(CNN) – Western governments, including the United States, appear to be stepping up efforts to censor Internet search results and YouTube videos, according to a “transparency report” released by Google.
“It’s alarming not only because free expression is at risk, but because some of these requests come from countries you might not suspect — Western democracies not typically associated with censorship,” Dorothy Chou, a senior policy analyst at Google, wrote in a blog post on Sunday [...]
A vending machine is not an extraordinary sight in most cities.
But now a one-of-a-kind dispensary may be coming to a store near you.
Dispense Labs yesterday unveiled the Autospense, an automated dispensary that looks just like a vending machine – but instead dishes out medical marijuana.
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New: Joe DeRobbio, founder of Aliso Viejo’s Dispense Labs explains the features of an automated machine his company developed
The venture by the Aliso Viejo, California, [...]
The Commerce Department is investigating whether technology produced by a California company helped Syrian police monitor dissidents amid a bloody crackdown there, U.S. officials said Thursday.
Commerce officials are attempting to determine whether Blue Coat Systems of Sunnyvale, Calif., had prior knowledge that its equipment and software was being used by the Syrian government, according to several U.S. officials. They spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe an ongoing investigation.
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By Carol D. Leonnig, Tuesday, November 15, 10:46 AM
The Obama administration urged officers of the struggling solar company Solyndra to postpone announcing planned layoffs until after the November 2010 midterm elections, newly released e-mails show.
Solyndra, the now-shuttered California company, had been a poster child of President Obama’s initiative to invest in clean energies and received the administration’s first energy loan of $535 million. But a year ago, in October 2010, the solar panel manufacturer was [...]
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A White House official fretted privately that the Obama administration could suffer serious political damage if it gave additional taxpayer support to the beleaguered solar-panel company Solyndra, according to newly released e-mails.
The firm had burned through millions of dollars and in January still tottered near collapse. The official wanted the government’s top budget official to warn Obama’s energy secretary about the risk, [...]
“Pacific Investment Management Co., which runs the worldâ€™s biggest bond fund, said Treasury yields have priced in forecasts for faster economic growth after surging to a seven-month high earlier in December.
â€œChanges in U.S. interest rates and bond prices over the last four or five weeks, in our opinion, fully reflect the upgrade in U.S. growth prospects for 2011,â€ Saumil Parikh, a portfolio manager for the Newport [...]