Nov 18, 2007

Links for 18-11-2007

Aljazeera English: Singing for Somalia (youtube) A group of young Somali refugees in Kenya sing for peace in Somalia. The group have attracted the attention of international media, Aljazeera Arabic had a similar report on them few months back and so has the BBC.

Economist: Conversational marketing | Word of mouse An excellent article on the potential for social advertising, referring to MySpace and Facebook's new advertising models. But this raises serious concerns about user privacy.

BBC: China spying 'biggest US threat' American spies see China's cyber/technology spying as the most dangerous.There has been a number of high profile cases in the past few years.

Rueters Blog: Iranian shelling uproots Iraqi Kurds A less publicized story about Iran. The Iranian are fighting Party of Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK), and have been bombing Kurdish villages in the border with Iraq (often crossing the border). Poor Kurdish farmers and nomads have been losing their crops and animals to the bombing.

BBC NEWS | Americas | Iran leader dismisses US currency Iran adding to the debate for Opec to switch to stop using the weakening dollar as their main currency. Such a move is unlikely anytime soon, and US will fight it to the teeth, but speculation is growing, and so could be oil prices.

NYT - Bits: Inbox 2.0: Yahoo and Google to Turn E-Mail Into a Social Network Google and Yahoo are planning to turn emails into social networking, interesting but worrying. What's wrong with how it's now?

BBC: Nick Bryant's Australia: Who would you turn gay for? Though I've been away for few years, I still follow Aussie politics. In seems John Howard has serious challenger this time.

El Oso, El Moreno, and El Abogado » Blog Archive » A Virtual Global Organization Describing how Global Voice succeeded in creating a virtual newsroom. worth reading.

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