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YouTube Blocked and Reblocked in Turkey + Some Users Get More Than 15 Minutes of Fame

posted Sunday Dec 12, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

YouTube Blocked and Reblocked in Turkey + Some Users Get More Than 15 Minutes of Fame

In an effort to combine two seemingly noteworthy bullet points into one small anecdote of news on your RSS feed, YouTube is in the news this week. Did you know that in Turkey you couldn't get on YouTube since 2008? That is until this week, when a Turkish court removed the two-year block on the site. However, shortly after the ruling and lifting of the ban, YouTube was blocked yet again in Turkey and users were seeing a blank screen along with some text informing them of the block that was part of the original May 2008 court ruling.

The reason? Apparently the Turkish republic founder, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, found four videos on the site very offensive and demanded them to be removed. The only issue here is that those videos were taken down two years ago. The Turkish userbase apparently caused enough ruckus that YouTube was unblocked again not soon after the reban. We've tried to contact the Turkish Telecommunications Transmission Directorate and Google for comment, but have been unsuccessful in receiving a response. We do know that the two parties will be meeting sometime soon to discuss the matter.

In other YouTubian news, Google has decided who gets to wear a gold star in the community. Starting this week, "selected users" will be allowed to go beyond the constraints of that pesky, yet newly-set time limit of 15 minutes for videos. Google has said, "as long as it's your original content, it's fair game regardless of length." That's what she said?

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T-Mobile Lies Some More: 4G Tablets Coming in 2011

posted Saturday Dec 11, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

T-Mobile Lies Some More: 4G Tablets Coming in 2011

Okay, enough, T-Mobile. Just because Sprint is announcing a 4G tablet in 2011 doesn't mean you have to do the same, especially since you don't even have a 4G network. We haven't heard anything of the platform or even the brand that the tablet will be on, only the fact that T-Mobile is still trying to fit in with the cool kids by using all these fancy buzzwords. I think it's because everybody except pre-teens and grannies have moved on to better carriers with more reliable and faster networks.

Here's what T-Mobile has to say about it.

T-Mobile is working closely with the majority of our OEM partners to deliver 4G products by integrating HSPA+ into roadmaps in 2011 as the dominant global standard. Consumers will continue to see HSPA+ fuel future innovation in a variety of mobile consumer electronics from smartphones and tablets to emerging devices. T-Mobile will continue to be at the forefront of wireless innovation, delivering an aggressive 4G product lineup in 2011, including 4G tablets.

I can't believe they used the terms '4G' and 'HSPA+' in the same sentence only separated by a few words and thought that people wouldn't notice. So expect a 3G+ tablet in 2011, folks.

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Xbox 360 Still on the Success Train

posted Saturday Dec 11, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

Xbox 360 Still on the Success Train

As we reported last month, media group NPD has changed the way they report on gaming hardware and software sales but that didn't stop Microsoft from boasting how awesome they did. This month turned out to be no different than the last, as Microsoft yet again rained down heavy droplets of success unto their competition and danced in the praise that NPD gave them, adding some of their own sentences of superiority in the process.

Want to see how well they did? Follow the break.

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Sue Google, Then Visit The Dollar Menu

posted Sunday Dec 5, 2010 by Jon Wurm

Sue Google, Then Visit The Dollar Menu

Google Street View is no stranger to scandal or bad publicity but no matter how hated it is, it just can't seem to take a hint. Sure you can opt out of Street View rather easily but it's just not as fun as a lawsuit, which is exactly how the Boring family felt after taking Google to court in 2008.

Ultimately, a Pennsylvania district judge threw the case out in 2009 but in February 2010 the appeals court allowed Aaron and Christine Boring to pursue compensation for the charges of privacy violation, trespassing, and negligence. After, 2 years of annoying Google as well as the courts they did finally prevail and were justly compensated for their efforts in the amount of $1. That's right, $1, and this is what the courts had to say about it.

Of course, it may well be that, when it comes to proving damages from the alleged trespass, the Borings are left to collect one dollar and whatever sense of vindication that may bring.

Google got owned....well not really, but at least this lawsuit wasn't boring.

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FTC Says Don't Track Me Bro....On The Internet

posted Sunday Dec 5, 2010 by Jon Wurm

FTC Says Don't Track Me Bro....On The Internet

The FTC is getting paranoid about the lack of uniformity pertaining to privacy rules and information tacking on the Internet. Essentially, they want the industry to set standards in place that allow more simplified privacy policies and simple methods for people to opt out of having their journey through the interwebz documented like a National Geographic special.

A normal person might think it's odd that the FTC wants to use "cookies" as a "one stop shop" for people to relay their choices but the FTC doesn't. In fact, it is their recommendation to solve the problem. FTC Chair Jon Leibowitz gives his perspective below,

A 'do not track' browser setting would serve as an easy one stop shop for consumers to express their choices, rather than on a company-by-company basis.

Hit the break to find out if you have a say in all of this.

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Verizon's 4G Launches Today, 10GB Data for $80

posted Sunday Dec 5, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

Verizon's 4G Launches Today, 10GB Data for $80

Today marks the day that Verizon Wireless has activated their fourth-gen LTE network. Verizon looks to launch in 30 cities by the end of the year and give its users a boost of 10x the speed of their 3G EVDO network. Along with the announcement of the 4G switch being turned on, the wireless company also announced its data package for the network, of course, in a tiered setup. You can get 5GB of data for $50 or 10GB for $80.

Want to see the cities and devices compatible? Follow the break.

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