nick_davison writes "The long anticipated Google Latitude location service has finally arrived on the iPhone with something of a whimper. Their blog, whilst trying to remain tactful, says it best, "We worked closely with Apple to bring Latitude to the iPhone in a way Apple thought would be best for iPhone users. After we developed a Latitude application for the iPhone, Apple requested we release Latitude as a web application in order to avoid confusion with Maps on the iPhone, which uses Google to serve maps tiles.""
Submission Summary: 0 pending, 19 declined, 4 accepted (23 total, 17.39% accepted)
nick_davison writes "The Journal Star reports: Government inducement — by case law — is opportunity plus "something else." A man who declined what he was led to believe was a 15 year old girl was then sent angry then flirtatious emoticons. By definition, the police officer involved continued to aggressively pursue after the man expressed disinterest because of her alleged age. The judge, however, refused to allow the jury to hear this argument because he conceives them as nothing more than punctuation: "'Cause that's what an emoticon is. It's a form of punctuation," Because of the judges ignorance of the meaning of emoticons, the man is now in jail."
nick_davison writes "So you though a several thousand dollar settlement is harsh for copying and distributing some music? The BBC reports that Joya Williams, 42, from Atlanta has just been sentenced to 8 years in jail for copying and trying to distribute a recipe — in this case, Coca Cola's. District Judge J Owen Forrester said in sentencing, "This is the kind of offence that cannot be tolerated in our society.""