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Iranian engineer claims simple GPS hack took U.S. drone down

An unnamed Iranian engineer reportedly working to reverse-engineer a U.S. drone recently captured by Revolutionary Guard forces told a reporter for The Christian Science Monitor that the aircraft was downed through a relatively unsophisticated cyber-attack that tricked its global positioning systems (GPS). The technique, known as “GPS spoofing,” has been…

Beijing tightens controls over popular blogs

BEIJING (Reuters) – The Beijing city government said on Friday it would tighten control over popular microblogs that have vexed authorities with their rapid dissemination of news, giving users three months to register with their real names or face legal consequences. China has repeatedly criticized microblogs for spreading what it…

Zynga prices IPO at top end of range

(Reuters) – Online games maker Zynga Inc is expected to make a strong debut on the Nasdaq stock exchange on Friday after it priced its initial public offering at the top end of a preliminary range but did not increase the size of the $1 billion deal. Analysts and investors…

Facebook rolls out ‘Timeline’ feature to all users

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook on Thursday began transforming profile pages into interactive digital scrapbooks that let members of the world’s leading online social network tell the stories of their lives. The “Timeline” feature being rolled out by Facebook was unveiled at a developers conference in September and comes with new…

California unveils cyber crime unit

SAN FRANCISCO — California has a new eCrime Unit devoted to catching and prosecuting Internet Age crooks. State attorney general Kamala Harris created the team, which is comprised of 20 attorneys and investigators specializing in identity theft and cyber crime. “Today’s criminals increasingly use the Internet, smartphones, and other digital…

Internet pioneers oppose U.S. online piracy bills

WASHINGTON — The founders of Craigslist, eBay, Google, Twitter, Yahoo! and other Internet giants expressed concern to the US Congress on Wednesday over legislation intended to crack down on online piracy. The Stop Online Piracy Act has received some bipartisan support in the House of Representatives and is the House…

Journalists allowed to use Twitter in English courts

LONDON — Reporters can now use Twitter, text messages and email in courtrooms in England and Wales without needing to ask permission, the head of the judiciary said Wednesday. “Twitter as much as you like from today,” Lord Chief Justice Igor Judge told journalists as he handed down new guidelines…

Facebook adds suicide prevention tool

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook is providing a new way for US or Canadian members of the leading online social network to summon help for friends who may be thinking of ending their lives. A tool rolled out by Facebook lets people report suicidal comments posted by friends, who will immediately…

Tech elites: U.S. online piracy bill mirrors Chinese, Iranian policies

An assembly of U.S. Internet elites, captains of the most successful online businesses, published an open letter to Congress on Wednesday urging lawmakers to think long and hard before adopting bills that would force wide-reaching changes to the structure of the Web. The letter, which will run as an advertisement…

China frees cyber dissident after 8 years in jail

Chinese authorities have freed a former newspaper reporter and cyber dissident who was jailed for subversion in 2003, a human rights group said Wednesday. Huang Jinqiu was released from prison in October after serving eight years of a 12-year sentence, US-based Human Rights in Chinasaid in a statement. Huang, who worked as a journalist for…

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