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Did 107-Year-Old Have to Die in Gun Standoff?

Sep 10, 2013 No Comments

When the time came to move 107-year-old Monroe Isadore to a new home, police say he resisted and barricaded himself inside. Authorities tried using a camera to monitor him, along with negotiating tactics, and finally gas to get him to come out. None of it worked. So, a SWAT [...]

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Mexico President Gambles With Left-Leaning Reform

Sep 10, 2013 No Comments

President Enrique Pena Nieto is gambling that a surprise plan to increase social spending and raise taxes on wealthier Mexicans can quiet much of the left-wing opposition to his most ambitious proposal, opening the state-owned oil company to private investment, analysts and politicians said Monday. Pena Nieto took aback [...]

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Zimmerman’s Wife Won’t Press Charges Despite Call

Sep 10, 2013 No Comments

The sobbing wife of George Zimmerman called 911 on Monday to report that her estranged husband was threatening her with a gun and had punched her father in the nose, but hours later she decided not to press charges against the man acquitted of all charges for fatally shooting [...]

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Sudden Plan: Syria to Dispose of Chemical Weapons?

Sep 10, 2013 No Comments

In a rapid and remarkable chain of events, Syria welcomed the idea of turning over all of its chemical weapons for destruction on Monday, and President Barack Obama, though expressing deep skepticism, declared it a “potentially a significant breakthrough” that could head off the threats of U.S. air strikes [...]

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Obama: I Might Lose Congressional Vote on Syria

Sep 10, 2013 No Comments

Battling stiff resistance in Congress, President Barack Obama conceded Monday night he might lose his fight for congressional support of a military strike against Syria, and declined to say what he would do if lawmakers reject his call to back retaliation for a chemical weapons attack last month. The [...]

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Facebook’s Real Public Offering

Sep 10, 2013 No Comments

Last year, Facebook spent a lot of time and energy making the case that it should be a publicly traded company. This year, Facebook is making a new case: That its users’ data is ready to go public, too. The gist of this new campaign is that Facebook, not [...]

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The Console War That Never Happened

Sep 10, 2013 No Comments

Today, in Tokyo, Sony announced the PS Vita TV . It’s a tiny, elegant little device that can stream video and media from third-party services, access a vast library of PlayStation Network titles, and even play selected Playstation Vita titles on the television. And if it had come out [...]

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Computer Security Industry Rocked By NSA Revelations

Sep 10, 2013 No Comments

The latest National Security Agency scoop , published jointly by The Guardian , The New York Times , and ProPublica yesterday, paints an astonishingly dismal picture of the current online security industry. The primary revelation — that your encrypted data may be unsafe from the hands of the NSA [...]

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Yahoo Gets More Data Requests From The Government Than Either Google Or Facebook

Sep 10, 2013 No Comments

Facebook recently won the dubious honor of Most Valuable Government Asset on the Internet, passing Google as a target for government data requests (subpoenas, etc). But it didn’t hold the title for long: Yahoo has released its first transparency report, informing users and the public of how many times [...]

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Why My Twitter Bot Is More Influential Than You

Sep 10, 2013 No Comments

Using the internet is first and foremost a quantified experience. Every activity is assigned a number, or a metric; each action, private or public, is stored somewhere, somehow. So it’s surprising that calculating online influence is, at best, an underdeveloped, imprecise, and unreliable science. We’re submitting so much data [...]

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