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State Department withdraws $16.5m contract for Kindle ebook readers

WikiLeaks Publishes 1.7m+ US records and PlusD Database

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WikiLeaks has published over 1.7 million US diplomatic records from the 1970s today, coined the Kissinger Cables, to coincide with the launch of a new searchable database for all of its released materials. The new records range from to January 1, 1973 to December 31, 1976 and cover numerous cables,...
WikiLeaks Publishes 1.7m+ US records and PlusD Database

99 problems but fMRI ain't one: rappers help scientists study creativity

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Rap's appeal extends to the US embassy in Algeria. US State Department At Ars, we’ve seen tears and faux tarantulas inside fMRI machines, but here’s a new one: rappers. A group of researchers from NIH wanted to investigate what goes on in the brain during periods of intense creativity,...
99 problems but fMRI ain't one: rappers help scientists study creativity
Don't shoot at a Yeti -- it should only be caught alive
From nukes to hacks: US and Russia to create a 'red phone' secure hotline for cyber attacks

Julian Assange could face charges in the US according to leaked e-mails

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E-mails leaked today from a private US intelligence company directly mention charges drawn up in the US against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Melbourne, Australia paper The Age obtained the e-mails from intelligence company Stratfor through an investigative partnership with WikiLeaks. The primary e-mail cited by The Age was from...
Julian Assange could face charges in the US according to leaked e-mails
Pistol plans hit P2P after creator pulls design offline

Hollywood Loses Its Big Copyright Lawsuit Against ISP iiNet Down Under

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Well, here's some good news on the copyright front down under in Australia. You may recall that, back in 2008, a bunch of Hollywood studios (along with two Australian movie studios, just to make it seem "local") sued Australian ISP iiNet for failing to "do enough" to stop infringement. As...
Hollywood Loses Its Big Copyright Lawsuit Against ISP iiNet Down Under

Google and Yahoo criticise Australian net filter plan

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US is also 'concerned' at plans to block flow of information and experts say state-controlled check will slow browsersAustralia came under fire today from the United States for its proposed internet filtering system, which, if implemented, would be the strictest of any democracy.A US state department official said that it...
Google and Yahoo criticise Australian net filter plan

Why We Shouldn't Write Off Eric Schmidt's Visit To North Korea

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Google Chairman Eric Schmidt's trip to North Korea came as a surprise to many yesterday. It seems likely that the news would have remained secret without the AP's North Korea correspondent Jean H. Lee scoop. Surprise isn't the only reaction we're seeing though. According to the BBC, US State department...
Why We Shouldn't Write Off Eric Schmidt's Visit To North Korea

Is the bold US vision of Silicon Valley diplomacy already over?

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I just got an email that Alec J. Ross is leaving the State Department. This is maybe noteworthy in and of itself to about a dozen of our readers, and they probably already got the same email. But, to me, it signals the worrying end of a pro-entrepreneur mini-era...
Is the bold US vision of Silicon Valley diplomacy already over?

Chen Guangcheng can apply to study abroad, China says

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Hillary Clinton says progress is being made as Chinese foreign ministry hints at resolution to diplomatic crisisHopes of a resolution to the standoff over the activist Chen Guangcheng's future have been bolstered after the Chinese foreign ministry issued a statement saying he can apply to study abroad.A state news agency...
Chen Guangcheng can apply to study abroad, China says
If You Give Trolls a Purpose Do They Cease to Be Trolls?

Gary McKinnon should be pardoned, urges leading US military thinker

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John Arquilla, who coined the term 'cyberwarfare,' thinks pardon would help 'recruit master hackers' to US Cyber CommandA leading military thinker has urged President Barack Obama to pardon the British computer hacker Gary McKinnon as part of a wider bid to recruit "master hackers" to US Cyber Command.John Arquilla, a...
Gary McKinnon should be pardoned, urges leading US military thinker
Eric Schmidt's North Korea trip confirmed for next week

US criticises Google Korea visit

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The US state department says a planned visit to North Korea by Google chairman Eric Schmidt is not "particularly helpful"....
US criticises Google Korea visit

3D-printed firearm plans downloaded 100,000 times, State Department steps in

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That didn't take long -- just days after its first test fire, the Liberator, a 3D-printed pistol designed by Defense Distributed founder Cody Wilson, has caught the attention of the federal government. It's hardly a surprise: the arm's blueprints were downloaded more than 100,000 times since going live on...
3D-printed firearm plans downloaded 100,000 times, State Department steps in

Syria: US says it has no evidence rebel forces used sarin gas

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State department casts doubt on UN investigator Carla del Ponte's claim that opposition may have deployed nerve agentThe US has cast doubt on claims by UN human rights investigator Carla del Ponte that Syrian rebel forces could have used the nerve agent sarin. A US state department official said Washington...
Syria: US says it has no evidence rebel forces used sarin gas

Boom Financial raises $17M to make banking available to all

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Mobile banking company m-Via raised $17M in funding and changed the company name to Boom Financial. Boom provides an online financial platform for people without bank accounts. Its primarily serves immigrant families and allows them to save, share, and spend their money globally, which is key for those with extended...
Boom Financial raises $17M to make banking available to all

WikiLeaks claims court victory against Visa

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Icelandic court rules that payment processor broke contract laws by blocking credit card donations to whistleblowing siteWikiLeaks has claimed a "significant victory" in its struggle with the US government to allow people to make donations to it through the Visa payment scheme, after an Icelandic court ruled that a payment...
WikiLeaks claims court victory against Visa
Paint it black: How Syria methodically erased itself from the 'Net

US State Department cancels no-bid Kindle contract

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Prior to payment and delivery, the US State Department has torpedoed its $16.5 million contract with Amazon, proposed in June, for Kindle e-book readers. The contract is headed to a normal Request for Information process, rather than the no-bid award that Amazon was initially selected to fulfill. The program was...
US State Department cancels no-bid Kindle contract

VIDEO: Google's Schmidt visiting North Korea

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The US state department has said a planned visit to North Korea by Google chairman Eric Schmidt is unhelpful....
VIDEO: Google's Schmidt visiting North Korea

Eric Schmidt in North Korea: Google chairman's step into the unknown

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Google says it is not an official visit; the state department has described it as unhelpful. So just what is Eric Schmidt up to?As diplomatic encounters go, it has to be among the most intriguing: the head of a revolutionary technology company that has helped secure the open flow of...
Eric Schmidt in North Korea: Google chairman's step into the unknown

US imposes sanctions on Iran for Internet censorship

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US government officials have been calling out Iran on its harsh treatment of bloggers and journalists for some time now. Now the US State Department is trying to put some teeth into those condemnations. The department announced sanctions against four Iranian individuals, along with five Iranian "entities"—government agencies and private companies. The...
US imposes sanctions on Iran for Internet censorship
3D-printed gun files pulled offline at State Department's request

Google's Jared Cohen on the digital future - live Q&A

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Jared Cohen, director of Google Ideas and co-author of The New Digital Age with Eric Schmidt, will be here on Thursday 25 April between 1pm and 2pm (BST) to take part in a live Q&A. Post your questions nowJared Cohen used to work at the US state department, where he...
Google's Jared Cohen on the digital future - live Q&A

FBI Seized Anonymizer Server

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The US State Department keeps saying it wants to support a free and open internet, and to build systems that protect dissedents and reformers who are speaking out. But it seems that they can't get the message through to the rest of the US government. Apparently the FBI has seized...
FBI Seized Anonymizer Server

IP Diplomat Sob Story: It's Hard To Push The US Agenda When The World Listens To Reason

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We've talked in the past about the US State Department's horrific IP Attache program. These are US government "diplomats" whose sole job is to go around the world spreading copyright and patent maximalist propaganda based on the interests of a few large US companies. There's been an effort underway to...
IP Diplomat Sob Story: It's Hard To Push The US Agenda When The World Listens To Reason
US State Department doesn't want Eric Schmidt to visit North Korea right now
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