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Submission + - Imran Khan detained by US customs over opposition to drone strikes (guardian.co.uk)

Serious Callers Only writes: Imran Khan was detained yesterday by US officials for questioning on his views on United States drone strikes in Pakistan. Glenn Greenwald writing for the guardian: "On Saturday, Khan boarded a flight from Canada to New York in order to appear at a fundraising lunch and other events. But before the flight could take off, US immigration officials removed him from the plane and detained him for two hours, causing him to miss the flight. On Twitter, Khan reported that he was "interrogated on [his] views on drones" and then added: "My stance is known. Drone attacks must stop." He then defiantly noted: 'Missed flight and sad to miss the Fundraising lunch in NY but nothing will change my stance.'"

Submission + - MAGNITUDE 7.7 QUAKE HITS BRITISH COLUMBIA (usgs.gov)

schwit1 writes: A magnitude 7.7 earthquake hit Canada's Pacific coast province of British Columbia on Saturday night, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

The quake was centered 123 miles south-southwest of Prince Rupert at a depth of 6.2 miles.

Canada

Submission + - Canadian teenager arrested for photographing Mall takedown (www.cbc.ca)

blackfrancis75 writes: The erosion of civil rights is on the rise, as well documented on Slashdot. It seems that the picture north of the US border is also getting more bleak. This time an aspiring teenage journalist in B.C who witnessed a Mall takedown and decided to photograph it (using a real-film camera), was told to 'delete' the photo by Security guards. He (quite legally) refused to do so, and when local police arrived they assisted Mall security in pushing him to the ground, handcuffing him, cutting off his backpack with a utility knife and searching it. Whoever thought Canada was less likely to become a Police State than their U.S. counterparts will be disillusioned by this story.
Microsoft

Submission + - Steve Ballmer Stars in Mr. Slate Role at CES

theodp writes: It's not Courier, says Gizmodo's Wilson Rothman, but HP's rumored slate PC is here. Steve Ballmer and his hardware specialist Ryan Asdourian just showed it off (photo and video), and man is it cute. "They're more powerful than a phone and almost as powerful as a PC," said Ballmer at his CES 2010 opening keynote. "Perfect for reading, surfing the web and taking entertainment on the go." He says that it will be available this year. No pricing announcement yet. Your move, Steve Jobs.
Portables

Submission + - iPhone now world's fourth-biggest online browser

johkir writes: "The latest Net Applications operating system statistics for February 2008 emerged this weekend. They show Mac OS accounted for 7.46 per cent of internet activity by OS, and reveal that iPhone now holds 0.14 per cent — up from 0.12 per cent in January. Apple's iPhone is now the world's fourth-largest client OS for accessing the internet, trailing just behind Linux with its 0.65 per cent share. Safari usage dipped ever so slightly from 5.82 per cent to 5.7 per cent, with most users now running Safari 3, Net Applications said. Internet Explorer user continues to decline (now at 74.88 per cent) while the Firefox browser now takes 17.27 per cent of the market. Also interesting: iPhones are being used outside the officially sanctioned countries"
Media (Apple)

Submission + - Unlocked iPhone price revealed in France

kevinbr writes: Orange is offering iPhone at 549 to customers who do not wish to benefit from one of the four "Orange for iPhone" plans and at 649, without a plan. The cost of unlocking the handset is 100 euros during the six months following the acquisition of the iPhone, regardless of the package chosen.

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