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This popular website helps Icelandic couples avoid incest

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When your country has a population of just 300,000 people and it’s not a question of whether you are related to someone, just how far back, an Icelandic genealogy website is successfully identifying connections between couples, helping them avoid incest. The website is called Íslendingabók (the Book of Icelanders) and it lists information...
This popular website helps Icelandic couples avoid incest

UK parliament to provide 650 iPads to MPs, costing $420,000

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As Britain’s economy enters a ‘double-dip’ recession (much to the dismay of its citizens), the Palace of Westminster has agreed to provide 650 members of parliament with iPads, replacing their old laptops at a cost of at least £260,000 (around $420,000) to the taxpayer. iPads will only be provided to...
UK parliament to provide 650 iPads to MPs, costing $420,000

Iran swapping internet for intranet in August, this post to vanish there soon after

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There's dealing with internet comments, and then there's this. According to a statement from Reza Taghipour, the Iranian minister for Information and Communications Technology, Iran will be shutting off access to the world wide in around five months, as it flips the switch on a nationwide "intranet" that'll act...
Iran swapping internet for intranet in August, this post to vanish there soon after

Twitter Is In Trouble In Brazil Because Drivers Are Tweeting To Avoid The Cops

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Twitter has a problem in Brazil — the government is suing the company for nearly $300,000 because citizens have been using it to avoid traffic controls, The Next Web reports. This also means that, yes, Brazilians have successfully been using Twitter to get around police presence on roads, like...
Twitter Is In Trouble In Brazil Because Drivers Are Tweeting To Avoid The Cops

New regulations will forbid Korean websites from collecting IDs to verify users

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Websites in South Korea will soon need to find new systems to authenticate users once new laws come into place in the country later this year. According to the Yonhap News Agency, the country’s regulator — the Korea Communications Commission (KCC) — announced that website owners will no longer be...
New regulations will forbid Korean websites from collecting IDs to verify users

Want Facebook Shares? HK’s 8 Securities Offers $200 Of Them If You Join Its Trading Platform

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With Facebook announcing its ballsy stock price of $38 yesterday and all eyes now on what will happen with the social network when it finally goes public today, a new trading platform in Hong Kong, 8 Securities, is seizing the moment to boost its own profile by offering customers US$200...
Want Facebook Shares? HK’s 8 Securities Offers $200 Of Them If You Join Its Trading Platform

Hail A Fellow Human, Not A Taxi With “SideCar” – The New P2P Uber

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You need a ride, someone else has a car and could use the cash, SideCar is the app that will bring you together. New instant peer-to-peer rideshare-finding app SideCar turns anyone into an Uber driver, and it’s supposedly legal because you technically volunteer to pay at the end. Just punch...
Hail A Fellow Human, Not A Taxi With “SideCar” – The New P2P Uber

CableWiFi: Five major ISPs team up for massive Wi-Fi sharing effort across the US

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In what will be a massive win for US cable company subscribers, five of the countries largest cable providers have announced that they will combine to offer each other’s customers access to their own metropolitan Wi-Fi networks — the largest such project in the US to date. The partnership will...
CableWiFi: Five major ISPs team up for massive Wi-Fi sharing effort across the US

Netflix brought into the Sony Entertainment Network fold for British Bravia buffs

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Britons and citizens of the ROI! Sony's bringing Netflix to all Sony Entertainment Network-connected devices. It looks like Kaz Hirai's plan to "unify" the company and its media offerings is beginning to gain a little momentum. If you have a SEN-connected 2012 Bravia TV or Blu-ray player, then the...
Netflix brought into the Sony Entertainment Network fold for British Bravia buffs

Mobile data roaming is set to become a lot cheaper in Europe as new EU price caps roll out

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Staying connected as you travel around Europe is about to get a lot cheaper for millions of EU citizens as new European Union price caps on mobile data roaming come into force. From 1 July 2012, EU mobile operators will be able to charge no more than 70 euro cents plus...
Mobile data roaming is set to become a lot cheaper in Europe as new EU price caps roll out
San Francisco Launches The 2012 Innovation Portfolio, From Open Taxi Data To Beta Tests In City Hall

Why Do People Hate Jews?

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Citizens in Britain were appalled recently when a religious-studies exam featured the question, "why do  people hate Jews?" The question was immediately blasted as inappropriate and quickly withdrawn. But it's an interesting and important question. Along with many other sites, this site is occasionally visited by people whose mission...
Why Do People Hate Jews?
‘Big brother’ black boxes to soon be mandatory in all new cars
Pioneer's laser-projected car HUD lets you drive like RoboCop
Analysis: "Cybersecurity" bill endangers privacy rights

Microsoft takes Bing Streetside offline in Germany, privacy complaints to blame

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Germany is notoriously privacy-minded, and services like Facebook's Friend Finder and Google's Street View have come under scrutiny in the country's courts. The latest offender to raise Germany's ire is Bing Streetside, a Street View-style photo service. Microsoft took the feature offline in the country following complaints about how...
Microsoft takes Bing Streetside offline in Germany, privacy complaints to blame

NYC's Made in New York Digital Map lets you see who's hiring in the tech field

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You can't deny Mike Bloomberg's often coming up with different ways to involve New Yorkers in tech-related bits. On this occasion, Mayor Bloomberg & Co. have introduced a novel way for citizens of The Big Apple -- and others who plan on making the move -- to find jobs...
NYC's Made in New York Digital Map lets you see who's hiring in the tech field
US Department of Justice says citizens have a broad right to record police officers on duty
San Jose planning free downtown Wi-Fi network, set for debut later this year

Voddler's Lumia-exclusive video streaming app debuts for European Windows Phone users

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Need an extra reason to give a Nokia Lumia some serious consideration? Today, Voddler has announced the official debut of its Windows Phone app for citizens of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Spain. Designed in conjunction with Nokia, the app is exclusive to Lumia owners and provides access to...
Voddler's Lumia-exclusive video streaming app debuts for European Windows Phone users
US senators concerned with surveillance bill 'loophole' that could lead to warrantless email and phone tracking

Watching How China Censors

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China’s government isn’t the only one paying close attention to what the country’s citizens are saying on social media sites. As China’s 500 million Internet users rapidly adopt social media, academics and entrepreneurs are figuring out ways to track online messages and blog posts to better understand what the government...
Watching How China Censors

US 'Blackmails' EU Into Agreeing To Hand Over Passenger Data

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A couple months ago, we wrote about a debate in the EU Parliament, concerning an agreement over how much data should be shared with the US on passengers flying from the EU into the US. The person in charge of analyzing the agreement, Sophie in't Veld, urged the Parliament to...
US 'Blackmails' EU Into Agreeing To Hand Over Passenger Data

US-citizenship renouncing Facebook cofounder Saverin may be effectively banned from the country

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Oh dear, I don’t think that too many people saw this coming. I do hope that Eduardo Saverin did, however, as his move to renounce his US citizenship may carry a penalty – the knowledge of which is currently coming to the fore: once you tell the United States that you...
US-citizenship renouncing Facebook cofounder Saverin may be effectively banned from the country

BANNED FROM THE USA: Billionaire Facebook Cofounder Could Be Barred From America After Renouncing Citizenship

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Facebook cofounder Eduardo Saverin has renounced his US citizenship. Doing so, he will probably save at least $67 million in taxes. …but he's also liable to be "excluded" from physically re-entering the United States. So reports Talking Points Memo's Josh Marshall:  US immigration law does not look kindly on former...
BANNED FROM THE USA: Billionaire Facebook Cofounder Could Be Barred From America After Renouncing Citizenship

Chinese get past censors and onto Facebook, YouTube, Twitter

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The Far East government is known for strict censorship when it comes to social networking, but this week its citizens caught onto a glitch in the system and glimpsed an uncensored world. [Read more]...
Chinese get past censors and onto Facebook, YouTube, Twitter

German Gov't Uses Anger Over Lack Of ACTA Transparency To Justify Further Lack Of Transparency

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Even though the ACTA text is now finalized, getting details from national governments about what exactly happened during the negotiations is proving extremely difficult, with information still trickling out slowly. For example, as the Netzpolitik blog explains (German original), the European Commission tried to counter accusations that the negotiations were...
German Gov't Uses Anger Over Lack Of ACTA Transparency To Justify Further Lack Of Transparency

ZTE announces 2011 financials: turnover up, profits down, political scandals tricky

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ZTE's annual earnings report is out and it's a mixed bag for the Chinese company with aspirations to go west. Turnover grew to 86.25 billion RMB ($13.7 billion) but net profit fell a hefty 36.6 percent to 2.06 billion RMB ($327 million). More than half of that revenue came...
ZTE announces 2011 financials: turnover up, profits down, political scandals tricky

Iran blocking access to Google's encrypted search, YouTube, and webmail

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Iran has restricted access to the internet for years now, but it seems the land of Persia is clamping down even further on its citizens' ability to surf the web as they wish. Bloomberg has confirmed with Google that Iranians haven't had access to Google's encrypted search, YouTube and...
Iran blocking access to Google's encrypted search, YouTube, and webmail

Ricken Patel on the freedom of the web: 'We need to move from the defensive to the offensive'

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Co-founder of Avaaz Ricken Patel talks to Ian Katz about the rise of attacks on the freedom of the internet from governments and corporations, and about the campaign to defend it. He says that citizens need to come together to create a charter or global treaty to secure the future...
Ricken Patel on the freedom of the web: 'We need to move from the defensive to the offensive'
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