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Sen. Reid says Internet sales tax could pass in 2012

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) believes that Congress could pass an Internet sales tax this year, allowing states to collect sales taxes from online businesses that have no physical presence there. Reid said the legislation was “very fair” and would “help these little strip malls we have all over…

Twitter appeals order to hand over Occupy protester data

NEW YORK — Twitter said Thursday it was appealing a court ruling ordering it to turn over data on one of its users involved in the Occupy Wall Street protest movement. In a case watched closely as a test of online freedom of speech, Twitter’s attorney Benjamin Lee said in…

Google profits surges on growing ad revenue

SAN FRANCISCO — Google on Thursday reported that its quarterly profit surged to $2.79 billion on rising online advertising revenue, besting Wall Street expectations. The California-based online search titan said that its profit rose 11 percent in the quarter ended June 30 as consolidated revenue climbed 35 percent to $12.21…

Google introduces face-blurring feature on YouTube to protect protestors

Human rights activists and campaigners will be able to appear anonymously in videos posted to YouTube, after parent company Google introduced new face-blurring technology to the website. Google said the move was designed to help protect the identity of protesters who appear on the video-sharing site from being exposed to…

Internet ‘superheroes’ defend online freedom with ‘cat signal’

The Internet’s “superheroes” are rallying to defend online freedom, while taking a page from Hollywood’s playbook. The launch set Thursday of the Internet Defense League coincides with the US release of the new Batman film “The Dark Knight Rises,” and will use a bat — er, cat signal — to…

Study: Chinese access Internet more through mobile phones than computers

Mobile phones have overtaken computers as the most popular device for getting online in China, the government said Thursday, as it announced the number of web users had hit 538 million. China has the world’s biggest online population, with nearly four out of 10 of its 1.3 billion people now…

Security experts shut down massive spam botnet

A huge global ‘botnet’ responsible for sending out millions of spam messages each day has been shut down by a collaborative effort from security experts in the US, Britain and Russia, researchers said. The so-called Grum botnet — which uses a network of infected computers to automatically generate emails —…

Researchers: Too few cyber victims willing to report crimes

US cybersecurity efforts are hampered by attacks that go unreported by victims unwilling to divulge confidential information, a research panel said Thursday. The report by the Bipartisan Policy Center said the number of cyberattacks appears to be on the rise, along with financial losses. It said that from October 2011…

In Foxconn’s iPad factory, a window on Chinese hopes and frustrations

In Foxconn's iPad factory, a window on Chinese hopes – and frustrations Invitations to the conference in Chengdu promised “China’s New Future,” with the country’s name spelled out in large gold letters. Mayor Ge Honglin, wearing a nicely tailored black suit, assured the audience sitting beneath rows of bright chandeliers…

Sen. Franken questions FBI and Facebook over online privacy protections

WASHINGTON — A US Senate hearing Wednesday highlighted concern over the growing use of facial recognition technologies, both for law enforcement use and in big social networks like Facebook. Senator Al Franken, who chaired the judiciary subcommittee hearing, said the expansion of such biometric technologies poses concern over privacy and…

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