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China urges end to ‘cancer’ of online rumors

China’s state news agency called on Internet sites Tuesday to stop the “cancer” of online rumours, in the latest sign of official unease over the rising popularity of social networking sites. The Xinhua news agency’s call for an end to online “rumour-mongering” came days after a similar warning from a…

Beyonce pregnancy sets Twitter record

SAN FRANCISCO — Twitter users fired off a record number of tweets per second following the announcement by pop diva Beyonce at the MTV Video Music Awards that she is expecting a baby. “Last night at 10:35 pm, Beyonce’s big MTV #VMA moment gave Twitter a record bump: 8,868 Tweets…

Iran ‘discreetly aided Libyan rebels’

Iran “discreetly” provided humanitarian aid to Libyan rebels before the fall of Tripoli, Jam-e-Jam newspaper quoted Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi on Sunday as saying. “We were in touch with many of the rebel groups in Libya before the fall of (Moamer) Kadhafi, and discreetly dispatched three or four food…

Anti-psychotic drugs found in over-the-counter UK painkiller packs

Drugs regulators have launched an investigation after packs of the painkiller Nurofen Plus were found to contain antipsychotic drugs. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) issued a safety alert following reports that some batches of Nurofen Plus contained individual blister packs of another drug, Seroquel XL 50mg. Packs…

‘Mein Kampf’ tattoo ignites firestorm for Boston PBS station

WGBH, a public media hub in Boston, is drawing unwanted attention after choosing to put the subject of a Frontline documentary — and the “Mein Kampf” tattoo on his forearm — on the cover of their August member magazine, distributed to 150,000 members of the station. David Nash appears in…

China bans songs by Lady Gaga, Backstreet Boys

China has banned websites from featuring 100 songs by artists from Lady Gaga to the Backstreet Boys, a statement on the culture ministry’s website said. The ministry said it aimed to regulate the “order” of the Internet music market, adding songs that “harm the security of state culture must be…

DOJ probes alleged News Corp. 9/11 victim hacking

US authorities have launched a probe into possible phone hacking of September 11, 2001 victims by News Corp. journalists, victims’ relatives have been told, according to a Justice Department official. During a 75-minute “initial” meeting with about 10 people whose relatives died during the terrorist attacks in New York, US…

FBI probes threatening letter to CBS host Craig Ferguson

LOS ANGELES — The FBI and police said Wednesday they were investigating a threatening letter sent to a late night CBS television host that contained a powder that resembled anthrax, but which turned out to be harmless. The letter mailed from France arrived at the CBS offices of the Late…

Apple succeeds in getting Samsung phones banned in some European nations

THE HAGUE — A Dutch judge on Wednesday banned the sale of three smartphones built by Samsung in several European countries in the latest blow to the South Korean electronics giant from rival Apple. “Samsung’s smart phones cannot be sold. That goes for the Samsung S, the Samsung S II…

Spitzer faces $60 million libel suit over Slate column

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer was hit with a $60 million libel lawsuit by a former Marsh & McLennan Cos Inc executive over a column posted on Slate.com about an insurance bid-rigging scandal. William Gilman, a former Marsh executive marketing director, said Spitzer acted with…

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