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Decision on expanding cyber defense program due in March

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The government will decide in about two months whether to expand a Pentagon pilot program that uses classified National Security Agency data to protect the computer networks of 17 defense contractors, the Pentagon’s chief cyber official said. The pilot program has largely been successful since its start…

Apple admits supplier abuse of workers

Apple admitted some of its suppliers continued to overwork and underpay employees, as it threw open its factory doors to monitors after a spate of suicides at a Chinese plant. After fielding heavy criticism for not policing conditions for the workers who produce its popular iPads, iPhones and other products,…

Consumer Electronics Show foretells electronic ‘war of ecosystems’

LAS VEGAS — The annual Consumer Electronics Show ended Friday, leaving gadget lovers with visions of a “Matrix” like world in which the Internet surrounds them no matter where they go. Makers of everything from cars and refrigerators to televisions, smartphones and software pitched innovations heralding the arrival of connected…

SOPA sponsors drop ‘break the Internet’ provision from bill

The most controversial provision of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) has now been pulled from both the House and Senate versions of the bill. The provision in question would have required internet service providers to block the domain names of overseas websites accused of hosting content that was in…

Unique ‘hydromechanical’ watch tells time using pistons and bellows

Hands? Digital read-outs? All out of date The wristwatch of the future indicates the hour by using miniature pistons and bellows to drive a fluorescent green liquid around a ring. According to a description quoted by Cory Doctorow at BoingBoing, “Pistons in the movement move the bellows. As one expands…

Enraged shoppers pelt Beijing Apple store with eggs

BEIJING (Reuters) – Apple Inc’s flagship Beijing store was pelted with eggs on Friday when hundreds of enraged shoppers, many of whom had waited in line overnight, were told the store would not begin sales of the iPhone 4S as scheduled. Shoppers and security staff scuffled before daybreak after an…

Rep. Lamar Smith vows not to buckle on the Stop Online Piracy Act

SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) – The lawmaker behind a bill to combat online piracy vowed on Thursday to press ahead in the face of fierce criticism from Internet giants such as Google and Facebook. “It is amazing to me that the opponents apparently don’t want to protect American consumers and businesses,”…

New bill would block public access to publicly-funded studies

Right now, if you want to read the published results of the biomedical research that your own tax dollars paid for, all you have to do is visit the digital archive of the National Institutes of Health. There you’ll find thousands of articles on the latest discoveries in medicine and…

‘Pig Chase’: Researchers develop inter-species multiplayer videogame

A scholarly project funded by the Dutch Organization for Scientific Research has achieved something unique: researchers have managed to create an inter-species multiplayer videogame played by humans and pigs at the same time. In a demonstration video, a man uses a tablet computer to manipulate a glowing circle on a…

Motorized shoes ready to roll into stores

Tired of walking? An American inventor has designed a pair of motorized shoes. The battery powered high-tech footware called “spnKiX” resemble a cross between a ski boot and a roller skate with oversized wheels and are among the gadgets on display at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.…

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