Engadget: Google becomes first foreign internet company to go live in Cuba

Engadget: Google becomes first foreign internet company to go live in Cuba. “After former President Obama reopened America’s diplomatic relations with Cuba, businesses started looking for opportunities to make inroads to the island nation. Google was one of these, with Obama himself announcing it would come to help set up WiFi and broadband access there. Cuba’s national telecom ETECSA officially inked a deal with Google back in December, and today, they finally switched on the service, making the search giant the first foreign internet live on the island.”

Al Jazeera: Facebook, Twitter, other social media banned in Kashmir

Al Jazeera: Facebook, Twitter, other social media banned in Kashmir. “Authorities in Indian-administered Kashmir have banned Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp after the Indian government said social media services were ‘being misused by anti-national and anti-social elements’. It is the first time the government has taken such a step, although it regularly blocks mobile internet signal in the Kashmir Valley.”

Ghana News Agency: Government will regulate indecent social media content – President

Ghana News Agency: Government will regulate indecent social media content – President. “President Nana Akufo-Addo on Thursday said his government would institute regulations to guide and control indecent social media content. He said regulating indecent communication was essential and could help control content posted on social media, which would also avoid denigrating Ghanaian societal norms and values.”

University of Waterloo: Researchers developing a system to access government-censored websites

University of Waterloo: Researchers developing a system to access government-censored websites. “People living in countries where the Internet is censored will be able to use a new tool to access websites their governments restrict. Researchers at the University of Waterloo are developing technology called Slitheen — after aliens on Doctor Who that disguise themselves as humans to evade detection.”

Coda: A Proposed Law in Russia Would Require All Social Media Users to Register With Their Passports

Coda: A Proposed Law in Russia Would Require All Social Media Users to Register With Their Passports. “Russian parliament deputy Vitaly Milonov introduced a new law today that would require all Russian internet users to register with their passport in order to use social media.”

Google invests in INDIGO undersea cable to improve cloud infrastructure in Southeast Asia (Google Blog)

Google Blog: Google invests in INDIGO undersea cable to improve cloud infrastructure in Southeast Asia. “Many people are coming online across Asia, including businesses that depend on the cloud. That’s why it’s so important to enable better internet connectivity across the region, and why Google, alongside AARNet, Indosat Ooredoo, Singtel, SubPartners and Telstra, is building a new international subsea cable system in Southeast Asia, called INDIGO. The new cable system will serve Google traffic between Australia and Asia, connecting Perth, Sydney and Singapore, with a branch to Jakarta. Alcatel Submarine Networks will construct the cable, which is expected to be completed by mid-2019.”

Bloomberg Quint: Google Cancels Some Fiber Internet Installations in Kansas City

Bloomberg Quint: Google Cancels Some Fiber Internet Installations in Kansas City. “Google Fiber, the gigabit-speed internet service rolled out by Alphabet Inc., is canceling some installations in Kansas City, the latest setback for the high-profile initiative. The search giant is sending out refunds to residents that won’t be getting the service they signed up for. The metropolitan area, which straddles the border of Kansas and Missouri, was the first market for the superfast service when it debuted in 2012 and remains Fiber’s largest.”