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Today’s e-Reads: Lawmaker Takes Aim at Censorship Technology

December 1, 2011

Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., chairman of the House Foreign Affairs human rights subcommittee, plans to introduce legislation that would restrict the export of software that can be used to censor the Internet or spy on users, The Wall Street Journal reports. The Washington Post says sales brochures show the software, made in the U.S. and other Western countries, gets minimal regulaton.

The antisecrecy group WikiLeaks has released 287 documents from contractors that offer surveillance technologies, Mashable reports.

The European Commission proposed new rules that could require funding for research and development to be linked to a pledge to introduce any inventions resulting from that work in Europe first, according to The New York Times.

 

Online game maker Zynga is hoping to be valued at more than $10 billion when it goes public, Bloomberg reports.

The Wall Street Journal examines the headaches for those who have gotten one of the 37 million recycled phone numbers each year. 

PC Magazine questions whether iPhone's new Siri voice-initiated assistant may have an antiabortion bias by directing some users seeking abortions or emergency contraception to centers aimed at helping women keep their babies.

BMW and Toyota are forming a partnership to share green-car technology, AFP reports.

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