Use the net to go ‘around the world in 80 telescopes’

Use the net to go ‘around the world in 80 telescopes’London, April 3: In a live 24-hour webcast today, anyone on the Internet will get a unique opportunity to explore some of the most advanced astronomical observatories both on and off the planet, as part of the International Year of Astronomy (IYA2009) initiative ‘Around the World in 80 Telescopes’.

NEWS FEATURE: YouTube shuts out German users in dispute over fees

YouTube shuts out German users in dispute over feesHamburg  - Users of YouTube, the online video service, lost access Wednesday to a vast array of contemporary music in Europe's biggest nation after a dispute with a German fees agency escalated.

"This video is not available in your country," said a message when computers connected to the internet in Germany tried for example to open YouTube's Viva la Vida clip by British rock bank Coldplay.

China shuts down 162 lewd websites

China shuts down 162 lewd websitesBejing, Mar 31: China has shut down 162 websites that it found providing pornographic and lewd content in their audio or video segments.

According to a statement issued by the special operation office for crackdown on online porn and lewd content here on Monday said that the blocked websites had not acquired permits to broadcast audio and video programs issued by the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT).

The websites include www. baigujing. com, www. bt990. com and other sites based mainly in Beijing, Shanghai, Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Guangdong Provinces.

Skype’s VoIP app for iPhone to be available for download!

SkypeCome Tuesday and the free Skype for iPhone will actually be available for download from the iTunes App Store! While it was at the CES that Skype had announced its native VoIP client for the iPhone, it will be at CTIA annual mobile showcase in Las Vegas that Skype would launch its new service on Tuesday.

Skype has been endeavoring since long to make its service available on the most popular advanced phones, thereby expending its over 400 million users who lapped up the idea of economical, and sometimes free, calls via Skype's computer application.

Increased use of social networking sites threatens privacy

Increased use of social networking sites threatens privacyLondon, Mar 30 : With more and more people drawing towards social networking sites, it has become very hard to maintain privacy, according to a new study.

The researchers analysed links between users of social sites, and identified many people in supposedly anonymous data sets.

Social sites produce the anonymised data, and sell it to marketing firms for generating cash.

The researchers claim that the results clearly indicate that web firms should put in more effort to protect users' privacy.

Version C of Conficker worm to get going on April 1!

ConfickerAccording to latest rumors about the new variant of Conficker, Version C, the malicious worm will get going again on the April Fool's Day! Though exactly what kind of damage the malware would cause is anybody's guess; bloggers assume the wreck to range from forced downloads of malicious code to more spam striking users' inboxes - blasting out update requests to its nearly 50,000 domains!