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Motorola's next SuperDroid will be available in November.
Verizon has been quietly but massively ramping up retail sales positions in time for Christmas.
GoogleTV is slated for a November release.

I don't think the initial market for GoogleTV is going to be cable-over-broadband, if it ever was.

My prediction (if I'm not wrong about the hoax) is that Google will announce the initial offering of GoogleTv as a mobile service over the Verizon network on android powered devices. GoogleTV ® is still slated for a November release, and while it was initially (pre- the April court finding for Comcast) touted as a replacement for residential cable over broadband, I think that a deal with Verizon would show the actual target market (at least at first) is mobile devices, using the android framework. There is no established 'cable' in the mobile arena, the closest would be Apples' offerings and smaller one-offs like zulu -but they are no Comcast or Dish/DirectTV in terms of always-on, multichannel, live, scheduled, 'network' programming. Google would own the Verizon segment of the market, and I'm guessing there's a whole stack of patents to protect the T-mobile and AT&T segments for a while (as would lead time to market).

Having a deal closed ahead of time for guaranteed bandwidth would be crucial for the project to succeed, & after the April FCC-Comcast ruling they need to be first in line with at least one mobile carrier.

Submission + - Ohio's 2004 Presidential Election Records Lost

ScrappyLaptop writes: In 56 of Ohio's 88 counties, ballots and election records from 2004 have been "accidentally" destroyed, despite a federal order to preserve them — it was crucial evidence which would have revealed whether the election was stolen. From :

Under federal and Ohio law, all ballots and election records from federal races must be preserved for 22 months after Election Day, which fell on Sept. 2, 2006. While election integrity activists and reporters from a Columbus website,, had sought the ballots and other election records soon after the presidential election, Blackwell would not allow county boards to release the ballots, citing court challenges to the 2004 results and a 2005 suit from the League of Women Voters alleging the state was not following the newest federal election law, the Help America Vote Act.

On Sept. 11, 2006, U.S. District Judge Algenon Marbley ordered the election boards "to preserve all ballots from the 2004 Presidential election, on paper and in any other format, including electronic data, unless and until such time otherwise instructed by this Court."

Somehow, the counties never got the message:

"Our staff unintentionally discarded boxes containing Ballot Pages as requested in (Brunner's) Directive 2007-07 due to unclear and misinterpreted instructions," wrote Butler County Board of Election Director Betty McGary and Deputy Director Lynn Kinkaid in a May 9 memo. "Several boxes containing all the wire-bound ballot pages were discarded into a Rumpke dumpster. The dumpster would have been emptied into the local landfill."

"The Hamilton County (Cincinnati) Board of Elections was unable to transfer the unvoted precinct ballots and soiled precinct ballots," wrote John Williams, Hamilton County Director of Elections on May 16, 2007. "To the best if my knowledge, the above ballots were inadvertently shredded between January 19th and 26th of '06 in an effort to make room for the new Hart voting system."

"No one could remember the disposition of said ballots," wrote Mike Keeley, of Clermont County's Board of Elections on May 10, 2007, referring to the "unvoted" or unused ballots from the 2004 presidential election.

In Warren County, where county election officials said on Election Day that the FBI had declared a homeland security alert — which they later retracted — ballots were diverted to a warehouse before counting. The local media was not allowed to observe the vote count. According to a letter from the Warren County Board of Election to Brunner's office, the election board cannot find 22,000 unused ballots from the election.

"The extent of the destruction of records is consistent with the covering up of the fraud that we believe occurred in the presidential election," said Cliff Arnebeck, a Columbus attorney representing the King Lincoln Bronzeville Neighborhood Association, which filed voter suppression suit. "We're in the process of addressing where to go from here with the Ohio Attorney General's office."

"On the one hand, people will now say you can't prove the fraud," he said, "but the rule of law says that when evidence is destroyed it creates a presumption that the people who destroyed evidence did so because it would have proved the contention of the other side."
United States

Submission + - Contaminated Food & Toxic Products from China

reporter writes: ""The Washington Post" (TWP) has just issued a report documenting the numerous incidents of contaminated food and toxic products imported from China. TWP states, "China's less-than-stellar behavior as a food exporter is revealed in stomach-turning detail in FDA 'refusal reports' filed by U.S. inspectors: Juices and fruits rejected as 'filthy.' Prunes tinted with chemical dyes not approved for human consumption. Frozen breaded shrimp preserved with nitrofuran, an antibacterial that can cause cancer. Swordfish rejected as 'poisonous.'""

Submission + - US broadband lags behind other developed nations

amigoro writes: "The average broadband download speed in the US is only 1.9 megabits per second, compared to 61 Mbps in Japan, 45 Mbps in South Korea, 18 Mbps in Sweden, 17 Mpbs in France, and 7 Mbps in Canada, according to the Communication Workers of America. 80 percent of households in Japan can connect to a fiber network at a speed of 100 megabits per second. The country that invented the Internet has fallen to 16th in the world in broadband adoption."

Submission + - Antivirus software cripples Chinese computers

An anonymous reader writes: Symantec's Antivirus Virus strikes again... Software thinks critical windows .dll's are trojans and attacks, turning computers into paperweights.

Submission + - Stolen laptop contains NU alumni SSNs

omeomi writes: "For the third time since 2005, students and alumni of Northwestern University have been exposed to identity theft. In a letter dated May 11, 2007, Associate Provost Michael E. Mills contacted an undisclosed number of potential victims, informing them of the theft of a laptop computer from the Office of Financial Aid, containing student and alumni records. A petition website has been set up in an attempt to convince NU officials to better protect student and alumni privacy."
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Submission + - Internet Marketing Tips

zaifulzin writes: "One of the important for the bloggers is TRAFFIC!!Im know everyone will agreed with that. Ive read many articles about SEO and this one really caught my mind. A blog without traffic is like a coffee without sugar. IF you are serious to make money with blogging and this research will be benefits for you.

When your page is ranking well either in google, yahoo or others search engines, its will help your site get a lot and huge traffic without spent a many time on your ads. Think yourself a page that ranking top 10 for internet marketing and page that have rank 1000 on same topic, which one will get more traffic?Youresmart enough,is it?"

Submission + - 2007 AIAA Aerospace Communications Award and Satel

nlhouser writes: "The word satellite is not a simple term, and means several things other than radios, cable tv, and cell phones for use on Earth. The satellites from outer space are defined as any object built by man, and placed into orbit by man such as the one that Robert Briskman has received his award for. They are also called artificial satellites, quite opposite the natural satellites that are not man-made, such as the Moon or a dwarf planet. The similarity is that they orbit something. Satellites operate in different types of orbit around Earth, with the most common satellites being geostationary and polar, with some in inclined orbits. There are other types of orbitsan example is the Molniya orbits of the Soviet spacecraft."

Submission + - SEO is it worth the effort?

seogoogle writes: "60 Top Positions Using Push n Pull Internet Marketing Strategy Organic SEO / SEM strategy — case study example "the crystal store" Domain name registered 23/03/07 — see WHOIS screenshot Project live from 29/03/07 work in progress, site still under construction although fully functional to sell merchandise. Over 60 first page positions currently in Google index for search terms related to Crystals & Crystal Healing. Over 40 top 5 positions Over 40,000 Hits and 1000 visitors SEE THE EVIDENCE — SREENSHOTS IN .pdf and SEARCH STRINGS in MS excell listed below Rather just to give confidence to you newbies to internet marketing and those of that have been around that you can have an idea today, do the push'n'pull bit and wow 30 days later you have traffic in droves and best of all they want what you got to offer. you can be No1 in Google SERPS for your niche, for your keywords and phrases and better still you can do it in under 30 days for FREE using 100% ethical techiques. I call this simple three step process "push'n'pull" its 100% whitehat seo combined with organic search engine marketing (SEM)and social media optimization (SMO)and I could teach the complete process in a day , but hey as I said im not pitching for business. Well what is it? i hear you ask, Push represents traditional advertising and methods associated with pushing your products and services before your target audience online. Pull refers to devotees of the social community pulling customers to your site through referal using social Media. So in essence push'n'pull is simply getting your site to show up in google search results on the first page for phrases and keywords relating to your business using whitehat organic seo, making use of FREE advertising sites like Craigslist and Gumtree and finaly the basics of Social Media and how to optimize your presence. So heres the proof that the "push'n'pull" strategy works and consider this, how many businesses are paying Google in adwords for the same searches?. over 60 Google 1st page positions see the proof here .htm"

Submission + - New and 'improved' Gozi Trojan version on the loos

jcatcw writes: Don Jackson, a security researcher at SecureWorks, discovered the original Gozi Trojan back in January and has now discovered a new, stealthier version Gozi. It's been circulating since April 17 and has stolen personal data from more than 2000 Internet users worldwide. This version has two core enhancements. One is its use of a new "packer" utility that encrypts, mangles, compresses and even deletes portions of the Trojan code to evade detection. The other is a new keylogger.
It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - Top 25 Web Hoaxes & Pranks

eldavojohn writes: "Serving as a mass media outlet, news source & cheap instant communication, the internet has had memorable moments of mischief. PC World has a piece that will take you back through 25 of the most popular dandies. Hopefully most of these were debunked before they made it to your inbox. Some are just deplorable awful scams while others might cause you to smile."

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