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Submission + - Indian minister seeks censorship for user generate (hindustantimes.com)

punit_r writes: Indian minister for Communications & Information Technology, Kapil Sibal, met officials from Facebook, Google, YouTube and Yahoo on Monday, 5 December 2011, and told them to screen what goes on the sites. He basically asked the websites to actively screen content..

How, do screen such massive amount of data? Well, the IT minister has the perfect recipe. "We'll use humans to screen content and not technology", said the IT minister.

Meanwhile, he got it back from the social media.

Submission + - US officially becomes a police state (huffingtonpost.com) 1

quadrox writes: The national defense authorization act recently passed by the senate contains a provision to let the military detain terrorism suspects on U.S. soil and hold them indefinitely without trial. An attempt to restrict this provision to non US citizens failed.

Submission + - Google Targeting ads on youtube

An anonymous reader writes: Imagine this... I am searching on Google for some tips on how to reflash my NXT Lego Mindstorm controller (firmware update went horribly wrong... but that’s another story),
and then later in the day I am surfing facebook and a mate posts a story about The Duck Song (which is hosted on YouTube... so I go for a listen and to my surprise there is a targeted
advertisement on Lego from an Australian retailer... WTF... definitely not a coincidence, either one of two things is happening here
1. There are looking at my cookies and targeting advertising based on search history
2. I happened to be on the mindstorm site looking at other peoples efforts. (and I am using Chrome) maybe they are sniffing what sites I have open.

anyone seen trends like this... I can't say I am that comfortable with the lack of anonymity.

here' s a screen shot
http://img149.imageshack.us/i/youtubead.jpg/

Submission + - Ars technica blocks AdBlock users (arstechnica.com) 5

qvatch writes: Ars technica stops displaying articles for users browsing with AdBlock. No error is displayed, nor was any warning given.

  Clintology ( Developer / Proj. Manager )
            | tbradshaw wrote: I'm guessing that these responses mean that this is "behavior by design"?

Yes, its meant to annoy you into outing yourselves so I can guilt you ;)

If you're not willing to unblock our ads, we're fairly happy for you to not read the content we work very hard on, or to just stop visiting the site altogether.

Businesses

Submission + - Dell begins their largest layoff ever. 3

cyphercell writes: Dell has begun their largest series of layoffs ever. This morning at about 10:00am more than two hundred employees at Dell's Roseburg Oregon Call center found out that they no longer had jobs. Sparking what appears to be the beginning of year long run of layoffs for the company. http://www.newsreview.info/article/20070802/NEWS/7 0802014

Refuting local suspicions of malice Dell spokesman David Frink states:

... the closure has nothing to do with a lawsuit filed by employees of the Roseburg center in February, claiming Dell violated federal and state wage and hour laws.
http://www.newsreview.info/article/20070213/NEWS/7 0213020

and later says

...plans to reduce employment worldwide by 10 percent at the end of May.


Their plans to reduce employment can be found here:
http://www.statesman.com/business/content/business /stories/technology/06/01/1dell.html

Here are some highlights:

Dell set to shed 8,800 workers...

Dell has 82,200 permanent workers, including 18,000 in Central Texas, and 5,300 temporary workers worldwide. The layoffs are expected to affect both groups...

In its last large-scale layoffs, Dell cut more than 5,000 jobs in Austin after the high-tech bust in 2001.

...many of the layoffs could come in Central Texas, where Dell is headquartered. In a March 29 report to clients, Goldman Sachs analysts said Dell might reduce the work force at its test and assembly facilities in the U.S. and Malaysia.

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