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Australian WiFi inventors win U.S. legal battle

Australian government science body CSIRO said Sunday it had won a multi-million-dollar legal settlement in the United States to license its patented technology that underpins the WiFi platform worldwide. Scientists from the agency invented the wireless local area network (WLAN) technology that is the basis of the WiFi signal employed…

Britain to monitor citizens’ text messages and emails

The British government wants to expand its powers to monitor email exchanges and website visits, The Sunday Times newspaper reported. Internet companies would be instructed to install hardware to allow the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) — Britain’s electronic “listening” agency” — to go through “on demand” every text message and…

Twitter hoaxer comes clean and says: I did it to expose weak media

Tommaso De Benedetti faked the identities of world leaders and fooled editors into publishing false stories First it was the death of the pope – tweeted to the world from an account that belonged to the holy father’s number two. Later came tweets announcing the deaths of Fidel Castro and…

Visa confirms report of major hack on credit card processor

Credit card giant Visa confirmed to Raw Story on Friday morning that previously unacknowledged whispers of a major hack on a third party credit card processor were true. That hack, which resulted in a series of breaches earlier this year, is rumored to have exposed more than 10 million accounts…

Apple manufacturer Foxconn promises to cut hours, raise wages

Workers at Foxconn, the massive factory complex in China that supplies U.S. tech giant Apple and dozens of other titans of electronic industry, will soon see reduced hours, higher wages and improved working conditions according to a company statement in response to a devastating new report by the Fair Labor…

Apple gadget maker has ‘significant’ labor issues: audit

WASHINGTON — Workplace abuses were uncovered in an audit that equated to “a full body scan” of three Chinese factories pumping out coveted Apple gadgets, independent investigators reported on Thursday. Employees at each of the factories had exceeded a work-week limit of 76 hours set by Chinese law and, in…

Yahoo! promises to implement do-not-track provisions on its ad networks

Yahoo! on Thursday said that it will soon add a tool to its websites that allows visitors to signal that they don’t want their online activity tracked for ad targeting or other ends. The California-based Internet pioneer promised to deploy a “Do Not Track solution” across its global network, including…

Consumer Reports: Most medical implants never tested for safety

The majority of medical devices implanted into patients’ bodies have never been tested by the FDA, according to a stunning report from the consumer advocacy magazine Consumer Reports. The report stated that while tens of millions of Americans live with some form of medical implant in their body, few of…

Oracle, Google patent case looks headed for court

Google and Oracle continued legal wrangling in a dimming effort to reach a deal to avoid facing off before jurors in a patent case trial. The trial remained set to start next month in a San Francisco federal court after Oracle spurned a proposal that Google pay about $3 million in…

China tells Apple to ‘care for workers’

The man tipped to be China’s next leader has told Apple that foreign firms should protect workers, state media said Thursday, as the US giant fends off criticism over factory conditions in China. International labour watchdog groups have said workers in Chinese plants run by major Apple supplier Foxconn of…

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