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The world's largest mobile market puts a lock-down on location-based-services; they say a threat to security is to blame.

Thanks to the marvels of modern technology, everyone interested has access to satellite images of the Earth.   With the push of a button, anyone can look anywhere in the world and get a street-view of its location; but this will no longer be the case in the Peoples Republic Of China. 

In an effort to combat what they consider a threat to state security, the Chinese government has set up new regulations that will ban what they consider to be "illegal" maps of the country placed online.

The new regulations include all maps downloaded or copied from the internet onto mobile devices according to The
New York Times.

Chinese officials are concerned that some uploaded satellite maps and images could display sensitive military locations.  Authorities are now strengthening supervision on companies utilizing platforms that provide online maps and geographical information.  They are updating current policies to require that all internet map servers store map data inside the country as well as provide public internet protocol addresses.  

The new policies will affect map services like Bing and Google.  Google recently found itself caught up in a confrontation with China, after the company decided to no longer go along with the country's requirement to censor internet searches in China.  In an effort to work around the censoring restrictions, Google moved its servers to Hong Kong.

Government officials will also require that all map servers "have no record of information leakage in any form in the past three years."  And by December, officials will also crack down on unregistered or illegal map servers.  Those who are deemed in violation of exposing state secrets could be jailed for up to 10 years.

Officials also plan to crack down on unregistered or illegal Internet map servers by December and release blacklists to the public.

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RE: Soviet-era paranoia
By quiksilvr on 5/20/2010 7:17:30 PM , Rating: 2
We would if the stuff made in America wasn't crap. I would rather buy from Europe or Japan.

RE: Soviet-era paranoia
By knutjb on 5/20/2010 7:40:05 PM , Rating: 2
"Stuff" what stuff? Show me tools made anywhere that are better than Snap-On.

I lived in Europe and not all of their stuff is so wonderful. Though Poland does make much better gardening tools than anything I've seen from China for just a couple dollars more.

You're blanket remark is empty on facts.

RE: Soviet-era paranoia
By gralex on 5/21/2010 6:43:24 AM , Rating: 2
You're forgetting the Scandinavians:)

Fiskars are legendary! Husqvarna ain't bad either...

(and the Swiss got Victorinox)

RE: Soviet-era paranoia
By Strunf on 5/21/2010 7:36:34 AM , Rating: 2
PB Swiss probably make the best screw drivers in the world, then you have Stahlwile and Facom for all other kind of tools...

RE: Soviet-era paranoia
By RjBass on 5/21/2010 11:00:38 AM , Rating: 2
Snap On, great. But what if I want to build a custom PC? Can you give me a list of part options? Keep in mind all the part options must be made in the USA. I don't think it can be done.

RE: Soviet-era paranoia
By AnnihilatorX on 5/21/2010 12:43:10 PM , Rating: 3
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