Majority Say Abortion Should be Legal

A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds that a majority of Americans – for the first time – believe abortion should be legal in all or most cases. “According to the poll, 54 percent of adults say that abortion should be legal either always or most of the time, while a combined 44 percent […]

Scaled-down ball concludes Obama inaugural festivities

WASHINGTON — The official Inaugural Ball served up a mixture of high and low culture Monday night: There was the first lady decked out in a custom Jason Wu ruby-colored chiffon and velvet gown. And there were the food tables, laden with oversize bowls of pretzels, salted nuts and bright orange Cheez-Its. Read more from the […]

Virginia GOP Surprises Democrats with Redrawn Districts

Republicans in the Virginia Senate today “pushed through a surprise rewrite of the 2011 redistricting plan that erases a Democratic seat in western Virginia,” the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports. The revised plan cleared the Senate on a party-line vote of 20-19 as Sen. Henry Marsh (D), a 79-year old civil rights veteran, was attending President Obama’s […]

Dotcom Fights the Law With New Mega Site

Kim Dotcom on Sunday opened the doors to the new file-sharing website Mega. The site is making a splash in the file-sharing world with its promise of exceptional privacy and security. That is not the only reason Mega’s debut is notable, though: Dotcom is the founder of Megaupload, which was shut down by U.S. authorities […]

Bonus Quote of the Day

“It was a fine speech, but I didn’t hear any conciliatory remarks. I didn’t see any specific reference like, ‘I reach out my hand to the other side of the aisle.’” — Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), quoted by the New York Times, on President Obama’s second inaugural address. Read more from the original source…

Where’s Mitt Romney?

Mitt Romney spent Inauguration Day at his home in La Jolla, CA, and had “no big plans,” NBC News reports. Asked if Romney was likely to watch the inaugural ceremonies today, an aide said, “Doubtful.” Dan Amira notes it’s the first time since 1997 that a presidential runner-up didn’t attend his opponent’s inauguration ceremony. Read […]

Google Outlines Plan to Make Passwords Passe

Google is envisioning a future in which email and online banking accounts are safer thanks to technology that would add a physical component to security protection. Members of the Google security team reportedly will publish a paper in next month’s IEEE Security & Privacy Magazine examining scenarios in which passwords would be a thing of […]

It’s Peak Season for Shopping Because You’re Depressed

The most depressing day of the year supposedly takes place right around now. It’s also prime time to be tempted into shopping as a cure for the blues. According to a new survey conducted by Harris Interactive on the behalf of CouponCabin.com, it is currently peak “retail therapy” season. By far, survey respondents pointed to […]

Schmidt Talks North Korea on Google+

Google chairman Eric Schmidt took to Google+ to discuss his recent trip to North Korea. Schmidt’s post discusses the “very limited” technology available in North Korea. Schmidt said that North Koreans are not allowed to use the Internet without someone watching them, and that it wouldn’t be difficult for North Korea to connect its highly […]

Facebook Graph Search: Welcome to the Phishing Pool

Facebook may have given phishers a reason to rejoice last week when it announced a new way to search for information about its billion members. Graph Search allows a Facebook member to use semantic search to find and aggregate information about people on the social network. Because Graph Search can find groups of people with […]

The Call Center in the Cloud

Call centers are increasingly migrating away from on-premises systems to cloud-based systems, which can save money and give greater flexibility. Everything from customer data to telephony software is making its way to the cloud, revolutionizing the way call centers manage their operations. “It’s all the buzz now, ” said Mitch Lieber, principal at Lieber & […]

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