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)

German anti-hate speech group counters Facebook trolls

German anti-hate speech group counters Facebook trolls
Logo No Hate Speech Movement

Bundestag passes law to fine social media companies for not deleting hate speech

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

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Twitter Working on Ways to Evade Government Censorship

Jakarta Globe, January 28, 2010

Twitter helped get photos and information out of Iran during anti-government protests last year. (AFP Photo/Twitter)

Developers are coming up with new strategies to help Twitter evade censorship in countries like China and Iran, says the CEO of the popular micro-blogging service.

Evan Williams said programmers were working on "interesting hacks" to get around roadblocks erected by foreign governments.

“We are partially blocked in China and other places and we were in Iran as well,” he said as quoted by the Financial Times.

Instead of negotiating with governments that censor, "whose very being is against what we are about," Williams said he would rather find technological ways to get around such barriers.

He said he admired Google for standing up to China over its web censorship, but said Twitter was too small to adopt a similar strategy.

The company did not release details of the work, but said it was being done by third-party developers.

Williams said Twitter had an advantage over some other web-based media because it "is accessed in thousands of ways" through multiple internet and mobile applications.

Twitter played a key role in getting information out of Iran during anti-government protests there last year, while traditional media outlets were hobbled by government censorship.

JG

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Apple unveils $499 "iPad", bets on new device class

Reuters, Wed Jan 27, 2010 2:53pm EST


SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc CEO Steve Jobs took the wraps off an "iPad" tablet with a lower-than-expected price tag, placing a big bet on a new breed of gadgets that aim to bridge the gap between smartphones and laptops.

Jobs, who returned to the helm last year after a much-scrutinized liver transplant, took the stage at packed theater on Wednesday and showed off a sleek, half-inch thick tablet computer with a 9.7-inch touchscreen. It can run movies, books, games and a gamut of applications.

The iPad will sell for as low as $499 for 16 GB of storage. An extra $130 is needed to equip it with third-generation wireless capability. Apple announced a data plan with AT&T Inc, which appeared to have beaten out Verizon Wireless for the deal.

"What once occupied half your living room can now be dropped in a bag," said NPD analyst Ned May. "It's pulling together a variety of needs (in) a universal entertainment device."

Shares of Apple were up 1.7 percent after the pricing details were announced to trade at $209.40, within reach of their all-time high of $215.59 logged on January 5

Apple hopes to sell consumers on the value of tablet computing after other technology companies, including Microsoft Corp and Toshiba Corp, have failed to do so in recent years.

The tablet is Apple's biggest product launch since the iPhone three years ago, and arguably rivals the smartphone as the most anticipated in Apple's history.

Culminating months of feverish speculation on the Internet and among investors, Jobs took the stage at a jam-packed theater in San Francisco and, with his famed showman's flair, began displaying the device's features.

Jobs said there was a need for a new type of device that would sit between a smartphone and laptop computer, and that can perform tasks like browse the Web, play games and display electronic books.

"If there's going to be a third category of device, it going to have to be better at these kinds of tasks," he said.

The iPad has a near life-sized touch keyboard and supports Web browsing. It comes with a built-in calendar and address book, Jobs said, calling it "awesome."

Despite the buzz surrounding the launch and Apple's storied golden touch on consumer electronics, the tablet is not necessarily an easy sell, analysts say.

Consumer appetite for such a device category has yet to be proven, although plenty of devices such as Amazon.com's Kindle e-reader are vying for that market.

Shares of Apple have generally risen ahead of Wednesday's event. The stock, which was down ahead of the pricing details, was up about 1.9 percent at $209.80 in afternoon trading.

As iPod sales wane, Apple is looking for another growth engine and hopes to find one in the tablet. But the move is not without risk. Consumers have never warmed to tablet computers, despite many previous attempts by other companies.

In an online poll on reuters.com, 37 percent of more than 1,000 respondents said they would pay $500-$699 for the tablet. Nearly 30 percent weren't interested, while 20 percent said they would pay $700-$899.

Analysts' sales predictions for the tablet vary widely, with many believing Apple can sell 2 million to 5 million units in the first year.

(Reporting by Gabriel Madway, Alexei Oreskovic; Writing by Edwin Chan; Editing by Richard Chang and Tiffany Wu)

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Got a Question for Obama? Here's Your Chance

Jakarta Globe, January 27, 2010

US President Barack Obama will open the White House YouTube site to questions during his State of the Union speech. (EPA Photo/Ron Sachs)

President Barack Obama will take questions from the public via YouTube about his "State of the Union" speech on Wednesday and answer them online next week, the White House said.

White House "New Media" director Macon Phillips said in a post on the White House blog that questions can be submitted at YouTube.com/CitizenTube after the address to Congress begins at 9:00 p.m. Washington, which is 9:00 a.m Thursday in Jakarta.

"From our live webstream to a free iPhone app, the White House is using technology to make sure the president's State of the Union address reaches as many people as possible," Phillips said.

"Now we are excited to announce how President Obama will also be using the Web to offer the public a direct and participatory way to communicate back to him," he said.

Phillips said the YouTube questions will be answered by Obama next week "in a special online event, live from the White House."

Obama relied heavily on the Internet during his presidential campaign for organizing, fundraising and communicating and has created MySpace and Facebook pages and a Twitter feed since entering the White House.

Obama's "New Media" team has also launched a channel on Google-owned YouTube and the White House is present on photo-sharing site Flickr.

Last week, the White House unveiled a free application for the Apple iPhone which features live video streaming of presidential events.

AFP

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Twitter to Hold First Developers' Conference

Jakarta Globe, January 26, 2010

The Chirp conference will feature a 24-hour "hackathon". (AFP Photo)

Twitter on Monday announced plans to hold its first conference for developers interested in making applications to synch with the wildly popular microblogging service.

"We're happy to tell you that Chirp has now officially launched!" members of Twitter's "Chirp Team" said in an email message.

Speakers at the two-day event will include Twitter founders Ev Williams and Biz Stone.

The first day of the conference on April 14 will take place in the Palace of Fine Arts theater in San Francisco's Marina District and be devoted to topics including business strategies, geolocation services, and streaming content.

The second Chirp day will be a 24-hour, nonstop hackathon at Fort Mason where developers will get to adapt applications to Twitter's software platform.

The Chirp team promises attendees a "sneaky peak" at Twitter features poised for release and an after-party to be missed "at your peril."

Twitter said there will be 800 tickets for the event, with the first "wave" of 100 tickets made available on Monday. The sign-up cost for Chirp was 469 dollars, according to an official chirp.twitter.com website.

AFP

Monday, January 25, 2010

MP3 pioneers launch 'deluxe' file

By Ian Youngs, Music reporter, BBC News

MusicDNA will be widely available by the end of the summer, creators say

A new music file format has been unveiled by some of the key figures behind the development of the MP3.

The new file, MusicDNA, can include things like lyrics, videos, artwork and blog posts, which will continually be updated, as well as the music.

It has been created by Norwegian developer Dagfinn Bach, who worked on the first MP3 player in 1993.

And its investors include German researcher Karlheinz Brandenburg, who is credited with inventing the MP3.

British record company Beggars Group, whose labels are home to Vampire Weekend, MIA and The Strokes, has signed up to use MusicDNA, as has US label Tommy Boy.

But no major labels are currently on board and the MusicDNA files are likely to be more expensive than current music downloads.

It will also be in competition with Apple's iTunes LP, which gives users added content including bonus tracks, lyrics and video interviews.

Dynamic updates

Speaking at the Midem music conference, Mr Bach said: "We can deliver a file that is extremely searchable and can carry up to 32GB of extra information in the file itself.

"And it will be dynamically updatable so that every time the user is connected, his file will be updated."

MusicDNA is launching a beta, or test, version this spring with a full roll-out at the end of the summer.

Mr Brandenburg, director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology in Germany, said: "I think it brings together a number of ideas that have been around for a long time.

"I remember 10 years ago, a lot of people were saying that we need to enrich the user experience, that legal access to music has to give the customers more than just music, and this is certainly one very nice way to do it."


Thursday, January 21, 2010

Hillary Clinton to make internet freedom a policy priority

Washington speech comes days after Google announcement it will no longer censor its Chinese service

Tania Branigan in Beijing and Mark Tran, guardian.co.uk, Thursday 21 January 2010 13.13 GMT

US secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, will promise funding to organisations promoting internet freedom. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty

Hillary Clinton will today promise funding to organisations promoting internet freedom and pledge to make unrestricted access a foreign policy priority, days after Google's announcement that it is no longer willing to self-censor its Chinese service.

The US secretary of state sees internet access as key to America's promotion of democracy abroad, her innovation adviser Alec Ross told the Wall Street Journal.

In an online discussion yesterday, he said her speech in Washington would lay out policy "to ensure that our centuries-long traditions are preserved in the 21st century".

He said: "Internet freedom is not just about freedom of expression, but about what kind of world we live in. Is it about one knowledge [in common] or about access to information based on where you live?"

Although Ross stressed the speech was not about China as such, but a broader exploration of internet freedom, it will inevitably be seen in the light of last week's statement by Google and the swift support it received from the US government.

The internet giant said it reached its decision following a Chinese-originated cyber attack that targeted human rights activists' email accounts as well as intellectual property.

The US will issue a formal request for China to respond to Google's claims, but Ross said: "The state department is not the foreign policy arm of Google."

China's vice-foreign minister, He Yafei, told a press conference today: "The Google case should not be linked with relations between the two governments and countries; otherwise, it's an over-interpretation."

Beijing has said that it "resolutely opposes" hacking and has itself suffered. On censorship, it has warned that Google, like other foreign companies, must comply with Chinese laws.

Some are already questioning whether Clinton's speech will in reality go beyond a repackaging of existing policy.

"The importance of internet freedom ... was often articulated by the George W Bush administration – and $20m is already allocated for programs to help human rights and democracy activists evade censorship and maintain their privacy ... As part of this year's appropriations bill, Congress has pumped another $30m into these programs," pointed out Daniel Calingaert of Freedom House – a US government-funded organisation promoting liberty and democracy internationally – in a piece for the website of Foreign Policy magazine.

Some of those who have discussed the issue with officials hope the speech may also discuss how ethical standards for companies could be established.

Sam duPont of Washington-based thinktank NDN, which has published papers by Ross, said officials were concerned about a growing global trend of internet control.

"I think increasingly we can see internet freedom and access to the internet as a basic right on a par with freedom of speech and assembly," he said.

"I think the state department is coming around to that view, and I think that's what we will hear."

DuPont, a policy analyst for NDN's Global Mobile Technology Programme, added: "In the past year, the state department has broken a lot of new ground in integrating technology with everything they do, from diplomacy to economic development."

Sophie Richardson, the Asia advocacy director for Human Rights Watch in New York, urged Clinton to take a "tough, unambiguous position on censorship in China," saying Google had made it easy for the administration.

"If the administration fails to seize that opportunity, it will be a gaffe on a par with Clinton's comments that human rights should not interfere with other issues [in relations with China]," she added.

But Rebecca MacKinnon, a fellow with the Open Society Institute, who is currently writing a book on the internet and censorship said: "The wrong message ... would be something to the effect of: 'Never fear, netizens of China, America is here to free you!'"

In a blog posting, she called for an acknowledgement of the challenge which "all governments and most companies" face in deciding how to handle the net.

"Right now, the world's democracies are arguing fiercely within and sometimes amongst themselves about where the right balance point should be in the internet age," she said.

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Nokia launches Ovi maps to challenge to sat-navs


Phone giant Nokia has launched a free map and navigation service for its handsets that analysts believe could challenge stand-alone sat-nav devices.

The service will be available in 180 countries

The service stores maps on the phone, cutting down the need to update and download new ones over the network.

Ovi maps will initially be available on 10 handsets and will offer so-called "turn-by-turn" navigation, similar to that in existing GPS devices.

It can display local data from travel guides, such as Lonely Planet.

Users can also post their location to Facebook.

Nokia said that it expects third-party developers to build new applications for the service.

"It's like a giant mash-up environment," said Anssi Vanjoki, executive vice president of Nokia at the launch.

'Serious blow'

The firm estimates that it has already sold 83m phones that can use the service, which can be downloaded from its Ovi application store.

Mr Vanjoki said that it would be preloaded on all compatible phones offered by Nokia from 21 January.

The service suggests different routes for pedestrians and cars

Analysts at CCS Insight said it could be viewed as a "competitive response to Google", which also offers a free live sat-nav for mobiles.

It also said that it was a "serious blow" for companies such as TomTom, which sell sat-nav devices.

Most navigation services on mobile phones, including Google Maps Navigation, require a connection over the network to update maps on the move.

This can be data intensive and potentially expensive when a user is in a foreign country.

Nokia's answer is to preload many of the maps on to the phone.

For example, Mr Vanjoki said that UK users who bought a new phone would get 2D and 3D European maps "out of the box".

Other free maps can be downloaded to the phone over the mobile network, wi-fi connection or via a PC or Mac.

Rival technology

To speed up the process of downloading maps over mobile connections, Nokia has turned to so-called "vector graphics", instead of traditional bitmap images.

Mr Vanjoki said that as a result, images were "one tenth of the size" but looked very similar.

The service will cover 180 countries, and offer turn-by-turn services, including voice navigation, for 74 of those.

It features different routes depending on whether a user is on foot or in a car and will be available on 10 handsets at launch including the popular N97 mini.

CCS Insight said that the service could reflect "Nokia's concern about falling share" in the smartphone market to rivals such as the iPhone and Blackberry.

Mr Vanjoki admitted that the firm had been motivated in part to "drive handset sales" but said it also sees other opportunities to profit from the service in the future, including selling advertising around maps and applications.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

New Online Tools Aid Haiti Relief Effort

Jakarta Globe, January 20, 2010

US President Barack Obama uses an employee's desktop computer to send a Twitter post during his visit to the Red Cross Disaster Operation Center in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Hundreds of tech volunteers spurred to action by Haiti's killer quake are adding a new dimension to disaster relief, developing new tools and services for first responders and the public in an unprecedented effort.

``It really is amazing the change in the way crisis response can be done now,'' said Noel Dickover, a Washington, D.C.-based organizer of the CrisisCamp tech volunteer movement, which is central to the Haiti effort. ``Developers, crisis mappers and even Internet-savvy folks can actually make a difference.''

Volunteers have built and refined software for tracking missing people, mapping the disaster area and enabling urgent cell phone text messaging. Organizations including the International Red Cross, the United Nations, the World Bank and the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency have put the systems to use.

Tim Schwartz, a 28-year-old artist and programmer in San Diego, feared upon learning of the disaster that, with an array of social-networking sites active, crucial information about Haitian quake victims would ``go everywhere on the Internet and it would be very hard to actually find people _ and get back to their loved ones,'' he said. So Schwartz quickly e-mailed ``all the developers I'd ever worked with.''

In a few hours, he and 10 others had built www.haitianquake.com, an online lost-and-found to help Haitians in and out of the country locate missing relatives.

The database, which anyone can update, was online less than 24 hours after the quake struck, with more than 6,000 entries because Schwartz and his colleagues wrote an ``scraper'' that gathered data from a Red Cross site.

The New York Times, Miami Herald, CNN and others launched similar efforts. And two days later, Google had a similar tool running, PersonFinder, that the State Department promoted on its own Web site and Twitter. PersonFinder grew out of missing-persons technology developed after Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans in 2005.

Christopher Csikszentmihalyi, director of the Center for Future Civic Media at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, advocated online for consolidating all such tools into the Google version so the information wouldn't be stuck in competing projects.

He considers PersonFinder, which can be embedded in any Web site and as of Tuesday had more than 32,000 records, a triumph because it ``greatly increases the chances that Haitians in Haiti and abroad will be able to find each other.''

Schwartz agreed and folded his database into PersonFinder, which he thinks will become ``THE application for missing people for this disaster and all disasters in the future.''

The site has received several hundred thousand visits, said Google spokeswoman Elaine Filadelfo. She had no data on how many people had found loved ones using the tool.

Another volunteer project forged in the quake's aftermath is a cell phone text-messaging system that has helped the U.N., Red Cross and other relief groups dispatch rescuers, food and water. Haitians needing help can send free text messages from phones on the nation's Digicel service to the number 4636.

``At least 20 people so far have been able to use this program to tell their families in the U.S. that they're OK,'' said Katie Stanton, a former Google employee working in the State Department's Office of Innovation.

The text messages are translated, categorized and ``geotagged'' by volunteers including Haitian-American members of the New York City-based Service Employees International Union. The service is being promoted on Haitian radio stations and the service has handled more than 1,000 messages since it began Saturday, said Josh Nesbit, a co-creator. He put together a similar system for hospitals in Malawi, Africa, while at Stanford University.

Chief executive Eric Rasmussen of InSTEDD, a small humanitarian nonprofit that helped develop it, said by phone from the tarmac of Haiti's airport Tuesday that U.N. search-and-rescue dispatchers were at that moment mobilizing to locate a woman eight months pregnant in distress with an infection who had sent an SOS message using the system.

In another collaborative effort, the OpenStreetMap ``crisis mapping'' project, volunteers layer up-to-the-minute data (such as the location of new field hospitals and downed bridges) onto post-quake satellite imagery that companies including GeoEye and DigitalGlobe have made freely available. The digital cartography _ informed by everything from Twitter feeds to eyewitness reports _ has helped aid workers speed food, water and medicine to where it's needed most.

One Colombian rescue team leader uploaded the maps to his crew's portable GPS units before the team arrived on the scene last week, developers said. Another volunteer, Talbot Brooks of Delta State University in Cleveland, Miss., converts the maps into letter-sized documents that aid workers have been printing out before traveling to the quake zone.

``We have already been using their data in our initial post-disaster needs assessment,'' said Stuart Gill of the World Bank.

Internet social networks have helped volunteers organize intense work sessions.

CrisisCamp drew some 400 people in six cities including Washington, London and Mountain View, Calif., over the weekend to meet-ups where they devised, built and helped refine tools. Among them: a basic Creole-English dictionary for the iPhone that was delivered to Apple on Monday night for its approval.

``There was no break for lunch and people barely used the bathroom,'' said Clay Johnson of the Sunlight Foundation, the government transparency-promoting tech nonprofit that hosted the 130 participants in the Washington session. U.N., State Department and World Bank representatives attended.

Johnson also is the coordinator for ``We Have, We Need,'' a project that was hatched in the CrisisCamp session and is about to be launched. It seeks to pair private-sector offers with needs identified by aid workers. For example, a Haitian Internet provider needs networking engineers to restore connectivity. Any volunteers willing to spend a few weeks in Port-au-Prince?

More CrisisCamps are planned this weekend in Northern California, Miami, Atlanta, Washington, Atlanta, Brooklyn, N.Y., Portland, Ore., and Los Angeles.

A week after the quake, many tech relief volunteers are still working full steam.

``These people have been awake for days,'' Csikszentmihalyi said.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

IBM Opens Asean Telecom Centre Of Excellence

BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 18 (Bernama) -- International Business Machine (IBM) has set up the Asean Telecom Centre of Excellence in Malaysia to meet the rising challenges in the region's telecommunications industry.

In a statement here Monday, IBM said the centre would bring together cutting-edge technical skills, specialised offerings and industry's best practices.

"The centre will offer a range of new telecom software solutions based on IBM's Service Provider Delivery Environment 3.0 framework, as well as hardware, services and business partner applications," it said.

IBM Malaysia Sdn Bhd general manager (communications sector), Shekila Ramalingam, said to sustain growth in this competitive industry landscape, service providers must offer customers a more positive and differentiated user experience while reducing complexity and cost.

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Sunday, January 17, 2010

German government warns against using MS Explorer

By Daniel Emery, Technology Reporter, BBC News

The German government has warned web users to find an alternative browser to Internet Explorer to protect security.

The warning from the Federal Office for Information Security comes after Microsoft admitted IE was the weak link in recent attacks on Google's systems.

Microsoft says the security hole can be shut by setting the browser's security zone to "high", although this limits functionality and blocks many websites.

However, German authorities say that even this would not make IE fully safe.

Speaking to BBC News, Graham Cluley of anti-virus firm Sophos said the warning applied to versions 6, 7 and 8 of the browser.

"This is a vulnerability that was announced in the last couple of days. Microsoft have no patch yet and the implication is that this is the same one that exploited on the attacks on Google earlier this week," he said.

"The way to exploit this flaw has now appeared on the internet, so it is quite possible that everyone is now going to have a go."

Microsoft traditionally release a security update once a month - the next scheduled patch is the 9th of February. However, a spokesman for Microsoft told BBC News that developers for the firm were trying to fix the problem.

"We are working on an update on this issue and this may well be involve an out of cycle security update," he said.

Fix development

However, this is no easy task. Not only have the firm got to fix the loophole, but they have to ensure it does not create another one and - equally importantly - works on all computers. This is a challenge compounded by the fact they have to fix three different versions of its browser.

Microsoft said that while all versions of Internet Explorer were affected, the risk was lower with more recent releases of its browser.

The other problem facing developers is that the possible risk might not be prevented by anti-virus software, even when recently updated.

"We've been working to analyse the malware that the Chinese are using. But new versions can always be created," said Mr Cluley.

"We've been working with Microsoft to see if the damage can be mitigated and we are hoping that they will release an emergency patch.

"One thing that should be stressed is that every browser has its security issues, so switching may remove this current risk but could expose you to another."

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Friday, January 15, 2010

Indonesia Now Home to 6th Most Twitter Users in World

New statistics show that Twitter use is growing in popularity internationally, with Indonesia now home to the sixth largest number of users worldwide.

According to social media analytics company Sysomos, Indonesians make up 2.41 percent of all users of the service. The United States is still in top spot, accounting for 50.9 percent of users, followed by Brazil, the UK, Canada and Germany.

The rank shows a significant increase in Indonesian users. In July 2009, the country did not even make the top 17.

In a ranking of Twitter users in world cities, Jakarta took out 13th spot. London was the city home to the greatest number of users of the microblogging site.

Sysomos uses a combination of geolocation data as well as a proprietry system to identify user locations based on the content of their tweets.

For more information, see http://www.sysomos.com/insidetwitter/geography/.


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