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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…

Toyota unveils ‘first all-electric SUV’

LOS ANGELES — Toyota unveiled Monday what it says is the first all-electric sports utility vehicle (SUV) on the market, a version of its popular RAV4 with a top range of 100 miles and minimum six-hour charge time. The car will be sold initially only in California with a base…

Google violated Oracle copyright, but no damages: jury

SAN FRANCISCO — A jury in a high-profile technology case ruled Monday that Google violated copyrights owned by Oracle Corp. for the Android mobile platform, but failed to agree on whether damages should be awarded. In a partial verdict, jurors were unable to decide on a key point of whether…

Google ahead of Facebook in mobile space: Study

Google is leading Facebook in the race for smartphone users, a US survey showed Monday. The report by comScore, a study of mobile behavior, found Google sites attracted 93 million of the 97 million Americans using their smartphones for the Internet. Next was Facebook with 78 million, followed by Yahoo!…

BAE Systems tests pilotless fighter jets

BAE Systems has taken a step closer to removing pilots from fighter jets by launching the first major test flights for a new generation of intelligent drone aircraft. The defence group is assessing software for unmanned aircraft that will operate with an unprecedented level of independence. Defence experts believe pilotless…

MegaUpload founder Kim Dotcom targets New Zealand politician with rap video

Kim Dotcom’s penchant for online films is well documented. His recent YouTube releases include an expensively produced rap song in which the internet tycoon screams around a German race track with Formula One champion Kimi Raikkonen, and the famous Mega Song in which Dotcom is joined by the like of…

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