Russian charged after U.S. disrupts major hacking, extortion ring

Jun 3, 2014

Russian charged after U.S. disrupts major hacking, extortion ring

A U.S.-led international operation disrupted a crime ring that infected hundreds of thousands of PCs around the globe with malicious software used for stealing banking credentials and extorting computer owners, the Justice Department said Monday. Authorities in nearly a dozen countries worked with private ...

Apple expanding into health and home with interchangeable network

Jun 3, 2014

Apple expanding into health and home with interchangeable network

Apple is expanding into home and health management as the company tries to turn its iPhones, iPads and Mac computers into an interchangeable network of devices that serve as a hub of people’s increasingly digital lives. The new tools for tracking health and controlling ...

China enforces amnesia about Tiananmen

Jun 2, 2014

China enforces amnesia about Tiananmen

by Joe Mcdonald

Remember June 4, Shi Shusi asked the 1.5 million readers of his popular microblog last year. Moments later, his postings were erased. A note from the microblog operator said they were “inappropriate publicity.” This year, a discouraged Shi hasn’t posted anything about the anniversary ...

May 31, 2014

Privacy ruling by EU puts ISPs in pickle

Google and other Internet companies find themselves in a quandary over how to strike a balance between privacy and freedom of information as the world’s top search engine took a first step toward upholding an EU privacy ruling. Google moved overnight Thursday to put ...

Apple hopes to lift street cred with $3 billion Beats buy

May 29, 2014

Apple hopes to lift street cred with $3 billion Beats buy

Apple is striking a new chord with a $3 billion acquisition of Beats Electronics, a headphone and music streaming specialist that also brings the swagger of rapper Dr. Dre and recording impresario Jimmy Iovine. Wednesday’s announcement comes nearly three weeks after deal negotiations were ...

May 28, 2014

China targets 'hostile' users of smartphone messaging services

China is targeting popular smartphone-based instant messaging services in a campaign to crack down on the spreading of rumors and what it calls infiltration of hostile forces, in the latest move restricting online freedom of expression. Such services incorporate social media functions that allow ...

May 26, 2014

Easier-to-use retro cellphones making a comeback

They fit into the smallest pocket, their batteries last all week, and their screens don’t shatter when you drop them: old-school Nokias, Ericssons and Motorolas are making a comeback as consumers tired of overly complicated smartphones go retro. Handsets like the Nokia 3310 or ...