Morning Media Summary


Google Release Chrome 8.0.522, Pays $14,000 in Bug Bounties:
“Google has released version 8.0.552.237 of its Chrome browser, which includes fixes for 16 security vulnerabilities. The company also paid out more than $14,000 in bug bounties for the flaws fixed in this release, including the first maximum reward of $3133.7.”

Global Warming / Environment / Energy:

Oil off on U.S. data but OPEC eyed as $100 in sight:
“A delegate from a Gulf OPEC member state said OPEC will only hold an emergency meeting if oil bursts into triple digits and stays there, although the group’s Gulf members could informally add supply if needed.”

Insurance / Gambling:

Culture Secretary to Crack Down on Online Gambling:

Health / Safety:

House set to vote on healthcare repeal:
“The House had been expected to act this week on the repeal bill, but the vote was postponed after a shooting spree in Arizona killed six people and critically wounded U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords.”

Scientists Make Bird-Flu-Resistant Chickens:
“Scientists have genetically engineered chickens that can’t spread bird flu to their neighbors.”


Over 1 million Americans seen losing homes in 2011:
“Lenders are poised to take back more homes this year than any other since the U.S. housing meltdown began in 2006. About 5 million borrowers are at least two months behind on their mortgages and industry experts say more people will miss payments because of job losses and also loans that exceed the value of the homes they are living in.”


Canada Bans Dire Straits’ “Money For Nothing” for Being Too Offensive. No, I’m Not Kidding:
“Please don’t ever tell me that Canada is a more enlightened country than the U.S. and A.:”

School Giving Tickets, Not Detention Slips, Report Says:
“Court has become a deterrent instead of detention for some North Texas students.”

NJ Politician Proposes License Plates For Bicycles:
“If a proposed bill becomes law in New Jersey, bicyclists will have to pay to register bikes or face a fine.”

Attorney: GOP health care proposal a legal risk:
“Republicans running the Montana Legislature who have launched bills aimed at undermining a federal health care law they believe is unconstitutional may themselves be running up against the state Constitution by trying to order the attorney general to take action.”


Indiana AFL-CIO to fight unemployment benefit cuts:
“Indiana has borrowed $1.9 billion from the federal government to keep making payments as unemployment jumped during the recession. The Daniels administration has proposed cutting the payments to those who face seasonal unemployment, such as construction workers, along with tax increases on companies with frequent layoffs.”

Transportation/ Land Use:

Eminent domain clout sought for power lines in MT:
“Utilities and supporters of a high-voltage power line in north-central Montana asked the Legislature Wednesday to make sure eminent domain can be used to build such projects when private landowners won’t let them.”

Report: Start high-speed rail plans in metro areas:
“A study released Tuesday by urban planning initiative America 2050 recommends the U.S. Department of Transportation refocus its high-speed rail hopes on “megaregions” in order to be effective.”