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Judge scolds attorneys in Oracle vs. Google patent trial

SAN FRANCISCO — The judge presiding over a patent trial pitting Oracle against Google scolded rival attorneys on Monday as deliberating jurors grappled with subtleties of references in computer software code. US District Court Judge William Alsup’s patience was tried as Oracle and Google lawyers argued opposite responses to jury…

Google provides temporary Cornell science campus

NEW YORK — Google on Monday agreed to provide a temporary home to a high-tech science college run by Cornell University in New York City. The Silicon valley firm’s chief executive Larry Page announced that Google will allocate 22,000 square feet (2,000 square meters) of its New York headquarters to…

‘Anonymous’ hackers allegedly leak internal U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics data

Hackers operating under the title of “Anonymous” claim to have leaked internal emails and other electronic documents from the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics website. The files were uploaded onto the file-sharing website The Pirate Bay on Monday. The authenticity of the documents has not been confirmed. The Bureau of…

Pakistan blocks Twitter over Prophet cartoons

Pakistan blocked Twitter on Sunday, saying the website had refused to remove posts promoting a Facebook competition involving caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed. “The website has been banned by the Ministry of Information Technology and the decision was conveyed to us. There was blasphemous material on Twitter,” said Mohammad Younis…

China clears Google purchase of Motorola Mobility

Google on Saturday said that Chinese regulators approved its $12.5 billion deal to buy Motorola Mobility, clearing the path for the Internet titan to complete the acquisition early next week. US and European regulators gave approval to the purchase in February. Conditions put on the rubber stamp from China’s Ministry of Commerce included Google keeping its Android…

Google+: Still not as interesting as Pinterest, new study finds

Comparing public user engagement suggests that Google+ is still a niche pursuit, despite Google claiming it has 170 million people signed up – while Pinterest’s attraction remains high. Away from all the hubbub over that other social network, how is Google+ – described by Larry Page and others as the…

Facebook users file class action lawsuit over online tracking

Facebook’s first day of trading following its $100bn flotation has been gate-crashed by a $15bn class action against the social network. Users of the service have filed an “amended consolidated class action complaint” in federal court in San Jose, California, relating to allegations that Facebook has been “improperly tracking the…

Research paper finds music piracy ‘benefits’ album sales

Illegally downloading pre-release leaks of major artists’ albums actually “benefits” first week sales, and if used properly these types of leaks could even work as an effective promotional tool for the largest record labels going forward, according to findings in the first draft of a working paper put out this…

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…

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