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Google unveils magazine reading application

SAN FRANCISCO — Google on Thursday released a magazine reading application for smartphones or tablet computers powered by Android or Apple software. The California Internet titan worked with more than 150 publishing partners for the US launch of “Google Currents,” which is also integrated with the Google+ online social network…

Federal judge: Blogger not entitled to media protections

A self-described “investigative blogger” has been ordered to hand over $2.5 million to an investment firm after a federal judge in Oregon ruled she was not a journalist and therefore not entitled to the legal protections afforded to them. Crystal L. Cox of Montana was sued in January by the…

Internet domain name expansion comes under fire

WASHINGTON — A plan to expand the number of Internet domain names came under fire in the US Congress on Thursday, a day after the head of the Federal Trade Commission said it could potentially be a “disaster.” The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the global body…

Yahoo! awarded $610 million in spammer case

SAN FRANCISCO — Yahoo! on Wednesday said that a judge ordered spammers to pay $610 million for running a larcenous lottery scheme using the Internet pioneer’s name. The default judgment, which meant no one showed up to defend against the accusations, was declared on Monday by a federal district judge…

Facebook fixes photo privacy bug

WASHINGTON — Facebook has fixed a bug that allowed the viewing of some private photographs of other members and which was reportedly used to access personal pictures of founder Mark Zuckerberg. The bug involved Facebook’s system of reporting inappropriate images on the social network. By reporting a member’s profile picture…

Social media makes anti-Putin protests ‘snowball’

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Artyom Kolpakov used to shrug when he came across occasional appeals on social media sites to protest against Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and his government. “I didn’t see the point really,” he said. But something changed when, clicking through amateur videos and online testimonies documenting cases of ballot-stuffing and repeat voting, he…

Sprinter turns to eBay for Olympic bid

An athlete on Wednesday put himself up for auction on online gianteBay in a desperate attempt to attract sponsors in the run up to London’s 2012 Olympic Games. The eventual winner will earn the right to emblazon its brand on sprinter James Ellington’s kit at training and press events before and after next…

Apple named in lawsuit over Carrier IQ ‘spy-phone’ software

Three cell phone providers and four cell phone manufacturers have been named in a class-action lawsuit related to hidden software included on smartphones, which allegedly logs and may transmit users’ personal information. The lawsuit was filed last Friday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware by the…

Verizon blocks Google Wallet on Galaxy Nexus: report

(Reuters) – Wireless service provider Verizon Wireless will not include Google Inc’s payments app Google Wallet on its latest smartphone Galaxy Nexus this month, the Wall Street Journal said. Galaxy Nexus is a smartphone developed by Google and Samsung Electronics Co based on the internet search giant’s Android software. Google Wallet lets people use phones to make payments, redeem digital coupons…

Olympus ex-presidents approved loss cover-up: panel

The committee probing a massive cover-up of losses at Japan’sOlympus said Tuesday two former presidents approved the long-running scheme and that core management at the firm had been “rotten”. The panel of lawyers and an accountant chosen by Olympus said Tsuyoshi Kikukawa and his predecessor Masatoshi Kishimoto had backed the plan to…

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