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WikiLeaks Reveals How Google Was Targeted in China

 The latest WikiLeaks documents unveiled by The New York Times show a vast attempt to hack sites such as Google(Nasdaq: GOOG), driven by the Chinese leadership.


DryShips Shares Popped: What You Need to Know

 Although we don't believe in timing the market or panicking over market movements, we do like to keep an eye on big changes -- just in case they're material to our investing thesis.

US secret satellite ready to return to earth

The unmanned space craft of the U.S. Air force has completed its classified mission and will be returning to earth after a stay of more than seven months in Earth's orbit, the Air Force officials told in a brief statement released on 30th November.

Washington woman turning 107

Washington -- A Washington woman approaching her 107th birthday says the secret to her longevity involves plenty of Guinness stout.

Betsy Stanford, who turns 107 Tuesday, said her diet includes "everything they say not to eat," including "juicy steaks" and "pork chops," The Washington Post reported Monday.

Stanford said she enjoys smoothies made from Guinness stout mixed with Ensure, vanilla flavor and nutmeg "if (the stout) is too bitter."

"I drink stout. It's good for you, baby!" Stanford said.

The centenarian said hard work is also key to long life.

"Go to bed early, get up early. Feel good and fresh and go to work on time," she said.

Copyright 2010 United Press International, Inc. (UPI).

The Secret to Discovering the Hottest Stocks

 Knowing what investments people are willing to pay premium prices for gives you a big edge over other investors. If you look in the right place, it's easy to find out which stocks investors can't get enough of -- and that can help guide your own investing accordingly.


China launches possible spy satellite

Beijing -- China launched a secret reconnaissance satellite with a Long March rocket Monday, the sixth satellite it has launched this year, authorities said.

The mission lifted off aboard a Long March 4C rocket from the Taiyuan launching center in northern China's Shanxi province, reported.

Independent tracking data showed the three-stage booster placing the satellite in an orbit about 380 miles high.

The state-run Xinhua news agency said the satellite would conduct scientific experiments, make land surveys, estimate crop yields and help respond to natural disasters.

But observers say it is likely a military high-resolution optical and radar reconnaissance satellite, said.

Secret to success: Exports and low wages

Berlin -- Job openings are springing up at major industrial firms in Germany, where wages are stagnant and fear keeps wage demands low, market analysts said.

"Fear of unemployment made workers more willing to accept concessions," The New York Times quoted Commerzbank economist Ralph Solveen as saying.

"That will certainly change in the next few years," he said.

Investor George Soros wrote recently that "Germany is actually making it more difficult for the other countries to regain competitiveness."

In Germany, exports are up and the unemployment rate down, falling to 7.6 percent from 9.1 percent at the first of the year and from 13 percent five years ago.

China's Best-Kept Secret

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Researchers look for Ozzy's secret

St. Louis -- Missouri researchers studying Ozzy Osbourne's genes said they hope his DNA profile will give clues about how the 61-year-old rocker tolerates alcohol and drugs.

Cofactor Genomics in St. Louis, which has been hired to sequence Osbourne's genome for analysis by Massachusetts firm Knome, said scientists will look at unique elements of his DNA to try to determine the secret behind his ability to live a relatively healthy life despite decades of abusing alcohol and drugs, McClatchy, Tribune News, reported Friday.

"They're taking someone who's healthy, who should have disease, and looking at that," said Jon Armstrong, chief marketing officer for Cofactor. "What's in the DNA, and what does it have that others don't have?"

Cameras study the secret life of crickets

Exeter, England -- Female crickets preferred big males over smaller males in a British study that filmed 152 field crickets for 250,000 hours, scientists said.

Scientists from the University of Exeter used 96 video cameras to record field crickets -- Gryllus campestris -- during a breeding season in a meadow in Asturias in northern Spain, The Times of London reported Friday.

The footage showed females chose big males over smaller males, with some pairs of crickets often having sex as much as 40 times before parting ways.

Females also slipped away from their regular partners to find other males and had more more offspring when they were promiscuous, the researchers said in a recent issue of the journal Science.