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US yanks staff from Cuban embassy over sonic death ray fears

The US State Department on Friday announced that it is pulling all non-essential staff and their families out of its embassy in Cuba following reports of a secret weapon being deployed against employees there. In a communiqué, the department said that the embassy would be reduced to an emergency skeleton staff until future …
Iain Thomson, 29 Sep 2017

Obama bigs up His Man in Havana: Google

President Obama has promised to bring internet access to Cuba – by pre-announcing a deal best-pal Google has struck with the island. On the first day of an historic trip – the last US president to visit the nearby state of Cuba was Calvin Coolidge in 1928 – Obama flagged up the Wi-Fi and broadband deal, seemingly catching the …
Kieren McCarthy, 21 Mar 2016
Keyboard where return key is marked communication and to its left is a key with the Cuban flag. Copyright: xtock, Photo via Shutterstock

Cubans 'get' 'free community' 'Wi-Fi'

Cuba says it is further loosening its grip on the nation's internet access with the launch of its first public Wi-Fi hotspot. According to a report from The Associated Press, a community center in the capital city of Havana will serve as the only hotspot in the nation to be authorized to operate by the state-run Etecsa telco …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Mar 2015

Netflix to Cuba: Care to spend half your wages to see Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights?

Netflix has begun offering its TV and film streaming service in Cuba, where just five per cent of the 11.27 million-strong population has access to fixed broadband connections. The average monthly salary in the country as of 2013 was $17.77 (471 pesos) a month, according to the most recent figures from Cuba's National …
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Feb 2015
Keyboard where return key is marked communication and to its left is a key with the Cuban flag. Copyright: xtock, Photo via Shutterstock

Cubans defy government's home internet ban with secret home-made network

Cubans are fighting back against restrictions on their use of internet with SNet, a secret network. Also known as StreetNet, it pools the resources of citizens, who are effectively prohibited from using the internet. The Washington Post reports that while the full fat internet in Cuba is government-controlled – home internet …
Simon Rockman, 26 Jan 2015

Google chair Eric Schmidt reportedly visits Cuba

Nixon in China it may not be, but Google's chairman Eric Schmidt has reportedly visited Cuba. Cuban blog 14yomedio.com reports that Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt and other senior Googlers dropped in over the weekend to promote “the virtues of an open internet”. Freedom House's 2013 Freedom on the Net 2013 rates Cuba …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Jun 2014

Bay of Tweets: US sought to disrupt Cuba with covert social network

The US government ran a covert campaign to undermine the Cuban government via a social networking platform, according to the Associated Press. A report from the news agency detailed the launch and eventualy shutdown of ZunZuneo, a Twitter-like platform which its creators say was designed to spur free speech, and which the AP …
Shaun Nichols, 4 Apr 2014
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Cuba accuses US of sneaky Wi-Fi imperialism

The Cuban government has accused America of supporting the illicit Wi-Fi networks which are proliferating in the country, despite Americans also preventing proper internet access reaching the island. The official government mouthpiece, Granma*, translated by the AFP, reports the arrest of several unnamed individuals who have …
Bill Ray, 15 Nov 2011
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US software firm sentenced for 'trading with the enemy'

A US software company has been sentenced by a federal judge for "trading with the enemy." Platte River Associates, a geologic modeling firm in Colorado, was fined $14,500 for selling software used to make a model for potential exploration and development of oil and gas within the territorial waters of Cuba, the US Department …
Austin Modine, 18 Sep 2009
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Cuba crafts extra-communist Linux distro

Cuba has launched its own Linux variant, dubbed Nova. The Nova project has been cooking away for the past year, and it was formally unveiled this week at the annual International Conference on Communication and Technologies in Havana. At last year's conference - a Microsoft-bash-fest - open source luminary Richard Stallman …
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Bush tests Castro with mobile phone gift barrage

Americans will soon be able to send cell phones to Cubans, President Bush announced today. Does this bother you? I'm not touching you. The move is apparently meant to be an experimental prod at Cuba's President Raul Castro, who has relaxed a number of restrictions on consumer electronics since replacing his brother Fidel in …
Austin Modine, 21 May 2008

Cuba lifts ban on computer sales

Cuban president Raul Castro has lifted the country's ban on the sale of petit bourgeois merchandise like computers, DVDs, video players and other consumer electronics goods. So ends years of technological prohibition placed under the regime of his brother Fidel Castro, which had classified the electronic devices and appliances …
Austin Modine, 13 Mar 2008
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Travelocity accidentally books 1,458 trips between US and Cuba

From January 1998 to April 2004, Travelocity booked nearly 1,500 trips between the US and Cuba, violating a trade embargo first laid down by the American government at the height of the Cold War. The online travel site has agreed to pay a $182,750 fine to the US Treasury, but communism is still alive in the Western Hemisphere …
Cade Metz, 17 Aug 2007

Cuba government to go open source

The Cuban government has found another way to thumb its nose at the US, its bullyboy neighbour - opt for open source and throw its Microsoft software in the dustbin. According to the Associated Press, Cuban ministers believe their national security depends on ditching Microsoft because its software could be made with …
Mark Ballard, 20 Feb 2007

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