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+ - Google heavily critizied for releasing new Bomb Gaza game->

Submitted by Meshach
Meshach (578918) writes "Google is being heavily critisized for releasing a game called "Bomb Gaza". Users play the part of Isreal and they drop bombs on terrorists and avoid civillians. The desctiption on the play store is as follows: “Terrorist cells are launching rockets into your country, do you have what it takes to protect your citizens?” A few users have complained but Google has been unavailable for comment."
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+ - Harvard Bomber Hoax Perpetrator Caught through Tor->

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Meshach (578918) writes "The FBI has caught the student who called in a bomb threat on December 16. The student used a temporary anonymous email account routed through Tor but the FBI were able to trace it because it originated in the Harvard wireless network. He could face as long as five years in prison, three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine if convicted."
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+ - Using laptop to take notes lowers grades->

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Meshach (578918) writes "A study in journal Computers & Education found that students who took notes on a laptop got lower marks then student who took notes the traditional way with pen and paper. The study's author hypothesized that using a laptop leads to multitasking (i.e. surfing the net or checking email) which reduces concentration."
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+ - Real version of Homer Simpsons dream car built->

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Meshach (578918) writes "Some fans of The Simpsons have built a real life version of Homer Simpsons dream car. In the Simpson's world Homer finds out that he has a long lost cousin named Herb Powell, (voiced by Danny DeVito) who owns a car company in Detroit. Herb is so delighted to meet Homer that he lets Homer design a car that eventually ruins the company. This real vehicle is a working replica of the infamous car from the series."
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+ - No hands or voice activated texting not safer->

Submitted by Meshach
Meshach (578918) writes "Recent study in the Washington Post verifies that using hands free or voice activated texting is no safer then texting with your hands while you are driving a car. Using a hand-held device to tap out a text message while driving has been banned in many states and provinces with the expectation that using hands free is safer."
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+ - Moore's Law implies life existed before Earth formed->

Submitted by Meshach
Meshach (578918) writes "Interesting article in the Digital Journal saying that the current complexity of life on Earth and Moore's Law imply that life had to begin before the Earth was formed. Based on the premise that genetic complexity of living systems double every 376 million years the initiation of life is pushed back to almost 10 billion years ago. Geologists believe the age of the Earth is about 4.5 billion years. This means that life is older than the Earth by 5.5 billion years."
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Google

+ - Google found guilty of libel for listing results->

Submitted by Meshach
Meshach (578918) writes "Google has been found guilty for refusing to take down a libelous search result in an Australian court. Music promoter Milorad Trkulja sued Google for refusing to take down links to website articles promoting libelous claims Trkulja was connected to organized crime in Melbourne. Google has told Trkulja to contact the sites on which the offensive materials were posted, as those webmasters controlled the content but the supreme court found Google was responsible for removing the damaging links the moment Trkulja asked it to remove the content. As a result of the jury's decision in the case, Google will have to pay $200,000 in damages to Trkulja."
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Handhelds

+ - Rise in allergies to cell phones->

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Meshach (578918) writes "Report out of New York claiming that as people use electronic devices more and more persons with nickel allergies are reacting to their phones. Apparently about one-third of BlackBerry devices and 90 percent of flip phones contained nickel, and more than half of flip phones containing cobalt (the most common irritants). Conversely none of the iPhones or Androids studied tested positive for either metal. For those allergic to metals, symptoms range from dry-itchy patches on the face or ears to redness, blistering, lesions, and sometimes oozing."
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Data Storage

+ - Death of cassette tape is greatly exaggerated-> 1

Submitted by Meshach
Meshach (578918) writes "Interesting article from Toronto about how although they have been virtually abandoned for music cassette tapes are being actively used an an inexpensive storage medium. Companies looking to archive large amounts of data are always looking for a cheaper solution and cassette tapes are the newest fad. Apparently when access time is not a priority they are perfect and they require zero energy use when not in use."
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Microsoft

+ - Microsoft increasing role in the retail stores->

Submitted by Meshach
Meshach (578918) writes "Article in the Wall Street Journal about how Microsoft is entering the retail market for computers. With Windows 8 being released Microsoft is dictating more and more to big-box retailers how their systems should be marketed to consumers. Also The number of Microsoft stores selling directly to consumers is doubling."
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Science

+ - Scientists link deep wells to deadly Spainish quake Read more: http://www.ctvne-> 2

Submitted by Meshach
Meshach (578918) writes "Research has suggested that human activity triggered an earthquake in Span that killed nine and injured over three hundred. Drilling deeper and deeper wells to water crops over the past 50 years were identified as the culprit by scientist who examined satellite images of the area. It was noted that even without the strain caused by water extraction, a quake would likely have occurred at some point in the area but the extra stress of pumping vast amounts of water from a nearby aquifer may have been enough to trigger a quake at that particular time and place."
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Blackberry

+ - Flatlining user base may spell end of RIM-> 2

Submitted by Meshach
Meshach (578918) writes "There is an article in the Globe and Mail that says that ase for Blackberry has stopped growing the first time in the companies history and speculates that this is the beginning of the end of RIM. The main problem seems to be that RIM's new Blackberry models like Bold and Torch are selling poorly and their production costs are so much higher then other products manufactured in China. A recent research report says that after BB10 the company will need to sell or drastically change its business model."
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