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Federal judge approves warrant against Google for user’s emails in criminal trial

By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) – A federal judge in New York has granted prosecutors access to a Gmail user’s emails as part of a criminal probe, a decision that could fan the debate over how aggressively the government may pursue data if doing so may invade people’s privacy.…

With 1 million comments, U.S. net neutrality debate nears first marker

By Alina Selyukh WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. companies, consumer advocates and citizens submitted more than 1 million comments to the Federal Communications Commission, drawing contentious divisions on the issue of net neutrality as the first deadline to comment approached Friday. The FCC will continue collecting comments, made in response to…

The Vatican is in the middle of a tech industry legal battle between HP and Autonomy Corp

By Nadia Damouni and Paul Sandle (Reuters) – The Vatican has become enmeshed in a struggle between Hewlett-Packard Co and Michael Lynch, the former CEO of the UK software company Autonomy Corp bought by HP in 2011 in a deal that led to a big loss for the U.S. technology…

Microsoft expected to cut thousands of jobs as software giant shifts focus to online services

Microsoft Corp is set to cut more than 6,000 jobs in an announcement expected early Thursday, according to sources familiar with the matter, as it trims its newly acquired Nokia phone business and reshapes itself as a cloud-computing and mobile-friendly software company. What could be the deepest job cuts in…

‘Smart’ technology could make utilities more vulnerable to hackers

Last November, Felix Lindner came very close to shutting down the power supply of Ettlingen, a town of almost 40,000 people in the south of Germany. “We could have switched off everything: power, water, gas,” Lindner, head of Berlin-based Recurity Labs, an IT security company, said. Fortunately for residents, Lindner’s…

Google+ apologizes and rescinds real-name requirement for users

San Francisco (AFP) – Google+ apologized Tuesday and stopped requiring people to use their real names while mingling in the online social network, as it looks to gain ground on market leader Facebook. “When we launched Google+ over three years ago, we had a lot of restrictions on what name…

FCC pushes back deadline to comment on net neutrality to July 18

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday pushed back to July 18 the first deadline to submit comments on the agency’s proposed new Internet traffic rules after a surge in traffic overwhelmed its online filing system. Companies, consumer advocates, lawmakers and citizens had sent nearly 680,000 comments…

Germany ‘may revert to typewriters’ in wake of NSA spying revelations

German politicians are considering a return to manual typewriters for sensitive documents in the wake of the US surveillance scandal. The head of the Bundestag’s parliamentary enquiry into NSA activity in Germany said in an interview with the Morgenmagazin TV programme that he and his colleagues were seriously thinking of…

Swiss drugmaker Novartis and Google to develop ‘smart’ contact lens

By Caroline Copley ZURICH (Reuters) – Swiss drugmaker Novartis has struck an agreement with Google to develop “smart” contact lenses that would help diabetics track their blood glucose levels or restore the eye’s ability to focus. The device for diabetics would measure glucose in tear fluid and send the data…

US software standards that prevent hacking also enable NSA spying

U.S. government standards for software may enable spying by the National Security Agency through widely used coding formulas that should be jettisoned, some of the country’s top independent experts concluded in papers released on Monday. Such mathematical formulas, or curves, are an arcane but essential part of most technology that…

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