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30/10/2010
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All Hallows Eve | Samhain

Halloween had its beginnings in an ancient, pre-Christian Celtic festival of the dead. The Celtic peoples, who were once found all over Europe, divided the year by four major holidays. According to their calendar, the year began on a day corresponding to November 1st on our present calendar. The date marked the beginning of winter. Since they were pastoral people, it was a time when cattle and sheep had to be moved to closer pastures and all livestock had to be secured for the winter months. Crops were harvested and stored. The date marked both an ending and a beginning in an eternal cycle. Continue reading

26/10/2010
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Beaming to the Cloud All the Mess That Is Our Digital Life

We used to wrestle with managing overstuffed closets and bookcases teetering on collapse. Now our digital closets are overflowing, too: Facebook wall messages. Tweets. LinkedIn profiles and messages. Family photo albums. A music collection from Gustav Mahler to Manu Chao. Continue reading

23/10/2010
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244,000 Germans Opt Out of Google Mapping Service

Google is working with several governments in Europe to settle investigations into the company’s collection of personal data via Wi-Fi routers. Canada on Tuesday also said the company had violated its privacy laws by obtaining personal data from Wi-Fi routers during a Street View sweep. Google said the violation was the result of a “careless error.”
Google has consistently blamed human error for the collection of such data. After initially balking, Google in September gave German data officials a copy of the data it had mistakenly collected there. German data officials say they are evaluating the data Google provided. The company faces both an administrative inquiry and a criminal investigation in Hamburg. Continue reading

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