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45-foot paper airplane takes flight over Arizona desert

A 45-foot-long paper airplane built out of a type of corrugated cardboard described as similar to the material used in pizza boxes was successfully launched earlier this week over the Arizona desert. The craft was constructed by the Pima Air & Space Museum as an offshoot of its Great Paper…

Facebook to users: Don’t give your boss your password

Facebook privacy chief Erin Egan has issued a stern statement regarding employers and prospective employers who ask individuals for their Facebook passwords. Egan cites a “distressing increase” in reports of individuals being asked to turn over their passwords or other Facebook account information to bosses, prospective employees and others. Addressing…

Facebook buys 750 IBM patents in battle with Yahoo

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook confirmed Friday that it has added a trove of IBM patents to its arsenal on an increasingly lawsuit-strewn technology battlefield. Reports that Facebook bought 750 software and networking patents from IBM surfaced less than two weeks after struggling Internet pioneer Yahoo! accused the thriving young firm…

Cyber-activists launch 80-nation campaign against illegal trash dumps

TALLINN — Cyber-environmentalists said Friday 80 countries have joined the World Cleanup 2012 campaign which will see volunteers across the globe use the Internet to target illegal trash dumps for cleanup. Portugal and Slovenia kick off the unprecedented six-month-long global anti-dumping campaign on Saturday, with Tunisia joining in Sunday. “The…

Congressmen push bill to put violence warnings on videogames

In an apparent effort to leverage a recent court ruling on cigarette warning labels, two members of Congress re-introduced a bill this week that would slap stark warnings on nearly all videogames, cautioning that they can lead to aggressive behavior. However, their push for new warning labels seems to disregard…

Activists ‘commit more data breaches than cybercriminals’

Activists such as “Anonymous” who hack into government and corporate computer networks and then release files to embarrass those organisations were responsible for more than half of all known data thefts last year, according to a new survey.That’s a big change from recent years when the motivation behind most cyberattacks…

Nokia feels out tattoos that vibrate with incoming calls

SAN FRANCISCO — Mobile phone maker Nokia is seeking a US patent for tattoos that vibrate to let people know when they have calls on their mobile phones. Technology laid out in a patent application available online Wednesday would enable tattoos to receive magnetic waves emitted by mobile phones. Waves…

Megaupload boss allowed $49,000 monthly expenses

WELLINGTON — A New Zealand court granted Megaupload boss Kim Dotcom NZ$60,000 ($49,000) a month in living expenses Thursday as he awaits a US bid to extradite him on online piracy charges, reports said. The German national reportedly applied for NZ$220,000 month to cover his costs when he was freed…

Google: Charges against user-upload site threaten social Internet

Search giant Google filed an amicus brief this week in support of HotFile.com, a cyber locker website that hosts user-uploaded content, saying that potential legal sanctions against the site endanger the entire social Internet. Responding to the brief, America’s largest film studios objected, saying the court should ignore Google’s analysis.…

NSA chief denies allegations of Big Brother machine in Utah

Allegations that the U.S. National Security Agency is building a type of Big Brother machine in Utah that can access all electronic communications have officially been denied by the agency’s director, who came under scrutiny by members of Congress on Tuesday. Responding to the recent report by Wired author James…

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