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Submission + - Wikipedia COO was a Convicted Felon (theregister.co.uk)

An anonymous reader writes: The Register writes:

"For more than six months, beginning in January of this year, Wikipedia's million-dollar check book was balanced by a convicted felon. When Carolyn Bothwell Doran was hired as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Florida-based Wikimedia Foundation, she had a criminal record in three other states — Virginia, Maryland, and Texas — and she was still on parole for a DUI (driving under the influence of alcohol) hit and run that resulted in a fatality. Her record also included convictions for passing bad checks, theft, petty larceny, additional DUIs, and unlawfully wounding her boyfriend with a gun shot to the chest."

Enlightenment

Submission + - Top 10 Rules for One Night Stand (asdfing.com)

asdfing writes: "Top 10 Rules for One Night Stand is an article that gives you the top 10 basic rules for one night stand! If you read it carefully you will find out what you have to do to enjoy your single status!"
The Internet

Submission + - Dumping loved ones via text messaging all the rage (networkworld.com)

coondoggie writes: "It seems heartless and gutless to me but a survey out in the UK today says one in seven people have had their relationship end via text, email or instant messaging. While hiding behind such digital technology might appear a cowardly way of splitting up, it contrasts with the four percent who simply drop all communication with their lovers without notice. http://www.networkworld.com/community/node/23054"
The Courts

Submission + - RIAA protests Oregon AG discovery request (blogspot.com) 2

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: "The RIAA is apparently having an allergic reaction to the request by the State Attorney General of Oregon for information about the RIAA's investigative tactics, in Arista v. Does 1-17, the Portland, Oregon, case targeting students at the University of Oregon. See The Oregonian, December 1, 2007 ("UO suspects music industry of spying") and p2pnet, November 29, 2007 ("RIAA may be spying on students: Oregon AG"). Not only are the record companies opposing the request (pdf), they're asking the Judge not to even read it. (pdf)"
Music

RIAA Says Accused Students Are Settling 345

As we've been reporting, the RIAA has been offering settlements to college students suspected of sharing music online. Reader Weather Storm notes that more than a quarter of the alleged music pirates have accepted the RIAA's offer. Quoting: "...an attorney Ohio University arranged to meet with its students... said $3,000 is the standard settlement offer, though cases have settled for as much as $5,000."
The Almighty Buck

Submission + - New Orleans levee report blames Army Corps

LazyEmc2 writes: "I am submitting a story I saw at Dr. Jeff Masters' blog at Weather Underground.
http://www.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/comme nt.html?entrynum=639&tstamp=200703

It points to a report released by Louisiana state Department of Transportation and Development.
http://www.publichealth.hurricane.lsu.edu/TeamLA.h tm

"The Army Corps yesterday issued a press release defending themselves, saying that all levels of government were involved in the poor decision making for New Orleans' levees, and the Corps should not be singled out for their failures. Regardless, the release of the Team Louisiana report will bolster the legal efforts to sue the Army Corps for damages from Katrina. These claims are currently at $400 billion and growing, including a claim of $77 billion from the city of New Orleans, and $200 billion from the state of Louisiana."

The Army Corps have fired back:
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/headline/natio n/4653257.html
Story about suits filed against them already:
http://www.nola.com/news/t-p/frontpage/index.ssf?/ base/news-7/117462801734580.xml&coll=1

Sorry for the lack of HTML."
Technology (Apple)

Submission + - Inside Apple TV

Mail.app writes: RDM looks Inside Apple TV and explains how the device will help double the number of Mac OS X devices sold this year, how it benefitted from the Intel transistion,how the unit's video system works, and what it means for open media file formats.
Microsoft

Submission + - Xbox 360 boots Ubuntu Linux

curry684 writes: After a security hole was uncovered last month, it was only a matter of time before someone would succeed in booting a Linux distro on the system:

That's Ubuntu, running our favorite Mozilla Firefox web browser in the Gnome desktop environment, and a console window dumping the system's processor info, showing a sweet total of 3 Xenon CPUs running at an approximated 3192Mhz.
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