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America's broken digital copyright law is about to be challenged in court

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a lawsuit on Thursday that American copyright wonks, technologists and security researchers have been hotly awaiting for nearly 20 years.<p>If they succeed, one of America’s most controversial technology laws will be struck down, and countries all over …

Privacy

Pope Francis to Dine with Gay and Transgender Inmates in Naples Prison

Pope Francis will have lunch on Saturday with some 90 inmates at a prison near Naples, including some that reportedly come from a ward housing gay, …

North Korea fires missiles in protest at US military drills

Pyongyang steps up its sabre rattling and accuses South Korea of provocation as Seoul begins its annual military exercises<p>North Korea fired two missiles into the sea and vowed "merciless" retaliation Monday as the US and South Korea kicked off joint military drills denounced by Pyongyang as …

North Korea

Bangladeshis arrest suspect in killing of American atheist blogger

Bangladeshi security officials arrested a suspect Monday in the killing of an American writer who was a prominent critic of extremist Islam and was hacked to death last week as he walked with his wife in Dhaka, a government spokesman said.<p>The arrest of Farabi Shafiur Rahman came four days after …

Retired officer kills 2 daughters, self, officials say

HARRISON, N.Y. — Police are investigating the deaths of a retired White Plains police officer and two of his children, officials said Saturday.<p>Sources say retired officer Glen Hochman, 52, killed himself after killing his two youngest daughters Saturday.<p>David Chong, White Plains public safety …

New Killer Virus Found in Kansas

Scientists are reporting on a new virus, never seen before anywhere, that apparently killed a Kansas man last year.<p>They’re calling it Bourbon virus, …

Rights groups criticise US and UK spies for 'disturbing' sim cards hack

Rights groups around the world have called for urgent action to protect private communications after it was revealed that US and British spies hacked into the world’s largest sim card manufacturer and gained unfettered access to billions of mobile phones around the globe.<p>The National Security …

Surveillance

Read an Exclusive Excerpt from Kim Gordon's New Memoir, Girl in a Band

<i>Young and adrift in New York in the late seventies, Kim Gordon found music, Thurston Moore, and her future with Sonic Youth.</i><p>Writing about New York is hard. Not because memories intersect and overlap, because of course they do. Not because I didn’t fall in love with New York, because even though I …

Greenwich Village

'Dongle' turns smartphone into mobile lab to diagnose HIV, syphilis

Engineers have taken an ordinary smartphone and made it a whole lot smarter.<p>They created a compact, handheld device that plugs into an iPhone and turns it into a mobile laboratory that can diagnoseHIVand syphilis in just 15 minutes.<p>The diagnostic device – the engineers call it a “dongle” – was …

Hundreds of birds covered in mystery 'goop'

<b>(CNN) —</b> The birds lay splayed across an otherwise serene California shore.<p>They're covered in a viscous substance that no one can identify.<p>More than 300 have been rescued, but at least 200 are dead, according to the California Fish and Wildlife Department.<p>So what's happened?<p>"It's a full-on mystery," …

Crisis in Ukraine could trigger nuclear war, warns Gorbachev

The former Russian leader warns that Moscow does not trust the West, and the West does not trust Moscow<p>Mikhail Gorbachev, the former Soviet leader, has warned that the world is at risk of a “nuclear war” because of the tensions between Russia and the West over Ukraine.<p>In an interview with the …

11 of 2014’s Most Epic Dessert Mashups

We’ve talked about the hot fashion collabs that were released in time for the holiday season, but we’ve got one more sweet collaboration worth chatting about with your friends. Yep, we’re talking hybrid sweets — two pastries that tied the knot to create a super-hybrid food you won’t find in your …

Dessert

Vizio mercilessly mocks Samsung, LG curved TVs

Curved TVs look lovely, but do they really add anything, apart from the loveliness?<p>My colleague David Katzmaier explains that they offer no real heightened viewing experience. Now Vizio has come along to mock their very essence and suggest a remedy for all that curvature.<p>Modestly, the company …

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