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UK’s anti-porn filtering being handled by a Chinese company

UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s anti-porn activities have been well detailed here recently, including his insistence that search engines enable child pornography and that ISP-level porn filtering should be on by default. Despite lacking the comprehension…  …

How hackers use bots to score prime restaurant reservations

Forget about hacking an app or database: for a small cadre of hackers in San Francisco, it’s all about writing code that can score them a great table at a hot restaurant. According to the BBC, these developers and programmers have designed bots that…  …

Inside TimeSpace, the New York Times’ new startup accelerator

Like many entrepreneurs, Tarikh Korula takes pride in the standard perks of entrepreneurship: He doesn’t have a boss, a corporate cubicle, or a “real job.” It’s been seven years since he’s worked in what he…  …

World’s first fleet of marine drones being tested in the Mediterranean

An odd underwater ballet has been unfolding in the Mediterranean port of Toulon these past few days. Under the scrutiny of their masters, whose eyes are glued to computer screens, the world’s first fleet of “marine drones” is being put through its paces. Five European countries — France, Germany, Italy,…

Hit singer-songwriter JJ Cale dead at 74 after heart attack

(Reuters) – Grammy award winning singer and songwriter JJ Cale, one of the most versatile musicians of his era who played everything from rock and roll to blues and jazz, has died after suffering a heart attack, his official website said on Saturday. Cale, who was 74, won a Grammy…

North Korea displays massive military might on 60th anniversary of armistice

North Korea staged an intimidating parade of military muscle and patriotic fervour Saturday, aimed at rallying support around leader Kim Jong-Un on the 60th anniversary of the armistice that ended the Korean War. For two hours, wave after wave of goose-stepping soldiers, followed by batteries of tanks and longer-range missiles…

NASA’s WISE finds that most centaurs are comets

Celestial centaurs — the small sub-planetary bodies that are found orbiting the sun somewhere between Jupiter and Neptune — have remained something of a mystery since their discovery. What exactly are they? Asteroids? Comets? Well new research done…  …

Schools damaged in Texas plant explosion to get $2.75 million from FEMA

By Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS, Texas (Reuters) – Schools damaged by a West, Texas, fertilizer plant explosion will receive $2.75 million in federal funds for temporary classrooms and administrative buildings, the government said Friday. The Federal Emergency Management Agency said the money cannot be used for permanent rebuilding by the…

JPMorgan Chase stops selling physical commodities amid federal pressure

By David Sheppard and Jonathan Leff NEW YORK (Reuters) – JPMorgan Chase & Co is exiting physical commodities trading, the bank said in a surprise statement on Friday, as Wall Street’s role in the trading of raw materials comes under unprecedented political and regulatory pressure. After spending billions of dollars…

Seven killed, hundreds injured in new round of dueling protests in Egypt

By Asma Alsharif and Matt Robinson CAIRO (Reuters) – At least seven people were killed and hundreds wounded in scattered violence across Egypt during mass rallies for and against the army’s overthrow of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi, who was placed under investigation for murder. With hundreds of thousands taking to…

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