Monday, January 26, 2015

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Nearly everything went smoothly with Louis Moravec and Susan Thauer's holiday-week move from one Philadelphia neighborhood to another. The truck and crew arrived on time to take their belongings from Queen Village to Northern Liberties. The gas and power were functioning at their new home. Even Dec. 30's weather cooperated.
DALLAS (AP) - An activist and writer linked to the hacking collective Anonymous was sentenced to five years in prison Thursday for threatening an FBI agent and helping share stolen data, marking the end of a criminal case criticized by free-speech advocates.
Comcast Corp., which has pledged greater support for local tech start-ups, will be the title sponsor of Philly Tech Week in April - an event that drew 20,000 participants in 2014.
Privacy advocates say they welcome the Obama administration's renewed emphasis on enhancing data security and protecting identity-theft victims, consumers who shop online, and children whose schools sell their personal information.
Wawa customers can now earn rewards for buying hoagies, coffee and snacks.
TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) - Police in a Mexican border city say a drone overloaded with illicit methamphetamine has crashed into a supermarket parking lot.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Google is planning to sell wireless phone service directly to consumers using the networks of Sprint and T-Mobile, according to reports published Wednesday.
Facebook has a new fix for fibs.
HONG KONG (AP) - Hackers defaced the website of Malaysia Airlines on Monday and threatened to dump stolen information online after posting a glimpse of customer data obtained in the attack.
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) - Turkey's state-run news agency says a court has ordered authorities to block access in the country to Facebook pages that "insult" the Prophet Muhammad, in the latest move to censor the Internet.
BEIJING (AP) - Motorola, acquired last year by computer maker Lenovo Group, has unveiled three smartphones for its return to China following a two-year absence from the most populous mobile phone market.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Sheriffs are campaigning to pressure Google to shut down a police-reporting feature on a popular smartphone traffic app.
HONG KONG (AP) - The website of embattled Malaysia Airlines has been hacked by a group proclaiming support for Islamic State group.
NEW YORK (AP) - Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman's pay climbed 19 percent to $44.3 million last year while the TV-and-film company's stock slumped and its earnings remained flat.
BEIJING (AP) - China is blocking VPN services that let users skirt online censorship of popular websites such as Google and Facebook amid a wider crackdown on online information, tech companies and specialists said Friday.
BEIJING (AP) - China is blocking VPN services that let users skirt online censorship of popular websites such as Google and Facebook amid a wider crackdown on online information, tech companies and specialists said Friday.