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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…

Robotic ‘Kissenger’ provides virtual lips for long-distance lovers

Finding it hard to keep up the passion in a long-distance relationship? Help might be on the way. A robotics professor in Singapore has invented a gadget equipped with motion-sensitive electronic “lips” that allow amorous but absent couples to exchange long-distance smooches via the Internet. Shaped like a small head…

Senators revive cybersecurity bill, with changes

A group of US senators has revived stalled cybersecurity legislation by offering compromises to address civil liberties concerns, an effort quickly endorsed by President Barack Obama. The new bill drew some support from Republican lawmakers amid a drive to pass legislation before the summer recess, but prospects for passage were…

Google grabs startup devoted to Apple gadget email

A French startup behind email applications for Apple gadgets has been bought by Google as the Internet titan increasingly tailors hit software to run on its rival’s hardware. Sparrow co-founder and chief executive Dominique Leca announced on Friday that the Paris-based startup’s team will go to work on Gmail, Google’s…

Researchers find car-sharers are practical, not idealistic

We all grew up being told that being willing to share our toys with others was a virtue, and none of us was ever completely convinced. Now it seems that the real secret to getting people to share may be not to appeal to their better nature but to offer…

Online woes spark first ever loss for Microsoft

Microsoft has posted its first ever loss, shedding $492 million in the fourth quarter due to a massive $6.2 billion write-down to reflect the slump in value of its online operations. Microsoft still recorded an annual profit of $16.98 billion and said Thursday the results reflected “solid revenue growth and…

Sen. Reid says Internet sales tax could pass in 2012

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) believes that Congress could pass an Internet sales tax this year, allowing states to collect sales taxes from online businesses that have no physical presence there. Reid said the legislation was “very fair” and would “help these little strip malls we have all over…

Twitter appeals order to hand over Occupy protester data

NEW YORK — Twitter said Thursday it was appealing a court ruling ordering it to turn over data on one of its users involved in the Occupy Wall Street protest movement. In a case watched closely as a test of online freedom of speech, Twitter’s attorney Benjamin Lee said in…

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