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by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

August 24, 2012

Officials in an Alaskan town said a man unfamiliar with the area drove his car into a harbor on the advice of his GPS unit and survived along with his two dogs.

Dave Schofield, director of the Whittier Department of Public Safety, said the man, moving to Alaska from another state, took a right turn into the town's small boat harbor about 400 feet after driving off a ferry, the Anchorage (Alaska) Daily News reported Friday. "The GPS apparently misrouted him and he drove down the ramp for launching boats into the water," Schofield said. "He was unfamiliar with the area is the only answer I have for you."

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by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

August 23, 2012

One in five U.S. seniors age 65 and older were victimized by a financial swindle in 2010 and a survey of experts indicates the problem is getting worse.

The Investor Protection Trust and Investor Protection Institute surveyed 756 state securities regulators, financial planners, healthcare professionals, social workers, adult protective services, law enforcement officials, elder law attorneys and academics, responding to questions posed by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in Washington.

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by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

August 22, 2012

U.S. workers may be incurring risks by failing to secure office laptops, sharing passwords or clicking on links from unknown sources, a study found.

A Harris Interactive study conducted for CareerBuilder.com found 61 percent of workers given company laptops said they have critical, sensitive information stored on them. A significant percentage of workers said their laptops currently held a variety of personal files in addition to office-related data and documents, CareerBuilder reported Tuesday.

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by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

August 20, 2012

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has rejected a one-year delay in regulations setting standards for event data recorders - the so-called "black boxes" - in U.S. vehicles.

Beginning Sept 1, all new passenger vehicles sold with the devices will have to have programming that collects data in the seconds leading up to a crash. The cost to manufacturers won't be much of an issue since 91.6 percent of new vehicles sold in the United States already have a "black box." The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers - a trade group representing GM, Ford, Chrysler, Toyota, Volkswagen and seven other automakers - supported making the devices mandatory in 2010 but recently asked NHTSA to delay the recording requirement until next September.

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by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

August 17, 2012

There may be an interesting psychological study available in Menlo Park, Calif., this year -- a study on disappointment -- as Facebook employees watch the value of their company sink day by day.

So soon after Facebook's initial public offering in May, it remains vaguely forgivable that guesswork is involved when a chief executive officer approves of an initial sales price for a company going public. But Facebook's initial price of $38 per share was so off the mark that at least one major newspaper on Friday, the Los Angeles Times, has posed the predictable question: Is 28-year-old CEO Mark Zuckerberg in over his head?

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by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

August 14, 2012

A name and focus change may be in store for the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the bureau's acting director said.

B. Todd Jones, who doubles as the U.S. attorney in Minneapolis, said he sees a "sweet spot" for the agency in tackling violent crime in big cities, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday. Jones confirmed ATF is also considering changing its name to the Violent Crime Bureau. Jones took over last year as the bureau's fifth acting director in the past six years. Since then he has tightened controls over undercover investigations following the flawed operation known as Fast and Furious that allowed suspected smugglers to buy thousands of firearms.

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by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

August 9, 2012

Google will pay $22.5 million to settle charges it misrepresented privacy assurances to users of Apple's Safari Internet browser, U.S. officials said.

Google violated an earlier agreement with the Federal Trade Commission in which it said it would not place tracking "cookies" or serve targeted ads to those users, an FTC release reporting the settlement said Thursday. The $22.5 million is the largest penalty the FTC has ever obtained for a violation of a commission order.

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by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

August 8, 2012

Taiwanese computer maker Acer is urging Microsoft to "think twice" about bringing out its Surface tablet computer in competition with its own partners.

While Microsoft's hopes to compete with the iPad and Android tablets on the market, the Surface will also be competing with similar devices from Microsoft's own OEM hardware partners, CNET reported Tuesday. Acer CEO J.T. Wang told the Financial Times Microsoft's plans to launch the Surface in October would be a "negative for the worldwide ecosystem" in computing, and he's urging Microsoft to rethink the intentions.

Personal Liberty Alerts

by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

August 8, 2012

New rules will cut red tape for U.S. doctors, hospitals and health plans and save up to $9 billion over the next 10 years, a governmental official says.

Kathleen Sebelius, secretary for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, said a regulation that goes into effect Friday provides operating rules for making healthcare claim payments electronically among doctor's offices, hospitals and health insurance plans. "These new rules will cut red tape, save money and ensure doctors spend more time seeing patients and less time filling out forms," Sebelius said in a statement.

Personal Liberty Alerts

by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

August 7, 2012

Traditional in-person bullying is far more common than cyberbullying among today's youth, attendees at a U.S. psychological association meeting were told.

The research and a recommendation that traditional bullying should be the primary focus of prevention programs were presented at the American Psychological Association's convention in Orlando, Fla. "Claims by the media and researchers that cyberbullying has increased dramatically and is now the big school bullying problem are largely exaggerated," psychologist Dan Olweus of the University of Bergen, Norway, said. "There is very little scientific support to show that cyberbullying has increased over the past five to six years, and this form of bullying is actually a less frequent phenomenon."

      
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