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‘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…

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…

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