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January 27, 2011

What google doesn't censor

They censor torrents, sex/health information, the word "clitoris," and all things gay. Here is what their instant search thinks is okay to show us instead. Google Censoring Torrent Search Suggestions: 7 Terrible Things They Don’t Censor | Techi.com

December 28, 2010

Glenn Greenwald versus CNN on the topic of WikiLeaks

Glenn Greenwald speaks sense, but the CNN anchors are in a different universe. CNN doesn't seem to understand the first thing about WikiLeaks here and just push some bizarre scare tactic outlandish bullshit. We need a better media. CNN Bizarro Wikileaks Debate

Apple sued after apps leak personal data to marketers without consent

Apple sued over apps privacy issues; Google may be next - Yahoo! News
BANGALORE (Reuters) – Two separate groups of iPhone and iPad users have sued Apple Inc alleging that certain software applications were passing personal user information to third-party advertisers without consent. In the lawsuits seeking class action, filed in a federal court in California, the plaintiffs sought a ban on passing of user information without consent and monetary compensation, according to case documents. At some point, both cases may be consolidated into one by the judges presiding over the cases, said Majed Nachawati, a partner at law firm Fears & Nachawati, one of the attorneys for the complainants. Along with Apple, makers of popular apps such as Textplus4, Paper Toss, Weather Channel, Dictionary.com, Talking Tom Cat and Pumpkin Maker were also named co-defendants in the lawsuits filed on December 23.

December 17, 2010

Oregon to let students use spellcheck on school tests

Oregon will allow students to use spell check on state writing tests in 2011 | OregonLive.com
Do you have to be good at spelling to be a good writer? Not necessarily, at least not in Oregon public schools. As middle and high school kids begin taking state writing tests next month, they'll have a new tool at their fingertips: spell check. For the first time, Oregon is allowing students -- those taking online and paper tests -- to use a spell check button on a computer to check their work before submitting answers to the writing test prompts. State officials say the change is an opportunity to better assess students' writing skills and focus less on typos. "We are not letting a student's keyboarding skills get in the way of being able to judge their writing ability," said state Superintendent Susan Castillo. "As we're using technology to improve what we're doing with assessments as a nation, we believe that spell check will be one of those tools."

December 15, 2010

Leaked memo shows Fox News boss ordering reporters to lie about climate change

FOXLEAKS: Fox boss ordered staff to cast doubt on climate science | Media Matters for America
In the midst of global climate change talks last December, a top Fox News official sent an email questioning the "veracity of climate change data" and ordering the network's journalists to "refrain from asserting that the planet has warmed (or cooled) in any given period without IMMEDIATELY pointing out that such theories are based upon data that critics have called into question." The directive, sent by Fox News Washington managing editor Bill Sammon, was issued less than 15 minutes after Fox correspondent Wendell Goler accurately reported on-air that the United Nations' World Meteorological Organization announced that 2000-2009 was "on track to be the warmest [decade] on record." This latest revelation comes after Media Matters uncovered an email sent by Sammon to Fox journalists at the peak of the health care reform debate, ordering them to avoid using the term "public option" and instead use variations of "government option." That email echoed advice from a prominent Republican pollster on how to help turn public opinion against health care reform. Sources familiar with the situation in Fox's Washington bureau have expressed concern about Sammon using his position to "slant" Fox's supposedly neutral news coverage to the right.

December 10, 2010

Parents Pull Son Out of New Hampshire School Over Assigned Book That Refers to Jesus as a Socialist

Parents Pull Son Out of New Hampshire School Over Assigned Book That Refers to Jesus as 'Wine-Guzzling Vagrant and Socialist' - FoxNews.com
A New Hampshire couple has pulled their son out of his local high school after the teen was assigned a book that refers to Jesus Christ as a "wine-guzzling vagrant and precocious socialist." Aimee Taylor says her oldest son, 16-year-old Jordan Henderson, was required to read "Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America," this fall for Bedford High School's personal finance class. The book is a first-person account of author Barbara Ehrenreich's attempts to make ends meet while working minimum wage jobs in Florida, Maine and Minnesota. . . . [The father also says,] "…These words are illegal to say on national TV and radio in this country and yet here they are in this book."