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Twitter explores premium version after 11 years as a free service

Twitter Inc is considering whether to build a premium version of its network aimed at professionals, the company said on Thursday, raising the possibility that it could collect subscription fees from some users for the first time. Like most other social media companies, Twitter since its founding 11 years ago has focused on building a huge

U.S. court to hear arguments in warrantless NSA spying case

A U.S. appeals court will weigh a constitutional challenge on Wednesday to a warrantless government surveillance program brought by an Oregon man found guilty of attempting to detonate a bomb in 2010 during a Christmas tree-lighting ceremony. The case before a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is the first of

How will Facebook, Google and Twitter define the “Hate” they plan to censor?

L. Brent Bozell III,  Bloomberg reports that “U.S. Internet giants Facebook Inc., Twitter Inc., Google and Microsoft Corp. pledged to tackle online hate in less than 24 hours as part of a joint commitment with the European Union to combat the use of social media by terrorists.” Further, the companies “said it remains a ‘challenge’

Federal Agents Seek to Loosen Rules on Hacking Computers

 The top U.S. law-enforcement agency wants to give investigators greater leeway to secretly access suspected criminals’ computers in bunches, not simply one at a time. The Justice Department says the proposal, set to be made public today, is an attempt to keep up with technology that lets people hide identities online. Privacy advocates contend the

Microsoft rescues Internet Explorer users with emergency browser fix XP Included

 Microsoft is helping the estimated hundreds of millions of customers still running Windows XP, which it stopped supporting earlier this month, by providing an emergency update to fix a critical bug in its Internet Explorer browser. MS14-021 Security Update for Internet Explorer (2965111) This security update resolves a publicly disclosed vulnerability in Internet Explorer. The

Millions of Android Devices Vulnerable to Heartbleed Bug

Millions of smartphones and tablets running Google Inc. (GOOG)’s Android operating system have the Heartbleed software bug, in a sign of how broadly the flaw extends beyond the Internet and into consumer devices. While Google said in a blog post on April 9 that all versions of Android are immune to the flaw, it added

Microsoft says it snooped on Hotmail to track leak

Microsoft has skewered rival Google for going through customer emails to deliver ads, but it’s acknowledging that it searched a blogger’s Hotmail account to track down who was leaking company secrets. John Frank, deputy general counsel for Hotmail’s owner, Microsoft, said in a statement Thursday that the company “took extraordinary actions in this case.” He

Harvard Professor Attacking Google Thrives as Web Sheriff

 Benjamin Edelman knew his way around the Internet’s ethical thickets at an early age. He also knew how to make that knowledge pay. As a 19-year-old Harvard sophomore, he earned $400 an hour as an expert witness for the National Football League against unauthorized Web broadcasting. By his senior year, the American Civil Liberties Union