US lawmakers accuse Facebook of ducking questions on its privacy practices

Reps. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) and Joe Barton (R-Texas) accused Facebook of evading questions about whether it tracks users in order to deliver targeted ads on Monday.

Google's new personalized search raises antitrust concerns

Google is diving deeper into personalized search results, debuting a feature called "Google Plus Your World". But the debut of the service, which pulls results from your own content plus social circles from Google-owned services may catch the ire ...

Facebook set for suit over publicity; Case hinges on 'sponsored stories' appearing on many pages

Facebook’s practice of showing people that their friends “like” specific products could run afoul of a California law that gives both celebrities and ordinary citizens the right to control how their names and pictures are used for commercial endor...

Internet architects oppose US online piracy bills

A group of prominent architects of the Internet added their voices Thursday to those opposing legislation in the US Congress intended to crack down on online piracy.

Author Says Facebook Is Making Us Miserable

Ian Bush CBS Philadelphia 15.12.2011
Author Says Facebook Is Making Us Miserable

Facebook has changed the way many people communicate with family and friends — but some believe it’s not always for the better.

U.S. probing alleged cyberattack plot by Venezuela, Iran

Shaun Waterman The Washington Times 14.12.2011
U.S. probing alleged cyberattack plot by Venezuela, Iran

U.S. officials are investigating reports that Iranian and Venezuelan diplomats in Mexico were involved in planned cyberattacks against U.S. targets, including nuclear power plants.

Amazon starts row with retailers in US

Emma Barnett Telegraph 09.12.2011
Amazon starts row with retailers in US

Amazon has annoyed retailers in the US with a new price check app that allows shoppers to get a discount on items via the online store if they find them to be more expensive elsewhere.

U.S., Microsoft to meet Chinese Web regulators

Shaun Waterman The Washington Times 08.12.2011
U.S., Microsoft to meet Chinese Web regulators

Microsoft and the State Department are under fire for their participation in a closed-door Internet conference this week organized with the architects of China’s repressive policies of Web self-censorship and surveillance.

US Library of Congress to receive entire Twitter archive

The Library of Congress and Twitter have signed an agreement that will see an archive of every public Tweet ever sent handed over to the library's repository of historical documents.

India to ban 'offensive' Internet material

India on Tuesday vowed to ban offensive material from the Internet after Facebook, Google and other major firms told the government they were unable to screen content before it was posted.

Criminals and cyber bullies to be banned from the web in UK

Christopher Williams Telegraph 26.11.2011
Criminals and cyber bullies to be banned from the web in UK

Criminals who commit offences online and cyber bullies will be banned from the internet as part of the Government’s new cyber security strategy, announced today.

Internet keeps government honest: Google chief

Broader adoption of the Internet will keep governments on their toes as wired-up citizens exercise their newfound power to check rights abuses, Google chief Eric Schmidt said on Saturday.

Iranian hackers threaten to attack 'virtual' US embassy

Iranian hackers have vowed to break in and occupy a “virtual” United States embassy website due to be launched this year.

Woman Faces Charges After Setting Up Fake Facebook Account

Lawyers for a New Jersey woman say the state's identity theft law doesn't apply to allegations that she created a fake Facebook profile about her ex-boyfriend.

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...

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.

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.

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.

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