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Tyler Clementi's Parents Urge Prosecution, But Also Leniency

The parents of Tyler Clementi -- the 18-year-old Rutgers student who committed suicide last year after his classmates secretly recorded and streamed video of him having sex -- said yesterday that they want his former roommate Dharun Ravi's invasion of privacy case prosecuted, though they do not want him to receive "harsh punishment." His parents hope that the invasion of privacy charges will...

U.S. Not Adequately Prepared To Meet Cyber Attacks, Says General

Despite improvements made in recent years, the U.S. is still highly vulnerable to cyber-attacks, the head of the military's cyber-forces warned yesterday. "To put it bluntly, we are very thin, and a crisis would quickly stress our cyber forces," General Keith Alexander told the House Armed Services Committee. Alexander noted that the Pentagon is working on building up its network defenses,...

How to Get Around the New York Times' Paywall

The New York Times may be putting up a paywall later this month, but users can still access more than 20 free online articles per month, using a technique explained by Business Insider. [Ed. Note: We may or may not have been exploiting this loophole to read the Wall Street Journal for ages.] All you have to do is copy the headline of the article you want to read, paste it in Google's search...

New York Times to Introduce Digital Paywall on March 28th

On March 28th, the New York Times will begin charging all but the most infrequent users to read articles online. Under the plan, users will be able to read 20 articles per month at no charge. Once they click on the 21st piece, however, they'll be presented with three payment options: $15 for four weeks a month of online and mobile app access, $20 for access to the site and the iPad app, or...

Librarians: Let the E-Book Wars Commence

Less than two weeks after Harper Collins incited a firestorm with news of its e-book library circulation cap, the American Library Association has thrown its hat into the ring. This week, one of the group's recently-convened electronic book task forces met in D.C. to draw up recommendations for an ALA response to stingy publishers' licenses. Among the recommendations suggested by the...

Zite's 'Smart' Personalized iPad Magazine Lags on Launch

With SXSW less than a week away, everyone's racing to push out new apps and updates -- and inexplicably road tripping on a StartupBus -- to beat the rush in Austin. Today's unavoidable app is Zite, a personalized magazine that's being touted as a 'Flipboard-killer' because of its learning capabilities. Unlike iPad publications like The Daily or Sir Richard Branson's 'Project,' Zite mixes the...

Get Al Jazeera on Your TV, Even if Your Cable Provider Doesn't Carry It

Al Jazeera has been one of the best sources of news coming out of the Middle East lately. The problem for news junkies like us is that cable and satellite companies in the U.S. don't carry it. You can watch it as a live stream on your PC, but who wants to squint at a 15-inch laptop screen when you've got a nice, 42-inch TV sitting in your living room? Thankfully, there are a few ways to get Al...

Play the Tough Cop in 'By the Numbers' Interrogation Game

One room -- that's all. This week's gaming picks limit you to the claustrophobic confines of four-walled spaces, but don't shy away from these enclosed experiences. Although being stuck in one room may seem limiting, it's the perfect setting for some quick, bite-sized gaming to get you through your lunch break. 'By The Numbers' is all about talking -- less of the heart-to-heart variety,...

Study: TV Remains Primary News Source for Most Americans, But Internet Gains Ground

The majority of Americans still rely on television as their primary news source, but, according to a new study from the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, the Internet is gaining ground. In a Pew national survey, 66-percent of all Americans cited TV as their main source for national and international news, down from 74-percent three years ago, and 82-percent in 2002. The Internet,...

CNN Election Set Flooded with iPads, Augmented Reality

Yesterday's midterm elections gave Americans an opportunity to get out and have their voices heard in Washington. For CNN, on the other hand, the election circus was just another opportunity to show off more of its unbelievably unnecessary graphics. In 2008, the network underwhelmed us with holographic teleportation and multitouch displays. The stars of last night's election coverage? iPads and...

Track Midterm Elections With Google's 2010 U.S. Election Ratings

Google has made tracking the upcoming midterm elections a little easier with its 2010 U.S. Election Ratings map. The map breaks down rankings from outlets like Cook, Rothenberg, CQ-Roll Call, and RealClearPolitics (what, no Five Thirty Eight?) for senate, house and governor races in all their color-coded glory. Via the menus on the left, you can select your sources, and the races whose results...

U.S. Government Unveils Real-Time Alert Service

A few months after overhauling its official website and mobile platforms, the U.S. government has now launched an expansive alert service, allowing political junkies to keep track of the latest national happenings in real-time. As the Hill reports, USA.gov's new site -- called notifications.USA.gov -- provides instant, real-time updates and alerts on a wide variety of daily events. Once you sign...

Study Finds That Readers Don't Read Print Media, But Don't Trust Online News, Either

As print journalism continues to die a slow death, consumers are flocking to the Internet to get their news. According to a recent study, though, people are still having a hard time trusting what they read online. A report from the Center for the Digital Future at the University of Southern California finds that more than 75-percent of users rank the Internet as the most important source of...

Paywall Cuts Murdoch's Times Traffic by Two-Thirds

As you may be aware, U.K.-based paper The Times recently put up a paywall for some of its online content, much to the chagrin of pretty much everyone who isn't named Rupert Murdoch. It should come as no surprise, then, that the paper's online readership has fallen off steeply since the wall was implemented. Still, the drop hasn't been as bad as some had anticipated. As Reuters reports, the...

Reddit Asks Users for Donations to Stay Afloat, Despite Success

Reddit needs help. And it's asking its readers to provide it. In a recent, doleful blog post, programmer Mike Schiraldi implored the Reddit community to donate resources to the site in an effort to ease the workload of the four engineers who work around the clock "just to keep things going." Even as its traffic has ballooned to about 280 million page views per month, the site continues to function...