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Yahoo wants to make its NSA PRISM fight against U.S. FISA court public

Company says court papers would show the public it fought strenuously against intelligence agencies accessing its data Yahoo has called on Fisa, the secretive US surveillance court, to let it publish its legal argument against a case that gave the government “powerful leverage” in persuading tech companies to co-operate with…

8 things you didn’t know about Nikola Tesla

In honor of inventor Nikola Tesla’s 157th birthday, we’ve turned to two Tesla experts and historians to help us compile a list of interesting facts you probably never knew about the guy. The information below comes from interviews…  …

NASA and Reddit encourage 7-year-old Dexter Walters to seek space

Dexter Walters, a 7-year-old from Britain, heard earlier this year that a Dutch NGO was looking for applicants to start the first human colony on Mars. Fascinated by space, but too young to reasonably expect the agency to select him, Dexter decided…  …

Data shows immigrants enforce, not threaten, American values

A comprehensive immigration reform bill has passed the Senate, but it faces dubious prospects in the House, where it probably won’t garner enough of the Republican support needed to bring it to a floor vote. One Republican sticking point is that the…  …

George Zimmerman won’t testify in his defense

In what may be his last utterances in the Trayvon Martin murder trial, former neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman said Wednesday afternoon he had made the decision not to testify in his own defense. Florida circuit court Judge Debra Nelson asked…  …

Venezuelan minister: Facebook users unwittingly work as CIA informants

A government minister in Venezuela, which has offered fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden asylum, is urging her countrymen to cancel their Facebook accounts lest they be targeted by US snooping. “Fellow Venezuelans: cancel your Facebook accounts, since you unwittingly have worked as CIA informants! Look at the Snowden case!”…

Bradley Manning defense rests its case after calling just 10 witnesses

The defence has rested its case in the trial of the WikiLeaks source Bradley Manning, rounding off its portrayal of the US soldier as a young man who accepted that he was wrong to have leaked a vast trove of state secrets but who had no “general evil intent” to…

U.S. and China agree to expand efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

America and China agreed on Wednesday to work together to develop cleaner trucks, expanding joint efforts against climate change by the two greatest emitters and raising prospects for a global climate deal.. The new initiatives announced in Washington on Wednesday would see China and America extend their climate co-operation to…

Ben Bernanke says Federal Reserve stimulus still needed

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Wednesday that the Fed’s easy-money policy is still necessary, throwing cold water on fresh market expectations that the Fed’s stimulus would soon be ended. Bernanke told an audience of economists in Cambridge, Massachusetts, that the jobs market remains too weak and inflation remains too…

Walmart and Gap plan for Bangladesh garment factory safety ‘a sham’

A plan developed by North American retailers including Gap and Walmart in an attempt to improve safety in Bangladeshi garment factories has been labelled a “sham” by workers’ rights groups. The two retailers were part of an alliance of 17 US and Canadian brands and retailers which on Wednesday launched…

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