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Security firm warns of new Stuxnet-like virus

WASHINGTON — US security firm Symantec has warned of a new computer virus similar to the malicious Stuxnet worm believed to have preyed on Iran’s nuclear program. Symantec said Tuesday that the new virus, dubbed “Duqu” because it creates files with the file name prefix “DQ,” is similar to Stuxnet…

First day of Greek anti-austerity strike ends in violence

ATHENS — Greek police fired tear gas as protestors threw firebombs, burnt dustbins and vandalised shops Wednesday at the start of a two-day strike ahead of a vote on a new austerity bill to stave off bankruptcy. Police in Athens clashed with protesters outside parliament as more than 70,000 people…

Apple celebrates life of Steve Jobs

SAN FRANCISCO — Steve Jobs was honored online and off Wednesday as tributes poured into a memorial website set up by Apple for its late co-founder and shops closed temporarily as workers celebrated his life. Doors were locked and curtains drawn at Apple Stores to allow retail store employees to…

eBay profit rises as shoppers turn to smartphones

SAN FRANCISCO — Online auction and financial transactions powerhouse eBay said Wednesday that profit in the recently ended quarter climbed as commerce shifts to smartphones and tablet computers. The Silicon Valley company reported that its net income in the quarter ending September 30 rose to $490.5 million as revenue leapt…

Clinton in Afghanistan seeks political end to war

KABUL — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in Kabul on Wednesday on a diplomatic drive ahead of international conferences to be held later this year aimed at finding a peaceable end to the 10-year war. Clinton’s plane touched down in Kabul at 9:15pm (16:45 GMT) for a visit…

Without jobs plan, crime rates rising: Biden

WASHINGTON — US Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday urged lawmakers to pass President Barack Obama’s jobs proposals, warning that crime rates have spiked as more and more police are laid off. “In Flint, Michigan, they cut their force in half, murder rates have doubled in the last year,” Biden…

U.S. stocks sink after Fed paints grim outlook

NEW YORK — US stocks fell sharply Wednesday after the Federal Reserve’s “Beige Book” portrayed a still-weak economy in September, as big losses from tech stars Apple and Amazon pulled the Nasdaq down more than 2.0 percent. Reports of ongoing discord over the coming comprehensive rescue plan for the eurozone…

Hitler ‘personally’ planned 1934 putsch in Vienna: report

VIENNA — Adolf Hitler himself planned a failed Nazi coup in 1934 that culminated in the assassination of the Austrian chancellor Engelbert Dollfuss, according to new findings by a Viennese historian. Based on journal entries by close Hitler associate Joseph Goebbels, historian Kurt Bauer concluded the thwarted “July putsch” of…

Huntsman says banks still ‘too-big-to-fail’

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s Wall Street reforms failed to tackle the problem of “too-big-to-fail” banks, Republican presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman said Wednesday in striking departure from GOP orthodoxy. Staking a position that appeared closer to anti-Wall Street protestors than his rivals for the Republican nomination, Huntsman said a tax…

Samsung chief stresses ‘fair’ competition with Apple

Samsung Electronics will maintain its components partnership with US rival Apple, a top executive of the South Korean firm said Wednesday, despite their heated legal battles over patents. Samsung’s chief operating officer Lee Jae-Yong said he met Apple’s chief Tim Cook during a memorial service for Apple co-founderSteve Jobs, who died on October 5 after a…

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