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Mexico Telecoms Bill Will Put Pressure on Slim, Televisa 12.3.2013 NY Times: Business
Mexico's government presented on Monday a major reform bill that aims to loosen billionaire Carlos Slim's hold on the telecommunications market and curb top broadcaster Televisa's rule of the airwaves.

Sponsored post: U.K. digital games — highlighting the U.K.’s flair for innovation 12.3.2013 GigaOM
Sponsored post: U.K. digital games — highlighting the U.K.’s flair for innovation
GE and NFL take the wraps off their $40M research project for tackling concussions 11.3.2013 GigaOM
GE and NFL take the wraps off their $40M research project for tackling concussions
The Idea That Lured WebEx's Founder Back into Start-ups 11.3.2013 Inc
After a multi-billion dollar exit and a six year break, WebEx co-founder Subrah Iyar is back in the game with a new mobile app. It was an exit of epic proportion: Subrah Iyar, co-founder and former CEO of WebEx, sold his company to Cisco for $3.2 billion in 2007. Since then, he's been somewhat of a Silicon Valley phantom, until, that is, a combination of ideas from some of his former WebEx colleagues and input from his college-age daughter inspired him to return to his start-up roots. The blogosphere likens his new social collaboration tool, Moxtra , to something that's " part Pinterest, part Evernote, and part Facebook ," but Iyar says his first creation, WebEx, was all about collaboration so it only makes sense that he use his domain expertise to create something geared for mobile--a contemporary requisite. In short, he says Moxtra doesn't copy any other solution, he says, but merely appeals to those who prefer visuals over text. While you can certainly use Moxtra all by yourself in ...
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Danger Lurks in Growing New Internet Nationalism 11.3.2013 Technology Review Feed - Tech Review Top Stories
Cyber-espionage is old news. What’s new is the rhetoric, which is reaching a fever pitch right now. For technology that was supposed to ignore borders, bring the world closer together, and sidestep the influence of national governments the Internet is fostering an awful lot of nationalism right now. We’ve started to see increased concern about the country of origin of IT products and services; U.S. companies are worried about hardware from China ; European companies are worried about cloud services in the U.S; no one is sure whether to trust hardware and software from Israel; Russia and China might each be building their own operating systems out of concern about using foreign ones. ...
CubeSensors Extend The Concept Of The Quantified Self To Your Living Space 11.3.2013 techCrunch
meetingSensors are quickly becoming a category of external hardware gadgets unto themselves, and Slovenia-based CubeSensors is creating a set that essentially monitor your living space to provide you with aggregate data about noise, temperature, humidity, light, air quality and more to provide clues about how your environment might be affecting you and those around you.
Contest to crowdsource design for 3D-printed rocket 11.3.2013 New Scientists HIV
Contest to crowdsource design for 3D-printed rocket
Flash Sales Site For Mums Casabu Raises $1.4M To Take On Zulily In The UK 11.3.2013 techCrunch
logo-1You'd be forgiven for thinking that the window has closed on the flash sales concept, but apparently not. Casabu, the UK startup that targets mums with time-limited sales of clothing, toys, nursery equipment and maternity wear, has raised a £900k (~$1.4m) Series A round led by Ingenious Ventures, the private equity division of investment and advisory group Ingenious, with participation from existing investor Horatio Investments.
Making sense of nanotechnology in Northern Canada 11.3.2013 Guardian: Science
Can nanotechnology help the economy of Edmonton become less dependent on oil? On the flight to Edmonton, I sat next to Ted, a friendly giant with a pronounced Dutch/Irish accent. He told me how, unable to find work in Ireland, he was flying to Canada with the promise of a job. With the ice beginning to melt, he and thousands of others will work for the summer, cleaning up oil refineries before moving on to the next opportunity. This story happens to be true. But fans of Thomas 'world is flat' Friedman will recognise its type from his New York Times OpEds. Friedman is fond of such globalisation parables, often snatched from receptionists or taxi drivers . As Richard Florida (pdf) and others have pointed out, we should not overlook the world's spikiness. Geography matters, even, or perhaps especially, when it comes to science and innovation. This is why we are so fascinated by Silicon Valley. If we follow Friedman, Silicon Valley could be anywhere, and yet the businesses and universities that ...
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CISPA: Who's For It And Who's Against It 11.3.2013 ReadWriteWeb
What if all of your online communication could be monitored and shared without a warrant? That's what's at stake if the latest version of  CISPA , the controversial  Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act , is approved by Congress. After CISPA was shot down in 2012, a revised bill has been introduced that would let private companies and the government monitor Americans under the auspices of sharing intelligence about cyber threats. The intentions behind the bill may be noble, but the bill's language is packed with privacy problems and vague notions that give the government big  loopholes through which to watch what people say and do online. (See also Obama, Cybersecurity And The Return Of CISPA ) In the wake of a spate of hacking attacks and talks between House Intelligence Committee Chairman (and CISPA co-author) Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) and the White House, the bill is seeing forward movement. Talks are centering on whether or not companies will be allowed to share ...
Berlin-Based iversity Relaunches As MOOCs Platform, Sets Its Sights On Becoming The Coursera Of Europe 11.3.2013 TechCrunch
iversity logoThe fast expanding universe of MOOCs has a new addition. Berlin-based startup iversity, founded in 2011 to offer online collaboration tools for learning management, has relaunched itself as a platform for massive open online courses. Its first batch of MOOCs are due to go live around September/October, at the start of the winter study term.
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Science, democracy and money 11.3.2013 Guardian: Science
With upcoming decisions on the 2015-2016 budget expected soon, Science is Vital calls for public debate on science funding In the Comprehensive Spending Review of 2010, the Coalition Government set the framework for its spending plans for 2011-2105. On the 20th of this month, Chancellor George Osborne is expected to announce the general strategy for arriving at a 2015-2016 budget, with the final decision expected in July this year. The outcome of this process will be important for UK science. Before the 2010 comprehensive spending review, intense lobbying from the scientific community secured a ring-fenced cash freeze of the research budget at £4.6 billion, in place of sweeping cuts that had been widely feared. Science is Vital – the grassroots campaigning group that we formed in response to this threat – played a critical role . We made an evidence-based case that supporting robust R&D, as part of an integrated policy that considers education, technology transfer, immigration and industrial ...
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The Weekly Good: ProBueno Lets You Offer Up Your Talents And Skills For Good 11.3.2013 techCrunch
weekly-good41Imagine that you're a pretty good drummer, you're in a band, and you'd like to give lessons. You could charge for these lessons, of course, but you're really into helping out charities. A site called ProBueno is a marketplace to shop your talents in exchange for charitable donations. When you think about it, all this really is is technology-empowered volunteering.
Letters: Working at Home: Pros and Cons 11.3.2013 NY Times: Editorials
In response to an editorial, readers discuss their own work experiences and tax issues.

The Implications Of The Interface That Watches You 11.3.2013 techCrunch
gsIII-hal9000This coming week, we're likely to get a peek at Samsung's next generation Galaxy flagship smartphone, and by most accounts, it'll have an auto-scrolling feature that can use head movement cues to detect when you're paying attention to what's on the small screen, and when you look away. There's no word on just how specific it will be, but others are prepping tech that detects eye movement with a high level of accuracy to determine not just when someone's facing a screen, but also where exactly their attention is focused.
SXSW Has Become The Bootcamp For Tech's Soldiers 11.3.2013 techCrunch
SXSW PohotYes, SXSW is marketers marketing to marketers and zombified cross-town walks staring at your phone. But when you ask the smartest people in technology to distill a year's worth of knowledge into hour long talks, the less informed masses are brought up to speed. Instead of waiting for the past to proliferate, SXSW lets the crowd can grasp today so tech's leaders can focus on tomorrow.
‘E-mail’ is uncool, and other language lessons for the digital age 11.3.2013 GigaOM
‘E-mail’ is uncool, and other language lessons for the digital age
Iran blocks use of tool to get around Internet filter 10.3.2013 MSNBC
Iranian authorities have blocked the use of most "virtual private networks", a tool that many Iranians use to get around an extensive government Internet filter, Iranian media quoted an official as saying on Sunday.
The hypocrisy in Silicon Valley's big talk on innovation 10.3.2013 SFGate: Business & Technology
The hypocrisy in Silicon Valley's big talk on innovation [...] innovation" is something of a magic word around here, shape-shifting to fit the speaker's immediate needs. [...] for all the funding announcements, product launches, media attention and wealth creation, most of Silicon Valley doesn't concern itself with aiming "almost ridiculously high." The description for the (now very delayed) title notes: "We have become a risk-averse society, hobbled by tort laws and government regulations, short-term financial thinking, and mind-numbing complacency." Rewarding profits, not riskIt's fairly obvious the region's business culture and investing philosophy - that is to say, the free market - often doesn't reward the kind of "deep innovation" Levchin and Thiel trumpet. Private markets are loath to put up the billions of dollars and patiently wait a decade or more, yet that's precisely what's needed to develop breakthrough drugs, disruptive clean energy technologies or that new, new thing you and I ...
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The big data world is operating at 1 percent 10.3.2013 GigaOM
The big data world is operating at 1 percent
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