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Colbert: Siri is ‘like Laura Ingraham, but less robotic’

Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert says that Siri, the electronic female voice on Apple’s newest iPhone, might just be the perfect Republican presidential candidate. As Raw Story revealed earlier this week, Siri can help locate strip clubs and escort services, but when asked to find a nearby abortion clinic it…

U.S. lawmakers want spy agencies to share cyber data

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Lawmakers on Wednesday proposed fighting the cyber threat that is taking a toll on American companies by allowing spy agencies to share threat intelligence with private firms. Representative Mike Rogers, the Republican chairman of the House of Representatives intelligence committee, and the panel’s senior Democrat, Representative C.A.…

Apple takes heat for Siri’s misleading abortion advice

Apple is facing pressure to update its Siri software — the virtual assistant on Apple’s new iPhone 4S — after Raw Story and numerous other media outlets reported the artificial intelligence is apparently not pro-choice. The Siri can help locate strip clubs and escort services, but when asked to find…

Security researcher: Android software ‘Carrier IQ’ records communications

If you own a smartphone, your device knows who your friends and family are. It knows where you are, where you’re going and, chances are, what you’ll be doing next. It even knows what you’re typing before you type it. But, what else could these devices know about their users?…

Analysis: AT&T may struggle to find asset buyers

(Reuters) – AT&T Inc will struggle to find buyers for any asset sale big enough to salvage its $39 billion deal to buy T-Mobile USA, with most likely buyers Leap Wireless International Inc and MetroPCSCommunications lacking the cash. AT&T is looking for ways to make the acquisition more palatable to the U.S. Justice Department and the Federal…

Internet stock slips raise fears of new bubble

Quick cooling of hot stock market debuts by Internet darlings such as Groupon has fed fears of another speculative bubble, as social networking star Facebook prepares to go public. Local bargain community Groupon, professional social networkLinkedIn and consumer reviews website Angie’s List each saw stock prices leap during initial public offerings (IPOs) this year. But share prices in each…

Facebook settles US privacy violation charges

Facebook agreed to tighten its privacy policies in order to settle charges that it abused users’ personal data, the US Federal Trade Commission said Tuesday. The social networking giant pledged to strengthen customer consent rules on privacy and to shut down all access to accounts deleted by customers in 30 days or less, the FTC said. Facebook did not…

10 things the iPhone Siri will help you get instead of an abortion

Ask the Siri, the new iPhone 4 assistant, where to get an abortion, and, if you happen to be in Washington, D.C., she won’t direct you to the Planned Parenthood on 16th St, NW. Instead, she’ll suggest you pay a visit to the 1st Choice Women’s Health Center, an anti-abortion…

Facebook gearing up for 2012 IPO: source

(Reuters) – Facebook, the world’s largest Internet social network, is preparing for a initial public stock offering next year, according to a source familiar with the matter. Facebook is exploring raising $10 billion, the Wall Street Journal said on Monday. It hopes the offering will value the company at more…

HTC says to tough out downturn, new models coming

TAIPEI (Reuters) – HTC Corp promised competitive new models early next year and said it would stick to its strategy in the face of its biggest challenge since rising to prominence in the smartphone market. HTC has become the worst performer among global smartphone shares this year, falling over 30 percent…

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