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NSA chief backs cybersecurity law

WASHINGTON — The head of the powerful National Security Agency, General Keith Alexander, said the US must adopt a law to protect the country from cyberattacks while insisting that it would respect privacy. Faced with ever-increasing Internet traffic and the more sophisticated nature of cyberattacks, Alexander said passing such legislation…

Microsoft sets October release for Windows 8

SAN FRANCISCO — Microsoft’s next-generation operating system will be available in October as the software giant strives to stay relevant in a blossoming mobile era centered on tablets and smartphones. “This will be the biggest product and services launch year in our company’s history,” Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer said…

Issa signs Declaration of Internet Freedom

The name of one Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) recently appeared on a list of individuals endorsing the Declaration of Internet Freedom (screenshot), a document published last week by leading journalists, advocates and tech leaders that will form the basis of a coalition built to fight for the rights of Internet…

Internet ‘doomsday’ virus caused ‘no significant outages’

The so-called Internet doomsday virus with the potential to black out tens of thousands of computers worldwide appeared to pose no major problems Monday in the first hours after a fix expired. Security firms reported no significant outages linked to the DNS Changer virus, as many Internet service providers have…

Apple loses patent battle over Galaxy tablet in British court

South Korea’s Samsung won a patent battle Monday against US rival Apple, with a British judge ruling that Samsung’s Galaxy tablet was not “cool” enough to be confused with Apple’s iPad. Britain’s high court ruled that the Galaxy tablet made by Samsung, the world’s largest electronics company, did not infringe…

Internet blackout looms for thousands

Tens of thousands of people around the world whose computers were infected with malware last year may lose their Internet access when a US government fix expires, security experts say. The problem stems from malware known as DNS Changer, which was created by cybercriminals to redirect Internet traffic by hijacking…

Violent video game targets feminist blogger

A short-lived online video game encouraged players to “beat up” a blogger researching sexist tropes in the gaming industry, The Huffington Post reports Though “Beat Up Anita Sarkeesian,” as the game was called, was taken down from NewGrounds, a games and animation open-submissions site, 24 hours after being posted, it’s…

‘Anonymous’ activists in Japan pick up litter to protest download laws

About 80 masked people, calling themselves allies of the global hacker group Anonymous, picked up litter in Tokyo Saturday in a novel protest against Japan’s tougher laws against illegal downloads. In light rain, they took part in an “anonymous cleaning service” for one hour in a park and on pavements…

Twitter beefs up search function

Twitter said Friday it was upgrading its search functions to include “autocomplete” and spelling correction features. The new Twitter search will also anticipate when users are looking for posts by people they follow, and offer related suggestions. The move by the popular social media group is similar to search functions…

Prosecutors: Kim Dotcom has no right to see evidence against him

A New Zealand prosecutor working with U.S. authorities hoping to extradite MegaUpload founder Kim Dotcom said Thursday that a judge and defense attorneys do not have the right to see the prosecution’s evidence against Dotcom because he’s not facing trial in the country. Instead, Dotcom’s attorneys will be given a…

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