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YouTube restores Christian videos
wnd.com
by Michael Thompson
May 8, 2012

Source reveals site had been targeted by 'flagging' campaign.

One of the most popular Christian apologetics YouTube channels has been restored fully to good standing after the account was terminated by Google "for reasons that were never clearly defined," the owner of the channel told WND in an exclusive interview. Pastor Carl Gallups, whose new book "The Magic Man in the Sky" comes out on May 15, credited an article which appeared at WND.com on May 1 with igniting a firestorm of protest from the more than 21,000 subscribers to the PPSimmons YouTube Channel. That helped lead to the right person to find out why the channel was "flagged" and removed from good standing with YouTube, which is owned by Google.

YouTube Threatens To Pull Pro-Natural Gas Fracking Film Trailer
CNS News
by Mike Ciandella
January 9, 2013

"Meet The Sautners," a promotional ad for the independently made pro-energy documentary "FrackNation," has come under attack by those who want it pulled from YouTube.

"FrackNation" is the brainchild of independent filmmakers Philem McAleer and Ann McElhinney. The movie advertisement features a Dimock, Pa., family, the Sautners, who claim that their water was contaminated with a number of dangerous chemicals including "weapons grade uranium," because of nearby fracking to obtain natural gas. It then goes on to show a group of EPA specialists informing the Dimocks that their water is in fact safe.

YouTube: Pedophile Playground
Therjcarter's Weblog
September 24, 2008

The world became a smaller place with the advent of online social networking. MySpace pages are simple to construct and navigate - so simple, even a child can design one.

While MySpace was being conceived and constructed, another idea was taking root - a place of social networking that was centered around the concept of sharing video files. Ostensibly, the videos were supposed to be ones owned and created by the YouTube user, but anyone could see the opportunity for the distribution of copyrighted material, and soon duplicated versions of television shows were making the circuit, being uploaded almost as quickly as YouTube could take them down.

Yum Brands spent $200,000 on lobbying in 3Q
CNS News
December 15, 2011

Fast-food restaurant operator Yum Brands Inc. spent $200,000 lobbying officials in the third quarter, focusing on legislation dealing with tax depreciation for restaurant improvements, health care and the dairy industry, according to a recent disclosure report.

Zappos says customer database hacked
CNS News
January 16, 2012

Online shoe seller Zappos.com says a hacker may have accessed the personal information of up to 24 million customers.

Customers' credit card and payment information was not stolen, but names, phone numbers, email addresses, billing and shipping addresses, the last four digits from credit cards and more may have been accessed in the attack, according to an email that CEO Tony Hsieh sent on Sunday to employees.

Zappos Security Breach Affects 24 Million Customers
thewhir.com
January 16, 2012

Online retailer Zappos announced on Sunday that the passwords, email addresses, and partial credit card information belonging to 24 million customers may have been exposed in an attack on a server in a Kentucky data center.

Zappos, Amazon sued over customer data breach
CNS News
January 18, 2012

Online retailers Zappos.com and Amazon.com are being sued in Kentucky by a Texas woman alleging that she and millions of other customers were harmed by the release of personal account information.

Zecco Accidentally Increasing Some Customers' Buying Power Was Not Intentional April Fool's Joke
consumerist.com
by Ben Popken
April 9, 2009

Yesterday we reported that online brokerage Zecco had accidentally increased the buying power of some of its customers accounts on April 1st in an apparent April Fool's prank. However, the company says on their blog that it was no joke.

Zero Day Vulnerability in many Wordpress Themes
markmaunder.com
by Mark Maunder
August 1, 2011

The Exec summary: An image resizing utility called timthumb.php is widely used by many WordPress themes. Google shows over 39 million results for the script name.

If your WordPress theme is bundled with an unmodified timthumb.php as many commercial and free themes are, then you should immediately either remove it or edit it and set the $allowedSites array to be empty. The utility only does a partial match on hostnames allowing hackers to upload and execute arbitrary PHP code in your timthumb cache directory.

Zero Tolerance Watch: Teen Faces Felony Charges for Science Experiment
reason.com
by Jesse Walker
May 1, 2013

Meet Kiera Wilmot, a 16-year-old student in Bartow, Florida. Before last week, Bartow High School Principal Ron Pritchard tells WTSP-TV, she had "never been in trouble before. Ever."

But then, the station reports, she mix[ed] household chemicals in a tiny 8-ounce water bottle, causing the top to pop off, followed by billowing smoke in [a] small explosion. Wilmot's friends and classmates said it was "a science project gone bad, that she never meant to hurt anyone."

     

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