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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.…

Judge: MegaUpload founder’s property seized with bogus warrant

Kim Dotcom, the notorious founder of MegaUpload and one of the most-wanted alleged copyright infringers in the world, may get all his stuff back from police after a judge ruled that authorities seized his property on a faulty court order. A judge in New Zealand, where the 38-year-old Dotcom is…

New mobile devices spur greater news reading

Roy Greenslade, guardian.co.uk A mounting body of evidence finds that the spread of mobile technology is adding to news consumption in the United States. Its effects, however, are mixed. While it enhances the appeal of traditional news brands, and even boosts the reading of long-form journalism, it also shows that…

Web-apps key to Blackberry comeback: developer

By The Guardian  How can RIM get its mojo back for developers? The company’s technical director of the BlackBerry Web Platform Laurent Hasson gave a keynote speech at the London Web Summit this morning outlining why web-apps may be the key to BlackBerry’s comeback. He started by admitting that a…

Apple to announce plans for its $97 billion cash balance

Apple scheduled an announcement Monday on plans for its huge cash balance, estimated to be at least $97 billion from sales of its hugely successful gadgets like the iPad and iPhone. An Apple statement said chief executive Tim Cook and chief financial officer Peter Oppenheimer would hold a conference call…

Are video games just propaganda and training tools for the military?

It’s a shadowy and lucrative relationship. But just how close are video-game developers with various military outfits? And how does it affect the games we play? It’s Monday night, the kids are in bed, and I am trying to kill Osama bin Laden. I stalk through his Abbottabad compound and…

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