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German court favors Apple in Motorola patent case

A German court found Google-owned IT company Motorola guilty of infringing Apple patents on the design of smartphones and tablets, a court spokesman said on Thursday. The court ordered Motorola to pay a yet-to-be-specified fine and pull the infringing devices, which run on Google’s Android operating system, from the market.…

Pussy Riot members announce new protest

Russia’s Pussy Riot punk group plans a new protest in Russia despite the jailing of three of its members for a performance against Vladimir Putin in an Orthodox cathedral, band members said Thursday. “We first of all want to do a new protest finally, so that we have something to…

All-time heat record taken from Libya and given to California

The world’s all-time heat record lowered a tad on Thursday, as the World Meteorological Organisation declared a phenomenal 58 degrees Celsius (136.4 degrees Fahrenheit) recorded in Libya 90 years ago was wrong. Instead, the title of the world’s hottest place should go to Death Valley, California, it said. “The all-time…

Curie museum in Paris shines spotlight on the ‘first family’ of physics

A museum scarcely bigger than a Paris flat sheds light on a momentous era for physics, a time of heroic individuals who made extraordinary discoveries but often at hideous risk. Within the walls of the former “Radium Institute” in the city’s Latin Quarter is the preserved laboratory of Marie Curie,…

New York City officially limits super-sized sodas

The New York City Health Board on Thursday imposed a limited ban on super-sized soda drinks that Mayor Michael Bloomberg blames for fueling an obesity crisis. The ban, hotly opposed by soft drinks manufacturers but hailed by health campaigners, was first proposed by Bloomberg and Thursday’s formal approval was not…

Obama administration renews calls that China currency is undervalued

US President Barack Obama’s ambassador to China renewed calls Thursday for Beijing to let its currency appreciate further after Republican challenger Mitt Romney pressed for a harder line. Ambassador Gary Locke said that he would “not engage in political debates” but said that the US position “is very clear and…

Nintendo announces next generation of Wii consoles

Nintendo on Thursday announced that its next-generation Wii U videogame consoles will hit the coveted US market on November 18 with a starting price of $300. The Japanese electronic games titan is counting on the Wii U to recapture the glory, and profits, seen after it opened play to masses…

Actor Dustin Hoffman and rock band Led Zeppelin honored at Kennedy Center

Actor Dustin Hoffman and rock band Led Zeppelin are among those to be honored by Washington’s Kennedy Center later this year, the prestigious performance hall said Wednesday. Others to be lauded at the December 2 gala include comedian and late night television host David Letterman, blues musician Buddy Guy and…

Drought sends food production prices soaring

US producer prices jumped 1.7 percent in August, the largest monthly rise in three years, sparked by skyrocketing crop prices due to drought and higher energy costs, fresh data released Thursday showed. Prices for the crude raw materials used in production jumped 5.8 percent, with much of that coming from…

New generation of green racecars will speed around track at 138 mph

Motor racing is set for an electric makeover that will see a new generation of green cars speeding at 220 kmh (138 mph) around urban racetracks — at least until their batteries run out. Alejandro Agag, CEO of Formula E Holdings, says the global championship, which has been authorized by…

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