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Kazakhstan Zoo Gets Monkeys Drunk

Monkeys are sweet, lovable, lively, and at one zoo in Kazakhstan, theyre the quintessential party animals. The Karaganda Zoo has come under fire for feeding their merry primates a mixture of red wine,

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Chilean Trucker Tries to Steal Glacier

Its a chilly day for one trucker in Chile after authorities uncovered a plan to haul ice from the rapidly disappearing Jorge Montt Glacier in the southern part of the country to the nations capital

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Nuns Play Defense Against Super Bowl Sex Trafficking

This Super Bowl Sunday will be an epic battle of two super powers. One could even say its a battle of biblical proportions. The rivalry in question pre-dates the showdown between the New York Giants

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Ohio Bill Seeks to Ban Exotic Pets

Before October 2011, most people outside of the animal rescue and welfare circuits didnt know how easy it was to buy and sell exotic pets in the state of Ohio. That all changed when an unhinged owner

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Washington State Passes Gay Marriage Bill

Its a happy day for many couples in the state of Washington. The senate just approved a bill to legalize gay marriage. Its not a total victory yet for same-sex couples in the state the bill still

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Is Your Tanning Salon Putting You In Danger?

Tanning salons are a lot like teenage boys theyll say anything to get teenage girls into their beds, at least according to a new congressional report released by the US House Energy and Commerce Committee

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Private Sector Gains 170,000 New Jobs

Could the US economy be looking up? A report from payroll provider Automatic Data Processing Inc. (ADP) seems to show as much. In January 2012, 170,000 new jobs were created in the private sector alone

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Retired Cardinal Bevilacqua Dies Amid Controversy

The center of a messy controversy involving sexual abuse of minors in Philadelphia area churches, former Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua, died in his home late on January 31, 2012. His testimony about the

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Abortion Bill Amendment Would Require Men to Bend Over

Its all about gender equality in the state of Virginia, at least when it comes to potentially invasive and unnecessary testing to get reproductive health care. State Senator Janet Howell showed her love

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Newt Gingrich Sued Over Eye of the Tiger

Republican presidential-hopeful Newt Gingrich isnt stupid, at least not when it comes to copyright law. He espoused how awful the Stop Online Anti-Piracy Act (SOPA) is at the Florida and South Carolina

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Children Not Obese Because of C-Section Births According to Study

Parenting is fraught with controversy. The decision alone to become a parent is a political minefield. If you opt to continue with a pregnancy and have the child, you can expect to be hassled about breastfeeding

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Skiing Jesus Statue Allowed to Stay in Montana

Christians in Montana are surely singing the chorus of Go Tell it On The Mountain Big Mountain, that is. The United States Forestry Service has granted a stay of eviction for a half-century old Jesus

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Pit Bulls Now Less Dangerous in Ohio

Imagine being told you had to carry insurance on your chihuahua or muzzle your Yorkie in public, simply because of its breed. Owners of pit bulls in the state of Ohio face these (and more) restrictions

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Algonquin Hotel Must Keep Cat on Tight Leash

Being a small cat in the big city just got a bit harder for Matilda III, the resident feline at New York Citys Algonquin Hotel. Like her ancestors, Matilda was given free roam of the hotel lobby and

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Pakistani Woman Kills, Cooks Child Molester Husband

Its always good to try new things and many people enjoy being adventurous in the kitchen. In an attempt to spice things up, 42-year-old Zainab Bibi of Pakistan decided to branch out into the arena of

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Pizza Roll Inventor Jeno Paulucci Dies

Pizza rolls: Theyre one of the foods you either love or hate. Theyre like miniature Stromboli, or a tiny piece of pizza wrapped up inside of itself. Theyre microwavable, cheap in cost and low on nutrition,

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Drought Turns Christmas Tree Farmers Into Grinches

Bah Humbug! Christmas is right around the corner and instead of worrying about decorations and cookies and the possible appearance of Santa Clause, some families are worrying about whether their businesses

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Crazy Black Friday Shopper Pepper Sprays Customers

Holiday shopping makes some people crazy. Waiting in line for hours on end for bargain-priced electronics, venturing out into the cold after eating a full Thanksgiving meal and rushing around stores in

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Guard Detains 4-Year-Old Shoplifter

At what age does a child learn right from wrong? At what age does a child learn to manipulate the system to his or her advantage? A security guard in Everett, Washington, seems convinced that young children

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Presidential Turkey Pardon Double the Fun

Not just one but two turkeys can breathe easier this Thanksgiving thanks to the official presidential turkey pardon. While other turkeys are busy fearing for their lives (or, more likely, already gracing

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Sharad Pawar Smacked Over Rising Food Costs

Union Agriculture Minister and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar wasnt exactly expecting an open-handed slap to the face today. It was a surprising wakeup call for Pawar, who was leaving

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Turkish PM Finally Apologizes for Killings

Actions speak louder than words, but that didnt stop Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan from apologizing for a political move that killed almost 14,000 Kurds in Turkey in the 1930s. While his

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Thanksgiving Truth: Turkey Not Responsible for Drowsiness

Thousands of people experience it each year: The post-Thanksgiving dinner crash. The urge to nap can be overwhelming. The turkey is in ruins, the pumpkin pie is gone. The dishes are stacked in the kitchen

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Amish Haircut Attack Suspects Arrested

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The phrase Amish haircut sounds like an immature moniker for a sexual position (like a Cleveland steamer) but the reality is more sobering. To the Amish, cutting hair is a sin and a slight against

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Will Google own your files if you use Google Drive?

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(CBS/AP) Google is already facing spasms of suspicion and confusion as it tries to persuade people to entrust their personal documents, photos and other digital content to the company's new online storage service.

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Google Drive: first impressions, who owns what

That became apparent shortly after Tuesday's release of the long-awaited Google Drive service. Before the day was over, technology blogs and Twitter users were picking apart a legal clause that made it sound as if all the users' content stored in Google Drive automatically would become the intellectual property of Google Inc.

That could have meant authors writing their next novels and employees collaborating on spreadsheets with confidential data would find all that suddenly belonging to Google.

As it turns out, the worries are probably unfounded. The language is actually standard legalese to give Google the licensing rights that it needs to deliver on the services that users request.

The way that Google keeps documents in its data centers requires the company to obtain a license to "host, store (and) reproduce" the files. When a co-worker needs to read a document in a different language or even make minor revisions, Google needs the rights for "translations, adaptations or other changes."

Even the everyday occurrences such as someone watching a video or pulling up a text file at an Internet cafe requires Google to retain permission to "publicly perform" or "publicly display" such content.

That doesn't mean Google will take a screenwriter's work in progress and produce a movie off it, even though the legal language might make it seem as if Google could.

"Our terms of service enable us to give you the services you want - so if you decide to share a document with someone, or open it on a different device, you can," Google said in a Wednesday statement.

The hubbub still may do some good by prodding more people to read the rules governing Internet services such as Google Drive more carefully before signing up, said Corynne McSherry, an attorney specializing in intellectual property for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a digital-rights group in San Francisco.

She said she also hopes the publicity causes more people to ponder other potential pitfalls, such as privacy abuses and security breaches, before deciding to keep their digital content in a storage locker at Google Drive or similar services. As the owner of the Internet's dominant search engine, Google has faced increasing scrutiny over the trove of data it gathers about Web surfers and how it uses the information to tether ads to people's personal tastes and hobbies.

Even discerning readers of the legal disclosures known as "terms of service" can still be flummoxed by some of the turbid language.

That seems to have contributed to the misperceptions about Google's designs on the content that will be kept in its storage service.

The confusion centered on a passage advising that anyone uploading or submitting content to Google Drive will be granting Google "a worldwide license to use, host, store, reproduce, modify, create derivative works (such as those resulting from translations, adaptations or other View Document changes we make so that your content works better with our Services), communicate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute such content."

As those words circulated on the Internet, the fears about Google Drive undermining intellectual property rights mounted.

It was troubling enough for The New York Times, the third-largest U.S. newspaper, to send out a note discouraging the roughly 1,000 employees in its newsroom from storing files on Google Drive until there's a better understanding of the intellectual property issues and how the service works.

The uproar might have died down if more attention had been paid to a straightforward statement leading up to the paragraph that set off the alarms.

"Some of our services allow you to submit content," Google says in its disclosure.

"You retain ownership of any intellectual property rights that you hold in that content. In short, what belongs to you stays yours." Another fine point was largely glossed over in the fuss over Google Drive. The same terms have applied to dozens of other Google services, including Gmail, since March 1. Documents and photo are frequently sent as email attachments and stored on Gmail, yet there

hadn't been any major concerns raised about that material becoming Google's intellectual property.

The passage granting Google licensing rights to content transferred or stored on its services is fairly common among Internet services, McSherry said. The licensing requirements are "an artifact of copyright laws that no longer work in our modern world rather than any evil intent on Google's part."

Microsoft's rival storage service, called SkyDrive, also imposes a content licensing agreement similar to Google Drive.

Dropbox, a rapidly growing storage service, tells users that "we may need your permission to do things you ask us to do with your stuff, for example, hosting your files, or sharing them at your direction .... You give us the permissions we need to do those things solely to provide the services."

Like Google Drive, both SkyDrive and Dropbox stress that content stored on their services remains the property of the user.

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Ruby on Rails Developers: Understanding their Philosophy

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Ruby on Rails appears to be a non-complicated, but still rather powerful open source development environment. The projects fulfilled by expert Ruby on Rails developers usually leave customers satisfied with the achieved results, due to the obvious reasons:

o RoR implies less code

o Integrated testing

o Rapid Web development

o Flexibility of the Model-View-Controller (MVC) design pattern, etc.

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Apart from these obvious advantages that come in sight during Rails development, there is one thing that makes Rails so tantalizing for developers--its unique philosophy. Never heard about that?--No need to worry! You only need to learn just a couple of things to understand what makes the philosophy of a Ruby on Rails developer. So, here they are:

1. Convention over Configuration (CoC). According to this principle, a Ruby on Rails developer can omit the biggest part of configuration by implementing practical conventions (conventions can surely be overridden with configuration, when there is a need to do that).

2. Don't Repeat Yourself (DRY). This principle implies that each element of any Web application is specifically located and there is no need to repeat it several times across different files. In case the ActiveRecord module of Rails is Development implemented by a Ruby on Rails developer, it isn't necessary to specify database column names in class definitions. This information can be retrieved from the database based on the class name. This principle is applied not only in Ruby development, but other technologies, as well.

3. Quick Turn-Around Time. When a Ruby on Rails developer provides an integrated Web server and an integrated language, it is possible to see the results of code changes straightaway. This sufficiently lessens the amount of code-debugging work.

No doubt Ruby on Rails is so much favored Small Business Online in the developer community and has appealed to many Web 2.0 companies (Ruby on Rails has been adopted as a basis for such well-known projects, as Twitter, Yellowpages, BaseCamp, CrunchBase, etc.).

Having grasped the above-mentioned principles ("CoC", "DRY", "Quick Turn-Around Time"), you can now understand the philosophy of Ruby on Rails and, who knows, even get interested in starting a Rails development project or hiring Ruby on Rails developers. Good luck to you!

Smarter Agent's APTS FOR RENT, a GPS Cell Phone Search Application Powered by NAVTEQ, Takes the Chore Out of Apartment Hunting.

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Mobile Apartment Search Tool to Debut at Consumer Electronics Show

(CES) in NAVTEQ Exhibit January 8-11, 2007 (Booth #36226)

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- (CES) -- Smarter

Agent, an operator and source for patented GPS real estate searches, and

NAVTEQ , a leading global provider of digital maps for vehicle

navigation and location-based solutions, announced today the launch and

demonstration of the APTS FOR RENT application at CES in the NAVTEQ

Booth # 36226. APTS FOR RENT by Smarter Agent is a mobile phone

application that instantly returns information about apartments for rent

in proximity to the device. This information includes rental price,

address, apartment features, and photos of the property. The application

will make Rentals its commercial debut on a major wireless carrier after CES in

late January.

Consumers nationwide can now access apartment rental ads using

mobile phones equipped with global positioning system (GPS) technology.

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combining the powerful capabilities of mobile LBS (location-based

services) technology with real estate content about properties,

neighborhoods and interesting places around you. Smarter Agent is one of

the most award-winning GPS applications in the world. CTIA, the

telecommunications industry association, recently named Smarter Agent

the 2006 Winner in its Emerging Technology Awards LBS/GPS category. The

company's application platform delivers dynamic, location-relevant

content to both mobile devices and the Internet. This allows consumers

and enterprise users to learn, interact and transact with the world

around them as never before possible. Smarter Agent has been granted 3

patents governing the use of GPS and location-based services in the real

estate vertical.


NAVTEQ is a leading provider of comprehensive digital map

information for automotive navigation systems, mobile navigation

devices, Internet-based mapping applications, and government and

business solutions. NAVTEQ creates the digital maps and map content that

power navigation and location-based services solutions around the world.

The Chicago-based company was founded in 1985 and has approximately

2,100 employees located in 139 offices in 25 countries. NAVTEQ and

Global LBS Challenge are trademarks in the U.S. and other countries.

This document may include certain "forward-looking

statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation

Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements include, but are

not limited to, plans, objectives, expectations and intentions and other

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and statements identified by words such as "expects,"

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of similar meaning. These statements are based on our current beliefs or

expectations and are inherently subject to various risks and

uncertainties, including those set forth under "Item 1A. Risk

Factors" in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the

year ended December 31, 2005, and "Item 1A. Risk Factors" in

the Company's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended

July 2, 2006, in each case as filed with the Securities and Exchange


Actual results may differ materially from these expectations due to

changes in global political, economic, business, competitive, market and

regulatory factors. NAVTEQ does not undertake any obligation to update

any forward-looking statements contained in this document.

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SMARTER AGENT, +1-856-614-5423, or [email protected] , or Bob

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Super fit model Sarah Stage gives birth to 8-pound baby

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Does hydrogenated peanut butter have trans fat?

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Fully hydrogenated peanut butter has no trans fat. Partially hydrogenated peanut butter does, but a U.S. Department of Agriculture study found that the amount of trans fat in partially hydrogenated peanut butter was so small as to be almost undetectable.


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Ukraine Faces Hurdles in Restoring Its Farming Legacy

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With a laugh, he added: "It depends how much you will pay me. If there are enough zeros, you can pay me."

Volodymyr Baran, 43, a tractor mechanic, said he would never sell his six acres: "The land is our bread."

Such dynamics deter foreign investment, which has been tepid for years. Despite some interest from China and multinationals, large agricultural enterprises tend to be Ukrainian owned, and recent prominent deals have been less than they seemed. For example, Cargill paid a reported $200 million for a stake in UkrLandFarming, an agricultural holding company. But a Cargill spokeswoman emphasized that the shares were collateral for a loan rather than a long-term investment.

The rules make "it so much more difficult to understand, and to bring in investment," said David Sedik, a senior official at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. "It's not that a foreigner or a company has to buy the land, but it breeds opaqueness in the sector. You need transparent land laws."

At his office, Mr. Vaydanych pulled out a village map and showed how its 2,500 acres were divvied up among 507 villagers.

"Every field is split, by little, little plots," he explained.

Being a land manager requires a political touch. Mr. Vaydanych goes from village to village handing out favors, fending off competitors trying to outbid his rental contracts.

A village chief, he said, "may call us and tell us, it's the wintertime, we have a lot of snowfall, so give us a forklift to clean the road. O.K., well, we do that."

"He may say this electricity substation is broken so we need urgently to repair it, or he's calling because the water pump at school broke, so we replace it," he said. "That's the commitment that comes with the land."

"I wouldn't be surprised by any request," Mr. Vaydanych said. "It is about keeping everyone happy. That's my work."

Rosetta Search Engine Optimization Experts to Speak at Search Engine Strategies (SES) Conference.

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Interactive agency's search experts tapped for five panels at

this year's event in Chicago

PRINCETON, N.J., Dec. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Rosetta, one of the

country's leading interactive marketing agencies, is sending two

nationally-recognized search marketing experts to speak at this

year's Search Engine Strategies (SES) Conference in Chicago.

Paul Elliott, partner and head of Rosetta's Acquisition

Marketing Practice, and Chris Boggs, manager of Search Engine

Optimization, will serve on five panels throughout the four-day event.

Now in its 10th year, the global SES Conference and Exposition Series

educates marketers on search marketing tactics. SES Chicago is the only

major search marketing conference in the Midwest, holding over 60

sessions December 8-12 at the Chicago Hilton.

Rosetta will participate in the following panels:

-- Measuring Success in a 2.0 World (Monday, Dec. 8 at 11:45 a.m.)

-- Why Does Search Get All the Credit? (Monday, Dec. 8 at 4:30 p.m.)

-- Advanced Link Building (Tuesday, Dec. 9 at 4:15 p.m.)

-- eCommerce 101: Optimizing Your Shopping Cart for Search and Conversion

(Wednesday, Dec. 10 at 4 p.m.)

-- How to Speak Geek: Working Collaboratively With Your IT Department to

Get Stuff Done (Thursday, Dec. 11 at 9 a.m.)

Elliott has nearly 10 years of experience in Internet web design marketing,

with a focus on organic search engine optimization and paid search

engine marketing. He has extensive experience in designing and executing

integrated online marketing programs for mid to large sized companies.

Boggs has over eight years of experience in search marketing

programs, notably as a certified Google(TM) AdWords(TM) Professional, a

Yahoo! Search web design Marketing Ambassador, and an early participant in the MSN

AdCenter release in 2005. He is a moderator within the Search Engine

Watch (SEW) forums, the associate editor of the Search Engine Roundtable Blog, and has served on the SEMPO Board of Directors since 2006.

"We are excited to participate so actively in this year's

conference," says Elliott. "The event is always full of

valuable strategies for all disciplines of search marketing, including

paid search, organic optimization and online reputation management.

We're honored to be a part of such distinguished panels and a

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Highly Anticipated Weight-Loss Pill Approved by the FDA

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Doctors have a new tool to fight obesity.

A new weight-loss pill that many doctors consider the most effective of a new generation of anti-obesity drugs got the approval of the Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday.

The pill, called Qsymia, was approved for patients who are overweight or obese and also have at least one weight-related condition such as high blood pressure, diabetes or high cholesterol.

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The pill will launch with a relatively small sales force of 150 representatives. Company executives say their initial marketing efforts will focus on obesity specialists, not general doctors.

"We're going to have to grow our sales organization in order to support the primary care market," Vivus President Peter Tam said in an interview with the Associated Press.

Vivus had originally planned to market the drug under the brand name Qnexa. However, FDA regulators ordered the company to change the name to avoid potential confusion with similar-sounding drugs.

Rival Arena Pharmaceuticals Inc. of San Diego plans to start selling Belviq early next year. A third California drugmaker, Orexigen Therapeutics Inc., is still running clinical trials of its product, Contrave, and is working toward an FDA approval date in 2014.

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