Friday, September 30, 2011

In Australia, Samsung Offers Apple A Deal Over Galaxy Tab 10.1 Ban

hand_shakeLast we heard of settlement talks between Apple and Samsung was in June, and you can tell from recent events that those talks probably didn't end well. Today in Australia, however, Samsung's lawyers have reportedly extended an olive branch, hoping to end delays of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 launch in the Aussie market. If Apple accepts the terms of the agreement, we could see the GalTab 10.1 on Australian shelves by next week, said Samsung attorney David Catterns.


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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Hipmunk Now Reducing Agony On Android

android-hipmunk-frontpageHot flight search startup Hipmunk�is about to land on Android. The app will be available for free, and you can install it right here. I've tested the app and it looks great (it's a nice reminder that Android apps can be slick and well designed, even if a lot of them aren't...). And it works just as you'd expect: enter your destination, departure/arrival dates, and choose from coach, business or first class. The app will present Hipmunk's grid of flights, which you can sort by Agony, Price, and Time. Oh, and all flights carrying life-sustaining Wifi are clearly labeled with nice orange icons.


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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

ICE chief held on child porn charges

September 28, 2011 -- Updated 1851 GMT (0251 HKT)
Anthony Mangione faces three charges related to child pornography, the Justice Department says.
Anthony Mangione faces three charges related to child pornography, the Justice Department says.
  • NEW: Report: Anthony Mangione will undergo a psychological evaluation
  • NEW: He pleaded not guilty to the charges in federal court
  • Mangione's indictment was unsealed Wednesday, authorities say
  • If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison

Miami (CNN) -- The head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement for South Florida has been arrested on child pornography charges, the Department of Justice said Wednesday.

Anthony Mangione, 50, of Parkland, Florida, was charged in a three-count indictment unsealed Wednesday with transportation of child pornography, receipt of child pornography and possession of child pornography, authorities said in a statement.

"According to the indictment, between March 2010 and September 2010, Mangione allegedly transported and received visual depictions of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct," the statement said. "The indictment also alleges that Mangione possessed electronically stored messages that contained additional images of child pornography during the same time period."

Mangione was arrested Tuesday by FBI agents and made an initial appearance Wednesday in federal court in West Palm Beach, Florida.

During the appearance, Mangione pleaded not guilty to the charges, according to CNN affiliate WPTV. Both the prosecution and the defense requested that he undergo a psychological evaluation, and the judge approved that request.

"The government has concerns that given the magnitude of the charges, that he might melt down," defense attorney David Howard told WPTV. "So there is ... real concern, and it's going to be addressed."

Attempts to contact Howard on Wednesday were not immediately successful.

Mangione, a 27-year law enforcement veteran, wore a gray jumpsuit with "federal prisoner" on the back in court Wednesday, and his hands and feet were shackled, WPTV said. He made no statement during the hearing.

He was being held in the Broward County jail, according to jail records.

A law enforcement official who asked not to be identified because he was not authorized to speak to the media said Mangione has been on leave from his job at ICE. WPTV reported that he was placed on paid administrative leave in April amid a federal investigation into four images on his home computer he allegedly received via e-mail.

According to its website, ICE targets and investigates child pornographers, child sex tourists and facilitators and human smugglers and traffickers of minors, among others. The agency developed Operation Predator, which it describes as "an initiative to identify, investigate and arrest child predators and sexual offenders."

If convicted, Mangione faces up to 20 years in prison, the Department of Justice said. He also faces a term of supervised release from five years to life following his prison sentence and he will be required to register as a sex offender.

"On the arrest of our former (special agent in charge) in Miami, we have cooperated fully in that investigation," ICE Director John Morton said Wednesday morning when asked about the case during a news conference on another matter. "We'll see how things unfold today, and beyond that, we don't have any."

The case is being investigated by the Broward County Sheriff's Office and the FBI, the Department of Justice said. Broward County referred questions to federal authorities, and the FBI referred them to the Department of Justice.

CNN's Ashley Hayes and Athena Jones contributed to this report.


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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

ITC To Investigate Apple Based On HTC?s Google-Fueled Patent Complaint

googThe battle between Apple and HTC (and Android in general) is getting fiercer. The United States International Trade Commission has just�announced that it's instituting an investigation into Apple, based on a complaint that HTC�brought against it earlier this month. Apple and HTC have been battling over patent infringement since Apple first filed suit in March 2010 ? and up until recently HTC has been playing defense. Now it looks like it may be Apple's turn. To be clear, the ITC announcement says that the merits of the case have not yet been established. But if the ITC does eventually find that Apple has infringed on HTC's patents, it could impact many of Apple's products ? the investigation spans "computers, tablet computers, and smartphones".


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Australia Will Allow Women to Serve in Frontline Combat

Published: September 27, 2011

SYDNEY, Australia ? Australia?s women soldiers will soon be able to serve in all frontline combat roles, government announced on Tuesday.

The move will make Australia just the fourth country in the world to allow women to serve alongside their male counterparts in some of the most dangerous roles in modern warfare, including Special Forces units in Afghanistan.

The announcement by Defense Minister Stephen Smith that the last positions that had remained closed to female soldiers ? including the Special Forces, infantry and some army artillery roles ? would be opened, marks the biggest shakeup of the country?s armed forces in more than a decade and comes on the heels of a series of embarrassing scandals for the Australian Defense Force.

?We have an Australian Army that?s been going for 110 years, an Australian Navy that?s been going formally for 100 years, and an Australian Air Force that?s been going for 90 years, and last night, we resolved to remove the final restrictions on the capacity of women to serve in frontline combat roles,? Mr. Smith said in the capital, Canberra. ?In the future, your role in the defense force will be determined on your ability, not on the basis of your sex.?

Women already play a significant role in the Australian military, which sent more than 2,000 troops to fight in Iraq and currently makes up the largest contingent of any non-NATO member fighting in Afghanistan. As of August, 335 women were serving on overseas operations, accounting for more than 10 percent of Australia?s fighting forces deployed overseas, according to the military.

But while the military says that some 93 percent of positions are open to women under the current regime, numerous combat roles have remained closed. Under the new plan, which Mr. Smith said had been agreed upon during a cabinet meeting on Monday and which will be implemented over a five-year period, those remaining restrictions will be dropped. Australia will now join Canada, New Zealand and Israel as the only developed countries with no restrictions on women serving in frontline capacities.

Women make up 14 percent of the United States armed forces, yet they are barred from serving in certain combat roles, including in the infantry and Special Forces, a sore point for many female soldiers who are often attached to combat units in noncombat roles.

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Monday, September 26, 2011

Clinging To Friction: Some Thoughts On Facebook?s f8

zuckerbergIt's been over 72 hours since Facebook first debuted a series of groundbreaking new features at f8, which is all the time I need to predict the company's long-term outlook, the way it will reinvent the web, and the pricing of its inevitable IPO. Okay, maybe not. But it's given me some time to try the features out, as opposed to basing my impressions off of Facebook's well-crafted keynote presentations. And while many of these obviously have a lot of potential, in practice I'm finding them to be a mixed (or, in some cases, a downright irritating) bag. Social Overlubrication One of the big announcements at f8 was something called frictionless sharing. Here's the gist: Facebook will let third-party sites and apps integrate what's effectively a sharing firehose. Turn it on, and everything you do in the app gets shared with your Facebook friends.


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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Wanda Sykes: I had a double mastectomy

By Stephen M. Silverman,
September 23, 2011 -- Updated 1440 GMT (2240 HKT)
"Do you want to wait and not be as fortunate when it comes back and it's too late?" Wanda Sykes said.
  • "I had breast cancer," says Wanda Sykes
  • She told talk show host DeGeneres there is a history of cancer in her family
  • "I was very, very lucky because DCIS is basically stage-zero cancer," she says

( -- Wanda Sykes being outrageous -- that's expected. But for the actress-comedian to be serious? That's rare. Even when the issue is personal.

In this case, it was also health-related, when she admitted for the first time, to Ellen DeGeneres during an interview to air Monday on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," that earlier this year she had breast cancer and then elected to have a mastectomy.

"I had breast cancer," says Sykes, 47. "Yeah, I know it's scary."

The cancer was found after she had undergone what was essentially a cosmetic procedure, to have a breast reduction.

"This was in February. I went for the reduction. I had real big boobs and I just got tired of knocking over stuff. Every time I eat ... Oh lord. I'd carry a Tide stick everywhere I go," she quips. "My back was sore so it was time to have a reduction."

She continues, "It wasn't until after the reduction that in the lab work, the pathology, that they found that I had DCIS [ductal carcinoma in situ] in my left breast. I was very, very lucky because DCIS is basically stage-zero cancer. So I was very lucky."

A Bilateral Mastectomy

As she is quick to point out, "But cancer is cancer. I had the choice of, you can go back every three months and get it checked. Have a mammogram, MRI every three months just to see what it's doing. But, I'm not good at keeping on top of stuff. I'm sure I'm overdue for an oil change and a teeth cleaning already."

On top of which, "I have a lot of breast cancer history on my mother's side of the family."

This latter fact prompted Sykes to reach a dramatic decision, "to have a bilateral mastectomy," she says. "I had both breasts removed ... because now I have zero chance of having breast cancer."

Explaining her choice, she says, "It sounds scary up front, but what do you want? Do you want to wait and not be as fortunate when it comes back and it's too late?"

When it came to speaking out about her past few months, Sykes, the mother of nearly 2�-year-old twins with her wife, Alex, tells the talk-show host, "I was like, I don't know, should I talk about it or what? How many things could I have? I'm Black, then Lesbian. I can't be the poster child for everything."

With a laugh, she notes, "At least with the LGBT issues we get a parade, we get a float, it's a party. [But] I was real hesitant about doing this, because I hate walking. I got a lot of [cancer] walks coming up."

As DeGeneres states, "I just admire the hell out of you."

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Friday, September 23, 2011

43 soldiers get sick on 12-mile march

By Jennifer Rizzo and Michael Martinez
September 23, 2011 -- Updated 1750 GMT (0150 HKT)
  • A total of 60 soldiers were being tested for their expert field medical badge
  • 43 of them suffer heat-related illnesses
  • One is in intensive care
  • The difficult-to-obtain badge is considered the "portrait of excellence" in the Army

(CNN) -- Forty-three soldiers suffered heat-related illnesses Friday during a 12-mile road march at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, an Army spokesman said.

The march was the culmination of a week of "expert field medical badge training," during which soldiers are tested on their medic and general soldier skills in order to receive an "expert" badge, Fort Bragg spokesman Benjamin Abel said.

Sixty soldiers were on the march, which started at 6 a.m., and they were carrying backpacks, helmets, weapons and other combat gear, Abel said.

About an hour and a half into the march, the people running the event noticed some personnel "were having difficulties," and medical transports were begun, he said.

Eighteen of the soldiers were transported to Womack Army Medical Center, and one was admitted to the intensive care unit, he said.

Humidity levels Friday morning were higher than expected, but "this is odd, out of the norm, to have this many people treated," Abel added.

The expert field medical badge is deemed by the Army as "the utmost challenge to the professional competence and physical endurance of the soldier medic," Fort Bragg officials said in a statement earlier this week.

"It is the most sought-after peacetime award in the Army Medical Department, and while the combat medical badge is the 'portrait of courage' in wartime, the expert field medical badge is undoubtedly the 'portrait of excellence' in the Army all of the time," officials said.

"To wear the EFMB means you passed a grueling series of hands-on-tests on communications, common skill tasks, emergency medical treatment, evacuation of the sick and wounded, litter obstacle course, day/night land navigation courses, comprehensive written test, 12-mile foot march, CPR, physical fitness test, and weapons qualification," the base said.

In June 1965, the Department of the Army established the badge as a special skill award for the recognition of exceptional competence and outstanding performance by field medical personnel.


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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Gore's loose lips let new iPhones slip

By Chris Taylor, Mashable
September 22, 2011 -- Updated 1144 GMT (1944 HKT) | Filed under: Mobile
Al Gore speaks during an environmental summit in Guayaquil, Ecuador, in March.
Al Gore speaks during an environmental summit in Guayaquil, Ecuador, in March.
  • Al Gore speaks at Discovery Invest Leadership Summit in South Africa
  • Gore said: "Not to mention the new iPhones coming out next month"
  • Nobody at Apple has officially confirmed the rumor yet

(Mashable) -- Apple is well known for being a tight ship, but apparently one of its board members forgot to batten down the hatches. That would be the most famous member of the board: Nobel laureate and former U.S. Vice President Al Gore.

Speaking at the Discovery Invest Leadership Summit in South Africa, Gore interjected the following aside into his speech: "Not to mention the new iPhones coming out next month. That was a plug."

That may not sound like a huge blunder -- after all, the fact that the iPhone 5 is going on sale at some point next month currently ranks as one of the world's worst-kept secrets. But take note: nobody at Apple has officially confirmed it yet. Even the October 4 unveiling, leaked to AllThingsD Wednesday morning, is still just a report. Nary an invite has been seen.

Note also the plural in Gore's aside. It is possible that he was referring to multiple copies of the iPhone 5, but that seems unlikely -- especially as we've been hearing rumors for months of a lower-cost, lower-memory version dubbed the iCloud iPhone.

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Gore has been an Apple board member for more than eight years, and this is the first time we've seen him let slip even the slightest detail on an upcoming product. Given the company's code of secrecy, such an unwarranted statement in a prepared talk -- he wasn't even being interviewed -- counts as a major breach of discipline.

If this were an Apple employee, or even any other board member, we'd fear for his future at 1 Infinite Loop. Gore, of course, is a heavy-hitter at the company who's done a lot of work on making Apple products more sustainable and reducing his carbon footprint. We're guessing he gets a pass this time.

But Tim Cook, take note: Your ship is not as tight as you might like.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Verizon CEO: A Third Mobile Platform Will Emerge In The Next 12 Months

Lowell-McAdamiOS and Android are great, clearly. But that doesn't mean we don't have room in our hearts for a third platform. Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam feels the same way, expecting a third "smartphone ecosystem" to butt in to the current Apple/Google dominated space. Out of the various options, McAdam said he sees Samsung's Bada, Microsoft's Windows Phone 7.5, or RIM's forthcoming QNX-based BlackBerry platform to fill the spot. "The carriers are beginning to coalesce around the need for a third ecosystem," said McAdam. "Over the next 12 months I think it will coalesce and you will start to see one emerge as a legitimate third ecosystem." In my opinion, it'll be between RIM and Microsoft, and I expect Microsoft to come out victorious. Here's why:


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Bell & Ross Releases WWI Edition

emailing-new-collection-PW1-ww1Bell & Ross, not content to rest on their aviation laurels, has released the WWI-92 edition, a watch based on a World War I era pocket watch. The watch is strikingly simple - just a black face with silvered hands and case - and the 97 version has a reserve de marche and all models feature welded lugs, a wonderful detail that hearkens back to the days when wristwatches were actually pocket watches with bars soldered onto them so they could be worn on the wrist.


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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Facebook Announces f8 Speakers, Including Spotify And CEOs

Screen Shot 2011-09-20 at 2.50.30 PMFacebook's f8 developer conference is two days away and the company has been trickling out additional information related to the event, including�the roster of speakers that will be appearing on its 'Transforming Industries' track. It includes plenty of familiar names ? namely, some top executives and investors in the valley ? which isn't all that surprising. But reading between the lines a bit, it may well give some insight as to who Facebook's launch partners will be for the features that will debut at f8. Among the speakers: Spotify CEO Daniel Ek will be speaking on a panel called 'The Future of Digital Music', which makes the much-anticipated launch of a Facebook Music platform seem all the more likely.


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Monday, September 19, 2011

Fatal Bar Shooting Exposes Burundi?s Instability

Published: September 19, 2011

NAIROBI, Kenya ? A group of gunmen clad in army fatigues and armed with military-grade weapons burst into a crowded bar in Burundi on Sunday night and opened fire, Burundian officials said, killing more than 30 people and laying bare how combustible the country is a year after a disputed election.

Esdras Ndikumana/Agence France-Presse ? Getty Images

The bodies of victims from the attack were lined up for identification.

Burundian officials immediately accused an armed opposition political party that had recently fled into the thick forests of neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo, and many Burundians fear that their country could be sliding back toward war.

In the 1990s, more than 200,000 people were killed in this tiny central African nation in ethnically driven violence that soon became a dangerous free-for-all involving warring militias, rival politicians, criminal gangs and child soldiers.

According to witnesses, around 9 p.m. on Sunday, 10 gunmen descended on the Chez Les Amis bar in Gatumba, a small town near the Congo border. An African diplomat in Nairobi said that the bar was owned by a supporter of the Burundian government and that it was a well-known watering hole for fans of the governing party.

The gunmen ordered everybody in the bar to lie on the floor, and then they opened fire.

?Kill them all, kill them all, make sure there?s no survivors,? one of the gunmen said, according to an Associated Press reporter who spoke to witnesses.

Government officials said 36 people were killed and 15 wounded. After the attack, witnesses said the gunmen slipped across the Congo border, just a few miles away.

In recent months, Burundi has been haunted by a rash of mysterious killings, with bodies showing up in rivers, gagged and bound. Diplomats and human rights groups say the Burundian government has embarked on a campaign to methodically eliminate opposition supporters.

?The government has been slaughtering them like rats,? said the African diplomat, who was not authorized to speak publicly.

The attack on Sunday, he said simply, ?was payback.?

In 2008, the last of Burundi?s heavily armed rebel groups came in from the cold and agreed to form a political party. A fragile truce held until last year, when several opposition leaders claimed that the government rigged local elections, prompting the opposition leaders to abruptly withdraw from the presidential election. Agathon Rwasa, a rebel leader who briefly flirted with civilian life, suddenly disappeared, and many analysts said he had returned to the bush, in Congo, to reorganize his militia.

Ren� Lemarchand, an emeritus professor of political science at the University of Florida who has written extensively about Burundi, said he believed that Mr. Rwasa?s men were most likely behind Sunday?s killings.

But, Mr. Lemarchand added: ?There is lot of flotsam and jetsam floating around. Unemployment among the young is skyrocketing. Many demobilized soldiers have become bandits, which is to say that Rwasa doesn?t have to go out of his way to recruit supporters. Many are driven into ranks by poverty and despair.?

Josh Kron contributed reporting from Kampala, Uganda.

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Breaking: Netflix Splits DVD And Streaming Businesses; Creates Qwikster For DVDs

QwiksterNetflix CEO Reed Hastings just dropped a bombshell. In the wake of a rapid decline in Netflix's stock price last week, Hastings is taking a bold step by separating the DVD and video streaming services. The DVD-by-mail service will now be called Qwikster, and the streaming service will maintain the Netflix brand. That's right: the new business (streaming) will keep the existing name. Customers can still subscribe to both, but the two sites will not be integrated anymore.


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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Track Your Dog With Retrieva, The Compact GPS Dog Collar

Screen Shot 2011-09-16 at 12.45.35 PMOne of the cooler gadgets we saw at Disrupt this year was the new Retrieva GPS dog tracker. Completely redesigned, this device lets you track Fido wherever he does roam and will let people know where to take him or her if lost.


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Saturday, September 17, 2011

Google+ Releases First APIs

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David F. Carr | September 16, 2011

Initial set of application programming interfaces provides access to profiles and activity streams on Google+.

Google+ is unveiling an initial set of application programming interfaces, focused on providing access to public information on the service, with authorized access to private data presumably to follow.

Chris Chabot of Google developer relations made the announcement on Google+ and on the Google Code blog.

This is not everything developers have been waiting for, which would also include a standardized container model for embedding applications inside Google+. Eventually, Google is likely to build a container model that incorporates OpenSocial, a standard that Google originated.

[For expert analysis on what Google+ is missing, see 5 Ways Google Should Expand Google+]

What Google released Thursday does provide a formal, documented API for access to Google+ profiles and posts, which until now has been something developers were only able to accomplish with primitive screen-scraping techniques. Google is incorporating public standards including OAuth 2.0 for authentication, ActivityStreams for news feeds, and PoCo portable contacts for profile data. API calls are use REST, the Representational State Transfer style of Web services in which data is requested using simple HTTP GET and POST operations, and data is returned in JavaScript Object Notation (JSON), meaning it can be easily processed and displayed within JavaScript widgets.

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For example, a call to retrieve a user profile would look something like:


Google also released documentation and code libraries on the Google Developers site. Coder starting kits are available for Java, GWT, Python, Ruby, PHP, and .NET. Using one of the code libraries, you would invoke a function that executes the REST call and retrieves the results, rather than interacting with the API at the HTTP protocol level.

Chabot began his Google+ post with a quote from the ancient Chinese philosopher Lao-tzu: "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." This is a small step toward the rich API, or set of APIs, developers expect from Google.

Already, the discussion forums are filling up with questions like, "How do I get a list of the users in one of my circles?" and "How do I fetch content for a user without already knowing that person's ID number?" Neither of those questions has a completely satisfying answer just yet, although an app can go through OAuth to identify the current authenticated user (

It's a start.

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Depressed people often hide symptoms from doctors

By Amanda MacMillan,
September 13, 2011 -- Updated 1217 GMT (2017 HKT)
"We know that depression is undertreated everywhere," study coauthor Richard Kravitz says.
  • Survey finds 43% of people would keep their depression symptoms to themselves
  • Results highlight the need to educate patients, doctors, and nurses, coauthor says
  • Study offers more evidence that the stigma surrounding mental illness is still an obstacle

( -- Family doctors and other primary care physicians are often the first health professionals to learn that a patient is depressed, but that doesn't mean they identify all of the depression cases that walk through their offices.

Far from it: A new survey of California adults has found that 43% of people would keep their depression symptoms to themselves during a doctor's appointment, because they feel their emotional difficulties are off-topic, they don't want to be prescribed antidepressants, or they're afraid a record of the conversation will be seen by employers.

The results aren't especially surprising, but they do highlight the need to educate patients, doctors, and nurses about the importance of discussing mood problems during checkups and other routine appointments, says study coauthor Richard Kravitz, M.D., a professor of internal medicine at the University of California, Davis. 10 things to say (and not say) to someone with depression

"The primary care sector cares for a majority of patients with mental health conditions in America, and we know that depression is undertreated everywhere," Kravitz says. "The number one reason for that is because recognition of depression starts with disclosure from the patient."

Gerard Sanacora, Ph.D., a professor of psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine, says this study offers more evidence that the stigma surrounding mental illness is still an obstacle that prevents many people from seeking effective, timely treatment.

"I was actually surprised that even more people didn't feel that it was a burden to talk to their doctor," says Sanacora, who was not involved in the study. He suspects that if the survey hadn't been conducted in California -- one of the states most accepting of mental illness, he says -- the patients would have been even more hesitant to discuss depression. The 10 most depressing states in the U.S.

The National Institute of Mental Health funded the survey and analysis. The results were published today in the Annals of Family Medicine.

Kravitz and his colleagues surveyed 1,054 adults over the phone about their general health, access to doctors and insurance, demographics, and family and personal histories of mental health problems. The researchers then asked the respondents whether 11 potential reasons for not wanting to talk with a doctor about depression applied to them a little, a lot, or not at all. (The reasons were gathered from focus groups in a related study.)

The most common concern, which 23% of respondents said applied a lot to them, was that the doctor would recommend antidepressants. Other popular reasons were that it's not a primary care physician's job to deal with emotional issues (16%) and that their medical records could fall into the hands of an employer or another outside party (15%). Respondents also expressed fear about being referred to a specialist or being labeled a "psychiatric patient." Mental illness -- the last stigma

The people who had the most to gain from talking with their doctor -- individuals with moderate to severe depression symptoms at the time of the phone survey -- subscribed to the most beliefs that would prevent them from doing so.

This reluctance among patients is crucial to overcome, Sanacora says, because the longer depression goes undiagnosed, the harder it can be to treat and the more permanent damage it can do. "There's increasing evidence that the state of being depressed could actually be injurious to the brain," he says. "Delaying treatment is probably the worst thing a patient can do for their mental health."

Primary care physicians need to actively promote mental-health treatment in their offices, Kravitz says. "Putting pamphlets in the waiting rooms, using appropriate posters, or providing questionnaires to patients are all ways to show that depression lies within the scope of their practice," he says. 12 signs of depression in men

Kravitz and his colleagues are also developing a public service announcement targeted toward high-risk demographic groups. In the survey, for instance, people who were female, Hispanic, had no family history of depression, and had less education or lower household income were all more likely than their peers to express reluctance about talking with their doctors.

Sanacora says that doctors can also do a better job at picking up on physical signs of depression that patients may be more vocal about, such as chronic pain, lack of appetite, and sleep problems.

"The emotional aspect is only a small part," he says. "Physicians need to consider these other symptoms, and ask some pointed questions. That may eventually lead to more diagnoses."

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Plane crashes into spectators at Reno air show

September 17, 2011 -- Updated 0453 GMT (1253 HKT)
Nevada Air Race closed down after crash
  • A Reno, Nevada, hospital says two people are dead
  • A top official tells reporters 54 people were transported with injuries
  • A memorial will be held for the pilot on Saturday
  • Witness: "I thought he was coming right on top of us"

Reno, Nevada (CNN) -- "Mass casualties" were reported at an air show after a plane slammed into the box seat area in front of a grandstand at the National Championship Air Races and Air Show in Reno on Friday, a spokesman for the show told CNN.

At least two people died and 54 people were transported from the scene with injuries, according to officials.

The pilot, identified as Jimmy Leeward, a real estate developer from Ocala, Florida, was likely killed in the crash, the show said in a statement. He was flying a P-51 Mustang. The event has been canceled and a memorial service will be held for the pilot Saturday afternoon, the show said.

A day before the crash, in an interview from Airshow TV, Leeward expressed confidence about his prospects in the race -- while hinting that his team would fly even faster in the days to come.

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"We're as fast as anybody in the field, and maybe even faster," he said. "We've been playing poker since last Monday, so we're ready to show a couple more cards (so) we'll see what happens."

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A Reno hospital said Friday night on its website that it had received a "total of 25 patients" after the plane crashed. It said two people, one male and one female, had died.

It was not immediately clear whether that figure counted the pilot.

The patients included twelve people in critical condition, meaning their vital signs are unstable "and not within normal limits," and 11 in fair condition, exhibiting stable vital signs, according to the 7:30 p.m. PT update on the Renown Regional Medical Center website.

The hospital also noted that four patients being treated at Renown South Medical Center were in fair condition.

Another hospital, St. Mary's Hospital in Reno, said it had accepted 25 patients this evening from the accident. A spokeswoman for the hospital did not release conditions of the patients.

Mike Houghton, president of the Reno Air Racing Association, told reporters that 54 people were transported from the scene with injuries.

Video of the crash, posted on YouTube, showed a plane plummeting from the sky, sending up clouds of dust and debris. Shocked spectators rose to their feet.

Fred Scholz, a witness, said he saw the plane seemingly "coming straight down."

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"I thought he was coming right on top of us," he said, noting that the aircraft ultimately hit about 100 feet from him, in an area of box seats, filled with folding chairs.

"Luckily there was no fire, which surprised me," said Scholz, a 59-year-old from Truckee, California, who says he goes to air races ever year. "It just happened so quickly."

Another witness, Greg Mills, added that the pilot "didn't have enough altitude to pull up," with the aircraft shuddering before slamming to the ground about 50 to 75 yards from where he was standing.

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"We got showered by little stuff," said Mills, who works at the Pacific Aviation Museum based in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, describing a chaotic scene afterward. "Everybody was running."

The plane, called the "Galloping Ghost," was taking part in a qualifying round in the "unlimited class" division of the air race when it went down around 4:15 p.m. PT Friday, said Mike Draper, the show spokesman. The final rounds had been slated for the weekend.

The aircraft was about a lap into the race when the pilot sent out a "Mayday signal" and pulled "out of the lap" before crashing into a box seat area that is in front of a grandstand at the "very large race field," located about 15 miles north of Reno, Draper said.

"It was clear that (the plane) was pulling up and was in distress," he said.

He added that authorities do not yet know why the aircraft went down.

Besides the Federal Aviation Administration personnel already there to assist the National Transportation Safety Board in any investigation, the show's spokesman said that National Guard members -- who were on-site practicing before the incident -- are helping emergency personnel to clear the area.

"There are people still being escorted out of that area with various injuries," Draper said.

Reno Mayor Bob Cashell told CNN that "700 or 800 emergency personnel showed up in a matter of minutes."

"You couldn't believe how fast they came," said Cashell, adding that citizens and some troops on site also helped with the injured. "Just watching these people and the way they responded, and it's been magnificent."

Local fire officials are reporting multiple fatalities and critical injuries, according to Ian Gregor, a spokesman with the FAA.

He said the aircraft did not catch fire, but there was a wide debris field following the crash.

Gary Arthur, another witness to the accident, said the plane wavered a few times, suggesting the pilot had tried to get control before going down.

"Just the sound of the impact was unbelievable," he said. "Almost can't believe you saw what actually happened."

In 2007, a mid-air collision during the annual National Championship Air Races in Reno claimed the life of one of the two pilots involved. The collision was the latest in a string of accidents that plagued the races that week, killing three pilots.

Several witnesses were calling the pilot a hero because he was able to maneuver the plan away from the grandstands where thousands were seated at the very last moment.

Ben Cissell said the plane crashed about 100 feet from where he was seated .

"I think that pilot in the last seconds pulled up because he saw the bleachers and saved about 200 or 300 others," Cissell said. " I don't mean this as a disrespect to others injured, but that pilot is a hero. He saved a lot of lives today. It could have been much worse."

Kim Fonda said she also saw the plane streaking toward where she was seated in the grandstand.

"I closed my eyes and said I am going to die now," Fonda said. " I was literally preparing to die and then he jerked the plane away and it landed like 25 feet from us. I want his family to know he was a hero."

CNN's Mike Ahlers, Kelly Marshall Smoot, Greg Morrison and Nick Valencia contributed to this report.


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Friday, September 16, 2011

The New Social Network: Who?s Nearby, Not Who You Know

mingle-introThere's a new concept for social networking services taking root, and it's not about re-creating your offline social graph on the Web, like Facebook does today. It's about discovering the people who are nearby you now - the ones you probably would like to meet. This type of discovery mechanism is already being made possible by a number of services, including the checkin apps like Foursquare and Gowalla, the automated discovery of nearby folks via�Sonar and Banjo, the group chatting in Yobongo, and the micro-networks that emerge through LoKast. All of these companies are playing with the idea of location-based networks, attempting to connect you to others around you through varying means. At this week's TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco, even more services emerged to compete in this space, too.


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Bobby Bowden reveals he had prostate cancer

By the CNN Wire Staff
September 13, 2011 -- Updated 1637 GMT (0037 HKT)
Bobby Bowden said he learned he had cancer after a routine examination by the Florida State team doctor.
  • Bobby Bowden says he was treated for cancer while coaching
  • He did not want to reveal the disease for fear of giving competitors an edge
  • The retired Florida State coach is now cancer free
  • Bowden urges men to talk with their doctors about prostate cancer screenings

(CNN) -- Retired Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden revealed Tuesday that he was secretly treated for prostate cancer in 2007 while he was still coaching.

"I wasn't ashamed of it," Bowden said in an appearance on CNN explaining why he did not reveal the disease sooner. "I didn't want it to get out because I didn't want my opponents to use it against me."

He said other coaches would have used the information to steal recruits from the Florida State program that he led to two national championships, 12 conference championships and 28 consecutive bowl games on the way to amassing more than 300 wins. Bowden retired in 2009.

Bowden said he learned he had cancer after a routine examination by the Florida State team doctor, Kris Stowers. A few days after the exam, Stowers called and said a blood test had revealed a "little problem," said Bowden, who was 77 when he was diagnosed.

Stowers quickly arranged a clandestine visit to a urologist Bowden once coached.

"Then he said, 'Bring your wife,'" Bowden said. "That scared me."

In a USA Today interview, the doctor, Joe Camps, said he treated Bowden under an assumed identity in a midnight operation at a Florida hospital.

"But I am absolutely stunned this has remained secret for so long," the newspaper quoted Camps as saying.

Bowden had small radioactive pellets surgically implanted in his prostate to kill the cancer cells and is now cancer free, according to the USA Today story.

Bowden made the revelation during Prostate Cancer Awareness Month as part of his affiliation with On the Line, a prostate cancer awareness program.

He urged men to talk with their doctors about being tested for the disease.

About one in every six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, according to the American Cancer Society.


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Google Flight Search Now Boarding

Google Flight Search Now Boarding

With Justice Department antitrust suit settled, Google enters the air travel search business.
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Five months after settling a Justice Department antitrust lawsuit to permit its acquisition of air travel technology provider ITA Software, Google has launched its own flight search service.

Google Flight Search provides users with the ability to find and book air travel using Google's search engine. It's available at and as an option in the left-hand column of the search results page sidebar.

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The service competes with other travel search engines like Bing Travel, Expedia, Kayak, and Orbitz, to name a few. Because Google is so popular as a general search engine, many specialized travel search engines fear that those planning trips using Google will not look beyond Google Flight Search when searching for air travel options. And as ITA Software customers, these travel search sites continue to be concerned about being denied access to technology they had come to depend on.

To ensure that Google isn't abusing its general search dominance or hindering competition, Google's settlement with the Justice Department requires data gathered from ITA customers to be isolated from other Google data, limits its ability to enter agreements that restrict airlines from sharing information with competing travel sites, and establishes a complaint mechanism as a way to monitor Google's behavior toward travel industry competitors.

But regulatory balancing won't help other travel search sites if Google fields a superior service. While Google Flight Search isn't there yet--Google characterizes the site at launch as an early effort--it has already surpassed the competition in terms of speed and, arguably, in terms of user interface.

Google has made speed a top priority for most of its products, which is necessary given its desire to make Web apps indistinguishable from desktop apps from a performance perspective. And Google Flight Search is fast.

"Speed is critical to all the things we love on the Web, and travel planning should be no exception," explains Google engineering director Kourosh Gharachorloo in a blog post. "Making changes to dates, destinations, and filters should be as fast as we hope you?ve come to expect from Google."

To appreciate the sophistication of Google's frontend and backend code, try pricing flights from San Francisco to New York City using Google Flight Search and Orbitz. With Google, the process is almost immediate, thanks to Google's Instant Search and auto-completion technology.

With Orbitz, you have to enter data into a Web form and submit it, and the form returns an error if enough information isn't supplied. It won't provide a default date or assume anything about your location. The user experience, design, and programming just aren't as sophisticated.

At Kayak--one of the more technically sophisticated travel sites out there--Google's entry into the market isn't being taken lightly, but also isn't seen as an immediate defeat.

"We're confident in our ability to compete, and we believe our flight search technology is superior," said chief marketing officer Robert Birge in an emailed statement. "We recognize Google is a formidable competitor but they haven't been successful in every vertical they've entered."

Birge notes that Kayak relies on multiple data sources and its own technology to meet flight search needs. Time will tell whether that's enough to keep Google at bay.

Google Flight Search only lists a limited number of U.S. flights at the moment and only includes round-trip economy fares. Google says that new features and capabilities will be released when they're ready.

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