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25 U.S. firms paid more to CEOs than tax collectors: study

Twenty-five major US firms paid more to their chief executives than to federal tax collectors in 2010, with most of the companies receiving tax refunds, a liberal-leaning think tank said Wednesday. The study by the Institute for Policy Studies comes ahead of another expected round of fierce partisan bickering over…

WikiLeaks says hit with cyberattack

Controversial anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks said Tuesday it was fending off a cyberattack after being lambasted for releasing more supposedly confidential US diplomatic cables. “WikiLeaks.org is presently under cyberattack,” the organization said in a terse message on microblogging service Twitter. The message provided a link to a cablegatesearch.net website where digital…

U.S. fears individuals at risk after WikiLeaks dump

The United States voiced renewed concern over the risks to individuals after the anti-secrecy site WikiLeaks made public more US diplomatic cables, many of which contained the names of sensitive sources. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland would not confirm the authenticity of the latest documents, but said “the United States…

Asian shares mostly up on U.S. stimulus hopes

Asian markets were mostly up Wednesday, extending a recent rally on renewed hopes for a fresh round of US monetary easing despite weak consumer confidence data in the United States and Europe. Sydney rose 0.56 percent, or 27.3 points, to 4,296.5 while Hong Kong jumped 1.64 percent, or 330.68 points,…

NASA warns of ‘risk of losing’ space station

WASHINGTON — The risk of an unprecedented evacuation of the International Space Station will spike if Russian craft cannot resume their missions and return by November, a senior NASA official has warned. “There is a greater risk of losing the ISS when it’s unmanned than if it were manned,” Michael…

Consumer Watchdog: New online ‘ad option icon’ fails to protect privacy

The self-regulatory privacy program created by online advertisers and implemented Monday fails to adequately protect the privacy of Internet users, according to the advocacy group Consumer Watchdog. Internet marketers use a small data file known as a cookie to track the web history of Internet users and deliver relevant ads.…

Microsoft gives further peek at Windows 8

SAN FRANCISCO — Microsoft on Tuesday provided another glimpse at changes coming with the next-generation of Windows software that powers most of the world’s computers. Microsoft is making major improvements to a key Windows Explorer file management program to enhance how it interacts with the coming Windows 8 operating system,…

Entire Los Angeles porn industry shut down after actor tests HIV+

By Robert Johnson An unnamed adult film performer has tested positive for HIV causing a temporary shutdown of the Los Angeles adult film industry. According to The L.A. Times, the move was prompted by industry trade group the Free Speech Coalition while further testing is performed to confirm the results. The infected performer…

Bank of America kept AIG’s legal threat under wraps for months

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Top Bank of America Corp lawyers knew as early as January that American International Group Inc was prepared to sue the bank for more than $10 billion, seven months before the lawsuit was filed, according to sources familiar with the matter. Bank of America shares fell more than 20…

French firm helped Gaddafi spy on rebels: report

A subisidiary of French IT firm Bull helped Moamer Gaddafi’s regime spy on the emails and chat messages of opponents of the fallen Libyan strongman, a report said Tuesday. Amesys, which on its website describes itself as “a key player in the field of security and critical systems at national…

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