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Google: Charges against user-upload site threaten social Internet

Search giant Google filed an amicus brief this week in support of HotFile.com, a cyber locker website that hosts user-uploaded content, saying that potential legal sanctions against the site endanger the entire social Internet. Responding to the brief, America’s largest film studios objected, saying the court should ignore Google’s analysis.…

NSA chief denies allegations of Big Brother machine in Utah

Allegations that the U.S. National Security Agency is building a type of Big Brother machine in Utah that can access all electronic communications have officially been denied by the agency’s director, who came under scrutiny by members of Congress on Tuesday. Responding to the recent report by Wired author James…

New iPad runs hotter than skin temperature, say reports

Tests by Dutch technology site suggest ‘iPad 3′ can get hotter than 32C, as new iPad sales top 3m in three days. The “new iPad” – AKA iPad 3 – operates at a higher temperature than its predecessor, according to tests. And it’s got people complaining in support forums that…

Man flies like a bird with home-made cyborg wings

A Dutch engineer was able to fly like a bird thanks to robotically-assisted wings made using Wii controllers and other parts, according to Wired. “At one moment you see the ground moving away, and then suddenly you’re free, a really intense feeling of freedom,” 31-year-old Jarno Smeets said. “The true…

Dating agencies battle sexual and financial predators

LOS ANGELES — Three major US online dating agencies have pledged action to protect users from sexual predators and financial scammers, California’s attorney general said Tuesday. Dating services eHarmony, Match.com and Spark Networks — which operates websites including JDate and ChristianMingle — said they notably look for fake profiles and…

Wyden amendments look to demolish U.S. copyright treaty

If the Senate passes a forthcoming “jobs” bill supported by House Republicans, two new amendments introduced this week by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) would provide the added benefit of essentially destroying the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), a controversial copyright treaty that has Europe’s Internet activists up in arms. The amendments…

‘Draw Something’ becomes an iPhone and Android games phenomenon

Stuart Dredge, guardian.co.uk US firm OMGPOP is the latest independent developer to spark a mobile gaming craze, with its Draw Something social game racing to more than 30m downloads on iOS and Android just six weeks after its release. The game takes its inspiration from Pictionary, and wraps Words With…

Apple sells three million iPads on opening weekend

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple announced on Monday that it sold three million of its new iPad tablet computers over the course of its first weekend on the market. “The new iPad is a blockbuster with three million sold — the strongest iPad launch yet,” said Apple senior vice president of…

Internet ‘economy’ to hit $4.2 trillion by 2016: study

SAN FRANCISCO — Online business is playing an increasingly powerful role in national economies and is projected to account for $4.2 trillion of the Group of 20 nations’ total gross domestic product by the year 2016. The “Internet economy” will grow at a rate of eight percent annually in developed…

Media pirates plot flying drone servers

The online arms race just got a lot sillier. In a brief post to the blog of The Pirate Bay, the Internet’s most prolific media piracy website, one of the site administrators explained that they have decided to do something kinda crazy: they want to take piracy into low-orbit space.…

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