Business Topics

U.S. seeks email access after death

A group of influential U.S. lawyers says it has an answer to the question of what should happen to online accounts when a person dies. The Uniform Law Commission was expected to endorse a plan Wednesday to automatically give loved ones access to a deceased person’s digital accounts unless otherwise ...

Jul 16, 2014

Google+ abandons need to use real names

Google+ apologized Tuesday and stopped requiring people to use their real names while mingling in the online social network, which aims to gain ground on market leader Facebook. “When we launched Google+ over three years ago, we had a lot of restrictions on what ...

Jul 14, 2014

Samsung suspends China supplier following child labor allegations

Samsung Electronics Co., the world’s largest smartphone maker, said it suspended a supplier in China after finding evidence of illegal hiring. The supplier will be permanently cut from Samsung’s business if it’s found to have hired underage workers, the Suwon, South Korea-based company said ...

Amazon seeks drone permission

Jul 13, 2014

Amazon seeks drone permission

Amazon is asking the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration permission to use drones as part of its plan to deliver packages to customers in 30 minutes or less. The online retailer created a media frenzy in December when it outlined a plan on CBS’ “60 ...

Etiquette gets reboot for digital age

Jul 10, 2014

Etiquette gets reboot for digital age

by Rob Lever

The digital age has created a host of new etiquette dilemmas. What should you do when your boss sends a Facebook friend request? Is it OK to take and share smartphone pictures at a friend’s wedding? When should you take off Google Glass, rather ...

Jul 9, 2014

U.S. man's potato salad crowd-funding effort takes off

A man who jokingly sought $10 to pay for his first attempt at making potato salad has raised more than $37,000 from a crowd-funding Internet site. Zack “Danger” Brown, of Columbus, says he is now considering throwing a huge public potato-salad party with the ...

Jul 5, 2014

Russia forces data move to domestic web servers

Russia’s parliament on Friday passed a law to force Internet sites that store the personal data of Russian citizens to do so inside the country, a move that the Kremlin says is for data protection but which critics see as an attack on social ...

Jul 4, 2014

Scientific journal calls Facebook experiment 'a concern'

The scientific journal that published a controversial Facebook experiment on mood manipulation said Thursday it was concerned that the company did not follow scientific ethics and principles of informed consent. While it stopped short of retracting the study, the Proceedings of the National Academy ...

Google hit by 70,000 'forget me' requests

Jul 4, 2014

Google hit by 70,000 'forget me' requests

More than 70,000 people have already asked Google to delete links about them under Europe’s “right to be forgotten” ruling, with some of the world’s biggest news sites the first to be affected by requests from others. The search engine has restricted access to ...

Jul 1, 2014

Microsoft targets cybercrime rings with roots in Kuwait, Algeria

Microsoft Corp. launched what it hopes will be the most successful private effort to date to crack down on cybercrime by moving to disrupt communications channels between hackers and infected PCs. The operation, which began Monday under an order issued by a federal court ...

Facebook manipulated emotions in secret study

Jun 30, 2014

Facebook manipulated emotions in secret study

Facebook secretly manipulated the feelings of 700,000 users to understand “emotional contagion” in a study that prompted anger and forced the social network giant on the defensive. For one week in 2012, Facebook tampered with the algorithm used to place posts into users’ news ...