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Bono to receive Mexico’s Order of the Aztec Eagle

Mexico will bestow the Order of the Aztec Eagle, the highest decoration awarded to foreigners, on U2 singer Bono in recognition of his humanitarian work and close ties with the country. President Felipe Calderon may deliver the medal to the Irish star during his visit to New York next week…

Twitter chief says it’s helping television

Twitter chief Dick Costolo said Friday that the Internet Age one-to-many text messaging service is turning out to be a boon for good old television. “There is a fascinating relationship between Twitter and tune-in, and Twitter and TV,” Costolo said during an on-stage chat at an Online News Association gathering…

YouTube seeking education video ‘gurus’

YouTube on Friday was searching for education “gurus” with knowledge to impart to fast-growing ranks of students turning to online videos for lessons. The globally popular Google-owned video-sharing venue teamed with Internet education innovator Khan Academy to find, train and promote 10 “super-talented and engaging content creators.” “We have seen…

Rio 2016 officials sacked for stealing London files

Ten members of the 2016 Olympics organising committee have been sacked for stealing computer files relating to the organisation of the 2012 London Olympics, a Rio 2016 spokesman told AFP on Friday. The Rio employees, who had been working alongside London staff during the summer Olympics and Paralympics, had downloaded…

Samsung may add iPhone 5 to patent war

South Korea’s Samsung Electronics said Friday it was considering adding Apple’s new iPhone 5 to a patent infringement case as part of a long-running global legal battle between the rival smartphone giants. Samsung officials said the company would look into amending its side of an ongoing patent lawsuit in a…

‘Astronomical Unit’ officially adopted by astronomers

The world’s top astronomical body has endorsed the definition of the “Astronomical Unit” (AU), a measurement used to calculate the distance between stars and planets. The AU — based on the distance between Earth and the Sun — has long been in use by astronomers, and the decision by the…

Nepalese tigers become nocturnal to avoid humans

Tigers in southern Nepal appear to be changing their habits so they can operate under cover of darkness and avoid coming into contact with humans, scientists said on Friday. A study of the big cats in Chitwan National Park found that forest paths used by locals during the day were…

Facebook drops facial recognition tool following privacy investigation

Facebook said Friday it had switched off the facial-recognition tool that prompts users to “tag” photographs uploaded to its website following a privacy investigation. The feature was identified by regulators as one of the main privacy threats posed by the social networking site. Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner, Billy Hawkes, who…

Publisher allows protagonist in young adult novel to remain gay

Yuki, the gay protagonist of a young adult novel whose authors were told to make him straight if they wished to find a publisher, has found a happy ending after Viking Penguin acquired the book he stars in – and allowed him to remain gay. Last year the American novelists Sherwood Smith…

‘Knitting Behind Bars’ group works with minimum security men’s prison in Baltimore

Lynn Zwerling's knitting group for male prisoners opens up their world (via The Christian Science Monitor) The first warden Lynn Zwerling approached with her idea recoiled as if she might bite. The second wouldn’t meet with her. The third claimed to love the idea, then fell out of touch. Outrageous,…

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