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In this edition of the Weekly Wrapup – our newsletter summarizing the top stories of the week – we analyze and challenge Facebook’s sweeping new privacy policies, explore what would happen if RFID chips are integrated into the next generation iPhone, present our hands-on review of Google’s new smartphone the Nexus One, and more. And as usual we check in on our two main channels: ReadWriteStart (our daily resource for entrepreneurs) and ReadWriteEnterprise (devoted to ‘enterprise 2.0’ trends and products). Also read on for details about the newly released printed edition of our current premium report, about the Real-Time Web.Now Available: Printed Edition of The Real-Time Web ReportAt the request of the librarian community and people that just like paper, we have made The Real-Time Web and its Future report available in print.For those of you that prefer it digitally, you can still download it.Don’t forget about our Community Management Report. It too is coming in print soon, so watch out for it!Web TrendsFacebook’s Zuckerberg Says The Age of Privacy is Over Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg told a live audience this week that if he were to create Facebook again today, user information would by default be public, not private as it was for years until the company changed dramatically in December.In a six-minute interview, Zuckerberg spent 60 seconds talking about Facebook’s privacy policies. His statements were of major importance for the world’s largest social network – and his arguments in favor of an about-face on privacy deserve close scrutiny.Why Facebook is Wrong: Privacy Is Still ImportantHas society become less private or is it Facebook that’s pushing people in that direction? Is privacy online just an illusion anyway? Below are some thoughts, based primarily on the pro-privacy reactions to Zuckerberg’s statements from many of our readers this weekend. Though there is a lot to be said for analysis of public data (more on that later), I believe that Facebook is making a big mistake by moving away from its origins based on privacy for user data. iPhone as RFID Tag & Reader: Coming Soon We began a series called Mobile Web Meets Internet of Things this week, starting with a look at barcode scanning. We wrote that smartphones are increasingly being deployed as readers for barcodes – in particular via apps available on iPhone and Android. However, RFID tags are more functional and flexible than barcodes. While barcodes are cheaper and getting traction in the U.S. with the QR format, the potential for RFID tags is even greater. Apple knows this and if rumors are to believed, RFID will be integrated into the iPhone 4G later this year.The Evolving Online Finance Ecosystem Last week we analyzed how the Web is transforming personal finance. This week we took a broader look at the world of online finance, from personal to small business tools. To get an understanding of the online finance space, we spoke to the founder and CEO of one of the most promising startups in online finance, Rod Drury from Xero. Rod told us that he sees four types of markets in online finance: 1) Personal Finance (e.g. Mint, Wesabe, Yodlee); 2)Small Business Accounting (e.g. Xero, Kashflow); 3)Cloud ERP (e.g. Netsuite, Salesforce); and 4)ERP (e.g. Microsoft, Oracle). VMWare, Microsoft and the Battle for the Business MarketVMware’s acquisition of Zimbra from Yahoo this week points to a new form of partnership in the tech word. It’s one that could define the big winners in the battle for a major piece of the enterprise market. By packaging Zimbra’s popular, open-source collaboration software, VMware can provide a service that combines virtualization technology with email and calendar applications. It is similar to Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard’s alliance announced today that will package Microsoft technology on HP servers.Web ProductsGoogle Offers Satellite Images of Haiti, Post-Earthquake In the immediate aftermath of a 7.0 earthquake that caused an unbelievable amount of destruction to Haiti’s capital, Google has been asked by relief organizations and users to show images of what’s actually happening on the ground. In partnership with geospatial imagery company GeoEye, Google released a new layer for Google Earth showing post-earthquake devastation. Tags:#web#Weekly Wrap-ups Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… SEE MORE STARTUPS COVERAGE IN OUR READWRITESTART CHANNELReadWriteEnterprise Our channel ReadWriteEnterprise, devoted to ‘enterprise 2.0’ and using social software inside organizations. richard macmanus Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Nexus One and Android 2.1: Apple Better Watch Out Less than a week ago, Google introduced its own Android phone, the Nexus One. Over the weekend, we got a chance to take the phone through its paces and while we aren’t quite ready to give up our iPhone yet, the Nexus One is a formidable challenger. In terms of features, the Nexus One is already on par with the iPhone platform and beats it in many areas. When it comes to the overall user experience, the iPhone is still a step ahead of the Android platform – but that could easily change in the near future. Going Mainstream: eMusic Signs Deal with Warner MusicEMusic, the popular subscription-based music service, this week announced that it has signed a deal with Warner Music – the world’s third-largest music company. This is eMusic’s second deal with a major record label. In its early days, eMusic mostly focused on featuring music from independent labels. Since the middle of 2009, however, eMusic has worked on expanding its reach by bringing more mainstream music to its catalog. Facebook Blocked at Work? Use Your Email Instead In our continuing obsession with all things Facebook, we looked at a new feature that was announced by the social networking behemoth that will further enmesh the site into our every waking breath: replying to comments through email. Before now, email notifications from Facebook contained a link that you had to follow, which logged you into Facebook where you could reply. You’ll now notice that the email contains a line reading “New Feature: Reply to this email to comment on this link.”SEE MORE WEB PRODUCTS COVERAGE IN OUR PRODUCTS CATEGORYThat’s a wrap for another week! Enjoy your weekend everyone. Editor’s note: This story is part of ReadWriteWeb’s Online Finance series, a weekly, three-month long look at how the Internet has transformed finance.iPhone App Piracy Reaches $450 Million? Doubtful According to an independent analysis performed by investment-watching blog 24/7 Wall St., Apple’s iTunes App Store has lost $450 million due to iPhone app piracy since it opened for business back in July of 2008. Although that number sounds high, they note it is small in comparison to the overall size of the App Store marketplace. However, our sources say that the real number is closer to $15-$20 million instead. SEE MORE WEB TRENDS COVERAGE IN OUR TRENDS CATEGORYReadWriteStart Our channel ReadWriteStart, sponsored by Microsoft BizSpark, is dedicated to profiling startups and entrepreneurs.Social Media Secrets and Resources RevealedPresentation company Slideshare recently released its list of “5 Social Media Secrets for 2010”. While these secrets certainly sound like great suggestions, we thought we’d connect them to some concrete tactics and resources that you can use to improve your social media strategy. Never Mind the Valley: Here’s Boston With tourists flocking to the Boston to walk the cobblestone streets of the Freedom Trail and visit various historical landmarks, Boston is often thought of for its ties to the American Revolution. But Boston is also the birthplace of a revolution of a different sort. 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In the wake of the Muzaffarpur shelter home rape case and Aasra short-stay home case in Patna, Non-Government Organisations managing the government-funded 110 such homes in Bihar are offering to surrender their contract with the State’s Social Welfare Department. The CBI, investigating the Muzaffarpur sexual abuse case, has speeded up the investigation.TISS reportEarlier, in its 100-page report, the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) had raised fingers at several NGOs running shelter and short-stay homes in different districts of Bihar where instances of sexual and physical abuse with the inmates were reported. Besides Muzaffarpur, the TISS social audit report had red-flagged 14 other such homes for abuse.Among the several NGOs which have offered to surrender their contract with the State Social Welfare Department is the one managed by Padma Shri award winner Sister Sudha Varghese. Sister Varghese runs an NGO to manage a shelter home for trafficked women and girls in the border district of Purnia. “I’ve written to the Social Welfare Department that I want to surrender my contract for Purnia shelter home as I feel it is difficult to manage that from Patna… if something unpleasant happens, I cannot reach there before 8 hours… so I decided to surrender my contract,” Ms. Varghese told local journalists. The Purnia shelter home run by her keeps about 65 girls, some of them trafficked, some mentally challenged and sick. Ms. Varghese was awarded the Padma Shri in 2006 for her pioneering work with the marginalised section of society. She also runs an adoption agency in Danapaur locality, near Patna.23 contracts cancelled“Until now, six NGOs have offered to surrender their contracts with the Department… this has come in the wake of the Muzaffarpur shelter home and Aasra short-stay home controversies,” said Department Director Raj Kumar. The Department, he said, has also cancelled contracts of 23 NGOs running shelter homes for girls, boys and beggars in the State in the past few months. He added that some Department officials too have been trying to get transferred to other departments. “We’ve asked the NGOs to continue till alternative arrangements are being made and we’ve also floated tender for a new set-up managed by the government,” he said. Earlier, the State government had announced that it would run all shelter and short-stay homes.Meanwhile, the CBI has speeded up its probe and conducted searches at several places and questioned many people. State Urban Development Department Minister Suresh Sharma, though, has refused to resign from his post as demanded by the Opposition RJD leader, Tejaswi Yadav. Mr. Yadav also ‘threatened’ to ‘expose’ if Mr. Sharma did not resign.“I’ll file a defamation suit against Tejaswi Yadav for dragging my name into the Muzaffarpur shelter home rape case,” said Mr. Sharma who represents the Muzaffarpur Assembly seat on a BJP ticket.
Actress-anchor Mandira Bedi looks a killer in a pro-fake leather ad for animal rights organisation People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India.The caption for the ad is “Sometimes It’s Cool to Be SoFake”. In the ad, Mandira sports a flashy spiked faux leather jacket by Sukriti Grover and celebrity hairstylist Sapna Bhavnani’s collection SoFake.”Sapna has shown us through her designs that it’s cool to be SoFake. Through her clothes, she has shown that you can have looks that can kill without killing anybody,” Mandira said in a statement.Known for its unique structured shapes and striking black, white and grey tones, SoFake will soon be on display at the upcoming Lakme Fashion Week in Mumbai.
View comments Phoenix (6-1) faces Alaska at 7 p.m. at MOA Arena with a victory, Alas said, allowing the Fuel Masters to plant “a foot into the next round,” aside from allowing them to share the top spot with Rain or Shine—the only team that has defeated Phoenix so far.Columbian has a longer path to the next round but that hasn’t dampened the optimism of Dyip mentor Johnedel Cardel.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“We have four more games,” said Cardel after his team’s 86-85 win over the Meralco Bolts. “[We are taking it] one game at a time.”The Dyip’s first test will be the Blackwater Elite, who now sits at the bottom of the conference with a 1-6 card. After picking up wins on Wednesday night, Phoenix Pulse and Columbian are setting their sights on the PBA Philippine Cup playoffs—and the road won’t be easy.“This was hard,” FuelMasters coach Louie Alas said of the match against NothPort which they narrowly captured, 98-96. “But Friday is going to be harder—that’s for sure.”ADVERTISEMENT “It’s a winnable game,” Dyip skipper Rashawn McCarthy said. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Read Next LATEST STORIES Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town MOST READ US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants National sports complex site not a lock Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes