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Twitter “shutting down spammers”

Twitter yesterday filed a lawsuit against five of what the company calls “the most aggressive tool providers and spammers”, according to a Twitter blog post dated 5 April. The company hopes that by taking on the tool providers they will be able to reduce the resources that spammers have at their disposal as well as deter other potential spammers from getting started. The defendants nam...[Read More]

Samsung takes aim at ad market

Samsung is planning on venturing into the world of mobile ads by adding a mobile advertising exchange platform to their AdHub internal targeted advertising initiatives. Samsung’s ad exchange will supposedly provide advertisers the opportunity to easily place targeted adverts inside apps on Samsung devices via Samsung itself or by purchasing ad space from app developers. OpenX Technologies In...[Read More]

Apple is getting greener

Apple is planning on constructing a fuel cell facility in the town of Maiden, North Carolina that will supply power to a data center that supports the company’s iCloud online data storage system. The iPhone company filed plans for the facility with the North Carolina Utilities Commission late last week. Apple’s project will reportedly become the largest private fuel cell energy project...[Read More]

Samsung makes Samsung Display official

Samsung has made their Samsung Display arm official, with the display portion of the company spinning off to become a corporation in its own right. Samsung Display is now officially “the world’s largest display manufacturer”, with five production facilities and over 20,000 employees falling under the new company’s umbrella. The company remains wholly owned by Samsung Electr...[Read More]

RIM not withdrawing from consumer market

Research in Motion (RIM) has stated that reports claiming that the company would be withdrawing from the consumer market are misleading and have emphasised that, while they will “…re-focus our efforts on our core strengths, and on our enterprise customer base”, the company would “…continue to build on our strengths to go after targeted consumer segments.” In an ...[Read More]

Nano-SIM standard postponed

ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute) has postponed their vote on a new nano-SIM standard following the events of this past week. Conflict has arisen between Apple, who have one proposal for the 4FF (fourth form factor) standard, and Nokia, RIM and Motorola Mobility, who have a competing proposal on the table. The postponement follows a letter sent to ETSI by RIM complaining that ...[Read More]

iTunes, PSN face patent suit from South African inventor

A South African inventor, Benjamin Grobler, has today instituted legal proceedings against Apple’s iTunes and Sony’s PlayStation Network in California, alleging that both have infringed his patent. Grobler claims that both companies have violated U.S. Patent No. 6,799,084, which deals with a data vending system,  “…a data depot for storing one or more data types selected fr...[Read More]

Apple’s iPad facing legal challenge from Oz regulator

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) said today that Apple, by advertising the new iPad as 4G-capable, is in violation of Australian consumer law. The ACCC intends to apply to the Federal Court in Melbourne to get fines imposed on Apple and an injunction against sales of the device. The group alleges that Apple’s advertising campaign is misleading, saying in a statement ...[Read More]

Microsoft disrupts Zeus botnets

Microsoft, along with several partners, announced today that they have managed to disrupt several cybercrime rings that made use of botnets running the malicious Zeus software. The cybercrime rings have reportedly used Zeus to steal more than $100 million over the past five years. Microsoft partnered with the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center and the National Automated Cle...[Read More]

Facebook buys IBM patents – reports

Facebook has purchased a large number of IBM patents for an undisclosed sum, according to recent reports. Bloomberg has reported that Facebook purchased a total of 750 patents from IBM, with a Facebook spokesperson reportedly confirming the deal with IBM for patents related to software and networking. The purchase has not officially been made public but the patent acquisitions are thought to be in...[Read More]

China’s fake Android store, now with Apple section

An Android store has been spotted in Zhuhai, China that appears to have taken its inspiration from the recently-opened Androidland in Melbourne, Australia. The odds that this is an ‘unofficial’ branded store are greatly enhanced by several factors, chief among them being a section devoted to Apple’s range of iProducts. All of the products on sale appear to be genuine rather than ...[Read More]

The Pirate Bay is looking up

The Pirate Bay is apparently planning on experimenting with airborne proxy servers that will be used to redirect site traffic to another (secret) location. According to a blog post by The Pirate Bay’s MrSpock the group intends to use “…GPS controlled drones, far-reaching cheap radio equipment and tiny new computers like the Raspberry Pi” to create roving aerial servers. App...[Read More]

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