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+ - There's More Fiber in Fast Food Than You Realize 1

Submitted by danomac
danomac (1032160) writes "It looks like McDonald's, along with other fast-food chains like Burger King and Wendy's, put more fiber in your burger than you realize.

Listed in the ingredients is "microcrystalline cellulose", also known as wood fiber. Fast-food chains have been using this for quite some time due to the cost effectiveness.

This is also not just in meat, but in all sorts of ingredients like cheese, sauces, etc."

+ - Canadian Telcos fighting CRTC ruling

Submitted by danomac
danomac (1032160) writes "It appears the Canadian carriers are seeking to overturn the proposed CRTC code that will take effect in December of this year. This code was previously discussed here at slashdot and had things like caps on contracts, reasonable roaming rates, and mandatory cell unlocking. The major sticking point is that this code is to be retroactive, and the big telcos are worried that this will set a bad precedent if customers can effectively cancel their existing three year contracts. However, it sounds like they're not happy that they are no longer the only ones that can arbitrarily change a contract. Some carriers may even defy this new code as they fight through the courts."

+ - Canipre caught using images without permission from copyright holders

Submitted by danomac
danomac (1032160) writes "Canipre, a Canadian anti-infringement enforcement company, has been using photos on their official website without permission.

This company hopes to bring US-style copyright lawsuits to Canada, and they are the company behind Voltage's current lawsuits.

It says right on their website "they all know it's wrong, and they're still doing it" overlaid on top of the image used without permission. There apparently are multiple photos from different authors used, and none gave permission for Canipre to use on their website.

Canipre's response? "We used a third party vendor to develop the website and they purchased images off of an image bank", trying to pass the blame to someone else.

Some of the photos were released under the Creative Commons, meaning they could've used the photos legally if they attributed the author."
Your Rights Online

+ - Canadian Police Need New Internet Surveillance Tools->

Submitted by danomac
danomac (1032160) writes "Police agencies in Canada want to have better tools to do online surveillance. Bill C-30 was to include new legislation (specifically Section 34) that would give police access to information without a warrant. This can contain your name, your IP address, and your mobile phone number.

This, of course, creates all sorts of issues with privacy online. The police themselves say they have concerns with Section 34. Apparently the way it is worded it is not just police that can request the information, but any government agent. Would you trust the government with this kind of power?"

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Apple

+ - Early iPad prototype appears in litigation against Samsung-> 5

Submitted by danomac
danomac (1032160) writes "The litigation against Samsung has now turned up an early prototype of the iPad, from 2002. This prototype is shown against the article against the iPad 2 and Samsung's Tab 10.1, and it dwarfs both in size and thickness. It's almost as thick as a notebook.

Samsung is saying the early design isn't even close to what the Tab 10.1 is now. It does, however, feature the same rounded corners as the current generation iPad."

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Apple

+ - Mac virus using Office 2000 vulnerability to spread->

Submitted by danomac
danomac (1032160) writes "It appears that Mac users aren't very vigilant about keeping their machines fully patched — Microsoft is reporting that an old Office vulnerability is being exploited to turn the Mac into a zombie for a botnet.

The patch for this was apparently issued almost three years ago, and it is apparently still infecting machines today."

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+ - 'United Breaks Guitars' becomes viral hit->

Submitted by danomac
danomac (1032160) writes "In the spring of 2008, Sons of Maxwell were traveling to Nebraska for a one-week tour and witnessed one of their Taylor guitars being thrown by United Airlines baggage handlers in Chicago. It was discovered later that the $3500 guitar was severely damaged. Long story short: United refused to repair the guitar, so the artist promised to write and produce three songs about his experience with United Airlines. The first song has now been released and uploaded to YouTube where it currently has over a half a million views.

Apprarently United Airlines have now come in contact with the artist, asking for permission to use it as a textbook case on how to handle customer complaints in the future."

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XBox (Games)

+ - Xbox franchise starts making money->

Submitted by danomac
danomac (1032160) writes "Everyone knows the Xbox franchise started out losing a lot of money. Recently, they have started making money, at least for the last two quarters. It looks like Microsoft's gamble is slowly paying off: Possibly by end of June this year the franchise will be in the black.

Xbox Live is credited for distinguishing the console from its competitors."

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Handhelds

+ - Mobile attack using SMS messages possible?

Submitted by danomac
danomac (1032160) writes "It appears that mobile phones may be prone to a SMS message attack that can lead to remote software installation or handheld reprogramming. It doesn't help that the GSM Association is being hazy about whether they acknowledge it or not.

From the article: "All operators have been keen to point out however that such an attack would be illegal. The GSMA warning that "if this were demonstrated in the UK it would be a serious criminal offense, which could be prosecuted under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 for over the air interception"." Sure, it may be illegal, but since when has this stopped hackers in the first place?

Who would have thought that devices that are remotely programmable would not authenticate the sender of the request?"

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