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Verizon to put data collection warning stickers on new phones

Verizon Wireless announced it will begin putting stickers on its products to warn customers that the phone tracks its owner’s geographical location. “This device is capable of determining its (and your) physical, geographical location and can associate this location data with other customer information. To limit access to location information…

BP fined $25 million over Alaska oil spill

LOS ANGELES – BP has been fined $25 million and ordered to spend an estimated $60 million to improve pipeline safety in Alaska after a 2006 oil spill there, US authorities said Tuesday. The penalties, including the largest ever per-barrel fine for a US oil spill, were slapped on BP…

South Korea police probe Google over location data collection

SEOUL (Reuters) – Google Inc’s Seoul office was raided on Tuesday on suspicion its mobile advertising unit AdMob had illegally collected location data without consent, South Korean police said, the latest setback to the Internet search firm’s Korean operations. The probe into suspected collection of data on where a user is located without…

Bank numbers may have been stolen in Playstation breach: Sony

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) – Sony on Monday reported that cyber assaults on its online videogame network were broader than first thought, with intruders possibly making off with credit and debit card data. Hackers breached the Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) network as well as the PlayStation Network and the Qriocity streaming…

Blogger ‘tweets’ attack on Osama bin Laden

SAN FRANCISCO – An IT consultant in the Pakistan city of Abbottabad was an Internet celebrity on Monday after unwittingly providing a real-time account of the attack that killed Osama bin Laden. Sohaib Athar, who tweets under the name “ReallyVirtual,” began sending Twitter messages complaining about helicopters hovering in an…

FBI using surveillance software to track suspects online

Documents recently obtained through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request reveal detailed information about the FBI’s electronic surveillance capabilities. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed the FOIA request in 2007 after it was reported that the agency was using “secret spyware.” The documents show that software called the Computer…

Obama, pushing re-election bid, vows relief on gas prices in Oprah appearance

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said he was seeking ways to provide “immediate relief” for high U.S. gasoline prices as he courted women voters with an appeal on pocketbook issues considered crucial to his re-election bid. Obama’s appearance on TV talk-show queen Oprah Winfrey’s popular syndicated program gave him a friendly forum to try to…

U.S. dollar bounds upwards on news of Osama bin Laden’s death

TOKYO (AFP) – The US dollar rose in Asian trade on Monday after news that Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden had been killed nearly 10 years after the September 11 attacks, but analysts warned that sentiment would fade. The euro, which benefited from speculation there will be a series of…

Sony boosts security after apologizing for breach

TOKYO — Sony on Sunday apologised for a security breach that compromised millions of users, and said it could not rule out the possibility that credit card information was stolen. Sony executives bowed in apology and said the company would begin restoring its shut-down PlayStation Network and Qriocity online services…

Amazon cuts MP3 prices in attempt to close in on iTunes

Web retail giant Amazon.com has lowered its individual-song MP3 prices drastically, in an attempt to cut in on Apple iTunes’ 70 percent market share. Amazon has lowered the price on select top-selling tracks to just 69 cents. Apple charges almost twice as much for in-demand hits, which cost $1.29 each.…

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