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Chase Bank Limits Cash Withdrawals, Bans International... Before you read this report, remember to sign up to for 100% free stock alerts Chase Bank has moved to limit cash withdrawals while banning business customers from sending...

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Richemont chairman Johann Rupert to take 'grey gap... Billionaire 62-year-old to take 12 months off from Cartier and Montblanc luxury goods groupRichemont's chairman and founder Johann Rupert is to take a year off from September, leaving management of the...

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Cambodia: aftermath of fatal shoe factory collapse... Workers clear rubble following the collapse of a shoe factory in Kampong Speu, Cambodia, on Thursday

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Spate of recent shock departures by 50-something CEOs While the rising financial rewards of running a modern multinational have been well publicised, executive recruiters say the pressures of the job have also been ratcheted upOn approaching his 60th birthday...

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UK Uncut loses legal challenge over Goldman Sachs tax... While judge agreed the deal was 'not a glorious episode in the history of the Revenue', he ruled it was not unlawfulCampaign group UK Uncut Legal Action has lost its high court challenge over the legality...

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NanoSatisfi Launches an Online Space Control Center, an SDK for Space and a Space App Store at Demo 2013

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA–(Marketwired – Apr 17, 2013) – NanoSatisfi today announced the launch of its Online Space Control Center, SDK for Space app development and Apps In Orbit, an App Store at DEMO Mobile 2013, a launch event exclusively concentrated on the best mobile technologies in the areas of design, innovation and market potential.

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REMINDER/Media Advisory: Commander Chris Hadfield Communicates Through Amateur Radio With Air Cadets From Milton, Ontario

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LONGUEUIL, QUEBEC–(Marketwired – April 6, 2013) - As part of the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program, Canadian Space Agency (CSA) Astronaut Chris Hadfield will answer questions live from the International Space Station.

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VIDEO: Could a folding car solve parking problems?

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Theo Leggett looks at high-tech solutions to traffic problems, including a car that folds itself to fit in a smaller space.

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Giggles N’ Hugs Announces Opening of New Location in Woodland Hills, California

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LOS ANGELES, CA–(Marketwire – Mar 15, 2013) – Giggles N’ Hugs, Inc. (OTCQB: GIGL), an upscale family restaurant and play space, plans to open its second location in the Westfield Topanga mall in Woodland Hills, California on March 23, 2013.

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Canadarm2 Catches a Dragon Carrying Canadian Medical Technology to the Space Station

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LONGUEUIL, QUÉBEC–(Marketwire – March 3, 2013) - Microflow, an ingenious piece of Canadian biotechnology, has arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) aboard SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft. The ISS crew used Canadarm2, the station’s 17-metre robotic arm, to catch Dragon at 5:31 a.m. EST.

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On the downside: bad meat and angry meteors. On the upside: awesome footage | Charlie Brooker

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This week, I’ve seen things that have changed me. I have watched animal carcasses being hacked apart and been petrified by meteors hurtling from the sky

As a fan of nightmarish dystopian sci-fi, I’ve been enjoying watching the rolling news channels immensely of late. Well, for a few seconds anyway, until I remember it’s all really happening. Then I stand up and start smashing dustbin lids against the wall, screaming. If you live in London, you’ve probably heard me.

First we had an equine restaging of Soylent Green in which we all, as a nation, looked up from the trough for a moment to spit out a lump of unidentified sinew. It turns out thousands of us may have gobbled off a horse. The shredded stallion scandal shows no signs of abating, and last week went international, as it was revealed the meat in your microwaved lasagne has racked up more air miles than Elton John by the time it hits your tonsils. Seriously, did you see the maps showing the route it takes? France, Luxembourg, Romania … it’s like James Bond, but deader and dumber and minced up and eaten.

Surely they could cut down on transportation costs by simply constructing a pipeline to carry the minced slurry from one nation to the next. And why stop there? Once you’ve laid the pipes you can expand the system – make it like the water supply, but for ground mammal sludge. You pay a small fee to have your house connected to it, and hey presto: a torrent of warm bolognese on tap 24 hours a day. And add some fluoride while you’re about it.

The Romanian connection to the horsemeat scandal initially got the news broadcasters quite excited, because for a moment it looked like we could pin the blame on insensitive horse-murdering foreigners. Suddenly there were news packages littered with shots of Romanian pony-and-trap riders clopping through the streets of Bucharest, the unspoken implication being that the entire nation was a medieval anachronism where horses were in plentiful supply. To be fair to the reporters, the Romanian meat industry didn’t do itself any favours by supplying a heavyset media spokesman who sat in a poky office smoking at his desk, with what looked like a sizeable collection of reindeer skulls littering the floor.

But about 10 minutes later the finger of blame pointed back home, as British police began raiding meat plants all over the country. Let’s face it, chances are none of us has actually eaten a cow since about 1998. It’s been horse, horse, horse. And it won’t stop there. They’ll be turning up evidence of peopleburgers next. I know it and you know it. Might as well get used to the idea: you are a cannibal, and have been for years.

One peculiar consequence of the story is that just about every news bulletin for the past 10 days has featured stock footage of the inside of an abattoir; strings of chewed flesh spewing from mincers while anonymous men in bloodstained overalls hack dementedly at scarlet carcasses. I’ve seen things that have changed me. The other day a guy was sawing a lamb carcass in half; it was mainly hollowed out apart from the kidneys, which were lolling about uselessly like glistening brown eggs, while the anchor monotonously droned on about traces of phenylbutazone. Meanwhile, I was eating lunch without pausing for breath. I’m fairly confident I could now eat sandwiches in a field-hospital tent during a civil war. I couldn’t have said that two weeks ago

It’s strange the broadcasters feel the need to show us this, and show us it repeatedly. We’ve spent years trying to pretend we don’t understand how dead cow is made, and then they go and spoil it all by grabbing a fistful of entrails and wiping our faces with it. Still, at least all this negative coverage of meat makes vegetarians happy. Or at least it would do, if they had the energy to be happy.

Just about the only thing that eclipsed the ongoing horse horror was the petrifying footage of the Russian meteor strike, some of which resembled a celestial game of Angry Birds played by God. It’s not very often you see an image on the news that makes you instinctively want to run for shelter. If those pictures of the blazing fireball searing toward the ground didn’t make your bowels shiver like a ghost, you’re simply not human.

Having spent most of the 1980s having regular nightmares about nuclear war, I was thrilled to discover how accurate the images of imminent destruction I’d pictured in my sleep actually were. Come to think of it, if the meteor had hurtled over the Urals at the height of the cold war, chances are Moscow would have mistaken it for an incoming nuclear attack and launched an immediate counterstrike on western targets, and I wouldn’t be sitting here typing this now. I’d be stabbing a man to death in a fight over the citadel’s last remaining potato.

The images couldn’t have come at a better time, given that a far bigger asteroid was due to scrape past us later that same day, passing close enough that if you climbed on your roof and reached up, you could scratch bits of spacedust off it with your fingernails.

In the end, asteroid DA14 chickened out of destroying us and ran away to hide behind the sun like a pussy. Which was almost a disappointment when you consider just how awesome the footage would’ve been.

Still, so far 2013 has brought us meteor strikes and mass cannibalism (probably). And it’s still

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Online subscribers surge at NY Times

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Profits at the New York Times triple as a surge in the newspaper’s online subscriptions more than offsets weak demand for advertising space.

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Space mining: US company looks to asteroids for precious metal

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Deep Space Industries hopes to land spacecraft on asteroids and have them scrape up material for return to Earth for sale

A US company has unveiled plans to launch a fleet of spacecraft to hunt for small asteroids that pass close to Earth which might one day be mined for their precious resources.

Deep Space Industries aims to fly a series of low cost prospecting satellites in 2015 on missions of two to six months, with larger spacecraft embarking on round-trips to collect material a year later.

Announcing the proposals, chairman Rick Tumlinson said that resources locked-up in nearby asteroids were sufficient to “expand the civilisation of Earth out into the cosmos ad infinitum”.

The first prospecting missions with what the company call FireFly and DragonFly probes could hitch a ride into space on the launches of large communications satellites, it said.

The company hopes ultimately to land spacecraft on hurtling asteroids and have them scrape up material for processing in space or for return to Earth for sale. One long-term idea is to build a space-borne manufacturing facility that takes in asteroid material, processes it into usable alloys and other substances, and makes objects with the material via a 3D printer.

The ambitious plans come less than a year after another US company, Planetary Resources, backed by Google’s Larry Page and Eric Schmidt, and the film-maker, James Cameron, revealed independent plans to harvest valuable minerals and metals from passing asteroids.

Asteroids vary in their compositions, but some are rich in the platinum group materials and other highly valued metals. Some asteroids are largely made from nickel-iron alloys.

Mark Sonter, a consultant geologist with the Deep Space Industries, said about 1700 near-Earth asteroids are known that are easier to fly to than the moon. Almost all of the material found in asteroids has commercial value, from the silicate gravel to metal alloys and water, he added. “It’s potentially extremely valuable material,” he said.

At a presentation at the Santa Monica Museum of Flying in California, the company called for investors who might be interested in backing the company. “It’s going to be an exciting ride,” said Tumlinson.

Scientists and engineers who spoke to the Guardian said that mining asteroids was feasible but unlikely to make commercial sense for several decades, when the cost of launches came down, and prices of resources on Earth rose.

Keith Cowing, editor of, said he was not yet convinced by Deep Space Industries’ plans. “Is the prospect of using asteroid resources crazy? No it’s not. Is if difficult? Yes it is. Can you make a business case for it? People are trying, and making progress.”

But he said any company must have a product, experienced people and a business case. “This is like a three-legged stool. You need all three legs, otherwise it’s not a business, it’s a hobby,” he said.

Ian Crawford, a planetary scientist at Birkbeck, University of London, said some asteroids are made of highly valuable materials that are in growing demand by industry. “The time may come when the rising cost of these materials on Earth, due to dwindling availability and greater demand, makes the price of mining them from asteroids competitive. In principle, mining asteroidal material could become economical within a few decades,” he said.

Building an industry that specialises in asteroid interception and mining might serve us well in the future, should a lump of space rock be spotted on a collision course with Earth. “The infrastructure that helps us mine asteroids could help us to divert any incoming asteroids too,” Crawford said.

Fred Taylor, who is Halley professor of physics at Oxford University, said the launch of cheap and compact satellites to look for small asteroids close to Earth was conceivable by 2015, but much more needed to be done.

“Proper prospecting and eventually mining is much further off, difficult and expensive. Presumably they are after platinum and rare earths, and there may come a time when they are so valuable it makes sense to look for them in asteroids, but I can’t imagine it will be commercially viable any time soon,” he added.

South Korea cuts interest rates

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South Korea’s central bank cuts interest rates for the second time in the space of four months amid concerns about a slowdown in its economy.

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Mike The Pike Productions, Inc. (MIKP: Grey Market) | Mike The Pike Productions, Inc. Identifies Market Maker to Proceed with Form 15c2-11 to Resume Quotation; Operations Continue Uninterrupted Toward Revenues and Long-Term Growth

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LOS ANGELES–()–Mike The Pike Productions (OTC: MIKP) (, an entertainment company with a focus in feature films, graphic novels and media holdings, announces today that its recent SEC suspension was lifted over the weekend. Today, trading resumes on the Grey Market.

According to OTC Markets, trades in grey market stocks “are reported by broker-dealers to their Self Regulatory Organization (SRO) and the SRO distributes the trade data to market data vendors and financial websites so investors can track price and volume. Since grey market securities are not traded or quoted on an exchange or interdealer quotation system, investor’s bids and offers are not collected in a central spot so market transparency is diminished and Best Execution of orders is difficult.”

The company is working diligently to resume quotation by market makers in the OTC Markets and has initiated proceedings with a Market Maker toward submission for OTC interdealer quotation via filing of Form 15c2-11 with FINRA.

The process, which the company feels will take anywhere from 3-6 months, is alongside ongoing operations which include at least two additional feature film announcements in 2012 for its subsidiary, Saint James Films (, as well as additional accrued revenues, attendance at the 2012 American Film Market, advancement on effects driven sci-fi thriller,

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