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Apple: iPhone 5 Pre-Orders Topped 2M in 24 Hours (USA Today)
Apple on Monday said iPhone 5 preorders topped 2 million in 24 hours. The company said that because demand exceeded initial supply, some pre-orders will be delivered in October although most will be delivered this Friday. CNET That’s about double the first-day preorders for the last model, the iPhone 4S. One analyst is estimating sales could reach 10 million within the first week of it going on sale. Los Angeles Times Pre-ordered iPhone 5s have begun to ship and are on their way from China, according to various reports. Numerous people who pre-ordered their iPhone 5s have begun to say they’ve received shipping emails notifying them their iPhone 5s have left Zhengzhou, China. Bloomberg Businessweek Apple surpassed $700 in late trading Monday, fueling optimism that the company will keep generating the revenue growth that transformed it from a niche computer manufacturer into the world’s most valuable business. The stock has advanced 73 percent this year. GigaOM There was a 16-month gap between the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S releases, and the September 2011 quarter saw an earnings miss as a result. By releasing iPhone 5 right before the end of the September quarter this year, Apple’s ensuring that won’t happen again. Read more

10 Raw Videos That Changed The World, On The Anniversary Of Occupy Wall Street


Today marks the one-year anniversary of Occupy Wall Street. One year ago today, protesters took to Zuccotti Park to fight for social and economic equality. Social media and web video were driving forces in catapulting the Occupy Wall Street movement into international headlines and, to this end, Link TV News has put together a video compilation of the “10 Raw Videos that Changed the World” to celebrate the #OWS anniversary.

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Myspace Settles With FTC | 55,000 Twitter Accounts Breached | Memes as Dissent in China

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Myspace Faces 20 Years of Government Scrutiny for Privacy Violations (Mashable) Myspace’s privacy practices will be kept under close watch by a third-party observer for two decades as part of a settlement related to an investigation of the company’s advertising sales strategy, the Federal Trade Commission announced Tuesday. The agreement also prevents Myspace from making “future privacy misrepresentations” and requires it to make significant changes to its privacy policy. The New York Times The FTC asserted that from January 2009 through June 2010, and again from October 2010 through October 2011, Myspace transmitted information, including internal identification numbers of users, and their ages and genders, to outside ad networks that served ads to Myspace. Using that information, the FTC said, third parties could obtain the user’s name and other personal information and use a file placed on the user’s computer to view a history of websites the user had visited. AP The settlement is similar to deals the FTC struck previously with Facebook and Google. In March 2011, the FTC settled with Google over charges that it deceived users and violated its own privacy policy when it started a social-networking service called Buzz. In November, the agency reached a settlement with Facebook in which the company agreed to get explicit approval from its users before changing their privacy controls. CNET Myspace was sold by News Corp. to digital-media company Specific Media last June for a rumored $35 million. News Corp. had purchased the social networking site in 2005 for $580 million with the hopes of using it to drive traffic to Fox’s various media efforts. PC Magazine In a statement, Specific Media said it “thoroughly examine[d] the company’s business practices and, where applicable, make improvements” following last year’s purchase. “A major focus of this review was to ensure that Myspace delivered advertisements to consumers in a manner that safeguarded their privacy,” Specific Media continued. Read more

NYPD Officer Answers Questions On Reddit about Occupy… Then Deletes Thread


An officer of the NYPD (“JustACop”) from the Occupy Wall Street detail took it upon himself to hold an AMA on Reddit. He openly answered questions about OWS and NYPD’s response. Unfortunately, the AMA thread is no longer available for users to read or add comments.

The two-year veteran answered questions such as “Which side is responsible for the tension between the protesters and the police?” The officer responded, “Both. We stepped in to prevent anything unlawful by setting up a perimeter, but protesters saw that as us moving in to shut them down, which is not what we came in to do.”

Another question was “If cops are part of the 99%, why don’t they join the protest?” The officer replied, “I wouldn’t join because if I happen to do something dumb in the crowd and get arrested for it I can lose my job…I know a few that have attended off duty.”

One Reddit user asked how the protests will end; the officer replied two possibilities: “1. They will convince the national government to change. 2. A spark will ignite and it will turn into a riot, forcing us to maintain order in the area with poor results on both ends.”

The officer also commented “I love interacting with the community,” and is aware of the fact that most of the demonstrators are not violent: “We know that for the most part that the protesters are being quite peaceful, however there are a few out of the bunch that get nasty and break the law.”

The NYPD officer (his identity was verified in confidence by Reddit’s staff) also commented about pressure from the Internal Affairs Bureau, raising a family on $50K a year, and the one of the best details an officer can have: “Damn I would LOVE to work a Yankee game. Make friends in high places for that kind of job.”

The Reddit thread was an insightful read. But unfortunately, the officer’s comments, answers and prompt for discussion were deleted.

“JustACop” explained why in the thread was deleted:

“Hello, reddit. Thanks for having me for that AMA – however it seems that someone found out who I was and thought it was a good idea to contact the department. I don’t want to risk any trouble, so I thank metaranha for clearing out that thread. Thanks for your questions and comments. For the most part you all had very interesting and intelligent questions, with the occasional ‘fuck da police’ thrown in. I had an awesome time answering everyone. You’re more than welcome to message me privately if you have anything you want to talk about, but I’m deleting the rest of my comments from that thread.”

Reddit Editor responded as well:

“I don’t have all of the details on this, but there’s some concern that a party-spoiling AMA subscriber or even the mods (moderators) were responsible for a breach in trust here. From what I understand, someone in OP’s (original poster) department saw the AMA, put the details together and reported it.

I’ve said elsewhere here that it’s not my business to go into who or why OP’s identity was disclosed, but I do think it’s important for everyone to understand that this wasn’t a rogue redditer out to prove a point and it was absolutely not a mod.”

5 Things You Need to Know This Week: Road Tripping with Obama and Watching McDonald’s McSitcoms

In this week’s episode of “5 Things You Need to Know This Week,” we go on the road with President Obama, call dibs on #Occupy spots, sample the new McTV menu at McDonald’s, and… there was one more thing… oh yeah, the World Series.

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The Story Of Occupy Wall Street Told Through Online Videos


The Occupy Wall Street movement, also known as #OccupyWallStreet, is in full effect. Demonstrators have taken to the streets of NYC, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, Miami and more to protest against social and economic inequality, greed, unemployment and other financially related issues, and there’s no better way to see what’s going on first-hand than heading to YouTube. We’ve put together a list of online videos to sum up the story of Occupy Wall Street thus far.

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