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Facebook Status Update Thwarts Armed Robbery

We think of Facebook as a lot of things, but life-saving is usually not one of them. But the social network was the lifeline for 20-year-old Nitesh Bhakta and his family, who found themselves in the midst of an armed robbery last week in Cartersville, G.A. The University of Georgia student was sitting in his room at home when he heard his grandmother scream. He opened the door to his room and...

Facebook Wedding Photos Lead to Polygamy Arrest for Michigan Man

Police in Michigan have arrested a man on charges of polygamy after discovering some incriminating wedding photos on Facebook. In 2004, 34-year-old Richard Leon Barton, Jr. reportedly married a Rhode Island woman, whom he'd met online. Not long after their wedding, Barton mysteriously de-friended his new bride on Facebook, and soon vanished from her life altogether. Though the two had discussed...

Angry Online Comments Spur Change of Venue Motion in Deadly Crash Trial

A young woman charged with vehicular homicide in Oak Harbor, W.A. has filed a motion for change of venue, "on grounds that pretrial publicity is prejudicial" to her case. At issue isn't the coverage from local media, but the comments left about her and her co-defendant on articles at the Whidbey News Times. The majority of the comments (which you can see here and here) are overtly critical...

Busted for Using a Smartphone App to Impersonate Police

A guy in Idaho has been arrested for pretending to be a police officer -- with his smartphone. On Saturday night, Alexander A. Welch allegedly used an app that flashes blue and red lights to trick another driver into thinking he was a police officer. It worked. The motorist pulled over, and Welch sped away. Understandably annoyed, the driver followed Welch's car, and called the real police....

Don't Propose With Stolen Rings (and Don't Post About It on Facebook)

People, people! How many times do we have to go over this? If you do something illegal, don't post it on Facebook. It ain't exactly rocket science. Today's very special lesson comes via Pennsylvania, where a young man gave his betrothed a stolen diamond ring (classy!) that she very quickly took to bragging about on the Intertubes. "Look what Robby gave me I love him so much," Crystal...

FCC Launches Crackdown on Cell Phone Jammers

Theaters, restaurants and even some schools have taken matters into their own hands when it comes to disruptive cell phone usage. But the signal jammers that they're using to block people from making and receiving phone calls and text messages are illegal. The FCC is preparing to crack down on the sale and use of such devices and encouraging people to report neighbors or businesses that are using...

Student Charged With Hacking Grades on School Computers for Money

Police in Nevada have arrested a 19-year-old college student, accusing him of hacking into his high school's computer system and inflating students' grades in exchange for money. The suspect, Tyler Coyner, allegedly obtained the password to Pahrump Valley High School's network, giving him the ability to change students' grades. Coyner, who is currently enrolled as a student at the University of...

LAPD Using Smartphones to Track, Arrest Graffiti Vandals

On Friday, the Los Angeles Police Department launched the Tracking and Automated Graffiti Removal System (TAGRS) -- a program that allows law enforcement officials to track graffiti artists/vandals with their smartphones. Under TAGRS, graffiti-cleaning crew members can use their smartphones to take photos of any vandalism, and upload the images to a LAPD database. The photos are then analyzed,...

Army Files 22 New Charges Against Alleged Whistleblower Bradley Manning

The U.S. Army has filed 22 new charges against Pfc. Bradley Manning, the former intelligence analyst who's already been accused of handing over thousands of classified military documents to WikiLeaks. Among the new allegations, the most serious is a charge of aiding the enemy -- a capital offense. Though the Army says it won't seek the death penalty against Manning, the 22-year old could face...

Oodle Says Craigslist Is a 'Cesspool of Crime,' Craigslist Explains What Oodle Is

There's a nasty war of words brewing between Craigslist and Oodle, a rival classified ads site. Yesterday, Oodle posted a report claiming that last year, 330 crimes (including 43 violent crimes) were connected to Craigslist, which the company described as a "cesspool of crime." The report, which Oodle put together with research firm AIM Group, also featured an infographic titled 'Mayhem on...

Julian Assange Loses Extradition Case, Plans to Appeal

A British judge has ruled that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange must be extradited to Sweden to be questioned on accusations of sexual abuse. The decision, which was issued this morning in London, means that the Australian national will be sent to Sweden in ten days, although his lawyers have already indicated that they plan to file an appeal. In the ruling, Judge Howard Riddle determined that...

Facebook Upset Over Pedophile Story, Threatens to Sue Daily Mail

Facebook is none too pleased with the way the Daily Mail titled a recent story about a gang of pedophiles in the U.K., and the social network is willing to go to court to settle it. On Friday, the paper ran a front-page story about a "complex child abuse investigation," involving a group of pedophiles operating out of Devon and more than 20 children who may have been targeted. At the time, it...

'Call of Juarez' Video Game Draws Criticism for Glorifying Mexico's Cartel Violence

A new video game that invites players to virtually participate in Mexico's ongoing cartel war has drawn criticism for glorifying the country's devastating gang violence. According to game developer Ubisoft, 'Call of Juarez: The Cartel' asks players to "take the law into (their) own hands" on a "bloody road trip from Los Angeles to Juarez" -- the Mexican city that has been ravaged by...

Teen Rapist Admits to Looking for Hitman on Facebook

A Pennsylvania teenager has admitted to raping an intoxicated woman, and to soliciting the services of a hitman on Facebook. Corey Christian Adams, a 19-year old from West Chester, was arrested last July after a woman accused him of raping her following a party. The victim, whose name has not been released, reportedly got a ride home with Adams after the party, but passed out on the way. When...

NJ Cop Thinks Parents Should Steal Their Kids' Facebook Passwords

Parents everywhere can now hack into their kids' Facebook accounts without feeling even an ounce of guilt -- because a cop in New Jersey says it's okay. Mahwah Police Chief James Batelli recently told NBC New York that all parents should use keystroke-logging spyware to keep tabs on every site their children visit, and every status or photo they post to Facebook. "When it comes down to safety...