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Facebook will settle ad lawsuit for $10 million

Facebook will pay $10 million to settle a lawsuit from users who claimed their names, images and other information were improperly used in advertising described as “sponsored stories,” court documents showed. According to documents dated earlier this month and available online, Facebook and a series of plaintiffs submitted an agreement…

Microsoft hints it will compete with Apple on iPad

Microsoft kept the tech world buzzing Monday ahead of a mysterious announcement which has fueled speculation the software giant may unveil a product to challenge the Apple iPad. The venue for the invite-only announcement, shrouded in secrecy reminiscent of tech mega rival Apple’s media-frenzied unveilings, was disclosed to participants only…

Facebook buys facial recognition software startup Face.com

Facebook on Monday said it has bought a startup specializing in software that lets computers recognize people’s faces in digital images. It was not disclosed how much the leading social network paid for Face.com or what its plans are for the company. “People who use Facebook enjoy sharing photos and…

Earth’s supercomputing power surpasses human brain three times over

The combined processing power of the world’s most advanced computers has skyrocketed more than 66 percent since November, according to a study of supercomputers released this month. The study found that the U.S. is home to the world’s most powerful computer once again thanks to a new IBM machine called…

The iPhone makes up half of smartphone sales the U.S. even though Android wins globally

Here’s a statistic: in the first quarter of 2012, of the 18m smartphones sold in the US through carriers, the majority went to existing smartphone owners. Less than half – about 8.6m – went to new smartphone owners: people upgrading from a featurephone or getting their first phone. (The former…

Google calls increasing requests to remove political content ‘alarming’

Political commentary remains a prime target as governments increase the number of requests for Google to remove material from the reach of Internet users. The Internet giant on Sunday released its fifth semi-annual Transparency Report providing insights into requests by countries around the world to “take down” content from search…

China gets closer to first space station with first automatic manned space dock

China completed its first automatic space docking on a manned mission Monday, before the three astronauts on board enter an orbiting module — a key step towards the nation’s first space station. The Shenzhou-9 spacecraft, which took off Saturday carrying the nation’s first female astronaut, came together with the Tiangong-1…

How Flame virus has changed everything for online security firms

Here’s a question: if you connect an unprotected Windows computer to the internet, how long will it take before it is infected by malicious software? The answer is: much more quickly than most lay users think. In 2003, the average time was 40 minutes. A year later it was 20…

China creates model for sustainable urban living

TIANJIN ECO-CITY, China — At first glance, Tianjin Eco-City looks much like any other upscale Chinese urban development, with its rows of identical apartment blocks, wide roads and manicured verges. In fact, it is being touted as a model for sustainable living in this rapidly urbanising and heavily polluted country,…

It is ‘succeed or die’ for Nokia, observers say

HELSINKI — Nokia’s surprise announcement of massive new spending cuts and 10,000 more layoffs had observers cautioning the beleaguered mobile phone giant is at a crossroads that will determine if it sinks or swims. Nokia, which only recently lost the world number one ranking it had held for 14 years,…

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