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Tech exec leaked secrets to Apple, other tech firms

A technology company executive pleaded guilty to providing confidential information on Apple and other companies, as part of a massive insider-trading probe. Walter Shimoon, 39, pleaded guilty in Manhattan federal court to conspiracy and securities fraud charges arising from schemes in which he gave confidential information to workers and clients…

Google disables realtime search after Twitter deal expires

WASHINGTON — Google has temporarily disabled its Realtime Search feature following the expiration of a deal with Twitter. “Since October of 2009, we have had an agreement with Twitter to include their updates in our search results through a special feed, and that agreement expired on July 2,” a Google…

Texas warns Americans to avoid Mexico border town

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The southwestern state of Texas is warning Americans to avoid the Mexican border town of Nuevo Laredo over the July 4 independence day weekend, fearing that US citizens will be targeted. State and local police have “received credible intelligence from multiple sources that indicates the Zetas Cartel…

Sudan ‘bombing’ kills 3 in south oil state: minister

The northern army carried out cross-border air strikes that killed three civilians and wounded 17 in south Sudan’s oil-producing Unity state just a week before independence, a southern official said on Sunday. “The attack happened yesterday (Saturday) in Pariang, from seven to eight in the morning. Three people were killed…

LulzSec hackers hit Arizona law enforcement a third time

Hacker group LulzSec, or Lulz Security, barreled past Arizona law enforcement’s cyber-security for a third time this week, posting more information in its latest “Chinga La Migra” info-dump. On Friday, the LulzSec/Anonymous hacking collective posted a statement on pastebin about the hack. “For the third knockout blow against Arizona law…

Sony backs U.S. cybersecurity legislation after data breach

WASHINGTON — Japan’s Sony Corp., victim of one of the largest data breaches in history, voiced support on Wednesday for cybersecurity legislation being considered by the US Congress. Tim Schaaff, president of Sony Network Entertainment International, also told a Senate panel that the level of activity on the PlayStation Network…

New Jersey police misuse and abuse informants: ACLU report

The use of confidential informants by New Jersey police leads to violations of civilians’ rights and botched investigations thanks to inconsistent polices and insufficient oversight, according to a study by the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey and ACLU Criminal Law Reform Project. The report (PDF) found that some…

IMF identifies computer files hacked in cyber attack

WASHINGTON — The International Monetary Fund has identified the computer files hacked in a cyberattack and is the process of weighing their importance, and IMF spokesman said Thursday. “We’re still investigating this breach. We have identified files that have been copied and we’re assessing the importance of those files,” spokesman…

G20 ministers agree to tame food commodity speculation

PARIS (AFP) – Farm ministers from the world’s top economies agreed on action on Thursday to tame market speculation blamed for the food price spikes that have hit consumers’ pockets and sparked unrest. “The consensus… marks an historic union of resolve in combating the pressing challenges of hunger and food…

U.S. allegedly spying on New York Times reporter James Risen

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist James Risen has been subjected to government surveillance and harassment that began under the Bush administration, according to a 22-page affidavit he filed Tuesday. In his 2006 book, “State of War: The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration,” author and New York Times reporter James…

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