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Oracle, Google patent case looks headed for court

Google and Oracle continued legal wrangling in a dimming effort to reach a deal to avoid facing off before jurors in a patent case trial. The trial remained set to start next month in a San Francisco federal court after Oracle spurned a proposal that Google pay about $3 million in…

China tells Apple to ‘care for workers’

The man tipped to be China’s next leader has told Apple that foreign firms should protect workers, state media said Thursday, as the US giant fends off criticism over factory conditions in China. International labour watchdog groups have said workers in Chinese plants run by major Apple supplier Foxconn of…

FBI’s top cyber cop admits that hackers are winning

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is losing its battle with computer hackers, according to Shawn Henry, the agency’s top cyber cop. Henry said during a press conference Wednesday morning that over the course of numerous investigations, the FBI has obtained the private data of corporations that were targeted by…

Comcast exempts its new streaming video service from bandwidth caps

U.S. cable network operator Comcast said this week that its new Xfinity online streaming video service would be exempt from the bandwidth caps it imposes on its own Internet subscribers, raising alarms that it could be committing a serious violation of Internet neutrality principles. The company launched their Xfinity streaming…

Lulz Security ‘reborn’ with military dating site hack

SAN FRANCISCO — A Lulz Security hacker group that bade farewell to the world last year appeared to make a comeback with a trove of data looted from a dating website for soldiers. Hackers referring to themselves as “LulzSec Reborn” made a cache of information evidently stolen from MilitarySingles.com website…

U.S. trial program would spy on Internet users to prevent animal abuse

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) offered an unusual contract (PDF) this month, soliciting bids from private software developers for a trial program that would scour the Internet for detailed information on all animal sales, potential animal welfare abuses and other unlawful economic activities relating to animals within the U.S.…

Student jailed for offensive tweets at stricken soccer player

A university student was on Tuesday jailed for 56 days for inciting racial hatred, after posting offensive comments on Twitter about the collapse of Bolton Wanderers footballer Fabrice Muamba. Magistrates in Swansea sent 21-year-old biology undergraduateLiam Stacey to prison after he admitted the charge at a previous hearing last week. He broke down in tears as…

U.S. regulators call for tighter online privacy rules

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) called for Internet users to be given an easy-to-use “Do Not Track” feature in a report released on Monday backing tighter online privacy laws. The FTC voted three-to-one to put its seal on recommendations for businesses and US legislators to better protect people’s privacy in “an era…

Apple to face Australian court over iPad

Australia said Tuesday it would take Apple to court for misleading consumers over sales of its new iPad, claiming adverts that it can connect to a 4G network was misleading. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) said it would be seeking orders against Apple in the Federal Court on Wednesday over its local “iPad with WiFi + 4G” promotion,…

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