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Dutch Football Federation, 2010 FIFA World Cup: T-shirt

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Advertising School: Willem de Kooning Academie, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Creatives: Bas van de Poel, Daan van Dam
Photographer: Milan Daniels

Trips available on Airport Link test run

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Members of the public will be able to take a test ride on the Airport Rail Link train from now until Friday night, State Railway of Thailand governor Yutthana Thapcharoen said on Monday.
The test ride will run from Phaya Thai station to Suvarnabhumi airport and there will be no stops along the way.
The trains will leave every 20 minutes. The trip will take about 25 minutes.
The test runs began today and will continue until Friday, from 7 to 10am, and from 4 to 7pm.

Warner Bros. Sued for Pirating Anti-Pirating Technology

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In 2003, a company named Medien Patent Verwaltung showed Warner Bros. their technology to mark films in a way capable of tracing a pirated copy back to its origin theater. And allegedly, WB has been using the tech since...without paying.
MPV has a patent on their technology and is suing with that in hand. Interestingly enough, WB has a patent on some sort of "Motion Picture and Anti-Piracy Coding" as well.

Firefox tool erases Justin Bieber from Web

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Justin Bieber is everywhere. And if you're like so many others over the age of 15, you've seen enough. Luckily, a new Firefox  add-on lets you remove all mentions of Bieber from the Web in one fell swoop.

The tool, dubbed Shaved Bieber, evaluates any page a person is browsing and censors all mentions of the teen idol. It works on every site, from Twitter to Google to Wikipedia. People can even go to his personal home page and watch as every mention of Bieber is blocked out.

Shaved Bieber is available in two versions: an add-on, which does all the Bieber removal itself, or a bookmarklet, which requires a person to click on it before it hides mentions of the pop star. The tool also censors photos labeld "Bieber" or "Justin Bieber," so users don't even have to look at him.

Bangladesh ban "Facebook"

One man has been arrested in Bangladesh and charged with "spreading malice and insulting the country's leaders" with the images, and world largest social networking site "Facebook" was blocked in the country.
The ban was temporary and access to the portal would be restored after removing the satirical images were removed, the officials said.

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Curfew lifted


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The government has ended the curfew in Bangkok and 23 other provinces.
Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said the decision followed assurances from security forces that they had regained control following recent riots and a deadly crackdown in Bangkok and some other provinces that left 85 dead in the capital.
The curfew, which had been in place since May 19, ended at 4am yesterday.
It was first imposed after many buildings were set on fire after the government launched security operations to disperse the red shirt protesters at the Ratchaprasong intersection on May 19.
Mr Abhisit, however, said the state of emergency which was introduced on April 7 remains in force in Bangkok and the 23 other provinces.
Interior Minister Chavarat Charnvirakul yesterday expressed confidence that security forces can control the political situation, especially in the four hotspot northeastern provinces of Ubon Ratchathani, Udon Thani, Khon Kaen and Mukdahan.

First human 'infected with computer virus'

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A British scientist says he is the first man in the world to become infected with a computer virus.

Dr Mark Gasson from the University of Reading had a chip inserted in his hand which was then infected with a virus.

The device, which enables him to pass through security doors and activate his mobile phone, is a sophisticated version of ID chips used to tag pets.

In trials, Dr Gasson showed that the chip was able to pass on the computer virus to external control systems.

If other implanted chips had then connected to the system they too would have been corrupted, he said.

Medical alert
Dr Gasson admits that the test is a proof of principle but he thinks it has important implications for a future where medical devices such as pacemakers and cochlear implants become more sophisticated, and risk being contaminated by other human implants.

"With the benefits of this type of technology come risks. We may improve ourselves in some way but much like the improvements with other technologies, mobile phones for example, they become vulnerable to risks, such as security problems and computer viruses."

He also added: "Many people with medical implants also consider them to be integrated into their concept of their body, and so in this context it is appropriate to talk in terms of people themselves being infected by computer viruses."

However, Dr Gasson predicts that wider use will be made of implanted technology.

"This type of technology has been commercialised in the United States as a type of medical alert bracelet, so that if you're found unconscious you can be scanned and your medical history brought up."

Professor Rafael Capurro of the Steinbeis-Transfer-Institute of Information Ethics in Germany told BBC News that the research was "interesting".

"If someone can get online access to your implant, it could be serious," he said.

Apple passes Microsoft to be biggest tech company


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Apple has pushed past arch-rival Microsoft to become the world's biggest technology company.

Changes in the share price values of the two in Wednesday's choppy trading left the total value of Apple at $222bn (£154bn).
Microsoft is now valued by investors at $219bn. However, Microsoft still enjoys higher profits than Apple. Its most recent annual net profit was $14.6bn (£10bn), compared with $5.7bn for Apple. Microsoft also reported bigger full-year revenues of $58.4bn, with Apple on $36.5bn.
Apple's shares closed Wednesday trading down 0.4% at $244.11, while Microsoft fell by 4% to $25.01.

DeWyze has won American Idol contest

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Illinois paint shop assistant Lee DeWyze has won the ninth season of the American Idol talent contest.
He overcame his shyness to impress judges and viewers with his spirit and soulful voice, beating bluesy musician and judges' favourite Crystal Bowersox.
"I have never been happier in my life," he said after scooping the title and a recording contract which will launch with his version of U2's Beautiful Day.
The finale also made the most of Simon Cowell's last appearance as a judge.
DeWyze's victory was based on votes cast after Tuesday's performance show, which drew more judges' compliments for Ohio's Bowersox.

Apple faces federal inquiries for allegedly abusing its power

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Signaling its rise to IT-heavyweight status, Apple now reportedly joins the ranks of companies such as Microsoft  and Intel  to face federal investigations for abusing market dominance,  reports The New York Times.

Specifically, Apple is the target of a Justice Department antitrust inquiry for abusing its dominance in the online music market -- as well as the target of a Federal Trade Commission inquiry into Apple's rules for developers of iPhone apps, according to report.

The Justice Department is investigating the allegation that Apple is improperly coercing music labels not to participate in's "MP3 Daily Deal" program, through which the online merchant would have exclusive access to new music releases, according to The New York Times. Apple is said to have punished the labels that participated in the program by refusing to market their songs on iTunes.

Google's Pac-Man Logo costed 4.8 million hours on last Friday.


It might not sound like a lot on first glance, but the 36 extra seconds that the average visitor spent there last Friday playing Pac-Man adds up to a massive 4.8 million of wasted hours.
According to a study by RescueTime, Pac-Man on Google--the playable version of the iconic game that the search giant replaced its home page logo with on Friday--cost the economy a total of 4,819,352 man-hours and a whopping $120,483,800 in lost productivity. As RescueTime put it, you could hire every single Google employee, including co-founders Larry Page, Sergey Brin, and CEO Eric Schmidt, and get them for six weeks for that much money.

160 feared killed in Air India crash.

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A plane crash in southern India killed more than 160 passengers early Saturday, an Indian official said.

About five or six people survived, V.S. Acharya, the home minister of India's Karnataka state, told CNN-IBN.

The Air India plane was carrying 165 passengers -- including four infants -- and went down around 6:30 a.m. (9 p.m. ET Friday) near the Mangalore International Airport, CNN's sister network reported, citing an airline spokesman.

New task force to return city to normal

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The Centre for the Resolution of the Emergency Situation (CRES) is setting up a special task force to ensure security for the people of Bangkok in the wake of Wednesday's political violence, and a centre to assist and rehabilitate businesses affected by the unrest, acting government spokesman Panitan Wattanayagorn said in a televised statement on Friday.
Authorities also announced that some restrictions under emergency law would be softened to ease public inconvenience, and that  suspended public transport services would resume soon.
Mr Panitan said the task force comprises police, members of the three armed forces, civilians and disaster relief officials of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration. Their taskl is to return peace and order to communities in Bangkok.
The task force  was being set up today.  Units would then patrol the  various communities to prevent unrest, acts of sabotage and other unlawful activities.

Possible Cyclone is developing and approaching to Burma (Myanmar)

I've received the message from my friend that possible cyclone is developing near Burma(Myanmar) and it could be crossing the country in 72 hours. And please note that this is an unconfirmed news for now.
You can see and track the status of the storm via following link. Thanks..

Billboard collapsed as Cyclone Nargis hit Yangon City, the capital of Burma (Myanmar) in 2008. It killed 138,000 people from Burma (officially known as Myanmar). (photo comes from :

Battled in Bangkok (Curfew extended for next two days)

Central Wold (World Trade) Bangkok collapsed as fire broke it out for around 8 hours. Fire fighters were prevented to enter the area to extinguish the fire by the protesters (photo source : email).

Government of Thailand has extended imposing curfew (9 PM to 5 AM) in 24 provinces including Bangkok. It will not be lifted until Saturaday.
Since the leaders of red shirts surrendered, the riots are breaking out several spots in the city, and almost 34 places were burnt down so far, including Stock Exchange of Thailand and Center World (World Trade Center, Bangkok), one of the largest shopping mall in SEA region.

Before and After : Central World, Bangkok, Thailand

by : pickpoon

by : newlifeinbangkok

I've seen the dark smokes were floating up into the blue sky of Bangkok this morning on my way to Immigration Office. Later in the day, I've received a lot of calls from friends asking my whereabouts, and heard the news that Central World and several other key spots in Bangkok have been set fired.
And at around 3 PM in the afternoon, the thai government declared curfew for citywide of Bangkok.

According to Bangkok Post,During the riots, 58 injuries with 6 dead including an Italian reporter.,the total of 27 building were burnt down across the city.

1. Paragon shopping mall and Siam Square. Siam Theatre was completely burned down.
2. Parts of Centara Grand Hotel at Ratchaprasong
3. Parts of the Stock Exchange of Thailand building on Wireless Road
4. Mahathun building on Ploenchit Road
5. Bangkok Bank and Krung Thai Bank of Asoke branches
6. Parts of the Office of Narcotics Control Board and a nearby convenient store 7Eleven in Din Daeng area
7. Bangkok Bank and Government Savings Bank of Din Daeng branches
8. Maleenont Building which houses Channel 3 television station
9. Bangkok Bank's Rama IV branch and Tesco Lotus superstore on Rama IV Road
10. The Metropolitan Electricity Authority in Klong Toey
11. Central World shopping mall
12. Bangkok Bank's Victory Monument branch

US authorizes embassy members to leave

The US State Department has authorized a departure for family members of its embassy employees as the bloody confrontation between the government and the anti-government protesters sliding into the third month.
The Department of State has issued a statement that if any members of the embassy staff need to leave the country they could be subsidized strictly on voluntary basis as the employees would still stay in place.

The US Embassy will be closed to the public not only Monday but on Tuesday. Inquires about visa services and American citizens services could be access to embassy Facebook, its spokesman said.

Ambassador Eric John will also host a Town Hall meeting for the American community on Tuesday, the second in two weeks.

Other embassies including Australia would also be closed to visitors on Monday. All United Nations affiliate offices in Bangkok would also be closed on Monday.

Drought in Burma (Myanmar)

Since there's heat wave is running across the country of Burma this year, people are suffering from extreme heat, especially in country and remote villages. If you want to hand your warmly hands, please contact the following contacts or click on the picture for more information. Thank you very much.

Mr Soe Zeya +95 (0) 9862 9412 
Dr Kaung Htet +95 (0) 9501 4494  

Thank you very much.

World needs Bangkok's Smiles

written by lynnnayko.
Friends and  colleagues are still planning for outing, clubbing and partying as happy hours for Friday night is drawing on second week of May 2010. Despite of happening clashes between troops and protesters, the Friday is still beautiful and lovely between starry sky and smiley ground like nothing's happening at the downtown.

"Thai forces in Bangkok have fired live rounds after surrounding a fortified protesters' camp amid clashes that left at least eight people dead."

The similar news are popping up across the front pages of the news papers around the world. That's what people see and that's the whole world see.

Thailand is the land of smiles, that's what I believe and the whole world believes. Those smiles are being destroyed again and again in these years.

Now Thailand needs a strength to carry on those smiles, everything need to be back to normal. 

Toyota shutting Thai plant in two weeks

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TOKYO : Toyota Motor will suspend production at one of its plants in Thailand at the end of the month as part of a revamp of its global production and supply network, a spokeswoman said on Friday.
The automaker will shift production at Thai Auto Works near Bangkok- which builds the Fortuner sports utility vehicle and the Hilux Vigo pick-up truck - to two other Thai plants after May 31, the company official said.
The factory, in Samrong in Samut Prakan province on the outskirts of Bangkok, began operations in 1988 and has been producing about 60,000 vehicles a year, mainly for export to Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. Toyota does not disclose the factory's annual production capacity.
The move will not result in job cuts, she said, adding that Thai Auto Works has 950 employees and an annual capacity of 50,000 units.

Malaysians held over B10m ATM card scam

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Police have arrested two Malaysian men on charges of creating fake ATM cards to withdraw more than 10 million baht from the accounts of more than 100 bank card holders.
Crime Suppression Division and immigration police arrested Goh Fook Chai, 35, and Lim Tze Chow, 34, in Sadao district, Songkhla, on Wednesday.
Police said they found the suspects carrying 81 fake bank cards, three ATM skimmers, three micro spy cameras, six plastic plates, five batteries and 72 SIM cards.
Police allege that the pair attached the skimmers to the card slots of ATM machines to read the access numbers of inserted cards, while a spy camera attached and disguised using the plastic plates captured card users entering their access codes.
Police said the pair then used the information to create fake cards. The arrests followed complaints from many commercial banks that they had lost about 10 million baht after the fake cards were used to withdraw funds from the accounts of about 100 customers, police said.
Police said the suspects confessed to the scam and told police that their gang included four more accomplices. Police were seeking arrest warrants for the other four suspects.
Representatives from the Thai Bankers' Association said all banks were doing their best to protect customers and anyone noticing irregularities in their accounts should report to their banks.
They said banks were battling ATM fraud by installing anti-skimmer equipment. When entering a personal access code, customers are advised to use their other hand to block the view of spy cameras.
Pol Col Supisarn Phakdeenaruenart, the acting commander of the Crime Suppression Division, suggested users check the card slots on ATMs. If the slots are loose, they may be skimmers. Skimmers also may be a slightly different shade than the rest of the ATM.
He said card holders should use ATMs in department stores instead of those in isolated areas, particularly in Bang Khen, Sai Mai, Chaeng Wattana and Don Muang areas.

Innlay Lake faces water decreased


A well known as a beautiful lake which brings most tourists’ attraction, Innlay Lake, in Taunggyi, the capital city of Shan State is facing water level decreased.
The water level of Innlay has been decreasing since last year and this year, it has made ferryboats difficult to travel as the water level has gone down significantly, said local sources in Innlay.
Its tributaries are also very low, and some places become sand bank, making travelers to walk a long distance to the ferryboats.
Photo: Taunggyi Family (before)

The travel path to a well known Buddha image, Phawng Taw Oo, is also dried up, said a ferryboat owner.

“Visitors have to walk for about 10 yard to get there now. Before we can send them directly,” he said.

In the meantime, other parts of southern Shan State are also facing the same problem as Innlay lake.

Lakes, rivers and wells in villages and towns in southern Shan State are dried, resulting people facing water shortage.

A resident in Taunggyi said water price in the town has been increased dramatically since the water crisis began last year and now more and more water prices go up as the water is continuing to dry.

Some places, there was no single drop of rain even though it was during the rainy reason, said a villager in Loilem.

“Not only water in the wells is dry but also water in the rivers”, he said.

Almost all of villages in Southern Shan State were unable to grow their crops and paddy because there was not enough water. This situation has been obviously getting worse within the last year. People are mainly relying on agricultures and farms, growing groundnut, soya beans, onion and garlic, he said.  
Photo: Taunggyi Family (now)

A similar situation has happened in Rangoon even though it is a different problem. “Due to electricity supplies have been fickle; people are unable to get water”, a local source in Rangoon said.

Shan environmentalist blamed the military junta for neglecting on the environment and exploiting the natural resources in Shan State.

The problem today in southern Shan State is caused by industries such as hydropower projects and wood traders. Almost all of the trees in Shan State are exhausted, said Sai Khurh Hseng, a Shan environmentalist based in Chiangmai, Thailand.

The Science of a Happy Marriage

By TARA PARKER-POPE and this article is originated from New York Times
Why do some men and women cheat on their partners while others resist the temptation?
To find the answer, a growing body of research is focusing on the science of commitment. Scientists are studying everything from the biological factors that seem to influence marital stability to a person’s psychological response after flirting with a stranger.
Their findings suggest that while some people may be naturally more resistant to temptation, men and women can also train themselves to protect their relationships and raise their feelings of commitment.
Recent studies have raised questions about whether genetic factors may influence commitment and marital stability. Hasse Walum, a biologist at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, studied 552 sets of twins to learn more about a gene related to the body’s regulation of the brain chemical vasopressin, a bonding hormone.
Over all, men who carried a variation in the gene were less likely to be married, and those who had wed were more likely to have had serious marital problems and unhappy wives. Among men who carried two copies of the gene variant, about a third had experienced a serious relationship crisis in the past year, double the number seen in the men who did not carry the variant.
Although the trait is often called the “fidelity gene,” Mr. Walum called that a misnomer: his research focused on marital stability, not faithfulness. “It’s difficult to use this information to predict any future behavior in men,” he told me. Now he and his colleagues are working to replicate the findings and conducting similar research in women.
While there may be genetic differences that influence commitment, other studies suggest that the brain can be trained to resist temptation.
A series of unusual studies led by John Lydon, a psychologist at McGill University in Montreal, have looked at how people in a committed relationship react in the face of temptation. In one study, highly committed married men and women were asked to rate the attractiveness of people of the opposite sex in a series of photos. Not surprisingly, they gave the highest ratings to people who would typically be viewed as attractive.
Later, they were shown similar pictures and told that the person was interested in meeting them. In that situation, participants consistently gave those pictures lower scores than they had the first time around.
When they were attracted to someone who might threaten the relationship, they seemed to instinctively tell themselves, “He’s not so great.” “The more committed you are,” Dr. Lydon said, “the less attractive you find other people who threaten your relationship.”
But some of the McGill research has shown gender differences in how we respond to a cheating threat. In a study of 300 heterosexual men and women, half the participants were primed for cheating by imagining a flirtatious conversation with someone they found attractive. The other half just imagined a routine encounter.
Afterward, the study subjects were asked to complete fill-in-the-blank puzzles like LO_AL and THR__T.
Unbeknownst to the participants, the word fragments were a psychological test to reveal subconscious feelings about commitment. (Similar word puzzles are used to study subconscious feelings about prejudice and stereotyping.)
No pattern emerged among the study participants who imagined a routine encounter. But there were differences among men and women who had entertained the flirtatious fantasy. In that group, the men were more likely to complete the puzzles with the neutral words LOCAL and THROAT. But the women who had imagined flirting were far more likely to choose LOYAL and THREAT, suggesting that the exercise had touched off subconscious concerns about commitment.
Of course, this does not necessarily predict behavior in the real world. But the pronounced difference in responses led the researchers to think women might have developed a kind of early warning system to alert them to relationship threats.
Other McGill studies confirmed differences in how men and women react to such threats. In one, attractive actors or actresses were brought in to flirt with study participants in a waiting room. Later, the participants were asked questions about their relationships, particularly how they would respond to a partner’s bad behavior, like being late and forgetting to call.
Men who had just been flirting were less forgiving of the hypothetical bad behavior, suggesting that the attractive actress had momentarily chipped away at their commitment. But women who had been flirting were more likely to be forgiving and to make excuses for the man, suggesting that their earlier flirting had triggered a protective response when discussing their relationship.
“We think the men in these studies may have had commitment, but the women had the contingency plan — the attractive alternative sets off the alarm bell,” Dr. Lydon said. “Women implicitly code that as a threat. Men don’t.”
The question is whether a person can be trained to resist temptation. In another study, the team prompted male students who were in committed dating relationships to imagine running into an attractive woman on a weekend when their girlfriends were away. Some of the men were then asked to develop a contingency plan by filling in the sentence “When she approaches me, I will __________ to protect my relationship.”
Because the researchers could not bring in a real woman to act as a temptation, they created a virtual-reality game in which two out of four rooms included subliminal images of an attractive woman. The men who had practiced resisting temptation gravitated toward those rooms 25 percent of the time; for the others, the figure was 62 percent.
But it may not be feelings of love or loyalty that keep couples together. Instead, scientists speculate that your level of commitment may depend on how much a partner enhances your life and broadens your horizons — a concept that Arthur Aron, a psychologist and relationship researcher at Stony Brook University, calls “self-expansion.”
To measure this quality, couples are asked a series of questions: How much does your partner provide a source of exciting experiences? How much has knowing your partner made you a better person? How much do you see your partner as a way to expand your own capabilities?
The Stony Brook researchers conducted experiments using activities that stimulated self-expansion. Some couples were given mundane tasks, while others took part in a silly exercise in which they were tied together and asked to crawl on mats, pushing a foam cylinder with their heads. The study was rigged so the couples failed the time limit on the first two tries, but just barely made it on the third, resulting in much celebration.
Couples were given relationship tests before and after the experiment. Those who had taken part in the challenging activity posted greater increases in love and relationship satisfaction than those who had not experienced victory together.
Now the researchers are embarking on a series of studies to measure how self-expansion influences a relationship. They theorize that couples who explore new places and try new things will tap into feelings of self-expansion, lifting their level of commitment.
“We enter relationships because the other person becomes part of ourselves, and that expands us,” Dr. Aron said. “That’s why people who fall in love stay up all night talking and it feels really exciting. We think couples can get some of that back by doing challenging and exciting things together.”

Man in burning truck drives to fire station

Truck on fire? Forget calling 911. Craig Brown of Carlton just drove a few more blocks to the McMinnville Fire Station when smoke started to billow from under the hood of his pickup. McMinnville Fire Marshal Eric McMullen said a firefighter who'd been outside Friday morning washing an ambulance rushed inside to get help.
Firefighters opened the hood and found flames licking around the engine. They quickly grabbed a hose and put out the fire.
McMullen said the crew was happy to be able to help without leaving the station. And he adds, "We were joking today about our new drive-up service."

Dining in the dark

Darkness is making supports or forces for several things, good things and bad things.

Darkness’s also helping you to sleep, and sometimes making you scare as well. We have been doing a lot of things in the darkness. But I’m sure those moments were not in complete darkness. What are you going say if you can have a dinner in complete darkness with light is totally verboten?

"Upon arriving at the Dining in the Dark venue, you will be welcomed in a lighted lounge area where you will pick from a specially prepared menu (designed by a sighted local ‘star’ chef), and we check your coat or bag as you don't need anything but your senses. Once you have ordered, you will be personally guided into the darkened dining room. Special security measures are taken to make your experience both safe and enjoyable."

This is from the website of Opaque, one of the "Dining in the Dark" venues from LA, USA.

I’ve never imagine before about eating food in complete darkness. Have you???

I’ve just happened know about existence of this kind of restaurants and events while I was watching CSI. J . It sounds interesting. But for me, I just want to see what I’m going to eat.