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Italian coppers arrest Anonymous cell

"Italian police have carried out 32 raids across the country and fingered the collar of three people, including a minor, who are suspected of being the Italian leaders of the Anonymous hacker group. State Police claim they have arrested the "the promoter" and some leading figures of the Italian cell of "Anonymous", the hacker group. So far no names have been released."

Happy 4th of July! & Canada Day

Happy 4th of July America! And I hope all our friends to the north had a Happy Canada Day!

Japanese scientist makes poop burger (VIDEO)

"Mitsuyuki Ikeda, a researcher from the Environmental Assessment Center in Okayama has developed a new artificial meat burger but before you go drooling over it, be warned - it's made of human poop."

Microsoft rings alarm bell on fake Windows support calls

"Microsoft today warned that scammers have taken to the phone lines to dupe Windows users into putting malware on their machines or paying for worthless help.

The ploy isn't new -- security experts have seen it in circulation for at least a year -- but Microsoft was the first to quantify the problem.

According to Microsoft, which sponsored surveys in the U.S., the U.K., Ireland and Canada, 15% of the people polled said they had received unsolicited calls from fraudsters posing as computer support technicians who claimed they were offering PC security checks.

The +1 Button Is Like A Button You Push For A Treat — Without The Treat

"Ten days ago we put Google’s +1 Button on TechCrunch — because why not? We try basically all these new buttons/counters/commenting systems much to the dismay of our precious page load speed (we know, we know, it sucks — fix coming). Some of these buttons are great and make a lot of sense. The Tweet Button, the Like Button, even Facebook’s new Send button. But I just don’t get the +1 Button. At all.

Kid sells one of his kidneys so he can buy an iPad 2

"On April 28th, the boy went to Chenzhou City in neighboring Hunan Province for the kidney removal surgery arranged by the broker. He was paid 22,000 yuan (an extra 2,000–) or $3,400 after his right kidney was taken out at Chenzhou’s famous No. 198 Hospital. His mom later found out (probably because he was rocking a new white iPad 2 and a huge scar) and called the police."

Computer Use Linked to Teenage Drinking

"A report in the online edition of the Addictive Behaviors journal showed a survey done by the Weill Cornell Medical College headed by Dr. Jennifer Epstein linking the use of computers to teenage drinking. In the activity that they conducted, teens aged 13 to 17 years old who had their share of alcoholic beverages in the last month also registered more hours spent on a computer, not including school-related work done using it.

MAN BEATS UP INNOCENT STRANGER

"Carl Ippolito, 52, a youth baseball umpire, returned to his car after a game to find his iPhone was missing. With a regular phone, the story would have ended there, but luckily (for we the media that is, not Ippolito) Ippolito had an iPhone, and so did his son. Together the pair used Find My iPhone on his son’s iPhone to track Carl’s missing phone to an alley near a lumber yard. There Ippolito came upon hapless Brent Johnson, 27, who just happened to be talking on an iPhone. What happened next is pure awesomeness:

It's hip to be a geek -- but it can hurt your career

"A Modis survey finds that Americans value geeks for the smarts and tech savvy but still view them as socially awkward. Geeks of the world, rejoice on this fine Geek Pride Day! Society has come to value your smarts to the point that most people consider the label a compliment and equate geekiness with success, according to a survey conducted by Modis.

Happy Geek Pride Day

Geek Pride Day is an initiative to promote geek culture, celebrated on 25 May. The date was chosen as to commemorate the release of the first Star Wars film on 25 May 1977, but shares the same day as three other similar fan 'holidays' - Towel Day, for fans of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Trilogy by Douglas Adams, one possible date of Star Wars Day, and the Glorious 25 May, for fans of Terry Pratchett's Discworld.

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