Jul 30, 2014

OkCupid toyed with users' love lives

OkCupid — a top U.S. matchmaking website — intentionally mismatched users to test its technology, the IAC/InterActive Corp. service said on Monday, weeks after Facebook Inc. admitted to misleading users in a psychological study. OkCupid co-founder Christian Rudder made a case for the practice ...

Canada says Chinese hackers infiltrated government computers

Jul 30, 2014

Canada says Chinese hackers infiltrated government computers

Chinese hackers infiltrated the computer systems of Canada’s top research and development organization, the Canadian government said Tuesday. Canada’s Treasury Board said a “highly sophisticated Chinese state-sponsored actor” hacked into the National Research Council, which partners its scientists, engineers and business experts with private ...

Jul 20, 2014

Snowden seeks to develop anti-surveillance technologies

Edward Snowden, the former U.S. spy agency contractor who leaked details of major U.S. surveillance programs, called on supporters at a hacking conference to spur development of easy-to-use technologies to subvert government surveillance programs around the globe. Snowden, who addressed conference attendees on Saturday ...

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 ...

U.K. regulators probe Facebook 'mood' test

Jul 3, 2014

U.K. regulators probe Facebook 'mood' test

British data protection authorities are investigating revelations that Facebook conducted a psychological experiment on its users. The Information Commissioner’s Office said Wednesday that it wants to learn more about the circumstances of the experiment, carried out by two U.S. universities and the social network. ...

Jul 2, 2014

Microsoft Japan says it can get 50 percent of tablet market

Microsoft Japan Co. President Yasuyuki Higuchi said Wednesday the company believes it can corner 50 percent of the Japanese market for tablet computers. The company recorded a 30.1 percent share of the market in the first three months of this year, up from 10.1 ...

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 ...

Google Android software spreads beyond smartphones

Jun 26, 2014

Google Android software spreads beyond smartphones

Google said Wednesday it would bring cars, watches and televisions into its Android empire. The technology titan laid out a sweeping vision for the operating system at the opening of a sold-out developers conference, in a keynote presentation streamed online to millions of people ...