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Santorum: ‘People 20 years ago couldn’t conceive of a cell phone’

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum says that 20 years ago people couldn’t even imagine cell phones, but now they are commonplace because Americans “recognize the rights God has given every person.” Speaking to supporters in Chillicothe, Ohio on Friday, the former Pennsylvania senator explained that the U.S. had “transformed the…

Australia’s Barrier Reef to get Google treatment

Australian scientists mapping the Great Barrier Reef will broadcast their findings in partnership with Google, emulating its “Street View” to spotlight the impact of climate change. The University of Queensland’s Seaview Survey will use custom-designed cameras and diving robots to plumb never-before-seen depths of the reef off Australia’s northeast coast.…

FBI chief warns cyber crime on par with terrorism

FBI director Robert Mueller warned a gathering of Internet security specialists that the threat of cyber attacks rivals terrorism as a national security concern. The only way to combat cyber assaults is for police, intelligence agencies and private companies to join forces, Mueller said during a presentation at an annual…

Website lets users confess their darkest secrets

People around the world share their deep secrets with Frank Warren and he, in turn, reveals them to all. Confessions drawn, pasted or written on postcards flow relentlessly into his mailbox and Warren provides as many as possible with time in the spotlight at his website, PostSecret.com. “I’ve never been…

Flying autonomous robots perform James Bond theme

The University of Pennsylvania’s School of Engineering and Applied Science has developed flying robots — called quadrotors — that can autonomously perform a number of tasks, including using instruments to perform the James Bond theme song. The quadrotors were programed to play the instruments and are not remote controlled. “In…

Peeing Frenchman sues Google for making him ‘laughing stock’

A Frenchman is suing Google for making him the laughing stock of his village after the firm’s Street View service put on the Internet a picture of him urinating in his garden, his lawyer said Thursday. “He discovered the existence of this photo after noticing that he had become an…

Twitter is selling your data

(REUTERS) – Twitter users are about to become major marketing fodder, as two research companies get set to release information to clients who will pay for the privilege of mining the data. Boulder, Colorado-based Gnip Inc and DataSift Inc, based in the U.K. and San Francisco, are licensed by Twitter…

Software gives visual representation of who’s following you online

A new piece of software released this week by browser-maker Mozilla does something unique: it provides a real-time visualization of who is tracking your movements online. The software is called “Collusion,” developed last year by Mozilla programmer Atul Varma, who became inspired to code the program after reading extensively about…

Scientists create ‘gun’ that disrupts speech

Japanese scientists with the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology claimed this week that they have developed a novel new weapon by combining two specialized technologies in such a way that they are now capable of rendering someone unable to speak. While it’s not technically a weapon, their…

Megaupload boss Kim Dotcom calls U.S. charges ‘malicious’

WELLINGTON — Megaupload boss Kim Dotcom on Thursday accused US authorities of mounting a “misleading and malicious” case against him, saying there was no way they could win a landmark online piracy action. Free on bail in New Zealand after winning a legal fight with prosecutors who wanted keep him…

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