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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…

China shutters websites, deletes 210,000 posts over ‘rumors’

BEIJING (AFP) – China has closed 42 websites and deleted more than 210,000 posts since mid-March in a crackdown on online “rumours”, state media said Thursday, as a major political scandal rocked the country. The announcement on the official Xinhua news agency came as Chinese authorities ramped up efforts to…

Glitch extends deadline for generic top-level domain registration

The Internet domain name “revolution” was on hold Friday due to an apparent flaw that let some aspiring applicants peek at unauthorized information at the registration website. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) will resume taking applications on April 17 from those interested in running new generic…

Japan bank to install palm-reading ATMs

A regional bank in central Japan will become the country’s first financial institution to adopt automated teller machines that will identify users by their palms. Ogaki Kyoritsu Bank said it would install about a dozen palm-scanning biometric ATMs in late September and planned more in the future. Under the system, developed by Fujitsu Ltd., users will be able to prove…

Apple denies e-book pricing conspiracy

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple denied a charge that it schemed with publishers to hike prices for e-books, portraying itself as a hero for prying Amazon’s “monopolistic grip” from the market. “The DOJ’s accusation of collusion against Apple is simple not true,” Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr said in an emailed statement…

Google likely next target in DOJ anti-trust tech suits

Google is likely the next major tech target of US and EU trust-busters after the US Justice Department sued Apple for illegally colluding with publishers in the e-book market, legal experts said. In an industry in which companies can soar to near-monopoly positions in a few years, justice authorities on…

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