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Twitter hands over information on threat to Mike Tyson one-man show

Twitter has complied with a court order to provide the New York police department with information on a user who threatened to commit an Aurora-style attack at Mike Tyson‘s one-man show. The NYPD issued a subpoena on Tuesday when Twitter refused to co-operate with an investigation into an anonymous users’ posts referencing last month’s Aurora,…

Leaked MPAA memo reveals Hollywood’s lobbying to counter piracy

The mother of Richard O’Dwyer, who is facing extradition to the US on copyright charges over his website TVShack.net, has reacted angrily after a leaked memo exposed a fresh lobbying effort by Hollywood studios to counter public support for the British student. A leaked communications plan drawn up by the…

YouTube dropped from iPhone-iPad operating system

SAN FRANCISCO — Applications to let users watch YouTube videos will not be pre-installed on the next generation of iPhones, iPads and iPod devices, in another sign of mounting rivalry between Apple and Google. People will still be able to watch YouTube videos on Apple’s globally popular products by linking…

Amazon gets into online social games

SAN FRANCISCO — Online retail colossus Amazon on Tuesday launched its first online social game in a challenge to Zynga. The “Living Classics” title was tailored for play at leading social network Facebook, where Zynga rose to stardom. “Why is Amazon making social games?, you ask. Good question!” the Seattle-based…

Megaupload boss says New Zealand police beat him

Megaupload boss Kim Dotcom on Tuesday accused New Zealand police of kicking and punching him when they raided his Auckland mansion earlier this year to arrest him for alleged copyright piracy. Dotcom told the Auckland High Court he tried to surrender peacefully to police during the raid in January, when…

Samsung launches its new super-size Galaxy Note

South Korea’s Samsung Electronics said it had launched a super-size version of its Galaxy Note smartphone, the latest salvo in its battle with Apple for the multi-billion-dollar handheld market. The Galaxy Note 10.1, which went on sale on Monday in Germany and the United Arab Emirates, is almost twice as…

Rep. Kucinich proposes warning labels for cell phones

Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) introduced legislation last week that would require radiation warning labels for cell phones. “It took decades for scientists to be able to say for sure that smoking caused cancer,” he said in a statement on Monday. “During those decades, the false impression created by industry supporters…

Ukraine shut down file sharing website Demonoid ahead of U.S. copyright talks

Ukrainian police are behind a recent blackout that’s effectively shut down servers for the popular bittorrent tracking website Demonoid, according to local media, in a sting seemingly timed to coincide with a meeting between the country’s deputy prime minister and U.S. Trade Rep. Ron Kirk. Demonoid, one of the largest…

Wikipedia blackout caused by accidental cable slice in Florida

Wikipedia was inaccessible globally for a couple of hours on Monday after someone accidentally cut through fibre cables connecting its servers in Florida. The online encyclopedia was down for about two hours on Monday afternoon after the mishap near its worldwide data centre in Tampa, Florida. The site was brought…

Hacker tricks Apple into wiping journalist’s devices

Wired journalist Mat Honan got hacked this weekend, but it’s Apple that’s now bracing for the fallout. With the help of an Apple tech support agent, an unknown hacker accessed Honan’s iCloud account and remotely erased all the data on his iPad, iPhone and Macbook, including more than a year’s…

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