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+ - Proposed NJ law allows cops to search phones at crash scenes->

Submitted by WML MUNSON
WML MUNSON (895262) writes "License, registration and cell phone, please. Police officers across New Jersey could be saying that to motorists at the scenes of car crashes if new legislation introduced in the state Senate becomes law. The measure would allow cops — without a warrant — to thumb through a cell phone to determine if a driver was talking or texting when an accident occurred. It requires officers to have "reasonable grounds" to believe the law was broken."
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+ - NJ woman charged after creating fake Facebook prof->

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WML MUNSON
WML MUNSON writes "A Belleville, NJ woman faces charges after she made a fake Facebook profile about her ex-boyfriend. Her lawyer says that while she may have violated Facebook rules, there's no law in New Jersey against creating a profile of anyone online. Morris County prosecutors say that even though the ID theft law doesn't mention the Internet, her action harmed her ex-boyfriend's reputation."
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Communications

+ - East Africa gets high-speed web ->

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WML MUNSON
WML MUNSON writes "The first undersea cable to bring high-speed internet access to East Africa has gone live. The fibre-optic cable, operated by African-owned firm Seacom, connects South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Mozambique to Europe and Asia. The firm says the cable will help to boost the prospects of the region's industry and commerce. The cable — which is 17,000km long — took two years to lay and cost more than $650m. Seacom said in a statement the launch of the cable marked the "dawn of a new era for communications" between Africa and the rest of the world. The services were unveiled in ceremonies in the Kenyan port of Mombasa and the Tanzanian city of Dar es Salaam."
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Microsoft

+ - Microsoft has Ugandan citizens arrested for piracy->

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Kyle Spencer
Kyle Spencer writes "The Ugandan police, in conjunction with Microsoft East Africa and the Uganda Performing Rights Society, have arrested and interrogated a number of people in Kampala for possessing pirated computer software. The New Vision article is a bit short on details, but the rumor on the street is that Michael Berenju, the Microsoft East Africa "enforcement officer" mentioned in the article, was actually on the ground with the Ugandan police when they made the arrests.

A PDF mirror is available here."

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Microsoft

+ - Microsoft has Ugandan citizens arrested for piracy->

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Kyle Spencer
Kyle Spencer writes "The Ugandan police, in conjunction with Microsoft East Africa and the Uganda Performing Rights Society, have arrested and interrogated a number of people Kampala, Uganda for possessing pirated computer software. The New Vision article is a bit short on details, but the rumor on the street is that Michael Berenju, the Microsoft East Africa "enforcement officer" mentioned in the article, was actually on the ground with the Ugandan police when they made the arrests.

A PDF mirror is available here."

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