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Study: Chinese access Internet more through mobile phones than computers

Mobile phones have overtaken computers as the most popular device for getting online in China, the government said Thursday, as it announced the number of web users had hit 538 million. China has the world’s biggest online population, with nearly four out of 10 of its 1.3 billion people now…

Security experts shut down massive spam botnet

A huge global ‘botnet’ responsible for sending out millions of spam messages each day has been shut down by a collaborative effort from security experts in the US, Britain and Russia, researchers said. The so-called Grum botnet — which uses a network of infected computers to automatically generate emails —…

Researchers: Too few cyber victims willing to report crimes

US cybersecurity efforts are hampered by attacks that go unreported by victims unwilling to divulge confidential information, a research panel said Thursday. The report by the Bipartisan Policy Center said the number of cyberattacks appears to be on the rise, along with financial losses. It said that from October 2011…

In Foxconn’s iPad factory, a window on Chinese hopes and frustrations

In Foxconn's iPad factory, a window on Chinese hopes – and frustrations Invitations to the conference in Chengdu promised “China’s New Future,” with the country’s name spelled out in large gold letters. Mayor Ge Honglin, wearing a nicely tailored black suit, assured the audience sitting beneath rows of bright chandeliers…

Sen. Franken questions FBI and Facebook over online privacy protections

WASHINGTON — A US Senate hearing Wednesday highlighted concern over the growing use of facial recognition technologies, both for law enforcement use and in big social networks like Facebook. Senator Al Franken, who chaired the judiciary subcommittee hearing, said the expansion of such biometric technologies poses concern over privacy and…

Google releases new platform to share information on dying languages

Google unveiled an online information exchange platform to try to give some extra lasting power to more than 3,000 endangered languages. Called endangeredlanguages.com, it is out to help improve the exchange of digital source materials in languages spoken by small numbers of people, from Navajo in the United States, to…

Interpol unveils fake goods scanning app with Google

Global policing body Interpol announced a pioneering initiative to crack down on trade in fake goods, using an app developed with the help of search giant Google. The Interpol Global Register (IGR), announced at a Google conference outside Los Angeles, aims to track illicit goods by verifying products through security…

New Dell fund will invest in data storage technology

SAN FRANCISCO — The chief of US computer maker Dell on Tuesday announced the launch of a $60 million fund focused on investing in technology for storing the massive amounts of data being collected by businesses. “We really believe in this explosion of data driven a lot by smartphones and…

European commission threatens Microsoft with antitrust fine

The European Commission threatened Microsoft with another big fine on Tuesday after the US software giant failed to give 28 million European customers the ability to choose their web browser. Microsoft immediately apologised for the “technical error” after 28 million users of the Windows 7 operating system were unable to…

New iPhone expected to feature slimmer screen

Apple is expected to unveil a new iPhone later this year with a slimmer screen thanks to updated touch-screen technology, a report said Tuesday. The next generation iPhone, referred to by fans as the “iPhone 5″, is being manufactured by Asian component makers, Dow Jones Newswires quoted unnamed sources as…

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