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Submission + - Russia Quietly Tightens Reins on Web With 'Bloggers Law'

randomErr writes: Russia is tightening its grip on free speech and freedom of the internet by creating a new 'blogger law'. The new law put into effect Monday now say if you want to post anything online you have to register with the government. This policy follows the pattern set by China, Pakistan, Turkey, and Iran.

Submission + - U.S. Government Demands For Google's Data Increased 37% Over The Last Year (

Sparrowvsrevolution writes: Governments are sticking their noses into Google's servers more than ever before. In the second half of 2011, Google received 6,321 requests that it hand over its users’ private data to U.S. government agencies including law enforcement, and complied at least partially with those requests in 93% of cases, according to the latest update to the company’s bi-annual Transparency Report.

That’s up from 5,950 requests in the first half of 2011, and marks a 37% increase in the number of requests over the same period the year before. Compared with the second half of 2009, the first time Google released the government request numbers, the latest figures represent a 76% spike. Data demands from foreign governments have increased even more quickly than those from the U.S., up to 11,936 in the second half of 2011 compared with 9,600 in the same period the year before, though Google was much less likely to comply with those non-U.S. government requests.


Submission + - New Signs Voyager is Nearing Interstellar Space ( 1

sighted writes: "Yesterday, someone tweeting for the Voyager 2 spacecraft posted: 'Interesting. Compare my data 4 high-energy nucleons w V1's That increase is attracting attention!' Today, NASA says that scientists looking at this rapid rise draw closer to an inevitable but historic conclusion — that humanity's first emissary to interstellar space is on the edge of our solar system. Project scientist Ed Stone said, 'The latest data indicate that we are clearly in a new region where things are changing more quickly. It is very exciting. We are approaching the solar system's frontier.'"

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