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MegaUpload founder Kim Dotcom targets New Zealand politician with rap video

Kim Dotcom’s penchant for online films is well documented. His recent YouTube releases include an expensively produced rap song in which the internet tycoon screams around a German race track with Formula One champion Kimi Raikkonen, and the famous Mega Song in which Dotcom is joined by the like of…

China firm seeks settlement in iPad battle

A Chinese computer company which sued Apple over the rights to the iPad trademark in China is now in talks for an out-of-court settlement, a lawyer for the firm said Monday. Proview Technology, based in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen, has been locked in a drawn-out legal fight with the US technology giant over ownership…

Facebook execs hit the road to persuade investors

NEW YORK — Facebook, already assured of becoming one of the most valuable US firms when it goes public later this month, now must convince investors in the next two weeks that it is worth all the hype. Top executives at the world’s leading social network have kicked off their…

Iran slams Google for leaving Gulf nameless

TEHRAN — Iran on Saturday criticised Google for leaving the body of water separating it from the Arabian peninsula nameless on its online map service, saying it would hurt the Internet giant’s credibility. “Google fabricating lies… will not have any outcome but for its users to lose trust in the…

Air Force pilots refuse to fly F-22 over safety fears

WASHINGTON — Two F-22 pilots say they have stopped flying the US Air Force’s most advanced fighter jet because of safety fears over the aircraft’s oxygen system, according to a CBS television “60 Minutes” report. The F-22 Raptor was grounded last year after a spate of incidents with pilots suffering…

SpaceX to send unmanned cargo mission to ISS on May 19

WASHINGTON — SpaceX said Friday it will attempt to send a cargo-loaded spacecraft to the International Space Station on May 19 after a series of delays, the latest over software issues. “SpaceX and NASA are nearing completion of the software assurance process, and SpaceX is submitting a request to the…

Company’s ‘LaserSaber’ looks just like ‘Star Wars’ Jedi weapon

George Lucas might be about to sue somebody. A company called Wicked Lasers, which produces some of the most powerful consumer-level lasers available, began selling on Friday a special attachment for one of their latest creations that turns it into a “LaserSabre,” which looks suspiciously like the favorite weapon of…

Android expenses questioned at Oracle copyright trial

SAN FRANCISCO — Jurors on Thursday continued to weigh whether Android infringed on Java copyrights as the trial judge ordered Google to clarify how much money has been made or lost on the mobile gadget software. The order in the case pitting Internet titan Google against business software giant Oracle…

13 million Facebook users fail to use privacy controls

Many users of Facebook are unaware of the privacy risks from the massive social network site or fail to take adequate precautions, a report by Consumers Reports said Thursday. The report found nearly 13 million US Facebook users do not use, or are not aware of the site’s privacy controls.…

Activision uses convicted felon Oliver North to sell ‘Call of Duty’

Col. Oliver North, a man convicted on multiple counts during the Iran-Contra scandal — who by his own admission had a “fairly good relationship” with the brutal, drug-running Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega — is apparently the new frontman for Activision’s next “Call of Duty” game. In a video published this…

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