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Greece ‘confident’ over austerity vote: spokesman

ATHENS (AFP) – The Greek government is confident parliament will pass an austerity plan next week needed to unlock crucial EU-IMF aid in order to avoid default, a government spokesman said on Saturday. “We are totally confident,” government spokesman Ilias Mosialos told AFP. Parliament is scheduled to vote on the…

Peru halts Canada mining operations amid protests

LIMA (AFP) – Peru suspended a Canadian company’s mining project in the south of the country on Saturday following intense negotiations in the wake of deadly protests by mostly indigenous anti-mining activists, authorities said. The government enacted five laws including the revocation of a concession granted to Bear Creek Mining…

British teenage hacker denied bail, diagnosed with autism

LONDON (AFP) – A British teenager accused of attacking websites as part of an international hacking group was remanded in custody at a court Saturday, despite being diagnosed with autism. Ryan Cleary, 19, appeared at a London court charged with offenses including hacking into the website of the Serious Organised…

US regulators investigating Google over search

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US regulators have launched a probe into Google’s lucrative search and advertising business in a move that could pose the most serious legal challenge yet to the Internet giant. Google confirmed the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) inquiry in a blog post and a filing with the…

Lawsuit claims Sony fired network security staff before PSN breach

Just two weeks before hackers stole millions PlayStation Network and Qriocity user accounts, Sony Corp laid off employees responsible for network security, according to a recently filed lawsuit. Reuters reported Friday that the class action lawsuit alleges the company spent lavishly to protect its corporate secrets but was less concerned…

Batphone app will record ultrasonic bat sounds

LONDON — Scientists have created a “batphone” by designing a smartphone app to help people capture the ultrasonic calls of bats in their area, the Zoological Society of London has revealed. The iBats app for iPhones and Android phones aims to make it easier to monitor local bat species, by…

FTC moving forward with broad Google antitrust probe: report

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is reportedly preparing to serve Google with civil subpoenas in what will be a broad antitrust probe. People familiar with the matter told The Wall Street Journal that the subpoenas would be served within days. Other companies were expected to be subpoenaed about their dealings…

G20 ministers agree to tame food commodity speculation

PARIS (AFP) – Farm ministers from the world’s top economies agreed on action on Thursday to tame market speculation blamed for the food price spikes that have hit consumers’ pockets and sparked unrest. “The consensus… marks an historic union of resolve in combating the pressing challenges of hunger and food…

Winklevoss twins end appeal of Facebook settlement

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Olympic rowing twins Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss have decided not to appeal to the Supreme Court a ruling upholding their $65 million settlement with Facebook Inc and its founder Mark Zuckerberg, signaling the possible end of the long-running dispute. The 2008 accord was intended to resolve a feud over whether Zuckerberg stole…

Free service shields online communications from surveillance

SAN FRANCISCO — A free service launched on Wednesday called PrivateSky lets Internet users shield email, Facebook updates, and other online exchanges from hackers or other unwanted snoops. The service from startup CertiVox comes as hackers appear to be rampaging through the Internet, cracking defenses at companies, attacking public websites,…

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