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Monday, July 13, 2009

WHO@ Newsletter - July 13, 2009

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .I wonder if he told the officer "I love you, man!"
Drunk badger disrupts traffic
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20090709/od_nm/us_germany_badger_odd
A badger in Germany got so drunk on over-ripe cherries it staggered into the middle of a road and refused to budge, police said on Wednesday.

A motorist called police near the central town of Goslar to report a dead badger on a road -- only for officers to turn up and discover the animal alive and well, but drunk.

Police discovered the nocturnal beast had eaten cherries from a nearby tree which had turned to alcohol and given the badger diarrhoea.

Having failed to scare the animal away, officers eventually chased it from the road with a broom.

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Man To Be Sentenced For Threat To Va. Tech Alums - 07/13/09
http://wjz.com/wireapnewsva/Nev.man.to.2.1083003.html
A Las Vegas man is set to be sentenced for sending an e-mail threat to two Virginia Tech alumni on the eve of the one-year anniversary of the university's mass shootings.

Girl Falls Into Manhole While Texting, Parents Sue - 07/13/09
http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2009/07/girl-falls-into-manhole-while-texting-parents-sue/
It’s hard to decide who are the biggest morons in this story: parents or daughter. 15 year-old Alexa Longueira was walking along Victory Boulevard in Staten Island when she fell into an open manhole.

Beware killer heels: Warning over fake versions of designer shoes worn by celebrities - 07/13/09
http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/femail/article-1199442/Warning-women-conned-buying-fake-designer-killer-heels-worn-celebrities.html
Women are falling victim to a 'killer heels con' with evidence they are being duped into buying fake versions of must-have designer shoes.

Use caution at work on Internet, cell phone - 07/12/09
http://tech.yahoo.com/news/ap/20090712/ap_on_hi_te/us_tec_office_web_tips
A few tips for employees regarding Internet and cell phone use:
• Remember that anything you do on a company-issued computer or cell phone ­ in or out of the office ­ could be tracked by a boss, the courts or a regulator.

Network of envy: The bitter birth of Facebook - 07/12/09
http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/books/book_extracts/article6688863.ece
It began as a way of getting girls. Now everyone loves Facebook. But behind its huge success lie charges of double-dealing and betrayal

Korbel family feud escalates over Web comments - 07/11/09
http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20090711/ARTICLES/907119965/1350?Title=Korbel-owner-sues-daughter-over-Web-postings
When Korbel Champagne Cellars’ owner Gary Heck sued to find out who was saying nasty things about him on the Internet, he might have been surprised to discover an answer so close to home.

Social networking aggregator sues Facebook - 07/10/09
http://tech.yahoo.com/news/ap/20090710/ap_on_hi_te/us_tec_facebook_lawsuit
In a counterpunch to the world's biggest online hangout, a small Web company called Power.com has sued Facebook, saying it doesn't follow its own policy of giving users control over their content.

Does Google Know Too Much About You? - 07/10/09
http://tech.yahoo.com/news/pcworld/20090710/tc_pcworld/doesgoogleknowtoomuchaboutyou
Do you trust Google? If you use its multitude of online services on a daily basis you might, but is that assumption wise? For some, Google is a wonderful company with a broad selection of useful online tools that make life easier, but for others Google is a looming, unregulated monster just waiting for the moment to drop the ‘don't' from the company's unofficial motto, "Don't be evil."

Richmond: Allen Leon Sammons Admits Making Online Threats - 07/10/09
http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/view/109568
United States Attorney Julia C. Dudley announced today that Allen Leon Sammons, age 28, of Oakwood, Virginia, pled guilty last week in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Abingdon to charges related to threats of violence the defendant posted online.

Internet Heroes and Villains named by ISPs - 07/10/09
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/07/10/net_heroes_and_villains_recognised/
Is ISPA on the side of the file-sharers when it comes to IP and copyright? A close reading of the 11th Annual UK Internet Industry Awards – dished out yesterday evening - suggests that they might not be as hostile as some other trade bodies.

Facebook Account Hacked, Porn Posted - 07/10/09
http://www.kpho.com/technology/20022706/detail.html
Anyone who uses increasingly popular social networking sites can be vulnerable to worms or viruses that infect computers. Just ask Sarah McCampbell, a Phoenix school teacher.

Pair jailed for web race crimes - 07/10/09
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/north_yorkshire/8144366.stm
Two men have been jailed after becoming the first in the UK to be convicted of inciting racial hatred via a foreign website.

NY official: Tagged site stole identities - 07/09/09
http://tech.yahoo.com/news/ap/20090709/ap_on_hi_te/us_tagged_lawsuit
New York's attorney general charged Thursday that Tagged.com stole the identities of more than 60 million Internet users worldwide ­ by sending e-mails that raided their private accounts.

Dating Don’ts: How Not To Get Revenge On An Ex - 07/09/09
http://www.thefrisky.com/post/246-dating-donts-revenge-on-an-ex/
Well-known peacenik Mahatma Ghandi famously proclaimed, “An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.” Sorry, Ghandi, but I beg to disagree. The sad fact is, there are times in a lady’s life when revenge tastes pretty sweet. (Even in a blind taste test.)

TinyURL Spam Growing, But It Can Be Beat - 07/08/09
http://tech.yahoo.com/news/zd/20090708/tc_zd/242078
Spammers are always looking for new ways to infiltrate your e-mail inbox, and it appears that many are now seizing on tiny URLs, or shorter versions of long Web site addresses, according to a report from MessageLabs.

Sailor's Information Falsely Posted to Craigslist - 07/08/09
http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/2009/jul/08/sailors-information-falsely-posted-to-craigslist/?partner=RSS
A 22-year-old sailor told police Tuesday he’s not happy about getting what he called “harassing” phone calls after his information and photo were posted under the “gay section” of Craigslist, according to Bremerton Police reports.

Putting the ball into athletes' hands - 07/08/09
http://sports.espn.go.com/ncaa/columns/story?columnist=bennett_brian&id=4311480
Marcus Lattimore, Class of 2010, is one of the top running back recruits in the nation and has a long list of colleges he's still considering. Fans of Lattimore's potential schools -- which include South Carolina, Clemson, Florida State and Auburn -- would love to help him make his decision. And they believe they've found an outlet for that: Lattimore's Facebook page.

Internet Pioneer Vint Cerf Still Looking Forward - 07/08/09
http://www.voanews.com/english/Science/2009-07-08-voa53.cfm
Vint Cerf is often called the "Father of the Internet." He doesn't like the title much, saying there are others who deserve to share the credit. But he was there at the beginning, as a co-designer of the basic architecture of the Internet. He now works for Google as their chief Internet evangelist.

Woman who cried rape after date with man she met in internet chatroom is jailed for a year - 07/08/09
http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/news/article-1198088/Woman-cried-rape-date-man-met-internet-chatroom-jailed-year.html
An innocent man almost lost his freedom after being accused of rape by a woman he met over the internet.

International cyber criminals targeting London Olympics - 07/08/09
http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/tech_and_web/article6667856.ece
International criminal networks are preparing to disrupt the London 2012 Olympics with cyber attacks, a senior police officer warned today.

Google Warns Web Owners & Operators against Social Profile Spam - 07/07/09
http://www.spamfighter.com/News-12685-Google-Warns-Web-Owners-Operators-against-Social-Profile-Spam.htm
Google have drawn attention of web developers and owners towards a new online threat 'social profile spam' in which spammers create fake social profiles on various websites. Some social networks have to cope with this rising menace of bogus social profiles, fake accounts every day.

French police rescue Scottish girl, 12, snatched from her holiday villa by internet stalker - 07/07/09
http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1198149/French-police-rescue-Scottish-girl-12-snatched-holiday-villa-internet-stalker.html#ixzz0L9phCHEy&C
French police rescued an abducted 12-year-old Scottish girl after she was snatched from her holiday villa and taken to an airport by an internet pervert.
The youngster was lured from her villa by the 41-year-old Belgian man while staying with her family in the southern French resort of Saint-Cyr.

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