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Steve Jobs’ FBI file cites drug use, Eastern religion

A file compiled by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on the late industrialist Steve Jobs released on Thuesday reveals that some close to him noticed a change after he took up eastern religion, while others cited past drug use, and a tendency to be ruthless in pursuit of his goals.…

Windows 8 preview set for February 29

SAN FRANCISCO — Microsoft on Wednesday revealed plans to unveil a test version of its latest Windows computer operating software later this month. The US technology titan sent out invitations to a “Windows Consumer Preview” event to be held on February 29 at a hotel in Barcelona during a Mobile…

‘Tribler’ software makes Internet piracy impossible to stop

Internet piracy has been a hot topic in recent weeks, but it’s about to heat up even more. With lawmakers all over the world struggling to agree upon copyright regimes that would disconnect people from the Internet, shut down websites simply for linking to infringing content and cut off whole…

Nokia cuts 4,000 jobs in fight for smartphone market

World-leading mobile phone maker Nokia will cut 4,000 jobs at itssmartphone manufacturing facilities in Finland, Hungary and Mexico by the end of 2012, it said on Wednesday. “The expected headcount impact by country is 2,300 in Komarom (Hungary), 700 in Reynosa (Mexico) and 1,000 in Salo (Finland),” company spokesman James Etheridge told AFP. The job cuts…

Amazon tests e-commerce waters in India

US online retail giant Amazon has made its first foray into Indiawith launch of a shopping website, Junglee.com, as it tests the waters for a possible full entry into the nation’s e-commerce market. India’s e-commerce business is set to boom as incomes and consumer demand climb in a country of 1.2 billion people…

China issues ultimatum to bloggers and blog commenters

Microblog users in Beijing who do not register using their real names by mid-March will be banned from posting comments, a local official said on Wednesday, as authorities tighten their grip on the web. The Chinese capital recently ordered users of weibos — popular microblogs similar to Twitter — to…

Brazilian government files lawsuit against Twitter

The Brazilian government has filed a lawsuit against Twitter and its users in a bid to stop publication of messages alerting drivers to police speed traps and drunk-driving checkpoints. The suit was filed in a federal court in the central-west state of Goias. Brazil has asked for the “immediate suspension…

Yahoo! chairman, three directors stepping down

Yahoo! chairman Roy Bostock announced Tuesday he was stepping down from the board of the struggling Internet company along with three other directors. Bostock, in a letter to shareholders, also said Yahoo! was in “active discussions” with its partners in Asia on restructuring its holdings in the Alibaba Group and…

Brazil to overtake U.S. as top producer of biotech crops

Brazil is on course to dislodge the United States as the world’s top producer of biotech crops in the coming years, a leading promoter of farm biotechnology said Tuesday. The US currently holds the lead with 69 million hectares (170 million acres) under biocrop cultivation in 2011, ahead of Brazil…

‘App economy’ has created nearly half a million jobs

WASHINGTON — The explosion of software applications for smartphones, tablet computers and Facebook has created nearly 500,000 jobs in the United States since 2007, according to a study published on Tuesday. The study, sponsored by TechNet, a bipartisan organization of top technology executives, found that the “App Economy” employs 466,000…

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