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Protest targets U.S. cyber intelligence legislation known as CISPA

SAN FRANCISCO — Civil liberties groups on Monday launched protests targeting proposed US cyber intelligence law that they fear would let police freely dip into people’s private online information. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Reporters Without Borders were among organizations that signaled the start of a week of Internet…

‘Anonymous’ hacker jailed for abortion provider attack

A 27-year-old man who hacked the website of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, the country’s biggest abortion provider, and stole about 10,000 records has been sentenced to two years and eight months in jail, according to The Register. The individual, James Jeffery, claimed to be a member of the hacking…

Netflix CEO blasts Comcast for shredding net neutrality

The CEO of Netflix blasted the nation’s largest cable Internet provider on Sunday for violating the principles of net neutrality by exempting its own online video service from bandwidth caps it recently imposed on other Internet usage. The criticism from Netflix CEO Reed Hastings seems to be in line with…

Long-dead rapper Tupac makes surprise appearance in hologram form

During a Sunday performance by rap stars Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, an incredibly realistic hologram of the long-dead Tupac Shakur joined them on stage, setting the crowd, and the Internet, buzzing with excitement. The trio played Tupac’s classic tracks “2 Of Amerikaz Most Wanted” and “Gangsta Party” as social…

FCC ends probe of alleged Google Street View privacy violations

SAN FRANCISCO — US government telecom regulators have ended an investigation into Google’s “Street View” online mapping service gathering data from private wireless hotspots. The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) enforcement bureau on Friday called for Google to pay a $25,000 penalty for stalling the probe but said that it could…

DARPA shows off a robot that knows how to climb stairs

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has been creating a series of increasingly agile robots, such as the robotic “cheetah” it featured last month. The latest offering may not be as light on its cybernetic feet, but the new stair-climbing robot is remarkable in its own right for its uncanny…

Google co-founder: Freedom of the Net is under greatest threat ever

The principles of openness and universal access that underpinned the creation of the internet three decades ago are under greater threat than ever, according to Google co-founder Sergey Brin. In an interview with the Guardian, Brin warned that there were “very powerful forces that have lined up against the open…

Nervous Kremlin seeks to purge Russia’s Internet of ‘western’ influences

Unlike other media, the internet in Russia, has developed largely untouched by the arm of the state. The protests have prompted many to wonder: is that about to change? “It’s too late to change things,” said Anton Nossik, an internet guru. “Kids are now born into the internet and grew…

Estonian robots boost global online clothing market

TALLINN — Fashion fans have one more reason to swap brick-and-mortar shops for online retailers: a company in tech-savvy Estonia has come up with a way to let you try on new clothes on your own computer. The Fits.me company aims to end the guessing game about size and spare…

U.S. judge finds for MegaUpload, orders DOJ to cooperate on user files

A judge in Alexandria, Virginia ruled Friday in favor of attorneys for the cyberlocker website MegaUpload, ordering the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to work with the site’s operators to return personal files to more than 60 million of the site’s users. MegaUplaod founder Kim Dotcom, an eccentric New Zealand…

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