nwetters writes: "Dubai's Gulf News is reporting a bungled attempt by the national telco Etisalat to deploy spyware to Blackberry devices. ITP.net 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.""
nwetters writes: "Tagged.com, 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, tagged.com was within the top-10 websites in Qatar, according to Alexa.com."
nwetters writes: "Qatar is a small country on the Arabian Peninsula. As is the way in many parts of the world, Internet traffic is censored through a proxy server, and this has led to the whole country being blocked from posting to prevent vandalism."