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Social media, technology may force revolution in digital diplomacy

Amid the explosion of social media and new networking tools, governments and businesses are grappling with balancing their security needs against their wish to join the online conversations. “Communications technology has dramatically democratized the process of gaining a public audience,” said journalist and former military analyst Joshua Foust at a…

Bolshoi dancer charged in acid attack on director ordered held until August

The Bolshoi ballet dancer charged with ordering an acid attack on its artistic director will be detained until mid-August, a Moscow court ruled Friday, as the alleged perpetrator said he had used a mixture of battery fluid and urine. Pavel Dmitrichenko is charged with two accomplices over the attack on…

Documentary producers sue music company over copyright to ‘Happy Birthday To You’

“Happy Birthday to You” is the subject of a fresh US legal dispute, with a production firm claiming the tune’s copyright owner has no exclusive right to the most popular song in the English language. Good Morning to You Productions (GMTY) has filed suit in a federal court in New…

Miltary’s absence from Turkish protests seen as a positive sign for democracy

The anti-government demos sweeping Turkey have sent thousands of angry protesters into the streets, facing off against tear-gas firing riot police. It’s the worst unrest to rock Turkey in years, but the country’s once all-powerful army is nowhere to be seen. In fact, it marks the first time in Turkey’s…

Microsoft makes cloud-based Office suite available to iPhone users

Microsoft on Friday made Office available on iPhones for people who pay to use the popular productivity software as a service in the Internet cloud. A free Office Mobile application for iPhones hit the shelves of Apple’s App Store but can only be used with subscriptions to Office 365 Home…

Avril Lavigne abruptly cancels appearance and Hiroshima anniversary concert

Canadian pop starlet Avril Lavigne has pulled out of a music festival in the atomic-bombed city of Hiroshima, Japanese organisers said Friday. The singer of teen anthem “Skater Boy” had agreed to perform in the city’s 10-day World Peace Concert, which runs to August 5, the day before the 68th…

New York City bike share tech woes enrage normally even-keeled New York bikers

Since the Big Apple launched its bike share program late last month, New Yorkers have already pedalled a total of 475,970 miles (766,000 kilometers) — essentially, to the Moon and back. But not all New Yorkers are over the moon about the program — even the most pro-bike residents have…

Serge Gainsbourg impersonator on trial for stabbing Johnny Hallyday impersonator

In one of the more surreal cases to come before the French courts, an impersonator of the late Serge Gainsbourg went on trial Friday for stabbing a rival who specialises in mimicking veteran rocker Johnny Hallyday. Denis Colnot, a 48-year-old fan of iconic singer-songwriter Gainsbourg, faces a lengthy prison term…

The legal rationale for paying interns

This week, a federal judge ruled that Fox Searchlight violated minimum wage laws for not paying two production interns. So what are those laws? Are unpaid internships ever OK? Here are some answers to commonly asked questions about intern pay. What laws determine when an intern should or should not be…

Obama orders federal agencies to cede airwaves to private telecom providers

US President Barack Obama moved Friday to free up more broadcast spectrum used by federal agencies to help meet the surging demand from smartphones and other mobile devices. A White House order calls for a federal team to evaluate ways for agencies to give up or share spectrum for mobile…

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