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AM News: Freedom of Internet Under Threat Says Sergey Brin, Facebook Supports CISPA, Pottermore Site Goes Live

The freedom of the Internet is under threat more than ever (opens in new tab), with its once open forum coming under scrutiny as a number of agencies attempt to regulate the goings-on of the web, according to Google co-founder Sergey Brin. An interview with Guardian reveals Brin's suspicions about the fate of the worldwide web, warning that there were 'very powerful forces that have lined up against the open internet on all sides and around the world'. "I am more worried than I have been in the past," he said. "It's scary."

Facebook announced on Friday the controversial decision to support the CISPA bill, (opens in new tab) denying that the pending cyber-security law would be used to share details of its users. Whilst the support of the Cyber Intelligence and Protect Act (CISPA) HR 3523 has been strong with many businesses claiming that the bill would in fact help private institutions and the government to communicate should a cyber threat occur, numerous organisations have criticised the legislation - arguing that the move would allow companies to share customer data with the government whilst ensuring the bill remains foolproof should a legal fallout take place.

Earlier this month, it was revealed that Ashton Kutcher (opens in new tab) would be taking on the role of Apple mogul Steve Jobs, in an independent film documenting his rise to worldwide fame. It's now been confirmed that filming is scheduled to begin sometime next month, with the film concentrating between the years of 1971 to 2000 - focussing on his early years, before Apple became a global phenomenon.

Harry Potter fans will now be happy Potter fans (opens in new tab) now the official Pottermore site has finally opened for registration. Announced last June, J. K. Rowling's Pottermore site gives Potter enthusiasts the chance to learn more about the books as well as interact with fellow fans, plus the opportunity to purchase the collection in e-book format.

We received intelligence from an anonymous source (opens in new tab) in the US who claims that a tier-1 device manufacturer is testing Windows smartphone; not a surprise until we learnt that it was a Windows 8 smartphone rather than one either based on Windows Phone 7.5 or on Windows Phone Apollo - which is expected to launch towards the end of the year.

Ravi Mandalia

Ravi Mandalla was ITProPortal's Sub Editor (and a contributing writer) for two years from 2011. Based in Ahmedabad, India, Ravi is now the owner and founder of Parity Media Pvt. Ltd., a news and media company, which specializes in online publishing, technology news and analysis, reviews, web site traffic growth, web site UI. Ravi lists his specialist subjects as: Enterprise, IT, Technology, Gadgets, Business, High Net Worth Individuals, Online Publishing, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, News, Reviews, Audio, Video, and Multi-Media. He has also previously worked as Dy. Manager - IT Security at (n)Code Solutions.