Tuesday, September 21, 2010

link round-up 9/21/10

Google's dirty word censorship algorithm has an American slang bias

Young urban Chinese generation wants China to dump US debt holdings

Xia Wie, a 24-year-old graduate from Guizhou province, worries about the cost of housing and pollution in China. To her, lending money to the U.S. doesn't make sense.
"America is a developed country and does not need China's money," she said. "Let China put its money into itself so China will be strong."
It's also not sensible to Lin Xiang, a 25-year-old graduate of Peking University's Guanghua School of Management.
"We have financed the American people's overconsumption for many years," Lin said at a Starbucks on Financial Street, near the investment bank where he works.

Using social networks to predict flu epidemics

Illegal tobacco trading linked to drug smuggling and human trafficking

English-language radical Islamic websites skyrocketing

How most journalism relies on government support through grants or tax credits

Russia to spend $613 billion on updated weaponry

Concerns in UK Parliament over possible return to 1970's oil shock prices

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