Red-light camera debate continues while their legal status grows murkier

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Red-light cameras are used in about 555 communities around the country.

At the heart of the debate about red-light cameras is this question: Do they save lives by reducing accidents or are they primarily a way for cities to raise money in an era of lagging tax revenue?

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30% of all internet traffic is pornography

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Biggest porn site on the internet gets over four billion hits a month.

‘The internet is for porn,’ is the title of a song on hit musical Avenue Q.  And it turns out the lyricists had touched on a home truth, because researchers have discovered that a staggering 30 per cent of all internet traffic is pornography.

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MySpace signs up 1 million new users in a month

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Chris Vanderhook, left, and Tim Vanderhook, right, at Myspace headquarters in Beverly Hills.

It may be too soon to tell if MySpace can become culturally relevant again.  But, Tim and Chris Vanderhook, the two young investors who bought the faded social networking site from News Corp. in June 2011 now have some semi-solid reason to hope.

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Beware red light camera scam steals your identity

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This new scam will have you seeing red.

Some people may manage to escape the fines from traffic light cameras but most of us simply pay up without thinking about it or questioning whether the charge is valid.  Tricky scammers are taking advantage of that lazy human tendency, making a handful of money and stealing identities in the process.

 

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YouTube videos account for 22% of all global mobile bandwidth consumed

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Close to a quarter of all global mobile bandwidth is consumed by people watching YouTube videos, according to a new report from network management vendor Allot Communications. The Google-owned video site’s global bandwidth share was 22 percent in the first half of 2011, compared with just 17 percent in the first half of 2010. YouTube now accounts for 52 percent of all global mobile video streaming, according to Allot.

 

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Bad driving a disease and can be cured Chinese doctor says

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Dr. Jin Huiqing says you can treat bad driving like a disease you can diagnose before the driver even gets near a car.

Someone is killed in traffic every five minutes in China and one entrepreneurial doctor has an unusual approach for making roads safer.  He says to treat bad driving like a disease you can diagnose before the driver even getting near a car.

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Top 20 most dangerous U.S.cities for pedestrians

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Florida holds the top four on the list with the most dangerous places to walk in America.

The 2011 edition of the “Dangerous by Design” report has just been released by Transportation for America, which calculated the Pedestrian Danger Index (PDI) in metro areas around the country. Cities where people walk more have more pedestrian deaths, so the index plots the number of pedestrians who die against the number of people who walk.

 

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Top 10 ticketed cars in America

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Does what we drive affect how we drive?

Quality Planning , an analytics company that works with auto insurers asked the question: Does what we drive affect how we drive?  They ranked vehicles most likely to get a ticket based on the number of moving violations issued for each 100,000 miles driven.  There are a few predictable entries in the top 10 list but the list is not totally comprised of  flashy red sports cars.

 
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Smartphone App Finds Empty Parking Spaces for Drivers

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A smartphone app gives information about open parking spots.

The most agonizing everyday experience the urban driver must face?  The search for an empty parking place.

It is part sleuthing and part blood sport. Circling, narrowly missing a spot, outmaneuvering other motorists to finally ease into a space only to discover that it is off limits during working hours.

 

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