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Federal judge rejects ‘anti-poaching’ pact between Adobe, Apple, Google, and Intel

San Francisco (AFP) – A federal judge Friday rejected a plan to compensate employees affected by an “anti-poaching” agreement involving Silicon Valley tech giants Apple, Google, Intel and Adobe. Judge Lucy Koh said in a ruling that the $324 million class-action settlement was too low, compared with a deal with…

Google agrees to spend $250 million to stop online pharmacies from sneaking ads in

By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Google Inc has agreed to create a $250 million internal program to disrupt rogue online pharmacies as part of a deal to end shareholder litigation over accusations the search company improperly allowed ads from non-U.S. drug sellers. Google said it would make content…

Russia demands Internet users show ID to access public Wifi

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia further tightened its control of the Internet on Friday, requiring people using public Wifi hotspots provide identification, a policy that prompted anger from bloggers and confusion among telecom operators on how it would work. The decree, signed by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on July 31 but…

FAA names New York as test site for small agricultural drones

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced Thursday a fifth test site for small drones, as it continues to hammer out regulations for their use in US airspace. In a statement, the FAA said researchers at Griffiss airport in Rome, upstate New York would focus on the use of unmanned aerial…

SolarCity sees smaller than expected loss thanks to ‘unprecedented demand’

By Shubhankar Chakravorty (Reuters) – SolarCity Corp, the largest installer of residential solar panels in the United States, reported a smaller-than-expected quarterly loss, citing “unprecedented demand.” The company, backed by Tesla Motors Inc founder Elon Musk, said it added more than 30,000 customers in the second quarter ended June 30,…

Self-folding ‘origami’ robots point way to self-assembling furniture and satellites

It starts out laying flat, like a sheet of paper. Then it springs up, almost lifelike, and folds into moveable parts much like origami art. And then it crawls away. This new kind of robot could someday be used in space exploration, to slide into collapse sites to aid search…

Report: Yahoo and Google teaming up to develop email that can beat government spying

(Reuters) – Yahoo Inc said it will join Google Inc to create a secure email system by next year that could make it nearly impossible for hackers or government officials to read users’ messages, The Wall Street Journal reported. The move comes as large technology companies unite to beef up their…

White duo behind app to avoid ‘sketchy’ neighborhoods is shocked to hear it’s racist

The developers of a new app which would allow users to identify “sketchy” neighborhoods have denied allegations that their product could lead to racial profiling, Crain’s New York reported. “We understand that people will see this issue,” said Allison McGuire, who designed the Sketch Factor app with Daniel Herrington. “And…

Facebook to acquire Internet security company PrivateCore

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Facebook Inc said on Thursday it will to acquire a company that helps protect the computers and data centers that power Internet services. Facebook did not disclose financial terms for the acquisition of PrivateCore, which was founded in 2011 and is based in Palo Alto, California.…

China imposes new restrictions on instant messaging tools

By Paul Carsten BEIJING (Reuters) – China will force real-name registrations on public accounts of instant messaging tools and require those wishing to publish or reprint political news to seek prior approval, state media and Tencent Holdings Ltd said on Thursday. Last year, China launched a campaign to clamp down…

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