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Facebook network hit by ‘sophisticated’ attack

Facebook said Friday its computer system was “targeted in a sophisticated attack” last month, but that it found no evidence any user data was compromised. The company said in a blog post that malware came from an infected website from a mobile developer and that “we remediated all infected machines,…

Anti-gay preacher Bradlee Dean stopped from speaking at Florida high school

A Florida high school barred controversial preacher Bradlee Dean from speaking on campus, reported Talking Points Memo. He was invited by a student school group. According to an attorney for Dean and his organization, the principal of the school in Boca Raton, Fla., held concerns over dean’s anti-gay stance and…

Famous last tweets captured for posterity on new blog

Someone’s famous last words are now likely to be famous last tweets. A blog launched this week, thetweethereafter.com, captures some of those final 140-character comments as part of an unusual tribute to the newly departed. “What do you have up your sleeve for your love tomorrow??? #getexcited #ValentinesDay,” was the…

Alcohol consumption linked to 1 in 30 cancer deaths: study

A new study has found that alcohol is a culprit for 1 in 30 cancer deaths, reported HealthDay News — or roughly 20,000 deaths. In the case of breast cancer, 15 percent of deaths are linked to alcohol. “As expected, people who are higher alcohol users were at higher risk,…

Newspaper misprint leads people seeking subscriptions to phone sex hotline

The Sacramento Bee made a small but critical mistake when it printed the wrong phone number for people to call to order a newspaper subscription. The phone number — off by a single digit — instead led people to a phone sex hotline, reported FOX40. “Welcome to America’s hottest hotline,”…

NASA plans mission to Jupiter moon Europa to look for signs of life

$2bn project, yet to get funding approval, would look for life on Europa, which has vast ice-covered oceans of water Nasa scientists have drawn up plans for a mission that could look for life on Europa, a moon of Jupiter that is covered in vast oceans of water under a…

Remote-controlled robot that uses dry ice to vacuum radiation headed to Fukushima

A remote controlled robot that uses dry ice to vacuum up radiation was unveiled by Japanese researchers on Friday, the latest innovation to help the clean-up at Fukushima. The caterpillar-tracked device blasts dry ice — frozen CO2 — against floors and walls, evaporating and carrying radioactive substances with it, engineers…

German court: Facebook can demand users provide real data when registering

Facebook can insist that its customers use their real personal data when registering on the site, a German court ruled in a decision published on Friday. The administrative court in the northern state of Schleswig-Holstein slapped down an order from regional data protection officials that Facebook change its policy on…

Fourth case of SARS-like virus pops up in UK

A third member of a family has been diagnosed in Britain with a potentially fatal SARS-like virus, officials said Friday, bringing the number of confirmed cases worldwide to 12. Britain’s Health Protection Agency (HPA) said the latest person to contract novel coronavirus was a relative of two other cases announced…

Environmental icon Marina Silva establishes new political party in Brazil

Environmental icon and former senator Marina Silva will set up a new party Saturday, one year before Brazil’s presidential elections, an aide said Friday. Silva, 55, won a surprising 20 million votes — 19 percent of the total — in a first round of voting when she ran for president…

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