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Clinton outraged as Syrians target U.S. envoy

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton demanded that Syria ”take every possible step” to protect American diplomats after supporters of President Bashar al-Assad tried to attack the US ambassador. The attempt to storm an office in Damascus where the ambassador,Robert Ford, had just arrived, came with the UN Security Councildivided over whether to threaten Syria with sanctions.…

More than a million Twitter ‘apps’ registered

Twitter on Monday announced that the number of applications registered at the popular microblogging service has topped a million. Word of the milestone came as the San Francisco-based startup launched a new website at dev.twitter.com for software developers interested in tailoring fun, hip or functional programs for Twitter. “Application developers…

NYT’s $50 million ‘paywall’ crumbles with simple code exploit

Want to stay up-to-date with The New York Times? It used to be as simple as keying up nytimes.com. Today though, with a new “paywall” that denies access to new stories to non-subscribers, avid news junkies far and wide are facing a future where information comes at an increasingly high…

Twitter, a five-year-old changing the world

SAN FRANCISCO – At five years old, Twitter is just starting to change the world. Jack Dorsey fired off the first tweets on March 21, 2006, an automated “just setting up my twttr” message which he followed with the first “human” tweet — “inviting coworkers.” It was Dorsey who proposed…

Vodafone accuses Egyptian government of co-opting network

LONDON – Mobile operator Vodafone on Thursday accused the Egyptian authorities of using its network to send pro-government text messages to its subscribers, without clear attribution. “The current situation regarding these messages is unacceptable,” it said. Vodafone said the Egyptian authorities had instructed the mobile networks of Mobinil, Etisalat and…

Egypt’s Internet cut off ahead of largest-yet day of protests

See also: Mass shootings reported in port city of Suez US Chamber of Commerce partner ‘went to bat for Egyptian dictator’ ABC reporter tear-gassed in Egypt protest CAIRO — Internet service was disrupted in Egypt early Friday as cell phone text messaging appeared to be down, hours before activists who…

Spanish woman fakes kidnapping to test husband: police

MADRID — Spanish police have detained a woman who faked her own kidnapping to test whether her husband would pay ransom, sending him a photograph of herself with bound hands and feet, police said Monday. The man received the photo on his mobile phone from someone claiming to be one…

Georgia inmates use cellphones to stage historic nonviolent strike

Using cellphones, inmates in as many of 10 of Georgia’s correctional facilities have successfully organized a peaceful protest against what they see as cruel and unusual punishment. The prisoners acquired phones from guards, enabling them to plan their grassroots demonstration. “The protest began Thursday, but inmates said that organizers had…

Plodding climate talks stepping up to higher level

Climate talks step up to higher level as ministers fly in hoping to restore momentum. CANCUN, Mexico – The slow-moving U.N. talks on combating global warming took a step forward Saturday with revised proposals for a $100 billion-a-year climate aid fund and other issues for debate by the world’s environment…

Sex, drugs more common in hyper-texting teens

Sex, drugs, risky behaviors more common in teens who send excessive text messages, study finds Teens who text 120 times a day or more — and there seems to be a lot of them — are more likely to have had sex or used alcohol and drugs than kids who…

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