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Nokia cuts 4,000 jobs in fight for smartphone market

World-leading mobile phone maker Nokia will cut 4,000 jobs at itssmartphone manufacturing facilities in Finland, Hungary and Mexico by the end of 2012, it said on Wednesday. “The expected headcount impact by country is 2,300 in Komarom (Hungary), 700 in Reynosa (Mexico) and 1,000 in Salo (Finland),” company spokesman James Etheridge told AFP. The job cuts…

Amazon tests e-commerce waters in India

US online retail giant Amazon has made its first foray into Indiawith launch of a shopping website, Junglee.com, as it tests the waters for a possible full entry into the nation’s e-commerce market. India’s e-commerce business is set to boom as incomes and consumer demand climb in a country of 1.2 billion people…

China issues ultimatum to bloggers and blog commenters

Microblog users in Beijing who do not register using their real names by mid-March will be banned from posting comments, a local official said on Wednesday, as authorities tighten their grip on the web. The Chinese capital recently ordered users of weibos — popular microblogs similar to Twitter — to…

Brazilian government files lawsuit against Twitter

The Brazilian government has filed a lawsuit against Twitter and its users in a bid to stop publication of messages alerting drivers to police speed traps and drunk-driving checkpoints. The suit was filed in a federal court in the central-west state of Goias. Brazil has asked for the “immediate suspension…

Yahoo! chairman, three directors stepping down

Yahoo! chairman Roy Bostock announced Tuesday he was stepping down from the board of the struggling Internet company along with three other directors. Bostock, in a letter to shareholders, also said Yahoo! was in “active discussions” with its partners in Asia on restructuring its holdings in the Alibaba Group and…

Brazil to overtake U.S. as top producer of biotech crops

Brazil is on course to dislodge the United States as the world’s top producer of biotech crops in the coming years, a leading promoter of farm biotechnology said Tuesday. The US currently holds the lead with 69 million hectares (170 million acres) under biocrop cultivation in 2011, ahead of Brazil…

‘App economy’ has created nearly half a million jobs

WASHINGTON — The explosion of software applications for smartphones, tablet computers and Facebook has created nearly 500,000 jobs in the United States since 2007, according to a study published on Tuesday. The study, sponsored by TechNet, a bipartisan organization of top technology executives, found that the “App Economy” employs 466,000…

Coalition of tech, rights groups demand u-turn in copyright debate

Should Congress mandate the disconnection of American citizens from the global communications infrastructure just because they download or link to copyrighted media? A coalition of 70 groups, comprised of tech companies, human rights organizations, entrepreneurs and activists are saying no, banding together this week to amplify their voices with an open letter…

Italian professor launches challenge to Google

ROME — An Italian computer science professor whose research helped inspire Google launched a new search engine and social media network on Monday that he hopes will challenge the US technology giant. The new site entitled “Volunia” allows users to view the components of particular websites to find the subject…

LeVar Burton bringing Reading Rainbow to the digital world

LeVar Burton, the host and producer of the children’s program Reading Rainbow, plans to bring the TV series back to life for kids living in today’s digital age. The Peabody Award-winning show, which encouraged children to read, was broadcast by PBS for 26 years. Reading Rainbow also received 24 Emmy…

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