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Writers unite in campaign against 'thuggish' Amazon

They include some of the biggest literary names on the planet, among them Stephen King, Donna Tartt, Paul Auster, James Patterson and John Grisham; a Pulitzer prize winner in Jennifer Egan; and four from this year's Man Booker longlist, Joshua Ferris, Karen Joy Fowler, Siri Hustvedt and Joseph …

Google to face data watchdogs over 'right to be forgotten'

<b>Google has met data regulators from across the European Union to discuss the implications of the recent "right to be forgotten" ruling.</b><p>An EU court ruled in May that links to "irrelevant" and outdated data should be erased from searches on request, leading to censorship concerns.<p>The decision and …

Apple iPhones allow extraction of deep personal data, researcher finds

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Personal data including text messages, contact lists and photos can be extracted from iPhones through previously unpublicized techniques by Apple Inc employees, the company acknowledged this week.<p>The exploded view of the home button which doubles as a fingerprint sensor is …

Fixed Raises $1.2 Million For A Mobile App That Fights Your Parking Tickets For You

Fixed, the clever mobile application that helps you fight your parking tickets just by snapping a photo of the ticket with your mobile phone, has now closed on $1.2 million in seed funding. Investors in the round include Y Combinator, Merus Capital, Scott Banister, John Cobbs, Mark Randolph, Matt …

Russia has lost control of a gecko sex experiment in space

The science experiment could drop out of the sky thanks to an engine issue<p>67 years ago, the US sent fruit flies into space inside a V-2 rocket to see if they could survive the radiation. Thus began a long and storied history of bringing animals off planet to explore what happens when gravity …

Russia offers 3.9m roubles for 'research to identify users of Tor'

Analysts say tender for research on service that anonymises browsing sends signal to online community amid crackdown on Russian internet

Apple Continues To Lose Tablet Share But Does It Matter?

IDC released its estimates for June quarter tablet shipments and except for Lenovo and Tier 3 vendors it wasn’t a pretty picture. Worldwide tablet shipments grew 11% year over year to 49.3 million and declined 2% from the March quarter. While the 11% growth rate was substantially better than the …

Europe debates how far to push 'right to be forgotten'

PARIS/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European regulators have not yet decided whether to try to force search engines such as Google and Microsoft’s Bing to scrub results globally when people invoke their “right to be forgotten” in the region.<p>A Google search page is seen through a magnifying glass in this …

Why the e-book judge is 'concerned' about Apple's antitrust deal

The $450 million deal Apple cut last week has hit a roadblock: Denise Cote, the U.S. district judge who ruled last year that Apple had illegally …

Judge takes issue with Apple's $450M e-books settlement offer

Skirting an upcoming trial, Apple agreed to pay $450 million last week to settle an antitrust lawsuit that alleged the company conspired with five book publishers to fix e-book prices. However, the judge ruling over the case is having concerns with the settlement proposal, according to Reuters.<p>US …

Bose files lawsuit against Beats over patent infringement

Well, looks like Bose did not forget about Dre: The audio equipment company has filed a lawsuit against Beats over noise-canceling technology patent.<p>Bose, which makes audio equipment including speakers and headphones, has filed a lawsuit against Beats, which Apple officially purchased for $3 …

Porn Mad? Vast Majority Of Brits Refuse Government Filter

British broadband users are overwhelmingly rejecting the government’s recently introduced ‘porn filters’, with six out of seven choosing to opt out.<p>Under the system, introduced at the beginning of the year, the country’s four biggest ISPs agreed to slap on the filters for all new customers unless …

Amazon Quietly Launches Its Consumer-Facing Mobile Wallet App, Amazon Wallet

Amazon’s first attempt at its own mobile wallet application, designed for use at the point-of-sale, has made a quiet debut on the Amazon Appstore and on Google Play. However, the current implementation of the new “Amazon Wallet” application is fairly barebones – it doesn’t yet support mobile …

How Facebook Beat Wall Street with Data

<i>Maurice Coyle is the CEO and co-founder of HeyStaks, a search analytics startup that helps mobile operators monetize subscriber data usage and increases conversions for e-commerce stores.</i><p>Facebook went public on May 18, 2012 in one of the most hotly anticipated tech company IPOs ever. The company …

Is it really so smart to make your finances an open book?

American billionaire oil magnate J Paul Getty once said, "If you can count your money, you don't have a billion dollars." Yet even for us non-billionaires, keeping a handle on how much cash we have can be difficult. Keeping a record on paper or on a spreadsheet and manually noting every single …

This Is What Makes Cisco CEO John Chambers Cry (And It's Not What You Think)

He thinks of the top five players, only two or three will be around in a "meaningful" way in as little as five years, Cisco included.<p>"If we don't disrupt ourselves, if we don't have the courage to change, if we don't change before the market forces us to, we'll get left behind," he told attendees …

Here's Why 'The Internet Of Things' Will Be Huge, And Drive Tremendous Value For People And Businesses

Estimates for Internet of Things or IoT market value are massive, since by definition the IoT will be a diffuse layer of devices, sensors, and computing power that overlays entire consumer, business-to-business, and government industries. The IoT will account for an increasingly huge number of …

Internet of Things

Controversial Torrent Site The Pirate Bay Just Made It Easier To Download Movies On Your Phone

But starting this week, users can now search through that endless trove of pirated content directly on their smartphones and tablets now that Pirate Bay has launched a mobile-friendly version of its website.<p>Called "The Mobile Bay," the mobile-optimized Pirate Bay offers the full search capabilities …

Mobile Devices