Google-Verizon Pact: It Gets Worse Huffington Post
So Google and Verizon went public today with their “policy framework” — better known as the pact to end the Internet as we know it. News of this deal broke this week, sparking a public outcry that’s seen hundreds of thousands of Internet users calling on Google to live up to its “Don’t Be Evil” pledge. But cut through the platitudes the two companies (Googizon, anyone?) offered on today’s press call, and you’ll find this deal is even worse than advertised. The proposal is one massive loophole that sets the stage for the corporate takeover of the Internet. [Also see Google and Verizon: telling it like it isn't ]
Party sacks candidate for same-sex views 9News
[Australia's] Family First has disendorsed its candidate for the Victorian federal seat of La Trobe after he posted comments online supporting same-sex marriage. It comes as the socially conservative party’s Queensland Senate candidate was slammed for a tweet that said children of same-sex parents were subject to a form of abuse. Family First Victoria chairman Peter Lake said the candidate for La Trobe, David Barrow, had misrepresented his views to the party and had even signed a “secret affidavit” denouncing its values. Mr Lake told AAP the party on Monday became aware Mr Barrow had posted his views on same-sex marriage and other issues that were contrary to Family First policies on social networking site Twitter.
Text messages too dear, says watchdog Copenhagen Post
The National IT and Telecom Agency has given the telecommunications industry a slap over the wrist for maintaining high prices for their text messaging services. The agency, which is Denmark’s most important regulatory body for the industry, is now calling for more regulation to improve competitiveness. The profit being made on text messaging is considerable. Last year mobile users sent more than 13 billion messages. This traffic cost telecommunication companies 286 billion kroner, or about 0.02 kroner per message, but they charged their customers as much as 3.2 billion kroner for this service.Commenting on the scale of the profits, Finn Petersen, the deputy head of the National IT and Telecom Agency, said: ‘We believe that there is a need to regulate this area. The lack of competition is creating prices which are too high.’
The Brain’s Secret For Sleeping Like a Log Slashdot
Why can some people sleep through anything? According to this article in Wired Science, some lucky people have an extra helping of a certain kind of brain static that essentially blocks out noise and other stimuli. These ‘sleep spindles’ can be detected via EEG, and show up as brief bursts of high-frequency brain waves; some people naturally produce more than others. The researchers say these spindles are produced by the thalamus, the brain region that acts as a waystation for sensory information. If the thalamus is busy producing sleep spindles, sensory information can’t make it through the thalamus to the cortex, the perceptive part of the brain.
Model’s Ex- Agent Accused of Telling Lies at Taylor War Crimes Trial VOA News
The lawyer for former Liberian President Charles Taylor has accused a witness of lying about a diamond gift during testimony in a war crimes trial Tuesday. Taylor’s lawyer said the accusations by Naomi Campbell’s former agent, Carole White, are not true. White began her testimony Monday before the war crimes tribunal in the Hague, in the Netherlands. She said Taylor told Campbell that he would be giving her a diamond, after flirting with the model at a South African dinner in 1997. Prosecutors say the testimony on Monday links the former Liberian president to the so-called “blood diamond” trade that supported Sierra Leone rebels in their decade-long civil war that ended in 2002. Taylor is facing 11 charges — including war crimes and crimes against humanity — for allegedly instigating the rebel campaign of murder, rape and mutilation that left more than 100,000 people dead.
Is free Wi-Fi killing the coffeehouse? MSN
Coffee shops and free Wi-Fi once appeared to be the perfect match. Free Wi-Fi drew customers and made the shop seem cool. Even Starbucks finally inaugurated free wireless Internet service July 1 — possibly influenced by the fact that McDonald’s was offering cheaper coffee drinks AND free Wi-Fi. The love affair may be over, at least in some shops. A number are pulling the plug on free Wi-Fi, saying it hurts business or detracts from the ambience they are trying to create. “We just realized it was a mistake,” Jeremy Tooker of Four Barrel Coffee in San Francisco told Jessica Guynn of the Los Angeles Times. “People would just camp out for hours, literally eight hours on one cup of coffee. We only had 75 seats, and those were always full.” Plus, he added, “It killed the vibe, too.”
Ageless Paul McCartney charms crowd with inspirational performance Toronto Star
Baby, we’re amazed! He may have recently turned 68, but Paul McCartney performed like a man one-quarter of his age before an adoring crowd at a packed Air Canada Centre last night. For the first of two concerts—he returns to the ACC tonight—the living legend’s stamina was absolutely stupefying. He seemed to turn back the hands of time during a nearly three-hour marathon that featured 36 songs and nary a sip of water between them. Backed by a tremendous quartet that included monster drummer (and chief dancer) Abe Laboriel Jr., the agelessly thin, limber Macca focused his set liberally on his Wings catalogue — particularly 1973′s exceptional Band On The Run — and another band of his that you may have heard of called the Beatles … [ The Beatles were Paul McCartney's? Oh, rilly? ]
Princess accused of taking honeymoon bribe The Local
Prosecutors are to consider whether Crown Princess Victoria and her husband Prince Daniel accepted bribes after a tycoon paid for the couple’s luxury honeymoon. Sweden’s tabloids have reported that Bertil Hult, the founder of language course organizer EF, lent the couple his plane, yacht and house in Colorado for their honeymoon, which they spent in French Polynesia and in North America. The value of the gift has been estimated at several million kronor by tabloid newspaper Aftonbladet. Now, prosecutors at the National Anti-Corruption Unit have received three complaints about the gift from members of the public. They claim it constitutes a bribe, as Victoria has attended events hosted by Hult’s companies and charities in an official capacity …
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