Adam Tanner
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/ 4 April 2008

Straight or gay? US court says website can’t ask

A roommate-finding site cannot require users to disclose their sexual orientation, a United States appeals court ruled on Thursday, in the latest skirmish over whether anti-discrimination rules apply to the web. The court said, which obliges users to list their sexual orientation, was different from sites where people volunteer or withhold personal information.

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/ 16 November 2007

Baseball’s Bonds accused of lying about steroid use

United States baseball home-run king Barry Bonds used steroids to fuel his success and then lied about it, US prosecutors said on Thursday in charging him with perjury and obstruction of justice. The indictment stems from the investigation into the San Francisco Bay Area Laboratory Cooperative whose top figures have already served jail time on steroid distribution charges.

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/ 28 March 2007

Google seeks world of instant translations

In Google’s vision of the future, people will be able to translate documents instantly into the world’s main languages, with machine logic, not expert linguists, leading the way. Google’s approach, called statistical machine translation, differs from past efforts in that it forgoes language experts who program grammatical rules and dictionaries into computers.