Quantcast
Home » Archives » Latest Headlines (Page 1851)

DNA database not so anonymous on the Internet: study

On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a dog — but it is getting increasingly easy for someone to figure it out. As more and more of our personal data — and those of the people we know and are related to — gets posted online, the anonymity promised by the…

Oops: Norwegian maple leaf adorns new Canada $20 bill

The maple leaf shown on Canada’s new $20 bills is from a Norway maple, which is not native to Canada, several botanists cited by Canadian media decried Friday. Canada’s iconic red maple leaf image appears on its flag, government logos and countless other branding of Canadiana. “It’s our national symbol…

When is hactivism civil disobedience and when is it cyber crime?

By Christie Thompson, ProPublica When Reddit co-founder and internet freedom activist Aaron Swartz committed suicide last Friday, he was facing up to 13 felony counts, 50 years in prison, and millions of dollars in fines. His alleged crime? Pulling millions of academic articles from the digital archive JSTOR. Prosecutors allege that Swartz downloaded…

Leonardo DiCaprio promises to take ‘long, long break’ from films

“Django Unchained” and “Titanic” star Leonardo DiCaprio said on Friday he was planning to take a significant break from filming and concentrate on his environmental campaigning. In an interview with Germany’s mass circulation daily Bild, the 38-year-old American actor said: “I am a bit drained. I’m now going to take…

Spotify boosts sales for Swedish music industry

Music sales in Sweden rose last year thanks to the growing popularity of music streaming service Spotify, the country’s music industry body said, offering hope to a sector battered by file-sharing. Last year was the best year for music sales in Sweden since 2005, according to data from the Swedish…

Accused gang rape attackers go to fast-track court in India

Trial of five men accused of Delhi bus attack to open on Monday The trial of the five men accused of the gang-rape and murder of a young woman will open on Monday in a special fast-track court in Delhi, an Indian magistrate has ordered. The brutal attack on the…

Temperature hits all-time record in Sydney

Temperatures in Sydney hit their highest level on record on Friday, with the mercury in Australia’s biggest city reaching 45.8 degrees Celsius (114.4 Fahrenheit) in the mid-afternoon. Sydney’s previous hottest recorded temperature was 45.3 degrees set in 1939. “It’s a historic day for Sydney today,” Weather Channel meteorologist Dick Whitaker…

Kim Dotcom poised for return with Megaupload successor

Internet tycoon Kim Dotcom will launch a new file-sharing site at his Auckland mansion on Sunday, exactly a year after armed police arrested him at the same venue in the world’s largest online piracy case. Dotcom’s new venture, mega.co.nz, aims to recreate the success of his Megaupload empire, which boasted…

African diva aims for ‘Marilyn moment’ at Obama inauguration

South Africa’s Lira will be one among many performers at Barack Obama’s inaugural celebrations Monday, but she is determined to be remembered for a performance to rival Marilyn Monroe’s wooing of John F. Kennedy. The multi-platinum artist hopes to give Obama and other guests at the Ambassadors’ Inaugural Ball in…

Anti-doping chief slams Armstrong ‘PR stunt’

World Anti-Doping Agency president John Fahey on Friday branded Lance Armstrong’s doping confession a “controlled public relations” stunt that revealed nothing new. As influential South Australian Senator Nick Xenophon threatened legal action to force the state government to reveal how much it paid Armstrong to ride in the Tour Down…

Google+