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Pope Francis says the Internet is a 'gift from God'

ROME -- It may sometimes be a breeding ground for pornographers, bullies and hateful extremists, but the Internet received an official blessing Thursday from Pope Francis, who called it a "gift from God."<p>"The digital world can be an environment rich in humanity, a network not of wires but of …

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Snowden calls for global limits on spying

Ex-NSA contractor in Russia holds his first online chat since the surveillance story broke in June.<p>Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, entertaining questions in an online chat Thursday from Moscow, called for global limits on surveillance but said, "Not all spying is bad."<p>He …

FDA may revise 20-year-old standards for food and drink nutrition labels

Nutrition labels on the back of food packages may soon become easier to read. The Food and Drug Administration says knowledge about nutrition has evolved over the last 20 years, and the labels need to reflect that.<p>As the agency considers revisions, nutritionists and other health experts have their …

NSA gathers 200 million text messages daily, Snowden leak says

The National Security Agency collects nearly 200 million text messages per day from around the world as part of a program code named Dishfire, according to a new report based on data leaked by Edward Snowden.<p>The NSA gathers text messages with Dishfire to collect all kinds of information, including …

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Vigilantes take on drug cartels terrorising south-west Mexico

Daniel Castaneda said he had his reasons for taking the law into his own hands. Firstly, the drug cartels had kidnapped his sister; secondly, they were rife in the region, making getting around dangerous; and thirdly, he didn't trust the government to do enough about it.<p>So Castaneda joined a …

6 More Stores Attacked By Same Hack As Target: Firm

BOSTON (Reuters) - A cybercrime firm says it has uncovered at least six ongoing attacks at U.S. merchants whose credit card processing systems are infected with the same type of malicious software used to steal data from Target Corp.<p>Andrew Komarov, chief executive of the cybersecurity firm …

Gays At Sochi Olympics Won't Be Persecuted, But Must 'Leave Children Alone,' Says Putin

President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday that Russia will welcome all athletes and visitors at next month's Winter Olympic Games in Sochi irrespective of their sexual orientation.<p>"People have different sexual orientations. We will welcome all athletes and all guests of the Olympics," Putin told …

Can China really stop 350 million people from smoking?

BEIJING – There are some 350 million smokers across China, but walking through the country’s many restaurants, bars and other public spaces, you’d be forgiven if you thought there were even more.<p>It was hardly a surprise when the National Health and Family Planning Commission announced last week …

Steam Matters For Indie Developers - 'Day Z' Offers A Million Reasons Why

As <i>Day Z</i> racks up a million sales in four weeks, Steam once again demonstrates its ability to make a game – even when its creator is warning casual players <i>not</i> to buy it yet.<p><b>Dead Reckoning</b><p>PC Gamers understand the importance of Steam – it is incontestably the best-known channel for buying, updating …

Murdering Tiny Ninjas Has Never Been So Fun

I hope you're ready to not get any work done, because <i>Dojo of Death</i> will absolutely eat up any productivity you thought you had.<p>The game is a very …

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Game Scoop!: Is Michael Myers in Call of Duty Awesome or Just Kinda Weird?

18 Jan 2014<p>The Onslaught pack brings Halloween's Michael Myers to Call of Duty: Ghosts.

Will Watch Dogs break free from the Ubisoft formula?

Ubisoft has cottoned on to something lucrative, a particular gameplay formula that has been seeping into its major releases for a number of years. It is an almighty template--one that dictates everything from high-level world structure down to basic core mechanics. Though the Assassin's Creed, Far …

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