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Early Apple employees talk memories of Steve Jobs and new biopic

Daniel Kottke and Bill Fernandez had front-row seats to the birth of the personal computing industry, as well as the most valuable technology company in the world. Both served as employees of Apple Computer in its earliest days: Kottke working with…  …

Ancient Chinese ‘super rat’ who beat the dinosaurs 66 million years ago was outdone by ‘modern’ rodents

Scientists have recovered the oldest complete skeleton ever found from a mammal lineage that outlived the dinosaurs.Some 66 million years ago, an entire ecosystem – one packed with the largest animals that ever lived…  …

Beam me over, Scotty? Scientists take quantum leap in quantum teleportation.

Quantum research defies easy language. How do you describe jumping from one spot to another without passing through the space between?;  …

40 pythons found in Canadian hotel

Little more than a week after a giant python crushed two young Canadian boys to death, police have recovered 40 of the snakes from a hotel room. The reptiles were found in several plastic storage bins on Thursday night in a room in Brantford, Ontario, where a couple who had…

Al-Jazeera set to tackle U.S. market with ‘long-form reporting of stories’ ignored by mainstream media

With a cast of TV news stars, deep pockets and an ambitious agenda, Al-Jazeera launches its US news channel on Tuesday, aiming to shake up the broadcast journalism market stateside. The US cable channel will reach more than 40 million households and vastly expands the footprint of the Qatar-based media…

Gunmen kill woman politician who belonged to Pakistan’s Awami National Pary –known for its anti-Taliban views

Gunmen shot dead a secular female politician from Pakistan’s troubled northwest after breaking into her home at night, police said on Saturday. Najma Hanif, 35, was a senior member of the Awami National Pary (ANP) which is known for its outspoken views against the Taliban and backed military operations against…

Venice gondola accident kills German tourist

A gondola and a vaporetto waterbus collided Saturday on Venice’s Grand Canal, killing a German tourist and badly injuring a young girl, Italy’s Ansa news agency reported. The accident happened around noon near the canal city’s famous Rialto Bridge as the public transport waterbus manoeuvred toward a stop, Ansa said.…

Egypt arrests brother of Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri for ‘backing Morsi’

Egyptian authorities have arrested Mohamed al-Zawahiri, brother of Al-Qaeda head Ayman al-Zawahiri, for supporting ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, a security source told AFP on Saturday. The brother was arrested in his home district of Giza, adjacent to the capital, the source said.…

Hundreds flee as wildfire menaces Idaho ski resort towns

By Laura Zuckerman SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) – Firefighters battled on Friday to check a fast-moving wildfire raging near the Sun Valley ski resort in Idaho, where more than 1,000 people were evacuated as flames menaced multimillion-dollar homes in the area, authorities said. The so-called Beaver Creek Fire, the nation’s top…

Singer Chris Brown ordered to do 1,000 more hours to complete probation

Singer Chris Brown was ordered to perform 1,000 hours community service after his probation stemming from the 2009 assault on his then girlfriend Rihanna was restored, officials said. The 24-year-old R&B star’s probation was revoked last month after he was hit with misdemeanor charges following a minor traffic accident. Those…

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