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Obama, tech firms to announce $400 million software donations to U.S. schools

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama is set to announce on Friday that private companies have donated more than $400 million worth of software and software licenses to bring more technology to classrooms. Adobe Systems, the San Jose-based software company, will make over $300 million of software available to students for creative projects, school

Firefox planning to market $25 smartphone in developing countries

Firefox OS, an upstart smartphone operating system aimed at challenging the Apple and Google duopoly, will power a new category of $25 smartphones for developing countries, the California-based nonprofit Mozilla Foundation said Sunday. Mozilla sought to show off the success of its system, launched a year ago to prise open a market in which

Google will now let you watch polar bears in the wild

Google on Thursday added polar bears to the natural splendor people can glimpse from the comfort of their homes at the Internet giant’s free online mapping service. Members of the Google Maps team joined forces with non-profit group Polar Bears International to venture into tundra in a remote part of Canada’s Churchill, Manitoba, late

Mexico turning coal plant into Latin America’s biggest solar farm

The Biggest Solar Farm In Latin America Will Replace An Old Coal Plant (via Clean Technica) Originally published on ThinkProgress. By Ari Phillips. Last week President Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper visited Mexico for what’s traditionally called the “Three Amigos” meeting. In the daylong rendezvous, energy issues were…  

Japan says any bitcoin regulation should be international to avoid loopholes

By Sophie Knight TOKYO (Reuters) – Any regulation of the bitcoin crypto-currency should involve international cooperation to avoid loopholes, Japanese vice finance minister Jiro Aichi said on Thursday. Commenting on the closure this week of Tokyo-based Mt. Gox, once the world’s biggest exchange for the bitcoin virtual currency, Aichi said the ministry would respond

British man charged for hacking U.S. Federal Reserve computer servers

A British man has been charged with hacking into computer servers belonging to the U.S. Federal Reserve, and then stealing and publicly disclosing personal information of people who use them. Lauri Love, of Suffolk, England, was charged in an indictment unsealed on Thursday with one count each of computer hacking and aggravated identity theft.

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