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Payment via smartphone ‘going mainstream’ soon

Using smartphones or tablets as digital “wallets” will be common within a decade, largely replacing cash and credit cards, according to a Pew Research survey released on Tuesday. Sixty-five percent of “technology stakeholders and critics” who responded to an opt-in poll by Pew Research and Elon University Imagining the Internet…

Apple among the worst coal-powered cloud services: Greenpeace

Apple disclosed sensitive information about energy demand at the data centre housing its iCloud service for the first time on Tuesday, defending its green credentials in the face of a campaign by Greenpeace. In a report rating 14 companies leading the migration from local computers to cloud computing, Greenpeace gave…

MegaUpload close to ‘multi-billion dollar’ public offering before raid: report

The cyber locker website MegaUpload was planning to go public with a “multi-billion dollar” IPO when authorities raided their facilities and accused them of a “mega conspiracy” to pirate copyrighted materials, according to a corporate adviser who spoke to a popular tech blog this week. Torrent Freak, which covers news…

Toshiba to pay $850 million for IBM retail unit

Japanese electronics giant Toshiba said Tuesday it would pay about $850.0 million for IBM’s retail products unit, with the US firm saying it would create the world’s leading point-of-sale company. The transaction was expected to be completed later in the year, with the move aimed at retailers who “will benefit from…

Samsung Electronics boss vows fight in family feud

The chairman of South Korean giant Samsung Electronics Tuesday vowed to go “all the way to the end” in lawsuits with his two siblings over the vast family fortune, accusing them of being greedy. Lee Kun-Hee, 70, was in February accused by his elder brother and sister of taking over some shares…

Protest targets U.S. cyber intelligence legislation known as CISPA

SAN FRANCISCO — Civil liberties groups on Monday launched protests targeting proposed US cyber intelligence law that they fear would let police freely dip into people’s private online information. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Reporters Without Borders were among organizations that signaled the start of a week of Internet…

‘Anonymous’ hacker jailed for abortion provider attack

A 27-year-old man who hacked the website of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, the country’s biggest abortion provider, and stole about 10,000 records has been sentenced to two years and eight months in jail, according to The Register. The individual, James Jeffery, claimed to be a member of the hacking…

Netflix CEO blasts Comcast for shredding net neutrality

The CEO of Netflix blasted the nation’s largest cable Internet provider on Sunday for violating the principles of net neutrality by exempting its own online video service from bandwidth caps it recently imposed on other Internet usage. The criticism from Netflix CEO Reed Hastings seems to be in line with…

Long-dead rapper Tupac makes surprise appearance in hologram form

During a Sunday performance by rap stars Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, an incredibly realistic hologram of the long-dead Tupac Shakur joined them on stage, setting the crowd, and the Internet, buzzing with excitement. The trio played Tupac’s classic tracks “2 Of Amerikaz Most Wanted” and “Gangsta Party” as social…

FCC ends probe of alleged Google Street View privacy violations

SAN FRANCISCO — US government telecom regulators have ended an investigation into Google’s “Street View” online mapping service gathering data from private wireless hotspots. The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) enforcement bureau on Friday called for Google to pay a $25,000 penalty for stalling the probe but said that it could…

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