Mark Zuckerberg says Internet.org and net neutrality “can and must coexist,” despite a backlash against his organization, which aims to bring free internet access to the developing world. It can’t, at least not from where users sit. The trouble started this week when several Indian publishers decided to remove their services from the Internet.org app, claiming the app violates the basic tenets of net neutrality. The app offers users in developing countries access to a select group of services, like Facebook, news sites, and health information, without paying data charges. That’s possible because, in the countries where Internet.org operates, the group has negotiated these terms with local carriers. The Indian publishers took issue with this setup, often referred to as “zero-rating,” arguing that giving away some services puts those services that aren’t available on the app at a disadvantage. Arguments about net neutrality shouldn’t be used to prevent the most disadvantaged people in society from gaining access or to deprive people of opportunity. Mark Zuckerberg “We support net neutrality because it creates a fair, level playing field for all companies—big and small—to produce the best service and offer it to consumers,” The Times Group, one of the publishers that withdrew from Internet.org, said in a statement. Today, Zuckerberg offered a rebuttal in a lengthy Facebook post, arguing that net neutrality “ensures network operators don’t discriminate by limiting access to services you want to use,” a policy he says he fully supports. “Internet.org doesn’t block or throttle any other services or create fast lanes—and it never will,” he writes. And yet, Zuckerberg glosses over the fact that Internet.org is providing its own kind of preferential treatment. Technically, Internet.org is an open platform any website or app can join, but as Zuckerberg notes, it would be impossible to give the entire Internet away for free. “Mobile operators spend tens of billions of dollars to support all of Internet traffic,” he writes. “If it was all free they’d go out of business.” That means most services necessarily must be left out if Internet.org is to be financially viable for carriers. This creates a system of fundamentally unequal access for the companies trying to reach these users and for users themselves. For the companies, it means the power to decide which Internet users they’re able to reach is out of their hands. Instead, it’s up to Internet.org, local governments, and carriers to decide which services are vital enough to secure a space within the Internet.org app. And for users, it means having access to only a sliver of what is supposed to be the worldwide web. As we’ve said before, this creates “an Internet for poor people.” It can also create the expectation that access to the Internet always will be free, a mindset that, as venture capitalist Fred Wilson has noted, can be difficult to overcome. “Soon, a startup will have to negotiate a zero rating plan before launching because mobile app customers will be trained to only use apps that are zero rated on their network,” Wilson writes, referring to data plans in the United States “zero-rated” for specific apps. So the question Zuckerberg ought to be answering is not whether the Internet.org model runs counter to the core tenets of net neutrality. That answer seems obvious. Instead, the question is whether the same rules should apply in places where people don’t have access to the Internet at all, let alone equal access. In other words, is it okay to suspend some of the net neutrality absolutism the tech community has rallied behind in the US if it serves a greater good in the world’s poorest countries? Zuckerberg doesn’t admit it outright, and of course, he probably never could, considering how the tech world at large feels about net neutrality. But his post makes it clear that he believes the positives of giving people even limited free access to the internet outweigh the concern about playing favorites, when the alternative is no access at all. “Arguments about net neutrality shouldn’t be used to prevent the most disadvantaged people in society from gaining access or to deprive people of opportunity,” he writes. “Eliminating programs that bring more people online won’t increase social inclusion or close the digital divide. It will only deprive all of us of the ideas and contributions of the two thirds of the world who are not connected.
The agreement includes "Bing services, Skype, OneDrive, OneNote, Outlook, and Microsoft Office." Cyanogen started as an aftermarket Android ROM maker, but recently the group went pro, formed a company, and started taking VC funding. It got an outside CEO, Kirk McMaster, who has stated that the new company's (very ambitious) goal is to "take Android away from Google." Cyanogen wants to supply its Android distribution to OEMs as a kind of outsourced software house, and currently Cyanogen OS powers the OnePlus One. The Wall Street Journal reported that Microsoft was going to invest in Cyanogen, but the deal fell through at some point, apparently in favor of this partnership. "People around the world use Cyanogen's operating system and popular Microsoft services to engage with what matters most to them on their mobile devices," said Cyanogen's CEO. "This exciting partnership with Microsoft will enable us to bring new kinds of integrated services to mobile users in markets around the world." Android is open—except for all the good parts.If Cyanogen really wants to ship a Googleless Android, it will need to provide alternatives to Google's services, and this Microsoft deal is a small start. Microsoft can provide alternatives for Search (Bing), Google Drive (OneDrive and Office), and Gmail (Outlook). The real missing pieces are alternatives to Google Play, Google Maps, and Google Play Services. Cyanogen has said it will develop an app store in-house, but we haven't heard plans for a mapping client or media stores, though it could just leave that up to users and it wouldn't be a huge deal. What is a big deal for any non-Google Android fork is Google Play Services. Many apps depend on it, and without it, Cyanogen won't be able to run apps that use Google's push notifications, in-app purchases, Ads, Google Cast, Google Play Games, location APIs, and a ton of other features. Amazon combats this on the Kindle line by offering drop-in replacement APIs for Google Play Services, and if Cyanogen wants a serious app ecosystem it will need to do the same. Microsoft has been increasingly taking a "horizontal" approach to Android, seeing it as a platform it should expand to. The company brought Office over to Android tablets and will reportedly bring its voice assistant, Cortana, to Android as well. It also collects patent royalties from just about every major Android OEM, and the company signed a more limited distribution agreement with Samsung, which shipped OneNote and OneDrive on the Galaxy S6. "We aspire to have our tools within arm's reach of everyone, to empower them in all aspects of their lives. This partnership represents another important step towards that ambition," said Peggy Johnson, executive vice president of Microsoft Corp. "We'll continue to deliver world-class experiences across productivity and communications on Windows, and we're delighted that Cyanogen users will soon be able to take advantage of those same powerful services."
Police arrested five teenage suspects, charging one 18-year-old with conspiring to commit a terrorist act. The men were planning to target police at an Anzac memorial event in Melbourne next week, police said. About 200 police officers took part in the counter-terrorism operation in the city early on Saturday. Acting Deputy Police Commissioner Neil Gaughan told reporters that evidence suggested the suspects had been influenced by Islamic State. One of the men, Sevdet Besim, appeared briefly in Melbourne Magistrates Court on Saturday. Police say a second man held on terrorism-related offences is also likely to be charged. A third man, also 18, was arrested on weapons charges and two other teenagers, aged 18 and 19, were in custody and assisting with inquiries. Officials referred to possible attacks using "edged weapons", but Mr Gaughan said there was no evidence to suggest there was "a planned beheading".Police conducted several raids in Melbourne on Saturday morning The men were "associates" of Abdul Numan Haider, a teenager shot dead in September after he stabbed two officers, police said. Anzac Day is an annual day of remembrance for servicemen and women from Australia and New Zealand. A series of events are planned for next week to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the landings at Gallipoli, Turkey. 'Not people of faith' Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott urged people to turn up to memorial events as planned. "The best thing we can do to counter terrorism... as individuals is to lead normal lives," he said, adding that the authorities were doing everything possible to keep people safe.Tony Abbott urged people to continue their plans as normal Police said that although officers were the primary target of the alleged plot there was also a threat to the public. Search operations were continuing at several addresses in the south-east of the city on Saturday. The premier of Victoria, Daniel Andrews, said the police presence at Anzac Day events would be "significantly increased". "These individuals arrested today are not people of faith, they don't represent any culture," he added. "This is not an issue of how you pray or where you were born... this is simply evil, plain and simple." Australia raised its threat level to high last September and has since carried out a series of counter-terrorism raids.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi returned to New Delhi early on Saturday morning after a three-nation tour of France, Germany and Canada. During the tour a number of key agreements were signed, including the supply of 36 Rafale fighter jets by France and uranium from Canada. Delhi BJP chief Satish Upadhyay along with party MLAs and other senior leaders were present at the technical Air Force base in Palam to welcome him. The Prime Minister's aircraft made a brief stopover in Frankfurt for refuelling before heading for New Delhi from Vancouver. "A special thanks to @pmharper - a fine host, a wonderful human being and a very dear friend," Modi had tweeted before his departure from Vancouver on Friday. "I leave Canada with immense satisfaction. This visit will further enhance India-Canada ties. A big thanks to the people of Canada," he said in another tweet before heading home. The thrust of Modi's trip was on attracting investments and technology for development of India through the 'Make in India' initiative. During his Germany visit, Modi inaugurated the Hannover Fair of which India was a partner country with a theme of 'Make in India'. France was the first destination of his nine-day tour. During his stay in Paris, Modi held talks with President Francois Hollande and met business leaders. An agreement was signed under which India will buy 36 Rafale fighter jets in flyaway condition from France and a decision was made to move ahead with the stalled Jaitapur nuclear project in Maharashtra. He then headed to Germany where he held talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and announced that a mechanism will be established to facilitate investment and business from Germany as the two countries agreed to broaden bilateral economic cooperation. Modi's final destination was Canada where besides meeting business leaders and making stops at Toronto and Vancouver he held talks with his Canadian counterpart Stephen Harper in Ottawa after which Canada agreed to supply 3,000 metric tonnes of uranium to India from this year under a USD 254 million five-year deal to power Indian atomic reactors.
In a bid to lure auto enthusiasts of the country, Fiat India is planning to launch more powerful versions of the Punto and Avventura Crossover under its performance brand 'Abarth'. Though the first to enter between these two could be the Abarth Punto Evo, as the vehicle was recently spotted in India. Powering this performance-oriented version of the car will be a 1.4-litre T-Jet turbocharged petrol unit that will churn out a whooping 135bhp of power. The same engine will also do duty on the Abarth Avventura. Just so you know, the regular Punto Evo models come with three engine options - 1.2-litre and 1.4-litre naturally-aspirated petrol units and a 1.3-litre multijet diesel unit. Fiat Punto Abarth T-Jet The Punto Evo T-Jet will take head on against the country's only hot-hatch - the Volkswagen Polo GT TSI. The Polo GT TSI derives its power from a 1.2-litre TSI petrol motor that, mated to a 7-speed DSG automatic gearbox, produces 105bhp. So the Punto Evo T-Jet, at 135bhp, will be about 30bhp more powerful than the VW's hot-hatchback. Tata Motors too might launch a performance-oriented version of Tata Bolt in the country, which was recently unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show.
You've got a destination in mind and you're just about ready to book your tickets. Possibly the most stressful part in your dream vacation planning is obtaining a visa. You'll be surprised to know that there are more than 50 countries where you can just land up and get a visa stamped on arrival. ASIAFor Indians, the easiest and most convenient destinations lie in Asia. From the shopping paradise of Thailand to the little-known-wonder Laos, visa on arrival is also offered in Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Jordan, Nepal, Maldives, Macau, Sri Lanka and Timor Leste. AFRICAAfrica's natural history alone would make a dozen visits here worthwhile! Fall asleep to the sounds of birds and be a part of the spectacular scenery that Ethiopia and Madagascar offer. The other African countries that offer visa on arrival are the Kenya, Djibouti, Guinea-Bissau, Mauritius, Tanzania, Uganda, Burundi, Cape Verde, Comoros and Togo. ?In Mozambique, Indians can obtain a visa on arrival for a maximum stay of 30 days at Beira, Nampula, Maputo, Pemba and Tete, provided they are holding a return/onward ticket. Visitors are also required to hold proof of sufficient funds to cover their stay and documents required for their next destination. In Seychelles, visitors can obtain a "Visitor's Permit" on arrival for a maximum period of 3 months, if holding a return ticket (if not, then a return ticket must be purchased on arrival); sufficient funds (minimum of USD 150 or equivalent per day); and proof of accommodation during stay. NORTH AMERICAMusic, beaches and towering forests are things to look forward to in North America. Visa-on-arrival is offered to Indians in Jamaica, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, El Salvador, Saint Kitts and Nevis and St Lucia. SOUTH AMERICAHead to South America and you'd be greeted with colonial towns and white sandy beaches. Only Bolivia and Guyana offer a visa on arrival for Indians. OCEANIA COUNTRIESOceania is the region centered on the islands of the tropical Pacific Ocean. Currently four island nations offer Indians a visa on arrival. These are Fiji, Samoa, Nauru and Tuvalu. Besides the countries mentioned above, Indians can also obtain visa-on arrival in the following countries subject to them being pre-cleared before arrival in the country. Pre-trip formalities vary from country to country: please check the relevant embassy website for details. These countries are Cameroon, Congo DR, Eritrea, Gabon, Ghana, Iran, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Liberia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Sierra Leone, Suriname, Turkmenistan and Vietnam. VISA CHECKLIST:For obtaining a visa on arrival, visitors would typically need to furnish return flight tickets, proof of hotel reservations, evidence of sufficient funds to cover their stay, passport sized photographs, a passport with adequate empty pages and the money for fee if required by the country.
Widening its net to check generation of black money, the Income Tax department has introduced significant changes in the income tax return form starting assessment year 2015-16. Taxpayers will now have to disclose instances of foreign travel, details of their bank accounts in the country along with usage of balance in capital gain account schemes. Relief obtained on account of tax treaties will also need to be mentioned in the returns for 2015-16. In the new income tax return (ITR) form, any individual with an Aadhaar number will have to mention it and will have to mandatorily produce tax residency certificate (TRC), hitherto required only if asked by the assessing officer. The new ITR forms, including ITR-1 and ITR-2, require an assessee to furnish the number of bank accounts held by the individual “at any time (including opened/closed) during the previous year” with the last balance in his or her account on March 31 of the just concluded fiscal. The assessee will also have to furnish the name of the bank, account number/numbers, its address, IFSC code and any possible joint account holder. With regards to foreign travel, the tax department wants the assessee’s passport number, place of issue of passport, countries visited, number of times such journeys were made, and in case of a resident taxpayer, the expenses incurred from “own sources in relation to such travel”. Tapati Ghose, partner, Deloitte Haskins & Sells LLP, said: “Additional disclosures mandated in the new income tax return forms reaffirm the government’s intent to track taxable income overseas and in India. Changes incorporated in tax returns were expected from the budget speech of the Finance Minister and subsequently with the introduction of the Undisclosed Foreign Income and Assets (Imposition of Tax) Bill.”
The Islamic State’s regional branch has claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday that killed at least 33 people and injured more than 100, according to a statement believed to have been sent by the Syria and Iraq-based movement. The claim could not be independently verified. But if true, it would mark the first time that the Islamic State, also known as Daesh, has claimed to be behind a violent assault in Afghanistan. The statement — from ISIS Wilayat Khorasan — sent to local reporters named the suicide bomber and included the photograph of a man with scarf covering his face and a Kalashnikov rifle by his side. In the background is the black Islamic State flag. The Islamic State announced its intention to expand to Afghanistan and Pakistan, and refers to the region as “Khorasan.” The assault Saturday in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad, was one of three separate blasts that unfolded at about 8.30 am around the city, said police officials, adding that the other two did not kill anyone. The Islamic State did not claim responsibility for the other two blasts. It was the latest in a string of assaults to target the area in the past two weeks. The suicide bomber detonated an vest filled with explosives outside New Kabul bank where Afghan government workers, including police officers and soldiers, waited in line to collect paychecks, said police officials. “The suicide bomber was on foot and wanted to get inside the bank when he detonated his explosives,” said Hazrat Hussain Mashreqiwal, the police spokesman for Nangarhar Province. While police officials placed the toll at 22 dead and 50 wounded, hospitals had received at least 33 bodies, said Najeeb Kamawal, the head of the province’s public health ministry. More than 100 people were wounded, he added. Many were in critical condition, suggesting that the death toll could rise. Suspicion immediately fell on the Taliban insurgency, but group’s spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid denied responsibility for any of the explosions. In a tweet, he said “we condemn/deny involvement.” The second explosion, said Mashreqiwal, was from a bomb that exploded outside of a shrine. A third bomb that was found unexploded outside the National Bank of Afghanistan, and police later detonated it in a controlled environment. A fourth explosion took place in the Behshood District of the province, when a small magnetic bomb killed one and wounded two others, added Mashreqiwal. Saturday’s bombing in Jalalabad was the third deadly attack in the city since April 8, when an Afghan in military uniform killed an American soldier and wounded several others in a suspected insider attack. That assault also killed an Afghan soldier and wounded two others. Two days later, a suicide bomber targeted a U.S. military convoy, killing four Afghan civilians and wounding 10 others. There were no U.S. casualties. The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) condemned Saturday’s deadly attack, and declared that it could constitute a war crime. “The continuing use of suicide attacks in densely populated areas that are certain to kill and maim large numbers of Afghan civilians,may amount to a war crime,” said Nicholas Haysom, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and head of UNAMA. “Those responsible for this horrendous crime must be held accountable.” Neighboring Pakistan also quickly denounced the violence and expressed condolences to the victims — the latest sign of the growing cordiality between Kabul and Islamabad. Gen. Sher Muhammad Karimi, the Afghanistan’s army chief, is currently in Pakistan meeting his counterparts to discuss border security, among other issues. Afghan officials are increasingly concerned about foreign fighters who have fled a Pakistan military offensive and have sought sanctuary in Afghanistan. The Taliban and other militants have escalated attacks in recent weeks, as they enter their traditional spring offensive. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and other officials have warned that the nation is in for a difficult spring and summer fighting the insurgency. That concern helped persuade President Obama to slow down the drawdown of roughly 10,000 U.S. military personnel remaining in the country. Saturday’s attack was not the first to strike Kabul Bank in Jalalabad. In 2001, a group of suicide bombers targeted the same branch, killing 38 customers who were also waiting to pick up paychecks.
Lamington is a special cake dipped in a chocolate frosting and then covered in coconut. It taste delicious and topping of icing and coconut gives wonderful look to it. Here is the simple preparation of delicious Chocolate coconut recipe. Prepare this at home as a snack or else you can even make it for birthday parties etc. Serves: 24 Ingredients: For Cake: 125g butter 150g caster sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla essence 2 eggs 250g plain flour 4 teaspoons baking powder 1/8 teaspoon salt 120ml milk For Icing: 450g icing sugar 5 tablespoons cocoa powder 1 tablespoon butter, melted 120ml milk 2 (200g) packages desiccated cocon Preparation: 1. Preheat oven to 1900 C. 2. Take 20x30cm rectangular baking tin, grease and flour it. 3. Take a large bowl and cream together the butter, sugar and vanilla until light fluffy. 4. Take previously greased baking tin and pour this mixture into it. 5. Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.6. Turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely. Store overnight to give the cake a chance to firm up before icing.7. Icing preparation: In a large bowl, combine icing sugar and cocoa. In a saucepan, heat milk and 1 tablespoon butter until the butter is melted. Add the milk to the sugar mixture and mix well to create a fluid, but not too runny, icing.8. Cut the cake into 24 squares. Place coconut in a shallow container. Using a fork, dip each square into the icing, then roll it in the coconut. Place onto a cooling rack to dry. Continue for each piece. The icing will drip, so place a sheet of paper under the rack to catch the drips. Enjoy the delicious snack recipe with your family or friends. AW: Lizitha
Small B Abhishek Bachchan made his grand entry into Bollywood long back but could not impress the audience with his performance. Though his father is still leading the Bollywood, Abhishek has been waiting for a huge commercial break. He has scored hits through multistarrers because of which he has not been called as a successful actor. He has taken enough gap and he is back with his next movie All Is Well. The movie has been directed by Umesh Shukla who directed Oh My God in the past. As per the latest update the shoot of the movie is in final stages. Rishi Kapoor, Asin and Supriya Pathak will be seen in other important roles. The movie has been slated for release on August 21st all over and the news has been revealed by the director Umesh Shukla. He posted “All Is Well will release on August 21”. The movie will have a strong social message like his previous film Oh My God revealed Umesh. Himesh Reshammiya composed the music for the movie and it has been produced by Bhushan Kumar, Kishan Kumar, Shyam Bajaj and Varun Bajaj on T Series and Alchemy Productions banner.