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Internet firms urged to remove extremist content

Internet service providers should do more to fight violent extremism in Britain by clamping down on its online havens, MPs said Monday in a report that also urged broad vigilance on the threat from the far right. The web is a more significant vehicle for promoting radicalism than prisons, universities…

Record 10,000 tweets per second during Super Bowl

Twitter said users were firing off a record 10,000 tweets per second in the final three minutes of the Super Bowl. Madonna’s half-time performance during the New York Giants 21-17 victory over the New England Patriots also saw a surge in Twitter activity with users tapping out an average of…

Chinese airlines will not pay Europe’s carbon emissions tax

BEIJING — China’s airlines are banned from paying charges on carbon emissions imposed by the European Union, the official Xinhua news agency reported Monday, quoting the Civil Aviation Administration of China. The EU imposed the tax with effect from January 1, but more than two dozen countries, including India, Russia,…

Arizona State University unblocks Change.org after outcry

Arizona State University announced Saturday that it would no longer block the popular online petition website Change.org after receiving a flood of complaints from students and others. “The university acknowledges and understands the expression of concern from some members of the community who desire access to change.org from university computing…

Samsung condemns ‘anti-Iran’ ad featuring its tablet

Samsung Electronics on Saturday condemned an Israeli commercial featuring a Samsung tablet, expressing dismay at Iran’s threat to ban its products over the apparently anti-Tehran teaser. The South Korean electronics giant said it had not been involved in production of the TV spot, produced by Israeli cable TV cannel HOT.…

Hackers hit Greek ministry over austerity, anti-piracy deal

Online hackers group Anonymous on Friday attacked the Greek justice ministry website in criticism of the country’s tough fiscal reforms and its decision to join a controversial anti-piracy deal. “You have introduced a new dictatorship upon your people’s shoulders and allowed the bankers and the monarchs of the EU to…

‘Anonymous’ intercepts secret law enforcement call on hacking probe

In a stunning release, the mysterious hacker organization “Anonymous” has published audio of an international coordination conference call between the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the British Scotland Yard, revealing officers’ secret communications on investigations into the group’s recent exploits. The FBI and Scotland Yard have both said…

Iran launches observation satellite: media

Iran on Friday launched an observation satellite into orbit above Earth, its third since 2009, the official IRNA news agency reported. “The Navid satellite was launched successfully…. It will be placed into an orbit (at an altitude) between 250 and 370 kilometres,” IRNA quoted the head of Iran’s Space Organisation,…

Kim Dotcom’s bail rejected in New Zealand

Megaupload boss Kim Dotcom has failed to overturn a ruling that he remain behind bars in New Zealand while US officials seek his extradition for alleged copyright piracy, according to reports. Dotcom appeared in the Auckland High Court to appeal a judge’s refusal last week to grant bail because he…

U.S. seizes 307 websites during Super Bowl crackdown

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced Thursday that it had seized the domain names of 307 websites as part of “Operation Fake Sweep,” a campaign targeting those selling counterfeit sportswear ahead of the Super Bowl in Indianapolis. Sixteen of those sites streamed live sporting events over the Internet, including…

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