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Expat French get Internet vote for first time

French citizens will for the first time this year be able to vote in a parliamentary election over the Internet, an experiment that could be extended to other elections if successful. Edouard Courtial, the junior minister for French living abroad, told journalists on Friday that French expatriates would be able…

In cyber era, militaries scramble for new skills

LONDON (Reuters) – With growing worries about the threat of “cyber warfare,” militaries around the world are racing to recruit the computer specialists they believe may be central to the conflicts of the 21st century. But whilst money is plentiful for new forces of “cyber warriors,” attracting often individualistic technical…

iPhone maker Foxconn hacked by mysterious ‘Swagg Security’ group

A mysterious new group of hackers calling themselves “Swagg Security” claimed this week that they had hacked iPhone and Xbox 360 manufacturer Foxconn, a Chinese factory complex known for its harsh working conditions. The hackers were able to gain access to every single employee’s secure network credentials, publishing them online…

Apple to debut ‘iPad 3′ in March

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple will unveil a new version of its market-ruling iPad table computer in March, according to a report in Dow Jones-owned technology blog All Things D. The latest in an ongoing stream of Apple rumors cited unnamed sources as saying that an “iPad 3″ will make its…

Steve Jobs’ FBI file cites drug use, Eastern religion

A file compiled by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on the late industrialist Steve Jobs released on Thuesday reveals that some close to him noticed a change after he took up eastern religion, while others cited past drug use, and a tendency to be ruthless in pursuit of his goals.…

Windows 8 preview set for February 29

SAN FRANCISCO — Microsoft on Wednesday revealed plans to unveil a test version of its latest Windows computer operating software later this month. The US technology titan sent out invitations to a “Windows Consumer Preview” event to be held on February 29 at a hotel in Barcelona during a Mobile…

‘Tribler’ software makes Internet piracy impossible to stop

Internet piracy has been a hot topic in recent weeks, but it’s about to heat up even more. With lawmakers all over the world struggling to agree upon copyright regimes that would disconnect people from the Internet, shut down websites simply for linking to infringing content and cut off whole…

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…

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