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Bing sues Microsoft

A Missouri company with the word “Bing” in its name has filed a law suit against  Microsoft for branding its search engine with the same word, alleging trademark infringement and unfair competition by the software giant. Bing Information Design filed the case in a St. Louis circuit court this week, seeking damages including corrective advertising paid for by Microsoft to eliminate confusion between the brands.  

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Comics Books Are Legitimate Kid’s Literature

According to a University of Illinois expert in children’s literature, critics should give comic books their due. Carol L. Tilley, a professor of library and information science at Illinois, says that comics are just as sophisticated as other forms of literature, and children benefit from reading them at least as much as they do from reading other types of books. “A lot of the criticism of comics and comic books come from people who think that kids are just looking at the pictures and not putting them together with the words,” Tilley said. “Some kids, yes. But you could easily …

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Curb illegal immigration; curb state spending –Iowa

Illegal immigration is a very controversial topic in our state; it is also an issue which has a financial cost to Iowa taxpayers. A 2007 Issue Review by the Legislative Services Agency estimates the total cost of 70,000 illegal immigrants to the State General Fund at $107.4 million. Of those 70,000 illegal immigrants, 60,200 are adults and 9,800 are children. This report estimates each illegal immigrant receives a benefit from the state of $1,534. Source Iowapolitics

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Broadband a legal right in Finland

Finland has become the first in the world to make broadband internet access a legal right.   The Ministry of Transport and Communications in Helsinki has pushed through a law that will force telecommunications providers to offer high speed internet connections to all of the country’s 5.3 million citizens. The Law mandates that by July next year, telecommunications companies will be obliged to provide all Finnish residents with broadband lines that can run at speeds of at least 1 megabit per second. Finland is already one of the world’s most connected countries, with 96% of citizens online -but the communications …

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