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+ - The Latest Climate Change Denial Fact Twisting->

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bizwriter (1064470) writes "A new report from libertarian think tank Heartland Institute claims that new government data debunks the concept of global climate change. However, an examination of the full data and some critical consideration shows that the organization, whether unintentionally or deliberately, has inaccurately characterized and misrepresented the information and what it shows."
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+ - CEOs who make outragous pecentages of company revenues->

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bizwriter (1064470) writes "Top earning Charif Souki of Cheniere Energy had a compensation package last year of almost $142 million, even as company revenue was $267 million with a loss of $554 million. His pay package was more than half company revenue. It turns out that hundreds of companies devote 1 percent or more — sometimes a lot more — of their revenue to pay their CEOs, including heads of such tech companies as Zynga, Splunk, TripAdvisor, Progress Software, and zulily."
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+ - The 69 Words GM Employees Can Never Say->

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bizwriter (1064470) writes "General Motors put together its take on a George Carlin list of words you can't say. Engineering employees were shown 69 words and phrases that were not to be used in emails, presentations, or memos. They include: defect, defective, safety, safety related, dangerous, bad, and critical. You know, words that the average person, in the context of the millions of cars that GM has recalled, might understand as indicative of underlying problems at the company. Oh, terribly sorry, "problem" was on the list as well."
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+ - Facebook post engagement drops but monthly engagement up for companies-> 1

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bizwriter (1064470) writes "PR and ad agency Ogilvy reported that the audience reach for unpaid company posts on Facebook is dropping significantly. It led to marketers panicking that all their efforts to get liked on the social network would be worthless. But a new report counter-intuitively shows that even as per-post reach drops, total monthly reach can grow."
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+ - Lawyer Loses It in Letter to Patent Office->

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bizwriter (1064470) writes "If innovation is fascinating and has enormous implications for business, reading patent applications themselves will make most people's eyes glaze over. But every now and then something quirky happens. Take this attorney who, angry over a patent examiner's rejection of his client's application, wondering if the examiner is drunk or just mentally slow."
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Patents

+ - USPTO has 89% patent allowance rate->

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bizwriter (1064470) writes "A new study shows that the US Patent and Trademark Office ultimately allowed 89% of patent applications last year, which likely means more bad and unreasonable patents. The rate, which was historically around 60%, started trending up when ex-IBM patent head David Kappos was put in charge of the USPTO. It's faster to allow a patent and the agency has been trying to at least stem the growth of its enormous backlog of applications."
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Google

+ - Swedish Language Council Pressured By Google->

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An anonymous reader writes "In December 2012 the Swedish Language Council, a semi-official body regulating the Swedish language, unveiled its customary annual list of new Swedish words. Among the words that Swedes had begun using in 2012 was "ogooglebar" ('ungoogleable'). The word was to be used to describe something "that you can't find on the web with the use of a search engine", according to the Language Council. Google soon got into a huff, asking the council to amend its definition. Google wanted the council to specify that the word's definition only covered searches performed using Google, and not searches involving other search engines. However, the language experts instead chose to remove the term altogether. According to Language Council's head Ann Cederberg, the Council could have compromised with Google's requests, but decided to instead spark a debate. "It would go against our principles, and the principles of language. Google has forgotten one thing: language development doesn't care about brand protection.""
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Government

+ - GSA system showed SSNs for 183K contractors->

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bizwriter (1064470) writes "A software glitch in the government procurement system for contractor work exposed significant amounts of sensitive data of individuals and companies registered as federal contractors — including Social Security numbers and bank account numbers for 183,000 individuals. The problem could leave many potentially open to a significant threat of identity theft."
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Music

+ - Amazon AutoRip: ripping off copyright?->

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bizwriter (1064470) writes "Amazon's new AutoRip feature puts digital versions of most CDs you buy from them (assuming they've negotiated the rights) into a cloud player. They won't if you mark the CD as a gift because they depend on court decisions that say you can rip CDs you buy for personal use. But if you don't mark the order as a gift although you plan to give it away, even if you're shipping it to someone else, they still put the tracks into your cloud player. And that technically puts you into the position of violating copyright and Amazon's terms of service."
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Privacy

+ - How the SEC Almost Shut Down Wall Street->

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concealment writes "Computers owned by the Securities and Exchange Commission Trading and Markets division were brought by SEC staffers to a hacker convention. They contained unencrypted, step-by-step instructions to shut down our financial trading system. Essentially: A Hacker's Guide to our Financial Universe.

Sophisticated algorithms or complex malware were not required to crash the world's largest exchanges (and with them the world economy). No need for security clearance. A common thief could have hit the lottery with these babies."

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Android

+ - Google applies for mobile patents->

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bizwriter (1064470) writes "Newly public patent applications show that in addition to buying blocks of patents, Google is trying to expand its collection of mobile-related technology patents into the user interface area that Apple has dominated. That would increase the chances of Google having intellectual property that competitors might infringe, providing important additional bargaining chips in legal battles that seem only too certain to continue for it and its hardware vendors."
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