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Tablets to overtake notebook PCs by 2016: study

Tablet computers are expected to overtake notebook PCs by 2016 as consumers shift to newer devices like the Apple iPad, a survey said Tuesday. The survey by research firm NPD said tablets will be “the growth driver” for the mobile computer market over the next few years. Overall mobile PC…

Finnish man’s iPhone bursts into flames

A 17-year-old Finnish man escaped unharmed after the the iPhone 4S he was carrying in his back pocket started smoking and then burst into flames. The Finnish publication SK24 reported that Henri Helminen was getting out of his van when smoke began to rise from his pants. In a CCTV…

Number of U.S. requests for Twitter user information dwarfs all other countries

Courts and law enforcement agencies in the United States have asked Twitter to hand over user information far more than any other country, according to a transparency report released by the social networking website on Monday. “Wednesday marks Independence Day here in the United States,” Jeremy Kessel, the legal policy…

Android, Apple extend gains in smartphone market

WASHINGTON — The Google Android platform extended its lead in the US smartphone market while Apple increased its market share to nearly a third in March through May, a survey showed Monday. Android accounted for 50.9 percent of all smartphones used in the US during the three-month average period, according…

Journalists, advocates and tech leaders band together to protect Internet freedom

A vast coalition of journalists, advocates and tech leaders announced this week the formulation of a new political platform in defense of the Internet, explaining in a declaration published Monday that this new international movement will fight to keep the Web “free and open.” The platform is designed to leverage…

‘Leap second’ wreaks Internet havoc

An adjustment of a mere second in the official global clock sent dozens of websites crashing in an incident reminiscent of the Y2K bug over a decade ago. The “leap second” was added to the Coordinated Universal Time to adjust clocks to the earth’s rotation the night of June 30,…

Google brags about economic impact of its advertising programs

Google said Monday its search and advertising operations generated $80 billion for 1.8 million US businesses in 2011. The annual report from the Internet search giant comes as it faces a US government probe of lucrative search and advertising business, in which it holds an estimated 65 percent market share.…

Apple settles Chinese iPad trademark fight: court

US technology giant Apple has paid a Chinese firm $60 million to settle a long-running dispute over the iPad trademark in China, a court said Monday. The government body overseeing trademarks has been asked to immediately recognise Apple’s rights to the iPad name, the High Court of the southern province of Guangdong said on its…

Are tech moguls the modern robber barons?

John Naughton asks whether today’s captains of industry – the wealthy and powerful figures who control the digital universe – are any different from the ruthless corporate figures of the past.  Here’s an interesting fact: 10 of the people on Forbes magazine’s tally of the world’s 100 richest billionaires made their…

Report: Facebook email switch changed address books

A story by CNET’s Violet Blue Saturday said Facebook’s move to change users’ e-mail addresses didn’t just affect their Facebook profiles – it affected their personal address books, as well. “Facebook users say contacts’ e-mail addresses on phones and personal devices have been altered without their consent,” Blue wrote. “Their…

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