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Sanitarium safe from charity crackdown

Written By: admin - Feb• 23•15

Food giant Sanitarium appears to be safe from an ongoing Government crackdown on charities that has some sporting bodies worried they may lose their charitable status.The maker of Weet-Bix and Marmite has a controversial exemption…

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Sanitarium safe from charity crackdown

Written By: admin - Feb• 23•15

Food giant Sanitarium appears to be safe from an ongoing Government crackdown on charities that has some sporting bodies worried they may lose their charitable status.The maker of Weet-Bix and Marmite has a controversial exemption…

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Bits Blog: Uber Drivers Face Fines in Paris

Written By: admin - Feb• 23•15

As the ride-booking service tries to persuade policy makers to allow it to operate in cities around the world, Uber drivers are being pulled over and given fines in Paris.

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Bits Blog: Uber Drivers Face Fines in Paris

Written By: admin - Feb• 23•15

As the ride-booking service tries to persuade policy makers to allow it to operate in cities around the world, Uber drivers are being pulled over and given fines in Paris.

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Sanitarium lifts revenue to $191m

Written By: admin - Feb• 23•15

Food giant Sanitarium has boosted revenue and appears safe from a Government crackdown on charities that has some sporting bodies worried they may lose their charitable status.The maker of Weet-Bix and Marmite has a controversial…

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Bits Blog: Uber Drivers Face Fines in Paris

Written By: admin - Feb• 23•15

As the ride-booking service tries to persuade policy makers to allow it to operate in cities around the world, Uber drivers are being pulled over and given fines in Paris.

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Israel announces purchase of 14 more F-35 fighter jets

Written By: admin - Feb• 23•15

JERUSALEM (AP) " Israel says it will purchase 14 additional next-generation F-35 fighter jets for approximately $3 billion.Israel’s defense ministry said Sunday the deal adds to the fleet of 19 U.S-made jets it already purchased…

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4 feared killed in Bosnia coal mine accident

Written By: admin - Feb• 23•15

TUZLA, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) " Officials fear a landslide in an open-pit coal mine in Bosnia has killed at least four people.Mining inspector Nuraga Duranovic said at least four men are believed to have been buried by some 5,000…

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VIDEO: ‘Supertides’ to hit UK coastline

Written By: admin - Feb• 22•15

The biggest high tides in two decades are expected to hit parts of the UK coast this morning, which could see coastal flooding in areas.

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The Stanford Undergraduate and the Mentor

Written By: admin - Feb• 22•15

He was supposed to help her break into the tech industry. Instead, they started a relationship. Then came a rape allegation, a lawsuit and an investigation at one of the nation’s top universities.

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VIDEO: ISS prepares for space tourism

Written By: admin - Feb• 22•15

Two astronauts spend six hours installing new cabling on the outside of the International Space Station.

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Jaguar Land Rover recalls nearly 62K vehicles over air bags

Written By: admin - Feb• 22•15

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) " Jaguar Land Rover North America is recalling 61,793 vehicles because the front, passenger-side air bag may be disabled if a lightweight adult sits in the seat.The recall affects some Range Rovers from the 2013…

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Refinery workers strike spreads to biggest US location

Written By: admin - Feb• 22•15

The first nationwide oil refinery strike in more than 30 years is growing to encompass four new plants, including the largest U.S. refinery in Port Arthur, Texas.The United Steelworkers union says workers at the Motiva Enterprises…

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Attorney: Canada businessman home after released by Cuba

Written By: admin - Feb• 22•15

HAVANA (AP) " Attoreny Barry Papazian says businessman Cy Tokmakjian has returned to Canada after being released from prison in Cuba.Papazian says in a statement that Tokmakjian has returned home for the first time in three years….

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Saver tactics worry watchdog

Written By: admin - Feb• 22•15

As the battle heats up for the KiwiSaver dollar, authorities are taking a closer look at the tactics being used to tempt investors.More than 28 providers are offering the voluntary savings scheme, but as the eighth anniversary nears,…

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Greece faces tight deadline to develop reform proposals

Written By: admin - Feb• 22•15

ATHENS, Greece (AP) " The Greek government is facing a Monday deadline to come up with credible reform proposals to extend the existing bailout deal and the drafting of a new one.Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will be meeting his…

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Nissan executive known as ‘father of the Z’ dies at 105

Written By: admin - Feb• 21•15

TOKYO (AP) " Yutaka Katayama, a former president of Nissan Motor Co.’s U.S. unit who built the Z sportscar into a powerful global brand in the 1970s, has died. He was 105.Known as the "father of the Z," Katayama won international…

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Tentative contract reached in West Coast ports dispute

Written By: admin - Feb• 21•15

LOS ANGELES (AP) " Dockworkers were set to return to work Saturday, a day after negotiators reached a tentative contract covering West Coast dockworkers, likely ending a protracted labor dispute that snarled international trade at…

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New Sri Lanka gov’t ends US lobbying contracts

Written By: admin - Feb• 21•15

WASHINGTON (AP) " In a sign of improving relations with the U.S., Sri Lanka has terminated lobbying contracts worth tens of thousands of dollars a month that the previous government had signed to help it win friends in Washington…

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Technophoria: Bringing Big Data to the Fight Against Benefits Fraud

Written By: admin - Feb• 21•15

To detect possible abuse of programs or benefits, state and local governments are turning to data-mining techniques long used by financial services companies.

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Moody’s downgrades credit rating on Russia

Written By: admin - Feb• 21•15

NEW YORK (AP) " Moody’s Investors Service says it has cut Russia’s credit rating to junk grade, citing the crisis in Ukraine and a slide in oil prices and the ruble.The credit rating agency said late Friday that it expects those…

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Business Highlights

Written By: admin - Feb• 21•15

___Surging dollar takes bite out of US corporate profitsThe biggest obstacle for Coca-Cola and Pepsi these days isn’t tied to taste tests, the declining popularity of sugary drinks or even their century-long rivalry. It’s the…

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Council supports small-scale reclamation

Written By: admin - Feb• 21•15

The Auckland Council has filed its changes to ease controls for further reclamation of Waitemata Harbour for port use.The changes, filed late on Thursday with the independent hearings panel considering the Unitary Plan, form part…

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FAA says American ‘may have’ violated maintenance rules

Written By: admin - Feb• 21•15

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) " Federal officials say that American Airlines "may have" violated maintenance rules and they are continuing to investigate a union group’s allegations that mechanics were pressured to clear planes for flying…

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YouTube to release kids app to ease parents’ worries

Written By: admin - Feb• 21•15

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) " YouTube is going to release a mobile app that will only show video clips suitable for young children to help parents control what their kids are watching on the Internet.The YouTube for Kids app, scheduled to…

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French minister meets with Google, Facebook, Twitter

Written By: admin - Feb• 21•15

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) " The French interior minister is meeting with representatives from Google, Facebook and Twitter to encourage them to join the European Union in its fight against propaganda disseminated online by terrorist groups.French…

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Black hole’s blast stunts stars

Written By: admin - Feb• 21•15

The winds blasted out by supermassive black holes at the centre of galaxies are strong enough to slow the birth of new stars, astronomers reveal.

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Mexico reports 2.1 pct economic growth in 2014

Written By: admin - Feb• 21•15

MEXICO CITY (AP) " Mexico’s economy grew 2.1 percent in 2014 on the strength of improved performance toward the end of the year, the government’s National Statistics Institute reported Friday.Gross domestic product expanded 2.6…

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Bits Blog: Yahoo Courts Mobile App Makers with New Tools

Written By: admin - Feb• 21•15

Building on its acquisition of the start-up Flurry last year, the company is seeking to broaden its influence with mobile application developers by offering them better analytic and advertising services.

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US phone-card company strikes deal with Cuba

Written By: admin - Feb• 21•15

HAVANA (AP) " A New Jersey-based company that sells discount international calling cards to immigrant communities says it has struck a deal with Cuba’s state telecommunications company.The deal, which is pending U.S. government…

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Google-backed genetic test approved

Written By: admin - Feb• 21•15

A Californian start-up will be allowed to advertise a mail order DNA test that screens for a rare genetic condition.

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Google-backed genetic test approved

Written By: admin - Feb• 21•15

A Californian start-up will be allowed to advertise a mail order DNA test that screens for a rare genetic condition.

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Court: No inflation pay on recovered funds of Madoff victims

Written By: admin - Feb• 21•15

NEW YORK (AP) " A federal appeals court says thousands of victims of Bernard Madoff’s multibillion-dollar fraud are not entitled to interest or inflation when they get a share of recovered funds.The Securities and Exchange Commission…

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Doctors say fitness trackers, health apps can boost care

Written By: admin - Feb• 21•15

HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) " That phone app keeping track of your exercise and meals might keep you out of the hospital one day.Why give your doctors permission to incorporate data from fitness trackers and health apps into electronic…

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Beijing subway swipe data betrays social class

Written By: admin - Feb• 21•15

Urban planners in China’s capital are using smartcard data to help them devise better policies and direct resources for social programmes

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France, Germany hold out sanctions if Ukraine accords break

Written By: admin - Feb• 21•15

PARIS (AP) " France and Germany have warned that sanctions could be leveled if the Minsk accords to stabilize Ukraine are not respected.President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel pressed for respect for the…

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US and UK ‘hacked Sim card firm’

Written By: admin - Feb• 21•15

US and British spies hacked a top Sim card firm to steal security codes and facilitate eavesdropping on mobiles, a news website says.

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Bits Blog: Internet Taxes, Another Window Into the Net Neutrality Debate

Written By: admin - Feb• 21•15

Congress wants to permanently ban taxes on high-speed Internet service. But will the F.C.C.’s plan for utility-style regulation open a door to new charges?

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Fannie Mae posts $1.3B profit in 4Q; paying $1.9B dividend

Written By: admin - Feb• 21•15

WASHINGTON (AP) " Mortgage giant Fannie Mae reported net income of $1.3 billion for the fourth quarter. That’s down sharply from $6.5 billion a year earlier due largely to losses on investments used to hedge against swings in interest…

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Lasers set to zap engines into running more efficiently

Written By: admin - Feb• 21•15

Replacing the spark plugs in engines with lasers could lead to more complete fuel combustion and greener cars

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Bits Blog: Internet Taxes, Another Window Into the Net Neutrality Debate

Written By: admin - Feb• 21•15

Congress wants to permanently ban taxes on high-speed Internet service. But will the F.C.C.’s plan for utility-style regulation open a door to new charges?

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YouTube to launch kids’ app

Written By: admin - Feb• 21•15

The Google-owned company is preparing to launch a separate YouTube app that will be focused on children and is being billed as a safer way to use YouTube.

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US and UK ‘hacked Sim card firm’

Written By: admin - Feb• 21•15

US and British spies hacked a top Sim card firm to steal security codes and facilitate eavesdropping on mobiles, a news website says.

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Greece, European creditors divided ahead of new debt talks

Written By: admin - Feb• 21•15

BRUSSELS (AP) " Greece and its European creditors are converging on Brussels to try to bridge major differences over Athens’ request for a six-month loan extension to help pay off massive debts.The meeting on Friday is the third…

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US and UK ‘hacked Sim card firm’

Written By: admin - Feb• 21•15

US and British spies hacked a top Sim card firm to steal security codes and facilitate eavesdropping on mobiles, a news website says.

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Keep an eye on your city’s pollution in real time

Written By: admin - Feb• 21•15

High resolution cameras can now capture haze and air pollution activity in real time and post it online

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Dutch SIM card maker investigating reported UK-US hack

Written By: admin - Feb• 21•15

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) " A Dutch company that makes SIM cards for cellular phones says it is investigating reports that it was hacked by Britain’s electronic spying agency in cooperation with the U.S. National Security Agency.Amsterdam-based…

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Robo-raven morphs its wings to back flip in mid-air

Written By: admin - Feb• 21•15

A flying robot that can move each wing independently is capable of precise aerial manoeuvres that mimic a real bird’s abilities

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Global stock quiet as most Asian markets closed for holidays

Written By: admin - Feb• 20•15

TOKYO (AP) " Global stocks appeared set for quiet and lower trading Friday after most markets in Asia were closed for the Lunar New Year holidays, except for Tokyo, where shares continued to rise on optimism about the Japanese economy.KEEPING…

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Dollar Drag: surging buck hits US corporate earnings

Written By: admin - Feb• 20•15

NEW YORK (AP) " The biggest obstacle for Coca-Cola and Pepsi these days isn’t tied to taste tests, the declining popularity of sugary drinks or even their century-long rivalry. It’s the surging U.S. dollar.The two soda giants rely…

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Honda adjusts North American output due to parts shortage

Written By: admin - Feb• 20•15

TOKYO (AP) " Honda is adjusting production at two North American factories from Feb. 24 through March 2, cutting production by 5,000 cars due to a disruption in parts shipments caused by a protracted labor dispute at West Coast ports.Tokyo-based…

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US rents rise in January, but dip in Chicago and Minneapolis

Written By: admin - Feb• 20•15

WASHINGTON (AP) " U.S. home rental prices rose at a steady rate in January, but prices barely budged or even dipped in parts of the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic.Real estate data firm Zillow said Friday that prices increased a seasonally-adjusted…

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US and UK ‘hacked Sim card firm’

Written By: admin - Feb• 20•15

US and British spies illegally hacked a top Sim card firm to steal codes and facilitate eavesdropping on mobiles, a news website says.

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Attorney general nominee defends British bank investigation

Written By: admin - Feb• 20•15

WASHINGTON (AP) " President Barack Obama’s nominee for U.S. attorney general is defending her office’s handling of a money-laundering investigation involving British bank HSBC, saying the deal carried stern penalties even though no…

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Auto Team Is Forming at Apple

Written By: admin - Feb• 20•15

The company has collected about 200 people over the last few years to develop technologies for an electric car, according to two people with knowledge of the company’s plans.

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1954 Les Paul Gibson guitar sells for $330,000

Written By: admin - Feb• 20•15

NEW YORK (AP) " The 1954 Les Paul Gibson guitar known as "Black Beauty" has sold at auction for $330,000.Guernsey’s auction house says the six-string instrument with gold-plated hardware set the standard for other Les Paul Gibson…

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Investors Create a Billion-Dollar-Baby Boom

Written By: admin - Feb• 20•15

For investors, the hunt is for the next proverbial so-called unicorn, a nascent business worth $1 billion or more — on paper, at least.

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Christopher Adams: What were they thinking?

Written By: admin - Feb• 20•15

A Portuguese bank on the verge of collapse – what were they thinking?That would have been the response of many newspaper readers this morning upon learning the New Zealand Superannuation Fund has lost nearly $200 million in…

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Evolution ‘favours big sea beasts’

Written By: admin - Feb• 20•15

A major survey finds that marine animals have been getting bigger, on average, since the Cambrian period – and not by chance.

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VIDEO: The tech behind facial recognition

Written By: admin - Feb• 20•15

Glasses that tell you who you are looking at

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Searching for signs of Mars life could destroy them

Written By: admin - Feb• 20•15

A common sulphate mineral on Mars may be a signpost for habitability, but just looking for organic compounds might obliterate them

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Yahoo seeking to harvest ad revenue from other mobile apps

Written By: admin - Feb• 20•15

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) " Yahoo is giving away a toolkit for managing mobile apps in a move aimed at reaping more revenue from smartphones and tablets as CEO Marissa Mayer scrambles to catch up to the Internet company’s rivals.The strategy…

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Bits Blog: Yahoo Courts Mobile App Makers with New Tools

Written By: admin - Feb• 20•15

Building on its acquisition of the start-up Flurry last year, the company is seeking to broaden its influence with mobile application developers by offering them better analytic and advertising services.

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Venezuela allows sale of dollars at near-black market rate

Written By: admin - Feb• 20•15

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) " Venezuelans lined up Thursday for their first chance in years to change bolivars into dollars without having to justify why they need foreign currency.The socialist South American country launched a new…

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NZ Super Fund loses $200m in Portuguese bank collapse

Written By: admin - Feb• 20•15

Almost $200 million in taxpayers’ money invested through the New Zealand Superannuation Fund has been lost after the collapse of a Portuguese bank where the money was invested – supposedly as a "risk-free" loan.The fund, set up…

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Bits Blog: Yahoo Unveils Tools for Improving Mobile Apps

Written By: admin - Feb• 20•15

The key to the Internet company’s effort is technology it acquired through the acquisition of the small company Flurry.

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Attorney general nominee defends British bank investigation

Written By: admin - Feb• 20•15

WASHINGTON (AP) " President Barack Obama’s nominee for U.S. attorney general is defending her office’s handling of a money-laundering investigation involving British bank HSBC, saying the deal carried stern penalties even though no…

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Bits Blog: Yahoo Unveils Tools for Making Mobile Apps

Written By: admin - Feb• 20•15

The key to the Internet company’s effort is technology it acquired through the acquisition of the small company Flurry.

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NZ Super Fund loses $200m in Portuguese bank collapse

Written By: admin - Feb• 20•15

Almost $200 million in taxpayers’ money invested through the New Zealand Superannuation Fund has been lost after the collapse of a Portuguese bank where the money was invested – supposedly as a "risk-free" loan.The fund, set up…

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Robo-raven morphs its wings to back flip in mid-air

Written By: admin - Feb• 20•15

A flying robot that can move each wing independently is capable of precise aerial manoeuvres that mimic a real bird’s abilities

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Doubt over ‘cannibal seal’ theory

Written By: admin - Feb• 20•15

The National Trust urges caution over a report suggesting cannibalistic seals may be to blame for a spate of seal pup deaths in Norfolk.

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How the Super Fund lost $200m

Written By: admin - Feb• 20•15

In an emergency phone call on Boxing Day after an unscheduled crisis meeting at the New Zealand Superannuation Fund’s headquarters, Finance Minister Bill English was told a loan to a Portuguese bank had gone up in smoke leaving taxpayers…

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Stellar intruder’s daring fly-by of the solar system

Written By: admin - Feb• 20•15

A nearby star passed within a light year of the sun 70,000 years ago, close enough that early humans could have seen it

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DealBook: Facing Demand, Uber Expands Funding Round by $1 Billion

Written By: admin - Feb• 20•15

Investors just can’t get enough of Uber, so the ride-hailing service has expanded the capacity for its latest funding round to $2.8 billion.

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Robo-raven morphs its wings to back flip in mid-air

Written By: admin - Feb• 20•15

A flying robot that can move each wing independently is capable of precise aerial manoeuvres that mimic a real bird’s abilities

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Canadian police press charges against SNC-Lavalin

Written By: admin - Feb• 20•15

MONTREAL (AP) " Canadian police have laid fraud and corruption charges against Canadian engineering and construction giant SNC-Lavalin and two of its subsidiaries.The charges follow an investigation into the Montreal-based firm’s…

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Glitch trips up top computer school

Written By: admin - Feb• 20•15

Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh has apologised after it mistakenly sent out 800 admission letters to its prestigious computer science programme.

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Ukraine finance chief: West, IMF won’t flag in bailout aid

Written By: admin - Feb• 20•15

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) " Ukraine’s finance minister rejects the idea that international bailout lenders’ efforts to help Greece might restrict their ability to support Ukraine in coming years.The International Monetary Fund last week…

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Bits Blog: Samsung Buys LoopPay, a Competitor to Apple’s Mobile Wallet

Written By: admin - Feb• 20•15

The move comes just a few months after the release of Apple Pay, Apple’s mobile payments product.

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Gauge of US economy posts slight 0.2 percent January gain

Written By: admin - Feb• 20•15

WASHINGTON (AP) " An index designed to predict the future health of the U.S. economy rose in January by the smallest amount in five months, indicating the economy’s momentum may have slowed a bit.The New York-based Conference Board…

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Oscars films see online piracy surge

Written By: admin - Feb• 20•15

American Sniper is the Oscars-nominated film to have experienced the most illegal downloads since the awards shortlist was revealed, a study suggests.

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Nearly 40 percent of US Wal-Mart workers to get pay raises

Written By: admin - Feb• 20•15

BENTONVILLE, Arkansas (AP) " Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is spending $1 billion to make changes to how it pays and trains hourly U.S. workers as the retailer tries to reshape the image that its stores offer dead-end jobs.As part of its…

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VIDEO: Rare Amur tigers filmed in China

Written By: admin - Feb• 20•15

Rare video footage of wild Amur tigers in China has been captured in the Wangqing Nature Reserve.

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Applications for US unemployment aid plummet to 283,000

Written By: admin - Feb• 20•15

WASHINGTON (AP) " The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell sharply last week, a sign that a recent string of strong job gains may continue.The Labor Department says weekly applications for unemployment aid dropped…

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Meet the Unlikely Airbnb Hosts of Japan

Written By: admin - Feb• 20•15

A world-conquering start-up finds itself lost in translation in Tokyo.

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White House: Higher wages needed to make up for stagnation

Written By: admin - Feb• 20•15

WASHINGTON (AP) " President Barack Obama’s top economists say that even as the U.S. has managed to kick start a lasting and growing recovery, modest wage gains are far from making up for decades of paycheck stagnation for middle-class…

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Lenovo in row over hidden spyware

Written By: admin - Feb• 20•15

Hidden adware pre-installed on Lenovo laptops and PCs popped up adverts without permission and could have compromised user data.

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VIDEO: Should killer whales stay in parks?

Written By: admin - Feb• 20•15

The debate continues over whether killer whales should be kept in captivity in theme parks.

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Greek officials say Athens has sent proposed compromise to end bailout impasse with creditors

Written By: admin - Feb• 20•15

ATHENS, Greece (AP) " Greek officials say Athens has sent proposed compromise to end bailout impasse with creditors.

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Is email broken?

Written By: admin - Feb• 20•15

From Snapchat to Slack – new apps challenge email’s supremacy

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Greek shares steady as investors await bailout proposal

Written By: admin - Feb• 19•15

ATHENS, Greece (AP) " Greek shares are flat in morning trading, as investors await the details of a last-minute compromise proposal from Athens to break a deadlock with European creditors over Greece’s frozen bailout program.Government…

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Ka-ching: Euro exit would cost Greeks dear

Written By: admin - Feb• 19•15

So what would it cost if Greece left the euro?As European policymakers struggle to reach a deal to keep the country from a bankruptcy, experts are making rough estimates of the potential costs of failure.Neither side wants Greece…

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Online secrets market could revolutionise economies

Written By: admin - Feb• 19•15

If you’ve never heard of Darkleaks, you soon will. But its technology, which began with bitcoin, could have far bigger implications

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Nestle profits rise, but held back by weak pricing in Europe

Written By: admin - Feb• 19•15

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) " Food company Nestle S.A. says net profit rose 44 percent last year as the company booked one-time gains from the sale of a stake in L’Oreal and its purchase of dermatology company Galderma.Stripping out…

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Union suspends contract talks with Air Canada

Written By: admin - Feb• 19•15

TORONTO (AP) " The union representing about 4,100 Air Canada employees said it has suspended contract talks with the airline over shift trading issues.Unifor said Wednesday that negotiators suspended talks on a new contract for…

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Spark ups investment in Lightbox TV

Written By: admin - Feb• 19•15

Spark New Zealand has announced it is increasing investment in its internet television service Lightbox.In its first half year result this morning, the company said it was increasing investment from an estimated $20 million at its…

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DealBook: U.S. Announces Third Bitcoin Auction

Written By: admin - Feb• 19•15

The U.S. Marshals Service will auction 50,000 Bitcoins seized in connection with the online marketplace Silk Road.

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Ferris wheel, zip line, inlet eateries OK’d in Atlantic City

Written By: admin - Feb• 19•15

ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey (AP) " The city, making good on its vow to seek new non-gambling attractions, has approved redevelopment plans including a giant Ferris wheel and a zip line on the beachfront next to the Steel Pier and restaurants,…

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Bits Blog: Astro Teller, Google’s ‘Captain of Moonshots,’ on Making Profits at Google X

Written By: admin - Feb• 19•15

Astro Teller, the head of the Google X research group, talks about the company’s efforts to commercialize projects like the self-driving car and why the Glass wearable device will still impact technology.

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Blue Chip lawyer didn’t cause loss – Supreme Court

Written By: admin - Feb• 19•15

"Negligent" advice from a Tauranga law firm did not cause a Blue Chip investor’s $90,000 loss, the Supreme Court has unanimously decided.Justices Sian Elias, John McGrath, William Young, Susan Glazebrook and Terence Arnold…

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