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YouTube remake spotlights TV-style channels

SAN BRUNO, California — YouTube on Thursday unveiled a major redesign that showcases television-style channels and promises slicker integration with other Google online properties. “We are trying hard to marry the best of TV and the best of online,” YouTube vice president of product development Shishir Mehrotra said while providing…

Franken demands ‘Carrier IQ’ explain smartphone tracking

Sen Al Franken (D-MN) on Thursday demanded the developer of hidden software included on virtually all new Android smartphones explain why the application logs and may transmit personal information. Called “Carrier IQ,” the software is supposedly meant to help mobile carriers monitor and diagnose problems with their devices. The company…

WikiLeaks ‘spy files’ pulls curtain back on global surveillance industry

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange launched the website’s new project Thursday, the publication of files it claims shows a global industry that gives dictatorships tools to spy on their citizens. In parallel to Assange’s announcement, Wikileaks’ partner Owni.fr released evidence that a French firm helped Moamer Kadhafi’s former Libyan regime spy on opposition figures living in exile in…

Apple: Siri’s anti-abortion tendencies aren’t ‘intentional omissions’

In the wake of the uproar that followed Raw Story’s reporting that iPhone’s Siri not only cannot help users figure out where to get an abortion but, in some cases, sends them to anti-abortion Crisis Pregnancy Centers, Apple finally responded that the errors aren’t ‘intentional.’ Apple spokesperson Natalie Kerris told…

Colbert: Siri is ‘like Laura Ingraham, but less robotic’

Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert says that Siri, the electronic female voice on Apple’s newest iPhone, might just be the perfect Republican presidential candidate. As Raw Story revealed earlier this week, Siri can help locate strip clubs and escort services, but when asked to find a nearby abortion clinic it…

U.S. lawmakers want spy agencies to share cyber data

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Lawmakers on Wednesday proposed fighting the cyber threat that is taking a toll on American companies by allowing spy agencies to share threat intelligence with private firms. Representative Mike Rogers, the Republican chairman of the House of Representatives intelligence committee, and the panel’s senior Democrat, Representative C.A.…

Apple takes heat for Siri’s misleading abortion advice

Apple is facing pressure to update its Siri software — the virtual assistant on Apple’s new iPhone 4S — after Raw Story and numerous other media outlets reported the artificial intelligence is apparently not pro-choice. The Siri can help locate strip clubs and escort services, but when asked to find…

Security researcher: Android software ‘Carrier IQ’ records communications

If you own a smartphone, your device knows who your friends and family are. It knows where you are, where you’re going and, chances are, what you’ll be doing next. It even knows what you’re typing before you type it. But, what else could these devices know about their users?…

Analysis: AT&T may struggle to find asset buyers

(Reuters) – AT&T Inc will struggle to find buyers for any asset sale big enough to salvage its $39 billion deal to buy T-Mobile USA, with most likely buyers Leap Wireless International Inc and MetroPCSCommunications lacking the cash. AT&T is looking for ways to make the acquisition more palatable to the U.S. Justice Department and the Federal…

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