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Online Impersonations Are Now Illegal in California

Watch out, West Coast Web jesters, because a new California law prohibiting online impersonations officially went into effect this weekend. Violators of SB 1411 will face a fine of up to $1,000 and/or a year in jail. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed SB 1411 back in September, and immediately drew the ire of free speech advocates from around the country. While the law doesn't explicitly...

Speaking Without Words: Dump.fm and Ryder Ripps

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then maybe we should let dump.fm do the talking. The image-based chat service is the brainchild of Ryder Ripps and the result of his collaboration with Scott Ostler of MIT Exhibit and Tim Baker of Delicious, all three part of the ever-growing group of young artists raised in a digital age. Ripps describes dump.fm as a "platform for real-time image...

The Governator's Wife Caught Driving With Phone

The State of California enacted a cell-phone ban for teenage drivers in 2007, and a hands-free-only policy for everybody else in 2008. Since the latter date, the Highway Patrol has cited over 150,000 drivers for talking on their cells. The TMZ celebrity stalkers, ensuring that famous people be held to the same standards as the plebeians, have repeatedly caught one member of the California ruling...

Brits Ask Schwarzenegger to Shutter Prostitute Rating Web Site

His state government is in an, ahem, interminable budget crisis. His approval ratings are plummeting faster than 'Jingle All the Way' fell out of theaters. Things are so dire, even his kids have stopped bathing. And now, on top of all this, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has a mini international prostitution dispute to deal with. Harriet Harman, minister for women and equality in...

California Moves Toward Online Textbooks

Starting this Fall, California high school students' backpacks will be a little lighter. In an effort to save money, math and science classes will use online textbooks, BBC News reported. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said the move is made for the sake of innovation, but there is no denying the Golden State is facing a budget crisis. According to BBC News, the state is $24.3 billion short of...