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All posts tagged "USA"

  • Edward Snowden reportedly mulling return to US, but only if the law changes

    Former NSA contractor turned whistleblower Edward Snowden says a return to the US would be the best possible solution for him and the country as a whole, but getting to that point won't be easy. In an online Q&A hosted by the Courage Foundation, which is campaigning for Snowden's freedom, Snowden says that the only thing keeping him from returning to the US is a 100-year-old law. The law, he says, "was never intended to be used against people working in the public interest, and forbids a public interest defense". "This is especially frustrating, because it means there’s no...

  • Amazon Prime Air: just another pipe dream or technological breakthrough?

    On 1 December, Jeff Bezos revealed on CBS’ 60 Minutes that Amazon is working on the creation of a new drone delivery system. The new service, labelled Amazon Prime Air, will enable Amazon to offer 30-minute delivery through the use of unmanned Octocopters. These drones will be able to deliver packages weighing up to 2.3 kg within a 10-mile radius from the given fulfillment center. The announcement became the leading tech news globally, however its public reception was largely mixed. Due to current U.S. aviation regulations, the service cannot be implemented in the next couple of years. Many experts and...

  • Tencent throws a bone to international users with 10TB worth of free storage

    You might recall Chinese internet giant Tencent giving its domestic users 10TB worth of free storage back in August. It was a big deal at the time, not least because it dwarfed the 1TB of free cloud storage its competitors were offering. Now, it looks like Tencent, part owned by emerging markets internet and media giant Naspers, is extending the offer to its international users. According to US tech news site PandoDaily, an English-language version of the service will roll out early next year. As with the Chinese version of the service, in order to access your 10TB, you'll have to...

  • Obama won, Wolverine fired, Google Watch coming: #StuffToKnow this week

    Well, the US government shut down (because of old men acting like children who didn’t get the toys they wanted), and after 16 day of chaos, nothing happened. South African banks were robbed via Mc Donald's and Steers. Google is ready to release a watch of its own since Samsung messed up the hardware design. And oh yeah, no stress, but we are building the terminator. INTERNET US government ends shutdown and avoids debt crisis Well this was an unmitigated US$26-billion mess by the Republicans and many citizens of the US, as well as people around the world, shared their frustrations...

  • Google: Government take down requests on the up, even in Western democracies

    Government requests to take down online content are on the rise, even in Western democracies not usually associated with censorship. That's according Google's latest Transparency Report, which disclosing data about such requests as well as traffic patterns and disruptions to Google services from different countries. The internet giant says it has seen a definite rise in the number of requests to have political speech removed from its properties: When we started releasing this data in 2010, we also added annotations with some of the more interesting stories behind the numbers. We noticed that government agencies from different countries would...

  • US issues demands to China on ‘Great Firewall’

    Ratcheting up its increasingly stern line with Beijing on trade issues, Washington has added concerns about China's infamous Great Firewall saying that it may be hurting US companies' access to Chinese consumers. This concern, amongst others, was put forth in a letter by US Ambassador to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Michael Punke to his Chinese compatriot. "Some companies based outside of China have faced challenges offering their services to Chinese customers when their...