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Submission + - Google Brazil executive "detained" for refusing Youtube takedown order (globo.com)

h00manist writes: The police executed an order to detain Google's top executive in Brazil, Fábio José Silva Coelho. Google refused an order to remove a youtube video which accused a mayoral candidate of several crimes. Police say he will be released today; Brazilian law for the case allows for a one-year max sentence. Streisand Effect, anyone?

Submission + - Egyptians protest, inspired by Tunisia, Wikileaks (csmonitor.com)

h00manist writes: Egyptians young and old are on the streets protesting. They were inspired by Tunisia's protests-led revolution, it started even before the Tunisian president fled. Egypt receives about US$1.5 billion in US aid per year, even though Egyptian president Mubarak's dictatorship has lasted since 1981. All started by this Wikileaks document.. Got milk, I mean, document?

Submission + - Chinese mob provides half of world's rare-earth (nytimes.com)

h00manist writes: Reporters visit was greeted with a “We’re going to carve all of you up, slaughter all of you and burn your car!” — The gangs reap profits that can rival drug money, while leaving pollution and violence in their wake. [...] Rogue operations in southern China produce an estimated half of the world'(TM)s supply of heavy rare earths, which are the most valuable kinds of rare earth metals. Heavy rare earths are increasingly vital to the global manufacture of a range of high-technology products — including iPhones, BlackBerrys, flat-panel televisions, lasers, hybrid cars and wind-power turbines, as well as a lot of military hardware. China mines 99 percent of the global supply of heavy rare earths, with legal, state-owned mines mainly accounting for the rest of China’s output. That means the Chinese government’s only effective competitors in producing these valuable commodities are the crime rings within the country's borders.
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Submission + - Open 'net debate on Internet laws in Brazil (google.com.br)

h00manist writes: Brazil has opened public, free, internet debate on it's new internet law proposal. A hodgepodge of contradicting state laws, lawsuits, and rulings were blocking efforts to encourage more internet use, so a new federal law proposal is open to debate, including topics such as education, culture, freedom of expression, right-to-use, user and provider rights and responsibilities, anonymity, content removal and notices, crime and law enforcement, everything. Currently the site accepts comments on each paragraph of the law. Last October there was debate on the general principles to be included in the law. Brazilian Portuguese, but there is google translate and volunteers translating to English.

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