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WikiLeaks accuses Google of handing over emails to U.S.

London - WikiLeaks on Monday accused Internet giant Google of handing over the emails and electronic data of its senior staff to the U.S. authorities, and not notifying them for almost three years.

Google chief exec predicts end of Internet

Davos - According to Google's chief executive Eric Schmidt, the future of the Internet is for it to vanish due to becoming all-encompassing to the point where it will no longer be noticed.

Founder of Russian gay teen site convicted of 'propaganda'

Moscow - A Russian court on Friday convicted a journalist who set up a website to support gay, lesbian and transgender teenagers under a controversial law banning "gay propaganda" aimed at minors.

Saudi to again postpone flogging of blogger

Dubai - Rights group Amnesty International said Thursday that Saudi Arabia would postpone the flogging of blogger Raef Badawi, whose case has sparked international criticism, for a second week on medical grounds.

Nobel laureates urge Saudi academics to condemn Badawi flogging

London - Eighteen Nobel prize winners called on Saudi academics to condemn the flogging of Saudi blogger Raef Badawi in an open letter published by British newspaper the Independent on Tuesday.

Saudi postpones blogger lashing on medical grounds: wife

Dubai - Saudi Arabia on Friday postponed the next round of flogging for a blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes for insulting Islam because his wounds from last week's beating have not yet healed, his wife said.

Vietnam PM says impossible to ban social media: report

Hanoi - Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has conceded it is impossible for the communist country to ban social media, urging officials instead to embrace websites like Facebook to spread the government's message.

U.S. defense argues wrong man accused as Silk Road kingpin

New York - Defense lawyers for Ross Ulbricht, the alleged mastermind of online criminal enterprise Silk Road, sought to convince New York jurors that the wrong man was in the dock.

#JeSuisCharlie creator seeks to shield slogan from money-makers

Paris - They were three little words that circled the globe, and now Joachim Roncin, the graphic designer who coined the hashtag #JeSuisCharlie (I am Charlie), is seeking to legally protect the phrase from commercialisation.

Iran to combat 'immoral' dating with official marriage site

Tehran - Iran has announced plans to combat what it says are "immoral" online dating websites by launching an official site for young people seeking marriage.

Facebook founder in Colombia to promote affordable Internet

Estanzuela - Improved Internet access can be a force for peace, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said during a trip to Colombia to promote his project to boost web availability for two-thirds of the world not yet connected.The project "Internet.

Op-Ed: Obama moving Internet access closer to being a public good

Before the blogosphere shifts its entire focus to the 2016 election, it appears that Barack Obama is using his executive authority to get big things done...even if it riles up critics. Now, the president is working to increase high-speed Internet access.

Russia blocks website of Kremlin critic Navalny

Moscow - Russian authorities blocked access Tuesday to the website of leading Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, the opposition activist announced on social media.

Accused Silk Road drug baron goes on trial in NY

New York - The accused US mastermind of an underground criminal website that distributed narcotics, hacking services and forged documents to more than 100,000 people all over the world goes on trial Tuesday.

Cuba, amid the censorship, wades into WiFi

Havana - Cuba, where Internet access is largely limited to government employees and pricey pay-by-hour public access, plans to start offering wireless service for the first time this month, officials said Saturday.

From shirts to aprons, 'Je Suis Charlie' sells online

Paris - Products with the "Je Suis Charlie" logo, from t-shirts to kitchen aprons, are being sold widely online, presenting a moral quandary for ecommerce stores after this week's deadly attacks in Paris.

TopFinds: Charlie Hebdo shootings; Marriott Wi-Fi controversy

Paris sees its worst violence in years as 12 people are killed at the office of magazine Charlie Hebdo. Marriott is in hot water over its Wi-Fi policy. The ongoing "sex slave" scandal may see Bill Clinton subpoenaed. Welcome to this week's TopFinds.

U.S. government may embrace 21st-century tech for 2020 census

Washington - Uncle Sam may not be showing up at your door with a clipboard in hand come the next census, as the US government is preparing to test 21st-century tools allowing it to accurately count the nation's population using Internet and smartphone technology.

Saudi blogger lashed in public for 'insulting Islam'

Jeddah - Saudi Arabia on Friday publicly flogged a blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes for insulting Islam, with Amnesty International condemning his punishment as a "vicious act of cruelty".

Charlie Hebdo copies draw astronomical prices online

Paris - Within hours of a terrorist attack that decimated the staff at Charlie Hebdo, copies of the latest issue of the satirical French weekly were drawing bids of more than 70,000 euros ($82,400) online.

EU to set up expert cell to fight jihadist propaganda: report

Brussels - The European Union plans to set up a cell of advisors in Belgium that member governments can tap to fight jihadist propaganda, a top EU official told a newspaper Saturday.

TopFinds: White House photos of the year; 'Blue Hole of Belize'

The White House's annual year in photos shows some candid moments. A mysterious blue hole in Belize may explain the demise of Mayan civilization. Hawaii sees a rare, invasive coconut crab. Welcome to this week's TopFinds.

N. Korea suffers another Internet shutdown: Xinhua

Bejing - North Korea suffered an Internet shutdown for at least two hours on Saturday, Chinese state-media and cyber experts said, after Pyongyang blamed Washington for an online blackout earlier this week.

Egypt cuts jail terms in 'gay wedding' case

Cairo - An Egyptian appeals court Saturday reduced jail sentences given to eight men over a gay wedding video that went viral on the Internet to one year each, from three years.

Sony's PlayStation offline, Microsoft's Xbox restored

Washington - Microsoft's online network for its Xbox gaming console was restored to nearly full service after an allegedly coordinated Christmas Day hack brought it and Sony's PlayStation network down.

Russia says N.Korea comedy 'scandalous', slams U.S.

Moscow - Russia has slammed the United States over a raunchy comedy featuring a fictional plot to kill North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un, saying Pyongyang's anger was understandable.

'The Interview' draws crowds of US free speech advocates

Los Angeles - A fictional plot to kill North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un drew throngs of moviegoers, as it became an unlikely symbol of free speech thanks to hacker threats that nearly scuppered its release.

Sony streams North Korea comedy online

Los Angeles - Entertainment giant Sony streamed "The Interview," the movie that has outraged North Korea for lampooning dictator Kim Jong-Un, giving an early online Christmas present to US viewers.

Turkish policeman on trial for hailing killing of teen protester

Istanbul - A Turkish police officer went on trial Tuesday on charges of praising in a Facebook posting the killing of a teenager who died from injuries inflicted by the police in the anti-government protests of 2013.

N.Korea's Internet back, and yes, they do have Internet, kind of!

North Korea experienced widespread Internet outage a few hours ago, but the Internet seems to be back for the country. Just how stable the connection is, is currently unclear according to US-based Internet monitoring company Dyn Research.
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