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U.S. seizes websites in stolen credit card crackdown

WASHINGTON — US authorities have ordered the seizure of 36 websites engaged in selling and distributing stolen credit card numbers, officials said Thursday. Visitors to the website, now in the custody of the federal government, are now greeted by a seizure banner under the FBI and Justice Department operation run…

Rep. Hank Johnson compares CISPA to ’1984′

Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) on Thursday compared controversial cyber security legislation to George Orwell’s famous dystopian novel 1984. The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) would authorize Internet companies, such as Internet service providers and social networking sites, to share private online communications and other data about possible attacks…

5 ways CISPA could be worse than SOPA for Internet activists

The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) and the now-dead Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) are two very different beasts aimed at solving two distinctly separate problems, yet CISPA has been characterized in the media as a sequel to SOPA, in an effort to link a new and relatively…

‘Walden Woods’ video game based on philosopher Thoreau’s life

Its lack of thrills, spills and multiple deaths means it is unlikely to appeal to fans of Grand Theft Auto and Call of Duty, but a video game based on the years Henry David Thoreau spent living alone in a Massachusetts cabin is in development, following a US government grant.…

Smartphone app files official TSA complaints in real-time

A smartphone application set to debut next week looks to bring real-time complaint reporting to Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoints. Developed by funding from The Sikh Coalition, a civil rights umbrella group that looks out for people who follow Sikhism, the app asks a series of questions that mirror the…

Game giant Nintendo posts first annual loss

Japanese videogame giant Nintendo on Thursday posted its first annual loss since becoming a public company, blaming a soaring yen and price cuts on its consoles for sinking it $530 million into the red. The Kyoto-based company in August slashed the price of its newNintendo 3DS by about 40.0 percent in Japan after a…

The ultimate babysitter? iPads for infants stir debate

Twenty-two-month-old George sits on a tiny blue chair, at a baby-sized desk, playing with a grown-up toy — an iPad, sign of a powerful trend that has set alarm bells ringing among child developmentexperts. Leaning over the tablet, the little Parisian finger-stabs the duck icon on “Moo Box”, an application with animal images that…

Apple enjoying fruit of China’s labor

SAN FRANCISCO — People in China are not only making coveted Apple gadgets, they are snapping them up as the booming nation becomes a top market for the trend-setting California company. Aftershocks of blockbuster Apple earnings powered by demand for iPhones in China echoed in rising stock markets on Wednesday.…

White House threatens to veto cyber security bill CISPA

The White House’s Office of Management and Budget on Wednesday announced that President Barack Obama would veto the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), unless important changes were made to the controversial cyber security bill. “The Administration is committed to increasing public-private sharing of information about cybersecurity threats as…

Judge rejects Bradley Manning dismissal in WikiLeaks case

A military judge on Wednesday rejected a request to dismiss all charges against US soldier Bradley Manning, who is accused of passing a trove of secret documents to the WikiLeaks website. Colonel Denise Lind said there was no “prosecutorial misconduct,” ruling out the dropping of all 22 counts against Manning,…

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