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China

Submission + - Apple examines killer blast at iPad plant in China (networkworld.com)

alphadogg writes: A third employee had died from injuries caused by an explosion at an iPad factory of Foxconn in Chengdu, China, the company said Sunday. Initial findings show the blast was caused by "combustible dust in a duct." Apple said it was working with Foxconn to understand what caused the incident. The Friday explosion injured 15 other employees, six of whom have been treated and released from the hospital, according to Foxconn. (Video from the factory after the explosion can be seen on YouTube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-9RErCL-Qk)
Facebook

Submission + - The Facebook Obsession (cnbc.com)

rabidmuskrat writes: CNN asks the question, "Are we too obsessed with facebook?" With 500 million users and a CNBC story about it, the answer would seem to be yes. PostRandomonium notes the media's obsession with Facebook, and how it impacts their news coverage. In particular that of CNN.

One out of every 13 Earthlings and three out of four Americans is on Facebook, and one out of 26 signs into Facebook on a daily basis.

Sony

Submission + - “Anonymous” Attacks Sony (ps3-hacks.com)

baxpace writes: "The renowned hackers Anonymous have managed to take down the US Sony sites including blog.us.playstation.com for interrupting the "free flow of information".

A video has been released by the group stating that this was done in retaliation for suing Geohot and demanding the IP's of those who have visited his site among other reasons."

Google

Submission + - What to Expect From Gosling at Google (infoworld.com)

snydeq writes: "Fatal Exception's Neil McAllister discusses what the Java community might expect from Gosling at Google, given Google's wide array of Java projects in the works, and the fact that Google and Gosling don't always see eye to eye. 'Should we expect big things from Gosling once he settles in at Google? It depends on what you mean. Anyone who expects Gosling to wield the might of Google to strike back against Oracle's dominance over the Java ecosystem is likely to be disappointed. On the other hand, if this move marks the beginning of a fulfilling, productive new chapter in Gosling's career — whether it's in the public eye or behind the scenes — it's sure to be a net win for everybody.'"
Businesses

Submission + - Big Content is strangling American innovation (hbr.org)

hype7 writes: "Harvard Business Review is running an article close to many slashdotter's hearts: the problems with "Big Content". They make the argument that all the measures that the movie and music industry are putting in place to protect their business models actually threatens to undermine the innovation engine that the US has built up in the tech space. Very interesting reading."
United States

Submission + - Congressman Wants YouTube Video Covered Up

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "The Examiner reports that Wisconsin Republicans claim that no one else can republish a video of United States Representative Sean Duffy (R-WI) complaining about how he is "struggling" to get by on his $174,000 salary without their permission, even though they originally released the video on YouTube for the whole world to see and now the GOP is trying to take legal action to stop anyone else from republishing the video. The tape caused a stir for Duffy, a first-term conservative best known for his past as a reality TV show star on MTV's The Real World after Democrats flagged the comments about his taxpayer-funded salary which is nearly three times the median income in Wisconsin and criticisms began to flow Duffy's way. Here's a one-minute clip, excerpted from roughly 45 minutes of video of the public Duffy townhall, that the Polk County GOP doesn't want anyone to see."

Submission + - Craigslist Scams Becoming More Sophisticated

coasterfan writes: I have a hobby of hobby of baiting ebay and craigslist scammers. Typically I find an item listed for a ridiculously low amount, contact the seller to find that they've recently moved to the UK, get directed to a phony shipping web site to pay for the item which always seems to require a Western Union transaction, etc. While I lead the scammer on, I contact the ISP and have the phony web site taken down, contact the email provider to have the account suspended for abuse, and of course contact the listing agent to have the ad removed.

In the past few days I've stumbled into what appears to be a staggeringly sophisticated version of this scam that I feel is worth a Slashdot mention. For me, it started with a London, UK Craigslist listing for a musical instrument that I had seen listed months before in the US with identical pictures and text. Contacting the seller, I was directed to http://www.victorytagsales.com/ a much more elaborate web site than I have seen used previously. The site lists store locations in several major cities around the world, none of which appear to actually exist. There are links to blogs and testimonials. When you do a search on the company, you find postings in various online forums, including Yahoo Answers, that appear to have been planted to make the company look legitimate and safe.
The craigslist scam has entered an era where the non-geek doesn't stand a chance.
Java

Submission + - Update Java, get sneaky McAfee scanner (networkworld.com)

alphadogg writes: Windows users who install the latest Java security patches may end up with a little more security than they bargained for, at least that's the risk they take if they don't pay close attention to the installation process. Starting last month, Oracle began bundling a security scanning tool called the McAfee Security Scan Plus with its Java updates for the Windows operating system. The software is installed by default with the Java update, so unless users notice and uncheck the McAfee installation box as they're updating Java, they'll end up downloading McAfee's software too.

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