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IN THE NEWS: MAN BEHIND ANTI-ISLAMIC VIDEO DETAINED

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A federal judge has ordered the man behind a crudely produced anti-Islamic video to be detained. The judge, Suzanne Segal, ordered Nakoula Basseley Nakoula held after authorities said he violated terms of his probation. As part of his probation for his 2010 conviction, Nakoula was not allowed to use computers or the Internet for five years without getting approval from his probation officer. Protests have erupted around the Middle East over a 14-minute trailer for his film, "Innocence of Muslims." It depicts the Muslim prophet Muhammad as a womanizer, religious fraud and child molester. The trailer was posted to YouTube in July.

IN THE NEWS: JUSTICE DEPARTMENT USE OF SURVEILLANCE INCREASES

WASHINGTON (AP) -- If you have the feeling that someone is watching you -- it may not just be paranoia. The Justice Department's use of electronic devices to intercept phone numbers, email addresses and online information has climbed by 64 percent since 2009. A study of records released under the Freedom of Information Act finds that from 2009 to 2011, the number of court orders for devices to trace phones and other communications devices rose from 23,535 to 37,616. The American Civil Liberties Union went through the numbers and issued a report on its findings yesterday.

ON THE WEB: CALIF. LAW BLOCKS SNOOPING INTO SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS

CYBERSPACE (AP) -- California has passed a law that blocks employers and colleges from demanding that applicants give up their passwords to social networking accounts. The measure, signed by Governor Jerry Brown makes it illegal to ask people looking for jobs or higher education to give up access to things like Facebook accounts. Brown says the law protects state residents from what he calls "unwarranted invasions." The restriction does not apply to passwords or information used on employer-issued electronic devices. The state posted details of the new law on both Facebook and Twitter.

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IN STORES: POWER CASE FOR iPHONE 4

COAST MESA, California (AP) -- Sure, everybody is talking about the iPhone 5 -- which was released a week ago. But there are still a lot of people toting around iPhone 4's and 4s's -- and wondering how to keep their phones charged as they scurry here and there. There's a product that doubles as a flexible case and portable power source. The PowerSkin battery case for the iPhone 4 and 4s is a one-piece silicone and rubber device that slips over the phone to fit its form snugly. But the best part is that the bottom is a lithium battery that can provide double the battery life. The soft skin of the case makes for an easy grip -- and the handy LED lights make it possible for you to tell how much juice your phone has left. You can toggle a switch that lets you opt between the phone's built-in battery and the external one.

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Power skin site: http://www.power-skin.com

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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