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FBI seeking social media monitoring tool

WASHINGTON — The US Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking for a tool to mine social media for intelligence tips. The US domestic law enforcement agency is asking information technology contractors about the feasibility of building a tool that would “enhance its techniques for collecting and sharing ‘open source’ actionable…

Twitter able to now selectively block tweets

SAN FRANCISCO — Twitter said Thursday that it now has the ability to block tweets from appearing in a specific country if legally required to do so. “As we continue to grow internationally, we will enter countries that have different ideas about the contours of freedom of expression,” Twitter said…

Google+ opens up to teenagers

SAN FRANCISCO — Google on Thursday opened up Google+ to teenagers, just days after loosening the rules about using real names on the social network. The age limit had previously been 18, but Google vice president for product management Bradley Horowitz announced on Google+ that users could now be as…

Two Megaupload accused granted bail in New Zealand

Two of Kim Dotcom’s co-accused were granted bail in New Zealand on Thursday, a day after the Megaupload boss was ordered to remain behind bars pending US attempts to extradite him for copyright piracy. Judge David McNaughton, who denied Dotcom bail after deeming the Internet tycoon a serious flight risk,…

Davos calls for global action against cybercrime

DAVOS, Switzerland — International action to snuff out cybercrime is desperately needed, officials and business leaders said here, warning that criminals move at Internet speed while countries drag their feet. Many hackers are no longer just mischievous individuals. Instead well-funded organisations do it for profit, along with spies and terrorists,…

Glenn Beck releases video spoofing ‘Anonymous’

Former Fox News host Glenn Beck released a video on his website Tuesday that imitates the hacktivist collective “Anonymous” and warns that the nation has succumb to evil. The video, entitled “Anonymous for Good,” is meant to publicize Beck’s new charitable organization, according to Mediaite. Like the other videos released…

Apple edges out ExxonMobil to become most valuable U.S. company

Apple shares soared on Wednesday following blockbuster quarterly earnings and the California gadget-maker leapfrogged over ExxonMobil to become the largest US company in terms of market value. Apple shares were up 6.83 percent at $449.12 in early trading on Wall Street, giving the maker of the iPhone, iPad, iPod and Macintosh computer a market capitalization of…

EU takes on Internet giants over people’s personal data

The European Commission launches Wednesday a controversial bid to compel Internet giants such as Google or Facebook to give users more control over their personal data or face fines. The proposal championed by EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding would force web companies to get consent from customers to collect their data, explain how it will be used, and…

MegaUpload founder faces lengthy extradition battle

(Reuters) – Efforts by the United States to extradite the mastermind of an alleged Internet piracy scheme from New Zealand to face copyright infringement and money laundering charges are likely to be long and complex. Kim Dotcom, a German national also known as Kim Schmitz, will be held in custody…

iPhone sales drive record quarter for Apple

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple blew past forecasts and reported record quarterly net profit and revenue in the first quarter since the death of founder Steve Jobs, driven by strong sales of the new iPhone. Apple said its net profit more than doubled in the first quarter of fiscal 2012 to…

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