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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…

Cartel web presence could be used against them: experts

CANCUN, Mexico — Experts from 20 countries gathered Wednesday at the Mexican resort town of Cancun to discuss a strategy for battling organized crime, in an effort mandated by the recent Summit of the Americas. Mexico drug cartels in particular have increasingly turned to the Internet to improve their communications,…

Google+ adds Zagat restaurant reviews

Google on Wednesday added the Zagat restaurant review content to its Google+ social network, as it rolled out a new local search feature that takes on services such as Yelp. The Internet giant added a “Local” tab to its Google+ social network to allow users to search for specific places or browse for…

Romney’s ‘With Mitt’ smartphone app mocked for misspelling ‘America’

It seemed like a simple enough concept on Tuesday night when the campaign of the Republican nominee for president, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, released its first smartphone app, “With Mitt.”  Within hours, however, internet pranksters had found a glaring spelling error and wasted no time ridiculing the app and…

Apple chief hints at innovation in TV

Apple chief Tim Cook on Tuesday vowed that creativity would remain in the company’s “DNA” and hinted that products on the horizon could come in the area of television. Cook was the star opening guest at a prestigious All Things Digital conference hosted by the Rupert Murdoch-owned technology news website at…

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