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CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Facebook is under pressure in Australia to take down a page that insults Aborigines with the government accusing the social networking company of using its U.S. base to avoid Australian anti-discrimination laws.
The platform game abides. It may have the least appealing name imaginable — see, your character has to jump between platforms — but in recent years the genre has attracted the interest of a whole posse of young game designers. With hits like "Fez," ''Braid" and "Limbo," the platformer is enjoying the kind of attention it hasn't drawn since the heyday of "Super Mario Bros."
NEW YORK (AP) — A 17-year-old boy who says he has "abnormally fast thumbs" has been named the fastest texter in America for the second year in a row.
NEW YORK (AP) — Gabby Douglas is golden when it comes to online popularity, too.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is weighing plans to use its executive power to press U.S. businesses to better protect critical industries from potentially crippling computer attacks, after Congress failed to pass such legislation last week.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is creating an information bridge between its influential Internet search engine and its widely used Gmail service in its latest attempt to deliver more personal responses more quickly.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The New York Times Co. has agreed to sell its troubled online information service, About.com, to rival Answers.com for $270 million, or two-thirds what the Times paid for it in 2005, according to a person familiar with the matter.
NEW YORK (AP) — Hailing a taxi on a New York street is going high-tech — with a smartphone application.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — These are happy times in the Magic Kingdom.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Liberty Media Corp. on Wednesday said that it will spin off its Starz cable channels into a separate company, continuing a series of financial machinations in the Liberty family, which is controlled by cable magnate John Malone.