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‘Angry Birds’ film could create giant to rival Disney

Finnish mobile gaming company Rovio said on Friday that a movie based on its hit game “Angry Birds” could result in the group establishing an animation studio rivalling global giant Walt Disney. Rovio chief executive Mikael Hed told AFP that the animated 3D film, which will not reach cinemas until…

Hilary Clinton holds the keys to a 2016 presidential run

Will she, won’t she, will she, won’t she, will she join the dance? To borrow from “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” that’s the question on everyone’s lips about Hillary Clinton and the 2016 White House race. And just like Alice, who followed the White Rabbit down the hole into a strange…

Scientists urge pardon of gay code-cracker Alan Turing

Leading scientists including Stephen Hawking urged Britain on Friday to pardon World War II code-breaker Alan Turing, who committed suicide after he was convicted of the then crime of homosexuality. Often hailed as a father of modern computing whose code-cracking is credited with shortening World War II, Turing took his…

Circus elephants survive fire on Serbian highway in freezing temperatures

Russian rescuers saved two circus elephants on a Siberian highway when their wooden van caught fire amid freezing temperatures, police said Friday. The elephants’ wooden truck caught fire on Thursday evening in Siberia’s Novosibirsk region. A petrol-powered heater in the van most likely set fire to their straw, police said,…

Internet remains unregulated as UN Internet treaty fails

Failure to sign agreement at ITU conference stops governments having greater powers to control phone calls and data A proposed global telecoms treaty that would give national governments control of the internet has been blocked by the US and key western and African nations. They said they are “not able to sign…

Newly discovered slow loris already at risk of extinction

The ‘teddy bear’ face of the nocturnal Nycticebus kayan, discovered in Borneo, makes it attractive for illegal poaching A new species of primate, a “big-eyed” and venomous slow loris, has been identified in Borneo by researchers. But the new loris is already under threat from the Asian pet trade in…

Tourette’s-inspired Twitter bot account takes the Turing test

By Jess Thom, The Guardian An attempt to construct a Tourette’s inspired Twitter account appears to have taken on a life of it’s own I should say from the outset that my scientific knowledge is very limited. In most areas it stretches little beyond the rudimentary fragments that sank in…

Second Japanese nuclear plant faces earthquake risk

A second nuclear plant in Japan sits atop a possibly active seismic fault, government-appointed experts said Friday, days after the first facility was said to be at risk. A panel appointed by the Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) said fractured strips of earth beneath the Higashidori plant’s compound in northern Japan…

Arab Spring countries still in turmoil two years later

Tunisians, already troubled by the rise of radical Islamists, are eyeing the political and economic paralysis gripping their country with a dismay shared across much of the region two years after the Arab Spring began. In Sidi Bouzid — the central town where Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire on…

PayPal co-founder joins Yahoo! board as two seats empty

Yahoo! shook up its board of directors on Thursday, giving a seat to PayPal co-founder and former Google executive Max Levchin and bidding farewell to two of its members. Levchin’s arrival on the Yahoo! board came with the departure of Intuit chief executive Brad Smith and David Kenny, head of…

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