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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.

News Snippets

Issue Date: Jul 31, 2012
>> A US court has ordered Twitter to release old details about a user held during an Occupy Wall Street protest in New York. The micro-blogging firm contested the subpoena, saying the tweets were owned by users, not the company. But a judge said defendant Malcolm Harris’ privacy would not be violated if the material was handed over.

Game of hide and seek

Issue Date: Jul 31, 2012
On June 28, The New York Times (NYT) started a Chinese-language website that generated so much interest in China that two of its microblog accounts drew thousands of followers.

What's with this Kolaveri about John Doe injunctions?

Author(s): Abhik Majumdar
Issue Date: Jun 1, 2012
On 29 March 2012, at the instance of a firm called Copyright Labs, the Madras High Court issued an injunction intended to prevent the illegal copying and distribution of  film 3, (perhaps best known for its song "Why this Kolaveri (
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