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Compared with other tech-savvy nations, Internet service in the U.S. is overpriced and slow. According to a “State of the Internet” report recently put out by content delivery network Akamai, U.S. service is becoming even slower.

The U.S. now has the ninth-fastest average Internet connection speed in the world, behind South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Latvia, the Czech Republic and Sweden. That’s a fall in the rankings: In the last Akamai report, the U.S. was eighth, with faster average connection speeds than Sweden.

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In one of the biggest bank heists ever, a global gang of criminals stole $45 million from reserves held by banks by withdrawing money from ATMs in 27 countries over the course of mere hours. Prosecutors say in New York alone the thieves struck 2,904 machines within 10 hours
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2013 Billionaire List

The 2013 Forbes Billionaires list now includes 1,426 names, with an aggregate net worth of $5.4 trillion, up from $4.6 trillion.  The U.S. leads the list with 442 billionaires, followed by Asia-Pacific (386), Europe (366), the Americas (129) and the Middle East & Africa (103)  Checkout the top 100 Billionaires in the world after the jump.

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There are seven billion people on the planet. These are the 70 that matter.

What do the president of the United States, the Dalai Lama, a billionaire drug dealer and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg  all have in common?  They are all featured on FORBES’ annual ranking of the World’s Most Powerful People.

The ranking takes into account four factors.  First, Forbes measured how many people a person has power over.  For a religious leader, like Pope Benedict XVI (#7), that would be the number of adherents, or Catholics, in the world.  For a CEO, like General Electric’s Jeffrey Immelt (#28) we counted the number of employees.

Then we looked at the financial resources controlled by each candidate, whether that is revenues (for a company), GDP (for a country) or net worth (for a billionaire). Next we asked: Is a candidate influential in more than one arena, or sphere? This bumped up the ranking of people like New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (#17), who is a powerful politician, a self-made media billionaire and a major philanthropist.

Finally, we gave consideration to how actively the candidates wield their power.  This measure eliminated inactive heirs to great fortunes, semi-retired industrialists and former heads of state.  In all, 70 people made the final list, one for every 100 million people on the planet.

View the full list after the jump.

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