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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…

One-third of young workers would trade online privacy at work for job security

A third of young people would be happy for their employer to have access to their social media profiles in return for job security, according to a report that claims such personal data monitoring will become more commonplace in workplaces. The report, written by consultants from PwC using a survey…

Russian accused of hacking detained by U.S. until trial begins

A Russian accused of hacking U.S. retailers’ computer systems to steal credit card data has been ordered by a Washington State judge to be held pending his trial in October, citing risks that he could flee the country, prosecutors said. The arrest of Roman Seleznev, the 30-year-old son of a…

50 Cent teams up with Intel to produce heart-monitor headphones

Rap star 50 Cent and US computing giant Intel are teaming up on a new line of headphones that double as heart rate monitors. With the company SMS Audio backed by Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Intel will produce the so-called fitness monitoring biometric in-ear headphones. The headphones will integrate biometric…

Regulators approve IBM’s $2.3 billion sale of low-end server business

(Reuters) – International Business Machines Corp IBM.N said on Friday that U.S. regulators had approved the $2.3 billion sale of its low-end server business to Lenovo Group Ltd 0992.HK, as the company continues its shift to more profitable software and services like cloud computing and data analytics. IBM has already…

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