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Kim Dot Com resigns from Mega to pursue plans for his New Zealand political party

Internet mogul Kim Dotcom said on Thursday he was resigning from his new venture Mega to focus on fighting extradition to the United States and his plans for a New Zealand political party. Dotcom launched mega.co.nz in January, a year after his wildly successful Megaupload empire was shut down as…

Neil Young says his Pono Music service will be ready to launch next year

Neil Young has issued an update on his Pono Music project, promising the “high-resolution” audio service will be ready to launch in early 2014. Although details remain scarce, Young hopes his service will replace the MP3 through a combination of a new portable music player, new compression technology and “special…

Benedict Cumberbatch set to play Amazon explorer in ‘Lost City of Z’

Benedict Cumberbatch is being lined up to portray the 1920s Amazon explorer Percy Fawcett in James Gray’s Lost City of Z, reports Deadline. In what appears to be the currently red-hot British star’s first starring role in potential blockbuster fare, he will portray a real-life figure who was scorned by…

Japan nuclear agency says Fukushima water leak risk exaggerated

The chief of Japan’s nuclear watchdog chided the operator of the Fukushima plant Thursday for its inability properly to explain problems, which he said was inflating fears around the world. Shunichi Tanaka, chairman of the Nuclear Regulation Authority, said information given by Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) on the level of…

Pacific nations agree to cut bluefin tuna catches

Asia-Pacific fishing nations and territories agreed on Thursday to cut catches of young bluefin tuna by 15 percent, with an agreement environmentalists said would not stop overfishing. Nine economies, including the United States, China, South Korea and Taiwan, concluded a four-day meeting of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission…

Privacy fears cause more to cover online tracks

Amid growing fears about online surveillance and data theft, Americans are increasingly taking steps to remove or mask their digital footprints on the Internet, a study showed Thursday. The Pew Research Center report said 86 percent of US Internet users have taken some steps to avoid online surveillance by other…

UN seeks Syria peace talks amid military strike threat

The United Nations is making a desperate new push for a Syria peace conference even as the United States prepares a possible military strike, according to diplomats. Talks on a conference are to be relaunched at the Group of 20 summit in Russia this week with the 30-month-old conflict at…

New York fashion week frenzy kicks off

The fashion world takes over New York, as industry heavyweights and several newcomers unveil their lines for next spring, and one designer stages the first show for plus-sized women. As the days begin to shorten in the Big Apple, the city can bask a little longer in the warmth as…

Mexico City mulls legal marijuana ‘clubs’

The Mexico City council is considering the legalization of cannabis plants and the creation of private marijuana smoking “clubs” as it mulls controversial legislation to liberalize consumption, lawmakers said. The capital hosted a three-day forum on drug policy amid a growing debate in Latin America over the course of the…

Drug use doubles among U.S. baby boomers and seniors

The use of illegal drugs among Americans in general is holding steady, but it’s surging among middle-aged baby boomers, according to report released Wednesday. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health indicated that 9.2 percent of Americans aged 12 and over, or 23.9 million, were current consumers of illicit…

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