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U.S. judge finds for MegaUpload, orders DOJ to cooperate on user files

A judge in Alexandria, Virginia ruled Friday in favor of attorneys for the cyberlocker website MegaUpload, ordering the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to work with the site’s operators to return personal files to more than 60 million of the site’s users. MegaUplaod founder Kim Dotcom, an eccentric New Zealand…

China shutters websites, deletes 210,000 posts over ‘rumors’

BEIJING (AFP) – China has closed 42 websites and deleted more than 210,000 posts since mid-March in a crackdown on online “rumours”, state media said Thursday, as a major political scandal rocked the country. The announcement on the official Xinhua news agency came as Chinese authorities ramped up efforts to…

Glitch extends deadline for generic top-level domain registration

The Internet domain name “revolution” was on hold Friday due to an apparent flaw that let some aspiring applicants peek at unauthorized information at the registration website. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) will resume taking applications on April 17 from those interested in running new generic…

Japan bank to install palm-reading ATMs

A regional bank in central Japan will become the country’s first financial institution to adopt automated teller machines that will identify users by their palms. Ogaki Kyoritsu Bank said it would install about a dozen palm-scanning biometric ATMs in late September and planned more in the future. Under the system, developed by Fujitsu Ltd., users will be able to prove…

Apple denies e-book pricing conspiracy

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple denied a charge that it schemed with publishers to hike prices for e-books, portraying itself as a hero for prying Amazon’s “monopolistic grip” from the market. “The DOJ’s accusation of collusion against Apple is simple not true,” Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr said in an emailed statement…

Google likely next target in DOJ anti-trust tech suits

Google is likely the next major tech target of US and EU trust-busters after the US Justice Department sued Apple for illegally colluding with publishers in the e-book market, legal experts said. In an industry in which companies can soar to near-monopoly positions in a few years, justice authorities on…

Ron Paul finally defeats the Fed in new video game

For Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), 76, the 2012 Republican primaries are probably his last tango with presidential politics. But the aging libertarian will still achieve his life-long dream of crushing the nation’s Federal Reserve banking system… If a Houston-based video game developer is successful, that is. Daniel Williams, 27, recently…

Instagram fans moan over slap in the Facebook

Facebook’s $1 billion gobbling up of Instagram has sent disgruntled fans of the quirky photo-sharing app to the delete button. Twitter and other online platforms buzzed Wednesday with depictions of Facebook as a corporate monster trampling over a defenseless community of creative, free-spirited types. “Guess it’s time to delete my instagram app…

DOJ sues Apple, publishers on e-book pricing

The US Justice Department sued Apple and five publishing firms alleging a conspiracy to raise prices and limit competition for e-books, and immediately announced a partial settlement in the case. As the antitrust suit was unveiled, officials said three of the publishers agreed to end the scheme to force retailers…

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