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Private company successfully launches cargo carrier to restock International Space Station

Orbital Sciences Corporation on Sunday launched its unmanned Cygnus cargo carrier on a journey to resupply the astronauts living aboard the International Space Station. The spacecraft lifted off from Wallops Island, Virginia at 12:52 pm (1652 GMT) aboard a gleaming white Antares rocket. The spacecraft is packed with 3,653 pounds…

Female Yahoo executive sued for sexual harassment

A high-level female Yahoo Inc executive has been sued in California by a woman who worked under her and is accusing her former boss of sexual harassment and wrongful termination. Maria Zhang, a senior director of engineering at Yahoo Mobile, has been sued by Nan Shi, who worked as a…

Malware that fleeced banks for $100 million returns a month after U.S. crackdown

Washington (AFP) – Malicious software used to steal millions from bank accounts has re-emerged a month after U.S. authorities broke up a major hacker network using the scheme, security researchers say. The security firm Malcovery said it identified a new trojan based on the Gameover Zeus malware, which officials said…

FCC votes to transition to new high-speed Internet subsidy program for schools

By Alina Selyukh (Reuters) – U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Friday voted along party lines to begin to transition E-Rate, the largest U.S. educational technology subsidy program, to focus on high-speed Internet and increasingly on Wi-Fi in the next few years. In a 3-2 vote, the FCC approved Chairman Tom…

Amazon seeks FAA permission to test drones outdoors near Seattle

Amazon.com Inc is seeking permission from U.S. regulators to test its delivery drones near Seattle, as part of a rapid expansion of a program that has sparked widespread debate over the safety and privacy implications of drone technology. Chief Executive Jeff Bezos wants to use drones – small unmanned aircraft…

Apple iPhone a danger to China’s national security because of location tracking: state media

Chinese state media on Friday branded Apple Inc’s iPhone a threat to national security because of the smartphone’s ability to track and time-stamp user locations. A report by broadcaster CCTV criticized the iPhone’s “Frequent Locations” function for allowing users to be tracked and information about them revealed. “This is extremely…

Phantom tech firm Cynk Technology inexplicably worth $4.7 billion

It has no assets, no revenues and no business plan to speak of. But a company called Cynk Technology has seen its value soar as high as $4.7 billion. Wall Street analysts have been at loss to explain the spectacular 24,000 percent rise in Cynk, which trades on the lightly…

FTC files complaint against Amazon for hidden charges

In a press teleconference Thursday, Jessica Rich, the director of the agency’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, alleged that, since 2011, the company has knowingly allowed these hidden charges to occur, despite internal emails acknowledging that the payment system was “clearly causing problems for a large percentage of our customers.”…

Here’s one way to land on the NSA’s watch list: Download the privacy software Tor

Last week, German journalists revealed that the National Security Agency has a program to collect information about people who use privacy-protecting services, including popular anonymizing software called Tor. But it’s not clear how many users have been affected. So we did a little sleuthing, and found that the NSA’s targeting…

New Snowden leak: FBI and NSA spied on emails of prominent Muslim-Americans

The FBI and National Security Agency monitored the emails of prominent Muslim-American activists, academics and a political candidate, according to a report co-authored by journalist Glenn Greenwald. The report appearing in the online news site The Intercept said the surveillance was authorized by a secret intelligence court under procedures intended…

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