Turns out, you get punished for being a cute girl on Facebook ... at least that's our speculation about the bug that was disabling some women's profiles. Also, Google Voice debuts in the iTunes app store, Hulu Plus drops to $7.99, and we watch the Green Lantern trailer live and ... we're not impressed. Plus, Cooks Source Magazine elects to go quietly and passive-aggressively into this dark publishing night. --Molly
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Google Voice finally debuts in the iTunes app store
Hulu Plus drops to $7.99, adds Roku
Gizmodo obtains 100 leaked body scans from U.S. Marshals
Google, Amazon Fought for The Beatles Deal Too
Harry Potter leak seems more like publicity than piracy
Google Boutiques: a new way to shop
Amazon goes Hollywood, launches online movie studio
Facebook fixes bugs that disabled accounts
Cooks Source Magazine Apologizes -- Sort Of
Travel Search Engine Kayak Files For $50 Million IPO
RIM CEO attacks Apple and the concept of apps
Nokia’s new exec decides on go-it-alone strategy — no Android
Google Docs Available For iPad, Mobile Phones
Green Lantern trailer is out
CERN makes anti-matter!
iPhone app reveals that sex makes us happiest
Nicholas from Alaska: fragmentation
I am a working lawyer who does work with law enforcement on issues dealing with searches, etc.
The questions that need to be address to determine if a search is legal or not are, do you have a constitutional right to fly and when you do, what is a "reasonable" expectation of privacy. There are those who would say that the TSA is violating the 4th Amendment using these procedures, but case law says that there is no right to fly. When you agree to fly (the legal term is "consent to fly with a common carrier") you agree to a different level of privacy as "reasonable" because of safety considerations. If you do not want to consent to these conditions, the courts have found in other types of cases you don't fly.
As my constitutional professor pointed out to me the Fourth Amendment focuses on reasonableness. You have to weigh what is a risk in this situation. An invasion of privacy verses the very fact that there exists the very real chance of someone wanting to blow up the plane you will be flying on.
Two final points are that you will pick 1000 times more radiation flying at 35000 cross country as you might get going through a backscatter scanner, and the radiation you will get in the aircraft while you are flying is more deleterious to your health than the radiation out of the scanner. ( http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=126833083 , http://www.safety.duke.edu/radsafety/fdose/fdrisk.asp, http://www.fda.gov/Radiation-EmittingProducts/RadiationEmittingProductsandProcedures/SecuritySystems/ucm231857.htm) The scanner could have caught both the shoe bomber and the underwear bomber if the protocols had been used.
Second point is that British and other international security agencies have a tool our security agencies do not have. They have the right to perform profiling on individuals to see if they may be a danger to their fellow travelers. We do not have this right. I only want to point this out because that is a very big advantage for those other nations. El Al has foiled more hijackings and terrorist attempts on their flights in large part to their aggressive profiling.
Just a few thoughts for what is worth. I know this was long, but as someone who works with the law and has to travel a great deal, I really don't mind the security. I also find the shrilled uniformed fear mongering a whole lot worse than the TSA workers who are just trying to do their jobs.
Hack from Chicago
“Hey Buzz Crew (Molly, Brian Tong, Benito, Donald and Brian Cooley ),
I just received this email from Hulu Plus.
Hulu Plus Launches today for $7.99/month not the $4.99 price point that was rumored a few weeks ago. Although I’m disappointed about the price drop (should be more), I’m happy that Hulu Plus will credit me $2 for every month I was a “”Beta”" subscriber.
As much as Hulu Plus was a disappointment (ads, limited content selection – No TBS, No Conan, No daily Show, etc), I think my membership paid for itself because I was able to watch the last season of Lost, catch up on episodes of Glee and Castle.
Thanks guys and keep up the good work.
PS: I haven’t checked the expanded content selection Hulu claims.. I’m currently at work.. :P
“Good morning Buzz Crew
After your story yesterday about using NFC chips in cell phones along
with Brian Tong’s comment about possibly needing a thumbprint to verify
identity, I started wondering about the need for the NFC chip in the
first place. Thumbprint readers have come of age and could be easily
included in the point of sale devices used at most stores today. Why
bother with an NFC chip when most of us already have attached to our
bodies a thumb/finger print that will be taken everywhere. At check out
you would simply scan your thumb/finger and on the screen select a
method of payment which you have predefined. Thumbprint readers could
also be put at gas pumps and on vending machines, etc.
Love the show
Clay the computer geek
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