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Police Search Gizmodo Computers for iPhone Information

Police seized the computers and servicers of a Gizmodo editor Friday in an investigation on an iPhone prototype the news service purchased.

Police officers entered the home of Jason Chen's Fremond, Calif. home with a warrant that said a felony crime was being investigated, CNET News reported.

Gizmodo is owned by Gawker media, who last week purchased what they believe to be a lost prototype of the iPhone 4G for $5,000, CNET News reported.

California law states the government cannot force journalists to disclose sources, or seize material from a journalist, Wired reported.

Jennifer Granick, a civil liberties director at Electronic Frontier Foundation told Wired that Chen should have been protected for a warrant by state and federal laws.

SEC Sues Goldman Sachs

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) sued Goldman Sachs on Friday for investor fraud.

Goldman allegedly created and sold derivatives tied to high-risk subprime mortgages, and then profited by betting against those loans, the New York Times reported.

The SEC estimates that Goldman Sachs made $15 million by defrauding investors, and they could have to pay up to three times that amount if they lose the lawsuit, according to a Time blogger.

In repose to the lawsuit, Democratic lawmakers are putting pressure on Republicans to support a recent Obama administration proposal to increase Wall Street oversight, the New York Times reported.

Goldman Sachs stock fell more than 12% after the SEC announcement, according to a Time.

Obama Leaves White House Without Press

President Barack Obama left the White House Saturday morning without the White House press corps, the first president to break the tradition of a constant press pool since it was established.

Obama left the White House to attend one of his daughter's soccer games without informing the press, the Associated Press reported. A White House press aide then tried to gather members of the media and brought them to the game, but the president had left by the time they arrived.

The press pool was told to arrive at the White House at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, but the president left at 9:20 a.m., according to the Associated Press.

At a meeting with Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, Obama said that his secretary did not tell the Secret Service about the game either, Politico reported.

White House reports and photographers did not have the opportunity to verify his presence at the soccer game, the Associated Press reported.

Google Changes Name to Topeka for April Fool's Day

Google changed its name to Topeka on Thursday as an April Fool's Day prank.

Topeka referred to the Kansas capital, a city that voted unanimously to change its name to Google for the month of March in a bid to win a broadband network from Google, reported the Christian Science Monitor.

"We are flattered by Google's gesture, and we hope millions of folks will visit Topeka today," said David Bevens, the city's communications manager, to the Christian Science Monitor.

Topeka is just one of over a thousand cities hoping to host Google's fiber broadband network, said a Washington Post blog. The winning city will be announced by the end of the year.

Congress Bans Deceptive Census Mailings

Congress approved a measure Friday that limits the use of the word "census" on direct mailings that are not from the federal government

The ruling was in response to mailings from a couple of Republican organizations that were criticized for confusing individuals waiting for this year's census forms to arrive, a Washington Post blogger reported.

The mailings that were sent out before the vote were deemed legal by the Postal Service because they did not use the words "United States Census" or "Census Bureau", according to the AP.

The Census Bureau fears that confusing mailings from third parties will result in a lower census response rate, the AP said.

The bill requires that all mailings with the word "census" must contain a disclaimer stating that it is unrelated to the government, according to the AP.

FCC Announces Plan to Overhaul Broadband Policy


The FCC will propose a 10-year plan to rework the nation's broadband network.

The plan will be submitted to Congress on Tuesday and will introduce the Internet as the dominant form of communication in the country, the New York Times reported

The plan will include funds to bring broadband Internet access to rural areas, and will auction off part of the wireless spectrum to free up access for electronic devices, the New York Times said. The auctions would require television broadcasters to give up portions of their spectrum, and are expected to create a lot of controversy, Reuters reported.

The FCC hopes that its measure will increase the average Internet speed in the country by 25 percent, Reuters said.

Chilean Earthquake May Have Sped Up Earth's Rotation

NASA scientists believe that the 8.8 magnitude earthquake sped up the rotation of the earth, and shortened the length of a day.

Richard Gross from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory calculated that the quake could have cut 1.26 microseconds, about one millionth of a second, off the length of day, said BBC News.

Gross said that the shortened day is a result of the mass of the earth being knocked closer to the rotation axis. He likened the effect to that of a figure skated drawing his or her arms closer to his or her body to spin faster, said the LA Times.

Scientists at NASA explained that the earth's rotation rate actually changes all the time due to changes in wind and ocean patterns, explained BBC News.

Gross says the change isn't even worth tallying, said LA Times.

Bill Creating Travel Promotion Group Passes Congress

The Travel Promotion Act, which would create a not-for-profit tourism promotion group for the United States passed through Congress Thursday.

The Corporation for Travel Promotion will promote the United States as a tourist destination, and become an information resource for international travelers, explained CNN.

The bill is on its way to Obama's desk, and he is expected to sign it within the next week, reported CNN.

The corporation will receive funding from a $10 fee that will be charged to travelers from 35 European and Asian countries, said the LA Times. These fees are expected to raise about $200 million a year.

An Oxford Economics study estimates that the initiative would generate $650 million in spending and will create thousands of jobs, reported the LA Times.

Apple to Sell 99-Cent TV Shows

Apple is experimenting with a new pricing structure for TV shows sold on its online iTunes Store.

CBS has already announced that it will begin to sell some of its shows for 99 cents, reported the New York Times.

The Financial Times hints that CBS is not the only network that will be selling shows for less. No other networks have made any statement on the matter.

The announcement of Apple's plans to sell content for a lower price comes just after the introduction of the iPad. Apple is hoping that cutting the price of the shows in half as new platforms are introduced will engage enough buyers to offset the cost reductions, explained the New York Times.

White House Press Secretary Gets Twitter

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs joined Twitter Saturday afternoon.

Gibbs joins deputy secretary Bill Burton, who has used Twitter to push back against stories and to keep the press corp focused, said Politico.

Gibbs told the Associated Press that he signed up for a Twitter account after watching a live feed and became fascinated with the technology.

Gibbs Tweets and its comments are subject to the Presidential Records Act and may be archived, according to Politico.

Gibbs first tweet, reported the Associated Press, was: "Learning about 'the twitter' -- easing into this with first tweet -- any tips?"

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