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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…

U.S. Internet users not as scam-savvy as they think

SAN FRANCISCO — US Internet users are continuing to fall for online scams, especially if the promised prize is a chance at a hip new gadget such as a tablet computer, according to a new study. More than half of those surveyed in a Ponemon study backed by Internet security…

Cuba to use sugar cane in new electricity plant

HAVANA — Cuba will open its first electricity plant using sugar cane as a biofuel hoping eventually to meet 30 percent of its energy needs from the fuel source, the official Granma daily said Thursday. The plant, being built in Ciego de Avila province, some 400 kilometers (240 miles) east…

‘Space ball’ drops on Namibia

A large metallic ball fell out of the sky on a remote grassland in Namibia, prompting baffled authorities to contact NASA and the European space agency. The hollow ball with a circumference of 1.1 metres (43 inches) was found near a village in the north of the country some 750 kilometres (480 miles)…

Iran moves websites to avoid cyber attacks

Iran has moved most of its government websites to local hosts to protect them from cyber attacks, the country’s deputy communications minister said on Thursday. Ali Hakim Javadi, who is also head of Iran’s technology organisation, said more than 90 percent of the websites had already been transferred as “it…

China tightens rules for bloggers

BEIJING (Reuters) – China further tightened rules on microblogs on Thursday, requiring new authors on seven websites in southern Guangdong province to register their real names, state-run Xinhua news agency reported, in a move users decried as ineffective. Microblogs such as Sina’s Weibo allow users to issue messages of a…

Verizon 4G network crashes again

SAN FRANCISCO — A high-speed smartphone data service freshly rolled out by Verizon crashed anew on Wednesday as the US telecom titan continued to work out issues with its new-generation network. Verizon Wireless 4G LTE data service disruption spread across the United States and lasted several hours but subscribers remained…

Political cyber squatters put NewtGingrich.com up for sale

A Democratic Super PAC is occupying NewtGingrich.com, and they’re not going to let it go without at least a few smarmy headlines. In what should be seen as a kid-level marketing failure by the Gingrich campaign, somehow the former House Speaker failed to pay less than $10 to purchase his…

Microsoft walking off CES stage

Microsoft on Wednesday said that it will step out of the spotlight at the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, connecting with industry players in the wings and shunning the stage. The CES gadget extravaganza in January will be the last time the Redmond, Washington-based software colossus stakes out…

Tom Clancy game casts 99 Percent as domestic terrorists

An upcoming game in the Tom Clancy franchise is ruffling some feathers for depicting a domestic terrorist attack staged by individuals who sound sympathetic to the 99 Percent movement. “Tom Clancy’s Rainbow 6: Patriots,” due out in 2013 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC, was teased in a recent…

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