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Instagram launches website to allow users to display photos

Facebook-owned Instagram on Tuesday began letting a freshly launched website serve as a gallery for images taken by users of the smartphone photo-sharing service. “Instagram, at its core, is about seeing and taking photos on-the-go,” company co-founder Kevin Systrom said in a blog post. “You can now browse your Instagram…

Ecuadoran court sentences German tourist to 4 years for smuggling Galapagos iguanas

An Ecuadoran court has sentenced a German tourist to four years in prison for trying to smuggle threatened iguanas out of the Galapagos Islands. Dirk Bender “will serve four years in prison as stated in the judgment reported today by the president and judges” of the criminal court that found…

Crowd-funded video game console Ouya plans debut for June

The crowd-funded Ouya videogame console seeking to shake up a market dominated by Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo is gearing up for a US debut in June. The team behind Ouya on Tuesday began taking online pre-orders for the Android-powered devices that plug into televisions and announced that several major retail…

Obama calls for averting automatic spending cuts

US President Barack Obama Tuesday called for a balanced program of stop gap spending reductions and tax reforms to avert punishing multi-billion dollar automatic budget cuts due to kick in on March 1. Obama said the fragile US economy could not afford the hit from huge cuts to defense and…

UK lawmakers approve marriage equality

British lawmakers voted in favour of legislation allowing gay marriage on Tuesday despite a split in Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservative party. Members of parliament voted by 400 to 175 to approve the draft law allowing same-sex couples to marry in England and Wales. In a late intervention just two…

Study: More than half of users have taken a break from Facebook

More than half of US Facebook members have taken breaks from the leading social network, with the top reason being they are just too busy, according to a study released Tuesday. About 61 percent of US users said they had taken time off from Facebook at some point, with 27…

‘Bionic man’ goes on display in British science museum

A “bionic man” costing one million dollars went on display on Tuesday at Britain’s Science Museum, complete with artificial organs, synthetic blood and robot limbs. Named Rex, which is short for “Robotic Exoskeleton”, the six foot six inch (two metre) humanoid with its uncannily life-like face was assembled by leading…

Global e-commerce retail sales topped $1 trillion in 2012

Global Internet retail sales topped $1 trillion for the first time in 2012 with the United States holding the top spot but China rising fast, a market research firm said Tuesday. The report by eMarketer said ecommerce consumer sales grew 21.1 percent to just over $1 trillion, and are expected…

Study: Moles sniff in stereo to locate food underground

Moles need both nostrils to locate food underground, in the way that humans see and hear in stereo, according to research reported on Tuesday. The common mole (Scalopus aquaticus) has tiny eyes tucked between fur and skin and is nearly blind, with small ears attuned only to low frequency sounds.…

Nobel peace prize winner predicts political collapse in Yemen

Yemeni Nobel peace laureate Tawakkul Karman warned in an interview with AFP that her country’s transition process is on the brink of collapse and demanded ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh be banned from politics. The activist, who was a leading figure during the youth uprising in Yemen in 2011, also claimed…

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