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In twist, blocking AT&T deal could hurt competitors

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Driven by antitrust concerns, U.S. regulators are fighting hard to block AT&T’s $39 billion deal to buy Deutsche Telekom’s T-Mobile USA. But, in an ironic twist, smaller U.S. wireless rivals may suffer more if the deal is blocked than if it is approved. T-Mobile USA would…

Data of 13 million South Korean online game subscribers hacked

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea’s communications regulator said on Saturday that personal information of more than 13 million subscribers of a popular online game of Nexon Korea Corp, a leading game developer in the country, had been leaked in a hacking attack. The Korea Communications Commission (KCC) said in a…

EU court rules against web filters to block file sharing

LUXEMBOURG — Internet service providers cannot be forced to install filters aimed at preventing people from illegally downloading music and other files, the EU’s top court ruled Thursday. The decision by the European Union Court of Justice is a defeat for backers of web filters, including artists and the enterainment…

Apple drops ‘Jew or not Jew’ iPhone app

PARIS — French anti-racism groups have dropped anti-Semitism suits against Apple after it withdrew a “Jew or not Jew” iPhone app from its online stores worldwide, the groups’ lawyer said on Thursday. Groups including the French Jewish Students Union, SOS Racisme and the Movement Against Racism and for Friendship Between…

Spotify hits 2.5 million paying subscribers

WASHINGTON — Swedish online music star Spotify said Wednesday ahead of a mystery announcement next week that it has reached 2.5 million paying subscribers. “Fanfare! Drum roll! Yes, we’re excited to announce that we’ve now welcomed 2.5 million paying subscribers to the service,” Spotify said in a blog post. Spotify,…

Disney comes to YouTube

SAN FRANCISCO — Disney films were available for rent on YouTube on Wednesday in the latest bid by the Google-owned website to transform into an online stage for the gamut of digital video content. The first of hundreds of films from Disney studios including Pixar and DreamWorks joined the array…

Woman places her video game playing husband up for sale on Craigslist

File this one under the category of “most uncommon thing, or person, up for sale.” A Utah woman was so frustrated by her husband’s addiction to video games that she decided to place him up as an ad on Craigslist. According to the Associated Press Monday, Alyse Baddley said placing her…

China to top world in e-commerce by 2015: report

China, already home to the world’s largest online population, is likely to replace the United States as the biggest e-commerce market by 2015, according to new research. China’s e-commerce market is currently worth $74 billion — less than half that of the United States at $177 billion, a new report…

Los Angeles thieves nabbed with ‘find my phone’ app

LOS ANGELES — Police in California probing an armed robbery arrested two suspects by using the “Find My Phone” app on her stolen iPhone to locate the device, a spokeswoman said Tuesday. The female victim told officers that a gunman had taken her purse and iPhone, which had the tracking…

Samsung holds final talks on Google TV venture

Samsung Electronics is holding final talks with Google about launching a television using the US search giant’s software platform next year, an executive of the South Korean company said Tuesday. Yoon Boo-Keun, president of the visual display division, declined to elaborate on the timing of the launch saying only that Samsung would not unveil the new model…

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