Wikipedia Print Edition to Cost $500,000; Runs Into 7,600 Volumes

In an ambitious project, a New York artist is creating a print edition of Wikipedia that runs into 7,600 volumes and is priced at $500,000 (roughly Rs. 3.2 crores).Michael Mandiberg, who teaches at the College of Staten Island and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, has written software that parses the entirety of the English-language Wikipedia ... Read More »

Rural Post Offices to Provide E-Services: Ravi Shankar Prasad

Union Minister for Information and Technology and Communications Ravi Shankar Prasad on Sunday said rural post offices across the country will also function as common service centres (CSCs) providing e-services.He said this while asserting that the postal department had a crucial role to play in bringing in digital revolution in the country. “Our vision of digital India is to ensure ... Read More »

Twitter, YouTube Analysis Pinpoints IS Strategy

Tweets and YouTube videos by fighters from the Islamic State group have allowed analysts to pinpoint their movements in Iraq and Syria, highlighting the group’s increasing push towards government strongholds.The data compiled by Britain-based analysts from IHS Conflict Monitor, and shared exclusively with AFP, shows how the Islamic State (IS) group is probing beyond the territory it currently holds and ... Read More »

Flipkart’s Big App Shopping Days Sale Features Discounts on Xiaomi Mi 4, Moto G (Gen. 2), and More

Flipkart’s Big App Shopping Days sale is back again, nearly 3 months after theprevious edition as the website continues its big push from the Web to apps. Having already ditched its mobile website, Flipkart continues to hold app-only sales like the ‘Big App Shopping Days’ in a bid to drive adoption of its apps, with the likely end-goal of moving ... Read More »

Hackers Ground 1,400 Passengers in Attack on Polish Airline LOT

A cyber-attack against Polish flagship carrier LOT grounded more than 1,400 passengers at Warsaw’s Frederic Chopin Airport on Sunday in what an airline spokesman described as the “first attack of its kind”.The attack occurred at around 4:00 pm (1500 GMT), and targeted the airline’s ground operations system, the carrier said in a statement. The incident, which led to the cancellation ... Read More »

Canada Senate Calls For ‘Light Touch’ Regulating Bitcoin

A Senate committee in Canada urged the government on Friday to “tread carefully” in regulating bitcoin and similar digital currencies, so as not to stifle their as yet “unimagined applications.”The Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce carried out the study on so-called “crypto-currencies” — digital money that uses encryption — at the behest of the minister of finance. ... Read More »

Latest Internet sales tax bill gives states unprecedented taxing power

This week’s introduction by Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) of yet another Internet sales tax bill illustrates the importance of understanding this complex issue and the different reform proposals circulating on Capitol Hill. Currently, a Supreme Court decision, Quill v. North Dakota, requires that a seller have a physical presence, or “nexus,” in the buyer’s state to become subject to the ... Read More »

U.S. believes Chinese spies behind hack

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is increasingly confident that China’s government, not criminal hackers, was responsible for the extraordinary theft of personal information about as many as 14 million current and former federal employees and others, The Associated Press has learned. One sign: None of the data has been credibly offered for sale on underground markets popular among professional identity ... Read More »

More low-income Americans to get high-speed internet thanks to FCC

High-speed internet access could now be more accessible to low-income Americans after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) passed a measure on Thursday to subsidise their internet bills. Fewer than half of American households making less than $25,000 a year have internet access. The FCC voted 3-2 to expand a Reagan-era measure called Lifeline to include broadband. The subsidy program currently ... Read More »

SC sets terms for Sahara chief’s release from jail

The Supreme Court on Friday asked jailed Sahara chief Subrata Roy to furnish Rs 5,000 crore in cash and a bank guarantee of equal amount to secure his release from the prison. Subrata Roy will, however, remain in jail as senior advocate Kapil Sibal appearing for him told the court that there was a difficulty in furnishing the bank guarantee ... Read More »