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Apple to seek safeguards for iPhone contact lists

b>CUPERTINO (California)/b>: Apple said application developers will have to get express permission from users before tapping into contact information stored in its popular gadgets, in a move to address privacy concerns.

World

Iran "shadow war" intensifies, crosses borders

BANGKOK/LONDON (Reuters) - The loudest noise that Thongma Danoi had ever heard was followed 20 minutes later by the strangest sight: a dazed and bloodied Iranian carrying two wire-adorned devices through the usually sleepy Bangkok neighbourhood.

Business

Apple tweaks apps policy under lawmaker pressure

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Under pressure from U.S. legislators, Apple Inc moved Wednesday to quell a swelling privacy controversy by saying that it will begin to require iPhone and iPad apps to seek "explicit approval" in separate user prompts before accessing users' address book data.

Business

Apple asked about iPhone privacy by U.S. legislators

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - U.S. legislators on Wednesday sought more information from Apple Inc regarding its privacy policies, pulling the iPhone manufacturer into a swelling controversy over how developers on its popular iOS mobile platform have been able to access users' private address book data.

TECH

Toymakers look to 80s, apps and Facebook for hits

b>NEW YORK:/bComing off a year in which US toy sales fell 2%, toymakers and buyers at the 109th American Toy Fair here are looking for the elusive runaway hit that failed to materialise last year.

AseanPlus News

Business of nostalgia could be industry of the future

TAIPEH: VVG Something, a 42 sq metre bookstore in Taipei’s east district, was picked recently as one of the world’s 20 most beautiful bookstores by an entertainment website.

TECH

Samsung launches ‘future-proof’ Smart TV

The world's top TV maker has launched its flagship ES8000 Smart TV in Korea, welcoming what the company says is 'The Future of Smart TV, Now.'

TECH

Oracle to buy Taleo for RM5.7bil as cloud war hots up

b>BOSTON:/bOracle Corp agreed to buy Taleo Corp, a maker of web-based software for recruiting employees, for about US$1.9bil (RM5.7bil), as technology giants battle for the top spot in the fast-growing cloud computing market.

TECH

Angry Birds among first Windows Store Games for launch

i>ANGRY Birds/i>, i>Hydro Thunder/iand i>Toy Soldiers/iwill reportedly be some of the first games to feature in Microsoft's Windows Store at launch.

TECH

RIM tells European developers it’s ‘ready to compete’

b>AMSTERDAM/b>: Next-generation software for BlackBerry's smartphones is 'ready to compete,' Research In Motion's new chief executive, Thorsten Heins, told more than 2,000 technical developers, expressing confidence in RIM's long-term future.