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BlackBerry outage triggers lawsuits

SAN FRANCISCO — Research In Motion is being sued in the United States and on its home turf in Canada for a BlackBerry service outage that affected millions of people worldwide. The lawsuits seek class action status to represent all BlackBerry users in the respective countries and call for RIM…

House members introduce ‘draconian’ bill to thwart online piracy

The House Judiciary Committee unveiled legislation on Wednesday that would make it easier to shut down websites suspected of violating copyright laws. The Stop Online Piracy Act (H.R. 3261) expands protections for America’s intellectual property and combats the illegal distribution of counterfeit goods on the Internet, according to the bipartisan…

YouTube making deals for original content

NEW YORK — YouTube is teaming up with media companies to produce original content in its latest bid to boost the amount of professional material on the video-sharing site, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. The newspaper said Google-owned YouTube is expected to announce as early as next week that…

Boeing Dreamliner makes first commercial flight

Boeing’s new 787 Dreamliner made its first commercial flight on Wednesday, giving a handful of deep-pocketed passengers the chance to fly into history on what is touted as an aviation breakthrough. Carrying 252 people including corporate VIPs, aviation buffs and a large press pack, the All Nippon Airways (ANA) flight flew from…

Nokia launches Windows smartphone

Finland’s Nokia, struggling to remain the world’s top mobile phone maker amid fierce competition, launched Wednesday its firstsmartphone using the Windows platform which it hopes will secure profitability. Nokia launched the Lumia 800 and Lumia 710 smartphones, to be rolled out starting next month on selected markets. The success of the new phones is…

IBM names first female chief executive

NEW YORK — IBM on Tuesday named Virginia Rometty, the head of sales, marketing and strategy, to take over as chief executive on January 1, making her the first woman to lead the US computer giant. The 54-year-old, who is also a senior vice president at IBM, succeeds current president…

U.S. curbs on online poker compared to Prohibition

WASHINGTON — A former US senator who now represents poker players compared US efforts to curb online gambling to Prohibition on Tuesday as he argued for legislation that would allow Internet gaming. Alphonse D’Amato also told a hearing of the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade that legalizing and…

CEO of largest U.S. solar manufacturer replaced abruptly

WASHINGTON — First Solar, the largest US solar panel maker, abruptly replaced chief executive Robert Gillette without explanation Tuesday. Amid turmoil in an oversupplied industry under assault from cheaper manufacturers in China and elsewhere, First Solar said in a short statement that chairman and company founder Mike Ahearn would serve…

News popular on tablets but few want to pay: study

Catching up on news is among the most popular activities for tablet computer owners, but most are not willing to pay for it, according to a study published on Tuesday. The joint study by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism and The Economist Group brings unwelcome news…

Netflix loses 810,000 U.S. subscribers

NEW YORK — Netflix shares plunged in after-hours trading Monday after the US video service said it lost more US subscribers in the third quarter. Netflix, which has seen a spate of management bungles in recent months, said it had 23.8 million subscribers in the United States at the end…

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