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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…

Cyber attacks outpace global response, U.S. warns

VIENNA (Reuters) – The technical sophistication of cybercriminals is swamping the world’s ability to cope, a top U.S. official warned on Friday, demanding an accelerated cross-border campaign to combat the security threat. “Most countries don’t even have a legal framework that really governs cyber. It is such a new phenomenon in…

Disabled Japanese man begins robo-suit adventure

A disabled Japanese man on Friday embarked on an ambitious trip that will take him to a mediaeval French World Heritage site with the help of a cutting-edge robotic suit. Seiji Uchida, 49, who lost the ability to walk in a car accident 28 years ago, said his trip to…

Sources: Geithner mulls leaving position at Treasury

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is considering stepping down later this year, but will not make a decision until contentious negotiations over the U.S. debt ceiling are completed, people familiar with his thinking said on Thursday. Geithner said he would remain in his Treasury post “for the foreseeable…

Japanese scientists develop robotic exoskeleton

A disabled Japanese man on Friday embarked on an ambitious trip that will take him to a mediaeval French World Heritage site with the help of a cutting-edge robotic suit. Seiji Uchida, 49, who lost the ability to walk in a car accident 28 years ago, said his trip to…

Banker gets 30 years in big fraud case

WASHINGTON — A banker was given 30 years in prison Thursday in the $2.9 billion mortgage industry fraud that sank Colonial Bank in the biggest US bank collapse in 2009, the Justice Department announced. Lee Bentley Farkas was sentenced to jail by a Virginia court and fined $38.5 million as…

Skype introduces video calls on Android phones

LONDON (Reuters) – Skype, which is being bought by Microsoft for $8.5 billion, introduced a new service on Thursday allowing users of Android phones to make free video calls to Skype contacts, including those on Apple iPhones. The company whose name became synonymous with Internet calling in the mid-2000s said its updated Android app…

Survey ranks San Francisco ‘greenest city’ in North America

ASPEN, Colo. (Reuters) – San Francisco is the greenest city in North America, followed by Vancouver and New York, according to the latest survey of green-city rankings. The survey, commissioned by Siemens Corp and conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit, looked at 31 indicators, ranging from consumption of water and electricity to efficiency standards. Detroit was the least green…

Greek parliament expected to endorse second austerity bill

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece’s parliament is expected to pass a second austerity bill on Thursday to enable the country to avert bankruptcy by securing a 12 billion euro ($17 billion) loan tranche from the EU and IMF. After two days of violent protests just meters (yards) from where deputies passed initial austerity legislation on…

Rep. Peter Welch unveils bill to prevent warrantless GPS tracking

U.S Congressman Peter Welch (D-VT) announced bipartisan House legislation on Wednesday to regulate how mobile devices’ location data can be used by law enforcement, commercial entities or private citizens. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) co-authored the Geolocation, Privacy and Security (GPS) Act and related legislation has been introduced to the Senate…

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