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China tests 500 km/h super high-speed train

BEIJING (Reuters) - China launched a super-rapid test train over the weekend which is capable of travelling 500 kilometers per hour, state media said on Monday, as the country moves ahead with its railway ambitions despite serious problems on its high-speed network. The train, made by a subsidiary of CSR Corp Ltd, China’s…

Death toll rises to 13 in Colombia pipeline blast

Thirteen people were confirmed dead and nearly 100 injured in a pipeline explosion in western Colombia, officials said Saturday at the conclusion of a two-day rescue and recovery mission. The pre-dawn blast Friday ripped through a section of the pipeline near the city of Dosquebradas, creating an inferno that destroyed…

GoDaddy drops support of SOPA

Add the folks at GoDaddy.com now to the list against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). The Internet domain registry giant announced Friday in a statement from CEO Warren Adelman that it would no longer support the controversial bill. “Fighting online piracy is of the utmost importance, which is why…

U.S. Internet users not as scam-savvy as they think

SAN FRANCISCO — US Internet users are continuing to fall for online scams, especially if the promised prize is a chance at a hip new gadget such as a tablet computer, according to a new study. More than half of those surveyed in a Ponemon study backed by Internet security…

Cuba to use sugar cane in new electricity plant

HAVANA — Cuba will open its first electricity plant using sugar cane as a biofuel hoping eventually to meet 30 percent of its energy needs from the fuel source, the official Granma daily said Thursday. The plant, being built in Ciego de Avila province, some 400 kilometers (240 miles) east…

‘Space ball’ drops on Namibia

A large metallic ball fell out of the sky on a remote grassland in Namibia, prompting baffled authorities to contact NASA and the European space agency. The hollow ball with a circumference of 1.1 metres (43 inches) was found near a village in the north of the country some 750 kilometres (480 miles)…

Iran moves websites to avoid cyber attacks

Iran has moved most of its government websites to local hosts to protect them from cyber attacks, the country’s deputy communications minister said on Thursday. Ali Hakim Javadi, who is also head of Iran’s technology organisation, said more than 90 percent of the websites had already been transferred as “it…

China tightens rules for bloggers

BEIJING (Reuters) – China further tightened rules on microblogs on Thursday, requiring new authors on seven websites in southern Guangdong province to register their real names, state-run Xinhua news agency reported, in a move users decried as ineffective. Microblogs such as Sina’s Weibo allow users to issue messages of a…

Verizon 4G network crashes again

SAN FRANCISCO — A high-speed smartphone data service freshly rolled out by Verizon crashed anew on Wednesday as the US telecom titan continued to work out issues with its new-generation network. Verizon Wireless 4G LTE data service disruption spread across the United States and lasted several hours but subscribers remained…

Political cyber squatters put NewtGingrich.com up for sale

A Democratic Super PAC is occupying NewtGingrich.com, and they’re not going to let it go without at least a few smarmy headlines. In what should be seen as a kid-level marketing failure by the Gingrich campaign, somehow the former House Speaker failed to pay less than $10 to purchase his…

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