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Google takes on Microsoft with Chrome PCs

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Samsung and Acer Inc laptop computers using Google’s Chrome operating system will go on sale in June, as the world’s No. 1 Internet search engine tries to entice people to do more on the Web. Samsung’s and Acer’s new Web-centric PCs are an incursion into territory…

Amazon hosting issues knock websites offline

WASHINGTON — Foursquare, Quora, Reddit and other popular websites were sluggish or knocked offline on Thursday because of problems with their Web host Amazon. “Our usually amazing datacenter hosts, Amazon EC2, are having a few hiccups this morning, which affected us and a bunch of other services that use them,”…

Website technology scans people’s emotions

SAN FRANCISCO — Computers may soon understand people better than their spouses do, courtesy of innovations from startup Affectiva that expand on groundbreaking sensing research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Affectiva co-founder and MIT professor Rosalind Picard showed off the fledgling firm’s feelings-sensing applications at a Web 2.0…

Mozilla unleashes sleek new Firefox Web browser

SAN FRANCISCO – A fast, sleek new version of Firefox was released on Wednesday to vie Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) and Google Chrome in the fiercely competitive market for Web browsing software. Nonprofit group Mozilla made Firefox 4 available as a free download to computers powered by Windows, Mac…

Egypt’s last working Web provider goes offline

Tuesday — Watch and chat live: Egypt’s largest protests yet aim to topple regime WASHINGTON — Egypt’s last working Internet service provider, the Noor Group, went down on Monday, a US Web monitoring company said, leaving the crisis-torn country completely offline. Renesys, a New Hampshire-based firm that monitors Internet routing…

Google and Mozilla take steps to fight browser tracking

SAN FRANCISCO — Mozilla and Google on Monday took steps toward giving people more online privacy but each said hurdles remain to creating simple “Do Not Track” buttons for Web browsing software. Mozilla proposed adding a signal to its popular Firefox browser to let users automatically ask websites not to…

MetroPCS mobile data plans violate net neutrality, group claims

A plan by the the fifth largest mobile carrier in the United States to block access to certain web content based on its customers’ data plan could be a violation of new “net neutrality” regulations. MetroPCS has announced it will be offering three different pay-as-you-go mobile data plans that will…

WikiLeaks website, pummeled by attacks, loses home

Update: Amazon tells Lieberman that it took down the WikiLeaks website Independent Sen. Joe Lieberman released a statement Wednesday saying that Amazon.com told him that it had terminated its relationship with a WikiLeaks website that hosted secret US diplomatic cables. Talking Points Memo obtained a copy of the full statement:…

Homeland Security shuts down dozens of Web sites without court order

The Homeland Security Department’s customs enforcement division has gone on a Web site shutdown spree, closing down at least 76 domains this week, according to online reports. While many of the web domains were sites that trafficked in counterfeit brand name goods, and some others linked to copyright-infringing file-sharing materials,…

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