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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…

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…

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