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Submission + - Etisalat bungles Blackberry spyware deployment

nwetters writes: "Dubai's Gulf News is reporting a bungled attempt by the national telco Etisalat to deploy spyware to Blackberry devices. gives some details of the battery-sapping "performance patch", which has been uploaded to the Blackberry support forum last week. On Sunday Etisalat issued a two paragraph statement apologising for "a phased software upgrade...that led to extra consumption of the handset battery.". It described the patch as a "routine upgrade process", but said it had stopped issuing it as a precautionary measure.""

Submission + - Tagged banned in Qatar

nwetters writes: ", the social networking site, has been placed on a blacklist by Qatar, the small Middle-East nation. Instead of the usual landing page, users within the gas-rich state are told "The webpage you are trying to access has been blocked as the content contains prohibited materials." Last week, was within the top-10 websites in Qatar, according to"

"Necessity is the mother of invention" is a silly proverb. "Necessity is the mother of futile dodges" is much nearer the truth. -- Alfred North Whitehead