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Ex-Google Star To Head Friendster Growth Drive

Asia's leading social network may be getting ready to give its U.S. competitors a run for the money. Friendster, the ninth largest Web site in the world based on traffic, has received $20 million in funding and hired a Google veteran as CEO. On Tuesday, Friendster announced Robert Kimber as its new CEO to lead Friendster's global business and guide operations in Asia and the U.S. Most...

Apple's Jobs Reportedly Criticizes MobileMe Launch

Apple CEO Steve Jobs has reportedly admitted to the company's employees that its MobileMe launch was "not up to Apple's standards." His internal corporate e-mail reportedly acknowledged flaws in the performance and launch of the "simple way to keep everything in sync," as Apple describes MobileMe. Jobs reportedly pointed out the need for more testing, and said the MobileMe services should have...

Microsoft Partners Will Get Advance Patch Tuesday Info

Microsoft plans to share early information about its monthly Patch Tuesday updates with security software providers, partners, customers and public organizations. Announced at this week's Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas, Microsoft's push to thwart exploitation of its software bugs is intended to improve the security ecosystem, said Andrew Cushman, director of security response and...

iPhone 2.0.1 Update Fixes Bugs, Breaks Some Devices

iPhone owners planning to add the newly available 2.0.1 software update need to be careful or they could end up with a dud. When Apple launched its App Store and iPhone 2.0 software along with the iPhone 3G, users of both the 3G and upgraded first-generation iPhones with the 2.0 software faced several problems. Users reported slower synchronizations, dropped applications, unexpected reboots...

SKorean firm delivers first commercial dog clones (AP)

AP - Booger is back. An American woman received five puppies Tuesday that were cloned from her beloved late pitbull, becoming the inaugural customer of a South Korean company that says it is the world's first successful commercial canine cloning...

Martian Soil May Contain Substance Detrimental to Life

NASA's Phoenix spacecraft has detected the presence of a chemically reactive salt in the Martian soil, a finding that if confirmed could make it less friendly to potential life than once believed. Scientists previously reported that the soil near Mars' north pole was similar to backyard gardens on Earth where plants such as asparagus, green beans and turnips could grow. But preliminary results...

Primates on the Danger List

A new report warns that half the world's primate species face extinction. Here's a look at some of the most threatened

Critical of McCain, Obama quiet on own energy vote (AP)

AP - Democratic candidate Barack Obama criticized Republican John McCain on Tuesday for taking a page out of "the Cheney playbook" on energy, overlooking his own support of oil-friendly policies that the unpopular vice president helped to...

'Cosmic ghost' discovered by volunteer astronomer

When Yale astrophysicist Kevin Schawinski and his colleagues at Oxford University enlisted public support in cataloguing galaxies, they never envisioned the strange object Hanny van Arkel found in archived images of the night sky.

Delta to offer Wi-Fi on mainline domestic fleet

(AP) -- Delta Air Lines Inc. said Tuesday it will offer broadband wireless Internet access on its entire domestic mainline fleet by the middle of next year. Several other airlines either offer similar service or plan to, though on a much more limited number of flights.

Exercise pill is no replacement for exercise

Recently, researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, a research organization focused on biology and its relation to health, published a study in the journal Cell on the results of a substance that increased exercise endurance without daily exertion when tested in mice. Media reports have described this substance as an "exercise pill," potentially eliminating the need for exercise.

Greenpeace cites rising e-waste in Africa

(AP) -- Greenpeace called on the world's electronics companies Tuesday to eliminate hazardous chemicals from their products, saying toxic waste from wealthy nations' gadgets ends up being dumped in poor countries despite laws prohibiting it.

Metabolic insight to illuminate causes of iron imbalance

New insight into key players in iron metabolism has yielded a novel tool for distinguishing among root causes of iron overload or deficiency in humans, the researchers report in the August issue of Cell Metabolism, a publication of Cell Press. While the body needs iron to produce hemoglobin, a substance in red blood cells that enables them to carry oxygen, too much iron can build up and eventually...

Physicists Investigate Controversy over Room-Temperature Ice

(PhysOrg.com) -- By confining water in nano-sized spaces, physicists from Leiden University in the Netherlands have turned water into ice at room temperature. While it`s not the first time scientists have created room-temperature ice, Dutch physicists K. B. Jinesh and Joost Frenken hope that their findings will put the controversial subject of water under nanoscale confinement in a new light.

Researchers find gene therapy that kills pancreatic cancer cells

Researchers at the Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center and the VCU Institute of Molecular Medicine have published findings that implicate a new chemoprevention gene therapy (CGT) for preventing and treating pancreatic cancer, one of the most lethal and treatment-resistant forms of cancer.

Stent grafts: a better way to treat blunt trauma injuries

Endovascular repair—fixing an injury in a blood vessel from inside that vessel—is a better option for individuals who receive highly lethal injuries from high-speed collisions or falls (together referred to as blunt trauma) and is shown to save more lives and nearly eliminate paraplegia (the loss of the ability to move and/or feel both legs), a complication of surgical repair for thoracic...