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US camera pioneer Kodak files for bankruptcy

The century-old US camera pioneer Eastman Kodak, which brought photography to the masses, filed for bankruptcy early Thursday after years of failing to keep pace with the digital age. “The Board of Directors and the entire senior management team unanimously believe that this is a necessary step and the right…

China to further tighten control of microblogs

BEIJING — A senior Chinese propaganda official has said real-name registration for the nation’s hugely popular microblogs will be expanded, as authorities tighten their grip on the web amid fear of unrest. Beijing, Shanghai and the southern province of Guangdong have recently ordered new users of weibos — microblogs similar…

Moulitsas: Democrats ‘incredibly stupid’ for still backing SOPA

Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas on Wednesday blasted the Democrats who continue to support the House’s Stop Online Piracy and the Senate’s Protect IP Act. Although a number of Republican lawmakers dropped their support of the anti-piracy bills after the largest online protest in history on Wednesday, some prominent Democrats…

Koobface computer virus gang unmasked

WASHINGTON — Online security researchers claimed Tuesday to have identified the members of a Russian gang of cyber criminals behind the Koobface computer virus which has attacked Facebook and other sites. Facebook said meanwhile that its security team had helped knock out a computer server which controlled a Koobface “botnet”…

MPAA calls blackout protest a ‘dangerous gimmick’

The Motion Picture Association of America, the film industry’s largest lobby, is not happy about the growing opposition to two anti-piracy bills being considered by the U.S. Congress. Critics of the bills have said they could break the fundamental structure of the Internet and result in censorship. Internet-base companies like…

Issa ‘committed’ to blocking anti-piracy bills

Appearing on a panel of tech experts and activists opposed to the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect Intellectual Property Act (SOPA/PIPA), Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) promised that so long as he’s in Congress, legislation that looks anything like either of those bills will not go through. “I am…

U.S may be behind Mars probe failure: Russia

Russia on Tuesday said the failure of its Phobos-Grunt probe for Mars could have been caused by radiation from US radars, in its latest allegation of Western interference in its space programme. “There is such a theory,” Yury Koptev the head of the scientific committee of state technology company Russian Technologies told the RIA-Novosti news agency. “To test…

Google, Facebook battle Indian criminal charges

NEW DELHI — Google and Facebook on Monday fought in the Delhi High Court to quash criminal charges that they are responsible for obscene online content. The companies, which are set to be joined in their action by Microsoft and Yahoo!, have filed petitions asking for a lower court case…

Foxconn to ‘lay off 600 people’ in Slovakia

BRATISLAVA — Taiwanese electronics company Foxconn will lay off 600 people in its Slovak plant where it makes LCD televisions for Sony due to low demand, Slovak business daily Hospodarske noviny reported on Monday. “The unfavourable situation in the LCD television sector in the global and European markets has had…

Wikipedia to blackout in protest of anti-piracy bills

The world’s largest encyclopedia will go dark on Wednesday in a dramatic protest against two anti-piracy bills being considered by the U.S. Congress, Wikipedia announced on Monday. Concerned that the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and its sister in the Senate, the Protect IP Act, might deal severe damage to…

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