Morning Media Summary


Facebook a top cause of relationship trouble, say US lawyers:
“When Facebook gets involved, relationships can quickly fall apart – as Hosni Mubarak and Muammar Gaddafi have discovered. But dictatorships are not the only ties being dissolved by social networking sites: now Facebook is increasingly being blamed for undermining American marriages.”

LimeWire Settles Copyright Infringement Case:
“The music publishers, which include Sony and Warner Music Group, sued LimeWire for copyright infringement last June. However, today all claims brought against LimeWire LLC and Chief Executive Mark Gorton were dismissed following a filing in a New York federal court.”

Google releases stable version of Chrome 10:
“Google has released version 10 of its browser. The update brings hundreds of bug fixes as well as many features that have been available on the Chrome beta and dev channels to users interested in using Chrome’s latest builds. Chrome 10 also addresses 23 security vulnerabilities in the WebKit-based browser (easily more than Google has ever fixed before): 15 rated as High, three rated as Medium, and five rated as Low.”

Researchers unmasking anonymous email senders:
“Just because you send an email anonymously doesn’t mean people can’t figure out who you are anymore.”

Global Warming / Environment / Energy:

Bill to block EPA regulations on greenhouse gas emissions moves forward in House:
“The House Energy and Power subcommittee has scheduled a vote for Thursday on a bill that would block the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from regulating carbon dioxide emissions.”

Insurance / Gambling:

Delaware Gambling Expansion Could Shakeup Northeast:
“Across the US, no region has expanded casino gambling at a faster rate than the Northeast. With dozens of new casinos being built, the Northeastern states are becoming the top destinations for gaming in the country.”

Health / Safety:

Warning of ‘Food Price Riots In the UK’:
“She went on to highlight the link between high food prices and the escalating cost of crude oil.”

Welfare State: Handouts Make Up One-Third of U.S. Wages:
“Government payouts—including Social Security, Medicare and unemployment insurance—make up more than a third of total wages and salaries of the U.S. population, a record figure that will only increase if action isn’t taken before the majority of Baby Boomers enter retirement.”


Intruder calls 911, afraid homeowner may have a gun:

“A man who broke into a house in Portland, Oregon, called police — afraid the homeowner may have a gun.”


SEIU robocall urges members to harass Ohio state senator:
“When Ohio state Sen. Frank LaRose, shared his cell phone number with local leadership from the Service Employees International Union, the Republican legislator thought swapping contact information might open a robust, substantive dialogue with union leaders. He knows better now.”

Transportation/ Land Use:

NH bills block taking land for power project:

“New Hampshire lawmakers are holding hearings on two bills aimed at slowing down a project to carry hydroelectric power from Canada to New England.”

The Bullet Train to Bankruptcy:
“Californians have a reputation for questioning authority. And increasingly, they appear to be questioning the High-Speed Rail Authority, which voters empowered in 2008 to issue $9.95 billion in bonds and build the nation’s largest such system.”