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EU opens antitrust probe into Apple’s e-book deals

European antitrust officials launched a probe on Tuesday to determine whether iPad maker Apple and five international publishers engaged in anti-competitive deals in the sale of e-books. The European Commission will look at deals between the US gadget giant and US publishing powerhouses Simon & Schuster and Harper Collins, Britain’s Penguin, France’s Hachette Livre and Germany’sVerlagsgruppe Georg von Holzbrinck. “The…

Dell abandons Android tablet in U.S.

Dell said it would halt sales of its Android tablet computer in the US market, as rival Amazon’s new Kindle Fire has heated up in a market dominated by Apple’s iPad. A message on the Texas-based computer’s website said that the seven-inch (17.8-centimeter) Streak tablet powered by Google’s mobile operating…

IBM buys Irish software company

NEW YORK — US computer giant IBM said Monday that it has bought Curam Software, an Irish company that makes programs used by government agencies to deliver social services to citizens. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. IBM said Curam software is used in more than 80 government…

Teen ‘sexting’ concerns unfounded

Only around 2.5 percent of teens engage in “sexting,” or sending sexual images by phone or email, and few of these would violate pornography laws, a study showed Monday. The study appearing in the journal Pediatrics found that concerns on the practice of sexting, which came to the forefront after…

RIM Indonesia chief named suspect in BlackBerry chaos

Indonesian police named Research In Motion’s country director a suspect for negligence Monday after a BlackBerry promotion turned chaotic and left dozens injured and others knocked unconscious. Andrew Cobham, president director for Research in Motion (RIM) in Indonesia, and British security consultant Terry Burkey were named as two of four suspects in the incident…

New videogames give civil uprising tips

The Arab Spring uprisings and Occupy-style US protests have inspired a new genre of serious videogames designed to helpactivists develop strategy — all in the safety of cyberspace. Games like “People Power (The Game of Civil Resistance)” allow would-be protest leaders to build and test their plans for peacefully opposing the police or the…

Facebook ‘likes’ New York high-tech scene

NEW YORK — New York City is already the US capital of advertising, fashion, finance and media. Now it wants to be its high-tech center too. The Big Apple’s ambition to rival Silicon Valley with its own Silicon Alley received a big boost when Facebook announced Friday that it will…

Smartphone snooping sparks lawsuits and denials

A California startup behind smartphone software accused of snooping on users stepped up the defense of its creation on Friday in the face of freshly filed lawsuits. By Friday, lawsuits had been filed in three US states against software maker Carrier IQ and smartphone manufacturers HTC and Samsung accusing the…

U.S. Internet surfers often just looking for fun: study

While the Internet might be a budding repository of the world’s knowledge, most Americans go online just for kicks, according to a study released on Friday. On any given day, 53 percent of the folks in the United States between the ages of 18 and 29 go online to have…

Lawmakers propose SOPA alternative: Fight online pirates ‘like WikiLeaks’

A bipartisan group of lawmakers from the House and Senate are readying a draft proposal that would provide an alternative to the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act. Instead of using the courts to force search engines and ISPs to block websites accused of copyright infringement, as…

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