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Japanese yakuza mobsters launch website as part of membership drive

Japan’s biggest organised crime syndicate has launched its own website, complete with a corporate song and a strong anti-drugs message, as the yakuza looks to turn around its outdated image and falling membership. The clunky-sounding “Banish Drugs and Purify the Nation League” website is an offering from the Yamaguchi-gumi, Japan’s…

32 new hybrid trains coming to America

America’s aging rail system is woefully out-of-date, but a recent order for 32 of Siemen’s hybrid “Charger” locomotives could bring new life to old railways. With a top speed of 125 MPH, the diesel-hybrid trains are said to be faster, quieter……

Physicists are building an ‘NSA-proof’ Internet

It’s long been the Holy Grail of communications: technology that not only maximizes privacy, but also reveals when a message had been intercepted or copied. The quest began in antiquity, with encryption and with the humble envelope —……

‘Russian Facebook’ founder resigns amid dispute with shareholder

The founder of Russia’s top social network VKontakte, Pavel Durov, on Wednesday said he has resigned as chief executive in a bitter conflict with a major shareholder, a dramatic announcement some initially saw as an April Fool’s joke. True to his mysterious persona, Durov left followers guessing by resigning on…

OkCupid urges users to boycott Mozilla Firefox over CEO’s support for anti-LGBT law

By Gerry Shih SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – OkCupid.com, the popular online dating site, called for a boycott of Mozilla Firefox to protest the world’s No. 2 Web browser naming a gay marriage opponent as chief executive. OkCupid visitors who accessed the website through Firefox on Monday were told in a…

Apple vs Samsung court battle set to resume in front of a fresh jury

Jurors were selected on Monday for a high stakes patent battle between smartphone rivals Apple and Samsung, setting the stage for attorneys to open fire regarding who copied innovations. The case concerns smartphone and tablet patents and is just the latest in a long-running feud between the two tech giants,…

Twitter buys British and French firms as part of ‘social TV’ plan

Twitter said Monday it was expanding its “social TV” efforts with new global partnerships, as it struck deals to acquire companies in Britain and France. The social TV firms SecondSync in Britain and Mesagraph in France announced separately they were joining Twitter. Terms of the deals were not announced. The…

Intel bets big with $900 million investment on Internet ‘cloud’ firm Cloudera

In a sign of the growing importance of the Internet “cloud,” software group Cloudera said Monday it raised a whopping $900 million to expand its big data corporate services. U.S. chip giant Intel is leading the financing with a “significant” investment which will give it an 18 percent stake in…

Google accuses Turkey of intercepting its Domain Name System to re-route web users

Google says Turkey has been intercepting its Internet domain, redirecting users to other sites in the latest battle between Ankara and Web giants. In a weekend post on Google’s security blog, software engineer Steven Carstensen said the company has received “several credible reports and confirmed with our own research that…

NSA infiltrated Internet encryption tools even more deeply than thought: study

By Joseph Menn SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Security industry pioneer RSA adopted not just one but two encryption tools developed by the U.S. National Security Agency, greatly increasing the spy agency’s ability to eavesdrop on some Internet communications, according to a team of academic researchers. Reuters reported in December that…

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