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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…

Facebook leaked personal data to advertisers

SAN FRANCISCO — US computer security firm Symantec on Tuesday said that Facebook accidentally left a door open for advertisers to access profiles, pictures, chat and other private data at the social network. Symantec discovered that certain Facebook applications leaked tokens that act essentially as “spare keys” for accessing profiles,…

U.S. Copyright Group targets 23,000 downloaders of ‘The Expendables’

More than 23,000 U.S. Internet users could soon be notified by their internet service providers (ISPs) that their personal information is being turned over to the U.S. Copyright Group in the largest file sharing lawsuit in U.S. history. Wired reported that a federal judge has agreed to allow the copyright…

Microsoft to acquire Internet phone pioneer Skype

NEW YORK (AFP) – US software giant Microsoft will buy Internet phone service company Skype for $8.5 billion dollars, the companies announced on Tuesday. “Skype is a phenomenal service that is loved by millions of people around the world,” said Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer in a statement. “Together we…

President Obama plans major push for immigration reform, with amnesty possible

President Barack Obama will announce Tuesday during a speech near the U.S. border that he plans a fresh push for immigration policy reform ahead of the 2012 election, calling for a legislative solution that comes from Congress instead of his desk alone. The White House and other officials will promote…

Google to launch online music service: report

NEW YORK — Internet giant Google could launch an online music service as early as Tuesday to rival Amazon’s “cloud” service, which allows users to store digital music online, the Wall Street Journal reported. Citing unnamed sources, the neswspaper said on Monday that Google, like Amazon, has yet to secure…

Osama bin Laden hideout becomes Counter-Strike map

SAN FRANCISCO — Images of the Pakistani compound where Osama bin Laden made his final stand have been turned into a videogame battleground. A software map named fy_abbottabad in reference to the city where a US military team killed the infamous Al-Qaeda leader in a May 2 raid was available…

YouTube adds thousands of movies for rent online

SAN FRANCISCO — YouTube on Monday added 3,000 new movies for “rent” online in the United States as it continued an evolution aimed at wooing viewers away from television. “You’re spending just 15 minutes a day on YouTube, and spending five hours a day watching TV,” YouTube head Salar Kamangar…

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