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Google chief urges S.Korea to open up Internet

Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt Tuesday praised South Korea’s advances in the IT industry but urged it to ease regulations on Internet use. “It’s my view, and I think Google’s view, that regulations on theInternet in Korea could be more open and more modern,” he told reporters, urging Seoul officials to examine “more liberal policies”…

Taiwan to fine bloggers for false advertising

Taiwan on Tuesday passed a law which will fine bloggers who makefalse claims or exaggerate on behalf of products and companies as the number of consumer disputes soars. Under the revised fair trade law passed by the parliament, bloggers and other reviewers could be fined up to ten times the payment they receive…

Pentagon looks for weapons to wage cyber warfare

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon’s researchers plan to bolster their efforts to create offensive weapons for use in cyber warfare, reflecting a growing concern over digital threats, US officials said Monday. The US government needed “more and better options” to safeguard the country from assaults on sensitive computer networks and had…

Mobile phone data traffic ‘to grow 10-fold by 2016′

As smart phones increasingly take over, mobile data traffic is surging, a study by Swedish telecom equipment maker Ericssonshowed on Monday, saying such traffic is set to increase 10-fold over the next five years. In its Traffic and Market Data report, which Ericsson said was based on measurements “recorded over several years in live networks covering all…

Israel denies cyber attack on defense websites

The websites of Israel’s military, Mossad and the Shin Bet intelligence services were back online on Monday after being unavailable the previous day due to what officials said was a “server crash.” The three sites, along with numerous other government websites, crashed on Sunday, two days after the international hackers’ groupAnonymous apparently…

Google to set up YouTube channel for Korean pop

Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt agreed Monday to set up aYouTube channel exclusively for South Korean pop music, as he began a visit aimed at expanding his company’s presence in the country. The pledge came when Schmidt met President Lee Myung-Bak, Lee’s office said. Schmidt agreed to bolster the overseas popularity of South Korean pop by establishing…

Social media use soars in flood-hit Thailand

Thais struggling to make sense of the kingdom’s deadly flood crisis are turning to social media like never before, spurred by confusing official information about the disaster, experts say. From Facebook photos of overflowing canals to tweets warning of snakes on the loose and YouTube videos of what to pack for an evacuation, the Internet is…

Google may dump Chamber of Commerce over ‘Protect IP’ bill

The so-called “Protect IP” bill, which is nominally intended to halt digital piracy and the online sale of counterfeit goods by allowing US officials to block allegedly infringing websites, has run into opposition from many quarters, including human rights activists. Now it seems that the powerful United States Chamber of…

Yahoo sale process heats up

(Reuters) – Yahoo has signed confidentiality agreements with several parties interested in a deal ahead of Friday’s deadline, according to people familiar with the matter. The Sunnyvale, California-based Internet icon said potential buyers had to sign the agreement, which would allow them to take a closer look at Yahoo’s financial…

E.U. Commission to probe Samsung, Apple over patents

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – EU regulators are investigating whether technology companies Samsung Electronics and Apple have breached EU antitrust rules with regards to patents used as standards in the mobile telephone industry, the European Commission said on Friday. “The Commission has indeed sent requests for information to Apple and Samsung concerning…

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