, nutrition, and health policy--with information on PepsiCo's "nutritious" products sprinkled in. But ScienceBlogs made a big mistake: In the first iteration of the blog, a sidebar explained, "All editorial content on the blog is overseen by ScienceBlogs editors." It didn't explicitly mention that the blog was sponsored by PepsiCo. ScienceBlogs realized its blunder, however, and changed the sidebar to read "This blog is sponsored by PepsiCo. All editorial content is written by PepsiCo's scientists or scientists invited by PepsiCo and/or

ScienceBlogs. All posts carry a byline above the fold indicating the scientist's affiliation and conflicts of interest." But many ScienceBloggers are still displeased, arguing that every post from Food Frontiers should be labeled as an advertisement at the top--perhaps even with a giant PepsiCo banner logo. Unlike many corporatesponsored blogs (including ones already hosted on ScienceBlogs)

some insight: Are we making a judgment about PepsiCo's science by hosting a blog for them on SB? No. (Nor are we making a judgment about your own research for that matter). Are we saying that they are entitled to have a seat at the table? Yes. Do they know that they are opening themselves us to debate? Absolutely. You may disagree with the substance of their posts (as you do on any other blog). You may even call into question their presence on a public forum dedicated to science. It will be up to them to respond. Better yet, it will be up to them to listen and take actions. The sustainability of this experiment lives or dies in that feature independent writers, blog itself was created at Shell's t h e establishment of a all posts on Food Frontiers will behest, but the bloggers were t r a n s p a r e n t d i a l o g u e . come from PepsiCo-scientists or established people who know Both sides have fair points, but PepsiCo-approved bloggers. about energy policy and energy perhaps it makes the most sense And that's a big part of the research. Shell had no editorial to hold back on judgment for the problem. ScienceBlogger Josh control over the content. moment--Food Frontiers hasn't Rosenau explains his concerns: Seed editor Adam Bly defends even put up its first post. Why am I more pissed about S c i e n c e B l o g s ' d e c i s i o n , Ariel Schwartz can be reached this than about the Shell- however, claiming that this kind on Twitter or by email. sponsored energy blog run at of corporate-sponsored blog is SB a while back? Partly because necessary to keep the site the bloggers for that project running. As an added benefit, were not Shell employees. The PepsiCo could even provide

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Submitted at 7/8/2010 11:55:00 AM

PATHETIC: Microsoft Tries To Patent Virtual Page-Turning Technique
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Submitted at 7/8/2010 11:26:55 AM

So we gather LeBron James has bought out ESPN to announce his new employer tonight. Big whoop. Our general sense of LeBron can be summed up as follows: Big Hat, No Cattle. Why? • We're not die-hard basketball fans, so everything we know about LeBron filters through to us from more general information sources. • Most of what we know about LeBron comes from his sneaker commercials and all the other non-stop marketing chatter around him, which started before he ever took a shot in the NBA • As far as we can tell, LeBron doesn't seem to have lived up to whatever potential he was supposed to have had (His team hasn't won)
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Submitted at 7/7/2010 6:00:00 PM

• As far as we can tell, LeBron is clearly no Michael Jordan (Michael Jordan's teams actually won) • As far as we can tell, LeBron doesn't even seem to a Kobe Bryant (Kobe's teams won) • If LeBron were half as

valuable as the hype around him suggests, we have to believe that his team would have won. • This whole ESPN charade just underscores our general feeling about LeBron. So, by all means, go ahead and explain to us that the reason LeBron's team never wins is that the Cleveland Cavaliers suck. To which we will respond: The

Chicago Bulls used to be the laughingstock of the NBA...until Michael Jordan arrived. Michael Jordan deserved his otherworldy reputation--because he DELIVERED. As far as we can tell, LeBron James hasn't delivered anything except advertising. So, good luck, LeBron, whoever your next employer is. Should we expect that, someday, in addition to being a marketing genius, you might actually carry your team to victory? Join the conversation about this story » See Also: • To Get LeBron, ESPN Got 'Mediajacked' • LeBron Odds In Wild Volatility, As Knicks And Cavs Odds Plunge, While Heat Surges • Shares Of MSG Falling, As Investors Think LeBron Is Now Definitely Going To Miami

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Ultimate Happiness Quiz
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Submitted at 7/8/2010 9:00:00 AM

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Until pretty recently, happiness wasn't given too much thought in a scientific kind of way. It isn't an easy thing to pin down, especially when you're trying to make judgments on entire groups and populations. But the science of happiness has been booming lately, and we've found out a lot about who's happy, what makes us happy and how to become happy. Take this quiz to find out how much you know about the art of being happy. Five Filters featured article: Headshot - Propaganda, State Religion and the Attack On the Gaza Peace Flotilla. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.

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Infographic of the Day: Drawing in 3-D, With Ping-Pong Balls and an iPhone
(Fast Company)

13059978] Mechanically, the contraption is made of 30 air pumps hooked up to a power Floating Forecaster, by U.K. supply, and it relies on some interactive designer Richard basic principles of gravity and H a r v e y , i s a p i n g - p o n g air pressure. Your physics floatation device that lets you teacher probably tried the same loft up your balls just by floating-ping-pong-ball trick in running your fingers across your h i g h s c h o o l , b u t w i t h a smart phone. Using either the hairdryer. (For nerds who iPhone interface app c74 or a actually care how it works: Air custom MaxMSP sequencing blasts create a low-pressure program, you can do pretty airstream, while the surrounding much anything with your balls -- higher-pressure air forces the shoot them up in the air, keep ping pong to stay inside the them quivering low to the airstream. The ball rises and g r o u n d , h o l d y o u r o w n falls depending on the strength PowerBall lottery, whatever. of the blasts.) Originally, Check out some epic ball- H a r v e y c o n c e i v e d o f t h e playing here: [ v i m e o Floating Forecaster as a weather
Submitted at 7/8/2010 11:32:35 AM

visualization tool. He got it to show rain (balls falling one at a time); lightning (balls dropping violently); sun (balls floating serenely). Have a look-see: [vimeo 4997880] His first

installation was controllable by movement. Using a Webcam, he made it respond to his hand and arm gestures, as if he were playing the theramin. The problem: He was the only who

could get it to work reliably. [vimeo 7898708] That brings us to the iPhone/ MaxMSP version, which the geek site CreativeApplications.net is billing as a 3D "drawing machine." They're already giddy about the artistic possibilities: "imagine ver 2 with a 100×100 grid scenario and an iPad interface for 4 people to share + make collaborative patterns in the air." So we'll all get to play with each other's balls? Neat-o! [Via CreativeApplications.net; images courtesy of Richard Harvey]

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line. Maybe people don't need the extra horsepower and Mac app compatibility that comes with a MacBook in a superportable design anymore. Maybe the iPad will suffice for most buyers. But we have to assume that as long as Apple ships Mac laptops, it'll always want to make them thinner, smaller, and more portable. And that's where all the lessons Apple is learning from the iPhone, iPod, and iPad could really help the MacBook lineup.

So we think Apple might come out with a new MacBook Air in the next year or so that's so thin and light that it's shocking, with a super-long-lasting battery, and maybe even a non-Intel chip on the inside. It might not be an "Air," but just a super-thin MacBook Pro. But either way, it's silly to assume that Apple won't apply its miniaturization lessons to its Mac laptop lineup. Bonus: Magic Trackpad Image: Engadget Apple has supposedly been developing a

"Magic trackpad" accessory that basically replaces the mouse -- a device Apple has struggled with for years -- with the same multitouch trackpad on its MacBooks. This thing reared its head in June on the gadget sites, but Apple didn't announce anything about it at its WWDC conference. So maybe something to spring on us next time it has a Maccentered event? Perhaps in October when it typically updates its Macs before the

holidays? Now, don't miss... Image: Associated Press 10 Things We Love And Hate About Apple's iPhone 4 My Excellent SIX HOUR iPhone 4 Adventure 10 Things We Love And Hate About The iPad Join the conversation about this story »

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96.7% Of The Time You Spend At B BOE and ECB Leave -School Is Completely Wasted Interest Rates Unchanged
Bianca Male (Business Insider)
Submitted at 7/8/2010 11:34:00 AM

The debate over whether or not an entrepreneur should get an MBA has strong advocates on both sides. In a talk at Stanford earlier this year, 37Signals co-founder David Heinemeier Hansson adds fuel to the side that, for individuals who want to start their own business, MBAs are pretty useless. Hansson says that "96.7% of the time" he spent at Copenhagen Business School was completely wasted. In fact, he thinks that he came out of it "slightly damaged" when it came to actually starting a business. B-school, he explains, "is not very well-suited to the real world of just building a product, pleasing customers, and making profits as a business." Hansson continues on to say that almost all of the tools that you learn end up being completely irrelevant,

Wade Hansen (BloggingStocks)
Submitted at 7/8/2010 11:50:00 AM

particularly for a business that's just starting out. Which is why, as an entrepreneur, you end up having to "unlearn" most of your MBA. Check out the clip, from Stanford's Entrepreneurship Corner: Click here to see the rest of Hansson's talk at Stanford's Entrepreneurship Corner> Join the conversation about this story »

See Also: • Entrepreneurs: How To Decide If You Should Get Your MBA • Why So Many B-School Grads Suck At Starting Companies • The World's Best Business Schools

Filed under: International Markets Both the Bank of England (BOE) and the European Central Bank (ECB) signaled they believe their economies need further help from cheap money as they announced Thursday morning that they will be leaving interest rates low and unchanged. The BOE left interest rates at 0.5%-- where they have been since March 2009. The ECB left interest rates at 1%-- the same level they have been at since May 2009. Continue reading BOE and

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One Last World Cup Souvenir Courtesy of Tod's
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get your hands on -- and it's one you'll probably wear long after trophy's are handed out and Submitted at 7/8/2010 9:01:00 AM South Africa suffers a mass The World Cup's almost over, exodus. Tod's just released their but there's one more souvenir to leather wrap bracelets and

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UK treasure hunter finds 52,000 Roman coins (AP)
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LONDON – A treasure hunter has found about 52,500 Roman coins, one of the largest such discoveries ever in Britain, officials said Thursday. The hoard, which was valued at 3.3 million pounds($5 million), includes hundreds of coins bearing the image of Marcus Aurelius Carausius, who seized power in Britain and northern France in the late third century and proclaimed himself emperor. Dave Crisp, a treasure hunter using a metal detector, located the coins in April in a field in Jay Yarow (Business Insider) See Also: Tesla Opens Swanky s o u t h w e s t e r n E n g l a n d , N e w S h o w r o o m I n N Y C , according to the Somerset Submitted at 7/8/2010 11:42:05 AM Unveils 2010 Roadster County Council and the Portable Tesla announced today it has Join the conversation about this Antiquities Scheme. hired ex-Apple retail exec story » The coins were buried in a large George Blankenship. See Also: jar about a foot (30 centimeters) Blankenship was a key figure in • Tesla Opens Swanky New deep and weighed about 160 shaping Apple's very successful Showroom In NYC, Unveils kilograms (350 pounds) in all. retail strategy. He recently 2010 Roadster Crisp said a "funny signal" consulted Microsoft on its retail • Microsoft Expanding Its from his metal detector strategy as well. Retail Business: Next Stores In prompted him to start digging. Tesla has dealerships around Denver And San Diego "I put my hand in, pulled out a the world, and considers its • Apple's New Shanghai Store bit of clay and there was a little dealerships to be a key part of i Looks Amazing radial, a little bronze Roman ts business model. coin — very, very small, about Before joining Apple, the size of my fingernail," Crisp Blankenship was with the Gap. said in an interview with the

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BBC. He recovered about 20 coins before discovering that they were in a pot, and realized he needed expert help. "Because Mr. Crisp resisted the temptation to dig up the coins it has allowed archaeologists from Somerset County Council to carefully excavate the pot and its contents, ensuring important evidence about the circumstances of its burial was preserved," said Anna Booth, of Somerset Council. Somerset Coroner Tony Williams scheduled an inquest Thursday to formally determine whether the find is subject to the Treasure Act, a formal step toward determining a price to be paid by any institution which wishes to acquire the hoard. The hoard is one of the largest ever found in Britain, and will reveal more about the nation's history in the third century, said Roger Bland, of the British Museum. The find includes more than 760 coins from the reign of Carausius, the Roman naval officer who seized power in 286 and ruled until he was assassinated in 293. "The late third century A.D. was a time when Britain suffered barbarian invasions, economic

crises and civil wars," Bland said. "Roman rule was finally stabilized when the Emperor Diocletian formed a coalition with the Emperor Maximian, which lasted 20 years. This defeated the separatist regime which had been established in Britain by Carausius. "This find presents us with an opportunity to put Carausius on the map. School children across the country have been studying Roman Britain for decades, but are never taught about Carausius our lost British emperor." The discovery of the Roman coins follows last year's discovery of a hoard of AngloSaxon coins in central England. The so-called Staffordshire Hoard included more than 1,500 objects, mostly made from gold. The Portable Antiquities Scheme is a department of the British Museum which deals with treasure finds. Five Filters featured article: Headshot - Propaganda, State Religion and the Attack On the Gaza Peace Flotilla. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.


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supervise Garrido starting in 1999 and did not follow up on reports and observations that SACRAMENTO, Calif. – might have led to their rescue. California parole agents spoke They finally surfaced last to the woman who was held August, after living for nearly captive by a convicted rapist for two decades in a compound in 18 years and bore his two the backyard of Garrido's house children but never bothered to in the eastern San Francisco Bay follow up, according to a report -area city of Antioch. obtained by The Associated Previous reports from the state Press. corrections department and an The revelation, yet another independent inspector general embarrassment for the state s a i d p a r o l e a g e n t s h a d corrections department in the discovered one of the girls case, details how parole agents Garrido had fathered with missed another opportunity to D u g a r d b u t a c c e p t e d h i s rescue Jaycee Dugard. It was explanation that she was a niece. c o n t a i n e d i n d o c u m e n t s That contact was made in 2008 obtained Wednesday under the when the girl was 12. California Public Records Act. Those reports made no mention The report, prepared by the of any contact between parole attorney general's office, was agents and Dugard while she sent to lawmakers in advance of was being held captive. their vote last week to settle Inspector general spokeswoman with the Dugard family for $20 Laura Hill declined to comment million on the attorney general's internal Dugard, now 30, said parole report to lawmakers. Terry agents spoke with her during her Thornton, spokeswoman for the captivity, and with the older of Department of Corrections and the two daughters she bore to Rehabilitation, said she could Phillip Garrido. Garrido has not immediately comment. pleaded not guilty to kidnapping The report gave a stark outline and raping Dugard, who was 11 of the reasons the state agreed to when she disappeared. settle the family's claim with Dugard and her daughters, ages such a large sum. In part, it said 15 and 12, claimed that state the claim is supported by a parole agents failed to properly number of allegations, including

"that agents saw and spoke to Ms. Dugard and her eldest daughter but failed to investigate their identities or their relationship to Garrido." Attorney general's spokeswoman Christine Gasparac said the allegations were made by Dugard through her attorneys during settlement negotiations with the state. She said she could provide no other details, such as when the contact with parole agents occurred, and added that the state will not try to verify Dugard's statement because the damage claim against the state has been settled. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has said he will sign the settlement. Dale Kinsella, Dugard's lawyer, said he could not comment on what was said during settlement negotiations. Dugard's spokeswoman, Nancy Seltzer, also had no comment. The six-page attorney general's report also said the $20 million settlement with the Dugard family appears justified because of "the uniquely tragic circumstances." The most similar case may be that of Elisabeth Fritzl of Vienna, Austria, the report says. Josef Fritzl was convicted last

year of locking his daughter in a rat-infested dungeon for 24 years and fathering seven children with her. Dugard was kidnapped as a young girl, repeatedly raped for years, gave birth to two daughters and was never allowed to attend school, according to the attorney general's report and previous reviews by the corrections department and inspector general. When she was eventually found, she told investigators false stories concocted with Garrido to hide her identity. Garrido's wife, Nancy, also is charged in the case, and has pleaded not guilty. The reports all fault parole agents for failing to follow up on numerous clues, including electric wires running to the secret backyard shed and GPS signals from Garrido's ankle bracelet showing him in the backyard and in other locations where he was not supposed to be. The attorney general's document says the average settlement in victims' compensation claims is $2 million. However, it cites larger awards in two cases involving poor supervision of felons or parolees, one for $22 million

and another for $15.3 million. It estimates it could cost $7 million to provide Dugard and her daughters with a lifetime of therapy and counseling and at least $450,000 to educate Dugard and her daughters, none of whom attended school during their captivity. In their claim against the state, the Dugard family members claimed psychological, physical and emotional damages. "Obviously, no amount of money could compensate these Plaintiffs for what they have endured, but the settlement was made with the intent of providing the financial support that they will need to rebuild their lives," concludes the report written by Senior Assistant Attorney Genera1 Rochelle East. She wrote that the state also settled for fear that the family could win a much larger jury award if they had sued. ___ Associated Press Writer Brooke Donald in San Jose contributed to this report. Five Filters featured article: Headshot - Propaganda, State Religion and the Attack On the Gaza Peace Flotilla. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.

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Georgia claims it has world's oldest person, 130 (AP)
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Mingrelian. Her age couldn't immediately be independently verified. Her S A C H I R E , G e o r g i a – birth certificate was lost — one Authorities in the former Soviet of the great number to have republic of Georgia claim a disappeared in the past century woman from a remote mountain amid revolutions and a civil war village turned 130 on Thursday, which followed the collapse of making her the oldest person on the Russian Empire. Earth. But Meurnishvili showed two Antisa Khvichava from western Soviet-era documents that he Georgia was born on July 8, says attest to her age. Scores of 1 8 8 0 , s a i d G e o r g i y officials, neighbors, friends, and Meurnishvili, spokesman for the descendants backed up her civil registry at the Justice claim as the world's top senior. Ministry. The Gerontology Research The woman, who lives with her Group currently recognizes 11440-year-old grandson in an year-old Eugenie Blanchard of idyllic vine-covered country Saint Barthelemy, France, as the house in the mountains, retired world's oldest person. The from her job as a tea and corn organization is yet to examine picker in 1965, when she was Khvichava's claim. 85, records say. Khvichava has a son, 10 "I've always been healthy, and g r a n d c h i l d r e n , 1 2 g r e a t I've worked all my life — at grandchildren and six great, home and at the farm," said great grandchidren. Khvichava, in a bright dress and Khvichava's 70-year-old son headscarf, her withering lips Mikhail apparently was born r e j u v e n a t e d b y s h i n y r e d when his mother was 60. She lipstick. Sitting in the chair and said she also had two children holding her cane, Khvichava from a previous marriage, but s p o k e q u i e t l y t h r o u g h a n says they died of hunger during interpreter since she never went World War II. to school to learn Georgian and Although Khvichava has speaks only the local language, difficulty walking and has

stayed largely in bed during the past seven years, she makes a point of hobbling unaided to the outhouse on the other side of the yard, loathe to be a nuisance, Mikhail said. Though her body has all but quit on her — her fingers cramped and deformed by age mean she can no longer maintain her love of knitting — relatives say her mind remains sharp. " Grandma has a very clear mind and she hasn't lost an ability to think rationally," said Khvichava's granddaughter Shorena, who lives in a nearby village. To mark the centurion's birthday, a string ensemble played folk music out on the lawn, while grandchildren offered traditional Mingrelian dishes like corn porridge and spiced chicken with herbs to all guests as the party. Five Filters featured article: Headshot - Propaganda, State Religion and the Attack On the Gaza Peace Flotilla. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.

Microsoft Page-Turning Patent Could Spell Trouble For Apple’s iBooks
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Submitted at 7/8/2010 10:07:53 AM

Apple, Amazon, and others have worked hard to simulate the experience of reading a book on a tablet computer, device or smartphone. Specifically, Apple’s iBooks iPad application has a page turning feature that replicates the curling of a page when you flip pages in a book. But Microsoft is claiming that it invented this feature in a patent application, according to a GoRumors report. The patent application, which was filed in 2009, appears to have been filed with Microsoft’s Courier touch-based tablet in mind. But unfortunately, that project was tabled a few months ago. Essentially, Microsoft is trying to patent making a virtual page turn exactly like a real page. Here’s an excerpt from the application: One or more pages are displayed on a touch display. A page-turning gesture directed to a displayed page is recognized. Responsive to such recognition, a virtual page turn is displayed on the touch display. The virtual page turn actively follows the

page-turning gesture. The virtual page turn curls a lifted portion of the page to progressively reveal a back side of the page while progressively revealing a front side of a subsequent page. A lifted portion of the page is given an increased transparency that allows the back side of the page to be viewed through the front side of the page. A pageflipping gesture quickly flips two or more pages. While Microsoft applied last year, it seems that the patent has not actually been awarded to the company yet. But the tablet is dead, so it’s unclear what the benefit would be to Microsoft at this point (besides maybe engaging in a bit of legal patent fun with Apple). But the action that is being patented seems fairly obvious, which may prevent the patent from being awarded. After all, it is nothing more than an animation of a page being turned, an “invention” which goes back to the days of Guttenberg. CrunchBase Information Apple Microsoft Information provided by CrunchBase


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Over 30 Christian, Family Groups Defend Nat'l Prayer Day
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Prominent conservative and family groups filed an amicus brief Wednesday against an earlier court ruling that deemed the National Day of Prayer unconstitutional. "In her decision to strike down the National Day of Prayer, Judge Barbara Crabb attempted to undo two hundred years of American history," said Kelly Shackelford, president/CEO of Liberty Institute, which filed the brief on behalf of more than 30 groups and individuals. "The decision below was an attack upon our heritage and the religious freedom upon which our nation was founded. This outrageous decision must be overturned." Among those joining the challenge are James C. Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family; the Family Research Council; Focus on the Family Action; the American Civil Rights Union; Let Freedom Ring; and family policy councils from throughout

the country. "Prayer is the underpinning of this country that makes it great. I am proud to file this brief along with so many wonderful groups," said Dobson. "Our nation has a rich history of Presidential proclamations for prayer and thanksgiving, and we must not allow revisionist history to dilute that heritage and freedom." In April, U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb struck down the federal statute creating the National Day of Prayer, concluding that it connotes endorsement and encouragement of a particular religious exercise. A lawsuit had been filed in October 2008 by the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Despite the ruling, religious groups were free to organize prayer events on the first Thursday of May. Still, some vowed to appeal the decision. Liberty Institute argues in its brief that invalidating the annual day of prayer "would be an act of hostility to religion, not the accommodating neutrality

required by the Establishment Clause." Contending that it is "completely consistent with the First Amendment," the legal firm also notes that the prayer day "is a benign acknowledgement of the religious nature of the American people." "Moreover, participation in this acknowledgement is entirely voluntary, and does not entail any person’s being subjected to unwelcome assertions of religious faith." The annual prayer event was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress, and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. Since then, all presidents, including President Obama, have issued proclamations designating the National Day of Prayer each year. Five Filters featured article: Headshot - Propaganda, State Religion and the Attack On the Gaza Peace Flotilla. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.

Filed under: iPhone, App Store I've often wondered why, instead of creating their own social gaming platform with Game Center, Apple didn't just swallow up a successful thirdparty platform like OpenFeint. Now, it seems that Apple may have lost its chance: OpenFeint announced this morning, after another multi-million dollar round of financing led by Chinese gaming firm The9, that it will be extending its social gaming network to Android apps. The same features and services available to developers on iOS devices will soon be available to Android developers, and OpenFeint is launching on Android with a few major app developers in tow and support for Google Checkout and a few other services. Now, this may not mean much for those of us who only use iOS devices; OpenFeint will carry on as it has, and it will still integrate with Apple's Game Center as planned. However, it does mean that OpenFeint is no longer serving developers at

Apple's whim; if there's something that Apple doesn't allow them to do that the Android platform does, they can still carry out those plans. Of course, it's a big step for Android as well; one more significant iPhone developer service is now available on Google's open source platform. It's a very interesting move by OpenFeint, and I don't think it's the last we'll see of major iPhone-based services opening up to the competing Android platform. TUAW OpenFeint coming to Android originally appeared on The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) on Thu, 08 Jul 2010 12:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Read| Permalink| Email this| Comments

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Buffett recounts the best advice he's ever received (The Upshot)
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What’s the best advice Warren Buffett has ever received? You might be surprised: It has nothing to do with money. Watch here: In an exclusive interview with Yahoo! News and the Huffington Post, he credited his father with teaching him how to live, and explained that all parents can make a "better human being": "The power of unconditional love. I mean, there is no power on earth like unconditional love. And I think that if you offered that to your child, I mean, you’re 90 percent of the way home. There may be days when you don’t feel like it — it’s not uncritical love; that’s a different animal — but to know you can always come back, that is huge in life. That takes you a long, long way. And I would say that every parent out there that can extend that to their child at an early age, it’s going to make for

a better human being." Buffett spoke from Sun Valley, Idaho, while attending the Allen & Company conference, an annual gathering of technology and media leaders. You can see all 12 Buffett clips on Yahoo News' Newsmakers channel. [ Photos: See Buffett onstage and relaxing] One of the most successful investors of our age, Buffett has been dubbed the Oracle of Omaha for his wide-ranging views on economic, political and cultural issues. ( Berkshire Hathaway, his company, is headquartered in Omaha.) Buffett is in the process of donating 99 percent of his wealth to charity, and recently gave away about $2 billion. He has joined forces once again with Bill and Melinda Gates on an initiative to persuade the world's billionaires to donate half their fortunes to charity. [ Buffett's 6,000-square-foot home, Gates' 66,000-square-foot compound and other billionaire abodes]

To that end, Buffett says Oprah Winfrey should expect his call: And when he’s not recruiting billionaire philanthropists or running Berkshire Hathaway, Buffett told us, he’s probably online. One of his favorite sites? YouTube. [ Music video: Bandana-wearing Buffett sings rock anthem] Find out what Buffett watches on YouTube and get his take on Facebook and Twitter here: — Anna Robertson and Erin Green produced the interview for Yahoo! News. More about Warren Buffett on Yahoo! News: • Buffett to LeBron James: 'Call me' • BP CEO should go, says Buffett • Buffett's sunny forecast for the economy Five Filters featured article: Headshot - Propaganda, State Religion and the Attack On the Gaza Peace Flotilla. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.

ReadWriteWeb is looking for a new Community Manager. This is a full-time role and location is flexible, as we are a virtual team. However, we do need someone in the United States for this particular role. ReadWriteWeb is privileged to have an engaged community of decision makers and thoughtleaders. The Community Manager's job is to engage with our community, to provide support and help develop it. Read on for more details... Sponsor We may not have written the book on online community management, but we wrote a report on it! And as we noted in that report, The ReadWriteWeb Guide to Online Community Management, "the job is part customer service, part marketing, part public relations, and part Web savvy." We are looking for someone

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Cutest Kid of the Day: Ava
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Submitted at 7/8/2010 11:00:00 AM

Each day we will post an adorable picture or video of one

of our readers' cute kids. Ava is ready for bath time! Thanks to mom Amanda for submitting. We want to see more of your adorable kid pictures and

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U.S.-Russia may seek spy swap to free agents
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By Guy Faulconbridge and Andrew Quinn MOSCOW/WASHINGTON| Thu Jul 8, 2010 11:34am EDT M O S C O W / WASHINGTON(Reuters) Russia and the United States appeared to be considering a spy swap on Wednesday to send home a ring of suspected Russian agents whose arrest cast an unwelcome Cold War chill over warming diplomatic ties. Officials for both governments declined to confirm a deal was in the works as U.S. federal prosecutors unsealed formal charges against the group. But a Russian lawyer involved in the affair said a swap was discussed and a U.S. official said Washington might allow the suspected spies to plead guilty and then return to Russia in exchange for the release of certain Russian prisoners. "It's a common practice. It's been done numerous times," the official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters. All 10 suspects in U.S. custody are to be arraigned on Thursday before U.S. District Judge

Kimba Wood. Quick guilty pleas would avoid lengthy trials that officials fear may undercut improving U.S.Russia relations. The two countries are cooperating on Russia's bid to join the World Trade Organization, the global standoff over Iran's nuclear program and other issues. The Russian lawyer said the proposed plan includes exchanging Russian nuclear expert Igor Sutyagin, who was sentenced to 15 years in jail in 2004 for passing classified military information to a British firm which prosecutors said was a front for the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. "They want to exchange Sutyagin for one of those arrested in the United States for spying," Anna Stavitskaya, a lawyer acting for Sutyagin, told Reuters. "It is a one-for-one exchange. So each of those detained in the United States will be swapped for one person from Russia." The alleged Russian spy ring has been major news in the United States since counterintelligence agents arrested the 10 people last month on suspicion of acting as deep-

cover members of a network sent to infiltrate U.S. policymaking circles. An 11th suspect was arrested in Cyprus but then disappeared after being granted bail. "VERY SENSITIVE DISCUSSIONS" Federal prosecutors in New York unsealed a grand jury indictment charging all of the suspects with acting as unregistered foreign agents and nine of them with conspiracy to commit money laundering. Three suspects held in Virginia and two in Boston were ordered to be sent to Manhattan, court papers said. Two of the Virginia detainees have admitted they were in the United States under fake names, according to prosecutors. Only one of the 10 suspects in U.S. custody -- Vicky Pelaez, a columnist for the New York Spanish-language daily El Diario -- has been granted release pending trial. The government has appealed that decision and a bail hearing has been set for Friday. A lawyer representing another of the suspects, Anna Chapman, said he was in contact with Russian officials and that they

had met with Chapman in jail. "We are in very sensitive discussions ... about a possible resolution of her case," federal defender Robert Baum said in an email to Reuters. U.S. and Russian officials have vowed the spy case will not set back the broader relationship and U.S. officials appeared eager to play down the affair. William Burns, under secretary of state for political affairs, touched on the spy case in talks with the Russian ambassador on Wednesday, State Department spokesman Mark Toner said without giving any details. "I'd have to refer you to the Justice Department on any speculation about a spy swap," Toner said. Justice Department officials declined to comment. A spokeswoman for Russia's Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) also declined to comment and no Russian official has yet confirmed that a swap could take place. News of the possible swap emerged after Sutyagin was suddenly moved this week from a prison in Kholmogory, in Russia's northern region of Arkhangelsk, to Moscow's high-

security Lefortovo prison and allowed to see his family. Sutyagin told his family, including brother Dmitry, of the plans to exchange him for the accused in the United States in a swap that would involve travel to Vienna and London. Dmitry said Sutyagin had seen a list of names of other people who would be swapped. One name on the list was Skripal -- a likely reference to Sergei Skripal, a Russian officer who was convicted of spying for Britain in 2006. "Sutyagin agreed to the swap offer as he had no other choice left. He knew that otherwise his whole life would be broken," said Stavitskaya. "But he still insists he is innocent." (Additional reporting by James Vicini and Jeremy Pelofsky in Washington, Basil Katz in New York, Editing by John O'Callaghan) Five Filters featured article: Headshot - Propaganda, State Religion and the Attack On the Gaza Peace Flotilla. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.

Video: Tom & Cameron Compete in Friendly Spanish-Speaking Contest
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Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz each take a shot at speaking Spanish while promoting Knight

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Three Britons found guilty in suicide bomb plot
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LONDON| Thu Jul 8, 2010 10:25am EDT LONDON(Reuters) - Three Britons were convicted on Thursday of plotting to murder hundreds of people in suicide bombings after being recruited by an al Qaeda-inspired cell bent on blowing up transatlantic airliners bound for North America. The three men, who recorded martyrdom videos threatening waves of attacks against Britain and the United States, worked with the gang that planned to bring down planes with homemade liquid bombs. Their conviction follows one of Britain's biggest counterterrorism investigations and a series of trials around a plot that prosecutors said could have been on the same scale as the 9/ 11 attacks. Twelve people have now been convicted in connection with the plot that led to extra security checks at airports worldwide and tight restrictions on passengers carrying liquids onto planes.

The three convicted on Thursday had faced two previous trials in 2008 and 2009. A jury at their first trial failed to agree a verdict. They were acquitted at the second trial of knowing that the plot was targeting planes. Prosecutors made the unusual decision to push for a third trial where the three faced a broader charge of conspiracy to murder, replacing the previous charge of plotting to kill people on airliners. Ibrahim Savant, Arafat Waheed Khan and Waheed Zaman were convicted by a jury at Woolwich Crown Court, east London, and will be sentenced on Friday, the Press Association reported. They face a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. 'MID-AIR EXPLOSIONS' The court heard how the plot involved smuggling liquid bombs in soft drinks bottles onto planes bound for North America. A team of suicide bombers planned to assemble and detonate the hydrogen peroxide devices in mid-air. The plot's ringleader, Abdulla Ahmed Ali, identified seven flights to San Francisco,

Toronto, Montreal, Washington, New York and Chicago that left London within 2-1/2 hours of each other. Ali was jailed for life last September. In his video, Ali said the attacks would be punishment from "the people of Islam" for Western attempts "to humiliate us, kill us and destroy us." In the latest trial, the jury rejected the three men's defense that the plot was part of an elaborate publicity stunt. Sue Hemming, head of the Crown Prosecution Service's counter-terrorism division, said the plot was intended "to cause death and injury on a massive scale." "These men were involved in a calculated and sophisticated plot to create a terrorist event of major proportions," she said in a statement. (Reporting by Peter Griffiths; Editing by Steve Addison) Five Filters featured article: Headshot - Propaganda, State Religion and the Attack On the Gaza Peace Flotilla. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.

The past year has seen both Sony and Samsung unveil tiny interchangeable lens cameras designed to compete with the Micro Four Thirds units from Panasonic and Olympus, and now Nikon's getting in the game as well -- company president Makoto Kimura told Bloomberg Nikon will introduce a "new concept" mirrorless cameras with enhanced video functions as early as this year. (That sort of sounds like the Canon G11 competitor with DSLR tech Nikon was hinting at earlier this year, but we can't tell if they're the same.) Kimura says that Nikon is "intensively" focused on developing the new mirrorless product as part of a plan to increase SLR revenue -Nikon's goal is to increase interchangeable lens camera sales a whopping 80 percent over the next three years. That's

ambitious, but if Nikon can produce a tiny shooter with some of the D3S's low-light capabilities and the ability to accept even a subset of its modern family of lenses, we don't think it's out of the question. We'll see what happens. Nikon planning "new concept" mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras with enhanced video modes originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 08 Jul 2010 12:45:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink Slashgear| Bloomberg| Email this| Comments

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IMF says U.S. recovering but sees unemployment, housing risks
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weaknesses -- along with elevated unemployment -- are likely to continue to restrain WASHINGTON| Thu Jul 8, private spending," the fund said. 2010 11:00am EDT The IMF said the key challenge WASHINGTON(Reuters) - for the United States was to High unemployment and a d e v e l o p a c r e d i b l e f i s c a l moribund housing market are strategy to ensure that public constraining the U.S. economic debt was seen to be put on a recovery, while the public debt s u s t a i n a b l e p a t h w i t h o u t looms large on the horizon and jeopardizing the recovery. needs to be addressed, the The fund forecast U.S. federal International Monetary Fund debt as a percentage of GDP said on Thursday. would rise from 64 percent in The IMF raised its U.S. growth 2010 to 72.4 percent by 2012 forecast slightly to 3.3 percent and 96.3 percent by 2020. It for 2010 and 2.9 percent for welcomed commitments by the 2011, but said unemployment O b a m a a d m i n i s t r a t i o n t o would remain above 9 percent stabilize this at just over 70 for both years and inflation percent of gross domestic would remain low. product by 2015 but called for a In a statement released after its downward path after that, a step annual consultations with U.S. t h a t w o u l d r e q u i r e b o t h government authorities, the IMF spending cuts and increased said recovery from recession revenues. had become well established It endorsed planned immediate due to a powerful fiscal and measures to reduce the budget monetary policy response. deficit, but said these should be "The outlook has improved in designed to have the smallest tandem with recovery, but impact on demand. It also said r e m a i n i n g h o u s e h o l d a n d longer term measures were f i n a n c i a l b a l a n c e s h e e t needed to address entitlement
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pressures, such as imbalances in the Social Security pension system. It said the biggest contribution the United States could make to global growth and stability would be to increase its domestic savings -- particularly by reducing deficits -- and said the U.S. could no longer serve as the world's consumer. This would require domestic demand growth in exporting countries, the Fund said. "With the U.S. dollar now moderately overvalued from a medium term perspective, this will need to be accompanied by greater exchange rate flexibility/ appreciation elsewhere," the IMF added. (Reporting by David Lawder; Editing by Neil Stempleman) Five Filters featured article: Headshot - Propaganda, State Religion and the Attack On the Gaza Peace Flotilla. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.

Report: FaceTimecapable iPod Touch in the works
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said that new iPod Touch will include FaceTime, Apple's new video-calling feature. iPod Touch(Credit: Apple) A John Lewis spokeswoman An updated iPod Touch c o n f i r m e d t o C N E T o n boasting features found in the Thursday that Hennessy made iPhone 4 is slated for release the remarks, though she added this fall, according to a buyer for that Hennessy was "speculating" a prominent U.K. retail chain. about the device. The Rob Hennessy, the audio and spokeswoman added that Apple telecom buyer for U.K. retail has not contacted John Lewis giant John Lewis, said this week directly or discussed any new at a company event focused on version of the device. the holiday-shopping season that CNET has also contacted Apple the updated iPod Touch will be but has not immediately heard aimed at teens and kids. back. S e v e r a l U . K . t e c h b l o g s Five Filters featured article: reported Hennessy as saying Headshot - Propaganda, State that the next iPod Touch will Religion and the Attack On the mimic the iPhone 4 by including Gaza Peace Flotilla. Available a 5-megapixel camera, a flash, tools: PDF Newspaper, Full HD video recording, and a Text RSS, Term Extraction. gyroscope. He also reportedly
Submitted at 7/8/2010 11:00:01 AM

Street Chic: New York
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Submitted at 7/8/2010 6:00:00 AM

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Issuing of new drill ban over BP depends on case
(Reuters: Top News)
Submitted at 7/8/2010 11:13:17 AM

By Tom Doggett and Jeremy Pelofsky WASHINGTON/NEW ORLEANS| Thu Jul 8, 2010 12:13pm EDT WASHINGTON/NEW ORLEANS(Reuters) - The Obama administration said on Thursday it will immediately issue a revised ban on deepwater drilling if an appeals court does not allow it to reinstate the sixmonth moratorium it imposed in the wake of the BP oil spill. However, it will not impose a new drilling ban if the federal court in New Orleans supports its initial moratorium, an Interior Department official told Reuters. A hearing before a three-judge appeals panel is scheduled for 3 p.m. CDT/4 p.m. EDT (2000 GMT) on Thursday on the ban imposed during the investigation of what caused the April 20

drilling rig explosion that killed 11 men and triggered the worst oil spill in U.S. history. A federal judge stopped the ban last month, ruling in favor of drillers like Hornbeck Offshore Services Inc, who argued the moratorium was too broad, would cost jobs and unfairly punished their industry. Department of Justice lawyers will argue the ban is sufficiently narrow and necessary to avoid another disastrous spill such as the one that has leaked oil into the Gulf of Mexico for 80 days. Depending on how the threejudge panel rules, legal experts said the losing side could appeal to the full appeals court and the case ultimately could be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court. Ahead of the hearing, BP's New York share price on Thursday was up fractionally after rising about 24 percent in the past eight trading days on talk company executives were

seeking new investors and optimism the worst might be behind the company. BP sought to stanch some of that optimism on Thursday after a report it could stop the well by July 27, when it is due to report its second quarter income. The target for completing a relief well to stop the flow had been mid-August. The company said it could stop the well by July 27 only under perfect conditions. (Additional reporting by Matthew Bigg in Mississippi, Martinne Geller in New York, Rodrigo Campos in New York and Kristen Hays in Houston; Writing by Patricia Zengerle; Editing by Kristin Roberts and Jerry Norton) Five Filters featured article: Headshot - Propaganda, State Religion and the Attack On the Gaza Peace Flotilla. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.

eMeter Smart Grid Software Company Raises $12.5 Million
Matylda Czarnecka (TechCrunch)
Submitted at 7/8/2010 12:05:24 PM

Smart Grid management software producer eMeter announced a $12.5 million Series F round of funding today. The investment comes from Sequoia Capital and Foundation Capital, who have both invested in the company previously, along with Northgate Capital. The company was founded in 1999 and has raised nearly $70 million in funding. eMeter works with more than a dozen electric, gas and water utility companies which use it to provide detailed usage data to their customers. eMeter is not new to the space and other companies like OPOWER, Silver Spring Networks and Google are also working to secure similar utility company

deals. eMeter will use the funding for sales and marketing, service improvements and new product development. The company recently briefed the White House and Department of Energy on results of the PowerCents DC Program, which used the company’s products to test different pricing models for consumer energy consumption. CrunchBase Information eMeter Information provided by CrunchBase CrunchBase Information Sequoia Capital Foundation Capital Northgate Capital Information provided by CrunchBase

Samsung Captivate coming to AT&T on July 18 for $200
Chris Ziegler (Engadget)
Submitted at 7/8/2010 11:42:00 AM

We've just gotten official word that the Captivate-- AT&T's rendition of Samsung's global Galaxy S line of high-end Android phones -- will be

available starting Sunday, July 18 for $199 on contract with no rebate required. That pricing is more or less what we'd expected considering that T-Mobile priced the Vibrant the same way -- and if rumors of T-Mobile's launch date bump are true, the

Captivate won't be the first kid

on the block. Still, all four US nationals are getting this thing in July, which is an extremely impressive Android coup for the boys and girls over at Sammy. Stay tuned for a review just as soon as we can make it happen. Samsung Captivate coming to

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Skype’s Innermost Security Layers Claimed To Be ReverseEngineered
Robin Wauters (TechCrunch)
Submitted at 7/8/2010 9:17:39 AM

Internet telephony giant Skype may well have a significant security issue on its hands, TechCrunch has learned. Someone claims to have reverse -engineered the proprietary encryption protocols Skype has put in place to prevent developers from building their own Skype desktop clients or Web-based services based on the company’s in-house technology. If this checks out, this basically means the walls of Skype’s pretty garden have been abruptly hauled down, something the company was hoping to do on its own, albeit slowly, by rolling out public APIs in the future. The full extent of what a possible breach of this system could entail is unclear, but worst case, malicious hackers could gain insights from the reverseengineered procedures and learn how to exploit it. To be clear: there’s no reason for panic until the implications become obvious. Either way, Skype posits there is no security issue at all, but the jury is still out on that. Let’s start with the beginning. The person who claims to have pulled of this feat – he writes under the moniker Sean O’Neil, which is almost certainly a

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Sunny finale to Solar Impulse's night flight
(CNET News.com)
Submitted at 7/8/2010 11:18:52 AM

Powered by the sun, the Solar Impulse stayed in the air for 26 hours.(Credit: Solar Impulse/ Stephane Gros) Energized just by the rays of the sun, the Solar Impulse HBSIA aircraft landed Thursday morning at its Swiss airbase after completing its first day-and -night flight. Kept aloft for more than 26 hours by pilot André Borschberg, the lightweight, long-limbed solar plane made it into the history books by achieving the longest and highest flight in the history of solar aviation, according to the Solar Impulse team. Greeted by hundreds of cheering supporters upon landing at 9:00 a.m. Swiss time, Borschberg expressed his feelings about the historic journey. "I've been a pilot for 40 years now, but this flight has been the most incredible one of my flying career," said Borschberg, also the CEO and co-founder of the project, as he exited the cockpit. "Just sitting there and watching the battery charge level rise and rise thanks to the sun... And then that suspense, not knowing whether we were going to manage to stay up in the air the whole night. And finally the joy of seeing the sun rise and feeling the energy beginning to circulate in the solar panels

"This is a crucial step forward, it gives full credibility to the speeches [we've been giving for] years about renewable energies and clean techs and allows us now to get closer to the perpetual flight without using a drop of fuel!" For the record, the stats for the flight were as follows: • Take-off time: 7/7/2010 - 6:51 a.m • Landing time: 7/8/2010 - 9:00 a.m. • Flight duration: 26 hours, 9 minutes, 26 seconds. • Maximum speed: 68 knots (78 mph) (ground speed). • Average speed: 23 knots (26 mph). • Maximum altitude: 28,000 feet above sea level. The flight seems to have been accomplished without undue again!" In the hours of darkness, the as a car, off the ground. stress. At about midnight As the sun set, the Solar aircraft flew "on pure potential The team was, understandably, Switzerland time, the Solar Impulse stayed in the sky, energy," the Solar Impulse team exultant when the mission was Impulse blog offered this report: powered solely by its chargec wrote, "meaning no direct solar over. "André says he's feeling great batteries.(Credit: Solar Impulse/ power from the sun, no indirect "I have just flown more than 26 up there...Everything has been Stephane Gros) solar power from the batteries, hours without using a drop of going well. His only complaints T o c o m p l e t e t h e f l i g h t , but simply lift from a slow fuel and without causing any involve little things like a Borschberg slowly attained an descent." pollution," added Borschberg slightly sore back, as well as a altitude of 28,000 feet on The HB-SIA's solar panels, after his landing. 10-hour period during which it Wednesday as the energy from with more than 12,000 solar Bertrand Piccard, the initiator was -20 degrees Celsius in the the sun powered the Solar cells, are on its wings, which and president of the project, also cockpit. That made his drinking Impulse HB-SIA and charged its stretch as far as those on a 747 had a few happy words for his water system freeze up and batteries to keep it aloft at night. jumbo jet. They provided the partner the moment the plane worse of all, his ipod batteries A s t h e s u n s e t , t h e p i l o t juice to the plane's lithium touched down. die." switched to those batteries polymer batteries and to the four "Bravo André! You have just A Web site set up for the night hoping they would provide 10-horsepower electric motors proved that what I have been flight maps out the plane's enough power to stay in the sky that got the aircraft, which at 1.7 dreaming about for the last 11 SUNNY page 22 the entire night. tons weighs only about as much years is possible", said Piccard.


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past 10 years to no avail, published a blog post with a title that leaves little to the imagination:“Skype’s Biggest Secret Revealed”. The post was submitted to Reddit not long after publication, but for whatever reason the blog (enrupt.com) is no longer accessible now, although you can still get to the cached version of the article in question (see below). Here are the key parts of the blog post (I removed the link to the ciphers, but they shouldn’t be too hard to find, as the information is already spreading in the places these things tend to spread, and quickly at that): For over 10 years, Skype enjoyed selling the world security by obscurity. We must admit, really good obscurity. I mean, really really good obscurity. So good that almost no one has been able to reverse engineer it out of the numerous Skype binaries. Those who could, didn’t dare to publish their code, as it most certainly looked scarier than Frankenstein. The time has come to reveal this secret. XXX contains the greatest secret of Skype communication protocol, the obfuscated Skype RC4 key expansion algorithm in plain

portable C. Enjoy! I’m no security expert, let alone an experienced coder, so it’s hard for me to assess the significance of the release of the algorithm. Co-Founder & CEO at Scio Security Dug Song, however, is convinced this is regarded as a major breakthrough in hacker circles, according to his tweets. Industry blog The H Security, meanwhile, cautiously warns that the publication of the code does “not mean that Skype’s encryption can be considered ‘cracked’ “. For what it’s worth, Sean O’Neil (again, probably not his real name) says this code has been in his possession for a long time, and that some of it was leaked a couple of months ago – leading to usage of it by hackers with malicious intent. He also says he reported the leak to Skype, but writes that he was “abused by Skype administration”, whatever that means. I do not want to go into any finger-pointing details here, but naturally, we do not wish to be held responsible for our code being abused. So we decided that the time has come for all the IT security experts to have it. Why let the hackers have the advantage? As professional

cryptologists and reverse engineers, we are not on their side. Skype is a popular and important product. We believe that this publication will help the IT security community help secure Skype better. However, for the time being, we are not giving away a licence to use our code for free in commercial products. Please contact us if you need a commercial licence. The blog post is signed with ‘Skype Reverse Engineering Team’, and ends with an open invitation to the next Chaos C o m m u n i c a t i o n Congress(27C3) in Berlin, to “hear all the juicy details on how to use this function to decrypt Skype traffic”. Skype is quite open about being aware that this code is out in the open, but seems overly confident that it poses no security risk of any kind. This is the statement I was provided with: Skype, like other software that provide IM capabilities, has been the target of SPAM. We have been working for some time on reducing this volume and as a result have seen a marked decrease in the volumes of SPAM directed to our customers. We believe that the work being done by Sean

O’Neil, who we understand was formerly known as Yaroslav Charnovsky, is directly facilitating spamming attacks against Skype and we are considering our legal remedies. Whilst we understand the desire for people to reverse engineer our protocols with the intent of improving security, the work done by this individual clearly demonstrates the opposite. Skype has invested heavily in the safety and privacy of our software and we are proud of the high levels of security that we are able to offer our customers. This release of code in no way compromises this. Skype remains a safe and effective method of global communications and Skype will vigorously defend our security from any and all known threats. I’ll reiterate once more that I’m not a security expert, but I’m sure the significance of the code’s release will be actively discussed by people who are in the coming days. Any security wizards who’d like to weigh in on this in the comment section? CrunchBase Information Skype Information provided by CrunchBase

journey and will eventually offer a recording of the landing. The success of HB-SIA prototype this week paves the way for the next journey of the Solar Impulse. Now that the plane has proven it can fly at night using solar energy captured during the day, the team said it plans to push the human and technological limits further. Next will be a flight across the Atlantic (in 2011) and then an around-the-world trip (in 2012) using the HB-SIB prototype set to be built this summer. Five Filters featured article: Headshot - Propaganda, State Religion and the Attack On the Gaza Peace Flotilla. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.

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AR Textbooks, Virtual Chemistry Sets & the Future of Learning
Chris Cameron (ReadWriteWeb)

to teach her about the layers of the earth. Using quick response (QR) Submitted at 7/8/2010 12:30:00 PM codes, a camera is able to detect Though augmented reality (AR) which page the student is on and as a technology has existed for can display supplementary 3D roughly two decades, it has only materials. The student controls just begun to break into the the experience by presenting m a i n s t r e a m b y w a y o f one of three business card-sized immersive desktop and mobile QR codes that either activate or experiences. Much of what has advance a sequence of models been seen so far has been either for each page. They can get a in the entertainment, marketing closer look or a different angle and location-based sectors, but on the models by simply moving one area that is sure to benefit the book closer to the camera or from AR is education. One of rotating it. the most obvious ways AR will The experience is pretty i m p a c t e d u c a t i o n i s b y compelling as it is. Animations enhancing learning materials for play on some of the pages, students, and a new demo from explaining how signals travel a Bangkok-based organization differently through the various shows just that. layers of the earth. The visuals Sponsor are nothing new, but the fact Perhaps providing a glimpse they could theoretically be into the near future of learning, viewed by a student holding a the video ( embedded below) s m a r t p h o n e would from Thailand's Institute for the fundamentally change the way Promotion of Teaching Science students use textbooks. and Technology (IPST) shows I hope, however, that the use of how augmented reality could QR codes is reduced when a help students open a whole new product like this goes to market. dimension from their textbooks. The codes, while big and easy to In this example, a student flips recognize for computer vision through a geology book meant software, are clunky, obtrusive

and rob publishers of page real estate. Sufficient image recognition technology exists that should allow smaller imaged based markers to be used to activate the experience (or the entire page could be used as a marker). Using the handheld markers to activate and change the models shouldn't be necessary either, as previous AR experiences - as seen in this example from Total Immersion- have let users control 3D models by placing fingers on top of specific parts of a marker. Qualcomm, which announced its new AR SDK last week at Uplinq 2010, said the kit would include support for this functionality, which it calls "virtual buttons." Needless to say, it can be done, and in the case of augmented textbooks, should be done. The possibilities for education and augmented reality go far

beyond just textbooks. In fact, augmented reality could make learning safer for kids. Why place dangerous chemicals in the hands of children when virtual chemistry sets could eliminate any dangers? Kids can swap protective goggles for head-mounted displays (HMDs) and beakers and bunsen burners for virtual test tubes with 3D chemicals - all of which could be done from the comfort of the student's desk, or even at home. Augmented reality has enormous potential in the education space. Earlier this year, the New Media Consortium reported in its 2010 Horizon Report that simple augmented reality is just two to three years away from having a significant impact on education. Augmented books and virtual chemistry sets are likely only a fraction of the way the technology will revolutionize the way students learn. Photo by Flickr user Neys. Discuss

This Market Is Ready To Fall Like 2008 And It's Only The Plunge Protection Team Saving Us!
Gregory White (The Money Game)
Submitted at 7/8/2010 11:17:16 AM

Damon Vickers of Nine Points Capital spoke to CNBC this morning about his belief that we're heading towards another downturn the size of 2008, and that the plunge protection team is what is saving us. • 1:15 Real estate is going to be going down for many years, and the savings rate is of concern. The public cannot sell real estate because the market is bad, but they can sell stocks. • 2:25 Financial service stocks are a bit overpriced, and the plunge protection team is saving the market. • 3:30 It's common knowledge that the government comes in and buys when the market is weak. • 4:45 This is a bear market rally, it should be sold. Join the conversation about this story »


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Report: By 2015, $45 billion spent on smart grids
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ABI's worldwide figure includes an estimated $41 billion on smart-grid Governments and private transmission and distribution interests worldwide are expected infrastructure, as well as $4.8 to increase investments in smart billion on smart meters for -grid technology, spending a homes. total of more than $45 billion by The reason for the intense 2015, says a new ABI Research global interest in smart grids is a report released Thursday. matter of good timing as well as Smart grids are electrical grid the availability of the new s y s t e m s w i t h t w o - w a y technology and a desire to curb communication tools attached energy use, according to the on both the utility and user ends A B I r e p o r t " S m a r t G r i d to facilitate better energy Applications: Smart Meters, efficiency practices. The D e m a n d R e s p o n s e , a n d integrated computerized systems D i s t r i b u t e d G e n e r a t i o n . " enable real-time monitoring of "Most of the electric utility e l e c t r i c i t y g e n e r a t i o n , infrastructure deployed in the distribution, and use. They can industrialized world was built do things like warn utilities of between 60 and 80 years ago. peak demand geographically so Much of this infrastructure is accommodations can be made, o u t d a t e d , a n d w i t h t h e or advise consumers of off-peak continuing increase in demand hours for running non-essential for power year after year, the appliances. They can even grid cannot safely and reliably n o t i f y c o n n e c t e d " s m a r t " manage the loads of today and appliances in the home to turn tomorrow without significant on or off. upgrades," Larry Fisher,
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research director of NextGen, the ABI Research division that wrote the report. To put it plainly: most electrical grids are long overdue for an upgrade anyway. But it's not just issues of reliability and burden forcing electrical grids into updates. Electricity generation and storage needs are changing as governments push to include more electricity produced from renewable energy sources. The majority of electrical grids were originally built to transmit electricity generated from fossil fuel plants. They're not really equipped to handle the intermittent nature of renewable energy electricity generation like that of wind or solar, which require nuanced integration and, in some cases, electricity storage, according to the ABI Research report. Consumer electricity use has changed as well in the last 60 to 80 years. Electrical grids need to

be updated to accommodate the predicted increase in the use of plug-in electric vehicles, according to ABI research. Pike Research has also predicted big investment in smart grids, albeit from a slightly different angle. It's recent estimate encompassed any smart gridrelated technology including cybersecurity software for a total cumulative expenditure of$200 billion spent worldwide between 2008 and 2015(a time span two years longer than the ABI estimate period). Pike Research estimated that$21 million will be spent on cybersecurity for smart grids between 2010 and 2015. Five Filters featured article: Headshot - Propaganda, State Religion and the Attack On the Gaza Peace Flotilla. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.

Alexis Bryan Morgan's Notes on Couture: Valentino
ELLE.com (ELLE Fashion Blogs)
Submitted at 7/8/2010 8:05:00 AM

There was mob scene outside of the Valentino show at 8 Place Vendome. At least 200 teenagers were shouting and taking photographs of Olivia Palermo who walked in before me. At least one girl shouted in French "She is the girl that works with Whitney Port!!!" Meanwhile, the collection was sweet — packed with bows and candy colored dresses. —ALEXIS BRYAN MORGAN

Install Flash on a jailbroken iPad, if you really want to
Victor Agreda, Jr. (The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW))

happened and Comex got Flash working on an jailbroken iPad. We all knew this was technically possible, but clearly Submitted at 7/8/2010 12:30:00 PM Filed under: iPad Apple doesn't feel that Flash's Well, if the video above doesn't performance on their mobile prove to you how compelling devices warrants full support. Flash on the iPad can be, W h e t h e r i t i s b a t t e r y o r nothing will. Yes, the inevitable multitasking or whatever, Flash

isn't allowed and we don't think it will be allowed any time soon ( 10.1 notwithstanding). Nevertheless, if you're in the iPad jailbreaking set, go ahead and give it a try; Engadget has the how-to. You're missing out on all those crazy dancing skeletons and laughing babies.

As you can see in the video you'll want to break out that Bluetooth keyboard to enjoy the full spectrum of the Flash web, as touch events aren't always analogous to mouse clicks and controls for games often require basic arrow key functionality. TUAW Install Flash on a

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Apple's Siri Teams Up With Wolfram Alpha
Mike Melanson (ReadWriteWeb)

HP's 11.6-inch Pavilion dm1 goes on sale
Darren Murph (Engadget)
Submitted at 7/8/2010 12:04:00 PM

that President Obama was born on Friday, August 4, 1961, but that this was 48 years, 11 Submitted at 7/8/2010 1:05:00 PM months and 4 days ago. Or more When we first reviewed Siri specifically, it was 17,870 days last February, we called it "one ago on the 216th day of 1961. of the most ambitious mobile (You have to love that special services we have seen in the last brand of Wolfram Alpha few years." At the time, we Accelerator competition and answer, where you not only get acknowledged that, while Siri- soon after it was acquired by the basic facts, but the facts in which was recently acquired by Apple. Now, a partnership with every way you could possibly Apple - has answers for a Wolfram Alpha can really bring want.) p l e t h o r a o f q u e s t i o n s , i t Siri to the next level. While the app told us that we wouldn't be able to handle them Before now, Siri was limited to were "stretching its capabilities" all. We lamented that "sadly the a select number of categories when we asked it "What's the app doesn't use Wolfram Alpha and information types that it circumference of the Earth?", it to give you answers to factual could answer questions or q u i c k l y a n s w e r e d , u s i n g provide services for. It could Wolfram Alpha, that the Earth's questions (yet)." Today, we lament no longer, as reserve you a table for two at a equatorial circumference was the latest update to the virtual l o c a l s t e a k h o u s e u s i n g 24,901.47 miles. Where before personal assistant notes that it OpenTable. It could help you we relied on Siri to ask simple can now provide you with buy tickets to a five o'clock questions about a specific set of w i t h real life situations, we now feel "more knowledge and s h o w i n g MovieTickets.com or tell you if comfortable asking it the most computation results" using "computational knowledge it was going to rain tomorrow inane of questions. The addition u s i n g W e a t h e r B u g . B u t of Wolfram Alpha turns Siri into engine" Wolfram Alpha. questions like "What time is it in much more than simply a virtual Sponsor We first ran into Siri nearly two Paris?" or "When was President personal assistant. It's now a years ago now and since then Obama born?" would likely end virtual personal researcher, too. the company has been on a tear. up with a list of search results. As Siri CEO Dag Kittlaus once D u r i n g t h i s y e a r ' s S X S W Now, with Wolfram Alpha, told us, Siri really is the "mother Interactive, we quickly pegged it you'll get a straightforward of all mashups." Discuss to run away with the BizSpark answer. You'll not only find out

HP's Pavilion dm1 has done an awfully great job of living in the shadows, but it's just about time this 11.6-inch ultranote finally peek its head out to do battle with Gateway's LT32 and the host of others slotted between netbook and ultraportable. At long last, the style-centered dm1z is up for sale, touting space for 5GB of DDR3 RAM, a 250GB hard drive (or a 128GB SSD), a 92 percent fullsize keyboard, optional external DVD burner, a 6-cell battery good for up to 5.25 hours of usage, VGA webcam, three USB sockets, a 5-in-1 card reader and a 64-bit copy of Windows 7 Home Premium or Professional. On the CPU front, it's AMD's Athlon II Neo running the show, with a variety of choices ranging from 1.3GHz

(K325) to 1.7GHz (K125); there's also an ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4225 GPU, 1,366 x 768 resolution panel, 802.11n WiFi, optional WWAN and a total weight of just 3.24 pounds. The whole shebang gets going at just $449.99, but don't be shocked at how easy it is to push this cutie beyond six or seven Benjamins. HP's 11.6-inch Pavilion dm1 goes on sale originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 08 Jul 2010 12:04:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink LogicBuy| HP| Email this| Comments

Gadget and Gear Deals of the Day [Dealhacker]
Jason Fitzpatrick (Lifehacker)
Submitted at 7/8/2010 10:00:00 AM

We've got deep discounts on

dual-core laptops, discounted monitors, and a great deal on the ROKU HD-XR Netflix player. Wallet on lock down until next month? No worries, dive into

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MapQuest 4 Mobile Gets Spoken Directions, Background Location
Mike Melanson (ReadWriteWeb)
Submitted at 7/8/2010 11:35:40 AM

If you've spent much time driving around and trying to navigate using Google Maps, then you know how difficult (and potentially unsafe!) it can be to try to look down and read the tiny instructions on where to go. Personally, I've spent many an hour wishing it would just read the directions aloud, as with many of the expensive GPS directions apps that are out there, but without having to shell out the big bucks. While this feature doesn't seem to be showing up for Google Maps quite yet, it looks like Mapquest 4 Mobile has released a new version that will speak driving directions and more. Sponsor MapQuest just announced version 2.0 of its mobile offering for iPhone this week and it comes with several features we often see only with expensive GPS apps. This new version of MapQuest 4 Mobile not only speaks street

names, meaning you don't have to take your eyes off the road, it does it quite well. The voice used in the app was quite understandable and gave not just the street name, but the entire direction, out loud. In addition to speaking the directions, the app also re-routes the directions automatically if you miss a turn - another must have for an in-car GPS system. The latest version of MapQuest 4 Mobile also offers iOS4 compatibility, meaning background location. This update "allows MapQuest 4 Mobile iPhone to organize the myriad of purposes afforded by fast application switching and background GPS (via iOS 4) by continuing Voice Guidance & Spoken Street Names whether on a call, listening to iPod, or saving battery with the

application hidden." Of course, our only complaint remains the same - the iPhone's GPS can, at timez, be absolutely terrible. We tried mounting the phone directly under the windshield and even holding it out the window to make sure nothing was blocking its view of the sky, but still it told us we were miles away in another location. When the signal is good, however, everything works great. Beyond the new features, MapQuest 4 Mobile offers some standard ones that you find online with Google Maps, but not in the iPhone app, such as being able to avoid toll roads and highways or plot out walking directions instead of driving directions. The "avoid highways" feature alone is enough to make us download this app. MapQuest 4 Mobile for the iPhone is available for download in the iTunes App Store. Discuss

Quanta sets new record for laptop shipments in June
Donald Melanson (Engadget)
Submitted at 7/8/2010 12:26:00 PM

things should rebound again in August. What's the cause for the uptick? Quanta says it's at least You may not realize it, but partly due to the easing of some there's a good chance that the component shortages, including laptop you're using right now those Arrandale processors that was made by Quanta-- the have been in short supply-- as company is the largest laptop PC World notes, Intel has said manufacturer in the world, and that it's been ramping up it looks like it's only getting production in order to catch up bigger. According to PC World, with demand before the end of the company (which counts HP, the second quarter. Dell and Sony among its clients) Quanta sets new record for set a new record for laptop l a p t o p s h i p m e n t s i n J u n e shipments in June, moving originally appeared on Engadget upwards of 4.8 million laptops on Thu, 08 Jul 2010 12:26:00 f o r a b o u t $ 3 . 1 b i l l i o n i n EDT. Please see our terms for r e v e n u e . I t d o e s e x p e c t use of feeds. Permalink| PC shipments to "slow down a little World| Email this| Comments bit" in July, however, but says

Consolidate Firefox 4 Beta's Toolbars Even Further [Toolbars]
Kevin Purdy (Lifehacker)
Submitted at 7/8/2010 7:30:00 AM

The Firefox 4 beta has a new

look, with tabs on top and reduced browser chrome space (on Windows only, for now). If you'd like an even more

minimalist, Chrome-like

toolbar, you can get it with a CSS tweak. More » Mozilla Firefox- FirefoxBrowsers- Clients- WWW

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Kin memorial site bites the dust
(CNET News.com)
Submitted at 7/8/2010 11:10:11 AM

The original KinRIP site, seen here, was built on top of online memorial platform ForeverMissed.com. However, it was taken down after complaints from other ForeverMissed.com customers.(Credit: Screenshot by CNET) It turns out that a memorial site for Microsoft's short-lived Kin turned out to have an even shorter life than the device to which it paid tribute. The site, KinRIP.com, was built o n t o p o f t h e ForeverMissed.com platform, which allows people to create an online tribute to departed loved ones. Well, apparently a significant number of the bereaved were none to pleased to see a gadget memorialized in the same way as their departed

loved ones. ForeverMissed.com's Oleg Andelman said that he got more than 60 complaints after the Kin memorial site went up last week. "Some were particularly touching," Andelman said in an e-mail. "One was from a father who...had a memorial created

for his young daughter. He was pleading for me to take action. Another one was from the family of U.S. marine, recently killed in Afghanistan." Andelman said that, although the Kin memorial was generating publicity for his site, he decided that the service's current user base's concerns

would win the day and he took down the Kin tribute on Monday. "Publicity aside, it obviously undermined true intention of ForeverMissed," he said. "It offended my loyal customers--I chose to stay on their side." The creator of the Kin memorial site took things in

stride. "In the end, the Kin memorial had a similar lifespan to the Kin phone--a very brief one," Shmuel Tennenhaus said in an e -mail. For now, Tennenhaus has a placeholder Wordpress site at the KinRIP.com domain. The site, which once featured a host of tributes to the short-lived Microsoft phone, now just has a short message thanking visitors for checking out the site. "Our memorial is currently looking for a new home," the message says. "Please be patient as we look for one." Meanwhile Tennenhaus has moved on to his next venture--a Free Lindsay Lohan Web site. Five Filters featured article: Headshot - Propaganda, State Religion and the Attack On the Gaza Peace Flotilla. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.

Watch knots spring to life with Animated Knots
Erica Sadun (The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW))

You tap on a knot, and you see the knot tie itself on screen using stop motion photography. Submitted at 7/8/2010 11:00:00 AM I must admit, it's kind of cool. Filed under: App Review Do Not only do you see each stage you want to tie a specialized of the knot formation, but you knot? There's an app for that! also get a text accompaniment A n i m a t e d K n o t s i s n ' t (which you can pause to read) p a r t i c u l a r l y p o l i s h e d o r that explains exactly what you o v e r d e s i g n e d . I n s t e a d , i t need to do at each stage in order with my eyes closed in under 5 presents a list of knots that are to create the knot. This app gave seconds ... and that's a good arranged in categories, such as me flashbacks to summer camp, thing. boating, fishing, and scouting. where I learned to tie a bowline

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comScore: Android Continues To Gain Smartphone Market Share
Leena Rao (TechCrunch)
Submitted at 7/8/2010 11:28:38 AM

All This Quantitative Easing Is Going To Lead To More Emerging Market Bubbles
Gregory White (The Money Game)
Submitted at 7/8/2010 10:53:23 AM

ComScore just released its smartphone market share numbers for March through May, and unsurprisingly the trend continues from previous months. Android phone saw the most significant growth in market share in May, up 4.0 percentage points to capture 13.0 percent of smartphone subscribers. Of course, despite Android’s gain, RIM and Apple dominated, with RIM taking 41.7 percent share of U.S. smartphone subscribers, followed by Apple with 24.4 percent share. Microsoft saw a 13.2 percent share and Palm rounded the top five out with a 4.8 percent share. In total, 49.1 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones during the three months ending in May, up 8.1 percent from the corresponding February period. In terms of manufacturer share, the report found Samsung to be the top handset manufacturer

three month period. Mobile browsing also increased to 31.9 percent of U.S. mobile subscribers (up 2.3 percentage points). Subscribers who used downloaded applications comprised 30.0 percent of the mobile audience, representing an increase of 2.1 percentage points from the previous period. Accessing of social networking sites or blogs also saw growth, increasing 2.6 percentage points to 20.8 percent of mobile subscribers. While Android smartphones were the only type of phone to see a gain in market share for the three month period, the platform is still way behind overall with 22.4 percent market Americans age 13 and older Apple’s mobile user base. share. LG ranked second with used mobile devices. Across the Android still has a ways to go in 21.5 percent share, followed by board, comScore’s numbers terms of market share before it Motorola (21.2 percent share), show mobile phone users in the c a n b e s e e n a s a m a j o r RIM (8.7 percent share, up 0.5 U.S. are interacting more with competitor to Apple, but it is percentage point) and Nokia their phones. In terms of actions, nice to see that the platform is (8.1 percent share). 65.2 percent of U.S. mobile slowly gaining a larger user For the three month period subscribers used text messaging base. CrunchBase Information from March to May, comScore on their mobile device in May, comScore Information provided r e p o r t s t h a t 2 3 4 m i l l i o n up 1.4 percent versus the prior by CrunchBase

Jonathan Tepper of Variant Perception spoke with CNBC today about the state of central banks and what their aims will be to combat the threat of a double dip. • 0:40 Central banks prefer inflation over deflation, and will expand their balance sheets, engaging in more quantitative easing. • 1:15 The Fed has brought down mortgage rates and the Bank of England is buying corporate bonds. • 1:50 There will be more excess liquidity as a result, more money will flow abroad, and inflate emerging market economies, notably in Asia. This could create more bubbles there. Join the conversation about this story »

Mafia 2 takes a tour of Empire Bay
Ben Gilbert (Joystiq)

Seen during two distinct time periods over the course of the game, the city is the product of In a new Mafia 2 developer thousands of photographs and diary, 2K Czech explores the intense bouts of wireframe fictional city of Empire Bay. modeling. There's so much to
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Open Feint Brings Plug-And-Play Social Gaming Platform To Android Phones
Leena Rao (TechCrunch)
Submitted at 7/8/2010 10:55:41 AM

Last year, Aurora Feint launched a comprehensive social gaming platform dubbed OpenFeint that has seen success in attracting independent iPhone game developers to its rapidly growing community. But Android also has potential as a vibrant social gaming platform with its growing community of gaming developers. Today, OpenFeint is announcing a soon to be released platform for Android apps. OpenFeint’s mobile social platform and application for smartphones includes a set of online game services such as leaderboards and achievements running in a cloud-based Web environment. Launching later this summer, the company’s Android developed community will include a standard SDK, a game discovery store and mobile payment options. Aurora

Feint has also incorporated Google Checkout into the developer SDK. The platform, which currently has a presence in over 2,200 live games for the iPhone, will include content from publishers such as Astraware, Digital Chocolate, Glu Mobile, Hudson Soft and others. Of course, AuroraFeint is quick to assure developers that it has no intentions of abandoning its iPhone platform and stated that it will continue to add new features to that community. The

existing OpenFeint platform is quite popular amongst developers and already powers social gaming services for 28 million users and is growing at a monthly pace of 25 percent. The platform is growing at a nice clip and is even getting into the social gaming arena as well. It’s wise for Aurora Feint to offer communities for a variety of platforms. Not only will it generate more revenue for the company, but it also generates more user exposure. And while the Android gaming system is still young and not nearly as large as the iPhone platform, we know Google will soon get into the gaming space. Aurora Feint also just announced a$4 million investment from Chinese game developer The9. CrunchBase Information Aurora Feint Information provided by CrunchBase

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini / Mini Pro review
Richard Lai (Engadget)

baby form factors offer more than just some palm-cuddling time? Can we get a decent I n a s m a r t p h o n e m a r k e t smartphone performance out of saturated with 3.5-inch and them? Follow us after the break larger displays, Sony Ericsson to find out. reckons there's still a little place Gallery: Sony Ericsson Xperia for petite packages. Enter the X10 Mini / Mini Pro review Xperia X10 Mini(E10i) and Continue reading Sony Mini Pro(U20i) -- both direct Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini / descendants of the beastly X10 Mini Pro review Android 1.6 handset. Apart from Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini the Pro's slide-out keyboard, / Mini Pro review originally r e m o v a b l e b a t t e r y , a n d appeared on Engadget on Thu, positioning of various features, 08 Jul 2010 13:06:00 EDT. the two Minis are otherwise Please see our terms for use of internally identical -- same feeds. Permalink| | Email this| processor, same camera, and Comments same screen. So can these cute
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OpenFeints Ups Stakes & Heads for Gerontology Comes of Android Country Age
Curt Hopkins (ReadWriteWeb)
Submitted at 7/8/2010 12:00:00 PM

(AEI.Org: Articles)
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AuroraFeint's OpenFeint was a pioneering platform for providing developers with the tools to create social gaming options on the iPhone. Then Apple decided to create its own Game Center. Then, as now, the company's insists its still playing nice with Apple. But the fact is, OpenFeint has decided to take its 9,200 developers and over 2,200 games over to Android. Sponsor "To date, Google has only made small gains in gaming with the acquisition of AdScape in 2007 and the launch of flash games thanks to a partnership with Mochi Media in 2008. OpenFeint for Android will provide more than just an SDK code but a new game discovery and payment solution." Coming along for the ride are game publishers Astraware, Digital Chocolate, Glu Mobile and Hudson Soft, as well as indie studios like Distinct Dev, ustwo, Pik Pok and RocketCat Games. Certainly the OpenFeint developer community, whose efforts on the iOS have attracted 28 million users, is a long stride forward. What If?

In 1923, at age 67, Sigmund Freud had a vasectomy. By signing up for the Steinach operation--as the procedure, named for the Austrian endocrinologist Eugen Steinach, was then known--the famed psychiatrist was less concerned with sex than he was with longevity. Nearly a century ago it was believed that tying off one's spermatic cords could thwart the effects of aging. In the succeeding decades, scientists moved from one idea to another in search of a procedure or pill that could improve longevity. As we learn in David Stipp's "The Youth Pill," research may be finally catching up with aspiration. The question seems obvious, Google is motivated to work "The rate of aging in widely however. If OpenFeint proves a c r o s s b o t h p l a t f o r m s . diverse organisms [turns] out to i n s t r u m e n t a l i n m a k i n g Assuming the world will have be not only amazingly plastic Androids a power in mobile b o t h i O S a n d A n d r o i d , but also controlled in a way that gaming, will Google decide it O p e n F e i n t w i l l r e m a i n has enabled scientists to slow it should have its own official interesting to developers and down with readily available mobile game development kit, users as the only multi-playform interventions," writes Mr. Stipp, just like Apple? SDK and community." a former reporter for Fortune "If Google did, that would be a OpenFeint also closed a $4 magazine and The Wall Street nice problem for us to have," million investment from The9, Journal. said Eros Resmini, VP of a n C h i n e s e o n l i n e g a m e Marketing. "It would tell us we company, this week. Previous were, once again, doing the right i n v e s t m e n t i n c l u d e d l a s t thing" October's investment by Japan's P e t e r R e l a n , E x e c u t i v e DeNA. Discuss Chairman:"Neither Apple nor

Mr. Stipp offers an engaging account of the burgeoning field dubbed gerontology--the study of aging and of medicinal tools to block its unwanted effects. The most compelling theory has settled on a series of genes that are activated when people are fed a low-calorie diet. This science of calorie restriction, or "CR," as it is called in medical literature, stems from studies of an eccentric group of people who engage in near-starvation diets as a way to extend their lives. Mr. Stipp believes that this line of research holds the best promise of a pharmaceutical product that could slow the degenerative effects of aging. . . . This article is available from the Wall Street Journal. The full text will be posted to AEI.org on Monday, July 12. Scott Gottlieb, M.D., is a resident fellow at AEI. Five Filters featured article: Headshot - Propaganda, State Religion and the Attack On the Gaza Peace Flotilla. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.

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iAds uses iTunes history, location information to target advertising
Mike Schramm (The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW))

The Big M: Menopause Myths: Part I
WomansDay.com Editors (Daily Woman's Day Blog)
Submitted at 7/8/2010 10:00:00 AM

you are. Apple knows what you've purchased in iTunes, but that information isn't necessarily Submitted at 7/8/2010 10:00:00 AM communicated to Nissan or Best Filed under: Apple, iAds We've Buy. heard about this before, but now If you're still worried about that it's up and running, this is iAds, though, Apple does offer a probably worth a revisit. Apple's way to opt-out of sharing your iAds system actually uses lots of location or purchase your information, including information; you can go to https: your iTunes purchasing history, //oo.apple.com/ in your iOS 4 location data, and any other TV downloads to target you device's browser and register to download or library information with advertising. opt-out of that kind of targeting. it can suss out about you, to Is there anything wrong with You will still see iAds, but determine what ads you see. So that? Not really. Apple isn't Apple won't use your personal say a few marketing firms running the only targeted information to choose them for w o r k i n g w i t h t h e l a r g e advertising network, of course, you. companies now buying and and the whole problem with TUAW iAds uses iTunes analytics firms like Flurry is that history, location information to selling iAds. A recent series of ads for soap they were tracking and sharing target advertising originally was able to target "married men this information anyway through appeared on The Unofficial who are in their late 30s and third-party apps. Apple also isn't Apple Weblog (TUAW) on Thu, have children." That's very s h a r i n g y o u r p e r s o n a l 08 Jul 2010 10:00:00 EST. specific, and when Apple rolls information; it's just connecting Please see our terms for use of out the full program, it'll even you with advertisers who want feeds. be able to use things like iBooks to speak with you, not actually Read| Permalink| Email this| purchases and iTunes movie and telling those advertisers who Comments

described as “ovarian failure,” according to Margaret Lock, in her fascinating cross-cultural study, Encounters with Aging. By the way, our ovaries don’t “fail,” though they do shift in function. In the 1960s, menopause was labeled a “’deficiency disease.’” Reality: Menopause is a natural process and need not be medicalized or managed. Women who undergo hysterectomies, though, are suddenly plunged into menopause and many do seek help to deal with this sudden transition. 2. Myth: Menopause occurs at age 50. Five Filters featured article: Headshot - Propaganda, State Religion and the Attack On the Gaza Peace Flotilla. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.

Reader Cynthia asked recently if I could talk about some of the myths surrounding menopause. She must have been reading my mind, because I’ve been thinking about just such a blog posting. Here are a few common myths, but let me know if you have others. I’d love to hear about the difference between your reality and the common (mis)perceptions about this stage of life. 1. Myth: Menopause is a disease that must be treated. As Cynthia stated in her comments, not too long ago, menopause was seen as something requiring medical intervention. The literature on menopause is telling: at the end of the 19th century, this transition was

Cutest Pet of the Day: Mickey Mouser
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Submitted at 7/8/2010 9:00:00 AM

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Shanghai Apple Store is a stunner
Dave Caolo (The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW))
Submitted at 7/8/2010 1:00:00 PM

10 Tips for Packing Light
(HowStuffWorks Daily Feed)
Submitted at 7/8/2010 9:00:00 AM

Filed under: Retail Now that Apple has held a pre-opening of Shanghai's first Apple Store (China's second) for the press, we can finally get a look inside. Shanghaiist has published a great article about the store, complete with a large photo gallery. Here are some incredible facts about this new location: • The cylinder (40 feet high) contains the largest curved glass panels in the world • There are more hands-on gadgets to play with than any other Apple Store (but no iPads or iPhone 4s yet) • It's one of the largest Apple Stores • It's got one of the largest Genius Bars Once you're inside, the design and layout is similar to other Apple Stores. TUAW reader Lawrence Sheed was also invited to the pre-opening and has posted a huge gallery of photos. He adds that the managers and staff were "overwhelmingly positive" and knew their stuff. Congratulations to Apple on what looks like an incredible store. If you attend the opening this weekend, let us know! TUAW Shanghai Apple Store is a stunner originally appeared on The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) on Thu, 08 Jul 2010 13:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Read| Permalink| Email this| Comments

combined length, width and depth doesn't exceed 60 inches (152.4 centimeters). That's the In 1940s films, characters board maximum size that most airlines steamships with an army of allow for carry-ons. Then stow p o r t e r s t o l u g t h e i r it in the overhead storage bin many bulky suitcases. But in [source: Gifford]. You'll do your today's age of airline travel, that spinal disks a favor, and with kind of thing would never fewer items to keep track of, happen. In fact, U.S. Airways you'll minimize the chances of charges a $15 to $100 fee for leaving something behind at a each bag checked on a domestic hotel. flight, plus additional fees for Click through the next 10 pages bags more than 50 pounds (22.6 for more tips from the experts k i l o g r a m s ) [ s o u r c e : U . S . on how to pack light. Airways]. Gone are the days of Five Filters featured article: packing every item of clothing Headshot - Propaganda, State that you might conceivably wear Religion and the Attack On the on your European vacation. Gaza Peace Flotilla. Available The point is: Be smart and pack tools: PDF Newspaper, Full light. It's a good idea to pack a Text RSS, Term Extraction. single, semisoft bag whose

The Most Profitable Company In The World Is Now... (XOM)
Vincent Fernando, CFA (The Money Game)

$24.6 billion. No wonder Russia has so much swagger these days, given that a Submitted at 7/8/2010 10:50:00 AM rich Gazprom is the equivalent Fortune magazine has crowned of a rich Russian government. Russia's state-controlled That's because Gazprom Gazprom as the most profitable accounts for 10% of Russia's company in the world, based on entire GDP ( 2008), and at times the most recent annual profits, has generated 20% of Russia's In second place came privatelyfrom 2009. It generated a cool federal budget. owned Exxon (XOM), whose

profit fell by 57.4% in 2009, compared to Gazprom's less severe 17.8% drop. 2009 wasn't exactly a banner year for capitalism. Meanwhile, the third most profitable company was Industrial & Commercial Bank of China, and the fourth was... BP. BP achieved this spot

despite profit falling by 21.6% in 2009, but we can probably predict it will drop by an even larger amount this year. See the complete Fortune list here. Join the conversation about this story »

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Israel: A Normal Country
(AEI.Org: Articles)

defending Israel means defending the values that made and sustain our Western Israel is a Western democracy civilization, we have decided to a n d a n o r m a l c o u n t r y . launch the Friends of Israel Nonetheless, Israel has faced Initiative. Our goal is to bring abnormal circumstances since reason and decency back to the its inception. In fact, Israel is the discussion about Israel. We are only Western democracy whose an eclectic group, coming from existence has been questioned different countries and holding by force, and whose legitimacy different opinions on a range of i s s t i l l b e i n g q u e s t i o n e d issues. It goes without saying independently of its actions. that we do not speak for the The recent flotilla crisis in the State of Israel and we do not Mediterranean provided yet defend every course of action another occasion for Israel's that it decides upon. We are detractors to renew their united, however, by the frenzied campaign. It was so following beliefs, principles and even before the facts of that aims . . . tragic incident had come to This article is available by light. Eyes were blind to the subscription from the Wall reasons why Israel had to Street Journal. The full text will respond to the Gaza flotilla's b e p o s t e d t o A E I . o r g o n clear provocation. Monday, June 12. Because we believe Israel is John R. Bolton is a senior subjected to unfair treatment, fellow at AEI. Jose Maria Aznar a n d a r e c o n v i n c e d t h a t is a former prime minister of
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Spain. David Trimble is a former first minister of Northern Ireland. Alejandro Toledo is a former president of Peru. Marcello Pera is a former president of the Italian Senate. Andrew Roberts is a British historian. Fiamma Nirenstein is vice-president of the Committee on Foreign Affairs in the Italian Chamber of Deputies. George Weigel is a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. Robert F. Agostinelli is managing director of the Rhone Group. Carlos Bustelo is a former minister of industry in Spain. Photo credit: iStockphoto/Mark Sheinin Five Filters featured article: Headshot - Propaganda, State Religion and the Attack On the Gaza Peace Flotilla. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.

Pics: See Zoe Saldana's New Diamond Engagement Ring at CK Bash With Kellan, AnnaLynne, and Diane
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Submitted at 7/8/2010 10:45:00 AM

Calvin Klein underwear models Kellan Lutz and Zoe Saldana posed together at the fashion line's event in Berlin last night, though it was one brand-new sparkly accessory - her engagement ring! - that stood out on the red carpet. The gorgeous actress sported a oneshouldered dress after stripping down to almost nothing for her sexy lingerie ads. Zoe and Kellan both kept the formal wear on for this photo op, especially since she couldn't quite flash her Calvins as easily as her male counterpart. He brought his girlfriend AnnaLynne McCord to Germany after the two recently made their most public appearance ever at his Eclipse premiere. Diane Kruger arrived in a white dress, which was

much shorter and far less formal than the backless CK gown she wore to the Costume Institute Gala. AnnaLynne and Diane are also both currently competing in our Bikini Bracket- McCord is having a hard time against Blake Lively while Diane has a big lead over LeAnn Rimes. To see more photos of Diane, Zoe, and Kellan, just read more. View 25 Photos ›

10 Reasons Why Long-distance Relationships Just Don't Work
(HowStuffWorks Daily Feed)
Submitted at 7/8/2010 9:00:00 AM

people are putting in a lot of work behind the scenes. Long-distance relationships are Beyond the first few months of even more difficult to maintain, giddy affection and the feeling and the reasons why they can of butterflies, few -- if any -- fail are numerous. Many longromantic relationships are easy. distance relationships certainly Sure, some look that way, but succeed, but they require careful usually that's because two navigation from the people

involved to steer through the obstacles brought on by geography. Of course, with the right mindset, plenty of emotional preparation and lots of work throughout, long-distance relationships can and do work out. But many potential pitfalls

await every hopeful attempt at cross-country love. What are 10 reasons longdistance relationships just don't work? Here's a clue: Romances rarely come to a boil when conducted by fax. Five Filters featured article: Headshot - Propaganda, State

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24 Depressing Pieces Of Evidence That Difficult Economic Times Lie Ahead
Michael Snyder (The Money Game)

pieces of news that "gloom and doom" economists can hang their hats on these days. There Submitted at 7/8/2010 11:26:00 AM is a very dark mood in world If you watch any mainstream financial markets right now, and news program these days, it is it seems like almost everyone is almost a certainty that someone waiting for the other shoe to w i l l m e n t i o n t h e w o r d drop. But does all of this really "recession" before a half hour mean that we are looking at the passes. start of another recession before In fact, it seems like almost the end of 2010? everyone is either predicting The truth is that nobody really t h a t w e a r e g o i n g i n t o a knows. Things certainly look recession, or they are warning of very ominous out there. The the need to avoid a recession or dark clouds are gathering and they are proclaiming that we are the economic winds are starting still in a recession. So will the to blow in a bad direction. The U.S. economy once again be in following are 24 pieces of recession in 2010? Click here to evidence that do seem to see the evidence > indicate that very difficult When you consider all the signs economic times are imminent.... that are pointing that way, the Treasury yields U.S. Treasury evidence is compelling. The yields have dropped to stunning truth is that there is bad new lows. So why are they so economic news wherever you low? Well, it is because so turn. There is bad news in the many investors are anticipating housing industry. There is bad that we are headed into a news in the financial markets. deflationary period. In fact, There is bad news in the many economists are warning banking system. There is bad that the fact that Treasury yields news coming out of Europe. are so low is one of the clearest There are even signs that the signs that economic trouble is bubble in China may be about to ahead. burst. Consumer Confidence Index Plus, the economic impact of T h e C o n f e r e n c e B o a r d ' s the Gulf of Mexico oil spill Consumer Confidence Index could end up being the straw (or declined sharply to 52.9 in June. the gigantic concrete slab) that Most economists had expected really breaks the camel's back. that the figure for June would be So there are certainly a lot of somewhere around 62. If

to get worse during the second quarter of 2010. If things don't pick up soon will we see half empty shopping malls by the time Christmas rolls around? Oil spill CBS News is reporting that the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is hurting businesses"from coast to coast". The longer this oil spill goes on the bigger of an impact it is going to have. The cost to the American economy from this disaster could ultimately be in the trillions. If BP goes under... Image: Greenpeace Some analysts are warning that if BP goes under as a result of the consumers aren't confident they claims that China’s property Gulf of Mexico oil spill that it won't be spending money. If market is beginning a "collapse" could cause the total collapse of American consumers don't start that will send a shockwave the worldwide derivatives spending money soon a lot of a c r o s s t h e g l o b e . One market and unleash a liquidity American retailers are going to p r o m i n e n t e c o n o m i s t t h a t crisis unlike anything the world go belly up. specializes in China is even financial system has ever seen. M3 Money supply forecasting that property prices Meanwhile in Illinois... The Sucks. The M3 money supply in major Chinese cities are state of Illinois has stopped plunged at a 9.6 percent annual likely to soon experience a drop paying most of its bills and yet rate during the first quarter of of up to 30 percent. the flood of red ink continues to 2010. If the M3 keeps declining European economic growth get even worse. Illinois now at that kind of a rate it is going Nouriel Roubini is warning that ranks eighth in the world in to put extreme deflationary Europe's economy could stop possible bond-holder default. pressure on the U.S. economy. growing as soon as this year. That is even worse than China's property market Many Back in 2007 and 2008, the U.S. California. economists are now warning w a s t h e e p i c e n t e r o f t h e California's budget crisis that the"China investment financial crisis, but many Speaking of California, the bubble" is about to burst. In analysts believe that it will be Schwarzenegger administration fact, Kenneth Rogoff, Harvard Europe this time around. has won an appellate court University professor and former Shopping malls' vacancies c h i e f e c o n o m i s t o f t h e Vacancies and lease rates at DEPRESSING page 35 International Monetary Fund, U.S. shopping centers continued

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ruling saying it has the authority to impose the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour on more than 200,000 state workers as California wrestles with its latest budget crisis. More job losses Image: Wikimedia Things are so bad at the state level in the U.S. that economist Mark Zandi is projecting that up to 400,000 workers could lose their jobs in the next year as states, counties and cities struggle with lower tax revenues and significantly reduced federal funding. High unemployment Two Federal Reserve officials recently said that U.S. unemployment is likely to stay high for a long time. Normally Fed officials are some of the biggest cheerleaders for the economy. If they are not optimistic about the employment situation that is a very bad sign. The death cross Image: Flickr Analysts are warning that the "death cross" is coming. The Standard & Poor's 500 50-day moving average is about to cross beneath the 200day moving average, and many economists say that this is a

very strong indication that a new recession is about to begin. Great Depression pattern One prominent trader says that the Dow Jones Industrial Average is repeating a pattern that appeared just before financial markets collapsed during the Great Depression. Like 1932... Ambrose EvansPritchard, one of the most respected financial columnists in the world, really raised eyebrows recently when he declared that this"really is starting to feel like 1932". New home sales In the month of May, sales of new homes in the United States dropped to the lowest level on record. Index of real estate sales agreements The National Association of Realtors recently announced that its seasonally adjusted index of sales agreements for previously occupied homes dropped 30 percent in May. Florida's foreclosures It is being reported that sales of foreclosed homes in Florida made up nearly 40 percent of all home purchases in the state during the first part of 2010. Budget cuts in Europe

Image: AP Politicians across Europe have pledged to dramatically cut their national budgets, and many economists are warning that such a dramatic pullback in public sector spending could cause a very significant slowdown of the European economy. U.K. banks Banks in the U.K. are being instructed to hoard cash in preparation for the next financial crisis. Confidence sagging One recent poll found that 76 percent of Americans believe that the U.S. economy is actually still in a recession. Long-term unemployment The average duration of unemployment in the United States has risen to an all-time high. Millions of unemployed Americans are fighting off deep despair and depression as they find it nearly impossible to find a decent job. Bank failures Small and midsize banks across the United States are failing at a rapidly accelerating pace. The truth is that the entire U.S. banking system is teetering on the brink of disaster. Double-dip? At this point just

about everyone can see the writing on the wall. Literally dozens of top economists and world leaders are declaring that we are likely to enter the second leg of a "double-dip recession" at some point over the next twelve months. Who knows what will happen? Image: scarleth white on flickr So yes, things are really, really bad. Those who want to forecast a coming recession don't have to look too far for data that will back them up. But wait. There is actually one prominent economist who says that it is virtually impossible that the United States will experience a recession in the next six months. Goldman Sachs economist Andrew Tilton says that there is "no way in hell" that the U.S. economy is going into a recession. To be more precise, Tilton says that there is a 1.6% chance that the U.S. economy will be in a recession six months from now. So according to Tilton, there is a 98.4% chance (and he has computer models that supposedly back him up) that

the U.S. economy will be growing when we reach the end of the year. So what is actually going to happen? Who knows. The truth is that so many of these economists are so caught up in what is happening in the short-term that they are missing the bigger picture. The bigger picture is that the U.S. economy is more overleveraged than it ever has been before, and we are caught in a debt spiral that is basically impossible to unwind. So in the final analysis it really doesn't matter if we are "officially" in a recession by the end of 2010 or not. The truth is that the United States is headed for a devastating long-term economic collapse and there isn't much that anyone can do to change that reality at this point. Don't miss... The 10 brands that will disappear in 2011 > Join the conversation about this story »

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Right now, markets are responding to positive news world wide and bringing risk back on to the agenda. The U.S. rally is fizzling, but things worldwide are looking much better. • Dow up 0.36% • S&P 500 up 0.18% • NASDAQ up 0.09% • FTSE 100 up 1.38% Change in CEO: H&R Block • DAX up 0.44% Change in H&R Block's CEO. • CAC 40 up 1.44% Risk on: Aussie dollar rising against the U.S. dollar Retailers: Abercrombie and Miners not following suit: Fitch Abercrombie and Fitch Mining ETF blew away expectations. Retailers: The Gap The Gap has Crude Oil: Up 1.25% Risk on: Yen down against the missed expectations. dollar Retailers: J.C. Penney J.C. Penney had positive results. European banking stress tests:

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Daily Buzz: Government Putting Strict Restrictions on Ads Targeting Kids?
WomansDay.com Editors (Daily Woman's Day Blog)
Submitted at 7/8/2010 10:25:33 AM

"Mommy, mommy, I want that! Please, mommy, please!" seems to be the soundtrack accompanying every commercial break during

children's shows, when kids are bombarded with advertisements for junk food. And anyone who has taken either a psych 101 class or an advertising class knows it's on purpose. Each commercial is designed to grab

your kids' attention, hold it and create a need in them that can only be filled by chocolate, fruity, fatty, simple carbohydrates in bright colors and fun shapes. Well, it looks like several government agencies are taking

notice too, and seriously considering putting a stop to it. Five Filters featured article: Headshot - Propaganda, State Religion and the Attack On the Gaza Peace Flotilla. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Brian X. Chen (Wired Top Text RSS, Term Extraction. Stories) A growing chorus37 voices WILL page of Submitted at 7/8/2010 6:00:00 AM argue that the internet is making

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us dumber. Web-connected laptops, smartphones and videogame consoles have all been cast as distracting brain mushers. But there’s reason to believe some of the newest devices might not erode our minds. In fact, some scientists think they could even make us smarter. Could the cleaner and more modern interfaces that we see on iPads, iPhones and Android smartphones better suit the way our minds were meant to work? While doing research for my upcoming technoculture book titled Always On, I posed the question to Muhammet Demirbilek, an assistant professor of educational technology at Suleyman Demirel University, whose findings suggest newer mobile interfaces could foster focus and improve our ability to learn. “The interface of [the] iPad could work well for us,” Demirbilek told me. “We use our hands instead of a keyboard or mouse, and it fits exactly how we behave and think in real life. In addition, the iPad interface looks easier for us, because it has larger-size text and bigger icons. It is less likely to cause cognitive overload to the user, based on my studies.” This idea challenges the conclusions of web cynics like Nicholas Carr. In his new book, The Shallows, Carr draws on a plethora of studies that

collectively conclude the internet is shattering our focus and rewiring our brains to make us shallower thinkers. However, these arguments may not apply to the newest wave of devices. Though scientists haven’t had a chance to study the implications of the cleaner and more modern interfaces that we see on iPads, iPhones and Android smartphones, we can draw some inferences from previous studies on computer interface and brain activity. In 2004, Demirbilek conducted a study on 150 students at the University of Florida to examine the effects of different computer windows interfaces on learning. He compared two interfaces — a tiled-windows interface, in which windows were displayed next to each other in their entirety, versus an overlappingwindows interface, in which windows were laid on top of each other like a spread-out stack of paper. Inside a computer lab, the participants were split into two groups randomly assigned to work with the tiled-windows interface mode or the overlapping-windows mode. Each mode contained a multimedia learning environment requiring the students to complete certain tasks. Demirbilek measured the students’ disorientation — how likely they were to get lost in a document, and their cognitive

load — the total amount of mental activity being taxed in the working memory. To measure disorientation, each student’s Internet Explorer history file recorded the number of informational “nodes” that were accessed to complete each task — in other words, the number of steps each user took before finishing an activity. For each task, a user was deemed either oriented or completely lost based on the number of nodes accessed. To measure cognitive load, the students were timed on how long they took to react to different interactions. For instance, in one part of the study, the participants were required to click a button as soon as the background color of a window changed. After completing his study, Demirbilek found that subjects using the tiled-windows interface were significantly less disoriented than subjects using an overlapping-windows interface. He also found that participants working with overlapping windows were substantially more likely to experience cognitive overload than those working with tiled windows. In conclusion, students using the tiled-windows interface were able to find specific information more easily and engage with it more deeply, whereas students working with overlapping

windows struggled to see how parts of a knowledge base were related, and they often omitted large pieces of information. Students using the tiledwindows interface were able to learn considerably better than those working with overlapping windows. “The tiled-windows interface treatment provided help to users, enabling them to efficiently communicate with the hypermedia learning environment,” Demirbilek wrote in his research paper. Demirbilek’s conclusions don’t contradict Carr’s assertions, but they suggest that the gap where information is lost between short-term memory and long term-memory is not due solely to hyperlinking, but also to the disorienting nature of the interface used. Carr is correct that the traditional PC computing environment (such as Windows or Mac OS X), which uses an overlapping-windows interface, is conducive to shallower learning. However, Carr’s cited studies focus on interfaces that will soon be out-of-date. Newer mobile devices such as the iPhone, iPad and Android smartphones abolish the traditional graphical user interface we’re accustomed to. Gone are the mouse pointer and the mess of windows cluttering our desktop. On these mobile technologies — especially the

iPad with its bigger 9.7-inch display — all the emphasis is placed on the content, and each launched app completely takes over the screen. The only pointers are our fingers. And going forward, we can expect future tablet computers competing with the iPad to replicate the single-screen interface. Additionally, as touchscreen tablet computer users continue to grow, more web developers will feel pressured to scrap the busy website interfaces we’re accustomed to today. The drab, cluttered websites with squintinducing boxes will be refreshed with large, touchable icons. Demirbilek and I agree that the iPad-driven tablet revolution is poised to improve user orientation and learning. Of course, the iPad is less than a year old, and it has some work to do. By only displaying one app or one piece of content at a time, the iPad solves one problem while creating another. A 1999 experiment on windows interfaces conducted by researchers at the University of Minnesota found that fourthgrade students using multiple windows were able to answer quiz questions more quickly and score significantly higher than students working with a single window. In conclusion, they found that WILL page 40



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Darpa's Genetically Engineered Blood Starts Pumping
Katie Drummond (Wired Top Stories)
Submitted at 7/8/2010 8:49:00 AM

More troops than ever are surviving their battlefield injuries, often overloading the military’s health care system. Massive blood shortages continue to plague military trauma care, and the problem is complicated by the remote, inaccessible locations of today’s warzones. In 2008, Darpa, the Pentagon’s blue sky research arm, launched the Blood Pharming program, with the goal of manufacturing mega doses of universal donor red blood units (O-negative) using a compact, self-contained system. “Pharming” is the process of genetically engineering animals or plants to generate mass quantities of medically useful substances, like hormones or antibodies. In this case, Darpa wants a synthetic platform that’s engineered to cultivate blood cells. Now Arteriocyte, the biotech firm that got $1.95 million for the project, has sent off an initial shipment of their pharmed blood product to the Food and Drug Administration, in hopes of passing muster with agency’s safety regulators. The blood was produced using hematopoietic cells, derived from embryonic cord blood units. Currently, it takes

Arteriocyte scientists three days to turn a single umbilical cord unit into 20 units of RBCpacked blood. The average soldier needs 6 units during trauma treatment. “We’re basically mimicking bone marrow in a lab environment,” company CEO Don Brown tells Danger Room. “Our model works, but we need to extrapolate our production abilities to make scale.” And while Darpa’s largely after an endless stream of war-zone blood, Brown, whose company uses technology created at Johns

Hopkins, thinks pharmed blood would have several advantages over relying on the real stuff. Because most blood used in military operations is donated on U.S ground, it’s usually three weeks old by the time it hits the front lines. The shelf-life of donated blood is still disputed. The Red Cross tosses RBC units after 42 days, but some medical experts think that fresh blood “expires” after 28 days, and cite increased risk of infection and organ failure once blood is older than two weeks. “Until now, the military’s

strategy has mainly been contained to basically using stale blood,” Brown said. “And they’ll set up mobile blood banks in a war-zone, but even every troop rolling up their sleeve might not be enough when you’ve got a crisis with dozens or more injuries.” And because the method can get so much blood from a single cord unit, it’d also minimize risks associated with multipledonation transfusions, which are common when a patient needs several units. But while Arteriocyte think

they’ve mastered the formula for pharmed blood, the company’s got a ways to go to make it financially viable. A single unit of pharmed blood currently runs them $5,000. Still, given the price tag of transporting and storing donated blood, Darpa’s betting that a unit of pharmed blood will make financial sense once it costs less than $1,000. Human trials aren’t likely until 2013, but the Pentagon could invoke “emergency protocol” to DARPA'S page 39

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passing of Sayyed Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah … One of Hezbollah’s giants I respect a Muslim Shi'ite supporters of lot,” the New York Times Lebanon's Grand Ayatollah reported. Sayyed Mohammed Hussein Some supporters of Israel saw Fadlallah hold his posters after the Twitter posting almost the announcement of his death immediately and took issue in Beirut July 4, 2010. Photo: with it, the Times said. CNN REUTERS/Khalil Hassan officials were not immediately WASHINGTON (Reuters) – available to speak to Reuters. CNN has fired a senior editor The Times cited Parisa for Middle East news after she Khosravi, the senior vice published a Twitter message president for CNN International that said she respected a Newsgathering, as saying in an Lebanese Shi’ite cleric branded internal memorandum that she a terrorist by the United States, “had a conversation” with Nasr U.S. and British media said and that “we have decided that Thursday. she will be leaving the T h e G r a n d A y a t o l l a h company.” Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah, Fadlallah was a supporter of one of Shi’ite Islam’s highest Iran’s Islamic Revolution and religious authorities and an early one of the first backers of the mentor of the militant group Iraqi Dawa Party of Prime Hezbollah, died in Beirut on Minister Nuri al-Maliki. He Sunday. was also the spiritual leader and Octavia Nasr, a 20-year CNN mentor of Hezbollah when it veteran based in Atlanta, wrote was formed after Israel invaded on Twitter: “Sad to hear of the Lebanon in 1982, though he

later distanced himself from its ties with Iran. CNN officials became aware of Nasr’s message on Monday, and a spokesman said on Tuesday that it was an “error of judgment” on her part, the Times reported. “CNN regrets any offence her Twitter message caused. It did not meet CNN’s editorial standards. This is a serious matter and will be dealt with accordingly,” the spokesman said, according to the Times. The BBC report said that Nasr wrote in a blog post on Tuesday: “Reaction to my tweet was immediate, overwhelming and provides a good lesson on why 140 characters should not be used to comment on controversial or sensitive issues, especially those dealing with the Middle East.” (Writing by Eric Walsh; Editing by Nick Macfie) More From Reuters: • LeBron James finally decides

… to join Twitter • Dutch cabinet advisors ban Twitter during talks • Facebook swayed Nigerian president to reverse ban • Netflix inks movie deal with Relativity Media • Google, Bing search engines turn to music More from Wired.com: • Twitter, Politics and Movements • Twitter Working to Thwart China, Iran Censors • In Iraq With Web 2.0 Luminaries: Helos, Helmets, Hummus … Five Filters featured article: Headshot - Propaganda, State Religion and the Attack On the Gaza Peace Flotilla. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.

snag the blood sooner — Brown predicts military use within five years. Photo: U.S Air Force See Also: • Darpa: Unleash the Stem Cells of War! • Pentagon Doctor: No More Emergency Blood! • Pentagon: Zombie Pigs First, Then Hibernating Soldiers Five Filters featured article: Headshot - Propaganda, State Religion and the Attack On the Gaza Peace Flotilla. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.

News Bites: Megan Fox's 16-Foot Armani & Posh's Miu Miu
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Submitted at 7/8/2010 11:02:00 AM

It was all Armani for Mr. and Mrs. Fox at their intimate wedding ceremony in Hawaii —

Megan Fox wore Armani Privé gown with a 16-foot train. { People} Rachel Roy's shoe designer favors Camilla Skovgaard & Istanbul. { RunningWithHeels} water, iced tea, and now wine? Vending machines sell soda,

{ Gawker} Zoe Saldana's moving into Lara Stone territory. She’s the new face of Calvin Klein underwear. { DailyFrontRow} Net-a-porter turned ten, and Victoria Beckham celebrated in

Miu Miu. { Grazia} Olivier Zahm's writing a book about Carine Roitfeld. That word to picture ration should be interesting. { Fashionista}



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Run Wired, Run Deep: Subs May Finally Get Online
Olivia Koski (Wired Top Stories)

messages delivered at very low bit rates by Extremely Low Frequency(3-3000 Hz) or Very Submitted at 7/8/2010 9:56:00 AM Low Frequency transmissions A nuclear submarine in deep (3000-30,000 Hz). In order for dive may be the last place on s u b s t o r e s p o n d , o r i f Earth where it’s impossible to communication beyond slow get a phone call, a text message, alphanumerics is required, they or the day’s dose of spam. But must come up for air or stick an all that may soon be over, if a antenna above the water. Lockheed-led program works “ M o s t p e o p l e t h i n k o u r out as planned. submarines…can make phone The subs glide quietly along the calls whenever they want at a depths of the ocean for weeks at moment’s notice…but our subs a t i m e , i s o l a t e d f r o m do not have that luxury,” says communication with surface Rod Reints, the man in charge dwellers save arcane one-way of a Lockheed Martin-led

program to bring submarine communications into the 21st century. At the center of Communications at Speed and

Depth program is new technology that could enable stealth submarines to be as connected to the Defense Department’s Global

Information Grid as any Navy ship. Within a few years, all U.S. Navy subs will be equipped with expendable high-tech communications buoys that will allow two-way real-time chat, data transfer and e-mail. Pages: 1 2 3 View All Five Filters featured article: Headshot - Propaganda, State Religion and the Attack On the Gaza Peace Flotilla. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.

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multiple windows, displayed in their entirety, assisted in completing tasks where more than one source of information is needed to solve a problem. The iPad’s single-screen interface reduces elements of distraction and potentially enhances user orientation, but because of the lack of windows, it also eliminates the ability to read information from multiple sources simultaneously on a single screen to complete more complex tasks. This shortcoming is what makes the

iPad lacking as a productivity device for doing work. But problems like this can be solved over time with software updates. And even though the iPad isn’t yet ideal for professionals, that’s just one audience for the device, Demirbilek said. He believes the iPad has already introduced an interface beneficial to learning, especially for children. “I think that the interface of [the] iPad could work well for young children because it maps onto how kids already do things in their daily life,” he said.

“Sweeping things across the screen fits exactly with how very young children behave and think.” Five Filters featured article: Headshot - Propaganda, State PopSugar (PopSugar) Religion and the Attack On the Gaza Peace Flotilla. Available Submitted at 7/8/2010 12:00:00 PM tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Peter Facinelli enjoyed a Text RSS, Term Extraction. shirtless afternoon of snorkeling with dolphins yesterday in Hawaii. He's off on a tropical getaway with his wife, Jennie Garth, and their daughters following his whirlwind press tour for Eclipse. The work won't stop for Peter anytime soon, though, as he's lined up two movie projects that will keep him busy for the rest of the year. It's his small-screen project, Nurse Jackie, that gave Peter

Shirtless Peter Facinelli Celebrates Nurse Jackie's 7 Emmy Nods in Hawaii!

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The Perfect White TShirt (Or Ten)
ELLE.com (ELLE Fashion Blogs)
Submitted at 7/8/2010 10:00:00 AM

Gwen Stefani, Taylor Swift, Cory Monteith, and Jeremy Piven in This Week's Fun and Funny Celebrity Twitter Photos!
PopSugar (PopSugar)
Submitted at 7/8/2010 11:15:00 AM

When it's 100°, almost nothing's harder than getting dressed and going outside, which is where the perfect white t-shirt comes in. Whether you're wearing it with ripped shorts or a silk skirt white cotton's the most comfortable option — and the coolest. James Perse's classic scoop neck at left is the closest we've found to t-shirt perfection (on a $100 or less budget). Click through for nine more almostperfect choices! Theory's Whitney t-shirt($95), Alternative Apparel's contrast stitch tee($22) French Connection eyelet

tee($98), J.Crew vintage cotton v-neck($29.50), Gap cuffed sleeve top($19.50) Sophomore's muscle crop tee($60), Splendid vintage whisper tee($48) T by Alexander Wang($76), Patterson J. Kincaid lace back top($44)

With the long Fourth of July weekend, many of our favorite stars had an extra day to tweet photos of their exciting adventures. Gwen Stefani hit the studio with the boys of No Doubt, while Taylor Swift went wild with red, white, and blue. Cory Monteith bumped into a real prince, and Jeremy Piven wrapped up the latest season of Entourage- click through to see

all the shots, and don't forget to follow us on Twitter for exciting news and photos! View Slideshow ›

Use a Daily Log to Keep Yourself Focused on Productivity [Productivity]
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Submitted at 7/8/2010 9:00:00 AM

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What Have You Suddenly Discovered You Were Doing Wrong? [Ask The Readers]
Kevin Purdy (Lifehacker)
Submitted at 7/8/2010 8:00:00 AM

Einztein Knowledge Network Catalogs Virtual Courses from Around the Web [Learning]
Jason Fitzpatrick (Lifehacker)
Submitted at 7/8/2010 8:30:00 AM

More and more universities are putting video courses online but combing through various collegiate and organization web sites looking for videos is

tedious. Einztein gathers videos and virtual courses from across

the web for easy keyword and category-based browsing. More » Education- Distance LearningOnline Teaching and LearningOnline Training- Online Courses

A great thread started up in the Ask MetaFilter community, asking members to share common things they've discovered they were doing we have to ask. More » w r o n g — b u t s u d d e n l y , Ask an Expert- Advice- Healthunexpectedly, late in life. We Mental Health- Psychology hate to steal a great question, but


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productive, and you can find loads of tools and systems designed to help you do just that. But how do you measure your productivity in any given day? That's where a daily log comes in handy. More »

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Sarah Palin: A Replacement for Steele?
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SarahPAC ‘Mama Grizzlies’ Video Touts Women’s Clout
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Submitted at 7/8/2010 5:08:56 AM

A new video from Sarah Palin's political action committee invokes the power of “commonsense conservative women” as she urges “mama grizzlies” to let the nation hear them roar. The campaign-style video features the former Alaska governor calling forth a "stampede" of conservative women who want to change Washington, according to The Swamp political blog in the Chicago Tribune. The SarahPAC video features footage and audio from various appearances of the former Republican vice-presidential

nominee. Story continues below. "This year will be remembered as a year when common-sense conservative women get things done for our country," Palin proclaims in the video. "It seems like it's kind of a mom awakening in the last year and a half . . . Moms kind of just know when something's wrong." The women power she evokes in her campaign for what has come to be known as the “new feminism” calls to mind Helen Reddy’s feminine anthem from the ’70s, which proclaimed,” I am woman, hear me roar, in numbers too big to ignore.” And Palin’s “Moms kind of just know when something’s wrong”

nearly channel’s Reddy’s “Oh yes I am wise, but it's wisdom born of pain.” The SarahPAC video doesn’t pitch for money, but rather urges viewers to "join the movement," The Swamp reports. Echoing Reddy’s “I am woman watch me grow, see me standing toe to toe.” © Newsmax. All rights reserved. Five Filters featured article: Headshot - Propaganda, State Religion and the Attack On the Gaza Peace Flotilla. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.

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Obama Administration Accepts Its First Military Commission Guilty Plea
Cully Stimson (The Foundry: Conservative Policy News.)

and announced that there was a pre-trial agreement (PTA) in the case and that she had instructed Submitted at 7/8/2010 11:00:51 AM the members not to read the G U A N T A N A M O B A Y , newspapers about the plea. We CUBA – Ibrahim al Qosi, a learned at the end of the S u d a n e s e - b o r n a l - Q a e d a proceeding that the sentencing terrorist, held at Guantanamo would take place on August 9, Bay since early 2002, pleaded 2010. guilty Wednesday at his military A PTA in military court is c o m m i s s i o n t o b o t h essentially a contract between charges—conspiracy to provide the accused and the convening material support for terrorism authority (the entity that owns a n d m a t e r i a l s u p p o r t f o r commissions). In exchange for terrorism. His much-anticipated pleading guilty and waiving plea caps an eight-year saga certain trial rights, the accused s p a n n i n g t w o s e p a r a t e then gets the benefit of the preAdministrations and represents trial deal. Typically, the PTA the fourth conviction for the on- has a provision that places a a g a i n - o f f - a g a i n m i l i t a r y maximum cap on confinement. commissions and the first such The military judge (or c o n v i c t i o n i n t h e O b a m a members, if the accused chooses Administration. members for sentencing) does Flanked by his three lawyers not know what that cap is until (two military, one lead civilian a f t e r s h e a n n o u n c e s h e r counsel), al Qosi arrived in the sentence. The accused gets the G u a n t a n a m o B a y m a i n lesser of the two sentences. For courthouse dressed in a white example, if the cap per the PTA knitted cap and white prison is 10 years but the members garb (worn by all compliant sentence him to eight years, then d e t a i n e e s ) a n d s p o r t e d a the accused gets eight years. On moderate-length grey beard. the other hand, if the cap is 10 Approximately 5’8” and slim, al years but the members sentence Qosi (who has 20 AKAs) wore him to 25 years, he gets the 10 g l a s s e s t h r o u g h o u t t h e years. proceeding, which lasted almost Here, since the sentencing four hours. hearing won’t take place until The military judge, sitting August, we don’t know the w i t h o u t a j u r y ( c a l l e d material terms of his PTA, “members”), opened the court including any possible cap on

confinement, if one exists at all in this case. In typical courts-martial, during a guilty plea, the accused is placed under oath and then engages in an extended conversation with the judge about each and every fact that supports each and every element to the crimes to which he is pleading guilty. In the alternative, the accused may enter into a stipulation of fact to accomplish the same goal. In this case, the accused, his counsel, and the government entered into a Stipulation of Fact concerning the charges. And although that Stipulation of Fact was not made available to the public (for fear it might unduly influence the members for the August sentencing hearing), the military judge did go over key

facts contained within the 26paragraph narrative with the accused in open court. Al Qosi told the judge, through his stipulation and in response to the judge’s questions, that he provided material support to alQaeda from 1996 to December 2001. He provided logistical support, including acting as a driver and cook for Osama bin Laden (OBL). In 1996, he met with and spoke to OBL and eventually provided transportation for OBL. In support of al-Qaeda, he fought the Chechens, utilizing an M-43 mortar. Even after the United States embassies in Africa were bombed in 1998, the USS Cole was bombed, and al-Qaeda took credit, al Qosi continued to provide material support for the terrorist organization. He had no

knowledge of the planning or part in the embassy bombings, the attack on the Cole, or of the 9/11 attacks. Nevertheless, he continued to materially support al-Qaeda both before and after 9 /11. In the modern, air-conditioned court room perched high on a hill overlooking the placid waters of Guantanamo Bay, the judge accepted al Qosi’s pleas and discussed the meaning and effect of his PTA. There were several interesting specially negotiated provisions within the PTA that merit mentioning. Under al Qosi’s PTA, the government may dispose of any physical evidence after the plea is accepted, including but not limited to any DNA evidence. The accused agreed not to request any live testimony at his sentencing hearing from any current detainee at Gitmo. Al Qosi agreed not to sue any former or current government official, in either his official or personal capacity, for any matter related to his capture, detention, or prosecution, and he agreed to drop any pending lawsuits of that sort. He agreed to direct his attorneys, after his sentence is announced, to drop his current petition for writ of habeas corpus pending in the U.S. OBAMA page 51



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Recess Move Draws Bipartisan Fire
(Newsmax - Inside Cover)
Submitted at 7/8/2010 2:09:40 AM

The White House found itself on the defensive Wednesday over President Obama's recess appointment of a key official to help implement his health care overhaul plan, facing a bipartisan torrent of criticism from lawmakers who said the move short-circuits the legislative-oversight process. In tapping Harvard Medical School professor Donald Berwick to head the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services while lawmakers are briefly out of town, Mr. Obama sidestepped a messy confirmation battle with members of the SenateGOP something he said was necessary, given Republicans' penchant for slow-walking his appointments. But critics of the move, announced Tuesday evening and made official Wednesday, noted that Senate Democrats had yet to schedule a committee hearing on the nomination, and even the Democratic chairman of the panel with jurisdiction over CMS expressed dismay with the decision. "I'm troubled that, rather than going through the standard nomination process, Dr. Berwick was recess-appointed," said Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, Montana Democrat. The Senate confirmation process, he added,

is a check on executive power and "ensures that crucial questions are asked of the nominee - and answered." Republicans had been sharply critical of statements on health care access and other matters made by Dr. Berwick, who will likely play a critical role as aspects of Mr. Obama's health overhaul package come into force. The top Republican on the Senate finance panel, Sen. Charles E. Grassley of Iowa, said he requested a hearing on Dr. Berwick two weeks ago. "The American people have a right to know about Berwick's background, his past statements supporting rationing and government-run health care, and any potential conflicts of interest. All of that is hidden when the confirmation process is circumvented," Mr. Grassley said. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs, facing questions over the president's move at his daily briefing, said the swift appointment was necessary given the looming deadlines on the health care changes. "There are aspects of the health care law that have to be implemented on a timeline that I'm sure many who oppose Dr. Berwick for political reasons didn't want to see implemented," Mr. Gibbs told reporters. "We are not going to have the viewpoints of a few hold up the

law of the land." The White House had already come under fire for what critics said was overselling the credentials of Dr. Berwick. The Washington Times reported this week that two Harvard professor positions claimed for Dr. Berwick were essentially "honorary" posts with minor teaching and administrative duties. Dean Zerbe, a former senior counsel for Mr. Grassley on the Senate Finance Committee, told The Times that there was a "yawning gap" between the White House account of Dr. Berwick's professional career and what the nominee listed himself on Senate disclosure forms. In addition to Dr. Berwick, Mr. Obama on Wednesday officially announced that he was making recess appointments of Joshua Gotbaum to be director of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. and Philip E. Coyle III to be associate director for national security and international affairs in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Although the process was designed originally under the Constitution to fill executive branch posts when Congress was in the midst of a lengthy recess, modern presidents have exercised the power even when lawmakers were taking the shortest of breaks. Mr. Obama made his three most recent

appointments while lawmakers were taking a weeklong break for the Fourth of July. The administration argued that Senate Republicans intent on scoring "political points" were to blame for blocking Dr. Berwick and more than 180 other presidential nominations. Nominations are a perennially thorny issue, with the president's party accusing the opposition in Congress of delaying administration picks for key executive branch posts and the federal bench. Republicans similarly accused Democrats of stalling action on President George W. Bush's nominees in the eight years before Mr. Obama took office. Republicans and conservative groups also questioned Mr. Coyle's nomination because of his past criticism of missiledefense systems. But it was a Democratic senator, Sherrod Brown of Ohio, who put a legislative hold on the nomination of Mr. Gotbaum to coax the government to intervene in an unrelated pension dispute between a private company and its retirees. Despite his unhappiness with the process, Mr. Baucus added that he looked forward to dealing with Dr. Berwick and the CMS in implementing the health care law. But Republicans charged that the president used the recess appointment to avoid public

scrutiny of comments they say reveal Dr. Berwick's affinity for government-run health care. For instance, they have pounced on an interview he did last summer with a trade journal in which he praised Britain's nationalized health care system and said: "The decision is not whether or not we will ration care - the decision is whether we will ration with our eyes open. And right now, we're doing it blindly." White House officials pointed to support among major medical societies for Dr. Berwick, founder of a Boston-area think tank on health care policy, and shrugged off questions about his comments as political gamesmanship. "This is the exact type of political game that the American people have come to understand dominates Washington and doesn't actually make their health care more affordable," Mr. Gibbs said when asked whether Mr. Obama agreed with Dr. Berwick's statements. Holds on nominees are a timehonored Senate tradition, and were employed by Mr. Obama himself during his four years in the chamber. In late 2005, he blocked all of Mr. Bush's Environmental Protection Agency nominees to try to force the release of new rules on lead paint. A year later, he blocked a RECESS page 51

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Church: Cuba Agrees to Free 52 Political Prisoners
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Submitted at 7/8/2010 4:47:36 AM

would view prisoner releases as a positive development, but we are seeking further details to Cuba has promised the Roman confirm the facts." Catholic Church it will free 52 Moratinos and Ortega said they political prisoners, slashing the weren't sure how long it would number held by nearly a third in take for the first five prisoners what would be the communist- to be released, but that the led island's largest release of process would likely take days. dissidents since Pope John Paul Returning to Madrid, Moratinos II visited in 1998. said his county was willing to Five are to be released initially accept all 52 ex-prisoners once and sent into exile in Spain, they have been released, but so while the others would be freed far has formally agreed to take over the next three or four the first five. They will not be m o n t h s , s a i d H a v a n a ' s obligated to stay in his country. archbishop, Cardinal Jaime There was no word if those Ortega. freed later would have to leave The deal was announced as well. Asked if subsequent Wednesday following a meeting groups of ex-political prisoners between President Raul Castro would be forced into exile, and Ortega, with Spanish Cardinal Ortega said only that Foreign Minister Miguel Angel leaving Cuba "is a proposal" Moratinos also on hand. they will be offered. "This opens a new era in Cuba European Union foreign policy with hope of putting aside chief Catherine Ashton called to differences once and for all on congratulate Moratinos for the matters of prisoners," the agreement and the Spanish Spanish Embassy declared in a foreign minister planned to statement. speak later Thursday with U.S. But it was not clear if the Secretary of State Hillary agreement would be enough for Clinton. a new beginning with the United Moratinos told Spanish media S t a t e s . P r e s i d e n t B a r a c k the deal could spur the EU to Obama's administration has said alter its Common Position on it hoped to see an improvement Cuba, which dates from 1996 in Cuba's human rights record and calls for advances on human before easing America's 48-year rights and democracy before -old trade embargo against the relations with the island can be island. normalized. I n W a s h i n g t o n , S t a t e "I think there is no reason to D e p a r t m e n t s p o k e s w o m a n maintain the common position," Virginia Staab said that "we Moratinos was quoted as saying.

The EU is to review its relations with Cuba in September. Back in Cuba, meanwhile, human rights and opposition activists called the scope of the agreement a surprise. "We were hoping for a significant release of prisoners, but not this," said Elizardo Sanchez, head of the independent Cuban Commission on Human Rights and National Reconciliation. Those listed for release were all among 75 political opposition activists, community organizers and independent journalists rounded up in a crackdown on dissent in March 2003. "I'm so excited," said Laura Pollan, whose husband, Hector Maceda, was one of the 75 and has been serving 20 years in prison for treason. She also said she feared the government might not follow through. "I don't think they will let everyone go; I think only some will be," she said in her shabby living room in crumbling central Havana. "It won't be the first time that they lie." Some of the 75 original prisoners had previously been freed for health reasons or after completing their terms, or were allowed into exile in Spain. But 52 have remained behind bars — most serving lengthy prison terms on charges of conspiring with Washington to destabilize Cuba's political system. All are

now seemingly poised to go free. Ortega refused to divulge which five prisoners would be released first, or how they were chosen. Sanchez said forced exile is not the same as unconditional freedom and said Wednesday's agreement means "opening the prisons a little, and not to everyone." "These liberations will not mean a significant improvement in the terrible situation of human rights that exists in Cuba," said Sanchez, whose Havana-based commission is not recognized — but is largely tolerated — by a government that officially brooks no organized opposition. Still, according to a report released this week by Sanchez's group, the number of Cuban political prisoners has fallen to 167, the lowest total since Fidel Castro took power on New Year's Day 1959. If the agreement holds, that number would drop by nearly another third. It would also be the largest group of political prisoners freed since the government released 299 inmates in an amnesty following the pope's visit 12 years ago. Of those, about 100 were considered held for political reasons. "This is joyful news for the prisoners and their families, a credit to the Cuban Catholic Church," said Sarah Stephens, head of the Washington-based

Center for Democracy in the Americas, which supports lifting the United States' 48-year-old trade embargo against the island. But U.S. Rep. Ileana RosLehtinen, a Florida Republican and Cuban-American, dismissed the prisoner release as a ploy. "We must not be fooled," she said in a statement. "Until all political prisoners are liberated, all political parties, labor unions, independent media are legalized and allowed to operate freely ... maximum pressure must be exerted on the Cuban tyranny." Cuba's Catholic Church has recently played an increasing role in dealing with the government for improved treatment of dissidents. Ortega helped negotiate an end to a ban on marches by Pollan's Ladies in White and later and later won a government agreement to improve treatment of political prisoners. The church's increasing role helped to defuse a human rights situation that has been tense since hunger striker Orlando Zapata Tamayo died in prison on Feb. 23, rousing international sympathy for Cuban opposition figures. Fidel Castro said Cuba held 15,000 political prisoners in 1964, but officials in recent years say none of their prisoners CHURCH: page 51



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Barron YoungSmith (The New Republic - All Feed)
Submitted at 7/7/2010 11:00:00 PM

When Mitt Romney decided to oppose the New START treaty in Tuesday's Washington Post— calling it "Obama's worst foreign-policy mistake"—it was an important turning point. Nuclear policy analysts are apoplectic about his " shabby, misleading and … thoroughly ignorant" reasoning, and his arguments have already been rebutted on the merits in a number of places (including here, here, here, and here). But the question at hand isn't necessarily whether Romney's ghostwriter "has even the vaguest acquaintance with the subject matter." As with the "death panels," Romney's op-ed is an ideological statement, which does not require fealty to facts. And it has far-reaching implications for the way we should think about Mitt Romney the man, the 2012 election, and the future of American foreign policy. It means, first and foremost, that the responsible Republican foreign policy establishment is not coming back. Mandarins like George Shultz, Henry Kissinger, and James Baker, who have all testified or written on behalf of the START treaty—calling it an integral, uncontroversial way of repairing the bipartisan arms-control

legacy that sustained American foreign policy all the way up until the George W. Bush administration—are going to be dead soon (or they've drifted into the service of Democrats). The people who will take their place will be from a generation of superhawks, like John Bolton, Liz Cheney, and Robert Joseph, who are virulently opposed to the practice of negotiated arms control. Mitt Romney, though a moderate from Michigan, is not going to be the second coming of Gerald Ford. Indeed, Romney has positioned himself far to the right of John McCain, who in the 2008 campaign implied that he would rely on advice from this older cohort and promised he would negotiate a START treaty, alongside efforts to achieve a world without nuclear weapons. And, given that Romney's primary opponents will likely be folks like Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee, and Tim Pawlenty (who is unlikely to place himself left of Romney on such an issue), we're looking at a world where every 2012 GOP candidate, and thus the whole party, will soon be committed to overturning the New START treaty. This is a dangerous development, for a number of reasons. First of all, it empowers opponents of New START in the Senate, making it far more

likely that Jon Kyl—the minority whip who is fervently opposed to arms control—will scuttle ratification of Barack Obama's signal foreign policy achievement. This would set our relationship with the Russians afloat, eliminating our ability to keep tabs on their nuclear arsenal through inspections, and knocking out the main pillar of cooperation between Moscow and Washington, at a time when we urgently need their help in Afghanistan and Iran (no matter how we ultimately choose to deal with each of those countries). Second, if Obama cannot get this uncontroversial treaty ratified, it will indicate to world leaders that Obama is in s e r i o u s t r o u b l e domestically—and, more broadly, that no postimpeachment era president has the power to get a major treaty through the Senate. After the death of the ABM Treaty, Kyoto, the test-ban treaty, and then START, it would be more evident than ever that a determined minority has the will and capacity to block a 67-vote decision to ratify, in perpetuity. Romney's op-ed also makes it clear that his 2012 campaign will be based around a full-bore "peace through strength" critique of Obama's foreign policy, modeled on the assaults that New Right activists launched against Jimmy Carter in the 1970s and Ronald Reagan

in the late 1980s. (The same activists have recently inaugurated their own campaigns against New START and Robert Gates's defense cuts.) That means Governor Romney plans to pick major fights with Obama over weapons procurement and the defense budget, and, especially, funding and support for missile defense. (As Carter cancelled or delayed weapons like the MX missile and the B-1 bomber, only to see them resurrected and purchased in bulk by Ronald Reagan, it's likely the F-22, the Ground Based Interceptor in Poland, and research for the Next-Generation Bomber will return as political footballs.) Indeed, to date, Romney's national security speeches and his book, No Apology, have all framed his approach to foreign policy around a critique of Obama's unwillingness to expand the military budget and deploy George W. Bush-style national missile defense. Doubtless, opposing START is meant to be a logical extension of this critique, a way to cozy up to the New Right establishment, and perhaps a way to replicate Ronald Reagan's success in opposing the Panama Canal Treaty, which nearly won him the GOP nomination in 1976. Mitt Romney's willingness to adopt this stance is truly disappointing. Part of his appeal is that, underneath all of the

pandering and unhinged rhetoric, Romney gives off the impression that he's a responsible individual willing to take government seriously. Unfortunately, with this op-ed, we may have to accept that that's not actually the case: He's aiming to scuttle a treaty that is backed by the entire defense establishment of the United States—the heads of all the services, the intelligence agencies, Gates, Clinton, and almost all the former secretaries of defense and state—whose ratification has been called "obligatory" by the most hawkish hawks of yesteryear. In saying he thinks New START is Obama's "worst foreign policy mistake," Romney is indicating that he prioritizes sticking it to the Russians more than he cares about developing sources of leverage against Al Qaeda in Afghanistan and Ahmadinejad in Iran. He's saying that it's crucial to axe an agreement that's unpopular with conservatives, even if doing so impedes our efforts to prevent more countries—and rogue actors—from acquiring nuclear weapons. The degree of his hyperbole is astounding, as is the degree of his opportunism. Barron YoungSmith is an assistant editor of The New Republic. For more TNR, become a fan NON-STARTER page 49

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Morning Bell: Federal Government Overpaid $47 Billion a Year
Conn Carroll (The Foundry: Conservative Policy News.)
Submitted at 7/8/2010 8:26:44 AM

Today, the White House is launching its second annual SAVE Award, which encourages federal employees to submit ideas on how to save taxpayer dollars. Federal employees will be able to rank the submissions submitted by colleagues, and then the general public will be able to vote on the top submissions later this year. Last year’s contest generated more than 38,000 submissions from government employees and more than 84,000 votes. Last year’s winner? A Department of Veterans Affairs employee from Colorado who suggested that VA medical centers should permit patients to take home extra bandages and medication when they are discharged. Estimated savings: $14.5 million by 2014. Not bad. But we have a better idea. How about paying federal employees what they would be worth in the private sector? Potential savings: $47 billion a year. In March, USA Today reported that Federal employees earn higher average salaries than private-sector workers in more than eight out of 10 occupations

that exist both in government and the private sector. Instead of taking the news as an opportunity to save taxpayers money, the Obama administration pushed back against the news and dispatched Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orszag to defend government employee pay. Orszag told reporters: “I think the key thing to remember about that is the federal workforce is more highly educated than the private workforce. … Basically the entire delta between private sector and public sector federal government average pay can be explained by education and experience.” The problem is, this is just not true. Heritage Foundation senior labor policy analyst James Sherk has just released a paper analyzing data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Current Population Survey (CPS) for 2006 through 2009. The data show that even after controlling for education and experience, federal employees get paid 22% more per hour on average than private-sector workers. And that does not include the significant non-cash benefits government workers receive. Federal employees not only can enroll in

a Thrift Savings Plan that works like a 401(k), but they also get a “defined contribution” plan, which lets a worker with 30 years of experience retire at 56 with full benefits. And don’t forget the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, paid leave, group life insurance and on-site child care. To be sure, many private employers offer similar benefits but not all of these at the same time. All told, while the average private-sector employee gets $9,882 in annual benefits, federal government employees get $32,115 on average. Adding cash and noncash compensation together, federal employees earn approximately 30 to 40 percent more in total compensation than comparable private-sector workers. And the gravy train doesn’t end there. How much would nearabsolute job security be worth to you? While their private sector counterparts have seen the unemployment rate rise from 4.2% to a high of 10.6%, the percentage of federal employees who lost jobs barely budged, going from 2.0% to 2.9%. And if “serving” in the public sector is such a “sacrifice” then why do federal employees voluntarily leave their jobs at

roughly a third the rate that private sector employees do? Why does this pay gap exist? In the private sector, productivity determines workers’ pay. Firms that overpay their employees are driven out of business by competitors that more accurately price their employees’ economic contribution. But the government is a monopoly. It has no competitors to act as a check on employee compensation. If the federal government paid market rates for their employees’ skill, education and experience, it would save taxpayers $47 billion in 2011 alone. Not all federal employees are overpaid. The most skilled and hardest working are probably underpaid. The problem is that our government operates under a wage-fixing pay scale set by Congress. This seniority-based system divorces federal pay from individual performance. Abolishing the General Schedule system and implementing performancebased pay would go a long way toward getting taxpayers a fair deal. Reducing federal benefits and making it easier to dismiss unproductive employees would also help. Quick Hits:

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One Hundred Days Later: The Best Way Forward with Obamacare is to End It
Kathryn Nix (The Foundry: Conservative Policy News.)
Submitted at 7/8/2010 10:00:50 AM

Exactly one hundred days ago today, President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law. The President promised that the law would extend access to high quality care to the millions of uninsured Americans, while at the same reducing costs and overall health spending. Forget it. It’s not going to happen. It is clear that none of these promises will come true; instead, the legislation is likely, even certain in some cases, to make existing problems worse. To mark the 100 day anniversary of the health care bill, Senators Tom Coburn (ROK) and John Barrasso (RWY), both physicians, released a study compiling the mounting evidence of the real impact of the new health law. Based on a summary of the evidence thus far, Sens. Coburn and Barrasso show that Obamacare will: Cause health costs to skyrocket. Sens. Coburn and Barrasso write that “[t]he new health law is not effective at reigning in climbing premium costs because it fails to address the underlying driver of health insurance costs – the cost of medical care.” Premiums continue to rise because of the

disconnect between consumers and the prices of the services they consume. Obamacare does absolutely nothing to alter these economic dynamics. Subsidies will increase insurance affordability for 7 percent of Americans—for the rest of the country, the bill will increase costs. Taxes on medical devices and pharmaceuticals will be passed down to consumers. Age rating of insurance premiums will increase rates for young adults, encouraging them to forego insurance and pay the penalty associated with the individual mandate instead. Finally, increasing dependence on federal programs will increase costs for the privately insured, since the government pays doctors and other medical professionals significantly less—the cost of which is shifted to the privately insured so they are able to break even and keep the clinic doors open. And all of this just addresses increases in health costs—this is to say nothing of the additional cost to taxpayers of the new law. Cause millions of Americans to lose their current coverage.“Americans were repeatedly promised the new health law would allow anyone who wanted to keep their current health plan to do so.”

and necessary care, but expanding Medicaid will further strain state budgets, which are already facing serious trouble. This will inevitably result in cuts to state-funded programs, such as education. Fail to adequately address preexisting conditions. One of the main arguments that Congressional leaders advanced for the law was that it would make it possible for those with pre-existing conditions to get affordable coverage. This is a real problem. But Obamacare This is not going to happen. h a l f o f A m e r i c a n s w i t h doesn’t solve this problem in Insurers have already begun to employer coverage will see any permanent fashion until pull out of the individual and some changes to their current 2014. small group markets, leaving plan. The President’s repeated In the meantime, those with pre those they insured with no promises that if one liked one’s - e x i s t i n g c o n d i t i o n s a r e coverage. Some insurers are plan one could keep it turn out supposed to get coverage in temporary federal high-risk even going out of business as a to be empty. result of the new law. Finally, cuts to Medicare pools. But these pools are Moreover, Obamacare will Advantage are expected to severely under-funded, such that cause Americans to lose their reduce senior enrollment in this only 200,000 of the 5 to 7 current coverage due to the popular alternative to traditional million eligible Americans would be able to be covered. i n c e n t i v e s i t c r e a t e s f o r Medicare by roughly half. e m p l o y e r s t o d u m p t h e Force millions into Medicaid. The negative side effects of i n s u r a n c e t h e y c u r r e n t l y Sens. Coburn and Barrasso Obamacare – some intended, provide. Medicare’s Chief w r i t e , “ e v e r y l o w - i n c o m e some unintended- make the next Actuary predicts that 14 million American meeting certain Congressional step in real health Americans with employer- eligibility criteria will be care reform clear: stop the sponsored coverage will lose it essentially locked into Medicaid madness, repeal this flawed by 2019, and other sources peg – the worst delivery system in legislation, and start over and this number even higher. Even America.” This includes 16 get it right. That is not going to happen overnight. But it can for those whose employers don’t million Americans. drop their current plan, due to Not only will these citizens be happen. Heritage health policy the stringent regulations on reliant on a low quality program ONE page 51 grandfathered plans, more than with poor access to physicians

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In Defense of Michael Steele
E.J. Dionne Jr. (The New Republic - All Feed)

I have some empathy for Woodhouse, who must be weary of dealing with the other side's Submitted at 7/7/2010 1:05:24 PM demagoguery day after day. He WASHINGTON–It's easy to probably couldn't resist giving understand why Democrats want Republicans a taste of their own Michael Steele to stay in the medicine. But this is dangerous news. The Republican National stuff in a democracy and C o m m i t t e e c h a i r m a n i s a particularly perilous from a wonderful distraction, a constant party that, less than two years s o u r c e o f g a f f e s , l a u g h s , ago, rightly insisted it could clarifications and denials. o p p o s e the Bush But Steele recently scored a administration's foreign policy victory of sorts, even though on thoroughly patriotic grounds. you wouldn't know it from the And Woodhouse's statement coverage: His comments on came shortly after 60 percent of Afghanistan got Democrats to H o u s e D e m o c r a t s – 1 5 3 i n recite GOP talking points from all–voted for an amendment the Bush era. Of course, those s p o n s o r e d b y R e p . J i m can be turned against anyone in McGovern, D-Mass., and two of either party who dares to his colleagues that would have question the direction of the required President Obama to war. present a plan by April for the The most incendiary words "safe, orderly and expeditious came from the indefatigable redeployment" of U.S. troops B r a d W o o d h o u s e , t h e from Afghanistan. Democratic National Committee The amendment, which drew spokesman, who accused Steele support from nine Republicans, of "betting against our troops would also have allowed for a and rooting for failure in v o t e i n C o n g r e s s t o s t o p Afghanistan." additional war funding if Woodhouse added: "It's simply withdrawal does not start by unconscionable that Michael n e x t J u l y , w h e n t h e Steele would undermine the administration has said it would morale of our troops when what b e g i n r e d u c i n g f o r c e s i n they need is our support and A f g h a n i s t a n . encouragement." It's thus not surprising that one

person who took issue with Democrats who piled onto Steele was McGovern. "The reaction to Steele from some Democrats sounded like Dick Cheney," he said in an interview. "Democrats need to understand that our base is increasingly uncomfortable with this war." Now the truth is that Steele's statement on Afghanistan at a party fundraiser in Connecticut was something of a mess. Even McGovern said that "Steele was wrong" for asserting that "this was a war of Obama's choosing." After all, the war in Afghanistan began under President Bush following the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, with overwhelming support from both parties. And the situation deteriorated badly on Bush's watch. Yet Steele's point–that Obama had criticized the Iraq War "while saying the battle really s h o u l d ( b e ) i n Afghanistan"–was accurate enough. Obama had a choice, and he chose to escalate. And in asserting that "the one thing you don't do is engage in a land war in Afghanistan" and that "everyone who has tried over a thousand years of history has

failed," Steele was simply making arguments that other critics of the Afghanistan War had offered already. It's fair enough to argue with Steele about all this, and it was honorable for Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham, the premier Republican hawks, to take issue with their party chair, given that Obama's approach is largely to their liking. Personally, I'm still hoping Obama's strategy in Afghanistan will work. But it is maddening that Congress can appropriate $33 billion more for Afghanistan without anyone asking where the funds will come from even as self-styled deficit hawks insist on blocking money for the unemployed unless it is offset by budget cuts. And McGovern is right that the most disturbing line in the Rolling Stone article that got Gen. Stanley McChrystal in trouble was this observation attributed to one of his senior advisers: "If Americans pulled back and started paying attention to this war, it would become even less popular." But the issue here is less about Afghanistan than about dissent in time of war. Even if Steele

was just popping off, he had a right to offer his opinion without being accused of undermining our troops or "rooting for failure." Some of our greatest leaders, from Abraham Lincoln to Robert F. Kennedy, courageously stood up against wars in their day. Steele is no Lincoln and he is no Kennedy, but as an American, he enjoys the same rights they had. "It is not enough to allow dissent," RFK said. "We must demand it." If members of Kennedy's party don't remember this, who will? 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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David Kreutzer (The Foundry: Conservative Policy News.)

First, the CBO sent the lead sponsor a letter estimating the costs of the Kerry–Lieberman Submitted at 7/8/2010 9:00:42 AM cap-and-trade climate bill, in H e r e ’ s a p r i n c i p l e s - o f - which analysts assume no economics question: Suppose detrimental impact on national the U.S. gross domestic product income despite tax increases of (national income) is currently hundreds of billions of dollars $14 trillion. Then suppose the per year. Then Senators Kerry U.S. raised all tariff, income tax, a n d L i e b e r m a n i s s u e d a and sales tax rates to 100 statement earnestly announcing percent. How much money the CBO’s unrealistic projection would the government collect? of a $19 billion deficit reduction If you realized that nobody as though people might actually would generate taxable income believe it. And finally, in Act u n d e r s u c h a r e g i m e a n d III, the media reported the answered “ z e r o , ” results with a straight face. congratulations. Please note that, even though If, instead, you answered $14 Senator Kerry said this isn’t a trillion, you may have a future at cap-and-trade bill, we can be the Congressional Budget Office pretty sure that’s what it is (CBO), because that is how they because (1) Senator Lieberman analyze (score) the fiscal said it is a cap-and-trade bill; (2) impacts of the Kerry–Lieberman the CBO said it is a cap-andclimate change bill. In defense trade bill (actually they said it of the many good economists at “would establish two separate the CBO, the Kabuki Theater of regulatory initiatives known as legislation-scoring requires they cap-and-trade programs”); and use static analysis—that is, they (3) it has to be a cap-and-trade have to assume that higher tax bill—it directs the EPA to cap rates do not affect investment or allowed CO2 emissions, and the work-effort decisions and, associated permits can be therefore, have no negative traded. impact on national income and If it seems like déjà vu, don’t income-tax revenues. worry, you have seen this before This leads to the sort of stylized in the form of the wildly ritual we observed Wednesday. unpopular Waxman–Markey

and Kerry–Boxer bills from last year. How different is Kerry–Lieberman? Here’s what the CBO letter says about Kerry–Lieberman in comparison to the two bills from last year: Regarding the GHG cap-andtrade program, all three pieces of legislation include roughly the same caps on emissions, roughly cover the same entities, and allow for about the same amount of total offsets used to satisfy compliance. The CBO notes that the new bill (Kerry–Lieberman) throws some bones to the nuclear power industry and adds not-so-likelynow revenue-sharing for oil-and -gas leases on the Outer

Continental Shelf. Also, in what would be a good first step if they were to carry it forward a couple of centuries, the full onset of the bill’s provisions are delayed a couple of years. In short, this bill is last-year’s model with a new hood ornament and some mud flaps. So, using the Kerry–Boxer bill from last fall as a guide, here’s what we could expect should the bill become law: • Not less debt but trillions of dollars more government debt (after adjusting for inflation, Kerry–Boxer would add $2.7 trillion to the national debt by 2035—putting a family of four on the hook for an additional

$27,000) • Fewer jobs (employment under Kerry–Boxer would track 1.4 million jobs below business as usual, on average, for the years 2012–2035, and peak job losses would exceed 2.5 million) • Higher energy prices (by 2035 Kerry–Boxer would add 45 percent to gasoline prices and 72 percent to electricity prices) • Lower income (Kerry–Boxer would chop $9.9 trillion from GDP between 2012 and 2035—an average loss of over $4,500 per year per family of four). The Senators’ statement and the CBO letter ignore almost all of the important economic impacts of the proposed legislation. Instead there is a bit of hoopla over one laughably optimistic estimate for one really expensive bill. Five Filters featured article: Headshot - Propaganda, State Religion and the Attack On the Gaza Peace Flotilla. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.

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District Court in Washington, D.C. Whether he can file a later petition for writ of habeas corpus seems to be an open question, given the language of the provisions discussed in open court. Furthermore, he agreed to waive the ability to argue for confinement credit for time served in custody as an enemy combatant. This is in marked contrast to the three prior military commissions’ cases in the Bush Administration, where the defense argued for, and often got, some credit for time already detained as an enemy combatant. After the judge explained the meaning and effect of the PTA with al Qosi, she adjourned the proceedings until August 9 for the sentencing case. At that time, the government will put on its case in aggravation, if it has one, and then the defense will be free to put on its case in extenuation and mitigation. Per his PTA, al Qosi may introduce written statements from other

Guantanamo detainees and any other person he wishes. Additionally, he agreed not to ask the government to pay for more than one witness to be flown in to the island to testify on his behalf, but he is free to call other witnesses on his behalf off the island as long as the government does not have to pay for their travel. He may call witnesses via video teleconference, and the government agreed to pay for no more than one defense expert to testify at his sentencing hearing. Like all military defendants, al Qosi may make an unsworn statement to the members, and he may not be cross-examined by the prosecution if he so chooses. Many media outlets covered the proceedings, including the Miami Herald, Fox News, ABC, and foreign press. Representatives from nongovernmental organizations present at the plea included the ACLU, Amnesty International, Human Rights First, Human

Rights Watch, and The Heritage Foundation. The plea was a historic event, as it represents the fourth conviction in the military commissions process and the first such conviction under the Obama Administration. To date, there are two other military commissions cases currently set for proceedings on the docket. Whether the plea today signals the beginning of a policy shift away from an expressed preference for federal court and a more towards military commissions remains to be seen. Only time will tell. Five Filters featured article: Headshot - Propaganda, State Religion and the Attack On the Gaza Peace Flotilla. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.

Federal Aviation Administration nominee to try to force the FAA to decide whether Midwest wind farms would interfere with radar. Wednesday's actions bring Mr. Obama's total number of recess appointments to 18. His first round, made in March, included Craig Becker, a former union lawyer vehemently opposed by Republicans and leading business groups, to serve on the National Labor Relations Board. Mr. Bush had made 15 such appointments by this time in his presidency, and made a total of

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are held for political reasons — all for common crimes or for being paid "mercenaries" of U.S.-funded groups trying to overthrow Cuba's government. —— Associated Press Writer Ciaran Giles contributed to this report from Madrid. © Copyright 2010 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not

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specialist Robert Moffit explains in a recent paper that it is increasingly plausible: “The experience of the Medicare Catastrophic Coverage Act of 1988 demonstrates that fullscale repeal is not politically unrealistic. Indeed, for

conservatives in Congress, repeal is a priority, and it is clearly what the majority of their fellow citizens want them to do.” To read more, click here. Five Filters featured article: Headshot - Propaganda, State

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Don Johnson Gets $23 Million Verdict in Nash Bridges Case
Douglas J. Rowe (TVGuide.com: Breaking News)
Submitted at 7/8/2010 11:22:00 AM

Don Johnson Don Johnson won a verdict awarding him $23.2 million in profits from Nash Bridges, The Associated Press reports. In February 2009, the 60-yearold actor sued three companies — Rysher Entertainment, 2929 Entertainment and Qualia Capital — claiming he was owed millions in profits from the series, which ran on CBS for six seasons. After a two-week trial, a jury agreed. Johnson attended the entire trial and personally thanked the jurors after they made their decision Wednesday, according to the AP. Bart H. Williams, a lawyer for Rysher, expressed disappointment at the verdict, adding: "We are ready to undergo the appeals process and are confident that in the end,

today's outcome will be reversed." The other two companies either had no comment or didn't return calls. Rysher Entertainment contended during the trial that the show lost money. But jurors corroborated that Johnson's Nash Bridges contract made him a 50 percent owner of the series'

copyright. The AP said that determination could mean even more money for Johnson in the coming years. Check out photos of Don Johnson from his Miami Vice days "It was my idea, and I owned the rights in the first place," said Johnson, who established his TV stardom with the '80s series Miami Vice. "From the beginning, I have asked only that Rysher honor our contract, and I am so pleased that the jury agreed with me." Mark Holscher, Johnson's lawyer, said the case was about more than just money — "it was vindication that he was getting credit for his ideas." Five Filters featured article: Headshot - Propaganda, State Religion and the Attack On the Gaza Peace Flotilla. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.

'So You Think You Can Dance' - 'Top 8 Perform' Recap
Sharon Knolle (TV Squad)
Submitted at 7/8/2010 7:15:00 AM

Filed under: Recaps, Summer TV(S07E12) We already know at least one dancer who'll be in the Bottom Three this week on 'So You Think You Can Dance': standout Alex Wong, who was injured during rehearsals. New rules dictate that contestants who cannot dance are automatically put in the Bottom Three. While I have no doubt that fans would save Alex with their votes, whether he can continue on the show is definitely in question. "If he can't appear next week, he is automatically out of the competition," a solemn Nigel Lythgoe announced, adding it would be heartbreaking if Alex, who's been killing it all season, had to be cut -- especially since he gave up his position at the Miami Ballet to be eligible. Asked if it hurt, Nigel related that Alex had told him, "Only in my heart." Alex likely ruptured his Achilles (or as Nigel

pronounces it "Ackle-eze") tendon while rehearsing a Bollywood dance with AdéChiké. The injury could be very serious: It's the kind that sidelined David Beckham for three months. This week also saw a sub for injured All-Star Allison Holker, who was replaced by season 4's Katee Shean in a Broadway routine with Billy Bell. Permalink| Email this| Linking Blogs| Comments

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Barbara Walters to Return to The View
Douglas J. Rowe (TVGuide.com: Breaking News)
Submitted at 7/8/2010 10:01:00 AM

TV 101: Why Hulu Plus Will Change The Way You Watch Television
Jay Black (TV Squad)
Submitted at 7/8/2010 8:00:00 AM

Barbara Walters Barbara Walters will make her first appearance on The View since undergoing heart-valve replacement surgery in May. Bill Geddie, the show's executive producer, announced that Walters will appear Monday live via Skype. Barbara Walters recovering after open-heart surgery Angie Harmon, who co-stars in TNT's Rizzoli & Isles, and American Idol winner Lee DeWyze also are scheduled to appear on the ABC morning show (11/10c). Walters shocked her co-hosts and the audience on May 10, announcing: "You know how healthy I have been — never missed a day's work. Later this week, I am going to have surgery to replace one faulty heart valve. ... My doctors and I have decided that this is the best time to do the surgery, since the summer is coming up, I can take

Filed under: Features Last week Hulu announced plans for its new Hulu Plus service. Immediately following the announcement, internet commenters from around the world did something they rarely do: complained long and loud about the details of the announcement. "The price is right, but they're still going to have ads? No a nice vacation." thanks!" "So let me get this The 80-year-old has co-hosted straight, they're giving us access The View, which she co- to all the seasons of ' Arrested created, since its debut in 1997. Development' -- which we She hosted her final Oscars already have now, for free! -special for ABC in March. except now they want us to pay Five Filters featured article: for them? Choke on your own Headshot - Propaganda, State genitalia and die, Hulu Plus!" Religion and the Attack On the said the usually very reasonable Gaza Peace Flotilla. Available denizens of the interwebs. tools: PDF Newspaper, Full While I'm never one to doubt Text RSS, Term Extraction.

What's On Tonight: 'Big Brother,' 'Community' marathon, 'Rookie Blue,' 'Futurama'
Rich Keller (TV Squad)
Submitted at 7/8/2010 7:30:00 AM

Filed under: TV Previews Here's tonight's lineup of new shows and events (all times Eastern). Check your local TV listings for additional the insightfulness of snap i n f o r m a t i o n . decisions, I think in this case the * = Series/Season Premiere complaints are wrongheaded. ** = Series/Season Finale Sure, the announced set of Programming Note: NBC is features for Hulu Plus leaves a p r e s e n t i n g a ' C o m m u n i t y ' little something to be desired, marathon tonight hosted by Joel but get beyond that. What we're McHale and Ken Jeong. seeing right now is a game 8:00 to 9:00 changer. Hulu Plus is about to ABC:'Wipeout' take over the way we consume CBS:'Big Brother 12'* ESPN:'World Cup Primetime'-television. Two hours Permalink| Email this| Linking Food Network:'Good Eats' Blogs| Comments HGTV:'My First Place' and'My First Sale' Nick:'SpongeBob SquarePants' The rest of the schedule, and the late night talk shows, after the jump. Permalink| Email this| Linking Blogs| Comments


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Lindsay Lohan: Profane Manicure Was a "Joke"
Joyce Eng (TVGuide.com: Breaking News)
Submitted at 7/8/2010 9:37:00 AM

Lindsay Lohan Lindsay Lohan says her profane fingernail message during her probation hearing "had nothing to do" with the court. Lindsay Lohan displays explicit fingernail art in court "Didn't we do our nails as a joke with our friend dc?" Lohan tweeted to a friend. "It had nothing to do w/court. It's an airbrush design from a stencil." The explicit message was printed on the nail of the actress' left middle finger, which she repeatedly held to her mouth during Tuesday's hearing. Lindsay Lohan sentenced to 90 days in jail Lohan, 24, was sentenced to 90 days in jail and 90 days in an inpatient substance abuse program after she was found to be in violation of her probation from a

Decisons, Decisions: LeBron James Versus History's Greatest
Bethlehem Shoals (FanHouse Main)
Submitted at 7/8/2010 8:30:00 AM

Filed under: Bulls, Cavaliers, Heat, Knicks, Nets, NBA Free Agents He is the King, the Chosen One, and now, LeBron 2007 DUI case. She is to James brings us -- what else -surrender for jail on July 20. the Decision. Do you believe LiLo? When James reveals to society Five Filters featured article: at large his plans for next Headshot - Propaganda, State season, one city will shed tears Religion and the Attack On the Audrey Fine (TV Squad) host Padma Lakshmi explains, of joy, others tears of agony. We Gaza Peace Flotilla. Available Submitted at 7/8/2010 7:00:00 AM both she and co-host Tom may also see rioting, happy and tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Colicchio have babies at home sad. For most of us, it will mean Text RSS, Term Extraction. Filed under: Recaps, Summer (a 2-month-old daughter and 8- a tremendous weight has been TV( S07E04) "I walk into the month-old son, respectively), lifted, a shadow removed from kitchen and think, 'They can't and the challenge is to "Create a in front of the sun. have us cooking baby food,'" dish that satisfies Tom and I ... And then ... the consequences. says Tim at the outset of episode and also, our little ones." (We'll The rings won or not won. The 4 of 'Top Chef: DC' when he let her bad grammar slide since franchises left wanting. There's a r r i v e s f o r t h e Q u i c k f i r e she's probably not getting much no pretense here; LeBron knows Challenge and sees infant sleep these days.) that he's making history. The paraphernalia strewn about. Permalink| Email this| Linking question is, how do some of Bummer for him, because that's Blogs| Comments mankind's other great moments exactly what was in store. As of truth stack up next to the Decision? Tom Ziller and myself are here with some answers.

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Marg Helgenberger Renews CSI Contract
Joyce Eng (TVGuide.com: Breaking News)
Submitted at 7/8/2010 10:57:00 AM

Emmy Nominee Reactions
Maggie Furlong (TV Squad)
Submitted at 7/8/2010 7:15:00 AM

IRIScan Express 2 Portable Scanner
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Marg Helgenberger Marg Helgenberger will be back for CSI's 11th season, a show rep tells TVGuide.com. Liz Vassey to exit CSI The actress, who has played Catherine Willows since the drama's beginning, renewed her contract for another year and will return alongside Laurence Fishburne. The rest of the cast — save for Liz Vassey, whose contract was not picked up — is still negotiating to return. Are you excited Helgenberger is staying in Las Vegas?

Filed under: Emmys Did that actor you love get a nod? Was your favorite sitcom snubbed? We hear you, TV fans -- just add them to our Emmy Snubs & Surprises list here. It's safe to say that Emmy nominations day always stirs up emotions. But no one has better, more genuinely goosebump-inducing Five Filters featured article: reactions than the nominees Headshot - Propaganda, State themselves. Religion and the Attack On the Take a look at what the Gaza Peace Flotilla. Available " e m o t i o n a l , " " h u m b l e d , " tools: PDF Newspaper, Full "shocked" and "thrilled" stars Text RSS, Term Extraction. had to say about their Academy

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Let’s see, I got a 2006 David Winnemaker Investment Manager card and a 2008 Andrea McNitt Sales Rep Trade you both of them for your 1998 Greggory Platz IT Director. I’ve been collecting cards ever since I can remember. I guess it was my dad who first got me into it. Man, he had an amazing collection. He had a complete set of Ford Motor Company’s IRISCAN page 56

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Paul Eng (Consumer Reports)
Submitted at 7/8/2010 5:48:06 AM

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1952 senior management team, an Otis Bunkworth attorney-atlaw card from 1948 (the year he went before the State Supreme Court), even some cards from guys with Taft Broadcasting back in the day. Unfortunately, my grandma threw them all out when he moved out of the house. They’d be worth a ton now. Mine are all a lot more recent than that. For instance, here’s a special-edition, embossed Jeremy Felker rookie card. This kid’s fresh out of his MBA program at Drake and I think he’s going to have a great career, as long as he can avoid injury. Oh, and here’s a rare Aaron Ashenfelter card from 2002. This lists him as the senior assistant director of marketing, a position he only held for two months before leaving in scandal. This card is crazy hard to find! You basically have to have been at that year’s MidAtlantic Pharmaceutical Representatives’ Convention, or know someone who was. I got mine off eBay, but you can tell it’s legit—look at the little spatter of mai-tai. That’s from the Grass Shack Luau Lounge in Secaucus. It actually makes this card more valuable. I’ll never trade this one.

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First look: Garmin Nuvi 3790T GPS gets new features and look
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touch. Like an iPhone, the navigator provides a pinch feature to zoom in or out of map Submitted at 7/8/2010 4:29:59 AM views and switches between First look: Garmin Nuvi 3790T landscape and portrait views as GPS gets new features and look you rotate it. Garmin’s new top-of the line The suction-cup mount includes GPS navigator comes loaded a larger speaker for better sound with an array of advanced quality in the car, while a features, vivid graphics, and one smaller speaker is built into the of the best voice-recognition unit for pedestrian use. New systems on the market. As you’d features include trafficTrends, expect, it provides the same which uses historical traffic data simple, easy-to-use interface when planning routes, and that has impressed us in other myTrends, which remembers Nuvi models. But what will frequently visited destinations dramatically set it off from its and suggests alternate routes GPS competitors is the thinner, based on road and traffic more elegant design that--in a conditions. nod to growing competition The 3000 line is due to go on from smart phones--mimics the sale at the end of July, and look and feel of an iPhone. includes the 3760T and 3750 in Like other models in the new addition to the tested 3790T. 3000 series, the Nuvi 3790T is Features and prices vary by just .35 inches thick, making it model, but all have the same about half the thickness of look and 4.3-inch screen. We previous-generation Garmin paid $450 for our test unit. models. While the smooth, gloss Features of the 3790T include: black case and chrome trim lend • Voice command a more upscale look to the Nuvi, • Predictive text entry the practical benefit is that the • Free, advertising supported device now slides more easily traffic info into your pocket. • 3D views The 3790T has a new 4.3-inch • trafficTrends wide glass touch-screen with • myTrends sharper colors than before, and • Bluetooth it feels more sensitive to the • ecoRoute technology to plan

fuel efficient routes • Pedestrian mode • Lane assist with junction view • “Where am I” feature for emergency help Initial impressions Overall, we’re impressed with the 3790T so far. It’s performance, ease of use, and reliable directions are on par with previous Garmin navigators, which have always scored well in our Ratings. Two new features, myTrends and trafficTrends seem promising, but will require further testing before we can pass judgment. Garmin says myTrends anticipates where you are going based on routes you’ve traveled before, such as commuting to work. If it senses you’re returning to a previous destination, it will automatically calculate the best route based on current traffic conditions and

provide an estimated arrival time. Using historical data, trafficTrends calculates routes based on predicted traffic flow. Voice command has been made simpler to use than on previous Garmin devices, with the elimination of a button needed to activate the feature. Like some other devices from Garmin, however, the 3790T is pricey, and it lacks some multimedia features, such as a video or music player, that are often found on less expensive navigators. We’ll follow up with complete test results soon. — Jim Travers Next Steps • GPS Buying Advice: • Types of GPSs| • GPS Features| • GPS Brands All GPS Ratings Subscribers can view and compare all GPS Ratings. Recommended GPSs Look at the ones that we chose as the best of the best. Subscribe now! S u b s c r i b e t o ConsumerReports.org for expert Ratings, buying advice and reliability on hundreds of products. Update your feed preferences

Red Dead Redemption to get four new DLC packs (also: zombies)
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Submitted at 7/8/2010 11:50:00 AM

Starved for more Red Dead Redemption content? Rockstar just announced four new DLC packs for Xbox Live and PlayStation Network, with the first one -- dubbed "Legends and Killers" -- due in August for $10. You can expect new characters, weapons and active map locations (for both freeroaming and competitive multiplayer modes) to be added to New Austin over the coming months. Also ... zombies. Mosey on past the break for the full rundown. Continue reading Red Dead Redemption to get four new DLC packs (also: zombies) Red Dead Redemption to get four new DLC packs (also: zombies) originally appeared on Joystiq on Thu, 08 Jul 2010 11:50:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Email this| Comments


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Statins may not help healthy people
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by chance. Studies lasted only a few years, though, so there’s no way of Submitted at 7/8/2010 7:59:59 AM knowing how well statins work Statins may not help healthy in the longer term. people Previous research made the Up until recently, it was widely mistake of including people who thought that people could a l r e a d y h a d s i g n s o f b e n e f i t f r o m c h o l e s t e r o l - cardiovascular disease, the lowering statin drugs even if researchers say. We know they were healthy. About three- s t a t i n s h e l p p e o p l e w i t h quarters of people taking statins cardiovascular disease, so don’t have heart disease, but are bracketing them together with at risk of getting it in the future. healthy people could give the In a new study, researchers i m p r e s s i o n t h a t t r e a t m e n t have re-analyzed all the existing w o r k e d f o r e v e r y o n e . research looking at healthy Another issue with the research people who were taking statins. so far is the JUPITER trial, Excluding people who already which was published in 2008, had cardiovascular disease, the and seemed to show that statins researchers found data on more helped healthy people (study than 65,000 people from 11 p a r t i c i p a n t s h a d n o r m a l trials. cholesterol levels, but high Among 32,606 people taking an levels of a chemical called Cinactive placebo treatment, there reactive protein, which is a sign were 1,447 deaths. Among the of inflammation). A second 32,623 people treated with group of researchers have statins, there were 1,346 deaths. criticized the JUPITER trial Although fewer people died b e c a u s e i t w a s s t o p p e d while taking statins, statistical prematurely: a practice that can tests show that the difference is lead to biased results. It’s a bit small enough to have happened like saying you’ll flip a coin and

get five heads in a row - then stopping and claiming to win after getting heads the first two times. Stopping a trial early can also miss side effects that take longer to develop. (The JUPITER trial is also discussed here.) There’s no real debate about whether statins work for people who’ve already had a heart attack or stroke and are taking treatment to prevent a second one. However, if you don’t have heart disease and you’re taking statins, the new research suggests that the benefits might not be as big as previously thought. Remember, though, that your doctor prescribed statins because he or she thought you were at risk of developing heart

problems. Don’t stop treatment without discussing all the options with your doctor. You could ask your doctor about other positive steps you could take to prevent cardiovascular disease, such as changing your diet, doing more exercise, losing weight, or quitting smoking. What you need to know. In the short term at least, statins don’t seem to benefit healthy people. We can’t rule out a small benefit, though, and we still don’t know whether they work better the longer you take them. —Philip Wilson, patient editor, BMJ Group ConsumerReportsHealth.org has partnered with The BMJ Group to monitor the latest medical research and assess the evidence to help you decide which news you should use. Subscribe now! S u b s c r i b e t o ConsumerReports.org for expert Ratings, buying advice and reliability on hundreds of products. Update your feed preferences

Sony unveils three new basic subcompact cameras
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Submitted at 7/8/2010 6:29:59 AM

Sony unveils three new basic subcompact cameras Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX9 Photo: Sony Recently, Sony updated its line of small, advanced SLR-like cameras. Today, the company refreshed its simpler, more consumer-oriented digital cameras, with three new basic subcompacts: the 14-megapixel Cyber-shot DSC-T99 ($250), 12 -megapixel Cyber-shot DSCWX5 ($300) and 12-megapixel Cyber-shot DSC-TX9 ($400). The feature Sony has been most hard at work marketing is SONY page 59

Closed Final Fantasy 14 beta starts this weekend
Alexander Sliwinski (Joystiq)
Submitted at 7/8/2010 12:20:00 PM

The closed beta for Final Fantasy XIV begins this Saturday, July 10. If you've been invited to test drive the

MMORPG, there should be an email waiting in your inbox. It'll point you to the official forums, where you'll have to log in and find a link to download the client. Think of it as a multitiered quest.

The final version of Final

Fantasy 14 will hit retail on September 30 in regular and more expensive " early access" versions. Gallery: Final Fantasy XIV (5/ 20/10) Closed Final Fantasy 14 beta

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panorama mode, including the Sweep Panorama mode seen in the commercial with singer Taylor Swift. Found on all three new models, this lets you press the shutter button and sweep the camera horizontally while the camera fires off dozens of photos in high speed and stitches them together. Sony has also borrowed some technology from the NEX-5 SLR-like camera: The TX9 and the WX5 each feature a 3D Sweep Panorama mode, which creates a 3D panorama (to view it in 3D, you need an HDMI cable connected to a 3D-enabled HDTV Another feature borrowed from the NEX series is background defocus. This tries to mimic the effect found on almost all SLRs of blurring the background to make the viewer focus only on the subject you're shooting. Commonly known as creating a shallow depth of field, some also refer to the quality of the

blur as Bokeh. The reason Sony has included this defocus feature on the WX5 and TX9 is that point-and-shoots tend to make all subjects, whether in the deep background or very close in the foreground, as sharp and as in focus as possible. However, given how tiny the lenses housed in such tiny camera bodies are, I'm skeptical about how "unfocused" or blurred this effect can be. It will be interesting to see how well this feature works when we get the cameras into our labs. Like many point-and-shoots, all three models can shoot HDresolution video: the WX5 and the TX9 can capture 1080i (AVCHD), and the T99 captures 720p. All are less than an inch thick, with large LCDs and no optical viewfinders. The TX9's 3.5-inch touch screen is the largest display. Each of the two T-series models has a nontelescoping, 4x zoom lens. The WX5 has a 5x, which protrudes

from the camera body. All have wide-angle capability. The new models will be available in September. —Terry Sullivan Next Steps • Digital Camera Buying Advice: • Types of Digital Cameras| • Digital Camera Features| • Digital Camera Brands

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SO INTENSE: The Double Rainbow ESPN Defends LeBron Auto-Tune James Special
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Every summer has its defining song. In 1965, it was"(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" by The Rolling Stones. In 1980, Lipps Inc.'s helped us all escape the heat of the cities by taking us to a much cooler place called"Funkytown". Sure, the popularity of"Mambo No.5" in the summer of 1999 showed there were cracks in the system that could be exploited, but luckily the art of the Summer Jam was saved just two years later by Destiny's Child's particular brand of"Bootylicious" jelly, which

we were all apparently not ready for. But what of Summer 2010? What shall be the tune that requires jammage throughout our barbecues and pool parties? To what shall we dance as the cops arrive on the street corner demanding to know who opened the local fire hydrant? What song in this foul year of recessions, oil spills, and uncertainty could come forth to give us the hope we need to weather the heat and humidity with the powers of Hope and Wonder? Ladies and Gentlemen, if I might make a suggestion. Okay, yes, it's not actually a

song, but an auto-tuned version of a man's somewhat NSFW elation over the sighting of a double rainbow. Doesn't that REALLY matter, though? If Rihanna can sing about umbrellas, why can't we have a song about rainbows. You know, other than that other one. Personally, though, the Summer Jam hit its high water mark back in 1991 with DJ Jazzy Jeff & T h e F r e s h Prince's"Summertime". That's just me, though. If you've got a better one, post it in the comments. Maybe we can get a mixtape going!

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Recall: Lexus GS, IS, LS vehicles
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Submitted at 7/8/2010 7:48:00 AM

Recall: Lexus GS, IS, LS vehicles Since we reported about the problem last week, Toyota has now officially filed a government recall on over 138,000 Lexus models due to engine problems. The recall affects 2007-2008 Lexus GS 350/450H, 2008 Lexus GS 460, 2006-2008 Lexus IS 350, 20072008 Lexus LS 460/460L, and

2008 Lexus LS 600HL models. The problem stems from foreign material that may have contaminated the valve spring causing it to degrade and possibly break. If that occurs, the engine could fail and stop

while the vehicle is in motion increasing the risk of a crash. Toyota will contact owners in the coming weeks and repair the vehicles free of charge. Owners may contact Lexus at 1-800-225 -3987. Subscribe now! S u b s c r i b e t o ConsumerReports.org for expert Ratings, buying advice and reliability on hundreds of products. Update your feed preferences

Filed under: Cavaliers, NBA Media Watch, Sports Business and Media, NBA Free Agents An ESPN executive defended the company's handling of Thursday's announcement of where LeBron James will sign a free-agent contract as unique but consistent with what the rest of the industry would do given similar circumstances. Norby Williamson, ESPN's executive vice president of production, said the channel acted properly in providing an hour of time Thursday night for James, the most sought after of this season's group of NBA free agents, to make his announcement. "We believe this is a unique program," said Williamson. "It contains newsworthy content that I think any other television or media company would love to have the opportunity to offer. We have control over how we cover the announcement."

"We spent a lot of time sort of vetting it out, trying to come to a position where we're comfortable. We're comfortable with the execution of what we're hopefully going to get to present [Thursday] night." In what is clearly an unusual arrangement in media circles, ESPN will surrender almost all of the advertising during the show, called "The Decision", airing during the 9 p.m. ET hour Thursday to James' marketing company, LRMR Marketing.

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NBA Free Agents: Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade say they'll play for Miami Heat
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Submitted at 7/8/2010 9:56:05 AM

• Share • '); } else { $(_this).append(' Follow him on Twitter: @'+value+'.'); } } }); } }); T(_t.selector).hovercards(anywh ereOptions); T(".fortwitter").hovercards(anywhereO ptions); //REMOVE THE CLASS NAME SO WE DON'T ANYWHERE IT TWICE $ ( " . f o r twitter").removeClass("fortwitter"); }); } if(typeof(twttr) == "undefined") { $.getScript("http:// platform.twitter.com/ anywhere.js?id="+config.key+" &v="+config.version,anywhere) ; } else { anywhere(); } return this; }; })(jQuery); Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh are partnering together to play for the Heat, but will they be enough to sway LeBron James to Miami? 'The Decision' Is Coming Where will LeBron James' basketball future take him? The NBA's two-time defending MVP will reveal his destination on "The Decision" on ESPN (Thursday, 9 p.m. ET) and

ESPN3. Stuart Scott, Jon Barry and Michael Wilbon will host the hourlong special. Ending months of speculation, Wade and Bosh announced Wednesday that they will sign with Miami, two decisions that vault the Heat back into the NBA championship picture and put them two-thirds of the way to hitting one of the biggest trifectas in NBA history. Wade, Bosh and James all have talked about playing together. On Thursday night at 9 ET, in an hourlong special on ESPN, James will say why that will or will not happen. "We've wanted to play with each other and we have a golden opportunity to do that. We're going to take advantage of it," Bosh -- the "we" being Wade -said Wednesday on ESPN's "SportsCenter." James averaged 29.7 points for Cleveland last season, Wade averaged 26.6 points for Miami and Bosh averaged career-bests of 24.0 points and 10.8 rebounds for Toronto. Prime Time In Miami Through seven spectacular seasons with the Heat, how Dwyane Wade's career ranks in Miami measure up: Chris Bosh was the heart of the Raptors for seven seasons. En route to Miami, how his career ranks in Toronto looked:

They were the three kingpins of this long-hyped free-agent market, a trio of All-Stars who came into the league together seven years ago and structured their last contracts just to hit the open market together this summer, the last under the current terms of the league's collective bargaining agreement. Now, the ball is in King James' court. "I expect us to compete for a championship," Bosh told ESPN. "I think both Dwyane and I, we both wanted an opportunity where right away we would be competing. ... We're ready to sacrifice a lot of things in order to do that. It's not about the money. It's not about anything else except for winning. I'm a winner. Dwyane's a winner. We're going to bring winning to Miami." Toronto and Miami have been in discussions throughout the afternoon and into Wednesday evening about a potential signand-trade for Bosh, a league source with knowledge of the situation told ESPN.com's Andy Katz. The source said there is hope that a resolution could be reached by Thursday morning. The Raptors have not spoken to Bosh about the matter, dealing only with the Heat, the source told Katz. Bosh could earn $125

million over six years via signand-trade, but only $96 million in five without it. The Raptors have discussed a number of scenarios -- draft picks and potential players -with the Heat in a sign-andtrade, but there remains a chance the talks could break down. The Heat have few options for the Raptors because of a thin roster that includes only one high-profile player in Michael Beasley, whose offcourt issues have made him less marketable in a trade. "We intend to enter into player contracts with Dwyane and Chris once the moratorium period has ended," was the only statement from Heat president Pat Riley on Wednesday. Wade, 28, said it was difficult to turn down the chance to play in Chicago, where he grew up. But in the end, an opportunity to play with the 26-year-old Bosh and build a title contender in Miami with the two in the prime of their careers won out over his desire to play in his hometown, Wade said. "Now we can get on the pace of building a championship," he said. Wade does not know what the terms of the next contract he'll sign with Miami will be, nor when he'll sign the paper. Bosh doesn't have terms of his next

deal done either. It's all contingent on what James says Thursday night, and Wade insisted he knows nothing about what the two-time MVP will say or where he'll be saying it from. Contracts cannot be officially signed until Thursday. Asked why he didn't agree to a sign-and-trade that would have paired him with James in Cleveland, Bosh said he decided that Miami was the best choice available to him. "I wasn't sure if LeBron was coming back [to Cleveland] and I just wanted to leave that decision up to him," Bosh said. "I wanted to choose the best situation for me and my family and Miami was the best decision for me." The Heat still have only four players in the picture for this coming season: Wade, Bosh, Beasley and Mario Chalmers. Miami is in discussions with several free agents, including Brendan Haywood, Mike Miller, Raymond Felton and Udonis Haslem-- whom Wade has played with in all seven of his previous seasons. The salary cap released for the 2010-11 season on Thursday was just over $58 million, about $2 million more than teams expected, and that extra money NBA page 64



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2010 NBA free agency: Sources: LeBron James leaning toward joining Miami Heat
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Submitted at 7/8/2010 11:53:43 AM

• Share • '); } else { $(_this).append(' Follow him on Twitter: @'+value+'.'); } } }); } }); T(_t.selector).hovercards(anywh ereOptions); T(".fortwitter").hovercards(anywhereO ptions); //REMOVE THE CLASS NAME SO WE DON'T ANYWHERE IT TWICE $ ( " . f o r twitter").removeClass("fortwitter"); }); } if(typeof(twttr) == "undefined") { $.getScript("http:// platform.twitter.com/ anywhere.js?id="+config.key+" &v="+config.version,anywhere) ; } else { anywhere(); } return this; }; })(jQuery); All indications are that LeBron James is leaning toward signing with the Miami Heat on Thursday night, according to several sources with knowledge of the situation. Barring a late change of heart, sources say James has decided to join fellow All-Stars Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh to form a potential NBA powerhouse. Best of Mike and Mike Mike Greenberg previews the

big LeBron James announcement with ESPN NBA insider Chris Broussard, PTI's Michael Wilbon and ESPN's J.A. Adande. Where will James go? More Podcasts » James will make his announcement from the Boys and Girls Club of Greenwich, Conn., during an hourlong special called "The Decision" on ESPN at 9 p.m. ET Thursday. Sales of sponsorship for the program will go to the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. Chris Paul, one of James' best friends, has urged him to stay in Cleveland and let new Cavaliers coach Byron Scott coach him, according to sources. With such strong sentiment around him to not go to Miami, it's possible James could alter his decision. James' family and friends are divided over his decision to play in Miami, according to sources. Opinions range from understanding his desire to play with All-Star teammates, to feeling he is selling himself short by joining Wade's team, to concerns that playing on such a power-packed squad will hurt his brand even if he wins championships. James worked hard to help the Cavaliers improve their roster, sources said. He tried to sell Bosh on the idea of going to

Cleveland, but the 6-foot-11 forward was adamant he did not want to play in northeast Ohio. While sources close to James insist his heart is in Cleveland and remaining with the Cavaliers was his preferred choice, they say he had concerns about signing a six-year deal there and ending up "31 years old, with bad knees and no title." ESPN.com reported June 28 that James, Wade and Bosh held a scaled-down version of the free-agent summit originally suggested by Wade to seriously discuss their futures. 'The Decision' Is Coming Where will LeBron James' basketball future take him? The NBA's two-time defending MVP will reveal his destination on "The Decision" on ESPN (Thursday, 9 p.m. ET) and ESPN3. Stuart Scott, Jon Barry and Michael Wilbon will host the hourlong special. Sources in the initial report told ESPN.com that the sitdown took place in Miami during the weekend before July 1, when free agency commenced. That was subsequently denied by Henry Thomas, agent for Wade and Bosh. In reconfirming Wednesday that the three players did convene for at least one face-to-face meeting, sources now say the three

players met in Ohio on James' turf on the Saturday before the NBA draft. James averaged 29.7 points for Cleveland last season; Wade averaged 26.6 points for Miami; and Bosh averaged career bests of 24.0 points and 10.8 rebounds for Toronto. By joining the Heat, James would leave nearly $30 million on the table, unless the Cavaliers agree to an unlikely sign-and-trade. The Cavaliers could give him a six-year, $128 million contract, while Miami can offer him only a five-year deal worth up to $99 million. Wade does not know what the terms of the next contract he'll sign with Miami will be, nor when he'll sign the paper. Bosh doesn't have terms of his next deal done, either. It's all contingent on what James says Thursday night, and Wade insisted he knows nothing about what the two-time MVP will say. Players could not sign new contracts until Thursday. Asked why he didn't agree to a sign-and-trade that would have paired him with James in Cleveland, Bosh said he decided Miami was the best choice. "I wasn't sure if LeBron was coming back [to Cleveland] and I just wanted to leave that decision up to him," Bosh said.

"I wanted to choose the best situation for me and my family, and Miami was the best decision for me." The salary cap released Thursday for the 2010-11 season was just more than $58 million, about $2 million more than teams expected, and that extra money could be yet another free-agency edge for the Heat. "We'll see what the best thing is for us to win," Wade told The Associated Press. "I'm going to make a lot of money, no matter what happens. I've been blessed. I'm not counting every dollar and every cent. Let's sit down, let's see what the best thing is for us, for the long haul." Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim, who was an assistant coach on the 2008 gold medal-winning U.S. Olympic basketball team that included James, Wade and Bosh, said he has no doubts the three superstars can co-exist on the same NBA team. "All three can play together, they played together for us and they were great," Boeheim told ESPN.com's Andy Katz. "If he goes to Miami it clearly gives him the best chance to win. They could easily play together. They are all good friends and they all like each 2010 page 65

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Prosecutor: Michael Vick in confrontation prior to shooting
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Submitted at 7/8/2010 11:17:28 AM

USC Trojans ineligible for 2010 USA Today football coaches' poll
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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- The city's lead prosecutor said Wednesday night that Michael Vick was involved in a confrontation before a shooting following his birthday bash. Commonwealth's Attorney Harvey L. Bryant told The Associated Press Wednesday night in a telephone interview that Vick was not involved in the shooting and that he left the nightclub "in the 3- to 5-minute range" before it occurred. Bryant would not go into detail about the confrontation, but said there was no evidence the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback was involved in "anything that would amount to aggressive or assaultive conduct." "He's an athlete and an entertainer, but he's also a human being, and things that would tick you and I off would tick him off," Bryant said. "But he extricated himself from those things and left with the help and

encouragement of some of his friends and supporters." Police have said Vick was not the shooter. Bryant said the investigation also shows that Vick "was not aware of whether or not anyone was going to be shot, was threatened to be shot or anything to do with any of that business." Neither Vick's attorney, Larry Woodward, or his agent, Joel Segal, returned phone messages Wednesday night. Bryant, who has declined to press charges at this time against anyone in the shooting, said the victim and witnesses have not cooperated. He would not confirm a police statement made Tuesday that they know who the shooter is, but did say that the case remains open. The victim has not been identified by police, but Woodward said it was Quanis Phillips -- a co-defendant in the federal dogfighting case that

landed Vick in federal prison. Phillips, who Woodward said was not invited to the party and did not interact with Vick while there, was treated at a hospital and released the following day. The shooting occurred a block away from the nightclub where Vick was celebrating his 30th birthday. Vick was interviewed by detectives in the case a few days later. "He has sat down with Virginia Beach detectives and answered all their questions and, in our view, has been cooperative ... and I should say cooperative and truthful," Bryant said. Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press Five Filters featured article: Headshot - Propaganda, State Religion and the Attack On the Gaza Peace Flotilla. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.

This will be an unranked season for USC in USA Today's football coaches' poll. Grant Teaff, executive director of the American Football Coaches Association, told USA Today that because the school is under major NCAA sanctions and prohibited from playing in a bowl, it will be ineligible for the poll. USC filed an appeal with the NCAA last month, asking that several sanctions of its football program be reduced because they are "too severe" and "inconsistent with precedent." USC appealed only certain aspects of the NCAA's ruling. Among the penalties were a two -year bowl ban, four years of probation, scholarship losses and removal of several victories. USC page 64

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could likely be yet another freeagency edge for the Heat. "We'll see what the best thing is for us to win," Wade told The Associated Press. "I'm going to make a lot of money, no matter what happens. I've been blessed. I'm not counting every dollar and every cent. Let's sit down, let's see what the best thing is for us, for the long haul." Miami came into free agency with what turned out to be roughly $46 million of cap space, not including $16.5 million or so earmarked for Wade, thanks to years of avoiding just about any deal where money would have been committed for the 2010-11 season. "We want to build a dynasty," Riley had told fans entering free agency. Bosh and Wade would be a pretty good start. Wade and Bosh are also expected, along with Riley, to

continue to lobby James to join them in Miami, despite the financial complexities involved for the Heat to make room for all three. However, they passed up the opportunity for additional lobbying during their appearance on "SportsCenter," saying they preferred to leave the decision up to him. "We all make our own decisions at the end of the day," Wade said. "Of course, we would love for LeBron to join Miami -- who wouldn't? But at the same time, LeBron is going to make his own decision." Amid a growing sense among rival executives that James intends to stay with the Cavs, sources close to the situation told ESPN.com that James is still seriously considering joining forces with Wade and Bosh in Miami and, during a conference call early Wednesday, had a discussion about the possibility that all

three could wind up playing together for the Heat. Earlier this week, the Raptors reportedly had been reluctant to do a sign-and-trade, especially with Miami, contending the Heat did not have any players of interest. But if Bosh leaves outright as a free agent, the Raptors would be left with, at most, $4 million in cap space to replace Bosh. ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard and Ric Bucher, ESPN.com senior NBA writer Marc Stein and The Associated Press contributed to this report. Five Filters featured article: Headshot - Propaganda, State Religion and the Attack On the Gaza Peace Flotilla. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.

The school will accept a bowl ban for the upcoming season and certain scholarship penalties in football, but believes the full sanctions were unduly harsh. According to USA Today, it was expected that USC would be eligible for the coaches' poll in 2010 because it planned to appeal, but because the school accepted the postseason ban for this season, it became ineligible for the poll. Teaff released a statement in which he said the AFCA informed USC athletic director Mike Garrett, USC coach Lane Kiffin, Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott and BCS executive director Bill Hancock that the Trojans would be ineligible for the 2010 coaches' poll. The coaches' poll is one of the rankings used in the formula to determine the BCS standings. "American Football Coaches Association policy dictates that AFCA members who serve on the board of voters to determine national ranking shall not vote on any institution on major probation," Teaff said in the statement. "Penalties imposed by the NCAA, or a representative conference, are classified as

'major' if the penalties include loss of postseason bowl participation and/or television appearances, and/or loss of 20 percent or more of grants in aid." The NCAA's sanctions will not prevent USC from being considered for The Associated Press' poll, which is not part of the BCS formula. In an e-mail to the Los Angeles Times last month, in which she said USC would keep its 2004 AP national title, AP sports editor Terry Taylor said: "The poll is intended to measure onfield performance. If teams are allowed to play, they're allowed to be ranked and USC certainly played in 2004." Information from The Associated Press was used in this report. Five Filters featured article: Headshot - Propaganda, State Religion and the Attack On the Gaza Peace Flotilla. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.

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Heat Is on LeBron, No Matter What Choice He Makes
Jay Mariotti (FanHouse Main)
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Filed under: NBA So now we look to LeBron James, currently in makeup before his narcissistic one-hour reality show, for the finishing blow on NBA Star Wars. Are we watching the basketball equivalent of a revolution, the melding of a triple-studded Miami superteam rarely seen in sports? Does the fact his self-styled ESPN show is coming from a Boys & Girls Club in Greenwich, Conn., 30 miles from Madison Square Garden, mean he's playing in New York? Or is this entire exercise less climactic than a game of Whack-a-Mole, with James destined to stay in Cleveland a day after Dwyane Wade chose to stay in Miami, joined in the one compelling transaction by glory-starved Chris Bosh? "I'll be watching," Wade said. "We've scheduled it. I'll make sure I'm in front of the TV at 9

to watch like everyone else." Not to embarrass anyone who thought we were witnessing a talent tidal wave, but if James and Wade re-up with their current teams and don't combine respective camps in a power play, all it means is that the biggest offseason transaction happened in Montana. That is where Phil Jackson went fishing, saw the stars, heard the gods and decided to rejoin the the Los Angeles Lakers for

another season. Without Bosh or another robust reinforcement, James can't win an NBA title with the Cavaliers. Without an able, experienced third cog, Wade and Bosh won't necessarily win an immediate title with the Heat. But the Lakers, with Jackson and Kobe Bryant and the cachet of successive championships, remain positioned for more. If I were James, I'd be signing anywhere BUT Cleveland now, knowing my legacy is based on winning and that Wade, Bosh and Riley are poised to spoil my championship dreams for years. I'd either be joining that historic posse or, in a more diluted scenario, heading to the New York Knicks, where at least Amare Stoudemire can provide 26 points and 12 rebounds a game, if not the defense that James now treasures more than his pre-game powder shower on the sideline.

other. Bosh can play off each of them. He doesn't need to be the main guy. You can alternate down the court -- one time LeBron takes it, Dwyane takes it the next time. I don't think it's even an issue," Boeheim said. "We had all of those guys and Kobe [Bryant] on the court at the same time and we did all right. Anybody who says [they can't play together] doesn't know what they're talking about." Miami came into free agency with what turned out to be roughly $46 million of cap space, not including $16.5 million or so earmarked for Wade, thanks to years of avoiding just about any deal in which money would have been committed for the 2010-11 season. "We want to build a dynasty," Miami Heat president Pat Riley had told fans entering free

agency. By scheduling his special show and essentially putting a deadline on himself to make an announcement, it would appear that James has made up his mind. If he does, however, change his decision, the Cavaliers, the New York Knicks and Chicago Bulls all would be possibilities, according to the sources. Chris Broussard is an NBA writer for ESPN The Magazine. ESPN.com's Marc Stein and Andy Katz contributed to this report. Information from The Associated Press was also used. Five Filters featured article: Headshot - Propaganda, State Religion and the Attack On the Gaza Peace Flotilla. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.



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Free-Agent Circus Stains LeBron's Image
Kevin Blackistone (FanHouse Main)
Submitted at 7/7/2010 7:12:00 PM

Michael Vick Involved in Confrontation, 'Not Aware' Shooting Would Occur
A.J. Perez (FanHouse Main)
Submitted at 7/8/2010 11:10:00 AM

Filed under: NBA As the world waits with bated breath for LeBron James-- the world's greatest basketball player yet to win an NBA title -- to announce what basketball team's multimillion dollar paycheck he'll accept for the next few years, I've reached a decision: I like James' rivals, especially Kevin Durant, a whole lot more. After all, you couldn't help but miss the big announcement Durant made on Wednesday concerning his future, because it wasn't big at all. He issued a tweet, the 21st century equivalent of, I guess, a telegram, and his agent, Aaron Goodwin, entertained questions from The Oklahoman newspaper that covers the Oklahoma City Thunder for

Filed under: Eagles, NFL Police Blotter Michael Vick was involved in a confrontation after his 30th birthday party concluded, but his link to the triggerman of the shooting that left a co-defendant from Vick's dog-fighting case wounded could be tenuous. Commonwealth's Attorney Harvey L. Bryant told The which Durant stars. the bait from James, or TNT, A s s o c i a t e d Press "Exstension for 5 more years which most likely would've bit Vick"extricated" himself from wit the #thunder....God Is Great, had the 800-pound sports- the scuffle outside a Virginia me and my family came a long televising gorilla turned its back. Beach restaurant and he "was way...I love yall man forreal, There was never any word of not aware of whether or not this a blessing!" Durant being part of a private anyone was going to be shot, That was it. s u m m i t w i t h o t h e r y o u n g was threatened to be shot or There was no one-hour show superstars looking to plot a anything to do with any of that negotiated for Thursday with takeover of the NBA throne. business." any of the NBA's broadcasting Bryant revealed to WAVY-TV partners, like ESPN, which took 10 in Virginia Beach that Vick had been involved in one of several "confrontations" at

Guadalajara restaurant prior to Quanis Phillips being shot. "The investigation shows he was not physically present when the shooting took place," Bryant said. "There were some confrontations between individuals and between groups and Michael Vick was involved in one of those confrontations." "[It was] a confrontation that involved shouting, words passing, some bumping."

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One vote at Ubisoft for giving the Assassin's Creed franchise a year off
JC Fletcher (Joystiq)

Activision's Amrich: DJ Hero sales now up to 1.2 million units
David Hinkle (Joystiq)

concerned with franchise fatigue, even citing the case of music games like Guitar Hero, "I don't think there's going to be whose releases Activision has an Assassin's Creed in 2011," pledged to curtail. Ubisoft associate producer Jean- "Honestly, I think for the benefit F r a n c o i s B o i v i n t o l d of everybody - and business can Eurogamer. "I think we're going c o m e b a c k a n d o v e r r i d e to let it breathe a bit and really everything I say because at the focus on bringing something end of the day it's about selling new and exciting for the next games," Boivin said, "I believe time around." that this license needs a Since the release of Assassin's breather. You can't plough a Creed 2, we've seen the release field every year. Once every of three Assassin's Creed games, three years - or once every with two more on the way. something - you have to let it Boivin seems justified in being breathe." We think he's right
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about one thing -- that the corporate side of the company can override even the best creative decision to sell some games. Which is exactly what's going to happen in 2011. One vote at Ubisoft for giving the Assassin's Creed franchise a year off originally appeared on Joystiq on Thu, 08 Jul 2010 11:15:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Email this| Comments

Hero needed "time for its audience to find it, a price break, and positive word from Activision's DJ Hero may not both friends and reviews to have had the strong start the circulate" before it could really company would have hoped for, pick up steam. With DJ Hero 2 but it's apparently gained just around the corner, we're significant momentum since its anxious to see how Activision October launch. In an editorial will apply what it's learned from piece defending the performance the first game. of Bizarre's recent racer, Blur, Activision's Amrich: DJ Hero Activision social media guy Dan sales now up to 1.2 million units Amrich talked up DJ Hero's originally appeared on Joystiq longterm success -- which has on Thu, 08 Jul 2010 12:50:00 now yielded sales of 1.2 million EST. Please see our terms for units. use of feeds. As you might recall, it was also Permalink| Email this| the best-selling IP of 2009 by C o m m e n t s revenue. Amrich posited that DJ
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People hosting their own servers
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economics work for me. With Radio and Manila, I had to get into the hosting business. This My Scripting2 to-do list is time, I am determined not to be getting small again, but there are the central point of failure. still some big items there. One Eventually it made so sick that I of them is to get an Amazon had to drop the ball. This time I AMI ready for people to create don't want it to be dependent on their own blogging servers. me. That was the mistake last My goal is to make it as time. turnkey as possible to set up My role is to work on software your own server. One of my and to be a community leader. frustrations with WordPress is That's what I do best. that you have to understand so Also, by having people host much about hosting before you their own servers from the start, start hosting. There's so much we get past the bottleneck of the you have to understand before t y p i c a l " U s e r G e n e r a t e d you start. It's kind of a Catch-22. Content" play in the tech world. Y o u h a v e t o b e h i g h l y In that world, the users are like motivated, you're making a real little hamsters in cages spinning commitment. That's why so around the wheels that drive ad m a n y p e o p l e g o w i t h impressions that generate wordpress.com. (None of this is revenue for the tech company presented as fact, just my a n d s t o c k o p t i o n s o f t h e conjecture.) programmers go up in value, With Scripting2 there will be, at and the little hamsters have the first, a scarcity of hosting satisfaction of knowing they options. I want people to helped make other people rich. seriously consider setting up This always struck me as out of their own EC2 server. It costs balance. about $90 per month, and it can It works when the founders can host dozens of bloggers using find a quick exit as the YouTube Scripting2 (in theory, that's what guys did. But in the more we're going to find out). The common case, the company
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Amazon and I couldn't believe what I was seeing. With EC2, I get to create my own operating system, and offer it to you. Eventually I can even ask for some of the money to flow back to me to fund the continued development of the software. Maybe I'll even get rich from it, that wouldn't be so terrible. Unlike the WordPress ecosystem, that had evolved to drifts and the platform suffers, create entities like Bluehost, and the users wait and things who have confusing startup never get better. plans, we'll have one that's a The WordPress guys found a simple howto that takes at most better formula, by offering an hour from beginning to end, people the option of hosting and has zero commitment to their own blogs on their own anyone. You can launch the hardware for free. Even your server, create your blog, and wordpress.com blog is free. You after one day decide it's not for only pay when you get serious you, and owe Amazon less than about your blog. When you need $1 for the experience. (It's all features that serious people charged to your credit card the need. That ecosystem has a same way you pay for books or much better feel to it. And they clothes.) get to relax, get rich, and the So now I'm swinging back to users have their independence. polish the AMI, get it so that the At my point in life, I'm less c o d e w i t h i n a u t o - u p d a t e s concerned with making money properly, and then at some point myself, and more concerned I'll be looking for guinea pigs er about setting up something that testers to try it out. works, long-term. I was looking for an answer and along came

Science goes direct
(Scripting News)
Submitted at 7/8/2010 7:38:58 AM

I've been reading about the crazy stuff going on at scienceblogs.com, and wondering if there isn't something the tech community can do to help the bloggers. Scientists who are also naturalborn bloggers. It's a perfect example of people with information going direct to the people who want it. I've always felt that reporters should apply the scientific method. Here are writers whose SCIENCE page 69

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lives are devoted to the service of science. It's not surprising that a corporation like PepsiCo would want to get in the middle of such a good thing. What's needed, it seems to me, is a simple blogging platform, probably WordPress or Drupal, that could host all the science bloggers who wanted to be free of the corporate situation. I am not using this as an opportunity to promote my blogging platform. It seems to me it's too delicate a situation to insert anything like personal interests into. Rather, it would be great to get a home for these people, asap, one that will make it easy for them to migrate to a

new home, but still maintain the integrity of the community. I can help in getting the feeds together into a single reading list, so that we can follow all the science bloggers where ever they go. Update: There is a "diaspora" feed managed by Yahoo Pipes for the science bloggers who are leaving scienceblogs.com. This is great, but I wanted something different -- an OPML reading list that points to all the feeds. I don't just want the posts, I want the feeds too.

Shoe Guide 2010
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Environmental Visionaries: The Diaper Farmer
Bruce Grierson (Popular Science - New Technology, Science News, The Future Now)
Submitted at 7/8/2010 10:03:09 AM

Willem van Cotthem's supersoil harnesses the power of Pampers to turn dirt into lush gardens When asked to imagine the Earth in 2040, many scientists describe a grim scenario, a landscape so bare and dry, it's almost uninhabitable. But that's

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Faulty Gene-Scanning Chip Calls Results of Major Lifespan Study Into Question
Rebecca Boyle (Popular Science - New Technology, Science News, The Future Now)

Kári Stefánsson, who founded deCode Genetics, says the quirk is related to two of the strongest genetic variants linked to aging in the study, called rs1036819 Submitted at 7/7/2010 4:33:06 PM DNA Chip T h e and rs1455311. HumanOmniExpress bead chip Newsweek reports: For any can be used for genome-wide given gene, a person will have association studies (GWAS) like two alleles, or forms of DNA. In a controversial study reported in the vast majority of people, at Science last week. At least one the rs1036819 and rs1455311 geneticist says the 610-Quad locations in the genome, these chip -- which is similar to this pairs of alleles consist of one one and also manufactured by "minor" form and one "major" Illumina -- has a particular quirk form. But the 610-Quad chip that may have resulted in false tends to see the wrong thing at positives. Illumina those particular locations, Though many scientists hailed according to Stefánsson. the results last week, some The study in question found a geneticists expressed doubt pattern of genetic variants about a study that linked several among people who lived to be genes to extreme old age. Now, 100 or older. The researchers, at least one expert is saying the based at Boston University DNA analysis chips used to School of Medicine, built a conduct the study may have led model based on that genetic to faulty results. signature, and found it could The study authors defend their predict longevity with 77 work, but said in a statement percent accuracy. Wednesday afternoon that they Scientists said the study, w e r e r e - e x a m i n i n g t h e i r published in Science, was a analysis. breakthrough in understanding Specifically, Newsweek quotes how genes affect human life an Icelandic geneticist who says spans. the DNA analysis chip used for But others immediately cried part of the study, the 610-Quad, foul. Newsweek also quotes a has a quirk that can lead to false Duke University geneticist, positives. David Goldstein, who notes the

researchers used different DNA chips to analyze the control group and the study group. The chips were manufactured by the same company, but they use different methods -- one studies 370,000 genetic variants and the other, the 610-Quad, studies 610,000 variants. The authors explain they had to change chips midstream because the 370 chip went off the market. Only about 10 percent of the people in the study were examined with the

-- and the surprising accuracy of the model, at 77 percent. The BU researchers stand by their findings, they said in a statement Wednesday afternoon: "We have been made aware that there is a technical error in the lab test used on approximately 10 percent of the centenarian sample that involved the two of the 150 variants. Our preliminary analysis of this issue suggests that the apparent error would not effect the overall accuracy of the model. Because the issue has been raised since the publication of the paper, we are now closely re -examining the analysis." They add that their statistical model holds up despite the small sample size. Ultimately, further studies will 610 chip. be needed to clarify the Goldstein tells Nature.com that findings. Some geneticists say using different chips, or even they're reserving judgment until the same chips in different labs, the results are duplicated in a can influence the data. Some larger group of test subjects, experiments turned up variants such as a European group of that seemed to be associated 2,500 nonagenarian sibling with a specific trait, but were pairs, according to Nature. actually due to slight differences [ Newsweek, Nature] in experimental conditions, he says. Other concerns included the small sample size -- the BU team looked at 800 centenarians

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powerfully absorbent polymers that can suck up hundreds of times their weight in water. Hydrogels have many applications today, from food processing to mopping up oil spills, but they are most familiar as the magic ingredient in disposable diapers. The difference with agricultural hydrogels is that they don't just trap moisture; they let it go again, very slowly, almost like time-release medication, into the root system of plants. That continuity of moisture is what brittle landscapes like deserts need to become fertile again. Water activates a mineralization process, setting free nutrients in the soil so that life can grow. But water alone won't make gardens flourish in sand. So van Cotthem, an honorary professor of botany at Ghent University in Belgium who has helmed several international scientific panels studying desertification, invented a "soil conditioner" called Terracottem. It's an 8- to 12-inch layer of dirt impregnated with hydrogels, along with organic agents that

nourish the natural bacteria in the soil. Van Cotthem's early experiments with his soil are now literally bearing fruit on every continent except Antarctica. Where Terracottem sits, barren plots of land are now fertile, and have already changed lives. In 2005, UNICEF invited van Cotthem to oversee the construction of "family gardens" in the Sahawari refugee camps in Algeria. Since 1975, thousands of Africans in the camps have lived in tents and shacks, dependent on the World Food Program to provide them with dry and canned goods-a diet that left them vulnerable to disease. Today more than 2,000 pocket gardens there provide healthy food. If this technology is so miraculous, you might wonder, why wasn't it developed earlier? After all, disposable diapers have been around since the 1940s. Until only recently, though, hydrogels were toxic, and skeptics doubted that they could ever be made safe for

consumption. There was no bigger skeptic than van Cotthem himself-so much so that the day a research engineer from a German diaper company walked into his lab and told him he'd cracked the nut, van Cotthem said to his face, "I don't believe you." "OK," the engineer said. And he took out a spoon and ate the hydrogel. Van Cotthem was shocked. Then he said to his visitor, "Please come back in a couple of months so that I know you're still alive." Meanwhile, van Cotthem tested the samples, got promising results, and began researching the agricultural uses of hundreds of kinds of hydrogels. When the engineer returned alive, van Cotthem was convinced. But new soil isn't enoughpeople still need something to grow in it. Realizing that half the world routinely throws out seeds that the other half needs, van Cotthem also launched a nonprofit organization called Seeds for Food that asks people to mail in their unwanted seeds. "My office right now is full of

pumpkin seeds people sent in after Halloween," he says. Scientists are exploring different uses for hydrogels. Enhanced soils, they believe, could be the key to farms in space. The recipe is simple: a few drops of water and glasslike marbles to provide a kind of scaffolding for roots in the soil. "Suddenly," van Cotthem explains, "you have a rich soil that can support almost anything." But his sights are set firmly on this star system. "I do see the possibility of achieving wonderful things in space," he says. "But let us first solve the problems here on Earth, starting with offering everyone the chance to produce their own food. And we are certainly in a position to do so."



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NSA Launching "Perfect Citizen" Surveillance Program to Monitor Private Networks for Cyber Attacks
Clay Dillow (Popular Science New Technology, Science News, The Future Now)
Submitted at 7/8/2010 11:25:38 AM

Old School Infrastructure A lot of America's critical infrastructure, like the control rooms at nuclear plants or the technology that governs power grids (this control panel is from a '70s-era nuclear power experiment site), was designed in a pre-Web world. The NSA wants to shore up cyber security holes by getting inside private companies' networks and monitoring their data traffic for signs of impending cyber attack. In a move that is poised to become extremely unpopular with privacy advocates, the National Security Agency -- you may remember them from the warrant-less wiretapping scandal -- is launching a program dubbed"Perfect Citizen" to detect cyber attacks on private companies running critical infrastructure like the electricity grid or nuclear plants. All companies have to do is let the NSA deploy a bunch of sensors within their networks, and trust that the nation's best

eavesdropping agency won't abuse the system. Both the NSA and Raytheon, who was awarded the initial contract to develop the surveillance effort (valued at up to $100 million), are naturally being very hush-hush about Perfect Citizen. But according to the WSJ, it seems the system would rely on a series of sensors physically installed within networks that would allow the

NSA to monitor activity for the telltale signs of an impending cyber attack. The NSA insists the failsafe measures would only kick in when suspicious activity arises and would not continuously monitor the data streaming through a private company's networks. But there's a Big Brother aspect to Perfect Citizen that has some in government and industry grumbling about an

nearly impossible for the government's security arms to provide a common defense. One military official claims the violation of privacy is no greater than that caused by traffic cameras, as the sensors will more or less keep an eye out for suspicious patterns in network traffic among other things. For now, Perfect Citizen is not a mandatory program, and that should allay some privacy concerns. The look of the finalized program is still unclear, as the NSA is working with private companies to persuade them of the gravity of the threat and come to agreeable terms with the government on how best to implement the intrusion by the government in sensors. Some companies might to private affairs. install their own sensors and But it might be the kind then offer the NSA restricted intrusion that is necessary. access, a deal that might be far G o v e r n m e n t o f f i c i a l s a r e more agreeable to those IT constantly worried about the departments worried about capabilities of Chinese cyber having Big Brother wandering warriors (not to mention those the cyber hallways. employed by rogue states or [ Wall Street Journal] terror groups), and the patchwork nature of American utilities and other key infrastructure providers makes it

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Swiss Solar-Powered Plane Successfully Completes Groundbreaking 26-Hour Flight Through the Night
Clay Dillow (Popular Science New Technology, Science News, The Future Now)
Submitted at 7/8/2010 10:30:56 AM

Entering the Night After seven years of testing, tweaking, and pushing the technological envelope, Solar Impulse HBSIA finally hit its most critical milestone to date, completing a 26-hour flight that saw the solarpowered plane fly through the night. The carbon-fiber aircraft's 200-foot wingspan is covered in 10,748 solar cells that - aside from powering the plane - store excess power in batteries that enable the plane to operate even after sunset. The all-night flight is an important proof of concept for Solar Impulse, proving solar flight is viable even when the sun doesn't shine. Solar Impulse A team of visionary Swiss engineers and at least one test pilot with nerves of steel have pushed solar-powered flight to the next level, completing an overnight flight that proves solar flight is possible even when the plane's fuel source dips behind the horizon. This morning testpilot André Borschberg successfully put Solar Impulse HB-SIA on the ground safely after 26 hours and nine minutes of flight powered solely by the sun.

Magnetic Nanoparticles Can Be Used to Charge Neurons And Control Your Behavior, Study Says
Rebecca Boyle (Popular Science - New Technology, Science News, The Future Now)
Submitted at 7/8/2010 9:14:04 AM

Click to launch the photo gallery The flight began yesterday morning, as Borshberg slowly climbed to a maximum altitude just beyond 28,000 feet while more than 10,000 solar cells stretched across its massive 200foot wingspan soaked up solar energy and stored it in batteries inside the plane. Solar Impulse then slowly descended as the day's sunlight waned, acting as a glider to use the least amount of power possible. The plane switched the power back on at

somewhere around 5,000 feet and cruised easily through the rest of the night on the stored solar energy. No such flight had ever been attempted before, and its success is quite a milestone for solarpowered flight, proving that a day's worth of solar flight can generate enough excess power to get a plane through the night. Looking purely at the numbers, it seems that if a plane can make it to the next morning, it could potentially fly for extended periods without landing barring

mechanical problems. With that in mind, the Solar Impulse crew is celebrating today then getting right back to work. Next up for the world's most advanced solar-powered plane: a transatlantic flight followed by an around-theworld sojourn that will be carried out by the team's second prototype solar plane, which they will begin building this summer. [ Solar Impulse]

Nematodes Change Direction These nematodes contain nanoparticles that warm up when exposed to a magnetic field. The warmth makes the worms wriggle in a different direction. University of Buffalo Researchers in Buffalo are bringing us a step closer to being controlled by machines. Or magnetized nanoparticles, at least: Heated magnetic nanoparticles targeted to cell membranes could control your behavior, according to a new paper in Nature Nanotechnology. The researchers, led by University of Buffalo physics professor Arnd Pralle, used MAGNETIC page 74



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magnetic fields to activate neurons in a cell culture and steer the movement of nematode worms. The findings could lead to cancer treatments that remotely manipulate cells in certain tissues, or diabetes therapies that remotely stimulate pancreatic cells to release insulin, according to the University of Buffalo. The system works by exposing 6-nanometer-sized particles in a cell membrane to a magnetic field, which heats them up. The field is comparable in strength to the kind used in magnetic resonance imaging. When the

temperature reaches 34 degrees Celsius (93.2 F), the cells react - that's the temperature that provokes a natural avoidance response, the researchers say. In this video, the nematodes ( C. elegans) are wriggling around; they change direction when the magnetic field is switched on, warming the nanoparticles to 34 C. The method does not harm the cells, Pralle says. While the membrane outside the cell heats up, there is no temperature change inside. Pralle and his team even devised a nanothermometer to measure this effect. They used a fluorescent

probe, and changes in the fluorescence intensity indicated the change in temperature. Because the cells are not harmed, the method can be used in living animals, which opens the door for specialized pharmaceuticals or therapies. It can also illuminate the signaling networks that control animal behavior, Pralle says. [ ScienceDaily]

South African Shish Kebabs
Submitted at 7/8/2010 3:00:00 AM

Add a little exotic flavor to your next cookout Print Article Email to Friend Ingredients

• 1 lb pork tenderloin, cut into cubes • 1/2 lb lamb shoulder or leg, cut into cubes How to Make It • 3 tbsp dark brown sugar 1.) In a bowl, sprinkle meat • 1 tbsp plus 1/2 tsp curry with 2 tbsp of the brown sugar, powder SOUTH page 75 • 2 tsp coriander seeds

• 2 cups dried apricots • 1 onion, sliced, plus 1 onion, peeled • 1 1/2 cups dry red wine • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil • 3 slices turkey bacon, cut into chunks • 1 tbsp butter • 2 tbsp apricot jam

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EPA. 2.) Buy an air purifier. Look for one with a "clean air 9 tricks to help squelch hay delivery rate" of at least 350 and fever a HEPA filter, which traps tiny by Christine Richmond particles like viruses and smoke. Print Article Email to Friend 3.) Shower before bed. Itchy eyes. Scratchy throat. It'll keep you from rubbing Relentless sneezing. It's freaking pollen you've gathered all day hay fever season, yet again. To onto your pillow (and then avoid ODing on antihistamines, inhaling it at night). try a few of these tricks to keep 4.) Move your workouts your symptoms in check. indoors. 1.) Leave your shoes at the Especially if you're a morning door. guy—pollen counts are highest You can track pollen and other between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. says allergens all over your house. Fred Pescatore, M.D., author of Indoor air pollution levels are The Allergy and Asthma Cure. already up to five times higher 5.) Bust out the shades. than outdoors, according to the Maybe Jack Nicholson and
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Kanye are onto something. "Sunglasses help keep airborne allergens out of your eyes," explains Pescatore. He suggests wearing them even when it's cloudy. 6.) Reach for natural remedies. Take 250 milligrams to 600 milligrams of quercetin (up to three times a day with your meals), Pescatore recommends. The antioxidant helps to block histamine. Other remedies include fish oil and the herbs butterbur and stinging nettle (follow the dosage on the bottle). 7.) Wash your car. And clean the inside, too. After all, you're in your vehicle an

average of 20 hours per week. 8.) Cut back on sugar and dairy. Milk and its by-products can increase mucus production, so cutting back when you have symptoms will help you breathe easier. Sugar's even worse. A single teaspoon of the sweet stuff can hike your body's inflammation levels and suppress your immune system by more than 50%, says Pescatore. 9.) Try pot. A neti pot! Some guys may find these teapot-looking remedies a tad bizarre, but they're astonishingly effective at reducing sinus pressure and flushing out your nasal

passages. "They change people's lives," Pescatore says. (Also consider squeeze-bottle variations, which can be easier to control.) Related articles: 5 Tips For Better Sleep Boost Your Energy Does Soy Really Cause Man Boobs? [on Facebook, Digg, Reddit and more] Five Filters featured article: Headshot - Propaganda, State Religion and the Attack On the Gaza Peace Flotilla. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.

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1 tbsp of the curry, and the coriander seeds. Salt and pepper to taste. Add apricots, sliced onion, wine, vinegar, and oil, then let marinate in fridge, covered, for 2 to 4 hours. 2.) Meanwhile, cut peeled onion in half crosswise, then cut into quarters and break into layers. 3.) Drain meat in a strainer over large saucepan. Remove meat and apricots from strainer and discard remaining solids. Set marinade aside. Thread meat, apricots, onion layers, and bacon onto skewers. 4.) Place saucepan with marinade over high heat, bring to a boil, and cook until thick, about 10 minutes. Whisk in

butter, apricot jam, remaining 1 tbsp brown sugar, and 1/2 tsp curry. Let sauce continue to boil, whisking until thick. Pour a quarter of the sauce into small bowl for basting. 5.) When grill is hot, cook kebabs until browned on the outside and meat is cooked through, about 2 minutes per side—8 minutes total. After 4 minutes, start basting with reserved sauce. 6.) Serve kebabs at once with remaining sauce for dipping. Nutritional Breakdown Per serving Calories: 665 Protein: 34 g Carbs: 61 g Fat: 26 g

Fiber: 6g Serves 4 Related articles: Recipe: Quinoa Paella with Chicken and Chorizo Recipe: Black Bean Cakes Recipe: Skillet Mac & Cheese With Ham & Spinach [on Facebook, Digg, Reddit and more] Five Filters featured article: Headshot - Propaganda, State Religion and the Attack On the Gaza Peace Flotilla. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.

Prayers in the outfield (updated)
Bobby (GetReligion)
Submitted at 7/7/2010 1:15:56 PM

Screams and frightened gasps PRAYERS page 76

Video Faceoff: YouTube vs. Hulu
Ben Parr (Mashable!)
Submitted at 7/8/2010 10:43:01 AM

YouTube has been the king of online video for years, but the Google-owned video service has had its share of trials and tribulations. While YouTube is now making some revenue, its costs have eaten that away by and large. And while YouTube is still growing like wildfire, it still has a long way to go to make the jump to TV. The world’s second largest video site, Hulu, takes a

different approach. Its fulllength movies and TV shows are easier to monetize. Last week the site introduced Hulu Plus, a subscription service that provides access to entire seasons of popular shows, rather than just the last five episodes. A little more than a year ago, many Mashable readers voiced their belief that premium content would ultimately trump user-generated videos. We wonder how many of you still think this will be the case. That’s why this week’s Web

Faceoff focuses on the two kings of online video. We want to know which video service you prefer, YouTube or

Hulu. Is uploading and sharing video your thing, or does having Saturday Night Live and House at your fingertips trump that advantage? Let us know in the poll below. The ballot box closes at 12:00 p.m. PT on Monday, June 12. Once you vote, make sure to tell us what you think of the YouTube vs. Hulu debate in our comments section below. Which video service do you prefer: YouTube or Hulu? Market Research Reviews: Hulu, Mashable,

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interrupted Tuesday’s night’s Texas Rangers-Cleveland Indians game when a fan fell 30 feet from the second deck while trying to catch a foul pop. “Whoa! A fan tumbled out, and I pray that he’s OK,” Rangers play-by-play announcer Josh Lewin said on the Fox Sports Southwest broadcast that I was watching. “Oh my.” Lewin wasn’t the only one who prayed. The TV screen showed Indians outfielder Trevor Crowe kneeling face down with his head in his hands. “What’s he doing?” my 13-yearold son asked, unsure if he was seeing what he thought he was. “He’s praying,” I confirmed. As emergency personnel at Rangers Ballpark rushed to the fan’s aid, Cleveland shortstop Jason Donald also appeared to be praying. I have watched a few thousand — OK, a few million — majorleague baseball games in my lifetime. Never before that I recall have I seen major-league ballplayers bow on the field in spontaneous prayer. I was curious to see if news reports would pick up on that image. I

was pleased to see that some did. The Cleveland Plain Dealer quoted Donald up high in its game story: ARLINGTON, Texas— The Indians were on the way to loss No. 50 Tuesday night when a man fell out of the stands at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington in the fifth inning. “I didn’t see it,” said shortstop Jason Donald, after the Indians’ 12-1 loss to Texas, “but I heard it. I heard the body hit and I heard the crowd reaction. It didn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out what happened.” Donald immediately squatted down in the outfield grass and started praying. “I was praying that he wouldn’t die,” Donald said. Now, I’d love to know more. I’d love to know Donald’s faith background. I’d love to know if he prays often or if his appeal for God’s help was an unusual thing for him. But that’s probably asking too much from a deadline game story. Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News is one of my favorite baseball writers. Devoted Rangers fan that I am, I

read Grant’s stories, um, religiously. Unfortunately, his story did not mention the players praying. Now, that could be because they were Indians, and his beat is the Rangers. But I would suspect that Rangers such as Josh Hamilton, who has made no secret of his evangelical Christian faith, might have been praying, too. I wish Grant had included that angle. Like the Plain Dealer, the Akron Beacon Journal noticed — and noted — the reactions by Crowe and Donald: After the incident, Trevor Crowe in left and Jason Donald at shortstop went down on one knee, obviously feeling emotions coursing through them. ”It was crazy,” Crowe said. ”I looked up and saw him coming down. He tried to catch himself [on the suite railing], but he kept coming down. It’s one of the scariest things I’ve ever seen. ”I just started praying for the guy. There was nothing to break his fall. I thought he might have killed himself. It affected everybody emotionally, but

that’s not the reason we lost the game.” The game was interrupted for 16 minutes, and just before it restarted, players were told the man was conscious and moving. ”I didn’t see it happen because my head was turned, but I heard it,” Donald said. ”I heard the crowd, I heard the body hit the seats. It didn’t take a rocket scientist to figure it out. Thank God I didn’t see it. That would have done damage to me.” Donald retreated to the clubhouse for a couple of minutes to compose himself. ”I was down on one knee, because I was praying for the guy and the people he landed on,” he said. ”It kind of puts in perspective that we’re playing a game. You take your family to a game, and you never think something like this could happen. It’s terrifying.” Kudos to the Beacon Journal for letting the players describe, in their own words, what they were thinking and feeling. The description of Crowe going down on one knee is not totally accurate, however, as he clearly was down on both knees. A

YouTube video (since removed from the Internet by Major League Baseball) confirmed my recollection. It sounds like the man who fell — and four people slightly injured when he landed on them — will be OK. But players and fans had no way of knowing that at the time. That made the prayers in the outfield all the more dramatic. And worthy of news coverage. Photo: That’s my niece and nephew at Monday night’s game. Thankfully, we were not there in person to witness the fan’s fall Tuesday night. UPDATE: The original video I posted was removed from the Internet by MLB, so I have replaced it with an ESPN Dallas video in which the reporter describes the two Indians players praying. Five Filters featured article: Headshot - Propaganda, State Religion and the Attack On the Gaza Peace Flotilla. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.

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Name this sobering voice …
tmatt (GetReligion)
Submitted at 7/8/2010 8:49:04 AM

Regular GetReligion readers will remember that I am a mass transit guy and I am a magazine guy. Put those two facts together and you end up with stacks of magazines filling the back pocket of my commuter bag when I am traveling, whether that is the daily run from the south side of Baltimore to Capital Hill or on longer trips, such as the one I just made to see family in the Texas Hill Country. I head to Southern California today (and the Divine Mrs. MZ is traveling as well). As I travel, I read and rip — trying to get the bag lighter, fast. Articles that have GetReligion implications (or content for Washington Journalism Center class sessions) are ripped out and return to the bag. Truth be told, this often happens (hello Atlantic Monthly) because an article is quite long and deserves more attention. Sometimes, an article nags at me and I am not quite sure why. Take, for example, the following quote that I hit the

other day. It is not clearly religious, but there are obvious moral implications. The culture has totally changed. Girls today are growing up too fast; the influences of the entertainment industry have changed. Girls have experienced a lot that their mothers and grandmothers never experienced. The age compression thrusts girls into the adolescent experience far

too early and gets them thinking about sexuality at an early age and creates pressure. We are dealing with evidence of emotional turmoil, including eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia; 90 percent of those with eating disorders are girls, some of them as young as 5. Recently a clothing manufacturer finally took this product off the shelves: bikinis

who hang themselves after being taunted. … Here is what struck me. Could GetReligion readers, I wonder, guess who spoke these words? They sound rather conservative. Yet we live in an age when all kinds of people — left and right — are concerned about these issues. But I worry that how journalists REPORT these words might depend on who said them. So, let’s play a little game. Who spoke these words? (a) First Lady Michelle Obama (b) Mary Pipher, author of “ Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls.” (c) U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman (d) Oprah Winfrey with padded bras for 7-year- (e) Atlantic Monthly columnist olds. You also have cutting, Caitlin Flanagan, author of “ To piercing and sexual aggression Hell with All That: Loving and among elementary-school-age Loathing Our Inner Housewife.” kids and early involvement with (f) None of the above. drugs and alcohol. Girls have And the answer? I’ll put that in now reached parity with boys in a comment on the post. binge drinking, and there’s a Five Filters featured article: high level of violence among Headshot - Propaganda, State girls. One out of three boys and Religion and the Attack On the girls is either a victim or a Gaza Peace Flotilla. Available perpetrator of bullying. We’ve tools: PDF Newspaper, Full seen news recently about girls Text RSS, Term Extraction.


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10 Fascinating Facts You Didn’t Know About Apple
Amy-Mae Elliott (Mashable!)
Submitted at 7/8/2010 10:09:05 AM

The Newton logo was designed by the lesser-known Apple founder Ronald Wayne (the guy It can be argued that no who sold his stake — that today consumer electronics company would be worth $22 billion— to h a s c a p t u r e d t h e p u b l i c ’ s Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak fascination the way Apple has. for $800 – ouch!) and was only Over the years it has morphed used briefly in 1976, since its into more than just a company high level of detail didn’t really or corporation, but for many it show up that well when shrunk has become a representation of a down and stuck on a product. lifestyle or culture, and a status The rainbow apple, designed by symbol complete with a larger Ron Janoff, replaced Sir Isaac fan base than most pop stars. and remained the symbol of the Here at Mashable, we’re also company for many years until quite fascinated by Apple and its the simpler monochromatic achievements. The company is apple logo was introduced in known just as much for its veil 1998. 2. Wozniak Sold His of secrecy and ability to get the Scientific Calculator to Raise Internet buzzing with rumors, as Capital it is for the actual products. In order to raise enough money You’re probably in on the to buy parts and build the first gossip, but there are likely a few few orders of the Apple I, Steve things you don’t know about Jobs sold his Volkswagen van Apple. and Wozniak, then an HP So read on for the origins of employee, sold his Hewlettproduct names, factoids about Packard 65 scientific calculator the Apple logo, what Wozniak for$500. sold to finance the Apple I, and Those born after 1990 might be more wonders dug up from the surprised that a mere calculator archives of Apple’s past. 1. The would raise any kind of capital, First Apple Logo Featured Isaac but back in 1976, a scientific Newton calculator cost as much as a A l t h o u g h t h e n o w - r e t r o laptop does today, and the HPr a i n b o w l o g o i s a r g u a b l y 65 was in fact marketed as “the Apple’s most well known, the s m a l l e s t p r o g r a m m a b l e very first Apple logo featured c o m p u t e r e v e r . ” Sir Isaac Newton sitting under a Woz got a decent price tree, with an apple about to hit considering it retailed for $795, his head. (Legend has it that he and we imagine any calculator was literally hit on the head with in his possession would have an apple and that led to the been more than fairly well used. concept of gravity.) We wonder if the buyer knew he

Apple users probably have, as she — yes she— was included in the Cairo font as part of the original Macintosh. After the Cairo font was discontinued, Dogcow lived on with LaserWriter Driver 4.0 and then became a sort of mascot for the Apple tech staff. was getting a piece of Designed by Susan Kare, computing history — just Clarus — Dogcow’s given name i m a g i n e h o w m u c h t h a t — makes a “moof” sound and calculator would fetch on eBay was found on all versions of the today. 3. The Apple I Cost Mac operating system until OS $666.66 X. In the late 1980s, she surged The high prices of Apple’s in popularity and started to be current computers have recently used by other developer groups been among critics’ biggest — even Microsoft once used complaints. But historically Dogcow in an advertisement. speaking, Apple products have As you could guess, Apple was always boasted a higher a price none to fond of this, and the tag. In fact, when you account tech staff decided to write a for inflation, back in the day, the Technical Note to stop the very first Apple computer would misuse. Later on, Technical have been more expensive than Note #31 was included on the the MacBook Air or even a 17- first Apple Developer CDs as an inch MacBook Pro today. Easter egg, and Apple even The Apple I wasn’t priced at registered trademarks for both $666.66 with any Satanic Clarus the Dogcow, and her connotations, but rather for “moof” sound. 5. The Name more practical reasons, as Steve “Macintosh” Was Inspired by an Wozniak once explained at a Apple news conference: It’s often cited that the Apple “I was into repeating digits,” he Lisa was named after Steve said, and explained that the Jobs’ daughter, but where did wholesale cost to stores was the name “Macintosh” come $500, and adding a third to get from? Apple employee Jef the retail price made it around R a s k i n i s r e s p o n s i b l e f o r $667, which Woz changed to all coining the machine after his one repeating digit — $666.66 favorite variety of apple, smartly — “was just easier to type.” 4. tying the whole fruit theme Apple Invented the “Dogcow” together. Ever heard of “Dogcow?” Early Macintosh was just a code-

name, and Steve Jobs is said to have tried to change the project’s name to “Bicycle” while the McIntosh-loving staffer was out of office. But Raskin clearly knew a good name when he coined it, as Macintosh just had too much staying power and stuck right to the end of the product cycle. 6. Apple Made the First MassMarket Color Digital Camera Back in 1994, Apple actually launched the first mass-market color digital camera in the U.S. The Apple QuickTake 100 could snap an amazing eight photographs and connected to a Mac via a serial cable. It cost $749, which is about the equivalent of $1,000 today, which seems ridiculous for a camera boasting less than one megapixel resolution and no digital display. The QuickTake line expanded to two more models before Steve Jobs shut it down in 1997 when he returned to the helm at Apple and streamlined its product line. 7. The Name “iPod” Was Inspired By 2001: A Space Odyssey Clever copywriter Vinnie Chieco is credited with coming up with the iPod name as part of a team assembled by Jobs to create a consumer-friendly moniker for the new device. The story goes that Jobs had already decided the MP3 FASCINATING page 80

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Jacob Gube (Mashable!)
Submitted at 7/8/2010 11:46:57 AM

Personal and commercial use This pack of 14 hand-sketched icons include the logos of This series is supported by Ben popular sites and web services & Jerry’s Joe, Ben & Jerry’s such as Twitter, Facebook, and new line-up of Fair Trade and Digg, as well other handy icons frozen iced coffee drinks. Learn for your blog, such as an RSS more about it here. feed icon and email subscription Icons are representations of icon. Designer and blogger, products, services, and user Chris Spooner, whose work has interface elements that give been featured in industrydevelopers the ability to fit leading web design magazines information into smaller areas, such as .NET, handcrafted this relying on visual cognition to icon set. convey what an icon will do if Each icon is natively sized at pressed. Most icon designs are 150×150px in PNG format, modern-themed with slick, which is plenty big for use as shiny, and glossy gradients and social media badges on your perfect symmetry. web layout; you will probably For the more adventurous end up needing to rescale them individuals among us looking to down to an appropriate size. 2. s t e p o u t s i d e t h e s e Artistica Icon Set preconceptions of what icons Number of Icons: 60 should look like, hand-drawn File Format: PNG themes that embody intentional Sizes: 24×24, 32×32px, asymmetry can be a better 48×48px, 64×64px, 128×128px o p t i o n f o r s e t t i n g a u s e r and 256×256px interface apart. License: Custom license– This post highlights 10 such Personal and commercial use icon sets that you can download This huge set of 60 distinct free of charge and utilize in your icons was hand-sketched by designs, user interfaces, and Rabotilnica — a small creative operating systems for an organic s t u d i o c o m p r i s e d o f t w o and non-standard look. As programmers and two designers always, read the terms of use if — to have an organic, coloryou’re planning to use these brushed look. Icons include chat icon sets for commercial work. bubbles, the standard RSS 1. Hand Drawn Doodle Icon Set symbol, a magnifying glass, and for Bloggers more, making the icon set Number of Icons: 14 perfect for web-based user File Format: JPG and PNG interfaces or even for replacing Sizes: 150×150px your operating system’s icons. License: Custom license– The set includes six sizes for

each icon, from 24×24px to 256×256px. The icon pack is free for personal use; however, if you intend to use them commercially, you’ll have to hand over $17.95. Shortly after the first set was released, it was extended with Artistica Part 2 Icon Set that adds 60 more icons. 3. Natsu Icon Set Number of Icons: 43 File Format: ICO and PNG Sizes: 256×256px License: Personal use, commercial use permission not explicitly stated Natsu, a Japanese word that means "summer," is a handdrawn set of icons by Thai Illustrator, Teekatas S. The set has a combination of pencil and watercolor work, with icons corresponding to objects such as sheets of paper, a USB stick, and a stack of Polaroid photos. The artist boasts about the icons’ non-perfection and asymmetry as his response to the "sparkling, elegant and glassy icons" that are more commonplace. The set is at hand for your personal use; however, the artist did not explicitly state the

availability of his icons for commercial use. If you intend to profit from the icons, you may want to contact him. 4. Handy Number of Icons: 24 File Format: AI and PNG Sizes: 256×256px License: Personal and commercial use One of the industry-leading design blogs, Webdesigner Depot, regularly hands out highquality freebies to their readers. The catch? Nothing but a few seconds of your time to grab the download code from their RSS feed, which you’ll be asked to input when downloading their freebies. This icon set includes 24 icons for popular social media and networking sites such as Delicious, Digg, Facebook, Flickr. The author suggests that they also look great in black and white, so you can open them up in a graphics editor like Photoshop and employ one of the many handy ways of converting images to grayscale (e.g., Image > Adjustments > Desaturate). 5. Sketch’d up! Number of Icons: 99 File Format: EPS Sizes: Variable sizes License: Personal and commercial use This icon pack comprises of close to a 100 assorted icons sketched using vector graphics software, which means they’re conveniently editable and will scale up and down in size

without loss of quality through pixelation. Icons include the artist’s interpretation of the logos of popular social sites such as Delicious, Digg, and Twitter; popular graphical user interface objects like folders and floppy disk drives; and Apple products, such as the iPhone. Sketch’d up! is a mish-mash of computingrelated icons that’s available to you for both personal and commercial use. 6. ColorStroked Freehand Icon Set Number of Icons: 29 File Format: PNG Sizes: 150×150px License: Personal use These beautiful icons by a Maldives-based artist that goes by the name of Fayaz were drawn freehand using colored pencils. The set contains 29 icons for social media sites such as Digg, StumbleUpon, Twitter and Facebook. Among the icons are also a few random and rarely represented products, including Opera and OpenOffice. The artist of the icon set only permits personal use of his icons. 7. Watercolor Free Icon Pack Number of Icons: 36 File Format: PNG Sizes: 256×256px License: Custom license– commercial use permission not explicitly stated This free icon set released on BEAUTIFUL page 81


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player’s tag-line was to be “1,000 songs in your pocket,” which left naming options wide open since it wouldn’t have to explicitly refer something music related. “As soon as I saw the white iPod, I thought 2001,” Chieco told Wired in 2006. “Open the pod bay door, Hal! Then it was just a matter of adding the ‘i’ prefix, as in ‘iMac.’” Of course, Hal has another place in Apple history, in the sinister Y2K warning ad that Apple aired to advertise the fact that Macs would not implode with the whole 2000 switchover, unlike those pesky PCs people insisted on using. Oh wait… 8. The First iPod Had A Secret Easter Egg Apple’s first iPod came with a little secret — an Easter egg — in the form of a game that could be accessed if you knew the right combination of buttons to press. How to find the game is described in Nick Triano’s early 2002 Geek.com review of the iPod (memorable quote: “I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that it will change the way you listen to music”). “Go to the ‘About’ menu, hold down the center button for about three seconds, and you’ll get a Breakout (Pong) game to play while you listen.” Breakout, the hidden game itself, is notable in Apple’s

history as it was a product that both Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak worked on together at Atari, where legend has it Jobs cheated Wozniak out of thousands of dollars of bonus money. 9. Who Is John Appleseed? The name John, or Johnny Appleseed comes up time and time again in Apple history, but so far there is yet to be an official explanation as to why. As many students will know, Johnny Appleseed was an 18th century American pioneer, missionary, and gardener. He was a kind-hearted folk hero with a penchant for apples, which appears to be the only tenuous connection to Apple Inc. The earliest Johnny Appleseed reference we can find relates to Apple investor and former CEO Mike Markkula — it was apparently the pen-name he used when he wrote programs for the Apple II. Then there’s the letter that could be seen when the Leopard TextEdit icon was enlarged. Yes, there is an actual letter composed on that icon, and it’s Apple’s “Think Different” campaign that ran in print and television ads in 1997: “Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently.

They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things.” That letter, is addressed to “Kate” and signed “Take Care, John Appleseed.” And most notably, John Appleseed shows up in the iPhone ads and related iPhone and Mac imagery. We fully admit to being geeks, as we actually called John Appleseed’s number. Sadly, all we got on the other line was a voicemail box that hadn’t yet been set up, and when we e-mailed to appleseed_john@mac.com it came back with a “delivery to the following recipient failed permanently,” which seems like a missed marketing opportunity to us. 10. Jony Ive Sticks to the Same Shirt Too Although much is made of Steve Jobs’ uniform outfit (black St. Croix turtle neck, Levi 501 jeans, New Balance trainers) it turns out he is not the only senior Apple staffer to stick to the same styling year in and year out. Apple’s senior vice president of Industrial Design Jony Ive appears to have worn, if not the same, then the same style of tshirt in every single Apple intro

product video to date. For the last ten years, at least. Hey, we’re on the same page as Jobs and Ive on this style sheet — if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. More Apple resources from Mashable: - Top 6 Free World Cup iPhone Apps - 10 Great iPhone Apps for Growing a Garden - 5 Fantastic Free iPhone Ebook Reader Apps - 10 Essential Money-Saving iPhone Apps - 10 Fun Facts You Didn’t Know About Google [Image credits: Apple advertising (main image, Apple I ad) - The MotherShip, McIntosh apple - Lars Zapf, Apple QuickTake - CNet] Reviews: Internet, Mashable, eBay More About: apple, facts, history, iphone, ipod, List, Lists, Macs, steve jobs, steve wozniak, woz For more Apple coverage: • Follow Mashable Apple on Twitter • Become a Fan on Facebook • Subscribe to the Apple channel • Download our free apps for iPhone and iPad

CNN Editor Forced to Resign Following Controversial Tweet About Hezbollah Leader
Vadim Lavrusik (Mashable!)
Submitted at 7/8/2010 11:19:31 AM

CNN’s Senior Editor of Mideast Affairs Octavia Nasr agreed to leave the company after tweeting that she “respected” Lebanese cleric Sayyed Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah, who is often credited as being an inspiration for the Hezbollah militant movement. The tweet, “Sad to hear of the passing of Sayyed Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah… One of Hezbollah’s giants I respect a lot,” erupted a slew of reactions on Twitter. Two days after the tweet, Nasr tried to explain her tweets and apologize in a blog post. Despite being a prolific and savvy Twitter user, Nasr called the incident “a good lesson on why 140 characters should not be used to comment on controversial or sensitive issues, especially those dealing with the Middle East.” She tried to explain what she meant by “respect,” and convey more fully the context behind her tweet, noting that Fadlallah CNN page 81

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the popular design tutorial blog, Tutorial9, has 36 icons consisting of commonplace graphical user interface controls such as a pencil, a padlock, and a calendar. For good measure, Elio Rivero — the graphic designer, web developer and illustrator who created the set — threw a Twitter bird in the mix. The set comes with 36 icons in PNG format, with the icons’ native size at 256×256px. You’re free to employ the icons in your personal and commercial work (even without attribution), but they’re hands off to those who want to redistribute or resell the icons themselves. 8. Handycons Number of Icons: 12 icons File Format: PNG Sizes: 16×16px, 24×24px, 32×32px and 48×48px License: Not explicitly stated Handycons is a set of icons that comprises of social media icons for sites such as Reddit, Twitter, and Technorati. The icons will come to you in PNG format and

in 4 popular sizes, which makes them locked-and-loaded for plugging into your website’s design. Janko Jovanovic, a user interface designer and top-notch blogger, made the set. Jovanovic later updated the icon collection with Handycons 2, which introduces 20 more icons for sites such as YouTube, PayPal and Last.fm. 9. Social Icons Hand Drawn Number of Icons: 18 File Format: PNG Sizes: 24×24px, 32×32px, 48×48px and 64×64px License: Creative Commons Here is another wonderful set of social media hand-drawn icons that incorporates ubiquitous social media sites such as (surprise, surprise) Twitter, Facebook, Digg, and MySpace. This sketchy icon set was created by a Chilean comic artist that goes by the name of TheG-Force (I believe that’s reason enough to download and use this set).

The work is licensed under Creative Commons, which typically means you’re free to use them if you attribute the creator — again, his name is TheG-Force. 10. 49 “HandDrawing” Icons Set Number of Icons: 49 File Format: PNG Sizes: 16×16px, 24×24px, 32×32px, 48×48px, 64×64px, 128×128px, 256×256px License: Unstated In this icon set, you’ll find various icons such as shopping cart baskets, trash bins, and a buddy icon, all drawn in grayscale pencil. The icons come in 7 sizes ranging from 16×16 to 256×256px in PNG format. The set is free to download; however, the limitations of using the icons were not explicitly stated. It’s probably safe to assume that they’re free for personal use, but if you’re considering using them for commercial projects, it’s best to send the artist a note before

proceeding. Are there any free, hand-drawn icon sets that you love but didn’t see on the list? If so, add them in the comments below. Series supported by Ben & Jerry’s Joe This series is supported by Ben & Jerry’s Joe, Ben & Jerry’s new line-up of Fair Trade and frozen iced coffee drinks. Learn more about it here. More About: free, hand-drawn, icon sets, icons, web design, web design series, Web Development For more Dev & Design coverage: • Follow Mashable Dev & Design on Twitter • Become a Fan on Facebook • Subscribe to the Dev & Design channel • Download our free apps for iPhone and iPad

Double Rainbow Meme Takes Web by Storm [Randomly Viral]
Brenna Ehrlich (Mashable!)
Submitted at 7/8/2010 11:04:55 AM

This past weekend, a viral video emerged from the Internet ethers — all shimmery and asking to be turned into an Internet meme: “Giant Double Rainbow,” a video featuring a full-grown man weeping over the beauty of, you guessed it, a rainbow. I first noticed this vid popping up on the Facebook walls of some of my self-proclaimed DOUBLE page 82

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took a “contrarian and pioneering stand among Shia clerics on woman’s rights.” However, in an internal memo SVP for CNN International Newsgathering Parisa Khosravi announced Nasr would be leaving the company as a result of her comments, citing that her credibility has been compromised.

The event may be a reminder that sometimes 140 characters is just not enough for expression, and that context is perhaps even important when tailoring your message for a mass audience on the viral web. Publishing is publishing, no matter the media used to broadcast. Each one has its strengths and weaknesses, whether it is a TV segment or a

burst of 140 characters. We are, after all, in an age in which we consume media in multiple streams and channels. But what the incident also brings up is the question of bias and opinion in newsrooms across the country. Should journalists continue to pursue the elusive goal of impartial objectivity? Or should

journalists be upfront about their opinions with their audience? Where is the balance? Complete objectivity has always been a mystical creature as elusive as the Lochness Monster of Big Foot. Journalists are like any other people with opinions. But the longstanding pursuit has been to avoid the opinion to get in the way of

news-gathering and reporting; to approach the story with the idea of an impartial observer, something that is perhaps unattainable. And the web is clearly shifting the standards and expectations of such a standard with blogs adding a clear voice to and perspective to CNN page 82


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“indoor kid” friends this past weekend, but apparently it was launched into the public eye on July 3, after comedian Jimmy Kimmel tweeted about the comedic merits of the nowfamous vid. I was planning on reaching out to YouTube user Hungrybear9562(a.k.a Paul Vasquez and the man behind the rainbow) for an interview, but it seems CBS’s Shira Lazar beat me to the punch. She conducted a rather interesting Q&A with the man himself, in which it is revealed that even though Lazar

posted the vid of himself “freaking out” about the rainbow in Yosemite, California back in January, it only had a few hits until this past weekend. Now it has about 1.5 million. I could describe the video more, but I suggest watching the interview, original video and my favorite of the many remixes below. All hail the newest viral meme, which is thankfully Gaga -free. Unless Vasquez is planning an encore… The Original The Interview The Remix

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the news. Of course, this often comes at a cost of getting only one side of the story, but at the same time opinion often adds value to the conversation and holds people accountable, especially in the case of analysis of a complex issue. Regardless, reporters and journalists should be clear and transparent with their readers, setting a clear expectation about the information they are consuming. What do you think? Should Nasr have been fired? And whether the statement was taken out of context or not, should journalists clearly express their opinions and be upfront about

their biases? Disclosure: Mashable has a content partnership with CNN. More About: cnn, editors, hezbollah, Journalist, News, octavia nasr, twitter For more Social Media coverage: • Follow Mashable Social Media on Twitter • Become a Fan on Facebook • Subscribe to the Social Media channel • Download our free apps for iPhone and iPad