WHO@ Newsletter - August 24, 2009

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .I just have nothing to add to this:
Man with Spears tattoo steals earring-wearing dog

A man with a tattoo of Britney Spears' name on his arm or neck allegedly stole a Chihuahua with pink earrings from a South Florida gay bar. Brian Dortort, 48, said Thursday he has spent weeks searching for his 4-month-old pooch, named Hudson Hayward Hemingway. The dog, about the size of a softball, was in a specialty pet bag.

Dortort said he let a man hold the Chihuahua for a moment during a friend's birthday party, then both of them disappeared.

Police said a suspect has been identified, but it's up to the Broward State Attorney's Office to decide whether to an issue an arrest warrant.
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(DISCLAIMER: The following news items were found on the web and were not written or endorsed by WHO@; they are for informational purposes only)

Blogger who called Vogue model a 'skank' sues Google for $15million for unmasking her - 08/24/09
A blogger who was outed by Google for anonymously labeling a model a 'ho' and a 'skank' says she will sue the website for $15m.

Official tells Google to erase Swiss street views - 08/24/09
A Swiss government official is demanding that Google Inc. immediately take off the Internet any image of Switzerland in its "Street View Maps," and the company said Monday it would discuss the matter with the privacy rights regulator.

Woman accused of threatening bomb-plot informant - 08/24/09
A Texas woman faces trial this month in Austin on charges she threatened to kill a government informant who infiltrated an Austin-based group that planned to bomb the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn., last fall.

Facebook bully has affected my every moment for 4yrs - 08/24/09
A GIRL tormented by a Facebook bully told how the abuse affected her "every waking moment". Victim Emily Moore, 18, was hounded for four years by Keeley Houghton - who ended up threatening to kill her.

Mom faces felony charges for fake Craigslist post - 08/23/09
A St. Peters mom faces felony charges for allegedly making a fake posting on Craigslist.
It will be a landmark case.

Is your child being bullied? - 08/22/09
What do you do if your child comes home from school on Monday and complains of being picked on or teased by other students?

Online radio service wins ruling over license fees - 08/21/09
Personalized Internet radio stations got a boost Friday when a federal appeals court ruled that Yahoo's LAUNCHcast music service was not interactive enough to be forced to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in licensing fees.

Court Shuts Down Sites Promising Free Gov't Grants - 08/21/09
A U.S. district court has shut down several Web sites that falsely promised they could help consumers get free government grants, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission announced.

New policy addresses ‘inappropriate' computer use in Craven schools - 08/21/09
Craven County Schools has a new set of consequences for inappropriate computer use, as students have more access to computers in labs, the classroom, and through a laptop initiative.

Facebook bully jailed: Death threat girl, 18, is first person put behind bars for vicious internet campaign - 08/21/09
A teenager who posted a death threat on Facebook, yesterday became the first person in Britain to be jailed for bullying on a social networking site.

Uncouth Facebook postings closing doors for job candidates - 08/20/09
More employers than ever are researching job candidates on sites like Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter in order to find out more about their activities and character. And, it turns out, many candidates are doing a great job of showing their potential bosses poor communication skills, inappropriate pictures, and even how many workplace secrets they can leak.

Dangers of internet, cell phones often overlooked - 08/20/09
Police warn teens that not everything on the internet or in the world of wireless is what it seems
Computers and cell phones can cause an increasing and often overlooked danger to teenagers

The end of anonymous trolling? - 08/19/09
Yes, my headline is wishful thinking. But this is definitely a step in the right direction. (Ignore the article's headline if you can, ugh.)
A Manhattan judge ruled yesterday that a blogger can't hide behind a web of anonymity while flinging the ugly words "skank" and "ho" at somebody online.

Banksy 3 face fraud trial - 08/19/09
THREE fraud suspects yesterday denied making around £100,000 selling 100 bogus prints of work by graffiti artist Banksy on eBay.

On the Trail of the Missing Gadget - 08/19/09
In 2007, Mat Mullen walked out of a party in Marin County, Calif., and discovered that someone had stolen his iPod from his car. “It had all of my music in it,” he said. “I work in a recording studio and it’s something that’s always been close to my heart. I never backed it up.” Mr. Mullen started thinking. “There’s got to be a way to track your iPod,” he recalled saying to himself. “Apple has to have some way to do it. There’s a unique serial number. I did some research and found there was a huge user community saying the same thing.”

Bullies unleash venom from behind computer, police say - 08/18/09
Hearing that her son's life had been threatened online brought Bonnie Harris a mix of emotions.
She was scared and nervous for her son, but her heart also went out to the troubled boy behind the violent threats.

U.S. man arrested for faking his own suicide live on the internet - 08/18/09
An American man sparked a frantic transatlantic search after faking his suicide on the internet.
Police in North Wales and New York state became involved in a race against time to find Joseph Shepherd after he said he was going to slash his wrists.


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