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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.

Judge tosses push for class-action status for lawsuit accusing Google of violating privacy

SAN FRANCISCO - A judge has tossed out an effort to win class-action status for a lawsuit accusing Google of violating the privacy terms of email users. U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh ruled late Tuesday that too many users have too many dissimilar claims to pursue a single class-action lawsuit that could expose the search engine giant to billions of dollars in potential losses.

Vietnam jails second blogger in a fortnight

Vietnam jailed a prominent blogger for 15 months on Wednesday on a charge of anti-state activity, the second such sentencing in a fortnight, prompting rights groups to condemn the alleged muzzling of dissent in the communist country. Pham Viet Dao, 61, a Communist Party member and a former official at the Ministry of Culture, was charged with "abusing democratic freedoms to infringe on the interests of the State" after a half-day trial in Hanoi.

Vietnam jails second blogger in a fortnight

Vietnam jailed a prominent blogger for 15 months on Wednesday on a charge of anti-state activity, the second such sentencing in a fortnight, prompting rights groups to condemn the alleged muzzling of dissent in the communist country. Pham Viet Dao, 61, a Communist Party member and a former official at the Ministry of Culture, was charged with "abusing democratic freedoms to infringe on the interests of the State" after a half-day trial in Hanoi.

Google, Viacom settle landmark YouTube lawsuit

By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - Google Inc has settled a landmark copyright lawsuit in which Viacom Inc accused the Internet search company of posting its programs on the YouTube video service without permission. The settlement ends seven years of litigation that drew wide attention from Hollywood, the music industry and Internet companies, and which tested the reach of a federal law designed to thwart piracy while letting people find entertainment online.

Berlin takes world lead with own domain name

Berlin became the world's first city on Tuesday to have its own Internet domain name under plans to cater for Internet expansion. Companies and individuals in the German capital can now request an Internet address ending in .berlin, beyond the traditional options of .com, .org or the German national ending .de. Obtaining a dot-berlin website address costs about 50 euros ($70) a year and will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis.
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