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Dutch court orders Internet providers to block Pirate Bay

THE HAGUE — A Dutch court Wednesday ordered two local Internet providers to block their clients from accessing Swedish file-sharing site The Pirate Bay, citing copyright concerns. “Internet providers Ziggo and XS4ALL must block their customers from accessing The Pirate Bay website,” The Hague district court said in a press…

Reddit to go dark Jan. 18 in protest of piracy bill

One of the most popular websites in the world, the heavily-trafficked social media forum Reddit.com, has announced that it will go dark on January 18 to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). Reddit’s plans are hardly unique, but they are the first to confirm that their service will go…

Google makes search personal

Google wove content from its social network and Picasa photo-sharing service into its search formula to serve up personalized results to online queries. “Search plus your world” was billed as a major change to the leading Internet search engine. “There is a huge amount of content on the Web today but, at a certain…

Twitter lashes out at Google search changes

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Twitter lashed out at changes Google Inc unveiled for its search engine on Tuesday, describing the changes as “bad” for consumers and for Web publishers. Twitter, a microblogging service which allows its users to broadcast short, 140-character messages to groups of “followers,” said Google’s changes would…

Televisions getting Siri-style personal assistants

LAS VEGAS — Startup Vlingo on Tuesday said that it is giving televisions the kind of voice-controlled “virtual assistants” that have been a hit with the latest version of Apple’s hot-selling iPhone. “If you are sitting on your couch you can just use your voice to control your TV, set-top…

Nazi mine washes up in Sweden

Military bomb experts in Sweden successfully disarmed a Nazi-era mine Tuesday morning after it washed up near one of the country’s beaches. According to Sweden’s The Local, the World War II weapon was discovered over the weekend near the town of Lorudden. Bomb experts initially thought the mine would contain…

Twitter’s ‘verified accounts’ now come with hefty price tag

When media mogul Rupert Murdoch’s wife allegedly joined Twitter, it didn’t take her long to earn a “verified account,” one of the few status symbols available to known individuals on the social media network. Days later, the account was revealed to be a fake, leaving journalists the world over wondering…

Nokia declares war in U.S. smartphone market

Nokia has declared war in the US smartphone market, with a Microsoft-powered handset tailored to take on Apple iPhones and Google-backed Android devices. Microsoft chief executive Steven Ballmer joined Nokia boss Stephen Elop on Monday to unveil the new Lumia 900 smartphone, which will run on Windows mobile software and…

Microsoft to bring Kinect to Windows PCs

Microsoft plans to bring its Kinect technology to bear on personal computers following its phenomenal success with the gesture and voice-recognition sensor in the Xbox 360 game console. “I’m thrilled to announce that Kinect is coming to Windows on February 1,” Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer said in his final…

Nokia declares war in U.S. smartphone market

LAS VEGAS — Nokia declared war in the US smartphone market with a Microsoft-powered handset tailored to take on Apple iPhones and Google-backed Android devices. Microsoft chief executive Steven Ballmer joined Nokia boss Stephen Elop to reveal the Finland-based mobile phone titan’s plans to hit the US market in coming…

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