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Today's e-Reads: Cyberattack Targets Chemical, Defense Firms; and China's 'Copycat Culture'

The U.S. government has obtained a controversial type of secret court order under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act to force Google and small Internet provider Sonic.net to turn over information from the e-mail accounts of WikiLeaks volunteer Jacob Appelbaum, The Wall Street Journal reports.The government’s move will add to the debate about the law, which lets the government secretly obtain information from people's e-mails and cell phones without a search warrant. 

A man in China may have hit 48 chemical and defense companies in a cyberattack, according to a report from Symantec. Reuters breaks it down.

 

A commentator at The New York Times examines China's "copycat culture" that has spawned such things as the Apple Stoer and Blockberry.

Yahoo’s shares slid on Monday amid reports that the Internet firm is considering selling its Asian assets, instead of putting the entire company up for sale, the San Jose Mercury News reports.

Facebook may have to fork over more property taxes than it expected on its Oregon data centers, the Associated Press reports.

 

MetroPCS did not meet analysts' expectations in the third quarter, as subscriber growth slowed, Bloomberg says.

SAP is looking to emerging markets to sell its software, Bloomberg reports.

Digital camera-maker Olympus unveiled a panel to investigate controversy surrounding the company's deals, according to Reuters.

And the shocking news that reality star Kim Kardashian has filed for divorce from NBA player Kris Humphries after less than three months of marriage prompted a flood of reaction on Twitter, including two worldwide trending topics:  #ThingsLongerThanKimsMarriage and #KimKMarriageWasShorter, Mashable reports.

 
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