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Google

+ - Your personal information is worth $5000/year to G-> 3

Submitted by kiwimate
kiwimate (458274) writes "Research finds that the amount of personal information you give to Google when you use its services is worth $5,000 a year. That's based on how much advertisers and market researchers will pay companies like Google for such data — supposedly between $50 and $5,000 per person per year."
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Earth

+ - California County bans Smart Meter Installations-> 1

Submitted by kiwimate
kiwimate (458274) writes "Marin County in California has passed an ordinance banning the installation of smart meters in unincorporated Marin. Among the reasons given are privacy concerns associated with measuring energy usage data moment by moment and the potential for adverse impact on emergency communication systems used by first responders and amateur radio operators. The ordinance also comments that "the SmartMeters program...could well actually increase total electricity consumption and therefore the carbon footprint", citing "some engineers and energy conservation experts"."
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Wii

+ - The new LAN parties -- Wii parties

Submitted by kiwimate
kiwimate (458274) writes "The Wii is becoming the focal point of get-togethers for families and friends alike. The article refers to this as "a new genre of parties", although my first thought was it's a new twist on LAN parties. But it's not just for geeks. "Smith, who never enjoyed video games before the Wii, said the console has given him a new way not only to enjoy time with his wife and children, but also to socialize with his friends." Wii — the 2007 version of Monopoly?"

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