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BY Miranda Neubauer | Wednesday, December 7 2011

  • FlackCheck takes on Photoshopped photos in a video that uses screen captures from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's website.

  • Rickperry.com redirects to ronpaul2012.com (via @brianstelter and @spreyn0). Rick Perry's official site is rickperry.org.

  • Is Senator Ron Wyden the first senator on Instagram? (via @JordanRaynor).

  • Massachusetts officials said they will make more than 460 boxes of documents from Mitt Romney's term as governor available to the public, even as they have no plans to inquire into reports that Romney had staff had purged electronic records.

  • Tomorrow, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation will hold a hearing on ICANN's top-level domain expansion plan.

  • There has been much discussion about embassies in Iran lately, with one presidential candidate even seeming a bit confused as to whether the U.S. had an embassy there. Now, at least, the U.S. has a virtual embassy in Iran, the AP reported.

  • The New York Police Department plans a push for legislation that would allow for the disabling of stolen electronic devices as the number of smartphones and iPads stolen has grown exponentially. Senator Charles Schumer had in August pushed for a single database with each device's identification number, as exists in Europe, and a blacklist so the stolen phones cannot be used on another network with a new SIM card. A NYPD report also emphasized the need for better record keeping. "We cannot identify what devices are stolen where or at what times."

  • A Swiss government report does not see file-sharing as a significant problem.

  • Members of the European parliament are composing a letter to the U.S. Congress expressing their concerns about SOPA.

  • Paypal released funds back to a charity project, Regretsy, after online outrage following a dispute between the company and the website over the charity campaign's use of the “donate” button.

  • Colorlines looks into how large corporations have created a new digital divide.

  • Google seems to have difficulty understanding that there are no kangaroos in Austria. Earlier this year, Google also seemed to believe that "Romney can't win."

  • Not only did a leading candidate for Mexico's presidential election have an "oops" moment when he was unable to completely name three books that had influenced him, but then his teenage daughter tweeted that his critics were "a bunch of idiots who form part of the proletariat." The candidate, Enrique Peña Nieto of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, apologized and called it an "emotional reaction."

  • The European Commission is investigating whether Apple and other e-book publishers may have violated anti-trust rules.

  • At her blog, Zeynep Tufekci takes another look at how the misinformation surrounding the trial of Egyptian blogger Alaa Abd-el Fattah spread and what verification tools might be necessary.

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Denmark, Finland, Norway, the United Kingdom and Sweden have come out on top of the Web Index, a ranking of the Web Foundation measuring the economic, social and political benefit that countries gain from the web. The United States is at number six. For the authors of the report accompanying the index, the results reflect how inequality has an impact on access to the web. "Nordic policy-makers have been quick to adopt and promote the free Internet - and open access to information - as a 21st century public good," the report states. " Others, as this year's findings show, need to move fast to catch up." The report attributes the Scandinavian countries' advantage to the countries' broader efforts to invest in public goods and establish a welfare and acting against " excess concentrations of wealth and power." With the lower inequality in those countries than in others, "the skills, means and freedoms to benefit from new technologies are widespread, which helps to explain why Scandinavian countries score highly on the political, social and economic impact of the Web GO

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