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Twitter’s ‘verified accounts’ now come with hefty price tag

When media mogul Rupert Murdoch’s wife allegedly joined Twitter, it didn’t take her long to earn a “verified account,” one of the few status symbols available to known individuals on the social media network. Days later, the account was revealed to be a fake, leaving journalists the world over wondering…

Nokia declares war in U.S. smartphone market

Nokia has declared war in the US smartphone market, with a Microsoft-powered handset tailored to take on Apple iPhones and Google-backed Android devices. Microsoft chief executive Steven Ballmer joined Nokia boss Stephen Elop on Monday to unveil the new Lumia 900 smartphone, which will run on Windows mobile software and…

Microsoft to bring Kinect to Windows PCs

Microsoft plans to bring its Kinect technology to bear on personal computers following its phenomenal success with the gesture and voice-recognition sensor in the Xbox 360 game console. “I’m thrilled to announce that Kinect is coming to Windows on February 1,” Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer said in his final…

Nokia declares war in U.S. smartphone market

LAS VEGAS — Nokia declared war in the US smartphone market with a Microsoft-powered handset tailored to take on Apple iPhones and Google-backed Android devices. Microsoft chief executive Steven Ballmer joined Nokia boss Stephen Elop to reveal the Finland-based mobile phone titan’s plans to hit the US market in coming…

Eric Boehlert calls out media for failing to cover SOPA

Media Matters’ Eric Boehlert appeared Monday on The Young Turks to discuss the fact that the highly controversial Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) was absent from mainstream television news coverage. Major media outlets, including ABC, CBS, Comcast/NBC, Viacom, News Corporation and Time Warner, support the legislation. It would allow authorities…

China’s Huawei unveils world’s slimmest smartphone

Chinese telecoms giant Huawei, seeking to expand its presence in the United States and Europe, unveiled the world’s slimmest smartphone on Monday. At 0.26 inches (6.68 millimeters), the Ascend P1S is thinner than the width of a pencil. Apple’s latest iPhone, the 4S, by comparison, has a thickness of 0.37 inches (9.3…

Olympus sues current and past executives

Scandal-hit Olympus is suing some 20 current and former executives for damages over a massive investment loss cover up at the Japanese firm, reports said Monday. The law suits filed Sunday named ex-president Tsuyoshi Kikukawa, pegged as playing a major role in the embarrassing affair, and his successor Shuichi Takayama, the Yomiuri Shimbun said,…

Email passwords of U.S., British officials posted online: report

Email addresses and passwords belonging to British, US and NATO officials were posted online following the hacking of a US intelligence analysis firm over Christmas, the Guardian daily reported Monday. Online “hacktivist” group Anonymous claimed via Twitter on Christmas Day that it had stolen a trove of emails and credit…

Acer unveils thinnest, lightest laptop ever

LAS VEGAS — Acer on Sunday unveiled the world’s thinnest laptop computer as an array of “ultrabook” rivals prepared to debut this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The Taiwan-based computer titan will begin shipping Acer Aspire 5 models in the second quarter of this year, with…

Leaked memo suggests India sought backdoor access from mobile device firms to spy on U.S.

An internal memo from India’s Military Intelligence that hackers have posted online suggests that manufacturers of mobile devices have provided “backdoor” access to the Indian government in exchange for access to the Indian market. The manufacturers, referred to collectively in the memo as “RINOA,” include RIM, Nokia, and Apple. Indian…

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