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Boeing brings space taxi jobs to Florida

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - Boeing Co will bring hundreds of jobs to Florida by basing a program to develop passenger spaceships at the Kennedy Space Center, first for NASAand later for commercial use, officials said on Monday. Boeing’s plans will ease some of the pain over thousands of job losses in the so-called Space…

Japan’s Toyota unveils nursing robots

Car giant Toyota on Tuesday unveiled nursing and healthcare robots aimed at helping the frail and the elderly, as the company seeks to capitalise on Japan’s ageing society. The four robots are designed to help people who have difficulty walking and to give nurses a helping hand with lifting immobile patients. Toyota, one…

Pete Townshend slams Apple, iTunes

Pete Townshend, the legendary frontman behind British rock group The Who, attacked Apple’s online iTunes service for bleeding artists “like a digital vampire”. Townshend, speaking in Manchester in northwest England, called on the online giant to do more to help the artists from whom it was making so much money.…

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…

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