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Sep 15, 2011, 9:58 p.m.

Analysis: China seeks to tether the microblog tiger

BEIJING (Reuters) - Mao Zedong famously said a single spark could start a revolutionary prairie fire. That fear is now driving his Communist Party successors to grapple with how to tame China's expanding legions of microbloggers. A stream of warnings in state media has exposed how nervous Beijing is about the booming microblogs and their potential to tear at the seams of party censorship and controls.

Most Asian nations realizing Internet cannot be tamed

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - It's not just dictators. Governments around the world, many of them popularly elected, have tried for years to control the Internet and social media, dismayed by their potential to incite violence, spread mischief and distribute pornography and dissent. But in Asia, home to everything from free-wheeling democracies to totalitarian regimes and others in between, many governments are increasingly realizing that controlling online content, including dissent, just will not work.

HP execs misled investors before August stock crash: lawsuit

(Reuters) - Hewlett-Packard Co and top executives misled investors for months before unveiling a series of major decisions, such as the demise of the TouchPad, that hammered its shares, a shareholder alleged in a proposed class-action lawsuit filed this week. Shareholder Richard Gammel accuses the world's largest technology company of concealing the fact that its existing business model was not working and that webOS -- the operating software it inherited after buying Palm -- was no longer central to its business model.

EBay lawyer: Craigslist "sought" criminal probe

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A criminal investigation involving eBay is a "game changer" that should slow Craigslist's attempts to obtain documents and depositions in a parallel civil case, an eBay lawyer said in court. The U.S. Department of Justice has launched a criminal probe into whether eBay employees took confidential information from classified ad website Craigslist as eBay sought to build a rival service.

Bulk of Oracle copyright claims vs Google allowed

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A U.S. judge will allow the bulk of Oracle Corp's copyright infringement claims against Google Inc over the Java programing language, according to a court ruling on Thursday. Oracle sued Google last year, claiming the Web search leader's Android mobile operating technology infringes Oracle's Java patents.

Blackberry's UK service would be closed if ordered

LONDON, Sept 15 (Reuters) - BlackBerry said on Thursday it would work with mobile operators to switch off its popular messenger service if they were ordered by authorities to do so during civil unrest, after police singled out the system as a key tool used in last month's riots. Appearing before politicians investigating the large-scale disorder that swept Britain in early August, executive Stephen Bates of Blackberry-owner Research in Motion said the company would comply with orders given in special circumstances such as threats of terrorism or mass criminality.

Hackers target Mexico government websites

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The websites of several Mexican government ministries, including Defense and Public Security, went offline on Thursday, and a hacker group claimed responsibility. The ministry websites as well as several local government sites went down early on Thursday afternoon and could still not be accessed.

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