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Millions of BlackBerry users cut off for third day

LONDON (Reuters) – Millions of BlackBerry users around the world were left without text communication services for a third day on Wednesday as Research in Motion struggled to fix what it said was a switching failure in its private network. Users in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and India suffered patchy email service and…

Sony halts 93,000 online accounts in new breach

Sony said on Wednesday it suspended 93,000 accounts on its online entertainment networks after detecting a wave of unauthorised sign-in attempts, months after a huge breach forced it to halt some services. The attack took place between October 7 and 10 and succeeded in matching valid sign-in IDs and passwords from about…

Steve Jobs cause of death released as Apple mourns

SAN FRANCISCO — The official cause of death for beloved Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was made public on Monday as a private memorial was planned at the company’s Silicon Valley headquarters for employees. Local public health officials reportedly determined that Jobs was at home in the Northern California city of…

Facebook hits iPad

Facebook on Monday landed on the iPad, releasing software that lets members of the leading online social network connect on Apple’s hot-selling tablet computers. The release of an iPad application is part of a move by Facebook to stay in synch with modern lifestyles that revolve increasingly around Internet-linked wireless…

Apple says iPhone 4s sales over 1 mn in first day

Apple said Monday that pre-orders of the new model of its hit iPhone 4 topped one million units in the first 24 hours. Worldwide advance orders for the iPhone 4S, said to be much faster than its predecessor and with improved video and photo capabilities, set a record for an Apple product,…

Yang eyes Yahoo buyout with private equity

NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – For the last few years, a widely circulated joke about Jerry Yang was that he had the best tan in Silicon Valley from all the time he spent on Stanford University’s golf course. But the jests stopped about six months ago, when the Yahoo Inc…

Removing copyright restrictions can decrease piracy: study

Contrary to the conventional wisdom of the recording industry, removing digital rights management (DRM) restrictions can actually decrease piracy, according to new research from Rice University and Duke University. The study was published in the November-December issue of Marketing Science. DRM restrictions prevent music owners from making digital copies of…

Ubisoft plays to guitar fantasies with ‘Rocksmith’

Laurent Detoc beamed as he pictured the the flood of guitarists that Ubisoft will unleash on the world after its innovative Rocksmith videogame hits the market this month. For the first time, people will be able to plug real guitars into videogame consoles, pretend to be rock stars and actually…

Hong Kong student’s Apple tribute is Internet hit

A Hong Kong design student said on Friday he was overwhelmed and felt “unreal” after his sombre logo in tribute to Apple founder Steve Jobs caused a worldwide Internet sensation. The design, featuring Jobs’s silhouette incorporated into the bite of a white Apple logo on a black background, has gone…

Cook has big shoes to fill at Jobs-less Apple

SAN FRANCISCO — The death of Apple visionary Steve Jobs has left huge shoes to fill, with successor Tim Cook inheriting a company with fabulous products but also facing unrelenting assault from agile competitors. Analysts said that for the short term, new chief executive Cook has inherited a strong, highly…

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