Wikileaks.org ordered offline

A California court recently ordered that the whistleblower site Wikileaks.org be removed from the Internet after a Swiss bank said the site had posted information about its offshore activities.

Wikileaks allows its users to anonymously post government and corporate documents to the pubic. The Swiss banking group Julius Baer said several hundred of its documents were posted to the site.

A judge ordered the domain registrar that controls Wikileaks to remove all traces of the site from its servers and turn over Wikileaks’ account information.

Wikileaks was founded in 2006 and claims to have published more than a million documents. Versions of the site hosted in Belgium and India can still be accessed online, the BBC said.

The site’s administrators said the court order was “unconstitutional” and that the site had been “forcibly censored,” the BBC reported.

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Quickorder app to keep iPod touch owners hooked on Starbucks

Quickorder, a potential Web app for the iPod Touch and iPhones, would allow Starbucks customers to order online and avoid all that awful human interaction. This is only a mockup and the app isn’t live yet, but I think this is another look at the consumer world to come. Technologies like this one, and like the proposed Microsoft table top computer interface, will make our restaurant and store experiences much more interactive. It’s just more evidence to my theory that Steven Spielberg’s “Minority Report” vision of the near-future is spot on.

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Twitter-ific

Okay, so a lot of people are using Twitter these days, and I admit that I’ve been lagging behind the curve on this one. I thought to myself, what’s the point of this microblogging stuff. Why post a one-line update when I could just post a real article? Well, then I started getting busy with stuff that didn’t allow me time to post long articles. My blog posting flagged, and I ended up spending more time on Facebook than in WordPress.

So now I’m looking to resuscitate this blog, and in doing that I’m looking to do as much auto-posting as possible. Right now, the blog will import my del.icio.us posts daily, and I’m working on importing all my other stuff too… basically I am working on making everything I share on Facebook appear here, but that will come later.

For today, I’m testing out my Twitter integration. If anyone’s reading this, expect more stuff here in the near future much of it generated by computer 🙂