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A third attempt by Wal-Mart to be Web 2.0 savvy hasn’t turned out much better than the first two. Slashdot notes that angry Facebook users have hijacked a page aimed at selling back-to-school supplies to college kids and turned it into a missive on the evils of Wal-Mart’s labor and business practices. Of the more than 200 posts, only a handful relate directly to dorm decorating. And instead of color coordinating with roommates, users seem to prefer talking about how the retail giant “destroys communities” and prevents unionization.
Resurgent Facebook site a challenge for university – CanWest News Service
Less than a week after Dalhousie University asked Facebook to pull a group titled Stop dogs and puppies from being murdered at Dalhousie University, the group is back online on the social networking site and with more members than before. The revival is worrying for universities, school boards, businesses and other institutions dealing with the new medium. Dalhousie`s Facebook problem is just the latest for organizations wondering how best to deal with negative comment, threats and worse online.
Opening knowledge — or locking it up (when it’s convenient) – Cognitive Daily
The blogosphere is abuzz with reports about a new initiative by commercial scholarly publishers to discredit the open access movement. Prism describes itself as an organization to “protect the quality of scientific research”, which it hopes to do by opposing policies “that threaten to introduce undue government intervention in science and scholarly publishing.” What policies are they opposed to? Why, this one, which recommends that NIH-funded research results be freely available to the public when they are published.
Windows Genuine [dis]Advantage – alexkoc, Microsoft
We’re continuing to investigate what happened but here’s a quick update to yesterday’s post. The issue with processing validations began Friday afternoon at about 3:30 PM Pacific time and through a combination of posts to our forum and customer support the issue was discovered by evening. By about 11:15 AM Pacific on Saturday morning the issue affecting the validation service had been analyzed and resolved such that validations were again being processed properly. Our data shows that fewer than 12,000 systems were affected worldwide and that many of those have already revalidated and are fixed.
YouTube criticized over Neo-Nazi clips – Reuters
Video-sharing Web site YouTube has met with harsh criticism in Germany for hosting clips that incite racial hatred, according to a news report due to be broadcast on German public TV late on Monday. The videos hosted on YouTube include clips of a 1940 anti-Semitic propaganda film “Jud Suess” and two music videos of outlawed German far-right rock band Landser, which show footage from World War II depicting Nazi military operations.
NASA shuttle to launch Luke’s lightsaber – CollectSpace.com
When the space shuttle Discovery launches the STS-120 crew in October, the force will be with them. Stowed on-board the orbiter, in addition to a new module for the international space station, will be the original prop lightsaber used by actor Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in the 1977 film “Star Wars”. The laser-like Jedi weapon is being flown to the orbiting outpost and back in honor of the 30th anniversary of director George Lucas’ franchise.
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