From the Wires

Genepeeks firm to offer 'digital baby' screen

BBC: A service that digitally weaves together the DNA of prospective parents to check for potential disease in thousands of "virtual babies" is set to launch in the US by December.

OkCupid now lets you filter out plus-size people

New York Post: OKCupid.com is now allowing users to filter their prospects by "body type."

For Lego, rising affluence mean more play

Reuters: The Danish company become the world's second-biggest toy maker as it clicks with fast-growing Asia and builds on its popular plastic bricks with video games and theme parks.

France approves 'anti-Amazon' bill

BBC: France has approved a bill to support independent bookstores against competition from online retailers.

Retailers pull Osama bin Laden costume

Huffington Post: An Osama bin Laden costume was pulled from Walmart stores and other retailers after complaints from the Sikh community.

Website maps 1.2 billion Facebook faces

CNN: A new project, "The Faces of Facebook," collects more than 1.27 billion Facebook profile photos on one site.

Spy novelist Tom Clancy dies

BBC: Best-selling US author Tom Clancy, known to millions for his Jack Ryan series of novels, has died aged 66.

Vaccine refusals fuel whooping cough epidemic

NPR: A 2010 whooping cough outbreak in California was found to be due to parents refusing to vaccinate their children.

Barilla president apologizes for anti-gay remarks

CNN: The head of Barilla pasta issued a new apology and said he will meet with gay groups.

Apple passes Coke as top brand

CNN.com: The tech giant has ended Coca-Cola's 13-year run as the world's most valuable brand on a highly regarded annual list.

Canada launches $1.3B medical marijuana market

Globe and Mail: Canada is launching a $1.3 billion free market in medical marijuana, that will cater to an expected 450,000 Canadians.

Plane crashes at Santa Monica Airport

CNN: A business jet crashed into a hangar at the Santa Monica Airport.

The death of home stereo system

CNN: The days of the old-fashioned component stereo system are pretty much over.