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Oil sands environmental impact unknown: Canada audit

OTTAWA — Key gaps in information mean Canada has been unable to assess the impact of exploiting Alberta’s oil sands, the nation’s environment commissioner said Tuesday. Lack of information due to “insufficient or inadequate environmental monitoring systems” mean the federal environmental and water agencies cannot build a clear picture of…

Wall Street Journal: WikiLeaks worse than News of the World

The News Corporation-owned Wall Street Journal blasted “self-appointed media paragons” who were quick to attack the British tabloid News of the World but not the release of classified information by Julian Assange’s WikiLeaks. The tabloid, also owned by News Corp., closed down after an investigation revealed it had participated in…

Aaron Swartz, co-founder of Reddit, accused of stealing data from MIT

Aaron Swartz, the 24-year-old co-creator of popular Internet community Reddit, has been charged with stealing data from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and faces up to 35 years in prison if convicted. The charges against Swartz include computer fraud, unlawfully obtaining information, wire fraud and recklessly damaging a protected computer.…

Attractive candidates have an advantage among some voters: study

Though then-vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin was chastised for spending campaign money on high heels and tight suits in 2008, and John Edwards was mocked for being caught fussing over his hair before a television appearance, they may have been onto something in trying to look their best. Results of…

Cyclist Armstrong wants secret probe of court drug leaks

Former American cycling star Lance Armstrong has accused a group of US media giants of reporting grand jury information which had allegedly been illegally leaked. Armstrong’s legal team filed a notice of violations in an American federal court last Wednesday, targeting both the government investigators and The New York Times,…

China firms have ‘widespread weaknesses’: agency

Ratings agency Fitch warned Monday of “widespread weaknesses” in Chinese corporate governance and a lack of “quality information” for shareholders after a spate of accounting scandals overseas. Chinese companies were at “above average” risk of being accused of fraud — sometimes wrongly — which could hamper their attempts to raise…

NSA whistleblower sentenced to one year’s probation

WASHINGTON — A former high-ranking US intelligence official who was accused of passing classified information from the secretive National Security Agency (NSA) to a reporter was sentenced Friday to a year’s probation. The sentence handed down by a US federal judge against Thomas Drake, 54, a former executive at the…

Manning claimed to have ‘source’ in Obama’s administration, chat logs reveal

Update: A response from Wired editor Kevin Poulsen has been included at the end of this report. Internet communications between the U.S. Army private who is accused of leaking government secrets to WikiLeaks and the ex-hacker who turned him in have finally been released in full. The comlete conversations between…

McCain calls for cybersecurity Senate committee

WASHINGTON — Veteran US Senator John McCain on Wednesday urged the creation of a special Senate committee on cybersecurity and electronic intelligence leaks to cut through legislative delays to crafting a US response. McCain requested the move in a letter to Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Republican Senate…

Last orders for warning-free booze in Australia

Australia’s major alcohol brands on Tuesday launched voluntary health warnings on their labels targeting children, pregnant women and excessive boozing in a country famed for its binge-drinking culture. DrinkWise, an industry body representing 80 percent of Australia’s big alcohol names by volume, said new labels would be phased in on…

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