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Amidst the fever of speculation about when President Barack Obama will unveil his next nominee to the Supreme Court, administration officials quietly point to one date — May 26 — as the absolute deadline for him to make his choice. May 26 is the date last year when Obama named then- appeals court Judge Sonia Sotomayor as his first nominee for a Supreme Court vacancy. And despite what became a fairly nasty battle over her qualifications, she was confirmed on August 6, before the Senate adjourned for

its August recess. The logic at the White House is that opposition Republicans cannot argue that there is not enough time to consider a nominee if Obama makes his announcement before May 26, because there was enough time last year for Sotomayor. In the meantime, an announcement is still expected by mid-May, with the White House refusing to rule this week out, the way it did last week. Last week, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said the announcement would not come before Friday. But he has refused to rule out the current week, and in fact has teased reporters. On Friday, he said Obama would announce his

reporters. On Friday, he said Obama would announce his choice “In the next little bit of

choice “In the next little bit of time,” and declined to rule out this week. On Monday, Gibbs offered more of the same, by saying the president was

“close,” and nothing more. “I am happy to advise you of when the event is, when we do announce it. It might be duplicative to announce each day when the event’s NOT going to be,” Gibbs said. He did say he could not rule out this week, adding, “See, I just handled a whole week’s worth of duplicate e-mail.” Click here for more Reuters political coverage Photo credit: Reuters/Jason Reed (Obama discusses Supreme Court vacancy with bipartisan members of the U.S. Senate in the Oval Office)

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It's become a classic business mantra: you learn more from

your failures than from your successes. But what if that idea is all wrong? Alex Bogusky, co- chairman of Crispin Porter + Bogusky, believes it is--and recent MIT research showing

that we learn more from success backs him up. "You create a fearful culture where you spend a lot of time looking at where you screwed up," he says. Instead, his company has bred a

culture in which success is celebrated, and failure is forgotten. Bogusky was one of the speakers at Fast Company's Innovation Uncensored

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The Supreme Court’s famous front entrance, at the top of its marble steps and under the words “Equal Justice Under Law,” will be closed to the public. Starting Tuesday, visitors will no longer be able to enter the building through the front doors at the top of 44 marble steps on the plaza directly across from the U.S. Capitol. On days when there are arguments in major cases like abortion or free speech rights, the line to hear the arguments often stretches well beyond the plaza. Instead, visitors will enter the building through ground-level side doors, going through a new screening facility that has been built as part of the Supreme Court’s modernization project. “The entrance provides a secure, reinforced area to screen for weapons, explosives and chemical and biological hazards,” the court said in a statement by spokeswoman Kathy Arberg. Most government

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buildings and their surroundings have had added stepped-up security measures in recent years in a bid to thwart damage from potential terrorist attacks. But Justice Stephen Breyer, joined by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, issued a separate statement that called the change unfortunate and unjustified. “To my knowledge, and I have spoken to numerous jurists and architects worldwide, no other Supreme Court in the world — including those such as Israel’s that face security concerns equal to or greater than ours — has

closed its main entrance to the public,” Breyer wrote. “And the main entrances to numerous other prominent public buildings in America remain open,” he said.

Breyer added that he remained hopeful that at some point in the future the main entrance, seen as

a symbol of meaningful access to equal justice under law,

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PDF Newspaper , Full Text RSS , Term Extraction . Obama calls New York street vendor-turned-

spokesman Robert Gibbs told reporters. Jackson, a Vietnam veteran, saw the suspicious vehicle parked awkwardly across the street and told police. Authorities are looking into the possibility that the failed bomb attack could have been coordinated by people with foreign ties, according to the Washington Post. PHOTO CREDIT:

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President Barack Obama on Monday called the street vendor who may have saved the day in New York when he alerted

police to a smoking vehicle. Times Square was evacuated when a failed bomb was found in the Nissan sport utility vehicle. Obama wanted to thank T-shirt vendor Duane Jackson for “his vigilance in alerting authorities,” White House

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spill that is currently ravaging the Gulf Coast? Simple: We're still using much of the same cleanup technology that has been used for the past 40 years, including burning and skimming oil. If there was ever a time to innovate, this is it. But is anyone innovating? Not all of BP's oil spill cleanup techniques are old--they're just unproven or dangerous.

Recently, for example, cleanup officials have begun to deploy chemical dispersants on the water's surface to break down the oil. There's just one problem: the product contains 2- butoxyethanol, a compound associated with headaches, vomiting, and reproductive problems at high doses. And according to OnEarth, toxic chemical dispersants can kill

fish and other wildlife--exactly the problem that the dispersants are trying to prevent. Then there is the underwater dome idea. BP engineers are attempting to build a massive underwater dome to trap oil and prevent it from rising to the surface. The only problem here is that the technology has never been used in such deep water. No harm in trying now, though,

right? One technique that seems a bit more promising is remote sensing (pictured above). Discovery reports that aerial remote sensing and detection equipment currently being developed by the Minerals Management Service uses light waves to differentiate between

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Light waves, a giant dome, and 400,000 pounds of cast-off hair are among the innovative solutions sought to help clean up the massive, growing oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico. Wondering why it's taking BP so long to get a handle on the oil



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Citing Prostitution Ads [Update] Austin Carr (Fast Company) for the rare violent criminal who lures victims

for the rare violent criminal who lures victims through an ad strikes Buckmaster as absurd. He points to the thousands of people who die every year in auto accidents. "Does anybody call up the head of GM and say, 'Somebody just got killed using your product? How can you sleep at night? Don't you realize that a person is dead?'" The big problem with Buckmaster's analogy is that

many regulators did call up the head of GM over auto accidents. In fact, there were well over 100 lawsuits against GM in the 1960s over the safety of their products, which led to Ralph Nader's Unsafe at Any Speed, a study that significantly changed how the automobile industry was regulated, from the passing of the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act to the National Highway Traffic

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Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal issued a subpoena today to Craigslist over the prostitution ads often displayed in the classifieds Web site's "casual encounters" section. Reports indicate that

Craigslist may be earning over $35 million in revenue from these ads. “The Craigslist brothel business seems booming--belying its promise to fight prostitution,”

said Blumenthal, who is leading

39 states in the effort to regulate

the site's screening process.

“The best evidence is the thousands of ads that remain on

Craigslist--skimpily and slickly disguised with code words. We’re asking Craigslist for specific answers about steps to screen and stop sex-for-money offers--and whether the company is actually profiting from prostitution ads that it promised states and the public

that it would try to block.” Last

week, Jim Buckmaster, CEO of the company, posted a piece on

Craigslist's blog about the recent Twitter campaign to shut down

CL personals. "Everyone is

entitled to their opinion, and we embrace all criticism as useful in improving our approach," Buckmaster wrote. "But cynical

misuse of a cause as important as human trafficking as a pretense for imposing one’s own flavor of religious morality (”casual sex is evil”) strikes me as wrong on so many levels." Buckmaster is a staunch defender of Craigslist's policies. In a recent issue of Wired, he defended Craigslist for the misuse of the Web site. "That the world would expect Craigslist to take responsibility

Safety Administration. Let's just hope Craigslist's lawyers can make a more compelling argument than Buckmaster in court. The subpoena seeks information about Craigslist's manual review process for objectionable advertisements, and also any documentation regarding the company's CRAIGSLIST page 10

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sneakers today because this is a no-elevator building. Too difficult to document the trek up the four flights but we made it! Now let's pick the master lock and check out what's inside Business Development Manager Sarah Nelson greets us and shows off their exciting kitchen complete with an espresso machine that the whole Boxee team is extremely proud of. They sure do like their wine but not clean dishes. Right next to the kitchen are the printer, fax machine, and a full bathroom complete with an awesome world map shower curtain! They have offices in San Francisco and Tel Aviv, Israel in addition to their New York HQ. Where is everybody? Eating lunch of course! Clockwise from the bottom left:

Intern Scott Rogers, Co-founder & CEO Avner Ronen, Director of User Experience Jamie Divine, Co-founder Idan Cohen Let's hope no one spills any food on the iPad before they hire their new app developer. "Basically, every client who

their new app developer. "Basicall y , every client who comes in has to be challenged

comes in has to be challenged and play," says Sarah Nelson. Co-founder Gidon Coussin gets up from his lunch to challenge Business Insider to a match. CEO Avner Ronen points at us knowing we don't stand a chance. With pride on the line, Business Insider accepts the challenge. It's on! The Boxee home crowd eagerly watches as Gidon embarasses us and wins bragging rights over Business Insider.

Even Jamie Divine, who just started last Monday after leaving Google as their lead in visual design, knew this would be a squash (photo taken by CEO Avner Ronen). After the match, we were floored and passed out on their "dirty" green rug. Once we got up, we realized their sweet set up of two leather couches and a 42" TV. Here's a non-working prototype of the Boxee Box. Co-founder Idan Cohen proudly shows off the prototype.

He shows off their QWERTY remote and pops open the Boxee Box. It has a unique shape so no one will be tempted to stack things on top of it. It is also shaped to be the "centerpiece in your living room." Here's a box for the Boxee Box that better shows the shape of the device. Some people stay in the office overnight; including Idan who once lived here for a week. Hard at work are Head of Web Development Casey Pugh up top and his intern, Scott Rogers.

The central drawing on their whiteboard filled with top-secret information. Looks like everyone's back to working after lunch and ping

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Boxee is the startup that makes software you can download onto your computer to connect video on the web to your TV. Boxee is also making the Boxee Box – a device that "brings all your favorite TV shows &

movies from the Internet or your hard drive onto your TV." Boxee is also HIRING. It needs a lead iPad and iPhone app developer (yes, it's safe to assume Boxee is looking to get into the apps market.) The kind people at Boxee were nice enough to have us over to tour their swanky little office located in New York's Chelsea and Union Square. One stipulation – Anyone who walks in will be challenged to a match of Table Tennis. Boxee's office is in the building sandwiched between the two red awnings. The space to the right


is open for lease

interested? They're right on the corner of 16th St. and 6th Ave. which is a good 4 minute walk from our own offices. 4th floor!? Sure glad I wore my





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Grant Achatz is a superstar. He's one of the few chefs, like Ferran Adria of the recently shuttered El Bulli or Wylie Dufresne of WD-50, for whom the term "molecular gastronomy" seems not so much inaccurate as inadequate. His restaurant Alinea has helped make Chicago one of, if not the most exciting food city in America, and it was recently named the seventh best restaurant in the world by San Pellegrino. Add to all that an amazing life story--Achatz announced in 2007 that he was diagnosed with cancer of the tongue (he's now in remission)-- and you've got a guy foodies will follow forever. Foodies (I know, it's a fingernails-on-a-blackboard name, but the alternatives are hyphenated and awkward) are more than just people who love a good meal. They're fans, just like sports fans, music fans, and

film buffs. They follow chefs like one follows a band or

director, and the opening of a new restaurant is a bigger deal than any new album or film-- many top-name chefs will have only one or two in a lifetime. So Achatz's film trailer teaser for his next restaurant, cleverly named Next Restaurant, makes perfect sense. It begins "From the creators of Alinea," and

reservations will be

reservations, exactly. They'll be tickets, bought in advance, in full, like you would for a concert, ballgame or movie. [youtube D1wUcFY2TNo] The trailer for Next Restaurant hit yesterday, and it's a bit of a puzzler. It takes you through some classic and some unexpected times and places, including Paris, 1912; Hong Kong, 2036; Sicily, 1949; and Cajun, 1977. Turns out Next will be a world cuisine restaurant, with several different menus per year. From the site's FAQ:



Next Restaurant will serve four menus per year from great

moments in culinary history – or the future. Our team of chefs

will investigate, test, refine, and present authentic menu interpretations from cultures, places and times. Depending on the cuisine, meals will be 5 to 6 courses and will include food, beverage pairings, and service. It'll also be startlingly affordable, given the restaurant's pedigree. An entire prix fixe will cost between $40 and $75, with wine costing an additional $25--far less than one might expect. The movie format of the trailer works especially well given Achatz's star power and his food, which is designed to be as entertaining as it is tasty. Perhaps his best-known dish, the first bite Alinea ever served, is a play on the classic PB&J sandwich--"a single peeled grape, still on the stem, encased in peanut butter and wrapped in paper-thin brioche." Said Achatz in an interview with Chicagois t:

We really look at the whole

thing as a block of

time. We

can cook individual meals or dishes. But for us, we’re trying to entertain, captivate, insatiate, all of those things combined into one experience for x amount of time. We have you in the chair for between two to six hours. What are we doing with that time? Well, we’re going to try to entertain you. The movie trailer isn't so strange, really. When you hear foodies talk about "the new Grant Achatz restaurant" in the same way film buffs talk about "the next Wes Anderson movie," you get it. It's an event, a new artistic project. And I want to see it. Next will open (hopefully, says the site's FAQ) in Fall 2010. Dan Nosowitz, the author of this post, can be followed on Twitter, corresponded with via email, and stalked in San Francisco (no link for that one-- you'll have to do the legwork yourself).

Kevin Purdy (Lifehacker)

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That less-than-attractive, somehow-still-working car in

your driveway? It seems just

ripe for a trade-in for a more efficient and green vehicle. Then again, it might be better

for your wallet, and

the planet,

better for your wallet, and t h e p l a n e t , Personal

to let it ride out its remaining

life. More » Home-

Home - Automobile - Environment - Family Finance - Enquisite Raises $5.2 Million For Search Marketing

Leena Rao (TechCrunch)

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Enquisite, a company that provides search marketing and

optimization solutions to businesses, has raised $5.2 million in new financing led by Rho Canada Ventures with Castile Ventures, Formative

Partners and The Entrepreneurs’ Fund III participating. This brings Enquisite’s total funding to nearly$17 million.

Enquisite provides a web-based software allows businesses to optimize their presence online, including SEO and social media campaigns, and access analytics to help monetize through



optimization and markteing. Enquisite will use the financing to fuel product and marketing initiatives. Enquisite faces competition from from DIYSEO, HubSpot







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99% vacant since its 2005 opening. Nearly 10,000 Chinese citizens each year are sucked into unsanctioned 'black jails'. Image: Reuters Black jails emerged following the prohibition of arbitrary detention, according to a report by Human Rights Watch. They are notorious for prisoner rape, starvation, and abuse. If he spent his ENTIRE YEARLY INCOME on housing, the average Beijing resident could buy 10 square feet of residential property. A square meter of residential property in Beijing costs an average of 26,000 yuan (US$3,800), but the average per capita monthly income is only 2,000 yuan, according to Asia Times. Home resales have increased 350% in the past three years. Source: People's Daily Online China's economy grew by 11.9% in the past year and its GDP chart 'has gone vertical':

China has more pigs than the next 43 pork producing countries combined Source:

than the next 43 pork producing countries combined Source: China Real Time Report Chinese consume 3

China Real Time Report Chinese consume 3 million

cigarettes every minute Source:

WHO 80% of US toys are made in China Image: Gabyu on flickr Source:

National Geographic Shanghai built 1,500 miles of road in the past decade. That's three Manhattan's worth of streets Image: Jakob Montrasio on flickr Source: National

China is planning a train system

that will link London to Beijing in two days, traveling 200mph. Image: Daily Mail Source:

Daily Mail China's enormous Gobi Desert is the size of Peru and expanding 1,400 square miles per year due to water source

depletion, over-foresting, and over-grazing. That's 60 Manhattans every year. Source:

Wikipedia Sizzling is an understatement for some Chinese property markets -- home prices in Haikou have jumped 54% in the past year. Image: Waverly Advisors Source: Citi, Waverly Advisors Beijing held the most expensive Olympics ever at a cost of $40 billion. This summer's Shanghai Expo costs even more -- $45 billion. There are 292 individual

languages still spoken in China. This is even more than the 175 languages spoken in the world's melting pot, America. Only 70% of Chinese speak Mandarin as their mother tongue despite substantial efforts at standardization by the government. Source: Ethnologue

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Thanks to the ridiculous rate of change being forced upon

China, the nation is filled with excess and economic distortion. First, in case you missed them, check out the first 15 mind- blowing China facts. From a city building multiple Manhattans to a desert destroying them, here are the next 15: Chinese men outnumber women by 39 million -- over ten times the population of Los Angeles, thanks to a distorted male vs. female birth ratio. What will these ten cities of Los Angeles do for marriage? Source: US Census

China has the world's biggest

but it's been 99% empty

since 2005 Source: Daily Mail, Wikipedia: New South China Mall in Dongguan, China is the largest mall in the world based on gross leasable area, and ranked second in total area to the Dubai Mall. it has been


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Steve O'Hear (TechCrunch)

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WatchMouse, the website performance monitoring company, has launched its new GeoBrand service today. It's designed to detect "brand abuse" in search-based keyword advertising and follows the recent European Court ruling on the LVMH vs Google case which places the onus on the brands themselves to monitor for trademark infringements. The service targets pay-per-click (PPC) advertising on Yahoo!, Google, and Microsoft Bing in over 30 countries and offers an automated way for brands to be alerted that a competitor is purchasing keyword advertising which potentially infringes on their trademark, listing offenses by country and specific search engine.

Molly (PopSugar)

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Jennifer Aniston easily earned

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her toughest competition yet from Emma W a t s o n . Aniston's year has

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thick and light oil sheens. Thick oil is more hazardous, so engineers could potentially use the technology to attack the spill at its worst points first. Engineers and government organizations aren't the only ones coming up with creative solutions. A public charity called Matter of Trust is asking salons and retailers around the country to send all the hair and nylons they can get their hands on as part of an effort to make ultra-effective booms, or floating barriers that suck up oil. Booms are traditionally filled with air or Styrofoam, but as anyone who has ever had a bad hair day knows, hair is great at retaining oil. "We're just taking the nylons, stuffing them with hair, and turning them into booms," explained Lisa Gautier, the President of Matter of Trust. So far, Matter of Trust has collected 400,000 pounds of hair. The process is efficient, too. "Because this is an emergency oil spill, all the salons on our website are getting e-mails with addresses where they can send boxes of

Nick Saint (Business Insider)

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Authorities arrested Faisal Shahzad, the man they believe is responsible for the failed Times Square bombing attempt last night, and there are indications that one piece of evidence that led them to him -- and identified the foreign terror group behind the attack -- was a video posted on YouTube the day before the attack. In the video, a man believed to

be Qari Hussain Mehsud, suicide bomber trainer and an important figure in the Pakistani Taliban, takes credit for the "jaw -breaking blow" against the United States. According to intelligence sources who spoke




Shahzad -- a naturalized US citizen -- is believed to have spent time in al-Qaeda or Taliban training camps in North Waziristan during a recent return to his native Pakistan.

Datavision. BP is self insured through a firm called Jupiter Insurance LTD, but some BP properties require public insurance, details of which have yet to emerge.

The video was uploaded to YouTube from Connecticut by

people believed to be Shahzad's collaborators. Connecticut is also where the car used in the bombing attempt and the license plate stolen for it were obtained. Taking credit for an attack before it happens is presumably

a good way for a group to prove

it really was responsible. It's also incredibly stupid.

Via Danger Room, here's the video in question:

hair directly to people that are making booms on site near the beaches," she said. Of course, none of the solutions mentioned above can stop or even slow down the spill by themselves. InnoCentive is hoping to inspire budding oil spill cleanup entrepreneurs with the Emergency Response 2.0 :

Solutions to Respond to Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The website usually offers cash rewards for unique ideas, but not in this case. InnoCentive explains: This is an Emergency Situation Challenge and will be quite different than any other Challenge we have run on the InnoCentive website. No one has requested us to do this and InnoCentive is not getting paid to run this Challenge. We are doing it because we believe our Solver base can and will help and we will do everything we can to get solutions into the hands of the appropriate responders. This is an experiment and we believe our Solvers will answer this call for help. We believe trying to mitigate this international

disaster is the right thing to do. Your submission will identify and describe a solution that can help prevent further damage caused by the explosion and ongoing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. You are required to give InnoCentive and any emergency respondents a free, perpetual, and non-exclusive license to use any information submitted for this Challenge specifically to be used for this oil spill crisis. You will still retain ownership of any idea submitted. Anyone with a good idea can also go straight to the EPA, which is asking participants to submit potential solutions here. If either InnoCentive or the EPA receive any truly brilliant submissions, rest assured we'll hear about it. [Hair image via Oren Zebest on flickr]

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BP's credit default spreads are widening as a result of the

company's Louisiana oil spill tumult. Spreads have widened from April 23, when CDS on BP debt

stood at 42.4 bps, to 54 bps on

April 30, and now 58.2


from April 23, when CDS on BP debt stood at 42.4 bps, to 54 bps on





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Microsoft is working on a project codenamed "Menlo," which will attempt to make Windows a unified experience across various devices, Mary Jo Foley reports. Mary Jo hears that Microsoft employees working on Menlo will be tasked with replacing Windows CE, with Windows NT. Windows CE is the core of Microsoft's mobile operating systems, including Windows Phone 7 and the Zune operating system. Windows NT is at the heart of its Windows 7 operating system. Essentially, it appears Menlo will be Microsoft's attempt to limit its long term fragmentation. Windows Phone 7, Microsoft's next mobile OS, looks much different from Windows 7. Menlo seems to be trying to make them converge. Mary Jo admits this is early going in her reporting and she's not exactly clear if that's what Menlo is tasked with. But it definitely involves the mobile space. Mobile and tablet style computing are poised to rapidly expand in the next decade.

computing are poised to rapidly expand in the next decade. Microsoft has the advantage of being

Microsoft has the advantage of being the incumbent in the computing space. But, that advantage will be squandered if its desktop computing software and applications aren't available on mobile devices. Here's Mary Jo's explanation:

Because Microsoft has a far bigger pool of Windows apps than Windows Mobile/Windows Phone apps, it would make sense for the Redmondians to be trying to find a way to enable that base of business/consumer apps to run on Windows-centric phones and tablets. If Microsoft can successfully pull off this sort of integration it







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Jump 20% in April Co nni e M ado n (BloggingStocks) Honda Motors ( HMC )

Honda Motors ( HMC) was up 12.5%

Going forward, analysts expect sales to reach 11.8 to 12.5 million this year. These numbers are much lower than the 16 and

17 million units sold in the pre- recession years. The future of the auto industry closely follows the overall economy. If the economy continues to recover, look for auto sales to improve. Auto Sales Jump 20% in April originally appeared on

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a year ago. The numbers were

quite strong, but still down 8% from March. Sales have been uneven as we continue to emerge from the greatest recession since the 1930s. Auto sales are closely tied to buyer incentives. In April, manufacturers reduced incentives by 5%. Given a stable economy, nothing affects sales

more than incentives. If you pull the incentives, sales usually slack off. By companies, here are the numbers:

• Toyota Motors ( TM) sales were up 24%, weaker than


Nissan Motors led the group,

up 35%

• Hyundai Motors was up 30%

• Ford ( F) and Chrysler were each up 25%

• General Motors was up 6.4%


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not dynamic, and a bit stiff. Twitter gets it, and t hey're

introduce a new

We'll see more information tomorrow, letting us know

exactly how it works and how

is. Will it cycle

through related tweets, or stay on one? Can you pick a keyword? A news story? A hashtag? I know it'll be hard, since this is pretty much like Christmas Eve, but try to get some sleep tonight. There'll be embedded Twitter presents tomorrow. Dan Nosowitz, the author of this post, can be followed on Twitter, corresponded with via email, and stalked in San Francisco (no link for that one-- you'll have to do the legwork yourself).

customizable it

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honored way of both luring readers in with an enticing statement and taking up lots of room on a page with words you already wrote. But they're static, and they don't provide any extra information or insight. Twitter posts have been used as a sort of new-age pull quote before; they're about the right length, and can provide some extra insight too. But there hasn't yet been a particularly good way of integrating tweets into an article. Most writers will just take a screenshot of a tweet and post the image in--

The pull quote is a

Twitter-like pull quote called Embedded Tweets. According to Silicon Alley Insider, they'll have live links and text can be

selected (unlike in a simple screenshot grab). Twitter says it'll consist of "just a snippet of code," probably a bit of HTML with room for the URL of the tweet you want to embed. They

her e--you

can see that most of the links (though not hashtags) are live, meaning they can be clicked. The image at the top of this post? A screengrab. Just goes to show how good an idea this is --I need it literally in the post announcing it.


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telephone verification system for its adult services section. Requests for comment from Craigslist were not immediately returned. Update: In a recent blog post titled " Deja Blumenthal," Craigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster goes after the connecticut attorney general over subpoena charges. "True to form, CT AG Blumenthal is once again indulging in self-serving publicity at the expense of the truth and his constituents — touting a subpoena on television and telling whoppers about craigslist “reneging” on promises — even before craigslist had been served with a subpoena," writes Buckmaster. "As AG Blumenthal knows full well, craigslist has gone beyond fulfilling its legal obligations, far beyond classifieds industry norms, has more than lived up to

any promises it made, and working together with its partners is in fact a leader in the fight against human trafficking and exploitation." Buckmaster concludes his brief post by accusing Blumenthal of having ulterior motives. "With his senatorial race in full swing however, AG Blumenthal won’t let the facts get in the way of a good photo op. Or as I heard while in his offices 2 years ago — 'The most dangerous place on earth is getting caught between Dick Blumenthal and a television camera.'" Interestingly, one of the tags under Buckmaster's post is "harassment." Is this referring to Craigslist's erotic services section or abuse by Blumenthal?

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Of late there's been a lot of talk about the Shanghai Index, and

the idea that it serves as something of a leading indicator for stocks. This chart, showing the market's bottom, has been making the rounds a bit.

the market's bottom, has been making the rounds a bit. Well, on Monday Shanghai was closed,

Well, on Monday Shanghai was

closed, but it was open last night, and it's heading lower still. The Shanghai composite fell 1.2%, and is now solidly below the 3,000 level. Here's the recent action (not

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Zynga filed papers in Delaware two weeks ago authorizing the issuance of an additional 1.9 millions shares of Series B-2 Preferred Stock, at an issue price of $12.87 per share, implying a value of about $4 billion for the company based on our estimated 320 million shares outstanding. While no deal has been announced, the filing is typical of shares issued around a strategic partnership, with Softbank often mentioned as a good potential partner for Zynga in Japan. Lou Kerner is a cofounder at, a blog for news, commentary, and Wall Street style research covering the companies driving the social

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Filed under: American Express (AXP), Stocks to Buy It's probably now or never to consider American Express ( AXP) and earn an out-sized gain during the current economic

expansion. I first discussed AXP here in the spring of 2009 at a price of $27.28. The company posted a solid first quarter, with customers spending 16% more compared to the same period a year ago, including a large 27% increase in international spending. This suggests

large 27% increase in international spending. This suggests consumer confidence is improving -- something that's

consumer confidence is improving -- something that's

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Filed under: Microsoft (MSFT), Cisco Systems (CSCO), Dell (DELL), Intel (INTC), Options Clean Harbors ( CLH) closed at $66.98. CLH, an environmental services company, is expected to report Q1 EPS on May 5. May put option implied volatility is at 52, above a level of 41 from April 30, June is at 45 and July is at 40, above its 26-week average of 34, according to Track Data, suggesting larger price movement. Retired Four Horseman of Tech overall implied volatility for Microsoft ( MSFT) 23, Cisco ( CSCO) 25, Dell ( DELL) 34, and Intel ( INTC) 26, according

historically bullish for U.S. GDP. The company earned 31 cents per share a year ago in the first quarter of 2009. In the first quarter, revenue rose 11% to $6.6 billion. Continue reading American Express Is in an Uptrend American Express Is in an Uptrend originally appeared on

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(MRK), Economic Data U.S. stock futures declined Tuesday following Monday's rally on renewed concerns over European national debts. And as they awaited some economic figures to be released after the opening bell, investors examined yet another batch of earnings, including from drug giants Pfizer and Merck. Stocks soared Monday as investors grew more upbeat about the economic outlook and fears about Greece's debt situation abated. The Dow industrisals and the S&P 500 gained 1.3%, while the Nasdaq

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Police in a Chinese city have been given shoot-to-kill powers at schools after a series of attacks against young pupils left eight dead and dozens wounded. The extreme measure is a sign of the nervousness across China as classes resumed after the three-day May Day holiday weekend. China’s Ministry of Public Security issued an emergency notice at the weekend ordering tighter security at schools and kindergartens nationwide after three attacks on schools in as many days last week left nearly 50 children and several teachers injured. In southwestern Chongqing, a sprawling metropolis of more than 30 million people, police have decided to take no chances. The Chongqing Evening News reported: “The police have clear regulations in these odious cases where direct attacks occurring at or in the vicinity of schools have injured students or children." The newspaper said: “If they cannot contain the violent acts, police can shoot to kill in accordance with the law.” Violent crime is unusual in

China and, while police do sometimes carry firearms, they rarely use them. However, the recent wave of attacks on schools in which men armed with knives have rampaged through classrooms slashing and hacking at children, as well as caretakers and teachers who tried to block the assaults, has shocked the nation. On Friday last week, a farmer wielding a hammer battered five children and a teacher at a kindergarten in eastern China before setting himself on fire and killing himself. The day before, a jobless man who said he was angry at a series of personal and professional setbacks slashed 29 children and three adults at a kindergarten in southeastern China with a knife used for slaughtering pigs. Less than 24 hours before that, a 33-year-old former teacher with a history of mental illness injured 15 students and a teacher in a knife attack on a primary school in southern China. The incidents appeared to be copycat attacks. Last week, a former medical worker in eastern Fujian province was executed for stabbing to death eight children and wounding five others as

they waited outside their school. He told the court he was enraged after his girlfriend jilted him. Most schools in China have a security guard who sits in a box at the gate, but these men are barely armed in a society where a tough “one couple, one child” family planning policy means children are adored and usually spoilt. The country’s security chief stressed yesterday that child safety was an issued that “most worried people”. Zhou Yongkang, a member of the Politburo Standing Committee, said: “We must take fast action to strengthen security for schools and kindergartens to create a harmonious environment for children to study and grow up in.” He ordered an increase in police patrols around schools and kindergartens and instructed health and civil affairs authorities to improve their management and treatment of people with mental disorders. Five Filters featured article:

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NEW YORK – A U.S. citizen who had recently returned from

a five-month trip to his native

Pakistan, where he had a wife, was arrested at a New York

airport on charges that he drove

a bomb-laden SUV meant to

cause a fireball in Times Square, federal authorities said. Faisal Shahzad was on board a Dubai-bound flight at Kennedy Airport when FBI agents and New York Police Department detectives took him into custody late Monday, law enforcement officials said. One official said he claimed to have acted alone. U.S. authorities "will not rest until we have brought everyone responsible to justice," Attorney Eric Holder said early Tuesday, suggesting additional suspects are being sought. Shahzad, 30, is a naturalized U.S. citizen and had recently returned from a five-month trip to Pakistan, where he had a wife, according to law enforcement officials who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the investigation into the failed car bombing. Investigators hadn't established an immediate connection to the Pakistani Taliban— which had claimed responsibility for the botched bombing in three videos — or any foreign terrorist

groups, a law enforcement official told The Associated

Press on Tuesday. "He's claimed to have acted alone, but these are things that

have to be investigated," the official. Another law enforcement official said Shahzad was not

known to the U.S. intelligence community before the failed bombing attempt. The U.S. attorney's office in Manhattan was handling the case and said Shahzad would appear in court Tuesday, but the charges were not made public. FBI agents searched the home at a known address for Shahzad in Bridgeport, Conn., early Tuesday, said agent Kimberly Mertz, who wouldn't answer questions about the search. Authorities removed filled plastic bags from the house overnight in a mixed-race, working-class neighborhood of multi-family homes in Connecticut's largest city. A bomb squad came and went without entering as local police and FBI agents gathered in the cordoned-off street. Shahzad was being held in New York overnight and couldn't be contacted. A phone number at a listed address for Shahzad in Shelton, Conn., wasn't in service. Related

He used to live in a two-story grayish-brown Colonial with a sloping yard in a working-class neighborhood in Shelton. On Tuesday morning, the home looked as if it had been unoccupied for a while, with grass growing in the driveway and bags of garbage lying about. Neighbors offered diverging descriptions of Shahzad but agreed that he kept to himself. One, Brenda Thurman, said Shahzad had told her husband he worked on Wall Street, while another neighbor, Audrey Sokol, said she thought he worked in nearby Norwalk. Thurman, 37, said he lived in Shelton with his wife and two small children until last year. "He was a little bit strange," she said. "He didn't like to come out during the day." Sokol, a teacher who lives next door to Shahzad's old house, said that he would wave and say hello and that he seemed normal to her. Law enforcement officials say Shahzad bought the SUV, a 1993 Nissan Pathfinder, from a

Connecticut man about three weeks ago and paid cash. The

officials spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because

of the sensitive nature of the case.

The vehicle identification number had been removed from

the Pathfinder's dashboard, but

it was stamped on the engine,

and investigators used it to find

the owner of record, who told them he had sold the vehicle to a stranger. As the SUV buyer came into focus, investigators backed off other leads. The SUV was parked on Saturday night on a busy midtown Manhattan street near

a theater showing " The Lion

King." The explosive device inside it had cheap-looking alarm clocks connected to a 16- ounce can filled with fireworks, which were apparently intended to detonate gas cans and set propane tanks afire in a chain reaction "to cause mayhem, to create casualties," police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said. A metal rifle cabinet placed in the SUV's cargo area was packed with fertilizer, but NYPD bomb experts believe it was not a type volatile enough to explode like the ammonium nitrate grade fertilizer used in previous terrorist bombings. Police said the SUV bomb could have produced "a significant fireball" and sprayed shrapnel with enough force to kill pedestrians and knock out windows. A vendor alerted a police officer to the parked SUV,

which was smoking. Times Square, clogged with tourists on a warm evening, was shut down for 10 hours. A bomb squad dismantled the explosive device,

and no one was hurt. But Holder said Americans should remain vigilant. "It's clear," he said, "that the intent behind this terrorist act was to kill Americans." Authorities did not address Shahzad's plans in Dubai. The airport there is the Middle East's busiest and is a major transit

point for passengers traveling between the West and much of Asia, particularly India and Pakistan. Dubai-based Emirates airline said three passengers were pulled from Flight EK202, which was delayed for about seven hours. The airline did not identify Shahzad by name or identify the other two passengers. The aircraft and passengers were then re-screened before taking off Tuesday morning, and the airline is "cooperating with the local authorities," Emirates said in a statement e-mailed to the AP. In Pakistan, Interior Minister Rehman Malik told the AP that authorities had not been formally asked for help in the probe but would cooperate if asked. More than a dozen people with NYC page 17


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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Rescuers feared even more bodies would emerge as muddy flood waters ebb from torrential weekend rains that swamped Nashville, much of Tennessee and two neighboring states, leaving at least 29 dead. The Cumberland River that has submerged parts of Nashville's historic downtown was expected to start receeding Tuesday after being swollen by flash floods in creeks that feed into it. Residents and authorities know they'll find widespread property damage in inundated areas, but dread even more devastating discoveries. "Those in houses that have been flooded and some of those more remote areas, do we suspect we will find more people? Probably so," Nashville Fire Chief Kim Lawson said. "We certainly hope that it's not a large number." Businesses along Nashville's riverfront lost electricity early Tuesday. Laurie Parker, a spokeswoman for Nashville Electric Service, said a main circuit failed before dawn, knocking out power to many downtown businesses, including the 33-story AT&T Building and a Hilton hotel.

The flooding also prompted election officials to delay the city's local primary, which had been set for Tuesday. Restaurant and bars clustered on a downtown street remained closed because of the power outage. Bar manager Susan Zoesch said the closure would be hardest on servers who rely on tips. "We're trying to figure out what we can do for them if we're going to be shut down for s while," Zoesch said. Andy Mason, the concierge at a high-rise building of condominiums, said he was been advising residents to leave the 330-unit building because power wasn't expected to be restored for three days. Thousands of people fled rising water and hundreds were rescued, but bodies were recovered Monday from homes, a yard, even a wooded area outside a Nashville supermarket. By Monday night, the rapidly rising waters were blamed in the deaths of 18 people in Tennessee alone, including 10 in Nashville. The weekend storms also killed six people in Mississippi and four in Kentucky, including one man whose truck ran off the road and into a flooded creek. One person was killed by a tornado in western Tennessee.

In Nashville, the Cumberland also deluged some of the city's most important revenue sources:

the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center, whose 1,500 guests were whisked to a shelter; the adjacent Opry Mills Mall; even the Grand Ole Opry House, considered by many to be the heart of country music. Floodwaters also edged into areas of downtown, damaging the Country Music Hall of Fame, LP Field where the Tennessee Titans play and the Bridgestone Arena, home to the NHL's Nashville Predators and one of the city's main concert venues. Carly Horvat, 29, lives in a downtown condo and ventured out with a few friends to look at damage Monday night. "I have never heard the city so quiet," Horvat said. "Usually, you hear whooping and hollering from Broadway." Damage estimates range into the tens of millions of dollars. Gov. Phil Bredesen declared 52 of Tennessee's 95 counties disaster areas after finishing an aerial tour from Nashville to western Tennessee during which he saw flooding so extensive that treetops looked like islands. The severity of the storms caught everyone off guard. More than 13.5 inches of rainfall were recorded Saturday

and Sunday, according to the National Weather Service, making for a new two-day record that doubled the previous mark. Dramatic rescues continued into Monday as water crept into areas that had remained safe during weekend downpours. Authorities and volunteers in fishing boats, an amphibious tour bus and a canoe scooped up about 500 trapped vacationers at the Wyndham Resort along the river near Opryland. Rescuers had to steer through a maze of underwater hazards, including submerged cars, some with tops barely visible above floodwaters the color of milk chocolate. Bill Crousser was riding his Jet Ski past a neighbor's house when he rescued a man, his wife and their dog moments before flames from a fire in the garage broke through the roof. "We just got the hell out of there," Crousser said. The water swelled most of the area's lakes, minor rivers, creeks, streams and drainage systems far beyond capacity. It flowed with such force that bridges were washed out and thousands of homes were damaged. Much of that water then drained into the Cumberland, which snakes through Nashville. The Cumberland topped out

around 6 p.m. Monday at 51.9 feet, about 12 feet above flood stage and the highest it's reached since 1937. It began to recede just in time to spare the city's only remaining water treatment plant. Still, about 50 Nashville schools were damaged and floodwaters submerged hundreds of homes in the Bellevue suburb alone, including Lisa Blackmon's. She escaped with her dog and her car but feared she lost everything else. "I know God doesn't give us more than we can take," said Blackmon, 45, who lost her job at a trucking company in December. "But I'm at my breaking point."

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Yeardley Love was entering the best time of her life. The woman from Cockeysville, Md., who said she always dreamed of playing lacrosse at Virginia, was only weeks from earning a degree, and she and her teammates were anticipating a chance to punctuate their season by winning a national championship. And then, early Monday morning, it was all gone, a fleet of police cars with lights flashing converging on the apartment where Love lived, and where she was found dead. In a matter of hours, police took George Huguely, a senior on the Cavaliers men's lacrosse team, into custody, charging him with first-degree murder. They gave no details of how the 22-year- old died, or why, but said the two had been in a relationship at some point. Huguely, also 22, of Chevy Chase, Md., emerged quickly as the prime suspect in the case, Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo said, but he did not say why. Huguely, also a senior, was

being held in the Albemarle- Charlottesville Regional Jail. Love's body was to be taken to Richmond for an autopsy, Longo said. Love's roommate called police around 2:15 a.m. concerned that Love may have had an alcohol overdose, Longo said, but police found her dead with obvious physical injuries. He said he did not believe any weapons were used in the killing. Speaking on three television networks Tuesday morning, Longo declined to give many details in the case, citing the ongoing investigation. Longo did say investigators planned to interview teammates and friends about the nature of the relationship between Love and Huguely. As the news trickled throughout campus, a steady stream of students preparing for finals later in the week wandered down the apartment-lined street that runs by the house where Love's body was found. Drivers slowed down and pointed as they approached the building. Suggestions it may have been a domestic situation did little to ease the anguish. "Just to hear that anybody in the

U.Va. community could be suspected of that, regardless of the relationship, does give you a sense of unease," said Drew Cook, 22, of Burke, said. Kyle Cecil, 22, of Newport News, said he lived on the same hall as Huguely as freshman, and knew him well enough to say hello. He was shocked to see police cars at the building on his way to class, and more shocked when he learned of Huguely's arrest on a murder charge. Leonard Sandridge, executive vice president of the university, told reporters the campus was saddened, and that the pain is magnified because the accused is "one of our own." The lacrosse teams met at least once during the day, but lacrosse players and school officials declined repeatedly to comment during the day, referring to a school statement. The men's and women's lacrosse seasons — both teams are national title contenders — were "not even entering into our thoughts," athletic director Craig Littlepage said. The NCAA tournament pairings are to be announced Sunday, and the men's team is expected to host a first-round game, and the women's team is

also anticipating being included. Huguely, a midfielder, wasn't a starter but played in all 15 games this season. He had four goals and three assists. Love played defense and started in three games this season. Love was "described as an angel by teammates and friends," Littlepage said. She played varsity lacrosse and field hockey for four years at Notre Dame Preparatory School in Baltimore, and was recalled as an outstanding and wonderful person , said Sister Patricia McCarron, headmistress of the school. "Yeardley was the core of the personality of the team. She was our laughter, a good soul. She always found an appropriate way to lighten things up," said Mary Bartel, who coached lacrosse at Notre Dame Prep. "I don't think there is a soul in this building who couldn't say her name without smiling. Yeardley loved NDP, and NDP loved her. She was a good soul and an outstanding athlete." University president John Casteen said in a release on the university's website that Love "deserved the bright future she earned growing up, studying here, and developing her talents

as a lacrosse player," he said. "She deserves to be remembered for her human goodness, her capacity for future greatness, and for the terrible way in which her young life has ended." Huguely attended the Landon School, a private school in Bethesda, Md. It is the same prep school that at least one of the Duke lacrosse players accused of sexually assaulting a woman at a team party in 2006 attended. The charges later were dismissed. Huguely played both varsity lacrosse and varsity football, and was co-captain of the lacrosse team in his senior year, school spokeswoman Jean Erstlin said. She said the school had no comment on his arrest.

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own. Starting in 2014, the health care law forbids insurers from denying coverage to people with medical problems, limits what the companies can charge older individuals, and sets up competitive health insurance markets called exchanges — where consumers can buy a policy, in many cases with direct government assistance. Early retirees will have options they don't currently enjoy. "Employers have been offering these benefits because there is no alternative source of coverage," said economist Paul Fronstin of the Employee Benefit Research Institute. "I think they're going to be asking themselves why they should continue offering retiree coverage. There is no question this is something that is on employers' minds." Preventing an immediate rush to the exits by employers is one of the main goals of the new subsidy program, authorized under the health care overhaul law. Among employers with 500 or more workers, only 28 percent offer health benefits to

early retirees, down from 46 percent in 1993, according to Mercer, a benefits consulting firm. Under the program, employers can get reimbursed for up to 80 percent of the cost of medical claims between $15,000 and $90,000 for their early retirees. The government payments can be used to reduce premiums for retirees and their dependents, or by employers to keep their own costs in check. The benefit takes effect June 1. Large companies and labor unions successfully lobbied to include the early retiree subsidy in the broader health overhaul. Nearly 2 million people ages 55- 64 currently have health insurance through a former employer. Congress set aside $5 billion to finance the benefit until Jan. 1, 2014, but it's unclear how long the money will last. Employers are expected to sign up without delay. Passage of the law has prompted employers to reassess whether they need to keep any of their retirees on workplace health plans over the long run.

In addition to the early retiree subsidy, the overhaul law improves Medicare benefits by gradually closing the prescription drug coverage gap called the "doughnut hole." That will benefit retirees over age 65. Even now, some companies are starting to provide their retirees with a fixed payment for health care, a voucher that limits their own exposure. "Once the insurance exchanges are up and running, it provides a ready vehicle for early retirees that does not exist today," explained Ron Fontanetta, a principal with the benefits consulting firm TowersWatson. "You couple that with an improved Medicare drug program, and it begs the question whether employers really need to be in the retiree game at all." Five Filters featured article:

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WASHINGTON – Trying to entice cost-weary employers to keep providing medical coverage to early retirees, the Obama administration is making $5 billion available until the safety net of the new health care law is in place. Older baby boomers working for large companies — and looking to downshift to less- demanding employment_ could be the immediate beneficiaries. Effective next month, federal subsidies will allow employers to recoup a big chunk of the cost of medical claims for retirees ages 55 to 64 not yet eligible for Medicare, according to a White House official who spoke on condition of anonymity ahead of the official announcement expected Tuesday. However, in the long run, experts predict that President Barack Obama's health overhaul will accelerate the decline of employer-sponsored retiree coverage, by making it easier for people to find and keep affordable coverage on their

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MoSync is a Swedish company which aims to create tools for mobile developers which allow them to do that mythical 'write once and run many' thing with mobile applications so that they will work across any platform. Of course, we all know what Apple thinks about Flash apps being converted to run that way, but this is not about to deter MoSync. Or, it appears, their potential investors. For we have heard on the grapevine that MoSync is entertaining terms sheets for a $14 million (11m Euro) financing round.

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American citizenship or residency, like Shahzad, have been accused in the past two years of supporting or carrying out terrorism attempts on U.S. soil, cases that illustrate the threat of violent extremism from within the U.S. Among them are Army Maj. Nidal Hasan, a U.S.-born Army psychiatrist of Palestinian descent, charged with fatally shooting 13 people last year at Fort Hood, Texas; Najibullah Zazi, a Denver-area airport shuttle driver who pleaded guilty in February in a plot to bomb New York subways; and a Pennsylvania woman who authorities say became radicalized online as " Jihad Jane" and plotted to kill a Swedish artist whose work

offended Muslims.

Contributing to this report were Associated Press writer Pete Yost in Washington, AP Video journalist Ted Shaffrey in Bridgeport, Conn., AP photojournalist Doug Healey in Shelton, Conn., and AP writers Chris Brummitt in Islamabad, Adam Schreck in Dubai and John Christoffersen in Shelton, Conn. Five Filters featured article:

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BP group chief executive Tony Hayward. “At the same time we are continuing with our efforts to

stop the leak and control the oil

at the seabed, to tackle the oil

offshore and to protect the

shoreline.” An estimated 1.6 million gallons of oil are thought to have leaked from the site of the BP-leased Deepwater Horizon rig, since an explosion on April 20 which killed 11 workers. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration estimates that 5,000 barrels of oil or 210,000 gallons are leaking from the wreckage every day. President Obama has warned of

a “potentially unprecedented

environmental disaster” along the coast of four US states — Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. BP said it was pressing ahead with plans to inject dispersants directly into the plume of leaking oil underwater to help break up the slick. It is also building a metal canopy designed to be placed over the leaking oil so that it can be pumped directly to a storage vessel on the surface. The oil company moved to

dampen speculation last night that it had managed to operate a device on the seabed designed to block the flow of oil. BP said the actions it had taken to date

on the blowout preventer “have not resulted in any observed reduction in the rate of oil flow of oil from the MC252 well”. The political pressure on BP increased, however, when California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger withdrew his support for plans to start drilling off Santa Barbara. “It will not happen here in California,” Mr Schwarzenegger said. “You turn on the television and you see this enormous disaster and you say to yourself ‘why would we

want to take that risk?’. The risk is much greater than the money is worth.” BP shares plunged by a further 4 per cent this morning to 551p. About £17 billion has been wiped from BP’s valuation since the accident. Five Filters featured article:

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The fight to cut off the flow of oil feeding the giant oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico could take three months, BP said today. The oil giant launched a new front in its battle to contain the spill, as engineers began drilling a relief well designed to cut off the leaking oil permanently. The new well, which is in 5,000 feet of water, is planned to intercept the existing well at 13,000 feet — about two miles — below the seabed. It will be used to inject cement to cap the one that is leaking. Drilling began on Sunday at 3pm local time, after days of delays caused by poor weather conditions. However, BP confirmed that the operation would take “some three months” to complete. The operation, which will cost an estimated $100 million, is being undertaken by a second rig called Development Driller III, which BP towed to the site last week. “This is another key step in our work to permanently stop the loss of oil from the well,” said


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GOLDEN MEADOW, Louisiana(Reuters) - BP Plc struggled to stop oil gushing unchecked from a ruptured undersea well in the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday and calmer weather raised hopes of reducing the massive oil slick and limiting its impact on the U.S. shoreline. U.S.| Green Business Calmer seas aided relief operations to contain the oil, and weather forecaster said favorable winds and waves could keep the slick from reaching the Gulf coastline for a few more days or longer. The catastrophic oil leak, spewing from the ocean floor at a rate estimated at more than 5,000 barrels (210,000 gallons (795,000 liters)) a day, threatens shipping, wildlife, beaches and one of the most fertile U.S. fishing grounds. The London-based energy giant, under pressure from Washington to limit the damage, completed the first of three massive steel and concrete domes it will try to place this week over one of three leaks nearly a mile under the water's surface. ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ ^^^^^^^^



^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ ^^^^^^^^ BP shares traded down 4.1 percent at 551.6 pence on fears about the company's growing liability over the spill. The shares lagged a 1.5 percent fall in the STOXX Europe 600 Oil and Gas index. The stock has fallen about 17 percent in the two weeks since the company announced an explosion and fire on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, which subsequently sank, unleashing a massive oil flow into the sea. U.S. crude oil fell more than $1 to around $85 a barrel on Tuesday, retreating from 19- month highs, depressed by an expected rise in U.S. crude and fuel stocks and a stronger dollar. Dealers said oil prices received some support from worries the giant slick in the Gulf of Mexico could disrupt crude oil supplies in the United States. The Mississippi River delta and other areas of the U.S. Gulf coast are threatened by contact from the slick, which is estimated to be at least 130 miles by 70 miles. BP said offshore booms and specialist oil spill response vessels and barges returned to


operation in calmer seas on Tuesday. It offered the U.S. Gulf Coast states whose shores could be damaged millions of dollars to move ahead with recovery projects. The accident has brought into sharp focus the thorny politics of balancing U.S. energy security with protecting the environment and industries that depend on it, like fishing. OPPOSITION TO MORE OFFSHORE DRILLING The leak has forced President Barack Obama to suspend politically sensitive plans to expand offshore oil drilling, unveiled last month partly to woo Republican support for climate legislation. California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger pulled his support for expanded drilling off his state's coast, citing the Gulf spill. His about-face came after he had called for more oil drilling off California's coast to raise money for the state government, which faces a $20 billion budget shortfall. Royal Dutch Shell has not been directed to stop Gulf of Mexico oil drilling and it is too early to say what the U.S. government will do about future drilling after the BP offshore well ruptured, Shell's chief executive said on Tuesday. CEO Peter Voser said investigations on the spill are continuing, and the leak will not

have much impact on crude prices and production. The looming disaster in the Gulf threatens to eclipse the 1989 Exxon Valdez catastrophe in Alaska, the worst previous U.S. oil spill to date. "People are pretty devastated," said Bill Butler, co-owner of the marina in the town of Venice, Louisiana, known for commercial and recreational fishing. "It's looking grim if you look at the TV, but you have to have optimism about the future." The company said it expects to transport a 98-tonne, 40-foot iron box, and associated equipment, to the well site this week. It is designed to channel oil through a pipe to the surface where it can be collected on a barge. In theory, the system should collect 85 percent of the oil gushing from the sea floor, but BP has never deployed the structure at a depth of 5,000 feet and cannot guarantee that the effort will pay off. BP OFFERS RECOVERY GRANTS Company officials also said BP is releasing $25 million each in block grants to Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida to jump-start clean-up projects. The funding can be used for numerous expenses such as vessels for hire. BP has spent several years

working to burnish its environmental image. It now faces a public relations nightmare as well as intense pressure from the Obama administration to get the situation under control. Tony Hayward, BP's chief executive, and Lamar McKay, BP America president, met on Monday with top Obama administration officials including the energy, interior and homeland security secretaries and the head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, to discuss coordinated response efforts. Over the weekend it started a relief well that could cap the well, the company said. Still, this operation is expected to take two to three months to complete. (Additional reporting by Kelli Dugan in Mobile, Chis Baltimore, Anna Driver and Kristen Hays in Houston; Matt Daily and Tom Bergin in London, Pascal Fletcher in Miami, Jeremy Pelofsky in London; Writing by John Whitesides and Jeffrey Jones; Editing by Eric Beech) Five Filters featured article:

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NEW YORK/WASHINGTON(Reuter s) - A Pakistani-American man has been arrested for allegedly driving a bomb-laden car into New York's Times Square on Saturday night, U.S. authorities said on Tuesday. U.S. Faisal Shahzad, a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Pakistan, was seized at about 11:45 p.m. on Monday (0345 GMT on Tuesday) at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York as he attempted to take a flight to Dubai, local and federal officials said. "The intent behind this terrorist act was to kill Americans," U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder told an early morning news conference. Faisal will appear in federal court on Tuesday to face charges of "driving a car bomb into Times Square on the evening of May 1," according to a statement by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, FBI agent George Venizelos and New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly. Shahzad, 30, is believed to have bought the 1993 Nissan sport utility vehicle used to carry the crude bomb, made of fuel and fireworks, into Times Square as the theater and shopping area

was packed with people on a warm Saturday evening. Had the bomb detonated, many people could have died, officials said. Authorities searched Shahzad's home in Bridgeport, Connecticut, the FBI said on Tuesday. An FBI spokeswoman did not say what authorities had found. For New Yorkers who bore the brunt of the September 11 attacks by al Qaeda militants in 2001, the scare was a reminder that their city of 8 million people remained under constant threat. Emirates, the airline whose flight Shahzad had boarded in New York before being detained, said in a statement that three passengers were removed from the plane. "Full security procedures were activated including the deplaning of all passengers and a thorough screening of the aircraft, passengers and baggage," an Emirates spokesperson said in an e- mailed statement. Pakistan pledged to help the United States in the case. "We will cooperate with the United States in identifying this individual and bringing him to justice," Interior Minister Rehman Malik told Reuters. 'REMAIN VIGILANT' "This investigation is ongoing, as are our attempts to gather useful intelligence, and we

continue to pursue a number of leads," Holder said, adding that "it's important that the American people remain vigilant." White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said President Barack Obama was notified of the arrest just after midnight by his counterterrorism chief, John Brennan, after being briefed six times on Monday about the investigation. Law enforcement sources told Reuters that Saturday's attempted attack may have involved more than one person and could have international ties. The New York Times said Shahzad had recently returned from a trip to Pakistan. The Taliban in Pakistan said on Sunday it planted the bomb to avenge the killing in April of al Qaeda's two top leaders in Iraq as well as U.S. interference in Muslim countries. Some officials voiced skepticism about the claim. But former CIA analyst Bruce Riedel, who last year oversaw an Obama administration strategy review on Afghanistan and Pakistan, cautioned against dismissing a Taliban role. "They have said they want to attack inside the United States," he said before the arrest was announced, adding it was possible the incident involved "some Pakistani-American who has never built a car bomb before in his life but who is

being coached either by phone or Internet." Pakistan is a key ally to the United States and other NATO countries fighting the Taliban in neighboring Afghanistan but is also seen as a training ground for Islamist militants. The failed bombing was the second significant plot in nine months targeting New York City. An Afghan immigrant, Najibullah Zazi, has pleaded guilty to plotting a suicide bombing campaign on Manhattan's subway system last September. U.S. authorities disrupted that plot before Zazi and his accused accomplices were able to carry it out. Another Afghan-born man has pleaded guilty for his role in the plot. "As we move forward, we will focus on not just holding those responsible for it (the failed bombing) accountable, but also on obtaining any intelligence about terrorist organizations overseas," Holder said. 'INCOMPETENT ATTACK' Garry Hindle, head of security and counterterrorism at Britain's Royal United Services Institute think tank, said: "We've been saying for a long time that this type of incompetent attack is the trend. If it follows the pattern of previous incidents, we can expect to uncover an amount of prior overseas travel, instruction from trainers and a search for

inspiration from radicalizers abroad." The hunt for clues and suspects is being overseen by the Joint Terrorism Task Force, led by the U.S. Justice Department, as investigators pore over surveillance camera footage, the Nissan Pathfinder and the bomb parts. Street vendors selling T-shirts and handbags alerted police on Saturday evening to the smoking and sparking vehicle that was parked with its engine running and hazard lights on near a Broadway theater where Disney's "The Lion King" is performed. The Pathfinder, with a rear license plate taken from a car now in a repair shop in Connecticut, was rigged with propane gas cylinders, gasoline cans, fertilizer, fireworks and timing devices. (Additional reporting by Dan Trotta in New York; Jeff Mason, JoAnne Allen and Will Dunham in Washington, and William Maclean in London; Editing by John O'Callaghan and Will Dunham) Five Filters featured article:


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WASHINGTON(Reuters) - A rising tide of voter anger has produced serious primary challenges in both parties this year, with Republicans facing a political revolt that could sweep away powerful U.S. incumbents like Senator John McCain. U.S.| Barack Obama As the long primary season begins in earnest on Tuesday, establishment Republican candidates face at least a half- dozen strong challenges in party contests to pick the candidates for November's midterm election. Three crucial Republican showdowns in May could provide a test of the strength and staying power of the conservative Tea Party -- loosely organized activists who have rallied to demand lower taxes, reduced spending and more limited government. Republican Governor Charlie Crist's decision last week to avoid a primary fight in Florida by running for re-election as an independent was the latest fallout from an anti- establishment voter rebellion. Crist ducked a Republican primary fight with former state House speaker Marco Rubio, a favorite of conservative Tea Party activists who have targeted mainstream

Republicans and in some cases forced them to adopt more conservative stances. President Barack Obama's Democrats face their own high- profile ideological battles, with Senators Blanche Lincoln in Arkansas and Arlen Specter in Pennsylvania hoping to survive tough challenges from the left on May 18. Democrats are desperately trying to hold their majorities in Congress and hope the Republican infighting can help in November, when all 435 seats in the House of Representatives and 36 Senate seats are up for grabs. "There definitely are more primary challenges this year, particularly to Republicans, where they come from Tea Party angst about the growing size of government and deficits," said Cal Jillson, a political analyst at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. "The level of economic worry and dissatisfaction with government has made it dangerous for incumbents, and the Republican base is particularly active," he said. FIRST TEST IN INDIANA The first showdown will be on Tuesday in Indiana, where Tea Party favorite Marlin Stutzman - - endorsed by conservative Senator Jim DeMint -- is challenging former Senator Dan Coats for the Republican

nomination for retiring Democrat Evan Bayh's seat. On Saturday, Republican Senator Bob Bennett faces a pack of conservative challengers at the state party convention, and polls indicate he might have a tough time surviving. Bennett, normally considered a reliable conservative, has been attacked by the right for supporting the Wall Street bailout. Kentucky then hosts a May 18 showdown between establishment favorite Trey Grayson and Rand Paul, a doctor and son of libertarian Republican Congressman Ron Paul. He has been backed by Tea Party groups and former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. A win in any of those races would be a breakthrough for the Tea Party movement, which has lost in a special House election in New York and in at least eight Republican primary challenges to House incumbents in Texas. "This is going to be the month when the Tea Party gets to prove if they are real or not," said Jennifer Duffy, an analyst of Senate and governor's races at the nonpartisan Cook Political Report. "We really don't know yet -- but we will within the next month," she said. One of the biggest primaries will be in Arizona on August 24, when 2008 Republican

presidential candidate McCain squares off against outspoken conservative J.D. Hayworth, a former congressman. Hayworth has pushed McCain to the right, most notably on Arizona's tough new immigration law. McCain, once a moderate on immigration, backs the law signed by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer -- another incumbent who faces a tough

primary challenge from the right. Democrats have their own big battles. In Arkansas, Lincoln is battling Lieutenant Governor Bill Halter, who has mounted a progressive grass-roots challenge to Lincoln with help from labor and advocates unhappy with her opposition to

a public option in the healthcare

overhaul. Specter is being challenged by Democratic Congressman Joe Sestak, who has questioned Specter's Democratic credentials

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UK, Spain, and Italy are feeling the brunt of further European uncertainty. The UK holds a general election on Thursday, which may result in a hung parliament, hindering the country's ability to put together an austerity budget with any pace. Spain and Italy are

certainly products of contagion from the Greek debt crisis, which continues to look anything but finished today. From CMA Datavision:

And in April, Greece was the clear CDS loser with its

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WASHINGTON(Reuters) - The U.S. Senate will cast its first votes on Tuesday on a sweeping Wall Street reform bill, with passage of a handful of uncontroversial amendments expected and a key procedural question still unsettled. Barack Obama Democratic leaders had not yet determined as of late Monday whether amendments will need 50 or 60 votes to pass. The difference is important because Democrats control 59 votes in the 100-member chamber, versus the Republicans' 41 votes. A 60-vote rule would make winning passage for any amendment -- and there are more than 100 circulating -- more difficult, while a 50-vote rule would open the way to all sorts of proposals from both Democrats and Republicans. A spokesman for Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid said that no decision had been reached and that votes would be handled on a case-by-case basis

for the time being. "This is an issue for leadership


A higher threshold

will bring more order to the chaos of the amendment process," said Jaret Seiberg, an analyst at Concept Capital. When the process is over, likely

in two to four weeks, final passage of the bill looks likely, given a surge in political momentum for it from the Goldman Sachs fraud case and the approach of November's elections, analysts said. Wall Street reform is a top domestic policy objective of President Barack Obama, who laid the foundations for the Senate bill in mid-2009 with a raft of proposed reforms meant to prevent a recurrence of the severe 2008-2009 financial crisis. While the economy was still deep in recession in December, the House of Representatives approved a bill that embraced many of the Obama administration's ideas for tougher oversight and stricter limits on banks and capital markets. The European Union is pursuing its own agenda for reform as well. BOXER AMENDMENT TO COME FIRST In the Senate, the nearly 1,600- page main bill was developed over six months of bipartisan negotiation led by banking committee Chairman Christopher Dodd. The very first amendment is expected from Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer. She wants to add language saying that no taxpayer funds could be used again to bail out financial institutions -- an idea

likely to gain wide support from both parties. The Bush administration's bailouts of Goldman, AIG, Citigroup, Bank of America and other financial giants set up a political backlash that has only grown as the firms' executives, in hearings on Capitol Hill, have done a poor job explaining their errors and their massive bonuses. Besides Boxer's measure, other early amendments to the bill will reflect the latest deal between Dodd, and Senator Richard Shelby, the top Republican on the banking committee. Analysts said Dodd has agreed, at the Republicans' insistence, to drop a proposal to create a $50 billion fund, paid into by large financial firms, that would help pay for liquidating one or another of them when they get in trouble. Dodd himself has not confirmed that agreement, however. Nor did he have any comment on Monday about the status of a controversial provision that would require banks to spin off their swap-trading desks as part of imposing new rules on the unpoliced, $450 trillion over-the -counter derivatives market. Senate support was slipping for that proposal, according to analysts and sources close to discussions among lawmakers.

As the debate unfolds on the floor, the tax-writing Senate Finance Committee will be holding a hearing on Tuesday on the Obama administration's bank tax proposal. It would impose a levy of 0.15 of a percentage point on the balance sheets of financial companies with assets exceeding $50 billion, raising as much as $117 billion, as originally proposed in January. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner will testify on the proposal, intended to reimburse taxpayers for the bailouts. The bank tax is not part of the Dodd bill, but analysts said chances of it being approved would be boosted by deletion of the $50 billion liquidation fund targeted by Republicans. "If the $50 billion resolution fund is removed, there will be pressure to fill a $17 billion funding gap, with a bank tax as a potential fix," said Paul Miller, an analyst at FBR Capital Markets. (Reporting by Kevin Drawbaugh; Editing by Richard Chang) Five Filters featured article:

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stave off the collapse of the Greek banking system. In a statement the ECB said that it was suspending a rule preventing it accepting junk- rated government bonds in return for loans. It said that the indefinite suspension applied to Greek government debt only. The ECB moved because Greece’s credit rating was downgraded to junk last week by Standard & Poor’s. Greek banks hold up to €45 billion (£38 billion) worth of government debt, which they could not swap for cash from the ECB because of its rules on collateral. Latest data from the Bank for International Settlements shows that European banks have claims on $188.6 billion of Greek debt, of which French banks have $75 billion, German banks $45 billion and Dutch banks $11.9 billion. At the end of last year the ECB promised to tighten its emergency lending criteria, which it had weakened during the 2008 financial crisis. However, six weeks ago it was forced to cut even further the quality of government debt it would accept as concerns about Greece’s national debt began to mount. Now it says that it will accept any quality of Greek government debt.

Trevor Williams, the chief economist at Lloyds Banking Group and a member of the Shadow Monetary Policy Committee, said: “They [the ECB] had to do this to avoid mass bankruptcies in Greece. The Greek banks have been borrowing heavily from the ECB. Without this move, banks would have had trouble stocking up their cash machines, institutions would be struggling to meet day to day costs such as wages and bills.” But he added:

“This does leave the ECB a little tarnished.” The strikers appeared unmoved by the wider economic issue posed by country's imminent financial meltdown. Members of Greece’s Communist party have hung banners reading “Peoples of Europe — Rise Up” on the walls just below the Acropolis in central Athens in preparation for the strikes. Although participation in demonstrations has been limited to a few tens of thousands so far, paling in comparison to the riots that paralysed Athens in December 2008 following the police killing of a teenager, public anger is expected to grow after George Papandreou’s Socialist government unveiled Draconian new budget cutting plans on Sunday that foresee major cuts in wages and

pensions. In exchange, Athens is to receive €110 billion in support over three years, a package aimed at calming fears of a default and buying the country time to overhaul an economy that is uncompetitive and plagued by corruption. A poll released on Friday, before the EU/IMF package was agreed, showed that more than one in two Greeks are prepared to take to the streets to fight the austerity plans. Greek newspapers expressed concerns today that average workers and pensioners were being forced to pay a heavy price for the sins of corrupt officials and tax evaders responsible for Greece’s dire financial state. “It will take a lot of work to convince people that the bill will be paid by those who are responsible or those who can afford it but are not paying,” centre-right daily Eleftheros Typos said. The government plans foresee a public sector pay freeze through 2013 and an end to treasured holiday bonuses for public sector workers earning over €3,000 per month. Special allowances, which account for a substantial portion of civil servant incomes, are to be cut by a further 8 per cent

after being chopped by 12 per cent in March. And pensions will be adjusted to reflect average pay over the full working life of Greek retirees rather than their final salary level. In the private sector, the government plans to loosen rules which prevent companies from firing more than 2 per cent of their workforces in a single month. The trouble in Greece continues to cause consternation in financial markets. The euro tumbled close to a 12-month low against the dollar as investors bet that Greece’s bailout would not prevent contagion spreading to Spain and Portugal. Sterling also rose nearly a cent against the currency. The airlines Olympic and Aegean said that they were scrapping dozens of domestic flights and two flights to London today and would ground all international flights tomorrow, because of a strike called by aviation workers. Meanwhile, EU member nations rushed to secure parliamentary approval for their part of the loan. Greece must receive the cash in time to repay €9 billion in bonds by May 19.

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Greek public sector workers today began a 48-hour national strike that is a first test of the Government’s ability to enact new austerity measures agreed with the EU and IMF in return for billions of euros in aid. Ministries, tax offices, schools, hospitals and public services were shutting down ahead of a midday rally of civil servants outside Parliament, organised by Adedy, the country’s main public sector union. “We want an end to the freefall of our living standards,” said Spyros Papaspyros, the head of Adedy, which represents about half a million workers. “I think this will be one of the biggest protests we’ve seen in the last decade.” Private sector workers are due to join the walkout tomorrow, the third joint strike since the beginning of the year, when worries about Greece’s swollen debt and deficit levels made the country a target of financial markets. Some flights are already affected today. The workers' protests began hours after the European Central Bank (ECB) was forced to execute an embarrassing U-turn on its lending rules in order to

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A woman has been arrested

over allegations that she murdered her pregnant journalist daughter for falling in love with a boy from a lower caste. Nirupama Pathak, 22, who worked for the Business Standard, a leading financial newspaper in Delhi, was found dead last week at her family home in the northern state of Jharkhand. Her mother, Sudha Devi, was arrested yesterday. “There are indications that family pride was the prime motive behind the murder,” a police spokesman told reporters. Nirupama’s family are Brahmins, who are at the top of India’s caste hierarchy. She is understood to have agreed to marry her college sweetheart, Priyabhanshu Ranjan, another journalist, who reportedly comes from the lower Kayastha caste.

Mr Ranjan told The Times of India: "[Nirupama ] called me

on April 28 [the day before she was found dead] to say that her

train ticket was cancelled and that she was kept under constant watch.” Police said their suspicions were raised when the mother gave conflicting explanations for her daughter’s death, first claiming that Nirupama had been electrocuted then stating that she had committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan.

A suicide note was reportedly

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case of murder

caused by

asphyxia as a result of smothering", M.S. Bhatia, a police officer, said. Suspicions that the death was an "honour killing" were strengthened by the report, which revealed that Nirupama was three months pregnant, police said. Honour killings are not rare in

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India, but cases involving middle-class families seldom come to court. “If the charge sticks, it will be a rare case in which an educated middle-class woman will face trial for murdering her own daughter,” the Indian Express newspaper said. There are no official figures for the number of caste-related murders. In March, a court in the northern state of Haryana sentenced five men to death for murdering a young couple who

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The two biggest contributors are Germany, providing €22.4 billion, and France, which is putting up €16.8 billion. Christine Lagarde, the French Finance Minister, said that advance warning systems were needed to prevent a repetition of the Greek meltdown. She also called for new criteria to monitor the eurozone’s 16 members, a move supported by Jan Kees de Jager, her Dutch

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Faster and better doesn't always mean more expensive, at least with some wireless networks. Sprint Nextel and T-Mobile USA are readying their next- generation wireless networks, which they hope will help them take on rivals AT&T and Verizon Wireless. And if speed doesn't do it, price could help:

Sprint and T-Mobile are each keeping prices on these new services low to help seal the deal. If AT&T and Verizon are worried, they're not showing it. These operators, which won't start launching faster networks until later this year at the earliest, haven't provided details on how much their new services will cost. But recent talk about usage-based billing could mean higher prices for many consumers using the new faster networks. Why such different pricing strategies for these new faster networks? The reason is simple. Sprint and T-Mobile need to rack up as many new subscribers as they can while they have the speed advantage. "Sprint and T-Mobile are coming from way behind," said Dan Shey, an analyst at ABI Research. "They need to get back in the game by locking in as many customers as they can with a faster, better wireless

broadband experience." The situation is good for consumers, who may be looking for a taste of a faster wireless network, but aren't willing to increase the cost of their monthly bill. Competing on speed and price Through its partnership with Clearwire, Sprint Nextel is deploying a 4G network that will offer consumers download speeds of around 6Mbps. Clearwire, which has been building the network for more than a year, has already deployed service in cities such as Baltimore and Houston. And later this year it will offer service in New York City, Boston, and the San Francisco Bay Area. In February, the company said it covered about 30 million potential customers, but by the end of the year, it expects to be able to provide 4G wireless access to 120 million potential customers. Next month, Sprint is expected to be selling the first 3G/4G phone, the Evo. Sprint is the only major wireless operator selling 4G wireless services today. Clearwire and other partners, such as cable operators Comcast and Time Warner Cable also resell the Clearwire 4G service in certain markets. But Sprint is combining the service with its 3G wireless service, which gives subscribers more flexibility in where they access the network.

Sprint is now offering its 3G/4G data plans for $60 a month, which is the same price it charges for its standard 3G service plans. While the 3G service is still capped at 5GB a month, Sprint is offering truly unlimited access on the 4G network. And there are no usage limits.The company is also offering its Sprint Overdrive product for $100 after a $50 rebate. This device allows consumers to connect five Wi-Fi enabled devices to the Sprint 3G or 4G network. While the prices are not any lower than what Sprint has already been offering customers who subscribe to its data services, the company is also not charging a premium. The idea is that Sprint is trying to encourage new subscribers to try the service without asking them to pay more for the added speeds. "Most customers own devices that have capabilities that would be enhanced if they had a better network," said Iyad Tarazi, vice president of development and engineering for Sprint. "Today, customers are limited by the networks they are on. So we are offering an infrastructure that can support the demand at the right price point to push adoption." Tarazi said the carrier is able to offer faster broadband speeds for the same price because the cost of delivering 4G service is

much cheaper on a per bit basis. "4G brings tremendous scale," he said. "The cost drops substantially for 4G. We have a lot of head room to do more with the network and scale our costs." T-Mobile USA is also in the midst of a network upgrade using a technology called HSPA+, which will boost theoretical download speeds to 21Mbps. It's three times faster than the previous generation of HSPA technology, which offers download speeds of 7.2Mbps. T -Mobile is using HSPA 7.2 throughout its network now, and it's been upgrading to the HSPA+. So far, the service is already up and running in Philadelphia and parts of New York City, New Jersey, Long Island, and Washington, D.C. Like Sprint Nextel, T-Mobile is using price incentives to entice customers to try its high-speed broadband services. At the end of April, T-Mobile eliminated overage charges on its popular 5GB per month data plan that costs $40 a month. It also cut overage charges in half for the entry-level 200MB plan, which costs $25 a month. Instead of overage charges, T-Mobile will reduce data speeds if a customer exceeds 5GB of usage per month. Is the future in metered billing? Meanwhile, Verizon Wireless, the largest wireless operator in the country, is building a 4G

network based on LTE. It will launch the service in the second half of this year. The company expects to be in 25 to 30 markets by the end of 2010. The service will offer wireless download speeds comparable to what HSPA+ will offer as well as Sprint's WiMax 4G service. So far Verizon hasn't announced pricing for its 4G service. But the company has

hinted that it could transition to

a usage based billing pricing

structure, which could result in higher prices for some consumers. Today, Verizon

offers unlimited data plans that are capped at 5GB per month. Overage rates are $0.05 MB. "The problem we have today with flat-based usage is that you are trying to encourage customers to be efficient in use and applications but you are getting some people who are bandwidth hogs using gigabytes

a month and they are paying

something like megabytes a month," said Verizon Wireless CTO Dick Lynch in an interview with the Washington Post in January at the CES tradeshow. "That isn't long-term sustainable. Why should customers using an average amount of bandwidth be subsidizing bandwidth hogs?" AT&T, which has upgraded its network to HSPA 7.2, won't upgrade to 4G technology until

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2011. It also hasn't said what its pricing will look like in the future, but it's hinted that it plans to move away from all you can eat pricing plans. In December, Ralph de la Vega, AT&T's head of wireless, said the wireless operator is considering incentives to get consumers to reduce their data

specifics about how the company would actually get consumers to use less data. But he said that a usage-based pricing model may be considered in the future. "I think longer-term, there's got to be some sort of a pricing scheme that addresses the usage," he said. "But that's going to be determined by industry competitive factors, regulatory factors and customer [successes]." AT&T has been struggling to keep up with demand for wireless-data usage on its network. The iPhone, launched nearly three years ago, has revolutionized mobile Web usage. The device, which was built more for accessing the Net than making calls, can access more than 188,000 applications, many of which use the mobile Internet. In addition to iPhones, other smartphones are also driving




more network usage. And experts believe that faster 4G

networks could change usage patterns yet again. Mike Sievert, chief commercial officer at Clearwire, which is building the 4G wireless network that Sprint is using to deliver its service, said in a recent interview that early usage patterns of 4G wireless service on its network follow similar usage trends to what happened when people


He said that when Internet service providers started offering broadband, the Internet changed from just being about e -mail and checking the weather. The faster speeds enabled a much richer digital lifestyle that was much more consumptive than what was offered under dial -up. People were doing more with their Internet connections and spending more time online. Sievert said that faster wireless speeds are having the same effect on wireless Internet usage. "What we're seeing is when people are given these higher speeds, they're finding ways to use the extra capacity," he said. ABI's Shey agrees that consumers will use whatever bandwidth is available. He added that unlimited data plans

often encourage more usage. Even though 4G services offer more capacity, initially these services will be limited to certain markets. Consumers will often fall back to 3G technology in areas where 4G isn't yet available. This means that carriers such as Verizon, which has more customers than Sprint or T-Mobile, will have to be careful how it encourages customers to adopt its 4G service. "Pricing will likely depend on the carrier," said Shey. "It depends on how much capacity they have and how much area they cover with their faster network. They know they can use pricing as a lever to help control usage." Sprint's Tarazi said that Clearwire's and Sprint's 4G wireless is built to handle the ballooning demand. The main priority for Sprint is to attract as many customers to the service as possible, he said. But he admitted that it's still early days. And depending on how quickly customers fill up the available data pipes, business models and pricing could change. "Pricing models will evolve for some carriers over time," he said. "Usage will increase, but I think 4G innovation will also evolve to keep up with demand.

In our case, we have plenty of capacity and we will continue to provide incentives for customers to use the service." For Sprint and T-Mobile the risk of overwhelming the network with an influx of heavy data users on its 4G and 3G wireless networks is outweighed by their need to attract new customers. While AT&T and Verizon each added subscribers in the first quarter of 2010, Sprint, which reported results last week, lost customers. T- Mobile has yet to report first quarter earnings, but it's likely the company has also lost subscribers as it has for several previous quarters. "Network saturation is always a nice problem to have for any service provider," said Roger Entner, a mobile analyst with Nielsen. "The only thing worse than an over-saturated network is one that is under-utilized." Five Filters featured article:

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data center. On top of that are layered the security preventions and protocols of the networking, device, OS, application infrastructure, application and business process floors. Each layer, or floor, of the security house has different considerations and best practices that should be accounted for. Regarding the data center layer, which is the subject matter of this post, two data center managers at Rackspace, Wayne Bell and Cormack Lawler, provided some helpful input. A safe data center environment is established by concentric rings of security. The outermost ring of data center security is comprised of the exterior of the actual center. The shell of the building is the most basic line of defense housing a data center in an unmarked building. Having cameras at entry and exit points and having no exterior windows onto the center's floor are all ways exterior security can be tightened. In regards to data center physical security, Lawler says "you can either be the most threatening guy on the block" or be hidden entirely. Both options

guy on the block" or be hidden entirely. Both options can work. The second component of

can work. The second component of exterior armament is access. Who gets into the data center? This can be regulated through some basic means: ID checks at the door, no cameras or phones allowed within the building, no one allowed on the actual data center floor. Access can be even further restricted to sensitive areas within the facility by limiting which employees actually have to be there. For example, if those employees in charge of product supplies don't need to be in the electrical room, then that access should not be allowed. After the exterior of the compound, the power level comprises the next ring of security. Best practices for the data center industry are to have power enter facilities via underground channels. Additionally, power units should be encased in concrete

conduits, and transformer units should be padlocked so only the electrical company has access. Once power enters the data center, electrical distribution rooms should become restricted access arenas. The actual data center floor comprises the innermost circle of security. Bell points out that at the most simple level, "On the floor, security becomes a personnel issue." If someone can physically get their hands on your server, they can access the information stored within it. A lot of the risk inherent to a data center floor can be mitigated by highly limited access. Enabling employees to self regulate also can contribute to a safer environment. As we move through the different floors of the security hierarchy, each layer will form a foundation for those that come after it. Moving through an online environment layer by layer may help to isolate risk throughout the data center. Discuss

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When we talk about mobile apps today, chances are that we are mostly talking about apps for cell phones and - maybe - tablets. The latest trend in mobile apps, however, is apps for cars. One of the companies leading this trend in the U.S. is Ford, which just unveiled a number of apps that students at the University of Michigan created on top of Ford's platform. Sponsor Making Mobile Apps Work at 70 mpg Earlier today, we got a chance to talk to K. Venkatesh Prasad, the group and technical leader of Ford's Infotronics Research and Advanced Engineering team. Ford unveiled its SYNC AppLink technology for controlling Android and Blackberry mobile apps through Ford's voice-driven SYNC interface last month, but as Prasad told us, the company is obviously also looking at mobile apps that are developed

specifically for the car. Cloud Computing in the Commute As Prasad stressed when we talked to him, developers have gotten very good at developing apps that work well at 0 mph, but interfaces that also work well at 70 mph are still in their infancy. Apps that run in cars obviously have to overcome a number of issues - especially with regards to safety- that aren't normally an issue for developers of mobile apps. In order to tap into the creativity of students who grew up with mobile apps and social networks, Ford, together with Microsoft and Intel, teamed up with the University of Michigan and the university's professors and Ford's engineers taught a 12 -week course entitled "Cloud Computing in the Commute." The students developed their apps using a Ford Fiesta with a built-in touch screen running. The software platform for these projects was Windows 7 and Microsoft's Robotics Developer Studio. On the cloud side, the students used Microsoft's Windows Azure platform. Over the course of the semester,

Windows Azure platform. Over the course of the semester, these students created six different projects ,

these students created six different projects, ranging from

a gesture-driven Waze-like app

that allows drivers to alert others of traffic jams, accidents and police cars along the road, to a ride-sharing app that taps into

Facebook and an app that automatically uploads your fuel economy data to a cloud server. Some of these apps use Ford's SYNC for voice recognition, while others use gestures that drivers can draw on the car's built-in screen. Caravan Track From these six app, Ford, Microsoft and Intel chose

Caravan Track as the best app. Caravan Track allows clusters of vehicles traveling together to track each other during the drive

- which sounds like a great

application for anybody who has ever been on a road trip with more than one car. The app uses vehicle telemetry to track each vehicle, maps routes and sends

alerts about stops and road conditions. The winning students will take a car that runs Caravan Track on a two-week road trip from Michigan to the Maker Fair in San Mateo on May 22. Cars: The Next Big

Market for Mobile Apps? Even more so than just these apps, it's exciting to see how cars are finally becoming a part of the mobile app ecosystem. While there are still many user interface issues to deal with, systems like Ford's SYNC could potentially give developers the same kind of resources and computing power as a modern desktop machine. Today, most car buyers assume that their experience with the car won't change much over the next few years of ownership. Once we get to the point where a lot of cars can run mobile apps however, we might see regular software updates that could

greatly change the user experience at intervals that are currently unheard of in the automobile industry where upgrade cycles are usually measured in years. Discuss

Maybe Father knew best in 1957, but he probably didn't have a clue about how much Mother forked over at the grocery store for his tuna noodle casserole. He made about $4,494 a year, paid about $20,000 for his house, $2,500 for his Ford, and roughly 27 cents a gallon to fill 'er up at the gas pump. In this list, we'll see how deep Mother had to dig into her pocketbook at the grocery store checkout. Five Filters featured article:


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Last Friday numerous eager to- be iPad owners lined up around Apple stores to await the release of the 3G version, but some of these people have found a problem when trying to activate their 3G data plans on the devices. When they enter their PO box addresses as a billing address for their credit cards, the registration process refuses to continue, claiming an invalid address. MacFixIt reader "Skip" writes:

"I have been bitten by the AT&T PO Box bug. I tried to activate my new 3G iPad Friday night and it would not accept my PO Box billing address I have have received all of my mail at my PO Box for the last 26 years because of mail theft problems. I have an active AT&T cell phone account with 5 phones that is billed to my PO

Box. Yet I cannot have a PO Box for my iPad?" This is echoed by numerous other iPad 3G owners on the AT&T and Apple message boards. Apparently, in order to register your iPad 3G with AT&T you need a physical address, which puts a number of people at odds who use either PO boxes or businesses as billing addresses for their credit cards. According to AT&T's website:

Unfortunately, we cannot accept a post office box in place of your street address. A street address is required by Federal law to provide a geographic location for each wireless device that can be associated with the state, county, or city for tax purposes.In order to comply with the Mobile Telecommunications Sourcing Act (MTSA) of 2002, AT&T is required to capture and maintain a Place of Primary Use (PPU)

address for all of its customers. PPU is defined as a valid street (physical) address within the defined licensed service area for the customer's home market. This address is used only for taxation purposes, not to determine if a customer can have an out of market secondary/additional line. In addition, we use your street address to reduce the risk of identity theft and fraud against you. Our Credit and Activations policy is to run credit only on a physical address. Customers can provide a post office box for their mailing address, but not for billing or place of primary use. A post office box may be entered after the activation process has been approved. The billing zip code you provide us needs to match the zip code on your credit card. Our Credit and Activations policy matches the billing zip with the zip on your credit card as a way to reduce

the risk of identity theft and fraud. Despite this requirement, there are some workarounds that people have used. The first is to change your card's address just for the registration, and then

revert the address back again. This may take time for the credit card information to be updated in your account. The second workaround is to enter your home address, but use your PO box zip code in the zip code field. The zip code must match your credit card zip code. Questions? Comments? Post them below or email us!

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United States lawmakers have spent a year preparing draft legislation for a law that would define and limit privacy for advertisers and Internet companies. The legislation will govern methods of taking information from users online and using that information to

target advertisements to them. On Tuesday, they will present the draft legislation.

The timing is good for such an announcement given the worry over, among other things, Facebook's recent changes that have caused fresh worry over privacy. Sponsor According to the Wall Street




Sponsor According to the Wall Street Journal , the two of representatives working on the bill

representatives working on the bill, Rick Boucher(D-VA) and Cliff Stearns(R-FL) are posting the bill on their websites Tuesday. The plan is to accept feedback from readers for two months, then revise and submit it.

Elements of the draft include the following.

• Disclosure of what information is collected and

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medical, government ID information and that of children VirtualBox 3.2 Beta Virtualizes Mac OS X (On

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Windows/Mac/Linux: Free virtualization tool VirtualBox, technically Oracle VM VirtualBox now, has quietly added "experimental support for Mac OS X guests" to a beta release. That's good news—at

least for Mac owners, and those willing to dig into serious Hackintosh tweaks. More » Mac OS X- Operating Systems-

Internet and advertising companies, meanwhile, argue that any such bill risks damaging the $23 billion online advertising market. Discuss

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Google has been working to harden Google Apps for its arrival into the enterprise. The tools bring browser based productivity into another dimension. And, where people are productive, security is to be questioned. In this short review, we look at the new feature Google offers admins and look a bit closer at security in a browser-based world. Sponsor To further enable Google Apps administrators, the company has released a new cookie based reset tool for managing security between the client and the enterprise cloud. This functionality of Google Apps allows an administrator to flag a user for re-authentication on their next HTTP request to Google's cloud apps. This new feature is targeted at

environments where a user of the the Google Apps cloud loses an IT asset and the company wants to remove access to any current for future page requests. This feature shows how mobile and personal computer are again creeping together in security needs for cloud data service use. This feature reminds us of the "remote wipe" in MobileMe that is offered for the iPhone. The iPhone versiion targets removing data from the physical device but for practical purposes is nearly akin to "cookie invalidated" by Google Apps, which forces log-out any active sessions of a cloud based application. Both features target keeping sensitive information safe and can be activated at any time, killing an active user of the device. Google shares the goal of the tool here:

"Combined with the existing ability for administrators to reset user passwords, this new feature

administrators to reset user p asswords, this new feature to reset users' sign-in cookies improves security

to reset users' sign-in cookies improves security in the cloud in case of device theft or loss." Google goes into a bit more detail in the help file for the cookie reset feature, which describes how to find the feature to reset the cookie (in Users and groups: Passwords) and as an admin remove authorization from any current or future authenticated user or browser client:

"To prevent unauthorized access to an account, you can reset the sign-in cookies for that user, which has the effect of logging out that user from all current HTTP sessions, and requiring new authentication the next time that user tries to initiate an HTTP session to log in to

Google Apps." The help file also describes how to find the feature, which shows up in the Users and but in our version of Google Apps (non premium) it didn't show up in the password section as described. So far, it looks like this security feature is getting a good response from the administrators that have responded to Google's blog. We see it as a welcome effort on Google's part towards preparing their cloud for the enterprise, but also it raises questions of the use of cookies and tying down access to machines (IP) vs. browser cookie. Securing the browser for the cloud causes us to think of this question:

Are mobile phones (iPhone for example) inherently more secure than computer based browsers? Discuss

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File syncing and storage startup Zumodrive is updating its mobile offerings today, releasing new versions of their applications for iPhone, Android and Palm smartphones. ZumoDrive, which spawned from Y Combinator startup Zecter, has a different take on file syncing. Similar to other services, Zumodrive creates a drive on your device that is synced to the cloud. But service includes a slightly different twist-ZumoDrive tricks the file system into thinking those cloud -stored files are local, and streams them from the cloud when you open or access them. The new mobile apps allow users to upload and download files to ZumoDrive directly from their smartphones, which was not available as a feature in the previous versions of the applications. With the new apps, users can get any of their playlists, photo albums or other files on their devices without taking up local disc space and without having to use wires to physically sync their files. You can also now share content directly from iPhone, Android, Palm devices. Other new

directly from iPhone, Android, Palm devices. Other new features to the apps include improved media streaming

features to the apps include improved media streaming on Android and Palm devices and a password protection to lock the iPhone app. ZumoDrive has been gaining traction over the past year. Fresh off of a$1.5 million funding round, the startup scored a deal with HP in January to to power the backend of the technology giant’s CloudDrive on all HP Mini netbooks. And the startup is seeing considerable growth in international markets, with the application’s user-base in over 150 countries. ZumoDrive is also available in eight localized versions: English, Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese,

Korean, Portuguese and Chinese. While nearly half of ZumoDrive usage is in the US, a growing percentage is coming from Asia and Europe with Japan and the UK leading the pack. Last year, ZumoDrive released a new version of its system that wirelessly syncs playlists between devices, auto-detects content, and lets users link file folders on their devices to ZumoDrive only once so that changes in that folder will always be linked to ZumoDrive. The service was also upgraded to integrate well with media applications, like iTunes, so users can play entire music libraries saved in ZumoDrive on multiple devices without manually syncing content. We initially reviewed Zumodrive here. Zecter previously launched a

product called Versionate, an office-wiki product, that we first covered in July 2007. We wrote about them again a year ago. ZumoDrive faces competition from Dropbox, SugarSync, and




T J L uo m a (The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)) idiot proof. (Note I said

idiot proof. (Note I said "nearly" -- this is not a challenge!) In short: msmtp was what I was looking for when I found mailsend. Although configuring msmtp took about 30 minutes, it was well worth it, and now that you have these handy instructions, it should take you even less time than it took me. (You can also get mstmp from Rudix or MacPorts but I still like building my own whenever possible. You might not share my neuroses, however.) Read on for a complete walk- through. TUAW msmtp, a free tool to

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Tungle, a scheduling and calendar sharing tool we wrote about during its launch in 2008, is rolling out a new version of its meeting scheduling platform,, that taps into your social graph and simplifies the process of finding and connecting with friends and colleagues. now includes a public directory, search functionality, and group meeting capabilities. Tungle offers users a free web- based application that lets you share calendars across companies and platforms, schedule meetings with individuals or groups inside or outside their company and propose multiple meeting times

in invitations. The service currently syncs with Outlook, Google Calendar, Apple iCal, Entourage for Mac, and Lotus Notes. users can now opt-in to be included in a public directory on the site, allowing users to see colleagues’ schedules. On a users’ personal scheduling page, you can view their availability and schedule meetings with them without signing up for Visitors can search for users by name or company name without needing to upload contacts or create new friend lists. The new Group functionality for allows users to create and name private or public groups, browse public groups in the directory, and save group aliases