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U.S. official warns that hackers are attempting to exploit the pervasive ‘Heartbleed’ bug

By Jim Finkle BOSTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Government warned on Friday that hackers are attempting to exploit the ‘Heartbleed’ bug in targeted attacks by scanning networks to see if they are vulnerable. It asked organizations to report any Heartbleed-related attacks to the Department of Homeland Security, on a website…

Music industry joins legal battle against defunct Megaupload website

The major US music labels joined the legal battle against file-sharing website Megaupload, with a copyright infringement lawsuit against the site shut down by US authorities. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) announced the civil lawsuit filed Thursday on behalf of Warner Music Group, Universal Music, Sony Music Entertainment…

Extra-terrestrial ‘tweet-up’ links Tokyo with the International Space Station

An unusual “Tweet-up” — a meeting of people who know each other on Twitter — involving an ambassador, an astronaut and a prime minister has taken place on a video-link between Japan and the International Space Station. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and US ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy chatted with…

Federal regulators tell banks to address ‘Heartbleed’ risk

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. financial regulators on Thursday told banks to upgrade their systems as soon as possible if they are vulnerable to the recently uncovered “Heartbleed” bug, which exposes data to hackers. The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council, an interagency group that includes the Federal Reserve and the Federal…

Google prepares to start selling Glass eyewear to the public

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Google Inc will take online orders for its Glass wearable gadget on April 15, in its biggest push to get the $1,500 wraparound Web-ready glasses out to the U.S. public. For a limited time starting Tuesday, Google will make the wearable device available to more than…

U.S. warns Facebook not to alter ‘WhatsApp’ privacy settings after $19 billion mega deal

U.S. regulators warned Facebook Thursday about making changes to the privacy policy of WhatsApp, the smartphone messaging service set to be acquired by the social network for a whopping $19 billion. The warning came as the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) informed Facebook it had approved the deal, according to sources…

GM puts two engineers on paid leave due to decade-old ignition defect

General Motors said Thursday it had put two engineers on paid leave as it investigates its recall of millions of vehicles over a decade-old ignition defect linked to 13 deaths. GM chief executive Mary Barra announced the first disciplinary personnel action stemming from the company’s internal probe of the circumstances…

There is little Internet users can do to protect themselves from troubling ‘Heartbleed’ bug

By Jim Finkle BOSTON (Reuters) – Security experts warn there is little Internet users can do to protect themselves from the recently uncovered “Heartbleed” bug that exposes data to hackers, at least not until vulnerable websites upgrade their software. Researchers have observed sophisticated hacking groups conducting automated scans of the…

Facebook angers users by requiring separate app for sending messages

By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Facebook Inc will no longer let users send and receive private messages within its main smartphone app, and will require that users install a separate messaging app, the Internet company said on Wednesday. Facebook began notifying users in France, England and several other…

Facebook now has more than 100 million users from India

Facebook has hit more than 100 million users in India, only the second country after the United States to achieve the milestone, the social networking company said Wednesday. The fast-expanding mobile smartphone market is driving growth in India along with better Internet coverage across the country of 1.2 billion people,…

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