Morning Media Summary

by Lee Doren on August 10, 2011

in Odds & Ends

Tech:

Hacker Group Anonymous Promises To ‘Kill’ Facebook Over Privacy:
“The hacker group known as Anonymous reportedly has a new target: Facebook.”

Global Warming / Environment / Energy:

New USB specification promises 100W of power:
“The third generation of the Universal Serial Bus standard introduced high speeds of up to 5Gb/s, but also added increased bus power of up to 900mA at 5V for more complex devices. This latest update goes a step further, however: allowing variable voltages and currents of up to 100W to be negotiated over USB, the new standard will greatly increase the flexibility of USB devices.”

Insurance / Gambling:

Bill seeks shield for online horse bets:
“Finally, a matter of bipartisan agreement: U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson, R-Kinderhook, is working to protect Internet wagering on thoroughbred horse races from laws designed to restrict online gambling.”

Health / Safety:

Breast cancer patient denied Medicaid coverage…because of his gender:
“Disease does not discriminate, but apparently Medicaid coverage does.”

Economics:

Dollar Falls on Fed’s Pledge to Maintain Key Interest Rate at a Record Low:
“The dollar tumbled the most in at least 40 years against the Swiss franc after the Federal Reserve pledged to keep its key interest rate at a record low at least through mid-2013 to revive the flagging economic recovery.”

Legal:

California: No Facebook for Inmates:
“Thousands of inmates in California’s state prisons have access to contraband mobile phones and are updating their Facebook accounts, and now the state is asking the social network to close them down.”
Labor:

Republicans hold off Dems in recalls, win enough seats to keep majority in Senate:
“After tens of millions of dollars spent by outside interest groups, dozens of attack ads and exhaustive get-out-the-vote efforts, Democrats on Tuesday fell short of their goal of taking control of the state Senate and stopping the agenda of Gov. Scott Walker.”

Transportation/ Land Use:

Nearly 10,000 Attend Transportation Job Fair At Chicago State:
“With renewed worries about the economy in the wake of the downgrade of the nation’s credit rating, nearly 10,000 people showed up for a job fair hosted by Congressman Bobby Rush on Tuesday.”

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