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New Terms of Service for Twitter

At the start, critics often said, "Twitter is fun, but it's not useful." At one point @ev responded dryly with, "Neither is ice cream." Things have come a long way in a short time. We recognized potential early but users and platform developers would demonstrate how much more Twitter could be. Fostering an open and increasingly important network is not as easily dismissed as it once was—but it's still fun!

3dGameMan commenting system improved!

We have now removed the need to enter verification code for registered users when leaving comments on main site. If you are not a registered member you can still post comments but you are required to enter verification code each time. Remember, registration is completely free.

Happy Labour Day (Canada)

Labour Day has been celebrated on the first Monday in September in Canada since the 1880s.

Nigerian politician pledges to end scams

A top Nigerian official has decided to end the stain on his countries overseas reputation by breaking the scam gang's power for good.

Sunday Olu Agbi, who is a Nigerian high commissioner has teamed up with Aussie coppers to create an "online reporting system". Australians who believe they have been targeted by a scam can report it directly to Nigeria's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

A Social Network for the Unemployed

During the last U.S. recession in 2001, the newly unemployed often gathered to trade horror stories and job-seeking tips at groups like the Five O’Clock Club. During this recession, of course, the newly unemployed swap stories online, particularly on social networks.

But, for at least one social network for the jobless–the The 405 Club, named in honor of the $405 a week maximum given out in New York unemployment checks–online is not enough. They still like to meet in person, occasionally.

Microsoft apologizes for changing race in photo

Software giant Microsoft Corp. is apologizing for altering a photo on its Web site to change the race of one of the people shown in the picture.

A photo on the Seattle-based company's U.S. Web site shows two men, one Asian and one black, and a white woman seated at a conference room table. But on the Web site of Microsoft's Polish business unit, the black man's head has been replaced with that of a white man. The color of his hand remains unchanged.

The photo editing sparked criticism online. Some bloggers said Poland's ethnic homogeneity may have played a role in changing the photo.

Jessica Biel named `most dangerous celebrity'

Jessica Biel is the most dangerous celebrity on the Web. Security technology company McAfee Inc. on Tuesday reported that searches for the 27-year-old actress are more likely to lead to online threats such as spyware and viruses than searches for any other celebrity. McAfee said fans searching for the actress have a one-in-five chance of ending up at a Web site designed to damage one's computer. Its the third annual report on the subject from McAfee, which last year found that Brad Pitt was the "most dangerous" celeb online.

Facebook plans hiring spree

Defying the recession, Facebook plans to increase its workforce by up to 50% over the coming year. At a time when many technology companies are cutting back, Facebook is taking advantage of the abundance of highly-skilled professionals looking for work. The social networking company had planned to increase its size to 1,000 employees by the end of 2008, but scaled back its ambitions due to the economic crisis. Now Facebook has reached that target and plans to go on hiring throughout 2009.

One Day, 7,400 Tickets: NYPD Cracks Down on Chatty Drivers

New York police issued more than 7,400 tickets last week in a 24-hour crackdown on cellphone-using drivers. The police’s goal was to cut down on cellphone use while behind the wheel in accordance with New York law, and in light of newly released research showing that texting while driving is particularly risky. Officers gave fair warning of its planned blitz, but studies have shown that New York drivers typically ignore the law. Thursday was no different.

Microsoft now hiring employees for its retail stores

It was revealed in February of this year that Microsoft was to open its own retail stores across the United States. Although there had been speculation about just a move for a good while. The first two Microsoft retail stores are due to open soon in Scottsdale and Mission Viejo. And Microsoft is now hiring employees for those two stores.

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