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Posted at 01:53 PM ET, 11/30/2012

Syria shutdown extends to second day #thecircuit

Syria: The Internet shutdown in Syria has stretched into a second day, as experts speculate about why the country has gone offline.

The Washington Post reported that some are worrying the blackout may be a sign of escalating war. Analysts say that it’s likely President Bashar al-Assad is preparing to take harsher action against opposition forces within the country.

A Syrian official has said the outages are due to technical problems.

Google antitrust: Antitrust officials from the United States and Europe are expected to meet to discuss probes into Google’s business and the possibility that the tech giant has violated antitrust regulations.

Federal Trade Commission chairman Jon Leibowitz is expected to meet with the E.U.’s Joaquin Almunia next week to discuss the Google case and other issues, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal.

T-Mobile iPhone?: An analyst note from Merrill Lynch’s Scott Craig, Fortune reported, has revived speculation that the carrier will soon be carrying the iPhone. The carrier has been focused on building out its 4G network — both on the HSPA+ and LTE standards — but skeptics say that it’s unlikely the network is ready to support the iPhone.

Just last week, T-Mobile USA’s chief operating officer Jim Alling said that the carrier would love to have the iPhone but “we want the economies to be right for us.”

Thinking about app privacy: App developers and privacy advocates have collaborated to come up with ways to better display privacy policy information and cut through the long, legal liability documents.

The App Developers Alliance (ADA), Consumer Action, World Privacy Forum and American Civil Liberties Union will present mock-ups of screens that offer quick-scan information on what data app developers collect and who else has access to that data. The groups will present their proposal Friday in Washington at a National Telecommunications and Information Administration meeting on app privacy and transparency.

Jon Potter, president of the App Developers Alliance, said that it’s in developers’ best interests to let people know what data the apps use.

“App developers have no interest in fighting with consumers,” Potter said. “We want them to be comfortable with using apps.”

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