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UK regulator investigates Facebook over psychological experiment on users

The British data watchdog is investigating whether Facebook Inc violated data-protection laws when it allowed researchers to conduct a psychological experiment on its users. A Facebook spokesman acknowledged that the experiment on nearly 700,000 unwitting users in 2012 had upset users and said the company would change the way it…

NSA’s Internet spying program is effective but worrying, privacy watchdog says

The U.S. National Security Agency (NSA)’s data collection program has been an effective tool to enhance the country’s security but some elements of the cyber-spying raises privacy concerns, a U.S. federal privacy watchdog said in a report. Privacy issues have become a hot topic since former NSA contractor Edward Snowden…

U.S. Marshals’ bitcoin auction produces one anonymous winner

By Nate Raymond and Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss (Reuters) – The U.S. Marshals Service had one winner in its auction of nearly 30,000 bitcoin, a spokeswoman said on Tuesday, without revealing the name of the successful bidder. The U.S. Marshals Service held an auction on Friday for 29,655 bitcoin seized during a…

Fed. Trade Commission sues T-Mobile for ‘cramming’ clients with bogus charges

By Diane Bartz WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. authorities filed a complaint against T-Mobile USA on Tuesday, accusing the wireless provider of adding millions of dollars of unauthorized charges onto customers’ bills, a practice known as “cramming.” The charges were for subscriptions for services like horoscopes or celebrity gossip delivered by…

New York’s top court says cyberbullying law violates the First Amendment

By Daniel Wiessner ALBANY N.Y. (Reuters) – New York’s highest court said on Tuesday that a law designed to criminalize cyberbullying was so broad that it violated the First Amendment, marking the first time a U.S. court weighed the constitutionality of such a law. The 2011 Albany County law banned…

NSA can intercept any communications ‘concerning’ all but four countries

The US National Security Agency has been authorized to intercept information “concerning” all but four countries worldwide, top-secret documents say, according to The Washington Post. “The United States has long had broad no-spying arrangements with those four countries — Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand,” the Post reported Monday. Yet…

Co-founder of dating app Tinder says boss called her ‘desperate loser’ in lawsuit

By Sarah McBride SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Former Tinder marketing Vice President Whitney Wolfe is suing the popular dating-app company for sexual harassment and discrimination, making it the latest technology business to face challenges over its treatment of women. Wolfe’s lawsuit, filed Monday, listed a series of alleged incidents of…

HP settles lawsuits over $11.1 billion deal for British software company

(Reuters) – Hewlett-Packard Co and attorneys representing shareholders confirmed on Monday they had agreed to settle litigation over the $11.1 billion acquisition of British software company Autonomy Corp. Reuters exclusively reported news of the settlement on Friday. Under the terms of the settlement, all claims against HP’s current and former…

Google moves to shut down Orkut social network

San Francisco (AFP) – Google on Monday said it is shutting down Orkut, its “first foray into social networking,” to focus on YouTube, Blogger, and Google+ services that have proven more popular. The California technology titan will pull the plug on 10-year-old Orkut at the end of September. “Over the…

Supreme Court rejects Google’s bid to exempt itself from federal wiretap law

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected Google Inc’s bid to dismiss a lawsuit accusing it of violating federal wiretap law when it accidentally collected emails and other personal data while building its popular Street View program. The justices left intact a September 2013…

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