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Poker domain names unfrozen to allow refunds

WASHINGTON — US authorities said Wednesday they were unfreezing the domain names of two online poker companies targeted in a crackdown on Internet gambling so US players could withdraw their money. The domain names of PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker and Absolute Poker, three of the largest online poker companies operating…

Apple iPhone, iPad secretly tracking your location

Security researchers revealed this week that your favorite Apple gadget is logging and retaining a record of every place you go. Researchers Alasdair Allan and Pete Warden have uncovered evidence that Apple’s iPads and iPhones contain a database with thousands of location points that gets downloaded every time the device…

Apple to ship new iPhone in September: sources

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Apple’s next-generation iPhone will have a faster processor and will begin shipping in September, three people with direct knowledge of the company’s supply chain said. The production of the new iPhone will start in July/August and the smartphone will look largely similar to the iPhone 4, one…

Gold tops $1,500 an ounce for first time

LONDON (AFP) – The price of gold topped $1,500 for the first time on Wednesday as a weaker dollar plus fears over high inflation and debt attracted investors into the traditional safe-haven precious metal. Gold reached $1,505.65 an ounce at 0945 GMT on the London Bullion Market. It later traded…

EU warns telecom firms against blocking Skype

BRUSSELS — The European Commission launched a probe Tuesday into charges that telecom firms block next-to-free Internet phone services to undermine competitors or degrade the quality of online videos. With the proliferation of smart phones putting the Internet in the palm of consumers’ hands, the European Union’s executive arm asked…

Trump trademarks “Success”…for a bath product line

Donald Trump is seemingly everywhere: his really tall buildings grace the skylines of major cities, and the one-two combination of “Celebrity Apprentice” and his constant talk show rounds preceding a rumored presidential run have made him a fixture on television sets everywhere. Trump is apparently not content with dominating just…

Uganda threatens to block Twitter and Facebook over protests

KAMPALA (Reuters) – Uganda will order social media sites Twitter and Facebook blocked locally if further protests over high food and fuel prices take place because they are being used to fan unrest, a senior official said Tuesday. Monday, soldiers and police fired teargas to disperse thousands demonstrating for a third time against rising…

China urges U.S. to protect creditors after S&P warning

BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday that the United Statesmust take “responsible” measures to protect investors in its debt after Standard & Poor’s threatened to lower its credit rating on the United States due to a bulging budget deficit. “We hope the U.S. government will take responsible policies and measures to…

US in rush to sell off GM stake: report

NEW YORK — The United States plans to sell off much of its remaining shares in General Motors this summer despite the lackluster performance of the company’s stock, the Wall Street Journal has reported. The newspaper said the sale within the next six months would “almost certainly” mean that US…

Apple sues Samsung, says stop copying us

SAN FRANCISCO/SEOUL (Reuters)- Apple Inc sued Samsung Electronics claiming the South Korean firm’s Galaxy line of mobile phones and tablets “slavishly” copies the iPhone and iPad, according to court papers, a move analysts say is aimed at keeping its close rivals at bay. Apple is one participant in a web of litigation among phone makers and software firms…

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