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Protests, cyber-skirmishes rage over WikiLeaks

LONDON — Skirmishes raged across cyberspace Thursday between WikiLeaks supporters and the companies they accuse of trying to stifle the group, with websites on both sides choked off by attacks. Offline, some efforts by the U.S. government and its allies to punish the website dedicated to publishing secret documents landed in court or headed to one. Supporters in Switzerland and Germany threatened lawsuits against U.S. financial companies who have cut their ties to WikiLeaks.

Facebook’s Zuckerberg pledges to give away wealth

NEW YORK — Another 17 of America’s richest people, including Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, have pledged to give away most of their wealth. They are the latest to join the Giving Pledge, an effort led by Microsoft founder Bill Gates and investor Warren Buffett to commit the country’s wealthiest people to step up their charitable donations.

Shock jock Howard Stern re-ups at Sirius XM Radio

NEW YORK — After all his threats to leave, and others’ speculation on where he might go, Howard Stern is staying put at Sirius XM. The loose-lipped shock jock announced on his show Thursday that he has signed a new five-year contract with the satellite radio company. The deal provides that Sirius XM can now transmit Stern’s show to mobile devices.

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