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Google may dump Chamber of Commerce over ‘Protect IP’ bill

The so-called “Protect IP” bill, which is nominally intended to halt digital piracy and the online sale of counterfeit goods by allowing US officials to block allegedly infringing websites, has run into opposition from many quarters, including human rights activists. Now it seems that the powerful United States Chamber of…

Yahoo sale process heats up

(Reuters) – Yahoo has signed confidentiality agreements with several parties interested in a deal ahead of Friday’s deadline, according to people familiar with the matter. The Sunnyvale, California-based Internet icon said potential buyers had to sign the agreement, which would allow them to take a closer look at Yahoo’s financial…

E.U. Commission to probe Samsung, Apple over patents

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – EU regulators are investigating whether technology companies Samsung Electronics and Apple have breached EU antitrust rules with regards to patents used as standards in the mobile telephone industry, the European Commission said on Friday. “The Commission has indeed sent requests for information to Apple and Samsung concerning…

China strongly denies connections to cyber espionage

Beijing on Friday hit out at a US intelligence agency report accusing the Chinese of extensive cyber spying, saying it was unprofessional and irresponsible. The unusually blunt report on foreign cyber spying submitted to the US Congress on Thursday said the Chinese were the world’s “most active and persistent perpetrators”…

Japan computer smashes speed record

TOKYO — A Japanese supercomputer has broken its own record as the world’s fastest machine by performing 10 quadrillion calculations per second, its developers announced. The “K Computer”, which has more than 88,000 central processing units — the computer’s “brain” — compared with the fewer than four in the average…

Stuxnet-like virus hides in Microsoft Word files

SAN FRANCISCO — Microsoft said Thursday it is working to fix a Windows software vulnerability that lets a Stuxnet-like Duqu virus sneak into computers by hiding in Word document files. Duqu infections have been reported in a dozen countries including Iran, France, Britain and India, according to US computer security…

U.S. accuses China, Russia of cyber spying

The Chinese are the world’s “most active and persistent perpetrators” of economic espionage, a US intelligence agency said on Thursday in an unusually blunt report on a sensitive topic. The report on foreign cyber spying efforts submitted to the US Congress also pointed the finger at Russia’s intelligence services, saying…

New wristband harnesses Apple gadgets for fitness

Wireless earpiece maker Jawbone is once again blending fashion and technology to help people make healthier choices with a little help from their beloved Apple gadgets. The company this week unveiled UP, a smartly engineered wristband that synchs with software for iPhones, iPads and iPod touch devices to steer users…

Apple fixing iPhone 4S battery drain

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple said it is working to squash software bugs that have evidently been eating away at battery life in the iPhone 4s and other gadgets powered by its latest mobile operating system. “A small number of customers have reported lower than expected battery life on iOS 5…

Stop Online Piracy Act threatens human rights activists: digital rights group

Human rights activists and whistle blowers could be “major casualties” of a copyright protection bill proposed by the House Judiciary Committee in late October, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) would make it easier for U.S. authorities to crack down on websites accused…

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