01 October 2013

Internet Freedom Updates

China, US, Europe, Brazil --

China Censors Eye Internet Freedom In Shanghai Trade Zone, Says ...
Forbes
A proposed free-trade zone (FTZ) in Shanghai has fired the imagination of optimistic investors looking to China's new leaders for pro-market reforms. Backed by ...

TechWeekEurope UK

The Delicate Balance Between Internet Freedom and Big Data
Mashable
As the world keeps going online, with more and more people getting connected, there's more and more data available to be mined. And this large datasets of so ...
South China Morning Post
In a land whose uptight reputation is belied by its wicked ways, the Conservative-led British government is in midst of a crusade to enact some of the strictest ...

Washington Post

At UN, Estonian President stresses Internet governance in ...
UN News Centre
In his statement, he stressed that cyber security and internet freedom “are intrinsically linked and in no way incompatible.” “Freedom of opinion and expression ...
Kansas City Star
The key: While most Internet service providers deliver the Net to homes via copper or, in Google's case, fiber optic cable, KC Freedom Network has gone ...

Kansas City Star

President Ilves at the UN: the Internet must remain open
The Baltic Course
"The same freedom of speech and the same personal liberties that are protected by law in the real world must be applicable on the Internet," confirmed the ...
The Baltic Course

Andres Oppenheimer: Brazil's proposal to regulate Internet is scary
MiamiHerald.com
Freedom of expression advocates say that Brazil's proposals to regulate the Internet are much more respectful of individual freedoms than China's or Russia's.

Apple passes Coke as world's 'top brand'
CNN
They headed a tech-heavy list, on which IBM, Microsoft, Samsung and Intel helped round out the top 10. But Apple shone brightest, as much for its role as a cultural institution as for the products ... Apple and Google were just two of many tech ...

Microsoft should buy BlackBerry. There, I said it
ZDNet
Google the phrase, "Microsoft should buy BlackBerry". You'll see a lot of hits appear. And with good reason too—Microsoft should buy BlackBerry. It's a bargain of ... It seems that Apple sweeps consumer tech but not necessarily corporate tech ...

Google Web Designer Offered As Free Download
InformationWeek
Adobe got serious about creating HTML5 tools that could replace its Flash authoring applications in 2010 at the urging of Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple at the time, who disallowed Adobe Flash on iOS devices. In his widely read public letter, "Thoughts on ...

Microsoft Expands Power BI, Translation For Office
InformationWeek
Microsoft's new Translator app is a standalone tool but also lets Windows 8 and Windows RT users select any text within Word or PowerPoint and instantly translate it. In a blog post, Microsoft noted that organizations can use the app with custom ...

Microsoft's Surface to be under revenue microscope
Computerworld
Computerworld - Microsoft will make it easier for Wall Street and industry analysts to track revenue generated by the company's struggling Surface line of tablets, the company promised Thursday. In a conference call with analysts last week, Microsoft ...

Google pays $55 million tax in Britain on 2012 sales of $5 billion
Chicago Tribune
LONDON (Reuters) - Google, which has been grilled twice in the past year by a UK parliamentary committee over its tax practices, had a UK tax bill of 35 million pounds ($55 million) in 2012, on sales of $4.9 billion to British customers, its accounts ...

Microsoft achieves FedRAMP JAB P-ATO for Windows Azure
Wall Street Journal
Windows Azure is the first public cloud platform, with infrastructure services and platform services, to receive a Provisional Authority to Operate from the FedRAMP Joint Authorization Board...

Microsoft to pay execs who stay, pay those culled during reorg turmoil
Computerworld
Computerworld - Microsoft handed out nearly $60 million in stock grants to eight executives on the same day it filed papers with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announcing that the board had authorized special incentives to keep...

Apple Reopens In-Store Pickup for iPhone 5s
PC Magazine
Fear not: Apple's in-store pick-up option has returned this week, if only in limited capacity. Depending on your choice of size, color, and carrier, the new flagship device is available for pick up in various stores, including New York's Grand Central ...


Mystery AD1257 eruption traced to Lombok, Indonesia
BBC News
Scientists think they have found the volcano responsible for a huge eruption that occurred in AD1257. The mystery event was so large its chemical signature is recorded in the ice of both the Arctic and the Antarctic. European medieval texts talk of a sudden ...

Facebook expands Graph Search to let you search status updates
CNET
Graph Search will now let some members uncover status updates, photo captions, check-ins, and comments....

UN's massive new climate report adds little explanation for 'pause' in warming
Fox News
An enormous U.N. report on the scientific data behind global warming was made available Monday, yet it offers little concrete explanation for an earthly oddity: the planet's climate has hit the pause button. Since 1998, there has been no significant increase in ...

Dumping a Surface? eBay averages double the return of a buyback vendor
Computerworld
Computerworld - First-generation Surface owners have complained that Microsoft won't buy their used tablets to fund their jones for the new editions slated to ship in three weeks, but other markets can actually return much more cash than any trade-in ...

Feds Defend Plan to Drop Gray Wolf Protection
ABC News
Federal officials offered a staunch defense Monday of their proposal to drop legal protections for the gray wolf in most of the country, as opponents rallied in the nation's capital before the first in a series of public hearings on the plan. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife ...

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