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Iran moves websites to avoid cyber attacks

Iran has moved most of its government websites to local hosts to protect them from cyber attacks, the country’s deputy communications minister said on Thursday. Ali Hakim Javadi, who is also head of Iran’s technology organisation, said more than 90 percent of the websites had already been transferred as “it…

China tightens rules for bloggers

BEIJING (Reuters) – China further tightened rules on microblogs on Thursday, requiring new authors on seven websites in southern Guangdong province to register their real names, state-run Xinhua news agency reported, in a move users decried as ineffective. Microblogs such as Sina’s Weibo allow users to issue messages of a…

Verizon 4G network crashes again

SAN FRANCISCO — A high-speed smartphone data service freshly rolled out by Verizon crashed anew on Wednesday as the US telecom titan continued to work out issues with its new-generation network. Verizon Wireless 4G LTE data service disruption spread across the United States and lasted several hours but subscribers remained…

Political cyber squatters put NewtGingrich.com up for sale

A Democratic Super PAC is occupying NewtGingrich.com, and they’re not going to let it go without at least a few smarmy headlines. In what should be seen as a kid-level marketing failure by the Gingrich campaign, somehow the former House Speaker failed to pay less than $10 to purchase his…

Microsoft walking off CES stage

Microsoft on Wednesday said that it will step out of the spotlight at the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, connecting with industry players in the wings and shunning the stage. The CES gadget extravaganza in January will be the last time the Redmond, Washington-based software colossus stakes out…

Tom Clancy game casts 99 Percent as domestic terrorists

An upcoming game in the Tom Clancy franchise is ruffling some feathers for depicting a domestic terrorist attack staged by individuals who sound sympathetic to the 99 Percent movement. “Tom Clancy’s Rainbow 6: Patriots,” due out in 2013 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC, was teased in a recent…

Mobile app to help Indian women fight sex assault

A smartphone app launched Wednesday in the Indian capital Delhi aims to fight a rise in sexual assault cases by enabling women to immediately alert friends or family if they feel at risk. The “Fight Back” app created by Indian non-profit Whypoll will — at the press of a single…

Google remains default search engine at Firefox

SAN FRANCISCO — Mozilla on Tuesday said that it has renewed a deal making Google the default search engine in the nonprofit organization’s open-source Firefox Web browsing software. “We’re pleased to announce that we have negotiated a significant and mutually beneficial revenue agreement with Google,” Mozilla chief executive Gary Kovacs…

Internet circumvents anti-piracy bill before it even passes

Software developers have already found a way around the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), which the House Judiciary Committee will not markup until sometime early next year. Most critics say the bill would create an Internet “blacklist” that forces ISPs, search engines, financial firms and advertisers to de-list websites…

Google ramps up investment in solar energy

Google on Tuesday ramped up its investment in clean energy by backing the construction of solar panels that will feed electricity to California’s power grid. The Internet giant announced that it is pumping $94 million intoRecurrent Energy projects near the state’s capitol of Sacramento, raising its investments in Earth-friendly power generation to $915 million. “We believe…

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