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Submission + - Facebook Posts Rush NinjaVideo Queen To Prison

An anonymous reader writes: 29-year-old Hana Amal Beshara, better known as NinjaVideo’s “Queen Phara,” has enraged US authorities in many ways. Last week, a federal judge sentenced 29-year-old Hana Amal Beshara, also known as NinjaVideo’s “Queen Phara,” to 22 months in prison and ordered her to pay over $200,000 to the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). It was her postings on Facebook, however, that made them rush her to prison this weekend.

Submission + - The U.S. Supreme Court has made a new exception fo (

Dreadenn writes: Religious organizations in the United States gained new privileges. Area where churches are allowed not to follow the general rules of law is broaden. U.S. Supreme Court has made a decision that effectively relieves representatives of church from state control in matters of personnel policy. From now the "exception to the clergy" may be applied not only to priests.

Submission + - Most New Phones in Europe Will Charge with USB

Hugh Pickens writes: "Dvice reports that as of next year, almost every new cellphone in Europe will have to be able to charge via micro-USB as the result of a voluntary plan agreed to by a whole host of cellphone manufacturers back in 2009, including most of the big names like Apple, Nokia, Qualcomm, RIM, LG, Motorola, and Samsung making more than 90% of the smartphones sold in the European Union. "Charger standardization is great for consumers, because we won't have to keep buying new chargers at ridiculous markups, and it's great for the environment, because we won't have to keep throwing those same chargers away whenever we get a new phone," writes Evan Ackerman. It's also worth noting that one of the first companies to agree to this standard was Apple, who has a history of making everything as proprietary as possible so maybe there will be a micro-USB on the iPhone 5."

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