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Sunday, February 20, 2011

The Open Internet: A Case for Net Neutrality

Network neutrality is the idea that your cellular, cable, or phone internet connection should treat all websites and services the same. Big companies like AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast want to treat them differently so they can charge you more depending on what you use.

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February 20, 2011 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Dubai opens 'world's highest' restaurant 1,350ft from ground | Mail Online

The French are renowned for their haute cuisine, which literally means 'high cooking', but in Dubai developers have taken it to another level.

The world's highest restaurant opened its doors yesterday... and it's a dizzying 1,350 feet (422 metres) from the ground - not ideal for vertigo sufferers.

via www.dailymail.co.uk

 Dizzying: At.mosphere, on the 122nd floor of the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, is the world's highest restaurant

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Ivory Coast authorities disrupt opposition meeting

Ouattara's prime minister called on followers this week to take to the streets in an Egypt-style uprising against incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo. Gbagbo declared a nationwide curfew on Friday through the weekend.

via www.washingtonpost.com

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BBC News - Could 3D television be dangerous to watch?

Recent safety advice has said 3D TV is not suitable for children, but does that mean the technology is a health risk?

When Peterborough mayor Keith Sharp wanted to rent Piranha 3D on DVD a few weeks ago, he was not expecting to have his request turned down on health and safety grounds.

via news.bbc.co.uk

Nintendo warns children under six not to play console in 3D as it may harm their eyesight

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1343056/Nintendo-warns-new-3D-handheld-console-harm-young-childrens-eyesight.html#ixzz1EQQZ15cg

How a 3D game might look: Nintendo said there is a parental control system involving a PIN number that will allow adults to turn off the 3D function

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BBC News - Mobile World Congress: What will take 2011 by storm?

Mobile World Congress: What will take 2011 by storm?

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Saturday, February 19, 2011

Is Bahrain's Regime Next to Fall? - Council on Foreign Relations

Tensions in Bahrain escalated (BBC) on Friday with reports of troops firing on anti-government protesters. But unlike in Egypt and Tunisia, the unrest in Bahrain is unlikely to lead to the collapse of the regime, says F. Gregory Gause III, an expert on the Gulf states. Gause notes that in Tunisia and Egypt, security forces identified with the protesting crowds, while in Bahrain there's a "strong sectarian division" between the Sunni monarchy's security forces and the crowds, which are largely Shiite. Gause says Saudi Arabia, which has a direct causeway to Bahrain, is worried about the potential security situation and notes there are rumors some Saudis may already be in the Bahrain security forces. Gause also says that the situation in Bahrain poses a serious dilemma for the United States. While Secretary of State Hillary Clinton praised the king of Bahrain and his reforms when she visited just two months ago, now the White House is rebuking the government (MSNBC) for using force. But if the regime fell and the United States was forced to give up its Fifth Fleet base in Bahrain, "the idea that you would sacrifice the headquarters of your Naval forces in the region at a time when your foreign policy goal is to contain Iran would certainly be seen as a victory for Iran and a defeat for the United States," says Gause.

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New bill strips president’s power to shut off Internet | The Raw Story

New bill strips president’s power to shut off Internet | The Raw Story


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Friday, February 18, 2011

Three wavelengths of extreme ultraviolet light image - NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory turns 1 (photos) - CNET News

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Laying on sidewalk, manhole image - 'Unfortunate' views of Google Street View (photos) - CNET News

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China's reaction: Build a wall | The Economist

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The Arab world: The awakening | The Economist

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FBI to Announce New Internet-Wiretapping Push - Tech Talk - CBS News

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Under God: What is love? - Elizabeth Tenety

By Elizabeth TenetyPalestinians buy flowers for Valentine's Day in a shop in Gaza City, Monday, Feb. 14, 2011. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

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BBC News - Food prices at dangerous levels, says World Bank

Top StoriesSex charge trial for BerlusconiEgypt army sets reform deadline'Nuclear virus' targets uncoveredSouth Sudan 'massacre killed 200'Bahrain to probe protest deaths

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Julian Assange: Roommate from Hell | Politics | Vanity Fair

And our friendship began to fall apart the moment that Julian no longer felt that I was kowtowing to him. When I began to bring up concrete problems, simply because problems existed and not because I saw our relationship differently, he started to describe me as someone who needed to be “contained.”

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Monday, February 14, 2011

Singularity: Kurzweil on 2045, When Humans, Machines Merge - TIME

On Feb. 15, 1965, a diffident but self-possessed high school student named Raymond Kurzweil appeared as a guest on a game show called I've Got a Secret. He was introduced by the host, Steve Allen, then he played a short musical composition on a piano. The idea was that Kurzweil was hiding an unusual fact and the panelists — they included a comedian and a former Miss America — had to guess what it was.

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Sunday, February 13, 2011

BBC News - Report: Urgent action needed to avert global hunger

A UK government-commissioned study into food security has called for urgent action to avert global hunger.

"We know in the next 20 years the world population will increase to something like 8.3 billion people," he told BBC News.

"We know that urbanisation is going to be a driver and that something of the order of 65-70% of the world's population will be living in cities at that time.

"We know that the world is getting more prosperous and that the demand for basic commodities - food, water and energy - will be rising as that prosperity increases, increasing at the same time as the population."

He warned: "We have 20 years to arguably deliver something of the order of 40% more food; 30% more available fresh water and of the order of 50% more energy.

"We can't wait 20 years or 10 years indeed - this is really urgent."

via www.bbc.co.uk

Global Food and Farming Futures

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How can a future global population of 9 billion people all be fed healthily and sustainably?

The Foresight project Global Food and Farming Futures explores the increasing pressures on the global food system between now and 2050. The Report highlights the decisions that policy makers need to take today, and in the years ahead, to ensure that a global population rising to nine billion or more can be fed sustainably and equitably.

The Foresight report makes a compelling case for urgent action to redesign the global food system to meet the challenge of feeding the world over the next 40 years.

February 13, 2011 in Ecology, Economy, Food and Drink, Politics, Science | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Financial Times: The message for China from Tahrir Square

Beijing is right to be unnerved by Mubarak's fall '€“ the ostensibly resilient regime is afflicted by many of the same pathologies as Egypt, writes Minxin Pei

Read the full article at: Financial Times

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After Egypt’s Tahrir Square Revolt, Uncharted Ground - NYTimes.com

In a moment that may prove as decisive to the Middle East as the 1967 Arab-Israeli war, 18 days of protest hurtled Egypt once again to the forefront of politics in the Middle East. In the uprising’s ambition, young protesters, savvy with technology and more organized than their rulers, began to rewrite the formula that has underpinned an American-backed order: the nation in the service of a strongman.

via www.nytimes.com

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This is so much more than a ‘webolution’ (Spiked)

This is so much more than a ‘webolution’

In the face of a historical rupture, and with events unfolding at dizzying speed, some find this a comforting thought: Egyptians have long suffered in silence, experiencing increasing levels of poverty and denial of basic freedoms. Then along came the start-up saviours of Twitter, Facebook and the rest, and finally there was change Egyptians could believe in.

But this Facebook fetishism gets things the wrong way around. There is no such thing as a ‘social media-led revolution’. What’s happening in Egypt today is a people-led upheaval, and it was not inspired or sparked by some Web 2.0 gizmo. As Wael Abbas, an Egyptian blogger and human rights activist, told spiked: ‘We’ve been using social media for years, but the decision to take action now was taken by the people… It cannot be credited to the internet. What’s taking place on the streets today is completely the role of the Egyptian people. The internet is used as a tool only – to campaign, to spread information, to call people to protest.’ Abbas believes that the internet has facilitated political activism: ‘It has enabled people to communicate without using traditional means of communication that are controlled by the regime.’

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Algeria, Next Stop ?

Algeria braced for protests as Egypt celebrates new dawn

Domino Effect in Middle East

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Evolution of Revolution = WEBOLUTIOIN !!!

The Egyptian Revolution and Online Influence.


Not only has the social web been used to organize the demonstrations in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, it has also been one of the main sources for disseminating minute-by-minute updates on what has happened on the ground, from the joyous and triumphant victories of an empowered public, to the darker moments of brutality and violence. Seeing social media’s power to inform, organize & influence these situations is wildly fascinating.

But at TRAACKR, we have never been concerned with social media in general or even in specific platforms. We have always been focused on finding the PEOPLE who are driving the information and influence. So, the situation in Egypt provided a brilliant petri dish for this type of analysis.

February 12, 2011 in ANNOUNCEMENT, Current Affairs, Politics, Web Culture | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack