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+ - Computer waste fuels toxic trade->

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nanday
nanday writes "Do you know what happens to your used computer equipment after it has been discarded? The answer may surprise you. Even if you have tried to recycle it, your old hardware often gets shipped to a developing nation in direct violation of international law. Useful components are then extracted — without safety precautions — by locals earning pennies a day and who are exposed to a range of hazardous toxins that include lead, beryllium, mercury, cadmium, and brominated flame retardants. Though slated to be banned over a decade ago, the practice continues and seems to be growing. North America, Japan, and South Korea are among the worst offenders. Solutions exist, and free software is a small part of them, but implementing them remains a painfully slow process."
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+ - Wired trying to bury Digg? Or after a good story?

Submitted by thefickler
thefickler (1030556) writes "Bloggers and social news site aficionados are accusing Wired News of trying to damage social news site Digg, after a story appeared on Wired News in which the journalist claimed she bought "diggs" to make her ridiculous story "popular" on Digg.

Wired News is owned by CondéNet, which also owns Digg competitor reddit

A more likely scenario is that Wired was simply after an interesting story..."
The Media

+ - Is Wired Trying to Kill Digg?

Submitted by
ClamIAm
ClamIAm writes "Wired's latest article about Digg is interesting. But with the parent company of Wired also owning reddit, are there hidden motivations behind it? Michael Arrington of TechCrunch thinks so, and suggests that Digg sue Wired. From the article:

Reddit was acquired in late October. By December, Wired had predicted the fall of Digg, saying "Digg Becomes the New Friendster" without disclosing that they were a sister company to a competitor. .... Today Wired takes another, more elaborate shot at Digg. In a piece of investigative journalism, Wired reporter Annalee Newitz used a service called User/Submitter that pays people to Digg a story, which resulted in it getting to the home page of Digg.
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