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Facebook Down in India

On the day Facebook began trial in India for failing to censor objectionable religious content from its site, it has been reported that its service was down this morning in parts of that country. Facebook was down on desktops due to a DNS “server not found” error, but apparently still worked on mobile devices. Users took to Twitter to vent …

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Google, Facebook Trial in India Moving Slowly

Today Facebook and Google were set to stand trial in New Delhi over failing to censor objectionable religious material from their social networking sites, only to find that justice in India moves very slowly. Attorneys representing the companies showed up at courthouse/former palace of the Maharaja of Patiala, and were lead through dusty and ramshackle corridors to enter the chambers …

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Facebook, Google Stand Trial In India

Facebook and Google are set to stand trial in a Delhi court tomorrow for failing to censor offensive religious material on their social networks. If convicted, executives from both companies could face jail time, along with hefty fines, highlighting the risks taken while attempting to expand social networking presence in India. Facebook presently has 46 million active users in India, …

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Facebook Bans Indian Pages That Feature C-word

The All Assam Chutia Students’ Union in India questioned Facebook yesterday for for taking thousands of accounts in the Chutia community offline. The Union thinks that Facebook likely believes all the account deleted were spam or fake, because the word “chutia” in Hindi roughly translates to the English word “c***.” In response to Facebook’s actions against the sites, the student …

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Google Launches Program For Women Entrepreneurs

Google can now add a launching pad for female entrepreneurs to their long list of accomplishments. As reported today on their blog, they recently began a program called Women Entrepreneurs On The Web, or WEOW. The program was created specifically to help women in India find a voice and teaches their students how to use web-based technologies and apply them …

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Cloud Computing To Create 14 Million New Jobs By 2015

According to a new study by IDC, the growth of cloud computing is on track to create nearly 14 million new jobs globally by 2015. IDC’s research, which was commissioned by Microsoft, predicts revenues from cloud innovation could reach $1.1 trillion per year by 2015, which, combined with cloud efficiencies, will drive significant organizational reinvestment and job growth. “The cloud …

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Google To Indian Court: Objectionable Content Has Been Removed

Last month, a court in India ordered Google (among other web companies) to remove content from its search results that the court found to be objectionable on the grounds that it offended India’s religion and culture. Google complied with the request and today notified the court that the content has been removed. Google denied any allegation that, by making the …

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YouTube Is Now In Four More Indian Languages

YouTube is one step closer to becoming a global video content delivery site by adding four new languages to the site – all of them being regional languages in India. Aditi Rajwanshi, YouTube India partner manager, announced today in a YouTube blog post that the site can now be browsed in Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam and Telugu. YouTube has been in …

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Yahoo! Seeks to Avoid Lawsuit in India

Yahoo! filed to be removed from a mass lawsuit against various social networking sites reportedly accused of hosting offensive religious content. The lawsuit in question has stood, despite Information Technology Minister Kapil Sibal recently denying that the Indian government supports internet censorship. During a Dehli district court hearing on the matter, lawyers for Yahoo! pointed out that the company was …

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Indian Government Won’t Censor Social Media

According to Information Technology Minister Kapil Sibal, no Indian government will ever crack down on social media, to try to calm fears of China-like censorship of sites like Google and Facebook. Still, a Delhi trial court recently forced 21 websites to block content that might offend certain religious groups. Google and Facebook were included in the list, in which the …

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Microsoft Store India Hacked, Passwords Leaked

The Indian Microsoft store Web site has been hacked. The Web site is currently inaccessible, but it previously feature a message from a hacker group called EvilShadowTeam. From the language used in the hack and those claiming responsibility, the attack seems to have come from a Chinese group according to WP Sauce. The actual damage was not immediately present until …

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Vandals Deface Cleric’s Website Over Google, Facebook Complaints

Hackers have defaced the website of the Muslim cleric who petitioned the government of India concerning “objectionable” content on Facebook, Google, and other search and social networking sites. The website, FatwaOnline, is sponsored by the Islamic Peace Foundation of India New Dehli, and run by Mufti Aijaz Arshad Qasmi. It is a question and answer site where Qasmi issues judgments …

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