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No ‘unicorn arrangement’: Kerry fires back at Senate critics of Iran deal

No ‘unicorn arrangement’: Kerry fires back at Senate critics of Iran deal

Republican lawmakers criticizing the administration’s nuclear deal with Iran are looking for “some sort of unicorn arrangement involving Iran’s complete capitulation,” Secretary of State John Kerry told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Kerry blasted the notion that a better deal could have been achieved as a “fantasy, plain and simple.” The marathon hearing was mostly […]

E-pocalypse now: Airline, stock exchange hit by computer glitches

E-pocalypse now: Airline, stock exchange hit by computer glitches

United Airlines was writing boarding passes by hand before stopping all flights for three hours. Then the New York Stock Exchange halted all trades, citing a mysterious “technical glitch.” It wasn’t a cyberattack, US officials said – but what was it? The airline blamed its woes on a problem with a router. After first trying […]

‘Profits over public health’: Secret TPP Healthcare Annex published by WikiLeaks

‘Profits over public health’: Secret TPP Healthcare Annex published by WikiLeaks

WikiLeaks published more secret documents from the controversial TPP agreement on Wednesday. The leaked drafts concerning healthcare in the US have activists worried the agreement might play into the hands of big pharmaceutical companies. The secret Trans-Pacific Paternship (TPP) negotiations showed that the Healthcare Annex has been seeking to regulate state schemes for medicines and […]

Iran nuclear talks venues hit by $10mn ‘state-sponsored’ virus – Kaspersky to RT

Iran nuclear talks venues hit by $10mn ‘state-sponsored’ virus – Kaspersky to RT

The venues of Iranian nuclear talks were targeted by sophisticated spyware, which costs “at least $10 million” and was likely “state-sponsored,” the CEO Kaspersky Lab exclusively told RT. He said his company came under threat as well. Among the hacks primary targets were hotels and conference halls where P5+1 powers (US, UK, France, China, Russia […]

Over 110k Facebook users infected by porn-disguised Trojan

Over 110k Facebook users infected by porn-disguised Trojan

More than 110,000 Facebook users accidentally installed malicious software over a recent two-day period, a security researcher says, allowing their computers to become infected with a dangerous porn-disguised Trojan that lets hackers take control. According to a warning sent out to the Full Disclosure mailing list last Thursday by the researcher, Mohammad Faghani, social networking […]

First Comet-Landing in history as Rosetta’s Philae touches down

First Comet-Landing in history as Rosetta’s Philae touches down

The fantastic decade-long mission of the ESA’s Rosetta robotic space probe, chasing Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, reached its final goal on Wednesday, as the Philae robotic lander detached from its mothership and landed on the target. “We definitely confirm that the lander is on the surface,” said flight director Andrea Accomazzo. The confirming signal broke a seven-hour […]

Anti-Facebook social site Ello gets millions in funding, promises to stay ad-free forever

Anti-Facebook social site Ello gets millions in funding, promises to stay ad-free forever

Ello, the new social-media site that exploded last month, has raised $5.5 million through investors and says a charter that was recently signed by the company’s executives will see to it that users will continue to be offered an ad-free experience. After initially guaranteeing users a social media site devoid of paid content and other […]

McFlying out the door? ‘Back to the Future’-style hoverboard comes to life

McFlying out the door? ‘Back to the Future’-style hoverboard comes to life

The hoverboard from an imagined 2015 which featured prominently in the ’80s hit flick ‘Back to the Future II’ has become a reality thanks to an architect hoping to protect buildings from earthquakes with the power of magnetism. A quarter of a century after the Robert Zemeckis classic lit up silver screens across America, the […]

Ultra-fast new batteries can recharge 70 percent in two minutes

Ultra-fast new batteries can recharge 70 percent in two minutes

Scientists in Singapore have designed a highly durable battery that can also be recharged 20 times faster than current models. The development is expected to be the next big advance in energy – and could be a boon for electric car users. Nanyang Technology University (NTU) scientists in Singapore say they have developed an advanced […]

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