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Rob Lever

US election campaign a digital battleground

The 2012 US presidential election campaign is being fought with tweets, hashtags, Facebook updates and emails in a battle for digital supremacy.

Apple victory could harm Google but benefit RIM and Microsoft

Apple's victory in a landmark US patent case against Samsung could reshape the mobile sector and slow the momentum of Google and its Android system.

Calls for Wikipedia to keep up with the times

The public knowledge website is more than a decade old and remains among the top 10 Internet sites in the world, but some say it is becoming dowdy.

Amid boom, Gasland split over fracking

The US is seeing a natural gas boom thanks to discoveries of abundant shale gas, and at the same time a groundswell of opposition from critics.

Citi to pay $20bn in plan to exit bailout

Citigroup unveiled plans on Monday to repay $20-billion in government aid and outlined a plan to emerge from a massive bailout.

US recession ‘likely over’, but economy still weak

The recession in the United States "is very likely over" but its economy remains weak, Federal Reserve chairperson Ben Bernanke says.

US summit seeks new economic vision

A summit seeking a new economic agenda for the US kicks off on Monday, with debate among leaders aiming to find ways to maintain leadership.

Car makers eye reforms as US offers aid

United States car makers mulled painful reforms on Saturday after President George Bush unveiled a $13,4-billion rescue loan for the industry.

Microsoft eyes new tie-up with Yahoo!

With Yahoo! facing pressure from a corporate raider, the internet giant has reopened discussions on a tie-up with Microsoft, but for a new deal that would probably not be an outright takeover. The two firms said over the weekend that they were exploring new options two weeks after Microsoft withdrew its offer to acquire the struggling internet pioneer.

Spam is back with a vengeance

Most internet users already know it: spam is on the rise again as the senders of unwanted e-mail advertisements find new ways to circumvent filtering systems. A study released last month by the security firm Postini found that unwanted messages now account for 91% of all e-mail, and over the past 12 months the daily volume of spam rose by 120%.

US seeks to curb online gambling

United States authorities are raising the stakes against internet gambling with their biggest prosecution effort to date, but backers of online wagering are not yet ready to fold. An indictment unsealed on Monday charges the operators, British-incorporated BetOnSports, with illegally taking bets from US residents and failing to pay US taxes on $3,3-billion in wagers from the United States.

Witness says Enron chiefs hid losses from investors

Enron's chief executives concealed key data before the company's 2001 collapse that would have shown two supposedly fast-growing businesses were "underperforming", a witness testified. Mark Koenig, the first witness in the fraud and conspiracy trial of Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling, said assurances from the chief executives masked major problems.

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