Tech Giants Launch Group Aimed At Government Surveillance Reform
‘AOL, Apple, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Twitter, and Yahoo have banded together to start a group that proposes principles for better laws and practices for government surveillance. The companies also urge the president and the United States Congress in an open letter to take the lead on reform…’
Did China Conspire to Plunge Bitcoin Down
Bitcoin Prices Plunge After China Cracks Down on Currency
‘The price of bitcoin surged to $1,000 last month, but it dipped far below that mark just as quickly.
‘Baidu, China’s largest search engine, announced this week that it would no longer accept the digital currency as a form of payment, triggering a steep drop in the price of bitcoin. The announcement, which was posted on the Baidu website, followed a decision from China’s central bank to prohibit financial institutions in the country from processing or insuring bitcoin transactions…’
Thai Activists Getting Stronger
Police in Thailand Lay Down Weapons and Join with Protestors
‘Earlier this week in Thailand, a shocking turn of events took place. Ordered to harass and block protestors , policemen instead yielded to the peaceful riot by laying down their barricades and helmets as a sign of solidarity
‘The gathering protestors explained that their goal is to destroy the political machine of former Prime Minister Thakskin Shinawatra, who is accused of widespread corruption and abuse of power. The present Prime Minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, is Thakskin’s sister and is seen as a puppet of her brother. In a move to topple the Shinawatra government, protestors planned on storming the Bangkok Metropolitan Police Bureau. This act was devised and led by protest leader, Suthep Thaugsuban.
Great Digital Gifts That Don’t Need Shipping
‘Shipping can decide whether or not your gift reaches its recipient in time. As the date is drawing closer, your options get more and more limited and at some point, sending a package is no longer a possibility. Moreover, shipping adds to the ecological footprint of your gift. We have prepared a list of digital presents that work as last minute gifts and have a small ecological footprint on top of that…’