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What 8 Tech Billionaires Were Doing In Their 20s

Probably attending a college or university, enjoying your youth, and having new experiences away from home.<p>Many of technology's most notable billionaires were doing no such thing.<p>Michael Dell for instance was already investing in stocks and precious metals before he graduated high school.<p>During …

Grantham Is Wrong — We Are Not Headed For A Disaster Of Biblical Proportions

Now, nothing speaks to me like data. I'm a numbers person myself. So I appreciated the many graphs and long term data series Grantham's argument are based on.<p>But I've also come to the conclusion that he's wrong.<p>In doing the research that led to my new book, The Infinite Resource: The Power of Ideas …

What To Do When You Don't Know What To Do: A Case Study

The uncertainty we all face every day—everything from wondering if we will we have a job tomorrow to whether the weather (hurricanes; massive storms) will up-end our lives—is like being on a confusing road trip. You know where you want to go, but the incomprehensible road signs, congestion, …

Phone Plan: Google Now, Samsung Soon or Apple Later?

If you are in the market for a cutting-edge smartphone today, which should you choose? Every platform and manufacturer has its partisans, but the three front-runners are clearly the Google Nexus 4, the soon-to-be released Samsung Galaxy 4 and (at the moment) the iPhone 5. Adding to the confusion …

Facebook boast of sexual assault sparks outrage, investigation at Ontario college

There's outrage at Humber College over a post on Facebook page called "Humber Epic Hookup Fails" that describes an apparent sexual assault.<p>In the post, an anonymous male describes how he met a "girl" at the end of the night, brought her home when "she could barely walk" and was "stumbling all over …

BBC accused of putting students at risk after journalists infiltrate university trip to North Korea

The BBC is at the centre of a row after a leading university accused it of putting its members at risk by sending a team of undercover Panorama journalists into North Korea as part of a student trip.<p>The team of three, which included reporter John Sweeney, travelled to the secretive state last month …

Clashes at Guantanamo over hunger strike prisoners

<b>Prisoners and guards have clashed at Guantanamo Bay as authorities moved inmates, many of whom are on hunger strike, out of communal cellblocks.</b><p>The move came after detainees covered surveillance cameras and windows, a US Army spokesman said.<p>He said some prisoners used "improvised weapons" and in …

Millions face starvation as world warms, say scientists

Millions of people could become destitute in Africa and Asia as staple foods more than double in price by 2050 as a result of extreme temperatures, …

Early Treatment of H7N9 Bird Flu May Be Effective, WHO Says

Michael O’Leary, the World Health Organization’s China representative, comments on H7N9 avian influenza. O’Leary spoke to reporters in Beijing …

Why Washington and Moscow Still Don't Trust Each Other

I left the USSR in 1991. Going back showed that Cold War stereotypes don't fade -- even with time.<p>MOSCOW--The last time I was at Sheremetyevo International Airport, I arrived early for my flight, inched through a five-hour customs line, and napped on an inflatable mattress. It was March 1991, I was …

North Korea dismisses offer of talks as John Kerry urges dialogue

North Korea has dismissed the South's proposal to resolve tensions through dialogue, describing it as "a crafty trick" to disguise Seoul's …

It started with a cough: Deadly China bird flu outbreak raises fears of pandemic

BEIJING -- It began in late February when an 87-year-old man started coughing up phlegm. A high fever followed, he struggled to breathe and was dead just 13 days later.<p>His death in Shanghai, China, was one of 13 fatalities out of 41 known cases to date of a new form of bird flu that experts warn …

Forget data transparency: options grow for letting you hide your data

There’s no doubt it’s a data driven world. But increasing concerns about companies’ collection and uses of personal internet user data have given …

Mark Zuckerberg stars in new Facebook Home ad, only to be ignored by his employees

Facebook has released a new commercial with an unusual star — CEO Mark Zuckerberg. The company's "Launch Day" ad, published to the web yesterday, sees Zuckerberg deliver an address to his employees prior to the release of Facebook Home, Facebook's new Android-integrated mobile operating …

Amateur space enthusiasts may have discovered missing Soviet Mars lander

Photos captured from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter may provide new clues about a Soviet spacecraft that mysteriously vanished 40 years ago. In a press release published Thursday, NASA credited a group of amateur Russian space enthusiasts with discovering what could be remnants of the Mars 3 — …

Touch Bionics i-limb ultra revolution is controllable via a mobile app

Touch Bionics has just announced a new product in its inventory called the i-limb ultra revolution. It features a biosim mobile app that is usable …

China’s Communist party isn’t really afraid of the internet

Earlier this week, a Chinese propaganda official said China’s internet-based “new media” were threatening the Communist party. Using one of Mao Zedong’s most famous phrases, Ren Xianliang, vice-minister of propaganda in Shaanxi province, wrote in an editorial (link in Chinese): “Just as political …

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Google, Yahoo, Microsoft execs back CISPA through trade group

A tech trade group whose guiding lights include executives from Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo sent a letter to Congress this week in support of CISPA -- the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act -- proposed cybersecurity legislation that's raised privacy concerns among groups such as the …

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Eric Schmidt calls for drone regulation to keep neighbors from spying on you

Google may be one of the world's largest collectors of information, but Eric Schmidt thinks people would be uncomfortable with drone surveillance by their neighbors — and that this discomfort will spur tighter regulation. In an interview with <i>The Guardian</i> (available for subscribers only), Schmidt …

Now That We Have All These Devices, It’s Time For Them To Truly Work Together

Cross-platform is the buzzword of all the big tech companies now. During every Google earnings call, like clockwork, CEO Larry Page dedicates considerable time discussing the company’s focus on making sure users have a seamless experience and equal access to services as they switch between devices. …

Will Poor People Get Google Fiber?

We live in an era when the public sector is under assault from budget cuts and its ideological opponents and having trouble dealing with the demands of the 21st century. So can the private sector step in and fill that void? That’s what seems to be happening. Google, for instance, has been laying …

Google deal with EU regulates search results – report

In a sweeping proposed deal with European antitrust regulators, Google(s goog) has agreed to increase the prominence of links to competitors like …

China, U.S. to form working group on cyberspying issue

The U.S. and China have agreed to form a working group on cybersecurity, after a recent volley of cyberspying accusations from both sides.<p>U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced from Beijing that the two countries will ramp up action on cybersecurity, Reuters reported.<p>Cybersecurity "affects …

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