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Billionaire Russian politician delays launch of country’s first hybrid vehicle

Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov’s auto division announced Monday it was delaying until late 2014 this year’s planned launch of the petrol-guzzling country’s first hybrid vehicle. But it also insisted the “Yo Mobile” was never meant to be a publicity stunt to win the politically ambitious tycoon votes in this spring’s…

Pirate Bay co-founder arrested in Cambodia for copyright violations

A founder of the Pirate Bay filesharing website has been arrested in Cambodia at the request of Swedish police. Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, 27, was detained in Phnom Penh by officers executing an international warrant issued against him in April after he did not turn up to serve a one-year jail…

‘Super Wi-Fi’ poised for growth in U.S., elsewhere

Move over Wi-Fi, there’s a new wireless technology coming. So-called “Super Wi-Fi,” which offers a bigger range than existing hotspots, is being deployed in the United States and generating interest in a number of countries, including Britain and Brazil. Super Wi-Fi is not really Wi-Fi because it uses a different…

Pirate Bay co-founder arrested in Cambodia

A co-founder of top Swedish filesharing site The Pirate Bay, who is on an international wanted list, has been arrested in the Cambodian capital at Stockholm’s request, police said Sunday. Gottfrid Svartholm Warg was handed a one-year prison sentence by a Swedish court in 2009 for promoting copyright infringement but…

Taiwan to step up cyberwar capabilities: report

Taiwan plans to beef up its cyberwar capabilities to counter a perceived threat from Chinese hackers targeting government and security websites, local media reported Sunday. Taiwan will expand its cyberwar units next year while scaling back military spending due to budget constraints, the Taipei-based Liberty Times reported, citing a 2013…

California one step closer to self-driving cars

The California state legislature passed a bill Friday that could eventually help self-driving cars become a reality on the state’s highways. According to WebProNews, the bill, which has yet to be signed by Governor Jerry Brown, would require the California Highway Patrol to adopt safety and performance standards for “autonomous…

Online universities blossom in Asia

Thousands of kilometers from Kuala Lumpur in Cameroon, doctoral student Michael Nkwenti Ndongfack attends his Open University Malaysia classes online and hopes to defend his final thesis by Skype. A government worker, Ndongfack could not find the instructional design and technology course he wanted in his own country, so is…

Apple files new Samsung patent action in U.S.

Apple has filed a fresh patent infringement action in the United States against Samsung, alleging that the South Korean company is continuing to steal its technology despite a recent court ruling. The new claim was filed in San Jose, California on Friday and it says that Samsung, which last month was fined $1.05 billion by an American court for “willfully”…

Facebook to eradicate ‘suspicious Likes’ from people who don’t really care

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook ramped up efforts Friday to get rid of “Likes” that aren’t from people genuinely interested in giving a virtual thumbs up to pages at the world’s leading social network. “We have recently increased our automated efforts to remove Likes on pages that may have been gained…

Amazon expected to unveil new Kindle Fire tablet in early September

Amazon is expected to launch a new version of its 7in Kindle Fire tablet on Thursday 6 September, after chief executive Jeff Bezos claimed that the product was “sold out” – though the latter claim has been challenged by Jon Erlichman of Bloomberg TV. Analysts estimate that from figures announced by Bezos,…

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