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China blocks Xi web searches after Bloomberg report

China blocked web searches on Saturday for the name of leader-in-waiting Xi Jinping, a day after cutting access to Bloomberg sites following the agency’s publication of a report on his family’s wealth. Financial newswire Bloomberg used publicly available records to compile a list of investments by Chinese Vice President Xi’s…

Cyberattacks on critical U.S. targets surge: report

Report: Cyberattacks on critical US targets surge Companies that operate computerized industrial control systems at the heart of America’s critical infrastructure have seen a three-year surge in cyberattacks, according to a new government report. Emergency cyber-responders with the Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT…  …

Solar-powered plane soars over the Moroccan desert

An experimental solar-powered plane, flying without using any fuel, arrived late on Friday in Rabat on a return journey to Switzerland after its successful flight over the Moroccan desert. The Swiss-made Solar Impulse took off from Quarzazate in southern Morocco at 0733 GMT, and touched down in the Moroccan capital…

Cybercriminals branch into fully automated bank heists

The latest in cybercrime? Fully automated bank heists (via The Christian Science Monitor) Cybercriminals are trying something new at the bank: fully automated online heists. In a new twist on a familiar online banking cybercrime threat, computer criminals are rolling out a new system targeting businesses’ and high-net-worth individuals’ bank…

Japan finds 6.8 million tonnes of rare minerals used in electric cars, iPods and lasers

Japan has found a large deposit of rare earth minerals in its Pacific seabed, enough to supply its hi-tech industries for more than 200 years, a scientist said Friday. Around 6.8 million tonnes of the valuable minerals, used in electric cars, iPods and lasers, are sitting under the seabed near…

Man convicted of violating copyright for linking to video content

A man has been convicted on conspiracy charges relating to his operation of surfthechannel.com, a website offering links to TV and video content. Newcastle crown court heard Anton Vickerman’s site had up to 400,000 users a day and made about £35,000 a month in revenue. While UK prosecutors did not…

New Zealand high court: MegaUpload raid was illegal

WELLINGTON — New Zealand police acted illegally when armed officers raided Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom’s Auckland mansion earlier this year, a High Court judge ruled on Thursday. Judge Helen Winkelmann said the search warrants police used when they raided the Internet millionaire’s property as part of a US probe into…

Businesses push U.S. to ratify Law of the Sea treaty

American businesses are urging the United States to ratify the UN Law of the Sea Treaty, saying it is needed to boost crucial domestic energy production and end China’s near-monopoly on rare earths. Stepping up pressure on legislators to sign off on the 30-year-old pact, a broad alliance of manufacturers,…

Watchdog group cites ‘deplorable’ abuse at Apple’s China suppliers

A labour rights group said Thursday it had found “deplorable” conditions at Apple suppliers in China, following a probe of several firms that make the US technology giant’s hugely popular products. New York-based China Labor Watch said a four-month investigation of 10 suppliers to Apple in southern and eastern China…

Google Internet glasses on the way

SAN FRANCISCO — Google glasses that overlay the Internet on daily lives should hit the market within two years. Google co-founder Sergey Brin gave the estimated timeline after a project update that included sky divers dropping in with a new version of “Glass” wearable computers. “I’m so glad that worked,”…

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