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Google is in the FTC’s “regulatory crosshairs,” may be investigated for anti-trust

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. antitrust regulators may investigate Google Inc’s dominance of the Web search industry, and will settle on the agency to launch a probe once scrutiny into the company’s plan to buy ITA software is done, a source told Reuters on Tuesday. The Federal Trade Commissionand Justice Department will decide which has…

Highly anticipated video game sequel glorifies violence toward women

A forthcoming video game sequel is taking an innovative approach to “capture the flag” … They’re calling it “Capture the Babe,” and not only will players be capturing digital women, they’ll be slapping them around, too. With just over a month to go before the long-anticipated shooting game “Duke Nukem Forever”…

Microsoft says Android e-reader violates patents

SAN FRANCISCO – Microsoft on Monday accused Taiwan electronics colossus Foxconn and US book seller Barnes & Noble of using its patented technology in e-readers running on Google-backed Android software. Taiwan-based Inventec Corporation was also targeted in Microsoft’s legal filings with the US International Trade Commission and a federal court…

Obama admin. proposes wiretapping media pirates

In today’s media saturated age, savvy consumers have grown mindful of what’s on. But soon, you’ll also need to be sure of where that video came from too — or Uncle Sam might decide to listen in on your phone conversations. That’s no joke: it’s actually just one in a…

Microsoft releasing new Internet Explorer 9 browser

AUSTIN, Texas — Microsoft announced that it will release the latest version of its Internet Explorer Web browsing software free online late on Monday (0400 GMT Tuesday). “Things are about to change,” Microsoft corporate vice president Dean Hachamovitch said at a press conference at the South By Southwest Interactive technology…

Angry Birds developer bags 42 million-dollar investment

HELSINKI – Rovio, the Finnish software company that unleashed the Angry Birds game on millions of mobile phone users, said Thursday it had raised a 42-million-dollar (30.4-million-euro) investment. “We will strengthen the position of Rovio and continue building our franchises in gaming, merchandising and broadcast media,” Mikael Hed, the chief…

Exclusive: Military’s ‘persona’ software cost millions, used for ‘classified social media activities’

Most people use social media like Facebook and Twitter to share photos of friends and family, chat with friends and strangers about random and amusing diversions, or follow their favorite websites, bands and television shows. But what does the US military use those same networks for? Well, we can’t tell…

Revealed: Air Force ordered software to manage army of fake virtual people

Update (below): HBGary Federal among bidders These days, with Facebook and Twitter and social media galore, it can be increasingly hard to tell who your “friends” are. But after this, Internet users would be well advised to ask another question entirely: Are my “friends” even real people? In the continuing…

‘Anonymous’ attacks Italian government site

ROME – Software hacker group “Anonymous” launched attacks Sunday against the Italian government’s website citing political grievances, ANSA news agency reported. “Anonymous” announced its distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) assaults earlier in the day, saying they were launched because “the political and economic situation in Italy has become unstable.” The website (www.governo.it)…

With digital media ‘manifesto,’ pirates offer truce to film industry

An online effort that’s gaining more supporters by the hour appears to offer the film industry something of an olive branch in the war against Internet piracy. It all began with a conversation at the Lift11 conference in Geneva, Switzerland, aimed at producing ideas on how to eliminate piracy. A…

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