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Twitter blocks accounts of users critical of Turkish prime minister

Twitter blocks two accounts on its Turkish network (via AFP) Twitter blocked two accounts on Sunday that had been used to spread corruption allegations against Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, his government and his inner circle. The move came after high-level meetings between the government and executives…  …

Study: Using the Internet can reduce depression among older adults by 33 percent

A new study published in The Journals of Gerontology suggests that Internet use can reduce the probability of depression among retirees who live alone by 33 percent. The study was authored by Shelia Cotten of Michigan State University, George Ford of the Phoenix Center for Advanced Legal & Economic Public…

Tech workers seek to have Steve Jobs’ emails admitted as evidence in class action suit

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Four large technology companies should not be allowed to limit evidence about Apple Inc co-founder Steve Jobs at an upcoming trial over no-hire agreements in Silicon Valley, according to a court document filed late on Thursday by employees suing the firms. Tech workers brought a class…

SpaceX firm launches Dragon capsule to International Space Station

Private U.S. firm SpaceX launched its unmanned Dragon capsule to the International Space Station on Friday, its third trip carrying supplies and equipment to the orbiting lab. After three earlier delays, the Falcon 9 rocket and its Dragon capsule finally blasted off as planned at 3:25 pm (1925 GMT) from…

Dutch man arrested for driving Amanda Todd to suicide with webcam blackmail

A 35-year-old Dutch man has been arrested in connection with the suicide of a Canadian teenage girl that sparked a worldwide debate on cyberbullying and online harassment, prosecutors said on Friday. Canada will begin extradition proceedings “so that the man may face the court linked with the Amanda Todd case,”…

Edward Snowden: Putin lying about the lack of mass surveillance in Russia

Snowden Calls BS On Putin’s Answer: Says He Was Playing The Role Of Ron Wyden (via Techdirt) Yesterday we, like many, were perplexed by Ed Snowden’s decision to go on a Russian television program, and to ask Vladimir Putin a question about whether or not the Russians do mass surveillance…

Mt. Gox investors seek creditor support to save bitcoin exchange

(Reuters) – A group of investors, which is seeking to buy Mt. Gox, has launched a website to garner support from creditors of the bankrupt bitcoin exchange to prevent a liquidation of its assets. “We need your help to stop a liquidation, which would be good neither for Mt. Gox…

FBI facial-recognition program uses low-resolution photos and employment mugshots

The FBI’s Facial Recognition Database Combines Lo-Res Photos With Zero Civil Liberties Considerations (via Techdirt) Another FOIA lawsuit brought against the government by the EFF has resulted in the release of previously withheld documents. The papers cut loose this time detail the FBI’s facial recognition database and other parts of…

Google, IBM worries could raise questions about other tech-sector companies

Disappointing results from Google Inc and IBM may unnerve investors shaken by a strong recent selloff in tech stocks, underscoring the challenges the Internet and IT sectors face as corporate report cards come due in coming weeks. The two companies, both barometers of their respective industries, posted March-quarter results on…

‘Chief Yahoo’ David Filo and banking magnate Charles Schwab named to tech firm’s board

Yahoo announced the nomination of three new board members, including company co-founder David Filo, who earned the nickname and formal job title of “Chief Yahoo.” Filo was named along with Charles Schwab, head of a big investment firm bearing his name, and H. Lee Scott, former president and chief executive…

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