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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…

Samsung releases Chrome desktop computer

SAN FRANCISCO — Samsung on Tuesday released the first Chrome desktop computer that essentially shifts work into Internet “cloud” using a version of the Google Web browser as its operating system. Staunch Google partner Samsung unveiled Series 3 Chromebox along with a beefed-up Series 5 Chromebook that is the latest…

Facebook tumbles, extends post-IPO slump

NEW YORK — Facebook shares tumbled nearly 10 percent Tuesday, extending their slump after the much-hyped public offering earlier this month ran into investor skepticism about the social network. Facebook closed with a loss of 9.68 percent at $28.82, dropping below $30 for the first time and ending down more…

Bradley Manning optimistic on brink of Wikileaks court martial

Two years into his military confinement for allegedly being the source of the biggest leak of state secrets in US history, Bradley Manning is keeping himself in a relatively positive state of mind, buoyed by trust in his lawyers and the support of close family and backers from around the…

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