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Facebook to help Congress expand online reach

WASHINGTON — Leaders of the Republican and Democratic parties in the US Congress are reaching out to Facebook to help develop online tools to connect with their constituents. They announced plans on Thursday to host a “hackathon” next month featuring members of Congress, their staffers, Facebook developers and others. The…

PayPal lets Facebook friends send cash

SAN FRANCISCO — Online financial transactions powerhouse PayPal released an application on Thursday that lets friends send one another cash at leading social network Facebook. A “Send Money” application tailored for Facebook by PayPal lets members of the online community tie money to occasions such as birthdays or send it…

Amazon may be planning smartphone: Citi analysts

NEW YORK — Amazon, which began shipping a tablet computer this week, may be eyeing the smartphone market. Citigroup said in a research note published on Thursday that it believes the Seattle-based online retail giant plans to launch a smartphone next year. “Based on our supply chain channel checks in…

Clinic works to help those suffering from information overload

The Libyan war, the Greek debt crisis and the Dominique Strauss-Kahn scandal have all been rich fodder this year for news junkies — but is today’s information overload healthy? A Swiss clinic has set out to help those who feel overwhelmed by such excess with an unusual exhibition that runs…

Nokia to launch Windows tablet mid-2012: report

PARIS (Reuters) – Cellphone maker Nokia plans to launch a tabletthat runs on Microsoft’s Windows operating system in the summer of 2012, the head of Nokia France told Les Echos newspaper in an interview published on Wednesday. Nokia has said using Microsoft Windows 8 for tablets could be an interesting opportunity for the company but it has not yet unveiled any launch…

Facebook users get graphic images in spam attack

WASHINGTON — Facebook said Tuesday that a “coordinated spam attack” was responsible for graphic images appearing in the news feeds of some members of the world’s largest social network. Facebook, which has more than 800 million members, said some users of the social network were tricked into unknowingly sharing the…

Hackers eye Canadian businesses: study

(Reuters) – Hackers attacking Canadian organizations are determined to make money in targeted campaigns while government insiders stole more data than ever before, a security study released on Tuesday showed. The number of breaches in Canada and the cost of dealing with them have spiked since the 2008 financial crisis,…

Salman Rushdie wins tussle with Facebook

Author Salman Rushdie has won a tussle with Facebook over his profile page on the social network. Rushdie’s run-in with Facebook stemmed from his insistence he be allowed to use his middle name — Salman, the one he is universally known by — instead of his first name — Ahmed…

China’s Huawei to buy out Symantec venture

Chinese telecom giant Huawei Technologies will buy out a joint venture with US security software maker Symantec by acquiring its 49 percent stake for $530 million, the firms said Tuesday. The venture, Hong Kong-based Huawei Symantec, was set up in 2008 to provide security, storage and systems management solutions. The companies decided that having a…

Schedule set for naming witnesses in AT&T-U.S. trial

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A special master overseeing the Justice Department’s effort to stop AT&T from buying rival T-Mobile USA has issued a schedule for lists of trial witnesses to be drawn up, according to court papers. AT&T Inc previously complained that the Justice Department was taking too much time in naming its witnesses as…

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