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‘Investigate MPAA for bribery’ petition nears 25,000 signature benchmark

A petition on the White House’s “We the People” site that calls for Motion Picture Association of American President Chris Dodd to be investigated for “blatant bribery” has nearly gained enough signatures to require a response. The White House has promised to issue an official response for the petition if…

60 hours of video a minute uploaded to YouTube

SAN FRANCISCO — YouTube said Monday that 60 hours of video are being uploaded every minute to the video-sharing site and it is attracting more than four billion views a day. “In 2007 we started at six hours, then in 2010 we were at 24 hours, then 35, then 48,”…

Hacker cracks Sen. Grassley’s Twitter, corrects his grammar

A hacker claiming to be a “follower” of Anonymous gained access to the Twitter page of Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) Monday afternoon, posting a bevy of tweets intended to embarrass the long-time politician. He claimed he was particularly motivated by Grassley’s support of SOPA and PIPA, the anti-piracy bills recently…

Anonymous to launch file sharing service

Hacktivists affiliated with the “Anonymous” movement are planning to launch a file sharing service to replace MegaUpload.com, a similar website the U.S. government recently shut down. The group hopes to have the new site, Anonyupload.com, up and working by Wednesday. In an effort to thwart U.S. law enforcement, the group…

BlackBerry maker CEOs resign

Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie, the co-chief executives of Research In Motion, have resigned following months of investor pressure for a change at the helm of the struggling BlackBerry maker. Chief operating officer Thorsten Heins was named president and CEO of the Waterloo, Ontario-based RIM, which has been steadily losing market share to Apple’s iPhone and handsets…

Hitachi to stop making televisions

Japanese high-tech giant Hitachi said it will stop making televisionsby the end of September as intense price competition hurts TV earnings at many electronics manufacturers worldwide. Hitachi will “terminate television production by the end of September” in Japan, said Sayori Nishino, a company spokeswoman, having already outsourced overseas TV manufacturing to foreign firms in 2009. But it will still…

Megaupload founder denies piracy, demands release

The founder of file-sharing site Megaupload.com appeared in a New Zealand court Monday demanding to be released from prison and denying he had done anything illegal. A judge reserved a decision until at least Tuesday on Kim Dotcom’s bail application as details emerged of his lavish champagne lifestyle involving fast…

Apple supplier chief compares workers to ‘animals,’ company apologizes

Taiwan technology giant Foxconn has apologised over comments by chief Terry Gou allegedly comparing workers to animals, according to a report. Gou drew criticism on online news forums and discussion sites after he was quoted by Taiwanese media as saying “I have a headache how to manage one million animals”…

Firm stops file sharing after Megaupload case

(Reuters) – FileSonic, a website providing online data storage, has disabled its file sharing services following a U.S.-led crackdown on a rival website and amid heated debate over Washington’s attempts to clamp down on online piracy. Police in New Zealand and Europe have made a number of arrests in recent…

Pot-based prescription drug could receive FDA approval

A British pharmaceutic firm is completing clinical trials of a drug derived directly from marijuana and hopes to receive approval to market it from the Food and Drug Administration by the end of 2013. The drug, which contains both THC and cannabidiol, has already been approved in Canada, New Zealand,…

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