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Cyber attack on Iranian oil ministry is ‘most sophisticated’ computer worm yet

A cyber-attack that targeted Iran’s oil ministry and main export terminal was caused by the most sophisticated computer worm yet developed, experts have warned. The virus appears to have been directed primarily at a small number of organisations and individuals in Iran, the West Bank, Lebanon and the United Arab…

Man who tweeted joke about blowing up UK airport will get new trial

A man who tweeted a joke threat to “blow up” Robin Hood airport in South Yorkshire has lost his attempt to overturn the judgment – but now the appeal will be considered all over again. Senior judges have ordered a fresh hearing of the original case against Paul Chambers from…

Google faced with a million requests a month to remove copyrighted material from search

Figures from Google’s transparency report reveal huge increase on 2009 as growth comes from rise in ‘enforcement vendors’ Google is receiving more than a million requests a month from copyright owners seeking to pull their content from the company’s search results, the web giant has revealed. The number requests has…

Facebook makes mobile move after IPO flop

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook released a “camera” application Thursday that lets people take Instagram-style pictures that can be shared with iPhones. The stand-alone application synchs to the leading social network, letting friends consult one another’s photos. The new mobile app “makes using Facebook photos faster and easier,” according to product…

French group asks Google to stop suggesting ‘Jew’ in name searches

A French judge on Wednesday asked a mediator to resolve a dispute pitting Internet giant Google against anti-racism groups who object to the search engine suggesting users add “Jew” to name searches. The conflict stems from Google’s autocomplete feature that suggests what search people might want based on algorithms of…

Jury finds Google innocent of Java patent infringement

A jury on Wednesday declared Google innocent of infringing on Java patents in a high-stakes court battle pitting the business software titan Oracle against the Internet giant. In a unanimous decision, ten jurors agreed that Oracle had not proven any of its claims that Google infringed on Java patents in…

Facebook fighting off lawsuits over IPO flop

Facebook and its underwriters came under broad legal attack Wednesday as lawyers and investors filed lawsuits over Facebook’s controversy-marred initial public offering. At least three law firms said they were filing actions against Facebook and its underwriters after the $16 billion IPO flopped amid accusations that the lead underwriters and…

Mazda & Fiat to jointly produce sports car

Japanese automaker Mazda Motor and Italy’s Fiat said Wednesday that they have agreed to jointly produce a new two-seater sports car as part of a technology and product development alliance. The vehicle, which will use Mazda’s next-generation rear-wheel-drive technology, is to be sold under the Mazda and Alfa Romeobrands, the latter owned by Fiat, with some differences including an engine…

Cyber crooks cranking out new weapons, experts warn

Cyber criminals are cranking out new weapons at a brisk pace, tailoring malicious software for a spectrum of gadgets including smartphones, tablets, and Macintosh computers, a security firm said. A “threats report” released late Monday by McAfee showed that the number of new pieces of malicious code, or “malware,” targeting…

Dell profit plunges on disappointing sales

SAN FRANCISCO — US computer maker Dell on Tuesday reported a 33 percent drop in profits in a disappointing quarterly report for former market leader. The company, which has slipped to third place in the global PC market, said its profit in the first fiscal quarter fell to $635 million.…

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