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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…

Smartphone addicts starting to feel the pain

Users of smartphones and tablet computers are starting to get high-tech blues, as increasing numbers of the tech savvy are coming down with ailments from “text neck” to “text thumb injury”. Health experts in Britain have warned that strain injuries stemming from long periods spent staring at small screens and…

YouTube remake spotlights TV-style channels

SAN BRUNO, California — YouTube on Thursday unveiled a major redesign that showcases television-style channels and promises slicker integration with other Google online properties. “We are trying hard to marry the best of TV and the best of online,” YouTube vice president of product development Shishir Mehrotra said while providing…

Franken demands ‘Carrier IQ’ explain smartphone tracking

Sen Al Franken (D-MN) on Thursday demanded the developer of hidden software included on virtually all new Android smartphones explain why the application logs and may transmit personal information. Called “Carrier IQ,” the software is supposedly meant to help mobile carriers monitor and diagnose problems with their devices. The company…

WikiLeaks ‘spy files’ pulls curtain back on global surveillance industry

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange launched the website’s new project Thursday, the publication of files it claims shows a global industry that gives dictatorships tools to spy on their citizens. In parallel to Assange’s announcement, Wikileaks’ partner Owni.fr released evidence that a French firm helped Moamer Kadhafi’s former Libyan regime spy on opposition figures living in exile in…

Apple: Siri’s anti-abortion tendencies aren’t ‘intentional omissions’

In the wake of the uproar that followed Raw Story’s reporting that iPhone’s Siri not only cannot help users figure out where to get an abortion but, in some cases, sends them to anti-abortion Crisis Pregnancy Centers, Apple finally responded that the errors aren’t ‘intentional.’ Apple spokesperson Natalie Kerris told…

Colbert: Siri is ‘like Laura Ingraham, but less robotic’

Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert says that Siri, the electronic female voice on Apple’s newest iPhone, might just be the perfect Republican presidential candidate. As Raw Story revealed earlier this week, Siri can help locate strip clubs and escort services, but when asked to find a nearby abortion clinic it…

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