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Nokia eyes China in smartphone comeback push

Mobile phone giant Nokia on Monday looked to a launch in China to help it stage a comeback in the fiercely competitive smartphonemarket after a dismal 2011. On the opening day of Mobile World Congress, where tens of thousands of executives from the industry have gathered, the phone maker said it would push its…

Poles turn to Internet to circumvent new pet breeding laws

Poles have turned to cyberspace to circumvent a new animal rights law in Poland forbidding the sale of dogs and cats without a breeding licence, which had been intended to stamp out cruelty to animals. The law, which came into force on January 1, was intended to tackle the appalling conditions in which some unlicensed breeders kept…

Rocket lifts off with 3G military communications satellite

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) – An unmanned Atlas 5 rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Friday carrying the first satellite in a new military network designed to give cellphone-like 3G communications to troops on the move. The 20-foot(6-metre)tall Atlas 5 rocket, the most powerful launcher in…

Experts say Android flaw exposes devices to hackers

BOSTON (Reuters) – Cybersecurity experts have uncovered a flaw in a component of the operating system of Google Inc’s widely used Android smartphone that they say hackers can exploit to gain control of the devices. Researchers at startup cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike said they have figured out how to use that…

Women more likely than men to delete Facebook friends

WASHINGTON — Women are more likely than men to delete friends from their online social networks like Facebook and tend to choose more restrictive privacy settings, according to a study published on Friday. The study by the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project also found that men were…

Hedge fund demands five seats on AOL board of directors

NEW YORK — A US hedge fund with a large stake in AOL laid claim on Friday to five seats on the board of directors of the Internet company and criticized the strategy of the current management. Starboard Value said in a letter to the AOL board it was “troubled…

‘Anonymous’ hackers target private prison contractor

Hacker group Anonymous on Friday vandalized the website of a major US prison contractor in the latest salvo in an anti-police campaign. Anonymous subgroup “Antisec” took credit for replacing The Geo Group website home page with a rap song dedicated in part to convicted murderer Mumia Abu-Jamal and a message condemning prisons and policing in the…

Privacy advocates worry online advertisers will sneak around ‘Do Not Track’ rule

Following the White House’s announcement of support for new one-click Internet privacy rules, electronic privacy advocates warned Raw Story that online advertisers who claim support the new standards might not actually be keen on giving up their most valuable metrics. Experts who spoke to Raw Story this week warned that…

Hackers dog Los Angeles Police Canine Association

SAN FRANCISCO — Members of hacker group Anonymous took credit Thursday for an online raid of the Los Angeles Police Canine Association and the posting of personal and potentially embarrassing information. “Over the past three weeks, we in the cabin have been targeting law enforcement sites across the United States,”…

Secret documents reveal DHS lied about tracking Americans on social media

One of the nation’s leading electronic privacy groups claimed this week that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) misled members of Congress during a recent hearing on whether the Department is paying a defense contractor $11.4 million to keep tabs on protected free speech and dissent against government policies on…

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