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Hackers could haunt global air traffic control: researcher

Air traffic control software used around the world could be exploited by hackers to unleash squadrons of ghost planes to befuddle those entrusted to keep the skies safe, a security researcher said Thursday. Cyprus-based Andrei Costin demonstrated his findings at a Black Hat gathering of cyber defenders that ends Thursday…

Apple ‘considering investment’ in Twitter

Computer and smartphone maker Apple has been discussing with social media company Twitter the possibility of making a significant investment in it, The New York Times reported. Citing unnamed “people briefed on the matter”, the newspaper late Friday said Apple was considering investing into Twitter hundreds of millions of dollars,…

NSA director shows up at hacker conference to recruit talent

LAS VEGAS — US spy master Keith Alexander courted hackers at an infamous Def Con gathering rife with software tricksters wary of police and ferociously protective of privacy. National Security Agency (NSA) director Alexander was the latest, and perhaps the most controversial, federal official to attend the annual hacker conference…

Engineers design ‘Mantabot’ to swim like a ray

Engineers at the University of Virginia and three other universities are designing an “autonomous underwater vehicle” that will swim with the effortless grace of a ray. According to Science Daily, “Batoid rays, such as stingrays and manta rays, are among nature’s most elegant swimmers. They are fast, highly maneuverable, graceful,…

Google seeks dismissal of lawsuit against massive book-scanning project

Google asked a US court Friday to dismiss a lawsuit over the Internet giant’s massive book-scanning project, saying the effort is “not a substitute” for books themselves. In an effort to end the long-running litigation, the US tech giant offered its defense by arguing that its Google Books project should…

Man who tweeted airport bomb joke wins appeal

Paul Chambers, who was found guilty of sending a menacing tweet, has won his high court challenge against his conviction. Outside the court, Chambers, 27, said he felt “relieved and vindicated”, adding: “It’s ridiculous it ever got so far.” He had tweeted in frustration when he discovered that Robin Hood…

Twitter explains new mystery outage

A freak double failure in its data centers took Twitter down for around an hour on Thursday, leaving millions without updates from friends, celebrities and news providers a day ahead of the Olympics. “We are sorry,” said Mazen Rawashdeh, Twitter’s vice president of engineering, in a message on the company’s…

Facebook shares hit new low on growth worries

NEW YORK — Facebook shares on Thursday sank to a new low after the world’s leading social network reported a loss of $157 million in its first earnings after its public offering. The financial results were largely in line with expectations and were dragged down by reserves set aside for…

Apple pitches gadget security to hacker crowd

LAS VEGAS — Apple pitched security measures in its mobile gadgets on Thursday during its first presentation at a premier gathering of hackers and those intent on thwarting cyber attacks. The unprecedented talk by Apple head of software platform security Dallas De Atley at the 15th annual Black Hat conference…

Survey: Two-thirds of world leaders are on Twitter

Some world leaders may be making full use of the microblogging Twitter tool to promote their ideas, but other international figures are shunning the medium, a new survey revealed Thursday. “Sixteen of the G20 leaders are actively using Twitter for public diplomacy,” said Matthias Lufkens, Digital Practice Leader at Burson-Marsteller,…

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