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Lost smartphones mined by finders: Symantec

SAN FRANCISCO — Lost smartphones are likely to be mined for valuable information by strangers who find them, according to the results of a sting operation conducted by computer security firm Symantec. Symantec intentionally “lost” 50 smartphones at shopping centers, bus stops and other public places in cities in the…

Indie video games are the new counter-culture

Keith Stuart, guardian.co.uk Something important is happening with games at the moment. It has nothing to do with the blockbusting mainstream success of Modern Warfare 3. It isn’t about the increasing convergence of Hollywood movies and Triple AAA interactive entertainment. It is about a quiet revolution in the indie sector,…

CNN in talks to buy Mashable for $200 million

John Plunkett, guardian.co.uk CNN is on the verge of buying social media news website Mashable for “upwards of $200m”, according to reports. The global news network, which is owned by Time Warner, is said to be in advanced talks to acquire the site which was founded by Scottish-born Pete Cashmore in 2005.…

TED launches learning initiative at YouTube

The non-profit group behind thought-provoking TED conferenceslaunched an education channel on YouTube in a bid to make learning irresistible. The alliance with the world’s top online video venue marked the start of a TED-Ed initiative to combine exceptional teaching with eye-catching animations to make captivating lessons available to anyone on the Internet. “We want to…

Apple says shipment of new iPad may take 2-3 weeks

Apple said that shipments of its new iPad to customers who order it online may take two to three weeks but that the tablet would still be available in stores on Friday. Apple, which has set March 16 as the launch date for all sales of the third-generation iPad, said online pre-orders of…

Tajikistan allows access to Facebook after public rebuke

Authorities in Tajikistan on Sunday allowed access to Facebookfollowing an outcry from international organisations over the recent blocking of independent media sites. “Yes, we’ve allowed access to Facebook but we don’t know how long it will last,” said a spokesman for an Internet provider in the Tajik capital Dushanbe. “If we again receive a signal to shut it down…

Cloud computing ‘made in Germany’ stirs debate

When it comes to cars or machines, “made in Germany” is seen worldwide as a sign of quality, but some firms are now extending it to “cloud computing”, the buzzword at this year’s CeBIT tech fair. It may seem paradoxical to impose borders on this multi-billion-dollar industry, which allows users…

‘Anonymous’ member admits hacking UK abortion site

A member of the international computer hacking group Anonymouspleaded guilty in court in Britain on Saturday to breaking into and defacing the website of an abortion service. James Jeffery, 27, said he targeted the site because he disagreed with his sister’s decision to terminate her pregnancy, Westminster Magistrates Court in central London heard. He stole around 10,000 records…

Shimon Peres wants to be your Facebook friend …’for peace’

Jews are the people of the Book but also the “people of the Facebook,” Israeli President Shimon Peres joked about his flashy new page — complete with electro-pop video — on the site. “You have to speak the language of the young people,” the 88-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner laughed,…

Americans hate online targeted ads

Most Americans are satisfied with their Internet search engines but they are not fans of targeted advertising, seeing it as an invasion of privacy, according to a survey published on Friday. The survey by the Pew Internet & American Life Project also found that the vast majority of Internet search…

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