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MegaUpload founder teases revolutionary new music sharing service

The founder of MegaUpload may be down, but he’s not out. Despite having watched the U.S. government destroy his cloud-based storage website and accuse him of a “mega conspiracy” to defraud movie and music studios, online entrepreneur Kim Dotcom revealed this week that his ambitious new music service “Megabox” is…

Ray Bradbury’s work inspires Internet censorship code

Ray Bradbury’s fiction looks set to enter the structure of the internet, after a software developer has proposed a new HTTP status code inspired by Fahrenheit 451. Tim Bray, a fan of Bradbury’s writing, is recommending to the Internet Engineering Task Force, which governs such choices, that when access to…

Google accused of withholding evidence from Texas antitrust probe

Texas attorney general says that search giant is wrongly classifying email conversations between non-lawyers as being covered by lawyer-client privilege. The Texas attorney general is accusing Google of improperly withholding evidence to stymie an investigation into whether the company has been abusing its dominance of web search. The allegations surfaced…

E-book trend slow at U.S. libraries: study

Even as e-book sales surge, Americans are slow to look to their public libraries to take advantage of the format, a study showed Friday. The Pew Internet & American Life Project found just 12 percent of Americans ages 16 and older who read e-books say they have borrowed an e-book…

Twitter sets off jitters as ‘bug’ hits site

Twitter said a “cascading bug” caused outages affecting millions of users of the wildly popular site, and dismissed claims of a hacker attack. The outage led to a barrage of complaints and comments, some serious and others ironic, which the company said underscored “how critical Twitter has become.” The on-again-off-again…

U.S. and European Union form ‘global alliance’ to track online pedophilia

The European Union and the United States called on the rest of world Thursday to join them in a “global alliance” to combat child sex abuse on the Internet and track down paedophiles. The initiative aims to boost efforts to identify and protect victims, cut down on child pornography available…

Solar cell breakthrough taps previously unused energy source

A scientific breakthrough by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has produced a new type solar cell capable of absorbing energy from the infrared spectrum, where about 40 percent of the energy in sunlight exists. All prior solar cells ignored the infrared spectrum for energy stored in visible…

Study: Renewable sources could supply 80% of U.S. electricity by 2050

If the U.S simply committed to building out the transmission infrastructure, the Department of Energy (DOE) believes that currently existing renewable energy technology “is more than adequate” to supply up to 80 percent of the nation’s daily electricity use by the year 2050, a new study has found. Put together…

Google sets out to save dying languages

Google has set out to save the world’s dying languages. In an alliance with scholars and linguists, the Internet powerhouse on Wednesday introduced an Endangered Languages Project website where people can find, share, and store information about dialects in danger of disappearing. “People can share their knowledge and research directly…

Apple fined $2.29 mln over Australian ’4G’ iPad

Apple has been fined Aus$2.25 million (US$2.29 million) for “deliberately” misleading Australian consumers about the local 4G capability of its latest iPad. The tech giant was also ordered to pay Aus$300,000 in costs by the Federal Court in a case brought by regulators, who said the penalty sent a message…

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