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Congress decriminalizes cellphone unlocking

US consumers will be allowed to unlock their cellphones and move them to a new carrier under a measure adopted Friday to fix a perceived glitch in copyright law. The House of Representatives approved the bill unanimously one week after it passed the Senate, sending the legislation to President Barack…

Wikipedia blocks Congress from editing articles in response to ‘disruptive’ revisions

Wikipedia has blocked editing rights from some computers at the US House of Representatives in response to “disruptive” revisions of the online encyclopedia. A 10-day ban imposed Thursday blocked any editing from an IP address at the US Capitol, which is shared among a number of computers. “You have been…

US power giant Southern Company hopes to build more nuclear power reactors

(Reuters) – Southern Co, one of the biggest U.S. power companies, said it hopes to announce plans by the end of the year to build more nuclear reactors, a spokesman said late Wednesday. That makes Southern the first company to pursue new reactors since the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced…

Facebook shares set to reach record high as market likes earnings

(Reuters) – Shares of Facebook Inc were set to open at a record high on Thursday after a surge in mobile advertising revenue helped the world’s No. 1 social network trounce analysts’ expectations for quarterly profit and revenue. The company’s shares were set to open around 9 percent higher after…

9/11 commission authors: US unprepared for new cyber-security threats

The United States has failed to sufficiently adapt to new cyber-security threats, exposing itself to potential terror strikes as devastating as September 11, authors of the report on the 2001 attacks warned Wednesday. In July 2004, the independent 9/11 commission issued a comprehensive, nearly 600-page report with numerous recommendations for…

Vladimir Putin signs law requiring mass storage of Russians’ personal Internet data

President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday signed a law requiring Internet companies to store all personal data of Russian users at data centres in Russia, a move which could chill criticism on foreign social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. These companies, which do not have offices in Russia, have become…

US Air Force to launch new spy satellites to keep an eye on what other nations are doing in space

The US Air Force will launch new satellites Wednesday to track those of other countries and counter possible threats to American spacecraft, officials said. Two satellites are due to be sent into high-altitude orbits for the first time as part of a program that until a few months ago was…

With sales sputtering, Apple’s iPad looks to IBM alliance

Apple Inc’s iPad is losing steam just four years after its release, but an alliance with International Business Machines Corp could rejuvenate a flagging product by entering into a largely untapped corporate market. Apple shipped 13.2 million iPads in the June quarter, 8 percent fewer than a year earlier and…

Sony invests in front-facing camera sensors to make ‘selfies’ look better

Sony Corp said on Thursday it would invest 35 billion yen ($345 million) to increase production of image sensors for smartphones and tablets, as the company courts handset makers to get more orders for front-facing camera sensors, used to take selfies. The Japanese firm said it will increase production of…

China insists it loves peace as army shows off robots that dance to Shakira

To the sound of Shakira’s Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) robots demonstrated their dance steps, screaming recruits drilled with bayonets and tanks rolled as China’s military offered a rare moment of openness Tuesday. The exposition, held at the Armoured Forces Engineering Academy in Beijing, was touted by senior People’s…

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