Oct 12, 2014

U2 go from rock legends to accused spammers

U2 and Apple planned the gesture for maximum publicity — a concert by the Irish mega-stars at the tech giant’s latest product launch, with the surprise that their new album had just been released for free to the world’s half-billion iTunes customers. As physical ...

Oct 11, 2014

Kmart becomes latest retailer hit by data theft

Sears Holdings Corp. said Friday that a data breach at its Kmart stores that started last month may have compromised some customers’ credit and debit cards. The data theft at Kmart is the latest in a string of hacks at big retailers including Target, ...

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 ...