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‘Anonymous’ hacks Apple, publishes data

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The Internet vigilante hacker group Anonymous claimed to have broken into an Apple Inc server and published a small number of usernames and passwords for one of the U.S. technology company’s websites. Anonymous said on Sunday via its account on microblogging site Twitter that Apple could…

Creepy app uses facial recognition to count women in bars

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A new app aims to maximize the chances of meeting a member of the opposite sex by using facial recognition technology to show how many men and women there are in any given bar. Scene Tap’s app also records how crowded a bar is by logging…

TEPCO shares close up 20% in Tokyo trade

Shares in TEPCO closed up 20 percent in Tokyo trade Monday after Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said he was unaware of alleged meetings between officials over the breakup of the company. Shares in Tokyo Electric Power Co., operator of the stricken Fukushima Daiichi plant at the centre of an…

Banks cutting principal on some mortgages: report

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Bank of America Corp and JPMorgan Chase & Co have started modifying tens of thousands of mortgages where the banks deem the loans especially risky, even if the borrowers have not asked, the New York Times reported on Sunday. In some cases, the paper said, the…

Washington Mutual shareholders win $208 million

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Former Washington Mutual executives have agreed to pay $208.5 million to settle a lawsuit launched by a group of investors after the bank’s failure in 2008, the largest ever of its kind. The bank leaders, among them former Washington Mutual chairman Kerry Killinger, ex-chief operating officer Stephen…

Cell phones ‘don’t cause cancer’: study

LONDON — Scientific evidence goes increasingly against the theory that mobile phones cause cancer, a new study has concluded. The review carried out for the Institute of Cancer Research found “no convincing evidence of a link” between the technology and brain tumours. The panel, set up by the International Commission…

LulzSec hackers hit Arizona law enforcement a third time

Hacker group LulzSec, or Lulz Security, barreled past Arizona law enforcement’s cyber-security for a third time this week, posting more information in its latest “Chinga La Migra” info-dump. On Friday, the LulzSec/Anonymous hacking collective posted a statement on pastebin about the hack. “For the third knockout blow against Arizona law…

U.S. automakers regain majority of domestic sales in wake of Japan quake

By Mira Oberman CHICAGO — The Detroit Three carmakers captured more than half the sales in the US market for the first time since September 2008 amid supply shortages caused by the Japanese quake, industry data showed Friday. Toyota and Honda have been hardest hit by the March 11 disaster…

Google in talks to buy Hulu

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Online video site Hulu has begun preliminary sales talks with about a dozen potential buyers, including Google Inc, Microsoft Corp and Yahoo Inc, according to a source familiar with the situation. Hulu’s financial advisers, Morgan Stanley and Guggenheim Partners, set up meetings with potential buyers, and…

Federal ‘clarification’ on medical marijuana not a change in policy

A memo meant to clarify the Department of Justice (DoJ) position on how federal authorities should treat medical marijuana does not reflect any substantive change in policy from prior administrations, despite some reports to the contrary. The “clarification” was apparently needed after a prior “clarification” in 2009 gave many the…

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