Minerals for Smartphones and iPads Politicized


Bird's eye maple (mineral property)

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Obama Accuses China of Hoarding It

‘The U.S. will argue before the World Trade Organization (WTO) that China’s limitations on its rare earth mineral exports are unfair, President Obama announced Tuesday. The hard-to-find minerals are used in the production of high-tech equipment such as smartphones and hybrid cars.

‘China produces almost all of the world’s rare earth minerals, but it’s not keen on selling them to other nations. Export restrictions keep most of the valuable metals in the country. According to the U.S., these restrictions unfairly allow China to hoard the minerals for its own use.

‘The European Union and Japan agree, and they’ll be joining the WTO case against China In 2010, China temporarily stopped shipments of rare earth minerals to Japan, striking fear into the hearts of Japanese electronics manufacturers…’
http://mashable.com/2012/03/13/us-china-rare-earth-minerals/

Encyclopaedia Britannica Ends Print Edition
Just another victim of digital tech

‘Those coolly authoritative, gold-lettered reference books that were once sold door-to-door by a fleet of traveling salesmen and displayed as proud fixtures in American homes will be discontinued, company executives said.

‘In an acknowledgment of the realities of the digital age — and of competition from the Web site Wikipedia — Encyclopaedia Britannica will focus primarily on its online encyclopedias and educational curriculum for schools. The last print version is the 32-volume 2010 edition, which weighs 129 pounds and includes new entries on global warming and the Human Genome Project…’
http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/13/after-244-years-encyclopaedia-britannica-stops-the-presses/?hp

More on Yahoo’s Facebook Lawsuit
Top 10 Twitter Responses

‘Yahoo brought the wrath of Twitter on Monday, when it filed a complaint against Facebook alleging the latter violated 10 patents relating to messaging, news feed generation, social commenting advertising display, preventing click fraud and privacy controls.

‘Not surprisingly, critics were quick to point out that such patent trolling smacks of desperation, particularly from a company that has been losing revenues and market share, as Yahoo has. However, others noted that the suit could really hurt Facebook’s IPO prospects.

‘Below are some of the best tweets about the Yahoo-Facebook lawsuit…’
http://mashable.com/2012/03/13/yahoos-facebook-lawsuit-tweets/

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How to Use TrueCrypt and Be Safe
‘If you’re looking for a simple and powerful way to encrypt everything from system drives to backup discs to everything in between, TrueCrypt is an open-source tool that will help you lock up your files. Read on as we show you how to get started…’
What Is TrueCrypt and Why Should I Use It?
http://www.howtogeek.com/108501/the-how-to-geek-guide-to-getting-started-with-truecrypt/

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