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Reading Rainbow Kickstarter exceeds $1m goal

Reading Rainbow Kickstarter exceeds $1m goal

If your childhood took place in the 80s or 90s, you likely spent your fair share of time watching Reading Rainbow, the book-hailing TV show starring LeVar Burton. Earlier today, Burton and his team launched a Kickstarter campaign to bring Reading Rainbow back, and a handful of hours later it broke the $1,000,000 mark.

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eBay hacked: Passwords reset after servers raided

eBay hacked: Passwords reset after servers raided

An eBay hack has left the online auction site asking all of its registered users to change their password, after its databases were compromised and encrypted login details stolen. Investigation of the hack, eBay says, shows no signs that credit card or other financial information was obtained, but instead a broad selection of personal data including physical address and phone number.

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US charges Chinese military officials with cyber-espionage

US charges Chinese military officials with cyber-espionage

The US Justice Department has indicted five Chinese miltary officials with cyber-espionage today, the first time such criminal charges for hacking have been filed by the US against another country. The charges, announced by Attorney General Eric Holder this morning, allege the hackers targeted six American companies in the energy industry, including nuclear power.

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AT&T DirecTV buy confirmed

AT&T DirecTV buy confirmed

AT&T has inked a deal to buy DirectTV, the carrier has confirmed, spending $48.5bn to grab the pay TV service in what it says will be an unprecedented evolution in on-demand video. The agreement, a mixture of cash and stock, will be used to push non-cable broadband into new areas, as well as deliver premium TV content for whose who don't necessarily want traditional service.

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GM recalls 2.7m cars over lights, steering, brakes and more

GM recalls 2.7m cars over lights, steering, brakes and more

GM has announced a fresh batch of recalls, calling in around 2.7 cars at a predicted cost of $200m for repairs and fixes, though insisting that no fatalities have resulted from the problems. Most significant of the five different issues is one affecting over 2.44m Chevrolet, Pontiac, and Saturn models, to address a fault which GM says has already caused thirteen known crashes and two injuries.

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Russia threatens to lock US out of ISS as space tensions soar

Russia threatens to lock US out of ISS as space tensions soar

Russia has threatened to cut off access to the International Space Station and force the project to a premature close in retaliation over US sanctions, with NASA's orbiting research paying the price for growing international tensions. US plans to extend the ISS' life beyond the planned 2020 cut-off for another four years will be rejected, Russia's deputy prime minister said today, while also blocking the use of Russian rockets for upcoming launches.

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