WHO@ Newsletter - February 15, 2010
Men risk anticlimax with anatomy-boosting pants
Hundreds of British men are risking a Valentine's Day anticlimax for their partners by stocking up on anatomy-boosting underpants ahead of the most romantic weekend of the year.
British department store group Debenhams said Thursday it had seen a 76 percent surge in online sales of the 18 pounds-a-pair ($28) underwear in the past week.
The pants work by using a lift and hold feature at the front, like a male version of the cleavage-boosting Wonderbra.
"The briefs mean that no man ever needs to feel inadequate again on the most passionate day of the social calendar," said Rob Faucherand, head of men's accessories buying at Debenhams.
"However we can't be held responsible for what happens once the pants come off," he added.
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Brad Fittler fights to defend 'stalker' honour - 02/15/10
IN ONE corner is a Macquarie Bank high flyer, in the other a woman accused of "obsessively" stalking him for five years.
Throw in rugby league legend Brad Fittler's appearance as a character witness for the accused and you have a legal battle that is as expensive as it is bitter.
The Daily Telegraph reports Kimberley Morrison, 43, is accused of "obsessively" following the senior banker, who cannot be identified on court orders, since May 2004.
Your First Amendment Right to be Mean - 02/15/10
People love to hate. Go through my inventory of blogs and you'll find a colorful assortment of hate comments, thinly veiled death threats, and "you're an idiot" posts.
They're my favorite bedtime reading and make me feel all warm and fuzzy. Actually, they don't. Actually they kinda hurt, and I find myself going to my friends and asking them if I really am "acting like a selfish, spoiled brat."
Workplace policies must improve to check cyber-bullies - 02/15/10
CYBER-bullying is probably more closely associated with children and teenagers, but digital bullying represents an extension of traditional workplace bullying that has long been recognised as a widespread problem in UK plc.
Lawyers Look to Web in Relationship Cases - 02/14/10
Lawyers are using social networking sites like Myspace to dig up evidence for divorce, domestic abuse and other relationship cases. People often post pictures and write comments on the sites. So, attorneys are using that information to prove their point in the courtroom.
Facebook: Keeping up with the exes - 02/14/10
I couldn’t bring myself to do it. All I had to do was click the little “X” next to his name and deletion would be complete. But I tried that. And Facebook asked me, verbatim, “Are you sure you want to remove your connection to [your ex-boyfriend]?” At which point I sat and pondered the enormity of that statement. No clicks were made. Better luck next time.
Children paid to plug junk food on Facebook and Bebo - 02/14/10
Children are being given rewards to promote Fanta, Nintendo and other products to their Facebook friends in a controversial form of stealth marketing.
Throwing the book at digital crooks - 02/14/10
Pop quiz: Name a crime that doesn’t relate to computers.
Here’s a hint: you probably can’t.
“No matter the crime, we can come up with some angle that will show, yeah, there’s a potential that’s a computer-related crime,” said Sgt. John Killian of the state police computer crimes unit. “We’ve had fugitives on the run stay one night at a house but while they’re there, they use a computer to check their MySpace account.”
The Facebook revolution - 02/12/10
Even if you've spent the last six years with no Internet access, and avoided media altogether, you've probably heard of Facebook. And if you're one of the 400 million users of the social networking tool, you might already have an idea of how big a role Facebook plays in everyday life.
Web Searches Serve as a Litigation Tool - 02/12/10
Social networking websites and other internet forums have, to differing degrees, eroded the personal privacy of their users. Often, this erosion is unintentional; often the technology and the information it reveals is not thoroughly understood; and often a third party's ability to collect substantial and qualitatively important amounts of information is underestimated.
Chaos at Illegal Facebook Rave - 02/12/10
RIOT police had to evict more than 2,000 teenagers from an illegal Facebook rave at a £15MILLION mansion over fears the roof would collapse.
Witnesses said people who had attended the rowdy bash had told them it was a squat party arranged on social networking website Facebook.
Bullying case not isolated incident - 02/12/10
A recent case of cyber-bullying involving three local teens who police say took on a schoolmate's identity to torment others is not the first case of cyber-bullying Newburyport police have seen in recent years.
IT also spells danger - 02/11/10
The new social network or the Internet can be a real danger, according to IT experts. Cyberbullying, sexting ( messages with high sexual connotations and vulgar words) and privacy violation are among the dangers to which children and young adults are exposed.
Former Valpak worker faces stalking charges in Pinellas - 02/11/10
A 27-year-old former employee of Valpak was arrested earlier this week, accused of leaving threatening and harassing emails and telephone messages with former co-workers after he was overlooked for a promotion.
Menino condemns online harassment - 02/11/10
Mayor Thomas M. Menino plans to launch a new campaign today to warn teenagers, their parents, and school officials about the increasing threat of so-called cyberbullying. The mayor is expected to announce a new tip line for youths to report bullying; to urge Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, and other online social networks to increase efforts to address the threat; and to send letters to school principals and others about how to prevent students from picking on each other.
Family learns of teenage son's car crash death through Facebook - 02/10/10
Twins Angela and Maryanne Vourlis logged on to Facebook expecting to read best wishes from their friends as they began celebrating their 20th birthday.
Instead, to their horror, they were confronted with R.I.P. messages about their younger brother Bobby - who, unknown to the family, had been killed in a car crash.
Japanese murder exposes world of hired marriage wreckers - 02/10/10
He was charming and single, she was bored and stuck in a sterile marriage, and their encounter in the aisles of a local supermarket seemed like a chance for them to change their lives for the better.
Internet hoax bedevils Ohio man - 02/10/10
A local official in Ohio was the target of an Internet hoax that sent a string of strangers to his house to cart away his belongings, authorities say.
Fla. woman arrested for Facebook threats - 02/10/10
A 32-year-old Central Florida woman has been jailed for making threats on a social networking Web site.
Sylvia Jennifer Hernandez faces charges of cyber stalking and violation of an injunction. She was arrested Sunday and is being held in the Brevard County Detention Center on $1,500 bond.
Craigslist Prank Leads To Felony Charge For Disgruntled Friendswood Woman - 02/10/10
Police in Friendswood allege that 33-year-old Amanda Anderson got even with her former employer the new-fashioned way: via Craigslist.
They allege that she took out what must have been a very generous help-wanted ad for various contractors.
Man Indicted for Threatening Employees of Latino Civil Rights Organizations - 02/10/10
An Ocean County man was arrested last Friday on a federal Indictment charging him with threatening employees of five civil rights organizations that work to improve opportunities for Latinos in the United States, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman and Thomas E. Perez, Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, announced.
Steve Phillips' former flame Brooke Hundley on Facebook: Ego was ex-ESPN analyst's problem - 02/09/10
Skirt-chasing former ESPN sportscaster Steve Phillips is no sex addict - he's addicted to "feeding his ego."
That's what former flame Brooke Hundley claimed on her Facebook page after Phillips publicly admitted he was a sex addict and insisted therapy made him a new man.
Murder girl's tribute site hit by saboteurs: Facebook ghouls post sick taunts and photos - 02/08/10
Ghouls have sabotaged a website dedicated to Francesca McFall, the former head girl murdered by her father.