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Google's Gatekeepers 150

Posted by kdawson
from the can't-read-that-here-try-a-proxy dept.
theodp writes "With control of 63% of the world's Internet searches, as well as ownership of YouTube, the NY Times reports that Google is the most powerful and protean of the Internet gatekeepers, exerting enormous influence over who can find an audience on the Web around the world. Deciding what controversial material does and doesn't appear on the local search engines Google maintains in many countries — as well as on Google.com, YouTube, Blogger, Picasa, and Orkut — falls on the shoulders of Nicole Wong and her colleagues, who have arguably been given more influence over online expression than anyone else on the planet. Some find Google's gatekeeper role worrisome: 'If your whole game is to increase market share,' says Lawrence Lessig, 'it's hard to do good, and to gather data in ways that don't raise privacy concerns or that might help repressive governments to block controversial content.'"

Comment: Re:Model M (Score 1) 128

by lmfr (#23311164) Attached to: Hands-On With SteelSeries Ikari Mouse and New 7G Gaming Keyboard
I'm a happy client of Das Keyboard II.

Enough cicky-clack to annoy your workmates, and a good feel to it.

Never had a Model M, though, so I can't give a comparison.

Also, I only have slight problems with the lack of key information w.r.t. the top row (numbers and symbols on top). YMMV, of course.

Businesses

+ - Adblock plus users "accused" of stealing-> 1

Submitted by
derrida
derrida writes "There is this Firefox Add-on called Adblock plus that promises (and delivers) removal of "all those ads and banners on the internet that often take longer to download than everything else on the page". And there is also an ongoing debate whether this is stealing or not. Quoting two different views:
"Do you have a devise that automatically blocks all commercials on television.[?] There's a difference between ignoring commercials and blocking them." and
"My a** it is [stealing]! If your going to argue I'm taking something from you by not waiting for your ads to load, I'm going to argue you are "stealing" bandwidth.".
Going one step further some web developers released scripts that blocks Adblock (watch the oxynoron!).
How is really slashdot going to react if Adblock plus is heavily used by its readers?"

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Mozilla

+ - Firefox to support scripting with IronPython/Ruby->

Submitted by MonkeyMan
MonkeyMan (666) writes "A new project called IronMonkey will extend the Firefox web browser's next-generation ECMAScript virtual machine to support scripting with IronPython and IronRuby: 'The IronMonkey project aims to add multilanguage functionality to Tamarin, a high-performance ECMAScript 4 virtual machine which is being developed in collaboration with Adobe and is intended for inclusion in future versions of Firefox. The IronMonkey project will leverage the source code of Microsoft's open source .NET implementations of Python and Ruby, but will not require a .NET runtime. The goal is to map IronPython and IronRuby directly to Tamarin using bytecode translation.'"
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Software

+ - Phenix Project fails in Belgium: UNISYS under fire

Submitted by a slashdot reader
a slashdot reader (666) writes "The Belgium governement has decided to terminate the contract with UNISYS; the latter being in charge of the Phenix Project. The aim of the project was to centralize all different software systems (13) of the Belgium ministery of Justice in one solution. Development started mid 2003 and up till now UNISYS was apparently unable to deliver a workable solution. The full story can be read here (dutch) http://www.tijd.be/nieuws/artikel.asp?Id=2758696. I expect that we will read from this case in the near future again and it will be interesting to understand what caused the failure: project management, technology choices, etc..."
Software

+ - Debian package of the day

Submitted by
flok
flok writes "The Debian project has started a new interesting webpage: the "Debian package of the day"-page. It does what it says: every day an other package from the Debian repository is posted with an elaborate describtion and some nice screenshots. As Debian (and other distributions as well) contains way too much packages to inspect all of them yourself, this is then a nice way of learning about all kind interesting softwarepackages."
Encryption

+ - AACS says hack can be contained

Submitted by Bart
Bart (666) writes "Ars Technica reports that the AACS Licensing Authiroty is doing some damage control today on the AACS hack that effects both Blu-ray and HD DVD (previous /. coverage). From the article, "The statement was firm in expressing the viewpoint that this attack is not a wholesale attack on AACS, nor does it represent a serious threat to AACS. 'Instead,' the statement reads, 'it illustrates the need for all AACS licensees to follow the Compliance and Robustness Rules set forth in the AACS license agreements to help ensure that product implementations are not compromised.'" The group thinks that the attack can be thrwarted, and while Ars seems to aggree, they suspect another hack will soon follow."

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