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Submission + - To Protect Drones, Obama Blocked a Chinese Company From Buying a Windfarm (vice.com)

pigrabbitbear writes: "A funny thing happened in Oregon last week. For the first time in 22 years, the president put a stop to a foreign acquisition of a business in the United States with an executive order. In doing so, Obama stopped a Chinese company from owning and operating a windfarm in Oregon that happens to be within spitting distance of Naval Weapons Systems Training Facility, a top secret naval base used to test drones and train for electronic warfare."
Google

Submission + - Google Apps no longer able to process new signups? (google.com)

Gentlewhisper writes: For the past two weeks an increasing number of Google Apps users are not able to get their new accounts setup, or reset their lost administrative passwords. All this is due to what seems to be a broken CNAME verification mechanism. Are you one of the affected users? What's your experience with this issue like? How have you managed to work around this?
Microsoft

Submission + - Microsoft, Amazon Snag Rigoddamndiculous Patents

theodp writes: Quiz time. True or false: Bill Gates patents Guardian Angels? True or false: Amazon patents 'boxing' videos? As you've probably guessed, both are true! Bill Gates was granted a patent Tuesday for inventing 'a software assisted mind amplifier' — aka Guardian Angel — that protects one from sex offenders, the FBI's most wanted, and bad jokes. Not to be outdone, Amazon scored a patent for sending video clips to customers of their order being packaged for shipment.

Submission + - Google, Microsoft Push Feds to Fix Privacy Laws (wired.com) 1

schwit1 writes: A coalition of the net's biggest online service providers, including Google and Microsoft, are joining with the top internet rights groups to demand Congress modernize the nation's privacy laws.

Among the reforms pushed by the so-called Digital Due Process coalition is a requirement that law enforcement get warrants from a judge when they want to force companies to turn over your e-mails, documents and location data. But despite issuing a clarion call to change privacy laws, none of the companies that are pushing citizens to store more and more sensitive information online announced any change to their own practices.

Google

Submission + - Google's New Approach To China is to Serve from HK (blogspot.com)

abs0lutz3ro writes: Google stops censoring simplified Chinese search results on google.cn by redirecting users to google.com.hk, which Google maintains is entirely legal. From the article: "Due to the increased load on our Hong Kong servers and the complicated nature of these changes, users may see some slowdown in service or find some products temporarily inaccessible as we switch everything over... In terms of Google's wider business operations, we intend to continue R&D work in China and also to maintain a sales presence there, though the size of the sales team will obviously be partially dependent on the ability of mainland Chinese users to access Google.com.hk." Seems like google.cn got served; from google.com.hk

Comment That's normal... (Score 1) 249

I don't think apple would have a problem with documented 16-year-olds working 2-8 hours a week while they were doing well at school. This has to do with kids working full time or more, particularly if under terrible working conditions. In terms of safe disposal, it has other implications with terrible health effects for certain destitute communities. (Google it.)

Censorship

MADD Targets GTA IV Over Drunk Driving Scene 703

eldavojohn writes "The watch-dog group Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) has set its sights on the rating of GTA IV, primarily because a player can drive drunk in the game. MADD released a statement saying that 'Drunk driving is not a game, and it is not a joke. Drunk driving is a choice, a violent crime and it is also 100 percent preventable.' MADD also is asking Rockstar Games to consider removing GTA IV from distribution 'out of respect for the millions of victims/survivors of drunk driving.' Rockstar replied to MADD by saying 'we have a great deal of respect for MADD's mission, but we believe the mature audience for "Grand Theft Auto IV" is more than sophisticated enough to understand the game's content.' As expected, Jack Thompson is making his usual attention-whoring remarks by comparing GTA IV to the polio virus."

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