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Canadian goverment vows to reverse CRTC decision on usage-based internet billing

"It's happened before when Canadian government overturned the CRTC's decision and allowed Globalive to enter the Canadian cellphone market, and it looks like Ottawa is about to again weigh in and reverse an even more controversial ruling by the regulatory agency. As confirmed by Industry Minister Tony Clement on Twitter, the government plans to overturn the recent CRTC decision that effectively imposed usage-based internet billing if the agency doesn't back down and "go back to the drawing board."

Spam Text Prematurely Blows Up Suicide Bomber

"A suicide bomber's plan to detonate explosives in Central Moscow on New Year's Eve was foiled when she received an unexpected spam text message that caused her deadly payload to blow up too early. A message wishing her a happy new year came hours before the unnamed woman was to set off her suicide belt near Red Square, an act of terrorism that could have killed hundreds of people.

Google Hiring Spree Will See Over 6,000 New Workers in 2011

"Mercury News reports that Google announced this week that it would hire at least 6,000 workers in 2011. If it hits that number, 2011 will be the second biggest year for new hires in the history of Google. The company also says that about 2,000 of those new hires will be in and around its Bay Area HQ in California."


One of these guy could be your new boss in 2011.

Microsoft VP Bottles the Scent of Money

"Ah, the smell of a crisp, new bank note. Is there anything better? Probably, but can you get the scent of clean babies, freshly fallen rain, wet leaves, or sunshine in a bottle? Taking a little time out from his work as VP of Sales for Microsoft, Chicago-born Patrick McCarthy is marketing a new cologne that he believes will make people feel more confident. Now, as a woman who wears perfume every day, I can tell you that certain fragrances make you feel more bold and confident than others.

Study Shows Young Kids Learn Tech Skills before Life Skills

"Small children today are more likely to navigate with a mouse, play a computer game and increasingly – operate a smartphone – than swim, tie their shoelaces or make their own breakfast. This is according to a new ‘Digital Diaries’ study from Internet Security Company AVG (www.avg.com). AVG Digital Diaries is a series of studies looking at how children's interaction with technology has changed." | more

Playboy Going Uncensored on the iPad?

"Steve Jobs said before that those who want porn on the go should be picking up Android devices instead of the iOS-based ones from Apple.

That could be changing, however, as the Apple approval process for iOS apps as of late have been more lax than before. Could it be allowing adult content on the iPad? According to comments made by Hugh Hefner on Twitter (yes, this 84-year-old is tweeting),

Playboy will be coming to the iPad – uncensored." | more

Scientist develop way of spotting flashers

"Boffins fed up with people getting their kit off on chat sites have developed a new algorithm that will allow sites to nip the nudity in the bud. Video chat services such as Chatroulette which randomly link the webcams of people who visit the site have been doing well but it has been plagued by people who want to show their genitals... Now Xinyu Xing at the University of Colorado at Boulder and a few pals have come up with a "flasher detection" algorithm that spots the offenders, allowing them to be kicked out.

Man Stole Nude Photos From Women's E-mail Accounts

"Once in, he would change the account password -- locking out his victim -- and search for any racy photographs. If he found any, he posted them to the victim's Facebook profile. Of the 3,200 accounts he broke into, Bronk found nude or semi-nude photos in 172 of them, prosecutors said. In one case he persuaded a victim to send him even more explicit photographs by threatening to post the ones he'd stolen if she didn't. Bronk faces six years in prison on felony hacking, child pornography and identity theft charges.

Turns out that music really is intoxicating, after all

"Our experience of the music we love stimulates the pleasure chemical dopamine in our brain, concludes a new study produced by a slew of scholars at McGill University. The researchers followed the brain patterns of test subjects with MRI imaging, and identified dopamine streaming into the striatum region of their forebrains "at peak emotional arousal during music listening." | more

Security fail: When trusted IT people go bad

"You investigate and find that not only is your software illegal, it was sold to you by a company secretly owned and operated by none other than your own IT systems administrator, a trusted employee for seven years. When you start digging into the admin's activities, you find a for-pay porn Web site he's been running on one of your corporate servers. Then you find that he's downloaded 400 customer credit card numbers from your e-commerce server." | more

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