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Twitter

Submission + - Twitter User Saved From Suicide By Followers (itproportal.com)

hypnosec writes: When people take to their online world, it's usually to escape the goings-on of their offline reality. However, one such user attempted to make their escape permanent, by posting a series of suicidal tweets on Twitter on 8th May. But thanks to a number of followers spotting the troubling updates, the microbloggers rallied together in order to bring London-based infamousT from the brink of suicide. Telling her followers to "get ready for a real-time suicide," the 47 year old transexual video producer published a number of updates with each dose of pills she took, describing herself as "a useless, failed human being — damaged beyond repair" along with tweets such as "fresh packet of pills now — lost count already" and "wow — kicking in now". Sparking concern amongst her followers, the Twitter community began to raise the alarm — from calling the police to attempting to track down her address. Chief Constable of Cumbria police, Stuart Hyde, also took part in the Twitter saga — and thankfully was able to deliver the good news to the microbloggers that the woman in question had been taken to hospital, where she would remain overnight.
Yahoo!

Submission + - With Another CEO Out, Yahoo's Turnaround Is Stalled (computerworld.com)

CWmike writes: "For the second time in eight months, Yahoo is without a permanent CEO. The latest development is bringing more trouble for a company struggling to regain its stature in the industry. The company announced Sunday that Scott Thompson, Yahoo's CEO since January, has left the company. Thompson, 54, had been under heavy fire over the past few weeks since a discrepancy was revealed in his IT credentials on his resume and the company Web site, along with documents filed with the SEC .With Thompson out, Ross Levinsohn, who has been serving as the company's head of global media, will step in as interim CEO while the board searches for a permanent replacement. Thompson's departure from Yahoo comes nearly a week after the company announced that a special three-member committee had been set up to investigate the CEO, his academic credentials and the circumstances surrounding his hiring. Thompson's resume claimed that he had a degree in computer science when he does not. The company had initially issued a statement calling it an inadvertent mistake. 'It looks like Thompson's mythical computer science degree is moving from 'innocent mistake' into 'intentional misrepresentation' territory,' said Dan Olds, an analyst with The Gabriel Consulting Group. 'It would be hard for any CEO to stay in place under those circumstances, but factor in Yahoo's highly public struggles to remain relevant in the industry and keeping Thompson as CEO becomes impossible.' Despite the investigation, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday that Thompson might have agreed to leave after informing the Yahoo board that he has thyroid cancer. Citing unnamed sources, the Journal said he is beginning treatment."
Yahoo!

Submission + - Yahoo's CEO Scott Thompson Out; Levinsohn In (allthingsd.com)

Google85 writes: Yahoo’s embattled CEO Scott Thompson is set to step down from his job at the Silicon Valley Internet giant, in what will be dramatic end to a controversy over a fake computer science degree that he had on his bio, according to multiple sources close to the situation.

The company will apparently say he is leaving for “personal reasons.”

Thompson’s likely replacement on an interim basis will be Yahoo’s global media head Ross Levinsohn, who most recently also ran its Americas unit, including its advertising sales.

Science

Submission + - Scientists Plan $1 Billion Ghost Town

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "Although a fully operation city with no people sounds like the setup for a dystopian sci-fi novel, the Boston Globe reports that the Center for Innovation, Testing and Evaluation will develop a $1 billion scientific ghost town near Hobbs, New Mexico to help researchers test everything from intelligent traffic systems and next-generation wireless networks to automated washing machines and self-flushing toilets on existing infrastructure without interfering in everyday life. Bob Brumley, senior managing director of Pegasus Holdings, says the town will be modeled after the real city of Rock Hill, South Carolina, complete with highways, houses and commercial buildings, old and new although unlike traditional cities, City Labs will start with its underground “backbone” infrastructure that will allow the lab to monitor activity throughout the 17-mile site. “The idea for The Center was born out of our own company’s challenges in trying to test new and emerging technologies beyond the confines of a sterile lab environment,” says Brumley. Since nobody lives in the Center's buildings, computerized systems will mimic human behavior such as turning thermostats up and down, switching lights off and on, or flushing toilets. The Center’s test facilities and supporting infrastructure may require as much as 20 square miles of open, unimproved land where the controlled environment will permit evaluation of the positive and negative impacts of smart grid applications and integration of renewable energies for residential, commercial and industrial sectors of the economy. Additional testing opportunities would include technologies emerging in intelligent traffic systems, next-generation wireless networks, smart grid cyber security and terrorism vulnerability. “It’s an amusement park for the scientists,” adds Brumley. "The only thing we won't be doing is destructive testing, blowing things up — I hope.""
Encryption

Submission + - Apple Security Blunder Exposes Lion Login Passwords In Clear Text 1

An anonymous reader writes: An Apple programmer, apparently by accident, left a debug flag open in the most recent version of its Mac OS X operating system. In specific configurations, applying the OS X Lion update 10.7.3 turns on a system-wide debug log file that contains the login passwords of every user who has logged in since the update was applied. The passwords are stored in clear text.
Your Rights Online

Submission + - Man Falsely "Outed" by Best Buy Employee (thedenverchannel.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Denver station KMGH-TV reports that customer Rich Dewberry was falsely outed by a Best Buy employee when the employee used the man's old phone after a repair trade-in to post a message on the man's Facebook account. The status message read “I am gay. I’m coming out.” Dewberry didn’t write the posting, nor is he gay. The time-stamp on the post was after the trade-in, but before he had activated his new phone. Dewberry told the station "I feel like I've been totally humiliated. Calls started coming in immediately to my house phone. Friends, ex-spouses, they were all calling." He says Best Buy told him the employee was fired, but the company would not confirm this to KMGH.
Games

Submission + - Blizzard: Diablo 3 on Linux Possible, But Demand Must Be There (ausgamers.com)

trawg writes: "As the release draws closer, Diablo 3 game director Jay Wilson from Blizzard has been working hard to keep the community updated. On a press trip to Australia last week, Jay answered a wide range of questions in this video interview (transcript provided) on topics such as PvP, patch releases, game difficulty, and the potential for D1 or D2 being re-released in HD form. He also touches on the subject of a Linux release of the game: '... I don’t think that it would be outrageous, but I think that we’d have to see that there’d be a demand for it. And then we’d have to see that that demand would be worth the time we take away from the other things that we could do.' So it sounds unlikely in the short term, but there's a glimmer of hope for the future."
Entertainment

Submission + - Running Apps from the Dashboard: A Good Idea? (blogspot.com)

An anonymous reader writes: I guess is was inevitable, now that BMW is letting you view and make tweets from behind the wheel, but is it really a good idea to let people run smartphone apps from their dashboard monitor? I guess for navigation you could run your favorite map-app there, but there is nothing to stop people from running other apps on their dashbaord too. It might be better than texting from the handset, but I'm not sure I want people playing Angry Birds while they drive.
Medicine

Submission + - Growing Evidence of Football Causing Brain Damage (cnn.com)

ideonexus writes: "NFL Linebacker Junior Seau's suicide this week bares a striking similarity to NFL Safety Dave Duerson's suicide last year, who shot himself in the chest so that doctors could study his brain, where they found the same chronic traumatic encephalopathy that has been found in the brains of 20 other dead football players. Malcom Gladwell stirred up controversy in 2009 by comparing professional football to dog fighting for the trauma the game inflicts on players' brains, but with mounting evidence that the repeated concussions football players recieve during their careers causing a lifetime of brain problems, it raises serious concerns about America's most popular sport and ethical questions for its fanbase."
Idle

Submission + - Scientists Unveil a Mouth Spray to Instantly Intoxicate for 21 Times (medicaldaily.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Scientists have created a mouth spray that can instantaneously intoxicate a person for a few seconds without the harmful effects of alcohol.
One spray from the “WAHH Quantum Sensations” device is a small lip-stick sized aerosol can is enough for “a few seconds of intoxication," according to its makers, French designer Philippe Starck and American scientist David Edwards.

Transportation

Submission + - Most Elec. Cars Made to Fool CA Emissions Laws (greencarreports.com) 1

thecarchik writes: Since last year, you've likely heard a lot about electric cars. You'll hear much more in the years to come. A few of the battery-electric cars you've heard about are "real"--meaning their makers want to sell as many as they can.

But quite a few of them aren't. They're not meant to lure in consumers, or sell in any kind of volume.

They're only built to meet California regulations for zero-emission vehicles --which is why they're called "compliance cars."

Starting this year, California requires that carmakers of a certain size ensure that at least a small portion of their volume comes from zero-emission vehicles --either battery electric cars or fuel-cell electric vehicles. Carmakers can meet the overall requirement using a combination of car types, including larger numbers of plug-in hybrids with partial electric range. The first round of requirements applies only to the carmakers with the highest California sales.

The Courts

Submission + - X-Rays show memory card still in digestive tract of accused hang glider. (www.cbc.ca)

dumuzi writes: A hang glider instructor in British Columbia is accused of obstructing justice during a police investigation of the death of one of his passengers. Lenami Godinez's boyfriend bought her a hang gliding experience for their anniversery. Immediatly after take off Godinez began to fall. She struggled to hold onto the pilot William Orders, who attemped to help her according to bystanders. Godinez was unable to hang on and fell to her death. A police investigation revealed the memory card from the camera attached to the hang glider was missing and Orders was arrested for obstruction of justice. Several recent X-Rays show the memory card is making its way through Orders digestive tract while he is being held in custody. The card likely contains video evidence which is expected to be intact once the memory card is recovered.
The Internet

Submission + - Religious sites riskier than porn sites (huffingtonpost.com)

drkim writes: Article: "According to a report released... by security software firm Symantec, religious and ideological websites are riskier to visit than adult and pornographic websites. ...analysis found that religious sites had more than triple the average number of threats per infected site than pornographic sites..."
Google

Submission + - Google makes $1bn a year in Australia; pays just $74k tax (delimiter.com.au)

daria42 writes: Looks like Apple isn't the only company with interesting offshore taxation practices. The financial statements for Google's Australian subsidiary show the company told the Australian Government it made just $200 million in revenue in 2011 in Australia, despite local industry estimating it actually brought in closer to $1 billion. The rest was funnelled through Google's Irish subsidiary and not disclosed in Australia. Consequently the company only disclosed taxation costs in Australia of $74,000. Not bad work if you can get it — which Google apparently can. About that 'don't be evil' motto? Yeah. Not so much.

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