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Facebook's Internet.org aims to get billions online

<b>An initiative to bring internet access to the "next five billion" people has been launched by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.</b><p>The social network has teamed up with Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera, Qualcomm and Samsung, among others, to lower the cost of mobile data.<p>The group said it wanted to …

University of London

WikiLeaks Criticizes Its Hollywood Treatment As 'Fifth Estate' Trailer Released

WikiLeaks and its larger-than-life founder Julian Assange have always seemed destined to become Hollywood fodder. Now a trailer for the first WikiLeaks feature film is out–And WikiLeaks is not pleased.<p>A first look at the Dreamworks film “The Fifth Estate” is shown in the trailer above, which was …

Microsoft pushes Eric Holder to lift block on public information sharing

Microsoft has written to the US attorney general, Eric Holder, calling on him to "personally take action" to permit the software giant and others to …

American universities reeling from daily assaults by Chinese hackers

A culture of sharing ideas is being challenged by increasing security risks<p>When Bill Mellon, an associate dean at the University of Wisconsin, set out to update the school's security system, he was blown away by the incredible number of cyberattacks being directed at his campus each day. "We get …

Just How Bad Was Tumblr's Security Flaw?

Pretty bad. But the consequences have likely been minor.<p>"We have just released a very important security update for our iPhone and iPad apps addressing an issue that allowed passwords to be compromised in certain circumstances," Tumblr told its users on its staff blog. "Please download the update …

With new Android gaming console, Google goes to war on Nintendo, Sony, Microsoft and Apple

It looks like Google is working on a video game console based on Android, the same operating system that already runs a majority of the world’s smartphones, as well as a zillion other devices.<p>A proof of concept already exists in the Ouya, a $99 Android-powered video game console with a lot of …

Operating Systems

Report: Android’s malware problem is getting worse, and only users of the latest version are safe from harm

Earlier this year, we saw a report that said there was a 163% rise in the number of malware-infected Android devices in 2012. As shocking as that figure might be, we have a new report now that says the problem has blown up even further.<p>According to a recently published report[1] from networking …

Android 4.3 coming in July, spied on Galaxy S4 Google Edition

The next major update to Google's mobile operating system is coming soon, it appears, after screenshots of Android 4.3 running on a Samsung Galaxy S4 …

UK to Launch New Government Unit to Tackle Online Piracy

The UK will soon have a new police unit dedicated to tackling online piracy and the sale of counterfeit goods, the government announced on Friday.<p>The unit will be partially funded by the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) which will give £2.5 million to the City of London Police over the course of …

China Blocks Encrypted Version of Wikipedia

The Chinese government has effectively blocked the encrypted version of Wikipedia, cutting off easy access to the free online encyclopedia via its alternative HTTPS address which has been supported since October 2011.<p>China’s move comes ahead of the anniversary of the sensitive and highly …

China patches cracks in the Great Firewall ahead of Tiananmen anniversary

The “June 4 Incident,” which the world outside of China knows as the Tiananmen Square protests, is a forbidden topic within the Great Firewall of China.<p>In recent years, Beijing’s enormous internet censorship program has taken aim at any words or phrases that could conceivably refer to the …

Any iOS device can be hacked within one minute with modified charger, say researchers

Security researchers have discovered a way to push software onto an iOS device using a modified charger. The team at Georgia Institute of Technology says its charger was able to upload arbitrary software to an iOS device within one minute of it being plugged in. According to the researchers, "all …

How Samsung Got Big

The cellphones were stacked up high in the Gumi factory yard and more were coming out every minute. Phones, TVs, fax machines, and other gear shattered as it hit the concrete and Samsung CEO Kun-hee Lee and his board cracked the screens and cases with heavy hammers. Then they lit a bonfire and …

China and US to begin first high-level meetings on cybersecurity and industrial espionage

After months of political back-and-forth, top-level officials from US and China will meet next month to discuss agreements on cybersecurity and industrial espionage, reports <i>The New York Times</i><i>.</i> The talks mark the first diplomatic push to resolve tensions since the issue of Chinese cyberattacks on …

US Should Get Tough On Chinese IP Theft, Committee Warns

IP theft is costing the US as much as $300 billion a year, a government report warns, with China by far the biggest offender.<p>According to the bipartisan Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property, which produced the report, China accounts for at least half – and maybe as much as 80 …

Hacks targeting US oil, gas, and electric companies traced to Iran

The <i>Wall Street Journal</i> and <i>New York Times</i> both report that recent cyber attacks against US oil, gas, and power companies have come from Iran. The hackers were targeting control systems and probing for the kind of access that would give them the ability to disrupt oil pipelines and other …