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Facebook in challenge to Google

Facebook has turned up the heat on Google by purchasing content-sharing service FriendFeed, say industry watchers. Many expected Google or even Twittwer to buy the company, which has been praised for its “real-time” search engine. This type of search is valuable because it lets you know what is happening right now on any given subject. […]

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Deadly Ethnic Riots Pose Fresh Crisis For Beijing.

URUMQI, China — Chinese security forces clamped down on large parts of this city of 2.4 million Monday, a day after long-simmering ethnic tensions erupted in rioting that authorities said left 156 dead and more than 1,000 injured. The fatalities, if confirmed, would represent one of the deadliest outbreaks of violence in China in decades. […]