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Submission + - Swedish Teen Racy pictures stolen from Facebook (

Xemu writes: A brash website allowing users to rate Swedish teenage girls as "ugly" or "hot" has caused an outroar in Swedish media. The images of the girls, the majority of whom were 16 to 18 years old, were copied from their Facebook sites without permission. According to Anders Ahlqvist from the IT-crimes department of Sweden's National Bureau of Investigation (Rikskriminalpolisen), the site violates Sweden's law governing the use of personal information (Personuppgiftslagen – PUL).

Submission + - Google: No Cash for Trash Vulnerabilities (

chicksdaddy writes: It's bound to happen: you create a cool, forward looking incentive program designed to tap the "wisdom of the crowd" and help make your products better. You do this only to find out that, in fact, the "crowd" isn't all that wise, and now expects you to pay cold, hard cash for its tepid ideas.

According to, that's the experience that Google appears to have had since announcing in early November that it would extend its bounty program for bugs from its Chromium platform to the various Web applications that the company owns. In an updated blog post this week, the company said that it has already committed to some $20,000 in bounties, but also provided some avuncular "clarification" to the terms of the reward program, reminding hopefuls that *ahem* not all bugs are equal and that researchers dumping low priority vulns like URL redirection and logout cross site request forgeries, or bugs in Web apps that Google has acquired in the last six months shouldn't expect to see a pay day.


Submission + - Obama May Toughen Internet Privacy Rules (

CWmike writes: The Obama administration is considering plans to step up policing of Internet privacy issues and to establish a new position to direct the effort, reports the WSJ, which cites unnamed sources. Any push for stronger federal oversight over online privacy is likely to be welcomed by privacy advocates increasingly concerned about the data-collection and data-sharing practices of big Internet and marketing companies. High profile cases such as the uproar over Facebook's personal data collection habits and the public reaction to Google's continuing problems over its Street View Wi-Fi snooping have created a broader awareness of online privacy issues. The big question, though, is just how successful any fresh attempt at enforcing new privacy strictures on the Internet will be with Republicans soon to be in charge of the House.

Fat Fingered Sumo Wrestlers Given iPads 69

The Japan Sumo Association is handing out about 60 iPads to training stables to help the wrestlers communicate because their fingers are too fat to use a regular mobile phone. From the article: "The iPad was chosen because the sumo association believed the device was big enough to cater to wrestler's fat fingers, unlike the smaller keys on mobile phones, according to reports."

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