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Romanian Prime Minister Admits He Has No Idea Why Romania Signed ACTA

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Here's a bizarre one. With Poland putting ACTA ratification on hold, and Slovenia apparently regretting its signature, now we've got Romania's Prime Minister, Emil Boc, admitting that he doesn't understand why the country signed ACTA. It appears that opposing politicians are criticizing the government and promising that they will suspend...
Romanian Prime Minister Admits He Has No Idea Why Romania Signed ACTA

Czech, Slovak governments backing away from ACTA, too

arstechnica.com
My wife, who is professionally interested in the politics of the Czech Republic, doesn't usually find ways to connect her work and mine. So she was surprised to see this week that the European protests against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) have now reached the highest levels of the...
Czech, Slovak governments backing away from ACTA, too

Google paying users to track 100% of their Web usage via little black box

arstechnica.com
Google is working to collect information about Internet users that it can't get from just monitoring its own browser, services, and Android devices. The company has set up a new program called Screenwise, which offers money to users who install a black box on their home network to "measure...
Google paying users to track 100% of their Web usage via little black box

Google Talk Is Down: Worldwide Outage Since 6:50 AM EDT

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It’s not just you. GTalk is down worldwide. Google first recognized the issue and started investigating at 6:40 AM EDT. While Google Talk appears to be up at first glance, calls and messages fail to complete, likely leaving internet users feeling alone, adrift in a sea of information without anyone...
Google Talk Is Down: Worldwide Outage Since 6:50 AM EDT

Security camera flaw exposes private video feeds online

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A flaw in a range of security cameras made by US firm Trendnet means that anyone with the correct URL can view footage from affected devices without a password. As the BBC reports, the problem, first exposed online almost a month ago, means that armed with the correct IP address...
Security camera flaw exposes private video feeds online

Now is the Time to Quit Facebook

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There's a debate going on about whether or not Zuck should hand over some cash to users. Nick Bilton at the New York Times is waiting for his cash out. I, too, have argued that Zuck should "share" his Facebook kingdom, an online culture that he created (and owns more...
Now is the Time to Quit Facebook

The Pirate Bay copyright crackdown is unsustainable | James Ball

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To block even one high-profile filesharing website would quickly require apparatus as sophisticated as the great firewall of ChinaThe battle against those who violate copyright is escalating: a UK court has ordered the country's internet service providers (ISPs) to block the Pirate Bay website for copyright violations, using technology originally...
The Pirate Bay copyright crackdown is unsustainable | James Ball

Now BTJunkie shuts down: Who needs SOPA?

gigaom.com
In the weeks after Internet users and some of the web’s biggest companies rallied around to fight SOPA’s approach to curbing online piracy, filesharing services of all stripes have taken a thrashing. First Megaupload was shut down and its flamboyant owner charged, and then the Swedish courts ruled that the...
Now BTJunkie shuts down: Who needs SOPA?

You Can’t Copyright Porn, Harassed BitTorrent Defendant Insists

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When confronted with an accusation that they have illegally shared unauthorized material online, Internet users quickly realize they are in a Catch 22 situation. Even if innocent, these accusations cost money to deflect, a cost which often exceeds the amount the claimant says it will accept in settlement. Hard Drive...
You Can’t Copyright Porn, Harassed BitTorrent Defendant Insists

Taghreedat launches Arabic Wikipedia Editors Program in cooperation with the Wikimedia Foundation

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Taghreedat, the Middle Eastern volunteer group working to increase the amount of Arabic Web content has just struck a deal with the Wikimedia Foundation, launching the Arabic Wikipedia Editors Program. The first regional program of its kind, it aims to find and train Internet users in the Middle East to...
Taghreedat launches Arabic Wikipedia Editors Program in cooperation with the Wikimedia Foundation

European Commission Blames Social Networks For ACTA Failure; Worried About Its Imminent Directive On Copyright Enforcement

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Now that the EU's ratification of ACTA has departed from the original script of everyone just waving it through, the European Commission is clearly trying to come up with Plan B. Some insights into its thinking can be gained from the minutes (pdf) of a recent Commission meeting, pointed out...
European Commission Blames Social Networks For ACTA Failure; Worried About Its Imminent Directive On Copyright Enforcement

Tim Berners-Lee: demand your data from Google and Facebook

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World wide web inventor says personal data held online could be used to usher in new era of personalised servicesTim Berners-Lee, the father of the world wide web, has urged internet users to demand their personal data from online giants such as Google and Facebook to usher in a new...
Tim Berners-Lee: demand your data from Google and Facebook

70 Groups Tell Congress To Put The Brakes On Any Further Efforts To Expand Intellectual Property

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Over 70 different groups, including many who were central to the January 18th online protests against SOPA, have put together a letter asking Congress to put a halt to any attempts to further expand intellectual property laws. The key point: Now is the time for Congress to take a breath,...
70 Groups Tell Congress To Put The Brakes On Any Further Efforts To Expand Intellectual Property

Today is Safer Internet Day

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Here at ReadWriteWeb, we encourage safer Internet use. We try to bring you the stories that help you navigate the World Wide Interwebs. So we wanted to make sure you know that today is Safer Internet Day, and it's meant especially for children and young people. Past Safer Internet Day...
Today is Safer Internet Day

Google to warn users of 'state-sponsored' hacking

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Search giant says it will alert Gmail users about targeted attacks, in move that could aid human rights campaignersInternet users targeted by state-sponsored hackers are to be alerted under a new system introduced by Google.The search giant has said will warn its Gmail users when it believes they are under...
Google to warn users of 'state-sponsored' hacking

Acta loses more support in Europe

www.guardian.co.uk
Bulgaria and the Netherlands join Poland and Germany in refusing to ratify Acta, citing privacy and human rights issuesSupport for Acta in Europe is waning as both Bulgaria and the Netherlands refuse to ratify the international anti-piracy agreement.Bulgaria will not ratify the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement over fears it will curb...
Acta loses more support in Europe

Iran 'blocks 2012 Olympics site'

www.bbc.co.uk
Iranian internet users report that they can no longer access the official London 2012 Olympics website....
Iran 'blocks 2012 Olympics site'

Secure your Facebook data from friends’ creepy apps in just 30 seconds

thenextweb.com
Worried about the security of your data on Facebook as the social network goes into aps overload? Don’t be. This 30 second chart [click to enlarge] from Jeff Elder, marketing director at Storify and a social media expert in his own right, shows how easy it is manage which of...
Secure your Facebook data from friends’ creepy apps in just 30 seconds

38% of China’s Internet population are mobile-only users, says report

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Mobile-only Web users account for more than one third of China’s Internet population, according to a report from mobile research specialist On Device. The study found that the country’s rural population drove an annual 8 percent increase in mobile-only Web usage, which accounted for 38 percent of China’s Internet users...
38% of China’s Internet population are mobile-only users, says report

Iran plans to sue Google over leaving the Persian Gulf nameless on its Maps service

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It seems that Google’s woes over its decision to leave the Persian Gulf nameless on Google Maps are far from over, with Iran saying it will sue the tech company as a result, AP reports. After the move stirred up quite a bit of controversy among Iranian Internet users, the...
Iran plans to sue Google over leaving the Persian Gulf nameless on its Maps service

Official: China now has more than 1 billion mobile phone users

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The Chinese government has revealed that the country now has more than 1 billion mobile phone users, confirming a fact that had been anticipated for some while, in response to the continued growth of mobile devices there. As Tech In Asia reveals – citing a Chinese language report from Sina Tech...
Official: China now has more than 1 billion mobile phone users

UK 'pirates' face £20 appeal fee

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Internet users must pay £20 within 20 working days of being accused of copyright infringement if they wish to appeal under new UK proposals....
UK 'pirates' face £20 appeal fee

Who’d have thought? ‘Tumblr’ to soon overtake ‘blog’ on Google searches

thenextweb.com
Tumblr is on the cusp of doing something quite incredible. Google searches mentioning the service are poised to surpass searches for ‘blog’ by the end of the year, showing that the New York-based company has truly established itself as the Web’s most popular blogging platform. Comparing the two terms, ‘blog’ is...
Who’d have thought? ‘Tumblr’ to soon overtake ‘blog’ on Google searches

The emerging market that could kill the iPhone

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A handful of tech startups are competing for a foothold in the nascent market for personal data control. And that could mean major changes for the likes of Apple, Google and Microsoft. By Francesca Robin, contributor FORTUNE -- Internet users have heard plenty about third-party aggregators filching their data, spying...
The emerging market that could kill the iPhone

There will be over 53 million iPad users in the US by year end: eMarketer

thenextweb.com
This morning, conveniently on the first day of WWDC week, digital marketing and media research agency eMarketer published some projections about the market share of Apple’s iPad tablet(s) in the United States. According to eMarketer, iPad use will nearly double this year, with an increase of 90 percent to 53.2...
There will be over 53 million iPad users in the US by year end: eMarketer

Russian Internet Market Booms As Access Spreads

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How many Internet users are there in Russia? How big are the Russian Internet advertising and e-commerce markets? If you lie awake at night wondering, you’re not alone. Trying to get a handle on this market is not easy, such as are the language and cultural barriers. There’s a lot...
Russian Internet Market Booms As Access Spreads

As Path targets international growth, rivals and clones line-up in China

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Path founder Dave Morin recently revealed that the popular mobile social networking service is “internationalizing” following growing overseas demand, but its competition in China is already forming. Speaking at a recent Pando Daily event, Morin revealed that Asia is Path’s fastest growing region and China is a key part of...
As Path targets international growth, rivals and clones line-up in China

Google: 25% of smartphone users in top markets have made a purchase on their handset

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Google has published some new research today, looking at mobile consumer behaviour in six top markets: the USA, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain and Japan. The results show that a quarter of smartphone Internet users in these markets have made a purchase from their phone. Japan is the most savvy when...
Google: 25% of smartphone users in top markets have made a purchase on their handset

Why ‘going global’ makes no sense for China’s social networks, for now

thenextweb.com
They may only ‘live’ in one country, but China’s social network giants have no need to turn their attention to taking down Twitter and Facebook, at least until they get their own domestic houses fully in order. Despite the common conception, there’s little doubt that, these days, China’s so-called ‘clones’...
Why ‘going global’ makes no sense for China’s social networks, for now

Keen On… SOPA: Mob Rule or Direct Democracy? (TCTV)

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My own views about SOPA and the need to protect online intellectual property are well-known. But even I acknowledge that SOPA was a flawed bill that didn’t represent a viable solution to policing the Internet against intellectual property theft. So is there life after SOPA? How can the technology...
Keen On… SOPA: Mob Rule or Direct Democracy? (TCTV)
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