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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,…

Transocean accuses BP of neglecting risks in oil spill

GENEVA (AFP) – Offshore drilling group Transocean on Wednesday charged Wednesday that British energy giant BP had neglected drilling risks, leading to the giant 2010 oil disaster off the US coast. It said that an internal “report concludes that the Macondo incident was the result of a succession of interrelated…

Dutch airline to run planes on cooking oil

THE HAGUE (AFP) – Dutch airline KLM announced on Wednesday that it will use a biofuel generated from used cooking oil to power more than 200 commercial flights between Paris and Amsterdam starting in September. “There will be 50 percent traditional kerosene and 50 percent biofuel extracted from used cooking…

Google breaks billion-visitor barrier

SAN FRANCISCO — Figures released by industry tracker comScore credited Google with being the first online operation to attract more than a billion visitors in a single month. Slightly more than a billion people went to Google websites in May in what comScore billed as an unprecedented turn-out on the…

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