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Sparks fly over US plan to shift Internet role

It could be a difficult breakup between the US government and the Internet. A plan unveiled last month would see the US relinquish its key oversight role for the Internet, handing that over to “the global multistakeholder community.” US officials say the move is part of a longstanding effort to…

Amazon adds delivery of groceries, household goods with Amazon Dash

(Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc launched a new product named Amazon Dash on Friday that allows the user to add groceries and household goods to their shopping lists using the company’s AmazonFresh service. A black-and-white hand-held wand-shaped remote-control features a microphone, speaker as well as a bar-code reader and links directly…

Justice Dept. continues to obstruct Megaupload users’ efforts to get their files back

DOJ Continues To Obstruct Efforts For Megaupload Users To Get Their Files Back (via Techdirt) For a while we had followed the bizarre situation with Megaupload’s servers. As you may recall, the Justice Department seized them all, following its criminal indictment against Megaupload and many of its executives. However, soon…

Chinese microblogger Weibo looking for $340 million in U.S. stock offering

The microblogging service Weibo — often described as China’s version of Twitter — will raise at least $340 million in its US stock offering, an updated filing showed Friday. The updated plan suggests a tighter relationship with Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba as Weibo spins off from the Internet firm Sina,…

Ben Shapiro’s website protests Mozilla after co-founder’s resignation over Prop. 8

Conservative activist Ben Shapiro has engaged in an online protest against the Mozilla Firefox browser in response to the departure of co-founder Brendan Eich. Visitors using the Firefox browser were unable as of Thursday night to visit Shapiro’s website, TruthRevolt.org. Instead, they were greeted with a message urging them to…

Google pays $1.4 million fine in Italy over ‘StreetView’ concerns

MILAN (Reuters) – Google has paid a 1 million euro ($1.4 million) fine imposed by Italy’s data protection watchdog over complaints that cars it used to record images on Italian streets in 2010 were not clearly recognizable, the regulator said on Thursday. “Cars belonging to the giant of Mountain View…

Obama’s NSA overhaul may require phone carriers to store more data

By Mark Hosenball and Alina Selyukh WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s plan for overhauling the National Security Agency’s phone surveillance program could force carriers to collect and store customer data that they are not now legally obliged to keep, according to U.S. officials. One complication arises from the popularity…

White House objects as Samsung uses Obama’s ‘selfie’ as promotional tool

By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) – It was a fun moment: Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz snapped a “selfie” photo with President Barack Obama when the World Series champions visited the White House this week. But the smiles turned to scowls when mobile provider Samsung promoted the picture on…

Mozilla co-founder Brendan Eich resigns after furor over his support of Prop. 8

The co-founder of the Mozilla Corporation, the company behind the Firefox Internet browser, resigned on Wednesday amid both internal and external calls for his departure because of his support for California’s anti-LGBT Proposition 8. Re/code reported on Thursday that Brendan Eich has also stepped down from his post on Mozilla’s…

Online retailer Newegg gets patent troll Macrosolve to ‘fold like a cheap suit’

Newegg Gets Patent Troll Macrosolve To ‘Fold Like A Cheap Suit’ (via Techdirt) Among the worst of the worst patent trolls out there, Macrosolve had quite a reputation — described as “worse than Lodsys” it took a sue tons of companies first, demand settlements later approach, based on an obviously…

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