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Crime

Submission + - Wikileaks founder arrested by British police

An anonymous reader writes: Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks, was arrested on Tuesday in relation to a Swedish sex-crime case, the London Metropolitan Police said. Interpol, the international police agency, had issued a 'red notice' last week for Assange, who had been hiding out in an undisclosed location till recently. The notice is not equivalent of an arrest warrant, but he was charged with sex crimes and was put on the 'wanted' list.
Cellphones

Submission + - Xinhua, China Mobile announce search venture (yahoo.com)

suraj.sun writes: The state-run Xinhua News Agency said Thursday it will launch its own search venture, giving Google a new, well-financed rival following the closure of its China-based Web search engine.

In a two-sentence dispatch, Xinhua said it signed a framework agreement Thursday with China Mobile Ltd., the world's biggest phone carrier by subscribers, to set up a search and international media company. It said work has reached a "substantive operation" stage.

The communist government is trying to build up Chinese technology industries and at the same time is giving Xinhua and other state media billions of dollars to expand their presence in foreign markets.

The venture might be a new threat to Google Inc.'s China market share, which has declined since the U.S. company closed its mainland search engine in March to avoid cooperating with Beijing's Web censorship.

Reuters: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100812/ap_on_hi_te/as_china_search_battle

Encryption

Submission + - India says Google, Skype, RIM must meet security n (reuters.com) 1

suraj.sun writes: India says Google, Skype, RIM must meet security needs:

India will go after any company, including Google, after cracking down on BlackBerry in its quest to keep the world's fastest growing mobile phone market safe from militants and cyber spying, a government source said on Friday.

India has given RIM, until August 31 to comply with a request to gain access to encrypted corporate email and messaging services or those services will be shut.

RIM is under pressure from governments around the world to give access to its codes. Other companies have also faced scrutiny since authorities intensified their fight against Islamic militants misusing mobile devices.

Pakistani-based militants used mobile and satellite phones in the attacks on Mumbai in 2008, which killed 166 people. The militants were suspected of using Internet telephony, which is widely available, in the attacks.

Reuters: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE67151F20100813

Networking

Submission + - Inside Southampton's new supercomputer (bbc.co.uk)

An anonymous reader writes: A new supercomputer is transforming the way research is conducted at the University of Southampton. Iridis 3's 8,000 processors are capable of performing 72 trillion calculations per second.

Submission + - Julian Assange in TV interview (svtplay.se)

SwedishCoward writes: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appeared in an exclusive interview in swedish TV on thursday, meeting some of the recent criticisms. Published on the web was also some extra material from the interview concerning the legal issues of publication in Sweden.

Main interview: http://svtplay.se/v/2105005/rapport/assange_om_kritiken_fran_hjalporganisationerna
Extra material: http://svtplay.se/v/2104836/rapport/wikileaks_julian_assange_i_kvall_i_aktuellt

Google

Google About Openness 283

sopssa writes "Several sites, including TechCrunch and The Register, are reporting about an email Google's VP Jonathan Rosenberg sent to employees on Monday about the meaning of open. 'At Google we believe that open systems win. They lead to more innovation, value, and freedom of choice for consumers, and a vibrant, profitable, and competitive ecosystem for businesses. ... Our goal is to keep the Internet open, which promotes choice and competition and keeps users and developers from getting locked in.' But are we likely to see Google open their search engine, advertising or the famous back-end system? In their words, that would mean Google and other companies would need to work harder and innovate more to keep their users, for everyone's benefit."

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