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Obama to meet tech titans, including Apple’s Jobs

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) – President Barack Obama Thursday headed west to meet the cream of Silicon Valley business titans, including Apple’s Steve Jobs, to seek input on how to speed up job growth and economic recovery. Obama was to dine with a small group of tech sector leaders also including…

Facebook adds civil unions to profiles

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) – Facebook began letting its more than 600 million members indicate whether they are in civil unions or domestic partnerships in what was seen as a victory for same-sex couples. Facebook added “in a civil union” and “in a domestic partnership” to the list of relationship options…

FBI urges Congress to expand Internet wiretapping

The FBI urged members of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security on Thursday to update the Communications Assistance to Law Enforcement Act (CALEA) and make it easier for authorities to eavesdrop on Internet. The act was passed in 1994 and requires telecommunication companies to design their…

New mobile can check pulse, send ambulance

BARCELONA – A new phone developed in Singapore takes your pulse when you press your fingers on a receptor, and sends the results to a 24-hour medical call centre. The new EPI Life mobile phone comes complete with mini electrocardiogram. “We think it’s a revolution. It has clinical significance,” EPI…

Google makes Web search more social

WASHINGTON – Google is making Web search more social, weaving posts from the Twitter, Flickr, Blogger and other accounts of a user’s friends into search results. The move is an expansion of “Google Social Search,” which the Internet giant introduced in 2009. Instead of featuring at the bottom of a…

Republicans seek to quash ‘net neutrality’ rules

WASHINGTON — Republican members of the US Senate and House of Representatives are seeking to quash rules approved by US telecom regulators designed to ensure an open Internet. The five-member Federal Communications Commission (FCC), in a vote split on party lines, agreed in December to the rules aimed at safeguarding…

US price increases hit consumers

WASHINGTON – US energy and grocery prices are on the rise, hitting already struggling consumers and posing a tricky dilemma for US policy makers. Confirming what most US shoppers already suspected, the Labor Department on Thursday reported prices for everything from vegetables to unleaded fuel rose again in January. The…

Mind-moved bionic arm goes on display in US

WASHINGTON (AFP) – A bionic prosthetic arm that is controlled by its operator’s thoughts and feels like the amputee’s lost limb went on display Thursday at a major US science conference. More than 50 amputees worldwide, many of them military veterans whose limbs were lost in combat, have received such…

Core inflation fastest in more than a year

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. core consumer prices rose at the fastest pace in more than a year in January, indicating a long period of slowing inflation had run its course. The Labor Department said on Thursday its core Consumer Price Index, which excludes food and energy costs, increased 0.2 percent…

U.S. fines Delta Air $2 million over disabilities rules

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Transportation fined Delta Air Lines $2 million for violating federal rules on passengers with disabilities, it said on Thursday. The fine is the largest ever imposed against an airline in a non-safety related case. The agency said it had found many violations of…

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