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In the-most-hilarious-thing-you’ll-hear-about-Imus news, Pravda in russia COMPLETELY gets it wrong:

American radio icon Don Imus disgraced, fired after threat to reveal 9/11 secrets

In a clear sign of its intent to reign in dissident American media personalities, and their growing influence in American culture, US War Leaders this past week launched an unprecedented attack upon one of their most politically ‘connected’, and legendary, radio hosts named Don Imus after his threats to release information relating to the September 11, 2001 attacks upon that country.

According to European reports of the events surrounding Don Imus that have gripped the United States this past week, it was during an interview with another American media personality, Tim Russert, who is the host of a television programme frequently used by US War Leaders, wherein while decrying the state of care being given to American War wounded stated, “So those bastards want to keep these boys [in reference to US Soldiers] secret? Let’s see how they like it if I start talking about their [in reference to US War Leaders] secrets, starting with 9/11.”

Unable to attack such a powerful media figure as Don Imus, directly, the US War Leaders, and as we have seen many times before, resorted to a massive media attack against him using as the reason a racial slur against a US woman’s basketball team, but which has been pointed out by other media outlets was not by any means a rare occurrence for the legendary radio icon to make.

In other getting it wrong news, this from Virginia regarding the tragic VATech incident:

Xeni Jardin: Large-scale incidents of gun violence like yesterday’s mass shooting at Virginia Tech University are inevitably followed by gun law debate.

Today, some around the ‘net are pointing to relatively relaxed gun laws in Virginia as a contributing factor to the killings. Virginia allows effectively unlimited purchase of assault weapons for anyone over 18 who passes a background check; it’s ok to sell rifles and shotguns to children over 12, and a legal loophole makes it okay to buy second-hand guns at gun shows with no waiting period or background check.

And, in other left wing propaganda, we ask “Are we the only ones seeing another UN Money Making Boondoggle on the horizon?”:

Global Warming An Issue For UN Security Council
‘On the eve of the first United Nations Security Council debate on global warming, the UK foreign secretary, Margaret Beckett, warned US businesses to invest in carbon-free technology or lose out to Europeans.

‘The theme of the open debate, a UK initiative, is energy, security and climate. The UK currently holds the Security Council presidency.

‘”Clean-tech is going to be a massive market” and the largest economic opportunity of the century, Beckett said on Monday to business leaders in New York, US.’ (New Scientist article).

Turning to Tech News, in our ongoing coverage of the Vonage Crap:

Could Vonage Sprint to an Exit? (Light Reading)
Vonage Holdings Corp. (NYSE: VG – message board) is in talks with Sprint Nextel Corp. (NYSE: S – message board) about a way to resolve that carrier’s patent lawsuit against the VOIP provider, Light Reading has learned. And one source says a Sprint buyout of Vonage is on the table.

And two stories re-visited:

More Stories Of Police Handing Over Xboxes To Stop Crime
First it was Mexico City police offering Xboxes to people who agreed to hand over guns, and now Engadget notes that police in North Carolina are offering gaming consoles to anyone providing info on a local graffiti spree. Of course, in this case, the police are offering a choice between an Xbox, a PS3, a Nintendo Wii or… they’ll just hand over $500 in cash ($1000 if you’re an adult). It’s not clear why adult snitches get more money than the kids, but that’s how it works apparently. While it may seem silly to offer a choice between cash or a video game, it might not be that crazy an idea. If it were just a cash reward, it wouldn’t get nearly the same attention as offering a gaming console — even if (depending on the console) it may be a better deal to take the cash. If the graffiti artist were clever, he should start changing his graffiti to reflect the bounty — perhaps suggesting which prize any informant should take.

Attention Startups: Google Uninterested In Acquiring Your Eyeballs
Despite the return of the IPO market, the ultimate goal for many of today’s startups is still to be acquired by one of the large tech or media firms. While Google has made a few really high-profile acquisitions, the company has also made a number of smaller purchases that pretty much fly under everyone’s radar. Speaking to a group of VCs, one of the company’s top executives involved in making acquisitions said t

hat the company is no longer interested in companies that have plenty of users, but little concept of how to monetize them. Instead, it wants companies with a clear business model that will lead to revenue growth. This makes sense since the company certainly isn’t starving for traffic. What’s clear is that the company is serious about broadening its offerings, so that it’s not so dependent on advertising for its revenue. Eric Schmidt even admitted as such in a recent interview with Wired, as he touted the company’s emerging paid software business. The attitude might also be a reflection of the company’s ongoing headaches associated with YouTube. While it’s still too early to put a verdict on that acquisition, the company may be regretting having spent so much money with so little clarity as to how it would recoup its investment.