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McAfee, Congress targeting online piracy

Intel's McAfee division has patented technology designed to alert computer users when they stumble onto copyrighted videos, music, games and other  web-based content that's being illegally distributed. "By informing a user of illegal sources and possible alternatives, a user can obtain Read More →

Zillow earnings call going social with Twitter, Facebook

Zillow said it's going to take questions during its Q1 earnings call May 7 via Twitter and  Facebook, and it says it will be the first company to do so. The online real estate web site is taking advantage of a Read More →

Quoted: on updating the ECPA to require warrants for access to email and more

"Changing the law has become more of an imperative because of the growth of cloud computing, because everyone including members of Congress are storing sensitive info with third-party providers and they want it to be protected." — Greg Nojeim, Read More →

The Digital Divide Persists: 1 in 5 Americans not online

The Pew Research Center's new report on "Civic Engagement in the Digital Age" is chock full of fascinating information, which I wrote about in this story. But while 60 percent of American adults use social networking sites such as Read More →

Off topic: China’s one-child policy, Americans and driving, $250K for a song and fountain show, cameras, movies times two

"It was no secret that [my aunt] had been sold for two bushels of rice" — an essay about China's one-child policy, which the government may be thinking of dropping. Exploring why younger Americans are cutting back on Read More →

Yet another Java vulnerability detected

Responding to revelations that its widely used Java software is vulnerable to hackers, Redwood City-based Oracle has issued a number of presumed fixes in recent months -- including patching 46 holes on April 17. But each time the company has done Read More →

The fake AP tweet, the day after

Yes, most of us might be over it, but the fake tweet (AP supposedly reporting a bombing at the White House that injured President Obama) that sent the stock markets swooning Tuesday needs some follow-up: • As the Merc's Read More →

Zuckerberg group woos conservatives on immigration

Mark Zuckerberg’s newly formed political advocacy group isn’t wasting time in plunging into the immigration debate, with a new effort that suggests the group won’t be shy about playing modern politics with the big boys and girls., which Read More →

Three Bay Area all-girls teams finalists in Technovation Challenge

Teams from Bay Area high schools have snagged three of the 10 finalist spots in this year's Technovation Challenge, an all-girls contest in which the winners get $10,000 to develop a mobile app. This year, those who entered Read More →

Quoted: Huawei forced to shift focus away from U.S.

"We are not interested in the U.S. market any more." — Eric Xu, executive vice-president for Huawei Technologies, at the Chinese company's annual analysts meeting Tuesday. The Financial Times (subscription required) reports that the company is shifting its focus Read More →
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