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Activist decries CISPA as ‘a Patriot Act for the Internet’

According to Internet activist Aaron Swartz, the proposed Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), which passed the House of Representatives this week, is even worse than the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) that was sidelined by a public outcry last winter. Swartz told Russia Today that whereas SOPA was…

Wind farms increase nighttime ground temperatures: Study

Large windfarms can increase local night time temperatures by fanning warmer air onto the ground, new research has revealed. The study used satellite data to show that the building of huge wind farms in west Texas over the last decade has warmed the nights by up to 0.72C. “Wind power…

Apple ‘avoiding billions in global taxes,’ report claims

Gadget giant Apple is avoiding billions of dollars in taxes by setting up small offices around the world to collect and invest the company’s profits, according to The New York Times. Saturday’s report said an office in Reno, Nevada, where the corporate tax rate is zero, was one of many…

Online petition demands Walmart probe bribery

An online petition started by a Walmart employee urging the retail giant to reform and investigate misconduct over a bribery scandal at a Mexican subsidiary had gathered some 4,700 signatures late Friday. The employee, who identified herself as Venanzi Luna, a department manager who has been working at the company for seven years, said the scandal prompted her to…

Facebook, Yahoo! patent battle heats up

A legal battle between Yahoo! and Facebook heated up Friday with the floundering Internet pioneer accusing the rising social network star of buying patents just to retaliate in court. The accusation came in a 37-page response filed by Yahoo! to a countersuit Facebook filed charging that the Sunnyvale, California-based company…

U.S., Russia plan hotline to prevent cyber war: report

A hotline between the United States and Russia designed to defuse misunderstandings that could trigger a nuclear conflict will likely expand to cover the potential risk of a cyber war, The Washington Post reported Friday. Under a proposal being negotiated with Moscow, the digital sphere would be added to topics…

Microsoft accused of trying to secretly influence ‘independent’ government expert

Microsoft is accused of trying to exert clandestine influence on a UK government consultation which could slash the software giant’s £700m income from the UK’s public sector. The Cabinet Office has thrown out one “independent” expert who had been helping organise a public discussion on how to introduce free software…

Olympians sue Samsung over Facebook app

LOS ANGELES — Eighteen US Olympians including swimming greats Mark Spitz and Janet Evans are suing Samsung Corporation, saying its US Olympic Genome Project Facebook app misuses their names and images. Spitz and Evans are joined as plaintiffs in the lawsuit filed Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court by diver…

U.S. seizes websites in stolen credit card crackdown

WASHINGTON — US authorities have ordered the seizure of 36 websites engaged in selling and distributing stolen credit card numbers, officials said Thursday. Visitors to the website, now in the custody of the federal government, are now greeted by a seizure banner under the FBI and Justice Department operation run…

Rep. Hank Johnson compares CISPA to ’1984′

Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) on Thursday compared controversial cyber security legislation to George Orwell’s famous dystopian novel 1984. The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) would authorize Internet companies, such as Internet service providers and social networking sites, to share private online communications and other data about possible attacks…

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