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Computer scientists find hackers can easily track cell phone user’s location

The ability to track the location of a cell phone user without the user’s knowledge is far too easy, computer scientists at the University of Minnesota’s College of Science and Engineering have discovered. University of Minnesota computer science Ph.D. student Denis Foo Kune, working with associate professors Nick Hopper and…

Online startup kicked off domain without stated reason

Updated, below: JotForm back online, Secret Service confirms involvement An online startup called JotForm said this week that it was kicked off its .com Internet domain by host GoDaddy, allegedly at the request of the U.S. Secret Service. It’s not yet clear why JotForm, which allows users to create and…

Apple unveils preview of new iPad-influenced Mac operating system

Apple released a preview version of its new Macintosh operating system on Thursday, bringing some features of the iPad to the personal computer. The Cupertino, California-based company said the updated operating system, called Mountain Lion, will be available to Macintosh developers immediately and Mac owners can upgrade to the new…

The Nation’s Ari Melber: Facebook owns you

Ari Melber of The Nation explained Wednesday on MSNBC why the public offering of Facebook was estimated to be one of the biggest of all time. “Why exactly is Facebook worth so much money? It’s current revenues of a few billion dollars don’t support this evaluation,” he said. “But Facebook…

Google tightens grip on smartphone wallets

SAN FRANCISCO — Google on Wednesday assured users of its smartphone wallets that the mobile-age technology thwarts thieves better than old-school cash or credit cards. “Mobile payments are going to become more common in the coming years, and we will learn much more as we continue to develop Google Wallet,”…

U.S. lawmakers question Apple over privacy

ASHINGTON — Two US lawmakers asked Apple on Wednesday about reports that applications running on the company’s popular devices may access private data without permission. Representatives Henry Waxman and G.K. Butterfield sent a letter to Apple chief executive Tim Cook following reports that social networking app Path collected stored address…

Ban of iPad exports hard to impose, says expert

HONG KONG/TAIPEI (Reuters) – A debt-laden Chinese technology firm seeking to ban all shipments of Apple’s popular iPad tablet into and out of the country has been told that China’s customs authorities are unlikely to intervene in the trademark battle. Proview Technology, the Chinese company embroiled in a legal battle with Apple Inc over the…

Samsung shares hit record on spin-off news

South Korean giant Samsung Electronics said it is considering spinning off its loss-making liquid crystal display (LCD) business, sending its shares to a record high. Samsung, the world’s largest maker of flat panels, memory chips and flat-screen televisions, made the announcement in a regulatory filing on Wednesday. It said no final decision has been…

Websites of Nasdaq, BATS hit in online attack

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Websites of exchange operators Nasdaq and BATS have been attacked by hackers over the last 24 hours, causing ongoing disruptions for those trying to use the sites, spokespersons for the companies said on Tuesday. Only the banner carrying the logo at the top of the web…

‘Anonymous’ hacks New Zealand FM’s email: report

WELLINGTON — Online activist group Anonymous hacked New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully’s private email account and used it to send messages mocking him, it was reported Wednesday. The group breached McCully’s email account last April after New Zealand passed laws cracking down on illegal file-sharing and threatening to disconnect…

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