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Ron Paul seeks to unmask YouTube user who uploaded offensive Huntsman ad

The Electronic Frontier Foundation, Public Citizen and the American Civil Liberties Union have told a federal district court that the presidential campaign of Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) should not be able to unmask an anonymous YouTube user who uploaded an offensive video attacking Jon Huntsman. The amateur-looking video, titled “Jon…

‘Anonymous’ attacks Mexico’s government websites to protest copyright law

The shadowy online hackers group Anonymous blocked access to the websites of the Mexican Senate and the Interior Ministry Friday to protest a proposed law to fine people who violate copyright online. The proposal, from conservative senator Federico Doring, is widely seen as the Mexican version of SOPA — the…

Apple CEO insists, ‘We care about every worker’

WASHINGTON — Apple chief executive Tim Cook has responded to media reports alleging harsh working conditions in China for manufacturing employees of the popular gadget-maker. Cook, who took over as chief executive from Apple’s late co-founder, Steve Jobs, addressed the reports of long hours and occasionally unsafe conditions in an…

Freelance sperm donor comes under FDA investigation

WASHINGTON — A California man who donates his sperm for free to couples who want to have a baby is being investigated by US regulators but insists he will continue his efforts as a matter of goodwill. Trent Arsenault, 36, first attracted scrutiny from the US Food and Drug Administration…

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…

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