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Google sets out to save dying languages

Google has set out to save the world’s dying languages. In an alliance with scholars and linguists, the Internet powerhouse on Wednesday introduced an Endangered Languages Project website where people can find, share, and store information about dialects in danger of disappearing. “People can share their knowledge and research directly…

Apple fined $2.29 mln over Australian ’4G’ iPad

Apple has been fined Aus$2.25 million (US$2.29 million) for “deliberately” misleading Australian consumers about the local 4G capability of its latest iPad. The tech giant was also ordered to pay Aus$300,000 in costs by the Federal Court in a case brought by regulators, who said the penalty sent a message…

How neo-Nazis are making money from YouTube advertising

Extremists post videos to exploit Google Adsense and share revenues from advertisers such as Virgin Media, BT and O2 Neo-Nazis are using YouTube’s revenue-sharing system on adverts to obtain payments from companies such as Virgin Media, BT and O2 without their knowledge or consent. By putting videos on YouTube, extremist…

Online innovation threatened by governments, Clinton adviser warns

Governments that attempt to regain control of the internet pose the greatest threat to innovation online, a senior adviser to Hillary Clinton has warned. Alec Ross, an adviser on innovation in the US state department, told a conference in London on Wednesday that governments across the globe will soon begin…

Facebook and Yahoo! in patent fight truce talks

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook and Yahoo! are in patent war truce talks that could end a legal battle between the companies, according to court documents available online Wednesday. “The parties are currently engaged in settlement negotiations to resolve this dispute,” attorney Kevin Smith of the Yahoo! legal team said in…

Vietnam’s tech-savvy entrepreneurs see boom in e-commerce

Vietnam’s young, tech-savvy population is turning to the Internet to break out of an economic system stifled by decades of communist rule, leading to a boom in e-commerce. Internet entrepreneur Thao Phuong earns twice as much money each month selling tropical fruit online to Hanoi housewives as she does from…

Officials: US and Israel created Flame cyber weapon

A U.S. and Israeli collaboration created the vastly complex cyber weapon Flame, designed to slow Iran’s nuclear program, officials familiar with the mission have told The Washington Post. Development of the Flame virus was overseen by the National Security Agency, the Central Intelligence Agency and Israel’s military, the report noted.…

Google+ touts users 170 million ‘upgrading’ as fewer engage with it

Google launched its Google+ initiative in June 2011: part standalone social network and part social layer for existing services like Gmail and YouTube and its search engine. A year later, how has it done? In April 2012, the company announced that “more than 170 million people have upgraded to Google+”…

Electronic Frontier Foundation calls for U.S. patent reform

SAN FRANCISCO — Internet rights group Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) on Tuesday launched a campaign to reform the US patent system, which it argued has been “weaponized” to attack inventors. “The software patent system is broken,” EFF staff attorney Julie Samuels said in a release. “Patents are supposed to help…

New eco-friendly denim-making process uses 92 percent less water

It takes lots of water and chemicals to make a pair of jeans, and environmentally conscious clothing makers caught on years ago to the need to make more sustainable versions these popular pants. But a Swiss chemical company said Tuesday its process for making eco-friendly jeans could streamline those efforts,…

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