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Netflix ‘undisputed bandwidth king’ of U.S. Internet traffic

SAN FRANCISCO — Films and television shows streamed online by Netflix amount to nearly 30 percent of the content racing downstream on the US Internet during peak periods, according to a study released Tuesday. “Netflix is now the undisputed bandwidth king of the Internet in North America,” Canadian networking gear…

LinkedIn hikes public share price by 30 percent

NEW YORK — LinkedIn on Tuesday raised the share price for its public listing by roughly 30 percent, pushing the value of the professional-networking firm as high as $4 billion and testing the market’s lust for Internet companies. The first major US social networking firm to go public, LinkedIn jacked…

US Navy invites public to first online war game

WASHINGTON — The US Navy is turning to the wisdom of the crowd to forge military strategy, inviting the public to join an online game in which Somali pirates have hijacked commercial ships. The Office of Naval Research plans this month to launch the US military’s first online war game…

Winklevoss twins take Facebook claim to Supreme Court

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) – Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss are taking their beef against Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg to the US Supreme Court. An attorney for the twin brothers said they will ask the top court in the nation to give them another shot at getting out of a deal they…

White House unveils global ‘open and secure’ cyberspace policies

WASHINGTON — The White House unveiled a set of policy proposals Monday for international cooperation in ensuring an open and secure Internet. “Together, we can work together to build a future for cyberspace that is open, interoperable, secure, and reliable,” US President Barack Obama said in an introduction to the…

Court denies Winklevoss twins a new Facebook hearing

SAN FRANCISCO — A federal appeals court on Monday denied Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss a second shot at getting out of a deal they made in a lawsuit charging that Mark Zuckerberg stole their idea for Facebook. The US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a bid by the identical…

Texas House passes bill to criminalize TSA patdowns

A bill that would criminalize the infamous “pat-down” at airport security checkpoints has made its way to the Texas Senate after clearing a key vote in the House on Friday evening. When the bill was introduced, it was seen as a longshot even in the Republican-dominated Texas House. That seemed…

IMF chief assaulted another woman nearly a decade ago, lawyer claims

PARIS (Reuters) – A French lawyer said on Monday his client was considering filing a legal complaint against IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn over an alleged sexual incident almost a decade ago. Lawyer David Koubbi said his client Tristane Banon, a writer, could file a complaint over an alleged incident that took place when she went…

Blackwater founder sets up mercenary group in United Arab Emirates

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The crown prince of Abu Dhabi has hired the founder of private security firm Blackwater Worldwide to set up an 800-member battalion of foreign troops for the United Arab Emirates, the New York Times said Sunday. The Times said it obtained documents that showed the unit being formed by Erik Prince’s new company Reflex Responses…

Scientists find ‘master switch’ to controlling human fat

LONDON (Reuters) – Scientists have found that a gene linked to diabetes and cholesterol is a “master switch” that controls other genes found in fat in the body, and say it should help in the search for treatments for obesity-related diseases. In a study published in the journal Nature Genetics, the British researchers…

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