Stolen SIM card could be powerful spy tool

Feb 28, 2015

Stolen SIM card could be powerful spy tool

by Rob Lever

It would be another powerful tool in the arsenal of U.S. and British spy services: encryption keys for a large share of the SIM cards used for mobile phones. A report by the investigative news website The Intercept, citing leaked documents from former National ...

Google's Blogger reverses porn policy after user backlash

Feb 28, 2015

Google's Blogger reverses porn policy after user backlash

Apparently Google bloggers like to post porn. A lot. Just three days after saying sexually explicit material would be banned from public Blogger forum sites, Google is backing down. Faced with “a ton of feedback,” Google said Friday that it instead will “step up ...

Fish distributor thrives as tablets speed up orders

Feb 27, 2015

Fish distributor thrives as tablets speed up orders

by Junji Yamaguchi

Hachimenroppi Inc., a Tokyo-based venture, is growing rapidly thanks to its tablet computer-based platform for distributing fresh fish. The company provides tablets to restaurants free of charge, allowing them to order fish based on their prospects for arrival at Tokyo’s Tsukiji market, the nation’s ...

Feb 25, 2015

Kagawa man who allegedly begged online faces prosecutors

Kagawa Prefectural Police sent a report to prosecutors Tuesday on a 23-year-old man who allegedly begged for money online, police said. The police said the unemployed man from Takamatsu, Kagawa Prefecture, whose name was not disclosed, posted a live message on a website using ...

Feb 25, 2015

U.S. announces $3 million reward for alleged top hacker

The U.S. government has announced a $3 million reward for information leading to the arrest of a man American authorities call one of the world’s most prolific cyberhackers. Evgeniy Bogachev, who is believed to be in Russia, was indicted in Pittsburgh last year on ...

Feb 25, 2015

Islamic State using bitcoin, officials suspect

Islamic State is likely using the bitcoin virtual online currency as a tool to secretly raise funds and settle transactions, a diplomatic source said Tuesday, quoting officials in the U.S.-led coalition against the group. Members of the coalition worry that the use of bitcoin, ...

Apple emoji get racial color, but yellow tone draws flak

Feb 25, 2015

Apple emoji get racial color, but yellow tone draws flak

There are smiley, sad and heart emoji — and now, for the first time, there will be racially diverse emoji. Apple is preparing to release nonwhite faces in its lineup of the cartoon faces that some people use to liven up text and email ...

Feb 25, 2015

Reddit, Google to crack down on posting of nude pics

Reddit and Google are taking a tougher stance against nudity to prevent their services from turning into online peep shows. Social-networking and news site Reddit says it will remove photos, videos and links with explicit content if the person in the image hasn’t given ...