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Advocates for the blind and deaf want more from Apple

Advocates for the blind are debating whether to use a carrot or a stick to persuade one of their oldest allies, Apple Inc, to close an emerging digital divide in mobile technology. As digital life increasingly moves to the world of smartphones and tablets, some disabled people with visual, hearing…

Ex-girlfriend claims Oregon tech CEO raped, videotaped her in ’50 Shades of Grey’ fantasy

An Oregon tech CEO has taken an extended leave of absence after police launched an investigation into an ex-girlfriend’s claims that he sexually assaulted her. Scott Kveton, who co-founded the mobile technology company Urban Airship in 2009, has been under investigation for three months by Portland police. The woman had…

Social media users won’t fight cyberbullying until they imagine what it’s like to be bullied: study

By Tom van Laer, ESCP Europe Estimates show that millions of people have been victims of cyberbullying. Sadly, this includes the famous cases where emotional distress caused Tyler Clementi, Izzy Dix, Lisa Marie Zahra, and dozens of other victims to take their own lives. These bullies are present on almost…

Without women, the computer game boom years may not last

By Julie Prescott, University of Bolton An encouraging report by the International Game Developers Association recently found that women now make up 22% of the computer game workforce. This is a massive improvement from the previous figure of just 4% of the UK industry in 2009. But it doesn’t go…

Customs agency under fire for sweeping scans of employees’ personal data

In one program, the agency's internal affairs division shared employees' Social Security numbers with the FBI, looking for possible criminal leads. The program is no longer operating and is under review by the Department of Homeland Security's inspector general, according to three federal officials with knowledge of the inquiry.…

IBM developing project to map and control Beijing air pollution

The initiative will forecast and control air quality through state-of-the art computing technologies able to pinpoint the source and level of emissions released into the atmosphere.…

U.S. warns: Malaysia becoming a haven for Internet con men targeting single women

By Stuart Grudgings KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Hundreds of American women are being ensnared by Internet scammers based in Malaysia, with some losing over a quarter of a million dollars, as the country becomes an epicenter for online crime perpetrated by Africans, U.S. officials say. The mostly Nigerian conmen, who…

Chinese hackers target U.S. experts on Iraq: security firm

By Joseph Menn SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A sophisticated group of hackers believed to be associated with the Chinese government, who for years targeted U.S experts on Asian geopolitical matters, suddenly began breaching computers belonging to experts on Iraq as the rebellion there escalated, a security firm said on Monday.…

AT&T says it will be first phone carrier to sell Android-compatible ‘G Watch’

By Marina Lopes WASHINGTON (Reuters) – AT&T Inc said on Monday it will be the first U.S. wireless carrier to sell LG Electronics’ smartwatch, a wrist watch that connects to Android phones and answers voice commands, and goes on sale on July 11. The announcement comes as demand for wearable…

After beating Google, Korea’s Naver goes global with messaging app Line

By Se Young Lee and Joyce Lee SEOUL (Reuters) – The billionaire founder of web portal operator Naver Corp beat back Google Inc to leave South Korea one of few countries where the U.S. search engine does not dominate. Now, Lee Hae-jin is stepping onto the world stage with Line,…

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