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‘Selfie’ tops ‘twerk’ as Oxford’s word of the year

Selfie is the 2013 word of the year, Oxford Dictionaries announced Tuesday, edging out some stiff competition from twerk. Usage of the word has increased 17,000 percent over the past 12 months, said Oxford Dictionaries, which publishes the mammoth Oxford English Dictionary (OED), styled as the definitive record of the…

Bitcoin supporters testify before U.S. Senate

Bitcoin supporters told a US Senate hearing the virtual currency unit should not be viewed negatively by authorities despite its links to crime. The currency has been linked to a series of high-profile criminal cases in recent months, most notably in the raid on the Silk Road website, dubbed the…

Justice Dept. arrests five in $45 million ‘cyber heist’

Five people were arrested Monday following a global “cyber heist” in which hackers stole $45 million by overriding the cash withdrawal limits of prepaid debit cards, US officials said. According to the US Justice Department, those arrested were said to be members of the New York cell of an “international…

Lance Armstrong seeks dismissal of fraud case

Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong asked a federal judge to dismiss the US government’s fraud case against him in a hearing Monday, claiming prosecutors missed statute of limitations deadlines to file. US District Judge Robert Wilkins was expected to make a ruling within 30 days on the matter but was not…

Mass surveillance tech market expands worldwide

Exclusive: One Dubai-based firm offers DIY system similar to GCHQ’s Tempora programme, which taps fibre-optic cables Private firms are selling spying tools and mass surveillance technologies to developing countries with promises that “off the shelf” equipment will allow them to snoop on millions of emails, text messages and phone calls,…

Argentinian President Kirchner returns to work after brain surgery

Argentina’s President Cristina Kirchner was back at work Monday after a six-week medical leave following surgery for a blood clot on her brain. Kirchner, 60, “is carrying out her duties at the Olivos (presidential) residence” on Buenos Aires’ north end, the government said on its website. She held meetings with…

Spain will continue seeking damages over Prestige oil disaster

Spain will appeal for damages over the Prestige tanker disaster which choked its northwest coast in oil, the government said Monday, after a court acquitted all defendants of causing the spill. The court on Thursday acquitted the ship’s crew and a top Spanish maritime official and awarded no compensation for…

Yahoo vows to encrypt website traffic

Yahoo chief Marissa Mayer on Monday said the Internet firm will begin encrypting data to protect users from online snooping. By April of next year, Yahoo will have encryption in place to protect information shared by users of its online properties as well as information exchanged between the Internet firm’s…

‘Wildcat’ strike grounds scores of Brussel Airlines flights

Strike actions by Brussels Airlines pilots grounded scores of flights on Monday to and from mainly European destinations, the company said. “Due to a wildcat strike action of a number of our pilots, we are forced to cancel some of our flights,” read an update on the airline’s website. It…

Indonesia reports 163rd death from H1N1 virus

An Indonesian woman living near the capital Jakarta has died of bird flu, the health ministry said, the latest death from H5N1 in the country hardest hit by the virus. The 31-year-old housewife from Bekasi in West Java province is the 163rd fatality from the virus in Southeast Asia’s biggest…

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