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AOL rolls out new platform in bid to become digital ad hub

By Jennifer Saba (Reuters) - AOL Inc on Wednesday unveiled a new advertising platform aimed at changing the media buying process for digital advertising by becoming a one-stop shop. The new platform, dubbed One, will knit together AOL's various ad technology offerings like its recent acquisition of Adap.TV, an electronic trading platform for video advertising.

Cyber fugitive Dotcom mocks authorities: 'From 0 into a $210m company'

By Gyles Beckford WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Kim Dotcom, one of the world's most wanted cyber fugitives, on Tuesday gloated over a deal that will see a cloud storage firm he founded while on bail listing on the New Zealand stock exchange and valued on paper at NZ$210 million ($179 million). The flashy internet mogul, who also goes by the name Kim Schmitz, is fighting a bid by U.S. authorities to extradite him from his lavish estate in New Zealand to face online piracy charges over the now closed file sharing site Megaupload.

China detains more than 1,500 in text spam crackdown

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese authorities said on Tuesday they have detained 1,530 people in a crackdown on the use of fake telecommunication base stations to send spam text messages to mobile telephones, a persistent problem in the world's largest cellphone market. The Ministry of Public Security said that the campaign, which began in February, had resulted in the seizure of more than 2,600 fake base stations and identification of 3,540 suspected criminal acts.

Internet company Mega, launched last year by Kim Dotcom, plans New Zealand stock listing

WELLINGTON, New Zealand - Mega Ltd., the Internet file-storage company launched last year by indicted entrepreneur Kim Dotcom, announced plans Tuesday to list on New Zealand's stock market. Documents filed with the stock exchange put Mega's value at 210 million New Zealand dollars ($180 million), although it will be investors who ultimately determine the company's worth once trading begins.

Singapore talks on Internet's future hear plea for freedom

Control of the Internet should be handed from US supervision to a diverse group of stakeholders, and not to governments that could limit freedoms, a meeting on the web's future heard Monday. Organisers also said that a US decision to relinquish control was not the result of any one event -- after speculation it came under pressure from snooping disclosures from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.

Obama meets with U.S. tech executives on privacy, surveillance

By Alina Selyukh and Alexei Oreskovic WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Executives of several large U.S. Internet companies, including Facebook Inc and Google Inc, met with President Barack Obama on Friday to discuss their concerns over government surveillance programs.

Megaupload's Dotcom loses case to access extradition evidence

By Naomi Tajitsu WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom on Friday suffered another blow to his fight against extradition to the United States to face online piracy charges after New Zealand's highest court rejected his appeal to access evidence to be presented at the hearing.

Control of Internet in spotlight at Singapore talks

Stakeholders meet in Singapore Monday to discuss the future of the Internet after the US said it will hand over stewardship of its technical operations to a global group including businesses and governments. The US Commerce Department's National Telecommunication and Information Administration announced the move on March 14, saying it marked the "final phase of the privatisation" of the Internet's domain name system.

Google enhances encryption technology for email service, making it harder for NSA to intercept

WASHINGTON - Google says it's improved the encryption technology for its flagship email service. The change will make it harder for the National Security Agency to intercept messages moving among the company's worldwide data centres. Among the most extraordinary disclosures in documents leaked by former NSA systems analyst Edward Snowden were reports that the NSA had secretly tapped into the main communications links that connect Yahoo and Google data centres around the world.

New Zealand legal blow for Kim Dotcom

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom suffered a legal setback Friday when New Zealand's top court ruled US authorities seeking his extradition do not have to reveal all the evidence they have against him. The Supreme Court dismissed an appeal from Dotcom's lawyers, who argued they could not effectively fight the German national's extradition for alleged online piracy without full disclosure of the evidence against him.
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