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Computer expert says US behind Stuxnet worm

LONG BEACH, California – A German computer security expert said Thursday he believes the United States and Israel’s Mossad unleashed the malicious Stuxnet worm on Iran’s nuclear program. “My opinion is that the Mossad is involved,” Ralph Langner said while discussing his in-depth Stuxnet analysis at a prestigious TED conference…

World can handle choked oil supplies: Geithner

WASHINGTON – The world can pump enough extra oil and has enough stashed in reserve to limit price shocks from sustained turmoil in the Middle East, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said Thursday. “There is considerable spare oil production capacity globally, and we and other major economies possess substantial strategic reserves…

US state budgets pitting young against old: Bill Gates

LONG BEACH, California – Microsoft’s billionaire co-founder Bill Gates on Thursday warned that US state politicians are pitting young against old in their heated budget battles. Politicians are dooming the young by using obvious gimmicks to avoid dealing with soaring pension and health care costs for state employees, Gates said…

Sony apologises for Japanese pop band’s Nazi garb

TOKYO – Sony Music apologised on Wednesday for the Nazi-style uniforms worn by a Japanese pop band under its management in an MTV broadcast that triggered a protest from a US-based Jewish rights group. The Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles had voiced its “shock and dismay” at the appearance…

Supreme Court: Corporations don’t have ‘personal privacy’ rights

The Supreme Court of the United States ruled Tuesday that AT&T and other corporations do not have personal privacy rights under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The Freedom of Information Act requires federal agencies to make documents publicly available upon request, but contains an exemption for documents that “constitute…

Financial advisor to stars gets 7.5 years prison

NEW YORK – A financial advisor to US socialites and Hollywood celebrities was sentenced Wednesday to seven and a half years prison for stealing millions of dollars in clients’ funds. Kenneth Starr, 67, was sentenced in New York federal court to 90 months behind bars, a spokeswoman for the US…

US report urges action against BitTorrent sites

A report by the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has classified some of of the most prominent BitTorrent websites as examples of online marketplaces that merit investigation for possible intellectual property rights infringements. BitTorrent is a popular peer-to-peer (P2P) communications protocol for file sharing that excels at…

Eye-controlled laptop turns heads at high-tech fair

HANOVER, Germany – Billed as a global first, a laptop allowing users to open files, play music and view pictures using just the power of their eyes was turning heads Wednesday at the CeBIT, the world’s top tech fair. The otherwise unremarkable laptop integrates cutting-edge “eye tracking” technology by Swedish…

Ford recalls 34,000 US, Canada trucks on fire risk

CHICAGO – Ford has recalled 34,100 trucks in the United States and Canada due to two defects which could cause a fire, the automaker said Wednesday. Ford told safety regulators it is not aware of any fires caused by the defects which affect 2010 and 2011 models of its popular…

Steve Jobs unveils new iPad

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple’s ailing chief executive Steve Jobs made a surprise appearance here Wednesday to unveil a new version of the hot-selling iPad that is thinner, lighter and features video cameras. “We’ve been working on this product quite awhile and I just didn’t want to miss a great day,”…

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