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Britain’s Cameron faces backlash over mass electronic surveillance plans

British Prime Minister David Cameron is facing a growing backlash from within his own party over plans to extend the government’s powers to monitor people’s email exchanges and website visits. The measures would see Internet firms being instructed to install hardware enabling GCHQ — the government’s electronic “listening” agency —…

Dutch company hopes to change the world with first commercial ‘flying car’

A Dutch company said this weekend that it had conducted its first successful test of their “flying car” prototype that they hope to make available for consumers by sometime in 2014. The Personal Air and Land Vehicle — PAL-V, for short — is not a new concept: its European creators…

French film, music industries shrink despite harsh anti-piracy law

A report published by the French High Authority for the Dissemination of Creative Works and Protection of Rights on the Internet (HADOPI) is being touted by file sharing opponents the world over as proof that so-called “graduated response” policies are very effective at stopping copyright infringement. Problem is, it neglects…

China vows faster, cheaper Internet

China has said it will aim to bring faster and cheaper Internet accessto more people, following complaints that a near monopoly by state-backed firms had hurt service. China has the world’s largest number of Internet users at half a billion, but Beijing maintains strict controls over content and recently it launched a…

Apple’s Chinese iPhone plants force student ‘internships’: rights group

Students told to man production lines at Foxconn if they want to graduate, says Hong Kong-based nonprofit. Apple’s factories in China are employing tens of thousands of students, some of them on forced internships, according to campaigners lobbying for better labour conditions at Foxconn plants, which assemble iPhones. Some students…

Plan to widen internet snooping laws in Britain slammed

Rights groups slammed British government plans to expand its powers to monitor email exchanges and website visits. Under the new legislation, internet companies would be instructed to install hardware to allow the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) — Britain’s electronic “listening” agency” — to go through “on demand” every text message…

MegaUpload user asks federal court to return his files

A small business owner who used MegaUpload’s cloud-based storage system has asked a federal court to let him retrieve files that were seized as part of a criminal copyright investigation. Kyle Goodwin, who runs a business reporting on high school sporting events in Ohio, is being represented by the Electronic…

Australian WiFi inventors win U.S. legal battle

Australian government science body CSIRO said Sunday it had won a multi-million-dollar legal settlement in the United States to license its patented technology that underpins the WiFi platform worldwide. Scientists from the agency invented the wireless local area network (WLAN) technology that is the basis of the WiFi signal employed…

Britain to monitor citizens’ text messages and emails

The British government wants to expand its powers to monitor email exchanges and website visits, The Sunday Times newspaper reported. Internet companies would be instructed to install hardware to allow the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) — Britain’s electronic “listening” agency” — to go through “on demand” every text message and…

Twitter hoaxer comes clean and says: I did it to expose weak media

Tommaso De Benedetti faked the identities of world leaders and fooled editors into publishing false stories First it was the death of the pope – tweeted to the world from an account that belonged to the holy father’s number two. Later came tweets announcing the deaths of Fidel Castro and…

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