Washington, Mar. 6 : Afghan President Hamid Karzai's older brother Qayum Karzai has dropped out of the race for next month's presidential elections.
An aide to Qayum Karzai, Aminullah Habibi, said Karzai would most likely support Zalmay Rassoul, the former foreign minister, for the presidential bid.
According to the New York Times, Habibi said that negotiations were still taking place but it will be final tomorrow.
Despite the vocal support of other family members, Qayum Karzai's entry to the race was said to have defied the president's wishes from the start.
Washington, Mar 06 : World's largest photo service, Getty Images, has reportedly decided to make its content free for public use after acknowledging that its pictures were everywhere with or without the watermark.
Earlier, if users wanted to get any Getty picture without the watermark, they had to pay for it.
However, the photo service has decided to drop the watermark for the bulk of its collection, in exchange for an open-embed program that would require users to add a footer at the bottom of the image with a credit and link to the licensing page, The Verge reports.
Washington, Mar 06 : Facebook shares and likes are reportedly linked to eating disorders, a new study has revealed.
Study led by Florida State University researchers states that frequent Facebook users might be sharing more than party pictures, vacation videos and selfies.
The study conducted on 960 college women found that more time on Facebook was associated with higher levels of disordered eating.
Washington, Mar 6 : A man, who took cellphone photos up the skirts of women riding the Boston subway, was found not guilty of violating Massachusetts state law because the women were not nude or partially nude.
The Supreme Judicial Court overruled a lower court that had upheld charges against Michael Robertson, who was arrested in August 2010 by transit police who set up a sting after getting reports that he was using his cellphone to take photos and video up female riders' skirts and dresses, ABC News reported.
The ruling immediately prompted top Beacon Hill lawmakers to pledge to update state law.
Washington, Mar 06 : Google has reportedly updated its Gmail app for iOS, finally addressing the loathsome speed of which users earlier complained about.
Gmail software engineer Melissa Dominguez said that the Gmail app now supports "pre-fetching" so that messages are synced before a user opens the app.
According to Cnet, the updated Gmail app for iOS7 also allows for single sign-on for other Google apps on iOS like YouTube, Google Maps, Chrome and Google Drive.
Google is the only company that has been able to circumvent Apple's stranglehold on default iOS apps by linking its apps together, the report added. (ANI)
Washington, Mar 6 : Goldman Sachs is helping the World Bank launch a 600 million dollars fund to finance women-owned businesses in developing countries .
The American multinational investment banking firm made 50 million dollars investment, while the World Bank contributed 100 million dollars through its International Finance Corp.
The team hopes to attract other corporate investors and donors to raise the target 600 million dollars, the Washington Post reports.
Washington, March 6 : Researchers have said that the concept that humans can recognize emotions on another's face, whether that person hails from Boston or Borneo, may not be true at all.
For nearly two decades, Northeastern University Distinguished Professor of Psychology Lisa Feldman Barrett has been tracking down the research that established this misconception.
In two research papers, she's found that emotions are not universally perceived, asserting that everything that's predicated on that is a mistake.
Washington, Mar 6 : Muslims in India are wary of BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's rise to power, according to an editorial in a US newspaper.
Mohammad Shakeel, a Muslim in India, said he remembered the past too well to support Modi.
The 44-year-old said that he voted in the past for Congress, but this time would vote for a regional party, adding that there were some concerns, even some fear, about what Modi will do to Muslims if he becomes prime minister.
Washington, Mar. 6 - Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has likened Russia President Vladimir Putin to Adolph Hitler and Russia-Ukraine dispute to Nazi Germany.
Clinton said that Putin's decision to issue passports to those in Crimea with ties to Russia is similar to the 'population transfers' that went forth in Germany after World War II, BuzzFeedreported.
According to the Washington Times, during a private event in Southern California, Clinton said Putin was doing what Hitler did back in the '30s'.
Clinton's speech was one of the few foreign policy commentaries she has made publicly since exiting her State Department role in 2013, the report added. (ANI)
New York, March 6 - In what could be called a game changer in search of life outside our galaxy, astronomers have used a digital camera imaging technology to take a picture of a planet far from our solar system with an earth-based telescope.
University of Arizona (UA) researchers snapped images of a planet outside our solar system with an earth-based telescope using essentially the same type of imaging sensor found in digital cameras instead of an infrared detector.
This takes astronomers a small step closer to what would be needed to image earth-like planets around other stars.
Washington, March 6 - In a setback to those who have switched to low-saturated fat diets for better heart health, a leading US cardiovascular research scientist has claimed diets low in saturated fat or based on Omega 6 fats do not curb heart disease risk or help you live longer.
"Current dietary advice to replace saturated fats with carbohydrates or omega 6-rich polyunsaturated fats is based on flawed and incomplete data from the 1950s," declared James DiNicolantonio in the medical journal Open Heart.
The best diet to boost and maintain heart health is one low in refined carbohydrates, sugars and processed foods, he recommended.
Washington, Mar. 06 (ANI): Yahoo has reportedly acquired a startup that lets people create infographics and videos out of social data.
Vizify lets people create interactive visualizations based on data involving what they share online, creating a type of Internet biography.
According to Cnet, Vizify would be shutting down the product as the team joins Yahoo and its website has already started showing its sky-blue logo turn to Yahoo's purple.
Vizify said that they were excited to bring a more visual approach to data at Yahoo.
The buyout, for an undisclosed amount, is Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer 's 37th acquisition since taking the reins at the company in 2012.
New York, March 6 : Is your daughter in awe of Barbie doll and her exhaustive world of fashion and accessories? This could well be a dampener for her career later.
Researchers have found that girls who play with Barbie dolls see fewer career options for themselves than boys.
Washington, Mar. 06 - American retailer Target Corp.'s head of technology, Beth Jacob, reportedly resigned from her role after late last year's mega security breach.
Touted one of the largest data breaches in retail history, the Target breach exposed personal data of about 110 million customers due to bugged PoS systems.
According to The Verge, Jacob served as Target's chief information officer and executive vice president of technology services since 2008, and is vacating both positions and departing the company immediately.
In her resignation letter, Jacob said that choosing to leave Target was a 'difficult decision.'
Washington, Mar 6 : A new dinosaur species found in Portugal may be the largest land predator discovered in Europe, as well as one of the largest carnivorous dinosaurs from the Jurassic, according to a new study
Scientists discovered bones belonging to this dinosaur north of Lisbon.
They were originally believed to be Torvosaurus tanneri, a dinosaur species from North America.
Closer comparison of the shin bone, upper jawbone, teeth, and partial tail vertebrae suggest to the authors that it may warrant a new species name, Torvosaurus gurneyi.