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Why do we make mistakes? Blame your brain, the original autocorrector

Does Siri make us lazy? Does Facebook make us lonely? Does Twitter make us stupid? Will Google Glass make twitching, distracted Glassholes of us all? If you've read a magazine, listened to a radio show, browsed (or clicked on) the non-fiction section of a bookstore (or Amazon) or been a sentient …

Obama meets with tech execs on surveillance, privacy

WASHINGTON — President Obama hosted top executives from Apple, AT&T, Google and other tech and civil liberties groups at the White House on Thursday to discuss government surveillance, a White House official confirmed.<p>The meeting, which was first reported by Politico, was not on the president's …

NSA loophole allows warrantless search for US citizens' emails and phone calls

The National Security Agency has a secret backdoor into its vast databases under a legal authority enabling it to search for US citizens' email and phone calls without a warrant, according to a top-secret document passed to the Guardian by Edward Snowden.<p>The previously undisclosed rule change …

Publishers challenge Apple e-book restrictions

<b>HarperCollins, Simon & Shuster and Penguin are among publishers who have filed a complaint against restrictions imposed on Apple by a US court.</b><p>Last month Apple was found guilty of conspiring with publishers to fix the price of e-books bought via iTunes.<p>It was ordered to terminate deals with five …

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Obama: I don't see Snowden as a patriot

WASHINGTON -- President Obama said Friday that former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden is not a patriot for leaking details of previously secret U.S. surveillance programs.<p>"No I don't think Mr. Snowden was a patriot," said Obama, who added that Snowden has been charged with three …

Dogs sniff out ovarian cancer in new study

Researchers trying to develop a diagnostic tool for ovarian cancer are hoping dogs' keen sense of smell will lead them down the right path.<p>An early detection device that combines old-fashioned olfactory skills, chemical analysis and modern technology could lead to better survival rates for the …

Cancer

Homeless Flight Program in Hawaii Draws Opposition

A proposed program that would set aside money to fly homeless people back home from Hawaii is drawing criticism in the 50th state. The so-called "return-to-home" program would provide homeless volunteers with a one-time, one-way ticket back to a city of their choosing. According to <i>ABC News, t</i>he …

US student loan bill signed into law in rare show of bipartisan compromise

President Barack Obama signed into law Friday a measure restoring lower interest rates for student loans, pledging the hard-fought compromise would be just the first step in a broader, concerted fight to rein in the costs of a college education.<p>Encircled by lawmakers from both parties in the oval …

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Commission rules Samsung infringed Apple's patents

The International Trade Commission Friday ruled that Samsung had infringed on patents owned by Apple relating to its iPhones.<p>Apple scored another victory in its ongoing legal battle with smartphone competitor Samsung.<p>The International Trade Commission ruled Friday that Samsung had violated two of …

Bradley Manning to speak for defence at sentencing hearing next week

Bradley Manning will make a rare statement before his defense finishes arguments in his sentencing hearing next week, his lawyers said Friday.<p>The 25-year-old faces up to 90 years in prison for the largest leak of classified government information in US history. Manning did not make a statement at …

Forced marriages: School holidays prompt warning

<b>Teachers, doctors and airport staff need to be alert to the problem of forced marriages over the school holidays, the government has warned.</b><p>Ministers said there were concerns about teenagers being taken abroad thinking they were going on holiday but being forced into marriage instead.<p>Figures …

Human Rights

DEA Passed Secret Data, Tips For Covering Up To IRS

Shh. It turns out that Big Brother is doing a bit more than looking for terrorists.<p>Information uncovered this week indicates that one of the beneficiaries of government surveillance programs is none other than the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The IRS was reportedly the recipient of information …

Why Didn't The Store Just Let Oprah Buy The $38,000 Handbag?

On the list of things to be outraged about at the moment, I'll admit this isn't at the top: The Swiss tourism office apologized to Oprah on Friday because she wasn't allowed to buy a $38,000 designer handbag while recently shopping in Switzerland. Poor lil' Oprah. *sad face*<p>It does make me wonder, …

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Associated Press News

Indian-built Arihant nuclear submarine activated

<b>India has activated the reactor on board the INS Arihant nuclear submarine, the first to be designed and built in India.</b><p>The move means the submarine can now undergo sea trials.<p>Prime Minister Manmohan Singh hailed the "giant stride in... our indigenous technological capabilities".<p>Experts say is the …

Military