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Google Maps taking viewers inside shops

SAN FRANCISCO — Google’s free online map service is letting shops, gyms, restaurants and other small businesses provide viewers glimpses of what lies behind facades seen on Street View. A test program launched in April of last year was bearing fruit in a growing array of panoramic images taken inside…

Stop Online Piracy Act runs into more opposition

WASHINGTON — Three leading technology industry groups urged members of the US Congress on Monday to oppose a copyright protection bill being proposed in the House of Representatives. The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) would give US authorities more tools to crack down on websites accused of piracy of movies,…

Cyber spy campaign targets chemical industry: Symantec

SAN FRANCISCO — US Internet security firm Symantec on Monday exposed a cyber spying campaign targeting trade secrets at top chemical firms and linked the industrial espionage to a man in China. At least 48 companies, including some that make advanced materials for military vehicles, were targeted in a campaign…

Intel chief warns of ‘disturbing’ cyber attacks

The head of British intelligence agency GCHQ warned Monday of a “disturbing” rise in cyber attacks on the country’s government andindustry systems which he said risked damaging the economy. Iain Lobban, director of the Government Communications Headquarters, said the attacks included a “significant” but unsuccessful attempt to acquire sensitive information from the Foreign Office, in an article ahead…

Panasonic sees $5.5 billion annual loss, worst in a decade

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese electronics maker Panasonic Corpforecast an annual net loss of 420 billion yen ($5.5 billion), its biggest in a decade, as restructuring costs ballooned, and a soaring yen and weak demand in the United States and Europe eroded income. Panasonic accelerated the pace of restructuring as it races to…

Sony seeks to quit Samsung LCD venture: report

TOKYO — Sony has entered talks to sell its stake in a joint liquid crystal display panel venture in South Korea to its partner Samsung Electronics, the business daily Nikkei reported on Sunday. The Japanese electronics giant aims to reach an agreement with Samsung on the sale within this year…

India shuts server linked to Duqu computer virus

Reuters) – Indian authorities seized computer equipment from a data center in Mumbai as part of an investigation into the Duqu malicious software that some security experts warned could be the next big cyber threat. Two workers at a web-hosting company called Web Werks told Reuters that officials from India’s…

China arrests 12,000 in online drug sale sweep

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese police have arrested 12,125 people during a crackdown on the sale of narcotics online and have confiscated more than 300 kg of illegal drugs, state news agency Xinhua reported on Sunday. Police were tipped off to the scale of the problem after uncovering chatrooms in the…

South Korea smart phone subscribers exceed 20 million

SEOUL (Reuters) – The number of smart phone subscribers in South Korea, one of the world’s most wired countries, hit 20 million last week, as some 40 percent of the country’s citizens signed up to use the mobile device, the state telecoms regulator said on Sunday. Figures released by the…

Google takes another shot at the TV market

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Google Inc is making another push to bring its Web savvy to television sets, hoping to tap into a vast new market despite consumers’ lukewarm reaction to one of its initial offerings. The Internet search engine unveiled a revamped version of its Google TV service and…

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