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Canadian election watchdog probing Paypal for robocalls

Canada’s elections watchdog focused Tuesday on online payments company PayPal’s records as part of a probe of “robocalls” that misdirected voters to fake polling stations during last year’s election. “PayPal has been served a production order in regards to the Elections Canada investigation,” the company said in a statement. Production…

Students, workers ordered to surrender Facebook passwords

Student athletes with the University of North Carolina, along with corrections officers in Maryland, have been subjected to an odd new policy that seems to be spreading to various employers throughout the country: social media monitoring that watches accounts from the inside. Speaking to MSNBC’s Bob Sullivan, attorney Bradley Shear…

‘Shrinkable car’ makes parking a breeze at high-tech fair

HANOVER, Germany — Scientists at the world’s biggest IT fair unveiled on Tuesday what they hope is the car of the future that can shrink to fit tight parking spaces and pick you up at the touch of a button. At just 2.10 metres (seven feet) long, the futuristic cobalt-blue…

Officials claim ‘LulzSec’ hacker collaborated with FBI

A hacker who allegedly led the “Anonymous” offshoot group “LulzSec,” believed to have caused billions of dollars in damages to privately held corporations and governments around the world, was working with U.S. law enforcement since August 2011, officials said Tuesday. Court documents unsealed Tuesday (PDF) in New York claim the…

Pole-dancing robots wow world’s biggest high-tech fair

Of all the weird and wacky futuristic gadgets and inventions at this year’s CeBIT, the world’s biggest high-tech fair, few have turned heads like a pair of pole-dancing robots. The sleek, white, life-sized humanoids, with camera-shaped lights as heads, gyrate suggestively to the music, provided by a third “DJ” robot, with…

Apple expected to unveil new iPad

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple is expected to reveal a new version of its coveted iPad on Wednesday in its first major media event since the death of legendary founder and beloved pitchman Steve Jobs. In typical Apple style, the California-based company has offered the scantest of hints as to what…

Anonymous blocks Peru’s high-tech police website

LIMA — The vigilante Internet hackers called Anonymous blocked the website of Peru’s police who fight against computer crime, a officials said Monday. The attack Sunday against the Division of Investigations of High-Tech Crimes “restricted access to the website from the outside,” a police source told AFP on condition of…

Yahoo plans restructuring that could result in thousands of layoffs

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Yahoo Inc’s new chief executive is preparing a significant restructuring of the Internet company, including layoffs that could cut thousands of employees from its payroll, according to a technology blog. The moves could be announced as soon as the end of the month and would represent…

App gives runners a boost with flesh-eating zombies

TORONTO (Reuters) – If your standard running routine needs an adrenaline boost, maybe flesh-eating zombies will do the trick. An app called Zombies, Run!, is a narrated game where real-world runners must out run zombies and collect supplies to keep themselves and their fellow humans alive — and the only…

U.S. officials: Stuxnet launched the next generation of warfare

In a fascinating segment Sunday night, CBS News’s 60 Minutes delved into the creation of the Stuxnet worm, a revolutionary piece of software that has given Iran’s nuclear program fits for years now. But it’s not just Iranian scientists who are now watchful for software attacks more sophisticated than anything…

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