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Posted at 8:19 AM ET, 02/24/2011

The Circuit: Assange can be extradited, Apple succession proposal fails, Disney buys kids' social network

By Hayley Tsukayama

LEADING THE DAY: A court in the United Kingdom has ruled that WikiLeaks editorJulian Assange can be extradited to Sweden, where he faces charges of rape and sexual molestation. The judge in the case said that he agreed that Assange was accused of an extraditable offense and that Assange's trial process in Sweden would be fair. Protesters gathered outside the courthouse advocating for the release of Assange and U.S. Army soldier Bradley Manning, who is accused of handing State Department documents to WikiLeaks.

Apple votes down succession propposal: In a shareholder vote yesterday, Apple ruled against revealing more information about its succession plans for who will eventually replace chief executive Steve Jobs. As The Washington Post reported, the proposal was put forth by the Laborers' International Union of North America. Jobs, who turns 56 today, went on indefinite medical leave in January.

Disney buys social network for kids: Disney has purchased Togetherville, a social network for children ages 10 and under. According to TechCrunch, the terms of the deal are not being disclosed yet. The social network is aimed at younger children and allows parents to monitor their child's activity on the site, control who can be online friends with their kids' and connect with other parents. A report from PaidContent suspects that this is part of Disney's plan to target mothers and their children using social media, a plan the company revealed at its last investors conference.

10 percent of Windows Phone 7 users affected by update woes: Microsoft revealed that 10 percent of Windows Phone 7 users experienced problems after downloading a software patch on Feb. 21. On the Microsoft Blog, the company said 90 percent of users downloaded the patch without a hitch and "of the 10 percent who did experience a problem, nearly half failed for two basic reasons -- a bad Internet connection or insufficient computer storage space." Microsoft said it has identified a problem with Samsung handsets, which have reportedly been rendered completely useless by the update, and has currently suspended all updates to Samsung phones.

ChaCha sues HTC over phone name: ChaCha, the question and answer service, has sued handset maker HTC over the name of one of their "Facebook phones," the HTC ChaCha. The HTC Chacha was announced last week as one of the company's two phones with deep Facebook integration. According to TechCrunch, the ChaCha service holds the rights to the ChaCha name in the U.S. and Europe and filed a suit in the Indiana Southern District Court last Tuesday. ChaCha has aggressively marketed its services to the mobile market, which could create quite a bit of confusion for consumers. Motorola faces a similar suit filed by the Xoom Corp. over Motorola's XOOM tablet, which landed in stores today.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | February 24, 2011; 8:19 AM ET
Categories:  Apple, Kids Online, Microsoft, Mobile, Social media, intellectual property  
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Does anyone REALLY believe that he can get a fair trial in Sweden after all that has gone on? Does anyone REALLY think that hostile comments by the Prime Minister and other politicians doesn't influence judges and juries?

Anyone who believes that is in cloud cuckoo land.

It is clearly now a political process, and he will be subjected to a political trial if he is extradited.

FYI, all the Assange and Wikileaks videos have been collected here:

Posted by: xeus333 | February 24, 2011 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Mr Assange has no one to blame but himself. In today's world, Political Correctness is prevalent not only in Politics, but also in Corporate Circles.

One would think that one should expect a reaction if one is to kick a hornet's nest.

I'm not saying I'm against WikiLeaks; However, a little common sense with regards to any Governments secure information would probably have saved him a lot of grief, and taken him off the world's "Dart Board".

Is WikiLeaks Politically Correct? Heck no.
Is it fun to dig up nasty nuggest of information? Heck Yes.
Is WikiLeaks walking on thin ice? You Betcha.

Politicians (and political parties of any government) do not like Mr. Assange simply because of the malicious damage that can inadvertantly affect hundreds of thousands, if not more, and possibly, the stability of a smaller nation.

It's a dangerous game Mr. Assange (and Co.) are playing. Personally, I'm keeping arms-length away, no matter how much "fun" it is to surf his website.

Posted by: edwin1 | February 24, 2011 6:25 PM | Report abuse

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