17 December 2012

WCIT 2012 - ITU the big loser

After WCIT 2012 - the debacle in Dubai - one thing is clear, the big loser was the ITU itself:

Confusion on Internet Future After UN Treaty Split | SecurityWeek.Com: ". . . James Lewis, who follows Internet governance at the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies, said backers of the treaty distorted the facts. "They (ITU) were lying," he said. "It was totally about the Internet." Lewis told AFP the ITU lost credibility because "they swore up and down there wouldn't be a vote, that a decision would be by consensus, and then they took a vote." The outcome underscored a deep divide between the US and its allies, which seek to keep the Internet open and unregulated, and authoritarian regimes that want to impose controls over online use and content. Russia, China and Saudi Arabia have been among countries seeking such changes. .. . ."

How different countries of the world restrict the Internet - Tech - IBNLive
Dubai: Envoys in Dubai signed a new UN telecommunications treaty on Friday that a US-led delegation says endorses greater government control of the Internet. The US and more than 20 other countries refused to ratify the accord by the 193-nation ...


Google Dropping Microsoft's Exchange ActiveSync: What Do You Do? | News & Opinion | PCMag.com: " . . .Worse, new users looking to connect up to their Gmail accounts will have to use IMAP following Google's changes, which can introduce significant delays (compared to instantaneous receipt) between when an email reaches one's Gmail account and when one's Windows Phone is notified of this fact. And with Google representatives going on record earlier this month to state that the company doesn't appear to have much of an intention to develop apps for Microsoft's platform at this point, that leaves Windows Phone users in a bit of a lurch. . . ."

Want to Download All of Your Tweets? No Problem! | News & Opinion | PCMag ...
PC Magazine
We had previously chatted about Twitter working on an "archival" feature for the service, one that would allow its users to more easily access their litany of tweets from their earliest days of blasting 140-character messages across the Web. It appears that ...

Can Microsoft Surface, Best Buy Save Each Other? - Hardware -
Microsoft needs to get its Windows 8 tablet in front of as many eyeballs as possible, and the retailer needs hot products to drive in-store sales. | Paul McDougall | December 15, 2012 09:06 AM. Microsoft Surface Tablet: 10 Coolest Features. (click image for ...

Section of Panama Jungle Holds Over 25000 Bug Species
Fox News
It's census time in the Panamanian jungle for the millions of insects that call the region home. A multinational group of scientists, including one from the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C., just completed the first ever census of insects in the Panamanian ...
5 Ways Google Maps Beats Apple Maps - Mobility - Smartphones -
Google Maps' triumphant return to the iPhone exposes just how bad Apple's app really is. By Eric Zeman · InformationWeek. December 15, 2012 09:06 AM. 10 Best Business Tools In Google+. (click image for larger view and for slideshow). Google published ...
Walmart selling third-generation 16GB Apple iPad with Retina Display for $399 ...
Summary: The iPad deal will be sweetened starting Monday, when it includes a $30 iTunes gift card. Sean Portnoy. By Sean Portnoy for Laptops & Desktops | December 15, 2012 -- 01:02 GMT (17:02 PST). Follow @teklust ...

Ford Fuel-Economy Controversy: Is EPA Test to Blame?
Wall Street Journal (blog)
Ford Motor Co. is trying to turn the tables in a controversy over fuel economy ratings for some of its new hybrids, suggesting the problem is how the government's ratings for such cars are calculated. The company's C-Max hybrid wagon and Fusion hybrid are ...

Wall Street Journal (blog)

Ray Kurzweil joining Google
The 64-year-old, whose work includes computer and machine intelligence, neuroscience and virtual reality, revealed the move on his blogon Friday. Kurzweil said his work at Google would focus on new projects involving machine learning and language ...


Three New Slow Loris Species Discovered in Borneo; Rare Venomous Primates ...
Scientific American (blog)
Kayan loris Protecting the adorable but endangered slow loris—the world's only venomous primate—from the illegal pet trade suddenly got a little harder. According to a paper pending publication in the American Journal of Primatology, what was once ...

Scientific American (blog)

How To Gift Apps From The iOS 6 App Store
Something seems to have changed in iOS 6. It used to be easy to gift an app to others, but I can't for the life of me see how to do it now. Any help? Please!?! Thanks in advance. Actually, up until recently it hasn't been possible to gift apps from the iOS 6 app ...


Uncle says woman stunned with Taser wants to pursue charges against Nashua ...
Nashua Telegraph
NASHUA – The Newton, Mass., woman on whom police used a Taser in the middle of the Pheasant Lane Mall on Tuesday says she did nothing wrong and plans to file a complaint against police, according to her uncle. David Chen, owner of Thousand Crane ...

Scientists pinpoint the age of cheese: 7000 years old and counting
Science Recorder
Scientists have reportedly discovered pottery fragments that suggest cheese-making is a much older process than previously thought. The pottery pieces, which have small holes throughout, are thought to be more than 7,000 years old and may have been ...

Science Recorder

IPCC Leaked Draft Prompts New Internet Flap
Mother Jones
On Thursday, someone posted part of a draft version of the forthcoming report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) online, prompting a new round of internet freak-out over the report and the panel. The IPCC's fifth assessment report ...

Mother Jones

Texting and Walking Really Not a Good Idea
We know you've heard over and over about the dangers of texting and driving. You've gotten yourself a fancy Bluetooth headset and now have a glowing blue light in your ear. Or perhaps you ask Siri to make phone calls for you, limiting the need to take your ...

Space Travelers Need Medical Clearance : Space & The Future : Science World ...
Science World Report
(Photo : Reuters) Clinicians will be asked to provide medical clearance for these people. For this purpose a team of experts from North America provided certain advice to the clinicians who required direction when advising patients on space travel.

Science World Report

App Brings TV to Phones, Tablets
Comcast, one of several TV channel providers that lets subscribers stream TV shows on their mobile devices via WI-FI, has begun offering an app to download shows from four of its pay channels, so subscribers can take the shows and movies with them to ...
Snapchat Releases Video-Sharing, Is Prototyping Monetization Features (Oh ...
Android_Release_CamScreen (1) Snapchat, the popular impermanent photo-sharing mobile app, is rolling out a major new feature: video sharing. Users can now share 10-second videos the same way they share pictures — by taking the picture or video, ...

Speeding Ticket For Motionless Car: Traffic Camera Epic Fail
The Inquisitr
Baltimore, MD – An automated police camera issued a speeding ticket for a motionless car. In what is being called a “perfect storm of errors” the city of Baltimore issued a citation for a stationary vehicle, which was validated by a human police officer and not ...

The Inquisitr

Maine birders take part in Christmas Bird Count
FALMOUTH, Maine (AP) — Bird enthusiasts are fanning out across Maine to record their bird sightings as part of the National Audubon Society's annual Christmas Bird Count. The event, now in its 113th year, kicked off nationally on Friday. Bird-watching ...

iPhone 5 to outsell iPhone 4S: Taiwan's telecom operators - CNA ENGLISH NEWS
Focus Taiwan News Channel
Taipei, Dec. 15 (CNA) The sales peak for the iPhone 5 should be able to last over three months in Taiwan, and the latest Apple phone will ultimately outsell its predecessor iPhone 4S, mainly due to its bigger upgrade and more significant changes from the ...
Hailing Taxis via Smartphone Comes to New York City
Catching a cab in midtown Manhattan at 4:30 on a weekday afternoon is the closest most New Yorkers will ever get to hunting. You have to know the patterns of your prey: its favorite haunts, its preferred routes, its tendency to vanish when your need is most ...

McAfee 'not out of the woods' legally - SFGate
San Francisco Chronicle
Software developer John McAfee is a free man because he managed to elude police in Belize and slip into Guatemala, from where - like any run-of-the-mill illegal immigrant - he was deported. Whether he stays free in the United States or is sent back to Belize...

San Francisco Chronicle

U-T San Diego
Leap Wireless has begun offering financing for customers in hopes of easing sticker shock for smartphones that the San Diego wireless operator now sells to its Cricket customers. Leap, which provides no-contract wireless service, has teamed up with ...
A 'hubble'ing view
Khaleej Times
Are you a space enthusiast, who often wonders what the universe looked like millions of years ago? Have you ever wanted to know how stars and planets emerged? The Hubble telescope's deepest-ever view of space can provide you with awe-inspiring ...

McAfee warns of Project Blitzkrieg hack attack on US banks
Security firm McAfee warns that there is a credible threat of a coordinated Spring offensive against at least 30 US banks next year by Eastern European fraudsters. Talk of Project Blitzkrieg started after a message in September on a hacking board from a user ...
40 Years Ago – Apollo 17 Begins Trip Back to Earth from Moon
Earth from Moon Apollo 17 orbits the Moon and sees the Earth. (NASA Goddard Photo and Video) During their time orbiting the Moon, the Apollo 17 astronauts had a view of the Earth that only a dozen people have shared. When you look out the window of a ...

Delightful geological puzzles for Mars rover
Brisbane Times
The gift that keeps on giving ... everything from Opportunity over the past eight years has been a bonus. Photo: NASA. WHILE many obsessed over speculation that NASA's newest Mars rover, Curiosity, had dug up signs of life – it had not – it is the agency's ...

Brisbane Times

Dell Drops Android and Quits Smartphone Business
The Droid Guy
As one of the big manufacturer of personal computers, Dell had been trying to compete in the smartphone business over the past few years. But recently, they had just announced that they are going to drop Android and will quit in the smartphone business ...

New milestone for China: Probe snaps close-ups of asteroid Toutatis
NBCNews.com (blog)
By Alan Boyle. Follow @b0yle. China's official news agency is reporting that the country's Chang'e 2 deep-space probe made an amazing flyby of the asteroid Toutatis this week, snapping a series of pictures as it passed just 2 miles away. The achievement ...

NBCNews.com (blog)

Government Agency Will Give RIM Another Chance
New York Times (blog)
Thorsten Heins, the chief executive of Research In Motion, discussing the BlackBerry 10 in Robert Galbraith/Reuters Thorsten Heins, the chief executive of Research In Motion, discussing the BlackBerry 10 in September. Perhaps there's hope for the ...

New York Times (blog)

NASA to play demolition derby with moon, moon likely to win
Is this NASA meets Jackass? The space agency will deliberately crash two probes into the moon on Monday, hitting the rim of a lunar crater at over 3,000mph. The space nerds in Houston say this isn't a destructive prank, but the safest way to dispose of the ...
Long Lasting Motorola Droid Razr MAXX HD Hits Amazon Wireless Sale List
Mobile bloom News
droidrazrmaxxhd A recent recipient of the much ballyhooed and long-awaited Jelly Bean 4.1 Android operating system, the Droid Razr MAXX HD recently hit the Amazon Wireless seasonal holiday sale. Retailing for approximately $149 on contract at the ...
End of the World Poll: Is the Apocalypse Coming Dec. 21?
Apparently, there's an apocalypse coming. Seriously, though, even NASA is getting in on the action. The agency created a page on its website devoted to debunking the Mayan apocalypse idea—not least because the Mayans never predicted any such thing.

Nokia Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:NOK) Wins In Apple Lawsuit
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has been found guilty by a Delaware Court of infringing on three Sony (NYSE:SNE) and Nokia Corporation ADR (NYSE:NOK) patents for its iPhone. MobileMedia Ideas LLC, a Sony-owned holding company, MPEG-LA and Nokia...


Rockstar Wants A 'Grand Theft Auto' That Features All Of The Previous Cities
MTV.com (blog)
Imagine if Rockstar made a "Grand Theft Auto" game that combined all of the cities featured in past games in the franchise. It could be a beautiful thing and recent comments hint that this is something Rockstar wants to accomplish. In a recent interview with ...

MTV.com (blog)

Google makes it harder to find porn pictures
Search giant Google has altered its image search algorithm, making it harder for users to stumble across porn pictures accidentally. Bringing Google Image search in line with the company's web and video services, both of which already filter out pornographic ...


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