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As Apple Asserts iPhone Control, Hackers Fight Back

Appearing at a London Apple store for the UK launch of the iPod, Steve Jobs was asked about the rash of solutions for "unlocking" the iPhone, software and procedures that allow customers to use the device with a carrier other than AT&T. "It's a cat-and-mouse game," he said. "We try to stay ahead. People will try to break in, and it's our job to stop them breaking in." Jobs brought down the...

Asteroid Named for Star Trek's George Takei

A piece of outer space named for George Takei is in kind of a rough neighborhood for somebody who steers a starship: an asteroid belt. An asteroid between Mars and Jupiter has been renamed 7307 Takei in honor of the actor, best known for his role as Hikaru Sulu in the original "Star Trek" series and movies. "I am now a heavenly body," Takei, 70, said Tuesday, laughing. "I found out about...

Doctors Hope To Contain Congo Ebola Outbreak

With only two patients left in an isolation ward Tuesday, doctors are hopeful an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in Congo may soon be contained. But because people can carry Ebola for up to three weeks before getting sick, experts say it's too soon to consider the outbreak over. "We are close to controlling the Ebola outbreak," Dr. Michel Van Herp, an epidemiologist with Medecins Sans...

Mishandling of Germs on Rise in Labs

American laboratories handling the world's deadliest germs and toxins have experienced more than 100 accidents and missing shipments since 2003, and the number is increasing as more labs do the work. No one died, and regulators said the public was never at risk during these incidents. But the documented cases reflect poorly on procedures and oversight at high-security labs, some of which work...

Child Health Insurance Plan Vetoed

President Bush, in a sharp confrontation with Congress, on Wednesday vetoed a bipartisan bill that would have dramatically expanded children's health insurance. It was only the fourth veto of Bush's presidency, and one that some Republicans feared could carry steep risks for their party in next year's elections. The Senate approved the bill with enough votes to override the veto, but the...

Agency Warns Australia on Gas Emissions

Parts of Australia could be 9 degrees Fahrenheit hotter and 80 percent drier by 2070 if global greenhouse gas emissions are not radically reduced, government data said Tuesday. The report by the Bureau of Meteorology and the government's main research body, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, predicts lower rainfall, longer droughts and more searing hot days for...

Precedent-Setting Piracy Case Begins

The Recording Industry Association of America is having its day in a Minnesota court against a mom accused of digital copyright violations. The nation's first-of-its-kind case could prove to be a deterrent for digital piracy -- if the RIAA wins. The precedent-setting case is part of the RIAA's campaign against file-sharing piracy. The RIAA is asking for as much as $3.9 million dollars, plus...

Microsoft's New Challenge to the iPod

Microsoft is singing a new Zune tune. On Tuesday, the technology giant took the wraps off what it described as "the next generation" of its media player, software, and online store, for release in November. The open question is whether this next generation will be able to jumpstart the Zune line to compete more effectively with the current generation of Apple's iPods. The new Zunes -- an 80-GB...

Zoological Society of London

"The photo album of the Zoological Society of London, which has been running London Zoo for almost 180 years, will become accessible online for the first time today. Photographs of the historic zoo dating from the 19th century through to astonishing images of the present day can be viewed at www.zsl.org/printstore, bringing the Zoo’s history to life through the web."

HD DVD To Launch Online Shopping Feature

Just watched "Evan Almighty"? Did its environmental message make you want to buy ecologically sound toilet paper? Well, now you can get instant gratification -- if you watched the movie on an HD DVD player and are willing to give the remote a workout. The HD DVD of "Evan Almighty" will be the first disc to include an online shopping feature, Universal Studios announced Wednesday....

Sellers Warned About Recalls on eBay

EBay Inc. said Tuesday it is sending notices to sellers hawking recalled items, warning that they could be kicked off the Web site and may have to forfeit their fees. The San Jose-based company, which listed 559 million items worth $14.46 billion (EU10.21 billion) last quarter, is also asking shoppers to be extra diligent about e-mailing or talking directly to sellers, and it's providing...

Microsoft's Zunes Singing a New Tune

Microsoft Corp. took the wraps off its second-generation Zune digital media players late Tuesday, showing three models that bring the software maker's offerings more in line with Apple's market-leading iPod. One model -- available in black -- has an 80-gigabyte hard drive and a 3.2-inch screen. It's slimmer than last year's Zune, which had a 30 GB hard drive and a smaller screen. Microsoft...

Google Boosts Corporate E-Mail Service

Google Inc. is sprucing up its corporate e-mail service by adding new security tools and more than doubling the storage capacity of e-mailboxes, underscoring the online search leader's ambition to enlarge its role in the business software market. The changes, to be unveiled Wednesday, mark Google's first attempt to capitalize on the technology that it picked up in its recently completed $625...

Microsoft Mum on Plans for EU Appeal

Microsoft Corp. kept its options open Tuesday on whether it will appeal a landmark antitrust ruling and record $613 million fine imposed by European competition authorities that an EU court upheld last month. Chief Executive Steve Ballmer, visiting France to promote innovation, declined to say whether the software maker would contest the ruling to its last level, the European Court of...

Google Boosts Corporate E-Mail Service

(AP) -- Google Inc. is sprucing up its corporate e-mail service by adding new security tools and more than doubling the storage capacity of e-mailboxes, underscoring the online search leader's ambition to enlarge its role in the business software market.

Internet telephony pioneers stumble

In spite of its global popularity, Internet telephony (VoIP), which is almost free for users, has not become a gold mine for its pioneers such as Skype and Vonage.