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” the beginning of the end of the INTERNET as you know it”

“The deal marks the beginning of the end of the internet as you know it,” said Josh Silver, president of the Free Press consumer group, talking about the Google-Verizon tie-up. A lot of concerned groups think that if it came to pass, would change the very nature of the internet and how it operates

Talks about US regulators having closed-door meetings intended to find a way to make sure all web data is treated equally, has stopped, according to BBC News.

The Federal Communications Commission began the meetings after a court limited its net regulation powers.

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What is Net Neutrality?

Network neutrality (also net neutrality, Internet neutrality) is a principle proposed for user access networks participating in the Internet that advocates no restrictions by Internet Service Providers and governments on content, sites, platforms, on the kinds of equipment that may be attached, and no restrictions on the modes of communication allowed and to treat all web traffic equally, regardless of content type or origin – serving only as a one-size-fits-all pipeline for whatever data is passing from content providers to end users.

That extends to the idea that ISPs should not block any lawful content or control their infrastructure to preferentially deal with any kind of data.

The issue now is how much ISPs should be allowed to control the size of the pipes – that is, actively controlling the bandwidth available to certain websites based on the type of content they provide, and thus the internet speed that users perceive from the site.

Here’s a video that explains it in a simplified manner.

Lebanon sees Blackberry as “Security Risk”

Lebanon will assess security concerns relating to the use of BlackBerry phones in the country, the acting head of the Telecoms Regulatory Authority said on Thursday. This came up after the arrest of several telecoms employees suspected of spying for Israel.

Overall, about 100 people have been arrested on suspicion of spying for the Israeli agency Mossad since April 2009, when the government launched a nationwide crackdown on alleged rings.

TRA would start talks with the BlackBerry’s Canadian maker, Research In Motion, over its concerns.

In a statement, RIM founder and co-chief executive Mike Lazaridis has said that allowing governments to monitor messages would imperil the firm’s ties with customers, including major corporations and law enforcement agencies.

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GE invites you to join $ 200 million “Ecomagination Challenge”

GE recently unveiled the “Ecomagination Challenge: Powering the Grid” which basically is an open call to action for businesses, entrepreneurs, innovators and students seeking breakthrough ideas to create a cleaner, more efficient and economically viable grid, and accelerate the adoption of smart grid technologies.
The Challenge invites people to come together to take on one of the world’s toughest challenges – building the next-generation power grid to meet the needs of the 21st century.

Selected Ecomagination Challenge entrants will be offered the opportunity to develop a commercial relationship with GE through:

    • Investment: the $200 million capital pledge of GE and its partners will be invested globally into promising start-ups and ideas
    • Validation: evaluation of entrant’s business strategy through in-depth discussions with GE‘s technical and commercial teams
    • Distribution: exploration of partnership opportunities with GE to scale a business and create global reach
    • Development: leveraging of GE‘s technical infrastructure and GE Global Research Centers to accelerate technology and product development
    • Growth: exploration of opportunities for utilizing existing GE customer relationships for your go-to-market strategy

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BP’s Oil Spill Magically Evaporated into thin air?

Majority of news agencies are now reporting that the Oil magically disappeared in the Gulf. At the same time, as the dailymail reports, “the Obama administration conceded the ‘vast majority’ of the oil that gushed into the ocean from the ruptured well has already gone.”

No more problem? Situation under control?

The extraordinary reports came after government scientists concluded, that three-quarters of the leaked oil has “evaporated, dispersed, been burned off or been contained.”

Seriously?

While mainstream media unanymously reported to the same tune, Kate Sheppard of motherjones.com reports:

“…the oil isn’t gone. More than 100 million gallons of it—at least nine and a half times more oil than the Exxon Valdez dumped—remain at the surface or dispersed undersea. And the government is still keeping crucial information about the extent of the damage a carefully guarded secret—from everyone except BP.”

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Mutant Radioactive Wild Boars Plague Germany

According to Spiegel International Online radioactive wild boars are now growing in numbers in Germany. Frightened residents are reportedly being attacked. These boars even disrupt traffic when they gang up on roadways according to some other media reports.

Caused mainly by Ukraine’s Chernobyl nuclear meltdown way back in 1986, contaminating much of Europe, the contamination remains detected. The number of the contaminated animals have grown as the wild boar population skyrockets.

The Spiegel report also says that German government payments compensating hunters for lost income due to radioactive wild boar meat have quadrupled since 2007. Last year , about $555,000 was paid to hunters who found themselves with inedible boar meat, due to its radioactivity. The hunters would have otherwise sold the meat, but it was deemed unfit for human consumption.

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Wave Goodbye to Google Wave !

Google officially pulls the plug on Google Wave after more than a year’s run. Tech journalists described Wave initially as the next big thing and was supposed to revolutionize online communication and replace email and instant messaging.

It is basically an online software application that was described as “a new web application for real-time communication and collaboration” It was first announced at the Google I/O conference on May 27, 2009.It is a web-based service, computing platform, and communications protocol designed to merge e-mail, instant messaging, wikis, and social networking.It has a strong collaborative and real-time focus supported by extensions that can provide, for example, spelling/grammar checking, automated translation among 40 languages, and numerous other extensions.Initially released only to developers, a preview release of Google Wave was extended to 100,000 users in September 2009, each allowed to invite additional users. Google accepted most requests submitted starting the 29th of November 2009, soon after the September extended release of the technical preview. On May 19, 2010, Google Wave was released to the general public.

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