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New York Times website goes down

(Reuters) – The New York Times website has been unavailable since late Wednesday morning, and it is not clear what is causing the outage. People accessing nytimes.com get a message that the service is unavailable. A New York Times Co spokeswoman confirmed the site is down and that they are…

Google claims Gmail users have no ‘reasonable expectation’ their emails are private

Critics call revelation ‘a stunning admission’ as Google makes claim in court filing in attempt to head off class action lawsuit Gmail users have no “reasonable expectation” that their emails are confidential, Google has said in a court filing. Consumer Watchdog, the advocacy group that uncovered the filing, called the revelation…

‘Fat man’ of political journalism Jack Germond dies at age 85

By Bill Trott WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Jack Germond, the gruff and rumpled “fat man” of American political journalism best known for his coverage of presidential campaigns, died on Wednesday at the age of 85. He died “peacefully and quickly” early in the morning at his home in West Virginia after…

After destroying newspapers, the Internet is now poised to disrupt television

Having turned print media upside down, the Internet now is disrupting television, forcing broadcasters to adapt to tablets and video-on-demand to hold onto views and advertisers. “The gap between what consumers want and the way the industry is delivering it has grown so big that the industry now has to…

Russia closes 700 schools amid dramatic drop in birth rates

More than 700 Russian schools are set to close this year because of a slump in the number of children of school age, Russia’s chief public health doctor said Wednesday. Russia saw birth rates drop dramatically in the turbulent 1990s and its demographic situation has remained negative, with more deaths…

Egypt declares month-long state of emergency over violence

Egypt declared a month-long state of emergency Wednesday as violence raged across the country following a crackdown on supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi. The nationwide state of emergency will begin at 4:00 pm (1400 GMT), the presidency said in a statement read out on state television.…

15-year-old boy put on transplant list after allegedly rejected for his previous trouble with the law

By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) – A 15-year-old Atlanta boy went on the waiting list for a heart transplant two days after his family complained he was unfairly rejected because of past failure to take medicine and show up for doctor’s appointments, his family told a TV station on Tuesday.…

Samsung workers are given 32 seconds to assemble mobile phones

KOREAN ELECTRONICS GIANT Samsung faces a $108m (£70m) fine in Brazil over its treatment of workers, who allegedly are given just 32 seconds to assemble a phone. The BBC reports that prosecutors in Brazil are seeking damages from Samsung for conditions…  …

Russia visit of Snowden’s father to be kept ‘strictly secret’: report

The planned visit to Russia of the father of US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden is to be kept strictly secret, with details of their meeting to be made public only after it has happened, a report said Wednesday. Snowden received asylum in Russia on August 1, enabling him to leave…

FIFA asks 2018 World Cup host Russia for clarity on anti-LGBT laws

Football’s world governing body FIFA on Wednesday said it had asked 2018 World Cup hosts Russia to explain in more detail its controversial new law banning “homosexual propaganda” after criticism from athletes and activists. “In the context of the adoption of the federal law ‘on prohibition of propaganda of non-traditional…

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