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Hollywood’s Net police

Issue Date: Dec 15, 2012
US Internet firms have declared war on what they call “illegal downloaders”. Verizon, one of the biggest Internet service providers in the country, said it will e-mail warnings to people who use technologies such as BitTorrent to download copyrighted material. Then it will restrict or “throttle” their Net speed.

Hackers—good and bad

Issue Date: Dec 15, 2012
In 2009, a group of hackers—or hacktivists, depending on one’s political position—broke into the websites of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. The industry body which claims to safeguard recording artists’ rights had just won a landmark case against the downloading site Pirate Bay.

Search ends in gangland

Issue Date: Nov 30, 2012

The physical Net

Author(s): Meenakshi Mistry
Issue Date: Nov 30, 2012
In the concluding chapter of the book under review author Andrew Blum visits Google’s data centre in Oregon in the US, where he gets a cold reception. Google employees refuse to show him around little more than the lunchroom. “The company’s primary colors and childlike playfulness no longer seemed friendly... They made me feel like a schoolkid.

A respite

Issue Date: Nov 15, 2012
In a country with no daily newspapers and soft-hitting state media outlets, the Internet is where Tajikistanis go for news. That apparently got officials worried. In recent months, some 50 websites, including independent news portals and even youtube, were blocked. Though most sites were reopened on October 10, analysts say they can go offline anytime.

No snooping for personal data

Issue Date: Nov 15, 2012

Be cautioned

Issue Date: Oct 31, 2012
Google is sending out messages to users that their Gmail accounts may have been targeted by state-sponsored cyber-criminals. The warnings, which Google security officials began sending out October 2, are coming after its security officials gleaned new information about cyber-attacks and their perpetrators, The New York Times reports.

War against Vedanta

Issue Date: Sep 30, 2012
PEOPLE’S movement and international solidarity is a powerful combination. Metals and mining giant Vedanta Resources felt the heat on the day of its annual general meeting on August 28. Grassroots campaign group Foil Vedanta declared the day as the global day of action against it. Activists from different organisations joined the campaign and crowded the entrance to the meeting hall.

Antarctic huts go online

Issue Date: Aug 31, 2012
At the turn of the 20th century, the intrepid explorers, Sir Ernest Shackleton and Robert Falcon Scott, built cabins in Antarctica and used them as base camps for their journeys to the South Pole.
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