Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Small Bits of News You Didn’t Know you Needed

Microsoft's New Search Engine Puts Porn in Motion
You can get a bang out of Bing — and that's not a good thing, Internet safety experts warned on Monday.
Bing, Microsoft's new search engine (http://www.bing.com/), went live in the U.S. this weekend, aiming to challenge and possibly unseat industry titan Google.
But bloggers and Internet safety experts quickly discovered that one of Bing's "features" is that it takes only a few clicks for anyone — of any age — to view explicit pornographic videos without even leaving the search engine.
In its bid to beat Google, Microsoft has unveiled a slate of convenient features for Bing, including an "autoplay" tool that lets users preview videos simply by hovering a mouse over them.
That asset may become a liability, because users can get a taste of porn videos on Bing instead of having to go to a smutty Web site — an innovation other search engines have yet to offer.
Newborn Abandoned in Motel Room Littered With Beer Cans
A newborn is being cared for at a West Springfield. Mass hospital after being found abandoned — umbilical cord still attached — in a West Springfield motel room littered with empty beer cans.
Police said the baby was discovered early Saturday by a couple returning to the room next door at the Welcome Inn.
Kimberly Dougherty said that she heard a weak cry coming from the next room. The door was ajar and when she entered, she found the baby girl lying on her back in the middle of a double bed.
Dougherty said she and her husband wrapped the baby in towels until paramedics arrived and took the infant to Baystate Medical Center.
Dougherty guessed that the baby was only an hour or two old.
Investigators are trying to track down the mother.
Teen parents charged in toddler’s meth-related death
A toddler died at Wayne County Hospital late Saturday after drinking caustic chemicals related to the production of methamphetamine.
His 14-year-old mother and 19-year-old father have been charged with murder in the death of the 20-month-old. Both are also charged with manufacturing methamphetamine.
The mother’s name was not released by the Kentucky State Police because of her age. Police identified the the father as Bryan Daniels of Monticello.
Four others from Monticello have been charged in relation with the incident. The other adults charged with manufacturing methamphetamine: Danny Anderson II, 26; James Hunt, 24; Alisha Dicken, 21; and Wesley Bell, 24.
The child was pronounced dead in the emergency room at Wayne County Hospital near midnight Saturday. The group apparently was operating out of two homes in the Boston Hill Road area, police say.

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