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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…

Mobile app to help Indian women fight sex assault

A smartphone app launched Wednesday in the Indian capital Delhi aims to fight a rise in sexual assault cases by enabling women to immediately alert friends or family if they feel at risk. The “Fight Back” app created by Indian non-profit Whypoll will — at the press of a single…

Google remains default search engine at Firefox

SAN FRANCISCO — Mozilla on Tuesday said that it has renewed a deal making Google the default search engine in the nonprofit organization’s open-source Firefox Web browsing software. “We’re pleased to announce that we have negotiated a significant and mutually beneficial revenue agreement with Google,” Mozilla chief executive Gary Kovacs…

Internet circumvents anti-piracy bill before it even passes

Software developers have already found a way around the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), which the House Judiciary Committee will not markup until sometime early next year. Most critics say the bill would create an Internet “blacklist” that forces ISPs, search engines, financial firms and advertisers to de-list websites…

Google ramps up investment in solar energy

Google on Tuesday ramped up its investment in clean energy by backing the construction of solar panels that will feed electricity to California’s power grid. The Internet giant announced that it is pumping $94 million intoRecurrent Energy projects near the state’s capitol of Sacramento, raising its investments in Earth-friendly power generation to $915 million. “We believe…

‘Friday’ music video topped YouTube in 2011

Online singing sensation Rebecca Black topped a 2011 most-viewedYouTube videos list Tuesday that included spoofs starring pets, talking babies and pop music star Michael Bolton. The collection of the year’s most popular YouTube snippets was based on an analysis of the more than one trillion video viewslogged at the Google-owned website. “That’s about 140…

Reddit manager warns site to shut down if anti-piracy bill passes

Erik Martin, general manager of Reddit, one of the Internet’s most popular community-driven media websites, said in a recent post that independent experts have told the site that if the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) passes Congress, the laws as written would be Reddit’s death sentence. Reddit, owned by publishing…

Apple scores limited victory in smartphone patent war

TAIPEI (Reuters) – Apple Inc scored a narrow victory against Taiwan’s HTC Corp in a patent lawsuit over smartphone technology that will set the stage for further battles between rival makers in the fiercely competitive market. In a case seen as a proxy for a larger fight between Google Inc’s…

Mind reading machines on their way: IBM

Century-old technology colossus IBM depicted a near future in which machines read minds and recognize who they are dealing with. The “IBM 5 in 5″ predictions were based on societal trends and research which the New York State-based company expected to begin bearing fruit by the year 2017. “From Houdini…

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