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Submission + - Twitter User Saved From Suicide By Followers (itproportal.com)

hypnosec writes: When people take to their online world, it's usually to escape the goings-on of their offline reality. However, one such user attempted to make their escape permanent, by posting a series of suicidal tweets on Twitter on 8th May. But thanks to a number of followers spotting the troubling updates, the microbloggers rallied together in order to bring London-based infamousT from the brink of suicide. Telling her followers to "get ready for a real-time suicide," the 47 year old transexual video producer published a number of updates with each dose of pills she took, describing herself as "a useless, failed human being — damaged beyond repair" along with tweets such as "fresh packet of pills now — lost count already" and "wow — kicking in now". Sparking concern amongst her followers, the Twitter community began to raise the alarm — from calling the police to attempting to track down her address. Chief Constable of Cumbria police, Stuart Hyde, also took part in the Twitter saga — and thankfully was able to deliver the good news to the microbloggers that the woman in question had been taken to hospital, where she would remain overnight.

Submission + - With Another CEO Out, Yahoo's Turnaround Is Stalled (computerworld.com)

CWmike writes: "For the second time in eight months, Yahoo is without a permanent CEO. The latest development is bringing more trouble for a company struggling to regain its stature in the industry. The company announced Sunday that Scott Thompson, Yahoo's CEO since January, has left the company. Thompson, 54, had been under heavy fire over the past few weeks since a discrepancy was revealed in his IT credentials on his resume and the company Web site, along with documents filed with the SEC .With Thompson out, Ross Levinsohn, who has been serving as the company's head of global media, will step in as interim CEO while the board searches for a permanent replacement. Thompson's departure from Yahoo comes nearly a week after the company announced that a special three-member committee had been set up to investigate the CEO, his academic credentials and the circumstances surrounding his hiring. Thompson's resume claimed that he had a degree in computer science when he does not. The company had initially issued a statement calling it an inadvertent mistake. 'It looks like Thompson's mythical computer science degree is moving from 'innocent mistake' into 'intentional misrepresentation' territory,' said Dan Olds, an analyst with The Gabriel Consulting Group. 'It would be hard for any CEO to stay in place under those circumstances, but factor in Yahoo's highly public struggles to remain relevant in the industry and keeping Thompson as CEO becomes impossible.' Despite the investigation, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday that Thompson might have agreed to leave after informing the Yahoo board that he has thyroid cancer. Citing unnamed sources, the Journal said he is beginning treatment."

Submission + - Yahoo's CEO Scott Thompson Out; Levinsohn In (allthingsd.com)

Google85 writes: Yahoo’s embattled CEO Scott Thompson is set to step down from his job at the Silicon Valley Internet giant, in what will be dramatic end to a controversy over a fake computer science degree that he had on his bio, according to multiple sources close to the situation.

The company will apparently say he is leaving for “personal reasons.”

Thompson’s likely replacement on an interim basis will be Yahoo’s global media head Ross Levinsohn, who most recently also ran its Americas unit, including its advertising sales.

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Submission + - Scientists Plan $1 Billion Ghost Town

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "Although a fully operation city with no people sounds like the setup for a dystopian sci-fi novel, the Boston Globe reports that the Center for Innovation, Testing and Evaluation will develop a $1 billion scientific ghost town near Hobbs, New Mexico to help researchers test everything from intelligent traffic systems and next-generation wireless networks to automated washing machines and self-flushing toilets on existing infrastructure without interfering in everyday life. Bob Brumley, senior managing director of Pegasus Holdings, says the town will be modeled after the real city of Rock Hill, South Carolina, complete with highways, houses and commercial buildings, old and new although unlike traditional cities, City Labs will start with its underground “backbone” infrastructure that will allow the lab to monitor activity throughout the 17-mile site. “The idea for The Center was born out of our own company’s challenges in trying to test new and emerging technologies beyond the confines of a sterile lab environment,” says Brumley. Since nobody lives in the Center's buildings, computerized systems will mimic human behavior such as turning thermostats up and down, switching lights off and on, or flushing toilets. The Center’s test facilities and supporting infrastructure may require as much as 20 square miles of open, unimproved land where the controlled environment will permit evaluation of the positive and negative impacts of smart grid applications and integration of renewable energies for residential, commercial and industrial sectors of the economy. Additional testing opportunities would include technologies emerging in intelligent traffic systems, next-generation wireless networks, smart grid cyber security and terrorism vulnerability. “It’s an amusement park for the scientists,” adds Brumley. "The only thing we won't be doing is destructive testing, blowing things up — I hope.""

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