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Value of pirated software nearly $59 billion: study

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The commercial value of pirated software increased 14 percent last year to nearly $59 billion, with emerging economies accounting for over half the total, according to a study published Thursday. Businesses and consumers around the world bought $95 billion worth of legal personal computer (PC) software in…

World’s millionaire ranks seen soaring through 2020

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The rich keep getting richer, both here in the United Statesand especially in the world’s emerging markets. Public and private investments controlled by the richest families are expected to more than double in value to $202 trillion by 2020, from $92 trillion this year, according to survey of…

Luxury spending by rich to rise; value sought

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Spending by rich Americans on luxury goods is set to grow by $26.6 billion in 2011, with the number of affluent families planning to spend more almost doubling in the past three years, a poll found on Friday. As the United States gradually emerges from its…

Bush v. Gore lawyer: Same-sex marriage is a conservative value

The lead attorney arguing against California’s Proposition 8 says US District Judge Vaughn Walker’s ruling is an example of “judicial responsibility.” Ted Olson, who represented George W. Bush in the Bush v. Gore case that decided the 2000 presidential election, told Fox News’ Chris Wallace Sunday that it’s not “judicial…

McCain, Lieberman team up to perpetuate military tribunals

In a direct election-year challenge to US President Barack Obama on national security, lawmakers unveiled legislation Thursday requiring military interrogations and trials for suspected terrorists. The “Enemy Belligerent Interrogation, Detention, and Prosecution Act of 2010,” introduced in both the Senate and House of Representatives, also says suspects should not be…

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