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MIT scientist David House: Assange’s actions ‘put WikiLeaks supporters at risk’

Julian Assange has lost another of his dwindling band of loyal supporters. David House, one of very few people to have met both Assange and the WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning, has denounced the WikiLeaks founder in a blaze of excoriating tweets. House, a computer scientist based at MIT in Cambridge,…

New Yorker writer Jonah Lehrer resigns over fabricating Bob Dylan quotes

Jonah Lehrer, a staff writer on the New Yorker magazine, has resigned after admitting that he fabricated Bob Dylan’s quotes in a book. He had previously dismissed claims about falsifying the quotes in his best-selling book, Imagine: how creativity works, but finally came clean yesterday. In a statement issued through…

Researchers use role-playing fantasy video game to treat teen depression

Long viewed as a contributing factor in teenage isolation, computer games are now being used to treat adolescent depression in an innovative New Zealand programme. Rather than simply encouraging players to engage in mindless destruction, the SPARX video game attempts to teach teenagers how to deal with depression using a…

Romney to announce VP pick via iPhone app

Desperate to be the first to learn of White House hopeful Mitt Romney’s vice presidential pick? There’s an app for that. Continuing their strategy of teasing out the Republican’s process for choosing his running mate, the Romney campaign Tuesday rolled out a smartphone application they say will serve as the…

Defense Secretary Panetta visits Egypt to boost new PM

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta arrived in Cairo on Tuesday for a lightning visit to the longtime Middle East ally to reaffirm U.S. support for Egypt’s democratic transition, an AFP reporter said. The Pentagon chief is due to meet Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, the head of the Supreme Council of…

Russia hits anti-Putin blogger with embezzlement charges

Russian investigators on Tuesday charged popular protest leader Alexei Navalny with embezzlement in an old case that may put one of President Vladimir Putin’s most vocal critics in jail for 10 years. The Investigative Committee said in a statement that Navalny would also be barred from leaving Moscow during a…

Israeli draft loophole could force Orthodox Jews into service

A controversial Israeli law which allowed ultra-Orthodox Jews to defer military service, is to expire on Tuesday, leaving a legislative hole which could technically see them called up en masse. When the 2002 Tal Law expires at midnight, conscription will be guided by previous legislation, meaning that all 18-year-old Israelis,…

Street artists take satirical aim at Olympics

An javelin thrower stands poised to make his throw – but in place of a spear, he holds a missile. The striking image, stenciled in black onto a dirty wall, is one of two new works recently unveiled on the website of British satirical street artist Banksy to coincide with…

Online dating becoming big business in China

Revenues from China’s online dating market are forecast to top two billion yuan ($315 million) in 2014 as work-stressed Chinese struggle to find partners, a new report said Tuesday. Tens of millions of single Chinese people now use match-making websites to find partners or meet new friends, said the report…

Yahoo! number two exec quits after losing out on top spot

Yahoo! on Monday announced the departure of Ross Levinsohn, who served as interim chief executive and was seen as a favorite for the top job before the firm named Marissa Meyer to the post. Regulatory documents indicated Levinsohn would leave with an “equity award” including 67,000 restricted stock units and…

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