John P. Mello, Jr.Contributor, CSO

John Mello writes on technology and cyber security for a number of online publications and is former managing editor of the Boston Business Journal and Boston Phoenix.

New report details cyberwar rules, puts hackers in crosshairs

The damages caused by a virtual attack would need to be as serious as those in a real world, or kinetic, attack.

Torrent site IsoHunt loses copyright-infringement lawsuit appeal

MPAA hails court ruling on the copyright-infringement case that involved the file-sharing site.

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Big monitor demand grows as overall display market shrinks

Market research firm IDC expects display shipments to contract by 6 percent in 2013, though people who do buy monitors will go for larger screens.

Microsoft revives 'smoked' campaign to tout Windows Phone speed

The "smoked" campaign -- in which Microsoft shows off how quickly its phones can perform common tasks -- is back, and this time, Samsung's Galaxy S III is the target.

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MessageMe attracts a million worldwide users in its first week

The hot messaging startup allows you to add "doodles" to messages, as well as pull images from Google, music from iTunes, and videos from YouTube.

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Verizon's revamped fees could lead to a la carte programming

Verizon wants to negotiate eyeball-based content fees for programming it buys, and customers may get a break out of the deal.

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Spam sources cluster in 'Bad Neighborhoods,' report says

About 20 ISPs produce almost 50 percent of world's spam, a researcher finds, and he suggests that identifying these virtual neighborhoods will make it easier to spot and block unwanted and malicious email.

Facebook shuts off data tap to startup MessageMe app

Facebook has blocked MessageMe, a new mobile messaging app, from access to the Facebook API so MessageMe users can no longer load their lists of Facebook friends into MessageMe.

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Nintendo Wii U sales disappoint, prognosis mixed

Lackluster sales numbers for its newest game console could be cause for concern for Nintendo.

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Spotify reportedly launching free streaming music service overseas

A report in Bloomberg says that Spotify will expand its streaming music service to mobile devices in 20 countries where it currently provides its desktop service. The move would give Spotify an edge over rival Pandora.

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New version of Internet Explorer brings Flash to Windows 8, RT

Microsoft had spurned Flash when developing its new operating systems, but Redmond apparently had a change of heart about the Adobe plug-in.

Authors want a rewrite on Amazon's domain name grab

Both the Authors Guild and retailer Barnes & Noble claim that giving Amazon control over generic domain names like .book and .read would give the online company too much market power.

Crackdown on SMS spammers could boost use of SIM mules

Recent FTC litigation against SMS junk mailers may force scammers to change tactics, a security firm suggests.

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Samsung, Google, Microsoft play politics

Being adept at the lobbying game can be just as effective in gaining ground on tech rivals as making better products or pressing patent lawsuits.

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Facebook expected to roll out redesign Thursday

Facebook is slated to hold a press briefing Thursday, where the social networks' news feed is likely to get an overhaul.

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