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Pranksters ‘Jiggly Puff,’ ‘Weedlord Bonerhitler’ sign anti-’Obamacare’ petition

When the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) set about thinking how to engage the Internet in new and unique ways, it probably did not occur to them that sometimes, the Internet tends to engage you right back. That misunderstanding apparently led to an NRCC petition drive this week seeking to…

Facebook forced to reveal identities of cyberbullies

A mother has won court backing to force Facebook to reveal the identities of cyberbullies who targeted her with a string of abusive messages on the website. Nicola Brookes, 45, was granted a high court order after receiving “vicious and depraved” abuse on Facebook after she posted a comment in…

Facebook launches app store

Facebook has launched an app store, similar to that for the Apple iPhone, in a bid to turn the social network into a key entertainment platform online. The network announced its “App Centre” in a blogpost late on Thursday, confirming its first major move into a booming market of gaming,…

Cyber experts warn of ‘intelligent weapons’

TALLINN — Quick advances in cyber war technologies could soon lead to a new generation of so-called “intelligent cyber weapons” which top global IT defence experts warn could be virtually unstoppable. “Rapid developments in cyber (technology) might lead to intelligent cyber weapons that are hard to control and it’s practically…

Password breach spreads beyond LinkedIn

WASHINGTON — More websites admitted security breaches Thursday after LinkedIn said some of its members’ passwords were stolen, and experts warned of email scams targeting users of the social network. Security experts were warning customers of the hacked websites to be alert for fake emails which purport to warn about…

Samsung vows U.S. launch of S III despite Apple suit

South Korea’s Samsung Electronics vowed to press ahead with the US launch of its newest smartphone this month, despite a fresh lawsuit filed by rival Apple seeking to block the cutting-edge model. Apple has asked a court for the Northern District of California in San Jose to ban sales of…

Majority of U.S. seniors now going online: poll

WASHINGTON — It’s taken a while, but a majority of Americans aged 65 and older are now finally using the Internet or email, according to the results of a Pew Research Center poll released Wednesday. Reporting its findings, Pew’s Internet research unit said 53 percent of senior citizens in the…

Mobile advertising worth $5.3 billion in 2011: survey

NEW YORK — Some $5.3 billion was spent on mobile digital advertising in 2011, a survey showed Wednesday in the first industry-sponsored measure of what is expected to be a booming market. The survey by the Interactive Advertising Bureau with its IAB Europe affiliate and the research firm IHS found…

Prosecutors: We can’t produce MegaUpload evidence

An attorney attempting to facilitate a U.S. extradition request for MegaUpload.com founder Kim Dotcom told a New Zeland judge this week that the prosecution cannot produce evidence against the defendant in a timely manner because his company’s servers are simply “too big.” MegaUpload, a cloud-based file sharing service, let its…

Internet adds trillions of new IP addresses

A new Internet standard giving the global network more room to grow came into effect Wednesday, a move that users probably won’t notice. The switch occurred at 0001 GMT Wednesday, when Internet operators switched to a new standard called IPv6 that allows for trillions of “IP” numbers or addresses, up…

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