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WHOA Newsletter - July 28, 2008

WHOA Newsletter

July 28, 2008

I couldn't make this up if tried. . .Then he set fire to his pants for not unzipping properly

Angry man shoots lawn mower for not starting
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080726/ap_on_fe_st/odd_mower_madness;_ylt=AurrlNEaWurldvLpS2DiMPrtiBIF

A Milwaukee man was accused of shooting his lawn mower because it wouldn't start. Keith Walendowski, 56, was charged with felony possession of a short-barreled shotgun or rifle and misdemeanor disorderly conduct while armed.

According to the criminal complaint, Walendowski said he was angry because his Lawn Boy wouldn't start Wednesday morning. He told police quote, "I can do that, it's my lawn mower and my yard so I can shoot it if I want."

A woman who lives at Walendowski's house reported the incident. She said he was intoxicated.

Walendowski could face up to an $11,000 fine and six years and three months in prison if convicted.

A call to Walendowski's home went unanswered Friday morning.

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Polish policemen barred from social networking site - 07/28/08
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20080728/od_uk_nm/oukoe_uk_poland_police;_ylt=AoBQdGVMlGrSTamQyCAa_lztiBIF
Poland's national police headquarters has banned officers from using a popular social networking site similar to Facebook because they were spending too much time using it, a newspaper said on Monday.

‘Shank’ website is aimed at the kids who carry knives - 07/28/08
http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/justice/article1476976.ece
A SICK game on Facebook has been removed from the website after The Sun revealed how kids were able to STAB each other.

Colorado Spam King found dead - 07/28/08
http://www.itbusiness.ca/it/client/en/home/news.asp?id=49325
Convicted penny-stock spammer Eddie Davidson has died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, apparently after killing his wife and 3-year-old daughter in his home town of Bennet, Colorado, the U.S. Department of Justice said Thursday.

Is Social Networking and Blogging Bad for Business? - 07/28/08
http://www.redorbit.com/news/technology/1498073/is_social_networking_and_blogging_bad_for_business/
Blog and social networking sites continue to rise in popularity as today's tech-savvy professionals stay connected with friends, family and colleagues around the world. But, have business owners considered the impact to their company reputation when employees blur the lines between personal and professional fodder?

Players monitor social network profiles with a hawkeye - 07/28/08
http://www.usatoday.com/sports/college/2008-07-27-social-networks_N.htm
More college athletic departments are developing or publicizing online social networking policies for student athletes, experts say.

Open courts vs. privacy: Move toward online access to files sparks concerns - 07/27/08
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/story.html?id=e1fb5748-b208-4e9f-8071-dd7c809cdbad
The judges on the Supreme Court of Canada will decide this fall whether to post court documents online, the culmination of years of debate on whether throwing open the electronic doors threatens privacy rights in an era of Internet stalkers and identity thieves.

Scrabble makers sue Facebook over 'copycat' Scrabulous game - 07/26/08
http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/article-23521700-details/Scrabble+makers+sue+Facebook+over+'copycat'+Scrabulous+game/article.do
The Calcutta, India-based creators of a Scrabble knock-off that has become one of the most popular activities on Facebook were sued Thursday by Hasbro Inc, the company that owns the word game's North American rights.

FCC poised to punish Comcast over Web blocking - 07/26/08
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080726/ap_on_go_ot/internet_regulation;_ylt=Ai4ebKsx64bIswkCDiV__gD6VbIF
A majority of members of the Federal Communications Commission have cast votes in favor of punishing Comcast Corp. for blocking subscribers' Internet traffic, an agency official said Friday.

Libel: Ex-friend's Facebook revenge costs £22,000 in damages at high court - 07/25/08
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2008/jul/25/law.facebook
After Grant Raphael had a row with his old school friend Mathew Firsht, he wanted revenge. He disseminated a web of lies via Facebook, to cause Firsht stress and humiliation.

Hacker admits online shop thefts - 07/25/08
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/wales/north_east/7526487.stm
A man who spotted flaws in an online shop has admitted stealing equipment worth £20,000 from the firm.

Google to face charges over Down's syndrome video - 07/25/08
http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/tech_and_web/article4397511.ece
Italian prosecutors say a video which showed four youths taunting a teenager with Down's syndrome was an invasion of privacy

Woman Gets 2 Years In Prison For Stalking By Cell Phone - 07/25/08
http://www.wbbm780.com/pages/2665888.php?
A northwest Indiana woman was sentenced to two years in prison Thursday for stalking a man she met over the Internet.

The F Word - 07/24/08
http://www.rakemag.com/blogs/spazz-dad/2008/07/the-f-word
I absolutely loves me some Facebook. And I know what you’re thinking: What the hell is Todd Smith, the Spazz Dad, doing on Facebook? Isn’t he the guy with the Vagina Eye (Chop It Off) and the overactive colon? You are totally right. I have about as much right of being on the hip social networking website as I do in joining the Harlem Globetrotters. But so be it. I’m logged on and Facebookin’ the hell out of things.

Internet shopping: play your cards right - 07/24/08
http://www.liverpoolconfidential.com/index.asp?sessionx=IpqiNwEiJpqpIDB6IHqjNwB6IA&realname=Internet_shopping_a_guide_for_safe_webuse
In this day and age, if you're not an internet explorer, you may as well be living in the Shire with Frodo and the rest. The possibilities online are endless: you can learn, work, chat, date, play, laugh and shop, all from the comfort of your own home or office. Or even with 3G, I-phone and the rest from just about anywhere, anytime.

Myspace suicide woman 'did what loads of people do online' - 07/24/08
http://www.theinquirer.net/gb/inquirer/news/2008/07/24/myspace-suicide-aguments-heard
MISSOURI MOTHER Lori Drew’s lawyer is now arguing that if she is guilty, then so are millions of other internet users every day.

Mayor promises action on Internet abuse - 07/24/08
http://www.dailypress.com/news/local/virginia/dp-va--printshop-interne0724jul24,0,7989956.story
Mayor L. Douglas Wilder says misuse of city computers won't be tolerated. Wilder says appropriate action, which could include termination, will be taken following an audit of the Richmond print shop's computers that uncovered misuse.

Defense Attacks Theories in MySpace Case - 07/24/08
http://www.istockanalyst.com/article/viewiStockNews+articleid_2431947~title_Defense-Attacks-Theories.html
The attorney for Lori Drew, the woman accused of harassing a teen by creating a fake online identity on MySpace, is objecting to the prosecution's argument that his client violated the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

Family lose Narnia web name fight - 07/24/08
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/edinburgh_and_east/7522240.stm
An Edinburgh couple have lost a battle with the estate of Chronicles of Narnia author CS Lewis over a web domain name.

U.S. newsreader faces jail after leaking saucy emails of 'anchorbabe' co-presenter - 07/23/08
http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/femail/article-1037314/U-S-newsreader-faces-jail-leaking-saucy-emails-anchorbabe.html
A veteran newsreader has been charged with hacking into his glamorous co-presenter's emails and leaking them to the press.
Larry Mendte, 51, is accused of trying to ruin Alycia Lane's career.
Insiders said Mendte and Miss Lane, 34, appeared friendly on camera, but actually loathed each other.

Phones scheme to track unwitting - 07/23/08
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/somerset/7520596.stm
A university has been tracking people's whereabouts through the Blue Tooth facility on mobile phones for the past three years, it has emerged.

Do it! Do it! CriminalSearches.com your ex! - 07/23/08
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/25820953/
“Do you really know who people are?” That’s the slogan for pay site PeopleFinders.com's freshly launched (and totally free!) companion site, CriminalSearches.com. Do you want to know? Everybody has something to hide ­ so the cliché goes. That’s where CriminalSearches.com comes in.

Asprox computer virus infects key government and consumer websites - 07/23/08
http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/tech_and_web/the_web/article4381034.ece
Cyber-criminals have attacked key government and consumer websites, allowing them to steal the personal details of anyone browsing the sites, The Times has learnt.

Scorned lover's ad brings charges, lawsuit - 07/23/08
http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2008/07/23/Scorned_lovers_ad_brings_charges_lawsuit/UPI-83881216844006/
A Mount Juliet, Tenn., woman whose ex-fiance blasted her in a newspaper ad said she has filed harassment charges against the man.

Palm City man's stolen credit card used to buy program to prevent identity theft - 07/23/08
http://www.palmbeachpost.com/localnews/content/tcoast/epaper/2008/07/23/0723mcfraud.html
An identity thief apparently used a Palm City man's credit card to charge a program used to prevent identity theft, according to a Martin sheriff's report.

Convicted 'Spam King' gets 4 years - 07/23/08
http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/news/index.cfm?newsid=13807
US resident Soloway, who sent millions of unsolicited emails, pleaded guilty to fraud, spamming and tax evasion after being indicted in May 2007. It emerged that Soloway continued to spam even though he previously lost cases brought against him by Microsoft and a US ISP.

Stalker posing as prince arrested in Jeddah mall - 07/22/08
http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentID=2008072312500
A Saudi man in his 30s, well experienced in Internet scamming and posing as a rich prince, was busted while stalking and blackmailing a girl.
He had set up a website that claimed to promote ‘poetry and literature.’ However, as it turned out, the website was meant to attract women visitors who the man would try to cheat by getting their pictures and blackmailing them.

Police director sues for critical bloggers' names - 07/22/08
http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2008/jul/22/police-director-sues-find-identity-blogger-critica/
Memphis Police Director Larry Godwin and the city of Memphis have filed a lawsuit to learn who operates a blog harshly critical of Godwin and his department.

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