tukang writes: 18 year old Justin Carter faces up to 8 years in prison after posting on Facebook that he was "going to go shoot up a school full of kids and eat their still, beating hearts". According to Justin, the comment was a sarcastic response which he followed up with "lol, jk". Unable to make $500,000 bail, Justin has been incarcerated since March 27th.
tukang writes: According to a report in the Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, State prosecutors had planned to let Swartz off with a warning and Swartz would not have faced any criminal proceedings or prison time had it not been for the decision of Carmen Ortiz's office to intervene and take over the case.
tukang writes: Park Jung-geun, 24, of South Korea has been given a 10 month suspended prison sentence for violating the country's National Security Law, which prohibits “praising, encouraging or propagandizing” North Korea, by retweeting over 100 North Korean propaganda posts.
tukang writes: The US International Trade Commission has rejected an emergency request by Apple to detain some HTC phones (including the One X and EVO 4G) at the border while the agency investigates Apple's claims of patent infringement. In May, HTC's phone shipment was held up at the border and was only allowed to pass after US Customs and Border Protection received assurances that HTC worked around Apple patents, a claim which Apple disputes.
tukang writes: Japan needs nuclear power as its main energy source and the country shouldn’t follow European examples in banning new reactors, said Shosuke Mori, chairman of Kansai Electric Power Co., the nation’s second-biggest power producer.
tukang writes: American children aren't necessarily getting smarter or dumber, but that might not be good enough to compete globally, according to numbers cited Tuesday by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. He noted a special analysis put out last week by the National Center for Education Statistics that compares 15-year-old U.S. students with students from other countries in the Organization for Economic Development. It found the U.S. students placed below average in math and science. In math, U.S. high schoolers were in the bottom quarter of the countries that participated, trailing countries including Finland, China and Estonia. According to the report, the U.S. math scores were not measurably different in 2006 from the previous scores in 2003. But while other countries have improved, the United States has remained stagnant.
tukang writes: Google is experimenting with a new method of distributing original material on the Web, and some Hollywood film financiers are betting millions that the company will succeed. The innovative part involves the distribution plan. Google will syndicate the program using its AdSense advertising system to thousands of Web sites that are predetermined to be gathering spots for Mr. MacFarlane's target audience, typically young men. Instead of placing a static ad on a Web page, Google will place a "Cavalcade" video clip.