Vietnam: How Facebook is being abused to silence critics in Germany

first_img Help by sharing this information to go further Mongolia : RSF urges presidential candidates to voice support for press freedom VietnamGermanyAsia – PacificEurope – Central Asia Online freedoms InternetCitizen-journalistsFreedom of expressionExiled media The most recent case to come to light is that of Trung Khoa Le, a journalist living in Germany whose Facebook account was blocked, preventing him from posting a video in Germany which was critical of the Vietnamese government. Facebook later admitted that it had been the victim of a “malicious attack” and announced improvements. Research has revealed that Trung Khoa Le’s case was not an isolated incident. RSF Germany has presented Facebook with 23 similar cases, including that of the Vietnamese blogger Bui Thanh Hieu.“Our research shows that the Vietnamese government is apparently using digital space to suppress critical voices outside the country as well,” said RSF Germany’s Executive Director Christian Mihr. “Those responsible must end these attacks and respect press freedom.”Mihr added: “For many journalists Facebook offers the chance to report freely, but apparently the company is unable to prevent this censorship-like abuse. Democratic oversight of the company is needed to effectively strengthen the rights of users.”“Malicious attack”The cases of blocked content came to light after Trung Khoa Le turned to RSF Germany for help in mid-November and made his case public. Le runs the bilingual news site thoibao.de, which he says gets 2.7 clicks per month and reports on Vietnamese politics. Le was denounced as a “traitor” online and received death threats after he researched a critical piece on the alleged kidnapping of Vietnamese businessman Trinh Xuan Thanh in Berlin. On the evening of 8 November Le announced that the next day he would post a video of an interview with the Vietnamese blogger Nguyen Van Dai on Thoibao.de’s Facebook page. Dai had been invited to a meeting of the human rights committee in the German Bundestag.Shortly afterwards Le received an email from Facebook informing him that his account would be blocked due to violations of the Community Standards. He used Facebook’s appeal mechanism to try to prevent the block, but it wasn’t until several days later that Facebook, under pressure from RSF and other activists, finally announced that the journalist had been the victim of a “malicious attack” and unblocked his account. According to Facebook unknown persons had made Le the administrator of a page containing gross violations of its Community Standards without his consent. The social network did not give any details or provide any information about the presumed attackers. However, the methods and expert tactics used point to a political background.One of the reasons Facebook is so popular in many countries with limited press freedom is that it is very difficult to censor content on the platform with purely technological means. The only option open to governments is to completely block Facebook – but most are reluctant to go that far. It is, however, possible to report users for violations of the “Community Standards” and thus have content or users blocked from the platform with Facebook’s help.“Violations of Community Standards”As soon as Trung Khoa Le was able to access his account again he launched an appeal on his Facebook page asking users to report similar incidents and provide evidence in the form of screenshots. Within just a few days he received 23 reports of similar incidents from persons inside and outside Vietnam who had posted political comments on Facebook. RSF examined these cases and forwarded them to Facebook on 27 November. In some cases, Facebook had deleted individual posts, in others it had blocked users entirely for days or months. In each case it had justified its actions by pointing to “violations of its Community Standards”.Bui Thanh Hieu, a Vietnamese blogger and writer who lives in Germany, is also among those affected. His blog is one of the most popular in Vietnam and is disseminated for the most part via Facebook. His Facebook page had more than 160,000 followers. Since January of this year Bui Thanh Hieu has repeatedly been blocked due to alleged copyright infringements. The attackers’ strategy was apparently to copy Hieu’s own images, upload them onto their pages and then report him to Facebook for not owning the copyrights for the images – even though exactly the opposite was the case. On 2 October Facebook finally banned Bui Thanh Hieu from the network altogether as a “repeat offender”. RSF has the corresponding email.Facebook’s lack of explanationAsked about the case of Trung Khoa Le, Facebook explained that it had taken immediate measures to ensure that it was no longer possible to add persons to pages or groups on Facebook without their prior consent. It said that the case of Trung Khoa Le had not been key in this decision but there had been other cases outside Vietnam that prompted it to take action. Commenting on the other 23 Vietnamese cases, a spokesperson for Facebook said that some of them had been victims of the same “malicious behavior”, and that the platform was in the process of unblocking their accounts. Facebook gave no explanation as to why the other bloggers and critics who were not victims of this particular method had been blocked, however.With at least 26 media workers in prison, Vietnam is among the states with the highest number of journalists behind bars because of their work. It is ranked 175th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. Follow the news on Asia – Pacific Facebook is being systematically abused to censor Vietnamese bloggers living in exile. According to the information available to Reporters Without Borders (RSF) in the last few months the social network has repeatedly deleted posts and also blocked the accounts of such individuals due to alleged violations of its “Community Standards”. News Organisation June 2, 2021 Find out more December 21, 2018 Vietnam: How Facebook is being abused to silence critics in Germany June 7, 2021 Find out morecenter_img News The cases of blocked content came to light after Trung Khoa Le turned to RSF Germany for help in mid-November (photo: phanba.wordpress.com). News Receive email alerts VietnamGermanyAsia – PacificEurope – Central Asia Online freedoms InternetCitizen-journalistsFreedom of expressionExiled media Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists News China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison RSF_en June 2, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Azeri journalist charged with high treason could face life sentence

first_imgNews to go further News June 4, 2021 Find out more RSF_en AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Help by sharing this information News Follow the news on Azerbaijan Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders is angered by the escalating judicial harassment of Hilal Mammadov, human rights defender and editor of the newspaper Tolishi Sado (Voice of the Talysh), who was arrested on 21 June and could face life imprisonment. “We are totally outraged at the latest charges levelled against Hilal Mammadov and at the penalty he could face,” the press freedom organization said.“This is quite absurd and is an indication of the growing tension between the Iranian and Azeri secret services. This escalation must stop and it is intolerable that journalists and activists continue to be caught up in it in this manner. We insist that Hilal Mammadov be freed as soon as possible.” Mammadov was arrested on 21 June and charged with “large-scale drugs trafficking” under article 234.4.3 of the criminal code.The interior minister and the public prosecutor said in a joint statement issued yesterday that an investigation had produced evidence of espionage against Mamedov. It said he was recruited in 1992 by an Iranian intelligence officer, Abdol Ali oglu Hamzayev, to gather and pass on information. Charged with “high treason” under article 274 of the criminal code, as well as “incitement to national, racial, social or religious hatred” under article 283.2.2, he could face a life sentence and the seizure of all his possessions if convicted. He is alleged to have cooperated with the Iranian secret services and of carrying out activities “harmful to the sovereignty, national security and territorial integrity of Azerbaijan”.His case has been handed over to the serious crimes department of the attorney-general’s office and a team of investigators from the prosecutor’s office, the interior ministry and the national security ministry has been assigned to it. In 2008, Novruzali Mammadov, a journalist from the same publication, was sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment for espionage and incitement to ethnic hatred. He was declared dead in Baku prison hospital in August 2009 after being tortured. He was 68 years old. Similar espionage charges have also been made against the young Azerbaijani writers Farid Huseyn and Shahriyar Hajizade, who have been held in Iran for the past few weeks. They could face between one year and five years in prison under article 502 of the Iranian criminal code.They were kidnapped on 2 May in the northern Iranian city of Tabriz on their way back from a news conference in Tehran. They were first reported as missing until the authorities announced nearly a month and a half later that they were under arrest.Photo : http://www.mediaforum.az center_img “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia April 9, 2021 Find out more News RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan June 8, 2021 Find out more July 5, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Azeri journalist charged with high treason could face life sentence Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh Organisation last_img read more

This week’s news in brief: stress hits employers

first_img Comments are closed. A study by the UN’s International Labour Organisation found that one in 10 workers are suffering from depression, anxiety, stress or burnout, in some cases leading to unemployment and hospitalisation. The study of mental health policies affecting the workforces of Finland, Germany, Poland, the UK and the US shows that employers feel the costs in low productivity, reduced profits and high rates of staff turnover. The report estimates that 3-4 per cent of the EU’s GNP is spent on mental health problems.www.ilo.org CBI training replyThe CBI has welcomed the Government’s consultation on measures to raise standards in Modern Apprenticeships, and shares its concerns about low completion rates and the quality of trainees. In its response to the consultation the CBI highlighted the importance of giving young people high-quality impartial careers guidance and of allowing employers the flexibility to decide when and where training takes place.IT mustn’t ignore oldShortages of skilled staff in the IT sector are being made worse by ageist attitudes, according to a report by the Employers Forum on Age and silicon.com. The study of 1,369 professionals in the IT sector found 65 per cent said their companies are finding it difficult to recruit and retain staff. Two-thirds of respondents feared they would be unable to get a job in IT after the age of 45.Oldies are goldenOlder people are an undervalued labour source that should be exploited, according to a report published last week by the Institute of Grocery Distribution. Launching the report at the IGD annual convention, chief executive Joanne Denny said, “We must do more to retrain and retain mature employees, otherwise we’re wasting a wealth of experience.” www.igd.com Proposed law ‘mad’Employers have urged the TUC to stop pressing for an EU-wide law which would require employers with more than 50 staff to consult workers according to fixed EU rules. John Cridland, deputy director general of the CBI, said, “It is bureaucracy gone mad. We don’t need it and we don’t want it. Businesses must be allowed to communicate with staff in ways that reflect national and local customs and practice.”Legal sectionIn the legal section of our 10 October issue we referred to a case under the name of Gogay v Bedfordshire County Council. The council involved in the case was in fact Hertfordshire. We apologise for any confusion this may have caused. Previous Article Next Article This week’s news in brief: stress hits employersOn 17 Oct 2000 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Four years after being paralyzed, Binghamton man walks a mile for a good cause

first_imgVESTAL (WBNG) — A Binghamton man who was paralyzed in a motorcycle accident four years ago reached a significant milestone Saturday. Liam Wagner walked a mile on the Vestal Rail Trail with his family and friends cheering him on. 12 News caught up with Wagner after he crossed the finish line, breaking his own personal time record. “All of the nerves in the spinal cord were not severed which made it so i could start regaining strength in my legs after years and years,” he said. Now after four years of pushing himself every day, he gathered with dozens of supporters at the vestal rail trail, not just to walk, but to walk a mile. The walk was a milestone for Wagner, but it was also meant to benefit the foundation he says gave him the motivation to do it. The Kelly Brush Foundation gave Wagner a grant to help him get an adaptive mono-ski. “It’s a necessity for people in my situation to have these foundations out there and the Kelly Brush Foundation is one of the only foundations out there that’s specifically for spinal cord injuries,” he said. Wagner said taking up skiing brought back the competitive edge in him that he felt he had lost after the accident. To date Wagner has raised over $10,000 for the foundation. If you’d like to contribute you can do so by clicking here. “36 Minutes. It took me 28 minutes to do a half mile when I first started so that just goes to show that all of the effort I put in payed off and it really feels amazing,” he said. “The fact that I’m able to do any of this blows me away still, every day. I never thought four years ago I would even be able to stand up to get a plate out of the kitchen cabinet,” he said. Now he’s paying it forward one step at a time. Wagner says the accident took away mobility in his legs, but doctors told him at the time that there was hope. “You’ve lost half of your body, half of that function, so having something that makes you feel normal again like mono-skiing,” he said “When I’m on that mountain I’m exactly like every other skier out there, and actually I’m even faster than a lot of them.” last_img read more

Samsung Smart Monitor With Mobile and PC Connectivity Launched: All You Need to Know

first_imgThe latest Samsung Smart Monitor series has a refresh rate of 60Hz, a 16:9 aspect ratio, and VA panels. All models run Samsung’s Tizen 5.5, feature VA panels with a 8ms (GTG) response time, a typical brightness of 250 nits, and support for the HDR10 standard. The monitors also support Bluetooth 4.2 and Wi-Fi 5 connectivity, and feature two 5W built-in speakers.As mentioned, the Samsung Smart M7 monitor series has a single 32-inch variant, featuring an ultra-HD (3,840 x 2,160 pixels) resolution, while the M5 is available in 27-inch and 32-inch variants, both of which have a full-HD (1,920 x 1,080 pixels) resolution. The M7 has a USB Type-C port that allows for data transfer and charging up to 65W. There are three USB 2.0 ports on the M7, while the M5 has two. Both variants have two HDMI 2.0 ports as well. Both support VESA (100mm x 100mm) wall mounting.Users can connect their mobile devices using Tap View, App Casting or Apple AirPlay 2. With wireless Samsung DeX, you can have a desktop experience using a mobile device on the Samsung Smart Monitor. It is possible to use mobile productivity apps, see photos, and watch movies using your monitor and phone.- Advertisement – For entertainment, you can stream content from Netflix, YouTube, Apple TV and more, without a connection to a PC or mobile device. The content can be accessed with a remote control. There is also voice assistant support for Alexa, and Bixby 2.0. The Samsung Smart Monitor incorporates Microsoft Office 365 applications without a PC connection. You can use remote access to access files from an office computer or a laptop placed somewhere else.The Smart Monitor has Adaptive Picture, which optimises picture quality by automatically adjusting brightness and colour temperature in response to room conditions. The monitor also has an eye-saver mode to reduce blue light, and flicker free features. You can use Ultrawide Game View to adjust your screen to 21:9.Will Apple Silicon Lead to Affordable MacBooks in India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img Samsung Smart Monitor was launched in two series on Monday, a new lineup that is meant to incorporate mobile and PC connectivity apart from offering smart TV features like video on demand (VOD). The Samsung Smart Monitor is available in two series – the M7, which currently features a 32-inch model that supports ultra-high definition (UHD) resolution, and the M5, currently available in 32-inch and 27-inch models that support 32-inch. All the models in the Smart Monitor run the company’s Tizen OS (v5.5), come with two 5W built-in speakers, and offer DeX and mirroring features. Samsung calls the monitor ‘The world’s first do-it-all screen.’Samsung Smart Monitor M5, M7 price and availabilityThe Samsung Smart Monitor will be available in Canada, China, and the US from today, November 16. The South Korean tech giant has plans of expanding the Smart Monitor to global markets at the end of this month. In the US, the Smart Monitor M7 model is priced at $400 (roughly Rs. 29,800); the 27-inch variant of the Smart Monitor M5 lineup is priced at $230 (roughly Rs. 17,130) and the 32-inch M5 variant at $280 (roughly Rs. 20,900).Samsung Smart Monitor M5, M7 features and specifications- Advertisement –last_img read more

Pension fund for Dutch pharmacists seeks merger to increase scale

first_imgSPOA, the €1.5bn occupational pension fund for public pharmacists in the Netherlands, is looking to join PMA, the €2.5bn scheme for pharmacist staff, depending on the results of an ongoing survey.BPOA, the occupational association responsible for the pharmacists’ scheme, said it signed a declaration of intent with independent pharmacist industry group VZA and the association of employed general practitioners (LAD) to investigate whether all public pharmacists could join PMA.It said the mandatory accrual of employed and independent pharmacists’ pension rights was needed to secure “lasting mandatory, collective and affordable” pension arrangements.BPOA said the stakeholders aimed to increase efficiency, improve quality and cut costs through the benefits of scale, adding that employers would also benefit from a single pensions window, as well as from uniform labour conditions for all workers. In the Netherlands, the number of employed pharmacists now exceeds that of independent pharmacists.BPOA warned that this could jeopardise mandatory participation in the occupational pension plan and argued that, if all public pharmacists accrued their pensions through a single industry-wide scheme, mandatory participation could be preserved.The stakeholders said they were also examining the effects of transferring existing pension rights to PMA.According to BPOA, the gaps between the pension arrangements and funding ratios at SPOA and PMA have narrowed this year.SPOA’s official policy funding stood at 104.3%, as of the end of June.The pharmacists’ scheme, however, has had to apply four successive rights cuts of 5%, 7%, 6.8% and 4.6% since 2011.PMA’s policy coverage was 105.8% at the end of the second quarter.last_img read more

Enna Featured in Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete Spotlight

first_imgSt. Louis, Mo. – Redshirt senior Steven Enna (Overland Park, Kan.) of the Drake men’s soccer team is one of this week’s featured student-athletes in the Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete Spotlight, presented by Enterprise Bank and Trust Company, the MVC announced Wednesday, Nov. 7. Enna is joined by Southern Illinois cross country athlete Megan Krolak as this week’s spotlight players in the Valley.To qualify for the MVC Scholar-Athlete Spotlight, student-athletes must carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.20, completed at least one academic year at a Valley institution and must be at least a sophomore in academic standing. Redshirt freshmen and first-year junior college transfers are not eligible. In addition to the academic qualifications, student-athletes are evaluated on their campus involvement and community service.Enna has previously been named to the All-MVC Freshman First Team, as well as receiving All-MVC Honorable Mention accolades his junior season. This is Enna’s second Scholar-Athlete of the Week, and this is his first since his sophomore season. He has played in 68 games in his career, and has scored 16 goals in that time. This season Enna ranks second on the Bulldogs with four goals this season and sits third on the team with 10 points.Enna has been active in the Drake Community. He has spent time helping package food that will be delivered to people in need through Meals for the Heartland and volunteered at the Dog Rescue Shelter of Des Moines. On campus, Enna is a member of St. Catherine of Siena, which is a campus church that is home to many Drake students. He has also tutored people on campus and is a member of the Drake Investment Club.Enna has earned his bachelor’s degree in finance and is now pursuing his MBA with a 3.84 cumulative grade point average in the graduate program.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

GARDAI ISSUE FRESH APPEAL A YEAR AFTER DISGUSTING ATTACK THAT SHOCKED THE NATION

first_imgGardaí are renewing their appeal in relation to an aggravated burglary in Raphoe which shocked the nation.Isa Arthur is still terrified a year after the gang attacked her and her late sister Suzy in their home.The attack, which took place exactly one year ago today, left one pensioner dead and another terrified after their ordeal.The burglary took place at the farmhouse of sisters Susan and Isobel Arthur at Feddyglass. The gang terrorised the two women, aged 89 and 91 years, assaulted them before ransacking their home looking for cash.Ms Susan Arthur, 89, was knocked to the ground during the raid and was taken to Letterkenny General Hospital.She never returned home and died as a result of her ordeal a few weeks later on October 11th last.Now, on the first anniversary of the disgusting attack, Gardai are making a fresh appeal to catch those responsible. Gardai have made this direct appeal to anyone who was in the area at the time and may have noticed anything suspicious.“It is now a year since the Aggravated Burglary occurred and Gardaí are hoping people will come forward with information which may progress the investigation, in particular anyone who was in the area of Feddyglass, Raphoe, Co Donegal (the main Letterkenny – Lifford road the N14) at the time of the Aggravated Burglary and may have seen unusual or suspicious behaviour or anyone who may have information concerning the Aggravated Burglary.“On Monday 1st July 2013 at approximately 5pm, two men entered the home of the Arthur sisters Isobel aged 91 and Susan aged 89 at Feddyglass, Raphoe, Co Donegal. Miss Susan Arthur was knocked to the ground during the course of the incident, she was taken to Letterkenny General Hospital and remained in hospital until her death on 11/10/2013.“About an hour prior to the men entering the home of the Arthur sisters, three men called to the Arthurs home in a small silver car asking if the sisters wanted any painting carried out, the offer was declined and the men left.“Two of these men were the men that carried out the aggravated burglary. Miss Arthur never returned home following the incident due to her injuries. ”Anyone who may have any information in relation to the aggravated burglary is asked to contact Gardaí in Letterkenny on 074-9167100, the Garda Confidential Line 1800-666-111 or any Garda Station.”GARDAI ISSUE FRESH APPEAL A YEAR AFTER DISGUSTING ATTACK THAT SHOCKED THE NATION was last modified: July 1st, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:attackdonegalFEDDYGLASSGardaiISOBEL ARTHURSRaphoeSUZY ARTHURSlast_img read more

Watch: Trevor Noah, new host of the Daily Show

first_imgSouth African comedian Trevor Noah is to replace the legendary Jon Stewart as host of the US Daily Show when Stewart steps down later this year after 15 years. The news has surprised many, with Noah having made only three appearances on Comedy Central network’s flagship late-night satirical show. Trevor Noah will be the new host of The Daily Show in the US after Jon Stewart retires later this year. (Image: press.cc.com)• US TV debut for Trevor Noah • The South African who dresses the walkers • Nelson Mandela in film • Be good brand ambassadors for South Africa • ‘Don’t underestimate South Africans’ Melissa JavanThe Daily Show announced yesterday that South African comedian Trevor Noah will take over from Jon Stewart when the latter retires later this year. Noah made his debut on the the Emmy and Peabody award-winning Comedy Central flagship show in December 2015, and so far has appeared only three times.Reaction to the news took over social media across the world yesterday. We bring some you the best responses – and video of Noah’s best performances.“Trevor Noah is an enormous talent,” Comedy Central president Michele Ganeless said in a statement. “He has an insightful and unique point of view, and most importantly, is wickedly funny. For the next host of the Daily Show, we set out to find a fresh voice who can speak to our audience with a keen take on the events of the day, and we found that in Trevor. He has a huge international following and is poised to explode here in America, and we are thrilled to have him join Comedy Central.”On Twitter, Noah paid tribute to Stewart, who has hosted the Daily Show for 15 years.No-one can replace Jon Stewart. But together with the amazing team at The Daily Show, we will continue to make this the best damn news show!— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) March 30, 2015 Watch Noah’s debut on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart: Another of Noah’s contributions to the show: Noah discusses his background in comedy, in a Comedy Central interview: Fans of South Africa’s best comedy export – local and international – soon took to Twitter to voice their delight. Thank you president Obama pic.twitter.com/PgFJCCyRTa— Chris Rock (@chrisrock) March 30, 2015 Very proud of you Trevor and thank you on behalf of my son and daughter @Trevornoah #WeWereAlmostGreat — IG : TfromtheV(@TumiMolekane) March 30, 2015 Comrade Hlaudi must broadcast The Daily Show on free to air channel. The masses of our people need to see Comrade @Trevornoah in action— Ranjeni Munusamy (@RanjeniM) March 30, 2015 Well. The man set the bar, raised it at every turn and now, well, hayino words. Hats and weaves off to Trevor Noah. Dayum! ??????— TumiMorake(@tumi_morake) March 30, 2015 Congratulations @Trevornoah – South Africans are proud of you. Good luck. @lead_sa pic.twitter.com/PQMJMobP7G— Yusuf Abramjee (@Abramjee) March 30, 2015 Noah is known not to be afraid of controversial issues. Here he discusses the Ebola epidemic: Noah in action at the Apollo in London: Noah roasts Steve Hofmeyr and others on Comedy Central: He tells CNN how he prepares for comedy: Noah shares his views on South African politicians Helen Zille and Julius Malema:last_img read more

Will 2010 Be the Year of the Smartphone?

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts frederic lardinois For more details about the launch of the Nexus One, see our live blog of Google’s press event. Later today, Google plans to unveil its own smartphone, the Nexus One. According to new data from research firm Forrerster’s new U.S. Omnibus Survey, Google is launching this phone at just the right time. Today, 17% of U.S. adult who subscribe to a cell phone plan use smartphones. This number is up from 11% in 2008 and 7% in 2007. Thanks to the growing importance of Android, Forrester thinks that 2010 will be “the year of the smartphone.” Forrester’s Charles S. Golvin also notes that quick messaging devices with closed operating systems like the LG Xenon are still growing at a rapid pace as well. Currently, about 15% of adult subscribers own one of these devices. While the growth of this category slowed down somewhat over 2009, it still eclipsed that of the smartphone segment. As prices for smartphones continue to come down and as developers manage to overcome some of the usability issues of current devices, more and more users will opt for full-blown smartphones instead of quick messaging devices in the coming years.While Android and Apple’s iPhone are clearly driving the adoption of smartphones – and the Nexus One will surely play its part in this in 2010 – it’s important to note that BlackBerry still maintains its two-to-one advantage over the iPhone.The Google PhoneIt’ll be interesting to see how Google will market the Nexus One. Thanks to numerousearlyreviews, there is very little that we don’t know about the phone itself at this point. Chances are that Google has a few surprises up its sleeve for today’s announcement. After all, the company must have known that today’s press briefing would come long after all the details about the actual hardware of the phone had leaked already.center_img Tags:#news#NYT#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more