The Two-Way
4:31 pm
Tue December 27, 2011

Here's how much data the 'Anonymous' hacker attack exposed

The Guy Fawkes mask has come to symbolize the group Anonymous. This mask was seen during protest in Germany.
Sean Gallup Getty Images

Originally published on Tue December 27, 2011 3:29 pm

A company that provides identity protection services is sifting through the data released by hackers over the holiday weekend and and they're detailing what hackers were able to steal from Stratfor, a security think tank.

If you haven't heard, hackers who claim an affiliation with the group Anonymous broke into the servers of Stratfor, made public some data and used some of the stolen credit card numbers to, in some cases, make charitable donations.

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The Salt
10:12 am
Tue December 27, 2011

Inhalable caffeine: Party drug or handy, pocket-sized boost?

One AeroShot contains 100 mg of caffeine and sells for $2.99, making if roughly comparable to buying a latte.
Breathable Foods

Originally published on Tue December 27, 2011 9:49 am

If you've ever lamented the time and effort it takes to brew or procure a cup of coffee, this might perk you up. "Breathable Energy. Anytime. Anyplace."

That's the campaign slogan for AeroShot, a plastic inhaler, roughly the size of a lipstick tube, filled with a powdery, calorie-free mix of caffeine, B vitamins, and citrus flavors. It's slated to hit stores in January, just in time for the New Year.

But some aren't so sure selling caffeine in pocket-sized tubes — and marketing it to young people — is a great idea.

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News
9:52 am
Tue December 27, 2011

Marijuana seizures on public lands down in 2011

Originally published on Sun December 25, 2011 9:18 pm

Federal, state and local drug agents uprooted fewer marijuana plants on public lands in the Northwest this year. Police agencies speculate that outdoor pot gardeners are being driven away by stepped up law enforcement pressure.

It's not like the cops and rangers are looking less. Aerial surveillance and boots on the ground during this year's marijuana growing season matched previous years, but they found fewer plants hidden on public forest and rangelands.

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Water battles
9:51 am
Tue December 27, 2011

Depleting water levels could mean death of Wash. family farms

Spokane, Wash. – Thursday’s Washington Supreme Court holding that large livestock operations need not have permits for the water they pump could spell ruin for small farmers.

Depleting water levels could mean the death of family farms in Eastern Washington.

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Spokane Public Radio

The online world
9:27 am
Tue December 27, 2011

Allrecipes.com made it big online by providing magic in the kitchen

Screen grab showing the recipe that made Vanessa Romo a famous (for a few people anyway) stuffing maker.

During the Holiday Season, from Thanksgiving to New Years Day, a lot of people are spending extra hours in the kitchen. And while that used to entail dusting off an old recipe box or paging through a sticky and splattered cookbook – today, more aspiring chefs are using their laptops, tablets or smart-phones to look up recipes online.

And when they do, there will be one Website from Seattle that will serve up more piping hot recipes than any other.

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The Digital Future
4:00 am
Tue December 27, 2011

Technology predictions for 2012

Amazon's first website, circa 1994. 2012 should be a great year for the Seattle-based company.
Amazon.com

2012 will be a big year for TV, voice recognition and Amazon.com.

Strategic News Service publisher Mark Anderson has issued his list of top 10 technology predictions for 2012.  He shares some of the highlights on The Digital Future with KPLU's Dave Meyer. 

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Law
10:45 am
Mon December 26, 2011

Death of Jewish man on Rainier fuels fight over autopsy

Mount Rainier: Scene of a death and a controversy.
Associated Press

TACOMA, Wash. — The death of a 54-year-old Jewish man on a snowy slope on Mount Rainier set the stage for a Pierce County court fight pitting religious belief against scientific certainty.

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Business
10:31 am
Mon December 26, 2011

Tribe's high-interest online lending venture booms

HELENA, Mont. — An Indian reservation in Montana may seem an unlikely place to borrow a quick $600.

But the Chippewa Cree tribe says its new online lending company has already given out more than 121,000 loans this year at interest rates that can reach a whopping 360 percent.

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Technology
10:20 am
Mon December 26, 2011

Timeline: A history of touch-screen technology

The University of Illinois released its PLATO IV touch-screen terminal in 1972.
Courtesy of the University of Illinois Archives

Originally published on Mon December 26, 2011 7:15 pm

1948 The Electronic Sackbut
The history of touch technology begins with touch-sensitive music synthesizers. According to the Canada Science and Technology Museum, Hugh Le Caine's Electronic Sackbut, completed in 1948, is widely considered to be the first musical synthesizer. The Sackbut is played with the right hand on the keyboard and the left hand on control board above the keyboard. The right hand controls volume by applying more or less pressure on the keys, while the left hand controls four different sound texture options.

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