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Sex offenders booted from videogame playgrounds

NEW YORK — New York State’s top prosecutor on Thursday announced that thousands of sex offenders have been kicked out of online playgrounds popular with young videogame lovers. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said that 3,580 accounts belonging to people compelled by law to register with authorities for sex crime convictions…

YouTube signs deal with Paramount Pictures

Web channel wins contract to screen Paramount films in the US and Canada, while UK service blinkbox signs deal with Disney YouTube has reached a deal to screen films from Paramount Pictures in the US and Canada, meaning the web channel now has agreements with all six major Hollywood studios…

Anonymous: We hacked 300 Chinese government, commercial sites

The hacking group Anonymous has claimed it has hacked 300 Chinese websites in recent days, including government and commercial sites, in protest at web censorship in the country. According to messages posted on the group’s Twitter account this week, the latest of which was on Thursday, Anonymous said it had…

Robot band covers The Beatles’ ‘Come Together’

Researchers at the Drexel University Engineering Lab recently showcased four of their humanoid robots doing something robots don’t typically participate in: playing in a band. And if that weren’t enough, they’re even covering The Beatles’ “Come Together,” written by John Lennon. In a video published to YouTube this week, The…

Court reinstates Viacom copyright lawsuit against YouTube

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 that “a reasonable jury could…

Apple fights hundreds of thousands of virus-controlled Macs

Computer giant Apple released a patch this week for its OS X 2012 and 10.6 operating systems about the same time a Russian security company claimed that up to 600,000 Mac computers around the world are being controlled by a piece of malware that sucks targeted computers into a “botnet,”…

Google shows off long-secret glasses project in demo video

In a brief proof-of-concept video published this week, Google lifted the curtain on their forthcoming digital-overlay glasses, demonstrating how they work and the various ways people might use them. Rumored for a long time but never-before-seen outside of the search giant’s Google[x] lab,the glasses are believed to be coming out…

Developing countries face digital divide: study

SAN FRANCISCO — The World Economic Forum said Wednesday that the BRICS countries, despite their booming economies, are lagging behind their rivals when it comes to capitalizing on Internet technologies. The Switzerland-based non-profit group released a report highlighting that the world’s most developed countries dominate the top of a “networked…

Nanomedicine trials show promise in shrinking advanced tumors

A new method of delivering cancer drugs that could cut down on chemotherapy’s side effects and boost the strength of the tumor-fighting medicine has shown promise, US researchers said Wednesday. Early phase 1 studies on a small group of humans have shown the therapy, which delivers a potent cancer drug…

Scientists unveil solar cells the width, flexibility of spider silk

Austrian and Japanese researchers on Wednesday unveiled solar cells thinner than a thread of spider silk that are flexible enough to be wrapped around a single human hair. The thin-film device, comprising electrodes on a plastic foil, is about 1.9 micro-metres thick, a tenth the size of the thinnest solar…

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