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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…

How Microsoft is looking beyond an app-centric world

Microsoft may have stolen a march on its smartphone rivals by putting social connectivity at the heart of the user experience When my kids were small, one of their favourite walks was down Staithe Street in Wells-next-the-Sea, a charming seaside town in Norfolk. Staithe Street is long and narrow and…

Anonymous: behind the masks of the cyber insurgents

Carole Cadwalladr talks to some of the ‘hacktivists’ and the experts who tracked them down in the deep web Spalding railway station in Lincolnshire is not a big place. It takes me about two seconds to scan the platform and spot who I’m looking for: Jake Davis, aka Topiary, the…

Judge approves DOJ $69 million e-book settlement with three publishers

Citing Emily Dickinson’s mantra that “There is no Frigate like a Book / To take us Lands away”, a federal judge yesterday approved the US department of justice’s settlement with three publishers over alleged ebook price-fixing. The publishers Simon & Schuster, Hachette, Penguin, Macmillan and HarperCollins had been accused by…

Google blacklists sites owned by British official for copyright infringement

Google has blacklisted a network of websites run by the family of the newly promoted Tory party co-chairman, Grant Shapps, for breaching its rules on copyright infringement. A string of at least 19 sites run by the wife, sister or 75-year-old mother of Shapps have been banned from carrying Google’s…

Pandora threatened by Apple’s entry into Internet radio market

Pandora Media shares plunged Friday after reports said Apple is in talks to license music for a rival online radio service. Shares of Pandora, the largest Internet radio operator, slid 17.6 percent to $10.35 in early trade on Wall Street. The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times reported…

Instagram officially part of Facebook

SAN FRANCISCO — Instagram on Thursday became part of Facebook as the social network completed its billion-dollar acquisition of the smartphone photo-sharing service. “Very excited to announce that we’re now officially joining the Facebook family,” Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom said in a Facebook post tagged as being made using a…

Zynga game designer to launch ‘FarmVille 2′

Zynga on Wednesday launched a new version of “FarmVille” as the one-time social games darling tries to win back players to one of the Facebook games that fueled its rise to stardom. “We recognize that there are players who have moved on from FarmVille,” said Zynga vice president of games…

Twitter beats Facebook in mobile ad sales this year, but both way behind Google

Twitter is outpacing Facebook in US mobile advertising revenue this year, according to a survey released Thursday showing a market dominated by Google. The report by the research firm eMarketer said Facebook, which just rolled out mobile ads for the first time this year, will likely overtake Twitter by 2013…

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