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+ - Comcast-TWC Merger Review On Hold->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "When the U.S. Federal Communications Commission began reviewing the merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable, it impose a 180-day deadline on the review process. The agency has now pushed that deadline back a few weeks after learning that TWC withheld over 7,000 documents they shouldn't have. TWC originally claimed the documents fall under attorney-client privilege, but that appears not to be the case. Perhaps more disturbing, the article says another 31,000 "went missing" because of a vendor error. (Perhaps even more disturbing is that this is a drop in the bucket compared to the sum total of information TWC dumped on the FCC — apparently over 5 million pages. How they can be expected to properly review that much material is beyond me.)

The FCC is also ready to close the public comment period for the merger, during which over 600,000 comments were filed. Critics are making their final arguments and Comcast is tallying up all the nice things people (and companies, and paid public relations agencies) had to say."

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+ - With Pot Legal, Police Worry About Traffic Safety 13

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Hugh Pickens writes
Hugh Pickens writes writes "AP reports that with Pot soon legal under state laws in Washington and Colorado, officials in both states are trying to figure out how to keep stoned drivers off the road as law enforcement officials wonder about whether the ability to buy or possess marijuana legally will bring about an increase of marijuana users on the roads. "We've had decades of studies and experience with alcohol," says Washington State Patrol spokesman Dan Coon. "Marijuana is new, so it's going to take some time to figure out how the courts and prosecutors are going to handle it. But the key is impairment: We will arrest drivers who drive impaired, whether it be drugs or alcohol." Marijuana can cause dizziness and slowed reaction time, and drivers are more likely to drift and swerve while they're high and Marijuana legalization activists agree people shouldn't smoke and drive. But setting a standard comparable to blood-alcohol limits has sparked intense disagreement because unlike portable breath tests for alcohol, there's no easily available way to determine whether someone is impaired from recent pot use. If scientists can't tell someone how much marijuana it will take for him or her to test over the threshold, how is the average pot user supposed to know? "A lot of effort has gone into the study of drugged driving and marijuana, because that is the most prevalent drug, but we are not nearly to the point where we are with alcohol," says Jeffrey P. Michael, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's impaired-driving director. "We don't know what level of marijuana impairs a driver.""

+ - Nokia's Credit Rating Slashed to Junk Status ->

Submitted by arielCo
arielCo (995647) writes "Quoth the International Business Times UK, among other sources: 'Nokia has had its creditworthiness downgraded to junk status by ratings company Moody's Investors Service after the troubled Finnish communications giant announced thousands of jobs cuts and warned of second quarter losses that are likely to be worse than expected. [...] Moody's had already warned in April that Nokia faced a downgrade to Ba1 — junk status — from Baa3, with a negative outlook.'"
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+ - Digital Storage, a Dictator's Delight->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Governments will soon have the ability to permanently store everything that everyone within their borders does online. “... amounts to a surveillance time machine, enabling state security services to retroactively eavesdrop on people in the months and years before they were designated as surveillance targets.”"
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+ - UK Authorities Threaten to Storm Ecuadorian Embassy to Arrest Julian Assange->

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paulmac84 writes "According to the BBC, the UK have issued a threat to storm the Ecuadorian Embassy to arrest Julian Assange. Under the terms of the Diplomatic and Consular Premises Act 1987 the UK has the right to revoke the diplomatic immunity of any embassy on UK soil. Ecuador are due to announce their decision on Assange's asylum request on Thursday morning."
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+ - SPAM: What Type Of Investor Are Going To Be?

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "So by now, you may know the basics of the stock market and may be wondering how to go about investing. The first thing you should determine though is, what type of investor are you going to be.

There are two types of investors in the stock market; fundamental investors and technical investors. Whichever one you choose to be is up to you but you must know the characteristics of both to make a decision.

A fundamental investor aims to study a company's financials, the economy and the industry of the company. If you decide to become a fundamental investor, you will have to be able to read financial statements, understand economic data and study different industries. Also, you will need to identify stocks that are "undervalued" so that in the future, they increase in value to make a profit. You should expect to hold stocks for a few months or even several years before selling, if you want to be fundamental investor.

Technical investors are almost the complete opposite of fundamental investors. They do not care as much about company fundamentals, industries and the economy. They simply study the price pattern of a stock using stock charts to identify good entry and exit positions (buy and sell positions). They believe that all company fundamentals and economic data has already been taken into account by the market so there is no point of studying it. Technical investors invest for the short term, holding stocks for a few minutes or for no longer than a few weeks. They aim to profit from short-term price changes in the stock price. An example of a technical investor is a day trader. They aim to buy and sell stocks within the same day to profit from small price changes.

So you know a bit about fundamental and technical investors and you now have to decide which one you are going to be. You can decide to take on both fundamental and technical investment styles but you have to have the skills to do both. Whichever you decide to do, learn the skills that are required to be successful with the investment style you have chosen. If you are going to be a fundamental investor, perhaps you can research successful people that have been successful with this approach like Warren Buffett and Benjamin Graham. What did they do to acquire great wealth, and can you replicate it? Keep learning, keep grafting and become your greatest asset."

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+ - Quantum Cryptography Theory Has A Security Defect->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Researchers at Tamagawa University, Quantum ICT Research Institute, announced today that they had proved the incompleteness and limit of the security theory in quantum key distribution. They showed that the present theory cannot guarantee unconditional security. Until now, the majority of researchers in quantum information science have believed that quantum cryptography (quantum key distribution) can provide unconditional security. The guarantee of its unconditional security is given by the trace distance, which is a quantum version of the evaluation of a mathematical cipher. However, since 2006, new developments in the field have cast criticism over the meaningful security of cryptography ensured only by the trace distance. Despite these criticisms, many papers have continued to claim that the trace distance guarantees unconditional security in quantum key distribution."
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