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Today's Tech: Foxconn tests Apple TV set and parliamentary committee warns against amendments to defamation bill

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by Rawiya Kameir
, 12 Dec 2012News
Today's Tech: Foxconn tests Apple TV set and parliamentary committee warns against amendments to defamation bill

Apple has been testing TV sets with Asian suppliers, suggesting the US giant may be getting closer to adding a long-rumoured television to its current line-up, reports the Wall Street Journal. Foxconn, Apple’s main Asian supplier, has recently bought a TV factory from ailing Japanese giant Sharp, giving further weight to a possible collaboration with Apple. Apple TV set rumours have been doing the rounds of the tech industry since 2009, so it will be interesting to see whether they come to fruition.

A Parliamentary Joint Committee has spoken out against proposed amendments to the defamation bill, saying that the trolling prohibitions could have a "chilling effect" on freedom of expression in a digital format. The committee report also highlighted the need to address the current primary form of libel defence, characterising it as inflexible as it's based on a rigid checklist that does not account for the nuance of a particular case. Read on for more details.

O2 has been chastised by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) for what have been deemed as misleading claims in regards to iPhone 5 delivery dates. The mobile operator's website expressly stated, "If we get your pre-order before 4pm the day before launch, we'll get [the iPhone 5] to you the next day," but was reported when five customers failed to receive their Apple devices on launch day. O2 defended itself by highlighting the differences between its definitions of pre-orders and standard orders but accepted that these could and should have been explained more thoroughly. The ASA has ordered that the claim must not again appear in its current form and that the distinction between pre-orders and standard orders must be clarified.

Hunting out cybercrime rings and taking them down is now part-and-parcel of life as a law enforcement agency like the FBI, but few investigations uncover online scams as large as the ‘Butterfly Botnet’, whose operators have now been arrested. The botnet infected more than 11 million computer systems across the world, causing an incredible £527 million in damage. The malware it spread targeted a number of Facebook accounts, and security experts from the social network rose to the fore by assisting the US authorities in their successful campaign against the perpetrators. For all the details, follow the link.

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