Feb 26 2010

Italy Convicts Google Execs Over Video

Italy’s courts have rendered a highly controversial decision against internet search giant Google.  The case was over a video posted on Google Video of an autistic teenager being bullied.  Under Italian law, this is highly illegal, and the executives in question –  Peter Fleischer, David Drummond, George De Los Reyes, and Arvind Desikan – were originally charged with defamation against the teen.

The presiding judge over the case, Oscar Magi, dropped the charges regarding defamation.  However, all but Desikan recieved six-month sentences for privacy violations.  Drummond is the chief legal officer at Google and has stated he was “outraged” by the verdict.  And he makes a valid point with his full statement:

“I intend to vigorously appeal this dangerous ruling. It sets a chilling precedent… If individuals like myself and my Google colleagues who had nothing to do with the harassing incident, its filming or its uploading onto Google Video can be held criminally liable solely by virtue of our position at Google, every employee of any internet hosting service faces similar liability.”

This blogger wholeheartedly agrees.  Google did the right thing; it provides a relatively open hosting space, but the second the video was brought to its attention, the video was removed.  The very openness of the internet is under attack by this verdict and it creates an impossible standard for content providers to live by.

Via BBC News, image via Google.

Sep 26 2009

AmazePC Netbook Ships Without RAM, A Hard Drive, Or An OS

A netbook without RAM, a hard drive, or an OS. Sounds great to those of you that want to customize your netbooks, right? Well, the manufacturer of this netbook, AmazePC, currently does not advertise this product on its homepage, but Italian retailer Kelkoo does list it on theirs.

Since AmazePC’s new netbook isn’t equipped with a complete set of hardware, you’d think it’d be cheaper than your average netbook…but it’s not. Unfortunately, this netbook costs around 210 Euros, roughly $310 USD.

This offer’s only available in Italy right now, but maybe something similar will appear elsewhere in the near future. We’ll let you know if we hear anything.

Via NetbookItalia.

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Sep 22 2009

Windows 7 Preinstalled ASUS Eee PC Netbooks Available for Pre-Order in Italy

Fnac, an Italian retailer, has just started to take pre-orders for ASUS Eee PC netbooks preinstalled with the Windows 7 Starter Edition OS. Some ASUS netbooks may run a stripped-down model of the Windows 7 Starter software, but they also get spec upgrades.

ASUS usually manufacturers machines with different configurations in different parts of the world. Here are the three models (and their specifications) that are available for pre-order in Italy:

  1. ASUS Eee PC 1005HA: Windows 7 Starter, 10.1″ screen display with 1024×600 resolution, 1.66Ghz Intel Atom N280 processor, 1 GB of RAM, and a 250 GB hard drive for 299 Euros (~$442 USD)
  2. ASUS Eee PC 1008HA: Windows 7 Starter, 10.1″ screen display with 1024×600 resolution, 1.66Ghz Intel Atom N280 processor, 1 GB of RAM, and a 250 GB hard drive for 399 Euros (~$590 USD)
  3. ASUS Eee PC 1101HA: Windows 7 Home Premium, 11.6″ screen display with 1366×768 resolution, 1.33GHz Intel Atom Z520 processor, 2 GB of RAM, and a 250 GB hard drive for 399 Euros (~$590 USD)

All three ASUS netbook models also come with 500 GB of online storage space.

Via EeePCIt.

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