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U.S. military wants an ‘Iron Man’ armored exoskeleton suit to fight enemies

Legacy Effects, an American special-effects company, is currently working on a project to create “Iron Man”-style armored suits for the U.S. military. They would protect soldiers and enable them to carry heavy high-tech gear in the future.…

‘Steve Jobs took our jobs’, says Finnish prime minister

Finnish Prime Minister Alexander Stubb on Friday accused Apple’s late founder Steve Jobs of crushing his Nordic country’s job market by selling innovations that caught Finland’s companies off guard. “We had two pillars we stood on: one was the IT industry, the other one was the paper industry,” Stubb told…

Russian lawmakers take aim at Gmail, Facebook, and Twitter with new bill restricting Internet

Russia’s parliament passed a bill on Friday requiring Internet companies to store Russians’ personal data inside the country in an apparent move to pressure sites such as Facebook and Twitter into handing over user information. Introducing the bill to parliament this week, MP Vadim Dengin said “most Russians don’t want…

BBC staff instructed to stop giving time to science cranks for the sake of editorial balance

Journalists at the British Broadcasting Corp. have been receiving instructions from the BBC Trust to stop inviting unqualified ‘experts’ on their shows in an effort to provide ‘editorial balance’ on contentious subjects. According to The Telegraph, the BBC Trust released a report card on its efforts to curtail what it…

Power-to-gas energy storage could help displace use of fossil fuels

The intermittent nature of renewable energy makes storage vital. Power-to-gas technology promises a solution to surges in power supply that would otherwise be wasted The intermittent nature of renewable power generation has long been a potential barrier to a low-carbon future. Electricity only generated when the wind blows or the…

NSA surveillance led to ‘well over 100 arrests’: review report

The US National Security Agency’s electronic snooping led to “well over 100 arrests” and helped smash numerous terrorist plots, a privacy review panel said Wednesday. The figures in a 196-page report by the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) offer new details on the NSA’s claims that its oft-criticized…

Messaging app allows Game of Thrones fans to endlessly ‘Hodor’

There’s already been an Android keyboard app that replaces all letters with the word Hodor, and now Game of Thrones’ most beloved cult character has an iPhone app as well. Yo, Hodor is a messaging app, but like the big and gentle character it’s named after, it can only voice one word:…

UK regulator investigates Facebook over psychological experiment on users

The British data watchdog is investigating whether Facebook Inc violated data-protection laws when it allowed researchers to conduct a psychological experiment on its users. A Facebook spokesman acknowledged that the experiment on nearly 700,000 unwitting users in 2012 had upset users and said the company would change the way it…

NSA’s Internet spying program is effective but worrying, privacy watchdog says

The U.S. National Security Agency (NSA)’s data collection program has been an effective tool to enhance the country’s security but some elements of the cyber-spying raises privacy concerns, a U.S. federal privacy watchdog said in a report. Privacy issues have become a hot topic since former NSA contractor Edward Snowden…

U.S. Marshals’ bitcoin auction produces one anonymous winner

By Nate Raymond and Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss (Reuters) – The U.S. Marshals Service had one winner in its auction of nearly 30,000 bitcoin, a spokeswoman said on Tuesday, without revealing the name of the successful bidder. The U.S. Marshals Service held an auction on Friday for 29,655 bitcoin seized during a…

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