In Mexico, Tech Is Used To Help Combat Narco Violence, Insecurity

Google has been used for many ends, but in the hands of researcher Viridiana Rios, the search engine has become a tool to fight Mexican drug cartels and help the government organize to prevent violence. Rios is a researcher at Harvard University who recently published a paper about a tool she created to track publicly available cartel data and how it can inform Mexican security officials’ work. Rios is one of a number of Mexicans applying technology in different ways to combat narco violence and insecurity in their country. More here.

Chipmaker Marvell loses $1.17 billion patent verdict

A federal jury on Wednesday found that Marvell Technology Group infringed two patents held by Carnegie Mellon University, and ordered the chipmaker to pay $1.17 billion in damages. The award is one of the largest by a jury in a U.S. patent case, and is nearly twice Marvell’s profit in its latest fiscal year. It followed a month-long trial in the U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh, the home of Carnegie Mellon. [Source]

Blogger’s death stirs political hornet’s nest in Iran

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Iran. Image: Wikipedia

There was little about Sattar Beheshti that made him stand out in a working-class suburb south of Tehran called Robat Karim. Like many of his peers, the 35-year-old labourer was devout and lived at home with his mother. But his life changed when he started a blog called “My Life for Iran” last year. His entries often focused on the struggles of the working class as well as the political restrictions in Iran, sometimes mixed with personal anecdotes from Beheshti’s daily life. More here.

Apple vs. Google vs. Facebook vs. Amazon

Four big technology fiefs—Apple Inc Amazon.com Inc Google Inc. and Facebook Inc. have been creeping into each other’s turf for years. In 2013, their war is set to escalate around two fronts: hardware and search. Software giants including Google and Amazon are interested in ramping up hardware to boost customer loyalty and to extend control over their software services and the revenues that flow from them. That is heightening their collision course with Apple, which is responding by building more of its own software to make its devices stand out. [Source]

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