? Episode 309
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  • Leah Gibbs met Adam Minton on Facebook and agreed to be his date. Her hope was that they would spend their first encounter watching a DVD at Minton's house. It is not recorded whether he had rented "The Sting", "Bonnie and Clyde," or "Inside Man." When Gibbs arrived, Minton told her he needed to see a friend and asked whether she might drive him to see said friend. It appears that there might not have been a friend at all. Instead, she drove him to the vicinity of what the English call a betting shop and New Yorkers call an OTB. There, Minton threatened the staff with a kitchen knife and took off with cash. When he leaped back into Gibbs' car, he reportedly told her: "Go, go, go!" Shortly after they were both arrested. Gibbs spent a night in the cells before Minton persuaded police that she was merely an innocent bysitter whom he had met on Facebook. Yes, this was their first date. Minton was sentenced to four-and-a-half years for his behavior. It is not recorded if Gibbs has ventured onto Facebook again in order to find the man of her dreams, or at least someone to take her to a bar. Or at least someone who doesn't land her behind bars.
  • Samsung Electronics said Sunday it has pulled its latest Galaxy tablet from the IFA trade show in Berlin, after a German court approved an Apple-requested injunction -- the latest move in a wide-reaching patent dispute between the two firms. The South Korean electronics maker unveiled the Galaxy Tab 7.7 touchscreen tablet at the tech show, which began its six-day run on Friday, but said it would no longer promote the product to show it respected the court's decision, the Yonhap news agency reported.
  • Fresh evidence has emerged that stolen web security certificates may have been used to spy on people in Iran. Analysis by Trend Micro suggests a spike in the number of compromised DigiNotar certificates being issued to the Islamic Republic. It is believed the digital IDs were being used to trick computers into thinking they were directly accessing sites such as Google. In reality, someone else may have been monitoring the communications. Hundreds of bogus certificates are thought to have been generated following a hack on Netherlands-based DigiNotar.
  • Amazon is making their own tablet. The new tablet will retail for $250 USD -- a psychologically significant price in that it matches Barnes & Noble, Inc.'s (BKS) Android-powered Nook Color and, further, is half the entry-level cost of an iPad. While the device reportedly looks much like Research in Motion, Ltd.'s (TSE:RIM) BlackBerry PlayBook, it will look quite foreign to those familiar with Android tablets. Amazon.com has forked its own version of Android from a version prior to Android 2.2 "Froyo", and has taken to radically customizing it. Amazon is also redesigning their website to accommodate traffic by the new tablet. This could be a siginifant shift in the tablet wars.
  • The ATT and Tmobile merger is on the rocks so ATT says it will bring back jobs to the US. On Wednesday, AT&T made international news for announcing it planned to bring 5,000 call center jobs previously sent abroad back to the United States if its merger with T-Mobile USA is approved and finalized. The company also said it would maintain its and T-Mobile's more than 25,000 call center jobs already in the U.S. if the deal is approved. The move was a political play aimed at appeasing some members of Congress who have struggled with the merger and required federal approval.
  • Google has announced its intention to shut down 10 products worth tens of millions of dollars as part of a cleanup of underperforming aspects of its business. The cleanup is being orchestrated by Google's CEO Larry Page, who promised to chop inefficiencies as soon as he took over the top job in April. The products getting the axe include Aardvark, Desktop, Fast Flip, Google Maps API for Flash, Google Pack, Google Web Security, Image Labeler, Notebook, Sidewiki, and Subscribed Links.
  • A number of websites, including The Register, The Daily Telegraph and UPS, were affected by a hack, which resulted in visitors being redirected to third-party webpages. As Sophos Security expert Graham Cluley points out, it's should be emphasized that the websites themselves were *not* hacked. "Instead of breaching the website itself, the hackers managed to change the DNS records for the various sites affected. DNS records work like a telephone book, converting human-readable website names like nakedsecurity.sophos.com into a sequence of numbers understandable by the internet," wrote Cluley.
  • Over the weekend, a leaked advertisement revealed the items included in the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Hardened Edition. In a break from tradition, this Hardened Edition will cost $99.99 instead of the usual $79.99. Amazon currently has the Hardened Edition listed for the PS3 and Xbox 360. Here's what you're getting for your hundred bucks (via Wired): Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 game featuring unique disc art. One year of membership in Call of Duty Elite, which includes future MW3 downloadable content "Founder status" on Elite with exclusive in-game emblem, player card, camouflage, clan XP boost and other exclusive benefits. SteelBook case. Exclusive PlayStation Network "Animated Timeline Theme." "Special Ops Juggernaut" Xbox Live Outfit Limited edition, collectible field journal chronicling the entire saga with 100+ pages of authentic military sketches, diagrams and written entries
  • Apple has a new patent application in for disabled users. In a recent patent application, the company outlined a method for hooking up iOS devices to accessories. A person could, for example, use a joystick to control an iOS device. Or a visually impaired individual could "see" the screen using a braille attachment. The accessories would be linked to the touch-screen device via a wireless connection or a physical one. The method could be standardized, to make it usable with any device no matter the screen size. The protocol would also likely extend Apple's VoiceOver feature, which uses voice commands to help the blind as well as the dyslexic navigate iOS devices.
  • Hewlett-Packard will break up its WebOS business, sending the software component to a different part of the company, according to a report Saturday at PreCentral.net. The company that was formerly Palm will split, reporting to separate divisions of HP, according to the report. This comes after HP announced during its August 18 earnings call that it was shuttering its WebOS hardware business, which includes its TouchPad tablet and Palm Pre phone. WebOS, which HP has not terminated, will be pushed over to HP's Office of Strategy and Technology (OS&T) and report to Executive Vice President Shane Robinson, the report claimed, citing internal memos from Robinson and Todd Bradley, head of the Personal Systems Group

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  • Ethan from Seattle asks "Will schools adopt a paperless system in the near future?"