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Apple out to kill widespread Macintosh virus

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple said it is crafting a weapon to vanquish a Flashback virus from Macintosh computers and working to disrupt the command network being used by hackers behind the infections. In its first public admission that the malicious software is vexing machines powered by the California company’s Macintosh…

‘Texts from Hillary’ creators meet Clinton

WASHINGTON — The creators of “Texts from Hillary,” a spoof blog featuring photos of a sunglasses-sporting Hillary Clinton that quickly went viral, met the US secretary of state Tuesday. “I just met Secretary Clinton. She loves the site. Pictures to come. Here’s her post she autographed,” one of the founders,…

Microsoft counting down to the end of Windows XP

SAN FRANCISCO — Microsoft is counting down the days until it is through with the Windows XP operating system for personal computers. The US software titan used a blog post to remind the world that in two years it will no longer support the generations-old operating system that people have…

Iran denies has plan to cut Internet access

Iran has denied online reports surfacing Tuesday that it plans to cut access to the Internet in August and replace it with a national intranet, according to a statement by the ministry of communication and information technology. The reports derived from a supposed interview withCommunications Minister Reza Taghipour published on April 1 that…

Sony and Sharp warn of massive losses

Sony and Sharp, two of Japan’s best-known electronics giants, on Tuesday warned of record losses in the billions of dollars as they struggle to survive amid fierce global competition. Sony, the Tokyo-based maker of PlayStation consoles and Bravia televisions, blamed a tax charge for its expected full-year loss of 520 billion…

Facebook buys Instagram photo app for $1 billion

Facebook announced Monday that it made a billion-dollar-deal to buy the startup behind wildly popular smartphone photo sharing application Instagram. “For years, we’ve focused on building the best experience for sharing photos with your friends and family,” Facebook co-founderMark Zuckerberg said in announcing the deal. “Now, we’ll be able to work even more…

Police mysteriously lose video of Megaupload raid

Video footage of a police raid on the home of Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom is missing, and authorities claim they’re not quire sure what happened to it. This flub is just the latest in anti-piracy allegations against the file-hosting site, and comes amid the evidence discovery phase in the case…

SOPA supporters await cash infusion from Netflix PAC

Video streaming giant Netflix has recognized the compelling financial logic behind Washington’s anti-piracy efforts. In a recent filing with the Federal Elections Commission (FEC), Netflix revealed that it has created its own political action committee called FLIXPAC, designed to support anti-piracy measures in Washington and the candidates that favor them.…

Man kills wife’s friend for flirting on Facebook

A jealous Taiwanese husband led an assault on a Facebook user who had flirted with his wife online, beating him to death with baseball clubs, police said Monday. Chou You-huang, a 34-year-old resident of south Taiwan’s Pingtung county, told police that he had requested a meeting with the 40-year-old victim, Chuang Shih-chang, after he found…

British interior ministry probes ‘Anonymous’ website attack

LONDON — Britain’s Home Office interior ministry said Saturday it was investigating reports that hacking group Anonymous had attacked its website over the government’s plans to boost Internet surveillance. Visitors to the ministry’s home page were greeted with a message saying the service was unavailable due to a high volume…

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