18 June 2012

Censorship: Google Asked to Remove More Content

Governments Asking Google to Remove More Content
ABC News
U.S. authorities are leading the charge as governments around the world pepper Google with more demands to remove online content and turn over information about people using its Internet search engine, YouTube video site and other services. Google Inc. provided a glimpse at the onslaught of government requests in a summary posted on its website late Sunday...One U.S. request from a local law enforcement agency asked Google to remove 1,400 YouTube videos for alleged harassment. Without identifying the requesting agency or the targeted videos, 
Google said it rejected the demand.. . . http://www.google.com/transparencyreport/

Google reports 'alarming' rise in government censorship requests
(CNN) -- Western governments, including the United States, appear to be stepping up efforts to censor Internet search results and YouTube videos, according to a "transparency report" released by Google. "It's alarming not only because free expression ...

Mobile's newest star Songza is red hot with 1.15 Million iOS downloads in 10 days
By Om Malik Jun. 18, 2012, 6:00am PT No Comments In 2008, when Aza Raskin and his co-founders decided to call it quits on Humanoid and its best known product, Songza, they got themselves gigs at Mozilla, and they quietly sold the assets of the service ...

Sharp to Launch New Android-based User Interface to Differentiate Its Phones
By Jay Alabaster, IDG News Japan's Sharp said Monday it will release a new user interface for its smartphones in an attempt to differentiate them from the Android masses. The Osaka-based electronics maker's new "Feel UX" will feature a simplistic ...

Chinese crew docks with prototype lab module
In another step toward learning how to build a space station, Chinese astronauts successfully docked with a prototype lab module after an automated approach. by William Harwood The Shenzhou 9 spacecraft executed a smooth automated docking with the ...

Mozilla's Concept IPad Browser Eliminates the URL Bar, Tabbed Browsing
By Loek Essers, IDG-News-Service:Amsterdam-Bureau Safari for iPad has a "pretty miserable" user experience and browsers for Android tablets are even worse, according to Mozilla developers working on an iPad browser of their own, called Junior.

Verizon Raises Prices on FiOS Internet, TV Service
Wall Street Journal
By THOMAS GRYTA Verizon Communications Inc. raised the price for its FiOS Internet service after increasing the speeds that it offers, a move that capitalizes on rising demand for data. The price move also comes as consumers and companies add more ...

Swedish scientists reveal findings of deep-sea 'alien' hunt
Fox News
Swedish explorers have put to rest speculation of a spaceship at the bottom of the Baltic -- but they're adding fuel to the 'what is it' mystery of this deep-sea object anyway. Digital pictures FoxNews.com has obtained from the team show that the ...

Intel slaps Xeon Phi brand on MIC coprocessors
By Timothy Prickett Morgan • Get more from this author ISC 2012 The name "Many Integrated Core" doesn't roll off the tongue – and even Intel doesn't know whether to pronoun MIC as "mick" or "mike" – so with the future "Knights Corner" x86 coprocessors ...

Microsoft Tablet for Windows 8? Mystery Announcement in Los Angeles
ABC News
Microsoft will hold a media event in Los Angeles today where it is expected to announce a new Windows 8 tablet. The announcement, intentionally shrouded in mystery, is scheduled for 3:30 pm Pacific Time (6:30 pm EDT). The software giant sent out ...

ABC News

IBM Brings the US Back to Top of List of Fastest Supercomputers
Big Blue's Sequoia system speeds past Fujitsu's K Computer, which gives the United States the No. 1 position on the Top500 list for the first time since 2009. IBM's Blue Gene/Q supercomputer at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is now the ...

Samsung CEO: Software Key To Device Wars
New CEO of Samsung says the company needs to customize its software better if it wants to stay ahead of competitors such as Apple. By Eric Zeman InformationWeek Speaking directly to the multitude of employees over which he now presides, Kwon Oh-hyun, ...

Nokia Lumia 610 Review
The Lumia 610 is an interesting entry into the Windows Phone family. Microsoft lowered the barrier to entry with an update to the OS, dubbed Tango/Refresh, allowing handsets with lesser specifications into the fray. The Lumia 610 is the first shipping ...


Rumor: Next-gen Xbox details leaked in 56-page document?
While most people were celebrating Father's Day this weekend, the gaming world was rocked to the very core when an alleged 56-page document document (with images) claiming to detail Microsoft's next-gen Xbox plans surfaced. Discovered by NeoGAF and ...

Celestica to 'Wind Down' Manufacturing for RIM
PC Magazine
By Angela Moscaritolo Canadian contract electronics manufacturer Celestica on Monday announced plans to part ways with Research in Motion (RIM), its largest customer. Celestica said it would "wind down" manufacturing services for RIM over the next ...
Step Aside, RIM: Samsung Wants Your Customers to Use the Galaxy S III
Samsung is pulling out all the stops for its US launch of the Galaxy S III smartphone, its newest flagship phone that launches later this month. Not only is it aiming the phone at consumers with lots of cool and convenient features (like its ...

Video: X-37B space plane lands after record 469-day orbit
The Air Force's X-37B robotic space plane made its landing at California's Vandenberg Air Force Base Saturday morning successfully completing more than 15 months in space. The video, shot partly in infrared, showed the vehicle coming in for its ...

Internet Facebook Must Pay $10M for "Sponsored Stories" Lawsuit Settlement
Facebook landed itself in yet another privacy lawsuit over the use of "Sponsored Stories," and will now have to pay $10 million to settle it. Facebook's Sponsored Stories are advertisements that contain a friend's name, profile picture and text ...


Yammer acquisition would boost Microsoft's social-business tools
The Seattle Times
(This story is running in the print edition of The Seattle Times June 18, 2012. - Janet I. Tu) At first, social networking was a novelty, a fun thing you did for your social life. Then businesses came on board, seeing how everything from Facebook-like ...

MacBook Air review (13-inch, mid 2012)
By Dana Wollman posted Jun 18th 2012 12:00PM The last time we reviewed the MacBook Air, we didn't have a whole lot to compare it to. Sure, there was the original Samsung Series 9, but it was more expensive, at $1649, and ran off a standard-voltage ...

Apple's iOS 6: What's New and What's Missing
Hot Hardware
As was the case with every iOS release before it, Apple is promising some fairly major enhancements and new features with iOS 6. iOS 5 was a major release in its own right, bringing Siri -- a voice-controlled assistant -- to the mix and yet again ...

Hot Hardware

Apple's 13-Inch MacBook Pro to Get Retina Display: Report
CIO Insight
By CIOinsight Two analyst reports suggest Apple's MacBook Pro 13-inch model will have Retina displays by the end of the year. The seemingly unquenchable thirst for unsubstantiated news concerning Apple products rasps on today with two separate reports ...

Archaeologist finds oldest rock art in Australia
By Rod Mcguirk, AP CANBERRA, Australia (AP) - An archaeologist says he found the oldest piece of rock art in Australia and one of the oldest in the world: an Aboriginal work created 28000 years ago in an Outback cave. The dating of one of the thousands ...


Apple 1 computer and Steve Jobs Atari memo sold at auction
BBC News
A rare functioning Apple 1 computer - the company's first product - has been sold at an auction for $374500 (£240929). The price was more than double Sotheby's high estimate and sets a new record for the collector's item. A memo written by the firm's ...

BBC News

Your mobile website demystified: ClickTale Mobile tracks every swipe, pinch ...
So you've got a shiny new mobile website to serve all those smartphone and tablet users — but how exactly are mobile visitors using your site? Forget about turning to traditional tools like Google Analytics. When it comes to mobile websites, ...


How the expanding forests of the European Arctic could result in MORE carbon ...
Daily Mail
By Damien Gayle Global warming could be accelerated by new trees growing in the warming regions of the Arctic tundra, scientists have warned. By stimulating decomposition rates in soils, the expansion of forest into tundra in arctic Sweden could result ...

Daily Mail

BMW i focuses on eco-luxury to ready i3 for sale
BMW updates the i3 Concept interior and shows off its new electric products in its first BMW i-branded store in London. by Liane Yvkoff How does a car manufacturer whose motto is "the ultimate driving machine" sell a front-wheel-drive car that takes 8...

Sun Region Releases Two Solar Flares
French Tribune
Two M-class solar flares along with coronal mass ejections (CMEs) have been released by a region on the sun, titled AR 1504, a recent report has revealed. It has been noted by NASA that the sun has discharged a blow of electrically charged particles ...

French Tribune

Apple and the birth of the drive-time podcast - Apple 2.0 - Fortune Tech
By Philip Elmer-DeWitt
The company has an opportunity to turn an afterthought into a new mass medium FORTUNE -- "As I've described many times before in this space, Apple's core competency is finding common but horrible content consumption experiences and ...
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Technology and Smart Phones Are Changing Cities, and The ...
By Lloyd Alter
Many people thought the internet might mean the end of cities, but it turns out that the opposite is true.
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