Noon News: Eric Schmidt Against Internet Censorship, Baidu Mobile OS, Mozilla Drops http Suffix

On Monday, Google CEO Eric Schmidt warned about governments or regimes trying to curb the freedom of Internet and has voiced his fears over the arrest of Google employees in such countries. Schmidt warned that some countries have geared up their efforts to regulate web services, especially after social networking played a significant role in protest movements during the Arab Spring, the BBC reports.

Chinese search engine leader Baidu is reportedly planning to develop its own operating system for mobile phones, much like Google’s Android platform. The search engine is bent on creating its own mobile OS that will allow it to be at the centre of mobile search and advertising.

Google has released a new report that details the demands for disclosing user data made by various governments. In its Google Transparency Report, the company revealed that the United States filed more than twice as many requests for data than any other country.

The US Department of Homeland Security has released a new programme that is meant to secure the software used in critical infrastructures such as power grids. The new system is designed to protect such essential services from cyber attacks.

Open source outfit Mozilla has decided to do away with the ‘http://’ URL prefix in version 7 of the Firefox web browser which is due to launch in September. The most recent release of Firefox 7 does not come with the URL prefix. Instead, users merely see the sub-domain of the URL, Tom's Guide reports.

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