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‘Lulz Boat’ hackers steal SonyPictures.com passwords

WASHINGTON — Hackers claimed on Thursday to have stolen more than one million passwords, email addresses and other information from SonyPictures.com in the latest cyberattack on the Japanese electronics giant. The claim was made by a group of hackers calling themselves “Lulz Security” on their Twitter feed @LulzSec. “We recently broke…

High ranking group urges an end to drug prohibition

A panel of former high ranking world officials issued a report Thursday calling for an end to the global war on drugs and a move toward policies that treat addiction as a health problem instead of as crime. The group, calling themselves the Global Commission on Drug Policy, includes the…

Facebook, Zuckerberg say ownership contract forged

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Facebook Inc founder Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday said an alleged contract and emails that a New York man says entitle him to a huge stake in the social networking website are “forgeries.” In a filing in the U.S. District Court in Buffalo, New York, Facebook and…

Microsoft offers sneak preview of Windows 8

RANCHO PALOS VERDES, California (AFP) – Microsoft gave a sneak preview of Windows 8, a next-generation operating system designed to work on both personal computers and touchscreen tablets. Steven Sinofsky, president of Microsoft’s Windows Division, demonstrated some of the features of the operating system code-named “Windows 8″ at the D9…

Sony finishes restoring PlayStation Network services

TOKYO (AFP) – Sony has restored PlayStation Network services everywhere except Japan, Hong Kong and South Korea, after being targeted in a massive online attack, the company said on Thursday. Users in the Americas and Europe and much of Asia are able to buy and download games online. Sony Network…

Internet traffic to quadruple by 2015: Cisco

SAN FRANCISCO — Global online traffic will quadruple by 2015 as the number of gadgets linked to the Internet climbs to 15 billion, according to a forecast by networking colossus Cisco. Cisco’s fifth annual Visual Networking Index Forecast, released Wednesday, predicted that nearly three billion people, more than 40 percent…

Google says Gmail accounts hacked, likely from Chinese sources

BEIJING/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Suspected Chinese hackers tried to steal the passwords of hundreds of Google email account holders, including those of senior U.S. government officials, Chinese activists and journalists, the Internet company said. The claim by the world’s largest Web search engine sparked an angry response from Beijing, which…

Chinese hackers targeting U.S. Gmail accounts

SAN FRANCISCO — Google said Wednesday that a cyber spying campaign originating in China had targeted Gmail accounts of senior US officials, military personnel, journalists and Chinese political activists. “We recently uncovered a campaign to collect user passwords, likely through phishing,” Google security team engineering director Eric Grosse said in…

Twitter launching photo-sharing service

RANCHOS PALOS VERDES, California — Twitter said Wednesday that it is adding a photo-sharing option for its users, a move that could deal a blow to existing services such as Twitpic and yfrog. Twitter chief executive Dick Costolo also announced at the All Things Digital technology conference here that the…

Fear the ‘twin Bells’: Petitions seek to halt AT&T takeover of T-Mobile

Mobile phone carrier Sprint and an Internet advocacy group filed petitions this week with federal regulators seeking to halt AT&T’s $39 billion acquisition of competitor T-Mobile. “The merger would remove one competitor from the already consolidated mobile market, leaving Verizon and Sprint as the only other major competitors,” the Electronic…

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