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Europe to investigate Google’s new privacy policy

(Reuters) – France’s data protection regulator will launch an official investigation into Google’s new privacy policy and said that its preliminary view was that it did not conform with European laws on protecting individuals’ privacy. In a letter to Google dated February 27, the Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des…

TED’s tech giants lectured on perils of gadget worship

Silicon Valley giants at the prestigious TED innovation conference were warned that the worship of technology will ruin the world before it saves it. Activist and author Paul Gilding made a case on Tuesday for the peril of obsession with modern technology and how lust for the latest gadgets is…

Gen Y may end up ‘intellectual lightweights’ because of technology: Pew

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – There is a good chance young people growing up in today’s always-wired world will eventually become bright, nimble decision makers – if they don’t wind up intellectual lightweights unable to concentrate long enough to chew over a good book. So say 1,021 technology insiders, critics and students…

Apple to hold March 7 event, new iPad expected

Apple sent out invitations Tuesday to a March 7 press event expected to be the unveiling of the next generation of the hot-selling iPad tablet computer. The invitations featured a picture of an iPad and the words: “We have something you really have to see. And touch.” The event is…

Interpol swoop nets 25 suspected ‘Anonymous’ hackers

Interpol has arrested 25 suspected members of the ‘Anonymous’ hackers group in a swoop on over a dozen cities in Europe and Latin America, the global police body said Tuesday. “Operation Unmask was launched in mid-February following a series of coordinated cyber-attacks originating from Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Spain,” said…

Social media used to sell pharma drugs to youth, report says

VIENNA (Reuters) – Illegal “Internet pharmacies” are using social media to market drugs to young people, an international report said on Tuesday. The International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), which monitors the implementation of U.N. drug control conventions, said illicit drugs as well as prescription medicines were being ordered online from…

Megaupload boss sweats on bail decision

Megaupload boss Kim Dotcom is set to learn Wednesday if he will remain free on bail in New Zealand while US authorities seek his extradition on online piracy charges, reports said Tuesday. The German national was released last week after a judge dismissed fears he would flee the country to escape US allegations he masterminded…

Mozilla to go after Android, Apple with cheap phone OS

Mozilla, which brought the free web browser Firefox to the masses, now wants to do the same for mobile users, with a new open source operating system that could drastically slash smartphone prices. The non-profit group’s so-called Boot to Gecko project will go after Google’s Android or Apple’s iOS, to create an alternative which could generate smartphones…

Financier Fred Wilson: Content industry has made everybody a pirate

Fred Wilson, a venture capitalist who has invested in companies like Twitter and Tumblr, said at an event hosted by the Paley Center for Media that virtually everyone had become a media pirate because Internet content wasn’t convenient for consumption. Rather than trying to go after every infringer, he argued,…

Smartphone meets tablet as makers look at big picture

BARCELONA — Mobile phone makers used to sell the ‘small is beautiful’ concept but at this year’s world mobile fair, some are inching towards tablet sizes amid a shift towards a new hybrid category. South Korean maker LG’s new Optimus Vu for example, has a five inch display, much larger…

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