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Newswatch 8.6.07: Did Yahoo Lie about Chinese Dissent?

Posted by Richard Koman - August 6, 2007

NYT exposes Fake Steve Jobs

[NYT] “I’m stunned that it’s taken this long,” said Mr. Lyons, 46, when a reporter interrupted his vacation in Maine on Sunday to ask him about Fake Steve. “I have not been that good at keeping it a secret. I’ve been sort of waiting for this call for months.”


Lantos to investigate whether Yahoo lied about China dissident

[InfoWorld] General counsel Michael Callahan allegedly told the committee that Yahoo handed over information to Chinese police as required by law and that the company had no information about the nature of the investigation against Shi. Contrary to this testimony, Lantos alleges that some evidence has surfaced that Yahoo was told specifically that Shi was being targeted for illegally divulging state secrets to foreign entities.

Microsoft gives 3D look at shuttle
[News.com] The viewer, created with Microsoft's Photosynth technology, gives people a three-dimensional perspective on the space center, letting people zoom in for a close-up, high-resolution look at heat tiles on the shuttle, for example, or zoom out to see a panoramic of Cape Canaveral.

Amazon launches micropayment service
[Seattle PI] The Amazon Flexible Payment Services allows developers to send and receive money, create specific instructions on how payments can be made, aggregate micro-transactions such as a penny into larger transactions and view account balances.

Herding cats dept: Bloggers want to unionize
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BitTorrent offers ad-supported streaming video
[SJ Merc] Beginning this month, the video and media distribution company will offer some of its library of television and feature films, which include titles such as "Letters from Iwo Jima" and "24," for free as streaming videos, supported by advertising.

Internet pioneer's new company offers powerful routers
[News.com] "I need much faster Internet access. When I ask for something on the Web, I want that to happen in a fraction of a second instead of 10 seconds, Roberts said. "This will let the Web operate in fractional second times."

Facebook loses ads over far-right UK party
[FT] More companies pulled advertising from Facebook, the social networking website, on Friday after discovering their campaigns ran next to a page for the far-right British National party. Virgin Media, Halifax General Insurance and Pru Health, the healthcare insurance division of Prudential, withdrew from Facebook following the departure of Vodafone and First Direct bank on Thursday.

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