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Mozilla unleashes sleek new Firefox Web browser

SAN FRANCISCO – A fast, sleek new version of Firefox was released on Wednesday to vie Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) and Google Chrome in the fiercely competitive market for Web browsing software. Nonprofit group Mozilla made Firefox 4 available as a free download to computers powered by Windows, Mac…

HBGary chief tech officer: ‘Anonymous’ members are criminals and pseudo-journalists

The chief technology officer of the data security firm HBGary described the collective of hacktivists named ‘Anonymous’ as a small group of criminal hackers who “use the media as a tool.” “They are not at all what people think they are,” HBGary CTO Greg Hoglund told Robert Lemos of CSO…

New Army device pinpoints the locations of gunshots

U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan will soon be receiving a fancy new toy: a computerized device that analyzes the harmonic resonance of distant gunshots, providing the wearer with a precise location of the shooter and the bullet’s direction. Created by defense technology contractor QinetiQ, the device uses four sensors worn by…

AT&T’s buyout of T-Mobile faces steep regulatory hurdles

NEW YORK (AFP) – AT&T’s $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile USA is going to be put under a microscope by US anti-trust authorities but the telecom giant is certain it will stand up to examination. “We’re very confident it will be approved,” AT&T chief executive Randall Stephenson said Monday of…

Appeals court reinstates suit against US gov’t. warrantless wiretapping program

The Bush Administration’s contention that Americans couldn’t challenge its warrantless wiretapping law because no one could prove they were spied upon was thrown out by an appeals court Monday afternoon, allowing a challenge of the program’s constitutionality to proceed. In a unanimous decision, judges on the Second Circuit Court of…

Apple called on to pull ‘gay cure’ app from iTunes

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple on Monday was under pressure to yank a so-called “gay cure” application from its iTunes shop for software for iPhone, iPad, and iPod devices. More than 110,000 people had electronically signed an online petition at a change.org website calling for Apple to remove the Exodus International…

Employees accuse Bayer of sex discrimination

NEW YORK – Six former and current employees of a U.S. unit of Bayer AG filed a class-action lawsuit against the company on Monday, alleging gender discrimination in pay, promotions and the treatment of pregnant women and mothers. The lawsuit, filed against Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals in New Jersey federal court,…

AT&T, Deutsche Telekom stocks rise on takeover

NEW YORK – Investors gave the thumbs up to AT&T’s purchase of Deutsche Telekom’s T-Mobile USA Monday, sending shares in both firms higher. AT&T’s share price was up 1.2 percent at the close, as traders welcomed the prospect of the firm becoming the largest US mobile phone company. In Frankfurt,…

Microsoft says Android e-reader violates patents

SAN FRANCISCO – Microsoft on Monday accused Taiwan electronics colossus Foxconn and US book seller Barnes & Noble of using its patented technology in e-readers running on Google-backed Android software. Taiwan-based Inventec Corporation was also targeted in Microsoft’s legal filings with the US International Trade Commission and a federal court…

Supreme Court denies banking group’s appeal to withhold Fed lending data

The Supreme Court let stand a ruling that the U.S. Federal Reserve must release data on emergency loans made to Wall Street banks during the financial crisis in 2008. The high court declined to hear the appeals of the Clearing House Association, a group that represents major commercial banks such…

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