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All of humanity could shift to solar, wind energy in less than 25 years, policy study group claims

Humankind has the technology, resources and capabilities to adapt to and help avert serious climate change and the crunch of a dwindling energy economy, if only the political will can be mustered — and it’s not just idealistic progressives who are saying so anymore. In a recent report, the British…

AT&T’s secret f*cking loophole: If you want out of an Internet contract, just curse

Update (below): AT&T responds, and doesn’t deny it With telecom giant AT&T rolling out limitations and additional fees on how much information its Internet users can access, it seems the company is bracing for an influx of anger. In a little-noticed contract tweak recently, AT&T customer service representatives have been…

Google, FTC reach Google Buzz privacy settlement

WASHINGTON – The Federal Trade Commission reached a settlement with Google on Wednesday over Google Buzz, the social networking tool rolled out last year which spawned a slew of privacy complaints. Under the settlement announced by the US regulator, Google is required to implement a comprehensive privacy program and will…

Million-dollar diamonds stolen from Basel watch fair

GENEVA – Four diamonds worth millions were stolen on Wednesday from the world’s biggest watch and jewelery fair in the northern Swiss city of Basel, the local prosecutor’s office said. “On Wednesday, 30 March 2011, at around 11:00 am (0900 GMT), one of the as yet still unidentified perpetrators distracted…

Feingold calls for GE CEO Immelt to step down as Obama jobs chief

Former Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold (D) is outraged that the man that President Barack Obama has put in charge of creating jobs is the CEO of a company that paid no taxes last year. Obama named GE CEO Jeff Immelt as the head of the President’s Council on Jobs and…

Facebook deletes account calling for violent revolt against Israel

Social networking site Facebook said yesterday that it deleted a page calling for a third “intifada” (uprising) against the state of Israel, claiming the page’s users and administrators called for violence. The page called on citizens of Arab states to demonstrate against Israeli oppression of Palestinians following Friday prayers on…

Israeli minister proposes Gaza artificial island

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel is considering building an artificial island with sea and air ports off blockaded Gaza, as a long-term solution to shipping goods into the Hamas-run Palestinian enclave, the transport minister said. Yisrael Katz told Army Radio on Wednesday he wants an international force to control the island for…

Tokyo Electric says $24 billion loans not enough

TOKYO (Reuters) – Tokyo Electric Power warned on Wednesday that a $24 billion bank loan was not enough to keep it afloat and pay for Japan’s worst nuclear disaster, adding to expectations the government will step in to bail out the stricken company. Asia’s largest utility, whose share price has crashed nearly…

Nuclear fears spark rush for radiation detectors

WASHINGTON – A scare over irradiated food from Japan has sparked a global rush to buy radiation detectors, US dealers said Tuesday, with most reporting they have no more stock to sell. Buyers, especially from Pacific rim countries, are snapping up geiger counters amid worries that radiation from the hobbled…

Beatles songs sales cost music website $950,000

SAN FRANCISCO – US online music service Bluebeat will pay British recording label EMI nearly a million dollars to avoid trial in a case over rights to stream and sell versions of Beatles songs. Along with paying $950,000, Bluebeat agreed to “permanently cease and desist” from infringing on copyrighted music…

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