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Saturday, June 28, 2008

Easy-E remembered in fight against AIDS

According to the latest numbers, almost half of the people in the United States living with HIV or AIDS are black. June 27 was National HIV testing day.
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Friday, June 27, 2008

DUI arrest for celeb surgeon

The Los Angeles plastic surgeon who operated on rap star Kanye West's mother before she died last year was arrested in Solano County early Thursday on suspicion of drunk driving and driving on a suspended license.
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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Facebook founder settles

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook agreed to pay an undisclosed amount of cash and stock to settle a long- running legal battle over whether founder Mark Zuckerberg stole ideas for the site from fellow Harvard students, according to court documents released late on Wednesday.
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Listen to Barack's I Pod--Sort of

In a refreshing sign that math and hope can just get along, Barack Obama predictably sewed up the delegate count on Tuesday night and defeated Hillary Clinton in what turned out to be a long, contested Democratic primary. And now, for the first time ever, a black man is on track to inhabit the White House, fulfilling Parliament-Funkadelic's dream of turning Washington, D.C., into Chocolate City.
(Say What?!)
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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

They got Kanye West's blood a-boilin'!

NEW YORK (AP) -- Kanye West defended himself from criticism over his delayed performance at Bonnaroo, saying on his blog that the flak he's taken has left him "the most offended I've ever been."

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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Infected Sites in China affect Web

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. June 24-- The majority of the Internet's malware-infected websites are located on Chinese networks, finds a new report released today by, the university-based research initiative aimed at protecting users from dangerous software. The report also identifies the 10 network blocks that contain the largest number of badware sites. Six of the 10 are located in China.

"Sites that infect visiting PCs represent some of the worst of digital pollution," said Jonathan Zittrain, co-director and Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. "Malware is a global problem that requires cooperation across industries and across national borders."

As China strives to hone its image in preparation for the Beijing Olympics, 52 percent of the more than 200,000 infected sites analyzed in late May were hosted by Chinese networks. U.S.-based networks accounted for 21 percent of bad sites. The data were provided by Google's Safe Browsing team and are searchable by URL in the Badware Website Clearinghouse.

The analysis also revealed the Internet's 10 most infected network blocks:

Network block name & Country Number of infected sites

No.31, Jin-rong Street China 48,834
China169 Backbone China 17,713
Telecom (Group) China 9,445
CNCNET-CN China Netcom
Corp. China 6,058
GOOGLE - Google Inc. U.S. 4,261
DXTNET Beijing
Dian-Xin-Tong Network
Technologies Co., Ltd. China 3,604
Technologies Inc. U.S. 3,507
Services, Inc. U.S. 3,166
China Telecommunications
Corporation China 2,357

The owners of these network blocks play a variety of roles in the Internet ecosystem. Some directly control the infected servers on their networks, while others lease equipment and/or bandwidth to customers who control their own servers. Google, which is a sponsor of, hosts free blogs on its network through its popular Blogger service. Malicious users sometimes exploit these free blogs as a means to link to or distribute malware. Google disables the blogs as soon as they detect the bad content, but the dead blogs remain in the list of infected sites until Google's automated malware detection system has an opportunity to rescan them.

Maxim Weinstein, manager of, says the country and network data are a helpful step in understanding the distribution of malware, but we should be careful about assigning blame.

"Our goal in releasing this report is not to point fingers or to imply that network owners or governments are at fault for the malware on their networks, but rather to start a conversation. When different links in the Internet chain talk to each other and share information, it leads to solutions that in turn lead to a safer Internet for all of us."

He points, for example, to his team's success last year, when a similar report revealed U.S.-based web hosting company iPowerWeb as home to over ten thousand infected sites, making it the most infected network at the time.

"When we published that report," says Weinstein, "it prompted iPowerWeb to ask for help. With support from and data from Google, the company was able to clean up all those sites and secure its servers against future attacks." Weinstein notes that, based on the latest data, iPowerWeb is hosting so few infected sites that it is not even in the top 250 most infected networks.

On Friday, researchers will present related research at the Workshop on the Economics of Information Security, hosted by the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.

To read a full copy of the report, go to: is a partnership among academic institutions, technology industry leaders, and volunteers committed to protecting Internet users from threats to their privacy and security caused by bad software. is led by Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet & Society and Oxford University's Oxford Internet Institute. Consumer Reports WebWatch serves as an unpaid special advisor. The initiative is supported by Google, PayPal, Lenovo, AOL, Trend Micro, and VeriSign. For more information, please visit

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Barack's model behaivor heats up the Versace catwalk

Calling the U.S. presidential hopeful "the man of the moment," Donatella Versace dedicated her Spring-Summer 2009 collection presented Saturday evening to Obama, creating a style she said was designed for "a relaxed man who doesn't need to flex muscles to show he has power."

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I Love Love, I Love You

“You know that when I hate you, it is because I love you to a point of passion that unhinges my soul.”
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“Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn't it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it means that someone can get inside you and mess you up. You build up all these defenses, you build up a whole suit of armor, so that nothing can hurt you, then one stupid person, no different from any other stupid person, wanders into your stupid life...You give them a piece of you. They didn't ask for it. They did something dumb one day, like kiss you or smile at you, and then your life isn't your own anymore. Love takes hostages. It gets inside you. It eats you out and leaves you crying in the darkness, so simple a phrase like 'maybe we should be just friends' turns into a glass splinter working its way into your heart. It hurts. Not just in the imagination. Not just in the mind. It's a soul-hurt, a real gets-inside-you-and-rips-you-apart pain. I hate love.”

The Battle For Facebook

Mark Zuckerberg launched an online empire from his dorm room at Harvard. Now four fellow students say he stole their idea
CLAIRE HOFFMAN Posted Jun 26, 2008 2:25 PM

Tomorrow night, there will be a party to celebrate Facebook's four-year anniversary. But in a nearby building — one of four sleek offices that the social-networking Website runs not far from the campus of Stanford University — the company's founder is oblivious to the preparations. Mark Zuckerberg, the head of the Facebook empire, sits inside the safety of a small, glass-walled office, hunched over a Styrofoam box of take-out.

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