Internet, Computing & Cellular

U.S. Debated Cyberwarfare in Attack Plan on Libya

ERIC SCHMITT and THOM SHANKER The New York Times 18.10.2011
U.S. Debated Cyberwarfare in Attack Plan on Libya

Just before the American-led strikes against Libya in March, the Obama administration intensely debated whether to open the mission with a new kind of warfare: a cyberoffensive to disrupt and even disable the Qaddafi government’s air-defense syste...

German state police criticized for electronic snooping

Michael Birnbaum The Washington Post 17.10.2011
German state police criticized for electronic snooping

The software is straight out of a spy thriller, a program that allows police investigators to monitor activity and, if the computer has a camera, peer right into the face of the user.


Samsung to unveil new Android model in Hong Kong on October 19

Samsung Electronics plans to unveil a new smartphone based on Google's latest version of the Android operating system at an event in Hong Kong on October 19.

China group buying website closures accelerate: report

The number of closures among group buying websites in China hit a high in September as poor service complaints from users reduced consumer enthusiasm for the bargain shopping platforms.


Military: Gambling Virus Infected Drone Fleet

The Air Force says the computer virus that hit the unmanned drone program last month was not directed at the military systems, but was common malware used to steal log-ins and passwords used in online gaming.

HK design student says Jobs tribute not original

A Hong Kong design student's tribute to Steve Jobs that generated a buzz in cyberspace following the death of the co-founder of Apple last week is not original, the teen-ager said Monday.


US Government Orders Google to Turn Over WikiLeaks Info

Google and a smaller Internet provider are being forced by the federal government to turn over information from email accounts associated with a WikiLeaks volunteer.

BlackBerry services collapse

Christopher Williams Telegraph 11.10.2011
BlackBerry services collapse

Millions of BlackBerry smartphone users have been cut off by a major fault at RIM, the Canadian company that makes the devices.


Steve Jobs’s secret legacy: Dying Apple boss left plans for four years of new products

David Gardner In Los Angeles and Ted Thornhill Daily Mail 08.10.2011
Steve Jobs’s secret legacy: Dying Apple boss left plans for four years of new products

Despite knowing he was dying, Steve Jobs worked for more than a year on the products that he believed would safeguard the company's future.It was also revealed today that Jobs fought hard to get plans approved for a spaceship-style company headqua...

FBI to launch nationwide facial recognition service in US

The FBI by mid-January will activate a nationwide facial recognition service in select states that will allow local police to identify unknown subjects in photos, bureau officials told Nextgov.


Computer Virus Hits U.S. Drone Fleet

Noah Shachtman Wired.com 08.10.2011
Computer Virus Hits U.S. Drone Fleet

A computer virus has infected the cockpits of America’s Predator and Reaper drones, logging pilots’ every keystroke as they remotely fly missions over Afghanistan and other warzones.

India announces $35 tablet computer for rural poor

KATY DAIGLE My Way News 06.10.2011
India announces $35 tablet computer for rural poor

India introduced a cheap tablet computer Wednesday, saying it would deliver modern technology to the countryside to help lift villagers out of poverty.


Apple gets no love from Wall Street for new iPhone 4S

RACHEL METZ and JORDAN ROBERTSON AP 05.10.2011
Apple gets no love from Wall Street for new iPhone 4S

The most closely kept secret about the iPhone 5? There isn't one - yet. The new iPhone is faster, has a better camera and allows you to sync content without needing a computer. It includes a futuristic, voice-activated service that responds to spo...

New law requires radiation warnings for cell phones

San Francisco controversial new law requiring cell phone retailers in the City to provide radiation information is now live.


Internet firms co-opted for surveillance: experts

Georgina Prodhan Reuters 03.10.2011
Internet firms co-opted for surveillance: experts

Internet companies such as Google, Twitter and Facebook are increasingly co-opted for surveillance work as the information they gather proves irresistible to law enforcement agencies, Web experts said this week.

'We didn't mean to track you' says Facebook as social network giant admits to 'bugs' in new privacy row

Facebook has admitted that it has been watching the web pages its members visit – even when they have logged out.


Pentagon launches war court website

Carol Rosenberg McClatchyDC 29.09.2011
Pentagon launches war court website

The Pentagon on Wednesday morning went live with a new, slicker interactive military commissions website — with no new information — ahead of a decision from a senior Defense Department official on whether to go forward with the first death penalt...

Apple Confirms October 4th iPhone Announcement; Invitations Sent

For once, all of the rumors have proven to be true. After the mainstream media reported that the iPhone 5 announcement would come on October 4th at Apple’s own Cupertino, CA venue, all of that information has finally come true.


Al Gore says 'new iPhones' out in Oct.

Apple hasn't said when it will release the next version of the iPhone, but former Vice President and current Apple Inc. board member Al Gore believes "new iPhones" will be here in October.

Google’s Eric Schmidt defends the company’s search practices

Hayley Tsukayama The Washington Post 22.09.2011
Google’s Eric Schmidt defends the company’s search practices

Google chairman Eric Schmidt defended the company’s business practices before a panel of senators Wednesday as the lawmakers lobbed questions on search rankings and Google’s search algorithm.



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