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Twitter usage soars in U.S.: survey

WASHINGTON — One out of seven Americans who go online use Twitter and eight percent do it every day, a survey showed Thursday. The survey by the Pew Research Center found the number of Twitter users has doubled in the past two years to 15 percent of online adults. It…

MegaUpload says U.S. prosecutors lack jurisdiction

MegaUpload, a Hong Kong-based cloud sharing service shut down by U.S. authorities and accused of running the largest copyright infringement conspiracy in history, should not face prosecution in the U.S. because it never had offices or conducted business here, attorneys defending the site said in a court filing this week.…

Flame virus a new age cyber spy tool

SAN FRANCISCO — The Flame computer virus that smoldered undetected for years in Middle Eastern energy facilities confirmed fears that the world has entered a new age of cyber espionage and sabotage. Internet defenders on Wednesday were tearing into freshly exposed Flame malware (malicious software) that could be adapted to…

Cartel web presence could be used against them: experts

CANCUN, Mexico — Experts from 20 countries gathered Wednesday at the Mexican resort town of Cancun to discuss a strategy for battling organized crime, in an effort mandated by the recent Summit of the Americas. Mexico drug cartels in particular have increasingly turned to the Internet to improve their communications,…

Google+ adds Zagat restaurant reviews

Google on Wednesday added the Zagat restaurant review content to its Google+ social network, as it rolled out a new local search feature that takes on services such as Yelp. The Internet giant added a “Local” tab to its Google+ social network to allow users to search for specific places or browse for…

Romney’s ‘With Mitt’ smartphone app mocked for misspelling ‘America’

It seemed like a simple enough concept on Tuesday night when the campaign of the Republican nominee for president, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, released its first smartphone app, “With Mitt.”  Within hours, however, internet pranksters had found a glaring spelling error and wasted no time ridiculing the app and…

Apple chief hints at innovation in TV

Apple chief Tim Cook on Tuesday vowed that creativity would remain in the company’s “DNA” and hinted that products on the horizon could come in the area of television. Cook was the star opening guest at a prestigious All Things Digital conference hosted by the Rupert Murdoch-owned technology news website at…

Cyber-attack concerns raised over Boeing 787 chip’s ‘back door’

Two Cambridge experts have discovered a “back door” in a computer chip used in military systems and aircraft such as the Boeing 787 that could allow the chip to be taken over via the internet. The discovery will heighten concerns about the risks of cyber-attacks on sensitive installations, coming on…

Court says YouTube not obligated to control content

PARIS — A Paris court on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit against YouTube filed by French television, saying the video-sharing website was not obligated to control content of uploaded material. YouTube is “a priori not responsible for the content of videos posted on its website” and “is under no obligation to…

BlackBerry maker to study options, warns of loss

NEW YORK — BlackBerry maker Research In Motion warned Tuesday it could report a loss in the current quarter and said it had hired investment firms to study its strategic options. The move comes with the BlackBerry, which pioneered the smartphone, rapidly losing market share to Apple’s iPhones and devices…

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