Voline (207517) writes "Digitimes reports that Asus and Acer will not be producing netbooks in 2013, signaling the end of a product category that Asus began five years ago with it's Eee PC. The Guardian looks at the rise and fall of the netbook and posits some reasons for it's end. These include: manufacturers shifting from Linux to Windows causing an increase in price that brought netbooks into competition with full-on laptops that offered better specs for not much more money, the global recession beginning in 2008, and the introduction of the iPad and Android tablets. Agree? What are they missing?" top
Leaked Memo Says Apple Provides Backdoor to Govern
Voline (207517) writes "In a tweet early this morning, cybersecurity researcher Christopher Soghoian pointed to an internal memo of India's Military Intelligence that has been liberated by hackers and posted on the Net. The memo suggests that, "in exchange for the Indian market presence" mobile device manufacturers, including RIM, Nokia, and Apple (collectively defined in the document as "RINOA") have agreed to provide backdoor access on their devices.
The Indian government then "utilized backdoors provided by RINOA" to intercept internal emails of the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission, a US government body with a mandate to monitor, investigate and report to Congress on "the national security implications of the bilateral trade and economic relationship" between the US and China. Manan Kakkar, an Indian blogger for ZDNet, has also picked up the story and writes that it may be the fruits of an earlier hack of Symantec.
If Apple is providing governments with a backdoor to iOS, can we assume that they have also done so with Mac OS X?" top
Voline (207517) writes "Last Summer, after WikiLeaks released 90,000 leaked internal US military documents in their Afghan War Log, Pentagon officials went on a media offensive against WikiLeaks, accusing it of having the "Blood on It's Hands" of American soldiers and Afghan collaborators who are named in the documents. The charge has echoed through the mainstream media (and internet comment threads) ever since.
Now, CNN is reporting that after a "thorough" Pentagon review, "WikiLeaks did not disclose any sensitive intelligence sources or methods, the Department of Defense concluded." And, according to an unnamed NATO official, "there has been no indication" that any Afghan's who have collaborated with the NATO occupation have been harmed as a result of the leaks.
Will the Pentagon's contradiction of the charges against WikiLeaks get as much play in the media as those original accusations did?" Link to Original Source top
Voline (207517) writes "The Guardian reports that a whistleblower inside the International Energy Agency claims that the IEA has deliberately underreported World's supply of crude oil, under pressure from the US government. The source also cites fear of inciting a panic on oil futures markets and a resultant upward spike in oil prices. A sudden shock is just what the world economy does not need right now." Link to Original Source top
Voline (207517) writes "As of 09:15 GMT the popular, private, Bittorrent-tracking site, Demonoid, is offline. Attempting to load the site results in blank white page with only the following text on it:
"The CRIA [Canadian Recording Industry Association] threatened the company renting the servers to us, and because of this it is not possible to keep the site online. Sorry for the inconvenience and thanks for your understanding."
Demonoid had previously moved it's servers to Canada from the Netherlands to avoid legal threats there." top
Voline (207517) writes "In the pursuit of technological independence Venezuela has begun shipping the first 'Bolivarian Computers'. Named after the hero of the South American independence struggle against Spain, they are made by VIT (Venezuela de Industria Tecnológica), which is a joint venture of the Chinese company Lang Chao and the Venezuelan government. The four desktop and single laptop models all run Gnu/Linux. VIT hopes to eventually begin distributing the inexpensive computers throughout Latin America." Link to Original Source