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Submission + - Written approval is required to link to a website (

An anonymous reader writes: First we had freedom of speech, then we had all the legal acts that try to restrict it. Now we have a new kind on the block. UEFA terms and conditions says:
"7.2 In the event that you wish to establish a link to the Website, you expressly agree:
        to ask prior written approval of UEFA to establish a link to the Website;"

I think I just broke their terms and conditions.

What is next? How about handing a UEFA certificate — for all websites that do not link to their website?
On the other hand do you need a prior written approval to provide directions to Tower of London?


Submission + - Google scares Aussie banks (

mask.of.sanity writes: Google could be the biggest threat to Australia's big four banks because of the trust online users place in it and its ability to engage with customers, banking executives say. They told an audience from the finance sector that companies like Google and PayPal are more responsive and trusted than banks, and cited emerging technology with an emphasis on online applications as a means for the smaller credit unions to challenge the position of incumbent banks.

It's welcome news for Australia's credit unions: the nation's banks have taken turns in being the first to lift interest rates above the official reserve bank rate, with others collectively following suit, leading some to speculate they are in collusion.


Submission + - Haynes Repair Manual for NCC-1701 Coming Soon

Freshly Exhumed writes: Anyone who has ever done DIY auto repair knows the value and quality of Haynes Manuals, giving comprehensive, detailed instructions based on complete teardowns of vehicles. Soon there will be one for Star Fleet's U.S.S. Enterprise (all versions), for every backyard Scotty to thankfully fix the one up on blocks in the back yard after all these years.

Submission + - Spoofing Facebook Places - The Facebook Alibi (

An anonymous reader writes: With the release of Facebook Places, there has been a lot of discussion around the privacy issues. Seth Fogie takes a another position and looks at Facebook Places as the perfect way to create an alibi. With a little HTTP request modification, it is possible to create new Places, and Check-In to these places (or just use existing ones) that in turn updates your Facebook profile. So, the next time you need to sneak off somewhere but need an alibi, Facebook has your back!

Submission + - Numbers Show iPhone Owners Get More Sex ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: According to OK Cupid’s survey of 552,000 user pictures iPhone users have more sexual partners than BlackBerry or Android owners. By age 30, the average male iPhone user has had about 10 partners while female iPhone users have had 12. By contrast, BlackBerry users hover around 8 partners and Android users have a mere 6.

As the blog’s author’s wryly observe: “Finally, statistical proof that iPhone users aren’t just getting fucked by Apple

Submission + - Facebook Ownership Controversy, Continued (

Seismologist writes: Bloomberg News has a new write up and more background information regarding Ceglia's part ownership claim to Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook. Some memeorable quotes from the article include: "Ceglia said he’s surprised that his claim to own Facebook has gotten so much attention..." and, speaking hypothetically of Ceglia's future with Facebook, “[if] at some point in the future I start running Facebook, I guess I’m going to have to hire him to keep running the company,” Ceglia said, “I really don’t have much interest in it”. Apparently, Ceglia “looks forward to a day when he might employ Zuckerberg again" after noting “ [the] work he did was really good”

Submission + - Woman's private pictures exposed by tech support ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: A Sacramento woman says a tech support engineer in India managed to expose her secrets and make charges to her credit card after she called him with a desperate request.

There's no getting around the fact that Tara Fitzgerald was faced with an embarrassing situation and a 14-year-old daughter in the house.

"I was missing pictures on my computer. And they were personal pictures and I didn't feel comfortable," said Fitzgerald.


Submission + - Apple can't stand toilet humour (

beaver1024 writes: I doubt if Apple lawyers even contemplated the irony as they slapped a small Australian company producing camping equipment with a lawsuit for trademark violations. Sea to Summit makes a product that assists in the disposal of human excrement calling it iPood. Apparently Apple thinks that "For obvious reasons, Apple's reputation for clean design and high-tech electronics will suffer should it be associated with latrines and the like through Sea to Summit's use of iPood.". If only Sea to Summit had the resources to fight this in court. Alas, we are witnessing yet another sign of the corrupted nature of IP laws in Australia and internationally.
United States

Submission + - Virtual Congregations Worship with the iPhone

Hugh Pickens writes: "Live Science reports on a new trend in religious practice with worshippers who cannot find their way to their favorite religious institution for services praying alongside their fellow congregation members through their smart phones using one of the hundreds of iPhone apps that allow parishioners to bring Bible quotes, Torah-chanting practice and Buddhist prayer wheels with them, practicing their religions in new times and spaces. The appeal of mobile devices for many religious institutions is their ability to unite a religious community, regardless of the bounds of geography. "When I do pray in real time with them, I have a sense of a large, international community praying together,” says Darleen Pryds, an associate professor of Christian spirituality and medieval history at Franciscan School of Theology. "It's pretty powerful." Some theologians says that by allowing the faithful to engage in religious activity regardless of where they are, these apps allow worshippers to create a religious world around them, even if they are physically in a very secular environment and in this way, smart phones can help serve as a bulwark against a society that increasingly moves religious observance out of public life. However other religious leaders worry that the inherently isolating and attention-diverting nature of smart phones has are creating a generation of worshippers unable to fully engage with the sublimation of self and quiet meditation that underlie both the Eastern and Western religious traditions. “The future is very bright, but we have yet to get our mind around a world were some [people get] their whole religious experience through a device,” says Dudley Rose, the associate dean for ministry studies at Harvard University’s Divinity School. “The challenge then, is how to make wise use of the technology, while at the same time be wary of its potential to be destructive to community and a sense of submission to one's faith.”"

Submission + - Indonesia to ask internet providers to block porn

oxide7 writes: Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country, is planning use a controversial anti-pornography law to restrict porn websites in the next few months, a communications ministry spokesman said on Wednesday. The ministry had received many complaints, including from Indonesia's child protection commission and Islamic group Muhammadiyah, about pornographic content on the internet, he said.

Submission + - Mozilla Updates Firefox to Appease Farmville Users (

CWmike writes: Just three days after adding plug-in crash protection to Firefox, Mozilla rushed out another release because people playing Farmville on Facebook complained that their browser was shutting down the game. Although complaints about Firefox's quick killing of hung plug-ins were not limited to Farmville, that game was the squeaky wheel that got the update grease. 'A lot of people play Farmville. To ignore those people for any length of time could have a significant effect on Firefox's share of browser users,' said Firefox user Jeff Rivett on Bugzilla Sunday. 'The problem already existed, but the perceived impact suddenly changed, giving it a much higher priority.'

Submission + - ThinkGeek in potential trademark violation (

Blackdognight writes: BoingBoing is reporting that the National Pork Board has filed a formal cease and desist order against ThinkGeek based on the phrasing of their recent April fools product "radiant Foarms Canned Unicorn Meat." Apparently ThinkGeek's use of the tag line "the new white meat." was a little too close to the Pork Board's "the other white meat" trademark. ThinkGeek's response is wonderful:

Submission + - Zuckerberg sued for blasphemy 1

Earthquake Retrofit writes: The Register is running a story about a Pakistani laywer who filed blasphemy charges, carrying a death penalty, against Mark Zuckerberg over the Facebook hosting a "Draw Muhammad" contest on its site late last month. There's a typo, "publishable by death" and a lot of deleted comments. Maybe we could keep our discussion more civil?

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