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SingTel to buy US firm to boost mobile ad business

Singapore Telecom said Monday that it will buy a US mobile advertising start-up for $321 million to expand group revenues from phone ads and marketing across Asia. SingTel, Southeast Asia’s biggest telecom firm by revenue, said its 100 percent buyout of Amobee would boost mobile ad sales in India, Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia,…

Sen. Schumer wants probe of Apple, Android privacy policies

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A U.S. senator has urged the Federal Trade Commission to investigate reports that applications on the Apple Inc and Google Inc mobile systems steal private photos and contacts and post them online without consent. Democrat Charles Schumer’s request comes after iPhone maker Apple tweaked its privacy…

Tornado-hit areas rely on Facebook to coodinate disaster relief

By Mary Slosson LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Residents of the storm-ravaged communities in the Midwest are reaching out to each other, neighbor to neighbor, through social media sites to coordinate disaster relief and share information. A chain of fast-moving tornadoes spawned by massive thunderstorms cut a swath of destruction from…

NASA’s robotic Project Morpheus aims for the Moon

As budgets for space exploration grow ever-tighter, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration has high hopes for a robotic space vehicle that will be much cheaper than its predecessors, not to mention more environmentally friendly. Project Morpheus is constructing a lunar landing craft that uses an innovative fuel which combines…

Tajikistan blocks Facebook and several news sites

The Tajikistan government ordered Internet providers on Saturday to block Facebook, along with several independent media sites, a spokeswoman for the country’s web-provider association told AFP. “Internet providers received a spoken order from government agents to block the sites,” said Parvina Ibodova, president of the association. “We are minions. We get our licences from the authorities and that’s why, as…

IRS software glitch delays some tax refunds

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Internal Revenue Service’s new software system for handling electronic tax returns has experienced problems during the tax filing season, angering some taxpayers whose refunds have been delayed. In an issue that could draw congressional scrutiny, the IRS said it was addressing the software glitches and…

GM suspends production of Chevy Volt due to weak demand

CHICAGO — General Motors said Friday it has suspended production of its electric Chevy Volt for five weeks in order to match supply to weak demand. “We’re going to take five weeks of downtime at the plant as we are going to build to what the market demands,” spokeswoman Michelle…

Santorum: ‘People 20 years ago couldn’t conceive of a cell phone’

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum says that 20 years ago people couldn’t even imagine cell phones, but now they are commonplace because Americans “recognize the rights God has given every person.” Speaking to supporters in Chillicothe, Ohio on Friday, the former Pennsylvania senator explained that the U.S. had “transformed the…

Australia’s Barrier Reef to get Google treatment

Australian scientists mapping the Great Barrier Reef will broadcast their findings in partnership with Google, emulating its “Street View” to spotlight the impact of climate change. The University of Queensland’s Seaview Survey will use custom-designed cameras and diving robots to plumb never-before-seen depths of the reef off Australia’s northeast coast.…

FBI chief warns cyber crime on par with terrorism

FBI director Robert Mueller warned a gathering of Internet security specialists that the threat of cyber attacks rivals terrorism as a national security concern. The only way to combat cyber assaults is for police, intelligence agencies and private companies to join forces, Mueller said during a presentation at an annual…

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