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Sorry for letting them snoop? Dell apologizes for ‘inconvenience’ caused by NSA backdoor

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RT.com - edited 1/02/13


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AFP Photo / Getty Images / Justin Sullivan

Security researcher Jacob Appelbaum dropped a bombshell of sorts earlier this week when he accused American tech companies of placing government-friendly backdoors in their devices. Now Texas-based Dell Computers is offering an apology.

Or to put it more accurately, Dell told an irate customer on Monday that they “regret the inconvenience” caused by selling to the public for years a number of products that the intelligence community has been able to fully compromise in complete silence up until this week.

Video and more: RT.com


European fire sale: Greek archipelago for €8.5m, an EU passport for €1m and Polish castles for a song

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Independent.ie - 1/02/13

Europe's fire sale, which began as the economic crisis forced governments to find innovative ways to plug holes in their dwindling budgets, has reached new heights as ever-more intriguing state assets are touted for sale.

But a backlash is brewing, with governments and enraged citizens clashing over exactly who has the right to flog a nation's history and culture.

More: independent.ie


Sound wave 3Dvolution: Japanese scientists move objects using acoustic levitation

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RT.com - 1/03/13


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Image from 96ochiai.ws/3DOFacoustic


Japanese scientists have been successful in moving an object in a three-dimensional space through a complex system of acoustic levitation, surpassing previous research endeavors that lifted the objects in two dimensions.

In order to move expanded polystyrene particles of 0.6 mm and 2 mm in diameter, the Japanese scientists at the University of Tokyo and the Nagoya Institute of Technology had to place the objects inside a complex set-up of four arrays of speakers.

Video and more: RT.com


Latvia reluctantly joins euro after shock therapy, but controversy rages on

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The Telegraph - 12/31/13, Ambrose Evans-Pritchard

The country has endured a 1930s-style depression and a drastic experiment in EU shock therapy with stoicism, abiding strictly to the terms of an EU-IMF bail-out

The tiny Baltic nation of Latvia is to join the euro on New Year's Day against the wishes of its own people, becoming the eighteenth and poorest member of monetary union five years after its economy crashed in flames.

The country has endured a 1930s-style depression and a drastic experiment in EU shock therapy with stoicism, abiding strictly to the terms of an EU-IMF bail-out.

More: telegraph.co.uk


Afghan war most unpopular in US history: Poll

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Press TV - 12/30/13, HJ/HJ

US troops in Afghanistan

US troops in Afghanistan

More than 80 percent of Americans say they are opposed to the war in Afghanistan, making the longest war in US history also the most unpopular one, according to a new national poll.

The CNN/ORC International survey released Monday indicates that support for the war in Afghanistan among Americans has dipped to just 17 percent. In December 2008, 52 percent of those surveyed said they supported the war.

More: PressTV.ir


New York Times Report: CIA-Backed Militias Linked to Benghazi, Libya Attack

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Source: Global Research - 12/30/13, Patrick Martin


A lengthy front-page report in Sunday’s New York Times provides additional confirmation that the attack on a US facility in Benghazi, Libya in September 2012 was the outcome of the Obama administration’s use of Islamic fundamentalist terrorists in its war against the Libyan regime of Muammar Gaddafi.

The Times article, based on dozens of interviews in Benghazi, asserts that the attack that killed four Americans, including US Ambassador Christopher Stevens, was carried out by Libyans who had previously been allied with the US government in the 2011 war that overthrew and murdered Gaddafi. Times correspondent David D. Kirkpatrick writes that the attack was not organized by Al Qaeda or any other group from outside Libya, but “by fighters who had benefited directly from NATO’s extensive air power and logistics support during the uprising against Colonel Qaddafi.”

Not a single reconstruction project was completed in Iraq

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Intellihub - 12/29/13, John Vibes


IRAQ (INTELLIHUB) — A new report has revealed what many people have been saying for years, that the reconstruction program in Iraq is a total scam.  There is no telling exactly how much money has been wasted, but it is likely to be many trillions of dollars. 

According to investigations by the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (SIGIR), which he presents in his 220sten report, the U.S. has put $ 60 billion in reconstruction projects.

More: Intellihub.com


Croatia charges hundreds in drugs firm corruption probe

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BBC - 12/28/13

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The authorities in Croatia have charged a pharmaceutical company and 364 people - most of them reportedly doctors - for allegedly rigging the drugs market.

Senior managers at the drugs firm Farmal bribed a network of doctors and pharmacists to prescribe the company's products, officials said.

More: BBC.co.uk



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