Illegal mining in Congo. Photo by Julien Harneis on Flickr. Some rights reserved
A burst of 6 links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology team
Smartphones: Blood stains at our fingertips >> The Globe and Mail
"In the next few weeks, millions of electronics will be yanked off store shelves during the busy holiday shopping season – computers, smart phones, electronic book-readers. Almost every single one of the gadgets Canadians purchase will, in turn, help extend Congo's misery, because inside the circuitry of those gadgets is coltan.
"Coltan has become one of the world's most sought-after materials because it is used to create tantalum, a key ingredient in electronic circuitry. The global tantalum capacitor market is worth about $2-billion (U.S.) annually. You'll find them in computers, cell phones, home appliances and myriad other electronic goods."
Introducing Nexus S with Gingerbread >> Official Google Blog
Amazing to think that the first Android phone was November 2008, and the Nexus One was only in January this year.
Rural providers react to government broadband strategy >> Computer Weekly
""This is a monumental con," said Chris Conder, who runs a community broadband helpdesk that serves parts of Cumbria, Lancashire and North Yorkshire via three different telephone exchanges.
"It is 2003 all over again," she said. "The sad thing is I really think they believe they are doing well. They have fallen for the spin."
Panorama on the games Industry >> MCV
It's not exactly a FIFA moment for games through the BBC's programme last night on games addiction.
Android 2.3 Platform and Updated SDK Tools >> Android Developers Blog
Now what we need is a timeline of Android releases.
In the matter of Wikileaks >> Tim Bray
"Yes, you can lock down your network with sharp-fanged firewalls, and disable the USB socket and DVD writer in all the computers. I know you can do this because I've worked with organizations that have; highly security-conscious financial institutions. What happens is, they take a grievous hit in productivity, and everyone brings their personal Mac in and puts it on the desktop and uses it for getting actual work done, mailing the results to the castrated company computer for deployment.
"So your choice is clear: You can take a horrible productivity hit or you can deal with the enhanced risk of getting secrets leaked."
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