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More than 17,000 sign up for class action against Facebook over NSA’s PRISM spying program

More than 17,000 Facebook members have joined a class action lawsuit accusing the social network of violating data protection law and supporting spying by America’s National Security Agency. The suit was launched on 1 August by a 26-year-old Austrian law student, Max Schrems, who filed his claim to be heard…

Light amount of electronic gaming linked to positive psychosocial adjustment

Playing video games for no more than one hour per day can have a small but positive impact on childhood development, according to new research published Monday in the journal Pediatrics. …

LinkedIn and Labor Dept. reach $6 million settlement in unpaid overtime case

By Amanda Becker WASHINGTON (Reuters) – LinkedIn Corp agreed to pay about $6 million in back overtime and damages to 359 current and former employees after a U.S. Department of Labor investigation found the online career networking company violated the country’s wage law. In a settlement announced by the Labor…

Google Play offers ‘Bomb Gaza’ game that lets you kill Muslim women and children

Google Play, the official app store for Android operating systems, is currently offering a side-scrolling game called “Bomb Gaza.” The description of the game states: “Bomb Gaza – drop bombs and avoid killing civilians. new version uploaded. improved performance. added new israel’s theme music.” In a screen shot shown on…

Two more talks pulled from Black Hat hacking conference: Home-alarm systems and Russian espionage

By Jim Finkle BOSTON (Reuters) – Security researchers have pulled two scheduled talks in this week’s Black Hat internet-security conference in Las Vegas – one on breaking into home-alarm systems and the other on a sophisticated Russian espionage campaign known as “Snake.” The withdrawals follow the cancellation late last month…

Elon Musk: ‘Increasingly probable’ that artificial intelligence will be ‘more dangerous than nukes’

Billionaire investor Elon Musk took to Twitter over the weekend to urge people to be “super careful with [artificial intelligence],” claiming that that it is “potentially more dangerous than nukes,” the Verge reported. Musk was reading Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies by Nick Bostrom, a professor of philosophy at Oxford University,…

Hacker to demonstrate passenger jets are vulnerable to cyber-attacks

By Jim Finkle BOSTON (Reuters) – Cyber security researcher Ruben Santamarta says he has figured out how to hack the satellite communications equipment on passenger jets through their WiFi and inflight entertainment systems – a claim that, if confirmed, could prompt a review of aircraft security. Santamarta, a consultant with…

How Minecraft has bewitched 40 million of us worldwide

The worldwide domination of Markus Persson’s building-blocks game is a triumph for the power of human imagination, writes John Naughton A funny thing happened on the way to this column. Browsing idly through the Publishers Weekly site, I came on the list of the Nielsen bestselling books of 2014 (so far) in the…

Lions Gate sues piracy sites over leak of ‘The Expendables 3′

The movie has already been downloaded more than a million times since then, according to the Hollywood Reporter.…

Microsoft sues Samsung for allegedly reneging on payment for patent licenses

By Dan Levine (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp sued Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Friday, claiming the South Korean smartphone maker refused to make a royalty payment last fall on patent licenses after Microsoft announced its intention to acquire Nokia’s handset business. The Microsoft lawsuit, filed in a Manhattan federal court,…

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