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Announcing Google TV: TV meets web. Web meets TV.

from The Official Google Blog by A Googler

If there?s one entertainment device that people know and love, it?s the television. In fact, 4 billion people across the world watch TV and the average American spends five hours per day in front of one*. Recently, however, an increasing amount of our entertainment experience is coming from our phones and computers. One reason is that these devices have something that the TV lacks: the web. With the web, finding and accessing interesting content is fast and often as easy as a search. But the web still lacks many of the great features and the high-quality viewing experience that the TV offers.

Google TV

from Google Blogoscoped by Philipp Lenssen

Technology for Transparency Review, Part IV

from Global Voices Online by David Sasaki

By David Sasaki

In the last post of this series we published our summaries, conclusions, and recommendations for technology projects related to budget and election monitoring. Today we continue our concluding remarks and recommendations with a focus on technology initiatives related to civic complaints. You can see all of the case studies and project listings related to civic complaints platforms by clicking on the relevant filters beneath the map on the Transparency for Technology Network.

After Facebook, Pakistan Blocks YouTube Over Sacrilegious Content

from Mashable! by Stan Schroeder

Facebook vs. the Holy Book

from tabsir.net by dvarisco

The news out of Pakistan teeters between bad and worse. First, there are the drones targeting Taliban leaders and often taking out civilians as long-range missile attacks tend to do.

Pakistan: The Draw Mohammed Day Controversy

from Global Voices Online by Teeth Maestro

Facebook Is Blocked in Pakistan As It Indulges In A Controversial Campaign

from Global Voices Online by Teeth Maestro

Hurt Locker producer: criticizing our lawsuits makes you a moron and a thief

from Boing Boing by Xeni Jardin

Google Data Admission Angers European Officials: (New York Times)
European privacy regulators and advocates have reacted angrily to the disclosure by Google, the world?s largest search engine, that it had systematically collected private data since 2006 while compiling its Street View photo archive. After being pressed by European officials about the kind of data the company compiled in creating the archive ? and what it did with that information ? Google acknowledged that it had collected snippets of private data around the world. In a blog post on its Web site, the company said information had been recorded as it was sent over unencrypted residential wireless networks as Google?s Street View cars with mounted recording equipment passed by

Technology for Transparency Review, Part V

from Global Voices Online by David Sasaki

By David Sasaki

If ?hanging chads? and faulty computer chips are causes for concern in today’s elections, just imagine the likely fraud that took place in Classical Athens when residents often used small pebbles to cast (literally) their votes. The study of those pebbles, or the votes they represent, developed into an entire academic discipline, Psephology. (Psephos, or ?????, is literally ?pebble? in Greek).

How Social Media is Changing Government Agencies

from Mashable! by Tanveer Ali

Facebook Privacy Makes The Cover of Time Magazine

from Mashable! by Jennifer Van Grove

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