Webwire: MEPs reject ACTA; Only Wi-Fi for Microsoft tabs

Europe’s ACTA anti-piracy agreement has suffered a blow, after politicians on a key European Parliament committee rejected the plan. A full parliamentary vote is due in July.
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The first Microsoft Surface tablets will be Wi-Fi only, and are likely to be assembled by Taiwanese firm Pegatron, which also puts together Apple’s iPhone.
 
State subsidies enable Huawei and ZTE to sell equipment far cheaper than local rivals, US politician Mike Rogers claims. Rogers plans to publish a report on the perceived security threat of using the Chinese vendor’s kit late summer.
 
Thousands of blueprints for buildings and machinery have been stolen by a new computer virus targeting industrial design software. The information was delivered to a pair of China-registered e-mail accounts.
 
Online marketplace EBay is committed to using alternative energy to power a new data center – a move that could make it the first major tech firm to shun electricity as a primary power source.
 
Twitter staffers deny a service outage yesterday was caused by a denial of service attack by hackers, instead claiming the downtime was caused by a bug in its infrastructure.

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