links for 2009-10-19

  • A run through of screen shots on a Motorola (NYSE: MOT) Android device show off what Android 2.0 has in store. The biggest features are integrated Facebook support, Exchange support, and a new user interface.
    I don’t know how he does it, but The Boy Genius scored yet another exclusive look at unreleased hardware and software. This time it was a Motorola device with an early build of Android 2.0 on board. What do we learn about Android 2.0? A whole lot.
    (tags: Android Google)
  • My first thought when I saw that the federal government had created its own URL shortener was: what a waste of time and effort. The more I think about it, the more I wonder why other large organizations with popular Websites haven’t done this for their links.
    Last month, started using new short URLs for its Twitter account, with links pointing to Now, it’s urging all federal government agencies to come on board. Any government employee can sign up to use the service, which will (currently) shorten any U.S. government Website down to 14 characters.
    (tags: url shortener)

  • Somerset Police arrested a 16-year-old girl on charges of online harassment. She was arrested under a new law that took effect September 1.
    The new Texas law criminalizes online harassment on social networking sites and through e-mail or text messaging. H.B. 2003 states a person commits a third degree felony if the person posts one or more messages on a social networking site with the intent to harm, defraud, intimidate or threaten another person.
  • A ninth-grade eastern Missouri girl was arrested and faces school discipline for allegedly bullying another girl through a Web site, school district officials and police said Wednesday.
    The girl is a student at Troy Buchanan High School in Lincoln County, about 60 miles north of St. Louis. District spokeswoman April Huddleston would not say how the girl was disciplined, citing privacy laws. But Huddleston said the discipline could include expulsion.

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