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France approves 'anti-Amazon' bill

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Thursday, October 03, 2013

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

 

Retailers pull Osama bin Laden costume

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Wednesday, October 02, 2013

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

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Wednesday, October 02, 2013

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

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Wednesday, October 02, 2013

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

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Tuesday, October 01, 2013

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

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Tuesday, October 01, 2013

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

 

Apple passes Coke as top brand

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Tuesday, October 01, 2013

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

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Monday, September 30, 2013

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

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Monday, September 30, 2013

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

 

The death of home stereo system

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Monday, September 30, 2013

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

 

Government shutdown looms

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Monday, September 30, 2013

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

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Friday, September 27, 2013

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

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Friday, September 27, 2013

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

 
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