Morning Media Summary


Court: Passwords + Secret Questions = ‘Reasonable’ eBanking Security:
“A closely-watched court battle over how far commercial banks need to go to protect their customers from cyber theft is nearing an end. Experts said the decision recommended by a magistrate last week — if adopted by a U.S. district court in Maine — will make it more difficult for other victim businesses to challenge the effectiveness of security measures employed by their banks.”

“Facebook: ‘We should’ve been more clear’ on face-scanning tech”:
“Facebook has tried to prevent yet another privacy row engulfing the social network by admitting it “should have been more clear” about the roll-out of its facial recognition technology.”

Global Warming / Environment / Energy:

Coal Regs Would Kills Jobs, Boost Energy Bills:
“Two new EPA pollution regulations will slam the coal industry so hard that hundreds of thousands of jobs will be lost, and electric rates will skyrocket 11 percent to over 23 percent, according to a new study based on government data.”

Green Buildings Hazardous to Health? Report Cites Risks of Weatherization:
“The buildings commonly referred to as “green” could actually be hazardous to your health, according to a new report.”

Insurance / Gambling:

U.S. online poker case defendant denied bail:
“A magistrate judge in New York denied bail for Ira Rubin, a so-called “payment processor.” His indictment was announced in April, when the U.S. government seized the Internet domain names of the three largest Internet poker companies: Absolute Poker, Full Tilt Poker and PokerStars.”

Health / Safety:

The ultimate NHS indignity: Body of hospital patient left to die in corridor is ignored for hours… before staff simply drag him away:
“Nurses casually stepped over a patient as he lay dying on a hospital floor.”


Obama’s egghead economic saboteurs:
“Official motto of the White House economic team: Those who can, do. Those who can’t, fantasize in the classroom, fail in Washington and then return to the Ivy Tower to train the next generation of egghead economic saboteurs. Life is good for left-wing academics. Everyone else pays dearly.”


Questions surround feds’ raid of Stockton home:
“A federal education official Wednesday morning offered little information as to why federal agents raided a Stockton man’s home Tuesday.”

NJ court: No Shield law for message boards posters:
“The New Jersey Supreme Court says people posting in online message boards don’t have the same protections for sources as mainstream journalists.”


SEIU leader wants Democratic voters to think strategically:
“David Kieffer, head of Service Employees International Union California, sees an opportunity to defeat conservative Republicans in 2012 by taking advantage of the state’s new “top-two” primary system.”

Transportation/ Land Use:

John Horgan: Lawmakers’ high-speed rail bid could make things worse:
“As much as we’d like to applaud the state Legislature for its belated effort to take over much of the decision-making capability from the California High-Speed Rail Authority, there is reason for nagging skepticism.”