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Failed Bitcoin exchange MtGox to start liquidation process

Failed Bitcoin exchange MtGox, whose spectacular collapse hammered the digital currency’s reputation, is to be liquidated after a Japanese court on Thursday ordered the start of bankruptcy proceedings, said a lawyer appointed to carry out the process. The global virtual currency community was shaken by the shuttering of MtGox, which…

Judge dismisses Quentin Tarantino’s lawsuit against Gawker website

A US judge threw out a lawsuit by Quentin Tarantino seeking $1 million from a gossip website for helping leak a screenplay for his latest planned movie. US District Judge John F. Walter said Wednesday that Tarantino had failed to demonstrate “direct infringement” by the Gawker website of his copyright…

Vatican spokesman says Pope Francis’s personal phone calls creating confusion

Pope Francis’s habit of picking up the phone and cold calling people who write to him is landing the Vatican in hot water and spokesman Federico Lombardi has had enough. Lombardi said on Thursday the calls were part of the pope’s “personal pastoral relationships” and “do not in any way…

Afghan policeman guns down three U.S. citizens at Kabul hospital

An Afghan policeman opened fire at a Kabul hospital run by a US charity on Thursday, killing three Americans, including a doctor in the latest deadly attack targeting foreign civilians in the city. The gunman was injured in the incident outside the CURE International hospital and detained by police, officials…

Scientists think injecting gene-carrying viruses could be ‘holy grail’ for curing deafness

A team of researchers led by Hinrich Staecker at the University of Kansas Medical Center will attempt to cure profound deafness by injecting deaf people with a harmless virus containing a gene that, if all goes according to plan, will trigger the regrowth of sensory receptors in their ears. Other…

Colbert: Canadian middle class ‘ice-holes’ bring home more bacon, and it’s that round sh*t

On Wednesday night’s episode of The Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert mercilessly attacked middle-class Canadian “ice-holes” for having the audacity of being more affluent than their American counterparts. “As you all know, I’m a big fan of numbered lists,” Colbert said. “And the main reason I love them is because America…

Facebook revenue up 72 percent on rising mobile ads

Facebook Inc’s mobile advertising business accelerated in the first three months of the year, helping the Internet social networking company top Wall Street’s financial targets. Shares of Facebook were up nearly 3 percent at $63.05 in after-hours trading on Wednesday. Facebook said that mobile ads represented 59 percent of its…

Student seek change to university’s ‘Utah Man’ fight song to include women, minorities

Student leaders at the University of Utah, the flagship public campus in the conservative state, are pressing to change the school’s century-old fight song “Utah Man,” saying it needs to be more inclusive of women and minorities. Written in 1904, the song includes phrases and language that could be considered…

CA woman reaches $75,000 settlement with TSA over breast milk X-ray

A nursing Southern California mother stopped from taking breast milk through airport security has reached a $75,000 settlement with the U.S. Transportation Security Administration, her lawyer said on Wednesday. TSA officers stopped Stacey Armato at Phoenix’s Sky Harbor International Airport while she was traveling to Los Angeles in 2010 with…

Obama reaffirms commitment to Japan on tour of Asian allies

U.S. President Barack Obama assured ally Japan on Thursday that Washington was committed to its defense, including of tiny isles at the heart of a row with China, but denied he had drawn any new “red line” and urged peaceful dialogue over the islands. His comments drew a swift response…

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