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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…

Yahoo! lays off 2,000 employees in ‘restructuring’ effort

Struggling US Internet firm Yahoo! said Wednesday it would slash some 2,000 jobs in a sweeping restructuring aimed at building a “smaller, nimbler, more profitable” company. Yahoo! chief executive Scott Thompson, who took the top job in January promising urgent action to turn the company around after a year of…

App makes saving energy social at Facebook

An application released on Tuesday plugs into the power ofFacebook to make saving energy an online community affair. The social networking colossus worked with the Natural Resources Defense Council and energy information software specialty firmOpower to launch the mini-program with an initial reach of more than 20 million US households. The application – available online at…

BlackBerry maker out to capitalize on rivals

Research In Motion launched a new software platform Tuesday that lets businesses manage smartphones made by rivals that have been devouring the BlackBerry maker’s market share. BlackBerry Mobile Fusion was launched as a “next-generation mobile device management solution” for companies faced with a growing trend of employees wanting to use…

EU opens two antitrust investigations into Google’s Motorola Mobility

European regulators opened Tuesday two antitrust investigations against Motorola Mobility, bought by US Internet giant Google, in the latest chapter of an escalating patent war with Apple and Microsoft. The European Commission said it would check whether Motorola had abused a dominant market position on patents by seeking injunctions to…

Facebook countersues Yahoo! over patent claims

Facebook on Tuesday fired back at Yahoo! with a countersuit charging that the floundering Internet pioneer is violating the social network’s patents — and not the other way around. The move came after Yahoo! filed suit against Facebook in a California court last month accusing the social networking giant of…

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