From the Wires

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 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.

Government shutdown looms

BBC: A US government shutdown looms as Democrat and Republican lawmakers remain unable to strike a deal on a new plan to continue funding its operation.

NSA workers spied on significant others

Reuters: At least a dozen U.S. National Security Agency employees have abused secret surveillance programs in the past decade, most often to spy on their significant others.

Yelp says quarter of reviews are fake

BBC: The online directory and consumer review site, says a quarter of the reviews it receives could be fake.