MySpace trial: Jury finds woman guilty of lesser charges

A federal jury delivered a mixed verdict today convicting a Missouri mother of misdemeanor charges in a nationally watched cyber-bullying case in which the woman was accused of using a fake MySpace account to torment a teenage girl who later committed suicide. The jurors, however, rejected more serious felony charges against Lori Drew, 49, who was involved in a hoax on 13-year-old Megan Meier. The panel deadlocked on a conspiracy…

Vatican unveils ambitious solar energy plans

And then there was light — and it was powered by the sun. The Vatican on Wednesday activated a new solar energy system and announced an ambitious plan that could one day make it an alternative energy exporter. The massive roof of the “Nervi Hall” where popes hold general audiences and concerts are performed, has been covered with 2,400 photovoltaic panels to provide energy for lighting, heat and air conditioning.…

Scanning Infocom (GET LAMP weblog)

Jason Scott has started a new blog that will discuss the progress of his documentary, GET LAMP.  Here’s a good entry on the contents of Steve Meretzky’s basement. As part of the GET LAMP project, I’ve been collecting artifacts and images throughout the commercial heydays of text adventures, and nobody got bigger than Infocom in the early 1980s. And Steve was one of the big designers at Infocom, creating or…

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AT&T Calling Cards: When one minute doesn't equal a minute

My AT&T long-distance calling card ran out of minutes, so I decided to try to renew it.  I checked the website and saw these terms: Minute value applies to state-to-state calling only. A surcharge not to exceed 10 minutes applies to U.S. pay phone calls, a portion of which compensates pay phone providers. One minute billing increments; partial minutes used are billed as full minutes. Rates may be higher for…

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Internet: today's most trusted news source

A poll is just a starting point for discussion, not an ending point that proves any one argument. With that in mind… Results indicate that the Internet is the most trusted news source among all age groups, and overall, more trusted than newspapers and television news combined. FOX News is the most trusted news source on television and The New York Times is the most trusted national newspaper outlet. Three…

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Saving Journalism

Via a thought-provoking Metafilter item: The only way to save journalism is to develop a new model that finds profit in truth, vigilance, and social responsibility. The old model was beautifully simple. A newspaper publisher in a monopoly market in the twentieth century was like those counts of Savoy who built a castle on the rock of Chillon between the foot of a mountain and the edge of Ltke Geneva.…

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Google's SearchWiki

How long has this been around? I just noticed it.  Google’s user interface is so streamlined that any change at all is noteworthy. I haven’t had the chance to play with it. I’m not sure how much I want my own biases to affect Google’s search results, so I’m going to have to read up on this before I play with it. SearchWiki lets you customize your Google Web Search…