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Google raises privacy fears as personal details are released to app developers

Campaigner says tech giant’s policies don’t make it clear that Google Play users who buy apps give over information Google could face a third privacy row in a two years, after a leading campaigner called for the US government to investigate the fact that the names, geographic region and email…

Obama urges governors to lobby congressional colleagues on sequester budget cuts

President urges governors to pressure congressional colleagues to reach a deal as across-the-board spending cuts edge closer Barack Obama delivered a grim warning to the nation’s governors at the White House on Monday about the impact of across-the-board spending cuts if Congress fails to find a deal by Friday’s deadline. Obama urged…

EU: Getting people to quit smoking is a ‘no-brainer, ethically and economically’

The cost and health benefits of getting people not to smoke and better still, not to start, more than outweigh the taxes the tobacco industry pays to governments, the European Commission said Monday. Irish Health Minister James Reilly, presenting the EU’s new draft tobacco law in the European parliament, said…

‘Cannibal cop’ trial begins in New York

Opening statements were scheduled Monday in the sensational trial of a New York policeman accused of plotting to kidnap and eat women. Prosecutors were to tell a jury that Gilberto Valle, a promising New York Police Department officer, conspired to kidnap women and illegally accessed the police database for detailed…

Italy’s center-left party poised to win general election

Italy’s centre-left led by Pier Luigi Bersani was poised to win the general election, according to exit polls on Monday, with a large lead over Silvio Berlusconi’s party. The centre-left is set to snap up to 34.5 percent of the vote, with 29 percent going to the centre-right, according to…

Global financial groups vie for control over ‘mobile money’ future

Global financial groups battled Monday to control the lucrative future of “mobile money”, which will enable people to use a smartphone to go shopping instead of cash and credit cards. MasterCard, Visa and online payments service PayPal struggled for a slice of the industry as the world’s biggest mobile fair,…

Iranian media dismisses ‘Argo’ Oscar win as ‘political’

Iranian media on Monday scoffed at Hollywood’s awarding of its top honour to Ben Affleck’s Iran hostage drama “Argo”, branding it a “political” win while poking fun at US first lady Michelle Obama’s surprise appearance at the Oscar ceremony. The 85th Academy Awards is “the most political Oscar ever,” Iran’s…

Dominique Strauss-Kahn sues over book documenting his affair

Disgraced IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn is taking legal steps to stop a controversial new book by Argentinian-born Marcela Iacub detailing their liaison, his lawyers said on Monday. In “Beauty and the Beast,” due to be released on Wednesday, Iacub says she had a relationship with Strauss-Kahn from January to August…

Morsi seeks meeting with opposition over Egyptian parliamentary elections

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi on Monday called for a meeting with the country’s opposition to discuss upcoming legislative polls, amid calls for a boycott. “I call on all the brothers in the different parties in all of Egypt to come… so we can sit and put in the place the…

‘Life of Pi’ earns Ang Lee second directing Oscar

Taiwanese-born Ang Lee was the first Asian ever to win an Oscar for directing, in 2006 for gay cowboy movie “Brokeback Mountain.” Seven years later he has done it again with 3D fantasy “Life of Pi.” “Thank you, movie god,” Lee told the audience at the 85th Academy Awards on…

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