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Submission + - ALA Pushes For Ban Of Electronic Cigarettes (

Anarki2004 writes: The American Lung Association is jumping on board the ban-E-cigs-train. From the article: So, while the ALA admitted that electronic cigarettes contain fewer chemicals than tobacco cigarettes, they refuse to acknowledge the obvious health benefit that lack of the most toxic chemicals provides to the smokers who switch. Are lives and lung health the real issue here or is nicotine addiction? The ALA must know that numerous studies show that, absent the tobacco smoke, nicotine is relatively harmless and comparable to caffeine. The American Heart Association acknowledges that nicotine is "safe" in other smoke-free forms such as patches or gum.

For those of you not in the know, electronic cigarettes (also called personal vaporizers) are a nicotine delivery device that resembles a cigarette in shape and size, but does not burn tobacco. It is less a expensive alternative to the traditional tobacco cigarette that is by all appearances (though not thoroughly researched) also healthier.


Submission + - How Adobe might take on Apple in the courts (

JimLynch writes: Since I wrote about Adobe considering taking Apple to court over the new iPad/iPhone SDK (software development kit) licensing restrictions, Adobe hasn't officially added anything to the story. And, neither have my sources. That said, I have spoken to several prominent attorneys about what Adobe might try to do and here is what they told me.

Submission + - Murdoch Vs Google: Round 2 Begins (

mehtaabhi writes: Oops!...I Did It Again. Murdoch is sounding war cry again on the content aggregators and the search engines like Google and Microsoft.

''We are going to stop people like Google or Microsoft or whoever from taking stories for nothing there is a law of copyright and they recognize it,’’ ''They take [news content] for nothing. They have got this very clever business model,'' said this Australian American media mogul. **


Submission + - Adobe to sue Apple over Flash cross-compiler ban (

sopssa writes: "IT World reports that Adobe intends to sue Apple "within a few weeks," citing sources close to Adobe. Not only did the recent iPhone and iPad licensing change ban Adobe's Flash-to-iPhone cross-compiler, but also Novell's MonoTouch which lets you compile C# and .NET apps to the iPhone. "Applications must be originally written in Objective-C, C, C++, or JavaScript as executed by the iPhone OS WebKit engine, and only code written in C, C++, and Objective-C may compile and directly link against the Documented APIs". Lee Brimelow notes in his blog post that "What they are saying is that they won’t allow applications onto their marketplace solely because of what language was originally used to create them. This is a frightening move that has no rational defense other than wanting tyrannical control over developers and more importantly, wanting to use developers as pawns in their crusade against Adobe. This does not just affect Adobe but also other technologies like Unity3D."."

Submission + - Why is it 9:41 (or 9:42) in Apple product shots? ( 1

harrymcc writes: A blogger ran into iPhone software honcho Scott Forstall at an Apple Store. The blogger reports that Forstall explained to him that Apple always unveils major products about 40 minutes into a keynote--and syncs the time shown on images of the device to match. It's a great story, and several other blogs ran with it. Too bad it's not true. I went back and watched video of Apple product announcements, and came up with a more plausible theory.

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