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Synthetic fluorite puts lens biz in focus

| Dec 7, 2014

Synthetic fluorite puts lens biz in focus

by Kazuaki Nagata

Iwatani Corp. brightened the outlook for camera fans in October by announcing it had developed the world’s first viable technology for synthesizing high-purity fluorite — an element critical to making the world’s best lenses. Lenses in top-flight cameras and telescopes require fluorite to reduce ...

Dec 2, 2014

FBI investigates hacking of Sony Pictures' computers

The FBI has warned U.S. businesses that hackers have used malicious software to launch a destructive cyberattack in the United States, following a devastating breach last week at Sony Pictures Entertainment. Cybersecurity experts said the malicious software described in the alert appeared to match ...

Nov 28, 2014

Breaking up Google is hard to do, EU says

Break up Google? It is unlikely to happen, no matter what 384 European Union lawmakers say, according to ministers and officials. Members of the EU parliament in Strasbourg, France, voted 384-174 for the European Commission — which is investigating Google for possible antitrust violations ...

Nov 27, 2014

Wikipedia appeals for cash to snap French cheese varieties

Wikipedia on Wednesday launched a fundraising initiative — dubbed WikiCheese — to photograph France’s bewildering varieties of cheese and put them online to help readers tell their black brie from their Tymsboro. The French branch of the online encyclopedia hopes to pull in €5,000 ...

Nov 27, 2014

Twitter takes note of other apps on smartphones

Twitter on Wednesday said it would begin tracking which other applications people have installed on their mobile devices in a bid to better target ads and content. “We are collecting and occasionally updating the list of apps installed on your mobile device so we ...

Unboxing videos online chronicle the big reveal

Nov 27, 2014

Unboxing videos online chronicle the big reveal

Rrrrip goes the packing tape and squeak goes the protective foam. Are there sweeter, more seductive sounds than the opening of a new toy or gadget? Not to unboxers and the millions of people who watch their videos on YouTube. For the uninitiated, unboxing ...

Nov 24, 2014

Versatile cyber spying tool dates from 2008: researchers

A highly sophisticated cyber espionage tool has been used since 2008 to steal information from governments, businesses and others, security researchers said Monday. Security firm Symantec said the software, known as Regin, was seen “in systematic spying campaigns against a range of international targets,” ...