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Apple shoots down drone strike tracking iPhone app

SAN FRANCISCO — The maker of an application that would alert iPhone users to US military drone strikes said Thursday that Apple has repeatedly shot down his efforts to get it into the App Store. “I just wanted to make a simple app that would send a push notification every…

Twitter targets ads based on interests

SAN FRANCISCO — Twitter on Thursday began letting advertisers target users with “promoted tweets” based on interests expressed at the globally popular one-to-many texting service. Twitter also slashed to a penny the minimum opening bid in its auction-style ad-buying system. “We’re taking an important next step by allowing you to…

Judge sets December hearing on Samsung phone ban

SAN FRANCISCO — The judge in the landmark Apple-Samsung case set a December 6 hearing on punitive damages to the US firm for patent infringement and on whether to ban eight Samsung phones in the US market. Judge Lucy Koh said in an order Wednesday she would bypass proceedings on…

LulzSec hacker arrested over Sony attack

A second member of the LulzSec hacking collective has been arrested by US authorities in connection with attacks on Sony Pictures Europe US police have arrested Raynaldo Rivera, 20, an alleged member of the hacking group LulzSec, on charges that he took part in an extensive breach of the computer…

World of Warcraft players in Iran hit by U.S. sanctions

Blizzard prevents Iranian gamers from accessing the popular online role playing game due to trade restrictions Iranian gamers have been shut out of the hugely popular online role-playing game World of Warcraft. Publisher Activision Blizzard has said that it is complying with US trade sanctions on the country. Last week,…

How Google and Apple’s smartphone mapping technology is mapping us

Digital maps on smartphones are brilliantly useful tools, but what sort of information do they gather about us – and how do they shape the way we look at the world? Over the last few years, at the kinds of conferences where the world’s technological elite gathers to mainline caffeine…

Samsung vows ‘all measures’ to keep products in U.S.

South Korea’s Samsung Electronics vowed on Tuesday to take “all necessary measures” to keep its products on US store shelves, in response to Apple’s request for a ban on sales of some smartphones. After winning a $1.05 billion US court judgement in a patent suit last week, Apple on Monday…

Twitter appeals court on Occupy protestor’s disorderly conduct charge

Twitter has lodged an appeal against a New York judge’s decision that it must hand over detailed information related to an Occupy Wall Street protester charged with disorderly conduct. In July, Twitter was ordered to hand over almost three months’ worth of messages and other details related to the account of activist Malcolm Harris. Harris was…

Samsung shares plunge after Apple patent ruling

South Korea’s Samsung sought Monday to rally employees after a $1.05 billion US court judgment in favor of arch-rival Apple pushed its shares sharply lower amid fears about the fallout in the key American market. Samsung shares tumbled 7.5 percent, the biggest single-day percentage drop the electronics giant has seen…

Neil Armstrong had little confidence in privatized space travel

WASHINGTON — More than 40 years after Neil Armstrong landed on the moon, humans continue to push the frontiers of space exploration but missions are being tempered by costs, a trend that concerned the astronaut. The blank check from government that financed adventures in the Cold War-era is no longer…

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