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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…

Astronauts board Endeavour for next-to-last shuttle flight

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AFP) – Astronauts boarded the space shuttle Endeavour on Monday as it prepared to blast off toward International Space Station on the penultimate flight for the US shuttle program. The 8:56 am (1256 GMT) launch is expected to draw as many as 500,000 onlookers to the area…

Members of Congress question seizures of alleged pirate domain names

For the last several months, two Democratic members of Congress have been asking the Department of Homeland Security/ICE to clarify the policy behind its seizures of the domain names of websites that are alleged to be involved in copyright violations. According to TorrentFreak.com, they’ve finally gotten a response, but it’s…

United States to hit debt ceiling on Monday

WASHINGTON — The debt-laden US government’s credit card will hit its limit Monday, creating a cash crunch that puts the country’s credit standing at risk as politicians battle over its long-term deficit. Reaching the $14.29 trillion ceiling set by Congress will not have an immediate impact on government finances, because…

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