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Microsoft Skype Translator to Interpret Calls in Real Time

Business, Mobile, social media
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has been showing off a development version of the software, translating between German and English. Windows 8 users will be able to try a beta version by year's end Reports Time.com Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella showed off Skype Translator on Tuesday, an upcoming feature aiming at real-time interpretation of voice calls within two years. The development version of the software was demonstrated at the Code Conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., where it interpreted between German and English in a conversation, Verge reports. There are plans to add several languages, including Chinese. Windows 8 users will be able to use a beta version of Skype Translator by the end of the year, said Gurdeep Pall, Microsoft’s vice president of Skype and Lync. Mic

Google vs EU: Right to be forgotten sounds attractive but does it solve anything?

Governance, Internet, social media
The Economist:MAX MOSLEY enjoyed sexual practices which many might find odd. But that was his business, so when in 2008 a now-defunct British tabloid wrongly dubbed him a participant in a “sick Nazi orgy”, he sued it for breaching his privacy and won. The allegations, however, remain on the internet. If you type in “Max Mosley”, Google (whose boss Eric Schmidt is a non-executive director of this paper)* helpfully tries to complete the search: the first four options are “video”, “case”, “pictures” and “scandal”. He—and many others who feel their lives are tainted by the smears and irrelevancies which search engines link to their names—want redress. Many European politicians are sympathetic to this. Countries such as France and Britain have long allowed the erasure of criminal records once

Kenya: Advertising standards committee rules that Orange Ad. against Safaricom be withdrawn

Business, Mobile, social media
CIO East Africa: The Advertising Standards Committee (ASC) has ruled that a controversial advert run by Orange from earlier this year be withdrawn from the mediums on which it has been running. In its ruling, the ASC states that the commercial which has been running on all platforms – print; online and broadcast - is misleading as it failed to mention that the other network – in this case Safaricom – had a price point of Kshs 2 during off-peak hours. The case was lodged at the ASC by Scanad on behalf of Safaricom on January 28 this year regarding the “Do You Know” campaign which is part of the Tujuane tariff while Orange was represented by Ad Agency, Acess Leo Burnett and Annette J Martyres. “The ad was disparaging because it suggested that Safaricom was the more expensive network. Th
Why We Fear Google; Mathias Döpfner’s Open Letter To Eric Schmidt

Why We Fear Google; Mathias Döpfner’s Open Letter To Eric Schmidt

Business, Cyber Security, Governance, Mobile, social media
Mathias Döpfner, CEO of the largest media group in Germany, has published an open letter to Google chairman Eric Schmidt outlining all the reasons for the public to distrust the company. Döpfner’s explanation paints a picture of the innovation and technological progress that the internet giant has achieved that is very different from the usual news stories. The letter, which appeared in the Frankfurter Allgemeine, directly addresses the anti-trust suite Google is facing in Europe. It goes on to point out how the kind of dominance held by Google over the search engine industry leads to what he believes to be a form of extortion. “As “compensation,” however, a new advertising window will be set up at the beginning of the search list, in which those companies who are discriminated against wi

Why We Fear Google; Mathias Döpfner’s Open Letter To Eric Schmidt

Business, Cyber Security, Governance, Mobile, social media
Mathias Döpfner, CEO of the largest media group in Germany, has published an open letter to Google chairman Eric Schmidt outlining all the reasons for the public to distrust the company. Döpfner’s explanation paints a picture of the innovation and technological progress that the internet giant has achieved that is very different from the usual news stories. The letter, which appeared in the Frankfurter Allgemeine, directly addresses the anti-trust suite Google is facing in Europe. It goes on to point out how the kind of dominance held by Google over the search engine industry leads to what he believes to be a form of extortion. “As “compensation,” however, a new advertising window will be set up at the beginning of the search list, in which those companies who are discriminated against