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Censorship

+ - Google Bows Down To Chinese Government On Censorship

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percyalpha
percyalpha writes "Sometime between December 5 and December 8 last year, Google made a surprising decision that hasn’t yet been reported. They decided to remove a feature which had previously informed users from China of censored keywords (screenshot). At the same time, they deleted the help article which explained how to use the feature. This latest move was fully controlled by Google and can as such only be described as self-censorship."
Iphone

+ - Hacker successfully bypassed app store to install apps on iPhone 5->

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percyalpha
percyalpha writes "There is currently no jailbreak for iPhone 5. However, hacker has figured out a way to bypass app store to install unauthorized apps. According to this blog post, all you need to do is to visit " http://www.percy.in/bypassappstore " with mobile safari and an unauthorized app would be installed on your iPhone. Screenshots are also available on that blog post."
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China

+ - Baidu blocks users from other search engines 3

Submitted by
percyalpha
percyalpha writes "Baidu, the search giant in China, which also operates many products such as baidu answers, encyclopedia, forum, docs recently redirects clicks from 360, another search engine newly launched 15 days ago, to baidu index. For example, if a search result from 360 is an item on baidu encyclopedia, Baidu will redirect users to baidu index rather than this item. After some time, 360 used cached page to show all Baidu related results in order to avoid this redirection. The redirection and and counter redirection are still going on.

Now, it seems that Baidu is doing the same thing to Google, at least partially. This is a search for baidu answers. When you click any results, you will be redirected to baidu index with a banner saying"click to proceed to the specific results you are looking for". However, this redirection for Google only applies to Baidu answers and to this specific Google IP(203.208.46.206)"
Censorship

+ - Blocked websites in China overwhelmed Herdict database 1

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percyalpha
percyalpha writes "Greatfire is a website that automatically monitors Internet censorship in China. Recently, we improved our system to share all testing data with Herdict, a project at Harvard University on Internet blockages. User reports on Herdict of websites inaccessible in China are automatically imported into our system, and our data of websites blocked in China is also exported into the Herdict database. If you ever explore the first ten pages of herdict database, chances are all block reports are from China and imported from our system."
Censorship

+ - China Telecom users can't access foreign websites for 20 minutes 3

Submitted by
percyalpha
percyalpha writes "China Telecom users can't access any foreign website from about 10:20 A.M to 10:40 A.M BeiJing time On July 27. Other ISP such as Unicom are not affected.
This is a ping record to Google around that time. The outrage lasted shorter than
the one happen on April this year. However, users could no longer use minor VPN providers to circumvent the block as they did last time."

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