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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…

Ohio stiffens regulations after concluding that fracking caused earthquakes

Ohio state regulators announced tough new regulations on Friday after concluding that the injection of wastewater underground as part of the controversial gas-drilling process known as hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” had almost certainly caused a dozen earthquakes near one well. The regulations will require well operators to supply extensive geological…

Man claims ‘Anonymous’ affiliation after abortion clinic hack

Scotland Yard arrested a 27-year-old London man on Friday after he allegedly hacked into an abortion provider’s secure database, compromising the private data of about 9,000 people, The Associated Press reported Friday. The individual, an anti-abortion extremist who has not been named, allegedly claimed to be a member of the…

China cyber warfare skills a risk to U.S. military: report

WASHINGTON — China’s cyber warfare capabilities would pose a danger to US military forces in the event of a conflict over Taiwan, according to a report by a US congressional advisory panel released Thursday. The report by defense contractor Northrop Grumman for the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission said…

‘SimCity’ game rebuilt for age of climate change

Climate change is coming to SimCity. A new version of the city-building computer game that factors in real-world consequences of energy choices has won endorsements from Twitter co-founder Biz Stone and the director of the Academy Award-winning documentary “An Inconvenient Truth.” “We are updating SimCity with technology of today and…

Justice Dept. threatens Apple, book publishers with collusion lawsuit: WSJ

The Justice Department is threatening to sue Apple and five major US publishers for allegedly colluding to raise the price of digital books, The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday. The newspaper, citing people familiar with the matter, said several of the parties have held talks to head off an…

Apple unveils new iPad, Apple TV box

Apple unveiled a third-generation iPad enhanced with features aimed at keeping it on top of the booming tablet computer market. The new iPad boasts a more powerful processor, eye-grabbing resolution on par with that of an iPhone 4S, and the ability to connect to the latest 4G LTE telecom networks…

German Internet users cry foul over law requiring Google to pay news providers

Germany’s Internet community, gathered at the world’s biggest high-tech fair, was up in arms Thursday at a draft law forcing Google and other similar sites to pay media firms for content. “This draft is completely backward,” fumed Bernhard Rohleder, director general of Bitkom, the German federation representing high-tech industries. “We…

Hacker group Anonymous takes down Vatican website

The hacking group Anonymous took down several Vatican websites on Wednesday, saying it was targeting the “corrupt” Catholic Church, a day after a high-profile bust of the group’s alleged leaders. “Anonymous decided today to besiege your site in response to the doctrine, to the liturgies, to the absurd and anachronistic…

Bill would create partnership between NSA and U.S. corporations

Speaking at a policy debate Wednesday at The Heritage Foundation, a representative of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) warned that a bill currently being considered by the House Select Committee on Intelligence would intertwine the National Security Agency (NSA) with corporate America, exposing vast amounts of private civilian data…

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