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Submission + - Dating portal "Lovoo" raided by police on accusations of commercial fraud

Submission + - Apple not allowed to open stores in India (

ffkom writes: Reuters writes:

India has said Apple Inc must meet a rule obliging foreign retailers to sell at least 30 percent locally-sourced goods if it wishes to open stores in the country, a senior government official told Reuters.

A change in legislation last year exempted foreign retailers selling high-tech goods from the rule, which states 30 percent of the value of goods sold in the store should be made in India.

However, Apple's products were not considered to be in this category, said the official, who has direct knowledge of the matter.

Now just imagine what Apple stores in the US would look like if 30% of their offerings had to be made in the US...

Submission + - Researchers claim success on removing HIV from living cells (

ffkom writes: A recent publication of German researchers claims success on removing the HI-Virus from living cells, showing a way to completely cure Aids rather than just suppressing its symptoms (by lowering the amount of viruses) by permanent medication:

Current combination antiretroviral therapies (cART) efficiently suppress HIV-1 reproduction in humans, but the virus persists as integrated proviral reservoirs in small numbers of cells. To generate an antiviral agent capable of eradicating the provirus from infected cells, we employed 145 cycles of substrate-linked directed evolution to evolve a recombinase (Brec1) that site-specifically recognizes a 34-bp sequence present in the long terminal repeats (LTRs) of the majority of the clinically relevant HIV-1 strains and subtypes. Brec1 efficiently, precisely and safely removes the integrated provirus from infected cells and is efficacious on clinical HIV-1 isolates in vitro and in vivo, including in mice humanized with patient-derived cells. Our data suggest that Brec1 has potential for clinical application as a curative HIV-1 therapy.

Clinical trials are expected to start in Hamburg, Germany, soon.

Submission + - Europe now has its own "Most Wanted Fugitives" web page (

ffkom writes: European police organization Europol was probably jealous of the fame and popularity of the FBI's Most Wanted site, so they finally launched their own, European version.

And if you want to know what a peaceful place Europe is, just consider this: You don't even have to kill anyone to get on the current "Most Wanted Fugitives" list. A mere fraud worth 12 k€ is currently enough to get you into this "Hall of questionable Fame".

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