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Friday Digest: Occupy Melbourne, Steve Wozniak


This is our new Friday Digest! Every Friday, this weekly news round-up gives us the occasion to share with you news from various topics: politics to arts, entertainment, media, science, sports, fun and less fun news…

This digest is a list of news published this week on the Internet (Friday to Friday), selected by the Sama Team, and it is by no means exhaustive. If you want to suggest a news to be added in the next Friday Digest, contact us.

 

Beyond Wall Street: ‘Occupy’ protests go global
Wall Street is more than 10,000 miles away from Melbourne, but 24-year-old Australian Alex Gard felt a kinship to the outrage expressed on the streets of Manhattan. “It’s great that people are finally standing up against the privileged few people who want to rule together,” Gard said. “I wanted to stand together and say, `Enough is enough’.” Gard is one of the organizers of “Occupy Melbourne,” a group that started…

Michael Jackson’s children appear at tribute show
Chart-toppers, soul singers and three generations of Michael Jackson’s family – including his children – celebrated the King of Pop at an energetic tribute concert Saturday, urging fans to focus on the late star’s music rather than his death. The run-up to the “Michael Forever” concert was overshadowed by the Los Angeles manslaughter trial of Jackson’s doctor, and marred by fan criticism, sluggish…

22 killed in Egypt as Christians clash with troops
At least 22 people were killed in clashes between military police and Coptic Christian protesters in the latest eruption of violence highlighting Egypt’s deepening sectarian divisions since President Hosni Mubarak was driven from power in February. In the bloodiest unrest since last winter’s uprising, authorities said, three soldiers and 19 protesters were killed Sunday when Copts threw Molotov cocktails at riot police…

France’s Sarkozy presses Turkey to declare Armenian massacre as genocide
French President Nicolas Sarkozy, on a brief trip to the Caucasus, urged Turkey to recognize the 1915 massacre of Armenians as genocide, threatening to pass a law in France that would make denying this a crime. Visiting a genocide memorial and museum in Yerevan, Armenia, with Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan, Mr. Sarkozy challenged Turkey – which is seeking membership of the European Union…

Some Myanmar political prisoners kept in jail
Myanmar freed comedian and government critic Zarganar as it began releasing 6,300 convicts in a liberalizing move Wednesday, but kept several key political detainees behind bars, dampening hopes for a broader amnesty. Relatives of convicts gathered expectantly at prisons around the country and held emotional reunions with those released, a day after the country’s new civilian president issued an amnesty…

Dennis Ritchie, pioneer in computer programming at Bell Labs, dies at 70
Dennis Ritchie, a pioneer in computer programming, has died at age 70. Ritchie created the popular C programming language, which is now commonly used for website development and other computer tasks. He also helped create the Unix operating software, the basis for systems widely used today in corporate servers and cellphones. He joined Bell Labs, now part of Alcatel-Lucent, in the late 1960s…

Dissident Creates by Remote Control
From his studio in Beijing, Ai Weiwei, the outspoken Chinese artist and dissident, had a clear view of Rikers Island. For months Mr. Ai, who was detained by Chinese authorities in the spring and released under close surveillance in June, has been limited in his travel and communications with the outside world. But recently he was able to escape, at least digitally, and even to make new work in another country…

Steve Wozniak is first in line for iPhone 4S
A line began to form at the Apple Store here on the eve of the iPhone 4S release, as is often the case around the world during the company’s product launches. At the front of this particular line Thursday, Steve Wozniak sits in a Pico armchair, sipping Diet Dr Pepper and scanning e-mails from his white iPad. The Apple co-founder, who gets a paycheck of “a couple hundred dollars every two weeks” and still maintains…




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