Internet, Computing & Cellular

Google Comes Under Fire for 'Secret' Relationship with NSA

Consumer Watchdog, an advocacy group largely focused in recent years on Google's privacy practices, has called on a congressional investigation into the Internet giant's "cozy" relationship with U.S. President Barack Obama's administration.

Hong Kong students addicted to Net

Nearly one-third of Hong Kong secondary school students are addicted to the internet and suffer withdrawal symptoms when they are unable to log on, according to a survey Wednesday.


US wants Internet, cell records held longer

The US Justice Department wants Internet service providers and cell phone companies to be required to hold on to records for longer to help with criminal prosecutions.

Renewed Push to Give Obama an Internet "Kill Switch"

Declan McCullagh CBS News 25.01.2011
Renewed Push to Give Obama an Internet "Kill Switch"

A controversial bill handing President Obama power over privately owned computer systems during a "national cyberemergency," and prohibiting any review by the court system, will return this year.


Broadband cable on its way to unplugged Cuba

Rory Carroll The Guardian 24.01.2011
Broadband cable on its way to unplugged Cuba

Cuba is set to join the high-speed broadband era with an undersea fibre-optic cable laid from Venezuela, bringing the promise of speedy internet to one of the world's least connected countries.

Google Seeks to Weaken Search Engine Ranking of “Content Farming” Websites

Google has announced that it is fixing flaws in its algorithm that allows search results to be spammed, while also planning to weaken the search-ability of websites referred to as ”content farms.” Matt Cutts, head of Google’s anti-spam team, writes:


Iran announces launch of new cyber police units

Iran's state TV says the country has launched its first cyber police unit in the latest attempt by authorities to gain an edge in the digital world.

A Short-Circuit to Distracted Driving

MATT RICHTEL The New York Times 21.01.2011
A Short-Circuit to Distracted Driving

Cellular carriers, having spent years trying to blanket the nation with phone service, are now working on ways to stop people from getting calls and texts when they are behind the wheel. The technology is aimed at curbing dangerous distractions by...


FEDS: Data from 120,000 iPad users stolen; Two charged over iPad hacking on AT&T network

U.S. prosecutors have charged two men with stealing and distributing email addresses for about 120,000 users of Apple Inc's popular iPad.

Facebook Apps Allowing Access to Numbers, Addresses

Chloe Albanesius PC Mag 18.01.2011
Facebook Apps Allowing Access to Numbers, Addresses

Facebook recently announced that it is making user phone numbers and addresses available to developers, a move that a security expert said "could herald a new level of danger" for Facebook members.


The app that can read your mind: iPhone brainwave detector arrives (it was only a matter of time)

It's a device that would be more at home on the set of a Star Wars movie than the streets of Britain. But an iPhone application has been developed that can read minds.

German firm develops Internet eraser for photos

A German firm is poised to launch software allowing users to have photos uploaded to websites such as Facebook, MySpace and Flickr erased automatically after a certain time, its head said Wednesday.


Voting Begins in the 1st Hong Kong International Software Contest

Cen Shaohui Software Association of Hong Kong 11.01.2011
Voting Begins in the 1st Hong Kong International Software Contest

Vote now in the 1st Hong Kong International Software Contest. Over 50,000 software programs have been submitted to the contest's official website.

Iceland protests to U.S. over Twitter data demand

Iceland called in the U.S. ambassador in Reykjavik on Monday to register its displeasure at a U.S. court's demand for details of an Icelandic lawmaker's Twitter account, the State Department said.


Obama Eyeing Internet ID for Americans

STANFORD, Calif. - President Obama is planning to hand the U.S. Commerce Department authority over a forthcoming cybersecurity effort to create an Internet ID for Americans, a White House official said.

WikiLeaks demands Google and Facebook unseal US subpoenas

Peter Beaumont The Guardian 09.01.2011
WikiLeaks demands Google and Facebook unseal US subpoenas

WikiLeaks has demanded that Google and Facebook reveal the contents of any US subpoenas they may have received after it emerged that a court in Virginia had ordered Twitter to secretly hand over details of accounts on the micro-blogging site by fi...


South Korea: Google violates law with 'Street View'

Google’s high-flying Street View service is in violation of Internet privacy laws here, police said Thursday.

Facebook 'friends' mock 'suicide' of woman who posted goodbye message

A middle-aged woman who told her 1,048 Facebook "friends" that she had taken an overdose was found dead the next day after none came to her aid.


Website aims to be Facebook for gays in military

Terrine Friday Reuters 03.01.2011
Website aims to be Facebook for gays in military

After nearly two decades of hearing "don't ask, don't tell," gay U.S. military men and women are now hearing, "do ask, do tell," and even, "find a friend" from a new social network website, Out Military.

IPhone Users Experience Third Failure of Alarm Clock Function Over Weekend

Jae Hur and Nancy Kercheval Bloomberg.com 02.01.2011
IPhone Users Experience Third Failure of Alarm Clock Function Over Weekend

IPhone users counting on the device to wake them this weekend got a surprise as the Apple Inc. gadget’s alarm-clock system failed for a third time.



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