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Twitter: 150 million tweets sent about London Olympics

The London Olympics led to 150 million tweets — more than the US elections and Super Bowl combined, Twitter said Tuesday. The Spice Girls’ performance in the closing ceremony generated the biggest spike of the Games, while Usain Bolt’s victory in the 200m made him the most-discussed athlete. London Mayor…

Yahoo! overhauls its email for mobile and web

Yahoo! said Tuesday it was revamping its email for the Web and mobile devices in a move aimed at streamlining the service and making its look consistent across various platforms. “Since it’s such an important part of our daily lives, we’re making a few improvements to Yahoo! Mail,” chief executive…

Putin under fire for comparing Lenin’s corpse to holy relics

Russia President Vladimir Putin came under criticism from rights activists on Tuesday after he compared Vladimir Lenin’s embalmed corpse to the holy relics of Christian saints. In a Monday speech before a group of supporters, Putin spoke against the idea of removing Lenin’s mausoleum from Red Square in Moscow where…

Delta buys 49 percent stake in Virgin Atlantic

Delta Air Lines is buying Singapore Airlines’ 49 percent stake in Virgin Atlantic to expand the US carrier’s trans-Atlantic network, the two airlines announced Tuesday. Delta and Virgin Atlantic will form a joint venture, with Delta investing $360 million in the British-owned carrier as part of the agreement.…

British police arrest 3 in Libor-fixing scandal

British police and investigators arrested three men on Tuesday on suspicion of manipulating the interbank landing rate Libor, the Serious Fraud Office said. “Three men, aged 33, 41 and 47, have been arrested and taken to a London police station for interview in connection with the investigation into the manipulation…

Indian couple engaged on 10/10/10, legally married on 11/11/11 and to hold ceremony on 12/12/12

Couples may be rushing down the aisle on 12/12/12 this Wednesday in hope of an auspicious union, but one Indian bride and groom can claim an even rarer set of special dates. Brandon Pereira and Emilia D’Silva celebrated their engagement on 10/10/10, had a registered legal marriage on 11/11/11 and…

UK government proposes allowing same sex civil marriages

The British government said Tuesday it was proposing to allow same-sex couples to marry in civil ceremonies, but would ban the established Churches of England and Wales from conducting ceremonies. Culture minister Maria Miller said the proposed law would allow other religious institutions to “opt-in” to conduct ceremonies.…

Security group: China will be dominant world economic power by 2030

No state will replace US militarily, says National Intelligence Council, but climate change will create great instability A US intelligence portrait of the world in 2030 predicts that China will be the largest economic power, that climate change will create instability by contributing to water and food shortages, and that…

Bedouins brave elements to attend bamboo school

It takes a certain kind of dedication to be a pupil at the Jahalin primary school, where children often walk for hours across tough desert terrain just to get there. Others come by donkey to this small but thriving Bedouin school tucked away in an inhospitable corner of the Judaean…

Sandy delays NYC bike-sharing program

New York bike enthusiasts will have to wait until May for what could become the largest bicycle-sharing program in the United States, due to damage caused by Superstorm Sandy. The delay — announced Monday — marked the second time that transportation officials pushed back the rollout for Citi Bike, a…

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