"Police in Toledo, Ohio have just released surveillance video of an incident from New Year's Day. They say it shows 25-year-old Melodi Dushane pulling up to a McDonald's drive-through window with a neighbor at about 6:30 in the morning, and objecting strongly when workers said she could not get Chicken McNuggets at that hour because the eatery had started serving breakfast at 2:30 AM. At that point, she is seen getting out of the car and hitting the drive-through employee in the mouth. Then the manager comes over, Dushane swings a few more times, and the manager tries to pull her up through the window by her hair. Other employees prompted the manager to let her go. They close the window as Dushane tries to push it open - but she then breaks the glass with an object from her car. The car passenger's mother said it was the employees who allowed the situation to escalate. Police later charged Dushane with vandalism. "
"The richest man in India, Mukesh Ambani, moved into his new home in Mumbai, which is 27 stories high and valued at approximately 630 million GBP. Ambani, his wife and three children moved into a building named after the mythical island, Antilia. The home boasts a health club, gym, dance studio, a studio, a ballroom, guest rooms, a range of lounges and a 50 seat cinema. The roof sports helicopter pads. There is also underground parking for 160 cars, which will come in handy for guests at Ambani's upcoming housewarming party. The 53-year old tycoon is not only the richest man in India, but the fourth in the entire world."
01/20/2010-At Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) event next week, Canaccord Adams analyst Peter Misek said in a research note this morning that he expects the unveiling of iPhone OS 4.0 and an announcement of plans to sell the iPhone 4G via Verizon (NYSE:VZ) starting in June, with an updated 4G phone with LTE support to follow in 2011. In addition, Misek thinks the arrival of the iPhone on Verizon could spell bad news for Palm (NASDAQ:PALM), which just a few weeks ago announced plans to sell new versions of their Pre and Pixi phones through the wireless carrier.
"NASA's anticipated press conference today did announce the existence of new life. No, it's not E.T.; but it is a revolutionary finding. Up until now, scientists would say that six elements were absolutely necessary for life to exist: carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen, phosphorus and sulfur. Dr. Felisa Wolfe-Simon, a NASA astrobiology fellow at the United States Geological Survey has broadened that list, as evidenced by her research revealed today. Here's how... The key element of phosphorus is what links the backbone of DNA together. Arsenic sits just beneath phosphorus on the periodic table of elements, and it is toxic to life. However, Dr. Wolfe-Simon found an organism that actually learned to cope with arsenic. Taking mud bacteria samples from the bottom of Mono Lake in California, she gradually fed the life form arsenic. To her surprise, the experiment did not kill the organism. Instead, she suggests, it incorporated the element into it's phosphorus lifestyle. Columbia University Astrobiologist Caleb Scharf compares this adaptation to ""if you or I morphed into fully functioning cyborgs after being thrown into a room of electronic scrap with nothing to eat"". The findings have a relationship with NASA's search for life in space because it expands the scope of what possible life conditions to look for in other worlds. "
Internet hacktivist group 'Anonymous' has warned Sony that the worst is yet to come, describing its recent attacks on the platform holder in support of infamous PlayStation 3 cracker George Hotz as mere "poking and prodding". Anonymous was successful in taking down numerous Sony PlayStation 3 web sites after launching a well orchestrated "Distributed Denial of Service" or DDoS attack against the media conglomerate. Wednesday, Sony reluctantly acknowledged that recent issues with PlayStation's online services are probably connected to threats made by Anonymous, saying it's "investigating". As far as where Sony is trading today as of this morning: numbers are up just over one quarter of a percent to 30.65.
A solar tsunami that hit Earth Tuesday night is now providing a spectacular light show today. According to Nasa, a portion of the sun had exploded on Sunday and sent out a solar flare, or a cloud of charged particles, racing towards earth. That solar storm has slammed into Earth's magnetic field, causing an electromagnetic storm. The resulting light show, described by Nasa as "rippling dancing curtains of green and red light", is only visible to those in the northern part of the U.S., Europe and Russia. Scientists say this indicates that the sun is waking up and heading toward another solar maximum expected in 2013. The previous one was in 2001.
Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) new iPhone 4, released today, was met with long lines and some controversy. Certain users have reported complaints of reduced wireless network reception when the new phone was held a certain way. The new iPhone 4 design places the antenna in the lower left hand corner of the phone - a place where many happen to hold the phone while making calls. Users have sent emails directly to Steve Jobs who at first curtly responded "Non issue. Just avoid holding it in that way." Jobs later followed up, likely with some feedback from the internal PR department, with a more thorough explanation: "Gripping any phone will result in some attenuation of its antenna performance, with certain places being worse than others depending on the placement of the antennas. This is a fact of life for every wireless phone. If you ever experience this on your iPhone 4, avoid gripping it in the lower left corner in a way that covers both sides of the black strip in the metal band, or simply use one of many available cases." This is causing a bit of a stir to many in the iPhone and Apple community. Some new buyers, who spent the better part of several days in line waiting to shell out upwards of $600 for the phone, must now learn to hold it another way or purchase an additional accessory. Interestingly, Apple has for the first time made its own case, called the "bumper". Good timing.
Reports are indicating that Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) is hard at work to roll out what some say may be their Windows 8 edition in 2012, however, we emphasize that these are merely rumors at this point. According to a post celebrating the one-year anniversary of Windows 7, the fastest selling OS in history, Microsoft's Dutch Website briefly mentioned the creation and release of its successor. On the Dutch website, the company said, "Microsoft is on course for the next version of Windows. But it will take about two years before 'Windows 8' is on the market." Reports from last year indicated the company was building a 128-bit version of its OS, which could very well be Windows 8.
"Owner of Segway Incorporated, James Heselden, has died after driving one of the company's vehicles off of a cliff. The 62-year-old millionaire was testing a cross-country version of the electric two-wheeled vehicle, when he crash-landed in a river on his Yorkshire estate. Paramedics pronounced Heselden dead at the site. The company's scooters are marketed as a ""green commute"". Segway describes it's vehicles as ""safe, unique products that are redefining transportation"". Although the company does warn consumers to use safety precautions, such as wearing a helmet. George Bush is another past example of safety issues with Segway products. In 2003, the President was photographed leaping off the machine when he lost control. However Dick Cheney was a successful user of the device."