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EU court upholds billion-dollar Microsoft fine

A European court upheld a billion-dollar EU fine against Microsoft on Wednesday but reduced the penalty by tens of millions of euros. The General Court, the European Union’s second highest, dismissed Microsoft’s bid to annul the penalty but cut the US software giant’s fine by 39 million euros to 860…

24 nabbed in U.S.-led cybercrime finance sting

NEW YORK — At least 24 people were arrested in the United States and abroad in a US-led sting operation targeting cyber criminals buying and selling stolen credit card information, officials said Tuesday. “Operation Card Shop” targeted “sophisticated, highly organized cyber criminals involved in buying and selling stolen identities, exploited…

Facebook users angered over email switch

Facebook users were venting anger over a move changing users’ default email address to the one operated by the leading social network. “You can thank Facebook for making that change without telling you,” said security consultant Graham Cluley of Sophos. Facebook indicated in April it would be “updating addresses on…

Survey: Half of U.S.teens prefer in-person time with friends to Facebook

For all the time they spend online, and it’s a lot, nearly half of US teenagers say they’d much rather spend time with friends in the real world, a major survey published Tuesday indicated. Nine out of 10 young Americans aged 13 to 17 who took part in the national…

UK ‘three strikes’ piracy legislation could go into effect in March 2014

Illegal downloaders will start receiving warning letters from internet service providers from 1 March 2014, under a draft code for the government’s anti-digital piracy regime drawn up by media regulator Ofcom. Under the draft code, published on Tuesday by the regulator, the UK’s biggest ISPs – BT, Everything Everywhere, O2,…

Teens favor facetime over Facebook, survey finds

For all the time they spend online, and it’s a lot, nearly half of US teenagers say they’d much rather spend time with friends in the real world, a major survey published Tuesday indicated. Nine out of 10 young Americans aged 13 to 17 who took part in the national…

British police investigate racist ‘tweet attack’ on England duo

LONDON — British police launched an investigation on Monday after two England internationals were subject to abuse on social networking site Twitter. Ashley Young and Ashley Cole were targeted after missing penalties in England’s Euro 2012 quarter-final loss to Italy on Sunday. A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: “We are aware…

British LulzSec hackers admit CIA cyber attacks

LONDON — Two British members of the hacking group LulzSec admitted Monday carrying out cyber attacks against the CIA and Rupert Murdoch’s British newspaper group News International. Ryan Cleary, 20, and Jake Davis, 19, pleaded guilty at London’s Southwark Crown Court to charges that they launched distributed denial of service…

Teens deceiving parents on Internet use: McAfee survey

WASHINGTON — Teenagers are increasingly deceiving their parents about where they go and what they do online, security technology firm McAfee said Monday in its latest survey on young people and the Internet. In a statement, McAfee said nearly half of the American parents it surveyed thought their adolescents told…

New York Times expands digital platform to subscribers with Flipboard

The New York Times said Monday it was expanding its digital news offerings to third-party platforms as part of a push for more online subscribers. The “NYT Everywhere” will begin with Flipboard, a so-called social magazine which allows its users to flip through news from around the world. Starting Thursday,…

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