"The AMBER Alert program, credited with the safe recovery of 525 children across the country, has a new ally: Facebook. And finally Facebook gets some good press. Announced today by Facebook, the U.S. Department of Justice and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), Facebook users are able to sign up to receive AMBER Alert bulletins for their state which will be sent to them through the Facebook "News Feed" feature. A total of 53 new AMBER Alert Pages have been created, one for each state, Puerto Rico, U.S.
"MySpace is laying off 500 employees, or about 47 percent of its global staff, as part of a restructuring by the once-leading, now struggling social-networking site." | more
"Every once and a while, a case pops up where a pervert used video games to lure in children to be molested. A while back some guy in Taiwan used a Wii for such ill purposes, and an American man used his role as an Xbox Call of Duty: World at War clan leader to try to lure children in. In other incidents, predators have been caught trolling the Xbox Live and Sony PlayStation Network looking for victims." | more
"The dispute concerns something called "pending lists" maintained privately by the major labels. Since 1988, it has become increasingly common for the labels to simply issue CDs (often compilation albums) without actually locking down the copyright permission and pay arrangements with the music's creators.
"Scientists in the Netherlands have discovered that insects produce significantly less greenhouse gas per kilogram of meat than cattle or pigs. Their study, published in the online journal PLoS One, suggests that a move towards insect farming could result in a more sustainable - and affordable - form of meat production." | more
"Played 22 hours a day and beat his wife An Italian bloke who was so addicted to playing online computer games has been jailed after beating up his life for telling him to stop. According to Italian press reports, the bloke who has been identified as “Nino C,” hails from Canegrate and spent 20 hours a day playing an online roleplaying game. It got so bad that he started to lose jobs and then, when his wife tried to keep him away from the PC, he started beating her up." | more
"According to a new study by CareerCast.com, software engineers have the best jobs of 2011 in the United States, based on factors such as income, working environment, stress, physical demands and job outlook, using Labor Department and Census data. Mid-level software engineers make between $87,000 and $132,000 a year, putting them in the top 25% of the 200 professions studied by income.
"Tron's digital world was first envisioned way back in the era of mullets and New Wave, over three decades ago. People then didn't anticipate that the Internet of the future would be filled with porn and image macros of little kitties. This continues to the sequel; thankfully someone decided that the absence of LOLcats in Tron had to stop." | more
"As performance computer users, we hate to feel held back from accomplishing a task because our hardware is too slow. The little hourglass (or the spinning rainbow wheel) can sometime drive us insane when we perceive that we're able to work faster than our computers." | more
"The ring of the new year has come with an unpleasant surprise for some users of Microsoft's Hotmail service. According to multiple postings on Microsoft's official support forum for Windows Live, a number of users are reporting that their entire Hotmail accounts have been completely deleted without warning." | more
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