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Anonymous blocks Peru’s high-tech police website

LIMA — The vigilante Internet hackers called Anonymous blocked the website of Peru’s police who fight against computer crime, a officials said Monday. The attack Sunday against the Division of Investigations of High-Tech Crimes “restricted access to the website from the outside,” a police source told AFP on condition of…

Yahoo plans restructuring that could result in thousands of layoffs

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Yahoo Inc’s new chief executive is preparing a significant restructuring of the Internet company, including layoffs that could cut thousands of employees from its payroll, according to a technology blog. The moves could be announced as soon as the end of the month and would represent…

App gives runners a boost with flesh-eating zombies

TORONTO (Reuters) – If your standard running routine needs an adrenaline boost, maybe flesh-eating zombies will do the trick. An app called Zombies, Run!, is a narrated game where real-world runners must out run zombies and collect supplies to keep themselves and their fellow humans alive — and the only…

U.S. officials: Stuxnet launched the next generation of warfare

In a fascinating segment Sunday night, CBS News’s 60 Minutes delved into the creation of the Stuxnet worm, a revolutionary piece of software that has given Iran’s nuclear program fits for years now. But it’s not just Iranian scientists who are now watchful for software attacks more sophisticated than anything…

SingTel to buy US firm to boost mobile ad business

Singapore Telecom said Monday that it will buy a US mobile advertising start-up for $321 million to expand group revenues from phone ads and marketing across Asia. SingTel, Southeast Asia’s biggest telecom firm by revenue, said its 100 percent buyout of Amobee would boost mobile ad sales in India, Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia,…

Sen. Schumer wants probe of Apple, Android privacy policies

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A U.S. senator has urged the Federal Trade Commission to investigate reports that applications on the Apple Inc and Google Inc mobile systems steal private photos and contacts and post them online without consent. Democrat Charles Schumer’s request comes after iPhone maker Apple tweaked its privacy…

Tornado-hit areas rely on Facebook to coodinate disaster relief

By Mary Slosson LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Residents of the storm-ravaged communities in the Midwest are reaching out to each other, neighbor to neighbor, through social media sites to coordinate disaster relief and share information. A chain of fast-moving tornadoes spawned by massive thunderstorms cut a swath of destruction from…

NASA’s robotic Project Morpheus aims for the Moon

As budgets for space exploration grow ever-tighter, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration has high hopes for a robotic space vehicle that will be much cheaper than its predecessors, not to mention more environmentally friendly. Project Morpheus is constructing a lunar landing craft that uses an innovative fuel which combines…

Tajikistan blocks Facebook and several news sites

The Tajikistan government ordered Internet providers on Saturday to block Facebook, along with several independent media sites, a spokeswoman for the country’s web-provider association told AFP. “Internet providers received a spoken order from government agents to block the sites,” said Parvina Ibodova, president of the association. “We are minions. We get our licences from the authorities and that’s why, as…

IRS software glitch delays some tax refunds

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Internal Revenue Service’s new software system for handling electronic tax returns has experienced problems during the tax filing season, angering some taxpayers whose refunds have been delayed. In an issue that could draw congressional scrutiny, the IRS said it was addressing the software glitches and…

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