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Indian company produces flat-pack, $700 houses

The Indian company that launched the world’s cheapest car has unveiled its latest product for the fast-growing nation: a flat-pack house that costs just $700 and can be built in a week. The Tata group, maker of the $2,500 Nano car, said that the 20-square-metre (215-square-foot) home comes from a…

Tech exec leaked secrets to Apple, other tech firms

A technology company executive pleaded guilty to providing confidential information on Apple and other companies, as part of a massive insider-trading probe. Walter Shimoon, 39, pleaded guilty in Manhattan federal court to conspiracy and securities fraud charges arising from schemes in which he gave confidential information to workers and clients…

Trump trademarks “Success”…for a bath product line

Donald Trump is seemingly everywhere: his really tall buildings grace the skylines of major cities, and the one-two combination of “Celebrity Apprentice” and his constant talk show rounds preceding a rumored presidential run have made him a fixture on television sets everywhere. Trump is apparently not content with dominating just…

US urges oil output boost to ease prices

RIYADH – US Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman on Tuesday called on oil producers to boost output in a bid to ease crude prices, which struck $108 over unrest in the Middle East. “We think that the proper response (to the high prices) is that producers respond to those…

Google makes Web search more social

WASHINGTON – Google is making Web search more social, weaving posts from the Twitter, Flickr, Blogger and other accounts of a user’s friends into search results. The move is an expansion of “Google Social Search,” which the Internet giant introduced in 2009. Instead of featuring at the bottom of a…

Sales of electronic cigarettes rise, as does criticism

Makers of electronic cigarettes are reporting strong growth in sales as anti-tobacco laws force European smokers into the cold streets, but campaigners say the device is undercutting health efforts. Spain joined Sunday the ranks of countries that have outlawed smoking in enclosed public space after a wave of similar legislation…

Toxicologist: Oil/Corexit mix caused heart trouble, organ damage, rectal bleeding

Shrimpers who were exposed to a mixture of oil and Corexit dispersant in the Gulf of Mexico suffered severe symptoms such as muscle spasms, heart palpitations, headaches that last for weeks and bleeding from the rectum, according to a marine toxicologist who issued the warning Friday on a cable news…

Boing! Feds say Magic Power coffee contains Viagra drug

If you’re looking for an extra pick me up at the office but don’t want to endure a day with tightness in your pants, you may not want to order a popular coffee that’s being marketed online. Federal regulators told a Florida paper Monday that Magic Power Coffee contains a…

BP ignores government order to stop using toxic oil dispersant in Gulf

Professor says chemicals ‘worse than oil’; Corexit substance also known as ‘deodorized kerosene’, poses risk to man and animal alike After initially approving a chemical oil dispersant called Corexit, the U.S Environmental Protection Agency retracted it’s allowance and ordered British Petroleum to stop dumping the mysterious chemical substance by Sunday.…

Goldman fraud charges trigger fears of wider market crackdown

Wall Street giant Goldman Sachs faced charges of financial fraud on Saturday as US financial firms eyed the prospect of a wider crackdown on those that bet on the collapse of the housing market. A civil suit filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission Friday accused Goldman of “defrauding investors…

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