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Japanese Political Campaigns Go Digital

Japanese Political Campaigns Go Digital

KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images(TOKYO) — For a country known for its high-tech prowess, Japan has had surprisingly archaic election laws.Political parties have traditionally been banned from using the internet to aid their campaigns, thanks to a decade…

Indiana Man Dubbed ‘Internet Casanova’ to Face Charges

Indiana Man Dubbed ‘Internet Casanova’ to Face Charges

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(INDIANAPOLIS) — The man dubbed the “Internet Casanova” for breaking hearts online is now facing charges for not just stealing women’s hearts but also their money.Authorities allege that Ray Holycross, 29, who a…

D.C. Man Sues Comcast Over Error That He Claims Cost Him $26,000

D.C. Man Sues Comcast Over Error That He Claims Cost Him $26,000

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — In June 2010, Marc Himmelstein called Comcast of the District LLC to cancel his cable and high-speed Internet services in his Northwest Washington, D.C., home, Courthouse News reported.Comcast told Himmelstei…

Your TV Set-Top Box Never Sleeps, and It Costs You

Your TV Set-Top Box Never Sleeps, and It Costs You

George Doyle/Stockbyte/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Not many of us watch television 24 hours a day — but we might as well.Even when people’s TVs are turned off, the set-top boxes from our cable company, telephone company or satellite provider …

Internet Shut Down in Syria; Fighting Cripples Airport

Internet Shut Down in Syria; Fighting Cripples Airport

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(DAMASCUS, Syria) — Someone in Syria pulled the plug on Internet access in the country Thursday, and most of the nation’s telephone service was also cut, raising concerns of many observers that the government of President B…

American Internet Pioneer Wins Kyoto Prize

American Internet Pioneer Wins Kyoto Prize

Photos.com/Thinkstock(TOKYO) — An American internet pioneer has been awarded Japan’s highest prize for global achievement.  The Inamori Foundation honored computer scientist, Ivan Sutherland, with the Kyoto Prize in Japan on Saturday. The o…

Hurricane Sandy Takes Down Gawker, Huffington Post and Other Websites

Hurricane Sandy Takes Down Gawker, Huffington Post and Other Websites

Photos.com/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — It was inevitable. With power out along the Eastern Seaboard for millions of people, the data centers and servers powering many websites were also hit, knocking popular websites offline for hours.The biggest casualty?…

Hurricane Sandy Takes Down Gawker, Huffington Post and Other Websites

Hurricane Sandy Takes Down Gawker, Huffington Post and Other Websites

Photos.com/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — It was inevitable. With power out along the Eastern Seaboard for millions of people, the data centers and servers powering many websites were also hit, knocking popular websites offline for hours.The biggest casualty?…

A Tough Week for the Internet as Major Sites Experience Outages

A Tough Week for the Internet as Major Sites Experience Outages

Photos.com/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Last week it was YouTube for a few minutes, but this week it was more than just the streaming video service that wasn’t available to Internet users.Earlier this week, Amazon’s Web Services went down causing sites that…

Internet Takes Off with Mitt Romney’s ‘Binders Full of Women’

Internet Takes Off with Mitt Romney’s ‘Binders Full of Women’

Scott Eells/Bloomberg via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Despite all the fireworks over taxes, oil and Libya, the most buzzworthy social media moment of Tuesday night’s presidential debate was Republican nominee Mitt Romney’s comment about &ldqu…

Russia to Tighten Restrictions on Public WiFi?

Russia to Tighten Restrictions on Public WiFi?

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) — A Russian government panel thinks it’s found the solution to the problem of exposing children to dangerous material online.   In just a few years, ubiquitous, open WiFi has gone from a luxury to an expectatio…

FTC Updates Online Privacy Regulations for Kids

FTC Updates Online Privacy Regulations for Kids

Fuse/ThinkstockWASHINGTON) — Thanks to new rules proposed on Wednesday by the Federal Trade Commission, your child’s privacy might be better protected online.That’s the goal of the FTC, which is updating the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of…

Study: Google Search Results for Infant Sleep Safety Mostly Wrong

Study: Google Search Results for Infant Sleep Safety Mostly Wrong

NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Feeling lucky?  A new study shows you might need it if you’re “googling” medical advice instead of asking your doctor.In a study of 1,300 Google search results related to infant sleep safety, researchers…

America’s Failing Grade on Cyber Attack Readiness

America’s Failing Grade on Cyber Attack Readiness

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The man in charge of America’s cyber operations said that on a scale of one to 10, the nation’s preparedness to deal with a major cyber attack on critical infrastructure sits at a dismal three. “Somebody who finds …

DNS Changer: Is Your Computer Safe?

DNS Changer: Is Your Computer Safe?

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — When the clock struck 12:01 a.m. ET today the FBI pulled the plug on the temporary Internet servers it set up to keep computers online if they were infected with a piece of malware called the DNS Changer. The pulling of t…

DNS Changer Malware: What to Do If Your Computer’s Hit

DNS Changer Malware: What to Do If Your Computer’s Hit

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Planning on using the Internet Monday? You might want to join the thousands of people who are checking their computers to make sure they won’t lose connection. The FBI’s temporary Internet servers will go dark Monday…

Will You Lose Internet on Monday?

Will You Lose Internet on Monday?

Fuse/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The FBI’s temporary Internet servers will go dark Monday, leaving thousands of unsuspecting malware-infected individuals without online access. What temporary Internet servers, you ask? They might have been connecting you t…

Google Chrome Browser Coming to iPhone and iPad

Google Chrome Browser Coming to iPhone and iPad

Google/Apple(SAN FRANCISCO) — Google announced today that its popular Chrome browser, which has been available for Macs, PCs, and Android, is coming to Apple’s iPad and iPhone.“Some of you have been very persistently asking about something…

For Many, Being on the Phone Means Being on the Internet

For Many, Being on the Phone Means Being on the Internet

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Using your mobile phone to only make calls is so landline.The latest Pew Internet & American Life Project on cellphone use reveals that 88 percent of U.S. adults now own some kind of mobile device and 55 percen…

Colorado Mother, Daughter Charged in Military Online Dating Scam

Colorado Mother, Daughter Charged in Military Online Dating Scam

Tracy Vasseur, left, and her mother, Karen Vasseur. (Colorado Attorney General)(BRIGHTON, Colo.) — A mother and daughter in Colorado were indicted for their role in a “Nigerian internet romance scam” in which associates in Nigeria posed as members of …

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