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+ - Why Google's new privacy principles miss the point-> 1

Submitted by Dada Vinci
Dada Vinci (1222822) writes "Google recently announced five new privacy principles designed to product development at the company. However, many commentators are starting to notice that the list is based on a Web 1.0 view of the world: the privacy principles address only what Google does with the data, not what privacy invasions can be done by others using Google's services and tools. In a Web 2.0 world, is "Privacy 2.0" required?"
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Censorship

Twitter Developing Technology To Thwart Censorship 144

Posted by samzenpus
from the unblockable-force dept.
SHMG writes "Micro-blogging site Twitter is developing technology that will prevent government censorship, after Iran and China moved to censor its users. Speaking at the World Economic Forum, Twitter CEO and co-founder Evan Williams said the company was working on 'hacks' to stop any blocking by foreign governments. 'We are partially blocked in China and other places and we were in Iran as well,' he said. 'The most productive way to fight that is not by trying to engage China and other governments whose very being is against what we are about.'"
Social Networks

How To Spread Word About My FOSS Project? 244

Posted by timothy
from the luck-plays-a-role dept.
An anonymous reader writes "I'm in a bit of a bind with an open source web software project of mine. It's a very small project that I've been developing for over three years. By now it's got a promising feature set, but very few users and virtually no community around it. The problem is that people I have asked to try it refuse to do so because it doesn't have a thriving community. It's an infinite loop: without users, we won't have a community, and without a community, users aren't coming. So, Slashdot, my question is: how can I build a community and help get the word out about a project led by 2 people and with only 5-6 regulars on our forum and IRC?"
Power

+ - Radio Frequencies Release Hyrdogen in Salt Water-> 2

Submitted by SuperMallen
SuperMallen (156287) writes "According to this AP article, a cancer researcher in Erie, PN has made a discovery whereby firing certain radio frequencies into salt water causes the salt water gives up its hydrogen, which can then be burned. Considering that salt water is the most abundant resource on the planet, the long-term fuel implications are vast."
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The Internet

+ - Paypal auctions off old "Logo" to charity

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "It seems that since PayPal has changed to their new logo, the old one is up for grabs. Well, at least the sign at corporate headquarters is. "The legendary PayPal sign has been through many wonderful memories and comes with years of stories that it overheard while "hanging" at the office. The sign has been carefully maintained and still looks as sharp as it did when it first went up. The proceeds from this auction will benefit the Natural Resources Defense Council." SIGN STATS Weight: 500lbs, Width: 15'-4 3/4", Height: 4'-5 1/4", Depth: 1'0""
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+ - Google Employee Hides Easter Eggs in Translator->

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InvisblePinkUnicorn
InvisblePinkUnicorn writes "I was looking up information on a painting of Ivan the Terrible, and needed to translate some pages from Russian. Babelfish was working alright, but Google Translate seemed more convenient. It was then that I noticed something strange — every page translated by Google replaced one form of Ivan's Russian name with "Abraham Lincoln". For example: this brief biography. Did Google create its translation table inhouse, or outsource it from some other company? Can anyone else find similar examples of this?"
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Editorial

+ - Popcorn vs. "We The People": To Subsidize->

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IConrad01
IConrad01 writes "Functionalism In Action — Newsflash: Overconsumption Has Health Risks! is a commentary derived from a news item about a man contracting "popcorn lung" from the over-consumption of butter-flavored popcorn; with the idea of trying to take corporate vs. individual vs. public healthcare into a bit of perspective. Basically; in a 'universal healthcare' scenario we would be, as the public, responsible for footing this guy's healthcare bill because he thought abusing a tasty treat was a good idea — which this author, for one, finds just plain silly. Where, then, would the rational cutoff point be? And who would get to make those decisions?"
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Announcements

+ - DDoS Attack->

Submitted by
Mae Minehan
Mae Minehan writes "On September 2 2007, online scammers began an automated DDoS attack against aa419.org, with the goal of shutting down the anti-fraud site. For some time, aa419 was able to filter the worldwide botnet's attacks by monitoring connections and only allowing legitimate visitors to access the site. However, by September 5 the hoster was being overwhelmed with nearly 400 Gb of incoming requests every hour. Rather than let their infrastructure melt under the onslaught, the server is currently offline. This massive distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack was inspired by aa419.org's mission to blacklist and shut down scam web sites. Since 2004, the all-volunteer organization has recorded more than 18,000 such sites. In addition to publicly warning potential victims of fraud, they work with hosters and registrars to take scam web sites offline quickly, with a success rate of over 97% shut down. Susan Williams, press officer for aa419.org, said, "On the whole, we're positive about this. Not that we enjoy being offline; quite the opposite. But being attacked with a botnet of this magnitude tells us that we are doing serious damage to the organized crime networks that run these scams." Internet crime is increasing at record rates, and aa419.org is at the forefront of the fight against it. "We will continue our work regardless of how many criminals are annoyed by it," Williams said. For further inquiries and questions, please contact Susan Williams at +1-914-908-4906 or 419suziecue@gmail.com."
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The Internet

+ - Facebook expands to public search listings->

Submitted by
kushboy
kushboy writes "Today when a user logs on to their Facebook account, they'll find the following notice: "Now people can search for this listing from Facebook's Welcome page. In a few weeks, it may also be found through search engines like Google." You can control your privacy settings, and disallow external search from making your profile publicly searchable. The public profile is shows is just your picture and name, and a person would still have to sign up with Facebook to contact you. The full statement: "Since your search privacy settings are set to "Everyone," you now have a public search listing. This means that friends who aren't yet on Facebook will be able to search for you by name from our Welcome page. Public Search Listings may only include names and profile pictures. In a few weeks, these public search listings can be found by search engines like Google. No privacy rules are changing; anyone who discovers your public search listing must register and log in to contact you via Facebook. Learn More.""
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