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Access to social networks may be blocked before election day in Kazakhstan

Access to social networking websites may be blocked in Kazakhstan on the campaigning silence day before the elections should the rules of campaigning be violated.

Access to social networks may be blocked before election day in Kazakhstan
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Google tests replacing web ads with contributions

Google began rolling out a way for people to support websites they frequent and, in return, be rewarded with ad-free pages

Google tests replacing web ads with contributions
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Firefox browsers switch to Yahoo for online search

Firefox maker Mozilla announced that it is switching to Yahoo as the default service for online searches done through the Web browser in the United States.

Firefox browsers switch to Yahoo for online search
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Malaysians accused of hacking US news website

The US-based Environment News Service accused Malaysian government hackers of shutting down its website .

Malaysians accused of hacking US news website
China court moves to tighten grip over 'disorderly Internet'
China court moves to tighten grip over 'disorderly Internet'

China's top court is putting pressure on Internet service providers to provide the personal details of Web users suspected of "rights violations".

China court moves to tighten grip over 'disorderly Internet'
Hachette pushes back after Amazon alleges price fixing‎
Hachette pushes back after Amazon alleges price fixing‎

Hachette Book Group defended itself against accusations of pushing up prices for e-books amid a dispute with online retail giant Amazon.

Hachette pushes back after Amazon alleges price fixing‎
Google hit by 70,000 'right to be forgotten' requests
Google hit by 70,000 'right to be forgotten' requests

More than 70,000 people have already asked Google to delete links about them under Europe's "right to be forgotten" ruling, with some of the world biggest news sites the first to be hit.

Google hit by 70,000 'right to be forgotten' requests
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China blocks Google sites amid Tiananmen security drive

Several Google websites have been blocked in China, a monitoring service said Tuesday, as authorities step up arrests and censorship before the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown.

China blocks Google sites amid Tiananmen security drive
Turkey's top court rules YouTube ban violates rights
Turkey's top court rules YouTube ban violates rights

Turkey's top court ruled on Thursday that a blanket ban on YouTube violated individual rights and freedoms, clearing the way for the popular video-sharing site to come back.

Turkey's top court rules YouTube ban violates rights
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Amazon.com 'not optimistic' about Hachette book deal

Online commerce titan Amazon.com on Tuesday said it doubted that it would soon bury the hatchet with book publisher Hachette.

Amazon.com 'not optimistic' about Hachette book deal
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eBay courts Latin America with Spanish, Portuguese websites

US online giant eBay announced Thursday the launch of Spanish and Portuguese versions of its popular auction and shopping website, hoping to boost its presence in growing Latin American markets.

eBay courts Latin America with Spanish, Portuguese websites
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Indonesia bans video-sharing site Vimeo over 'porn'

Indonesia has ordered a ban on popular video-sharing website Vimeo after accusing it of hosting pornographic content, sparking social media fury.

Indonesia bans video-sharing site Vimeo over 'porn'
Microsoft grapples with Internet Explorer security flaw
Microsoft grapples with Internet Explorer security flaw

Microsoft was scrambling Sunday to repair a security hole in its widely used Internet Explorer web browser, saying it had detected attempts to exploit the flaw.

Microsoft grapples with Internet Explorer security flaw
China to punish top web portal Sina over porn
China to punish top web portal Sina over porn

China plans to restrict Internet giant Sina's right to publish after finding pornographic content on the portal, a report said Friday, in Beijing's latest move to tighten control of the web.

China to punish top web portal Sina over porn
U.S. director Quentin Tarantino. ©Reuters/Robert Pratta
US judge dismisses Tarantino lawsuit against website

A US judge threw out Wednesday a lawsuit by Quentin Tarantino seeking $1 million from a gossip website for helping leak a screenplay for his latest planned movie.

US judge dismisses Tarantino lawsuit against website
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Hello Kitty mayhem returns to Singapore

Singaporean fans of Hello Kitty raged on the web Thursday after their frantic attempts to buy limited-edition toys from the McDonald's website failed when overwhelmed servers crashed, in the latest frenzy over the Japanese cat to hit the city-state.

Hello Kitty mayhem returns to Singapore
Brazil passes trailblazing Internet privacy law
Brazil passes trailblazing Internet privacy law

Brazil's Congress on Tuesday passed comprehensive legislation on Internet privacy in what some have likened to a web-user's bill of rights, after stunning revelations its own president was targeted by US cyber-snooping.

Brazil passes trailblazing Internet privacy law
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Instagram photo-sharing service goes down

Popular photo-sharing site Instagram was not working Saturday, as frustrated users quickly turned to social network Twitter and other web sites to share their complaints.

Instagram photo-sharing service goes down
The headquarters of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO). ©Reuters/Denis Balibouse
Web domain name revolution could hit trademark defence: UN

The mass expansion of Internet domain names could cause havoc for the defence of trademarks in cyberspace, the UN's intellectual property body warned on Monday.

Web domain name revolution could hit trademark defence: UN
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny. ©Reuters/Maxim Shemetov
Russia blocks top opposition news sites

Russia has blocked three major opposition news websites as well as the popular blog of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, the latest in a media crackdown that comes amid Moscow's standoff with the West over Ukraine.

Russia blocks top opposition news sites