Monthly Archives: November 2013

US Working Overtime Behind The Scenes To Kill UN Plan To Protect Online Privacy

Yeah, someone is working behind the scenes, all right!
(via Techdirt)
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The UN has apparently been considering a proposal pushed by Brazil and Germany, to clarify that basic offline rights to privacy should apply to online information and activities as well.
The proposal is targeted at attempts by governments — mainly…

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Pop Group “Beastie Boys” Makes Social Media Blunder

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If it’s one thing you must never try to do with popular social media content, it’s try to remove it. But that’s just what the famous pop groupBeastie Boys” and the record companyUniversal Music tried to do…

“GoldieBlox Girls Parody Video has gone viral on the Internet, and has been recognized by the press and the public as a parody and criticism of the original song.”

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The big boys in the music industry did not find it particularly funny that toy store “Goldiebox” changed the lyrics of the pop boys’ famous refrain.

From:  “Girls – to do the dishes; Girls – to clean up my room; Girls – to do the laundry; Girls – and in the bathroom; Girls – that’s all I really want is girls.”

To: “Girls – to build the spaceship; Girls – to code the new app; Girls…

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Cisco’s Gloomy Forecast Shows NSA Effect Is Starting To Hit Home

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Cisco(s csco) has shocked financial analysts — who were expecting healthy growth — by predicting a 10 percent sales slump during the current quarter. There are a variety of reasons for this, but the standout one is the backlash in emerging markets against the activities of the U.S. signals intelligence agency, the NSA.

This shouldn’t have come as a surprise. Communications infrastructure is absolutely central to the surveillance scandal, and that’s Cisco’s business. An American networking firm was never going to come out of this mess well – and the whole infrastructure business is in a state of upheaval anyway — but the figures are sobering nonetheless.

In the last quarter, on which Cisco was reporting on Wednesday, the company saw a sudden 21 percent revenue drop in its top 5 emerging markets: 25 percent down in Brazil, 18 percent down in India, Mexico and China, and 30 percent down…

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