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Papers Find Facebook Status Too Risque To Print [Pancakes]

The Post and the Times both covered this story , about a man accused of robbery whose alibi was a Facebook status update. Both papers though, censored the update itself, which was apparently "indecipherable". Except it wasn't. The Times story, on The Local blog , opened with this: Where's my pancakes, read Rodney Bradford's Facebook page, in a message typed on Saturday, Oct. 17, at 11:49 a.m., from a computer in his father's apartment in Harlem. They admit they paraphrased because the update was written in "indecipherable street slang." The Post , meanwhile, actually ran some of the original update, in its distinctive all-caps: Prosecutors dropped a robbery charge against Rodney Bradford, 19, after learning his Facebook account status had been updated with the inside joke "WHERE MY IHOP? A look at the screenshot above however (it's at the bottom, you have to squint) reveals that the real status update was: ON THE PHONE W

Funny Headline Features Culturally Relevant Acronym [Sad]

Ha: the Christian Science Monitor has a funny headline : "Irish Priest Kidnapped in Philippines released by MILF" (Moro Islamic Liberation Front). ROFLMAO , until you learn that the MILF is a violent paramilitary group which sometimes beheads people . WTF. Published by Original source : http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/gawker/full/~3/RtW26mH9...

Infinity Ventures Summit In Miyazaki, Japan: 12 Demos From Japanese Startups

I am currently in Miyazaki /Japan, attending the Infinity Ventures Summit (IVS), one of Asia's most prestigious web industry events. Organizing VC company Infinity Venture Partners reserved some hours of the program to give a total of twelve 12 Japanese start-ups the chance to present their services onstage to a panel of judges and an international crowd of over 300 people. A speech recognition and transcribing service called Moji Moji TV was selected as "Best Startup" of the IVS Fall 2009 Launch Pad (that ended just now). Here are short profiles of all the services that demo'd at the event. (Please note some of the companies have yet to launch homepages in English, but some do offer globalized services, too.) I am currently in Miyazaki /Japan, attending the Infinity Ventures Summit (IVS), one of Asia’s most prestigious web industry events. Organizing VC company Infinity Venture Partners reserved some hours of the program to give a total of twelve 1

Voxeo Raises $9 Million For VoIP And IVR Technologies

IVR and VoIP provider Voxeo has raised $9 million in funding from North Atlantic Capital and the Florida Growth Fund. Voxeo develops technologies in unlocked communications, including VoIP platforms, Interactive Voice Response, text and instant messaging, and unified communications. The startup has made numerous acquisitions over the past year, buying Motorola's Motorola's VoiceXML browser business, IM platform developer IMified, application server Voiceobjects, and VoIP platform Micromethod. Voxeo says that the new funds will be used to make additional acquisitions ad well as further internal development of technologies. IVR and VoIP provider Voxeo has raised $9 million in funding from North Atlantic Capital and the Florida Growth Fund. Voxeo develops technologies in unlocked communications, including VoIP platforms, Interactive Voice Response, text and instant messaging, and unified communications. The startup has made numerous acquisitions over the pas