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Dutch airline to run planes on cooking oil

THE HAGUE (AFP) – Dutch airline KLM announced on Wednesday that it will use a biofuel generated from used cooking oil to power more than 200 commercial flights between Paris and Amsterdam starting in September. “There will be 50 percent traditional kerosene and 50 percent biofuel extracted from used cooking…

Google breaks billion-visitor barrier

SAN FRANCISCO — Figures released by industry tracker comScore credited Google with being the first online operation to attract more than a billion visitors in a single month. Slightly more than a billion people went to Google websites in May in what comScore billed as an unprecedented turn-out on the…

Facebook exposing children to online threats: EU survey

BRUSSELS — Social networking sites such as Facebook are not doing enough to protect children from potential dangers such as grooming by paedophiles or online bullying, European authorities said Tuesday. Of 14 websites tested on behalf of the European Commission, just two — Bebo and MySpace — ensure the required…

LulzSec teams up with Anonymous to target classified data

BOSTON/JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – The LulzSec group of rogue hackers are threatening to steal classified information from governments, banks and other high-ranking establishments, in what would be an escalation of their cyber attacks. So far LulzSec’s publicized assaults on Sony Corp, the CIA, News Corp’s Fox TV and other targets have…

Study: Lab-grown meat could help save the world

Artificial, lab-grown meat requires about 96 percent less greenhouse gas emissions than raising cattle, a recently published study shows. If produced on a large scale, scientists say it could ease deforestation and pressure on food and water supplies, ensure more people are eating well and abate the concerns of animal…

Fitch Ratings sees risk of Greek, U.S. debt defaults

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Fitch Ratings warned it would treat a voluntary rollover of Greece’s sovereign bonds in any rescue package as a default and would cut the credit rating, keeping pressure on European policymakers who intend to outline a new plan by mid July. Fractious euro zone finance ministers are…

Stock futures up on optimism over Greek vote

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Stock index futures rose on Tuesday as expectations grew that a solution will be found for Greece to avoid a default and a short-term contagion risk to other euro zone countries could be contained. Euro zone finance ministers said the Greek government had until July 3 to approve new steps to…

U.S. plans set of graphic cigarette warning labels

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US government on Tuesday unveiled a new set of cigarette warnings with graphic images of a lifeless body, a scarred mouth and a blackened lung in order to highlight the health risks of smoking. “Beginning September 2012, FDA will require larger, more prominent cigarette health warnings…

NY Post blocks website access for iPad users

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The New York Post has blocked access to its website from the iPad’s Safari Web browser in a bid to drive users of Apple’s tablet computer to the newspaper’s paid application. An iPad user attempting to reach NYPost.com using Safari is met with a page that says…

IMF: Greek debt could trigger fresh global crisis

The International Monetary Fund warned Monday that Greece’s ongoing public debt crisis could result in a new global financial catastrophe if the European Union does not act quickly to stabilize the situation. While the fund did note that the European recovery does seem to be moving on pace, the Greek…

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