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Microsoft counts on allies in mistimed tablet market

Microsoft is counting on friends to make it a hit later this year when it crashes a tablet computer party at which Apple has been the star ever since the launch of the iPad. The US software colossus turned a draining patent lawsuit withBarnes & Noble into a mutually beneficial alliance that could make…

Racial profiling at airports? Here’s an app for that

WASHINGTON — Travelers who suspect they are victims of profiling by security screeners at US airports can now lodge a complaint in minutes, thanks to a smartphone application released on Monday. The Sikh Coalition, supported by African American, Latino and Muslim civil rights groups, said its FlyRights app can be…

Court returns MegaUpload founder’s cash, cars

Kim Dotcom, the eccentric founder of cyber-locker website MegaUpload, will have more than $800,000 in assets returned to him thanks to a decision Monday by the High Court of New Zealand, according to Radio New Zealand. The decision comes on the wake of a fresh political scandal set off by…

Microsoft ventures into ebook market with Barnes & Noble

Microsoft teamed up Monday with US bookselling giant Barnes & Noble in a venture aimed at grabbing a bigger share of the rapidly growing market for electronic books. The world’s biggest software group will make a $300 million investment in a new Barnes & Noble subsidiary focusing on the bookseller’s…

British court orders ISPs to block The Pirate Bay within weeks

Britain’s internet providers have been ordered by the high court to block access to the filesharing website The Pirate Bay. The high court on Monday told five leading internet service providers (ISPs) , including Sky and Virgin Media, to block the site in the UK after ruling that it breaches…

Apple pays lower corporate tax rate than Wal-Mart: report

Computer giant Apple isn’t just a pioneer of merging art and technology — the most profitable tech company in the world is also a tax innovator, having created some of its own accounting tricks to get around paying billions to the U.S. Treasury, according to a report from The New…

Breakthrough wind turbine produces drinking water

What if your source of electricity also gave you clean drinking water? That’s the promise of new technology developed by the French engineering firm Eole Water, first conceived in the late 90s by a man who collected water from his air conditioner. He reasoned that if an air conditioner could…

Tech support for CISPA wobbles as Microsoft calls for privacy safeguards

The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) may have a strong backing in the tech world, but that began to look increasingly tenuous this weekend after software giant Microsoft seemed to walk back its support for the bill, warning that the company would now push lawmakers for additional privacy…

FCC: Google staff knew of Street View data breach

The Google engineer behind the collection of wireless data by Street View cars told at least two colleagues – including a senior manager – about the controversial plans before it was released, a US regulator has found. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said in a report that the Google engineer…

Kim Dotcom in New Zealand political donation row

New Zealand police said Monday they were investigating allegations that a government minister tried to hide campaign donations fromMegaupload boss Kim Dotcom. The German Internet tycoon, who faces extradition to the United States for allegedly masterminding massive online piracy, told the New Zealand Herald he donated NZ$50,000 ($41,000) to ACT Party leader John Banks in 2010. Dotcom, 38,…

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