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Japanese scientists develop robotic exoskeleton

A disabled Japanese man on Friday embarked on an ambitious trip that will take him to a mediaeval French World Heritage site with the help of a cutting-edge robotic suit. Seiji Uchida, 49, who lost the ability to walk in a car accident 28 years ago, said his trip to…

Banker gets 30 years in big fraud case

WASHINGTON — A banker was given 30 years in prison Thursday in the $2.9 billion mortgage industry fraud that sank Colonial Bank in the biggest US bank collapse in 2009, the Justice Department announced. Lee Bentley Farkas was sentenced to jail by a Virginia court and fined $38.5 million as…

Skype introduces video calls on Android phones

LONDON (Reuters) – Skype, which is being bought by Microsoft for $8.5 billion, introduced a new service on Thursday allowing users of Android phones to make free video calls to Skype contacts, including those on Apple iPhones. The company whose name became synonymous with Internet calling in the mid-2000s said its updated Android app…

Survey ranks San Francisco ‘greenest city’ in North America

ASPEN, Colo. (Reuters) – San Francisco is the greenest city in North America, followed by Vancouver and New York, according to the latest survey of green-city rankings. The survey, commissioned by Siemens Corp and conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit, looked at 31 indicators, ranging from consumption of water and electricity to efficiency standards. Detroit was the least green…

Greek parliament expected to endorse second austerity bill

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece’s parliament is expected to pass a second austerity bill on Thursday to enable the country to avert bankruptcy by securing a 12 billion euro ($17 billion) loan tranche from the EU and IMF. After two days of violent protests just meters (yards) from where deputies passed initial austerity legislation on…

Rep. Peter Welch unveils bill to prevent warrantless GPS tracking

U.S Congressman Peter Welch (D-VT) announced bipartisan House legislation on Wednesday to regulate how mobile devices’ location data can be used by law enforcement, commercial entities or private citizens. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) co-authored the Geolocation, Privacy and Security (GPS) Act and related legislation has been introduced to the Senate…

AntiSec hackers leak personal emails of Arizona law enforcement

Although the infamous hacker group LulzSec disbanded last week, hackers associated with the “anti-security” (AntiSec) movement it created continue to target the Arizona Department of Public Safety. LulzSec first targeted Arizona law enforcement on June 23 in a campaign dubbed “Operation Chinga La Migra,” unearthing a FBI intelligence report on…

Major online poker room ordered to halt operations

One of the largest online poker rooms, Full Tilt Poker, was ordered Wednesday to immediately halt operations by authorities on the Channel Island of Alderney, where it is registered, the regulator said. The Gambling Control Commission of Alderney said it had suspended the licence of Full Tilt Poker after US…

BofA sets aside $14 bn for U.S. mortgage claims

Bank of America said Wednesday it would set aside a massive $14 billion to settle claims from angry investors for losses on dodgy mortgage-backed securities in the country’s housing collapse. Hoping to put its disastrous 2007 purchase of mortgage lender Countrywide Financial behind it, Bank of America said it would…

Microsoft director admits E.U. data not exempt from Patriot Act spying

In the brave new world of cloud computing, where data is stored off-site in massive server farms instead of on a user’s local hard drive, privacy and security are paramount in the consumer’s mind. Unfortunately for privacy advocates, their concerns are essentially moot thanks to the U.S.A. Patriot Act, which…

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