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    The San Mateo, Calif., district attorney's office said Wednesday that it has filed misdemeanor charges against two people in the 2010 case of the lost iPhone 4 prototype that rocked the tech media world--and will not charge Gawker Media, which published photos of the then-secret next-generation Apple phone.

    "After a consideration of all of the evidence, it was determined that no charges would be filed against employees of Gizmodo," the D.A.'s office said.

    Brian Hogan, 22, was charged with one count of misappropriation of property; Sage Wallower, 28, was charged with misappropriation of lost property and possession of stolen property.

    "We are pleased that the District Attorney of San Mateo County, Steven Wagstaffe, has decided, upon review of all of the evidence, that no crime was committed by the Gizmodo team in relation to its reporting on the iPhone 4 prototype last year," Gawker Media said in a statement. "While we have always believed that we were acting fully within the law, it has inevitably been stressful for the editor concerned, Jason Chen, and we are glad that we can finally put this matter behind us."

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  • Some members of Anonymous, the nebulous group of hackers whose high-tech activism has wreaked havoc on law enforcement agencies, government ministries and corporations, appear to have a new target in their cross-hairs: Facebook.

    A threatening message on YouTube was allegedly disseminated by affiliates of the shadowy collective, which in recent days has hijacked the websites of the Syrian Defense Ministry (in protest of the restive nation's autocratic regime) and dozens of rural police offices in the United States (in retaliation for the recent arrests of some of the group's suspected cohorts). "If you're a willing activist or guy who just wants to protect the freedom of information then join the cause and kill Facebook for the sake of your own privacy," implores the narrator of the message, using a voice scrambler.

    Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg has repeatedly been criticized for his alleged lack of concern for the privacy of his 700 million users.

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  • With news outlets gearing up for what will assuredly be exhaustive coverage of the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks next month, the Associated Press has issued a "Sept. 11 Style and Reference Guide" to help editors with "standard phrasing and consistency of coverage of the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks."

    Some of the items are included in the current AP Stylebook, but "the majority are based on AP usage that has developed over time," the AP said in a memo. "As you'll see, it includes guidance on spelling, pronunciation, frequently used terms and a timeline of events as they unfolded."

    Some style points: when referring to "ground zero" or the "twin towers," use lowercase--just as you should for the "bin" in bin Laden. Also, it's "al-Qaida," not "al-Qaeda."

    Of its "cold" simplicity, Nieman Journalism Lab editor Megan Garber wrote that the style guide "is itself striking as a memorial to 9/11."

    Here's the full Sept. 11 style guide that was distributed to AP members yesterday:

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  • Los Cabos in a mess 3 days after Odile's wrath
    Los Cabos in a mess 3 days after Odile's wrath

    SAN JOSE DEL CABO, Mexico (AP) — Desperate locals and tourists were in survival mode in the resort area of Los Cabos on Wednesday, with electrical and water service still out three days after Hurricane Odile made landfall as a monster Category 3 storm.

  • Watson says in-form Horschel did not deserve Ryder Cup nod

    (Reuters) - United States captain Tom Watson said on Wednesday he has no issue with the deadline for making wildcard picks even though his team at next week's Ryder Cup in Scotland will not include the game's hottest player. Billy Horschel was runner-up in the second of four playoff events on the U.S. circuit a day before Watson made his wildcard picks and then went on to triumph at the next two tournaments to secure FedExCup honors and the $10 million jackpot. But Watson, speaking on a conference call in his final interview before the U.S. ...

  • Turkey would welcome Muslim Brotherhood figures who leave Qatar: Erdogan

    ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey would welcome senior figures from Egypt's outlawed Muslim Brotherhood after they were asked to leave Qatar under pressure from other Gulf Arab states, Turkish media quoted President Tayyip Erdogan as saying late on Monday. A senior Brotherhood official based in London said on Saturday that Qatar had asked seven senior figures from the movement to leave the country after its neighbors pressed it to stop backing the Islamists. ...

  • Hunt on for survivalist charged in trooper killing
    Hunt on for survivalist charged in trooper killing

    Hundreds of law enforcement officers fanned out across the dense northeastern Pennsylvania woods Tuesday as they tracked a survivalist with two high-powered rifles and a grudge against police, identified as the gunman who killed one trooper and injured another in a late-night ambush outside a state police barracks.

  • Rushed evacuations as Philippine volcano spews lava
    Rushed evacuations as Philippine volcano spews lava

    Lava cascaded down the Philippines' most active volcano on Wednesday as authorities rushed to evacuate thousands ahead of a possible deadly eruption.

  • Tiny Hamster Takes On Kobayashi in 'Hot Dog' Eating Contest
    Tiny Hamster Takes On Kobayashi in 'Hot Dog' Eating Contest

    Takeru Kobayashi has destroyed heaping amounts of food and numerous challengers over the years as a competitive eater. He once ate 110 hot dogs in 10 minutes. He smashed a world record when he ate 97 hamburgers in 94 seconds. The burgers were slider-sized, but still, it's impressive. Even though it has been a few years since he has participated in competitive eating's largest event, Nathan's International Hot Dog Eating Contest, he's still getting his name out there in the gustatory world. His newest challenger is the hungriest — and tiniest — yet.

  • Vigilante on Motorcycle Throws Trash Back in Litterbugs' Face
    Vigilante on Motorcycle Throws Trash Back in Litterbugs' Face

    Litter is an eyesore that most people would rather live without. It's especially galling to see someone in broad daylight toss a piece of trash on the ground. Apparently, this occurrence happens often enough in Russia that one GoPro-toting citizen decided to become a vigilante, of sorts. In a video shot using her helmet cam, a woman on a motorcycle rides around city streets sticking it to litterbugs — literally. She spots one person throwing a bit of trash out a car window. The woman picks up the trash, swiftly catches up with the person, and delivers the item back, which is usually greeted with fury from the driver. The video is called, naturally, "Elusive Girl on a Motorcycle Against Debris."

  • NASA's Maven spacecraft reaches Mars this weekend
    NASA's Maven spacecraft reaches Mars this weekend

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Mars, get ready for another visitor or two.

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