Friday, 9 April 2010

Google Gives the US Government Access To Gmail
"Google condemns the Chinese Government for censoring its results, and Australia for planning to do the same. Meanwhile, its lawyers and security experts have told employees to 'be intentionally vague about whether or not we've given access to end-user accounts,' according to engineer James Tarquin, hinting that Google may be sharing its data with the US government. Perhaps Australia's most hated communications minister, Steven Conroy, could be right in his criticism of Google's privacy record after all."

Israeli kidney 'thieves' arrested
Tel Aviv reported on Wednesday that six Israeli citizens have been detained on suspicion of running an international organ-trafficking ring and breaking promises to donors to pay for their removed kidneys.

Greece plunges deeper into crisis, banks, euro hit
Markets pounded Greek bonds and banking stocks on Thursday, driving the debt-stricken euro zone member's borrowing costs to new highs and pushing it closer to tapping a last resort EU/IMF safety net.

'Mind-reading' brain-scan software showcased
Mind reading may no longer be the domain of psychics and fortune tellers — now some computers can do it, too.

Anti-terrorist hotline fosters suspicion
The terrorist hotline is not only of dubious worth, it damages already fragmented communities. We need to get rid of it

Interest rates may have to rise sooner after figures point to inflation rise
• Factory-gate inflation increased 5% – the highest for 16 months
• Fear that interest rates will increase well before end of year

Digital Economy Act: what happens next?
The Digital Economy Bill has received Royal Assent and been passed into law, but how will internet users be affected?

European Union Sinking into Economic Depression, The Coming Debt Wars
Government debt in Greece is just the first in a series of European debt bombs that are set to explode. The mortgage debts in post-Soviet economies and Iceland are more explosive. Although these countries are not in the Eurozone, most of their debts are denominated in euros. Some 87% of Latvia’s debts are in euros or other foreign currencies, and are owed mainly to Swedish banks, while Hungary and Romania owe euro-debts mainly to Austrian banks. So their government borrowing by non-euro members has been to support exchange rates to pay these private-sector debts to foreign banks, not to finance a domestic budget deficit as in Greece

Leading UK ISP Says It Will Defy Government’s Net Censorship Bill
Says bill partially written by music industry is on a par with communist Chinese censorship


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