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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…

Twitter remains blocked in Turkey despite order from constitutional court

Turkey’s government faced growing pressure Thursday to quickly implement a top court order to unblock Twitter, which it had banned after corruption claims went viral on the social media site. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan ordered the block on March 20 in the lead-up to last Sunday’s key local elections,…

Facebook celebrates Autism Awareness Day with anti-vaxxer Jenny McCarthy pic

On this year’s World Autism Awareness Day, held every April 2, Facebook’s official charity page shared an image from actress Jenny McCarthy. The “Non-Profits on Facebook” page shared the image, which read, “We support World Autism Awareness Day 2014,” and encouraged people to like and share it. McCarthy and her…

Amazon launches new device for streaming TV service

Amazon on Wednesday unveiled a new media streaming device, ramping up its challenge for the living room against rivals such as Netflix. The Amazon Fire TV device, which fits in one’s hand and connects to television sets, aims to boost the U.S. online giant’s efforts to capture viewers for its…

Internet data centers for Apple, Facebook, and Google are getting greener: report

By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Apple Inc, Google Inc and Facebook Inc have made significant progress in adopting renewable energy sources to power their Web services, the environmental group Greenpeace said in a report on Wednesday. But energy-hungry data centers operated by some of the Internet industry’s top…

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