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Fox News’ Roger Ailes reportedly urged David Petraeus to run for president in 2011

Bob Woodward reports on recorded conversation in which a Fox News analyst relayed offer from Ailes and Rupert Murdoch It has long been evident to observers of the right-wing Fox News channel that its creator and current chairman, Roger Ailes, likes to play kingmaker within the Republican party. Why else would he…

Steve Jobs film starring Ashton Kutcher to debut at Sundance

The first film on the life of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs since his death, with Ashton Kutcher in the title role, will debut in January at the Sundance Film Festival, organizers said. The film “jOBS” directed by Joshua Michael Stern, known for the 2008 movie “Swing Vote,” chronicles “the defining…

Non-state-owned brands making inroads in China

China’s top firms are increasingly non-state-owned companies, although traditional businesses still dominate, a survey of the country’s 50 most valuable brands showed on Tuesday. The share of non-state-owned enterprises rose to 27 percent from 22 percent the year before, the communications firm WPP and research agency Millward Brown said, releasing…

Royal’s hyperemesis gravidarum: No ordinary morning sickness

For anyone who has had hyperemesis gravidarum, the pregnancy-induced vomiting that has caused Prince William’s wife Kate to be hospitalised, the term “morning sickness” is way off the mark. “When you’re vomiting 30 to 40 times a day and admitted to hospital, it’s a completely different complication of pregnancy,” said…

‘Symbolia’ tablet magazine combines comic books and digital journalism

Do comics, serious journalism and tablet computers mix? The founders of the new illustrated tablet magazine startup Symbolia think so. Symbolia is described as “a tablet magazine of illustrated journalism that pairs incendiary reporting with thoughtful illustration and comics.” The project is funded by The International Women’s Media Foundation, the…

British company will build Africa’s largest solar plant in Ghana

British renewable energy firm Blue Energy announced Tuesday that it will build a giant solar power plant in Ghana which it claimed will become the biggest in Africa. “Blue Energy is to build Africa’s largest solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant”, the company said in a statement, in a move “which…

Survey: Android will retain global smartphone lead for next four years

Google’s Android operating system will power more than two-thirds of smartphones sold worldwide in 2012, and will remain the dominant platform for at least the next four years, a survey showed Tuesday. The survey by the research firm IDC showed Android will be the platform for 68.3 percent of smartphones…

French first lady endorses marriage equality

Valerie Trierweiler, the girlfriend of French President Francois Hollande, has given plans to legalise gay marriage her personal seal of approval by announcing she will be a witness at one of the first ceremonies. While her partner’s commitment to proposed legislation allowing same-sex marriages has been questioned in recent weeks,…

UN chief urges ‘strong political commitment’ on climate change

United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday the world was faced by a global warming “crisis” and urged bickering negotiators at climate talks in Doha to show “strong political commitment” and compromise. Noting there were “mixed feelings” among delegates hammering out deals on curbing Earth-warming greenhouse gas emissions, the secretary…

McAfee confirms he’s in Guatemala after photo accidentally reveals location

By Amanda Holpuch, The Guardian Fugitive software pioneer’s location accidentally revealed by location data on photograph tweeted by journalist covering him Software pioneer John McAfee has confirmed on his blog that he is in Guatemala with reporters from Vice magazine, a day after they accidentally revealed his location by failing to scrub data in a photo…

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