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Today in Tech News Digest, Twitter at war with Turkey, Google reading your Gmail, BlackBerry attacking leakers, Sony revealing Project Morpheus, Google comparing foodstuffs, MS-DOS giving up its secrets.

Twitter At War With Turkish Government

Turkey recently banned Twitter Microsoft Snoops, Turkey Twits, Qik Quits, MtGox Finds, Samsung Slams [Tech News Digest] Microsoft Snoops, Turkey Twits, Qik Quits, MtGox Finds, Samsung Slams [Tech News Digest] Microsoft looks in Outlook, Turkey bans Twitter, Qik is killed off, a Fitbit class-action lawsuit, MtGox finds missing Bitcoin, Facebook needs you for beta testing, and Samsung snark. Read More , with the Turkish government deciding the social media site was a disruptive influence on the country’s citizens. Twitter isn’t giving up without a fight, however, and is taking decisive action to try and get the ban overturned.

In an official blog post, Twitter spells out what it’s doing to try and restore access to Twitter in Turkey. Having “been engaged in discussion with Turkish authorities to hear their concerns,” Twitter has now filed petitions for lawsuits challenging the ban.

In the meantime, Twitter has suspended related accounts that violated its own rules, and blocked access to another account within Turkey. Twitter also sought to emphasize that it hadn’t given “the Turkish government any user data like email or IP addresses.

Twitter sees itself as a paragon of free speech, and in both Egypt and Tunisia during the “Arab Spring” it was used as a vital communications tool How To Use Twitter To Organize A Protest [Opinion] How To Use Twitter To Organize A Protest [Opinion] The placard is old-world. If you want to raise a hue and cry, there’s nothing better than social networking to voice your protests. Causes have found a new venue on Twitter and Facebook. The ‘Arab... Read More . To retain that title it needs to fight for access to be restored in Turkey. Which is clearly proving rather difficult.

Google Admits It Can Access Your Gmail

Google has openly admitted it can access your Gmail inbox, but assures users it hasn’t yet done so and probably never will do. The admission came in a statement from Kent Walker, Google general counsel, who was directly responding to an accusation made by Michael Arrington, the former editor of TechCrunch.

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Arrington accused Google of spying on his emails after the controversy surrounding the revelation that Microsoft searched through a blogger’s Outlook Microsoft Snoops, Turkey Twits, Qik Quits, MtGox Finds, Samsung Slams [Tech News Digest] Microsoft Snoops, Turkey Twits, Qik Quits, MtGox Finds, Samsung Slams [Tech News Digest] Microsoft looks in Outlook, Turkey bans Twitter, Qik is killed off, a Fitbit class-action lawsuit, MtGox finds missing Bitcoin, Facebook needs you for beta testing, and Samsung snark. Read More to catch a former employee alleged to have leaked screenshots of Windows 8.

The interesting part of Walker’s statement reads, “While our terms of service might legally permit such access, we have never done this and it’s hard for me to imagine circumstances where we would investigate a leak in that way.” So Google can but won’t. Apparently.

BlackBerry Taking Legal Action On Leakers

BlackBerry may have a dwindling number of fans despite hardware such as the BlackBerry Z10 BlackBerry Z10 Review and Giveaway BlackBerry Z10 Review and Giveaway BlackBerry always seemed like a dying, irrelevant OS. Until now. Read More being really rather good, but the company is refusing to go easy on those who remain loyal. That is if you accept that leaking information about forthcoming products suggests loyalty. TechCrunch certainly thinks so.

BlackBerry CEO John Chen has promised to pursue legal action against the “party who stole confidential information about a future BlackBerry product and made that information public.” Which is likely referring to the leak of BlackBerry OS 10.3. You’d think the company would be grateful that someone anyone is interested.

How Sony Revealed Project Morpheus VR

With Facebook acquiring Oculus VR Facebook Oculus Rift, HTC One M8, MS-DOS Source Code, IRS Bitcoin [Tech News Digest] Facebook Oculus Rift, HTC One M8, MS-DOS Source Code, IRS Bitcoin [Tech News Digest] Facebook causes an Oculus rift, HTC One blah blah, Microsoft frees MS-DOS, IRS rules on Bitcoin, Disney buys into YouTube, Google launches Photowall, and lots of white guys wear the Oculus Rift. Read More , virtual reality systems are suddenly mainstream news. But the Oculus Rift isn’t the only option, as there is also Project Morpheus, Sony’s VR hardware Project Morpheus Vs. Oculus Rift, Unreal Engine 4, Flappy Bird Returns [Tech News Digest] Project Morpheus Vs. Oculus Rift, Unreal Engine 4, Flappy Bird Returns [Tech News Digest] Project Morpheus and Oculus Rift bring virtual reality back, Unreal Engine 4 debuts, Flappy Bird is returning, Firefox 28 drops Metro, Google Docs phishing, and Mongolia tries to ban swearing on the Web. Read More that will be coming to the PlayStation 4 in the next few years.

Project Morpheus was revealed at GDC, and Sony has now released the full video of the unveiling, as embedded above. Those interested in the potential for VR should watch the video and then take part in the current We Ask You discussion asking, “Is virtual reality is going to change the world?” A geeky T-shirt is up for grabs!

Compare Foodstuffs With Google

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People who are interested in the nutritional information of the food they’re about to eat can now use Google to compare different foodstuffs On A Diet? Google Lets You Compare Any Two Foods' Nutritional Information On A Diet? Google Lets You Compare Any Two Foods' Nutritional Information You can now compare the nutritional content of any two foods by searching Google. Whether you're avoiding carbohydrates or just generally interested in nutritional information, getting these comparisons couldn't be quicker. Read More . While it won’t work for every component of a meal, or on international versions of the search engine, this clever innovation could be a significant time saver for those on a diet How To Lose Weight...Fast - The Best Web Resources For Fasting Diets How To Lose Weight...Fast - The Best Web Resources For Fasting Diets The latest craze in the world of dieting is intermittent fasting. We pull together some of the best resources online related to this popular method for losing weight and getting healthier. Read More .

MS-DOS Source Code Secrets

And finally, Microsoft recently freed the source code Facebook Oculus Rift, HTC One M8, MS-DOS Source Code, IRS Bitcoin [Tech News Digest] Facebook Oculus Rift, HTC One M8, MS-DOS Source Code, IRS Bitcoin [Tech News Digest] Facebook causes an Oculus rift, HTC One blah blah, Microsoft frees MS-DOS, IRS rules on Bitcoin, Disney buys into YouTube, Google launches Photowall, and lots of white guys wear the Oculus Rift. Read More for early versions of MS-DOS and Word for Windows. And it didn’t take long for that source code to be picked apart to reveal the secrets hidden within.

A Windows programmer by the name of Leon Zandman collected all the hidden gems he could find in the source code of both programs into a Storify document (as discovered by Vyralize). A God complex and plenty of curse words are revealed.

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  1. dragonmouth
    March 27, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    A Turkish court has invalidaded the Twitter ban and has ordered the Turkish telecommunication authority to stop blocking it.

    While it bothers me that Google can and might read my mail, it is of more concern to me who else does Google allow to read it.

  2. Dave P
    March 27, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    Geez, you're right. It's going to be like VHS vs. Betamax all over again.

  3. Tom W
    March 27, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    There is a fast-growing problem in VR: fragmentation. With a half-dozen solutions on the PC, a different one on the ps4, and the inevitable announcement of an XBone version, developers will need to choose a platform and device for each game. If everyone backs a different horse, users with onl one device will be left out in the cold because they only have access to a fraction of the games.

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