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SOPA supporters await cash infusion from Netflix PAC

Video streaming giant Netflix has recognized the compelling financial logic behind Washington’s anti-piracy efforts. In a recent filing with the Federal Elections Commission (FEC), Netflix revealed that it has created its own political action committee called FLIXPAC, designed to support anti-piracy measures in Washington and the candidates that favor them.…

Man kills wife’s friend for flirting on Facebook

A jealous Taiwanese husband led an assault on a Facebook user who had flirted with his wife online, beating him to death with baseball clubs, police said Monday. Chou You-huang, a 34-year-old resident of south Taiwan’s Pingtung county, told police that he had requested a meeting with the 40-year-old victim, Chuang Shih-chang, after he found…

British interior ministry probes ‘Anonymous’ website attack

LONDON — Britain’s Home Office interior ministry said Saturday it was investigating reports that hacking group Anonymous had attacked its website over the government’s plans to boost Internet surveillance. Visitors to the ministry’s home page were greeted with a message saying the service was unavailable due to a high volume…

UK ‘exporting surveillance technology to repressive nations’

Fears that software similar to that which government wants to use in Britain is being sold to monitor dissidents abroad Britain is exporting surveillance technology to countries run by repressive regimes, sparking fears it is being used to track political dissidents and activists. The UK’s enthusiastic role in the burgeoning…

Facebook vulnerability allows hacking of iPhone app

Earlier this week, a Facebook app developer reported that he had found a security hole which allows the log-in information sent to Facebook from a variety of mobile devices to be hacked. Facebook quickly responded that the vulnerability only affected devices that had been “jailbroken” to remove security measure, but…

Milwaukee Zoo arranges iPad ‘play dates’ for oragutans in other zoos

The young orangutan reaches his hand through the cage and rubs his knuckles over an iPad, drawing wide colors across the screen with his favorite app. A few minutes later, Mahal presses his face up against the mesh, stretches out his long tongue and taps the screen to make it…

Twitter sues creators of spam-generating software programs

Twitter on Thursday turned to a US federal court in its latest effort to stop spammers targeting the worldwide one-to-many text messaging service. Twitter sued a small cadre of what it described as “the most aggressive” culprits behind blitzes of messages ranging from junk promotions to frauds and even links…

Google betting big on social media and mobile

Google co-founder Larry Page said his first year back at the company’s helm has been marked by big bets on social networking and mobile gadgets. Page marked the anniversary of his return as chief executive of the Internet colossus by sharing his thoughts in a letter posted at Google+ social…

‘Anonymous’ says it will hack more Chinese sites

The hacking group Anonymous said Friday it would continue targeting China, after announcing it had hacked hundreds of Chinese websites to protest against Internet censorship in the country. Most of the sites Anonymous China claimed to have hacked were working normally early Friday, although some still carried error messages, among…

Court revives Viacom copyright suit against YouTube

SAN FRANCISCO — A US appeals court on Thursday revived a billion-dollar lawsuit filed by entertainment giant Viacom accusing Google-owned website YouTube of knowingly profiting from pirated video clips. The judge handling the appeal reversed a lower court’s decision two years ago to toss out the case, saying “a reasonable…

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