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World IPv6 Internet address system upgrade likely to be smooth

The Internet is set for a major upgrade in the coming week, but if all goes well, users won’t even know it’s happening. The switch occurs at 0001 GMT Wednesday, when the Internet system shifts to a new standard that allows for trillions of “IP” numbers or addresses, up from…

Facebook users vote on privacy policy changes

Facebook on Friday began letting its more than 900 million members vote whether they approve of privacy policy changes introduced last month before the social network’s stock market debut. The polls opened at a “Facebook Site Governance Vote” page at the social network and will close June 8 at 900…

London Tube to get free wi-fi for Olympics

The last sanctuary from the incessant red light blinking on BlackBerry devices will begin to vanish in the next few weeks as Wi-Fi coverage is extended to the London Underground. Passengers will be able to check emails, browse the internet and even attempt to watch live TV on their mobiles,…

Google faces massive antitrust suit over search dominance

Europe’s antitrust chief has given Google until 2 July to offer changes in its search results and advertising rules or face the threat of being taken to court and potentially huge fines. Joaquin Almunia, the head of competition policy, has set out in a private letter the European commission’s concerns…

U.S. anti-counterfeiting treaty rejected by key European committees

Three key committees in the European Parliament, covering industry, civil rights and legal affairs, voted against the U.S.-sponsored Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) this week, sending a clear signal that activists pushing lawmakers to reject the treaty have had a major and lasting effect. Proponents of ACTA, which effectively exports U.S.…

Obama ‘sped up cyber-attacks’ on Iran’s nuclear program: report

President Barack Obama’s administration has taken direct responsibility for a rapid acceleration in cyber-attacks against Iran‘s nuclear programme. According to anonymous senior administration sources quoted in the New York Times, Obama decided to speed up a programme first launched by his predecessor, George W Bush, codenamed Olympic Games, whose aim was…

Final test version of Windows 8 released

SAN FRANCISCO — Microsoft on Thursday released the final test version of its next-generation Windows software crafted to power devices ranging from tablets to desktop computers. “We’re thrilled to be at this milestone with the Windows 8 Release Preview,” said Windows and Windows Live division president Steven Sinofsky. The nearly…

Twitter usage soars in U.S.: survey

WASHINGTON — One out of seven Americans who go online use Twitter and eight percent do it every day, a survey showed Thursday. The survey by the Pew Research Center found the number of Twitter users has doubled in the past two years to 15 percent of online adults. It…

MegaUpload says U.S. prosecutors lack jurisdiction

MegaUpload, a Hong Kong-based cloud sharing service shut down by U.S. authorities and accused of running the largest copyright infringement conspiracy in history, should not face prosecution in the U.S. because it never had offices or conducted business here, attorneys defending the site said in a court filing this week.…

Flame virus a new age cyber spy tool

SAN FRANCISCO — The Flame computer virus that smoldered undetected for years in Middle Eastern energy facilities confirmed fears that the world has entered a new age of cyber espionage and sabotage. Internet defenders on Wednesday were tearing into freshly exposed Flame malware (malicious software) that could be adapted to…

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