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ICANN reveals new top-level domains in London

Proposed new top-level domains for internet addresses to rival .com and .uk will be revealed in London on Wednesday. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (Icann) received 1,930 proposals for 1,410 different internet suffixes by the 30 May deadline. There are already about 300 suffixes in use. The…

How Microsoft and Yahoo are selling politicians access to you

Microsoft and Yahoo are selling political campaigns the ability to target voters online with tailored ads using names, Zip codes and other registration information that users provide when they sign up for free email and other services. The Web giants provide users no notification that their information is being used…

Feature phone app focuses on online freedom

For people living in countries where the the government monitors and censors the Internet, help is on the way. It may be in a smartphone app or it could be a clandestine wireless network that looks innocuous but allows people to communicate out of the view of government censors. A project funded…

Apple fends off Android challenge with maps and Siri

Apple says it is planning to rev up the software running its coveted gadgets, training its sights on the China market — and tossingGoogle Maps aside in the process. Apple used its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San francisco Monday to show off upgrades to the software running iPhones, iPads, and iPod…

New app gives early warning of mean messages

Computer scientists have developed a mobile phone app that can predict the tone of incoming messages before a user reads them so that they are not caught off guard by angry or hostile words. The Android phone app “Stress @ Work”, created at the University of Portsmouth, colour codes messages so people have…

Apple fends off Android challenge with maps, Siri

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple said Monday it was making its own maps for iPhones and iPads as it revved up its mobile gadget operating system in a drive to outdistance rivals powered by Google’s Android software. Apple chief Tim Cook kicked off the California company’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC)…

Apple to preview iPhone software upgrade

Apple is expected to preview its new iPhone operating system (iOS 6) and show off some revamped MacBook laptops as it kicks off an annual gathering of developers on Monday in San Francisco. The Internet buzzed with rumors about what the notoriously secretive maker of iPads, iPhones, iPods, and Macintosh…

Iraqi environmentalists battle desert by planting trees

In addition to the devastation wrought by three decades of war, the country of Iraq is also suffering in many places from the encroachment of the desert as a result of water shortages and sandstorms. In an effort to hold the desert back, local officials have planted and irrigated more…

Flame super-virus has orders to self-destruct: Experts

US computer security researchers said Sunday that the Flame computer virus that smoldered undetected for years in Middle Eastern energy facilities has gotten orders to vanish, leaving no trace. Anti-virus company Symantec said in a blog post that late last week, some Flame “command-and-control servers sent an updated command to…

‘Anonymous’ hackers to protest Indian Internet laws

Global hacking movement Anonymous has called for protesters to take to the streets in 16 cities around India on Saturday over what it considers growing government censorship of the Internet. The call for demonstrations by the Indian arm of the group follows a March 29 court order issued in the…

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