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AT&T buys Alltel assets for $700 million

US telecom giant AT&T said Tuesday it had agreed to acquire spectrum, retail stores and other assets from Atlantic Tele-Network’s Alltel brand for $780 million. The Alltel retail wireless operations has some 585,000 subscribers and covers some 4.6 million people in primarily rural areas in six states: Georgia, Idaho, Illinois,…

Mozilla unveils two smartphone prototypes

The Mozilla Foundation on Tuesday unveiled two preview smartphones as it invited developers to try its new open-source mobile operating system challenging Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android. The announcement marked a major step forward for the new Firefox OS mobile operating system which is being built using open Web standards,…

Olympic stadium in London to host rock concerts

A string of live rock concerts will be held in London’s Olympic Stadium in July, music promoter Live Nation announced Tuesday, making them the first events in the Olympic Park since the 2012 Games ended. Wireless Festival and Hard Rock Calling, hitherto held in Hyde Park in central London, will…

EU delays approval of genetically modified crops until 2014

The European Commission has decided to freeze the approval process for genetically modified food crops through the end of its mandate next year while it works towards an agreement with EU member states. “The Commission, if it wants, could launch a procedure to authorise the farming of one GM soya…

World unemployment figures set to rise in 2013

A record 202 million people could be unemployed across the world in 2013, the International Labour Organization (ILO) said on Tuesday. Five years on from the onset of the financial crisis, unemployment is on the rise again as economies around the world lose jobs and the fragile recovery is threatened…

CIA and Pentagon have long-running influence over Hollywood’s representation of military

The CIA and the Pentagon pulled out all the stops for the creators of “Zero Dark Thirty,” staging interviews with officials and a Navy SEAL for an inside account of the hunt for Osama bin Laden. Critics praised the movie’s gritty and gripping feel but, with the film due for…

UN: Buying ‘funny fruit’ will help feed the world and reduce waste

Make a shopping list and buy “funny fruit,” it will cut food waste and help “shape a sustainable future,” the United Nations Environment Programme and Food and Agriculture Organzation said on Tuesday. The UNEP, FAO and partners unveiled a campaign dubbed “Think-Eat-Save Reduce Your Foodprint” to change global practices that…

China pledges to curb population growth over poor air quality

China’s capital Beijing will strengthen measures to combat pollution, state media reported Tuesday, amid public anger over the dangerous air quality in the sprawling metropolis. Acting mayor Wang Anshun told the city’s legislature that steps will include removing old vehicles from roads, shutting down coal-fired plants and planting more greenery,…

Glenn Beck stages ‘misfits’ inaugural ball, complete with ‘Earth Haters,’ ‘Hate Mongers’ and ‘Bible Thumpers’

Tea Party darling invites guests, including Rick Santorum, to join Earth Haters and Bible Thumpers at consolatory dinner It is an inauguration ball with red carpet and tuxedos, but Obama is emphatically not invited. There is the Earth Haters table, for climate change deniers; the Hate Mongers table, for radio…

Anti-choice activists to rally on Roe v Wade anniversary

Thousands of pro-life activists will descend on the US capital Tuesday in protest on the 40th anniversary of a landmark US Supreme Court ruling guaranteeing abortion rights under the Constitution. This year’s March for Life will take place three days later, on Friday, due to festivities surrounding President Barack Obama’s…

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