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+ - Instagram responds to press around it's new Privacy Policy->

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hugheseyau writes "Yesterday Instagram introduced a new version of their Privacy Policy and Terms of Service that will take effect in thirty days. Since making these changes, many users were confused and upset about what the changes mean.

Instagram now says that "it is not our intention to sell your photos" and that "users own their content and Instagram does not claim any ownership rights over your photos". This is good news for Instagram users."

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Google

+ - Google Blames Nexus 4 Shortage on LG->

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hugheseyau writes "Google's Nexus 4 debut is an prime example of how not to launch a product. There's nothing wrong with the hardware, mind you, it's the lack of availability that's driving potential buyers batty. How could Google have so ineptly predicted the strong demand than an unlocked and affordable smartphone running the latest version of Android would elicit? That's a great question, and Google is content to partially pass the buck.

The root cause of the shortage falls on LG's shoulders. Dan Cobley, Google's managing director for the company's U.K. and Ireland divisions, fielded a bunch of questions and complaints on Google+ with an explanation of what's going on, followed by an apology."

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+ - Amazon smartphone reportedly in production, set to go on sale in mid-2013->

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hugheseyau writes "Rumors have been in the air for several months that claim Amazon will compete in the handset space with its own offering, much like it did with its Kindle Fire line of tablets. According to a new report from the Taiwan Economic News, the Internet retail giant has selected the infamous Foxconn to manufacture the handset. Additionally, Amazon is said to have ordered 5 million units and will launch the device at $100 to $200 sometime in the second quarter or third quarter of 2013."
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Facebook

+ - Instagram Testimony Doesn't Add Up->

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hugheseyau writes "On a late August morning, Kevin Systrom, chief executive of Instagram, took an oath before testifying at a hearing of the California Corporations Department, which sought to determine if Facebook’s acquisition of the photo sharing service was in the best interest of Instagram investors. ... When asked if his company had received any offers besides Facebook’s at the time of the negotiations, Mr. Systrom said, “No, we never received any offers,” according to transcripts of the hearings. ... Yet the accounts of several people close to Twitter and Facebook, and documents reviewed by The New York Times, contradict the statements he made under oath.""
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Android

+ - Dell Gives up on Android, Doubles Down on Windows 8->

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hugheseyau writes ""Dell vice chairman Jeff Clarke made a less than shocking announcement at this year’s Dell World Conference in Austin. The company is officially giving up on Android phones and tablets. ... So if Dell is giving up on Android, what comes next? The company claims its doubling down on Windows 8, and the enterprise market.""
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Censorship

+ - As many as one in four websites may be blocked in Iran->

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hugheseyau writes ""Internet usage in the Islamic Republic of Iran has increased significantly since the country's first Internet link went live in 1993, second only now to Israel when comparing the percentage of the population with Internet access in the Middle East. This presents a problem for a regime with a well documented history of press censorship as many users see the Internet as an opportunity to have their voices heard outside the reach of the Iranian Government. In response, in 2006 the Iranian Government began to dramatically increase its censorship of the Internet In Iran.

This article examines the state of Internet Censorship in Iran in 2012 by conducting a survey to determine whether top sites across all categories of the Internet are censored in Iran. The results of this survey were quite shocking, revealing a large percentage of websites are blocked in Iran""

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Censorship

+ - Current State of Internet Censorship in Iran->

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hugheseyau writes "Internet usage in the Islamic Republic of Iran has increased significantly since the country's first Internet link went live in 1993, second only now to Israel when comparing the percentage of the population with Internet access. This presents a problem for a regime with a well documented history of press censorship as many users see the Internet as an opportunity to have their voices heard outside the reach of the Iranian Government. In response, in 2006 the Iranian Government began to dramatically increase its censorship of the Internet In Iran.

This article examines the state of the Internet in Iran in 2012 by conducting a survey to determine whether top sites across all categories of the Internet are censored in Iran."

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Censorship

+ - DNS Cache Poisoning in the People's Republic of Ch->

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hugheseyau writes "Internet censorship in the People's Republic of China is but the modern day manifestation of the China's long history of literary censorship. In 213 B.C. emperor Qin Shi Huang ordered almost all books, with few exceptions, be burnt in order to prevent comparisons of his leadership with past leaders. Some 2000 years later, with the rise to power of the Chinese Communist Party, censorship in the People's Republic of China increased yet again.

Since it's rise to power in 1949, the Chinese Communist Party has mandated that countless films, books, newspapers and television shows be destroyed or cancelled. In its constant battle to prevent negative images of its time in power, the People's Republic of China has adapted it's censorship schemes for modern times, with the introduction of the 'Golden Shield' Project by the Ministry of Public Security. The goal of this project was to implement what is now known as the 'Great Firewall of China', a system to allow the Chinese Communist Party to control Internet use within China.

This system uses a number of different techniques in order to achieve this goal, with one of the more common being DNS cache poisoning. This article will cover the basics of DNS cache poisoning as well as take a look into how it has been implemented by the Great Firewall of China."

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Censorship

+ - Test if any site is blocked in China in real-time->

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hugheseyau writes "There has been a lot of hype recently around Chinese internet censorship, particularly around the blocking of Google+ before it was even launched! Have you ever wondered what life is like behind the 'Great Firewall of China'? You can now test if any website is blocked in China in real-time at http://www.blockedinchina.net/."
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Censorship

+ - Inside the DOJ's domain name graveyards->

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hugheseyau writes "Between November 2010 and May 2011, the US Department of Justice (DoJ), under many banners including the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), seized over 140 domain names from sites allegedly engaged in the "illegal sale and distribution of counterfeit goods and copyrighted works" or other illegal activities.

But what exactly happens when domains are seized in such a manner? How is it done, and where do they end up? This article provides insight into the takedown process as well as providing a unique look into the DoJ’s domain name graveyard."

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