Police departments maintaining a presence on Facebook and Twitter are nothing new, but Evesham Township, N.J., is taking social-media law enforcement a step further by controversially posting arrest photographs on its Facebook page--like the names and photographs of people arrested for drunk driving. While the police department's Facebook page has been around for about six months, the decision to add DUI photos was added only on Monday.
An amazing video clip aired by a TV news station in Hawaii (and which we first showed you on this week's Digital City podcast) shows the PC-game-playing patrons of a local Internet cafe fighting back against a gang of bandanna-wearing thugs intent on robbing them. According to the blow-by-blow description from KHON2 News:
It is just before midnight on Wednesday. Devin Wolery is sitting at the counter at PC Gamerz in Kaneohe watching over his nine customers when two masked men walk in...Video surveillance shows him reaching to push a panic button to alert police when things escalate. &… Read more
There are days when I really don't like myself very much. Sometimes, I even curse the very ground I tread and the being that I have willfully become.
However, if I write these feelings down, I try to make sure that they're in a very private corner of my laptop or, at the very least, hidden in one of the self-help books in my bookcase.
It seems, though, that Jeanne Mundango Manunga, a 25-year-old woman from Santa Ana, Calif., took a slightly different philosophical approach.
A film director in Singapore once told me that he sent back a very expensive crane he had just bought because its serial number, according to numerological lore, signified "Will die, must die." (From what I remember, there were too many 4s.)
Bulgaria, however, is not a place, as far as I am aware, that is deeply committed to number-based superstitions. Until now, perhaps. For, according to the Telegraph, three consecutive owners of one single cell phone number have left this life for the next.
Perhaps your first thought was that the number was 0666-666-666. You would be … Read more
I don't know if the Cherry Creek Mall in Denver, Colo., is a haven for thieves, but, in recent days, shoplifting seems to be something of a trending topic there.
Last week, a man lost a finger when a bag in which he had a newly-bought iPad was ripped from his grasp by a mean-spirited thief. Now it appears that another shoplifter's brazen behavior at Cherry Creek Mall led to unfortunate consequences for two employees of the Sprint store.
I am sure there were some who, consumed by passion for the iPad, said, in an idle moment, that they would give their right arm for one.
Bill Jordan, a 59-year-old from Aurora, Colo., was surely not one of them. Yet, he and Apple's latest creation crossed ill-starred paths with the result that he has lost part of a finger.
KDVR-TV Denver went to interview Jordan at his house to learn just how it was that a thief stole an iPad from him and ripped away the top half of his left pinkie.
Jordan had wandered into the Apple store in the Cherry Creek Mall in Denver in order to buy an iPad. He wasn't even buying it to take home and indulge himself. He had been asked by one of his colleagues in Canada to pick up an iPad for someone who had enjoyed a promotion.
"I didn't even know what it was. It's a toy," Jordan told KDVR.
Surveillance film reportedly showed that the minute he left the Apple store, Jordan was followed by two young men. He had the Apple bag tied around his wrist and, just before he entered the parking garage, he felt someone violently tugging on his arm.
The rest is just plain nasty.… Read more
In the week in which Google CEO Eric Schmidt has said his company is now "paranoid" about security (not an advert for Chrome at all), a lone milkman in the UK has expressed a paranoia that seems to have been dismissed by the great search engine in the sky (and on the ground).
Gordon Rayner is a 54-year-old man without a mountain bike.
He used to have a mountain bike, but, according to the Telegraph, Rayner says Google's infinitely discreet Street View cameras published a picture of it to the world--which includes the underworld. The cameras happened … Read more
The organization responsible for bringing high-tech equipment to the police has published its strategy for the next three years.
In the Science and Innovation strategy, published on Wednesday, the National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA) laid out a number of new technologies it would begin using. These include mobile fingerprinting, wearable video devices, and digital forensics.
"By applying modern science on the front line, police officers are detecting criminals faster, staying on the beat for longer and making decisions based on better evidence about what works," NPIA chief executive Peter Neyroud said in a statement.
Read more of "… Read more
Two members of the Philadelphia City Council are considering legal action against Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace in the wake of a "flash mob" earlier this week that turned violent, according to a letter sent to the city's mayor and obtained by CNET. They claim that social-media sites don't do enough to keep tabs on violence that could be organized through their communication channels.
No charges have been drawn up, in the letter the council members ask the permission of Mayor Michael Nutter to "pursue the possibility" of a lawsuit.
"It is disheartening; to … Read more
Many organizations are focused on stopping random hackers and blocking pornography when they should be concerned with bigger threats from professional cybercriminals, according to a new cybersecurity report.
In a survey conducted last year of 523 IT and security managers, top-level executives, and law enforcement personnel, hackers were rated the biggest threat, followed by insiders and foreign entities--probably because hackers are the "noisiest and easiest to detect," the 2010 CyberSecurity Watch Survey concluded.
However, attackers from nation-states and organized crime syndicates use more sophisticated techniques that can do more economic damage and go undiscovered, said the report, sponsored … Read more