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Alibaba promises more action against fake goods

Written By: admin - Jan• 31•15

BEIJING (AP) " E-commerce giant Alibaba pledged Friday to do more to fight online sales of counterfeit goods, quickly settling a public dispute with a Chinese regulator after the value of its U.S.-traded shares plunged.Alibaba founder…

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Mind Your Manners, Companies Are Rating You

Written By: admin - Jan• 31•15

Companies from Uber to Airbnb are rating their customers on degrees of promptness and politeness, but who owns the data that details good and bad behavior?

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BMW fixes security flaw that exposed 2.2M cars to break-ins

Written By: admin - Jan• 31•15

BERLIN (AP) " German automaker BMW says it has fixed a security flaw that made 2.2 million of its vehicles vulnerable to break-ins.The company says the problem affected BMW, Mini and Rolls Royce models equipped with its ConnectedDrive…

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Jay Z bids for music streaming service

Written By: admin - Jan• 31•15

The Hip hop star could challenge Beats and Spotify with his offer for the HD music service Tidal

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Nokia name row with London start-up

Written By: admin - Jan• 31•15

Nokia has threatened legal action against a UK start-up over the use of the word "HERE".

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Alibaba promises action against fake goods after criticism

Written By: admin - Jan• 31•15

BEIJING (AP) " E-commerce giant Alibaba has pledged to do more to stop sales of counterfeit goods following a public dispute with a Chinese regulator that accused it of failing to protect consumers.Alibaba founder Jack Ma and the…

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Great whites set up in Kaipara

Written By: admin - Jan• 31•15

Eleven great white sharks have been spotted at a single site in the Kaipara Harbour – the largest concentration of the species yet seen in the upper North Island.A team of researchers recorded the gathering of great whites – the…

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Bits Blog: Verizon Wireless to Allow Complete Opt Out of Mobile ‘Supercookies’

Written By: admin - Jan• 31•15

The wireless carrier is under pressure from privacy groups after it introduced tracking code that can’t be deleted by consumers.

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US consumer sentiment rises to highest level since 2004

Written By: admin - Jan• 31•15

WASHINGTON (AP) " U.S. consumers are more confident than they’ve been since January 2004.The University of Michigan says that its index of consumer sentiment rose to 98.1 in January from 93.6 last month.Consumers say the prospects…

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DealBook: Law Firm Founds Project to Fight ‘Revenge Porn’

Written By: admin - Jan• 31•15

K&L Gates has set up the Cyber Civil Rights Legal Project to fight the shame-posting of sexual photos and videos online by jilted lovers.

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AbbVie reports better-than-expected 4Q on Humira sales

Written By: admin - Jan• 31•15

NORTH CHICAGO, Ill. (AP) " Drugmaker Abbvie posted better-than-expected adjusted results for the fourth quarter on Friday due to double-digit growth of its blockbuster anti-inflammatory drug Humira.Sales of Humira increased 10.6…

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Controllers banking on Philae wake-up

Written By: admin - Jan• 31•15

The European Space Agency says it will conduct no more dedicated searches for its lost comet lander, and will now wait for the probe itself to call home.

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Germany: talk of trimming Greek debt ‘divorced from reality’

Written By: admin - Jan• 31•15

ATHENS, Greece (AP) " Germany has rejected’s any suggestion that Greece should be forgiven part or all of the debt it owes to international lenders.The radical Syriza party won general elections over the weekend with pledges that…

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Google agrees privacy policy changes

Written By: admin - Jan• 31•15

The firm will roll out a single, rewritten privacy policy across Europe after coming under fire across the continent.

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Leak suggests big bang find was a dusty mistake

Written By: admin - Jan• 31•15

Details of a new analysis of last year’s BICEP2 results have been accidentally leaked – and seem to show that claiming a gravitational wave discovery was jumping the gun

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Merkel to visit Hungary at time of huge political challenges

Written By: admin - Jan• 31•15

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) " German Chancellor Angela Merkel is traveling to Budapest next week for talks with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban that come at a time of strain between the two nations, with Orban moving closer to Russia…

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Will the falling oil price undermine green energy?

Written By: admin - Jan• 31•15

What do falling oil prices mean for green energy?

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Markets brace for Big Oil profit plunge

Written By: admin - Jan• 31•15

NEW YORK (AP) " It’s just a forecast, and for only one of 10 industry groups in the stock market. Yet it has almost singlehandedly turned what had been a promising earnings season into a grim one.Profits for companies in the Standard…

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Leak suggests cosmic study was wrong

Written By: admin - Jan• 31•15

Scientists who claimed to have found evidence for a cosmic super-expansion at the Big Bang made no such discovery, a leak of a concluding study suggests.

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Uber sued over India rape allegation

Written By: admin - Jan• 31•15

An Indian woman who says she was raped by a Delhi driver of web-based taxi firm Uber files a lawsuit against the service in a US court.

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Eurozone prices plunge 0.6 pct amid weak growth, cheap oil

Written By: admin - Jan• 31•15

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) " Falling oil prices and a weak economy caused consumer prices in the eurozone to drop even more sharply in January ahead of the start of a 1 trillion euro ($1.1 trillion) stimulus effort by the European Central…

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Germany sees first increase in beer sales since 2006

Written By: admin - Jan• 30•15

BERLIN (AP) " The Federal Statistical Office says German breweries saw their first increase in sales volume in 2014 after seven years of declines.The office said Friday that overall sales of German beer in 2014 were 9.56 billion…

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How can Google snap its stock out of its stupor?

Written By: admin - Jan• 30•15

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) " Google has turned into a stock market laggard as the shift to mobile devices has lowered the Internet search leader’s digital ad prices and the company’s expensive investments in far-out technology has trimmed…

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Honda lowers forecasts after recalls push profit down

Written By: admin - Jan• 30•15

TOKYO (AP) " Honda Motor Co., the Japanese automaker at the center of an air-bag defect scandal, lowered its annual earnings forecast after quarterly profit slipped 15 percent.The poor results announced Friday by the Tokyo-based…

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Amazon Reports a Profit, Citing Prime as the Key

Written By: admin - Jan• 30•15

The company delivered better earnings than expected in the fourth quarter, breaking a recent pattern of disappointments.

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US Senate passes bill approving Keystone oil pipeline

Written By: admin - Jan• 30•15

WASHINGTON (AP) " Defying a presidential veto threat, the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate approved a bipartisan bill to construct the Keystone XL pipeline to Canada’s tar sands, setting up another battle with the White House over…

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Amazon Reports a Profit, Citing Prime as the Key

Written By: admin - Jan• 30•15

The company delivered better earnings than expected in the fourth quarter, breaking a recent pattern of disappointments.

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Dominican Republic retires most of its oil debt to Venezuela

Written By: admin - Jan• 30•15

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) " The Dominican Republic says it has retired most of its oil debt to Venezuela.Treasury Minister Simon Lizardo says Venezuela agreed in a negotiated settlement to dismiss $4 billion in long-term…

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Scars reveal ageing whales’ secrets

Written By: admin - Jan• 30•15

Scientists studying one of the most mysterious whale species find they form long-term alliances, sometimes lasting many years.

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DealBook: Law Firm Founds Project to Fight ‘Revenge Porn’

Written By: admin - Jan• 30•15

K&L Gates has set up the Cyber Civil Rights Legal Project to fight the shame-posting of sexual photos and videos online by jilted lovers.

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Mixed data from Japan as inflation flat, jobless rate falls

Written By: admin - Jan• 30•15

TOKYO (AP) " Japan’s industrial output edged higher in December, suggesting the world’s third-largest economy may be turning the corner on a recession brought on by a hefty sales tax hike.Data released Friday showed manufacturing…

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Drones Raise Domestic Fears About Security

Written By: admin - Jan• 30•15

Thwarting drones is increasingly becoming a challenge for law enforcement and security officials who are charged with protecting large-scale events like the Super Bowl.

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Air New Zealand revives $29 Night Rider flights

Written By: admin - Jan• 30•15

Air New Zealand is reinstating its Night Rider flights with $29 fares, this time moving them around the country and extending them to some regional centres.From February 20 the airline will run Night Rider services between Auckland,…

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VIDEO: Bottlenose whales show their scars

Written By: admin - Jan• 30•15

The giant bottlenose whale – one of the most mysterious marine mammals – forms long-term alliances that last many years, footage reveals.

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Finnish start-ups rise from Nokia’s ashes

Written By: admin - Jan• 30•15

Nokia’s demise hit Finland hard – but its legacy is a vibrant start-up scene

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How the Dow Jones industrial average fared Thursday

Written By: admin - Jan• 30•15

U.S. financial markets closed sharply higher Thursday as investors welcomed encouraging news on corporate earnings and the job market.The rally ended a two-day losing streak for the major market indexes. Oil prices ended slightly…

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Amazon Reports a Profit, Citing Prime as the Key

Written By: admin - Jan• 30•15

The company delivered better earnings than expected in the fourth quarter, breaking a recent pattern of disappointments.

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Amazon’s big spending pays off in 4th quarter

Written By: admin - Jan• 30•15

NEW YORK (AP) " It was a Prime quarter for Amazon.Amazon surprised investors on Thursday with a fourth-quarter profit that soundly beat expectations, despite a continued increase in spending and a slight sales miss, partly linked…

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Amazon posts modest holiday profits

Written By: admin - Jan• 30•15

The online retail giant Amazon reports weaker profits for the busy Christmas period, but a 15% rise in sales cheers investors.

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Common Sense: How, and Why, Apple Overtook Microsoft

Written By: admin - Jan• 30•15

With the latest earnings reports from Microsoft and Apple, the once-unthinkable became reality: Apple’s market capitalization hit $683 billion, more than double Microsoft’s $338 billion.

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Google profits up nearly 30%

Written By: admin - Jan• 30•15

Internet giant Google reports fourth-quarter profits of $4.76bn, up nearly 30% from the same period a year before, but revenue misses Wall Street expectations.

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Republican-led US Senate passes bill authorizing Keystone XL oil pipeline, defying veto threat

Written By: admin - Jan• 30•15

WASHINGTON (AP) " Republican-led US Senate passes bill authorizing Keystone XL oil pipeline, defying veto threat.

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Amazon holiday profits drop by $25m

Written By: admin - Jan• 30•15

The online retail giant Amazon reports weaker profits for the busy Christmas period, but a 15% rise in sales cheers investors.

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Google Revenue Is Squeezed, and Profit Misses Estimate

Written By: admin - Jan• 30•15

The company’s results were squeezed by a number of temporary factors, including a strong dollar that ate into overseas sales.

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Google profits up nearly 30%

Written By: admin - Jan• 30•15

Internet giant Google reports fourth-quarter profits of $4.76bn, up nearly 30% from the same period a year before, but revenue misses Wall Street expectations.

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Reserve Bank opens door to cutting rate

Written By: admin - Jan• 30•15

The Reserve Bank has explicitly acknowledged its next interest rate move could be either up or down, thereby giving the financial markets a green light to price in a cut.The kiwi dollar dropped by 1c against the US dollar following…

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Bits Blog: Uber Accused of Lax Safety Practices by Delhi Woman

Written By: admin - Jan• 30•15

The woman who says she was sexually assaulted by an Uber driver says in a lawsuit filed in California that the company does not adequately screen its drivers, risking the safety of Uber customers.

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The bitcoin rush: Pioneers on the financial frontier

Written By: admin - Jan• 30•15

Meet miners, outlaws and sheriffs all striving to get ahead in the volatile new world of virtual money. Financial Times reporter Kadhim Shubber is your guide

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Chicks place low numbers on the left

Written By: admin - Jan• 30•15

Scientists in Italy find that baby chickens associate low and high numbers with left and right, respectively – suggesting they may count using a "mental number line" like humans do.

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Just four credit card clues can identify anyone

Written By: admin - Jan• 30•15

Without even knowing what someone bought, it’s possible to pick their credit card history out of an anonymised pool thanks to the metadata collected by modern devices

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Belarusian leader issues tough warning to Moscow

Written By: admin - Jan• 30•15

MINSK, Belarus (AP) " New cracks emerged Thursday in a Russia-led economic alliance, with the president of Belarus warning that his nation may opt out of it.Alexander Lukashenko also sternly warned Moscow Thursday that his nation…

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Uproar over plans to ditch Dippy the dinosaur from London’s Natural History Museum

Written By: admin - Jan• 30•15

Dippy the dinosaur is being retired from London’s Natural History Museum — and his fans aren’t happy.The museum announced today that the 85-foot (26-metre) plaster skeleton, which has been on display for more than a century, will…

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Bits Blog: F.C.C. Sharply Expands Definition of Broadband

Written By: admin - Jan• 30•15

The new broadband benchmark sets downloads at a speed of 25 megabits per second and uploads of 3 megabits per second. The standard is used to guide policy in some areas.

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Bill Gates insists AI is a threat

Written By: admin - Jan• 30•15

Microsoft’s founder says we should worry that AI escape our control, despite claims to the contrary by a Microsoft Research chief.

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Diplodocus v blue whale: Who’d win?

Written By: admin - Jan• 30•15

Who’d win fantasy fight between diplodocus and blue whale?

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US Senate heads toward approval of Keystone XL pipeline bill

Written By: admin - Jan• 30•15

WASHINGTON (AP) " The Republican-controlled U.S. Senate moved Thursday toward passage of a bipartisan bill approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline, defying a presidential veto threat and setting up the first of many expected battles…

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Sound tech for blind film-lovers

Written By: admin - Jan• 30•15

Researchers use sound technology as an alternative to audio descriptions to try to improve film-watching for blind people.

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Office puts chips under staff’s skin

Written By: admin - Jan• 30•15

Rory Cellan-Jones visits a building where microchipped workers gain entry and use photocopiers by holding up their hands – and trials the tech himself.

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Reserve Bank opens door to cutting rate

Written By: admin - Jan• 30•15

The Reserve Bank has explicitly acknowledged its next interest rate move could be either up or down, thereby giving the financial markets a green light to price in a cut.The kiwi dollar dropped by 1c against the US dollar following…

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Innovative concept may give hope to Parkinson’s sufferers

Written By: admin - Jan• 30•15

An innovative concept which would override the damaging brain patterns of Parkinson’s disease could give new hope to sufferers.While there is no cure for the neuro-degenerative condition, a team of University of Otago neuroscientists…

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Data archaeology helps builders avoid buried treasure

Written By: admin - Jan• 30•15

Finding a boat where you want to put your building can be costly. A data analytics start-up will help companies guess what’s in the ground before they dig

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Average US rate on 30-year mortgage rises to 3.66 pct.

Written By: admin - Jan• 30•15

WASHINGTON (AP) " Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose slightly this week after four straight weeks of declines, while remaining near historically low levels.Mortgage company Freddie Mac says the nationwide average for a 30-year…

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Alibaba Revenue Jumps but Misses Estimates

Written By: admin - Jan• 30•15

The company, which had a huge initial public offering in September, is now facing trouble with China’s government regulators and an economic slowdown.

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Shell revives Arctic drilling plans

Written By: admin - Jan• 30•15

Royal Dutch Shell revives Arctic drilling plans, despite announcing a $15bn cut in global spending and profit figures that disappointed investors.

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Alibaba adjusted profit tops estimates, revenue disappoints

Written By: admin - Jan• 30•15

NEW YORK (AP) " Chinese e-commerce powerhouse Alibaba’s Group reported adjusted fourth-quarter earnings that beat expectations as its user base continued to grow and shoppers bought more on mobile phones.Its revenue surged 40 percent…

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US firms object to source code rules

Written By: admin - Jan• 30•15

Business groups have written to the Chinese government, asking it to rethink rules that would force them to hand over source code and create backdoors for officials in Beijing.

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Multibillion-dollar race to put internet into orbit

Written By: admin - Jan• 30•15

The next-generation internet could come from above, with fleets of satellites delivering broadband to under-served areas of the world

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Multibillion-dollar race to put internet into orbit

Written By: admin - Jan• 30•15

The next-generation internet could come from above, with fleets of satellites delivering broadband to under-served areas of the world

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Even with low prices, US oil industry pushing for exports

Written By: admin - Jan• 30•15

WASHINGTON (AP) " Never mind dropping oil prices. U.S. producers are pushing harder than ever for the right to sell U.S. crude oil overseas.It might seem counterintuitive: Oil prices are as low as they have been at any point since…

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DealBook: After Alibaba Spinoff, Yahoo May Become a Takeover Target

Written By: admin - Jan• 30•15

By spinning off the stake into a separate company, Yahoo will be judged by its core Internet businesses.

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Hershey dips into meat market with Krave Jerky

Written By: admin - Jan• 30•15

NEW YORK (AP) " Hershey has a sudden hankering for protein, with plans to add jerky to its lineup.The maker of sugar-high inducing treats like Reese’s, Kit Kat and Twizzlers says it’s buying Krave Jerky for an undisclosed sum. Krave,…

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Climate concern ‘linked to floods’

Written By: admin - Jan• 30•15

Belief in the reality of climate change has risen among the British public, partly because of the 2013 winter floods, according to a report.

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DealBook: After Alibaba Spinoff, Yahoo May Become a Takeover Target

Written By: admin - Jan• 30•15

By spinning off the stake into a separate company, Yahoo will be judged by its core Internet businesses.

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Virtual reality takes to the sky

Written By: admin - Jan• 30•15

Qantas becomes first airline to offer passengers in-flight entertainment via a virtual reality headset.

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Samsung profits hit by mobile sales

Written By: admin - Jan• 30•15

South Korean tech giant Samsung Electronics reports its first drop in full-year profits for three years, in part due to a sharp drop in mobile phone sales.

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EU parliament president to meet with new Greek gov’t

Written By: admin - Jan• 30•15

ATHENS, Greece (AP) " The European Parliament’s president is to be the first European official to visit Athens, a day after announcements by Greece’s nascent radical left government on rolling back a series of key budget commitments…

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VIDEO: ‘New generation’ drug research plan

Written By: admin - Jan• 30•15

Pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca has announced a research programme to develop a new generation of medicines to treat the genetic causes of many debilitating diseases.

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Royal Dutch Shell reports 57 percent drop in net income

Written By: admin - Jan• 29•15

LONDON (AP) " Royal Dutch Shell PLC, Europe’s largest oil company by market value, says fourth quarter net income fell 57 percent to $773 million in results that will set the tone for other energy giants as they roll out their earnings.Shell…

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Icebergs ‘have sound signature’

Written By: admin - Jan• 29•15

Listening to icebergs could help to assess the extent of glacier melt, a study suggests.

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Climate concern ‘linked to floods’

Written By: admin - Jan• 29•15

Belief in the reality of climate change has risen among the British public, partly because of the 2013 winter floods, according to a report.

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Twinkle telescope to check out exoplanet climate

Written By: admin - Jan• 29•15

If all goes to plan, the UK will launch a telescope to find out more about known exoplanets’ atmospheres in four years

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Twinkle telescope to check out exoplanet climate

Written By: admin - Jan• 29•15

If all goes to plan, the UK will launch a telescope to find out more about known exoplanets’ atmospheres in four years

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Nokia turns to fourth quarter profit buoyed by strong growth

Written By: admin - Jan• 29•15

HELSINKI (AP) " After selling its ailing handset unit, Nokia has turned a fourth-quarter net profit of 443 million euros ($502 million) with sales increasing nearly 10 percent, partly buoyed by strong growth in North America.The…

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Astra Zeneca drive for genetic drugs

Written By: admin - Jan• 29•15

Astra Zeneca announces a research programme to develop a generation of medicines to treat the genetic causes of many debilitating diseases.

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Sinosphere Blog: Dystopian Reality of China’s Smog Captured in ‘Airpocalypse’ App

Written By: admin - Jan• 29•15

Airpocalypse, a sleek, color-coded app, provides weather conditions in Chinese cities, shows air quality measurements and, perhaps most important, “shares your excitement” on clear days and “feels your pain” on smoggy ones.

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Venezuelan hedge fund manager to be sentenced in huge fraud

Written By: admin - Jan• 29•15

BRIDGEPORT, Connecticut (AP) " A former hedge fund manager who confessed four years ago to running a massive fraud scheme is expected to be sentenced in a case that had its biggest fallout in Venezuela, where the state oil company…

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Fed sees strengthening economy but stays ‘patient’ on rates

Written By: admin - Jan• 29•15

WASHINGTON (AP) " The Federal Reserve’s outlook for the U.S. economy is steadily brightening. Yet the Fed will be "patient" in raising interest rates from record lows.That was the dual message the central bank sent Wednesday in…

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Sinosphere Blog: Dystopian Reality of China’s Smog Captured in ‘Airpocalypse’ App

Written By: admin - Jan• 29•15

Airpocalypse, a sleek, color-coded app, provides weather conditions in Chinese cities, shows air quality measurements and, perhaps most important, “shares your excitement” on clear days and “feels your pain” on smoggy ones.

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Philippine economic growth slows to 6.1 percent last year

Written By: admin - Jan• 29•15

MANILA, Philippines (AP) " Philippine economic growth slowed to 6.1 percent last year, hampered by natural disasters, but still outpaced most other countries in Asia.Socio-Economic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan said Thursday…

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Sinosphere Blog: Dystopian Reality of China’s Smog Captured in ‘Airpocalypse’ App

Written By: admin - Jan• 29•15

Airpocalypse, a sleek, color-coded app, provides weather conditions in Chinese cities, shows air quality measurements and, perhaps most important, “shares your excitement” on clear days and “feels your pain” on smoggy ones.

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Nintendo halves annual profit target

Written By: admin - Jan• 29•15

Nintendo’s operating profit grew nearly 50% in the last quarter but it was not enough to keep the game-maker from slashing its full year target.

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McDonald’s CEO steps down as sales decline

Written By: admin - Jan• 29•15

NEW YORK (AP) " McDonald’s CEO Don Thompson is stepping down as the world’s biggest hamburger chain fights to hold onto customers and transform its image.The company said Thompson, who has been CEO for two-and-a-half years, will…

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New laser brings 3D colour images of crime scenes to courtrooms

Written By: admin - Jan• 29•15

A new and improved laser that can quickly and accurately build a 3D colour image of crime scenes will bring new clarity to New Zealand courtrooms.Environmental Science and Research (ESR) today demonstrated to media the new Focus3D…

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Sinosphere Blog: Dystopian Reality of China’s Smog Captured in ‘Airpocalypse’ App

Written By: admin - Jan• 29•15

Airpocalypse, a sleek, color-coded app, provides weather conditions in Chinese cities, shows air quality measurements and, perhaps most important, “shares your excitement” on clear days and “feels your pain” on smoggy ones.

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Fonterra cuts milk volume forecasts

Written By: admin - Jan• 29•15

Fonterra said it had cut its milk volume forecast for the 2014-15 season to 1,532 million kg of milksolids, reflecting the impact of dry weather on production in recent weeks.The new forecast is 3.3 per cent lower than the 1,584…

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DealBook: After Alibaba Spinoff, Yahoo May Become a Takeover Target

Written By: admin - Jan• 29•15

By spinning off the stake into a separate company, Yahoo will be judged by its core Internet businesses.

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Machine Learning: Video Feature: Signs That Virtual Reality Is on the Verge of Taking Off

Written By: admin - Jan• 29•15

Major technology and media companies are investing heavily in virtual reality, a signal that the experience may soon be ready for mass consumption.

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Samsung earnings hit by mobile sales

Written By: admin - Jan• 29•15

South Korean tech giant Samsung Electronics reported its first annual earnings decline in three years.

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First December trade deficit in four years

Written By: admin - Jan• 29•15

New Zealand posted its first trade deficit for a December month in four years as aircraft and mobile phones boosted imports while declining milk powder prices pulled down exports.The country turned to a $159 million trade deficit…

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‘Dippy’ makes way for blue whale

Written By: admin - Jan• 29•15

London’s Natural History Museum is re-modelling its entrance, moving out the famous Diplodocus skeleton and moving in the bones of a blue whale.

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