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Violent video game targets feminist blogger

A short-lived online video game encouraged players to “beat up” a blogger researching sexist tropes in the gaming industry, The Huffington Post reports Though “Beat Up Anita Sarkeesian,” as the game was called, was taken down from NewGrounds, a games and animation open-submissions site, 24 hours after being posted, it’s…

‘Anonymous’ activists in Japan pick up litter to protest download laws

About 80 masked people, calling themselves allies of the global hacker group Anonymous, picked up litter in Tokyo Saturday in a novel protest against Japan’s tougher laws against illegal downloads. In light rain, they took part in an “anonymous cleaning service” for one hour in a park and on pavements…

Twitter beefs up search function

Twitter said Friday it was upgrading its search functions to include “autocomplete” and spelling correction features. The new Twitter search will also anticipate when users are looking for posts by people they follow, and offer related suggestions. The move by the popular social media group is similar to search functions…

Prosecutors: Kim Dotcom has no right to see evidence against him

A New Zealand prosecutor working with U.S. authorities hoping to extradite MegaUpload founder Kim Dotcom said Thursday that a judge and defense attorneys do not have the right to see the prosecution’s evidence against Dotcom because he’s not facing trial in the country. Instead, Dotcom’s attorneys will be given a…

ACLU’s new Android app lets users secretly record police misconduct

A new Android application released by the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey (ACLU-NJ) and OpenWatch.net allows users to secretly record police encounters and automatically save their recordings to a public website for all to see. Called “Police Tape,” the ACLU-NJ’s app builds on work done by OpenWatch.net with…

Analysts: Apple may trounce rivals with smaller iPad

Apple, which is expected to launch a mini version of its market-leading iPad tablet, could quickly overpower its rivals in the segment with the addition of the new product, analysts say. The launch expected later this year however would probably prompt Apple co-founder Steve Jobs to roll over in his…

MegaUpload boss takes ‘freedom fight’ to Twitter

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom has taken to Twitter as a self-styled “freedom fighter” as he waits to find out if the United States can extradite him from New Zealand to face online piracy charges. The German national has amassed more than 56,000 followers in less than three weeks since he…

Rand and Ron Paul’s next project: Fracture the Internet freedom movement

One of the emerging Internet freedom movement’s greatest assets — the hyper-aware, ever-connected, techno-libertarian crowd that has fervently supported Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) for president — is about to become one of it’s greatest opponents. Paul and his son, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), are taking up a new project that,…

Security researcher warns of Android ‘botnet’

Malware has been spreading on Android mobile phones that takes control of certain email accounts to create a “botnet” to send out spam, a security researcher said this week. Microsoft security engineer Terry Zink said the malware has infected phones of users’ Yahoo email accounts to send out spam messages.…

Apple preparing to launch smaller tablet

Apple is preparing to launch a smaller tablet computer in the coming months in a bid to maintain its edge in an increasingly crowded market, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. The Journal cited unnamed sources as saying that component parts manufacturers had been ordered to gear up for mass…

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