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Tech Sightings, November 11, 2014

Posted November 11th, 2014 at 2:00 pm (UTC-4)
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Canadian Researchers: China Hackers Target Rights Groups Canadian technology research group, Citizen Lab, says Chinese hackers are targeting journalists and human rights activists with the same methods they use to steal data from state and corporate entities. The difference, according to the group, is that the new victims lack the tools and resources to protect […]

Tech Sightings, November 6, 2014

Posted November 6th, 2014 at 2:00 pm (UTC-4)
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Microsoft Makes More Office Features Free on iPads Microsoft announced today it is releasing Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps for the iPhone for the first time, and rolling out a test version of those apps for Android tablets. The Android apps are expected to be released fully early next year. The new strategy offers customers […]

Tech Sightings, November 5, 2014

Posted November 5th, 2014 at 2:00 pm (UTC-4)
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Germany’s Top Publisher Bows to Google in News Licensing Row Based on the findings of a two-week experiment, Germany’s biggest news publisher, Axel Springer,  says it scrapped a bid to block Google from running snippets of articles from its newspapers. China Proposes Tougher Rules on Text Message Spam China proposed stricter regulations on sending spam […]

Tech Sightings, October 23, 2014

Posted October 23rd, 2014 at 1:27 pm (UTC-4)
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Facebook Boss Speaks Mandarin In China Debate A heavy accent it may be, but Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg managed to surprise and charm Beijing students with a Q&A session in Mandarin. China currently bans access to Facebook, but Zuckerberg said in response to a question, “We’re already in China”. Europe Leads World in Mobile Payments […]

Tech Sightings, October 22, 2014

Posted October 22nd, 2014 at 2:00 pm (UTC-4)
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Survey: Harassment a Common Part of Online Life A new study from the Pew Research Center found that online harassment is a common phenomenon, at least in the United States, with nearly three-quarters of American adults who use the Internet witnessing online harassment, and 40 percent  being harassed themselves. Hungary Plans New Tax on Internet […]

Tech Sightings, October 21, 2014

Posted October 21st, 2014 at 1:53 pm (UTC-4)
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How Silicon Valley Can Fight Ebola Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s recent $25 million donation to boost the fight against the deadly Ebola virus is an important step forward. But there are more steps that the tech industry can take to help solve global problems. The Tiny Fishing Village That Became the World’s Gadget Factory Shenzhen, […]

Tech Sightings, October 16, 2014

Posted October 16th, 2014 at 1:50 pm (UTC-4)
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SMS Service Could Spot the Next Ebola Outbreak Zone Australian doctor Mohamad-Ali Trad is looking to raise enough money to launch an SMS service in West Africa that directs patients who text key words to a given number to appropriate services where they can get help. Trad says the system also records the geographic patterns […]

Tech Sightings, October 2, 2014

Posted October 2nd, 2014 at 2:00 pm (UTC-4)
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Twitter Wants MIT to Make Sense of Your Tweets Social media giant Twitter is offering MIT $10 million and a five-year commitment to back the creation of the Laboratory for Social Machines. The aim is to access real-time tweets, old and new, and develop technologies that can distinguish patterns across social media and digital content. If […]

Tech Sightings, September 24, 2014

Posted September 24th, 2014 at 2:08 pm (UTC-4)
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Taiwan Probes Xiaomi on Cybersecurity Taiwanese authorities launched an investigation into whether China’s leading smartphone maker, Xiaomi, poses a cybersecurity risk. The probe started following reports that some of Xiaomi’s phones automatically send user data to its servers in mainland China. The results of the investigation will be released in three months. Facebook to Start […]

Tech Sightings, September 23, 2014

Posted September 23rd, 2014 at 2:07 pm (UTC-4)
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Alibaba’s Jack Ma Rises to Top of China Rich List Alibaba executive chairman Jack Ma has become China’s richest man with an estimated fortune of $25 billion. According to Hurun Reports of China’s super-rich for this year, Ma has relegated to second place Wanda property group chief Wang Jianlin, whose fortune is estimated at $24.2 billion. […]