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by The Concordian August 30, 2011
British government won’t limit social media
The British government will not look to limit social media networks despite their role in the violent rioting that took place across England in early August. CNN reported Sunday that government officials met with Internet communications firms in what was described as a non-confrontational meeting. Instead, the agenda focused on how law enforcement officials and the British Home Office can collaborate on cracking down on those who use the networks to coordinate criminal activity. British Prime Minister David Cameron had previously mentioned that the government should limit the free flow of information that the networks allowed during such occasions, after reports surfaced that rioters in England were organizing via social media such as Twitter. It was eventually revealed that Blackberry Messenger was more heavily used than Twitter. 

iPhone hacker hired… by Apple
A 19-year-old iPhone hacker that goes by the username of “Comex” has been hired by Apple,
Business Insider reported Friday. Comex – real name Nicholas Allegra – is the hacker behind JailbreakMe, an app which allows you to jailbreak your iPhone. Allegra’s made it easy for users to circumvent the restrictions Apple makes on their products, allowing them to download and use applications not available at the App Store. Allegra announced on Twitter Thursday night that he will be interning at the tech giant come September. At least he’s not taking Steve Jobs’… job.

Tim Hortons rolls out extra-large format
Everyone’s favourite coffee chain has just won a bigger space in the hearts of Canadians across the country. According to the Vancouver Sun, the chain has introduced a 24-ounce “extra-large” format in its outlets in Sudbury and Kingston, Ont. The new “extra-large” will set you back $2, tax included. It remains to be seen whether the Canadian chain will be able to compete with Starbucks’ “Trenta” format, which at 31 ounces contains more liquid than the average human stomach can hold.

Italy won’t tax soccer players after all
The Italian government has rescinded on aspects of their austerity package, according to the Globe and Mail. A.C. Milan collectively breathed a sigh of relief after the government released a statement saying the package, which had cut €45.5-billion ($66-billion US) across the board, would no longer include a tax on high earners. They have also amended the package to lessen the cuts on local authority funding. The package had been passed in parliament this month, but has been highly criticized by labour unions, opposition politicians as well as members of the ruling centre-right coalition.

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