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+ - When is a mandate not a mandate?->

Submitted by mschaffer
mschaffer (97223) 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!"
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+ - Tech firms furious after denied full view of government reply to FISA court->

Submitted by mschaffer
mschaffer (97223) 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!"

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+ - 540-year-old debt. Trillions owed. But will German village get repaid?->

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mschaffer
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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+ - Apple is target of latest security attack->

Submitted by mschaffer
mschaffer (97223) 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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+ - Judge already skeptical of Apple's "App Store" cas->

Submitted by mschaffer
mschaffer (97223) 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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+ - Is Apple stealing ideas from developers?->

Submitted by mschaffer
mschaffer (97223) 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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+ - TiVo ISP exposes email addresses->

Submitted by mschaffer
mschaffer (97223) writes "TiVo® Service Announcement

Dear TiVo Customer,

Today we were informed by our email service provider that your email address was exposed due to unauthorized access of their system. Our email service provider deploys emails on our behalf to customers who have opted into email-based communications from us.

We were advised by our email service provider that the information that was obtained was limited to first name and/or email addresses only. Your service and any other personally identifiable information were not at risk and remain secure.

Please note, it is possible you may receive spam email messages as a result. We want to urge you to be cautious when opening links or attachments from unknown third parties.

We regret this has taken place and apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you. We take your privacy very seriously, and we will continue to work diligently to protect your personal information.

If you have unsubscribed in the past, there is no need to unsubscribe again. Your preferences will remain in place.

Sincerely,
The TiVo Team

Well, at least they let us know about it."

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+ - Verizon drops 10,000 911 calls!->

Submitted by mschaffer
mschaffer (97223) writes "Looks like Verizon got the FCC's attention:
"U.S. regulators said Verizon Communications Inc.’s networks may have dropped a “truly alarming” number of wireless emergency calls during a snow storm last month, and asked the carrier to investigate."
Makes you wander what's going to happen when all of those iPhones strain the network."

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