Washington, March 5 - A series of collapses this weekend have raised concerns about the fate of the ancient Roman city of Pompeii.
An arch supporting the Temple of Venus, the Roman goddess of beauty, crumbled during a rainstorm on Saturday, which was followed by the collapse on Sunday of the wall of a tomb around 5.5 feet high and 11.5 feet long in the necropolis of Porta Nocera and another wall about 8 feet high and 13 feet long in Via di Nola , the major road, Fox News reported.
The affected areas have been closed to the public now.
Washington, March 4 : Twitter is reportedly planning to install two log cabins, dating back to1800's, in its headquarters in San Francisco.
The social network site intends to use the log cabins as a dining area for its employees.
Lundberg Design, one of the firms that designed the space at Twitter's headquarters, came up with the idea when the company moved there in 2012 and was looking for ways to divide up Twitter's dining space, Mashable reported.
Washington, March 4 : Pakistan's Malala Yousafzai, who stood up against Taliban and was shot in the head for promoting education for girls, has reportedly admitted that she does not have a mobile phone.
Malala's admission at a conference showcasing cell phone provider Vodafone's initiatives to support women was acknowledged with a chorus of chuckles by a visibly charmed crowd.
According to Fox News, International Development Minister Justine Greening offered to give her a spare cellphone.
Washington, Mar 04 : Video of soon-to-be-released 2014 HTC One has been reportedly leaked, in which the upcoming smartphone has been compared to its 2013 predecessor.
A developer edition of 2014 HTC One has been fully detailed in a 12-minute video, showing the redesigned smartphone's slightly curvier and softer look.
According to The Verge, the display of the smartphone appeared enlarged from 4.7 to 5 inches, while the headphone jack could be found at the bottom of the phone and the top has a black plastic panel, and the side includes a microSD card slot.
Washington, March 4 - Entrepreneurs have developed a new web app which they claim helps people find a place to pee.
Max Gaudin and Travis Laurendine with their brand new Web app, Airpnp, functions a lot like Airbnb , Ozy reported.
Residents and businesses can rent out their private bathrooms or Port-A-Potties for a small cost. They take images of their porcelain thrones, describe the bathroom's cleanliness, provide the location and name a price.
Washington, Mar. 04 - Samsung has reportedly rolled out its new range of Chromebook 2 with full HD screen .
The successor to Series 3 Chromebook, which was launched last March, the Chromebook2 has upgraded to better 2.1-GHz Exynos 5 octa-core processor.
According to PC World, the new Chromebook 2 is being offered in 11.6-inch display and 13.3-inch with full HD display options, priced 320 dollars and 400 dollars respectively.
Both models include 4 GB of DDR3 memory, 16 GB of embedded flash storage, with additional 100 GB of Google Drive storage; a 720p Webcam; and one HDMI out, USB 3.0, and USB 2.0 port, respectively.
Washington, Mar 4 - It has been widely held that men are hugely competitive, so cooperation is least among them, while women have a tendency to nurture relationships with others, making them much more likely to cooperate with one another.
However, a new Harvard study differs from the stereotype.
Washington, Mar. 4 - Apple is reportedly employing HTC engineers in a bid to create and release products more quickly and more frequently.
Apple is said to be adding hundreds of engineers and supply-chain managers in China and Taiwan.
According to the Verge, it is however not clear how many employees Apple has hired, but the move could create another hurdle for HTC, as the company is already facing financial downturn while struggling against larger smartphone makers.
The Wall Street Journal reported that Apple needs the additional engineers to facilitate work on iPhone and iPad parts with its suppliers in the region.
Washington, Mar 04 : Google has been reportedly allowed by a US court to keep the controversial anti-Islamic movie on its YouTube service after removing the performance of an actress involved in the matter, who claimed copyright infringement.
The US Court of Appeals has permitted the search giant to keep the trailer of ' Innocence of Muslims,' but after removing the performance of actress Cindy Lee Garcia .
Washington, March 4 : French and Italian men take the cake when it comes to infidelity , according to a new survey.
The French Institute of Public Opinion and Gleeden, a French dating site for people seeking affairs, polled 4,879 people from France, Italy, England, Germany, Spain and Belgium, the Huffington Post reported.
Fifty-five percent of French men and 55 percent of Italian men surveyed said that they had cheated at least once in their life - but only 33 percent of French women and 44 percent of Italian women said the same.
They survey also aimed to find out whether the cheaters regretted their adulterous trysts, but it turns out that few ever did.
Italians were among the least regretful, and only 26 percent of men and 27 percent of women regretted their behavior.
Washington, Mar 04 : Microsoft has reportedly decided to use pop-ups telling Windows XP users to upgrade their operating systems, to preferably 'Windows 8.1.'
As the software maker is ending support of XP on April 8th, it has decided to start issuing warnings to machines running the 12-year-old operating system.
According to The Verge, the pop-up warnings would appear on March 8th following the monthly patch cycle of Windows update and the notification would include a link to Microsoft's Windows XP end of support site.
Washington, March 4 : Scientists have used a laser beam to alter a fly's behavior and make it mate with just about anything - even a ball of wax.
The researchers at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute created an experiment that involves shining an infrared laser directly at the head of a fly whose brain has been altered using heat-activated proteins, the Verge reported.
This alteration allows the laser, dubbed the " Fly Mind-Altering Device" ( FlyMAD), to activate specific neurons which are involved in mating.
Washington, Mar. 04 - Indian business magnate Mukesh Ambani has been reportedly ranked first in Forbes' list of 'world's billionaires' in India.
Ranked number 40 in the world list, Ambani stands first amongst the list of Indians, followed close by Lakshmi Mittal at the second position.
According to Forbes, Mukesh Ambani's net worth is estimated at 18.6 billion dollars, while Mittal, rated world number 52, has a net worth of 16.7 billion dollars.
Mukesh Ambani's brother, Anil Ambani stands at net worth of 5 billion dollars at number 8 in the list of Indians and ranked number 281 in the global list.
The top ten billionaires in India are:
1. Mukesh Ambani- $18.6 B
Washington, Mar. 04 - A new web tool allows users to save important or interesting sentences on a website.
The Glossed. it tool is different from other tools, which become overcomplicated in their attempts at saving a lot of content, as the tool lets users save just the sentences that really strike them as interesting.
According to Cnet, users first need to sign up on the Web site: Glossed. it, and after doing that, they could simply drag the provided bookmarklet to their browser's toolbar.
For saving anything worth a read later, a user could simply click the bookmarklet and then click the sentence they want to save.
Washington, Mar. 04 - In the latest episode of the ongoing battle between eBay and American investor Carl Icahn, the latter has reportedly lashed out at the online store for their mishandling of Skype deal.
Icahn has demanded an inspection of eBay's records on the acquisition of Skype in 2005.
According to Cnet, eBay bough the service only to divest it in 2009 to an investor group that included Marc Andreessen's venture capital firm.
Icahn has accused Andreessen of a conflict of interest over the deal, challenging his claim that he recuses himself from any board discussions that involve companies backed by his firm.
Washington, Mar. 04 - Microsoft has reportedly announced plans to bring its Xbox Live service to iOS and Android games, allowing for cross-functionality of the popular social gaming service.
The Microsoft Xbox Live hub had been restricted to Xbox consoles and Windows Phones until now, but the new plans would see it soon on iPhones and Android handsets.
According to Cnet, in a recent Microsoft job listing, the company hinted that they would create a modern framework that is open-source, lightweight, extensible and scalable across various platforms including Windows Store, Windows Phone, iOS, and Android.
Washington, Mar. 04 - Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates has been reportedly named the 'world's richest person' by Forbes yet again.
In Forbes' latest ranking of billionaires, the finance publication puts Gates' net worth at 76 billion dollars.
According to The Verge, Forbes said that Microsoft stock helped Gates unseat Mexico's Carlos Slim, who held the top slot for four consecutive years.
However, Forbes has been listing Gates as the world's richest man for 15 of the past 20 years.
Washington, March 4 - The US Defence Department has suspended all military-to-military engagements with Russia because of Moscow's military movement in Ukraine.
The suspension covers bilateral meetings, port visits and planning conferences, according to Pentagon spokesman John Kirby, adding the Pentagon values the relationship it has developed with the Russian military in the last few years.
Kirby said the US Monday evening called on Russia to de-escalate the crisis in Ukraine and to pull Russian forces in Crimea back to their bases "as required under the agreements governing the Russia Black Sea Fleet", Xinhua reported.
Washington, March 4 - US President Barack Obama said Monday that his administration is examining "a whole series of" economic and diplomatic steps to "isolate" Russia over its refusal to withdraw military forces from the Ukrainian republic of Crimea.
While acknowledging Russia's "strong" historic and commercial ties to Ukraine, Obama declared "what cannot be done is for Russia, with impunity, to put its soldiers on the ground and violate basic principles that are recognized around the world," Xinhua reported.
Washington, March 3 : The attempt of Microsoft and Google to set aside their sworn rivalry and share their place as the operating systems inside the Asus Transformer Book Duet TD300 has reportedly not turned out well.
Citing political reasons, Nathan Brookwood, principal analyst at Insight 64, said that neither Microsoft not Google can be very happy about it.
According to Cnet, the Duet created a buzz at CES in January (see video at bottom), with both Asus and Intel promoting the device as a way to bridge the gap between mobile ( Android) and desktop ( Windows).
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