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Wikipedia hits defining moment in social Web era

Wikipedia, the public knowledge website, is more than a decade old and remains among the top 10 Internet sites in the world, but some say it is becoming old and dowdy. Others want to keep it that way. At the “Wikimania” event held in Washington over the past week, several…

Medicare finds penis pump fraud is big business

Medicare payments for penis pumps have skyrocketed by 500% over the last decade, going from $7.2 million in 2000 to over $36 million in 2011, and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services has been busy looking into allegations of fraud. Although erectile dysfunction is a common problem in older…

Apple gives in, rejoins environmentally friendly tech program

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple said Friday it was rejoining a program to certify its products as environmentally friendly after a controversy that could have dented sales of its popular gadgets. The California company behind iPads, iPhones, iPods and Macbooks said it was reversing its decision to quit the Electronic Product…

Internet media firm Betaworks buys social news site Digg

SAN FRANCISCO — Faded social news star Digg announced Thursday that it has been bought by online media company Betaworks in a move aimed at reviving the firm’s cache. The terms of the deal were not disclosed but online reports estimated the purchase price at $500,000. Betaworks said in a…

Asian manufacturers pay $571 million for price-fixing LCD displays

Three major Asian manufacturers have agreed to pay fines of $571 million to US states as part of the ongoing case on price-fixing of LCD displays for electronic devices, officials said Thursday. The settlements were reach with Japan’s Toshiba Corporation, AU Optronics of Taiwan and LG of South Korea, according…

Yahoo Voice hack leaks 450,000 usernames and passwords

Usernames and unencrypted passwords posted online after hack attack on Yahoo Voice network More than 450,000 usernames and unencrypted passwords appear to have been stolen from Yahoo Voice, a user-contribution services on Yahoo’s network, and posted online. Similar attacks have been reported separately against other online services, including Android Forums…

Amazon reportedly testing new smartphone

The online retail giant Amazon is testing a new smartphone and may launch production later this year or early next year, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. The story, datelined Taipei, said the company is working with Asian component suppliers to test the new device, which would enter a crowded…

Richard Branson, family to make first private voyage into space in 2013

British tycoon Richard Branson stole the show here Wednesday, announcing that he and his family would be on Virgin Galactic’s first trip into space, as Airbus and Boeing eked out more plane orders. Branson was showcasing a mock-up of his SpaceShipTwo (SS2) aircraft at the biennial Farnborough airshow near London…

San Francisco plans to ban Apple over green credentials

City officials may be banned from buying the computers after the technology company pulled out of a green scheme San Francisco is planning to ban its city officials from buying Apple computers after the technology company, headquartered nearby in Cupertino, dropped out of a green certification scheme. The move, in…

Amazon testing new smartphone: report

The online retail giant Amazon is testing a new smartphone and may launch production later this year or early next year, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. The story, datelined Taipei, said the company is working with Asian component suppliers to test the new device, which would enter a crowded…

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