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Twitter opts in to ‘Do Not Track’ privacy initiative

Twitter says it will honour requests from users who do not want their online behaviour tracked, the company said on Thursday, in contrast with web companies such Google and Facebook whose business models rely heavily on collecting user data. Twitter announced that it will officially support “Do Not Track,” a…

School forces students to reveal Facebook activity, unlock smartphones

A middle school outside Chicago has one mom on a privacy rampage after her daughter claimed administrators forced her to log into her Facebook page so they could inspect her online social activities. This mom’s rampage has now taken her all the way to the front page of MSNBC.com, where…

Facebook set to make record pop in IPO on Friday

Facebook on Friday makes the richest-ever share offering for a technology firm, raking in billions of dollars it could wield to dethrone Google as king of the Internet. Facebook stock priced at $38 per share was to begin trading under the symbol “FB” on the Nasdaq, giving the world’s leading…

India’s poorest become video journalists

One video shows police beating protesters with sticks. Another shows two lifeless, dirty bodies dragged from their workplace in the sewers. In a third, a man explains why his hand was slashed. The disturbing clips and personal stories have a common thread: all the victims are “untouchables”, now known as…

Remember Stuxnet? Why the U.S. is still vulnerable

Last week, the Department of Homeland Security revealed a rash of cyber attacks on natural gas pipeline companies. Just as with previous cyber attacks on infrastructure, there was no known physical damage. But security experts worry it may only be a matter of time. Efforts to protect pipelines and other…

U.S. slaps big duties on Chinese solar cells

WASHINGTON — The United States slapped hefty anti-dumping duties on Chinese solar cell makers Thursday in a move likely to heighten trade tensions between the two global economic powers. The Commerce Department said it had found that Chinese solar cell producers and exporters had been selling solar cells into the…

Facebook becomes a driver of economic growth: Studies

Out of thin air, Facebook is evolving into a global driver of jobs and economic growth. But how big is the impact? That’s a matter of much debate. The social networking giant set to launch a massive public offering this week has spawned dozens of startups and thousands of apps…

Photo-sharing social network Pinterest valued at $1.5 billion

Move over, Facebook. Pinterest, the social site that lets people “pin” pictures and content to create collections of interest, has become the latest company to be valued at more than $1bn (£630m), following a $100m round of funding. While estimates of the effective valuation implied by the investment vary between…

Facebook to kick off IPO the hacker way: reports

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook will go public hacker style with an all-night software bending bash to culminate with co-founder Mark Zuckerberg remotely ringing the Nasdaq opening bell on Friday, reports said. Employees were signing up for a “hackathon” to start late Thursday at Facebook’s offices in the Silicon Valley city…

Google searches get smarter

SAN FRANCISCO — Google on Wednesday began making its search engine smarter in a major upgrade that looks beyond query words to figure out what people are actually seeking online. “Knowledge Graph” technology built to recognize people, places or things signified by keywords took its fledgling steps in the United…

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