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+ - China's Huawei and ZTE Deny Espionage Connections->

Submitted by wiredmikey
wiredmikey (1824622) writes "The leaders of a congressional probe into Chinese telecom giants Huawei and ZTE expressed fresh concerns Thursday about the firm's links to the Beijing government, as the companies defended their integrity, the AFP reports.

Committee chairman Mike Rogers said he has been "disappointed" that the firms have provided little evidence to prove they are not being used by the Chinese government for espionage or cyber attacks on the United States. Charles Ding, a corporate senior vice president of Huawei, told the panel: "I am here today to set the record straight about Huawei," and added that the firm's success "has been built on entrepreneurship... not on favoritism from any government."

The hearing comes amid ongoing reviews around the world on whether Chinese firms, rapidly expanding in the telecom sector, are linked to the Chinese military or the government in Beijing. Representative Dutch Ruppersberger said he was concerned that the Chinese companies' products are subsidized by the Beijing government and that "US consumers may have no idea about the national security implications of their purchases."

Zhu Jinyun, ZTE's senior vice president for North America and Europe, defended his firm's integrity. "The committee's central question has been: would ZTE grant China's government access to ZTE telecom infrastructure equipment for a cyber attack?... Let me answer emphatically: No!" he said.

When asked about a report that at least one ZTE device had a "back door," Zhu said this was incorrect. The report, he said, was "not fact-based. What they have been calling back doors are actually software bugs," which affect all companies."

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Censorship

Al Franken Makes a Case For Net Neutrality 604

Posted by Soulskill
from the put-the-swiss-in-charge dept.
jomama717 writes "In a post titled 'The Most Important Free Speech Issue of Our Time' this morning on The Huffington Post, Senator Al Franken lays down a powerful case for net neutrality, as well as a grim scenario if the current draft regulations being considered by the FCC are accepted. Quoting: 'The good news is that the Federal Communications Commission has the power to issue regulations that protect net neutrality. The bad news is that draft regulations written by FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski don't do that at all. They're worse than nothing. That's why Tuesday is such an important day. The FCC will be meeting to discuss those regulations, and we must make sure that its members understand that allowing corporations to control the Internet is simply unacceptable. Although Chairman Genachowski's draft Order has not been made public, early reports make clear that it falls far short of protecting net neutrality.'"
Security

Study Confirms ISPs Meddle With Web Traffic 131

Posted by Soulskill
from the you-wouldn't-like-me-when-i'm-angry dept.
Last July, a research team from the University of Washington released an online tool to analyze whether web pages were being altered during the transit from web server to user. On Wednesday, the team released a paper at the Usenix conference analyzing the data collected from the tool. The found, unsurprisingly, that ISPs were indeed injecting ads into web pages viewed by a small number of users. The paper is available at the Usenix site. From PCWorld: "To get their data, the team wrote software that would test whether or not someone visiting a test page on the University of Washington's Web site was viewing HTML that had been altered in transit. In 16 instances ads were injected into the Web page by the visitor's Internet Service provider. The service providers named by the researchers are generally small ISPs such as RedMoon, Mesa Networks and MetroFi, but the paper also named one of the largest ISPs in the U.S., XO Communications, as an ad injector."
Space

+ - Solar plane stays aloft 54 hours->

Submitted by
kwerle
kwerle writes "From the BBC News

A solar powered plane built by a UK defense company successfully stayed aloft through 2 nights (54 hours total). An unspecified fault cut it's flight short. A second flight of 33 hours was cut short by threatening thunderstorms.

The Zephyr is not the first solar-powered plane to fly through the night (SoLong: http://www.acpropulsion.com/solong/48_hour_flight. htm), but it claims to be the first that remained powered the whole time — as opposed to gliding occasionally.

The Zephyr has a 59' wingspan, and reached an altitude above 58,000'."

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Portables

+ - Windows Mobile vs iPhone - Incomplete/Unfinished->

Submitted by cellphoneer
cellphoneer (1122081) writes "InformIT has posted a fairly decent iPhone vs. Windows Mobile review that provides a feature-by-feature comparison between the two operating systems/phones. From the summary:

"The iPhone is undeniably a thing of beauty. It represents a shift in user interaction, much like the recent "Surface" table Microsoft released. However, once you get past the exterior and superficial aspect of the iPhone, it falls short. In fact, the iPhone is really nothing more than a tease — it's full of potential, but thanks to DRM and a very restrictive environment it is a disappointment. I suppose the name iPhone does make some sense, but unfortunately whoever the 'I' was that made the phone forgot to realize there are a lot of other people out there with their own idea of what they want their mobile phone to do. Perhaps Apple should start with the name 'urPhone' and design a device around that concept.""

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Media

+ - Blu-ray, HDDVD Target of EU Antitrust Probe->

Submitted by
rfunches
rfunches writes "The Wall Street Journal reports that EU antitrust regulators are turning up the heat on the Blu-ray and HD-DVD format consortiums as the European Commission demanded evidence of Hollywood studios' "communications and agreements on the new generation of DVD formats." From the article:

The European Commission, the European Union's executive body, appears to be particularly interested in the activities of the Blu-ray group because of its dominance in Hollywood, according to people familiar with the situation. The commission is investigating whether improper tactics were used to suppress competition and persuade the studios to back their format.
The article points out that all of the major Hollywood studios except Universal are backing Blu-ray; Universal is backing HD-DVD. It also notes that while one industry watcher believes the first format to have an installed base of two million homes will come out on top, there were millions of Betamax units already sold when VHS won out in the format wars of the 80's."

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