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Submission + - Selfies are killing more people than shark attacks (independent.co.uk)

mschaffer writes: The Independent is reporting that selfies are killing more people than shark attacks. Are shark attacks getting less lethal and less frequent, or are people so narcissistic that they will go to ridiculous lengths to get that perfect selfie?
If I were betting on this, my money would be on vanity.

Submission + - When is a mandate not a mandate? (wsj.com)

mschaffer writes: When is a mandate not a mandate? When it's the ObamaCare's individual mandate, of course. Buried deep within an unrelated rule pertaining to the preservation of some health plans that don't comply with ObamaCare, only the WSJ had noticed the mandate suspension.

Now all you need to do is fill out a form attesting that your plan was cancelled and that you "believe that the plan options available in the [ObamaCare] Marketplace in your area are more expensive than your cancelled health insurance policy" or "you consider other available policies unaffordable."

Sheesh!

Submission + - Tech firms furious after denied full view of government reply to FISA court (pcworld.com)

mschaffer writes: Microsoft, Google, Yahoo, Facebook, and LinkedIn are a bit miffed at the unconstitutional redaction by the US Government's of the FISA court's response to their requests.
Hoping that things may change these companies made another attempt today with another filing.
Good luck!

Submission + - FDA moves to ban trans fats from food (fda.gov)

mschaffer writes: The U.S. FDA ruled for the first time that trans fats aren't generally considered safe in foods.
So, in the future you may not be able to enjoy that box of HoHo's after smoking that newly-legalized marijuana.

Submission + - 540-year-old debt. Trillions owed. But will German village get repaid? (csmonitor.com)

mschaffer writes: "In 1562 Berlin borrowed 400 guilders from Mittenwalde (approx 30 km SE of Berlin). Apparently, Berlin has since only paid 1 guilder so far and has ignored the annoying calls of debt collectors and eschewed the minimum payments on their Prussia-MasterCard. Well, Mittenwalde wants it paid back, with interest."
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Submission + - Apple is target of latest security attack (pcworld.com)

mschaffer writes: According to a Twit on Sunday, Apple may be the latest high-profile security attack. The hackers claim to have gained access to private data from an Apple Inc server.

A list of 27 user names and encrypted passwords apparently for an Apple website was posted to the Internet over the weekend along with a warning from hacker group Anonymous that the Cupertino-based computer maker could be a target of its attacks.


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Submission + - Judge already skeptical of Apple's "App Store" cas (tgdaily.com)

mschaffer writes: Well, it looks like the Judge is already skeptical about Apple's assertions about the "app store" moniker.

US District Judge Phyillis Hamilton has already said she will "probably" reject Apple's request to have exclusive access to the term "app store,"
During early proceedings, she knocked Apple down a peg, reportedly saying, "I'm troubled by the showing that you've made so far, but that's where you're likely not to prevail at this early juncture."

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Submission + - Is Apple stealing ideas from developers? (theregister.co.uk)

mschaffer writes: Apple is famous for going to absurd lengths to enforce its patents and trademarks. It recently sued Amazon for calling its app store Appstore. And it has publicly lectured competitors to “create their own original technology, not steal ours”.

But the company isn't always as fastidious about respecting the ideas of others. Consider the case of UK-based developer Greg Hughes. Last year, his app for wirelessly syncing iPhones with iTunes libraries was unceremoniously rejected from the official App Store. The software developer took the denial in stride, submitting Wi-Fi Sync to the Cydia store for jailbroken iPhones, where the app is a top seller.

Fast forward to Monday, when Apple unveiled a set of new features for the upcoming iOS 5, including the same wireless-syncing functionality. Cupertino wasn't even subtle about the appropriation, using the precise name and a near-identical logo to market the technology.

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