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Boeing one step closer to completing its space taxi

By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Boeing Co has completed a key review of its design for a new commercial venture to fly astronauts to the International Space Station, making it the only one of four rival bidders to finish the NASA work on time, company officials said on Thursday.…

Class action against Facebook for privacy violations attracts 60,000 users

VIENNA (Reuters) – An Austrian law student said his class action challenging Facebook for alleged privacy violations had gathered support from 60,000 users and passed its first legal review. Max Schrems, who already has a case involving the social network pending at the European Court of Justice, is claiming damages…

New app allows you to shop in a way that reflects your politics

Everyone is talking about the new study by Martin Gilens and Benjamin Page concluding that members of Congress respond to the demands of wealthy donors, corporations and business groups, while the preferences of ordinary citizens barely register. As Robert Reich points out, Gilens and Page analyzed data back before the Supreme…

Despite lip service, Silicon Valley venture capital still a man’s world

By Sarah McBride SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – When she started her child-support tracking business SupportPay, Sheri Atwood expected all kinds of suggestions – but not the tip she got from a female investor who suggested she dye her blonde hair darker to be taken more seriously by venture capitalists. To…

Dandelion taproots yield milky fluid with tire-grade rubber particles

Dutch biologist Ingrid van der Meer often meets with disbelief when she talks about her work on dandelions and how it could secure the future of road transport. The reaction is understandable, given most people regard the yellow flowers as pesky intruders in their gardens rather than a promising source…

Ex-Obama advisor David Plouffe takes leadership position with ride-sharing app Uber

San Francisco (AFP) – A political strategist who ran U.S. President Barack Obama’s winning campaign in 2008 has hopped on board at controversial smartphone car-hailing service Uber. The move signals that Uber has no intention of backing down in the face of growing pressure from regulators and traditional taxi operators…

FBI investigating Russian gang’s reported theft of 1.2 billion Internet credentials

(Reuters) – The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating a report by a U.S. cybersecurity firm that it uncovered some 1.2 billion Internet logins and passwords amassed by a Russian crime ring, the largest known collection of such stolen data. Hold Security of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, disclosed earlier this month…

How America’s foes are using Ferguson to troll the United States on Twitter

It was either the death of irony or one of the greatest-ever acts of inter-state trolling. On Tuesday, the Egyptian government said it was “closely following” events in Ferguson, Missouri – where police have been condemned for their oppressive treatment of protesters and journalists – and “urged US authorities to deal with…

Hospital group Community Health says data stolen in cyber attack from China

Community Health Systems Inc , one of the biggest U.S. hospital groups, said on Monday it was the victim of a cyber attack from China, resulting in the theft of Social Security numbers and other personal data belonging to 4.5 million patients. Security experts said the hacking group, known as…

Hackers steal data of 4.5 million hospital patients from Community Health Systems Inc

(Reuters) – Community Health Systems Inc, one of the biggest U.S. hospital groups, said it was the victim of a cyber attack that originated in China, resulting in the theft of personal data belonging to 4.5 million patients in April and June. The stolen information included patient names, addresses, birth…

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