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Milwaukee Zoo arranges iPad ‘play dates’ for oragutans in other zoos

The young orangutan reaches his hand through the cage and rubs his knuckles over an iPad, drawing wide colors across the screen with his favorite app. A few minutes later, Mahal presses his face up against the mesh, stretches out his long tongue and taps the screen to make it…

Twitter sues creators of spam-generating software programs

Twitter on Thursday turned to a US federal court in its latest effort to stop spammers targeting the worldwide one-to-many text messaging service. Twitter sued a small cadre of what it described as “the most aggressive” culprits behind blitzes of messages ranging from junk promotions to frauds and even links…

Google betting big on social media and mobile

Google co-founder Larry Page said his first year back at the company’s helm has been marked by big bets on social networking and mobile gadgets. Page marked the anniversary of his return as chief executive of the Internet colossus by sharing his thoughts in a letter posted at Google+ social…

‘Anonymous’ says it will hack more Chinese sites

The hacking group Anonymous said Friday it would continue targeting China, after announcing it had hacked hundreds of Chinese websites to protest against Internet censorship in the country. Most of the sites Anonymous China claimed to have hacked were working normally early Friday, although some still carried error messages, among…

Court revives Viacom copyright suit against YouTube

SAN FRANCISCO — 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 “a reasonable…

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…

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