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U.S. judge allows tech ‘poaching’ suit to proceed

SAN FRANCISCO — A US judge has given a green light to a lawsuit charging Apple, Google, Pixar and other technology-driven firms with colluding to keep salaries in check by agreeing not to poach one another’s software engineers. District Court Judge Lucy Koh, in a decision released late Wednesday, rejected…

Google and Twitter can’t police web content, says British AG

Dominic Grieve agrees that privacy injunctions should be served on internet companies, but warns of ‘excessive regulation’. By Josh Halliday Google and Twitter cannot “act like a policeman” of content on their networks, the attorney general has said in his strongest intervention yet on regulation of the internet. Dominic Grieve…

Internet advertising revenues jump 22 percent

Internet advertising revenues in the United States jumped 22 percent in 2011 to a record $31 billion, amid sizzling growth in the fledgling mobile Web space, industry figures showed Wednesday. The 2011 figures were up sharply from 2010 — already a record level of $26 billion — following a first-ever…

Google blacklists Bank of America parody website

Update: Shortly after this report was published, Google removed YourBofA.com from its “phishing scams” blacklist Search giant Google blacklisted on Wednesday a website made to look like an outreach campaign by Bank of America, in what turned out to be an activist’s effort to get people talking about how the…

Web founder: Users should demand personal information from Google, Facebook

Tim Berners-Lee, the father of the world wide web, has urged internet users to demand their personal data from online giants such as Google and Facebook to usher in a new era of highly personalised computer services “with tremendous potential to help humanity”. Berners-Lee, the British born MIT professor who…

Yahoo dumping products in turn-around plan

Yahoo! is dumping products along with workers in a quest to return the faded Internet star to glory. Yahoo! boss Scott Thompson announced the move on Tuesday while mapping out the company’s turnaround on the heels of an unusually upbeat quarter in which profit climbed 28 percent. It was the first time since…

November launch for new version of ‘Halo’ videogame

SAN FRANCISCO — Microsoft on Tuesday announced that a new installment to the hit videogame “Halo” will be released in November, and predicted it would launch the next decade of the hugely popular franchise. “Halo 4″ crafted exclusively for play on Microsoft’s Xbox 360 consoles will launch worldwide on November…

Payment via smartphone ‘going mainstream’ soon

Using smartphones or tablets as digital “wallets” will be common within a decade, largely replacing cash and credit cards, according to a Pew Research survey released on Tuesday. Sixty-five percent of “technology stakeholders and critics” who responded to an opt-in poll by Pew Research and Elon University Imagining the Internet…

Apple among the worst coal-powered cloud services: Greenpeace

Apple disclosed sensitive information about energy demand at the data centre housing its iCloud service for the first time on Tuesday, defending its green credentials in the face of a campaign by Greenpeace. In a report rating 14 companies leading the migration from local computers to cloud computing, Greenpeace gave…

MegaUpload close to ‘multi-billion dollar’ public offering before raid: report

The cyber locker website MegaUpload was planning to go public with a “multi-billion dollar” IPO when authorities raided their facilities and accused them of a “mega conspiracy” to pirate copyrighted materials, according to a corporate adviser who spoke to a popular tech blog this week. Torrent Freak, which covers news…

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