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Yahoo buys mobile newsreader app Summly from 17-year-old London kid

Yahoo! announced plans Monday to buy mobile news reader app Summly from the London teenager who invented it, likely transforming him into one of the world’s youngest self-made multimillionaires. The company did not disclose the terms of the deal it struck with 17-year-old Nick D’Aloisio, but the London Evening Standard…

Georgia woman offered free trip to retrieve camera lost in Hawai’i that washed up in Taiwan

A Taiwanese airline said Monday it has traced the American owner of a diving camera, which was lost in Hawaii in 2007 and was found last month on a Taiwan beach more than 6,000 miles (9,600 km) away. Flag carrier China Airlines said the owner of the Canon camera, identified…

Investigators launch probe into price-fixing of German beer

German antitrust authorities said on Monday that they had opened an investigation against several brewers over the suspected price fixing of beer. The Federal Cartel Office “is investigating several breweries,” a spokeswoman for the office told AFP, confirming a report in Focus news weekly. “As it’s a procedure that is…

16,000 dead pigs washed up so far along Yangtze River around Shanghai

Shanghai said the end of an embarrassing pollution case which saw dead pigs floating down the city’s main river was in sight, with the total number recovered now standing at more than 16,000. “The city’s water territory has already basically finished the work of fishing out the floating dead pigs,”…

Fedex shipping two adorable pandas China to Toronto

Fedex was expected on Monday to ship two pandas from China to Canada as part of an agreement signed by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and China’s former President Hu Jintao. Er Shun, a 5-year-old female, and Da Mao, a 4-year-old male, will spend five years at the Toronto Zoo…

Widespread placebo prescriptions prompt debate over the ethics of overmedication

According to a recent study, doctors sometimes prescribe treatments they don’t have any evidence for. Is this ethical? Almost all UK GPs have at some point given a patient a treatment they don’t need. This is according to the results of a survey of 783 of them across the country,…

Ford apologizes for ads featuring women bound and gagged in car driven by Silvio Berlusconi

Ford India has apologised for a series of advertisements featuring caricatures of bound and gagged women in the boot of a Figo car driven by former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi. The advertisements for the best-selling hatchback, created by the Indian unit of global advertising giant JWT, appeared on the…

Colorado shooting suspect Evan Ebel had ‘a streak of cruelty and anger’

The former Colorado inmate and white supremacist is at the center of an investigation into the shooting death of state prisons chief Tom Clements and a pizza delivery man.(Colorado Department of Corrections/AP) With all evidence…  …

Junk food fight between U.S. manufacturers and health advocates intensifies

The fight between food purveyors and health advocates over junk food is getting intense. From the successful campaign against trans fats to San Francisco’s ban on toys in McDonald’s Happy Meals to first lady Michelle Obama’s campaign against childhood obesity, it’s clear that makers of so-called junk…  …

New Zealand bans foreign students from working as prostitutes

International students in New Zealand, where prostitution is legal, have been told they are to be barred from working in the sex trade. A government immigration website, www.nzstudywork.com, said Monday overseas students have the same workplace rights as all New Zealanders, but lists jobs they cannot do. Foreign students “can’t…

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