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UK students turn human billboards to pay off debts

In their scruffy jeans and trainers, Ross Harper and Ed Moyse look just like any other British 22-year-olds — except for the words “Buy My Face” and “Sold” emblazoned brightly on their faces. Standing in the middle of London’s shopping mecca Oxford Circus, the two Cambridge University graduates attract more than a few curious glances from the…

Celebrity hacker pleads guilty in U.S. court deal

LOS ANGELES — A 35-year-old computer hacker pleaded guilty Monday to breaking into the email accounts of stars including Scarlett Johansson and Mila Kunis, and was taken in custody. Florida hacker Christopher Chaney, who had been free on bond since his arrest last October — weeks after nude photos of…

MegaUpload founder: Copyright charges include songs I own

MegaUpload founder Kim Dotcom, the eccentric New Zealand millionaire accused of running the largest copyright theft operation in history, told a technology publication Monday that he is readying an “entertaining” motion in response to the U.S. government’s charges against him. One of the main charges, he told Torrent Freak in…

Microsoft seized two U.S. hacker ‘command’ servers

Microsoft on Monday said that cyber crime “command” servers in two US states were seized in an ongoing campaign to sever online crooks from infected computers used as virtual henchmen. A team headed by the software colossus capitalized on laws crafted to fight organized crime groups to obtain court orders…

Microsoft censoring Windows Live Messenger chats for copyright infringement

Update (below): Microsoft says it has “long” been censoring users Tech giant Microsoft is actively intercepting and censoring conversations in its Windows Live Messenger program, utilizing a block list to prevent users from trading links to a popular peer-to-peer media sharing website known as The Pirate Bay. While it’s not…

Japan court orders Google to halt auto-complete

A Japanese court has ordered search giant Google to suspend its auto-complete function because it breaches one man’s privacy, his lawyer said. Tokyo District Court approved a petition by the man, who claimed typing his name into the search engine generated a suggestion linking him to crimes he did not commit, lawyer Hiroyuki Tomitatold media Sunday.…

45-foot paper airplane takes flight over Arizona desert

A 45-foot-long paper airplane built out of a type of corrugated cardboard described as similar to the material used in pizza boxes was successfully launched earlier this week over the Arizona desert. The craft was constructed by the Pima Air & Space Museum as an offshoot of its Great Paper…

Facebook to users: Don’t give your boss your password

Facebook privacy chief Erin Egan has issued a stern statement regarding employers and prospective employers who ask individuals for their Facebook passwords. Egan cites a “distressing increase” in reports of individuals being asked to turn over their passwords or other Facebook account information to bosses, prospective employees and others. Addressing…

Facebook buys 750 IBM patents in battle with Yahoo

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook confirmed Friday that it has added a trove of IBM patents to its arsenal on an increasingly lawsuit-strewn technology battlefield. Reports that Facebook bought 750 software and networking patents from IBM surfaced less than two weeks after struggling Internet pioneer Yahoo! accused the thriving young firm…

Cyber-activists launch 80-nation campaign against illegal trash dumps

TALLINN — Cyber-environmentalists said Friday 80 countries have joined the World Cleanup 2012 campaign which will see volunteers across the globe use the Internet to target illegal trash dumps for cleanup. Portugal and Slovenia kick off the unprecedented six-month-long global anti-dumping campaign on Saturday, with Tunisia joining in Sunday. “The…

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