KeepQuiet writes: CNN reports that California's Arnold Schwarzenegger, Deval Patrick of Massachusetts, and New York's Eliot Spitzer, were among those who signed a Sept. 11 letter) to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader John Boehner urging them to raise the cap on the number of H1-B visas, which the governors say was set "arbitrarily" and today "bears no relation to our economy."
KeepQuiet writes: NASA is about to launch a new rover,Phoenix, to Mars. Being "an initiative for smaller, lower-cost, competed spacecraft", Phoenix will continue the search for water on Mars. It is planned to land on the icy northern pole of Mars. The rover will use its robotic arm and dig into the layers of water ice. The samples will be analyzed by the 'portable laboratory' on the rover.
KeepQuiet writes: Philipp Lenssen noticed that Google Health Ad blog team posted a review to bash the new documentary, Sicko, of Michael Moore. It reads "With all the coverage, it's a shame no one focuses on the industry's numerous prescription programs, charity services, and philanthropy efforts." Lauren Turner then tells to health industry companies that "We can place text ads (...) within our ever-expanding content network. Whatever the problem, Google can act as a platform for educating the public and promoting your message."
thefickler writes: Google has finally shut down a blog that posted a death threat against a New Zealand politician. Cyfswatch, a blog dedicated to attacking the New Zealand Government's Child Youth and Family Service (CYFS), was hosted by Google's free blogging service, Blogger. Green MP, Sue Bradford, who is advocating an "anti-smacking" bill, was much hated by Cyfswatch and its readers.
"Bradford is a worthy candidate for NZ's first political assassination — I only wish I had the resources to do it," wrote one particularly angry anonymous contributor to the site. This threat led to the blog being shut down.