Bloggers Must Disclose Product Ties

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“Bloggers, Tweeters and online marketers will have to tell consumers when they are paid or given freebies to write positive reviews or postings, federal regulators said Monday.

The Federal Trade Commission released updated guidelines Monday designed to provide clarity for bloggers and other online writers about their responsibility to provide consumer disclosure as well as liability issues they face for making false or deceptive claims about products and services.” (WSJ)

Not an issue for me, since I am not paid or given freebies by anyone for anything I write on FmH. (See the ‘disclaimers’ section in the right hand sidebar.)

Is Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Jewish?

Vitriolic attacks on the Jewish world belie evidence of Jewish ancestry. “A photograph of the Iranian president holding up his identity card during elections in March 2008 clearly shows his family has Jewish roots.

A close-up of the document reveals he was previously known as Sabourjian – a Jewish name meaning cloth weaver.

The short note scrawled on the card suggests his family changed its name to Ahmadinejad when they converted to embrace Islam after his birth.” (Telegraph.UK)

Most Babies Born Today Will Live 100 Years

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“More than half of babies born today in rich nations will live for 100 years as earlier diagnoses and better treatment of illnesses such as heart disease extend lives, scientists estimate.

Life expectancy increased by three decades or more over the 20th century in countries such as the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, Canada and Japan, and that trend will continue, according to a review published today in The Lancet medical journal. Without any further improvement in longevity, three- quarters of babies will mark their 75th birthdays, the Danish and German researchers wrote.” ()

Get Ready for ‘President’ Blair

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The Irish approval of the Lisbon accord apparently paves the way for Tony Blair to be the first president of the EU.

“Senior British sources have told The Times that President Sarkozy has decided that Mr Blair is the best candidate and that Angela Merkel has softened her opposition.

The former Prime Minister could be ushered into the European Union’s top post at a summit on October 29.” (Times.UK)