links for 2011-06-06

  • Last week saw the bloodiest days yet in Syria's uprising against President Bashar al-Assad. More than 60 people were killed by security forces and on Saturday 100,000 took to the streets to voice their anger. Images of a 13-year-old boy, brutally tortured and killed, have galvanised the protesters. Harriet Alexander traces the story of Hamza al-Khatib, the child who has become the face of the revolution
  • Nearly 180 passwords belonging to members of a Georgia-based FBI affiliate have been stolen and leaked to the internet, hacking group Lulz Security claims, capping a busy week for the previously obscure group.
  • The music industry has backflipped on its long-held demands that repeat music pirates be disconnected from the internet as a new UN report declares such a policy would be a breach of human rights and international law.
  • CAIRO (Reuters) – An Egyptian court on Saturday fined ousted President Hosni Mubarak and two former officials 540 million pounds ($90.64 million) for cutting off mobile and internet services during January protests, a court source said.
  • One of the Church of Scientology's most senior figures, Jan Eastgate, has been arrested and charged in Sydney.
  • A 17-year-old student in Anhui Province sold one of his kidneys for 20,000 yuan only to buy an iPad 2. Now, with his health getting worse, the boy is feeling regret but it is too late, the Global Times reported today.
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