psema4 writes: Techcrunch has a story today on an Apple Patent application "that ventures a little farther afield than most, and describes a mobile banking concept that is truly innovative, which could essentially turn iTunes into a micro-lending bank."
What's particularly interesting (and depressing!) is that standards bodies working on developing protocols in this space can't discuss the patent online without serious risk.
psema4 writes: "FTA: "This fall, legislatures in both Canada and the U.S. are set to vote on bills that would force private Internet service providers (ISPs) to store information about their customers, in order to allow the government to spy on its citizens."
The most disturbing part to my mind is that, in Canada "The so-called 'lawful access' legislation would force ISPs to disclose customer information to the government on demand and without obtaining a warrant."
The "West" is increasingly becoming the very thing our forefathers fought to protect us from — for our own safety, of course."
psema4 writes: "From the press release: "If given a majority government, the Conservatives are promising to ram through a bill that would provide unprecedented systematic interception and monitoring of Canadians’ personal communications. In short, Canada will soon join the growing list of countries subject to invasion of privacy and internet censorship. Therefore, the Pirate Party is preparing to extend the services presently offered to residents of repressive regimes to protect the people affected by the aspiring dictator right here at home."
For every paid account opened, the Pirate Party of Canada will provide a free VPN account to a citizen of a nation with censored internet.
Yet what the BSA did not disclose is that the 2009 report on Canada were guesses since Canadian firms and users were not surveyed. While the study makes seemingly authoritative claims about the state of Canadian piracy, the reality is that IDC, which conducts the study for BSA, did not bother to survey in Canada. After learning that Sweden was also not surveyed, I asked the Canadian BSA media contact about the approach in Canada.
psema4 writes: "This just in from my LinkedIn network:
As a recent article in the New York Times reports, the rapidly spreading availability and affordability of cell phones in the developing world is transforming local economies and creating new opportunities for development.
Come see how MIT students, together with 8 partner organizations in 7 developing countries, are inventing — and deploying — new ways of using mobile phones and other information and communication technologies to address some of the world's most pressing problems.
Wish I could be there to check it out. According to my LinkedIn message, it's open to the public and takes place on May 8th."