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Facebook adjusts privacy controls after complaints

NEW YORK: In Facebook’s vision of the Web, you would no longer be alone and anonymous. Sites would reflect your tastes and interests — as you expressed them on the social network — and you wouldn’t have to fish around for news and songs that interest you. Standing in the way is growing concern about …

Daily News Egypt

Craving Chinese? Head to Chinatown Heliopolis

Being a resident of Heliopolis, I’m pleased to find that we finally have an outlet to satisfy cravings for Chinese food. The Fairmont Heliopolis’ Noble House, like its younger sister restaurants Lan Tania and Haiku, serves a delicious meal. The restaurant was quiet during lunchtime, and I am told it is busiest at night during …

Heba Elkayal

Microsoft upgrade aims to make Hotmail cool again

SAN FRANCISCO: Microsoft Corp. is trying to make Hotmail cool again. The free Web mail service soon will be switching to a new approach that Microsoft hopes will give Hotmail an edge over rival offerings from Yahoo Inc. and Google Inc. The upgrade, expected to be available in July or August, will automatically sort incoming …

AP

Egypt 350-day T-bills average yield rises to 10.57 pct

CAIRO: The average yield on Egyptian 350-day treasury bills rose to 10.570 percent at an auction on Thursday from 10.312 percent at the last auction on April 22. The central bank said it accepted bids for bills worth LE 2 billion ($354 million), the same amount it was seeking. It accepted bids at rates between …

Reuters

Oldest Mesoamerican pyramid tomb found in Mexico

MEXICO CITY: Archaeologists in southern Mexico announced Monday they have discovered a 2,700-year-old tomb of a dignitary inside a pyramid that may be the oldest such burial documented in Mesoamerica. The tomb held a man aged around 50, who was buried with jade collars, pyrite and obsidian artifacts and ceramic vessels. Archaeologist Emiliano Gallaga said …

Daily News Egypt

Fighting bull cloned for 1st time in Spain

MELGAR DE YUSO, Spain: Scientists in Spain say they have cloned a fighting bull for the first time. Vicente Torrent, a specialist in veterinary genetics, says the newborn calf, named Got, is an exact replica of a muscular, horned specimen of the type matadors face in bullrings. The animal was unveiled Wednesday, a day after …

AP

Citadel's Taqa Arabia in $140 mln project in Yemen

CAIRO: Taqa Arabia, an energy distribution subsidiary of Citadel Capital, said on Thursday it would install a $140-million power project in Yemen, as part of an expansion strategy in the Middle East and Africa. Construction of the 70-megawatt project was slated to begin by the end of this month. Taqa Arabia plans to operate the …

Daily News Egypt

Egyptian pound hits new 14-month low

CAIRO: The Egyptian pound weakened further against the dollar after having dipped on Wednesday to its lowest point since March 16, 2009. "The euro at this level remains expensive and we can see it sliding more over the next week," as it tracks the euro, said an Egyptian forex trader. In a note, Beltone said …

Reuters

Giant dinosaur footprints found in Argentine 'Jurassic Park'

BUENOS AIRES: Dinosaur footprints up to 1.2 meters (four feet) in diameter have been found in an area of Patagonia known as Argentina’s "Jurassic Park," a scientist said Wednesday. Jorge Calvo of the National University of Comahue said the footprints are "sauropod dinosaur tracks of different sizes," and were "in good condition." The scientist estimated …

AFP

Newton's apple tree bound for gravity-free orbit

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla: Sir Isaac Newton’s famous apple tree is about to leave gravity behind. Flying aboard space shuttle Atlantis next week will be a 4-inch sliver of the tree from which an apple fell nearly 350 years ago and inspired Newton to discover the law of gravity. British-born astronaut Piers Sellers is flying the …

AP

Atlantis gears up for final launch

WASHINGTON: The space shuttle Atlantis blasts off Friday on the last mission of its 25-year career, taking astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) one last time before becoming a museum piece. The 32nd and final voyage for Atlantis, which first launched in 1985, will take six astronauts to the orbiting space research facility, delivering …

Daily News Egypt

14th-century aqueduct found in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM: Archeologists said Tuesday they have uncovered a 14th-century aqueduct that supplied water to Jerusalem for almost 600 years along a route dating back to the time of Jesus — but unlike most such finds, this time the experts knew exactly where to look. Photographs from the late 19th century showed the aqueduct in use …

AFP

Judge nixes Facebook groups by class-cutting kids

BUENOS AIRES: A judge in Argentina has ordered Facebook to close all groups set up by minors, after thousands of middle-schoolers used the social media website to organize an unauthorized day off school, according to a court source. A ruling by judge Alfredo Dantiacq Sanchez in the western province of Mendoza ordered "the immediate closure …

AFP

Microsoft looks to 'cloud' with Office 2010

NEW YORK: Microsoft released the latest update to its popular Office software on Wednesday including a Web-hosted version aimed at countering competition from emerging "cloud" products offered by Google. Office 2010, which was unveiled at a launch event here, features updates to the ubiquitous spreadsheet, email, presentation and word processing programs used by tens of …

AFP

YouTube expands 'unlisted videos' feature

WASHINGTON: YouTube on Wednesday began allowing users to share "private" videos among an unlimited number of other people. The Google-owned video-sharing site, in a post on the YouTube blog, said only people who receive a link to an "unlisted video" can watch it and it will not appear in YouTube’s public pages or search results. …

AFP

UN alarmed at Ugandan rebels killing spree

GENEVA: The UN refugee agency expressed alarm Friday that "murderous" Ugandan rebels are mounting increasingly brutal attacks on civilians in Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan and the Central African Republic. "UNHCR is alarmed by reports we’re receiving from our field offices of a dramatic rise in the frequency and brutality of the Lord’s Resistance Army’s …

AFP

Sudan wants Interpol help to 'arrest rebel chief in Egypt'

KHARTOUM: Sudan has sought Interpol’s help for the arrest in Egypt of Justice and Equality Movement rebel movement leader Khalil Ibrahim, a website close to the country’s intelligence services reported. In an interview with the Sudanese Media Center, a daily close to the secret services, Justice Minister Abdel Bassit Sabdarat said he had asked Interpol …

AFP

Netanyahu to meet Mubarak on Monday: Israeli official

JERUSALEM: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in Egypt next Monday to discuss a resumption of Middle East peace talks, a top Israeli official told AFP. The two leaders "agreed during a telephone conversation last night [Monday] to meet next Monday in Sharm El-Sheikh," the Red Sea resort where Mubarak …

AFP

Lopez pigs out for new movie 'The Back-Up Plan'

Hollywood star Jennifer Lopez told Wednesday at the London premiere of her new movie "The Back-Up Plan" how she pigged out and broke wind in the film to show what being pregnant is really like. The singer and actress plays a successful career woman who is artificially inseminated only to meet the love of her …

AFP

YEAREND SPECIAL: Female entrepreneurs do business with style

The Egyptian woman is known for her strength and loyalty. Against all odds, she continues to climb the ladder of success and shatters stereotypes. This generation of strong women chose to hone their talents and turn them into businesses. Below are three of many examples of 20-something female entrepreneurs that made their mark on the …

Safaa Abdoun

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