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Byte Into IT - 19 June 2013

June 19th, 2013

Episode 311 of 407 episodes

On this week's Byte: News: Saudi Arabia has blocked access to Viber, and WhatsApp appears to be next, as they appear hard for the state to monitor and deprive Saudi telecom companies of international calll and text revenue. Google have decided that the whole world should have internet access, and launched Project Loon - a network of balloons 20km into the stratosphere offering wireless access. Tech companies are varied in their willingness to discuss their involvement in the United States NSA's PRISM program, with Google applying to release the data on the requests they have received (and appealing the government's decision), and Apple denying having any knowledge of it at all. Guest: Tamsien West joins the team to discuss Girl Geek Dinners - you'll also find them on Twitter. Kent's wrap-up of Apple's Worldwide Developers' Conference (or at least as much as he's willing to tell us). Check out Bjango's Marc Edwards' impression of the conference. Events: Drupalchix Meetup at The Electron Workshop, 31 Arden St, North Melbourne, Thursday 20 June, 6pm Cryptoparty 4 (featuring Jon Lawrence of Electronic Frontiers Australia - also, check out his interview with Michelle Bennett on Spoke here), The Electron Workshop, Monday 24 June, 6:30pm Web Directions South 2013 has been announced, happening in Sydney, October 22-25. Register now! Presented by Vanessa Toholka, Warren Davies, and Kent Humphries. http://profiles.google.com/byteintoit http://twitter.com/byteintoit http://friendfeed.com/byteintoit