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Pincus makes power play with Zynga IPO

(Reuters) – For years, a group of about 20 guys would gather in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park or the neighboring Presidio Park for weekend games of soccer. Among them was a man whose 5-foot 6-inch stature belied his ruthless competitiveness and who was usually accompanied by his American bulldog,…

App helps unemployed with job search

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Facebook, the social networking site, is probably not the first place that comes to mind when contemplating new career opportunities. But Monster.com, the career search website, hopes to change that with BeKnown, a professional networking app that allows users to build their professional identities within Facebook.…

Cyber attacks could wreck world oil supply

DOHA (Reuters) – Hackers are bombarding the world’s computer controlled energy sector, conducting industrial espionage and threatening potential global havoc through oil supply disruption. Oil company executives warned that attacks were becoming more frequent and more carefully planned. “If anybody gets into the area where you can control opening and…

Graphic novel app brings Dickensian London to life

LONDON (Reuters) – Stroll the grimy backstreets of Dickensian London and experience for yourself the sights and sounds which inspired one of the greatest writers in English literature. Computer tablet users can now travel to the darker side of London as Charles Dickens knew it, with an interactive novel-cum-app launched…

Google unveils magazine reading application

SAN FRANCISCO — Google on Thursday released a magazine reading application for smartphones or tablet computers powered by Android or Apple software. The California Internet titan worked with more than 150 publishing partners for the US launch of “Google Currents,” which is also integrated with the Google+ online social network…

Federal judge: Blogger not entitled to media protections

A self-described “investigative blogger” has been ordered to hand over $2.5 million to an investment firm after a federal judge in Oregon ruled she was not a journalist and therefore not entitled to the legal protections afforded to them. Crystal L. Cox of Montana was sued in January by the…

Internet domain name expansion comes under fire

WASHINGTON — A plan to expand the number of Internet domain names came under fire in the US Congress on Thursday, a day after the head of the Federal Trade Commission said it could potentially be a “disaster.” The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the global body…

Yahoo! awarded $610 million in spammer case

SAN FRANCISCO — Yahoo! on Wednesday said that a judge ordered spammers to pay $610 million for running a larcenous lottery scheme using the Internet pioneer’s name. The default judgment, which meant no one showed up to defend against the accusations, was declared on Monday by a federal district judge…

Facebook fixes photo privacy bug

WASHINGTON — Facebook has fixed a bug that allowed the viewing of some private photographs of other members and which was reportedly used to access personal pictures of founder Mark Zuckerberg. The bug involved Facebook’s system of reporting inappropriate images on the social network. By reporting a member’s profile picture…

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…

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