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Google ‘to reorganize YouTube channels’

NEW YORK — US Internet giant Google is preparing a major overhaul of video sharing website YouTube by creating “channels” to compete with broadcast and cable TV, The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday. Under a plan costing as much as $100 million, the YouTube homepage will highlight different channels…

WI justice admits he called female colleague a ‘bitch,’ threatened to ‘destroy’ her

The anger of one conservative Wisconsin Supreme Court justice boiled over last year when he called a fellow justice a “bitch” and threatened to “destroy” her, according to a published report. Justice David Prosser reportedly made the comments to Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson following a February 2010 debate over whether…

Bias creeps into meta-studies: US medical journal

WASHINGTON – Meta-analysis combines the results of small studies and is often used to help interpret research and form treatment guidelines, but bias can creep in, a major US medical journal said Tuesday. Information on funding and conflicts of interest by study authors who may have financial ties to drug…

NASA scientist claims he’s found clear evidence of alien life

WASHINGTON (AFP) – A NASA scientist’s claim that he found tiny fossils of alien life in the remnants of a meteorite has stirred both excitement and skepticism, and is being closely reviewed by 100 experts. Richard Hoover’s paper, along with pictures of the microscopic earthworm-like creatures, were published late Friday…

Murdoch’s iPad newspaper to be launched

WASHINGTON – News Corp.’s Rupert Murdoch is to unveil “The Daily” on Wednesday, a digital newspaper for the iPad, the tablet computer the media tycoon has said may be the savior of the struggling news industry. Murdoch, the 79-year-old chairman and chief executive of News Corp., and Eddy Cue, vice…

German kindergartens ordered to pay copyright for songs

The Society for Musical Performing and Mechanical Production Rights (GEMA) contacted 36,000 daycare facilities across Germany warning them they needed to sign contracts with the agency before they can photocopy song texts. The rules came into effect just this year. “If a preschool wants to make its own copy of…

Nearly 100 bailed-out banks may collapse all the same: analysis

More collapsing banks could mean more ‘too big to fail’ banks The $700-billion bank bailout, launched in the final months of the Bush administration, was meant to save US financial institutions from a systemic collapse. But an analysis of banks’ earnings statements concludes that nearly 100 bailed-out banks are at…

UN maps show security worsening in Afghanistan: report

KABUL — Confidential UN maps show a clear deterioration in security in parts of Afghanistan this year, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday, as its mission there acknowledged security in some parts had worsened. Two United Nations maps, one showing the situation at the start of this year’s fighting season…

British eight-year-olds publish study in top science journal

LONDON — A group of British children aged between eight and 10 had their school project on bees published by the prestigious Royal Society in a world scientific first, the society said Wednesday. The pupils from Blackawton primary school in the county of Devon investigated how bumblebees see colors and…

Exclusive: I ‘wined and dined’ NYT and WSJ for favorable coverage, health insurance whistleblower says

“It was so easy for me to get my way” A former health insurance insider turned whistleblower says that he was not only surprised at how “easy” it was to manipulate members of the news media over the years, but also reveals that he routinely “wined and dined” reporters from…

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