[ECP] Educational CyberPlayGround NetHappenings Mailing List copyright 1989

Google censorship, GSM Nation, Obama Trade Document Leaked, Tropes vs. Women in Video Games, Hacked companies fight back with controversial steps, How Spreadsheets Changed the World, Mapping and Sharing the Consumer Genome, annual summary of US pension and retirement health care (under)funding, National Heritage Fellows announced, Army’s cancelled GMR Ground Mobile Radio

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1) Google sees ‘alarming’ level of government censorship
Web giant says that in the past six months it received more than 1,000
requests from government officials for the removal of content. It
complied with more than half of them.
2) Meet GSM Nation, an MVNO selling any smartphone you desire
GSM Nation has spent the last two years selling unlocked smartphones
through its online retail portal, and in the process has steered tens of
thousands of customers toward contract-free voice and data plans offered
by the newly emerging class of mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs).
GSM Nation CEO and co-founder, Ahmed Khattak, however, is getting tired
of handing off the potentially lucrative service business. So this fall
GSM Nation plans to launch its own MVNO. GSM Nation has decided to
partner with T-Mobile, tapping into the operator’s high-bandwidth HSPA+
networks and possibly even its future LTE network. Those data speeds are
of particular importance to the company because it plans to target more
sophisticated users who live for their data services and spend
relatively little time talking on their phones.Khattak said GSM Nation’s
cheapest plan will run about $33 and include roughly 250 voice minutes
and 2 GB of data.
http://ow.ly/bF8lw and http://www.gsmnation.com/
3) Obama Trade Document Leaked, Revealing New Corporate Powers And
Broken Campaign Promises
Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) has been so incensed by the lack of access as to
introduce legislation requiring further disclosure. House Oversight
Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) has gone so far as to leak a
separate document from the talks on his website. Other Senators are
considering writing a letter to Ron Kirk, the top trade negotiator under
Obama, demanding more disclosure.
The newly leaked document is one of the most controversial of the
Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact. It addresses a broad sweep of
regulations governing international investment and reveals the Obama
administration’s advocacy for policies that environmental activists,
financial reform advocates and labor unions have long rejected for
eroding key protections currently in domestic laws.
4) Tropes vs. Women in Video Games
First, we reached our initial funding goal in less than 24 hours! Next,
we achieved our first set of stretch goals in under 1 week! Now we have
met our second set of expanded goals in just 2 weeks! $158,917
This video project will explore, analyze and deconstruct some of the
most common tropes and stereotypes of female characters in games.
5) Hacked companies fight back with controversial steps
Frustrated by their inability to stop sophisticated hacking attacks or
use the law to punish their assailants, an increasing number of U.S.
companies are taking retaliatory action. Known in the cyber security
industry as “active defense” or “strike-back” technology, the reprisals
range from modest steps to distract and delay a hacker to more
controversial measures. Security experts say they even know of some
cases where companies have taken action that could violate laws in the
United States or other countries, such as hiring contractors to hack the
assailant’s own systems.
6) InterDigital To Sell 1,700 Patents To Intel For $375 Million – Forbes
7) How Spreadsheets Changed the World: A Short History of the PC Era.
Not to be confused with hotsheets.
By John F. McMullen
Apple II: The Story Begins . . .
8) Washington Post on Folklorist Cliff Murphy of Maryland Traditions &
the Maryland State Art Council’s work with the state’s Singing & Praying
9) You for Sale: Mapping, and Sharing, the Consumer Genome
IT knows who you are. It knows where you live. It knows what you do.
It peers deeper into American life than the F.B.I. or the I.R.S., or
those prying digital eyes at Facebook and Google. If you are an American
adult, the odds are that it knows things like your age, race, sex,
weight, height, marital status, education level, politics, buying
habits, household health worries, vacation dreams – and on and on. Right
now in Conway, Ark., north of Little Rock, more than 23,000 computer
servers are collecting, collating and analyzing consumer data for a
company that, unlike Silicon Valley’s marquee names, rarely makes
headlines. It’s called the Acxiom Corporation, and it’s the quiet giant
of a multibillion-dollar industry known as database marketing. Few
consumers have ever heard of Acxiom. But analysts say it has amassed the
world’s largest commercial database on consumers – and that it wants to
know much, much more. Its servers process more than 50 trillion data
“transactions” a year. Company executives have said its database
contains information about 500 million active consumers worldwide, with
about 1,500 data points per person. That includes a majority of adults
in the United States.
10) The Pew Center has released its annual summary of US pension and
retirement health care (under)funding.
11) Linus Torvalds says “f–k you” to NVIDIA. Linux kernel creator:
NVIDIA the “worst company” he’s worked with.
12) 2012 NEA National Heritage Fellows announced. How to Nominate a New
National Heritage Fellow.
13) Netflix to users, developers: we own your viewing history. Changes
to the API will block other apps’ access to viewing history, other data.
14) The Army’s cancelled GMR Ground Mobile Radio which cost over $6
billion to fail! How to blow $6 billion on a tech project. Military’s 15
year quest for the perfect radio is a blueprint for how to fail.
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