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Holiday shopping online rockets in U.S.

WASHINGTON — US consumers turned in record levels to the Internet for holiday shopping this year, further boosting online sellers’ share of the huge national retail pie. Shopping via the Internet in the seven weeks before Christmas jumped 15 percent over a year earlier, according to market analysts ComScore. That…

‘Anonymous’ stages Christmas hack on military merchant

In a recent post to text-sharing website pastebin, a hacker or hackers with the cyber activist group “Anonymous” claimed responsibility for stealing confidential data from the website of a military gear merchant whose customers are thought to be mostly former soldiers and members of law enforcement. The website SpecialForces.com retails…

Apple seeks patent for battery that could run devices for weeks

A recent patent application filed by computer giant Apple reveals what might be the company’s next big thing: hydrogen batteries. Hydrogen batteries work by splitting water into its core chemical components, then using those chemicals to generate electricity, but for many years the reaction was too volatile for most commercial…

Italy fines Apple for misleading consumers

Italy’s anti-trust authority said Tuesday it was imposing a 900,000-euro ($1.2-million) fine on US tech giant Apple for misleading consumers on assistance services and guarantees for its products. “Sanctions of a total of 900,000 euros have been imposed on the Apple group after it was found responsible for bad commercial practices that harmed consumers,” the agency…

China city tightens control of microblogs

Shanghai will require microblog users to register under their real names from Monday, state media said, the latest local government in China to implement the rule after a spate of violent protests. Beijing and the southern province of Guangdong have also ordered users of weibos — microblogs similar to Twitter — to register using their real…

Sony to sell LCD venture stake to Samsung for $940 million

TOKYO/SEOUL (Reuters) - Sony Corp has agreed to sell its nearly 50 percent stake in an LCD joint venture with Samsung Electronicsto the South Korean company for $940 million, as it struggles to reduce huge losses at its TV business. The seven-year-old venture cut its capital by 15 percent in July and industry sources had said Sony…

Hackers swiped credit card data from security think tank Stratfor

(Reuters) – U.S. security think tank Strategic Forecasting Inc(Stratfor) said its website had been hacked and that some of the names of corporate subscribers had been made public. Stratfor said the breach came from an unauthorized party, while activist hacker group Anonymous claimed responsibility. “As a result of this incident the operation of…

China tests 500 km/h super high-speed train

BEIJING (Reuters) - China launched a super-rapid test train over the weekend which is capable of travelling 500 kilometers per hour, state media said on Monday, as the country moves ahead with its railway ambitions despite serious problems on its high-speed network. The train, made by a subsidiary of CSR Corp Ltd, China’s…

Death toll rises to 13 in Colombia pipeline blast

Thirteen people were confirmed dead and nearly 100 injured in a pipeline explosion in western Colombia, officials said Saturday at the conclusion of a two-day rescue and recovery mission. The pre-dawn blast Friday ripped through a section of the pipeline near the city of Dosquebradas, creating an inferno that destroyed…

GoDaddy drops support of SOPA

Add the folks at GoDaddy.com now to the list against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). The Internet domain registry giant announced Friday in a statement from CEO Warren Adelman that it would no longer support the controversial bill. “Fighting online piracy is of the utmost importance, which is why…

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