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News Corp. on verge of Myspace sale

WASHINGTON — News Corp. is on the verge of selling Myspace and a deal could include laying off more than half of the troubled social network’s staff, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday. The newspaper, citing a “person familiar with the matter,” said there were two leading bidders for Myspace…

Pope praises Jesus in first Twitter message

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI wrote a message on Twitter on Tuesday praising Jesus and announcing the launch of a new Vatican website in the first “tweet” by a leader of the Roman Catholic Church. “Dear Friends, I just launched www.news.va. Praised be our Lord Jesus Christ! With my…

House to use Skype for constituent calls, despite security concerns

Technology experts for the House of Representatives said in a memo Tuesday that House members will now be able to use the free Internet-based phone and videoconferencing service Skype. Security concerns had originally stopped the House from allowing use of Skype, logisticians explained to The Hill. “There’s a concern about…

500,000 Android devices activated each day: Google

WASHINGTON — More than 500,000 devices running Google’s Android software are being activated every day, a senior Google executive said on Tuesday. Andy Rubin, creator of the Android operating system and a Google vice president for engineering, made the announcement in a message on his Twitter feed, @Arubin. “There are…

Hackers take down MasterCard.com a second time

The website of credit card provider MasterCard was taken offline Tuesday morning, apparently by hacker activists trying to make a statement about the financial blockade of anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks. MasterCard, along with Visa, PayPal, Bank of America and Western Union, have all decided to withhold funds from WikiLeaks, and the…

Japan’s TEPCO meets wrath of shareholders

Angry TEPCO shareholders on Tuesday slammed the company for its handling of the nation’s worst ever atomic accident after the March quake-tsunami, amid calls for the firm to abandon nuclear power. About 100 police officers were deployed around the Prince Park Tower Hotel where Tokyo Electric Power Co. held its…

Papandreou urges vote to ‘keep Greece on its feet’

Prime Minister George Papandreou begged the Greek parliament Monday to pass drastic austerity measures and keep the bankruptcy-threatened country “on its feet”, as protesters launch a 48-hour general strike. Facing “empty coffers” within days, Papandreou used a 15-minute intervention during an emergency debate to try and keep intact his slim,…

Muslim sues Abercrombie after being fired for wearing hijab

NEW YORK — A US Muslim woman sued Abercrombie & Fitch on Monday, accusing the clothing retailer of firing her for refusing to remove her religious head scarf, a Muslim advocacy group said. Hani Khan of San Mateo, California, alleged that store managers had told her to remove her hijab…

Former vice president of Citigroup arrested for stealing $19 million

NEW YORK — A former vice president of Citigroup has been arrested on bank fraud charges after he allegedly embezzled more than $19 million from the bank, US prosecutors said on Monday. Gary Foster, 35, was detained at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport on Sunday after he arrived…

Google fears web crackdown after Arab uprisings

DUBLIN — Google chairman Eric Schmidt on Monday warned that the ongoing Arab uprisings could lead to an upsurge in internet censorship and an increased risk of arrest for colleagues working in restive nations. Speaking at the Summit Against Violent Extremism in Dublin, Schmidt claimed regimes were keen to clamp…

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