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 Roommates.com, which obliges users to list their sexual orientation, was different from sites where people volunteer or withhold personal information.
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.
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama told Google employees on Wednesday his meteoric rise in politics mirrored the company's emergence as the lifeblood of the internet and he surprised his hosts by answering a geeky engineering question.
When Ray Necochea was building his dream house four years ago, on a whim he wrote the story of his life on a wooden beam below the rooftop, hoping a future relative might serendipitously discover it. That beam and everything else inside the home was obliterated in the firestorm that has ravaged southern California this week.
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.