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Russia enacts its own version of the Stop Online Privacy Act

Russian legislation aimed at battling pirated video content online went into effect Thursday despite complaints by the industry against the alleged crackdown on free Internet. Branded the “Russian SOPA” after the US anti-piracy initiative, the law makes it easier to block websites that post or link to copyright video content…

U.S. stocks jump on strong economic data

US stocks rallied sharply Thursday on strong economic data from China, Europe and the United States. At the closing bell, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up a hefty 125.80 (0.81 percent) at 15,625.34. The broad-based S&P 500 jumped 21.08 (1.25 percent) to 1,706.81, an all-time closing high. And the…

Illinois governor praises human compassion after signing medical marijuana law

Illinois on Thursday became the 20th state to legalize the medical use of marijuana. “As Nelson Mandela once said, ‘Our human compassion binds us the one to the other – not in pity or patronizingly, but as human beings who have learnt how to turn our common suffering into hope…

Thousands turn out for gay pride parade in Jerusalem

A few thousand people marched in a gay pride parade in central Jerusalem without any serious incidents on Thursday, carrying trademark rainbow flags and calling for equal rights, police said. “About 2,500 participated in the march and there were no incidents, except for one stink bomb being thrown,” police spokesman…

Jury rules against ex-Goldman employee Fabrice Tourre in SEC trial

By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) – A jury found former Goldman Sachs Group Inc vice president Fabrice Tourre liable for fraud for his role in a failed mortgage deal that cost investors $1 billion, giving the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission a big victory. Tourre was found liable on…

Hacker: Sim card flaws leave ‘hundreds of millions of phones’ vulnerable to attack

Software vulnerabilities expose phones to hijacking and manipulation of calls, eavesdropping and identity theft If you thought government analysts intercepting your phone’s metadata was bad, here is something potentially more frightening: cyber crooks hijacking your phone to eavesdrop, impersonate you and ransack your accounts. A German cryptographer says he has discovered encryption…

Senate confirms Samantha Power as UN ambassador

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Senate voted to confirm Samantha Power as President Barack Obama’s next ambassador to the United Nations on Thursday. As voting continued, more than 70 of the 100 senators had voted in favor of Power, a former White House national security staffer who won a Pulitzer Prize…

Netflix adds personal profiles to shared streaming accounts

Streaming video service Netflix on Thursday introduced profiles that tune viewing recommendations to the tastes of different people in households. The option to create separate profiles on Netflix accounts began rolling out globally and was intended to better tailor television show or film suggestions to whoever is watching. Previously, the…

French court lifts ban on growing Monsanto GMO corn

France’s top administrative court on Thursday threw out a government ban on US agro-chemicals giant Monsanto from growing a type of genetically modified corn. A moratorium on MON810 corn — one of just two types of genetically altered food crops whose cultivation is approved by the European Union — has…

Italian Supreme Court refuses to lift Berlusconi prison sentence

Italy’s top court on Thursday confirmed a prison sentence for former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi in the first ever definitive conviction in a tumultuous career for the billionaire tycoon. The court upheld a tax fraud sentence of four years in prison of which three years are covered by an amnesty,…

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