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Google Fiber pilot program boasts ultrafast broadband speeds

Google on Thursday unveiled an ultrafast Web service along with an Internet television subscription in the Kansas City area as part of a pilot project to boost broadband speeds. The Google Fiber superfast broadband network will be available starting in September, with one-gigabyte per second speeds — about 100 times…

Facebook hopes investors like first earnings

Facebook reports its first earnings as a public company on Thursday in an announcement that will be closely watched for signs of whether the social media giant can deliver on its financial promise. The earnings figures could serve as redemption, or lead to further market punishment for the social network.…

USC team developing a holodeck for gamers

A team of University of Southern California students is putting together what it says will be a virtual-reality gaming platform similar to the holodeck seen on Star Trek: The Next Generation, according to C-Net. The developers say Project Holodeck, as it’s called, will combine a headset-like display known as the…

iPhone case turns into a 650,000-volt stun gun

Video camera. Still camera. Video editor. Handheld games console, music player, satellite navigation device, internet browser, radio, ebook reader. (Also, telephone.) But a 650,000-volt stun gun? The iPhone is often said to have revolutionised the mobile phone market. Now, it’s about to take on a somewhat more alarming guise. The…

Report: Hackers force Iranian nuclear facilities to blast AC/DC after attack

A person inside the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) claimed this week in an email to a security researcher that a fresh hack is affecting two facilities, causing vital equipment to shut down and then playing AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck” on lab computers at maximum volume “during the middle of the…

Hacker McKinnon’s extradition decision delayed until after ‘all-consuming’ Olympic games

The home secretary, Theresa May, has delayed until October any announcement on whether to extradite the computer hacker Gary McKinnon to the US Home Office lawyers told the high court in London on Tuesday that the delay was needed because of May’s “all-consuming involvement in the Olympic security” and her…

‘Minority Report’ software hits the real world

The software behind the film “Minority Report” – where Tom Cruise speeds through video on a large screen using only hand gestures – is making its way into the real world. The interface developed by scientist John Underkoffler has been commercialized by the Los Angeles firm Oblong Industries as a…

Smart grid vulnerability could give hackers free electricity

A cyber security researcher will demonstrate a toolset later this week which allows users to break into so-called “smart meters” that control a structure’s access to the power grid and water utilities, potentially enabling the user to modify the reported volume of services used or even avoid being charged altogether.…

News Corp. unveils educational tablet

News Corp. said Monday it would launch a new tablet computer with AT&T aimed at the education market to bring “digital innovation” to the classroom. The media conglomerate headed by Rupert Murdoch said the effort would come from its education division which is being renamed Amplify. “Amplify is dedicated to…

Justice department defends its e-book antitrust suit

US antitrust authorities Monday defended their lawsuit accusing Apple and major publishers of a price-fixing conspiracy on e-books, saying the action is “in the public interest.” The Justice Department filed its response in US District Court in New York in the case, which alleges a collusion to boost the prices…

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