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TSA Security Leaks- TSA Blames Bloggers

While the government investigates how an alleged terrorist was able to bring a bomb onto a U.S.-bound plane and try to blow it up on Christmas Day, the Transportation Security Administration is going after bloggers. Steve Frischling and Chris Elliott both wrote about a directive to increase security after the incident, and both were served…
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Microsoft Promises Choices to the EU Commission

Microsoft's offer of allowing Windows users to choose which Internet browser they use has been accepted by the European Commission, ending its antitrust investigation of the company's impressive position in the browser market. The company promises it will offer users of Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 a choice screen through which they can…
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Companies Train Autistic Employees

A steadily growing movement has begun around the world,  in an effort to help transform the unique attributes of high-functioning autistic adults into sought-after job skills. This movement would also, some proponents say, make use of a large portion of the population that has been completely ignore up till now. The company Specialisterne in Denmark…
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Are Pacemakers in Danger of Attack?

Recently, medical manufacturers have started adding wireless capabilities to many implantable medical devices like pacemakers and cardioverter defibrillators. This technology allows doctors to access vital information and send commands to these devices quickly, but security researchers have called attention to concerns about their vulnerability to attack. Researchers from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in…
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Accused Pedophiles Framed by Viruses

Internet viruses can do a variety of sinister things, but making someone an unsuspecting collector of child pornography is up there with the worst. Heinous pictures and videos can be deposited on a computer by a virus — malicious programs better known for swiping credit card numbers. In this twist, reputations are stolen. An Associated…
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One Computer Causes Mass Gridlock in Maryland

Wednesday, in Montgomery County, Maryland, commuters were rudely reminded that one big computer and a team of harried engineers control the flow of traffic. This computer's crash disrupted the choreography of 750 traffic lights, which turned the morning as well as evening commutes into hours upon hours of completely stopped traffic. The computer itself is responsible for…
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IBM and Canonical Get Competitive

A few weeks back, IBM and Canonical, the head sponsor of Ubuntu Linux, announced a plan to deliver Linux desktops and software to Africa. The effort was originally announced over a year ago, in August of 2008 as the Microsoft-free PC Effort. The basic idea was to have a Linux operating system with IBM smart client applications…
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Google’s Big Plans

Google has always withheld the number of servers running in its data centers, but at a recent ACM workshop presentation, Google engineer Jeff Dean showed that the company is in preparations to manage as many as 10 million servers in the future. One of the keynote speakers on large-scale computing systems, Dean discussed some of…
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LA Woman Sues Toyota for Scaring Her

A Los Angeles woman is suing Toyota for $10 million over a marketing campaign that she claims frightened her so much, she incorrectly believed she was being stalked. Filed Sept. 28 in Los Angeles Superior Court, the lawsuit states that Amber Duick had difficulty eating, sleeping and going to work during March and April of last year, after…
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Tennesse Woman Arrested for Facebook Poke

A Tennessee woman was arrested last month for "poking" another user on Facebook, a digital greeting that has been described as the equivalent of waving at someone across a crowded room. An affidavit filed with the Sumner County General Sessions Court on Sept. 25 stated that Shannon D. Jackson of Hendersonville, Tennessee violated a legal…
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