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Chrome users can block unwanted websites

WASHINGTON – Google on Monday gave users of its Chrome Web browser the ability to block search results from low-quality websites known as content farms. Google’s principal engineer Matt Cutts said Chrome users can download and install an extension for Chrome that blocks sites which provide “shallow or low-quality content”…

Lawsuit accuses Google of stealing trade secrets

NEW YORK, Feb 14 (Reuters Legal) – Technology communications company VoIP Inc sued Google Inc. in New York Supreme Court on Monday, accusing the Internet giant of stealing its trade secrets related to online voice technology. The litigation stems from a September 2005 contract in which, according to the complaint,…

US sends Twitter messages to Iranians

WASHINGTON – The US State Department has begun sending Twitter messages to Iranians in Farsi, alluding to the “historic role” social media have played in mass protests against Iran’s 2009 disputed presidential polls. The Twitter feeds in the Iranian language began Sunday as US officials accused Iran of hypocrisy by…

Obama proposes five-year freeze on NASA budget

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama on Monday proposed reining in expenses at NASA, sending his 2012 budget blueprint to Congress calling for a five-year freeze on new spending at the US space agency. The president would restrict NASA’s budget to last year’s levels, $18.7 billion annually through fiscal 2016. The…

Microsoft CEO promises better Windows Phone

BARCELONA, Spain (Reuters) – Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer promised a Windows Phone update soon with more powerful Web graphics, and said new partner Nokia would supply “absolutely phenomenal” handsets. The new strategic partnership has been received with skepticism in the market, but Ballmer said the scale that Nokia would…

US Internet censorship fight falling short: report

WASHINGTON — State Department efforts to combat Internet censorship in China and other countries have fallen short and funding for the drive should be shifted to another US agency, a Senate committee report says. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee report sharply criticizes the State Department for being slow in spending…

Obama struggles to balance budget cuts, investment

WASHINGTON – US President Barack Obama unveils his fiscal 2012 budget Monday, an election year plan forged from conflicting needs to cut spending and stoke the economic recovery. With vast crisis payments and sharply lower tax revenues making it difficult for the government to balance its books, Obama will set…

China prohibits smoking in movies, television

China has ordered that smoking scenes in films and television series be restricted, amid concern it is failing to deliver on pledges to help its 300 million smokers kick the habit. The State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT), China’s media watchdog, called for “strict control” of smoking scenes…

‘I want to meet Mark Zuckerberg and thank him personally,’ Google exec tells CNN

Access to the Internet and specifically social networking site Facebook made a huge difference to Egyptians who succeeded on Friday in forcing former President Hosni Mubarak out of power. But how important was it? “First Tunisia, now Egypt,” began CNN host Wolf Blitzer. “What’s next?” “Ask Facebook,” answered Wael Ghonim,…

US Chamber lobbyists map strategies to discredit progressive critics

Report claims Chamber hired firm hacked by ‘Anonymous’ WASHINGTON – Lobbyists for the US Chamber of Commerce have been working with firms to develop methods to deceive and discredit the Chamber’s most vocal progressive opponents, according to documents obtained by ThinkProgress. Lee Fang of the liberal blog reports that the…

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