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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…

Apple co-founder Wozniak predicts ‘horrible problems’ with cloud computing

Steve Wozniak, who co-founded Apple with the late Steve Jobs, predicted “horrible problems” in the coming years as cloud-based computing takes hold. Wozniak, 61, was the star turn at the penultimate performance in Washington of “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs,” monologist Mike Daisey’s controversial two-hour expose of…

Facebook user arrested over hacking threat

Hong Kong police said on Sunday they had arrested a 21-year-old man after he reportedly said on social networking site Facebook that he would hack several government websites. Police said the man, who was later released on bail, was held on suspicion of “access to a computer with criminal or…

At half-price, Facebook still faces doubts

Facebook shares have lost nearly half their value since a highly-touted public offering in May, but it’s still not a bargain for some. Facebook in the past week dropped below $20 a share for the first time since its $38 offering price in May. On Friday, the stock rebounded five…

Swiss sheep to be outfitted to cry ‘wolf’ by text message

GENEVA, Switzerland — Using sheep to alert shepherds of an imminent wolf attack by text message might sound fanciful, but testing is already under way in Switzerland where the predator appears to be back. “It’s the first time that such a system has been tried outdoors,” said biologist Jean-Marc Landry,…

Judge scolds Samsung but lets massive smartphone patent trial proceed

The judge in a massive smartphone patent dispute reprimanded Samsung Friday for releasing excluded evidence but denied a bid by Apple to order a verdict in the case. Judge Lucy Koh expressed irritation with Samsung’s releasing to the media of documents she had ruled were not to be viewed by…

Twitter confronts ethical concerns after NBC critic controversy

In January 2011 Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter, together with the site’s “trust and safety” arbiter Alex Macgillivray, posted a paean to freedom of expression under the portentous title: The Tweets Must Flow. They promised they would respect everyone’s human right to unimpeded speech, vowing only to remove tweets that were illegal,…

Facebook estimates 83 million profiles are fake

Facebook has more than 83 million fake profiles, including millions created for users’ pets and a large number of accounts the company deems “undesirable”, it has admitted. The figure emerged in Facebook’s first quarterly report to US financial regulators since the world’s biggest social network made its much-criticised stock market…

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