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Sony battles to regain trust after data breach

TOKYO (AFP) – Japanese entertainment and technology giant Sony faces a battle to regain the trust of millions of consumers after online networks integral to its strategy were hacked, say analysts. One of the biggest data breaches since the advent of the Internet could cost it around $1 billion, but…

Lime Wire file-sharing service to pay record labels $105 million

NEW YORK – The operators of LimeWire agreed to pay record companies $105 million, ending a federal trial over copyright infringement damages owed by the once popular but now defunct file-sharing service. The settlement with 13 record companies, including labels owned by Sony Corp, Vivendi SA, Warner Music Group Corp…

Legislation to crack down on online piracy proposed in Senate

WASHINGTON — US senators re-introduced a bill Thursday that would give the US authorities more tools to crack down on websites selling pirated movies, television shows and music and counterfeit goods. “This legislation will protect the investment American companies make in developing brands and creating content and will protect the…

VISA launching ‘digital wallet’ for U.S. banks

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Visa Inc, the world’s largest credit and debit card processing network, is building a digital wallet that people can use to pay for things online or with their phones instead of with traditional cards. The network said on Wednesday it is working with several large U.S.…

Value of pirated software nearly $59 billion: study

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The commercial value of pirated software increased 14 percent last year to nearly $59 billion, with emerging economies accounting for over half the total, according to a study published Thursday. Businesses and consumers around the world bought $95 billion worth of legal personal computer (PC) software in…

Google takes on Microsoft with Chrome PCs

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Samsung and Acer Inc laptop computers using Google’s Chrome operating system will go on sale in June, as the world’s No. 1 Internet search engine tries to entice people to do more on the Web. Samsung’s and Acer’s new Web-centric PCs are an incursion into territory…

Japan to abandon nuclear power expansions, focus on green technology

Japan’s prime minister announced yesterday that further expansions of nuclear energy in the nation is now officially off the table, namely due to the ongoing disaster at the Fukushima nuclear power plant, which was crippled in March by a massive tsunami wave. The announcement means that an additional 14 nuclear…

7.5 million Facebook users are under 13: study

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Some 7.5 million of the 20 million minors who used Facebook in the past year were younger than 13, and a million of them were bullied, harassed or threatened on the site, a study released Tuesday said. More than five million Facebook users were 10 years old…

US alert system targets mobile phones

NEW YORK (AFP) – Plans were unveiled for a nationwide system that will deliver text-like emergency messages from President Barack Obama and key government agencies to mobile phone users. The free service, called the Personal Localized Alerting Network or “PLAN,” is scheduled to be available in New York by the…

US State Department hopes to break through ‘great firewall of China’

WASHINGTON — The United States plans to pump millions of dollars into new technology to break through Internet censorship overseas amid a heightened crackdown on dissent in China, officials said Tuesday. State Department officials said they would give 19 million dollars to efforts to evade Internet controls in China, Iran…

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