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Breakthrough in battery technology could revolutionize electric vehicles

A new battery design developed by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology could transform the way electric vehicles and the power grid store and discharge energy. The MIT News Office reported that the new architecture suspends the active electrical components of a battery, such as positive and negative electrodes,…

Writer urges Internet junkies to ‘switch off’ and think

SEOUL (AFP) – Like tens of millions of others, US technology writer Nicholas Carr found the lure of the worldwide web hard to resist — until he noticed it was getting harder and harder to concentrate. He set out his concerns in a celebrated essay headlined “Is Google making us…

Twitter chief picked as Obama telecom advisor

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) – US President Barack Obama named Twitter’s chief and a high-ranking Microsoft executive among a handful of technology veterans to be appointed as telecommunications security advisors. “I am proud to appoint such impressive men and women to these important roles, and I am grateful they have agreed…

Paypal sues Google over mobile phone ‘Wallet’

NEW YORK — Google faced a lawsuit on Friday hours after it unveiled a free mobile application that turns a smartphone into an electronic wallet and is designed to replace plastic credit cards. PayPal and eBay filed a lawsuit in a California state court Thursday charging that the Internet giant…

Cisco Systems sued for helping China monitor Internet

SAN FRANCISCO – Falungong members are suing Cisco Systems for custom-building “Golden Shield” Internet technology used by China to track down devotees of the spiritual movement. Cisco dismissed the case Monday as being without basis and vowed to “vigorously defend” itself. A lawsuit filed in US federal court in the…

IBM tops Microsoft in market value, then slides back

NEW YORK — IBM briefly topped Microsoft in market value on Wall Street on Friday to become the second-largest technology company after Apple. But IBM shares lost 0.25 percent to close at $170.16, giving the New York-based company known as “Big Blue” a market capitalization of $206.1 billion. Microsoft shares…

Taliban on Twitter?

KABUL (AFP) – The Taliban once banned all television, music and cinema in Afghanistan, but now they are fighting their war via Twitter, the online messaging network that revolutionised global communication. The Islamist extremists sent out their first tweet in English on May 12 claiming “enemy attacked in Khak-e-Safid”, with…

Japan to abandon nuclear power expansions, focus on green technology

Japan’s prime minister announced yesterday that further expansions of nuclear energy in the nation is now officially off the table, namely due to the ongoing disaster at the Fukushima nuclear power plant, which was crippled in March by a massive tsunami wave. The announcement means that an additional 14 nuclear…

US State Department hopes to break through ‘great firewall of China’

WASHINGTON — The United States plans to pump millions of dollars into new technology to break through Internet censorship overseas amid a heightened crackdown on dissent in China, officials said Tuesday. State Department officials said they would give 19 million dollars to efforts to evade Internet controls in China, Iran…

Franken calls out tech companies for tracking user locations without consent

WASHINGTON – Senators on a key panel Tuesday issued stern criticisms of tech companies for storing personal data about user locations via mobile phones, calling for beefed up privacy laws to keep up with cellular technology. “I believe that consumers have a fundamental right to know what data is being…

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