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It is planned that the police will use online searches in Austria from autumn 2008 onwards. According to a report of the radio station Ã1, the Minister of Justice, Maria Berger (SPÃ) [Social Democratic Party of Austria] and her colleague, the Minister for Internal Affairs, GÃ¼nther Platter (ÃVP) [Austrian People's Party] have agreed to this. In the station’s morning news show called “Morgenjournal” Platter maintained that online searches would only be used in the case of serious crime or suspicion of supporting a terrorist organisation. The law drafted by Platter and Berger is to be discussed today in a cabinet meeting. After that a group of experts will settle the legal and technical details arising from the use of a Trojan program.
Apple: $100 Million Spent on Potential iBricks – New York Times
Apple’s earnings calls are notoriously devoid of information, but Apple`s chief operating officer, Timothy Cook, did drop one interesting figure. Of the 1.4 million iPhones sold so far (of which 1,119,000 were sold in the quarter ending Sept. 30), Mr. Cook estimated that 250,000 were sold to people who wanted to unlock them from the AT&T network and use them with another carrier. He said that the bulk of those appear to have occurred after Apple`s $200 price cut. By my math, that means that at least $100 million was spent on phones that Apple is doing its best to disable.
Text messaging hits its stride – Calgary Herald
Text messaging might be seen as belonging to the 15- to 30-year-old crowd, but savvy marketers and entrepreneurs are making it an essential part of their business strategies. Canadians have tripled the number of text messages hitting the airwaves across the country, sending a whopping 26.5 million texts a day in the past year. We texted 4.3 billion times during the first half of this year, the same number sent over the entire year in 2006.
Yahoo Inc has been slow to react to sweeping changes in Web consumer behavior and online advertising shifts, but it is picking up its pace, its top executives said on Tuesday. Chief Executive Jerry Yang told advertising executives at a company-sponsored conference in this coastal town that Yahoo can differentiate itself by acting as an “open” alternative to rivals such as Google Inc and Microsoft Corp.
The birth place of Guy Fawkes will not hold a fireworks event this year after the city council refused York football ground a safety certificate to host the event Guy Fawkes might be amused. But not the citizens of his home city. Their annual celebration of the failure of his gunpowder plot has been cancelled by the health and safety police.
Research In Motion Works With Alcatel on China Sales – Bloomberg News
Research In Motion Ltd. said it plans to start selling its BlackBerry e-mail phone in China this year through France’s Alcatel-Lucent. The shares climbed 9.8 percent. Alcatel will sell the BlackBerry 8700 model to business customers in China, Research In Motion said today. Beijing-based China Mobile Ltd., the nation’s biggest wireless carrier, is providing local BlackBerry service in the country.
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