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Personal Liberty Alerts

by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

July 11, 2012

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed anti-cyberbullying legislation that puts more responsibility on schools to monitor and report incidents.

The law, which Cuomo signed Monday but doesn't go into effect for another year, defines the crime as harassment, on or off school grounds, taking place through any electronic means, and that "reasonably causes or would reasonably be expected to cause physical injury or emotional harm to a student." the measure creates a system for reports of cyberbullying to reach school administrators and calls for teacher training to better identify the crime, the Buffalo News reported.

Personal Liberty Alerts

by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

July 9, 2012

A man on welfare in Northern Ireland made 80 trips to an automated teller machine during a computer crash, officials said.

The next day, sources told The Belfast Telegraph, he went to the Ulster Bank to collect his benefits. He allegedly got $65,000 from one ATM in Belfast. Ulster Bank, NatWest and Royal Bank of Scotland, all in the RBS group, were affected by a computer glitch June 19, the Telegraph said. The problem appears to have hit Ulster Bank hardest.

Personal Liberty Alerts

by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

June 27, 2012

A California judge has issued an injunction banning sales of Samsung's Galaxy Tab tablet at the request of Apple Inc., which says Samsung violated its patents.

The preliminary injunction bars Samsung from making or selling their Tab 10.1 tablet, which Apple claims violates its design patent for the front, back and sides of the iPad, in the United States. The ruling is the latest action in an ongoing legal battle between Apple and the South Korean technology giant, which has grown to 30 legal cases between the companies over design and technology patents in 10 different countries.

Personal Liberty Alerts

by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

June 15, 2012

The newest MacBook Pro with Retina display merits a 1 on a 10-point repair scale and is nearly impossible to fix or upgrade, a popular tech Web site says.

Electronics do-it-yourself Web site iFixit found the $2,799 laptop "virtually non-upgradeable," eWeek.com reported Wednesday. Tearing down the next-generation MacBook, the iFixit team said they found it to be the least repairable or upgradable laptop they have ever taken apart. The laptop's RAM is soldered to the logic board, the solid-state drive isn't upgradeable, the lithium-polymer battery is glued rather than screwed into the case and even the screws that hold the unit together are a proprietary design requiring a special screwdriver, they said.

Personal Liberty Alerts

by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

June 7, 2012

Professional social networking site LinkedIn has confirmed a leak of users' passwords and is encouraging members to update their passwords.

The company's confirmation came following reports that a Russian hacker site posted some 6.5 million LinkedIn passwords, CBS News reported Wednesday. "Some of the passwords that were compromised correspond to LinkedIn accounts," the company said, noting that the hacker uploaded passwords but not user names.

Personal Liberty Alerts

by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

June 4, 2012

The Internet could someday look very different and be less open and free if a proposal for the International Telecommunications Union, an arm of the United Nations, to take over management of the Internet comes to pass, critics of the proposal say.

A growing movement led by China, Russia and some Arab states to hand more control of the Web to the United Nations has U.S. lawmakers and Internet companies warning of censorship, surveillance and taxes. The ITU and its 93 member states will meet in Dubai in December to reconsider a key 1988 communications treaty, with a number of foreign governments arguing it needs to be updated as the influence of Internet communications increases worldwide.

Personal Liberty Alerts

by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

June 1, 2012

A North Carolina blogger says the state violated his freedom of speech when it restricted what advice he could give on his diet blog.

Steve Cooksey, 50, filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Charlotte this week, claiming the state of North Carolina violated his First Amendment rights to free speech by putting limits on what he can say on his blog, The Charlotte Observer reported. Cooksey started his blog, "Diabetes Warrior," to share his experience and offer advice on weight loss and keeping diabetes under control the way he did, by eating a low-carbohydrate, meat-and-vegetables diet. In January, the North Carolina Board of Dietetics/Nutrition received a complaint that Cooksey was providing "nutrition care services" without a license.

Personal Liberty Alerts

by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

June 1, 2012

Representatives from both the Democratic and Republican parties expressed concern Thursday over pending international proposals to regulate the Internet.

"We're all in agreement on this one," said U.S. Rep. Lee Terry, R-Neb. At a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee meeting, Democrats and Republicans affirmed support for the Internet's free and pluralist structure, which they said provides for the unfettered flow of communication and serves as a vital tool for global economic development.

Personal Liberty Alerts

by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

May 31, 2012

A typo misspelling "America" in presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's iPhone app has gone viral online.

Romney's iPhone app, "I'm with Mitt," allows users to post photos of themselves with 14 pre-made banners, including one reading "A Better Amercia," USA Today reported Wednesday.

Official Google Blog

by Urs Hölzle

March 13, 2013

We're living in a new kind of computing environment. Everyone has a device, sometimes multiple devices.

It's been a long time since we have had this rate of change-it probably hasn't happened since the birth of personal computing 40 years ago. To make the most of these opportunities, we need to focus-otherwise we spread ourselves too thin and lack impact. So today we're announcing some more closures, bringing the total to 70 features or services closed since our spring cleaning began in 2011...

      
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