"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.
"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.
"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."
"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.
"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:
"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.
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.
"The man known as the father of the so-called "Great Firewall of China" was pelted with eggs and shoes by a students protesting against China's draconian online censorship regime, online reports in China claimed."
"While the mechanics of sex are a constant, the ways that people can enjoy and enhance it have definitely changed with the times, thanks to technology and the Internet.
Playboy polled 2300 men and women (split almost evenly), the most extensive survey done by Hef's staff since 1983. Though the full survey won't be out until the June issue, love-and-sex advice blog YourTango shared some highlights:
More people are watching porn, perhaps because access it is now as easy as an Internet connection: 78 percent now, compared to 40 percent in 1983."
"Parents need to get educated and get control of what is going on in their house. The campaign is a wake up call to parents that the internet makes a lousy babysitter and pornography is just a typo away. More resources and tools for parents can be found at http://www.xxxchurch.com/parents"
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