| Nov 28, 2014

Behind Google's Europe woes, American accents

by Foo Yun Chee

When EU politicians call for the breakup of Google, it can sound like sour grapes, the anti-American backlash of an aging continent envious and fearful of the wealth and power of young U.S. tech giants. But should any American scoff at Thursday’s nonbinding vote ...

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 ...

Nov 25, 2014

Cyberspying tool could have U.S., British origins

A sophisticated cyber-espionage tool that has been stealing information from governments and businesses since 2008 has one report linking it to U.S. and British intelligence, researchers said Monday. The security firm Symantec identified the malware, known as Regin, and said it was used “in ...

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,” ...

Nov 23, 2014

Twitter indexes every public tweet ever sent

Twitter has begun letting users search through every tweet publicly fired off at the one-to-many messaging service since it launched in 2006. Examples of when the new capability may come in handy include revisiting sports or television show seasons, learning what was revealed at ...

Nov 22, 2014

EU Parliament mulls breaking up Google to curb its dominance in search

The European Parliament is preparing a nonbinding resolution that proposes splitting Google Inc.’s search engine operations in Europe from the rest of its business as one option to rein in the Internet company’s dominance in the search market. European politicians have grown increasingly concerned ...

Nov 21, 2014

Google tests replacing web ads with contributions

Google on Thursday began rolling out a way for people to support websites they frequent and, in return, be rewarded with ad-free pages. A “Google Contributor” experiment was introduced with a handful of partners including tech news website Mashable and satire site The Onion. ...

Video horror suggests Islamic State is worried

| Nov 18, 2014

Video horror suggests Islamic State is worried

In its latest propaganda video, the Islamic State group tried to project unwavering confidence and unstoppable growth, in what some analysts saw as a reply to a string of setbacks. A 15-minute video released on Sunday shows the severed head of U.S. aid worker ...