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Privacy

Submission + - Siri and privacy (ssrn.com)

Enoughads writes: A paper from last year predicts the trend toward ever more social interfaces like Apple's Siri and suggests that they raise unique privacy concerns, beyond just collecting information. Will you search for the same things if it feels like you're asking a person? Can you ever experience solitude, surrounded by devices or apps your brain thinks of as people?
Government

Submission + - Antitrust probe for Wireless provider texting (eweek.com)

DJRumpy writes: The chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights urges the Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission to examine whether dominant wireless carriers such as AT&T and Verizon are stifling competition with practices that include exclusive arrangements between carriers and cell phone makers, possible text messaging price fixing, and questionable roaming arrangements.

Apparently the new Antitrust chief is doing just that, but hitting resistance from within the administration.

Handhelds

Submission + - Apple rejects iBoobs app. (foxnews.com)

jrmcferren writes: Apple rejected the iBoobs application on Tuesday due to "Objectionable Content" according to a Foxnews report. The iBoobs application used the gyroscopic sensors in the iPhone or iPod touch to jiggle a large set of breasts in a bikini top based on movement. A video of iBoobs in action is available on Youtube.
Music

Wal-Mart Ends DRM Support 231

An anonymous reader writes "So, you thought you did well to support the fledgling music industry by purchasing your tracks legally from the Wal-Mart store? Well, forget about moving these tracks to a new PC! Since they started selling DRM-free tracks last year, there's no money to be made in maintaining the DRM support systems, and in fact, support is being shut down. Make sure you circumvent the restrictions by burning the tracks to an old-fashioned CD before Wal-mart 'will no longer be able to assist with digital rights management issues for protected WMA files purchased from Walmart.com.' Support ends October 9th."
Idle

Online Dating Helping the Pathetic 1

samzenpus writes "Valentines Day was tough for the undateable before the internet. Now with a click of the mouse even the most disfigured and emotionally vacant person can have their last remaining spec of self worth stomped out in a few seconds rather than waiting for a call that will never come."

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