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Hackers claim to take down U.S. tear gas maker site

The “Anonymous” hacking group on Tuesday claimed to have shut down the website of security firm Combined Systems, which it accused of providing the tear gas used in crackdowns on protests. The statement circulated in forums used by the shadowy “hacktivist” group could not immediately be confirmed. The Combined Systems website…

Apple corporate reputation shines: Harris Poll

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple dethroned Google as the company with the most respected image in the eyes of consumers, according to Harris Interactive study results. The maker of iPhones, iPads, iPods and Macintosh computers got the highest score ever seen in the annual Harris Poll RQ study, which asks people…

Music service gives MySpace second wind

SAN FRANCISCO — Faded online social network Myspace said Monday it was getting a second wind due to the popularity of a freshly launched online music player. More than a million new members have signed up at myspace.com in the past month, with an average of 40,000 accounts being opened…

CIA website down again after second ‘Anonymous’ attack

A website for the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) appeared down again on Monday, just days after it was taken offline by a distributed denial-of-service attack allegedly launched by unknown members of the hacker group “Anonymous.” The site was down last Friday and remained offline all day before returning over…

Protest succeeds: Apple seeks audit of Chinese labor conditions

Technology giant Apple, Inc. said Monday it was asking the Fair Labor Association (FLA) to investigate working conditions at Chinese electronics manufacturer Foxconn, essentially caving to the demands of protesters who delivered over 250,000 petition signatures to the company last week. Foxconn, which hires over 1 million Chinese workers, has…

Microsoft India retail site hit by ‘cyber attack’

Microsoft said on Monday it was investigating an attack by hackers on its Indian retail website, reportedly carried out by a Chinese group called the “Evil Shadow Team.” The team struck at www.microsoftstore.co.in late Sunday, stealing login IDs and passwords of people who had used the website for buying Microsoft products,…

Australian women reject ‘I love u’ texts

Australian women may have embraced the digital era, but they prefer a face-to-face declaration of affection to an “I love u” text and find men addicted to their mobile phones a major turnoff. That’s according to a study carried out by romance publisher Mills & Boon, timed to coincide with Valentines Day on Tuesday.…

Fixing Airbus A380 wing cracks to ‘cost 100 million euros’

BERLIN — Tiny cracks detected in January in the wings of some Airbus A380s will cost around 100 million euros to fix, the German weekly Der Spiegel reports in its edition to appear on Monday. Experts and internal sources at Airbus estimate that repairs and inspections on the super jumbos,…

Malaysia deports Saudi blogger behind Prophet Mohammad tweets

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia deported a Saudi Arabian blogger on Sunday, police said, despite fears voiced by human rights groups that he could face execution in his home country over Twitter comments he made that were deemed insulting to the Prophet Mohammad. Hamza Kashgari, a 23-year-old columnist, sparked outrage…

Europeans protest controversial ACTA pact

Tens of thousands of people marched in protests in more than a dozen European cities Saturday against a controversial anti-online piracy pact that critics say could curtail Internet freedom. Some 41,000 people rallied in Germany, including 16,000 in Munich and 10,000 in Berlin, against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), which…

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