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Google extends online search to email boxes

SAN FRANCISCO — Google on Wednesday began allowing users to extend online searches to include messages stored in accounts at Web-based email service Gmail. “Sometimes the best answer to your question isn’t available on the public Web — it may be contained elsewhere, such as in your email,” Google search…

New website seeks to ‘crowd fund’ college grad startups

SAN FRANCISCO — A former Google executive on Wednesday opened an online venue where college graduates with dreams of starting companies can be matched with investors and mentors. Recent and soon-to-be graduates are invited to pitch entrepreneurial ideas at Upstart.com, which one-time Google Enterprise president Dave Girouard created as way…

Video shows armored police assault on MegaUpload mansion

Video from a police helicopter used in an armored assault on a mansion owned by MegaUpload founder Kim Dotcom was unsealed by a New Zealand court on Wednesday, showing for the first time the heavy-handed SWAT tactics used against a man accused of committing computer crimes. Police staged the January…

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…

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