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Hackers beware … of Sarah Palin

Prosecutors are seeking an 18-month prison sentence for Sarah Palin hacker David Kernell, but his defense is asking for probation instead.

David Kernell was convicted on April 30 of resetting the former Alaska governor’s password to gain access to her gov.palin@yahoo.com e-mail account. Kernell, a 20-year-old college student at the time, posted information from the account to the 4chan website, hoping to find incriminating information to “derail” Palin’s vice-presidential election campaign.

State tweets to Ahmadinejad; Palin tweets criticism

According to a Fox News report, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s top spokesman, P.J. Crowley, sent a birthday message to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad via Twitter last week, prompting a response by former Governor Sarah Palin who described the post as “mind-boggling foreign policy.”

Crowley posted two short messages directed at the Iranian president, who turned 54 this week.

“Happy birthday, President Ahmadinejad,” the first tweet reads. “Celebrate by sending Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer home. What a gift that would be.”

Fattal and Bauer were arrested near the Iranian border with Iraq in July of 2009 and have been held in Iran since on charges of espionage. Crowley has called for their return on nearly a daily basis, insisting they are innocent.

The second tweet reads, “Your 54th year was full of lost opportunities. Hope in your 55th year you will open Iran to a different relationship with the world.”

Shortly after the posts appeared, Palin tweeted: “Happy B’day Ahmadinejad wish sent by US Govt. Mind boggling foreign policy: kowtow & coddle enemies; snub allies. Obama Doctrine is nonsense.”

Internet service complaints rise

How satisfied are you with your Internet service? Specifically in the areas of performance and reliability, cost of service, billing, offerings and promotions, and customer service?

A recent survey of nearly 30,000 Internet customers revealed that price is the major concern in these worsening economic times.

The study was done by market research firm J.D. Power and Associates and also ranked providers by region for customer satisfaction. Cox Communications was rated on the West Coast for highest overall customer satisfaction, followed by Cable One and Earthlink. Verizon outperformed in the South, while Optimum Online ranked highest in the East and WOW! topped the list in the North Central region.

Facebook examines the race issue

Is race a big factor in choosing who to befriend?

Researchers are using Facebook, the social-networking site, to answer the question. If you guessed “sort of,” you might be right.

Care to guess what time of day most Facebook users are logging on to their FB site?

According to Vitrue, a company that develops social-media tools for marketers, 3 p.m. EST is the peak hour that people are reading and posting messages on Facebook. It also found that Facebook conversations were pretty steady and significant from 8 a.m. EST to 5 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday. Sunday is the quietest day for Facebook.

It’s very good to be Google

Google could be buying one of the largest buildings in Manhattan for about $2 billion, one of the largest acquisitions of a single property in New York.

The Internet giant already rents about 550,000 square feet for 2,000 employees in the 18-story, 2.9-million-square-foot building that encompasses a city block. According to the New York Post, the former Port Authority of New York and New Jersey industrial property comes equipped for high-tech businesses with plenty of backup generators, electrical power and fiber optics for tenants. Google has $33.4 billion in cash.

Work for Google and get an added benefit: a servant!

In an increasingly competitive environment, Google is luring engineering talent by dangling a runner who will clean your apartment, take out the trash, cook dinner, run errands and see to all the little things that help make life easier.

Googlers are being provided with credits on TaskRabbit, an online service that brokers odd jobs in five major cities. The perk, presumably, only applies to Google workers who live in one of the five metropolitan regions TaskRabbit serves, including New York and the San Francisco Bay Area.

World Series of streaming Tweets

A side-by-side stream of tweets on social networking website Twitter are giving baseball lovers a steady flow of info about the Texas Rangers and San Francisco Giants from anyone mentioning either team.

Kosmix Corp. is filtering Twitter messages – known as tweets – about the Texas Rangers and San Francisco Giants on its website Tweetbeat.

In what has become the Internet’s equivalent of chatting around the office water cooler, hundreds of thousands of messages over the last few days have been tweeted about Major League Baseball’s World Series.

Tweetbeat was launched in late September and is reported to be one of a number of websites and third-party applications that tap into the “Twitter firehose” of tweets and that filter messages for specific audiences.

Google and Microsoft Corp.’s Bing search engine do the same, as well as Muckrack.com, which broadcasts the tweets of news agencies and journalists.

MySpace remakes itself, targets 35 and under

MySpace has given up on appealing to a broader market share and is now focusing on the under-35 crowd. The News-Corp.-owned social network has launched a new version of its website centered around music and entertainment. MySpace Chief Executive Mike Jones said MySpace is recasting itself as a complimentary service that he hopes the 35-year-old–and–under crowd will flock to, to stay abreast of the hottest music and videos.

It’s been reported that traffic to MySpace has been steadily declining, and the new move is a critical step in rejuvenating an asset once considered central to News Corp.’s online business.

If this doesn’t concern you, nothing will

The Wall Street Journal has reported that San-Francisco-based “tracking company” RapLeaf probably has an “extraordinarily intimate” dossier about you – one that potentially includes your income range, your politics and your “interests” in topics like “adult entertainment.” And it might all be under your real name.

“RapLeaf is now one of the most ‘sophisticated players’ in the world of online tracking companies, which compile and sell information about Internet users to advertisers,” writes Max Read. “And by ‘sophisticated,’ of course, we mean ‘creepy.’

“Why? Well, we’ve had our eyes on RapLeaf for a while,” Read continues. “Where most tracking companies keep their files anonymous – that is, they know where you go online, but not who you are, specifically – RapLeaf knows your name. And it’s using it to cross-reference everything from voter-registration databases to social-networking sites and finding out a lot about people.”

YouTube passes 1 billion

YouTube recently observed that people have subscribed to other people’s video channels more than one billion times.

There are 15 video YouTube video producers who have more than one million followers, or subscribers. To encourage more, YouTube is releasing a subscribe widget that people can put in their blogs and websites.

Obama drums up support via Twitter, Facebook

In an effort to increase voter turnout for Tuesday’s midterm Congressional election, President Barack Obama issued a call on Twitter for constituents to install a Facebook application called the “Commit to Vote Challenge” to take advantage of the “network effect” by using Facebook to spam your friends about voting.

Incidentally, Facebook’s population is currently greater than that of the United States.

The effort was paid for by the DNC and Organizing for America.

Note: Why is our (American) president tweeting using the (Canadian) Hootsuite?

China surpasses USA in supercomputer speed

A report in the New York Times says a Chinese scientific research center has built the fastest supercomputer ever made, replacing the United States as maker of the swiftest machine and giving China bragging rights as a technology superpower.

The computer, known as Tianhe-1A, has 1.4 times the horsepower of the current top computer, which is at a national laboratory in Tennessee, as measured by the standard test used to gauge how well the systems handle mathematical calculations, said Jack Dongarra, a University of Tennessee computer scientist who maintains the official supercomputer rankings.

The time capsule

1951 – 6,000 British troops enter Egypt

1979 – Islamic militants overrun U.S. embassy in Tehran

1986 – U.S. hostage freed

1995 – PM Rabin assassinated

2000 – Is it Bush or Gore? The wait begins

Now playing at the Princess Theater, Urbana, Ill.

Congratulations to WorldNetDaily readers Carol Thomas of Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Matt Normand of Abingdon, Md., who were among the first to correctly guess actor Frank Overton, who portrayed Gen. Bogan in the movie “Fail Safe”.

The quote from “Fail Safe” was, “That’s a lot of hogwash. Don’t kid yourself, there’ll be Russian generals who will react just as I would – the best defense is a good offense. They see trouble coming up, take my word for it, they’ll attack, and they won’t give a d— what Marx said.”

This week’s quote: “Well, you know, Chick, like old momma said, next best thing to playing and winning is playing and losing.”

Name the movie, the actor and the character. Send your answer to me at the email address below. Good luck!

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