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Google calls increasing requests to remove political content ‘alarming’

Political commentary remains a prime target as governments increase the number of requests for Google to remove material from the reach of Internet users. The Internet giant on Sunday released its fifth semi-annual Transparency Report providing insights into requests by countries around the world to “take down” content from search…

China gets closer to first space station with first automatic manned space dock

China completed its first automatic space docking on a manned mission Monday, before the three astronauts on board enter an orbiting module — a key step towards the nation’s first space station. The Shenzhou-9 spacecraft, which took off Saturday carrying the nation’s first female astronaut, came together with the Tiangong-1…

How Flame virus has changed everything for online security firms

Here’s a question: if you connect an unprotected Windows computer to the internet, how long will it take before it is infected by malicious software? The answer is: much more quickly than most lay users think. In 2003, the average time was 40 minutes. A year later it was 20…

China creates model for sustainable urban living

TIANJIN ECO-CITY, China — At first glance, Tianjin Eco-City looks much like any other upscale Chinese urban development, with its rows of identical apartment blocks, wide roads and manicured verges. In fact, it is being touted as a model for sustainable living in this rapidly urbanising and heavily polluted country,…

It is ‘succeed or die’ for Nokia, observers say

HELSINKI — Nokia’s surprise announcement of massive new spending cuts and 10,000 more layoffs had observers cautioning the beleaguered mobile phone giant is at a crossroads that will determine if it sinks or swims. Nokia, which only recently lost the world number one ranking it had held for 14 years,…

Google, Brazilian tribe launch culture map project

Google on Saturday unveiled a cultural map of Brazil’ Surui indigenous people, a digital tool that will help the Amazonian tribe share their vast knowledge of the forest and fight illegal logging. The map, the result of a five-year partnership between Surui chief Almir and the US technology giant, was…

First Apple computer fetches $374,000

A rare surviving first model of the Apple computer — a stripped down, clunky device that bears no resemblance to today’s sleek gadgets — sold for $374,000 at auction in New York on Friday. The price was more than double the pre-sale estimate, reflecting a two-way bidding war eventually won…

Alleged LulzSec hacker may avoid extradition to United States

Ryan Cleary, a 20-year-old allegedly linked to the activities of the LulzSec hacking collective, could escape extradition to the US on charges of computer misuse if he is tried in Britain for the same charges. Cleary was indicted on Tuesday by a grand jury in Los Angeles on charges that…

3-D printing could make guitars un-smashable

Guitarists of the Pete Townshend school wouldn’t be impressed, but their managers would be. The Who’s pioneering instrument-smasher could find he’s met his match with one of the bespoke nylon-bodied guitars made by Olaf Diegel, professor of mechatronics at Massey University in Auckland, New Zealand. “You could throw one against…

FBI ordered to turn over MegaUpload evidence

After a series of disputes and delays, U.S. investigators will have no choice but to turn over evidence against Kim Dotcom, founder of the shuttered cloud storage website MegaUpload, and his co-defendants, New Zealand’s highest court has ruled. The order by New Zealand chief High Court judge Justice Helen Winkelmann will…

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