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‘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…

Obamacare website goes down just hours before deadline to enroll for coverage

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The website for people to enroll in U.S. private health insurance was unavailable early Monday morning, just hours before the deadline for the first wave of enrollment under the healthcare law. Representatives for the Department of Health and Human Services, in a statement, confirmed the access problems…

New Tesla gigafactory may get greener raw materials from Arizona

Southwestern States like Texas and New Mexico aren’t the only ones vying for a piece of the Tesla Gigafactory pie. Last week American Manganese Inc., a new Arizona company with the only domestic supply of electrolytic manganese metals (EMM), announced……

Video game makers blame ‘Satan’ for inability to launch Biblical role-playing game

The makers of a Biblical role-playing game that follows the life of Abraham are blaming their lack of success and inability to fund the project on the influence of Satan. Speaking with Polygon, Richard Gaeta, co-founder of Phoenix Interactive explained the company’s problems starting cropping up right after the launch…

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