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Sep 21, 2014

Kim Dotcom bombs in New Zealand general election foray

Internet mogul Kim Dotcom confessed his brand was “poison” after his aspirations of bringing down the New Zealand government were overwhelmingly shunned in Saturday’s general election. The German-born Megaupload founder, who is wanted in the United States on massive Internet piracy charges, established his ...

Sep 21, 2014

New smartphone app gives sight to the blind

Jonathan Mosen, who has been blind since birth, spent a recent evening snapping photos of packages in the mail, his son’s school report and labels on bottles in the fridge. In seconds, he was listening to audio of the printed words the camera had ...

Oktoberfest opens to toast millions

Sep 21, 2014

Oktoberfest opens to toast millions

Germany’s world-famous Oktoberfest kicked off Saturday with the traditional tapping of the first barrel of beer. Millions of revelers will soak up the frothy atmosphere in the 16-day annual extravaganza. With the cry of “O’zapft is” (“The keg is tapped”), the amber fluid began ...

Sep 21, 2014

French criminal arranges his own funeral to escape justice

A French criminal came up with a cunning plan to escape the long arm of the law by announcing his own funeral, which both the police and his unsuspecting grandmother attended. The 26-year-old, wanted for a long list of offenses including fraud and theft, ...

Sep 21, 2014

Iran receptive to new nuke proposal: diplomats

With Iran refusing U.S. demands that it gut its uranium enrichment program, the two sides are now discussing a new proposal that would leave much of Tehran’s enriching machines in place but disconnected from feeds of uranium, diplomats said Saturday. The talks have been ...

Lack of charging stations hurting EV growth

Sep 20, 2014

Lack of charging stations hurting EV growth

by Kazuaki Nagata

The growth potential of electric vehicles is being hampered by a lack of charging stations nationwide, industry experts say. Some analysts in the industry have noted that electric vehicle (EV) sales have been slower than anticipated since mass-produced electric vehicles debuted in Japan in ...

Backlash fears after Scottish vote

Sep 20, 2014

Backlash fears after Scottish vote

Scotland’s “no” to independence may have saved British Prime Minister David Cameron his job, but sweeping pledges of a constitutional shake-up could undermine his re-election drive and trigger more political instability. Responding to what he called a “clear” rejection of Scottish independence on Friday, ...