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  • Google president arrested in Brazil over YouTube videos

    America's right to free speech is causing havoc for Google's operations abroad

    Here in the United States, Google's YouTube has taken up arms in defense of the First Amendment, refusing to take down a highly controversial anti-Muslim video in the name of free speech. In countries where free speech does not apply, however, a fight is brewing over who is responsible for politically offensive content posted to the popular site. Now, in Brazil, that fight has come to a head: The CEO of Google in Brazil, FÃbio Coelho, was arrested by federal police Wednesday in SÃo Paulo.

    Just yesterday, a local judge in Brazil issued a warrant for Coelho's arrest, citing him as responsible for Google's failure to take down certain videos critical of a mayoral candidate. Coelho is expected to be released as soon as he agrees to appear in court. The same judge has also called for YouTube service to be suspended for a period of 24 hours, an order local internet providers are willing to abide by.

    Google is appealing the judge's decision, restating that it does not believe itself

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  • Nanoparticle detergent can be used to coat your clothing and help save the environment

    What happens when you mix science and fashion? Aside from some bad sweaters and pocket protectors, you get clothing that is coated in nanoparticles designed to eat pollution.

    First introduced in March of this year, the concept revolves around the process of coating clothing with nano-sized particles of titanium dioxide that work to convert harmful nitrogen oxide air pollutants into harmless byproducts that can be washed away easily. This could work wonders for those with pollution-based respiratory problems or those who simply want to reverse their environmental footprint. According to the company, one person wearing clothes treated with this laundry additive would be able to remove around 5g of nitrogen oxides from the air in the course of an average day, which is roughly twice the emissions that a passenger vehicle gives off in a normal day.

    Catalytic Clothing's CatClo laundry additive is set to hit retail stores soon, although the deal is still being developed. The company says

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  • Legions of fake followers may no longer inflate a person's coolness factor

    Sometimes it can seem like Twitter is chock full of phony or silent feeds. In fact, only 1 in 4 accounts actively posts tweets, according to research by social media research firm Semiocast. The leaders of the popular social network are aware that these unused and fake accounts can be used to inflate follower numbers, making some people seem more important and relevant than they actually are. As a result, Twitter is considering ways to downplay your follower numbers and focus on how many friends actually read what you're tweeting.

    Twitter co-founder Evan Williams spoke at a BuzzFeed panel in New York about some of the changes up for consideration. "The dream metric is how many people saw your tweet," he said. It's unlikely that Twitter will end the use of follower numbers completely, but some additional information about how involved a person is on the network could be a more accurate depiction of their presence. Besides, if the team can figure out a way to glean that level of detail,

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  • Ebola zone countries isolated as airlines stop flights
    Ebola zone countries isolated as airlines stop flights

    The three nations at the centre of the west African Ebola outbreak were left increasingly isolated Thursday as more airlines suspended flights to the crisis zone. Air France has agreed to Paris's request for a "temporary suspension" of services to Sierra Leone, leaving its capital Freetown and Monrovia in neighbouring Liberia with just one regular service, from Royal Air Morocco. "In light of the analysis of the situation and as requested by the French government, Air France confirms it is maintaining its program of flights to and from Guinea and Nigeria," the flag carrier said Wednesday.

  • Israelis skeptical of PM's Gaza victory claim
    Israelis skeptical of PM's Gaza victory claim

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's claim that Israel achieved a "great military and political" victory over Hamas in the latest round of fighting in the Gaza Strip has met with skepticism from many Israelis, according to a poll published Thursday.

  • Bellis, 15, loses out on $60,000 for US Open stunner
    Bellis, 15, loses out on $60,000 for US Open stunner

    Fifteen-year-old CiCi Bellis caused the biggest upset of the US Open on Tuesday when she knocked out Australian Open runner-up Dominika Cibulkova, the 12th seed -- but it cost her $60,000. Bellis, the world 1,208, defeated the Slovakian 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 to become the youngest player to win a match at the US Open since Anna Kournikova in 1996.

  • China says 'no change' in policy on improving ties with Japan

    SHANGHAI/BEIJING (Reuters) - China on Thursday rejected remarks by former Japanese prime minister Yasuo Fukuda that Beijing had expressed willingness to improve ties between Asia's two biggest economies, and said there was "no change" in its policy on Tokyo. Relations between China and Japan have been frayed by rows over the legacy of Japan's wartime militarism, a territorial feud over tiny islands in the East China Sea, and mutual distrust over defense policies. China's foreign ministry was asked to respond to a speech on Wednesday in which Fukuda described his recent meetings with Chinese leaders, and added that both sides had shown the same sense of crisis over Sino-Japanese ties. "Japan must face up to reality, show sincerity, take concrete actions and make efforts to eliminate political obstacles that affect the development of bilateral relations," Qin added, in a statement on the foreign ministry's website.

  • Russian troops 'directly' involved in Ukraine conflict: US, Kiev
    Russian troops 'directly' involved in Ukraine conflict: US, Kiev

    Ukraine and the West said Thursday that Russian troops were actively involved in the fighting tearing apart the east of the country, raising fears of a direct military confrontation betwen Kiev and its former Soviet masters. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko scrapped a trip to Turkey and called an urgent meeting of his security chiefs over what a top official described as a "direct invasion" by Russia. NATO said at least 1,000 troops were on the ground supporting pro-Kremlin separatists who have been fighting against Kiev's rule since April, but Russia insisted none of its soldiers were on Ukrainian soil.

  • Experts: More facts needed on purported audio recording of Michael Brown shooting
    Experts: More facts needed on purported audio recording of Michael Brown shooting

    Two of the nation’s leading experts on the use of deadly force by the police warn against overreaction to an audio recording that purportedly captures the sound of the gunshots that killed Michael Brown.

  • Japanese lawmaker, ex-NFL lineman in North Korea
    Japanese lawmaker, ex-NFL lineman in North Korea

    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Led by a Japanese pro wrestler-turned-politician, about 20 mixed martial artists from around the world — including a former NFL lineman — arrived in North Korea on Thursday to put on a series of exhibition matches this weekend.

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