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ChatON gets Multi-Device Sync & More Updates

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Samsung is closing out 2012 with a major update to its own cross-platform service ChatON. The Samsung has unveiled version 2.0 which introduces a number of changes, including syncing across devices, multiple image messaging, new social features and enhanced support for tablet users.

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FB asked to stop ads

Facebook should stop advertising to users in Nordic countries or face legal action, the Norwegian consumer agency said on Thursday.

The agency, like its counterparts in the Nordic region, wants to put an end to the advertisements that appear on users’ news feeds.

It has sent a letter to the European Commission to determine whether Facebook is in line with the EU’s directive on privacy and electronic communication — and possibly to make amendments to rules drawn up before Facebook was founded.

“It is prohibited to send electronic advertisements to consumers who haven’t given their consent, either by email or SMS,” consumer mediator Gry Nergaard told AFP.

“We think that some of the advertising that Facebook calls ‘Sponsored Stories’ is beginning to look like unsolicited electronic messages,” she said.

Facebook is struggling to generate advertising revenue, claims it is abiding by European and Norwegian laws.

Its spokesman in northern Europe, Jan Fredriksson, said users could choose to block this type of advertising in their settings.

But Nergaard said it was not enough to provide an “opt out” option, the key issue was that Facebook did not have users’ prior consent.

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‘Anonymous’ says they will protest at Jantar Mantar on June 9

TelecomTiger received a letter from the Anonymous Group which is believed to be behind the attack on MTNL website on Wednesday. We are publishing it as it is.

Dear India Press 

The recent attack on the Freedom of Speech and expression in India was done by misuse of Madras High Court order which required blocking of certain content.

The HC Madras never issued any list of websites to be blocked, the DoT never issued a list of websites to be censored. Why is that ISPs are forced to block file sharing websites? Why is that instead of blocking few links the whole domain was blocked? The blocking of these websites is wrong and unjustified.”

“Torrents are widely used to distribute open source and free software such as Linux distributions, and many other books and publications that are in the public domain. Video hosting sites like Vimeo are used by millions of people every day. You no longer have access to this content even though it is perfectly legal.”

We are against this Internet Censorship in disguise.

Our objective is to repeal the ban on entire websites, where only a section of the content infringes on copyrights, and to contest the ‘intermediary guideline rules that have been effect since April 2011, besides annulment of section 69 of the amended Information Technology Act, 2008.

The April 2011 rules, an update to India”s Information Technology Act (IT Act) of 2000 (amended in 2008), popularly known as the “intermediary guidelines,” instruct online “intermediaries” — companies that provide Internet access, host online content, websites, or search services — to remove, within 36 hours, any material deemed to be “grossly harmful, harassing, blasphemous,” “ethnically objectionable,” or “disparaging” by any Internet user who submits a formal objection letter to that intermediary. Under the guidelines, any resident of India can compel Google, at the risk of criminal and/or civil liability, to remove content from its site that the resident finds politically, religiously, or otherwise “objectionable.”

Hence GOI, with certain individuals misuse this act, can access any content, seek it’s removal and invade into privacy of citizens. This IT Act is taking away citizen’s legitimate right to privacy and freedom of speech and expression. Speech censorship is illegal and contradicts freedom of speech guaranteed by Constitution of India.

We are organizing a peaceful protest on Saturday June 9, 2012 between 1600 hrs and 1900 hrs at Jantar Mantar, Delhi to express our opposition to Internet Censorship and invasion of our Privacy by Government.

We seek removal of blocks on websites and call for amendment of Information Technology Act so as to protect privacy of Indian citizens.

We do not have a country, name or face. Our cause is our only identity. We are ANONYMOUS.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg marries girlfriend Priscilla Chan

NEW YORK: Facebook’s billionaire founder Mark Zuckerberg updated his relationship status on his social networking site to ‘married’ – after he tied the knot with his long time girlfriend 27-year-old Priscilla Chan in a private ceremony at his California home. The surprising move came just a day after Facebook went public through one of the largest initial public offerings and its shares began trading on the Nasdaq. Zuckerberg wrote about the big event in his life on his Facebook timeline, with a status update that read, “Married Priscilla Chan” on May 19. The ceremony took place in Zuckerberg’s backyard at his Palo Alto home in California before fewer than 100 guests on Saturday. An accompanying picture shows a smiling Zuckerberg dressed in a simple dark blue suit, white shirt and wearing a tie. Chan is in an elegant sleeveless laced white wedding gown with a veil falling over her shoulders. A string of bulbs are hung in the background which is Zuckerberg’s backyard. The picture got over 131,000 likes within the first 30 minutes of Zuckerberg posting the status update. The couple met at Harvard and have been together for more than nine years. Chan’s Facebook page also had the updated relationship status with the message “married to Mark Zuckerberg.” The marriage capped an extremely eventful week for the couple. Zuckerberg celebrated his 28th birthday on Monday, May 14. Days later Facebook, which was founded by Zuckerberg in 2004 in his Harvard dorm, became went public through an IPO that pegged the value of the world’s most popular social network site at 104 billion dollars. The same week Chan graduated from the University of California, San Francisco. Chan studied medicine and is now a doctor of pediatrician. On her graduation day, Zuckerberg had written on his Facebook page, “I am so proud of you Dr Chan.”

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