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Apple patent bid hints at changeable iPhone lens

A US patent application hinted that Apple may be toying with the idea of letting picture-loving iPhone users change lenses for the smartphone cameras. Apple’s application for a “back panel for a portable electronic device with different camera lens options” included a diagram reminiscent of an opened iPhone with labeled…

United Kingdom proposes massive archive of citizens’ Internet activity

The U.K. Home Office has proposed a bill that would allow authorities to log the activity of nearly everything roughly 60 million people do on the Internet, according to the Associated Press. “Communications data saves lives,” Home Secretary Theresa May said. “It is a vital tool for the police to…

Internet data caps targeted by antitrust probe

U.S. cable companies have become the subject of a wide-ranging antitrust probe launched in secret by the Department of Justice, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. Pay TV companies like Comcast, Time Warner Cable and AT&T have been questioned by investigators who are looking into whether they’ve conspired or colluded…

Foxconn worker falls to death in China

A Foxconn worker fell to his death in China, the company which assembles products for Apple said Thursday, following a series of fatalities that sparked concern about conditions at its plants. The 23-year-old, identified only by his surname Xie, fell from his rented apartment in the southwest Chinese city of…

Nokia to cut up to 10,000 jobs globally by end of 2013

Finland’s Nokia, one of the world’s biggest mobile phone makers, on Thursday cut its outlook and said it planned 10,000 job cuts by the end of 2013 amid massive additional cost-saving measures. “These planned reductions are a difficult consequence of the intended actions we believe we must take to ensure…

Twitter widens window to links in tweets

SAN FRANCISCO — Twitter added Wednesday to the array of online content people could preview in messages without having to click on links included in tweets. People who access the one-to-many text messaging service online at twitter.com or mobile.twitter.com were provided more opportunities to “expand tweets” with looks at pictures,…

Saab saved from bankruptcy to exclusively make electric cars

Saab is to be reborn as an electric car manufacturer focused on China under rescue plans drawn up by a Chinese-born entrepreneur. One of Scandinavia’s best known industrial brands is being bought out of bankruptcy by National Electric Vehicle Sweden. Kai Johan Jiang, the chief executive and main owner of…

Google street view engineers say they were unaware of data breach

Google has published sworn declarations from nine engineers, as the company tries to answer claims it orchestrated a cover-up of its collection of personal data from millions of internet users. Nine engineers involved in the controversial Street View project said they were unaware it had been designed to capture private…

ICANN reveals new top-level domains in London

Proposed new top-level domains for internet addresses to rival .com and .uk will be revealed in London on Wednesday. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (Icann) received 1,930 proposals for 1,410 different internet suffixes by the 30 May deadline. There are already about 300 suffixes in use. The…

How Microsoft and Yahoo are selling politicians access to you

Microsoft and Yahoo are selling political campaigns the ability to target voters online with tailored ads using names, Zip codes and other registration information that users provide when they sign up for free email and other services. The Web giants provide users no notification that their information is being used…

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