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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 ...

Jun 1, 2014

New phone app to nab crooks with 'thefties'

Mobile security startup Lookout is hoping to turn smartphones and tablets against gadget thieves with a new feature that — when possible — will snap a picture of the culprit. A new theft alert function that has been added to Lookout’s premium service for ...

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 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 ...

Apple may use Beats to change its rhythm toward music streaming

May 19, 2014

Apple may use Beats to change its rhythm toward music streaming

Over a decade ago, the late Steve Jobs pulled one of his trademark reality-distorting maneuvers, browbeating music label executives into selling songs on Apple Inc.’s nascent iTunes digital store for a mere 99 cents apiece. Now it is Apple that is being forced into ...

Monster hits continue to survive the Internet age

May 18, 2014

Monster hits continue to survive the Internet age

by Jennifer Rankin

A monster lays waste to America’s cities, smashing skyscrapers and tearing up passenger trains. It’s the familiar tale of Godzilla, a mutant lizard last seen rampaging through cinemas in 1998 and now back on the big screen. Godzilla, which was made for an estimated ...

May 17, 2014

Russia launch ends in embarrassment

A rocket carrying Russia’s most advanced communication satellite to date fell back to Earth minutes after liftoff Friday in the latest blow to the country’s space industry. Space officials said the Proton’s control engine failed 545 seconds after its blastoff from the Baikonur space ...

May 17, 2014

Net giant buys smartphone sign translator

Google has bought a startup whose software allows smartphone users to wave the device at road signs, menus and newspapers in a foreign language and get an immediate translation, Google said Friday. The purchase of Quest Visual means the technology used in its Word ...

Apple, Google call truce in patent war

May 17, 2014

Apple, Google call truce in patent war

The technology titans behind the top two smartphone platforms in the world called a truce Friday in a long-running patent war. “Apple and Google have agreed to dismiss all the current lawsuits that exist directly between the two companies,” the companies said in a ...