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UK cuts some arms sales to Israel after Gaza war


Source: Reuters * Five arms export licenses revoked * UK denies move constitutes embargo (Adds new British comment) By Dan Williams JERUSALEM, July 13 (Reuters) – Britain has scrapped the sale of some military components to Israel as part of an export review prompted by the war in the Gaza Strip, officials said on Monday. […]

Dell may test Google’s Chrome OS


From PC WORLD NZ The company is also rumoured to be testing the Android operating system. Dell on Friday said it would consider testing Google’s upcoming Chrome operating system, but didn’t commit to offering the Linux-based OS in future products. “Dell constantly assesses new technologies as part of managing our product development process and for […]

North Korea test-fires missiles


From Al Jazeera North Korea has test-fired two ground-to-ship missiles from its east coast, the South Korean Yonhap news agency has reported. One was fired at 5.20pm (0820GMT) and the other at 6.00pm (0900GMT), a South Korean defence ministry spokesman said. Leonid Petrov, a North Korean specialist from the Australian National University, told Al Jazeera: “We […]

Israel’s Nuclear Weapons Program


From Nuclear Archive Israel is believed to possess the largest and most sophisticated arsenal outside of the five declared nuclear powers. Israel has never admitted possessing nuclear weapons, but abundant information is available showing that the capability exists. A short essay on the history of Israel’s nuclear weapons program April 1997 revelations about Israeli-South African […]

Wikipedia ‘shows CIA and Vatican page edits’


From BBC News  15 August 2007 An online tool that claims to reveal the identity of organisations that edit Wikipedia pages has revealed that the CIA was involved in editing entries. Wikipedia Scanner allegedly shows that workers on the agency’s computers made edits to the page of Iran’s president. It also purportedly shows that the […]

Internet in Italy: if you can’t control it…close it!


From Beppe Grillo’s Blog The wiretapping Bill has the potential to shut down the Web. Should this happen, the responsibility for what happens thereafter shall lie squarely with the Government and with Parliament. The Web is the tool, the space, the medium that has allowed millions of Italians to believe in the possibility of democratic […]

Japan to impose ban on exports to NKorea: reports


From AFP TOKYO (AFP) — Japan plans to impose a total ban on exports to North Korea as part of its new economic sanctions against Pyongyang following last month’s nuclear test, news reports said. The move comes after the United Nations Security Council voted unanimously Friday to slap tougher sanctions on North Korea to cripple […]

HITBSecConf2009 Malaysia to Debate Public Security


From NewsWire Today Tracks and keynote speakers will, for the first time, scrutinize the technology behind public services, physical security of locks and TEMPEST attacks. HITBSecConf, a premier international security conference is, once again, coming to Asia to host the 7th, annual installment of HITBSecConf event in Malaysia, from October 5-8, 2009. This year’s convention […]


From Reuters UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The U.N. Security Council on Friday unanimously approved expanded sanctions and a trade and arms embargo against North Korea over its May 25 nuclear test. The sanctions resolution bans all weapons exports from North Korea and most arms imports into the communist state. It authorizes U.N. member states to […]

Canadian Patent Appeal Board Rules Against Business Method Patents


From MichaelGeist Catching up from a column last week (Toronto Star version, homepage version), the Canadian Patent Appeal Board recently denied an appeal by Amazon.com over a “one-click” ordering system patent with strong language that challenged the notion that business method patents are patentable under Canadian law.  Business method patents took off in the U.S. […]