Yahoo has joined a growing list of companies hoping to regain consumer trust over the Prism surveillance revelations with the publication of how many data requests it receives from the US government. The company said that between 1 December 2012 and 31 May 2013 it received between 12,000 and 13,000 requests from US law enforcement agencies. This number included requests relating to criminal activity, the controversial Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), and other matters. Yahoo said that it, like all other companies, is restricted when it comes to publishing the exact number of FISA requests it received, as these are classified. However, it has asked the government to let it reveal this information, echoing similar requests from Google and other major firms.The move should help reassure users and put pressure on other companies to follow suit.
Google is making another push with Chromebook, vastly expanding its availability to thousands of stores around the world. These will include roughly 2,800 Walmart stores and over 1,500 Staples stores in the US, as well as Media Markt and Saturn stores in the Netherlands, FNAC stores in France, Elgiganten stores in Sweden, and JB Hi-Fi and Harvey Norman in Australia. Google said it will expand to more countries later in the year. The expansion to numerous more stores is essential if Google is to find any real success with the Chromebook brand, as uptake has been slow. The tech giant is hoping to target university students and parents looking to get back-to-school gear in early. Google is also looking to attract businesses to join the Chromebook craze, making the laptops available through the Staples Advantage B2B programme. It will expand to Office Depot, OfficeMax, Fry's and TigerDirect soon.
Major tech firms, including Google, Yahoo and Microsoft, have emerged from a government meeting with a new online child abuse strategy. The summit was chaired by Culture Secretary Maria Miller and attended by a number of technology giants, leading UK ISPs, as well as MPs. It has been agreed that, going forward, the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) will begin to proactively search for and block online child pornography - as things stand, the IWF, which aims to rid the Internet of child abuse, only addresses content that has already been reported to it. The UK's top ISPs have also come together to provide an extra £1 million of funding to the industry-supported IWF, in order to help it execute the new duties it has undertaken. "What we've agreed today is a fundamental change to the way in which the industry will be working to remove illegal child abuse images that are too readily available online," Miller said.
Finally, Huawei has launched a new flagship smartphone at its event at The Roundhouse this afternoon. ITProPortal was in attendance when the Chinese tech firm peeled the wrappings off the Ascend P6, which, measuring in at 6mm thick, is being called the world's slimmest smartphone. The handset will roll out to 19 countries by the end of July and 100 countries by the end of this year, retailing at €449 (£385). It will feature a 5-megapixel front facing camera, an 8-megapixel rear one, a 4.7in HD display, quad-core SoC, 2GB of RAM and a full metal body. For more on the event and the Ascend P6 launch, check out our live coverage of the event.