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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…

Russian parliament to vote on ‘web censorship’ bill

The Russian parliament was Wednesday set to vote into law a contentious bill that activists fear will introduce Internet censorship by blacklisting sites deemed as undesirable. The amendments to an existing information law are being promoted as a crackdown on child pornography, creating a federal register that would rule out…

Megaupload offers U.S. deal on N. Zealand extradition

WELLINGTON — Megaupload boss Kim Dotcom on Wednesday offered to voluntarily leave New Zealand for the United States if prosecutors agree to release funds to bankroll his defence against online piracy charges. The deal would bypass lengthy extradition proceedings under way in New Zealand, which the German national complained were…

Apple co-founder on stage for disputed monologue

WASHINGTON — Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is to join a benefit performance of a controversial monologue about the iconic computer giant’s production lines in China, a theater in Washington said Tuesday. “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs” made headlines earlier this year when it emerged that its creator,…

NSA chief: Hackers causing ‘the greatest transfer of wealth in history’

Computer hackers are on the bleeding edge of the class war, and they’re finally cutting deep enough that the leader of the National Security Agency (NSA) is making an active push for some major congressional action. That’s why NSA chief, Gen. Keith Alexander, told the conservative-leaning American Enterprise Institute on…

Google faces $22.5 million fine for iPad and iPhone privacy breach

Google faces a $22.5m fine (£14.5m) for breaching the privacy of iPhone and iPad users after bypassing cookie rejection settings on the devices, according to reports. If confirmed, the fine would be the largest ever imposed by the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) against a single company – and would…

Kim Dotcom extradition trial delayed until 2013

A New Zealand extradition trial for MegaUpload founder Kim Dotcom won’t get underway until March 2013, The New Zealand Herald reported Tuesday morning. Dotcom’s attorneys told the court that they had too many other legal proceedings on their plate thanks to an earlier judgement that the raid on their client’s…

Atari Teenage Riot tricks Sony into supporting Anonymous legal defense fund

The frontman for digital punk band Atari Teenage Riot revealed in a lengthy interview published by Wired on Tuesday that he tricked electronics giant Sony into supporting a legal defense fund set up for hackers with the very same “Anonymous” movement blamed for taking down Sony’s own PlayStation Network. And…

NSA chief backs cybersecurity law

WASHINGTON — The head of the powerful National Security Agency, General Keith Alexander, said the US must adopt a law to protect the country from cyberattacks while insisting that it would respect privacy. Faced with ever-increasing Internet traffic and the more sophisticated nature of cyberattacks, Alexander said passing such legislation…

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