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Social Media, Internet Shutdowns are the Latest Weapons in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

from Updates by Eva Galperin
Days ago the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) launched Operation Pillar of Defense, its latest military operation against Hamas in Gaza, firing over one hundred rockets into the Gaza Strip in response to rockets targeting Israel. The attacks prompted two retaliatory rockets launched from Gaza, targeting Tel Aviv and its suburbs. While the rockets fly and casualties pile up, a parallel conflict is taking place on the Internet and social media.

Anonymous takes down over 650 Israeli sites, wipes databases, leaks email addresses and passwords

from The Next Web by Emil Protalinski


Is Israel Planning a Ground Invasion of Gaza?

from Global Voices Online by Amira Al Hussaini
Gazans braced themselves for another day of continuous shelling, as news trickles in of the possibility of an Israeli ground invasion.

YouTube Refuses to Yank Israeli Kill Video as Hamas Attacks Jerusalem

by Noah Shachtman
YouTube is rejecting calls to take down a video showing the assassination of Hamas’ military leader, despite the video-sharing service’s apparent ban on “graphic or gratuitous violence.”

Israelis Protest Military Operation against Gaza

from Global Voices Online by Gilad Lotan
Yesterday a Facebook group organized hundreds of Israelis to gather in Tel Aviv’s Habima square. The group calls for people to ?Refuse the election war! Refuse to die or kill in the name of a political spin.?

Israel: ?Ashdod Feels like a War Zone?

from Global Voices Online by Elizabeth Tsurkov
On November 10, Gaza militants fired an anti-tank missile at an IDF patrol on the Israeli side of the Gaza-Israel border, injuring four. Israel responded with deadly airstrikes on Gaza, Hamas and other militant factions in Gaza fired rockets back. After a cease fire was negotiated and rocket fire from Gaza had almost stopped, IDF drones assassinated Hamas military chief, Ahmad al-Jabari. Gaza militants responded by launching a barrage of rockets. One of those rockets exploded in a home in the southern town of Kiryat Malachi, killing three members of a family. IDF attacks on Gaza have resulted in the death of at least 13 people, some of them civilians, and injured over 100 people.


Israel’s Rocket-Hunting Ace Got His Start Playing Warcraft

from Wired Top Stories by Amir Mizroch
Hamas is firing off hundreds of rockets at Israel. Meet the guy who’s shooting the rockets down.


Google Transparency Report Shows Rising Trend of Government Surveillance

from Updates by Katitza Rodriguez and Rebecca Bowe
Each year, Google receives thousands of demands from governments around the world seeking information about its users. People who use any of the search engine giant?s free online services ? such as Gmail, YouTube, Google+ or Blogger ? leave digital footprints behind, and information relating to their accounts is increasingly sought out by law enforcement agencies. To raise awareness about this, Google publishes a Transparency Report every six months documenting how many requests it received for user data, and from which countries. The practice was recently emulated by Twitter.

Hamas Shoots Rockets at Tel Aviv, Tweeting Every Barrage

by Robert Beckhusen and Noah Shachtman
On day two of the fight between Israel and Hamas, the Palestinian group hit back, launching its most sophisticated rockets and announcing every new barrage on social media.

Will Google’s Policies Increase Tech Regulation?

by Insights Contributors
Internet companies must fully understand the issues that may be triggered by their technology, writes digital privacy rights advocate and lawyer Bradley Shear.


Meet Presidential Policy Directive 20, the United States? new cyberwar policy

from The Next Web by Alex Wilhelm

Facebook News Feed Placement Is All About Relevancy

from All Facebook by Justin Lafferty

Google, Twitter, and Facebook?s arguments in favor of net neutrality

from The Next Web by Alex Wilhelm


New malware variant recognizes Windows 8, uses Google Docs as a proxy to phone home

from The Next Web by Emil Protalinski


Taliban forgets to BCC an email, reveals its entire PR mailing list of over 400 people

from The Next Web by Emil Protalinski


Facebook: your News Feed is for engaging content, Pages Feed is for everything else interesting

from The Next Web by Ken Yeung

Twitter and developers, a love story

from The Next Web by Matthew Panzarino

Strict Copyright Law Hurts Innovation and Consumers, Republicans Say

from TorrentFreak by Ben Jones


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