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MPAA calls blackout protest a ‘dangerous gimmick’

The Motion Picture Association of America, the film industry’s largest lobby, is not happy about the growing opposition to two anti-piracy bills being considered by the U.S. Congress. Critics of the bills have said they could break the fundamental structure of the Internet and result in censorship. Internet-base companies like…

Issa ‘committed’ to blocking anti-piracy bills

Appearing on a panel of tech experts and activists opposed to the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect Intellectual Property Act (SOPA/PIPA), Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) promised that so long as he’s in Congress, legislation that looks anything like either of those bills will not go through. “I am…

U.S may be behind Mars probe failure: Russia

Russia on Tuesday said the failure of its Phobos-Grunt probe for Mars could have been caused by radiation from US radars, in its latest allegation of Western interference in its space programme. “There is such a theory,” Yury Koptev the head of the scientific committee of state technology company Russian Technologies told the RIA-Novosti news agency. “To test…

Google, Facebook battle Indian criminal charges

NEW DELHI — Google and Facebook on Monday fought in the Delhi High Court to quash criminal charges that they are responsible for obscene online content. The companies, which are set to be joined in their action by Microsoft and Yahoo!, have filed petitions asking for a lower court case…

Foxconn to ‘lay off 600 people’ in Slovakia

BRATISLAVA — Taiwanese electronics company Foxconn will lay off 600 people in its Slovak plant where it makes LCD televisions for Sony due to low demand, Slovak business daily Hospodarske noviny reported on Monday. “The unfavourable situation in the LCD television sector in the global and European markets has had…

Wikipedia to blackout in protest of anti-piracy bills

The world’s largest encyclopedia will go dark on Wednesday in a dramatic protest against two anti-piracy bills being considered by the U.S. Congress, Wikipedia announced on Monday. Concerned that the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and its sister in the Senate, the Protect IP Act, might deal severe damage to…

Shoe seller says hacker compromised accounts

WASHINGTON — US online shoe seller Zappos.com was notifying some 24 million customers Monday that a hacker had gained entry to its computer network, but said credit card data was not affected. “We were recently the victim of a cyber attack by a criminal who gained access to parts of…

Plodding PC sales weigh down Microsoft profit

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp is starting the new year much as it did the one just ended – grappling with weak computer salestearing a hole in its core Windows business, while it gropes its way slowly into the faster-growing mobile phone and tablet markets. Shares of the world’s largest software…

New app adds incentives to go to the gym

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – If a bulging waistline isn’t enough of a motivator to go to the gym, a new iPhone app adds a financial incentive to provide that extra nudge. The app called GymPact charges users a fee for every gym commitment they skip. The fee can range from $5 to…

China’s Internet population tops 500 million

China now has more than 500 million people on the Internet and nearly half use weibos, microblogs similar to Twitter that can circumvent the country’s powerful censors, official data showed on Monday. The weibos have become hugely popular platforms for people to vent their anger over perceived injustices or corruption and…

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