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State Department explains foreign policy to Twitter followers

The US State Department on Friday launched a new high-tech form of outreach to the international community when it took questions on foreign policy from Twitter followers in different languages. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland answered a number of tweets from followers in English as well as those arriving in…

Symantec: parts of antivirus source code exposed

(Reuters) – Symantec Corp, the top maker of security software, said hackers had exposed a chunk of its source code, which is essentially the blueprint for its products, potentially giving rivals some insight into the company’s technology. The developer of the popular Norton antivirus software said the hackers stole the…

South Korea plans robo-cops to police prison

The South Korean Ministry of Justice is hiring, but they’re not looking for human help at the moment: they want robo-cops. In an announcement late last year, South Korean officials said they would be deploying three autonomous robot guards at their prison facility in Pohang. The guards are to monitor…

Japan plans massive investment in futuristic robot farm

TOKYO — Japan is planning a futuristic farm where robots do the lifting in an experimental project on land swamped by the March tsunami, the government said Thursday. Under an agriculture ministry plan, unmanned tractors will work fields where pesticides will have been replaced by LEDs keeping rice, wheat, soybeans,…

Tiny wires could usher new computer era

WASHINGTON — Scientists said Thursday they have designed tiny wires, 10,000 times thinner than a human hair but with the same electrical capacity as copper, in a major step toward building smaller, more potent computers. The advance, described in the US journal Science, shows for the first time that wires…

EU stands firm on airline emissions despite Chinese fury

The European Union refused Thursday to back down from a disputed airline emissions fee despite China’s refusal to pay the new charge to land in Europe. The 27-nation EU began to require all airlines to buy pollution permits to fly to Europe on January 1 despite stiff opposition from the…

Yahoo names ex-PayPal boss Thompson new CEO

NEW YORK — Yahoo on Wednesday named PayPal’s Scott Thompson its new chief executive, saying he would recharge growth at the Internet giant that has been losing the battle over online ads. Thompson said he aimed to boost Yahoo reader traffic to attract more advertisers, arguing that the company’s assets…

Internet piracy now a religion in Sweden

A group of people related to the Swedish Pirate Party claimed this week that the state has officially sanctioned “Kopimism” as a legitimate religion, granting them the freedom to carry out their holy sacrament of copying information from the Internet. (Update: Reached for comment by Raw Story, Swedish authorities with…

Yahoo to name new CEO

(Reuters) - Yahoo is poised to name PayPal President Scott Thompson as chief executive after firing former CEO Carol Bartz in September, website AllThingsD reported, citing sources close to the situation. Former Web powerhouse Yahoo is undergoing a strategic review as it struggles to compete with newer heavyweights Google and Facebook. It has been run by interim CEO and former chief financial…

Air travel safer than ever: industry report

PARIS — Air travel has never been safer despite the steadily rising number of passengers worldwide, with one lethal accident per some 1.5 million flights in 2011, a new report released Tuesday revealed. More than 2.8 billion people took to the skies last year in some 38 million flights, according…

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