Oct 10, 2014

China's human rights record worsening: U.S. report

A U.S. report released Thursday says China’s human rights record has worsened in key areas over the past year and that limits on free speech and assembly are growing. The annual report by the Congressional-Executive Commission on China said the country has tightened restrictions ...

South Korea rumor crackdown jolts social media users

Oct 5, 2014

South Korea rumor crackdown jolts social media users

South Korea’s president is cracking down on rumors in cyberspace in a campaign that threatens the popularity of Kakao Talk, the leading social media service in a country with ambitions to become a global technology leader. Prosecutors announced the crackdown two weeks ago after ...

Oct 5, 2014

It's good to talk: New app aims to spur voice renaissance

Two former Google employees are hoping an innovative new phone application will trigger a renaissance in an increasingly unfashionable method of human communication: talking. The brainchild of Google veterans Thomas Gayno and Jeff Baxter, Cord aims to usher smartphone users back toward the core ...

Oct 5, 2014

Social networks make push as shopping destinations

They’re not just for sharing any more: Facebook and Twitter are now looking to play a bigger role in shopping. Both social networks have unveiled plans to start using “buy” buttons on their sites, which could start having an impact on “social shopping” in ...

Oct 2, 2014

Facebook makes peace with gays over 'real names'

Facebook on Wednesday vowed to ease its “real names” policy, which prompted drag-queen performers to quit the social network and sparked wider protests in the gay community and beyond. The huge social network, facing a planned street protest in San Francisco this week, apologized ...

Oct 2, 2014

Twitter-funded lab to seek social media insights

A new Twitter-funded research project unveiled Wednesday, with access to every tweet ever sent, will look for patterns and insights from the billions of messages sent on social media. The MIT Media Lab said the new Laboratory for Social Machines would be funded by ...

Microsoft skips Windows 9 to emphasize advances toward version 10

Oct 1, 2014

Microsoft skips Windows 9 to emphasize advances toward version 10

The next version of Microsoft’s flagship operating system will be called Windows 10, as the company skips version 9 to emphasize advances it is making toward a world centered around mobile devices and Internet services. The current version, Windows 8, has been widely derided ...

Sep 30, 2014

Australian police arrest man in counterterror raids

One man was arrested in counterterrorism raids in the Australian city of Melbourne on Tuesday after police said he provided money to a U.S. citizen fighting alongside extremists in Syria. The 23-year-old man, whom police have not named, will be charged with intentionally making ...

'Anti-Facebook' social network Ello surges out of nowhere

Sep 28, 2014

'Anti-Facebook' social network Ello surges out of nowhere

In a matter of days, the new social network Ello, described as the “anti-Facebook” for its stand on privacy and advertising, has become perhaps the hottest ticket on the Internet. Created last year as a “private” social network, Ello recently opened its doors on ...

Sep 25, 2014

New 'Bash' software bug tipped as bigger threat than 'Heartbleed'

A newly discovered security bug in a widely used piece of Linux software, known as “Bash,” could pose a bigger threat to computer users than the “Heartbleed” bug that surfaced in April, cyberexperts warned on Wednesday. Bash is the software used to control the ...