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  • NY Times on WikiLeaksnyt.wikifrontIt's believed that late Friday afternoon is the best time to drop bad news, such as rising unemployment numbers or massive layoffs.

    So WikiLeaks' decision to publish 400,000 secret Iraq war documents late Friday—and lift embargoes for news organizations that had the cache ahead of time—was striking because it went against the conventional wisdom for making the greatest impact in the news cycle. (And it was almost midnight in Europe when the online clearinghouse released its latest of government documents, even though WikiLeaks had collaborated with several  European outlets in preparing the material for publication.)

    Yet the WikiLeaks document dump got lots of attention immediately online Friday, throughout Saturday—after a news conference with founder Julian Assange—and in the Sunday papers, including a couple of stories splashed across the front page of the New York Times.

    But the major Sunday-morning public-affairs shows—on NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox and CNN—largely ignored the biggest intelligence leak in U.S. history in favor of the fast-approaching midterm elections.

    CBS host Bob Schieffer told The Upshot that the aim at "Face the Nation" for the past month has been  "to concentrate on the election, and so every show's been about that."

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  • AP101025015963Most scientists believe that the full effects of the BP oil disaster won't be known for some time. But BP wouldn't be the sort of company that created major oil spills if it didn't leap boldly into the breach. So the oil giant's newly minted CEO is apparently ready to lay down his own verdict: The whole incident has been overblown by the media, environmentalists and BP's oil industry rivals.

    According to Reuters, CEO Bob Dudley -- tapped to replace gaffe-prone Tony Hayward back in July -- told a British business lobbying group Monday that his company was the victim of "a great rush to judgment" and that unwarranted "public fear was everywhere." The Mississippi-born Dudley did, however, offer complimentary words for the one group that remained steadfastly in BP's corner throughout the duration of the ordeal: the British.

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  • Sony Walkman cassette player, RIP

    AP09070103377Another iconic technological device has been banished to the dustbin of history: Sony will no longer produce its Walkman cassette player due to dismal sales. The final batch of the portable tape players was shipped from Japan in April, according to PC Magazine.

    A Chinese company will continue to produce a few models for the Walkman faithful, according to the New York Post. Sony has sold about 220 million Walkman devices since the gadget's explosive 1979 debut, but the portable cassette player has steadily yielded market share to portable CD players and then eventually MP3 players, symbolized by Apple's no-less-iconic iPod. (Sony will continue to make portable CD players.)

    Apple founder Steve Jobs, who helped introduce the iPod, was evidently very impressed with the Walkman when he first saw one 25 years ago.

    "I remember Akio Morita gave Steve and me each one of the first Sony Walkmans," former Apple CEO John Sculley told Businessweek. "None of us had ever seen anything like that before because there had never been a product like that. This is 25 years ago and Steve was fascinated by it. The first thing he did with his was take it apart and he looked at every single part. How the fit and finish was done, how it was built."

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    Hostage tale suggests IS wary of upsetting Turkey

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  • Advanced iOS virus targeting Hong Kong protesters: security firm
    Advanced iOS virus targeting Hong Kong protesters: security firm

    BOSTON (Reuters) - Cybersecurity researchers have uncovered a computer virus that spies on Apple Inc's iOS operating system for the iPhone and iPad, and they believe it is targeting pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong. The malicious software, known as Xsser, is capable of stealing text messages, photos, call logs, passwords and other data from Apple mobile devices, researchers with Lacoon Mobile Security said on Tuesday. They uncovered the spyware while investigating similar malware for Google Inc's Android operating system last week that also targeted Hong Kong protesters. ...

  • Ebola patient told hospital he was from Liberia
    Ebola patient told hospital he was from Liberia

    DALLAS (AP) — The airline passenger who brought Ebola into the U.S. initially went to a Dallas emergency room last week but was sent home, despite telling a nurse that he had been in disease-ravaged West Africa, the hospital said Wednesday in a disclosure that showed how easily an infection could be missed.

  • Tiny Sea Monkeys Create Giant Ocean Currents
    Tiny Sea Monkeys Create Giant Ocean Currents

    Every evening, sunset signals the start of dinner for billions of wiggling sea monkeys living in the ocean. As these sea monkeys — which are not actually monkeys but a type of shrimp — swarm to the surface in one large, culminating force, they may contribute as much power to ocean currents as the wind and tides do, a new study reports. Even though they're small, sea monkeys — given the playful name because their tail resembles a monkey's tail, but also known as brine shrimp (Artemia salina)  — may contribute about a trillion watts, or a terawatt, of power to the surrounding ocean, churning the seas with the same power as the tides, the researchers said. Devotees can watch a group of brine shrimp hatch, grow and mate within weeks.

  • 'Taken 3' trailer plunges Neeson back into hunt
    'Taken 3' trailer plunges Neeson back into hunt

    "Taken 3" protagonist Bryan Mills just can't get a break -- now he's wanted for murder and has to catch the killers before US law enforcement catches him.

  • US hunts contacts of seriously ill Ebola patient
    US hunts contacts of seriously ill Ebola patient

    Dallas (AFP) - US health officials scoured the Dallas area Wednesday for people -- including schoolchildren -- who came in contact with a Liberian man who was diagnosed with Ebola, as it emerged a hospital mix-up saw him initially turned away.

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