WHO@ Newsletter - April 16, 2012

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Food-shaped phone cases hot in Japan

Smartphone cases that look like food, even if made from non-edible materials, are the latest craze among Japanese women, marketers say.

The cases may look like taiyaki, bean paste-filled pancakes that are themselves gussied up to look like fish, or like steaks or pies, The Asahi Shimbun reported. They go for about $42 each.

Tsukasa Sample in Kawasaki, a small company that manufactures displays of plastic food for restaurants, branched out into smartphone cases as a sideline, selling them online. An executive said 3,000 have been sold in 18 months, 80 percent of them purchased by women.

"We cannot keep up with orders," he said.

The company said fruit tarts are the No. 1 seller. There are also seasonal variations, with designs featuring shaved ice doing better in the summer.

The soft-boiled egg on rice dish named tamago-kake gohan is the latest item on the company's smartphone menu.

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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)

Kickstarter Allegedly Bans Transmedia Artist Rachel Marone For Comment Spam From Cyberstalker - 04/15/12
Crowdfunding super site Kickstarter has benefited from an excess of good will across the web. They may take a bit of a bruising then from allegations they banned transmedia artist Rachel Marone for–as The Next Web aptly puts it–”all the wrong reasons.”

The Times sued over computer hacking - 04/13/12
The Times newspaper is being sued by police blogger Richard Horton after the paper accessed his email account, lawyer Mark Lewis has said. The paper revealed Mr Horton was the author of an award-winning anonymous blog entitled "NightJack" in 2009.

'Black widow' sentenced to death for murder in Japan - 04/13/12
A Japanese woman who murdered her three former lovers in 2009 has been sentenced to death. Kanae Kijima, 37, murdered three men aged 41, 53 and 80 for financial gain, the court said. The judge added that there was no room for leniency. She met the men on internet dating sites and poisoned them with carbon monoxide by burning charcoal briquettes after giving them sleeping pills.

Busted! FBI led to Anonymous hacker after he posts picture of girlfriend's breasts online - 04/13/12
This is the picture that led the FBI to a catch prolific hacker allegedly responsible for releasing the personal information of scores of police officers throughout the United States. Higinio O. Ochoa III has been charged with illegally hacking into at least four U.S. law enforcement websites - feats he allegedly boasted about across social networking sites.

Police get hundreds of calls a day from terrorised and suicidal children bullied on Facebook - 04/13/12
Hundreds of terrorised children often on the verge of suicide are calling the police every day because they are viciously bullied on Facebook.
Britain's forces fear this could be 'the tip of the iceberg' as more youngsters are certainly suffering in silence.

Bus staff suspended for foul-mouthed Facebook tirade against elderly passengers who complained about fare increases - 04/13/12
Staff at a bus company have been suspended from their jobs after criticising elderly customers in a foul-mouthed exchange on Facebook. The First Bus workers unleashed a string of expletives in the online discussion about pensioners who had complained about a 40p fare hike.

Sexting: a new teen cyber-bullying 'epidemic' - 04/12/12
Cheltenham has many claims to fame: gorgeous Regency architecture; the Gold Cup; GCHQ. But last week it hit the headlines for a far more undesirable reason: a 14-year-old boy from the town was arrested for posting a pornographic video of himself and his girlfriend on Facebook.

Two arrested after hackers attacked anti-terror hotline - 04/12/12
Two boys aged 16 and 17 have been arrested as part of an investigation into recordings made of conversations on Scotland Yard’s anti-terror hotline, which were posted on the internet.

Custody officer who got 'police informant' shot after putting his mugshot on Facebook is jailed for seven years - 04/12/12
A crooked custody officer stole a police mugshot to create a Facebook page falsely accusing a heroin dealer of being an informant to help a rival pusher. Within hours of the picture appearing on the social network, the man shown in the picture - 31-year-old Domenico Masciopinto - had been shot by a gunman.

Woman asks for restraining order against prominent blogger - 04/11/12
A woman is asking a court to keep a blogger away from her. Tricia Mezzacappa, of West Easton, filed a petition for a temporary restraining order against Bernard O'Hare Wednesday in Northampton County Court. She also is requesting protection from stalking and cyber-stalking.

Dig yourself out of this one: Fraudster jailed after hiring trucks and diggers then selling them on eBay - 04/11/12
A fraudster has been jailed after hiring 14 diggers and trucks and then hawking them as his own on eBay. Father-of-three Giorgio Arcaini, from Manchester, hired vehicles worth up to £15,000 each and then advertised them on the auction website.

Hackers Take Over National Organization For Marriage’s Twitter Account - 04/11/12
Hackers on Wednesday morning apparently took over the Twitter account for the anti-gay National Organization For Marriage and turned it into a feed promoting gay rights.

Mother of 12-year-old who died playing 'choking game' slams YouTube for allowing its users to post guides to deadly practice - 04/10/12
The mother of a 12-year-old boy, who accidentally hanged himself trying the 'choking game', has slammed internet site YouTube for showing videos encouraging the dangerous activity. Erik Rogg, a promising student and former boy scout from Randolph, Nebraska, died two years ago trying the 'game' which as been going on for decades.


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