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Zuckerberg eyes mobile after Facebook IPO flop

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said Tuesday he is steering the social network giant to a more mobile focus, saying this will help ease concerns after a “disappointing” stock market debut. “The performance of the stock has obviously been disappointing,” Zuckerberg said during an on-stage interview at a…

Survey: Mobile users say best apps are the free ones

Nearly 90 percent of the apps downloaded for use on mobile devices worldwide are free, and most of the paid apps cost $3 or less, a research firm said Tuesday. The report by Gartner Inc. said worldwide mobile app downloads will surpass 45.6 billion in 2012, with free downloads accounting…

Motherhood inspires Jessica Alba’s new Internet firm

Film star Jessica Alba swapped Hollywood for Silicon Valley on Monday, introducing fellow technology entrepreneurs to her new Internet firm, inspired by motherhood. The star, known for roles in films including “The Fantastic Four”, said it was becoming a mom that compelled her to create The Honest Company devoted to…

‘Anonymous’ didn’t hack FBI laptop, says hacked web publisher

The hacking group Anonymous lied when it claimed to have hacked into an FBI agent’s laptop and extracted a file with millions of personal details about Apple users. The file in fact came from a web publisher called Blue Toad, whose chief executive Paul DeHart said on Monday that the…

App firm claims says it’s likely the source of Apple ID data breach

A digital publisher said Monday it was likely the source of a data breach which resulted in the leak of personal data from as many as 12 million Apple iPhone and iPad users. Hackers initially claimed the data containing Apple identification codes known as UDIDs was stolen from an FBI…

GoDaddy goes dark: ‘Anonymous’ claims hack on millions of websites

Update (below): GoDaddy takes blame for outage An unknown person claiming affiliation with the amorphous protest movement “Anonymous” took responsibility on Monday for hacking website host GoDaddy.com, the Internet’s largest domain register, shortly after millions of sites serviced by the company went dark. The outage affected all sites that are…

Hollywood movie casting introduced Skype to Indian village

Director David O. Russell said he used Skype for the first time to audition actors for his latest film “Silver Linings Playbook” and introduced the online video chat service to a village in India. “The Hunger Games” star Jennifer Lawrence skyped from her parents’ home in Louisville, Kentucky, while Anupam…

Speculation mounts that new iPhone will have fingerprint scanning technology

Apple is due to secure its acquisition of a company specialising in fingerprint scanning next month, days after the latest iPhone goes on sale, suggesting the technology will be used to improve security in the world’s bestselling phone. The board of AuthenTec is expected to agree to a $365m (£228m)…

Scientists introduce ‘nano-velcro’ to detect mercury in water and fish

Scientists in Switzerland and the United States on Sunday said they had created a “nano-velcro” textile that offers a swift, sensitive and low-cost way of detecting mercury, a toxic and accumulative pollutant, in water and fish. The fibres are made out of gold nanoparticles that are coated with compounds called…

Al-Jazeera says news service hacked again

DOHA — Qatar-based Al-Jazeera news network’s mobile service was hacked on Sunday, four days after a number of its Internet websites came under cyber attack, it reported on its website al-jazeera.net. “The story claiming that the Prime Minister (Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem) has been the target of an assassination attempt…

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