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EU opens two antitrust investigations into Google’s Motorola Mobility

European regulators opened Tuesday two antitrust investigations against Motorola Mobility, bought by US Internet giant Google, in the latest chapter of an escalating patent war with Apple and Microsoft. The European Commission said it would check whether Motorola had abused a dominant market position on patents by seeking injunctions to…

Facebook countersues Yahoo! over patent claims

Facebook on Tuesday fired back at Yahoo! with a countersuit charging that the floundering Internet pioneer is violating the social network’s patents — and not the other way around. The move came after Yahoo! filed suit against Facebook in a California court last month accusing the social networking giant of…

MIT project aims to bring household robots to all

Imagine going to a local store, picking out a design for a robot to help with some household chores, and having the device built within a matter of hours. That is the vision of scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where a five-year, $10 million project to bring the…

Open University signs up 1 million subscribers on iTunes U

52 courses have now notched up more than 50m downloads since launching in January 2011. By Stuart Dredge Open University has attracted more than 1m active subscribers to its courses available on Apple’s iTunes U app for iPad in less than three months since its launch. OU says its 52…

Xbox 720 rumors: Blu-ray drive and always-on internet?

Reports say Microsoft is to adopt the Sony-backed Blu-ray tech in its next games machine, currently codenamed Durango Just in case you missed this on Monday, news site VG247 has learned from “multiple sources” that the next Xbox console, apparently codenamed Durango, will feature a Blu-ray drive and is set…

Google found guilty of false advertising in Australia

Internet giant Google was Tuesday found guilty of false and misleading advertising in Australia after a court upheld an appeal by the country’s competition regulator. Google had won a case brought by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) in September over claims that sponsored links at the top of its search results were…

How to hide emails from government snooping

Despite coalition proposals to monitor public email, there remain numerous free or low-cost methods to keep messages private You already know how to keep messages private: you just encrypt the contents using a password. But although this kind of technology has been freely available to PC users since Phil Zimmermann…

Cyber-defence slow due to generation gap: U.S. official

TALLINN — Sluggish moves to counter the rising threat of cyber-attacks can be blamed on a generation of policymakers out of touch with rapid technological change, a senior US official said Monday. “The truth is there are a lot of senior officials in many countries who barely even know how…

Nuclear-powered drones on the drawing board for U.S. military contractors

American scientists have drawn up plans for a new generation of nuclear-powered drones capable of flying over remote regions of the world for months on end without refuelling. The blueprints for the new drones, which have been developed by Sandia National Laboratories – the US government’s principal nuclear research and…

Britain’s Cameron faces backlash over mass electronic surveillance plans

British Prime Minister David Cameron is facing a growing backlash from within his own party over plans to extend the government’s powers to monitor people’s email exchanges and website visits. The measures would see Internet firms being instructed to install hardware enabling GCHQ — the government’s electronic “listening” agency —…

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