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Day 2 is over and what a fantastic day it was! Without further ado here’s the summary of day 2:

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New jury rules target Google+, MySpace, more

Gigaom

Tired of juries screwing up cases through social media, the federal courts have issued new instructions to rein in the use of Facebook, Twitter and more.

The new “model jury instructions” issued last week suggest judges are becoming more aware of social media. The instructions provide judges with text to read to jurors, including:

You may not communicate with anyone about the case on your cell phone, through e-mail, Blackberry, iPhone, text messaging, or on Twitter, through any blog or website, including Facebook (s fb), Google+ (s goog), My Space, LinkedIn (s lnkd), or YouTube.

Judge Julie A. Robinson, who helped prepare the instructions, told the U.S. Court system that judges should remind jurors “frequently” about the social media ban.

The instructions also tell jurors to tell the judge if they hear or see someone else breaking the rules.

The cautions may seem excessive but a growing number of trials have been…

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Navy SEAL contradicts White House in first-hand account of bin Laden raid

National Post | News

WASHINGTON — A first-hand account of the Navy SEAL raid that killed Osama bin Laden contradicts previous accounts by administration officials, raising questions as to whether the terror mastermind presented a clear threat when SEALs first fired upon him.

Bin Laden apparently was shot in the head when he looked out of his bedroom door into the top-floor hallway of his compound as SEALs rushed up a narrow stairwell in his direction, according to former Navy SEAL Matt Bissonnette, writing under the pseudonym Mark Owen in No Easy Day. The book is to be published next week by Penguin Group (USA)’s Dutton imprint.

Bissonnette says he was directly behind a point man going up the stairs in the pitch black hallway. Near the top, he said, he heard two shots, but the book doesn’t make it clear who fired them. He wrote that the point man had seen a…

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National Post | Sports

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The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency stripped Lance Armstrong’s seven Tour de France titles Friday. Armstrong, who retired a year ago, was also hit with a lifetime ban from cycling.

In a news release, USADA said Armstrong’s decision not to take the charges against him to arbitration triggers the lifetime ineligibility and forfeiture of all results from Aug. 1, 1998, through the present, which would include the Tour de France titles he won from 1999 through 2005.

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“Pain is temporary … if I quit, however, it lasts forever. That surrender, even the smallest act of giving up, stays with me. So when I feel like quitting, I ask myself, which would I rather live with?” — Lance Armstrong, as written by Sally Jenkins, in his 2000 autobiography, It’s Not About The Bike.

On Thursday night, at a little after…

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Study: Teen Pot Use Linked To Later Declines In IQ

CBS DC

NEW YORK (AP) — Teens who routinely smoke marijuana risk a long-term drop in their IQ, a new study suggests.

The researchers didn’t find the same IQ dip for people who became frequent users of pot after 18. Although experts said the new findings are not definitive, they do fit in with earlier signs that the drug is especially harmful to the developing brain.

“Parents should understand that their adolescents are particularly vulnerable,'” said lead researcher Madeline Meier of Duke University.

Study participants from New Zealand were tested for IQ at age 13, likely before any significant marijuana use, and again at age 38. The mental decline between those two ages was seen only in those who started regularly smoking pot before age 18.

Richie Poulton, a study co-author and professor at the University of Otago in New Zealand, said the message of the research is to stay away from…

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How An Affiliate Lead Can Be Your ‘Bread and Butter’…

Talking Odours

Obtaining a good quality affiliate lead takes a lot of work and practice. Like anything worth having, it will take some planning, time and effort to get there. If you want to obtain a great affiliate lead, you’re going to need to focus and perfect the basics. Then you expand and improve and what’s working for you. These skills are the foundation of building working marketing campaigns and thus, making money.

We first go back to the very heart of being an affiliate, which is first understanding what your goals are. Your job, aside from furthering the goals of your own site, is to get people to click on that ever so lovely affiliate link or have them sign up to be on your newsletter. Once they sign up for your list or click over to the site you’re promoting through your affiliate link, they are officially a lead. These…

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Apple Promotes VPs Craig Federighi And Dan Riccio, Announces Bob Mansfield Will Stay On

TechCrunch

Apple announced today that Craig Federighi, vice president of Mac Software Engineering, and Dan Riccio, vice president of Hardware Engineering, have been promoted to senior vice presidents, where they will report to Apple CEO Tim Cook and serve on Apple’s executive management team.

The company also announced that senior vice president of Hardware Engineering Bob Mansfield will stay on at Apple to “work on future products.”

Apple says Federighi will continue to lead development of Mac OS X and Apple’s common operating system engineering teams. Riccio will take Mansfield’s old post, as was announced in June when Apple said Mansfield was retiring, and head the Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod engineering teams.

Just two months ago it was reported that Mansfield would retire this summer. Now, the company says he will stay in an undefined role.

Apple also announced that Bob Mansfield, who announced his retirement in June, will…

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