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Samsung countersues Apple over iPhone, iPad

SEOUL (Reuters) – Samsung Electronics Co has filed patent lawsuits against Apple over the U.S. firm’s iPhone and iPad in a tit-for-tat case after Apple claimed Samsung’s smartphones and tablets “slavishly” copied its products. Apple filed a lawsuit last Friday alleging Samsung violated patents and trademarks of its iPhone and…

Obama team to investigate oil market fraud

RENO (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Thursday the U.S. attorney general was assembling a team to root out any fraud and manipulation in the oil markets that might be contributing to higher U.S. gasoline prices. “The truth is, there’s no silver bullet that can bring down gas prices…

Amazon hosting issues knock websites offline

WASHINGTON — Foursquare, Quora, Reddit and other popular websites were sluggish or knocked offline on Thursday because of problems with their Web host Amazon. “Our usually amazing datacenter hosts, Amazon EC2, are having a few hiccups this morning, which affected us and a bunch of other services that use them,”…

US hacker pleads guilty to credit card theft

WASHINGTON — A 26-year-old computer hacker pleaded guilty on Thursday to stealing hundreds of thousands of credit card numbers, causing losses of more than $36 million. Rogelio Hackett, of Lithonia, Georgia, entered the plea in an Alexandria, Virginia court, the Justice Department said in a statement. US Secret Service special…

Lawmakers demand answers from Apple about iPhone tracking

Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) and Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA) have sent letters to Apple CEO Steve Jobs demanding to know why Apple’s products are keeping a log of every place the owner goes. Researchers Alasdair Allan and Pete Warden revealed Wednesday that Apple’s iPads and iPhones contain a database with…

Conservative activist: Bible, Ben Franklin, Pilgrims all opposed to net neutrality

The idea that all Internet traffic should be treated equally is against the teachings of the Bible and America’s Founding Fathers, according to evangelical Christian minister and political activist David Barton. During his radio show on Tuesday, he said that net neutrality violated the Biblical principle of free markets, a…

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…

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