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U.S. Senator Chris Dodd on Monday came to the defense of his old buddy, the late Senator Edward Kennedy, against new criticism by former President Jimmy Carter. Dodd rejected Carter's charge

that Americans could have begun enjoying the benefits of sweeping healthcare long ago if Kennedy hadn't stopped a plan by Carter in


Speaking at the Reuters Summit, Dodd declared, "All I can say is that no one cared more about the issue" of healthcare than Kennedy, a fellow Democrat. Dodd said Kennedy admitted to missed opportunities in his long crusade to provide healthcare to all Americans, but didn't see his failure to back Carter's unsuccessful bid as among them. "I will take the Kennedy side of

that debate," Dodd said in standing up for the liberal icon who died last year of brain cancer. "I think he did the best he could in '79." President Barack Obama signed into law this year legislation Kennedy helped inspire to overhaul the U.S. healthcare system and provide coverage to millions of uninsured Americans. Carter, in an interview that aired on Sunday on CBS's "60 Minutes," said such legislation could have become law decades ago if Kennedy hadn't opposed his proposal. "It was his fault. Ted Kennedy killed the bill," said Carter, who survived a challenge by Kennedy for the 1980 Democratic presidential nomination. Carter gave the interview in discussing his new book, White House Diary, a personal account of his presidency. Dodd noted that "there was a lot of bitterness" between Kennedy

that "there was a lot of bitterness" between Kennedy and Carter, who lost the 1980 election

and Carter, who lost the 1980 election to Republican Ronald Reagan. "To this day I think President Carter believes that he lost that election in 1980 because of the challenge Teddy posed to him," Dodd said. "I don't subscribe to that," Dodd said. "I think there were a lot of other factors."

Dodd said other factors, too --

unrelated to Kennedy -- led to the failure of Carter's health plan.

"At the time

inflation, you had gas lines going everywhere," Dodd said. "The idea that healthcare was going to be a major debate in '79 is sort of selective history. I don't think there was any room for that debate in '79."

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Dodd, a member of the Senate since 1980, having earlier served in the House of Representatives for six years, said he has no regrets about leaving Congress and not seeking another term. "People have said to me, 'Do you have any second thoughts?' (about retiring from Congress).'" "I say, 'The only second thought I have had is how impressed I am with the first thought I had" to finally leave Washington, Dodd said with a broad grin and a chuckle. Married with two young daughters (ages five and nine), Dodd, 66, said he hasn't decided what he will do next, but a major factor is his family. For news from the Reuters Washington Summit, click here. Photo Credits: REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque(Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd speaks at the Reuters Washington Summit Sept. 20, 2010)



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The term gridlock may have first entered the vocabulary during the 1980 New York transit strike, reportedly coined by “Gridlock Sam” Schwartz, chief traffic engineer in the city’s transport department. In those days it was definitely not something to aspire to. It is a different story in 2010. “Gridlock’s not all bad,” Republican Senator Richard Shelby told the Reuters Washington Summit today, citing the need to “slow things down” politically. His fellow Senator and Tea Party champion Jim DeMint would probably go even further. But is that really what lies in store after the midterm elections? Republican and Democratic speakers on the first day of the summit agreed on one thing above all else: that the other party is to blame for the lack of bipartisanship in Washington. But is there any room for common ground if Republicans gain more power after November? There was not much sign of it today, except on the need to get to grips with the country’s medium- to long-term fiscal problems. The big question is how to go about it. Republicans, of course, would like to see a radical and immediate overhaul of government spending. Senator John McCain also returned to a favorite theme to argue that

Republicans need to listen to the Tea Party and put an end to “corruption” in Washington, the system of earmarks and “pork” attached to almost every piece of legislation. White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, for his part, would not be drawn on how Democrats would like to tackle the deficit, but did say the president would put some ideas and issues on the table after the elections — “and we’ll see if the Republican Party is serious about meeting him halfway.” One way or the other, this is shaping up to be one of the most interesting debates of the second half of the Obama presidency. Here are our top stories today… Reuters Summit – Deficit may be rare consensus issue Political gridlock looks inevitable with a Republican resurgence in November’s congressional election but compromise is possible in one vital area — cutting spending and the massive budget deficit, speakers told the Reuters Washington Summit. For the full story by John O’Callaghan, click here. Reuters Summit - Key senator wants to reopen Wall Street bill Republicans will reopen the broad Wall Street reform law and overhaul the newly created consumer protection bureau if they regain control of Congress after the November elections, a leading lawmaker said. Richard Shelby, the top Republican on the powerful Senate Banking

Shelby, the top Republican on the powerful Senate Banking Committee, said lawmakers must revisit the legislation

Committee, said lawmakers must revisit the legislation enacted this summer, which is the broadest overhaul of financial rules since the Great Depression. For the full story by Dave Clarke and Rachelle Younglai, click here. For more on Shelby’s remarks about how Federal Reserve Chairman Bernanke supports privatizing Fannie Mae and


Reuters Summit – U.S. parties will struggle to cooperate – pollster President Barack Obama and his Democrats are likely to suffer a repeat of former President Bill Clinton’s defeat by Republicans at midterm elections in 1994. But that’s where the similarities end. Clinton turned that vote loss around and tacked to the center, working with the Republicans in Congress on welfare reform. He won re-election two years later.



But the political climate now is more polarized and it will be difficult for Obama’s Democrats to work with resurgent Republicans, pollster Cliff Young of Ipsos Public Affairs told the Reuters Washington Summit. For more of the story by Alistair Bell, click here. Reuters Summit – U.S. lawmaker wary of Chinese oil firms Wary that Chinese oil companies could be undermining new U.S. sanctions against Iran, the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee said he would push the Obama administration to investigate. Representative Howard Berman told the Reuters Washington Summit that he and the top Republican on the foreign affairs committee, Ileana Ros- Lehtinen, will meet administration officials soon over concerns foreign oil companies, some of which have U.S. subsidiaries, are

violating the new law.


Doggett and Susan Cornwell, click here. For more highlights from Reuters Washington Summit, click here. Obama says China has not done enough on yuan President Barack Obama said that China has not done enough to raise the value of the yuan, keeping up tough American rhetoric on Chinese policy as lawmakers weigh new legislation to punish Beijing. A bipartisan group of former cabinet officials warned Congress, however, that action against China for not letting its currency rise faster could backfire on the United States. For more on Obama’s comments about his administration’s economic policies, click here. Recession ended in June 2009:

NBER The recession ended in June 2009, making it the longest downturn since the Great Depression of the 1930s, the National Bureau of Economic Research said. The NBER, considered the arbiter of U.S. recessions, said it chose that month based on examination of data including gross domestic product, employment and personal income. For more on the story, click here. Homebuilder sentiment stays in doldrums Home-builder sentiment







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Don't expect Senator John McCain to respond to critical Twitter comments from pop star Lady Gaga as the U.S. Senate girds for a showdown over gays in the military. "I only Twitter with Snooki, as you know," McCain said Monday at the Reuters Washington Summit. The Senate is expected to take up the hot-button issue on Tuesday, and McCain said he expects to focus his efforts on the floor of the Senate, not the popular microblogging service. But he says the gay-friendly pop star and her followers are welcome to weigh in. "I welcome her in the debate, I welcome all of her young fans into the debate," McCain said. "It's good to have lots of people involved. With mere weeks until the Nov. 2 congressional elections, Democrats are hoping to rescind a ban on gays serving openly in the military -- a policy known as "Don't ask, don't tell" -- by including it in a bill that outlines the Pentagon's spending priorities. McCain and other Senate

Pentagon's spending priorities. McCain and other Senate Republicans say it's a nakedly political ploy to fire

Republicans say it's a nakedly political ploy to fire up a key segment of the Democratic base, and are seeking to block the bill on the grounds that Congress should wait until the Pentagon finishes up its review of the issue in December. That doesn't sit well with Lady Gaga, who said via Twitter last week that McCain was trying to "hijack our debate" and urged her followers to lobby for the bill's passage. McCain has used Twitter to interact with young celebrities before. This past spring, he sent a message to Snooki, the tanned reality-TV star of "Jersey Shore" fame, after she complained about tanning bed taxes.

"I would never tax your tanning bed!," he wrote. Most political observers expect Republicans to roll up big gains in the elections, but McCain cautioned that sideshows like this one could have unexpected repercussions among those voters who have not yet decided how to cast their ballots. "They're watching Lady Gaga attacking me on 'Don't ask don't tell.' I think we are really in danger of counting chickens before they hatch," he said. For more Reuters Washington Summit news, click here Photo credit: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque


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remained stuck at a 1-1/2-year low in September, the latest suggestion the sector is in for a painful and prolonged climb back to health. The National Association of Home Builders and Wells Fargo said that their Housing Market Index for single family homes held for the second straight month at 13 — the lowest level since March 2009. For more of this story by Corbett B. Daly, click here. Bailout cop expands staff as TARP expires The Treasury’s $700 billion bailout fund officially expires in two weeks, but not for Neil Barofsky, the top cop for the Troubled Asset Relief Program. He’s hiring new staff and opening four regional branch offices to pursue TARP-related fraud cases and monitor remaining taxpayer investments for years to come. For the full story by David Lawder, click here. Report criticizes FBI probes of activists The FBI improperly launched investigations of U.S. activists after the September 11 attacks, miscast peaceful protests as acts of terrorism and in one case prompted FBI Director Robert

The show website has the latest episode, which is worth a listen,

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Mueller to provide inaccurate testimony to Congress, the Justice Department said. For more of this story by David Morgan, click here. House Republicans set to unveil agenda Thursday Republican leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives plan to announce their “governing agenda” on Thursday, just weeks before the Nov. 2 congressional elections that they hope give them control of the chamber now held by President Barack Obama’s fellow Democrats, aides said. For the full story by Thomas Ferraro, click here. For more stories from our Washington correspondents visit and stay informed. Photo credit: REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Howard Berman (D-CA);Senator John McCain (R- AZ) speak at the Reuters Washington Summit Sept. 20, 2010.)


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If Democrats are able to hang on to the U.S. House of Representatives in the November 2 elections, Speaker Nancy Pelosi will likely be able to concentrate her power because there will be fewer conservative Democrats giving her a hard time on critical votes, according to top senior lobbyist for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Political prognosticators have said that Republicans are within striking distance of taking control of the House in November, with Republicans needing a net gain of 40 seats and polls showing them closing in on that target. "She'll have a much more cohesive conference than she has now because it's the middle that's anticipated to get cratered in this election," Bruce Josten told the Reuters Washington Summit. "Most of the seat losses anticipated come from the people that are the hardest votes to get on party-line unity votes."

votes to get on p art y -line unit y votes." Pelosi has had a tough

Pelosi has had a tough time over the last few years holding onto votes from conservative Democrats, like the Blue Dog Democrats who have lobbied hard to ensure most legislation does not add to the bloated federal deficit. "She'll have a lot less negotiating to have to do, she'll have a stronger more cohesive conference, oddly enough, than what she has had," Josten said, adding a cautionary note that

"she'll have less margin

literally most of the members of the Progressive Caucus are in safe districts." Many of the Blue Dog Democrats have decided against running for re-election or are facing tough bids to return to Washington. Josten also said that if Republicans are able to win control of the House, predictions that they will be able to significantly alter the health care law that was passed earlier this year are probably overblown. "I think they're going to have to look at rifle shot opportunities in the health care area," Josten said, suggesting revamping the popular Medicare Advantage program and that Republicans may also try to choke off funding to the regulatory agencies charged with implementing it. For more news from the Reuters Washington Summit click here. - Photo credits: Kevin Lamarque (Chamber of Commerce's Bruce Josten); Jim Young (Pelosi)


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Filed under: Stocks to Buy It goes without saying that utilities are favored in this neck of the woods. And utility American Electric Power ( AEP), first discussed here on May 4, 2009, at a price $25.38, fits the bill. Here's why. American Electric's 2010 revenue will likely surge 8% to 10%, provided the U.S. economic expansion continues in the second half of the year. AEP, with five million retails customers (mostly in Ohio, Virginia, Indiana, and Oklahoma), should continue to shine as a low- cost power provider. True, increased energy efficiency across the U.S. economy will be a trend for the next decade and beyond, but relatively low-cost electric

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Markets have moved upward after stagnating this morning, supported by accommodative language by the Fed on future

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Video overwhelms the Web. And it should. There is plenty of evidence to suggest that the Internet, at one time the plumbing that connected pages of text and occasional images, is rapidly transforming itself to be a network of video publishing and viewing. At first glance, this seems quite terrible. But in fact the emergence of the

Video Web is critically important, intellectually exciting, and entirely inevitable. There are historic reasons why we fear video. For most of us who grew up on Batman, or Gilligan's Island, or Charlies Angels, we've known that TV was at best junk


cancer. In recent years, television has become far less benign, filling hours with a grim view of our world with programs like Fear Factor, Big Brother, or the Jersey Shore. As television increasingly dominates our leisure and screen time, it has continued to spiral down toward base human fears and car-wreck peeping tom voyeurism. When it came along in 2005, YouTube could have been viewed as an accelerator of this trend toward trivial amusement and video junk food. Certainly, squirrels on skate boards didn't qualify as hight art.

and at worst, a cognitive

But Web video isn't television. It's something else entirely. And in the past 5 years, from 2005 to 2010, as Web video has moved to become the fastest growing and most prevalent form of traffic emerging on the Web, something else happened. Web video abandoned TV. There are plenty of examples of this — but the perhaps most dramatic one is the growth of TED Talks. TED Curator, Chris Anderson, calls this emergence Crowd Accelerated Innovation. His thesis is that Web video accelerates the cycle of humans

creating, sharing, and iterating. Three things have changed in past five years — the combination is like rocket fuel for Web video. 1. Cameras. Web video cameras are now standard fare on cell phones. FlipCams are cheap and record remarkable HD video. The sales of Digital SLRs (DSLR's) put high quality camera with interchangeable lenses in the hands of mid-budget pro-sumers.

2. Bandwidth. Back in 2005,

broadband was still elusive for

many Web surfers. And video just wasn't a very good experience on dial up. Now, video moves with rare buffering as users find they are able to get a HD experience with relative ease.

3. Distribution. YouTube was

important in breaking the monopoly that broadcast and cable had over video distribution, but since 2005 more and more distribution solutions have come on line. Devices like the iPhone

solutions have come on line. Devices like the iPhone and iPad have made Web video viewing

and iPad have made Web video viewing far more ubiquitous. But the barrier between the Web and

the living room flatscreen is about to burst wide open. With boxes like Roku, Boxee, and AppleTV(2) on the way, viewers are going to be able to choose between broad Web video offerings, and more limited cable/ entertainment packages. And 'over

the top' solutions like Netflix make the Internet to flatscreen option all the more reasonable. The trifecta of change — Cameras, Bandwidth,and Distribution promises a future where change happens quickly.

Of course, there can't only be winners. The broadcasters and cable companies that have for decades been able to be the exclusive distributor of video via closed one-way networks are now starting to feel the sands shift under their feet. It seems that humans would rather watch interesting, thought provoking, potentially interactive video content. As Clay Shirky so extraordinarily explains in his book Cognitive Surplus, the extra brainpower we have is no longer being relegated to 'coach potato' activities of mindless viewing of

lame sitcoms. Rather, people are engaging in the kind of accelerated innovation that Chris Anderson is seeing across disciplines. He says two things are fueling this acceleration: Revelation and Motivation. As Anderson explains it:

" Revelation: for the first time, people can see what the very best people across the globe are capable of. A world of possibility opens up. Motivation: if you can do something innovative and special, you get thousands of people viewing your work and talking about you. It's intoxicating. And it's driving hundreds and hundreds of hours of effort from potential innovators across the globe." So, the future of Web video ISN'T more of the same. In fact, all signs point to the fact that it is something quite different and quite wonderful. Skirky says we've got extra brain power to put to work. Anderson says as we see each others innovation —in the global language of images and sound — we 'step up our game' in a friendly competition that accelerates innovate, and honors innovators. Now, for those of us who grew up on TV that was 'bad for us' — the idea that Web video could actually make us smarter seems a bit hard to accept. Yet, the massive video viewing of TED

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New numbers reveal just how dependent the world really is on

India's cheap anti-retroviral drugs, but free trade agreements with the EU could bring catastrophic changes to developing nations. India is the primary supplier of anti-retroviral (ARVs) AIDS drugs in middle and low-income countries. And a report from the Journal of the International AIDS


catastrophic it would be if somehow that supply were to get cut off due to political, trade, or disaster-related causes: In some countries, up to 90% of children with AIDS are dependent on India's cheap, generic drugs. Between 2003-2008, "the number of Indian firms supplying ARVs



rose from four to ten; while the number of drugs supplied rose from 14 to 53," reports. Beating out all other competitors on price, India's ARVs are the top choice for some countries, revealing just how innovative the South Asian nation has become in the pharmaceutical industry and just how interdependent countries are to literally keep their citizens alive. The massive, low-cost ARV production industry in India has been made possible by the country's patent laws. "Indian laws did not grant patents on a product, but only on a process to make it, which helped its drug firms to make cheaper versions and improved formulations using alternative methods," reports. This may not sound like innovation--as opposed to simply lax policies or government

innovation--as opposed to simply lax policies or government inefficiency--but in a way it does reveal how

inefficiency--but in a way it does reveal how India's leaders have allowed a sector to rise up and make the entire country competitive on an international scale. But not everyone in the world

sees those laissez faire patent laws as a good thing. India is in ongoing discussions with the World Trade Organization and the EU, but there is fear that increased patent requirements may dismantle the country's

thriving ARV production industry. The study thus suggests that the international community ensure the maintenance and continuation of India's ARV productions as they exist now. "The proposed EU/India free trade

will be catastrophic.

It will deprive hundreds of thousands or even millions of people in developing countries from having access to new life- saving medicines—a problem that will become even more acute as resistance to currently used antiretrovirals increases," said Treatment Access Campaign researcher, Marcus Low. We'll watch these developments closely, but mostly with hope that someone, if not India, is able to keep pumping out those life- saving drugs. [Image by Damien Persohn]


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Filed under: Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), Oracle Corp (ORCL) It's kind of sad, actually. It would have been fun to watch a legal slug-fest between Oracle ( ORCL) and Hewlett-Packard ( HPQ) over Mark Hurd. Hey, it may have shed light on why HP canned Hurd. There would have also been some juicy quotes from Oracle's

CEO, Larry Ellison. But alas, Oracle, HP and Hurd have settled things up. Basically, Hurd will agree to protect HP's confidential information and he will also give up half of his equity compensation. It was probably inevitable for HP. The company had an iffy case -- in light of the pro-employee laws in California. Besides, HP and Oracle have been long-time partners. Why ruin a good thing?

Oracle have been long-time partners. Why ruin a good thing? Continue reading Oracle, Hurd and HP

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compact alternatives," the press release reports. "Steady gas prices have been the main factor contributing to the lack of demand for hybrid vehicles," the report continues. The report indicates that used vehicles offer a solution to the value versus environmental considerations. "For the Civic Hybrid, the break-even point is realized just shy of five years down the road as opposed to the sixteen years required for a new purchase." So there you go--buy used hybrids at around 60,00 miles and Kelly Blue Book says you'll have the best of both worlds. But, they caution, "When buying used, consumers should consider purchasing the hybrid alternative

consumers should consider purchasing the hybrid alternative national car market has forced gas -powered cars to

national car market has forced gas -powered cars to innovate, which is never a bad thing. "Technological improvements have helped to put the fuel economy of some new gasoline- powered vehicles on par with many existing hybrids." The Ford Fiesta and the Chevrolet Cruz are both expected to perform at 40 miles per gallon, for example, which may prove hybrids to be less relevant products, except for the die-hard greenies. But in this economy, dollars may speak louder than the call to green. [Top image via flickr/ Argonne National Laboratory; Bottom image via flickr/ mil8]

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Think again before you shell out all that cash for the shiny new green car. Looking for that perfect hybrid to show off how green conscious you are? Well, Kelley Blue Book wants to caution you against buying that shiny new car, in the interest of maximizing your purchases. They've indicated in their new report that buying used hybrids will serve you better in the long-run. Here's why. "Today, Kelley Blue Book is seeing values for hybrid vehicles drop off, underperforming the overall market and shedding the premium over non-hybrid

of an existing nameplate as opposed to an all-hybrid vehicle like the Prius, since it takes twice as long to recover the hybrid premium for a Prius as opposed to a Honda Civic Hybrid in the used

market." The hybrid car may soon become irrelevant in the face of competitive innovations on the part of gas-powered cars. The entrance of hybrids into the

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Communications (VZ) Regarding the buzz as to whether Verizon ( VZ) will sell the iPhone early next year, there seems to be little debate anymore. Now, Wall Street analysts are trying to figure out




the fall-out. Take Credit Suisse analyst, Jonathan Chaplin. He has been crunching numbers and making forecasts. And according to his model, he thinks that roughly 1.4 million AT&T ( T) iPhone customers will switch over to Verizon. It's definitely a serious number. Continue reading AT&T to Lose

y a serious number. Continue readin g AT&T to Lose 1.4 Million iPhone Users to Verizon?

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The effect of that big yen revaluation is evaporating as the Fed is now playing tit-for-tat in

p oratin g as the Fed is now playing tit-for-tat in AT&T to Lose 1.4 Million


the game of global currency devaluation. Your move BoJ.



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Paying for your subway ride may soon require just a wave of your iPhone rather than a swipe of a metro card. Visa announced today initiatives in New York and California to create more convenient payment experiences for riders of mass transit. The company is aiming to integrate VisaNet, its electronic payment system, to let commuters avoid the hassle of digging through a wallet or pocket book for cash as the subway pulls away from the station. The New York pilot program is more promising than L.A.’s, where the company is simply


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talks alone suggests that someone other than geeks and PhD's are using their free time to engage in, explore, and share ideas. The Web accelerated the connection of data. But the Video Web accelerates the transmission, innovation, and iteration of IDEAS. And that can only lead to good things. Steve Rosenbaum is the CEO of Join the conversation about this story » See Also:

testing prepaid cards. Though the NYC trial has been open for several months, thanks to Visa joining the pilot, microSD- enabled smartphones can now be used to make payments. Visa has worked with contactless solutions firm DeviceFidelity to bring this functionality to the iPhone. Using Visa’s payWave technology, smartphones with embedded chips are converted into payment devices that communicate securely with card readers at fare gates. Commuters will now only have to wave their iPhone or BlackBerry to gain access--no more fumbling for money or metro cards. Currently, the pilot will be available on trains, buses, and at


Picked Himself Up And Made A Movie Based On His Viral Video 28 subway stations in

28 subway stations in New York. Additionally, more than 10,000 cabs are already equipped with Visa payWave terminals, enabling passengers to pay with smartphones in taxis as well.

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Imagine, if you would, that you lost your home to foreclosure, but you later learned that the entity that seized your property likely had no right to take it. It sounds unbelievable, right? Well, a recently initiated investigation involving GMAC indicates that

Visa isn’t the first company to employ pay-wave technology. Citigroup is testing a pilot called PayPass with MasterCard, which enables riders to wave certain credit cards and Nokia phones for

riders to wave certain credit cards and Nokia phones for may be exactly what has happened

may be exactly what has happened in tens of thousands of foreclosure cases across the country.

access. These tap-and-go payments have been available for months, but have gained little traction among commuters due to a lack of education about the product, security concerns, and slim availability (PayPass MasterCards are required). If Visa can make its new technology known to riders, especially the fact that it is available in smartphones as trusted and ubiquitous as the iPhone, then metro cards may soon be a thing of the past. [youtube ysNHvadhpSM] [youtube of2GBIqP9eA]

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Brazilian officials are getting more serious about curbing the real’s strength. First the central bank appears to have stepped up the amount of intervention and has been conducted two auctions a day to buy dollars since Sept 8. Local contacts estimate intervention to have run $1 bln a day for most of the last week. To put that in perspective, in the Jan- Aug period, the central bank appears to have bought about $18.6 bln. That compares to $7.3 in the same period last year. Second, finance officials have threatened to intervene in the futures market-reverse currency swaps. These were last conducted in May last year. Third, Finance Minister Mantega yesterday authorized the sovereign wealth fund to buy dollars. Given the widening interest rate differential between the US and Brazil, the cost of intervention is becoming more expensive. Brazil issues bonds to finance its fx purchases. This is contributing to its growing budget deficit, which reached an 8-month high in July. At the same time, growth

reached an 8-month high in July. At the same time, growth differentials and strong currency is

differentials and strong currency is contributing to the yawning current account deficit, which is approaching record levels. In addition to official words and deeds, the other factor that may be working to dampen demand for the real is concern about the share sale of the Petrobras. It is preparing for a BRL78 bln share offering. However, given its investment plans, many observers expect the oil company to have to tap the bond market too. This is appears to be weighing on PBR bonds more so than share prices.

The BRL weakened yesterday and remains pinned near those lows today. Initial resistance for the US dollar is seen near BRL1.7350. A break could spur another 1% advance. It is not that we are so bearish the BRL, though we think that investors may find more attractive levels to enter/add on, but we think that it may under perform in the period ahead. Join the conversation about this story »

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ATLANTA – A Georgia death row inmate is in a hospital after attempting suicide hours before his scheduled execution. Attorneys for Brandon Joseph Rhode filed an emergency motion to delay the Tuesday execution after the 31-year-old tried to take his own life. The motion to the state Supreme Court said Rhode is "incompetent" and putting him to death would violate the Constitution's ban on cruel and unusual punishment. Georgia Department of Corrections spokeswoman Sharmelle Brooks said Rhode was

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Twitter's fallen prey to hackers seduced by its growing popularity: It has a wicked security loophole for visitors to its newly refreshed website--all it requires you to do is drift your mouse pointer over a malicious link. It's being widely abused. The hack is pretty simple: All it needs is an embedded link in a tweet. When you visit anyone's profile that contains the tweet-- either as an official or unofficial "RT" retweet--by going to the relevant page on and then let your mouse pointer move over the link, Twitter's code currently attempts a quick preview of the contents of the

link. And voila! Instead of directing you to where you think you may be going, you could end up with a porn site on your screen. But there's some big potential for abuse here: By redirecting you to a site that contains malicious code, hackers could plant a virus on your machine (particularly if you're an unwitting victim, or if you're not so Net-savvy), or at the least some persistent spam advertising pop-ups may be launched. Twitter is certainly aware of this "mouseover" issue (we've emailed them to check on this) and is probably preparing a fix. Until they do there are two easy ways to avoid the problem--don't click on a link that looks wrong somehow (some of the more jokey tweets

that exploit the loophole conceal the text of a link behind a colored bar, or have extremely large or small font sizes) or simply to avoid going to and use a third party client to access your Twitter feed, like many people do anyway. The biggest take-away from this news is that now that Twitter is gaining such a big following online, and is emerging as a powerful and useful tool for all sorts of different reasons, it's going to attract the attention of hackers and coding ne'er-do-wells the world over. To keep up with this news, follow me, Kit Eaton, on Twitter.

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ST. JOHN'S, Newfoundland – Hurricane Igor pelted eastern Canada with heavy rain Tuesday, flooding communities, washing out roads and stranding some residents in their homes. In the Pacific, a mild tropical storm formed and was expected to cross the Mexican resort area of Baja California later in the day. The Canadian Hurricane Centre said Igor had transformed into a "post-tropical" storm, which has a different structure from a hurricane but still packs the same punch. The storm was battering Newfoundland, on Canada's eastern coast. The Hurricane Centre said the change in classification does not reflect a downgrade in the storm's intensity because winds have strengthened as the storm draws energy from another weather system to the west. "This is not your normal heavy rainfall flooding. It's having a major impact," said Chris Fogarty, of the Canadian Hurricane Centre. He said more than 200 millimeters (8 inches) of rain have already fallen in some regions in the past few hours. Dennis Shea of the province's

Emergency and Fire Services office said more than 30 communities had declared a state of emergency and that they were investigating reports that a man was swept out to sea in eastern Newfoundland. Shea said 19 communities were isolated because of washed out roads. Marystown Mayor Sam Synard said the storm was overwhelming his community's capacity to cope. "We've never seen such a violent storm before," he said. "We've lost sections of our main roads, completely washed out to sea." Keith Rodway, a member of the Clarenville town council, said parts of his town had to be evacuated. The Pacific tropical storm, Georgette, had maximum sustained winds near 40 mph (65 kph), but was expected to weaken as it moves over the Baja California peninsula later Tuesday. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Georgette was expected to dissipate by early Thursday. Georgette was located about 10 miles (15 kilometers) south of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, on Tuesday morning and was moving north-northwest near 9 mph (15 kph). A tropical storm warning was issued for southern Baja

California. Royal Canadian Mounted Police Sgt. Wayne Edgecombe said heavy rains that flooded a key bridge in southern Newfoundland have left the Burin Peninsula's 20,000 residents cut off from the rest of the province. Edgecombe said roads all over the peninsula have been washed out or submerged, but so far there have been no major crises. About 20,000 people live on the Burin Peninsula. Igor doggedly maintained maximum sustained winds near 80 mph (130 kph). On Tuesday, the storm center was about 75 miles (120 kilometers) north- northeast of St. John's, Newfoundland and moving to the northeast near 46 mph (74 kph), the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said. Schools have been closed and some flights at the St. John's International Airport have been delayed or canceled. The Canadian company Husky Energy evacuated workers from two semi -submersible drilling rigs working the White Rose offshore oil field, spokeswoman Colleen McConnell said. "We're as ready as we possibly can be ready," said Dennis O'Keefe, the mayor of St. John's,

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Newfoundland. Igor left behind power outages, grounded boats and downed trees in Bermuda and kicked up dangerous surf on the U.S. Atlantic coast. After brushing past Bermuda, which escaped major damage, Igor veered away from the United States, but forecasters said it could still cause high surf and dangerous rip currents along U.S. beaches. A 21-year-old man died while surfing in the storm-churned waves off Surf City, North Carolina, where he was pulled from the water Sunday afternoon. Last week, high surf kicked up by Igor swept two people out to sea in the Caribbean — one in Puerto Rico and another in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Across Los Cabos — a string of Mexican resort towns at the tip of Baja California — boat owners scrambled to tie down yachts, while restaurant workers hauled in chairs and tables ahead of Georgette's arrival. Tourists canceled fishing trips at the last minute and hunkered down inside luxury hotels for board games and spa sessions. "I had two foreign tourists booked to go fishing today, but the port closed," said boat operator Jose Cesena.

One local family had to be rescued overnight from a flooded home, said Gregorio Perez, a local civil protection officer. Civil Protection Director Francisco Cota Marquez said shelters were being prepared but there were no evacuations yet. Only light rain fell Tuesday morning, but winds kicked up 6- foot (2-meter) waves. Meanwhile far out in the Atlantic, Tropical Storm Lisa formed early Tuesday with winds near 45 mph (75 kph). The storm was located about 530 miles (850 kilometers) west-northwest of the Cape Verde Islands off the coast of Africa.

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WASHINGTON – The expiration of Bush-era tax cuts in January has sparked a partisan bickering match this election season, and much of the rhetoric from both Democrats and Republicans is misleading. Here's

a look at three prominent

arguments, sorting the spin from the facts:


Republicans warn that America faces the largest tax increase ever if Congress doesn't extend the tax cuts enacted in 2001 and 2003, which are due to expire in January. "Democrats in Washington are now plotting the largest tax increase in history," says the website for Republicans on the House Ways and Means Committee. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R- Utah, makes a similar claim in a press release, and so does Rep. Tom Price of Georgia, chairman of the Republican Study Committee.


Few members of Congress want

to let all the tax cuts expire.

Republicans want to extend all the

tax cuts, and President Barack Obama — along with Democratic leaders in Congress — want to extend them for individuals making less than $200,000 and married couples making less than


But what if they don't reach an agreement — a distinct possibility — and the result is that all the tax

cuts expire? The potential tax increases would be significant if Congress does not act, affecting taxpayers at every income level. But by most measures, they wouldn't be nearly as big as those imposed during World War II. If all the tax cuts expire, the government would collect about $198 billion more in revenue in 2011 and $295 billion more in 2012. Over the next decade, taxes would go up a total of about $3.9 trillion, according to the nonpartisan Joint Committee on Taxation, which provides the official estimates for Congress. That would be equal to about 2 percent of the nation's Gross Domestic Product each year, the most common measure used by economists. The Revenue Act of 1942 increased taxes by slightly more

than 5 percent of GDP, and the Revenue Act of 1941 increased

taxes by 2.2 percent of GDP, according to a 2006 Treasury Department research paper. To measure it another way, the 1942 tax increase accounted for more than 71 percent of federal revenues, while next year's potential tax increase would raise revenues by less than 10 percent. Republicans argue that the dollar amount of next year's potential tax increase would be the largest, even taking into account inflation. That's true, but it doesn't take into account population increases — the population in 1942 was less than half of what it is today — or the size of the economy.


Democrats argue that Republicans want to add $700 billion to the national debt over the next decade by extending tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans. "We can't give $700 billion away to some of America's wealthiest people," Obama said Monday. "We've got to make sure that we are responsible stewards for our budget."


It is true that extending tax cuts for top earners would add an additional $700 billion to the national debt over the next

decade. But Democrats rarely mention that Obama's plan to extend tax cuts for middle- and low-income workers would add more than $3 trillion to the national debt over the same period. The government's official budget projections envision all the tax cuts expiring in January because that is what current law says. Making all the tax cuts permanent would add about $3.9 trillion to the national debt over the next decade. Obama's plan would cost a little more than $3 trillion over the next decade, about $700 billion less than the Republican plan.


Republicans say small businesses would be hurt by Obama's plan to let tax cuts expire for individuals making more than $200,000 and couples making more than $250,000; Democrats say few small businesses would be affected.


Both sides make valid points on the small business debate, though neither side tells the full story. Most small business owners report income from their businesses on their individual

income tax returns, paying taxes at the same marginal rates as everyone else. Just under 750,000 taxpayers who report business income would get a tax increase under Obama's plan, according to the Joint Committee on Taxation. That's about 3 percent of the people who report business income, which is why Democrats say few small businesses would be affected. However, those taxpayers who would see an increase account for half the business income reported on individual returns, about $500 billion in income. Republicans argue that those business owners — the ones making the most money — are more likely to hire workers than small business owners who make less money. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read our FAQ page at content-only/faq.php Five Filters featured article:

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A Christian expert on Islam is not surprised that the Seattle cartoonist behind “Everybody Draw Muhammad Day!” was threatened by extremists and forced into hiding. In fact, Dr. William Wagner, author of “How Islam Plans to Change the World,” says intimidation is one of radical Islam’s most effective tools. “They (radical Muslims) are constantly looking for persons who seem to go against Islam and then threaten them,” says Wagner, a long-time Southern Baptist who currently serves as president of Olivet University in San Francisco. Extremists used the same tactic to keep newspapers from republishing the Danish cartoons in 2006 and to force Comedy Central into censoring a “South Park” episode with the Muslim prophet Muhammad earlier this year. “These threats will continue not because of an increased number of those opposing Islam but because they have discovered that it is a good method to put the opposition on their heels and at the same time to give more media attention to their goals,” says

Wagner. Last Wednesday, Seattle Weekly editor-in-chief Mark Fefer announced in the paper that cartoonist Molly Norris was in hiding because of death threats received for mocking the Muslim prophet Muhammad. Based on the advice of the FBI, Norris will relocate, change her name and no longer appear in the paper, Fefer wrote. “You may have noticed that Molly Norris’ comic is not in the paper this week. That’s because there is no more Molly,” he explained. “She is, in effect, being put into a witness-protection program – except, as she notes, without the government picking up the tab.” A cleric in Yemen associated with al-Qaeda, Anwar Al-Awlaki, had issued a fatwa (religious ruling) against Norris that appeared in the July issue of an al -Qaeda-linked magazine. For most Muslims, it is blasphemous to depict their prophet. Ironically, however, Norris’ cartoon for “Everybody Draw Muhammad Day” did not depict the Muhammad. Her cartoon featured colorful objects, including tea cups, handbag, and spools of thread, under the headline: “Will the real likeness of the prophet Mohammed please

stand up?!” Her cartoon was much gentler than the images that her “Everybody Draw Muhammad Day” inspired on a Facebook page, which contained many offensive cartoons. The Facebook page with the Muhammad images even caused Pakistan to temporarily ban the social networking site. Norris had originally started the annual day to protest Comedy Central’s censor of “South Park” after a Muslim group threatened violence. The 49-year-old cartoonist wanted to protest the network to defend free speech instead of bowing to their threats. According to a Zogby survey, 71 percent of American adults also disagreed with the network’s censorship of the 201st episode of “South Park.” “The Seattle cartoonist who dared to suggest making fun of Muhammad is experiencing what many others have gone through who have spoken against Islam,” says Wagner, who served as a missionary for nearly three decades. “Since radical Muslims have discovered that such publicity works for their advantage, they are using this effectively worldwide to get their way in both large and small incidents,” he

adds. In 2006, a series of Danish cartoons depicting Muhammad caused protests and riots throughout the world, particularly in cities with large Muslim population. One of the 12 cartoons originally published in the Jullands-Posten in 2005 depicted the Muslim prophet wearing a bomb as a turban with a lit fuse. Although the cartoons did not stir any strong reaction immediately after their initial publication, they did a few months later when they were reprinted in several other European newspapers. Dozens of people died as a result of Muhammad cartoon protests, including those in Nigeria, Libya and Pakistan. Churches in Lebanon and Nigeria were also attacked during the riots. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read our FAQ page at content-only/faq.php Five Filters featured article:

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Donald Melanson (Engadget)

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It may not boast some of the more newfangled features like built-in WiFi, but we're guessing that Teac's new SL-D920 radio packs enough retro flavor to attract plenty of interest nonetheless. In addition to that familiar throwback design (available in red, white or black), the radio packs a built-in CD burner to either play CDs or record from the radio, a USB port to connect an MP3-filled storage device, and a line-in jack to accommodate the media player of your choice -- plus a pair of 5W speakers and a 10W subwoofer. Unfortunately, there's no word on

a release over here, but this one's available in Japan right now for ¥20,000 or about $230. Teac goes retro (again) with CD burner-equipped SL-D920 radio originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 21 Sep 2010 15:18:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink Coolest




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Muslim leaders, including some representing large organizations, issued a statement Monday calling for a week of dialogue next month on the divisive Park51 project. The hope for the interfaith dialogue is to help end growing anti-Muslim rhetoric in the nation over the proposed Islamic center and mosque near ground zero. The Week of Dialogue is scheduled for Oct. 22 to 24, during which mosques across the nation are encouraged to open their doors to non-Muslims. “And that’s why we’re opening this to a true and open conversation among Americans on how to shape this project to reflect what America is,” said Nihad Awad, head of the Council on American Islamic Relations, while standing in front of the proposed site for Park51 on Monday. Other signers of the statement included the leadership of the Islamic Society of North America, the Islamic Leadership Council of Metropolitan New York, and the

North America Imams Federation. The developers of Park51 did not attend the conference. In the statement, signers agreed that Muslims have the constitutional right to build the center at the proposed site and they expressed support for Park51. But they also recognize the strong public opposition to the center and hope to defuse the tension through dialogue. According to a New York Times poll last month, two in three New Yorkers – including many who support the proposed Islamic community center and mosque near Ground Zero – say leaders of the project should find a location further from the 9/11 crash site. And 57 percent of Americans overall oppose allowing the center to be built two blocks from the former World Trade Center, according to a recent Public Religion Research Institute/ Religion News Service poll. But Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the visionary of the project, recently argued that moving the center would be dangerous to national security because extremists would take the move as proof that the

United State is against Islam and use the issue as a recruiting tool. Shaik Ubaid, a participant of the conference, used the same reasoning to explain his support. “Once it became a rallying cry for extremists, we had no choice but to stand with Feisal Rauf,” he said, according to The Associated Press. However, Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, disagrees with Rauf and said he finds the argument “offensive.” “I don’t think most Americans are willing to let religious zealots who don’t have any regard for human life to dictate to them in the United States what decision we are going to make about religious freedom and where places of worship are located,” Land told The Christian Post. Land and most critics of the Park51 project agree developers have a right to build the center near ground zero. But they argue that just because developers have the right does not mean it is a wise move to make. Critics argue such a center near the former

WTC would be insensitive to the victims and family members of those who died. They also point out that going through with the project would work against the center’s mission to promote understanding between the West and Muslim world. The proposed center has not brought healing but rather division, they say. The proposed $100-million, 13- story Islamic center is expected to include a swimming pool, cultural center, culinary school, restaurants, bookstores, and interfaith prayer space. Earlier this month, Rauf insisted that the site for the proposed center is not sacred, as some have argued. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read our FAQ page at content-only/faq.php Five Filters featured article:

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We've always said the native Gmail app is one of the best parts of Android, and it just got even better: it now supports Priority Inbox, has a "show quoted text"

button, and features a floating message actions toolbar like the browser-based mobile Gmail webapp. The bigger news, though, is that Google's releasing Gmail directly to Android Market, where it'll be a separate download that can be revved with new features

be a separate download that can be revved with new features independently of Android itself. That's

independently of Android itself. That's a pretty great move, as

anyone still waiting for a carrier- approved Froyo build can attest, but there's irony afoot: the new Gmail won't run on anything less than 2.2. Wah-wah. Gmail for Android updated, becomes Market app originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 21

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Justin Bieber makes the teens scream with his performances at the VMAs and on his sold-out tours, and many a young heart may have been broken today when pictures surfaced of the singer kissing his rumored girlfriend in the back of a Honda. The recipient of Justin's affections was sixteen-year-old performer Jasmine Villegas, who previously opened for him during a few shows. Justin might not be everyone's favorite artist, but tell us - are you interested in Justin's love life? Are You Interested in Justin Bieber's Love Life? Yes - I love his music and want to know all about him! No - Bieber fever just isn't my thing.

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Renowned geneticist and theistic evolutionist Francis Collins was among the hundreds, if not thousands, of Christians who set apart time Monday to pray for prominent atheist Christopher Hitchens. But while many prayed for the polemic author to fight off his esophageal cancer and for the self -described “anti-theist” to get right with God, Collins said he prayed for wisdom for both him and his friend, whom he met a few years ago for an “intellectual joust.” “My prayer is not so much for a supernatural intervention – as a physician I have not seen evidence for such medical miracles in my own experience,” wrote Collins in a special piece for the Washington Post that was published on “Everybody Pray for Hitchens Day.” “Instead I pray for myself and for Christopher along the lines of James 1:5,” added the world renowned geneticist, citing a

verse in the Bible that states, "If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him." Since it was revealed in June that Hitchens was diagnosed with esophageal cancer – the same cancer that killed his father – Collins said he reached out to the God Is Not Great author and his wife, and has met with them several times since. “As the Director of the National Institutes of Health, I am in a position to be aware of new developments in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer,” reported Collins, who successfully led efforts to map the human genetic code before being tapped by President Obama to lead the nation's premiere medical research agency. “Advances are occurring with great rapidity as technologies arising from the success of the Human Genome Project are making it possible to get a comprehensive understanding of what drives malignancy,” added Collins. ”The ability to match

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I've always loved Harper's Bazaar but it seems like lately they can

do no wrong. My October 2010 issue arrived today and I've already found myself drooling over everything. What I love most about Bazaar is that they always feature reasonably priced

cancer drugs to the characteristics of an individual tumor is growing rapidly.” Noting that Hitchens’ cancer had already spread to regional lymph nodes, Collins acknowledged that Hitchens’ situation is “very serious” and has a “poor prognosis.” Pursuing “all avenues of intervention, even if experimental, would be highly advisable,” he added. While Collins is by no means the typical Christian given his work, his belief in evolution, and his defense of embryonic stem cell research, the physician's relationship with Hitchens still came as a surprise to many given Hitchens' "militant" brand of atheism. But for those who are surprised by how an anti-God intellectual and a pro-God man of faith could become friends, Collins suggested that, despite the current political climate in Washington, not everyone who disagrees with you is your enemy. Furthermore, Collins noted how Hitchens’ “sharp intellect” has

Collins noted how Hitchens’ “sharp intellect” has fashions that I can afford actually challenged his own

fashions that I can afford actually

challenged his own defense of the rationality of faith to be more consistent and compelling. "As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another," he said, citing Proverbs 27:17. And despite Hitchens’ "enfant terrible" reputation, Collins testified to Hitchens’ “warm humanity.” “And his willingness to be utterly open and transparent about his cancer diagnosis provides a breathtaking window into his personal integrity,” he added. As for Hitchens, the bestselling author has expressed similarly flattering remarks regarding his evangelical friend. Continue » This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is

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A Fashionable Life is also a

favorite feature as well as their

cover shoots. This month Drew Barrymore is styled as a 1960's screen goddess in another

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LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – Most reality TV producers follow a simple format:

Capture what happens, and then have cast-members fill in story gaps with voice-overs and cutaways. But what to do when reality TV stars jump ship before sitting down for the required interviews? Sue them, of course. Discovery is seeking $3 million in damages after two stars of "Deadliest Catch," Jonathan and Andy Hillstrand, allegedly failed to live up to an agreement to complete a spin-off project. According to the breach-of- contract lawsuit, filed last week in Maryland Circuit Court, the Hillstrands were to film a one- time special called "Hillstranded." The duo was coming off five seasons of "Deadliest Catch," one of the most popular programs on any Discovery-affiliated network. The special was to document the team's various adventures in Alaska; work unrelated to their jobs as crab fisherman. Two weeks of principal photography was shot in June, but there was still work to do. "The Hillstrand Defendants determined that they would

reverse course, dishonor their promises, and refuse to render the services necessary to complete 'Hillstranded,'" reads the complaint. At the end of August, Discovery allegedly called the brothers to confirm a date, time and location for them to sit for interviews. The complaint says the only response was an e-mail from a lawyer for the brothers informing producers that they shouldn't attempt any further contact with them. Discovery argues that the failure by Hillstrands to complete work has caused production on the show to remain uncompleted. The company says that the show would have earned significant ratings and that it has suffered substantial losses as a result. The Hillstrands' lawyer likened the lawsuit to extortion, and said it might even force his clients to sell their boats and fire their crews. He also took aim at the network's well-paid top executive. "The recent actions of Discovery Communications are an astonishing and shameful instance of arrogance and greed run amok," attorney Jeff Cohen said in a statement. "While CEO David Zaslav reaps a $33.9 million bonanza in a single day in January 2010, his company attempts to bankrupt hardworking

fishermen. Three million dollars is exponentially greater than any compensation ever paid to the 'Deadliest Catch' captains, and yet this is the figure Discovery is trying to extort from these men. "Isn't there enough unemployment in America without forcing hard- working sea captains to declare bankruptcy, sell their boats and fire their crews?," he asked. He also referenced the death earlier this year of Captain Phil Harris, which was chronicled by the show. "Discovery is a multi-billion dollar corporation making hundreds of millions of dollars from broadcasting the dangerous exploits of our clients. In light of all the tragedy witnessed by Captain Sig (Hansen), Capt. John and Capt. Andy this year, why can't Discovery let these working men move on with their lives?" This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read our FAQ page at content-only/faq.php Five Filters featured article:

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If you like to get immediate notifications when a story hits the wire you are not alone. What if you could schedule your notifications a few times a day. If only there was a way to use push notifications on your iPhone and

have them appear on your desktops too. Using some of the new notification services available this is possible. Let's take a look at one way to do it. Sponsor Push It Real Good Wait. Surely there are companies that do this already. Yes. There are. If you want to avoid opening

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Instead, let's take a look at RSS to Notifo and getting it running on a new Mac called macbookpro. First, we'll need to prep a bit. This will mean having to install or update Growl 1.2.1 as well as download the Notifo desktop client for Mac that will send push

notifications to Growl for us. Next, we'll need to get our username and apikey from Notifo. We should see that notifications service is available once we enter our credentials. Now we simply get started with our Ruby environment as follows:

We'll know we've been successful when we see our friendly Growl notification powered by Notifo send us the


If you are curious about other services to try and become involved with as a contributor, the folks at Notifo have created a

Of course, you can get

started creating your own services as well. Before that you will want

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practice any particular faith, support allowing student speakers to offer a prayer at public school events, a survey found.(Photo: AP Photo / The Ames Tribune, Michael L. Palmieri, file) This Thursday, Aug. 22, 2002 file photo shows Ames Middle School students as they unload from buses on the first day of school in Ames, Iowa. Overall, 80 percent of those who responded to a poll by the First Amendment Center said they think student speakers should be able to give a public prayer. Also, the majority (59 percent) of those who said they do not practice religion support allowing student speakers to pray at school events. “Clearly most Americans want to keep government out of religion, but they don’t see an expression of faith by a student at a public school event as a violation of the separation of church and state,” said Ken Paulson, president of the First Amendment Center. He added, “Public school students actually enjoy quite a bit of religious freedom on school grounds, but high-profile battles over commencement ceremonies and other schoolwide events have left the opposite impression.” The national survey, conducted by The Pert Group between July

28 and Aug. 6, is based on telephone surveys with 1,003 adults. The First Amendment Center has conducted surveys on the state of the First Amendment annually since 1997. In addition to public school prayer, the poll also found that more than three-in-four Americans support the proclamation of a National Day of Prayer by Congress or the president. The finding is encouraging to supporters of the NDOP given a U.S. district judge’s ruling earlier this year that deemed the day is unconstitutional because it seemingly amounts to a government call to religious action. Not long after the ruling, the Pentagon rescinded its invitation to evangelist Franklin Graham to speak at its NDOP event over concerns about his remarks about Islam. To many NDOP supporters, the court ruling and the Pentagon decision, taken together, seemed to signal an attack on public prayer in America. “This situation that has come up in the past several weeks serves as another reminder of the relentless assault against our religious liberty and should remind all Americans to be even more

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sport about it. (So far.) Jokes aside, the fact that he didn’t balk at the request shows that Costolo’s has retained those Midwestern manners that make him one of the most down-to- earth, likable guys in the Valley. Most entrepreneurs would take themselves way too seriously to help their Realtors out. The ad is below. (Sorry, dude, but if I didn’t post it another blogger would…) CrunchBase Information Dick Costolo Information provided by CrunchBase

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Dick Costolo has a pretty sweet life. He sold his previous company, FeedBurner, to Google. He’s now the COO at Twitter–undeniably one of the hottest Web companies in the world. And for a guy that’s had so much success he has almost no enemies. There’s not even a snarky, fictional movie in the works about him. Given all this I feel less-bad about what I’m about to do: Mock his new career as a male-model. Apparently, Costolo, who relocated to the Bay Area for the job at Twitter, was so thrilled with the work of his realtors that

he agreed to be in a local print ad for them with a testimonial quote that….well…if you can figure out what it means you’re ahead of me. In case you can’t read it below it says, “Extraordinary is taking a simple idea and revolutionizing it in a way that changes the world.” From what I hear, the ad has become a source of good-natured-teasing hilarity around the Twitter offices, and Costolo–not a stranger to teasing

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opportunities at a jobs center in

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WASHINGTON| Tue Sep 21, 2010 2:15pm EDT WASHINGTON(Reuters) - A majority of Americans prefer cutting the deficit to increasing government spending as a way to improve the tough economy and believe a more balanced budget would help create jobs, a Reuters Ipsos poll showed on Tuesday. The poll results could bolster Republican calls for spending cuts and put pressure on President Barack Obama and Democrats to work with Republicans to reduce the $1.47 trillion deficit after the November 2 congressional elections. Obama's public approval rating edged up to 47 percent, compared to 45 percent in an August poll, while 50 percent disapproved of his job performance, down from 52 percent last month, the poll found. With economic worries dominating the run-up to the elections, 57 percent of Americans want the U.S. government to cut the deficit in hard economic times while 39 percent support deficit spending to stimulate the economy. Three quarters of Americans

believe persistently high unemployment is a sign that something in the economy is

broken, the poll found, and only 22 percent thought it was part of the natural economic cycle. "The message from Obama and Democrats on job growth and government spending is not resonating with Americans," said Ipsos pollster Julia Clark. "The economy is the number one issue, and more people are in line with Republican rhetoric on this than with the Democrats." The poll showed national support for Democrats and Republicans essentially tied six weeks before the election. The number of people who believe the country is on the wrong track dipped 1 percentage point to 61 percent. Support for Obama and his fellow Democrats has been hurt by high unemployment, which stood at 9.6 percent last month, and by their support for an economic stimulus package and other costly measures that have not eased joblessness as they promised. The poll of 1,161 adults, including 993 registered voters, was conducted Wednesday through Saturday and has a margin of error of 2.9 percentage points for all adults and 3.1 percent for registered voters. DEFICIT HOPE? Both parties have said they will address the growing budget deficit after the election. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs told the

Reuters Washington Summit on Monday there would be an attempt to work with Republicans. "On fiscal restructuring, the president will put some ideas and some issues on the table and we'll see if the Republican Party is serious about meeting him halfway," Gibbs said. "There is no doubt that we are going to have to make, Democrat and Republican, some choices on the medium- and long-term fiscal picture," Gibbs said. The sour public mood and low approval ratings for Obama have helped move Republicans into position to make big gains in Congress, where they are threatening to gain control of the House of Representatives and perhaps even the Senate. Sep 21, 2010 12:24pm EDT While cutting the national debt is an absolute imperative for the long-term economic health of the US, make no mistake that meaningful efforts to cut the deficit will result in spectacular economic pain in the short term, with quite literally tens of millions of jobs lost. If 60% of Americans believe that “reducing the fiscal gap” will “create jobs,” they are in for a brutally painful wakeup call. Sep 21, 2010 12:35pm EDT Congress should pass a law that makes the banksters reduce the deficit… or at least pay for any and all future stimulus and/or extend unemployment-health- insurance subsidies. Sep 21, 2010 12:37pm EDT

You don’t really need a “meaningful” effort right now. We’re just a little bit of the way through a $800B+ stimulus bill that contained at most $200B that does any good for anyone. You could have just left out the other

$600B with literally the only effect on the country being a $600B lower deficit. Taking even the most symbolic, empty step to reign in what ever is left, even just

a little bit, would signal the

electorate that the country may

not be under the complete control

of a bunch of crooks and buffoons

after all – and that perception is

by far the most significant reason the economy isn’t recovering. People and businesses are making

a conscious, and completely

rational, decision not to spend,

invest, or hire, as a direct result of the fact that if things don’t change, we’re in for pain on a scale that will make 2008 seem like losing a nickel down a storm drain. Sep 21, 2010 12:39pm EDT Best way to cut the deficit is to eliminate the bush tax cuts. While

it would be an unpopular decision

because noone wants to imagine

that their taxes would increase, it would cut the deficit by up to one- half according to estimates. If the Republicans and Conservatives want to reduce government spending and cut the deficit, why

to they rally against eliminating

the tax cuts which would do the very thing they want? It is proof that American politicians run on sound bites and that most people

who support them don’t have a clear thought in their head. Sep 21, 2010 12:41pm EDT While reducing the deficit is important for the longer term, doing it during a recession is unwise. The principal harm in a deficit is crowing out private borrowers, which is not a problem during our current period of very slack loan demand. Beyond that, tax cuts work better than

“stimulus”, provide more economic activity for a given deficit incrase, and are less wasteful. Sep 21, 2010 12:42pm EDT Cutting the deficit will be a bandage at most because we do not have the money to pay

existing debt and would need to borrow still, to pay existing debt. Great documentary: The Crash- The Coming Financial Collapse of America. Very interesting especially because of when it was filmed. Sep 21, 2010 12:46pm EDT JackMack you are completely incorrect. The huge interferrance by the government is what is

causing the prolonged recession – and yes we are still in a recession… wall street being happier a recession pull out does not make, its main street people, main street is the only factor that matters. There is no global economy –

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U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke arrives to testify before a House Financial Services hearing on the ''Monetary Policy and the State of the Economy'' on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 22, 2010. Credit: Reuters/Jim Young By Mark Felsenthal and Pedro da Costa WASHINGTON| Tue Sep 21, 2010 2:47pm EDT WASHINGTON(Reuters) - The Federal Reserve on Tuesday inched closer to fresh steps to bolster a sluggish U.S. recovery, saying it stood ready to provide more support for the economy and expressing concerns about low inflation. The U.S. central bank's policy- setting panel made no shift in monetary policy at the end of a one-day meeting, keeping overnight interest rates near zero, but it opened the door wider to pumping more money into the economy. "The committee will continue to monitor the economic outlook and financial developments and is prepared to provide additional accommodation if needed to support the economic recovery and to return inflation, over time, to levels consistent with its mandate," it said in a statement. After its meeting on August 10, the Fed had simply said it would "employ its policy tools as necessary."

The Fed underscored its concerns over slowing inflation in its statement on Tuesday, saying the underlying rate of inflation was below levels consistent with its mandate for price stability and full employment. "With substantial resource slack continuing to restrain cost pressures and longer-term inflation expectations stable, inflation is likely to remain subdued for some time," it said. U.S. stock prices rose after the statement, while prices for U.S. government debt fell, likely reflect some disappointment the Fed did not move more decisively. The dollar extended earlier declines against the euro. "The Federal Reserve has taken another step, albeit a half step, in recognizing the unusually sluggish economic and employment outlook and related need for additional policy measures," said Mohamed El- Erian, co-chief investment officer at bond fund PIMCO. Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank President Thomas Hoenig dissented for a sixth consecutive time, reiterating his view that the central bank could allow its balance sheet to shrink and that a vow -- repeated on Tuesday -- to keep borrowing costs exceptionally low for an extended period was no longer warranted. After cutting the overnight federal funds rate to near zero in December 2008, the Fed launched an asset-buying program in a further effort to lower borrowing

costs and help the economy. In the end it bought $1.7 trillion in longer-term U.S. government debt and mortgage-related bonds. The Fed's easy money policies and the prospect of further easing have driven up the value of currencies in other countries, including Japan and Brazil, as investors moved out of the dollar in search of higher returns. Japan intervened last week to weaken the yen, which had surged to a 15-year high against the dollar, and emerging markets are seeking ways to control huge capital inflows. The painful U.S. recession ended in June 2009, but the recovery has lost momentum this year with growth tapering to an anemic 1.6 percent annualized rate in the second quarter. Other economic data over the summer also proved surprisingly weak, prompting analysts to cut their growth forecasts for the second half of the year. A Reuters poll on September 8 found analysts looking for growth in the third quarter to come in at just a 1.8 percent rate. Sep 21, 2010 9:36am EDT please, no more “pumping”!!!!! Let America get what its been asking for, they think little government intervention is the answer to this unprecedented economic event. Sep 21, 2010 10:41am EDT What is fuzzy about the Math?? The Fed doesn’t yet realize we are in the 3rd Great Depression?? (1893, 1929 & 2008)

Even the Old Money Families of the Federal Reserve System have to run out of money sometime?? Sep 21, 2010 11:10am EDT Treasury needs a taxpayer “Bail- In.” We need this system to improve before we can fix it. We need taxation based on a “tax bond” that returns based on tax- base improvements or keeps what it needs to pay some bills to leverage a better future. We also need to go to 32 hour work weeks to add employees and allow more family time. Other options would be far worse. Scientifically we need a competitive base to grow

and yet protect innovation with protections. Survival of the fittest won’t work when you need a Doctor, Plumber, Electrician, Grocer, etc. and this is worth protecting. Sep 21, 2010 11:50am EDT

I believe that banking institutions

are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around [the banks] will

deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs.

I know, I know – this will never

happen until we are totally out of

business –

Sep 21, 2010 11:57am EDT the fed will talk in circles and

then do noting as usual… Sep 21, 2010 2:37pm EDT With the prospect of deflation, monetary policy alone without strong fiscal policy has a marginal effect in stimulating the economy. The Feds choice is limited. However, cutting out the stalled banking system and applying QE directly to businesses they have the best chance of creating a beneficial shock to the system and some measure of sustainable growth. You might be interested in this article in The Wall Street





The Federal Reserve provision of

liquidity did spur consumption, investment in some class of assets (e.g. equity) and generated positive economic momentum. However, a weak labor market indicates that the quantitative monetary policy easing was not strong enough to boost prices and keep economic momentum going. Sep 21, 2010 2:56pm EDT usa needs to stop printing money and create jobs by making money circulate more, instead of sitting in the pockets of 10 % richest part of population. to do this it needs to make it expensive to hold the

money waiting for the other 90% population to go bust and make

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cast. That would be the lowest number of voters out of all four elections held since the Taliban was ousted in 2001. The ballots now have to be taken to provincial centers before coming to the capital, Kabul, for a final tally. The country's Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) said it has received almost 3,000 formal complaints about the weekend poll and was considering extending Tuesday's deadline for submitting grievances because thousands more were expected. The poll, a test of credibility for the Afghan government, was closely watched in Washington ahead of U.S. President Barack Obama's planned war strategy review in December, which is likely to examine the pace and scale of U.S. troop withdrawals. Obama's Democrats also face difficult mid-term Congressional elections in November amid sagging public support for the war. Record troop casualties and electoral fraud in Afghanistan is likely to make their task harder. The crash took place in the volatile southeast, the heartland of the Taliban. The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) declined to immediately give more details about the crash site or the

nationalities of the dead. Mohammad Jan Rasulyar, a spokesman for the governor of southeastern Zabul province, said the aircraft came down there. U.S. troops form the largest contingent in the area. One ISAF service member, an Afghan soldier and a U.S. civilian were injured and were taken to hospital for treatment, ISAF said in a statement. VIOLENCE UP SHARPLY ISAF said there were no reports of enemy fire before the crash. A Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, said insurgents shot down the aircraft but the Islamists often make exaggerated or unsubstantiated claims about attacks on foreign troops. The deaths take the toll so far in 2010 to at least 529, according to monitoring website Last year, the previous deadliest of the war, 521 foreign troops were killed. Sep 21, 2010 8:04am EDT Hummmm. Where are all the War Protestors? When Bush was President there was a daily body count on all the news outlets now you hear nothing… It is just Amazing how this War is now being covered… It is the same War you all hated but now it is all but ignored cause we can’t make Obama look bad Sep 21, 2010 10:49am EDT

This war is Bush’s mess, Obama or whoever else comes in will have to clean it up just like the economy and US perception around the world Sep 21, 2010 1:23pm EDT thoughtofday – In the US there is only one oligarchic party with two fractions – the fraction of the elephants and the fraction of the donkeys, where the sheep are their electorate. There is no difference between them so there is no difference either between Bush and Obama. *We welcome comments that advance the story directly or with relevant tangential information. We try to block comments that use offensive language or appear to be spam and review comments frequently to ensure they meet our standards. If you see a comment that you believe is irrelevant or inappropriate, you can flag it to our editors by using the report abuse links. Views expressed in the comments do not represent those of Reuters. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read our FAQ page at content-only/faq.php Five Filters featured article:

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Soldiers with the 101st Airborne Division shield themselves from the dust as a Medivac helicopter takes off outside Combat Outpost Nolen in the Arghandab Valley north of Kandahar, July 30, 2010. Credit: Reuters/Bob Strong By Tim Gaynor and Hamid Shalizi KABUL| Tue Sep 21, 2010 11:37am EDT KABUL(Reuters) - A helicopter crash killed nine troops from the NATO-led force in Afghanistan's south on Tuesday, making 2010 the deadliest year of the war for foreign troops. Violence is at its fiercest across Afghanistan since the Taliban were ousted by U.S.-backed Afghan forces in 2001, with military and civilian casualties at record levels. The crash came soon after one of the bloodiest days of the year on Saturday, when the Taliban launched scores of attacks across the country in a bid to disrupt a parliamentary election that has been tarnished by a growing number of fraud complaints. The Afghan Independent Election Commission (IEC) said counting had finished at all 5,897 polling stations that had opened, and that a total of 4.3 million ballots were


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supports bloat and bad behaviour by our government. Reduction, reduction, reduction – is the way to heal any household and get it into a happy healthy place. Our house is going bankrupt – feeling good about today JackMack will only result in feeling far worse tommorrow. Yes I do understand the handouts will end – guess what – that’s the way to stimulate people to get up and take care of business – handouts encourage nothing. Sep 21, 2010 12:51pm EDT Reminds me of another AP-Ipsos poll in which one-third of Americans said they believed in ghosts and UFO’s.


Or that 20% of Americans believe Pres. Obama is Muslim.



Sep 21, 2010 12:52pm EDT Print money. That is what we are doing. The treasury is buying “bad loans” treasury debt with printed dollars. If we just printed out a few trillion of them we would reduce foreign companies positions of influence on us since they would not have as much of our debt. True our personal net worth would be lower by a few percentages, but if your personal debt is in stock and other instruments you could avoid that. The reduction in our national debt per capita would outweigh the short term disparities and personal income loss due to the resulting inflation. Plus we would be forced to make our own goods since foreign imports would become cost prohibitive along with the cost of outsources labor. *We welcome comments that advance the story directly or with relevant tangential information.

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Making love. A roll in the hay. The mattress mambo. Doin' the deed. What is there to say about sex? It fuels entire industries, destroys political careers and results in a whole lot of babies. Ready to test how much you know about sex? As Marvin Gaye would say, let's get it on.

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It hasn’t even been a month since Amazon publicly released the Kindle’s update to v3.0.1, but now it seems that the company is already in the preview stage for its next big update. The previous update brought with it a few stable fixes to help improvement, as well as on-device account creation. And, while it was listed as going Over the Air (OTA) “in the next few weeks,” that’s not stopping Amazon from moving on ahead with development. As for the updated software and what it brings to the latest generation Kindle device, Amazon says that it offers “Web browser and general performance improvements.” It’s not a laundry list of improvements or feature additions, but any kind of fix is a

Kindle, and then go through the steps to manually update your Kindle. After you wait a few minutes, your Kindle will be on a version number from the future, and you can show that off to all your friends. [ via A Kindle World] Relevant Entries on SlashGear






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Apple’s updated 2010 Mac Pro line was a long time coming, but it certainly addressed would-be buyers’ key complaint: the choice of processors. Now offering everything from a single Intel Xeon through to a pair of six-core chips, the new Mac Pro range claims to be “the most powerful, most configurable Mac ever.” We’ve had a dual-processor quadcore Mac Pro on the SlashGear test bench for a couple of weeks; check out our full review after the cut. Our review unit slots into the middle of the updated Mac Pro range, with two of Intel’s 2.4GHz quadcore Xeon E5620 CPUs, 6GB of 1066MHz DDR3 memory and an ATI Radeon HD 5770 1GB video card. With a 1TB 7,200rpm hard-drive it comes in at $3,499 – for $1,000 less you can have a single 2.8GHz Xeon quadcore and half the memory, while for $1,500 more there’s the dual 2.66GHz hexacore Xeon flagship. Still no Blu-ray – not even the option – so it’s a standard 18x SuperDrive, four PCI Express 2.0 slots, five USB 2.0 ports and four FireWire 800 ports. Networking options include two-gigabit Ethernet ports, Bluetooth 2.1 and WiFi a/b/ g/n. There’s no shortage of graphics choices, either: the Radeon HD 5770 has Dual-Link DVI port and pair of Mini DisplayPort

HD 5770 has Dual-Link DVI port and pair of Mini DisplayPort connectors. As for audio, there’s

connectors. As for audio, there’s a digital optical input and output, plus analog in/out on the rear panel, and a headphone socket on the front (along with two each of the FireWire and USB ports). We’d love to see USB 3.0 or even eSATA there too, but sadly Apple hasn’t seen fit to install them in this particular Mac Pro generation. Take off the side panel – an easy task with the flip-up (and lockable) latch on the back – and Apple’s unusual interior layout is revealed. Everything is sectioned off, with the processors and memory at the bottom in a pullout tray, the PCI Express 2.0 slots in the middle, and then the four 3.5- inch hard-drive bays slung above.

Each bay has a drive carrier that a standard SATA 3Gb/s drive clips into, before slotting – cable free – into place. Our review unit had a single 1TB drive, but you can specify up to 8TB of traditional HDDs or up to four 512GB SSDs and an optional RAID controller for drive redundancy (RAID levels 0, 1, 5 and 0+1 supported). Slick design, a sensible layout and plenty of ports are no use at all if the core system doesn’t hold up its end of the bargain, and happily the 2010 Mac Pro is capable of some serious crunching. We performed some of our benchmark testing natively in OS X, and then other elements in Windows 7 Ultimate running in either Parallels or Boot Camp.

It’s common for Mac Pro owners to spend at least part of their time in a dual-booting or multimode environment, depending on the software tools they’re reliant on, and so we felt this would give a more balanced view of the desktop than OS X figures alone. We started out with Geekbench, a synthetic test of processor and memory performance. Tested natively in OS X 10.6.4 Snow Leopard (with the latest patches and updates installed), the Mac Pro scored 14,378. In comparison, a 2009 Mac Pro – with a single Xeon 2.66GHz processor but 12GB of DDR3 memory, a configuration costing roughly the same as the machine in today’s review – scored 9,600.

We then booted into Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit using Boot Camp, and the Mac Pro scored 11,451. Loading Windows in Parallels – which allows you to run both Mac and PC apps at the same time – saw a Windows 7 Geekbench score of 6,017, while scores using VMware ranged from 5563 to 6017. It should be noted that these virtualization scores were calculated when Parallels and VMware were running in four core mode; although they scored higher when using all eight cores, that leaves no resources for the host OS and isn’t advisable in real -world applications. In contrast, Lenovo’s hefty ThinkStation C20 workstation, with its 8GB of DDR3 memory and dual 2.66GHz Xeon X5650 processors scored 19,565 in Windows 7 Professional. You pay considerably for those extra 5,000 points, however, considering the ThinkStation C20 is a $6,774 machine (almost double what Apple is asking for this Mac Pro). We then turned to PCMark Vantage, which runs in Windows 7 rather than OS X and rates a system across seven categories (Memories, TV and Movies, Gaming, Music, Communications, Productivity and HDD) and then a final score. We tested the Mac Pro three times in all, using Boot Camp, Parallels and VMware, and had pretty consistent results across all batches. In Boot Camp,

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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla.--The shuttle Discovery, mounted atop a mobile launch platform carried by an Apollo-era crawler transporter, was hauled to the launch pad last night for work to ready the ship for blastoff November 1 on its 39th and final flight. With launch pad 39A visible in the distance, the shuttle Discovery departs the cavernous Vehicle Assembly Building for its final trip to the firing stand. Launch is targeted for November 1.(Credit:

William Harwood/CBS News) The 3.2-mile trip from the Vehicle Assembly Building to launch complex 39A began at 7:23 p.m. EDT and was completed at 1:49 a.m. Tuesday when the mobile launch platform was reported "hard down" on its support pedestals at the oceanside pad. With good weather expected, engineers delayed rolling a protective gantry around the vehicle to give Kennedy Space Center workers a chance to visit the pad and enjoy an unobstructed view of NASA's most experienced orbiter. On Saturday, the Rotating Service Structure, or RSS, will be retracted again for "family day" at the Florida spaceport, when workers will be allowed to bring their families out for a launch pad drive-by and tours of other shuttle facilities. "The first thing we're going to do

facilities. "The first thing we're going to do is get all the systems connected up so

is get all the systems connected up

so we can start validating the systems, the boosters, the tank and the orbiter, make sure we have communications back to the firing room and so forth," said Stephanie Stilson, the engineer in charge of Discovery's ground processing. "A little bit different for us is we're going to leave the RSS

retracted all day (Tuesday) and let employees come out and take pictures, which is something new we have not done before. So that's

a great opportunity for the

workforce. After we do our picture taking, we'll roll the RSS

back to the mate position and get busy doing all the systems checkout and testing. Family day, Saturday, we're going to retract it back. The next big event is the payload coming out on the seventh (of October)." Shuttle Discovery, mounted atop launch pad 39A.(Credit: William Harwood/CBS News) Discovery's crew--commander Steven Lindsey, pilot Eric Boe, Michael Barratt, Nicole Stott, and spacewalkers Timothy Kopra and Al Drew--plans to strap in for a

dress-rehearsal countdown October 15. An executive-level flight readiness review to assess

the shuttle's processing and to set an official launch date is scheduled to begin October 19. As of this writing, launch is targeted for 4:40 p.m. EDT on November 1. Docking with the International Space Station is expected November 3, with spacewalks on tap November 5 and 7. Undocking is expected around 5:40 a.m. EST on November 10, with landing back at the Kennedy Space Center around 10:39 a.m. on November


NASA plans to follow Discovery's mission with the launch of shuttle Endeavour

February 26 on a mission to deliver a $2 billion particle physics experiment to the space station, along with additional supplies and equipment. Program managers are hoping NASA's 2011 budget will include funding

for a final flight by the shuttle Atlantis next June. The Senate version of the budget includes funding for the mission but the House version would require NASA to pay for it. Either way, shuttle mission STS- 133 will be the final flight for Discovery, NASA's third shuttle, which first took off in August


"I try not to think about it being the end for Discovery, but I do feel a bit sad, mainly because of the friends I've made on the team and the fact that in the future a lot of those friends won't still be working with me directly," Stilson told reporters late yesterday. Despite the prospect of looming layoffs at the Florida spaceport, Stilson said she has no concerns about the quality of the processing team's work. "I was concerned about that with October (layoffs) coming up and with the way things are with the workforce," she said. "But I've really just seen people stay very focused and very upbeat Some folks have left, they've taken other opportunities, folks I wish could have stayed. But the folks behind them are stepping up and filling in the gaps and working well

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Violent video games aren’t new. And the fight against them has been robust, igniting every so often as a new game is released and gets brought to the forefront of media as an exceptionally violent or explicit title.

Arguments vary, but the main gist

is that video games shouldn’t be

considered art, and ultimately there should be a way to ban the most heinous titles from getting

into the hands of those who

shouldn’t have them. In this case,

a California law that blocks the

sale of violent video games from minors is being heard by the U.S. Supreme Court on November 2nd, and the video game industry is beginning to join forces to fight it, including Activision Blizzard. In the year 2005, California passed the aforementioned law, which banned the sale of “violent and inappropriate” video games to minors. Back then, the video game industry stepped in yet again, challenging the law, saying that it violated the First Amendment. The bill was subsequently blocked by a U.S. District Court in the same year, and then again by the U.S. Appeals Court in 2009. But now the United States Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case, and it will take place on November 2nd, 2010. Because of this, Activision Blizzard has moved forward and

Because of this, Activision Blizzard has moved forward and filed a “friend-of-the-court” brief, which shows

filed a “friend-of-the-court” brief,

which shows Activision Blizzard is on the side of the video games industry. The industry, as a whole, is also being supported by 10 State Attorneys General, according to Activision.

Activision CEO Bobby Kotick had this to say about the situation:

“Our First Amendment has survived intact for 219 years amid far greater technological, historical and social challenges. The argument that video games present some kind of new ominous threat that requires a wholesale reassessment of one of our nation’s most treasured freedoms, and to take that freedom away indiscriminately from an entire group of our population based on nothing but age, is beyond absurd.” This was part of an official statement Kotick made. Kotick’s company is about to release a Mature-rated title, Call of Duty: Black Ops, which will probably break records in sales when it releases later this year. The argument isn’t new, but the combatants tend to be. Even if

familiar faces show up, the fight has been fought before. And, as Kotick pointed out, it’s the same fight that’s been brought against other media outlets, like TV, music, books, and comic books. In the end, freedom always prevails, and that should make the video game industry confident in their motions, as well as the outcome. A rating system is in place for video games, and has been for several years. Ranging in stages, you can find titles for “Early Childhood,” all the way up to “Adults Only.” This rating system is implemented to help parents understand the content of the game, so that they can make an informed decision about whether or not they should allow their child to purchase the title. Furthermore, many retailers around the country already enforce the rating system, and will not sell Mature titles to kids under a certain age. This is a war that’s probably never going to stop. Even if it quiets down over time, there will always be another video game

that gets released that will make parents and organizations out there raise their eyebrows, and start raising their voices about how video games are pointless and empty. However, there are enough voices in both camps, struggling to get their point across, that the end result is probably too far into the fog of war to ever really discern. Then again, November 2nd could forever put an end to the argument, and that’s the ultimate goal. [ via CNET] Relevant Entries on SlashGear


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together. I've been very impressed by the contractor workforce as to the way they've handled it." She said shuttle program managers are "keeping a very close eye" on flight safety, telling the team "that if at any point in time anybody feels that we're not in a good place, we will stop and redirect and start over if we need to." "But right now I have no fears of what we've done so far with the team we have now, and I have no concerns about what we'll do in the future," she said. "If we get to a point where something is not going the way it should, we know to stop and take care of it." This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read our FAQ page at content-only/faq.php Five Filters featured article:

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The FCC will meet on Thursday to vote on a proposal to open up a larger swath of wireless spectrum to licensing than was opened at the dawn of TV remote controls, baby monitors, cordless phones and wifi networks. The most likely candidates to fill that new spectrum are connected devices, or the Internet of Things, which are now coming online faster than new human subscribers to leading mobile phone networks. "This will also be a platform for innovators and entrepreneurs," FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski told the New York Times in an in-depth report last week. "There is every chance of this leading to the development of one or more billion-dollar industries." Beyond the possible economic impact, the move may have substantial cultural consequences, as the spectrum is opened up through which our refrigerators, toasters, exercise equipment and city streets can publish data about their activities to the internet. Sponsor Why will people want that data to be published online? Because when it is, services can be built

based on tracking changes to the activities of our devices. That might mean faster detection of problems in a city, and it might mean grocery staples are automatically put on your online grocery list when your refrigerator senses that you're all out. Most likely, it will mean that the activities we engage in socially and individually will become monitorable via online portals, where we can track progress, be notified of alerts and receive recommendations based on past behavior and current circumstances. Above: IBM's video introduction to the Internet of Things. Privacy Concerns Some critics fear that this instrumentation of everyday objects could come hand-in-hand with a growth of surveillance of our activities, locations and more. The technology is moving ahead much faster than policies, or even discussions, about privacy and user control over data. Who owns the data your washing machine publishes to the web? It's handy that a website may be able to recognize what kind of washing machine you have and when it may be in need of repair, but what happens if your landlord notices you've been doing a lot of laundry lately and asks if you've

been doing a lot of laundry lately and asks if you've got too many people staying

got too many people staying in your rented house? Such possible indignities are a minor risk, compared to the possible political and civil liberties consequences of a world of connected devices. Almost no one appears to have begun those conversations, yet the technology moves forward. A Platform DC based reporter Edward Wyatt

calls Thursday's vote to open the spectrum virtually guaranteed in

He focuses

on the potential creation of super- powerful Wifi networks. "The stronger, faster networks will extend broadband signals to bypassed rural areas and allow for smart electric grids, remote health monitoring and, for consumers, wireless Internet without those annoying dead zones," he writes. The new spectrum is available because TV's transition from

analog to digital means a much smaller buffer of spectrum needs to remain unused for fear of interfering with broadcasts. These days wireless spectrum isn't just used for broadcast anymore. It's also used for communication, between people and between machines. Last month, leading wireless industry analyst Chetan Sharma released a report finding that more network connected devices came online with AT&T and Verizon last quarter than did new human subscribers. Where data can be transmitted, it can be analyzed - and where data can be analyzed, patterns and thresholds can be detected. Where patterns and thresholds can be detected, services can be invented based on those patterns and thresholds. Where a new greenfield of data emerges as the foundation for new inventions, we may find a new and important platform for economic and cultural innovation. What devices would you like to see intrumented and brought on line? Those conversations will likely begin to draw more attention if the FCC votes as expected on Thursday. Discuss

attention if the FCC votes as expected on Thursday. Discuss Sarah Jessica Parker Adds Star Power

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Submitted at 9/21/2010 1:30:00 PM

Today's Burberry show during London Fashion Week brought

out more big names, with Sarah Jessica Parker joining Anna Wintour, Cat Deeley, and Emmy winner Aaron Paul from Breaking Bad. Sarah Jessica and Anna were together yesterday as well to remember their close friend Alexander McQueen at his memorial service at St. Paul's Cathedral. SJP's in the midst of the stylish fun in England after making cameos in the front row



PopSugar UK and FabSugar UK have the scene there covered, so make sure to stay tuned to their sites and Twitter for celeb and runway news!

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More instant messages and emails have surfaced from the

early days of Facebook, adding some more color, but few new major details, to the contentious relationship between Mark Zuckerberg and one of his Harvard co-founders, Eduardo Saverin. The IMs and emails were published today by Silicon

published much more inflammatory early Zuckerberg IMs last May, including the famous IM where a young Zuck calls the first Harvard student users of “dumb f@%ks” for trusting him with their personal information. This set of IMs deal more with the break-up of Zuckerberg’s business relationship with Saverin, a wealthy fellow Harvard student who put in the first $15,000 into a joint bank account to pay for’s servers and handled the business side of things. He eventually got cut out of the company (although he is still one of its largest shareholders), and began spreading tales about Facebook’s early days which turned into Ben Mezrich’s mostly-fictional book the Accidental Billionaires and, now, the movie The Social Network. While the book and the movie portray Zuckerberg as an



and the movie portray Zuckerberg as an also Insider , which evil nerd , the actual

evil nerd, the actual history is more mundane. The new SAI IMs even make Zuckerberg look more sympathetic than Saverin. For instance, in one IM exchange which took place between Zuckerberg and another friend in January 8, 2004, the friend called Saverin a “sucker” for paying for the servers. But Zuckerberg didn’t take the bait, instead he shrugged it off, admitting he didn’t really know anything about business:

Zuckerberg: Eduardo is paying for my servers. Friend: A sucker born every day. Zuckerberg: Nah, he thinks it will make money. Friend: What do you think? Zuckerberg: Well I don’t know business stuff Zuckerberg: I’m content to make something cool.

Later, once Zuckerberg, co- founder Dustin Moskovitz, and the early team moved to Palo Alto for summer break while Saverin decided to get a job at Lehman Brothers in New York City (where he was also selling ads for Facebook), the tension between the two began to mount. In one email, Zuckerberg chided Saverin for starting a separate Web job board project on the side and having the gall to advertise it on Facebook:

You developed Joboozle knowing that at some point Facebook would probably want to do something with jobs. This was pretty surprising to us, because you basically made something on the side that will end up competing with Facebook and that’s pretty bad by itself. But putting ads up on Facebook to

advertise it, especially for free, is just mean. Zuckerberg re-incorporated Facebook, which effectively diluted Saverin’s ownership position and allowed Facebook to progress without Saverin’s signature for every financial decision. Finally, in an IM with Moskovitz, Zuckerberg defended his decision to remove Saverin from any operating role at the company because he thought Saverin was doing a lousy job:

I maintain that he fucked himself…He was supposed to set up the company, get funding, and make a business model. He failed at all three…Now that I’m not going back to Harvard I don’t need to worry about getting beaten by Brazilian thugs. The falling out between Saverin and Facebook has been well- documented before in books like Accidental Billionaires and David Kirkpatrick’s more-accurate The Facebook Effect. But don’t cry for Saverin, he still owns about 5 percent of Facebook, which will probably end up making him the most accidental billionaire of all. CrunchBase Information

Eduardo Saverin Information provided by CrunchBase

Eduardo Saverin Information provided by CrunchBase Matt Damon Grabs a Brew in Boston as He Preps

PopSugar (PopSugar)

Submitted at 9/21/2010 1:00:00 PM

Matt Damon caught up with some old friends in Boston last

night to toast the launch of Samuel Adams's new beer. The actor is spending some time in his native city, where he joined his pal Ben Affleck at the Fenway Park premiere of his new movie The Town last week. Ben's latest project ended up taking the top

weekend, but beyond his buddy's success, Matt has a lot to celebrate. Not only is his wife expecting their fourth child, but his return to 30 Rock as the pilot Carol airs Thursday night. He's also gearing up to host the star- studded annual gala for children's charity ONEXONE in NYC next month. View 2 Photos ›





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Cray will put Nvidia graphics processors in future large-scale supercomputers, the companies said today. The announcement follows this summer's jump to the No. 2 spot in global rankings of China's Nvidia-equipped Nebulae supercomputer. At Nvidia's 2010 GPU Technology Conference today in San Jose, Calif., supercomputer leader Cray announced that it is developing supercomputers that can use Nvidia Tesla 20-Series graphics processing units. "We're putting this technology-- the next generation of Nvidia Tesla--in our large XE6 systems," Barry Bolding, vice president of Cray's products division, said in a phone interview. Cray's largest system, Jaguar, at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, based on processors from Advanced Micro Devices, is currently ranked No. 1 in the world, according to the Top 500 list. Nvidia Tesla graphics chips are in the current No. 2 ranked supercomputer(Credit: Nvidia) Cray, which already uses Nvidia GPUs in its low-end desktop supercomputers, is targeting Nvidia's supercomputer-specific Tesla processors for accelerating "modeling code" for scientific applications in its Cray XE6 product line, according to Bolding.

in its Cray XE6 product line, according to Bolding. "We're doing this because Nvidia is starting

"We're doing this because Nvidia is starting to produce accelerators (GPUs) that are useful to our customers. They've done some enhancements that go beyond a normal graphics accelerator. A couple of years ago, those (Nvidia) GPUs did not have functionality that was appealing to our customers." Bolding continued. "What we'll see first is the data centers that run a few key applications on the accelerators. The data center that has to run 500 applications? That's the data center that won't move over to accelerators," he said. An interesting sidelight to all of this is that Nvidia's chips, in supercomputer parlance, are classified as vector processors--

the same type of processors Cray used in its earliest supercomputers, dating back decades. "A GPU accelerator is really no different than a vector processor. And we know that vector processors in their heyday could not run every application efficiently. There's going to be a set of applications that will be phenomenal on GPU accelerators and a set of applications that are far better on standard x86 processors," Bolding said. Cray and Nvidia are working together on future GPU accelerator technologies as a potential path towards exascale computing, which is many times faster than today's supercomputers. The two are

partnering on a team that was recently awarded a $25 million research grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, as part of its Ubiquitous High Performance Computing program. Correction at 11:45 a.m. PDT:

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Designer Stuart Haygarth, in collaboration with framing company John Jones, created this strikingly beautiful staircase using 31 types of frames in various colors, sizes, and styles. In total, the frames' profiles reach over 650 yards (600 meters) in length and feature hundreds of individual pieces, cut, mitred, joined, sanded, and colored in special finishes – including gold leaf. The marble staircase is part of the V&A museum, one of the hubs for this year's London Design Festival. Stuart Haygarth, John Jones V&A museum via mocoloco, trendland



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Game mechanics have become a popular way of increasing user engagement and pushing user adoption, referral and retention, and many startups have sought ways to incorporate game mechanics into their sites. In a recent blog post, David Feinleib, a partner at Mohr Davidow Ventures, lists the following 10 ways to incorporate game mechanics into a non-game service:


• Your service: the game. Feinleib suggests that if you start thinking about your service as a game, you will identify some of the ways in which game mechanics -- ideas of competition, rewards, and so on -- will best fit in. • Status / reputation. "People want status. It's human nature," he writes. "But the thing about status is, it has to be visible: both to the person who has it and to everyone else." If you offer rewards, make sure you make them visibile and make some of them, at least, elite or special.

visibile and make some of them, at least, elite or special. • Gifting and reciprocation. Feinleib

• Gifting and reciprocation. Feinleib points to the importance of giving and receiving gifts, noting the social pressures to reciprocate. He suggests letting high status users give away something to others (for free), and

argues that others will return gifts (that they must buy).

• Hybrid monetization."Let your users choose how they want to

pay you: with their time or with their wallet."

• Leaderboards and points. As he

argues in #2, people like to compete, and even when points in a game don't convert to an actual reward, "simply making them visible (in the form of a leaderboard) gives them value." • Free stuff."Give people free stuff to get them to show up. Give away a little bit of what you offer (storage, for example) to users for

completing certain tasks," suggests Feinleib.

• Make the virtual real. Feinleib

recommends adding sound and visual effects to make the virtual experience more "real." • Social proof. Make users'

actions visible to those in their networks so that they can, for example, see that everyone else has upgraded or bought the special featured item, for example.

• Create scarcity. Create items

that are only available for a limited amount of time or offers that expire after a short while.

• A/B test and track the metrics.

Adding game mechanics to your site isn't as simple as merely

adding a few badges or titles.

You need to make sure to analyze the responses from users so that you can target the games and the rewards to them.

Of course,"badges, stickers, titles and the like are no substitute for having a solid product or service that people want to use. But game mechanics have become a useful mechanism for getting people "in the door," so to speak. Discuss


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using the full 6GB of RAM, the PCMark score was 8,377, with particularly strong scores in Communications and Gaming. In Parallels, with 4GB of the

RAM assigned, the system scored 8,689 overall, with Communications and HDD ahead. Finally, in VMware, the PCMark score was 8,066 with Music and HDD leading the way. It’s important to remember that, in both virtualization setups, the software is emulating hardware so the GPU performance is less than when running a native OS. The

Mac Pro fell behind the C20 by 1,400-2,000 points in these situations, but it’s still an impressive showing considering

both the price difference and the fact that the PCMark testing was done in the Apple machine’s non- standard OS. Day to day, then, there’s little you can throw at the Mac Pro and expect to slow it down. We processed HD video while watching different content, browsing with multiple tabs in several windows, and with several other apps running in the background, and we couldn’t get the Apple desktop to break a sweat. It’s hard to imagine the everyday user that would require such a machine; most would likely be better served with an iMac, given that model’s cheaper price and brilliant IPS display. Still, the absence of USB 3.0 and Blu-ray – on both iMac and Mac

Pro – does still rankle a little, given rival PCs have offered both for some time now. If you’re involved in frequent video, audio or image editing, however, or any sort of CAD or other processor-intensive application, then the Mac Pro deserves serious consideration. Strong performance not only in OS X but when running Windows 7 – particularly in Boot Camp –

offers the best of both worlds for the platform agnostic, and while the Mac Pro’s upfront sticker price may seem high, compared to native Windows machines of similar build construction it’s actually surprisingly competitive. For those who want the very highest performance, the dual hexacore Mac Pro is an expensive option, but this midrange model arguably delivers the best balance of crunching power and price. Relevant Entries on SlashGear

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GM eyeing ways to reuse Chevy Volt batteries (CNET batteries could be recruited as a

batteries could be recruited as a renewable-energy source, storing power generated by the wind and sun and tapped when the need arises. Utilities might be able to use the Volt batteries to store electricity generated during off- peak times to help fill demand during higher-peak periods. The batteries could be used as power supplies for entire communities, housing electricity that can be called upon during power outages. Finally, the batteries may be able to store off-peak, less expensive electricity that businesses can use during peak demand, thereby cutting their energy costs. The lithium ion battery used by the Chevrolet Volt comes with an eight-year/100,000-mile warranty, which GM says is the longest in auto industry and is transferable to other vehicle owners at no additional cost. Even after the

batteries have powered a Volt for several years, they could live on to provide energy to other sources. "Future smart grids will incorporate a larger proportion of renewable energy sources and will need to supply a vast e-mobility infrastructure--both of which require a wide range of energy storage solutions," Bazmi Husain, head of ABB's smart grids initiative, said in a statement. "We are excited to explore the possibility of employing electric car batteries in a second use that could help build needed storage capacity and provide far-reaching economic and environmental benefits." This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read our FAQ page at content-only/faq.php Five Filters featured article:

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A new project from General Motors will examine ways that Chevy Volt batteries could get a second life helping provide renewable energy. The electric Chevy Volt is due out later this year.(Credit: General Motors ) Joining forces with power grid supplier ABB Group, GM will study whether it can reuse batteries that formerly powered Volt electric cars to store energy created by wind and solar power generators. The goal is to find cost-effective and creative ways to improve the efficiency of the country's electrical grid, the automaker said today in a statement. The Volt, priced at $41,000 before a federal tax credit, is set to launch later this year. Specifically, the two companies will conduct research to learn if the Volt batteries can fill a number of different roles in helping deliver clean, efficient energy. Among the possibilities? The

Submitted at 9/21/2010 1:30:00 PM

Want a Bluetooth keyboard that you can use with your iDevice or Mac and slip into your pocket when it's not in use? Cervantes Mobile LLC today introduced their Jorno folding Bluetooth keyboard, which folds down to a tiny 3.5" x 3.5" x .9" box when not in use. When deployed, the keyboard is quite small -- 8.5" x 3.5" by just 0.3" -- but apparently quite usable. It's only 8.8 ounces in weight, too, so it won't bog you down. The Jorno keyboard uses a rechargeable lithium ion battery to provide about a month of use; it's charged with a Mini USB charging cable. It works with a variety of devices, so even if you don't have an Apple device, you can put one to good use. It also comes with a detachable cradle for holding a phone, iPad, or media player.

cradle for holding a phone, iPad, or media player. Jorno will cost US$99 when it begins

Jorno will cost US$99 when it begins to ship later this fall, but you can preorder the keyboard for a special price of $79 through October 31, 2010. TUAW Coming soon to a pocket near you: Jorno folding Bluetooth keyboard originally appeared on The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) on Tue, 21 Sep 2010

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Submitted at 9/21/2010 1:38:01 PM

AT&T’s exclusive hold on the iPhone is coming to an end soon, and iPhone owners all over the United States are asking one question, “Should I stay with AT&T?” Analysts have already been all over the subject, well before the exclusive deal ends, and the main consensus seems to be that a high number of customers will ditch AT&T, for whatever other carrier grabs Apple’s iPhone. But, that hasn’t fazed AT&T Chief Randall Stephenson, who says that 2 out of 3 iPhone owners are already loyal not to the iPhone, but to AT&T, and therefore he’s not worried about defectors. At the Goldman Sachs Communacopia conference in New York City, Stephenson clarified that while the iPhone was a major success, two thirds of iPhone purchases were previous AT&T customers. So, because

purchases were previous AT&T customers. So, because they were already customers, they probably won’t switch to

they were already customers, they probably won’t switch to get the iPhone, a phone they probably already have, on a different carrier. Furthermore, he said that upgrades to the iPhone 4 hit a “record number,” and that meant a huge amount of iPhone 4 owners were already in a new, two-year agreement, which would make it

difficult for potential switchers to make the jump. While Stephenson may be confident that AT&T won’t lose a whole swath of customers when the iPhone finally lands on another US-based carrier, numbers will speak for themselves. He is right in thinking that family lines, as well as

Submitted at 9/21/2010 2:30:00 PM

We always knew that good jewelry was expensive but we never thought about showing just how much it's worth to the world!

Tine De Ruysser is a professional jewelry designer who studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Art in Antwerp and the Royal College of Art in London. She takes paper currency from all over the world, including China, USA, Australia, Europe, South Africa, Argentina,

China, USA, Australia, Europe, South Africa, Argentina, and turns them into amazing and wearable works of

and turns them into amazing and wearable works of art. Notice the

business lines that upgraded to the iPhone 4 are in brand new contracts, and that will make it harder for those family lines to leave AT&T, due to costs. But there are plenty of single line accounts out there, and if they’ve suffered from any amount of dropped calls, an iPhone on another network may seem pretty promising to them. If you won an iPhone right now, would you switch carriers if it were offered by another? [ via Electronista] Relevant Entries on SlashGear

precise and detailed way she makes chains and weaves. It's all quite fascinating! Tine De Ruysser

It's all q uite fascinatin g ! Tine De Ruysser VoiceBase Turns Your Voice Recordings and

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The San Francisco Business Times recently began a project to document wireless dead zones in the Bay Area. It’s a good idea; they have a simple form any user can fill out to give the address of the dead zone, explain it a bit if they choose, and name their service provider. So far, they’ve accumulated quite a bit of data — over 500 data points. The best part? As far as I can tell, every single one of the dead zones is on AT&T’s network. To be clear, in their form, the

Business Times allows you to choose AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, and Other. But the only reports coming in are for AT&T. That’s not to say there aren’t dead zones for the other providers, but clearly, they aren’t nearly as big of an issue as they are on AT&T, where the problem is widespread. It’s pretty clear at this point that both AT&T and Apple (the iPhone is the most popular AT&T device) know their service in the Bay Area sucks. Sadly, it’s not clear just how much they can do about it since it’s extremely hard in the city to get clearance for the new cell towers needed to boost

to get clearance for the new cell towers needed to boost service. Still, AT&T could offer

service. Still, AT&T could offer discounts or partial refunds or you know, their rip-off MicroCell, to customers affected for free. Instead, we just get perpetual

promises that things are getting better when in fact the opposite may be happening. Reports have been flowing in today that AT&T’s service in the

Submitted at 9/21/2010 1:42:22 PM

SEE Virtual Worlds is now in Planet Michael's orbit.(Credit:

SEE Virtual Worlds) Earlier this month, Ubisoft announced that the Xbox 360 and PlayStation versions of its game based on the career of Michael Jackson would be delayed until early next year. As it turns out, 2011 will finish with another game based on the so-called "King of Pop"--a massively multiplayer game with entire realms dedicated to each of his

albums. This morning, Los Angeles-based SEE Virtual Worlds announced that it will publish a Michael Jackson-themed MMOG, Planet Michael (PDF), based on the works of the late singer. The company is behind the Entropia engine, which powers the free-to- play MMORPG Planet Calypso. The game is being developed by Swedish studio MindArk, which also works Entropia-based titles. According to SEE Virtual Worlds, Planet Michael will be a free-to-play, 3D game based on the works of the late singer. Its

3D game based on the works of the late singer. Its gameplay will focus on "collaborative

gameplay will focus on "collaborative in-game activities" and feature in-game "continents" based on the artists' various musical works. In these

continents, players will be able to assume a variety of professions to earn in-game currency--or purchase said currency with actual coin of the realm.

Bay Area over the past few days has been much worse than

normal. Reports of missed calls, broken voice mail, and the inability to send and receive texts seem pretty rampant. Prayers continue for a Verizon iPhone. Or a T-Mobile iPhone. Or two tin cans with a really long piece of string. All would be preferable at this point. View the full map on the Business Times site here. CrunchBase Information AT&T




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It's something we've heard for years now. "If the Verizon offered the iPhone, there would be a mass exodus from AT&T." According to one survey, the exodus might not be so massive. BusinessInsider reports on a survey conducted by Credit Suisse that asked an unspecified number of iPhone users who they would select as a carrier if they could abandon AT&T. Just 23% -- less than one quarter -- said they'd jump ship to Verizon. Additionally, another 3% would move over to Sprint while a whopping 2% would choose T- Mobile. Of course, this means that 63% of iPhone users surveyed would stay put with AT&T. Credit Suisse

users surveyed would stay put with AT&T. Credit Suisse crunched the numbers and figured out that

crunched the numbers and figured out that 23% of users represents about 1.4 million customers who are willing to switch to Verizon. Personally, I live in a moderate coverage area, so I'd have trouble no matter who I'm with. How about you? Are you ready to switch? [Via AppleInsider]