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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…

How neo-Nazis are making money from YouTube advertising

Extremists post videos to exploit Google Adsense and share revenues from advertisers such as Virgin Media, BT and O2 Neo-Nazis are using YouTube’s revenue-sharing system on adverts to obtain payments from companies such as Virgin Media, BT and O2 without their knowledge or consent. By putting videos on YouTube, extremist…

Online innovation threatened by governments, Clinton adviser warns

Governments that attempt to regain control of the internet pose the greatest threat to innovation online, a senior adviser to Hillary Clinton has warned. Alec Ross, an adviser on innovation in the US state department, told a conference in London on Wednesday that governments across the globe will soon begin…

Facebook and Yahoo! in patent fight truce talks

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook and Yahoo! are in patent war truce talks that could end a legal battle between the companies, according to court documents available online Wednesday. “The parties are currently engaged in settlement negotiations to resolve this dispute,” attorney Kevin Smith of the Yahoo! legal team said in…

Vietnam’s tech-savvy entrepreneurs see boom in e-commerce

Vietnam’s young, tech-savvy population is turning to the Internet to break out of an economic system stifled by decades of communist rule, leading to a boom in e-commerce. Internet entrepreneur Thao Phuong earns twice as much money each month selling tropical fruit online to Hanoi housewives as she does from…

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