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Japan’s next gizmo: brainwave-controlled cat ears

TOKYO (AFP) – A team of Japanese inventors have come with a new device that blends the country’s fascination with cuteness and its penchant for experimental high-tech — brainwave-controlled cat ears. The fluffy headwear reads users’ brain activity, meaning the ears perk up when they concentrate and then flop down…

Ford plans 50 percent production jump by 2015

DETROIT — Ford Motor Co. said Tuesday it would kick up production by 50 percent by 2015, while quickly reducing debt to regain a quality credit rating within the next year. Chief financial officer Lewis Booth said he expected the still-recovering industry to produce 95-100 million vehicles by around 2015,…

Facebook refuses to run ‘Marijuana is Safer’ book advertisement

The social networking website Facebook has refused to run an advertisement for a book that compares the harms and legal status of marijuana and alcohol. The publisher of “Marijuana is Safer: So Why Are We Driving People to Drink?” hoped to use a Facebook ad to promote a special price…

Apple takes leap into new iCloud services

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) – Apple chief executive Steve Jobs has interrupted his medical leave to unveil a free service called iCloud that stores music, photos and other content on the Web and shares it across multiple devices. “We’re going to move the digital hub to the cloud,” the 56-year-old Jobs…

Singapore to overtake Vegas this year: US gaming head

MACAU (AFP) – Singapore is set to overtake Las Vegas as the world’s second-largest gambling hub this year, a US gaming industry head said Tuesday, as Asia cements its place as a major betting market. Singapore has emerged as Asia’s hottest new gambling destination with a revamped cityscape and billions…

LulzSec hackers hit Sony again, publish developer source code online

WASHINGTON — Hackers claimed on Monday to have staged another attack on Japanese electronics giant Sony, publishing online a file containing source code for the Sony Computer Entertainment Developer Network. The claim was made by a group of hackers known as Lulz Security, who said last week they had compromised…

Sony shares tumble after latest security hack

TOKYO – Sony’s share price fell more than three percent to a two-year low Monday after the latest online attack against the Japanese electronics and entertainment giant targeted its European subsidiary. Sony shares in Tokyo trade lost 3.14 percent to close at 2,062 yen, the lowest level since March 2009.…

Oil prices fall amid rumors of increased output

NEW YORK – Oil prices fell Monday amid worries about a faltering global economic recovery and speculation that the OPEC may raise supply. New York’s main contract, WTI light sweet crude for delivery in July, finished the trading session at $99.01 a barrel, a loss of $1.21 from Friday’s closing…

FCC complaint accuses Verizon of violating law by blocking tethering software

Verizon Wireless has come under heavy criticism in recent weeks for an apparent agreement with Google to block its customers from downloading Internet tethering software that lets users share their phone’s data connection with other devices. Reacting to reports of the restricted service, media reform group Free Press — one…

LulzSec hackers steal passwords from FBI affiliate

A group that tracks cyber crime on behalf of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) was attacked last week and all of its members’ login information was published online after hackers with the group LulzSec compromised their website. The organization, InfraGard Atlanta, is a non-profit sponsored by the FBI,…

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