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Sergey Brin originally shared:
 
In just two decades, the world wide web has transformed and democratized access to information all around the world. I am proud of the role Google has played alongside many others such as Yahoo, Wikipedia, and Twitter. Whether you are a student in an internet cafe in the developing world or a head of state of a wealthy nation, the knowledge of the world is at your fingertips.

Of course, offering these services has come with its challenges. Multiple countries have sought to suppress the flow of information to serve their own political goals. At various times notable Google websites have been blocked in China, Iran, Libya (prior to their revolution), Tunisia (also prior to revolution), and others. For our own websites and for the internet as a whole we have worked tirelessly to combat internet censorship around the world alongside governments and NGO promoting free speech.

Thus, imagine my astonishment when the newest threat to free speech has come from none other but the United States. Two bills currently making their way through congress -- SOPA and PIPA -- give the US government and copyright holders extraordinary powers including the ability to hijack DNS and censor search results (and this is even without so much as a proper court trial). While I support their goal of reducing copyright infringement (which I don't believe these acts would accomplish), I am shocked that our lawmakers would contemplate such measures that would put us on a par with the most oppressive nations in the world.

This is why I signed on to the following open letter with many other founders - http://dq99alanzv66m.cloudfront.net/sopa/img/12-14-letter.pdf
See also: http://americancensorship.org/ and http://engineadvocacy.org/
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Amazing Long Exposure Photos of Air Traffic
Photographer Terence Chang took these fascinating long exposure photos in the skies above San Francisco International Airport. This is a similar technique as the one we’ve seen in Surreal Skatepark Light Paintings, called light drawing in which exposures are made usually at night or in a darkened room by moving a hand-held light source or by moving the camera.
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I have never seen something like that. Very cool! :-)
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For your viewing pleasure, enjoy the falling water http://t.co/K2GMSdjQ 
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Schweizer Qualität und Ordentlichkeit?
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What a story... Unbelievable that a lost iPhone can make it into the headlines for more than a week with daily updates!
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The data they provided in the cloud is real-time oceanographic data, I wouldn't say collecting & selling ocean data is too much of a stretch. The question is really how they're going to go with their SubmarineFactoryFactoryFactories.
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Most listened album this week: +Pascal FEOS "TerraBong Remixes 2".

Other good tracks I listened to multiple times were "Hi Jackin''" by Laven & MSO (http://youtu.be/YcaRAjlRw4M), "You might hear nothing" by Umek (http://youtu.be/X-xcE5HOFRg) as well as "32km (Stefano Noferini Vibe Mix)" by Blacktron (http://youtu.be/58EcKiW-SFc).
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Did you know that whenever you click "Read" on an app using Facebook's media sharing platform, it will publish this automatically into your Facebook news feed?
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Please, remember this lesson when driving, too.
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Anyone observing "programmers day"? ;-) Citing the Wikipedia entry below, it is supposed to be "officially recognized in Russia and observed in several other countries including the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, China and Croatia."
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Very funny, but I find it hard to believe that this guy is a former IT officer.
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It is commendable for a country of over a billion people to embark upon the gargantuan task of issuing unique IDs to every citizen (http://uidai.gov.in/). However, this clueless critic of UID in India explains why due to cloud computing UIDs will be a failure when it rains.

This is incredibly funny. Even if you don't know the language (Hindi), the subtitles say it all. Knowing the language makes it "explosive" on the funny scale.
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IT is also Income Tax in India, and not just Information Technology. This was a crusader for transparency and honesty. He crossed swords with many very powerful and corrupt people in India, and it resulted in constant transfers, harassment, and eventually a suspension from his job. Because of his stand he had problems at home as well.

Now he's old, out of job, and he has lost his edge, some say his mind as well. But he's a victim of what he was forced to undergo because he was an honest man. Please do read about him if you can.
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No favorite albums in the last two weeks, but on iTunes I discovered a (new?) CD series from +Paul Oakenfold with trance music I actually like.
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