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Sen. Franken questions FBI and Facebook over online privacy protections

WASHINGTON — A US Senate hearing Wednesday highlighted concern over the growing use of facial recognition technologies, both for law enforcement use and in big social networks like Facebook. Senator Al Franken, who chaired the judiciary subcommittee hearing, said the expansion of such biometric technologies poses concern over privacy and…

Google releases new platform to share information on dying languages

Google unveiled an online information exchange platform to try to give some extra lasting power to more than 3,000 endangered languages. Called endangeredlanguages.com, it is out to help improve the exchange of digital source materials in languages spoken by small numbers of people, from Navajo in the United States, to…

Interpol unveils fake goods scanning app with Google

Global policing body Interpol announced a pioneering initiative to crack down on trade in fake goods, using an app developed with the help of search giant Google. The Interpol Global Register (IGR), announced at a Google conference outside Los Angeles, aims to track illicit goods by verifying products through security…

New Dell fund will invest in data storage technology

SAN FRANCISCO — The chief of US computer maker Dell on Tuesday announced the launch of a $60 million fund focused on investing in technology for storing the massive amounts of data being collected by businesses. “We really believe in this explosion of data driven a lot by smartphones and…

European commission threatens Microsoft with antitrust fine

The European Commission threatened Microsoft with another big fine on Tuesday after the US software giant failed to give 28 million European customers the ability to choose their web browser. Microsoft immediately apologised for the “technical error” after 28 million users of the Windows 7 operating system were unable to…

New iPhone expected to feature slimmer screen

Apple is expected to unveil a new iPhone later this year with a slimmer screen thanks to updated touch-screen technology, a report said Tuesday. The next generation iPhone, referred to by fans as the “iPhone 5″, is being manufactured by Asian component makers, Dow Jones Newswires quoted unnamed sources as…

Australian man threatens ISP with an axe

An Australia man has admitted that he threatened to burn down his Internet service provider (ISP) and menaced the owner with an axe after hacking the company’s servers. Adelaide Now reported on Monday that 29-year-old Bryce Kingsley Quilley of Tailem Bend pleaded guilty to “unlawful modification of computer data, one…

Apple’s next iPhone to feature slimmer screen

Apple is expected to unveil a new iPhone later this year with a slimmer screen thanks to updated touch-screen technology, a report said Tuesday. The next generation iPhone, referred to by fans as the “iPhone 5″, is being manufactured by Asian component makers, Dow Jones Newswires quoted unnamed sources as…

Yahoo! raids Google for first woman CEO

SAN FRANCISCO — Marissa Mayer — who was one of Google’s first employees and headed products such as Google Maps — is now arguably the most prominent woman in Silicon Valley and a rare female CEO at one of America’s largest firms. The move comes as a surprise after many…

Microsoft revamps Office with ‘cloud’ links

SAN FRANCISCO — Microsoft on Monday unveiled next-generation Office software overhauled to stay popular with people using tablets or smartphones to access programs in the Internet “cloud.” Chief executive Steve Ballmer pulled back the curtain on the new software at a press event in San Francisco. The popular suite includes…

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