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U.S. plans set of graphic cigarette warning labels

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US government on Tuesday unveiled a new set of cigarette warnings with graphic images of a lifeless body, a scarred mouth and a blackened lung in order to highlight the health risks of smoking. “Beginning September 2012, FDA will require larger, more prominent cigarette health warnings…

NY Post blocks website access for iPad users

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The New York Post has blocked access to its website from the iPad’s Safari Web browser in a bid to drive users of Apple’s tablet computer to the newspaper’s paid application. An iPad user attempting to reach NYPost.com using Safari is met with a page that says…

IMF: Greek debt could trigger fresh global crisis

The International Monetary Fund warned Monday that Greece’s ongoing public debt crisis could result in a new global financial catastrophe if the European Union does not act quickly to stabilize the situation. While the fund did note that the European recovery does seem to be moving on pace, the Greek…

Japanese supercomputer becomes world’s fastest

TOKYO — A Japanese supercomputer has become the fastest in the world, making calculations more than three times faster than a Chinese rival, its developers said Monday. The c has achieved 8.162 quadrillion calculations per second, or 8.162 petaflops in computer jargon, according to developers Fujitsu Ltd. and the state-funded…

Custom virus used to cure prostate cancer in mice

Researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN recently cured prostate cancer in mice through use of a custom virus embedded with a “library” of DNA meant to trigger an immune reaction, a biomedical research journal has reported. The method is an evolution of gene therapy treatments administered to cancer…

Corporation names to become the new dot coms

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – good.food, learnto.salsa, glossy.lipstick — people and companies will be able to set up a website with almost any address by the end of next year if they have a legitimate claim to the domain name and can pay a hefty fee. The Internet body that oversees domain…

1.3 million users affected by cyber attack on Sega

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese video game developer Sega Corp said on Sunday that information belonging to 1.3 million customers has been stolen from its database, the latest in a rash of global cyber attacks against video game companies. Names, birth dates, e-mail addresses and encrypted passwords of users of Sega…

Chrysler recalls 11,000 vehicles to fix steering

NEW YORK — Chrysler is recalling more than 11,000 of its 2011 model year vehicles because of a potential steering problem, the US government said Thursday. Certain vehicles “may have been built with a missing or incorrectly installed steering column pivot rivet,” the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in…

German hackers convicted of stealing Lady Gaga songs

BERLIN — Two young hackers were convicted in Germany Thursday of stealing new songs from stars such as Lady Gaga and Mariah Carey and offering them for sale on the Internet, a court said. The local court in the western city of Duisburg found the defendants, aged 18 and 23,…

House Republicans look to pull funding for net neutrality

Money earmarked for the enforcement of net neutrality policies may not make it to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) this year, if House Republicans have their way. In an appropriations bill (PDF) which cleared the House Appropriations Committee yesterday, blocking out funds for financial services and government operations, legislative language specifically…

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