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Attorney: Judge’s landmark Facebook ruling means ‘Big employer is watching’

A federal judge’s recent decision to exclude the Facebook “like” from free speech protections means that workers who also use the world’s largest social network should now just assume that “Big employer is watching,” and act accordingly, an author and labor law expert told Raw Story recently. If upheld, the U.S.…

Vietnam bloggers battle tightening censorship

When riot police broke up a recent protest over a forced eviction,Vietnam’s bloggers were ready — hidden in nearby trees, they documented the entire incident and quickly posted videos and photos online. Their shaky images spread like wildfire on Facebook, in a sign of growing online defiance in Vietnam, in the face of…

Thousands of Twitter usernames and passwords exposed online

Twitter said that it was trying to figure out how user names and passwords from thousands of accounts apparently wound up posted at an online file sharing website. Information posted on Pastebin.com pages appeared to be from about 35,000 Twitter accounts, not counting about 20,000 that seemed to be redundancies,…

Homeland Security probing cyber attacks on U.S. gas pipelines

A campaign of cyber attacks has been targeting US natural gas pipeline operators, officials acknowledged, raising security concerns about vulnerabilities in key infrastructure. The Department of Homeland Security “has been working since March 2012 with critical infrastructure owners and operators in the oil and natural gas sector to address a…

Microsoft vows to go carbon neutral

SAN FRANCISCO — Microsoft on Tuesday vowed it would be carbon neutral in the fiscal year starting July. The plan to zero-out the overall amount of climate-changing gas spewed while running data centers, software labs, and offices and even during work-related travel included charging departments a fee for carbon produced.…

Twitter challenges subpoena seeking user data

NEW YORK — Twitter is challenging a court order to turn over to law enforcement data on one of its users involved in Occupy Wall Street in a case described by a civil liberties group as a major test of online freedom of speech. The motion filed Monday in a…

Google’s self-driving car licensed in Nevada

The state of Nevada has issued a license plate giving Google’s self-driving car the green light to travel along public roads. The modified Toyota Prius was issued a license bearing an infinity sign next to the left of number “001″ after demonstrating its auto-pilot capabilities on highways, neighborhood streets and…

Microsoft offers $99 Xbox consoles with a catch

Microsoft began testing whether a pricing strategy that has been a hit with smartphones will invigorate sales of its Xbox 360 videogame consoles. The technology titan began offering four-gigabyte consoles bundled with Kinect voice-and-gesture sensing controllers at select Microsoft stores in the United States for $99. The catch is that buyers must subscribe…

Google+ rolls out ‘Hangouts On Air’ worldwide

Google began letting members of its social network worldwide broadcast “hangouts” live to Internet titan’s growing online community. Hangouts On Air were introduced last year at Google+ with select high-profile members testing the service that lets as many as ten people at a time take part in virtual roundtable style video chats broadcast for…

Facebook buys mobile discovery startup Glancee

SAN FRANCISCO — Mere weeks from a multi-billion-dollar debut on the stock market, Facebook has ramped up its focus on mobile lifestyles with the purchase of “social discovery” startup Glancee. Glancee founders behind the smartphone application for finding like-minded people nearby joined the Facebook team in what was seen as…

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