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37.txt Obama campaign spokesman Tommy Vietor said in

a statement that the convention speeches also showed
Democrats attack Lieberman, saying he lied to del- how out of touch the McCain campaign and Republi-
egates cans are with the American people, neglecting to talk
(CNN) – Democrats accused former colleague Sen. about one of the country’s biggest problems: the econ-
Joe Lieberman of misleading the Republican National omy.
Convention when he addressed them in a speech Tues- ”At a time when millions of Americans are strug-
day night. gling like never before to pay their mortgage, their
A senior Barack Obama campaign adviser said Lieber- medical bills and their gas bills, tonight’s speakers at
man flat-out lied when he told delegates that Obama John McCain’s Republican convention proved how out
never successfully reached across party lines. of touch their candidate is by saying not one word about
”Joe Lieberman ought to be ashamed of himself for his plans to put our economy back on track and provide
some of the things he said tonight, not as a Democrat real relief to middle-class families,” Vietor said. ”Ap-
but as an American,” adviser Robert Gibbs said on parently, John McCain’s belief that we’ve made ’great
”Larry King Live.” progress’ economically over the last eight years means
Lieberman, an independent senator from Connecti- he doesn’t have to offer any plans at all to fix our ailing
cut who was the Democratic vice presidential candidate economy.”
alongside Al Gore in 2000, has thrown his support be- The Obama campaign also used a short speech de-
hind John McCain, a longtime friend. livered by President Bush via satellite to once again tie
Lieberman urged Democratic and independent vot- McCain to the unpopular president, as it has attempted
ers to make a change and vote for a McCain because, he to do throughout this election season.
said, he would do whatever it took to help the American ”Tonight, George Bush enthusiastically passed the
public. iReport.com: Do you agree with Lieberman? torch to the man who’s earned it by voting with him
Lieberman attacked Obama’s rhetoric, saying ”elo- 90 percent of the time and who will continue this pres-
quence is no substitute for a record.” ident’s legacy for the next four years: his disastrous
”In the Senate, [Obama] has not reached across economic policies, his foreign policy that hasn’t made
party lines to get anything significant done, nor has us safer and his misguided war in Iraq that’s costing us
he been willing to take on powerful interest groups in 10 billion a month,” Obama campaign manager David
the Democratic Party,” Lieberman said in his speech. Plouffe said.
Gibbs stressed that it was a ”flat-out lie” that Obama ”The man George Bush needs may be John McCain,
hasn’t reached across party lines during his time in pub- but the change America needs is Barack Obama.”
lic office. Gibbs cited Obama’s work with Sen. Richard
Lugar, R-Indiana, to keep nuclear weapons out of the
hands of terrorists and with Sen. Tom Coburn, R-
Oklahoma, on the government budget. 38.txt
Gibbs blamed what he called lies like those perpe-
trated in Lieberman’s speech for disillusioning voters Palin to call for reform in convention speech
and making them cynical of the government. ST. PAUL, Minnesota (CNN) GOP vice presiden-
”I think [Lieberman] owes it to the American people tial candidate Sarah Palin will highlight her record as
to look into the camera and tell them the truth,” Gibbs Alaska’s governor and a former smalltown mayor when
said. Watch New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson’s take she speaks Wednesday night to the Republican Na-
on Lieberman’s speech Video tional Convention, a top aide to Palin said.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid spokesman Jim Sen. John McCain’s running mate also will call for
Manley said Reid too was unhappy with the tone of reform in Washington, Palin aide Tucker Eskew said.
Lieberman’s speech. ”She will speak as a governor, a former mayor and
”As the American people have made very clear, the someone with both hands on the steering wheel of Amer-
last thing this country needs is another four years of ica’s energy economy,” Eskew said.
the same old failed Bush-McCain policies of the past,” ”She will detail her record of shaking up the status
Manley said. quo in Alaska and standing up to entrenched interests

to put the government back on the side of the people. lines to get things done,” Lieberman said. Video Watch
She will make the case for Sen. McCain as the only more of Lieberman’s speech
candidate who has fought for America and the best And President Bush, speaking to the convention by
man to protect us in dangerous times.” video link from the White House, said McCain could
Palin is slated to speak during the 10 p.m. ET hour govern in Washington with ”an outstanding leader at
at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Video Watch his side.”
more on Palin’s speech Also on Wednesday night, McCain’s former rivals
Palin took a tour of the podium at the convention for the GOP presidential nomination will take center
site Wednesday morning, hours before she’ll return to stage at the convention.
give what will be the most scrutinized speech of her Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Romney
career. and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee will speak
She walked through the nearly empty hall and spent in prime time, party officials said.
about 10 minutes checking out the podium where she’ll advertisement
give her primetime acceptance speech. Giuliani scrapped his run for the presidency in Jan-
Palin told reporters that she feels ”great.” uary. Romney, who was on the shortlist of potential
”I’m excited to speak to Americans. This will be running mates for McCain, gave up his bid for the
good. It’s about reform,” she said. Video Watch Palin White House in February. And Huckabee dropped out
tour the podium a month later.
Top McCain staff, including campaign manager Rick All three men backed McCain after ending their
Davis and senior adviser Nicolle Wallace, accompanied campaigns.
Palin on her tour.
Her address is sure to generate a lot of attention
since McCain surprised many political observers last
week with his selection of Palin over betterknown con- 39.txt
tenders such as former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Rom-
ney and Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty. Will her gender sway women to Palin?
Revelations that Palin’s 17yearold unmarried daugh- (CNN) – As Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Sen. John
ter, Bristol, is pregnant also generated a flurry of media McCain’s pick for vice president, makes her case to the
buzz as the GOP convention got under way this week. convention Wednesday night, Republicans hope she will
On Tuesday night, Republican leaders strongly de- sway Democratic women toward their ticket.
fended Palin, who has won praise from influential con- Palin already has been working on that.
servatives for her opposition to abortion and her probusi- ”It was rightly noted in Denver this week that Hillary
ness record. [Clinton] left 18 million cracks in the highest and hard-
Actor and former Sen. Fred Thompson led the est glass ceiling in America, but it turns out the women
charge, berating ”Washington pundits and media big of America aren’t finished yet and we can shatter that
shots” who have questioned her experience as a first- glass ceiling once and for all,” she said as McCain in-
term governor of Alaska and former mayor of Wasilla, troduced her as his choice Friday.
Alaska. But some of the most ardent Clinton supporters —
”She is from a small town, with smalltown values, even those still loath to vote for Sen. Barack Obama
but that’s not good enough for those folks who are at- – found McCain’s choice of Palin patronizing. Video
tacking her and her family,” he said to cheers. Watch more of Palin’s comments
”Let’s be clear. The selection of Gov. Palin has the ”Well, first were just laughing. I mean laughing not
other side and their friends in the media in a state of in the sense of ’Oh my God, what has he done?’ but
panic. She is a courageous, successful reformer who is ”Does he think that’s really going to work?’” Allida
not afraid to take on the establishment.” Video Watch Black, a Clinton supporter for Obama, said.
Thompson defend Palin ”I mean does he think that women voters who are
Thompson said Palin has the experience needed in with Hillary is some Lego block ... you can take out a
Washington, calling her ”a woman who has actually red one and put in a green one?”
governed rather than just talked a good game on the She said Palin and Clinton have only gender in com-
Sunday talk shows and hit the Washington cocktail cir- mon. Palin is anti-abortion rights, belongs to the Na-
cuit.” tional Rifle Association and is a conservative Repub-
Sen. Joe Lieberman, the 2000 Democratic vice pres- lican. And she’s been critical of Clinton, calling the
idential nominee and now a Connecticut independent, New York senator’s charges of ”sexist” news coverage
also called Palin ”a reformer.” – whining.
”She’s taken on the special interests and the polit- ”When I hear a statement like that coming from
ical power brokers in Alaska and reached across party a woman candidate with any kind of perceived whine

about the excess criticism or maybe a sharper micro- the ugly head of sexism – in the media – will raise its
scope put on her, I think, man, that doesn’t do us any head again,” said Ferraro on August 29, the day after
good,” Palin told Newsweek magazine in March. Obama’s speech at Invesco field.
That’s not to say all Clinton supporters would be ”I have always said that I wish I would have never
adverse to a McCain-Palin ticket. A group called PUMA, been the only woman, until now,” she said last Friday.
which stands for ”Party Unity My A**”, were Clinton But if Democratic women were swayed this year, it
supporters – both women and men –who are threaten- was toward a woman in their own party. iReport.com:
ing to vote McCain. Are you a woman backing Palin?
The McCain camp has been aggressively courting That woman was Hillary Clinton , and it wasn’t
those disaffected with Obama, especially after he an- because of her gender, but what they pointed to as her
nounced Delaware Sen. Joseph Biden as his running experience and fitness to lead the country.
mate. Video Watch more on Palin’s readiness to lead Claudine Montano, initially a Clinton supporter,
Just as the Democrats’ convention was getting started said last week at the Democratic convention that not
in Denver, Colorado, last week, the McCain campaign many Clinton backers will support McCain after Clin-
and the Republican National Committee unveiled four ton’s rousing speech endorsing Obama.
TV ads geared toward Clinton supporters. ”I think when they heard Hillary ... they will go
The most recent McCain ad involved the famous with Obama,” said Montano, a New Mexico resident
Hillary Clinton ”3 a.m.” spot and will be aired during who is not a delegate.
the convention. The 30-second spot uses footage from Pledged Clinton delegate Anne Price Mills, with
Clinton’s original ad and declares, ”Hillary’s right.” tears in her eyes, said Clinton was ”presidential” on
The ad, which ran in key battleground states and August 26.
specifically in Denver last week, also goes a step fur- Price Mills, of Washington state, was a staunch
ther than the New York senator’s original ad, in detail- Clinton supporter. As for her vote in November?
ing what it claims are the national security threats the ”Obama has two months,” she said. ”I won’t vote
United States faces. for McCain, but [Obama] has to get me here, and I
Clinton, speaking to a member of the New York del- haven’t connected with him.” Read more on Clinton
egation in Denver on August 25, said she was opposed supporters on the fence
to Republicans using her words against Obama. Palin has five children. Her 17-year-old daughter,
But it is still unclear as to how many will go the way Bristol, is pregnant, and she recently had a Down syn-
of the PUMA. Read more on the PUMA movement drome baby. Anti-abortion groups and conservatives
A recent Rutgers University study said historically, have praised her and her daughter’s decisions to keep
women don’t vote for a candidate because a woman is their babies.
on the ticket. They tend to vote Democratic. Elder statesman of the evangelical movement, Fo-
That happened in 1984 for former New York Rep. cus on the Family founder James Dobson, released a
Geraldine Ferraro, the first female vice presidential of statement lauding the Palins for acting in keeping with
a major political party. Despite the historic nature of the group’s policies and practices:
the race, her addition to Walter Mondale’s ticket proved ”We have always encouraged the parents to love and
fruitless. support their children and always advised the girls to
The Mondale-Ferraro ticket lost big time to Presi- see their pregnancies through, even though there will of
dent Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush that year: course be challenges along the way. That is what the
525 electoral votes to Mondale’s 13. Palins are doing, and they should be commended once
Reagan carried 49 out of the 50 states, with Mon- again for not just talking about their pro-life and pro-
dale’s only electoral votes coming from Minnesota – his family values, but living them out even in the midst of
home state – and the District of Columbia. trying circumstances,” his statement said.
Ferraro’s ties to New York, which is a notoriously But an anti-abortion stance is unlikely to sway Demo-
blue state, were unsuccessful for the ticket. cratic women.
In that race, 44 percent of Democratic women voters A recent survey by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Re-
and 56 percent of their Republican counterparts voted search shows that the issue of choice can have a large
in the presidential race; 51 percent of all voters were impact on the election.
women, according to exit polling. The poll, conducted May 29-June 8, showed: Pro-
Twenty-four years later, there’s another woman on choice is an issue that swings key blocs of women voters
a presidential ticket – this time a Republican. It’s some- to Obama’s side.
thing that Ferraro hopes will not bring sexism back into Obama gains 13 points among pro-choice indepen-
the campaign. dent women – who make up 9 percent of the sample
”I believe that people will look back and assess how – and 9 points among pro-choice Republican women,
Hillary was treated by the media during the campaign who account for 5 percent of the sample, according to
primaries. And it remains to be seen whether or not the poll.

advertisement User complaints about the 3G network have been
”Among pro-choice independent women, pro-choice passionate and widespread ever since the iPhone 3G’s
Republican women, and liberal to moderate Republican July 11 launch. The problems have varied from slower-
women, the issue of abortion produces a larger advan- than-advertised 3G performance to getting no 3G con-
tage for Democrats than the economy, the war in Iraq, nection at all.
or health care,” according to the Greenberg Quinlan Alabama resident Jessica Alena Smith was the first
Rosner/NARAL poll report. customer angry enough to file a lawsuit, alleging false
Also, a recent New York Times article looked at advertising on Apple’s part for touting the handset as
working mothers and found both support and criticism ”twice as fast for half the price” compared to the orig-
that Palin might not be able to handle a big family inal iPhone. Smith claims in her complaint that the
and the role of vice presidency at the same time and handset’s network performance is grindingly slow and
reservations about her going back to work right after only stays on the 3G network 25 percent of the time.
giving birth to a disabled baby. Apple’s public relations department has said recently
that the latest iPhone software update – 2.0.2 – would
improve 3G performance, but very few user reports
have backed the company’s claims.
31.txt Regardless of what’s said about 3G performance,
Apple is continuing to ride the high tide with the iPhone’s
IPhone Users Report Network Outages; Second 3G popularity. Insiders have said the corporation plans to
Lawsuit Emerges produce 40 to 45 million more iPhone 3Gs by next year.
While Apple’s iPhone sales continue to succeed, things
just aren’t looking any better for ATT’s network woes,
and their dysfunctional relationship has given birth to
a second lawsuit.
Several iPhone users on Wednesday morning reported 32.txt
a complete outage of ATT’s data service. Reports have
surfaced in Boston, Chicago, Washington DC and St. Is Lover Boy a Louse? It May Be Genetic
Louis; users have claimed in the Apple support forums We have heard about the God gene and the gay gene
that a call to ATT’s support line confirms the outage. – though each has been met with significant skepticism.
ATT’s Brad Mays confirmed a ”routing issue” in the Now comes news of a gene that Swedish researchers are
Northeast region affecting wireless data and said tech- touting as a possible biological basis for why some guys
nicians restored the service by about noon EDT. won’t settle down.
The reports of a network outage work to the ad- Credit a young researcher at Sweden’s Karolinska
vantage of customer William Gillis, who filed a lawsuit Institute for discovering a link between a variation in
late last week alleging Apple and ATT are overwhelm- the AVPR1A gene – which has been linked to autism
ing the 3G network with the ”oversold” iPhone 3G. In and how people interact socially – and a propensity for
his 18-page complaint, Gillis says the popular handset men to skip out on women, or to have marital problems
is requiring ”too much power,” and straining the net- if they do tie the knot.
work. In a photograph on the Karolinska’s website, the
Gillis’s hypothesis of 3G networks being strained researcher, Hasse Walum, looks a little like rocker Kurt
coincides with observations made in Wired.com’s re- Cobain.
cent study conducted on iPhone 3G download speeds Walum did not report if he carries the tell-tale gene,
around the world, in which we discovered network per- although in a study of 552 sets of twins, all in relation-
formance varied greatly based on carriers and coun- ships, Walum found that 40 percent of the men carried
tries. Users reported the fastest 3G download speeds the Ramblin’ Man variation of this gene.
in Europe, which possesses some of the most mature The couples filled out questionnaires that asked ques-
3G networks that have been developed since 2001. By tions such as:
contrast, ATT’s U.S. 3G network is relatively young, I feel anxious when someone gets too close.
having been introduced in 2004. Have you ever regretted getting married/moving in?
Before today’s reported outage and Gillis’s lawsuit, Do you kiss your partner?
femtocell developer Dave Nowicki also theorized that Researchers then ran genetic screens of the subjects,
in the United States, the iPhone 3G is straining ATT’s discovering that a line of code at position 334 in the
young 3G network. He explained that ATT installed gene had a statistical correlation with the less commit-
the 3G cells on preexisting EDGE transmission towers ted men.
– meaning those towers were spaced based on the re- Women married to men who carry one or two copies
quirements of earlier, 2G technology, which has a longer of the suspect code were, on average, ”less satisfied with
effective range than 3G.

their relationship” than were women married to men Of course, in a perfect world, physicians would use
who didn’t carry this code, Walum said. both tools to aid their decisions. The Department of
This same gene has also been linked in a different Health and Human Services wants the public to tell
study to dictatorial behavior, and the hormone, called them whether the genetic test is worthwhile. To get
vasopressin, made by this gene has been found to be some feedback, the agency has posted a survey on its
plentiful in voles that mate for life. website, and the deadline to respond is tomorrow.
But before women rush out to test their men for If Medicare starts paying for the procedure, the bur-
this genetic variation – or we run DNA screens of John geoning field of personalized medicine will turn a ma-
McCain and Barrack Obama to see if they have an au- jor corner. Private insurance companies might follow
tocratic bent hidden in their genes – we need to realize the government’s lead, and offer reimbursements for
that these tests are very preliminary statistical links. the evaluation. But the biggest benefit of a change to
No one has physiologically linked this genetic variation the healthcare policy will be massive amounts of data.
to behavior in a relationship, or to Stalinistic behavior. Once a huge cohort of senior citizens has received some
Walum is well aware of this, and pointed out that pharmacogenetic services, there will be a large body of
the effect of the genetic variation is ”modest,” and can- evidence that individualized treatments are better than
not be used to predict the future behavior of someone a one-size-fits-all approach to medicine.
in a relationship. If you want to weigh in on this tremendously impor-
A caveat that makes one wonder why researchers, tant issue, visit the Health and Human Services website
institutes, and the media keep trotting out these pre- and post a comment.
liminary associations between genes and profoundly im-
portant human behaviors like religion and relationship
management in this way.
One reason is that they can be fun, like reading 34.txt
Tarot cards can be fun. These studies can also point sci-
entists in a possible direction towards where to look for Google Chrome out for one day, already reasons to
serious maladies such as autism, which is what Walum’s avoid
work is focusing on. As we reported yesterday, Google has released the
”There are, of course, many reasons why a per- first beta of their new web browser, Google Chrome.
son might have relationship problems,” Walum told the Within a day of its release, there are already a couple
BBC. of points that users should be cautioned of before using
Indeed, there are. this new browser.
The first, is the popular ”carpet bomb” vulnerabil-
ity that still exists within Chrome, as pointed out on
our forums by our member matessim. This vulnera-
33.txt bility allows malicious websites to drive by download
and execute programs on your machine. Our visitors
Should Medicare Pay for Genetic Testing? may remember the uproar that this same vulnerabil-
This may be your last chance to tell the federal gov- ity caused for Safari users, and that Apple patched the
ernment whether Medicare should pay for a cutting- carpet-bombing issue with Safari v3.1.2. Chrome is vul-
edge personalized medicine service. nerable to this exploit because it is based on the same
Last year, the FDA announced that a genetic test engine, WebKit 525.13, and Google did not patch or
might help doctors avoid a common catastrophe – giv- update the engine before releasing the software.
ing their patients an excessive dose of warfarin. Half a The other, and less technical, problem with Chrome
million people start taking the anticoagulant drug each exists in its EULA. More specifically, the point that
year, and many of them – over 10 percent – wind up would seem to give Google rights to anything you post
in the hospital with serious internal bleeding because on the Internet while using their browser, mostly in
they’ve overdosed. conjunction with the promotion of its services.
By checking two genes, doctors may be able to make ”By submitting, posting or displaying the content
a better decision about how much warfarin is right for you give Google a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide,
each patient. royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to reproduce, adapt,
In theory, the genetic test could save healthcare modify, translate, publish, publicly perform, publicly
providers a fortune by cutting down on costly emer- display and distribute any content which you submit,
gency room visits. But many doctors are not convinced post or display on or through, the services. This license
that the tests are necessary; some say that handheld is for the sole purpose of enabling Google to display, dis-
gadgets like the Roche CoaguChek system, which al- tribute and promote the services and may be revoked
low them to constantly monitor their patients’ blood, for certain services as defined in the additional terms
are more useful.

of those services.” Not exactly something you’re used credit card at 57 x 14 x 89mm, a form factor that looks
to seeing in a web browser’s license agreement. tiny next to the supplied wrap-around USB 2.0 connec-
There is also the point that Google reserves the right tor and cable used to attach it to a PC.
to automatically update and install Chrome. Interest-
ing, ”the software which you use may automatically
download and install updates from time to time from
Google. These updates are designed to improve, en-
hance and further develop the services and may take
the form of bug fixes, enhanced functions, new soft-
ware modules and completely new versions. You agree
to receive such updates (and permit Google to deliver
these to you) as part of your use of the services.” ... so
says the EULA.
Now we’re all used to seeing automatic update func-
tions built into software. It seems that almost anything
you install these days has one. However, very few de-
mand that I install their updates. What if I don’t want
to because the new version includes a bug or breaks
something else on my computer? Although, one would
hope that they’d use this automatic update feature to
fix the flaw pointed out above.


eMusic rattles ISPs over legal downloads

The boss of Apple’s iTunes nearest rival eMusic has
warned that recent deals struck between the music in-
dustry and UK internet providers could threaten the
existence of legal sites. eMusic CEO David Pakman
told the Financial Times that ISPs could lure customers
away from well-known digital music sites by offering
their own legal download services.
”Our concern is that in order to obtain the co-
operation of the ISPs, there seems to be a quid pro
quo,” said Pakman. ”This is qualitatively different
from licensing another half a dozen digital music busi-
nesses.” He claimed that the agreement inked in July
between six UK ISPs, the BPI, and the Motion Pictures
Ass. of America, to crack down on illegal downloading
would ”penalise the good guys, not the bad guys”.


Mobile users offered first external SSD

Networking company Buffalo Technology has finally
launched its external SSD drives at prices that promise
to steal a share of the portable market from old-world
2.5-inch hard drives. The capacities of the new Micro-
Station drives are modest by the standards of a spin-
ning drive – 32GB, 64GB, and 100GB – but there are
other features to tempt buyers beyond the gigabytes.
The first is perhaps size. Weighing around 60 grams,
the aptly-named drives are not much bigger than a