Thursday, July 1, 2010
After confronting Chinese Network vendors, in a recent development, Indian Department of Telecom has decidedto ask Google, Skype and RIM to make the data available to Indian security agencies in a human readable format or face the ban.
Indian government is yet to call the mentioned companies for implementation of orders – without what it is saying these companies are helping terrorists in the country with secure and encrypted communication.
Google has said that it hasn’t received any such communication from DoT (Department of Telecom), whileSkype said that if banned, it will be “a big step backward”.
Reports say that Indian Government has also decided to amend the IT laws to make it mandatory for foreign companies that do not require a local license to provide all the data required by Indian law enforcement agencies.
Such a law would force companies such as Skype to give complete access to their networks or set up a local server in India to allow security agencies to track content.
Similar concerns were raised against Blackberry devices two years ago but the issue was put on the backburner. However, Government sources indicated that this time the concerns of the intelligence agencies will have to be addressed by all means.
It merits mentioning here that Google has already started bowing before Chinese Government over a much hyped dispute.
| Updated at: 1720 PST, Thursday, July 01, 2010|
LONDON: British foreign policy under its new government will aim to "inspire others with our values of political freedom and economic liberalism", Foreign Secretary William Hague said Thursday.
Hague also stressed the coalition government's desire to build stronger ties with emerging nations in southeast Asia, Latin America, the Gulf and Africa, while insisting the US would remain "our most important relationship."
With Britain facing a tight spending squeeze as it battles to cut a record deficit, he insisted that such goals were affordable and required "more effective use" of existing resources.
Hague's comments came in his first major speech since David Cameron's government took office in May, before an audience of diplomats and journalists at the Foreign Office in London.
He called for an "agile and energetic" British foreign policy including improved bilateral relationships.
"What I call our enlightened national interest requires a foreign policy that is ambitious in what it can achieve for others as well as ourselves, that is inspired by and seeks to inspire others with our values of political freedom and economic liberalism, that is resolute in its support for those around the world who are striving to free themselves through their own efforts from poverty or political fetters," he said.
"It is not in our character as a nation to have a foreign policy without a conscience or to repudiate our obligation to help those less fortunate.
"Our foreign policy should always have consistent support for human rights and poverty reduction at its irreducible core and we should always strive to act with moral authority, recognising that once that is damaged it is hard to restore."
Britain's image in some parts of the world was damaged in recent years by its involvement in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars which the country joined under the Labour administration of Tony Blair, who was replaced in 2007 by Gordon Brown.
Blair's first foreign secretary Robin Cook vowed to pursue an "ethical dimension" to foreign policy when that government took office in 1997.
Some experts questioned whether Hague's vision was new, and whether British foreign policy could really change radically under the current economic circumstances.
George Walden, a former diplomat and Conservative lawmaker told BBC radio: "The trouble with making speeches on foreign policy is that very often, you're sculpting air.
"In present circumstances where the economic air is very thin, the speeches can become even thinner."
The $37 Laptop. For Real
Walk into any toy store and you’ll see a “laptop” “computer”, a plastic clamshell that has all of the design cues of a notebook: keyboard, screen, some ports and switches, but none of the power. It’s cheap enough to buy for (and disappoint) a kid, but it isn’t of course a real computer. It probably has a few built in games and that’s it.
The Ebay $37 laptop is almost that same machine, although it looks even more like the computers it pretends to be. It runs Windows CE on a 300 MHz ARM VIA processor with 128kb RAM and a whopping 2GB storage. The huge bezel around the tiny 7-inch 800 x 480 screen has space for a pair of speakers either side, and you even get an ethernet jack and a couple USB ports (take that, iPad) along with Wi-Fi. You can also slot-in an SD card.
What’s the catch (apart from the extraordinarily underpowered internals)? There appears to be none. These are factory seconds or items which have failed quality control tests. They may or may not come with original packaging, and they ship from Hong Kong. Sound risky? C’mon. They’re $37. What do you expect? It’s almost worth it just for the AC adapter (9 volts, if you care).
If you run into Nicholas Negroponte and he’s still trying to make his $100 OLPC, point him to this, okay?
| Updated at: 0852 PST, Thursday, July 01, 2010|
ROME: It’s hosted in Salsomaggiore Terme, Italy and it gathers tens of professional pizza makers from allover the world.
The most impressive challenge of the entire contest is the pizza tossing, an acrobatic event involving the pizza dough.
As you can see from the pics, these guys are true masters tossing giant pies into the air or spinning them on their fingers like basketballs and there are even synchronized-dancers performing with pizza dough.
Must really cool to watch these guys go all out to take the title of best pizza maker in the world.
| Updated at: 0848 PST, Thursday, July 01, 2010|
PRAGUE: Residents of Czech Republic have criticised plans to place a Michael Jackson statue, insisting that the late pop legend has no connection to the country.
City officials in Prague approved a request by Jackson fans to place a six-foot (1.83 metre) statue of the King of Pop in Letna Park, where the singer performed in 1996.
The bronze bust of the superstar was due to be unveiled on what would have been Jackson's 52nd birthday, Aug 29.
But thousands of Czechs are furious at the prospect of having a statue of the singer. A local art gallery has proposed installing a piece of work by a contemporary Czech artist instead.
MJ, as he was known, died June 25 last year.
| Updated at: 0945 PST, Thursday, July 01, 2010|
SINGAPORE: Former Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) chief Sharad Pawar took over as International Cricket Council (ICC) president, becoming the second Indian, after Jagmohan Dalmiya, to occupy the top post.
The ICC annual conference week culminated with Pawar taking over as the seventh ICC President, succeeding Englishman David Morgan, who concludes his two-year term at the end of the week.
Dalmiya was the first Indian to be elected for the post, in 1997.
The annual conference week started with the Chief Executives` Committee (CEC) meeting and the ICC Executive Board discussing the nomination of former Australian Prime Minister John Howard for the role of ICC Vice-President.
The main agenda for the CEC meeting was the subject of the Future Tours Programme 2012-20, including possibility of having ICC Test and ODI leagues.
Meanwhile, Former Australia Prime Minister John Howard has said that he will not step aside as the nominee for the International Cricket Council’s vice-presidency despite being snubbed by the body on Wednesday.
Howard said he had been given no indication as to why his candidacy was blocked by a reported six of the 10 major cricketing nations at the ICC`s meeting in Singapore.
|LHC bans trading of rotten eggs|
Updated at: 1610 PST, Thursday, July 01, 2010
LAHORE: Lahore High Court has ordered federal and provincial governments to ban trading of rotten eggs. LHC issued the order on request of a citizen who pleaded that bakery products produced with rotten eggs were harmful for health and should be banned.Punjab Livestock Department also submitted a report saying rotten eggs were contagious to health.
Karan Johar welcomed the actor saying, '@aamir_khan on twitterverse people!!!' Aamir's first tweet said, "Testing. Aamir." The actor has 51000 followers within 23 hours of joining the website. The perfectionist actor, though, is only following the Big B. He tweets a ?sher? after 22 hours saying, ?Bhala gardish falak ki chain deti hai kise Insha, ganimat hai ke hum surat yahan do-chaar baithey hain. Esp for you sir. Love?.
Meanwhile, Big B welcomed Aamir by tweeting: "@aamir_khanAamir You have been tried and tested! Welcome! And thank you for agreeing to come on board! Now handle it, brother!"
And going by Aamir Khan's popularity, it seems he will set a record in cyberspace that will be difficult for many celebrities to surpass. Watch out, SRK, Salman!