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May 27, 2013

EU quizzes telcos on Apple sales tactics against rivals

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – EU antitrust regulators are seeking information whether Apple’s iPhone distribution deals with mobile telecoms operators may be aimed at shutting out rival smartphones makers, in a move which could lead to a formal investigation into Apple.

In a nine-page questionnaire sent to mobile telecoms companies last Friday and obtained by Reuters, the European Commission said such behavior may breach EU antitrust rules.

Feb 18, 2013

Russia asks: How do you stop space objects hitting Earth?

MOSCOW/VIENNA, Feb 18 (Reuters) – What can man do to prevent
Earth being hit by meteorites and asteroids?

Russia has found, to its cost, that it has no answers. But
U.S. and European experts may be able to help with a few ideas
that at first glance seem straight out of science fiction,
including smashing spacecraft into asteroids, using the sun’s
rays to vaporise them, or blasting them with nuclear bombs.

Jun 29, 2012

48 Hours in idyllic Paros and Santorini

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Greece is struggling under a mountain of debt, violent street protests erupt in the capital Athens, and world financial markets fear Greece will exit the euro zone.

But Greece is still a great place to visit – just head to its idyllic islands. Reuters correspondents with local knowledge help visitors explore Paros and Santorini.

Jun 29, 2012

Travel Postcard: 48 Hours in idyllic Paros and Santorini

SYDNEY, June 29 (Reuters) – Greece is struggling under a
mountain of debt, violent street protests erupt in the capital
Athens, and world financial markets fear Greece will exit the
euro zone.

But Greece is still a great place to visit – just head to
its idyllic islands. Reuters correspondents with local knowledge
help visitors explore Paros and Santorini.

Jan 26, 2012

PNG rebel soldiers demand return of former PM Somare

Jan 26 (Reuters) – Forces loyal to deposed Papua New
Guinea Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare raided the country’s
main army barracks on Thursday, installing a new military
commander and demanding Somare be reinstated as leader of the
resource-rich nation.

Papua New Guinea has for months been gripped in a political
deadlock, with incumbent Prime Minister Peter O’Neill taking
office in August after Somare was ruled ineligible as a member
of parliament due to illness and absence from the legislature.

Jan 25, 2012

Flamboyant Megaupload boss kept low profile in NZ

COATESVILLE, New Zealand, Jan 24 (Reuters) -
Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom’s online profile was
larger-than-life, with fast women, faster cars and chartered
planes, yet he lived like a virtual recluse in a sprawling,
manicured estate on the outskirts of New Zealand’s biggest city,
Auckland.

Dotcom, also known as Kim Schmitz, faces extradition to the
United States over charges of masterminding a scheme that made
more than $175 million by infringing copyrighted content without
authorisation on his online file-sharing website.

Jan 25, 2012

Flamboyant Megaupload boss kept low profile in NZ

COATESVILLE, New Zealand, Jan 24 (Reuters) -
Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom’s online profile was
larger-than-life, with fast women, faster cars and chartered
planes, yet he lived like a virtual recluse in a sprawling,
manicured estate on the outskirts of New Zealand’s biggest city,
Auckland.

Dotcom, also known as Kim Schmitz, faces extradition to the
United States over charges of masterminding a scheme that made
more than $175 million by infringing copyrighted content without
authorisation on his online file-sharing website.

Jan 25, 2012

Megaupload founder refused bail in New Zealand

AUCKLAND (Reuters) – A New Zealand judge ordered the founder of online file-sharing site Megaupload.com to be held in custody for another month Wednesday, saying the suspected Internet pirate posed a significant flight risk.

Kim Dotcom, a German national also known as Kim Schmitz and Kim Tim Jim Vestor, was remanded in custody until Feb 22 ahead of a hearing of an extradition application by the United States.

Jan 24, 2012

Flamboyant online tycoon kept low profile in rural New Zealand

COATESVILLE, New Zealand (Reuters) – Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom’s online profile was larger-than-life, with fast women, faster cars and chartered planes, yet he lived like a virtual recluse in a sprawling, manicured estate on the outskirts of New Zealand’s biggest city, Auckland.

Dotcom, also known as Kim Schmitz, faces extradition to the United States over charges of masterminding a scheme that made more than $175 million (112 million pounds) by infringing copyrighted content without authorisation on his online file-sharing website.

Jan 24, 2012

Flamboyant online tycoon kept low profile in rural NZ

COATESVILLE, New Zealand, Jan 24 (Reuters) -
Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom’s online profile was
larger-than-life, with fast women, faster cars and chartered
planes, yet he lived like a virtual recluse in a sprawling,
manicured estate on the outskirts of New Zealand’s biggest city,
Auckland.

Dotcom, also known as Kim Schmitz, faces extradition to the
United States over charges of masterminding a scheme that made
more than $175 million by infringing copyrighted content without
authorisation on his online file-sharing website.