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Tech support for CISPA wobbles as Microsoft calls for privacy safeguards

The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) may have a strong backing in the tech world, but that began to look increasingly tenuous this weekend after software giant Microsoft seemed to walk back its support for the bill, warning that the company would now push lawmakers for additional privacy…

FCC: Google staff knew of Street View data breach

The Google engineer behind the collection of wireless data by Street View cars told at least two colleagues – including a senior manager – about the controversial plans before it was released, a US regulator has found. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said in a report that the Google engineer…

Kim Dotcom in New Zealand political donation row

New Zealand police said Monday they were investigating allegations that a government minister tried to hide campaign donations fromMegaupload boss Kim Dotcom. The German Internet tycoon, who faces extradition to the United States for allegedly masterminding massive online piracy, told the New Zealand Herald he donated NZ$50,000 ($41,000) to ACT Party leader John Banks in 2010. Dotcom, 38,…

Activist decries CISPA as ‘a Patriot Act for the Internet’

According to Internet activist Aaron Swartz, the proposed Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), which passed the House of Representatives this week, is even worse than the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) that was sidelined by a public outcry last winter. Swartz told Russia Today that whereas SOPA was…

Wind farms increase nighttime ground temperatures: Study

Large windfarms can increase local night time temperatures by fanning warmer air onto the ground, new research has revealed. The study used satellite data to show that the building of huge wind farms in west Texas over the last decade has warmed the nights by up to 0.72C. “Wind power…

Apple ‘avoiding billions in global taxes,’ report claims

Gadget giant Apple is avoiding billions of dollars in taxes by setting up small offices around the world to collect and invest the company’s profits, according to The New York Times. Saturday’s report said an office in Reno, Nevada, where the corporate tax rate is zero, was one of many…

Online petition demands Walmart probe bribery

An online petition started by a Walmart employee urging the retail giant to reform and investigate misconduct over a bribery scandal at a Mexican subsidiary had gathered some 4,700 signatures late Friday. The employee, who identified herself as Venanzi Luna, a department manager who has been working at the company for seven years, said the scandal prompted her to…

Facebook, Yahoo! patent battle heats up

A legal battle between Yahoo! and Facebook heated up Friday with the floundering Internet pioneer accusing the rising social network star of buying patents just to retaliate in court. The accusation came in a 37-page response filed by Yahoo! to a countersuit Facebook filed charging that the Sunnyvale, California-based company…

U.S., Russia plan hotline to prevent cyber war: report

A hotline between the United States and Russia designed to defuse misunderstandings that could trigger a nuclear conflict will likely expand to cover the potential risk of a cyber war, The Washington Post reported Friday. Under a proposal being negotiated with Moscow, the digital sphere would be added to topics…

Microsoft accused of trying to secretly influence ‘independent’ government expert

Microsoft is accused of trying to exert clandestine influence on a UK government consultation which could slash the software giant’s £700m income from the UK’s public sector. The Cabinet Office has thrown out one “independent” expert who had been helping organise a public discussion on how to introduce free software…

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