The Internet - The first Worldwide Tool of Unification ("The End of History")

" ... Now I give you something that few think about: What do you think the Internet is all about, historically? Citizens of all the countries on Earth can talk to one another without electronic borders. The young people of those nations can all see each other, talk to each other, and express opinions. No matter what the country does to suppress it, they're doing it anyway. They are putting together a network of consciousness, of oneness, a multicultural consciousness. It's here to stay. It's part of the new energy. The young people know it and are leading the way.... "

" ... I gave you a prophecy more than 10 years ago. I told you there would come a day when everyone could talk to everyone and, therefore, there could be no conspiracy. For conspiracy depends on separation and secrecy - something hiding in the dark that only a few know about. Seen the news lately? What is happening? Could it be that there is a new paradigm happening that seems to go against history?... " Read More …. "The End of History"- Nov 20, 2010 (Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll)

"Recalibration of Free Choice"– Mar 3, 2012 (Kryon Channelling by Lee Carroll) - (Subjects: (Old) Souls, Midpoint on 21-12-2012, Shift of Human Consciousness, Black & White vs. Color, 1 - Spirituality (Religions) shifting, Loose a Pope “soon”, 2 - Humans will change react to drama, 3 - Civilizations/Population on Earth, 4 - Alternate energy sources (Geothermal, Tidal (Paddle wheels), Wind), 5 – Financials Institutes/concepts will change (Integrity – Ethical) , 6 - News/Media/TV to change, 7 – Big Pharmaceutical company will collapse “soon”, (Keep people sick), (Integrity – Ethical) 8 – Wars will be over on Earth, Global Unity, … etc.) - (Text version)

“…5 - Integrity That May Surprise…

Have you seen innovation and invention in the past decade that required thinking out of the box of an old reality? Indeed, you have. I can't tell you what's coming, because you haven't thought of it yet! But the potentials of it are looming large. Let me give you an example, Let us say that 20 years ago, you predicted that there would be something called the Internet on a device you don't really have yet using technology that you can't imagine. You will have full libraries, buildings filled with books, in your hand - a worldwide encyclopedia of everything knowable, with the ability to look it up instantly! Not only that, but that look-up service isn't going to cost a penny! You can call friends and see them on a video screen, and it won't cost a penny! No matter how long you use this service and to what depth you use it, the service itself will be free.

Now, anyone listening to you back then would perhaps have said, "Even if we can believe the technological part, which we think is impossible, everything costs something. There has to be a charge for it! Otherwise, how would they stay in business?" The answer is this: With new invention comes new paradigms of business. You don't know what you don't know, so don't decide in advance what you think is coming based on an old energy world. ..."
(Subjects: Who/What is Kryon ?, Egypt Uprising, Iran/Persia Uprising, Peace in Middle East without Israel actively involved, Muhammad, "Conceptual" Youth Revolution, "Conceptual" Managed Business, Internet, Social Media, News Media, Google, Bankers, Global Unity,..... etc.)

Etiquette mavens say the book on manners must be rewritten, literally, to take into
account new technologies and social media (AFP Photo/Ed Jones)

A 2012 survey by Intel found that in several countries, a majority said they were put
off by "oversharing" of pictures and personal information on the
internet and smartphones (AFP Photo/Nicolas Asfouri)

Honouring computing’s 1843 visionary, Lady Ada Lovelace. (Design of doodle by Kevin Laughlin)

Friday, December 12, 2014

Spanish law forcing out Google News 'short-sighted and dumb'

With Google News set to leave Spain due to a new law that favors the newspaper industry lobby, DW examines the impact of the new legislation in Spain and Europe.

Deutsche Welle, 11 Dec 2014

Aggregator Google News will stop displaying content on December 16 in Spain due to new legislation, the Internet giant has announced. The Spanish law taking effect in January requires news aggregators to pay publishers for displaying content even if they want to offer it for free. In addition, the law requires Google News and similar services to pay a fee to the association of Spanish newspapers (AEDE) for displaying content. A failure to pay the fee could result in a fine of up to 600,000 euros ($746,000).

Small publishers to lose big

Efforts by the association of Spanish newspapers to get Google News and other aggregators to pay for displaying the content of its members is likely to backfire at its members.

"It was short-sighted and relatively dumb because they don't see Google as a partner in the advertising and distribution of the content, but as a competitor," says Philipp Otto, editor in chief of online magazine

The new law will lead to massive losses in traffic, especially for smaller publishers, Otto explains.

While major publishing houses can offset loss of traffic by shifting the location of where content is published, smaller businesses are unlikely to move such operations abroad. And their work won't be taken seriously online if it cannot be found easily, Otto says.

"That will bring with it many problems and will cost jobs at publishing houses," he adds.
 Spanish papers on abdication of their king.

The major Spanish publications can publish articles in other countries so that
they are included on aggregator sites

German publishers couldn't beat Google

In Germany, an attempt to get Google to pay for content already backfired. The country's 2013 Leistungsschutzrecht (ancillary copyright law) allows publishers to charge news aggregators for displaying their content. However, Google News was able to circumvent the law because it isn't as restrictive as the Spanish equivalent. The search engine can ask publishers to opt-in (to offer content for free) or out of Google News.

Publishers that chose to opt-out soon discovered how much they rely on Google. In November, Germany's largest publisher Axel Springer had to stop blocking Google News from displaying snippets of its content because it experienced a significant decline in traffic.

So Google and the publishing industry have to work together because they profit from each other, says Philipp Otto,'s editor in chief. Publishers get to advertise their content for free while Google profits by being able to publish snippets of the content.

"There's no problem. You don't have to make regulations. It's a free market, and both parties have to work together for that to work," Otto says.

Earlier this year, an open letter to Google by Axel Springer CEO Mathias
Döpfner caused a stir in media industry

An unhealthy relationship?

But the dependence of many news sites on Google and Facebook for traffic is viewed as a problem by many. Frédéric Filloux, head of digital news at French business daily Les Echos, recently criticized the Internet giant's influence in an article, "How Facebook and Google now dominate Media Distribution." The relationship between the Internet giant and the publishers is unequal because their algorithms for displaying content aren't transparent, he writes.

But for Otto, the major problem lies with the publishing industry. Several players don't understand how the Internet works, he says. "Publishers can come together to promote their content, either by producing their own things where there are links for users to come, or they can work with other players."

Otto believes new ideas, innovation and collaboration by players in the newspaper industry could help reduce their dependence on Google. But there has to be a change in the mindset of publishers.

"[Facebook, Google, Twitter and co] are their best friends because they are getting a great service," Otto says. "That's why they should get rid of their fear."

Thursday, December 11, 2014

China produces first 3D printer for use in outer space

Want ChinaTimes, Xinhua 2014-12-10

Wang Lianfeng operates China's first space-based 3D printer at
Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight Technology, Dec. 7. (Photo/Xinhua)

Scientists have produced a 3D printing machine, the first of its kind in China, which astronauts will be able to use while on space missions, according to the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASTC) on Monday.

The machine is capable of printing optical lens brackets used in spaceborne equipment, complicated components used in nuclear power testing equipment, impellers used in aircraft research and special-shaped gears used in automobile engines, said Wang Lianfeng, a senior engineer with CASTC Shanghai's research arm.

The machine, which uses both long-wave fiber and short-wave carbon dioxide lasers, can produce items smaller than 250 millimeters.

The machine, which looks like a gray cabinet, can fashion items out of stainless steel, titanium alloy and nickel-based superalloy.

"The products made will have to be tested thoroughly, due to the strict quality requirements of aerospace products," said Wang, adding that the prospect for 3D printing is promising.

Additive manufacturing, which 3D printing is also known as, is the processes in which three-dimensional objects are made through the layering of material. It is advancing rapidly and is increasingly used for industrial purposes.

Friday, December 5, 2014

‘Gangnam Style’ Gallops Beyond YouTube Counter at More Than 2.15 Billion Views

Jakarta Globe – AFP, Dec 04, 2014

(JG Screen Grab of YouTube)

New York. Just how big a hit was “Gangnam Style”? So mammoth that the Internet literally wasn’t ready to handle it.

YouTube said that the 2012 song by South Korea’s Psy — accompanied by a horse-riding-like dance that became a global sensation — this week reached the maximum number of views that its counter had imagined to be conceivable.

The video-sharing site shows that the official version of the video has had more than 2.15 billion views — the equivalent of one-third of the world’s population, although of course many people watched more than once.

The problem: YouTube designed its counter with what is known in computer science as a 32-bit integer, meaning that the maximum number of countable views was 2,147,483,647.

“We never thought a video would be watched in numbers greater than a 32-bit integer,” YouTube, which is owned by search engine giant Google, said in a posting on Google+.

YouTube engineers anticipated the problem and upgraded to a 64-bit integer. That means that “Gangnam Style” or future mega-hit videos can now go beyond nine sextillion views — a feat that, at least according to conventional wisdom, would be impossible to break.

Agence France-Presse
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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Google Targets 10,000 NYC Households for High Speed Internet

WNYC News, Ilya Marritz, December 02, 2014

Wireless hotspot packs cost only about $30 each, but monthly service charges
 make broadband un-affordable for many New Yorkers (The New York Public
Library/The New York Public Library)

Google is pledging $1 million to help the city's public library systems supply thousands of New Yorkers in all five boroughs with high speed internet connections.

Tony Marx, President of the New York Public Library, says any low income New Yorkers who are using library programs, like after school or English as a second language, are eligible to receive free wi-fi devices.

“You can come in to your branch where you're doing those programs. We'll give you a small box that you plug into an electric outlet which creates a hotspot that provides wi-fi at home,” Marx said.

The project began earlier this year with a $500,000 grant from the Knight Foundation targeting just 100 households and is believed to be one of the first of its kind.

Google’s pledge includes money to pay for data connections for 10,000 homes via the Sprint network, and 500 chromebook laptops to be distributed to young people.

When he took office almost one year ago, Mayor Bill de Blasio pledged to make broadband universal and affordable.

But a home internet connection can cost around $50, and that puts high speed out of reach for an estimated 2.9 million New Yorkers.

Maya Wiley, counsel to the mayor, expects the program to have a big impact.

“Because for those 10,000 households — which remember, will include in some instances three generations of people — it's extremely important that they will be able to get this free service,” Wiley said.

Wiley said she and Marx traveled recently to Washington to discuss the program with White House officials and with the Federal Communications Commission. If the pilot is successful, Wiley believes it could become a model for the nation.

Alibaba has woken the wrath of US retail industry

Want China Times, Staff Reporter 2014-12-03

The Alibaba logo. (Photo/Xinhua)

As the long fingers of Alibaba, China's leading e-commerce firm, reach into the US market, domestic retailers are urgently calling for the plugging of the online taxation loophole as the best defense for their threatened survival, reports Shanghai-based outlet the Paper.

Now that Alibaba has made its US market intentions clear, it has replaced Amazon as the foremost enemy of other major US retailers, said the report.

Over the last weekend, the Alliance for Main Street Fairness aired a TV and radio ad urging Congress to remove taxation privileges for Alibaba and other online e-commerce heavyweights. Some of the biggest — Target, Best Buy and Home Depot — and thousands of smaller retailers have put their weight behind the statement.

US retailers watched as the outperforming internet beast lumbered into the New York Stock Exchange in September for the world's largest IPO, the stock price of which has since doubled. Its sales figures are formidable, overshadowing Amazon and eBay combined. Sooner or later, Alibaba will take advantage of the taxation loophole to boost its edge in the US market, noted an official with the Alliance for Main Street Fairness.

Alibaba refuted the accusations in the ad, saying that the company has always paid taxes according to the regulations of host nations, including the US, according to the Financial Times.

US retailers and industry analysts believe that, backed by the strong financial clout in the wake of its record IPO and its feverish growth worldwide, Alibaba is gearing up to launch tailor-made services to US consumers.

libaba claims that its focus is still on the Chinese market for the time being, as increased wealth and the popularity of the internet for shopping among people in China will assure continued robust growth in the domestic market.

Although AliExpress, the arm for Alibaba's international retail business, can sell merchandise to US consumers, Taobao, its flagship e-commerce website, has yet to offer English-language services. In June, Alibaba bought into 11 Main, a US B2C platform similar to Tmall.

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Carry contact-free payment cards in metal case to stop theft, says expert, December 1, 2014

Contactless card payments provide a good way of paying for goods but the cards themselves are far from secure, the deputy director of the Dutch payment association says in Monday’s AD.

The cards are only safe from being emptied by thieves if carried in a metal case or wrapped in aluminium foil, Gijs Boudewijn, of Betaalvereniging Nederland, told the paper.

Criminals can easily transfer the balance from cards using special apparatus by standing next to someone with a contactless card or walking past a payment terminal, he told the paper.

The same applies to mobile phones which are equipped to make contact-free payments, he said.

Some 25% of the 24 million bank cards in circulation in the Netherlands are equipped with the technology for contactless payments. The system allows two consecutive payments of up to €25 to be made, without the use of a pin number. 

Boudewijn, who carries his own cards in a metal case, said tests have shown this form of theft is possible but that his organisation is unaware of it actually happening in real life.

Telkom Supports Jokowi’s “E-Blusukan” with Migrant Workers in 8 Countries

Jakarta Globe, Press Release, Dec 01, 2014

President Joko Widodo leads the “E-Blusukan” with Indonesian Migrant
Workers (TKI) that are stationed in 8 differents parts of the world.

Last week, President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and a number of his ministers held an “E-Blusukan” (teleconference) with Indonesian Migrant Workers (TKI) representatives in 8 different countries. This unique teleconference was held at Situation Room UKP4 Bina Graha on Jl. Medan Merdeka Utara, Central Jakarta. The 8 countries that were inspected by Indonesia’s first in command were South Korea, Hong Kong, Brunei Darussalam, Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt.

As a state-owned enterprise in the field of telecommunications, PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia TBK (Telkom) provided the facilities needed for this first ever video conference. The representatives of the Indonesian Migrant Workers were connected with President Jokowi using an application called UMeetMe. Through this application the president was able to discuss many matters with the representatives, without any connection delay.

“Telkom is once again proud to be able to successfully contribute in the execution of Jokowi’s “E-Blusukan” through the UMeetMe application,” said Telkom’s Director of Enterprise & Business Services, Muhammad Awaluddin.

Awaluddin added, through the equally spread infrastructure, even to the most remote areas of the nation, Telkom is determined to always be a forerunner in supporting the governments programs in utilizing Information Technology and Communication in Indonesia.

By using 9 big screens which showed instantaneous live feeds, Jokowi and his team of Social Media Volunteers took turns interacting and communicating with each of the representatives from eight different parts of the world.

“I have heard about the many problems faced by the many Indonesian migrant workers abroad, but I would like to see for myself what exactly must migrant workers face,” said Jokowi.

The Indonesian Migrant Workers in turn expressed their problems to  the president, and one demanded revoke the use of Migrant Worker Cards (KTKLN), which according to him was just a method of discriminating Indonesian Migrant Workers.

The video conference was highly appreciated by Sonny Subrata, the coordinator for the Social Media Volunteer Team. “A big thanks to Telkom for providing the video conference facilities.”

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Online sales spike on a less chaotic Black Friday

Yahoo – AFP, 29 Nov 2014

Black Friday shoppers leave the Target store in Fairfax, Virginia, on
November 28, 2014 (AFP Photo/Paul J. Richards)

Washington (AFP) - The top US shopping "holiday" saw a surge this year in online sales with smaller crowds in stores -- but Black Friday still brought some of its trademark shopping mall pandemonium.

Businesses usually offer deep discounts starting early Friday morning, prompting massive crowds that have led to numerous injuries and a number of deaths in years past.

This year, businesses continued a trend in starting shopping deals earlier and extending them longer, leading to smaller crowds.

Protesters march outside Macy's store
 during the Black Friday protest on
 November 28, 2014 in New York
(AFP Photo/Kena Betancur)
But many major retailers, including discount megastore Walmart, also emphasized online shopping as a way to get consumers purchasing faster.

There were smaller lines and fewer packs of frenzied shoppers at malls around the country Thursday night and Friday, US media reported.

Still, several people were injured and three were arrested after a shopping fight early Friday morning at a department store in southern California, reports said.

And what appeared to be a murder suicide took place Friday night at a Nordstrom department store in Chicago. Police deemed it "domestic-related," according to the Chicago Tribune.

This year the shopping day was also caught up in a furor over the decision not to indict the police officer who killed an unarmed black teenager in Missouri. The shooting has put American race-relations under scrutiny and prompted demonstrations over how police, especially white officers, interact with African Americans.

Black public figures called for Black Friday boycotts, and in Ferguson, Missouri, where the killing took place, protests briefly shut down a local mall.

In the west coast city of Seattle, protesters chained a mall's doors closed, and in California's San Francisco, hundreds rallied and a police officer was injured by a bottle thrown at a police car, local media reported Friday.

Meanwhile, the FBI recorded 144,000 background checks for Black Friday gun sales, CNN reported. Black Friday is one of the busiest days for gun sales in the US, the FBI said.

Online sales on the rise

Early reports showed up to a 22 percent increase in Black Friday online shopping compared to last year, as well as an increasing number of people shopping online on Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving online sales were up by 20 percent, according to a report from commercial analyst ChannelAdvisor Corp.

For the first time the majority of online sales came from mobile devices, a report by IBM said.

The largest day of online sales typically comes on the Monday following Black Friday, when stores offer a number of online-only discounts.

Retailers have been buoyed by predictions that a drop in gas prices and higher consumer confidence could lead to higher sales overall this year.

The start of the US holiday shopping season has slowly been been broken up into a number of shopping days including "Gray Thursday," "Black Friday," Small Business Saturday," and "Cyber Monday" to prompt sales ahead of Christmas.

US president Barack Obama made a surprise visit Saturday morning to a landmark Washington bookstore to support small businesses.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

ING to cut 3,000 jobs by integrating IT systems, November 25, 2014

Financial services group ING is to reduce its workforce by nearly 3,000 over the next three years as it streamlines its online services.

The bank said it is scrapping the jobs at its retail banking headquarters, in its administrative department, call centres and in IT. The cuts are due to the integration of the different IT systems which are currently used for its mobile app, website, call centre and branches. The changes should lead to annual savings of €270m from 2018, the bank said.

Unions shocked

ING has cut thousands of jobs in the past few years and currently has a workforce of some 53,000 worldwide, of whom 16,000 are in the Netherlands.

Banking unions told news agency ANP they were shocked by the job losses, which are larger than had been expected.

In a statement, ING said it is making the changes ‘in order to improve the customer experience and enhance operational excellence’.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Taiwan and China race for 3D printing tech edge

Want China Times, Hsu Chang-ping and Staff Reporter 2014-11-24

A 3D printing machine. (Photo/Yen Chien-long)

Taiwan's government has to put more effort into developing polymers and metallic materials to provide for 3D printing, which has become increasingly popular in Taiwan and China, reports our Chinese-language sister paper Want Daily.

China's government is reportedly providing all sorts of resources into the development of 3D printing, including capital and land. A spokesman for Taiwan's Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) said China, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea and Singapore have all fallen slightly behind in this new technology, but are making efforts to upgrade.

In the future, Taiwan's government will gradually build up its niche market in 3D printing in the industries involving cultural creativity, biomedicine, electronics, toys and molds.

China has already invested US$240 million in the industrial parks of Zhuhai, Qingdao, Wuhan and Chengdu to develop the industry, according to the ITRI.

WestingCut Industrial Technology, in the province of Anhui, has been collaborating with the Chinese government in developing 3D printing technology. It has invested NT$7.5 billion (US$242.32 million) to establish the Xery 3D Printing Science & Technology based in Haozhou. The factory will produce 50,000 3D printers for household use, 20,000 printers for business use, and 5,000 printers for industrial use a year, as well as 500,000 tonnes of material used for 3D printing.

WestingCut chairman Yu Jinhu said that the US and Taiwan are aggressively developing 3D printing technologies, and that the cost for the printing equipment will be lower in the future, making the prices of printed products more affordable. By then 3D printing will become more popular and trigger another revolution.

ITRI said that Taiwan's Ministry of Science and Technology and the Ministry of Economic Affairs wish to develop 3D metal printing instead of plastic. The technology will be first applied in the production of car parts.