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    Monday, June 27, 2011

    When Plankton Attacks

    What is are Plankton?

    Well the answer depends on who you ask.  If you ask your science professor, the answer would be floating single cell organisms in bodies of water that rely on photosynthesis for living.  However, if you ask your college age best friend, they may tell you the correct word is planking, or pound plankin' (#plankin), the latest trending topic to pop up on twitter.

    Planking is laying down on your face to the ground or to an object like a plank of wood and having it photographed.  of course you may already know this, you may have planked yourself today.  If not, let me introduce you, people are planking on police cars, on the statue of liberty, on Mcdonalds signs, in frat houses, on checkout lanes, on toilet bowls, on the milk freezer in thegrocery store, kids are planking everywhere, even families  are getting in on the action.

    The game has been around for a while, it originated in Australia in 1997, took over Great Britain in 2009, and is now spreading viraly throughout the US, and today, it is all over twitter.

    Plank on people.  Plank on.

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    Friday, June 10, 2011

    Reuter site - Man accused of planting spyware to photograph women

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    Man accused of planting spyware to photograph women

    Thu, Jun 09 11:18 AM EDT

    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A 20-year-old California man was arrested on Wednesday, accused of planting spyware on dozens of computers to secretly photograph women in a state of undress, police said.

    Trevor Harwell was taken into custody at his home in Fullerton, where detectives found hundreds of thousands of the pictures on his computer, Fullerton Police Spokesman Sgt. Andrew Goodrich said.

    Harwell is accused of installing the program, which gave him remote access to the user's computer and webcam, while working as a technician for a local computer repair company, Goodrich said.

    "Once he had access, he would take photographs of the users, usually women. Often, the female victims were undressed or changing clothes," Goodrich said.

    Harwell then allegedly stored the photos on a remote server and eventually downloaded them to his own computer.

    Police say they began investigating Harwell after a Fullerton resident contacted authorities over a suspicious message on his daughter's computer.

    The message mimicked a system error advising her of a problem with an "internal sensor" and advised: "If unsure what to do, try putting your laptop near hot steam for several minutes to clean the sensor."

    Goodrich said many users who got a similar message took their laptops into the bathroom while they showered, where Harwell allegedly photographed them undressing or naked.

    (Reporting by Dan Whitcomb. Edited by Peter Bohan)

    Reuter site - Google buys AdMeld in latest Web acquisition: report

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    Google buys AdMeld in latest Web acquisition: report

    Thu, Jun 09 19:44 PM EDT

    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Google Inc has bought online advertising technology company AdMeld for $400 million, according to an influential technology blog.

    The deal, which was reported by TechCrunch citing multiple unnamed sources, would mark Google's latest effort to bolster its business in the market for graphical, display ads, where it competes with rivals including Yahoo Inc and Facebook.

    Four-year-old AdMeld counts Discovery Communications, FOX News, Hearst Television, and The Weather Channel among its clients, according to its website.

    It has raised $30 million in funding from investors including the Foundry Group, Spark Capital, Norwest Venture Partners and Time Warner Investments, TechCrunch cited multiple unidentified sources as saying.

    Google, the world's No. 1 Internet search engine, declined to comment.

    Google has been on an acquisition spree, spending $1.8 billion on more than 40 companies in 2010.

    The vast majority of Google's revenue, which totaled roughly $29 billion in 2010, comes from small ads that appear alongside its search results. But the company has stepped up efforts to tap into the display advertising market.

    In October, Google said its display advertising business was generating revenue at an annualized run rate of $2.5 billion.

    Friday, June 3, 2011

    Reuter site - New York neighborhood first to go wireless

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    New York neighborhood first to go wireless

    Fri, Jun 03 11:47 AM EDT

    NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - A waterfront area in the New York borough of Brooklyn has become the first city neighborhood to feature free wireless service on streets and in parks and plazas.

    DUMBO, short for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass, already has a reputation for innovative projects. Several formerly abandoned and neglected structures there have been transformed into eco-friendly offices and apartment buildings.

    "We are encouraging people to step out of their offices and homes and engage with one another and the neighborhood in new and different ways," said Alexandria Sica, the executive director of the DUMBO Business Improvement District (BIB).

    "Creativity can literally flow into the streets. Businesses will be born in Brooklyn Bridge Park."

    DUMBO went wireless through a joint project by BID, NYCwireless, a nonprofit organization which helps install free wireless service, and property broker Two Trees Management Co.

    Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz said that he had high hopes for the area.

    "One day, mark my words, this area will rival Silicon Valley in terms of high tech ingenuity," he said in a statement. "It's only natural that DUMBO is the first neighborhood to be truly connected 24/7."

    The DUMBO neighborhood is well known to tourists and locals who visit the neighborhood after crossing the Manhattan Bridge.

    (Reporting by Bernd Debusmann Jr.)

    Damn, I sure ****ed up.

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    Reuter site - Ex-presidential hopeful Edwards charged over affair

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    Ex-presidential hopeful Edwards charged over affair

    Fri, Jun 03 12:34 PM EDT

    By James Vicini and Jeremy Pelofsky

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards was indicted on Friday for using nearly $1 million in illegal campaign funds to help cover up an extramarital affair during his White House bid.

    In a fall from grace for a man once expected to go far in American politics, Edwards, 57, was charged with six counts, including conspiracy, illegal campaign contributions and making false statements, according to the federal indictment.

    "Mr. Edwards is alleged to have accepted more than $900,000 in an effort to conceal from the public facts that he believed would harm his candidacy," said Lanny Breuer, assistant attorney general for the Justice Department's criminal division.

    Edwards was due to appear at a 2:30 p.m. (1830 GMT) hearing in U.S. District Court in Winston-Salem, the department said. Each count carries a sentence of up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted.

    "John Edwards will tell the court he is innocent of all charges and will plead not guilty," his lawyer, Gregory Craig, said in a statement. "He did not break the law and will mount a vigorous defense."

    The indictment accused Edwards of secretly obtaining hundreds of thousands of dollars and using it to help cover up his extramarital affair with a campaign worker, Rielle Hunter, knowing that revelations of the liaison and her subsequent pregnancy would destroy his 2008 presidential bid.

    The affair would undermine "Edwards' presentation of himself as a family man and by forcing his campaign to divert personnel and resources away from other campaign activities to respond to criticism and media scrutiny regarding the affair and pregnancy," the indictment said.

    The presidential hopeful was accused of receiving more than $900,000 in illegal contributions from two donors, but the federal limit on individual contributions to candidates at the time was $2,300.

    Edwards, a trial lawyer and former U.S. senator from North Carolina, at first denied on national television that he had the affair or paid Hunter any money.

    He finally admitted to the relationship, which ran from February 2006 until August 2008, and to fathering the child, leading his wife, Elizabeth, to leave him. She died of cancer last year.

    Edwards had big political ambitions, serving just one U.S. Senate term before running for the White House in 2004 and 2008. Failing to win enough support, he was selected as the vice-presidential running-mate by Democratic Senator John Kerry in 2004 but their bid to unseat incumbent President George W. Bush failed.

    Although the indictment did not name Hunter or the campaign staff and donors who helped cover up the illegal payments and conspiracy, it clearly referred to her and to Edwards' trusted aide, Andrew Young, who initially claimed he was the baby's dad.

    One donor wrote seven checks totaling $725,000 over seven months to Young, but the money was ultimately used to pay for Hunter's medical visits, prenatal care, rent, furniture, car, and other living expenses, according to the indictment.

    The donor falsely listed on the memo line of the checks that the money was for furniture such as an antique table, the indictment said.

    Another donor paid just over $183,000 for flights, hotel accommodations including $25,000 at the posh Four Seasons in Santa Barbara, California, for Hunter and Young, according to the charges.

    According to the indictment, that donor in December 2007 gave Young $1,000 in cash in an envelope and wrote in a note to him, "Old Chinese saying: use cash, not credit cards!"

    (Editing by Vicki Allen and Doina Chiacu)

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