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Justice Dept. threatens Apple, book publishers with collusion lawsuit: WSJ

The Justice Department is threatening to sue Apple and five major US publishers for allegedly colluding to raise the price of digital books, The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday. The newspaper, citing people familiar with the matter, said several of the parties have held talks to head off an…

Apple unveils new iPad, Apple TV box

Apple unveiled a third-generation iPad enhanced with features aimed at keeping it on top of the booming tablet computer market. The new iPad boasts a more powerful processor, eye-grabbing resolution on par with that of an iPhone 4S, and the ability to connect to the latest 4G LTE telecom networks…

German Internet users cry foul over law requiring Google to pay news providers

Germany’s Internet community, gathered at the world’s biggest high-tech fair, was up in arms Thursday at a draft law forcing Google and other similar sites to pay media firms for content. “This draft is completely backward,” fumed Bernhard Rohleder, director general of Bitkom, the German federation representing high-tech industries. “We…

Hacker group Anonymous takes down Vatican website

The hacking group Anonymous took down several Vatican websites on Wednesday, saying it was targeting the “corrupt” Catholic Church, a day after a high-profile bust of the group’s alleged leaders. “Anonymous decided today to besiege your site in response to the doctrine, to the liturgies, to the absurd and anachronistic…

Bill would create partnership between NSA and U.S. corporations

Speaking at a policy debate Wednesday at The Heritage Foundation, a representative of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) warned that a bill currently being considered by the House Select Committee on Intelligence would intertwine the National Security Agency (NSA) with corporate America, exposing vast amounts of private civilian data…

Apple expected to reveal new iPad

Apple is expected to reveal a new version of its coveted iPad on Wednesday in its first major media event since the death of legendary founder and beloved pitchman Steve Jobs. In typical Apple style, the California-based company has offered the scantest of hints as to what it will unveil…

Olympus Corp ex-officials charged in scandal

Prosecutors said Wednesday they had charged scandal-hit Olympusand three former senior executives over a huge loss cover-up at the company that rocked confidence in corporate Japan. It came as the 20-day detention period of former presidentTsuyoshi Kikukawa, named as a key player in a scheme to shift $1.7 billion of losses…

AmEx teams up with Twitter to offer shop discounts

American Express has teamed up with Twitter to allow users to synchronize their credit cards with the micro-blogging site and take advantage of store discounts with a simple tweet. AmEx said Tuesday that clients would be able to get exclusive discounts loaded onto their cards by mentioning offers by #hashtag on the popular micro-blogging site. When…

Weird and wonderful gadgets wow world’s top IT fair

Water-powered clocks, eye-controlled arcade games and pole-dancing robots: this year’s CeBIT tech fair, the world’s biggest, showcased gadgets ranging from the useful to the downright nerdy. Can’t be without your tablet computer or smartphone even when nature calls? Dutch company “phoneclip” has pioneered a small but strong device that can…

Canadian election watchdog probing Paypal for robocalls

Canada’s elections watchdog focused Tuesday on online payments company PayPal’s records as part of a probe of “robocalls” that misdirected voters to fake polling stations during last year’s election. “PayPal has been served a production order in regards to the Elections Canada investigation,” the company said in a statement. Production…

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