Amazon Gets Green Light From India Govt. Online megastore Amazon recieved clearance from the government of India to set up an Amazon-owned company for online sales, along with a courier service. This comes just over a week after it entered Indian territory with a product comparison site, Junglee.com. —NS
–Updated 10:35 a.m. EST
Iran Blocks Gmail, Google, All SSL Sites. Reports out of Iran indicate that the nation’s Internet providers blocked access to Gmail, Google, Yahoo, and all SSL/TOS websites on Thursday. The decision to block https:// sites coincides with the 33rd anniversary of Iran’s Islamic Revolution; activists expect the outage to continue until the upcoming month of Esfand. Cyberactivists worldwide are developing workarounds for Iranians to use in the meantime. –NU
–Updated 7:30 a.m. EST
Twitter Partners With Satellite Providers For Tweets By Text. Twitter has announced partnerships with big satellite providers Iridium and Thuraya, to extend the reach of the tweet-via-SMS service. People in war zones or natural disaster zones may not have access to the Internet, but can often still text. This move is intended to let them tweet too, Twitter explains in their blog post. —NS
Google May Sell Home Entertainment Hardware. The New York Times has heard that Google’s created a prototype home entertainment device, to streaming music and possibly more. The company has filed with the FCC to test 252 devices running on home wireless networks. It could give Google better control of its streaming services in the digital media market, some argue, and put it in a better position to take on tough competitors and hardware makers Amazon and Apple. —NS
New Google Wallet Security Snag Could Hit All Phones. A new PIN-related Google Wallet security breach has surfaced, and this time anyone’s phone could be victim. Android Central took an Android device with Wallet installed, then wiped the info on the Wallet but not the phone. When they logged back into Wallet, they were prompted to enter a new PIN of their choice, after which the phone connected them to the original account. Their suggestion? Activate a screen lock so that no one can get past it and poke around with Google Wallet in the first place. We’ve contacted Google for more details. —NS
**UPDATE: Google replied to Fast Company, saying: “We are currently working on an automated fix as well that will be available soon.” They also recommend putting a screenlock on your phone.