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Father of slain journalist Daniel Pearl wins award for artificial intelligence

WASHINGTON — Judea Pearl, a pioneer in the field of artificial intelligence, has been awarded the prestigious 2011 A.M. Turing Award. Pearl, 75, was being honored for “innovations that enabled remarkable advances in the partnership between humans and machines,” the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) said. The award, named for…

‘Total Information Awareness’ surveillance program returns, bigger than ever

A new feature story in this month’s Wired blows the lid off plans for a massive new National Security Agency data center in Utah that represents the resurrection of a program that Congress killed in 2003, known as “Total Information Awareness,” targeting literally all electronic communications all over the world —…

Alleged British hacker accused of LulzSec attack on CIA website

Josh Halliday, guardian.co.uk An alleged computer hacker has appeared in court accused of conspiring with three British teenagers to bring down the websites of the CIA and Serious Organised Crime Agency. Ryan Ackroyd, 25, appeared at Westminster Magistrates court in London on Friday charged with computer hacking offences for the…

Hacker hit with marijuana felony en route to SXSW

AUSTIN, TEXAS — The first hacker to break through the security of Apple’s iPhone and Sony’s PlayStation 3 was arrested earlier this month while en route to Austin for an anticipated talk at this year’s South by Southwest conference, police in a remote west Texas county have confirmed to Raw…

BBC to launch iTunes-style paid content strategy

John Plunkett, guardian.co.uk Corporation’s director of content Roly Keating says audience research confirms iTunes-style purchase scheme would be welcomed. Viewers are “very comfortable” with the BBC’s plans to launch an iTunes-style download service which would open up thousands of hours of never-before repeated content, according to a senior corporation executive.…

Author hilariously illustrates why copyright math is bogus

Giving a recent TED Talk, author Rob Reid, creator of the online music subscription service Rhapsody, illustrated for the audience exactly why so-called “copyright math” is almost completely bogus. “Copyright math” is a term used for the extrapolations published by groups like the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), or…

Groupon guilty of ‘widespread’ breaches of consumer protection laws

Mark Sweney, guardian.co.uk OFT says it has concerns over reference pricing, advertising, refunds, unfair terms, and interactions with merchants. An Office of Fair Trading investigation has found Groupon guilty of “widespread” breaches of consumer protection laws, relating to issues including the pricing, advertising and unfair terms attached to its daily…

PayPal lets shops take payments on smartphones

Online financial transactions titan PayPal has started to allow merchants across the world to take payments using smartphones in a direct challenge to startup Square. The PayPal Here system uses a triangle-shaped “dongle” card reader that plugs into mobile devices to let people make purchases. PayPal Here software also lets…

Apple fans snap up new iPad, but response muted

Apple die-hards in Asia became the first to snap up the new iPad on Friday, but compared with the scramble at the firm’s past launches the response was muted for a device that is short of new technology. Those who queued in Sydney, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Singapore heaped praise…

Manning to learn WikiLeaks court martial trial date

American soldier, Bradley Manning, could Thursday learn the date of his court martial on charges that he leaked secret military information to the website Wikileaks. Wearing a dark green uniform and flanked by two guards, the 24-year-old former intelligence analyst appeared in a court in Fort Meade, Maryland. “The judge…

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