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Clashes in Turkey as internet censorship protests turn violent

Riot police in Istanbul used water canon as crowds demonstrated against a draft bill that would increase controls over the internet.<p>The draft, which would enable mass surveillance of internet users, is due to be debated in Turkey’s parliament in the coming days.<p>Protesters chanted anti-government …

Norway fire chars wooden village of Laerdalsoyri

<b>A night-time blaze has consumed at least 30 buildings in a heritage village in southern Norway, famous for its unique wooden buildings.</b><p>Scores of people were evacuated as winds fanned the flames in Laerdalsoyri, a village of 1,150 people in Laerdal, on Sognefjord fjord.<p>At least 90 people received …

Valerie Trierweiler 'fears being left homeless'

Valerie Trierweiler has reportedly told friends that she could be left homeless if Francois Hollande decides to leave her, as the apartment they shared is held in his name<p>Valérie Trierweiler has told friends she fears being left homeless if she and <b>François Hollande</b> separate, as the <b>French</b> president …

Hong Kong Government Could Be Sued Over Maid Abuses, Says Top Rights Lawyer

Sundays are the days that Hong Kong’s domestic workers become most visible, as they leave their employers’ apartments to gather together in their …

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Dozens killed in string of Baghdad bombings

Attacks in Iraq's capital leave at least 28 people dead as fighting continues in western Anbar province.<p>Seven bomb explosions have killed 28 people and wounded 67 in the Iraqi capital, police and medics said, as security forces battled fighters around the western cities of Fallujah and Ramadi.<p>The …

Sleeping Rosetta spacecraft wakes up for historic comet rendezvous and landing

Science News<p>A European probe awoke from a deep sleep Monday to gear up for an unprecedented comet rendezvous and landing this year that will cap a 10-year voyage across the solar system.<p>After two and a half years in hibernation, the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft emerged from its …

US hails 'unprecedented opportunity' as Iran halts enriching high-level uranium

The US has hailed Iran's suspension of high-level uranium enrichment as an "unprecedented opportunity", after a long standoff that threatened to ignite yet another conflict in the Middle East.<p>Iranian scientists cut the links feeding centrifuges in the Natanz plant and at Fordow, an underground site …

LG G Flex will be $300 on AT&T, pre-orders begin January 24th

Sprint was the first out of the gate to announce LG G Flex pricing and availability for the US, but AT&T isn't too far behind. The network just made it be known that the curved smartphone will be available for pre-order online and at retail stores starting January 24th. We haven't been given …

Aaron Swartz documentary to debut at Sundance

A documentary about Internet activist Aaron Swartz — The Internet’s Own Boy — will debut Monday afternoon at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, …

The Syrian Electronic Army Compromises Microsoft’s Office Blog In New Round Of Digital Shenanigans

The Syrian Electronic Army isn’t much a fan of Microsoft it seems. After compromising Microsoft social accounts, and one of its blogs, the group today defaced the company’s Office Blog, directly following a redesign of the property.<p>As The Verge notes, the Syrian Electronic Army had previously …

Tablet made in Armenia – the next big thing? [updated] | Financial Times

It sounds improbable. Dogged by closed borders with Turkey and Azerbaijan, a narrow export base, pervasive monopolies and an over-reliance on …

AT&T to offer LG G Flex for preorder on January 24

AT&T announced Monday that the LG G Flex will be available for preorder starting January 24, a week before the curved and flexible handset goes on sale at Sprint stores.<p>Customers will be able to purchase the G Flex for $299.99 with a two-year service contract, or make monthly payments on 12- or …

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales is selling SIM cards for charity

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales is taking on a new endeavor, serving as chairman for a new UK-based wireless carrier called The People's Operator. Operational since 2012, the carrier donates ten percent of every phone bill to a charity of the user's choice, as well as setting aside a quarter of …

Nest Vows to Make Privacy Policy Changes Transparent and Opt-In

Following last week’s Google acquisition, Nest chief executive Tony Fadell has vowed to make any alterations to its privacy policy opt-in, and to be transparent about such changes to all of its users.<p>In an interview at the DLD Conference in Munich, he said there were no changes at the moment, and …

HP brings back Windows 7 'by popular demand'

HP really wants people to buy a Windows 7 PC instead of a Windows 8 machine. The PC maker has been emailing customers over the weekend noting that "Windows 7 is back." A new promotion, designed to entice people to select Windows 7 over Windows 8 with $150 of "savings," has launched on HP’s website …

Obama Says Pot No More Dangerous Than Alcohol

In a new interview President Obama has made statements that could put him in the middle of the controversy over legalizing marijuana.<p>As more states …