The Night Note: 10/20/09

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    LAP DANCES, YAHOO!
    Yahoo has apologized for its use of scantily clad lap dancers to entertain mainly male software developers and engineers in Taiwan last weekend. The Internet search company Monday acknowledged its politically incorrect step.

    "I wanted to acknowledge the public reaction generated by the images of female dancers at our Taiwan Open Hack Day this past weekend," said Chris Yeh of Yahoo's Development Network on the company's blog. (NBC Washington)

    INTERNET CHANGING OUR BRAINS
    Adults with little Internet experience show changes in their brain activity after just one week online, a new study finds.

    The results suggest Internet training can stimulate neural activation patterns and could potentially enhance brain function and cognition in older adults.  (Fox News)

    REEFER REVIEW IS HIGH-ERING
    The store has a television lounge and a pool table, and snacks and acupuncture are free for customers who drop up to $130 an ounce on 16 varieties of marijuana. But a reviewer of the business warns the decor looks a little cliche, what with the Grateful Dead posters on the wall and the Mexican-blanket tablecloths.

    The medical marijuana review business is booming as states like Colorado and California have seen an explosion in the number of pot shops. (MSNBC)

    MOSCOW'S WAR ON SNOW
    Moscow's mercurial mayor, famous for seeding clouds to prevent rain during parades, is escalating his war on weather with plans to slash this year's snowfall by one-fifth in the Russian capital.

    Mayor Yuri Luzhkov's office will marshal the Russian air force and air-defense systems to intercept advancing storm fronts and hit them with dry ice and silver iodine particles, city officials reportedly said this week. (USA Today)