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 LOS ANGELES (AP) – Pssst. Ready to water that beautiful lush lawn of yours? The one that’s the envy of the entire neighbourhood.

If you live in Southern California you’d better wait until after midnight. Preferably on a cloudy, new-moon night during a power outage when it’s so dark even night-vision goggles won’t give away your position.

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' Social Media War Machine Has Part to Play in Winning Hearts and Minds '

#AceWorldNewsGAZA CITY – July 26 – As part of Israel’s PR efforts during operation Cast Lead (2009), the IDF has established a Youtube channel to tell Israel’s side. As seen on Arutz Sheva. and supplied by israelnationalnews.com at the time it purported to have 7,000 followers and today as the screenshot shows it is down to 1,981.

Five years later, the involvement of the army in the documentation and dissemination of propaganda has increased, through YouTube videos and official accounts on Facebook and Twitter, which show a constant flow of messages.

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Today’s media strategy includes dozens of infographics and visualizations that attempt to depict Israel’s rationale in a graphic and simple manner similar to that employed by the award-winning Visualizing Palestine project, which focused on visualizing the effects of occupation for Palestinians in Gaza.

One of the most viral visualizations shows how a house in Gaza becomes a target. “When is a house a home and when does it become a military target?”, the image reads, in response to accusations that Israel indiscriminately bombs houses in Gaza.

Another one compares “what Israel does to protect civilians” vs. “what Hamas does to endanger its civilians.”

An online struggle for “hearts and minds”

Israeli military operations are always accompanied by robust media reports that seem intended to mitigate their impact on international public opinion. From the sensorial “Cast Lead” in 2009 to the self-explanatory “Protective Edge” in 2014, several fronts of “hasbara” (pro-Israeli propaganda, in Hebrew) have been developed to show the world Israel’s rationale.

In 2008, just before attacks on Gaza began, the Israeli administration decided to replace traditional press conferences of war time with a wide array of initiatives based on social media. Guidelines for the campaign were developed by former army officer Yarden Vatikai, in coordination with the Ministry of Defense and the Jewish Agency.

One of the initiatives consisted of teaching new media workshops to army officers in the Herzliya Interdisciplinary Center.

“In terms of communicating our message, the future is in new media”, Defense Forces spokesman Avi Benayahu said in February 2009. “The IDF has moved online to win hearts and minds.”

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‘ USS Release Un-Verified Tape of Intercepted Phone Calls of Malaysian Airlines Being Shot-Down By Mistake ‘

#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – July 19 – The Ukrainian Security Service has released what it calls “intercepted phone conversations,” which are supposed to prove that Donetsk self-defense forces shot down Malaysia Airlines MH17 flight on Thursday – presumably, by mistake.

The 2:33 minute clip, which Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) posted on YouTube in Ukrainian, English, German, French, Spanish, Polish, Turkish and Japanese versions, consists of three separate “conversations.”

The first “conversation” allegedly takes place between – according to SBU’s titles – militia group commander nicknamed Bes (“Igor Bezler”) and his alleged coordinator, “Vasily Geranin,” who is titled in the video as “a colonel of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces.”

“Bes” and “Geranin” are speaking about a downing of a jet, without clarifying if it’s a military or a civilian aircraft.

The second “conversation,” which allegedly happens between anti-Kiev militia members – nicknamed “Major” and “Grek” – reveals that the crashed plane was“a 100 per cent passenger aircraft.”

The third and final segment sets things straight as an unnamed “militia member” tells an alleged Cossack commander” titled as “Nikolay Kozitsin,” that there’s ‘Malaysia Airlines’ marking on the downed plane.

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#AceBreakingNews UKRAINE One civilian was killed and several…

#AceBreakingNews – UKRAINE – One civilian was killed and several others wounded in eastern Ukraine as the National Guard started shooting at protesters and voters, who had gathered around a seized polling station in Krasnoarmeysk, self-defence forces and witnesses said.

The National Guard entered the city in the Donetsk region earlier on Sunday and occupied several polling stations, the city council building among them. First reports on shooting appeared on Twitter.

I just saw the National Guard kill one and injure several others,” Russian journalist Ilya Azar wrote in his micro-blog. Later this was confirmed by Denis Pushilin, the co-chairman of the self-proclaimed People’s Donetsk Republic.

Azar also posted a photo of the dead young man. He says at least one more person was injured in the chest. Other unconfirmed reports on Twitter say at least three others sustained wounds.

An amateur video posted on YouTube shows several National Guard mercenaries blocking the entry to the city council headquarters used as a polling station, and firing at locals.

People were just standing there, unarmed, outside the city council seized by the Guard,” Azar tweeted.

Krasnoarmeysk, together with many other places in southeastern Ukraine, has conducted an autonomy referendum. Following the National Guard’s interference, the voting was stopped. Four schools got seized by masked men; all the people had to be evacuated.

“They threatened us and said that they were sent by the Kiev authorities,”Sergey, a local resident, told RT.

By that time, over 47,000 people had cast their ballots, self-defense forces said.

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` Senate Committee in Pakistan has Unanimously Agreed to a Resolution to Restore YouTube in Pakistan ‘

#AceWorldNews – ISLAMABAD – April 21 – The Senate Functional Committee on Human Rights (HRC) in Pakistan has unanimously passed a resolution to restore YouTube in Pakistan here on Monday.

The resolution said that there was no excuse for the government to maintain its ban on YouTube as the blasphemy content still available on other social websites.

The HRC has quoted Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) regarding the issued that the PTA also demanded to remove ban on video sharing website.

The HRC further added that the issued will be raised today in the ongoing session of upper house (Senate).
The video-sharing website has been blocked in Pakistan since September 2012 over its failure to take down the “Innocence of Muslims” movie that sparked furious protests around the world.

Religion in Pakistan, where 97 per cent of the population are Muslims, is a very sensitive topic and perceived insults to the faith can spark violent reactions.

In November 2011 the telecommunications authority tried to ban early 1,700 “obscene” words from text messages, which included innocuous terms such as “lotion”, “athlete’s foot” and “idiot”.

Courtesy of Kyber News Agency

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` Ankara Court over turns ` YouTube ` Ban but allows blockage of 15 Specific Videos ‘

#AceBreakingNews – ANKARA – April – Ankara court ordered a Turkish government ban on YouTube to be lifted, but allowed the blockage of 15 specific videos to remain in place.

The move comes after a similar overturning of a government ban of Twitter.

The court in the capital Ankara said the YouTube ban was too broad and instead specifically blocked access to 15 videos, a copy of the court document showed, as Reuters reports.

Unlike the decision on Twitter, the ruling on YouTube was not taken by Turkey’s constitutional court and may be overruled by a court of higher jurisdiction.

This means that in practice the video hosting service will remain blocked for now, pending a likely government appeal. RT

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` Syrian Government asks ` UN ‘ to Investigate a Leaked Record Allegedly Discussing a Plan to Stage a False Flag Attack ‘

#AceWorldNews – SYRIA – March 29 – The Syrian government has asked the UN to conduct an investigation into the leaked record, in which top Turkish officials are allegedly discussing a plan to stage a false flag attack to justify a military operation against Syria.

The audio file was uploaded on YouTube and prompted Ankara to ban the service in Turkey in response, citing national security concerns.

Reuters – AP – AFP

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` Telecommunications Directorate has blocked access to ` YouTube ‘ after leak of Information Gaffe’

#AceWorldNews – TURKEY – March 27 – The Telecommunications Directorate has blocked access to popular video sharing platform YouTube.

This was just hours after a leaked voice recording in which Turkey’s foreign minister, intelligence chief and a top army general are heard discussing the developments in neighbouring war-torn Syria, uploaded onto YouTube on Thursday.

In the voice recording Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, National Intelligence Organization (MİT) Undersecretary Hakan Fidan, Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Feridun Sinirlioğlu and Deputy Chief of General Staff Gen. Yaşar Güler are heard discussing possible intervention into Syria and possible reactions from the world.

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Turkey : ` Google declines to remove `YouTube ‘ videos that allege Corruption ‘

#AceWorldNews – Google has declined Turkey’s requests to remove YouTube videos that allege government corruption, sources told The Wall Street Journal.

Amid a corruption scandal, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government has asked Google in recent weeks to block certain videos from its site in Turkey.

However, Google has reportedly refused to comply given it believes the requests are legally invalid. Turkey blocked the social media site Twitter on Thursday, and the government has threatened to do the same with YouTube and Facebook, as the sites have been prime conduits for corruption allegations.

Related News: Extract – March – 09.02 GMT – #AceWorldNews – Turkey has blocked Twitter hours after embattled Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan threatened to close it down ahead of a key election. It comes after audio recordings purportedly demonstrating corruption among his associates were posted on the site.http://wp.me/p165ui-4rt

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Safe Internet for Children called into Arena by Psychologists and Psychiatrists as Google Develops own Kids Version ‘

#AceSecurityNews – The Safe Internet League, Russia’s largest and most reputable organization fighting dangerous web content, considers it necessary to attract highly skilled psychologists and psychiatrists as the popular Google-owned video hosting and sharing service YouTube is developing a special version for kids, Safe Internet League CEO Denis Davydov was quoted as saying by the organization’s press service on Thursday.

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“Leading psychologists and psychiatrists should participate in developing requirements for video content hosted on the so-called child-friendly version of YouTube in order to eliminate the risk of ‘a wolf in sheep’s clothing’,” Davydov said. “Far from all videos that may seem harmless to us are necessarily suitable for children. And specialists’ opinion is essential in this regard.”

Davydov said the Safe Internet League hailed Google’s decision to create a version of its video site aimed specifically at children aged ten and under.

As envisioned by project developers, the site would only show videos deemed safe for this age group, and parents will control access to it. The site would also filter out comments that contain explicit language, or other references to adult content.

“It is very laudable that Google has started demonstrating its willingness to work in Russia, showing respect for the rights of our citizens and taking care of the younger generation of Russians,” Davydov said.

Last September, the Safe Internet League published the results of a full-scale investigation by the League into Google’s activities in Russia. The organization accused Google of “ignoring Russian legal requirements” and “deliberately trying to influence Russian domestic policy in order to promote its services among Russian citizens and officials, in order to undermine digital sovereignty”.

According to reports, YouTube has already approached video producers asking to create suitable content and videos, and it is thought this content would be available exclusively on the site.

The Safe Internet League is a non-commercial organization launched by several major internet providers and a Christian charity.

The declared aim of the group is ridding the Internet of dangerous content through self-regulation in order to prevent government censorship.

Russian Media Sources

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` Innocence of Muslims Video on anti-Islamic issues has been demanded back by Google ‘

#AceWorldNews says that Google has urged a US appeals court to return an anti-Islamic video to YouTube, arguing that its removal damaged the website’s constitutional rights.

The video, “Innocence of the Muslims,” surfaced in 2012 and provoked a wave of indignation and deadly violence in Muslim countries.

The film was initially removed at the behest of one of the actresses in the film, who filed a lawsuit claiming she was tricked into appearing and was unaware of its anti-Muslim slant.

She has since received death threats.

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` Erdogan accuses `Political Enemies’ of fabricating an `Audiotape’ of his son disposing of large sums of money’

#AceWorldNews says Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused political enemies of fabricating an audiotape of him telling his son to dispose of large sums of money.

After the 11-minute tape emerged on YouTube, Erdogan said his political enemies had penetrated encrypted state communications, referring to a network run by former ally, Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen, Reuters reported.

“The people don’t believe these lies,” Erdogan told the parliament. Opinion polls taken earlier show Erdogan’s popularity was little affected by the corruption scandal which broke on December 17 after the detention of businessmen close to him and three ministers’ sons.

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#GCHQ `Taught’ #NSA : How to `Monitor’ our `Social Media Sites’ in Real-Time”

#AceSecurityNews says `GCHQ‘ taught `NSA’how to monitor Facebook, Twitter in real-time #Snowden leak

British intelligence officials can infiltrate the very cables that transfer information across the internet,British intelligence officials can infiltrate the very cables that transfer information across the internet, as well as monitor users in real-time on sites like Facebook without the company’s consent, according to documents leaked by Edward Snowden.

The internal documents reveal that British analysts gave instruction to members of the National Security Agency in 2012, showing them how to spy on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube in real-time and collect the computer addresses of billions of the sites’ up-loaders.

The leaked documents are from a #GCHQ publication titled ‘Psychology: A New Kind of SIGDEV’ (Signals Development). Published by NBC News on Monday, the papers detail a program dubbed ‘Squeaky Dolphin,’ which was developed for analysts working in “broad real-time monitoring of online activity.”

Sources told NBC that the British have proven their ability to both directly monitor the world’s web traffic cable and use a third-party to view the data stream and extract information from it.

Representatives from the companies in question said they have not provided any data to the government of the United Kingdom under this program, either voluntarily or involuntarily. One person who wished to remain anonymous said that Google, the company that owns YouTube, was “shocked” to discover the UK may have been “grabbing” data for years.

Previously published disclosures have made it clear that the US and UK are sharing intelligence tactics. The Washington Post reported in October 2013 that the #NSA and #GCHQ collaborated on a program known as MUSCULAR, which the agencies used to record “entire data flows” from Yahoo and Google.

Security officials have consistently maintained that the programs are authorized under the laws of their respective nation and that the surveillance is designed only as a tool for preventing terrorism. Still, the lack of transparency has left civil liberties advocates searching for more answers.

Governments have no business knowing which YouTube videos everyone in the world is watching,Chris Soghoian, chief technologist for the American Civil Liberties Union, told NBC. “It’s one thing to spy on a particular person who has done something to warrant a government investigation but governments have no business monitoring the Facebook likes or YouTube views of hundreds of millions of people.”

When members of GCHQ delivered the presentation to NSA officials, they showed the Americans how to carry out the surveillance by extracting information from YouTube, Facebook, and Google’s Blogger service on February 13, 2012 – one day before anti-government protests were to begin in Bahrain.

According to the documents leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden, the presenters were careful to mention that the intelligence gathering was not designed to monitor specific targets. “Not interested in individuals just broad trends!” one note reads.

Jason Healey, a former White House official under President George W. Bush, told NBC such activity not only sends a shiver through the public but has also become an impediment for Silicon Valley executives and the thriving social media industry.

We want our security services to be out there and keeping us safe,” he said, “but we can also look for balance, we can look for limits, especially if we’re putting at risk this most transformative technology since Gutenberg.”

 

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#AceGuestNews & Views: ” The Year Ahead – Beautiful Content Everywhere, Feeling the Love”

#AceNewsServices says l have a number of people that send me posts all year round and would like me to post their Guest Views some l have found not to our news groups ethos, but occasionally someone has thought it through and their views are worthy of print. These are their view’s and l thank them for their input.

Their Thoughts and Feelings about 2013 and 2014:   

More than anything 2014 is going to be a year of beauty, acceptance, and becoming more comfortable with the fact that we’re not alone. even in our own thoughts.

In 2013 we saw:

  1.  The demise (more of a lowering of expectations) of 3D and movement to the next era of insanely brilliant moving image brilliance with 4K content and growing possibilities
  2. The death (realignment) of the PC, rise of everything mobile, constant connection
  3. The stimulated deterioration of long-term thinking being replaced by ultra short-term images/messages that are replaced in a nanosecond by newer/funer images/messages
  4. Business pressures demanding a more rapidly deployed and flexible infrastructure that could respond/react in minutes/hours rather than days/weeks economically. The Cloud
  5. The “horror” to discover that even our most innocuous utterances, activities were being followed by someone, somewhere but not enough to skip a beat or a keystroke

The list at first blush may look like a very pessimistic view of our “progress” but actually the last two years have been a major seismic shift – forward – in becoming increasingly more comfortable with the speed of technology change/adoption. And it’s only getting better…faster.

In 2014 we’ll see:

  1.  4K content production, delivery, enjoyment will increase more rapidly than many expect not just because people will buy UHD TV sets more quickly than anticipated but because more 4K content – new and old – will be appreciated and we’ll see a demand force the move more quickly than we did with  the shift from SD to HD. The change will also have a positive/negative effect on what we watch, when we watch it, where we watch it. OTT (over the top) quality streaming will enable more viewing options forcing the change of cable/satellite firms to become service providers, not gate keepers.
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The first developers of IBM PC computers neglected audio capabilities (first IBM model, 1981). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  1. First appearing in 1977 the PC has had a good run and is being rapidly augmented – not replaced – by new tablets and smartphones. It’s estimated that more than a half billion of the desktop/notebook systems are in use today and the technology is on track to keep them fresh and relevant. The challenge (opportunity) for the industry is to offer a range of screen sizes for tablets and smartphones so they meet the uses of each consumer not broad theoretical “groups.” The 9-12 inch tablet will establish itself as the entertainment/work device of choice by Gen X, Gen Yers while the 3-7 inch phone/phablet will become the communications/entertainment device of choice for Gen Cers
  • The instant-on acceptance of TVs and appliances has raised the expectations of people in almost everything they see, hear, do. It is difficult to “find the time” to sit through something as exciting and breathtaking as Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity without the addition of show Tweets and 3-minute YouTube views of outtakes and goofs. Fortunately the human computer – the mind – is upgrading itself to make multitasking easier to manage, control, live with…I hope
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    1. The Cloud will experience a lot of upheaval in 2014 that will also have a mixed effect on the computer hardware/software industry. The industry will experience a lot of change this year as startups will be squeezed out or acquired by others and the herd will be thinned to the point where the dominant players will be Amazon, IBM, Google, Microsoft. This consolidation of horrendously big data centers will also place a lot of pressure on hardware producers like Dell and HP as well as software providers such as Oracle, SAP and VMware which will have a much smaller prospective customer base. The saving grace for these organizations will be the growing SMB (small to medium business) segment which is growing very nicely
  • While we all “knew” that businesses were spying on each other and tracking customer activities on the Internet and we “knew” governments were spying on each other, 2013 marked the turning point where we now “really knew” it. While we will continue to give lip service to transparency, the security industry will enjoy solid – but futile – growth in every area – consumer, business, public organizations. Globally governments, businesses, individuals will use all the tools they can develop/find to keep their friends close and their enemies even closer. The black hats/white hats will finally become grey hats
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    Conclusion: 

    • Lower cost video capture solutions like Black Magic’s 4K $400 and $4,000 cameras combined with high-performance, low-cost video post production systems will reduce overall content production costs so studios, indies and businesses will deliver more eye-popping content more quickly
    • Standards organizations like SMPTE (Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers) are already developing more efficient solutions for delivering (streaming) content rather than forcing native 4K content delivery. Rather than relying on pushing  more pixels through the already cramped pipe they will focus on more delivering higher frame rates, better bit rates and a broader color gamut more effectively with lower bandwidth requirements
    • While producing new 4K content is an expensive/time-consuming process, studios, content owners and firms like 4K Studios are finding they can mine their libraries of content, economically re-purpose/represent old movies/shows and find an eager market for the material
    • UHD TV set manufacturers are “stimulating” people to replace their “old” HD sets more quickly and are working directly with content owners to deliver material now rather than waiting for the cable gatekeepers to negotiate distribution
    • The perfect storm of new Xbox and PS4, growing array of versatile media players like Roku, Nuvola, NetFlix, Hulu and UltraFlix are giving consumers just the content they want – mixture of free/paid – helping legacy TV services to become less relevant
    • Today there are a half billion PCs in use and the sales growth has obviously slowed as mobile devices – tablets/smartphones – take more of the consumer’s budget. Still only about 230M + tablets will be sold this next year and more than 500M smartphones. Three players will continue to dominate the tablet market – Apple, Samsung, Amazon – and two will dominate the smart phone market – Apple and Samsung. The big struggle here will be in the OS arena – Android, iOS and Windows.  To be more in control of its own destiny you can expect to see Samsung move more of its mobile devices from Android to Baba in a slow, cautious fashion
    • Face it there are just too many cloud service companies in the pool and 25 percent of them will disappear this coming year either through acquisition or bankruptcy. The economy of scale plays too big of a roll for second tier service providers to make the heavy investment in infrastructure
    • Because C office folks see huge savings by buying into the cloud it also means less IT investment – servers, storage, software – which could reduce global IT spending to single-digit growth. It will also require a major focus shift from enterprise to SMB sales
    • I’m not quite certain why Snowdon’s “revelations” of the foul activities of the #NSA (National Security Agency) gets so much attention but it has certainly stimulated the security industry. People have put, gathering, grabbing big data on the Internet for years. Look in the mirror…you are big data. And there’s money to be made, things to be found in your data. It’s what people gave freely to get free stuff! It’s the financial motivation to mine that data that fuels Facebook’s/Google’s growth. It is just too tempting for governments, organizations not to tap into. It’s not that people didn’t know that spies, espionage, surveillance didn’t know it…it’s on the news and the storyline of every movie, TV show. Everyone is suddenly outraged even though he/she wants to know what the other is thinking/doing while protecting their thoughts/ideas/actions. Covering up my stuff while finding out dirt about the other guy is a big business, getting bigger. Just know everyone !

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    “Communication Devices Provide Entertainment For Every Age and Every Taste – But are they Really Making Us Happier or More Self-Reliant on Virtual Feelings”

    #AceMediaNews says “Communication Devices Provide Entertainment Options for Every Age and Every Taste” but are they really making us Happier or More Self-Reliant on Virtual Feelings”

    Entertainment Options for Every Age, Every Taste

    “Too many 40-year-old adolescents, felons, power drinkers and trustees of modern chemistry.” – Dalton, “Road House,” Silver Pictures, 1989

    It’s interesting to watch the TV networks and cable providers brawl over who is/should get the biggest share of the entertainment payment pie.  Especially when both sides are making handsome profits.

    But they always seem to “work things out.” Cost is simply passed along to you!

    But fewer folks are tolerating the constant increases because today consumers have more options … a lot more options.

    Those that do … its habit!

    For Gen Yers who grew up always knowing the Internet was there for them, it’s become their first choice for entertainment with almost limitless “TV” channel choices.

    And it all happened relatively quickly:

    –        1999 – Victoria’s Secret fashion show “aired” online, choking the Internet

    –        2000 –  Samsung introduced the first cellphone with a built-in camera and people started uploading all their best stuff to the web

    –        2005 – YouTube formed but online video infrastructure could barely support viewing activity

    –        2010 – a team of scientists/engineers send a GoPro camera into near space (80,000 ft) and the online video has been viewed more than 3B times and copied hundreds of times

    –         2012 – the 4.13 minute Gangnam Style video was posted on the web with duplicates at YouTube and Facebook. To date, there have been more than 20B GS views, 40M copies downloaded, billions of mentions/likes/links around the globe. No one said taste was a prerequisite for being on the web!

    New choices keep coming every time we turn on our smart TV set, tablet or smart phone.

    Smart Options – Today’s smart TVs, like some of LG’s units, are not only being bought by consumers, they are finally being connected to the Internet  with streaming media players like the Nuvola as people begin to move beyond the standard cable/satellite bundled offerings. With the Internet, people can find and enjoy content that is of interest specifically to them, rather than the general audiences networks try to appeal to. The anything, anytime audience is also gaining the attention of marketers and advertisers.

    The Times Warner Cable/CBS negotiations (and blackout) will probably help a whole bunch of people realize they do have an option to the constantly rising cable bill.

    Dalton warned both sides, “I want you to be nice until it’s time to not be nice.”

    Connection Options

    Today’s smart TV can be connected to TV sets with your Xbox, PS, NanoTech Nuvola or Roku to deliver a world of news, information and entertainment.

    Sure, everyone would like to upgrade their screen to a smart TV; but face it…even with prices coming down they ain’t cheap.

    And it’s hard to justify a new set when the present one is only a year or two old if the content isn’t 4K quality.

    Dalton calmly said, “I want you to remember that it’s a job. It’s nothing personal.”

    That’s why, according to ABI Research, the global market for smart streaming devices and dongles will surpass 18 million units this year. The research firm projects the market for smart units and dongles will grow at a rate of 10.8 percent through 2018, thanks to areas like the Asia-Pacific and Latin America.

    Then too, people like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon and iTunes are producing their own entertainment to compete with cable networks.

    Freedom of Choice – The rising cable/satellite company monthly charges plus the younger generation that is growing up on the Internet (who never had a conventional TV connection) are helping people seek out new options for their TV time. Cable cutting is only a minor movement but it is forcing the entire entertainment industry to take a fresh, new look at its business model.

    Rising monthly charges and professional alternative content are making it very easy for more and more people to cut the cord and move their viewing to the Internet.

    Of course, there’s always the tablet or smart phone for viewing.

    If you’re connecting at home, you’re probably using a cable operator, cheaper but still…

    The number of online video viewers this year will be about half of the 2B plus people who use the internet.

    Cable Plus

    But it’s not always a matter of cutting the cable.  There are a number of reasons people want to watch their content over the internet or add the online activity while viewing cable shows.

    My TV – Consumers around the globe are adding the Internet to their TV/entertainment viewing options on all of their devices. In many instances, people blend plain-old-TV with Internet connected device activities.

    What does bother the content selling side of the cable company is the trend that is being set by the younger generations to simply do everything on the Internet.

    Researchers at RVA recently found that more than 25 per cent of under-35 broadband users consistently got all of their television/movie programming through the Internet and didn’t access broadcast or cable programming at all.

    Life on the iNet – While cable/satellite companies continue to have good viewing numbers, they also see those numbers decreasing. They are really focused on the Gen Y and teen generation audience which has had never bothered to sign up for the rising annual TV fees but has always taken advantage of Internet-available news, information, entertainment.

    About half of this group had never purchased programming from a cable or satellite television provider.

    Across all age categories, a growing number of broadband consumers are now receiving all of their programming from the Internet.

    Content owners think that direct relationship is a natural growth, so expect a mish-mash – pay TV and OTT coming to your smart TV or smart dongle/box.

    Traffic Boom

    The video/audio content over the iNet push has surprised (thanks to the kids showing the way).

    Global internet traffic has skyrocketed:

    –        1992 – 100GB/day

    –        1997 – 100GB/hr

    –        2002 – 100GB/sec

    –        2007 – 2,000GB/sec

    –        2012 – 12,000GB/sec

    –        2017 – 35,000GB/sec

    Wade looked at all the potential entertainment coming across the wire/airwaves and said, “I’ll get all the sleep I need when I’m dead.”

    Content suppliers are feeding an almost unquenchable demand and infrastructure folks are rushing to keep up because according to a recent study, 60 per cent of the streams suffer quality degradation leading to re-buffering, slow start-up or poor picture quality.

    FTTH (Fiber to the Home) folks in the Americas like to say they’re going to be the ones that meet the demand but people like Cisco, Ericcssen and Alcatel take a less myopic view and look at the global demand.

    Infrastructure Build-Out – Consumers have kept the leading Internet suppliers and providers very busy (and profitable) by demanding higher-quality video content. The demand for content on any device is projected to continue to increase to the point where video will be the primary consumer of Internet traffic in the near future.

    All forms of IP video (Internet video, IP VoD (video on demand), video files exchanged through file sharing, video streamed gaming, and videoconferencing) will reach 86 percent of total IP traffic.

    By 2015, Internet video will account for 55 percent of all consumer iNet traffic.

    By 2017, global IP video traffic will be 73 percent of all iP traffic.

    Internet video to TV will be 14 percent of consumer Internet video traffic by 2017 and by then, VoD will be equal to six billion DVDs/month!

    But it isn’t all just about mindless entertainment.

    The smart TVs, boxes and dongles will deliver a lot more to the home viewer/user.

    Resource Center – Almost every segment of business is finding new opportunities to deliver news, information and entertainment over the Internet. Cable and telco firms see growing sales/service opportunities, while other business segments see opportunities to get closer to their customers.

    Over the next few years, we’ll also localize and personalize our communications, messaging, shopping and music/visual entertainment.

    Telcos and cable folks are also “encouraging” us to upgrade our appliances, connect them to the iNet and manage our homes from anywhere.

    The healthcare industry is also focused on newer, better and more advanced/complete ways of monitoring and delivering healthcare.

    All of it–not just to your lowly flat screen but also to your tablet, smart phone and, oh yeah, computer.

    As Dalton said, “It’ll get worse before it gets better.

    Then, he looked at both sides in the contract negotiations and said, “My way… or the highway.”

    Courtesy of #AceMediaNews 

     

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    “Economic Collapse & The Rise of Fascist & Racist Elements”

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    Economic Collapse & The Rise of Fascist & Racist Elements
    by StormCloudsGathering

     

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    Death at School:Parents Protest Dangerous Discipline Video

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    I saw this video today on YouTube and just had to provide a post, about the discipline applied in certain schools in the US and before you watch ,it is very graphic and may upset certain people!

    The fact that “Special Needs Children” are being locked up for hours on end to be able to teach them a lesson, defies all morality!

    Something Sickening Is Happening To Some Of Our Schoolchildren.

    I have a ginormous soapbox I wanna get up on right now. Watch this and then do some of your own research. What you’ll find will probably be appalling.

    At 5:06, the kids themselves describe their own experiences. That should be all you need to hear to understand something is seriously wrong here.

    WARNING: This video includes disturbing scenes involving children.

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    No PRISM. No Surveillance. No Government Back Doors. You Have our Word on it.

    Giant US government Internet spying scandal revealed

     

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    The Washington Post and The Guardian have revealed a US government mass Internet surveillance program code-named “PRISM”. They report that the NSA and the FBI have tapped directly into the servers of nine US service providers, including Facebook, Microsoft, Google, Apple, Yahoo, YouTube, AOL and Skype, and began this surveillance program at least seven years ago. (clarifying slides)

     

    These revelations are shaking up an international debate.

     

    StartPage has always been very outspoken when it comes to protecting people’s Privacy and civil liberties. So it won’t surprise you that we are a strong opponent of overreaching, unaccountable spy programs like PRISM. In the past, even government surveillance programs that were begun with good intentions have become tools for abuse, such as tracking civil rights and anti-war protesters.

     

    Programs like PRISM undermine our Privacy, disrupt faith in governments, and are a danger to the free Internet.

     

    StartPage and its sister search engine Ixquick have in their 14-year history never provided a single byte of user data to the US government, or any other government or agency. Not under PRISM, nor under any other program in the US, nor under any program anywhere in the world.

     

    Here’s how we are different:

     

    • StartPage does not store any user data. We make this perfectly clear to everyone, including any governmental agencies. We do not record the IP addresses of our users and we don’t use tracking cookies, so there is literally no data about you on our servers to access. Since we don’t even know who our customers are, we can’t share anything with Big Brother. In fact, we’ve never gotten even a single request from a governmental authority to supply user data in the fourteen years we’ve been in business.
    • StartPage uses encryption (HTTPS) by default. Encryption prevents snooping. Your searches are encrypted, so others can’t “tap” the Internet connection to snoop what you’re searching for. This combination of not storing data together with using strong encryption for the connections is key in protecting your Privacy.
    • Our company is based in The Netherlands, Europe. US jurisdiction does not apply to us, at least not directly. Any request or demand from ANY government (including the US) to deliver user data, will be thoroughly checked by our lawyers, and we will not comply unless the law which actually applies to us would undeniably require it from us. And even in that hypothetical situation, we refer to our first point; we don’t even have any user data to give. We will never cooperate with voluntary spying programs like PRISM.
    • StartPage cannot be forced to start spying. Given the strong protection of the Right to Privacy in Europe, European governments cannot just start forcing service providers like us to implement a blanket spying program on their users. And if that ever changed, we would fight this to the end.

     

    Privacy. It’s not just our policy, it’s our mission.

     

    Sincerely,

    Robert E.G. Beens
    CEO StartPage.com and Ixquick.com

     

     

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    Giant US government Internet spying scandal revealed!

    The Washington Post and The Guardian have revealed a US government mass Internet surveillance program code-named “PRISM”. They report that the NSA and the FBI have been tapping directly into the servers of nine US service providers, including Facebook, Microsoft, Google, Apple, Yahoo, YouTube, AOL and Skype, and began this surveillance program at least seven years ago. (Imageclarifying slides)

     

    These revelations are shaking up an international debate.

     

    Start Page has always been very outspoken when it comes to protecting people’s privacy and civil liberties. So it won’t surprise you that we are a strong opponent of overreaching, unaccountable spy programs like PRISM. In the past, even government surveillance programs that were begun with good intentions have become tools for abuse, for example tracking civil rights and anti-war protesters.

     

    Programs like PRISM undermine our Privacy, disrupt faith in governments, and are a danger to the free Internet.

     

    StartPage and its sister search engine Ixquick have in their 14-year history never provided a single byte of user data to the US government, or any other government or agency. Not under PRISM, nor under any other program in the US, nor under any program anywhere in the world. We are not like Yahoo, Facebook, Google, Apple, Skype, or the other US companies who got caught up in the web of PRISM surveillance.

     

    Here’s how we are different:

     

    • StartPage does not store any user data. We make this perfectly clear to everyone, including any governmental agencies. We do not record the IP addresses of our users and we don’t use tracking cookies, so there is literally no data about you on our servers to access. Since we don’t even know who our customers are, we can’t share anything with Big Brother. In fact, we’ve never gotten even a single request from a governmental authority to supply user data in the fourteen years we’ve been in business.

    • StartPage uses encryption (HTTPS) by default. Encryption prevents snooping. Your searches are encrypted, so others can’t “tap” the Internet connection to snoop what you’re searching for. This combination of not storing data together with using strong encryption for the connections is key in protecting your Privacy.

    • Our company is based in The Netherlands, Europe. US jurisdiction does not apply to us, at least not directly. Any request or demand from ANY government (including the US) to deliver user data, will be thoroughly checked by our lawyers, and we will not comply unless the law which actually applies to us would undeniably require it from us. And even in that hypothetical situation, we refer to our first point; we don’t even have any user data to give. We will never cooperate with voluntary spying programs like PRISM.

    • StartPage cannot be forced to start spying. Given the strong protection of the Right to Privacy in Europe , European governments cannot just start forcing service providers like us to implement a blanket spying program on their users. And if that ever changed, we would fight this to the end.

     

    Privacy.

     

    It’s not just our policy – it’s our business.
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    Courtesy of

    Robert E.G. Beens
    CEO StartPage.com and Ixquick.com

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