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90 percent of Wikipedia editors are men

This week, Tom Simonite wrote a fantastic piece in the MIT Technology Review asking if Wikipedia was in decline. One tidbit of that story identified by the Atlantic is that 90% of Wikipedia’s editors are male. That said, the gender…  …

Obama personally informed of NSA spying on Chancellor Angela Merkel in 2010: German media

US President Barack Obama was personally informed of phone tapping against German Chancellor Angela Merkel, which may have begun as early as 2002, German media reported Sunday as a damaging espionage scandal widened. Bild am Sonntag newspaper quoted US intelligence sources as saying that National Security Agency chief Keith Alexander…

80 mph winds herald Britain’s ‘worst storm in a decade’

Britain was braced on Sunday for its worst storm in a decade, with heavy rain and winds of more than 80 miles (130 kilometres) an hour set to batter the south of the country. The Met Office national weather centre warned of falling trees, damage to buildings and disruption to…

Google suspected builder of enormous floating data center discovered in San Francisco Bay

An enormous floating barge has emerged in the San Francisco Bay, which tech-savvy sleuths suspect is a massive data center being constructed by Google, the CNET blog reported. The huge floating structure “stands about four stories high and was made with a series of modern cargo containers… Locals refer to…

Music legend Quincy Jones sues Michael Jackson’s estate for $10 million

Music impresario Quincy Jones, credited with producing some of Michael Jackson’s biggest hits, has sued the late singer’s estate for $10 million, court documents showed on Saturday. Jones filed a breach-of-contract lawsuit in connection with projects released after the singer’s death, according to a California court filing. The suit against…

Actor Marcia Wallace, who voiced Bart Simpson’s jaded, chain-smoking schoolteacher, dead at 70

Marcia Wallace, the voice of Edna Krabappel — Bart Simpson’s jaded, chain-smoking schoolteacher on the animated show “The Simpsons” — has died, the show producers said Saturday. She was 70. Wallace died in Los Angeles of complications from pneumonia, her son Michael Hawley told the Los Angeles Times. Wallace’s career…

‘So help me God’ rendered optional in Air Force Academy oath

The Air Force Academy has declared the phrase “so help me God” at the end of the Air Force cadet honor code optional. “Here at the Academy, we work to build a culture of dignity and respect, and that respect includes the ability of our cadets, Airmen and civilian Airmen…

Far-right French politician Marine Le Pen confronted by topless Femen protesters

Marine Le Pen, leader of France’s far-right National Front (FN) party, became the latest target of a trademark topless protest by feminist group Femen during a visit to the town of Fougères in Brittany on Saturday. Le Pen, in town to meet local FN party members, was greeting Fougères residents…

UK-style immigrant blues, as American teacher fights deportation from rural Scotland

Kevin McKenna, The Observer On a fishing boat off the coast of Massachusetts in the early 1960s an American boy first began to hear the call of a distant land echoing across an ocean and down through generations. David MacIsaac recalls fishing with his uncles and brothers, all lobstermen, and…

Chinese state television shows ‘confession’ of jailed anti-corruption journalist

A Chinese journalist arrested over a series of articles criticizing a partly state-owned firm appeared on public television Saturday to apologize, with state media saying he admitted the articles were “unverified and false”. Chen Yongzhou’s newspaper, the New Express, made headlines around the world earlier in the week when it…

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