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October, 2009


October 22, 2009  3:06 PM

Party comes to an end as fugitive discovers policemen can read

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A fugitive from justice was arrested after alerting the US authorities to his whereabouts through Facebook.
Maxi Sopo, who was wanted for falsely obtaining more than $200,000 in credit, wrote a number of extravagant boasts on his Facebook profile after fleeing to Cancun, Mexico.
Status...

October 22, 2009  2:56 PM

Call centre automation takes macabre twist

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The Register brings news that Japanese programmers have developed an algorithm which can tell, just by listening to your voice, if you are about to die.
The software was developed by trawling through six months' telephone records from the Yokohama ambulance service, corelated with data filed...


October 14, 2009  12:21 PM

Bloggers mob libel lawyers, restore free speech

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Just as starlings can mob predators like hawks, so too Twitterers and bloggers managed to drive off newspaper editors' most feared predator, libel specialist solicitors Carter Ruck.

Carter Ruck...


October 14, 2009  10:19 AM

Scandinavian sex tourism saga continues

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After Danish tourism bods pulled a promotional You Tube video that basically...


October 14, 2009  9:53 AM

Single, dead female

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Proving that social networking can be murder, a jilted lover killed his partner in south Wales when she changed her status to single on Facebook.

Brian Lewis is to serve a minimum of 14 years in jail after strangling and stabbing his partner to death.

A strong warning to socials...


October 14, 2009  9:51 AM

Smart phones, not users

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Twitter members are so addicted to the microblogging service that thousands are risking their lives to do it.

One in ten motorists are using mobile devices to send tweets while on the road say researchers, even though they are 23 more times likely to have an accident.

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October 8, 2009  3:51 PM

MOD leaks plugged on Wikileaks

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MOD, WikiLeaks

Downtime didn't know whether to feel insulted or honoured by the inclusion of investigative journalists among the Ministry of Defence's list of people to defend the realm against.
The comment about us hacks appeared in


October 7, 2009  4:43 PM

Regulator speaks as it sees

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Cyril Connelly, a British critic, said that no-one over thirty-five is worth meeting who has not something to teach us - something more than we could learn for ourselves, from a book. This is absolutely true. And so it is with the over-35s...


October 5, 2009  4:50 PM

Ernest Marples

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Profumo, wikipedia

When Downtime heard that the Royal Mail had shot down ernestmarples.com for allegedly infringing its rights to post codes, we did some checking. Wikipedia, that font of all wisdom, had quite an extensive referenced and footnoted entry on Mr Marples, a former Postmaster General and the man who...


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