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Social media makes anti-Putin protests ‘snowball’

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Artyom Kolpakov used to shrug when he came across occasional appeals on social media sites to protest against Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and his government. “I didn’t see the point really,” he said. But something changed when, clicking through amateur videos and online testimonies documenting cases of ballot-stuffing and repeat voting, he…

Sprinter turns to eBay for Olympic bid

An athlete on Wednesday put himself up for auction on online gianteBay in a desperate attempt to attract sponsors in the run up to London’s 2012 Olympic Games. The eventual winner will earn the right to emblazon its brand on sprinter James Ellington’s kit at training and press events before and after next…

Apple named in lawsuit over Carrier IQ ‘spy-phone’ software

Three cell phone providers and four cell phone manufacturers have been named in a class-action lawsuit related to hidden software included on smartphones, which allegedly logs and may transmit users’ personal information. The lawsuit was filed last Friday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware by the…

Verizon blocks Google Wallet on Galaxy Nexus: report

(Reuters) – Wireless service provider Verizon Wireless will not include Google Inc’s payments app Google Wallet on its latest smartphone Galaxy Nexus this month, the Wall Street Journal said. Galaxy Nexus is a smartphone developed by Google and Samsung Electronics Co based on the internet search giant’s Android software. Google Wallet lets people use phones to make payments, redeem digital coupons…

Olympus ex-presidents approved loss cover-up: panel

The committee probing a massive cover-up of losses at Japan’sOlympus said Tuesday two former presidents approved the long-running scheme and that core management at the firm had been “rotten”. The panel of lawyers and an accountant chosen by Olympus said Tsuyoshi Kikukawa and his predecessor Masatoshi Kishimoto had backed the plan to…

India to ban ‘offensive’ Internet material

India on Tuesday vowed to ban offensive material from the Internet after Facebook, Google and other major firms told the government they were unable to screen content before it was posted. Communications Minister Kapil Sibal said talks with the Internet giants had failed to come up with a solution following complaints that he had lodged…

EU opens antitrust probe into Apple’s e-book deals

European antitrust officials launched a probe on Tuesday to determine whether iPad maker Apple and five international publishers engaged in anti-competitive deals in the sale of e-books. The European Commission will look at deals between the US gadget giant and US publishing powerhouses Simon & Schuster and Harper Collins, Britain’s Penguin, France’s Hachette Livre and Germany’sVerlagsgruppe Georg von Holzbrinck. “The…

Dell abandons Android tablet in U.S.

Dell said it would halt sales of its Android tablet computer in the US market, as rival Amazon’s new Kindle Fire has heated up in a market dominated by Apple’s iPad. A message on the Texas-based computer’s website said that the seven-inch (17.8-centimeter) Streak tablet powered by Google’s mobile operating…

IBM buys Irish software company

NEW YORK — US computer giant IBM said Monday that it has bought Curam Software, an Irish company that makes programs used by government agencies to deliver social services to citizens. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. IBM said Curam software is used in more than 80 government…

Teen ‘sexting’ concerns unfounded

Only around 2.5 percent of teens engage in “sexting,” or sending sexual images by phone or email, and few of these would violate pornography laws, a study showed Monday. The study appearing in the journal Pediatrics found that concerns on the practice of sexting, which came to the forefront after…

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