crimeandpunishment writes “It’s official. Dell will pay the US government $100 million to settle fraud charges. CEO Michael Dell will personally pay a $4 million fine. A federal judge approved the settlement after Michael Dell assured him the company will deliver on the reforms it promised. Dell was accused of pumping up its profits over five years by improperly using payments from Intel, in order to meet Wall Street targets.”
crimeandpunishment writes “The Lower Merion School District in Pennsylvania has agreed to a $610,000 settlement in two lawsuits over secret photos taken on school-issued laptops. Less than a third of that will go to the students. A total of $185,000 will be put in trust for the students. Their lawyer will receive $425,000.”
crimeandpunishment writes “If all goes according to plan, the only space sibling team will be hooking up in orbit. And not only are Scott and Mark Kelly brothers, they’re identical twins. Scott took off Friday on a Russian Soyuz rocket to begin a five and a half month mission as the next commander of the International Space Station. Mark is the next commander of the space shuttle Endeavour, scheduled to lift off in February and hook up with the space station March 1st.”
crimeandpunishment writes “Move over Silicon Valley, here comes… Buffalo. Where the weather might actually be a big advantage. The recent opening of Yahoo’s state-of-the-art data center, which uses the region’s cooler climate and a high-tech ‘chicken coop’ design to dramatically lower energy costs is getting a lot of attention in the industry.”
crimeandpunishment writes “Decades ago, the breakthrough for the disabled was making buildings wheelchair accessible. Today, it’s making their world web accessible. Disabled groups are hailing new legislation Congress has sent to the president. Among other things, the measure will give the blind greater Internet access through smart phones, and require devices like iPhones and Blackberrys to be hearing aid compatible. ‘It breaks down barriers for all of us’, says Mark Richert of the American Foundation for the Blind.”
crimeandpunishment writes “They’re getting tougher on towers on Long Island. The town of Hempstead, NY has imposed some of the toughest cell phone tower restrictions in the country. The ordinance prohibits wireless equipment within 1,500 feet of homes, schools, day care centers, and houses of worship, unless the company can prove absolute need. A spokesman for Verizon says ‘It’s not unheard of for towns to have issues, but this is extreme,’ and says this makes 95 percent of the town off limits to future antenna construction.” With internet access by 3G, 4G and WiMax getting ever more common, I suspect that not everyone in the town will appreciate blocking out the companies that provide it.
crimeandpunishment writes “Here’s one way to deal with spotty cell phone coverage: backstop the network on a satellite. AT&T is now selling its first satellite-enabled smart phone….which could be invaluable for boaters, forest rangers, and others who regularly leave regular cellular coverage areas. But the TerreStar Genus comes with a hefty price tag: $799…..and the data costs are as sky-high as the satellite….400 times more than a standard plan. It also has to have a clear view of the southern sky, which means it can only be used outdoors.”
crimeandpunishment writes “Move over Picasso….here comes ‘Charlie bit me.’ 125 YouTube videos are now on display at Guggenheim museums around the world. The videos, chosen from more than 23,000 submissions, are part of an exhibit called ‘YouTube Play: A Biennial of Creative Video’, featuring both well-known YouTube hits and barely-seen works by students. This group of videos will be narrowed down to about 20 entries, which will be featured at the Guggenheim in New York next month.” We ran a story about this in June when museum officials started accepting submissions.
crimeandpunishment writes “Twitter is going multimedia. The text-messaging site has a new look with a new push. There’s a new pane, making it easier for users to check out photos and videos (and in doing so, come back to the site more frequently and stay there longer, which of course means more advertising revenue). Twitter co-founder Biz Stone says, ‘We are still figuring out all the new possibilities.’ The new look is expected to roll out around the world over the next few days.”
Source: Twitter Gets a Tweak
crimeandpunishment writes “Get ready for ‘super Wi-Fi.’ If the FCC works out the last details of new spectrum rules, they’ll open up the so-called ‘white spaces’… the vacant airwaves between broadcast TV channels … for wireless broadband connections. If the plan goes through, it will lead to Wi-Fi with longer range and stronger power. The stumbling blocks have included concerns about interference with TV signals and wireless microphones, but the FCC plans to vote next week on rules meant to resolve those issues.”