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security Court Upholds Willy-Nilly Gadget Searches Along U.S. Border

Court Upholds Willy-Nilly Gadget Searches Along U.S. Border+4,397 views

Image: US Customs and Border Protection/FlickrImage: US Customs and Border Protection/FlickrA federal judge today upheld a President Barack Obama administration policy allowing authorities along the US border to seize and search laptops, smartphones and other electronic devices for any reason.The decision (.pdf) by US District Judge Edward Korman in New York comes as laptops, and now smartphones, have become virtual extensions of ourselves, housing everything from email to instant-message chats to our papers and effects.The American Civil Liberties Union brought the challenge nearly three...

BUSINESS

Until 100% Legal, Banks to Turn Away Marijuana Money+136 views

Most drug dealers work in cash. Official portrait of United States Attorney General Eric Holder (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Banks have so far refused to accept any funds from clients in the legal marijuana trade, keeping large sums of money out of reach from taxation."Until congress changes federal law and acknowledges that marijuana is legal banks can't accept any funds," said Rob Rowe, Vice President & Senior Counsel of American Banking Association. "As much as we welcome changes to the regulations it doesn't change the fact that it is still illegal."Currently, twenty states have legalized...
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business Uber “fights dirty” trying to lure drivers, black car rival Gett says

Uber “fights dirty” trying to lure drivers, black car rival Gett says+68 views

While Uber may be the dominant player in the tech-fueled, smartphone-driven black car sector (a more upscale cousin to the quasi-taxi firms like Lyft and Sidecar), it's clearly concerned about upstarts encroaching on its turf.On Friday, Gett, a new black car player in New York City that has thus far been operating in European and Israeli cities, publicly accused Uber of conducting what it described as a physical denial-of-service attack last week by making "nearly two hundred Gett" requests to drivers, only to immediately cancel them.Further Reading Uber says its ready to take on rideshare...
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business Non-EU Banks Slip Through Bonus Cap Loophole

Non-EU Banks Slip Through Bonus Cap Loophole+31 views

By Mark Kleinman, City Editor in DavosMajor global banks such as Morgan Stanley and Nomura are benefiting from a loophole in new European pay rules that could leave British rivals at a big disadvantage. Sky News understands that banks based outside the European Union (EU) are able to approve bigger bonuses for employees of their subsidiaries in the trading bloc without recourse to external shareholders. That means Wall Street and Asian banks can instantly consent to variable pay for senior staff worth double the level of their salaries, the maximum permissible under the new EU cap....
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business Screwfix.com Screw-Up Gives Mega Bargains

Screwfix.com Screw-Up Gives Mega Bargains+643 views

Canny online shoppers have found bargains galore on a DIY retail website, after a computer glitch slashed the price tag of expensive items. Screwfix.com suffered the internet screw-up, which saw a swarm of customers buy a variety of valuable hardware and tools at the reduced cost of just 34.99. Shoppers landed power tool bargains, and it is understood even expensive ride-on lawn mowers because of the inadvertent price drop. Happy customers took to social media to spread the word of the pricing glitch before the website was shutdown over "technical issues". Some shoppers apparently visited...
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business 'Reshoring' Firm Hailed By PM Plots Float

'Reshoring' Firm Hailed By PM Plots Float+17 views

By Mark Kleinman, City Editor, in DavosOne of the companies hailed by David Cameron for bringing manufacturing jobs back to the UK is drawing up plans for a stock market listing valuing it at hundreds of millions of pounds. Sky News understands that Volution Group, a manufacturer of ventilation products, is likely to announce plans for a flotation within weeks. Its owner, the private equity firm Towerbrook Capital Partners, has appointed the investment banks Canaccord Genuity and Liberum to handle the flotation. Vent-Axia, a British-based subsidiary of Volution, has shifted some of its...
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business Take-Home Pay 'Rising Faster Than Prices'

Take-Home Pay 'Rising Faster Than Prices'+1,004 views

By Darren McCaffrey, Sky Political ReporterPrime Minister David Cameron has claimed the benefits of the recovering economy are now being felt, with the vast majority of people seeing a significant rise in their take-home pay. In a counter attack on Labour's so-called cost of living crisis, the Government said workers' take-home pay was now rising faster than inflation. According to figures released by the Treasury, nine out of 10 British workers have seen their take-home pay increase in the past year. Nearly everyone except the richest 10% saw their take-home pay rise by at least 2.5% once...
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CELEBRITY-NEWS

celebrity-news Paul Wesley and Torrey DeVitto to divorce

Paul Wesley and Torrey DeVitto to divorce+974 views

Vampire Diaries stars Paul Wesley and Torrey DeVittoare reportedly set to divorce after two years of marriage.Wesley, who plays Stefan, began dating the actressin 2007 after meeting on the set of Killer Movie. They will continue to remain good friends."Wesley will be playing Silas in the upcoming fifth series of Vampire Diaries, after it was revealed in a shock twist that Stefan is his doppelganger.SOURCE: DIGITAL SPY
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celebrity-news Aaron Taylor-Johnson confirms Avengers talks

Aaron Taylor-Johnson confirms Avengers talks+915 views

Aaron Taylor-Johnsonmay already be the star of the tongue-in-cheek graphic novel adaptation Kick-Ass but he could soon be graduating to a big budget Marvel Studios movie.The actor admitted in an interview that he had met with director Joss Whedon to discuss the role of Pietro Maximoff (aka Quicksilver) in The Avengers 2. He said that he was flattered to have been approached, adding: "I sat down with Joss, I think he's awesome, I sat down with the guys at Marvel and they're also great. The thing to think about is he's an abandoned child, him and his sister are abandoned in Eastern...
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celebrity-news Evan Rachel Wood and Jamie Bell welcome first baby

Evan Rachel Wood and Jamie Bell welcome first baby+1,006 views

Evan Rachel Woodand Jamie Bellannounced the birth of their first child on 29 July.The actress's rep confirmed to E! Online: "Evan Rachel Wood and her husband Jamie Bell are parents to a beautiful boy.""Parents and baby are all doing well."The pair tied the knot in a secret "small ceremony" last autumn after meeting on the set of the Green Day video Wake Me Up When September Ends. They reconciled after Wood ended her engagement to shock rocker Marilyn Manson.SOURCE: DIGITAL SPY
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celebrity-news Harry Styles says he's

Harry Styles says he's "pretty sure" he's not bisexual+897 views

Harry Styles has responded to rumours that he and Radio 1 breakfast host Nick Grimshaw are in a relationship, saying that they are just friends. I don't think so I'm pretty sure I'm not."He also quashed rumours about 'Larry Stylinson', saying that he and bandmate Louis Tomlinson were in fact not secret lovers. The ladies man admitted that gay jibes don't help when it comes to his relationships with girls. Some of them are annoying."However Styles went on to say that he would never complain about rumours about him and that he is not one for social media retorts: "I never like it when...
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celebrity-news Katy Perry: Rob and I are “just friends”

Katy Perry: Rob and I are “just friends”+852 views

Despite being once again linked to on-off boyfriend John Mayer, Katy Perry is having to defend her platonic relationship with Twilight star Robert Pattinson.The 28-year-old singer has been rumoured to be dating R-Patz since his split with Kristen Stewart this spring. I'm just trying to be a friend to him but it is unfortunate that I do have a set of tits."The Fireworks singer also addressed her break-up with John Mayer in February, explaining: "I realised I could lose the person I loved and I had to deal with some things, issues I think a lot of women have."But the two seem to be back...
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celebrity-news Keeping Up With The Kardashians to end in 2015?

Keeping Up With The Kardashians to end in 2015?+1,047 views

Hit reality TV show Keeping Up With The Kardashians may come to an end in two years. Speaking to a showbiz blog, a source allegedly claimed that the show - now in its eight season - is scheduled to finish in 2015. Both Kim and Kris want to make sure they end on a high note, leaving fans wanting more, rather than try and stretch the show on for another few seasons and watch it die a death." News that the hit show may be coming to an end comes after the showbiz family signed a three-year deal worth $40 million to continue shooting their E! SOURCE: NAUGHTY BUT NICE ROB
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CITY-BREAKS

city-breaks Boston city guide: an insider's tour

Boston city guide: an insider's tour+548 views

Friends told me that I would feel at home in Boston because of its strong European influence, and they were right. When I first arrived in the city 16 years ago, from France, I discovered a place full of history and style, fell in love with it right away, and never left.Boston is one of the oldest cities in the US. The streets are narrow and compact, which makes it an excellent city to walk around. In the city's North End you will walk by the 17th-century colonial home of American patriot Paul Revere. Hubway, the city bike scheme, is similar to the Velib' in Paris or the Boris bikes in...
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city-breaks Fred Armisen's Portland: it's weird and it's wonderful

Fred Armisen's Portland: it's weird and it's wonderful+8,361 views

OK. Portland. I started visiting Portland around 10 years ago to see my friend Carrie [musician and actress Carrie Brownstein, who also stars in Portlandia], and fell in love with the city immediately.Once you are in Oregon, you are in the Pacific Northwest. Portland is just south of the Washington state border. There's that feeling when you know you're in a major city where you start seeing suburban traffic and public transport (in this case, Max light rail trains).When I first saw Portland it looked like a city that wasn't trying hard to impress. Portland looks dark green and light grey,...
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city-breaks Top 10 cultural hotspots in Portland, Oregon

Top 10 cultural hotspots in Portland, Oregon+1,950 views

Laurelhurst Theater is a piece of Portland's history, and unmatched in its wide selection of contemporary, indie and art house cinema. Its glowing neon sign has lit up the city's south-east quadrant for nearly a century (no, it's not a bathhouse wait, it might have been at one time, Portland has a downright filthy history). 2735 E Burnside Street, +1 503 238 4088, laurelhursttheater.comIn what is affectionately referred to as Portland's "Old Town", Compound sits in a strange flurry of human activity. A retail space, gallery and bookstore, it brilliantly curates selections of streetwear...
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city-breaks San Francisco's City Lights: the bookshop that brought us the Beats

San Francisco's City Lights: the bookshop that brought us the Beats+1,790 views

I remember the first time I went to City Lights the first all-paperback bookstore in the US, founded in San Francisco in 1953 by Lawrence Ferlinghetti. For the first and arguably only time, literature became a popular movement in the US: busloads of tourists from all over the world travelled to the North Beach book store in search of the famous "beatniks".As a college student, the mythology of the Beats and their writing so inspired me and my best friend that we hit the road in 2003 and drove from Savannah, Georgia, to San Francisco, going hours out of our way at every opportunity just...
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city-breaks Sightseeing Seattle: a city with more than coffee at its core

Sightseeing Seattle: a city with more than coffee at its core+884 views

There are some popular misconceptions about Seattle like the notion that it rains all the time. Seattle's best-kept secret is that it's usually a sunshiny 80F (27C) in the summer. We don't even use umbrellas, because it's too difficult to carry a coffee and eat asandwich walking with an umbrella.And coffee our drug of choice really is the most important thing you're ever carrying. The three Vs of coffee shops are: Vivace, Vita, and Victrola. Pike Place is miserable when crowded it's only great on a week night, minutes before closing, when locals haggle for flowers and fish. At dusk,...
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city-breaks Top 10 places to visit in downtown Los Angeles

Top 10 places to visit in downtown Los Angeles+1,528 views

Even though this was where Spanish pobladores founded the city, Angelenos used to avoid downtown; to many it meant the grind of jury duty, going to court for speeding tickets or avoiding the homeless people in and around Skid Row. But over the past decade, large-scale renovation has transformed many of the beautiful old banks and hotels into apartments, the enormous $2.5bn LA Live complex has drawn huge crowds, and with an American football stadium due to open in late 2016 (team to be announced), the area has firmly established itself with a buzzing hive of galleries, coffee shops, bars and...
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CRUISE

cruise MSC helps release elephant seal in South Africa

MSC helps release elephant seal in South Africa+35 views

Selso is a young 22-month old Southern Elephant Seal that underwent rehabilitation at uShaka Sea World, in Durban, South Africa, after being stranded in June of last year on a beach in KwaZulu Natal. Led by resident veterinarian Caryl Knox, the uShaka Sea World Veterinary and Animal Care team liaised with veterinarians and scientists both internationally and locally to ensure he received the best possible chance of recovery. In August of 2013, Mike Meyer from Oceans & Coasts (from the South African Water and Environmental Affairs Ministry), Nico de Bryn (University of Pretoria) and Greg...
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cruise Princess presents $600,000 in donations to veterans charity

Princess presents $600,000 in donations to veterans charity+35 views

Princess Cruises raised $600,000 during the line's "Cruising for a Cause" fundraising cruise for veterans this past November. The funds have been divided equally between Operation Homefront and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, with Alan Buckelew, former president and CEO of Princess Cruises and a Vietnam veteran, today presenting a $300,000 cheque to Jim Knotts, CEO of Operation Homefront. Veterans representing all conflicts participated in the cruise, which also featured special performers, celebrities, panel discussions and military-themed events."We were so honored to have hosted this...
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cruise UK cruise industry predicts record 2014

UK cruise industry predicts record 2014+63 views

Forecast figures released today by the Cruise Lines International Association show that a record 1.79 million British holidaymakers took a cruise in 2013 an increase of more than five per cent on 2012.Despite continued economic pressures on consumer spending, an additional 89,000 UK passengers took an ocean cruise in 2013. Passenger figures are up by 21 per cent, or more than 300,000, compared to five years ago.Globally, the number of cruise passengers is forecast to be 21.3 million in 2013 an increase of almost two per cent over 2012, while the number of European passengers who took a...
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cruise AmaWaterways donates art collection to Community

AmaWaterways donates art collection to Community+35 views

Award-winning river cruise line AmaWaterways is to donate the entire art collection from one of its ships, AmaLegro, to a home for retired senior citizens in Normandy. The artwork, consisting of 53 reproductions of Impressionist paintings, will be delivered to the Residence Saint Jean retirement home in Bosc-le-Hard this month.AmaWaterways has operated in northwestern France since 2013 and the 150-passenger AmaLegro cruises exclusively in the Seine River Valley. This art donation is just one community initiative from AmaWaterways; the cruise line also sponsors an English school in Siem Reap,...
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cruise Ofcom clears way for superfast broadband on UK transport

Ofcom clears way for superfast broadband on UK transport+35 views

Passengers on boats, planes and other vehicles could enjoy superfast broadband speeds when travelling in the UK, following a decision today by Ofcom.The decision will mean that airlines and other transport operators could in future use satellite-based technology to offer customers broadband speeds up to ten-times faster than they currently experience. The technology also provides an alternative means of connection on trains and coaches.This would be achieved using 'earth stations' devices which, when mounted on moving vehicles, can provide internet to passengers by connecting to a...
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cruise Orbital Travel’s Nile cruises off to a flying start

Orbital Travel’s Nile cruises off to a flying start+23 views

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office recently lifted its travel restrictions to Luxor and the Cairo area, and Orbital Travel is delighted to announce that its Nile Cruises have been operating since December 2013 and are proving very popular once again.John McCallum, Orbital Travel's Managing Director, commented: "We are absolutely delighted that our Nile Cruise programmes have been able to operate as normal since Christmas and the New Year. The hotels and cruise boats are not as busy as normal but its the ideal time to visit as prices are good and the ancient sites are less busy then usual at...
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EUROPE

europe Ukraine unrest: President Yanukovych offers 'concessions'

Ukraine unrest: President Yanukovych offers 'concessions'+236 views

The BBC's Duncan Crawford reports on protests in the centre of Kiev, next to tyre barricades that were later set alight by protestersUkrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has offered what appear to be concessions to the opposition as anti-government protests spread.Mr Yanukovych pledged to amend recently approved tough anti-protest laws, reshuffle the government and grant an amnesty to some detained activists.But opposition leader Vitaly Klitschko said the protesters now wanted the president to resign.In Kiev, protesters were again...
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europe Russia frees Khodorkovsky ex-partner Lebedev

Russia frees Khodorkovsky ex-partner Lebedev+306 views

Platon Lebedev, the ex-business partner of Mikhail Khodorkovsky, has been released after spending 10 years in jail in Russia, officials say.Lebedev was due for release in May, but the Supreme Court on Thursday reduced his sentence.Platon and Khodorkovsky were convicted of tax evasion and theft after funding opposition parties and falling out with President Vladimir Putin.Mr Putin pardoned Khodorkovsky last month. Lebedev did not seek a pardon.Lebedev left the Velskaya prison in the northern Arkhangelsk region at about 22:00 local time (18:00 GMT) on Friday, a prison service spokesman was...
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europe Russia frees Khodorkovsky ex-partner

Russia frees Khodorkovsky ex-partner+61 views

Russia frees Platon Lebedev, ex-business partner of Mikhail Khodorkovsky, after 10 years in jail, officials sayMore to follow.
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europe Croatia ex-spy Josip Perkovic extradited to Germany

Croatia ex-spy Josip Perkovic extradited to Germany+97 views

Croatia's former spy chief, Josip Perkovic, has been extradited to Germany on suspicion of masterminding the murder of a Yugoslav dissident.He was handed over to the German authorities at Zagreb airport and flown to Munich, reported Croatian state TV.Stjepan Djurekovic was murdered in 1983 near Munich, at a time when Mr Perkovic was in the Yugoslav secret service. Croatia was reluctant to hand him over, causing a row which marred its accession to the EU in July 2013.Under pressure from the EU and Germany, it amended its laws, removing a time limit on extraditions under European Arrest...
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europe France Hollande: Valerie Trierweiler to visit India

France Hollande: Valerie Trierweiler to visit India+79 views

Valerie Trierweiler, officially France's first lady, is to visit India as uncertainty continues over her ties with President Francois Hollande.Ms Trierweiler will be in Mumbai on Sunday and Monday for a visit organised and funded by a French aid agency, Action Against Hunger.She was invited in her official capacity, AFP news agency reports.Doubts have arisen over her status since allegations that Mr Hollande was having an affair emerged.Ms Trierweiler and Mr Hollande are unmarried. She was admitted to hospital immediately after the allegations surfaced on 10 January in a French magazine,...
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europe Ukraine unrest: Protesters storm regional offices

Ukraine unrest: Protesters storm regional offices+684 views

Anti-government demonstrators in Ukraine are expanding their protests after talks between the opposition and President Viktor Yanukovych stalled.In western Ukraine, the activists seized the regional government office in the city of Ivano-Frankivsk and are storming another one in Chernivtsi. In the capital Kiev, new barricades were erected overnight as the main protest camp decided to expand.The Lviv regional state administration office resembles something from protest-hit Kiev. "People," Andriy said, "have the right to rise up."It's a similar picture in other parts of western Ukraine, where...
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GENERAL

general Alleged members of Android piracy groups SnappzMarket and AppBucket charged

Alleged members of Android piracy groups SnappzMarket and AppBucket charged+64 views

On Friday, federal prosecutors in Georgia filed criminal charges against four individuals in connection to two Android piracy sites, snappzmarket.com and appbucket.net, which the FBI shut down in August 2012. The four men are charged conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement and are accused of distributing another one million copyrighted apps through AppBucket from August 2010 to August 2012. The modded app stores would distribute pirated apps from a custom server and offered advanced features like update notifications, searching, and top app lists. We are committed to protecting...
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general Republicans call for halt to “unconstitutional surveillance programs”

Republicans call for halt to “unconstitutional surveillance programs”+99 views

The Republican National Committee (RNC) has passed a resolution that "encourages Republican lawmakers to immediately take action to halt current unconstitutional surveillance programs and provide a full public accounting of the NSA's data collection programs."The resolution, according to Time, was approved by an overwhelming majority voice vote at the Republican National Committee's Winter Meeting General Session, going on this week in Washington, DC.The Republican statement comes just one day after the White House said it disagreed with the findings of a Congress-approved watchdog group that...
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general Google wins jury verdict against patent troll that sued its customers

Google wins jury verdict against patent troll that sued its customers+65 views

A patent-holding company called Beneficial Innovations has been suing over patents related to online gaming and online advertising since 2006. But it apparently overstepped in 2011 when it filed its last major lawsuit against several major media companies in Marshall, Texas, a popular venue for patent disputes.The 2011 lawsuit (PDF) was the last batch in a long list of media companies sued over the Beneficial patents. The defendants included: Advance Publications, which owns Conde Nast and several newspapers and is the parent company of Ars Technica; ALM Media, which owns The American Lawyer...
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general White House refuses to accept that NSA phone dragnet is illegal

White House refuses to accept that NSA phone dragnet is illegal+28 views

In a new interview with MSNBC, Attorney General Eric Holder said Thursday that he had not read the new surveillance report from the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) but nonetheless disagreed with its findings. That report, which was released on Thursday by the Congressionally approved board, argued that the NSA's telephone metadata program was illegal."At least 15 judges on about 35 occasions have said that the program itself is legal," Holder said. "I think that those other judges, those 15 judges, got it right."Holder and the White House have both expressed great...
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general Drop regulatory hammer on Internet providers, says former FCC commish

Drop regulatory hammer on Internet providers, says former FCC commish+151 views

It's time for the Federal Communications Commission to correct its past mistakes and get tough on broadband providers, a retired FCC commissioner says.Michael Copps, an FCC commissioner from 2001 to 2011 (and acting chairman for several months in 2009), is proof that not every former FCC member becomes a lobbyist for the industries the commission regulates. On Wednesday, Copps wrote a blog post titled, "The Buck Stops At The FCC," calling upon the commission to "reclassify broadband as 'telecommunications' under Title II of the Communications Act." But the FCC's previous failure to reclassify...
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general Make ISPs into

Make ISPs into "common carriers," says former FCC commissioner+292 views

It's time for the Federal Communications Commission to correct its past mistakes and get tough on broadband providers, a retired FCC commissioner says.Michael Copps, an FCC commissioner from 2001 to 2011 (and acting chairman for several months in 2009), is proof that not every former FCC member becomes a lobbyist for the industries the commission regulates. On Wednesday, Copps wrote a blog post titled, "The Buck Stops At The FCC," calling upon the commission to "reclassify broadband as 'telecommunications' under Title II of the Communications Act." The effect of that move would be to...
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HOTEL

hotel Le Méridien to debut in Downtown Indianapolis

Le Méridien to debut in Downtown Indianapolis+37 views

Starwood Hotels & Resorts has announced that its Le Meridien brand will soon add Indianapolis to its rapidly growing North American portfolio. Owned by Rockbridge and managed by Azul Hospitality, Le Meridien Indianapolis will feature a timeless chic design ethos that juxtaposes the hotel's historic architecture with a contemporary, modern style.The historic Canterbury site, dating back to 1858, was rebuilt in 1928 as a hotel infused with the charms of Canterbury, England.As part of the comprehensive renovation, Le Meridien Indianapolis will feature 100 modern guest rooms, local cuisine in a...
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hotel Double tree by Hilton opens in Seychelles

Double tree by Hilton opens in Seychelles+43 views

Hilton Worldwide has opened its 30 room Double Tree by Hilton Seychelles-Allamanda Resort & Spa, its third resort in the Republic of the Seychelles. Surrounded by 2.5 hectares of picturesque, indigenous landscape gardens and boasting breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean, the hotel is an enchanting island resort of barefoot indulgence."I am delighted Double Tree by Hilton Seychelles-Allamanda Resort & Spa will embrace the traditional values, qualities and characteristics that epitomise the brand. "We also look forward to offering guests the rewarding benefits of Honours, our hugely popular...
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hotel Accor celebrates ibis milestone as budget sector continues growth

Accor celebrates ibis milestone as budget sector continues growth+25 views

Accor is celebrating its continued growth in the budget hotel sector, with the opening of its 1,000th ibis hotel around the world. Two years after starting reviewing economy hotel codes in depth and modernising the ibis, ibis Styles and ibis budget brands, the group is getting tangible results from the unprecedented ibis family project and stepping onwards, unveiling the new ibis room and ibis kitchen, its renewed restaurant concept. It results into significant benefits for the 1,000 ibis, 233 ibis Styles and 506 ibis budget.Sebastien Bazin, Accor chairman, states: "Through its ibis family of...
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hotel Starwood signs The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa in Qatar

Starwood signs The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa in Qatar+40 views

Starwood Hotels & Resorts has announced it has signed The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa in Qatar. The planned opening of the 372 room Westin Doha Hotel & Spa in 2015 marks the growth of the Westin brand in the Middle East, with two properties in the UAE already, there are four further hotels planned in the region."We are pleased to be growing Starwoods presence in the Middle East and Qatar specifically as we sign our first Westin property in Doha," said Michael Wale, President, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Europe, Africa and Middle East."We see huge potential in Doha, particularly in the thriving...
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hotel DoubleTree by Hilton Dhahran opens in Saudi Arabia

DoubleTree by Hilton Dhahran opens in Saudi Arabia+34 views

Hilton Worldwide has announced the opening of DoubleTree by Hilton Dhahran at the commercial heartland of Al Khobar in Eastern Province, Saudi Arabia.The153-room conversion property, becomes the first DoubleTree by Hilton branded hotel to open in Saudi Arabia."The introduction of DoubleTree by Hilton to Saudi Arabia demonstrates the brand's global recognition and positive growth," said John Greenleaf, global head, DoubleTree by Hilton. Situated in the heart of the business and commercial district close to Al Khobar Corniche, shopping malls and a new hi-tech petrol museum, the hotel is ideally...
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hotel 100 hotels by 2020 marks a new era for Rotana

100 hotels by 2020 marks a new era for Rotana+27 views

Rotana, 2013 Worlds Leading Business Hotel Brand, has undergone big changes at the top as Co-Founder, Selim El Zyr hands over to Omer Kaddouri, the new President & CEO of Rotana. The homegrown superbrand is the Middle East's biggest hospitality success story and the new management is expected to continue down the path of pioneering innovation that El Zyr has so capably steered for more than 20 years.El Zyr has headed the company since he co-founded it in 1992, together with Nasser Al Nowais, Chairman of Rotana. His ambitious managerial direction is credited with building Rotana's extensive...
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LATEST-BUZZ

latest-buzz Justin Bieber: Idol Tweets Thanks To 'Beliebers'

Justin Bieber: Idol Tweets Thanks To 'Beliebers'+14 views

Justin Bieber has thanked his fans for their support following his arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence and drag racing in Miami. Tweeting his 50 million 'beliebers,' the singer said: "YOU ARE ALL WORTHY NO MATTER WHAT ANYONE SAYS >> BE STRONG GOD IS WITH US ALL> MY BELIEBERS CHANGED MY LIFE> I WILL FOREVER BE GRATEFUL." The star is understood to have spent most of the day holed-up in a private Miami hotel surrounded by the world's media and his fans after he was bailed following his arrest on Wednesday. There was a brief moment of drama when the singer's bodyguards ushered a...
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latest-buzz Justin Bieber: Should He Be Deported From US?

Justin Bieber: Should He Be Deported From US?+50 views

It's a small boutique hotel hidden away behind thick foliage, the kind of place celebrities choose when they want Miami Beach without the attention. But for much of the night, the Orchid Hotel, where Justin Bieber is believed to be staying, was besieged by media and fans. Police returned repeatedly to urge adoring fans to keep to the sidewalk. "I'm not gonna attack you." Every now and then, hotel staff emerged to collect the notes, from behind a white sheet put up to screen the hotel from cameras. Away from the Orchid, some in Miami Beach say their Canadian guest has overstayed his...
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latest-buzz Prince Charles Honours Transvestite Grayson Perry

Prince Charles Honours Transvestite Grayson Perry+1,310 views

Cross-dressing artist Grayson Perry has been made a CBE by the Prince of Wales, accepting his award in a midnight blue dress and matching fitted jacket with a wide brimmed black-hat decorated with what looked like ostrich feathers. The flamboyant transvestite potter said the award was recognition for "30 years of hard graft". The Turner Prize-winning artist regularly appears dressed as his female alter-ego Claire and did not disappoint his fans at Buckingham Palace for the investiture ceremony. Mr Perry once described Claire as "a cross between Katie Boyle andCamillaParker-Bowles". But...
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latest-buzz Chris Pine Steps Into Jack Ryan's Shoes

Chris Pine Steps Into Jack Ryan's Shoes+32 views

By Joe Michalczuk, Arts and Entertainment ReporterChris Pine has told Sky News he was "naive" to think people would not categorise him as the 'reboot guy' as he takes on another famous franchise. The actor - who has appeared in two Star Trek films as Captain Kirk - is now stepping into Jack Ryan's jacket, made famous over the years by Ben Affleck, Alec Baldwin and Harrison Ford. And Pine said: "Maybe stupidly, I never thought people would characterise me like that - probably naively - because the two biggest films I've been in to date are Star Trek and Jack Ryan." "It's a big risk and a...
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latest-buzz Prince Announces First UK Tour Since 2007

Prince Announces First UK Tour Since 2007+856 views

Prince is to stage his first UK tour for seven years, it has been confirmed. The Purple Rain singer last performed a string of concerts in the country in 2007, with several successful gigs at the O2 Arena in London. Prince's tour follows several years during which many observers suggested his career was in decline. Rumours circulated earlier this month that the 55-year-old was to play a set of gigs, three years since his last UK performance - a one-off show at the Hop Farm Festival in Kent. Although no details of his forthcoming concerts have been announced, a statement issued on his...
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latest-buzz Scarlett Johansson Criticised Over SodaStream

Scarlett Johansson Criticised Over SodaStream+72 views

Hollywood actress Scarlett Johansson has been criticised over her tie-up with SodaStream, an Israeli company that operates a factory in the occupied West Bank. Oxfam said it had made its "concerns" known to the star - who is an ambassador for the charity - after the deal with the homemade soft drinks firmwas announced. As part of the promotion, the 29-year-old will appear in a commercial during the Super Bowl on February 2. SodaStream International employs hundreds of people at a large factory in an Israeli settlement. Oxfam has joined a chorus of criticism from pro-Palestinian activists,...
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MIDDLE-EAST

Middle-East Egypt tense on third anniversary of revolution

Egypt tense on third anniversary of revolution+236 views

Please turn on JavaScript. However, earlier this week he warned supporters of the Brotherhood that any attempt to "disrupt" festivities will be dealt with "firmly".The Brotherhood has held regular protests since the military, led by Gen Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, deposed Islamist President Mohammed Morsi last July.The Anti-Coup Alliance, led by Mr Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood, called in a statement for 18 days of protests beginning on Saturday, mirroring the 18 days of protests that led to Mr Mubarak stepping down in 2011.The Brotherhood has been declared a "terrorist organisation" and accused by...
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Middle-East Syria foes 'to meet face-to-face' at Geneva II talks

Syria foes 'to meet face-to-face' at Geneva II talks+343 views

Syria's opposition and government will meet "in the same room" in Geneva on Saturday after the first day of a peace conference ended with no direct talks.UN envoy Lakhdar Brahimi, who held talks with both sides on Friday, said they all understood that the conference was trying to "save Syria".The two sides have blamed each other for a lack of progress.Diplomats say they are now aiming at small concessions such as local truces rather than an overall peace deal.Mr Brahimi has spent three days attempting to get the two sides to meet each other.On Friday, the government's delegation reportedly...
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Middle-East Egypt militants step up campaign with Cairo blasts

Egypt militants step up campaign with Cairo blasts+5,765 views

Militants have stepped up their campaign against security forces in Egypt with a series of explosions in the Egyptian capital, Cairo. Six people were killed and some 100 others wounded, with the biggest blast outside Cairo's police headquarters.The attacks come on the eve of the third anniversary of the 2011 uprising against President Hosni Mubarak.Meanwhile, seven were reported killed in clashes between security forces and Muslim Brotherhood supporters.The explosion outside Cairo's police headquarters left four people dead and wounded at least 76.Hours later, there were three more blasts...
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Middle-East Israeli troops shoot dead Palestinian in north Gaza

Israeli troops shoot dead Palestinian in north Gaza+154 views

Israeli forces have shot dead a Palestinian man and wounded another in a cross-border incident in the north of the Gaza Strip.The Israeli military said the shooting happened after Palestinians threw rocks and rolled burning tyres toward soldiers at the border with Israel.Palestinian health officials described the dead man as a 20-year-old civilian.Israel prohibits anyone from entering a "buffer zone" it maintains inside Gaza to prevent attacks by militants.The Israeli army said several Palestinians had entered "a prohibited area" east of Jabaliya where they damaged the security fence. "The...
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Middle-East Cairo's Islamic Art Museum hit in blast

Cairo's Islamic Art Museum hit in blast+362 views

Cairo's Museum of Islamic Art has been badly damaged in a suicide car bomb attack on nearby police headquarters.The museum is on the other side of Bab el-Khalq Square from the city's main security headquarters.All the windows on the facade of the museum, which was built in 1903 and houses tens of thousands of artefacts, were blasted out.It recently underwent an eight-year, multimillion-dollar renovation. The museum re-opened in 2010 following an eight-year renovation project.The Museum of Islamic Art was first established in 1881 in Cairo's al-Hakim mosque and moved to the building that...
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Middle-East Tunisia's NCA agrees new constitution

Tunisia's NCA agrees new constitution+387 views

Tunisia's parliament has agreed a new constitution, in a bid to end months of political deadlock and pave the way for elections later this year.A vote on the new document is to held on Saturday, with a two-thirds majority needed for it to be adopted.Correspondents say the governing Ennahda party agreed to a number of concessions, including dropping references to Islamic law.The text guarantees freedom of worship but says Islam is the state religion.The majority of the members of the Tunisian constituent assembly are very keen to stress that this constitution is a consensus document, that...
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MUSIC

music Michael Jackson’s 60 days with no sleep is ‘a record’

Michael Jackson’s 60 days with no sleep is ‘a record’+1,067 views

MICHAEL Jackson may have been the first person to go 60 days without proper sleep, an expert told the singer's wrongful death trial. Expert Dr Charles Czeisler told the court Jacko, 50, would have died from lack of sleep if a propofol overdose had not killed him.
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music Rudimental Feel The Love for a new challenge

Rudimental Feel The Love for a new challenge+972 views

RUDIMENTAL will attempt to write, record and release a brand new track in just 24 hours next month. The chart-toppers have joined forced with new act Biopolar Sunshine, the former frontman of Kid British as part of the ambitious Bacardi Beginnings project. Rudimental recently spoke about their love of working with lesser known artists Leon, AKA DJ Locksmith, said: "We like finding unknown artists. Bipolar Sunshine said: "Bacardi Beginnings really does offer a new way for artists to release music and to showcase themselves. Bipolar Sunshine "Showing the creative process and...
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music Miley Can’t Stop romping in shocking video

Miley Can’t Stop romping in shocking video+1,221 views

MILEY Cyrus makes a splash as she pulls out all the stops to shock in her latest pop video. The Hannah Montana star sports a see-through top and poses with a freaky-looking doll dressed in fishnet in the We Can't Stop promo shortly before she French kisses it. Dressed in tight white leggings and a bra top, with bright red lipstick, she then points her bum at the camera as she sings, 'It's our party we can do what we want.' Miley snogs doll And after spelling out the word 'twerk' with alphabetti spaghetti, she and three pals shake their rears for all they're worth and Miley...
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music I used to give Pharrell a telling-off for banging out beats on school desk

I used to give Pharrell a telling-off for banging out beats on school desk+1,110 views

IN his feathered hat, nerdy blue cape and smartly pressed pants, the teenage lad hardly seemed likely to one day take the pop world by storm. Pharrell Williams' wacky style attracted a lot of attention at school But Britain is finally waking up to the fact that this softly spoken American is a musical genius who has the Midas touch with any record he works on. The Sun can today reveal the untold story of the musical prodigy and how he earned his stripes in a high school marching band in the east coast state of Virginia. But he hauled himself out of the ghetto by working hard ...
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music Keef Richards: Stones will Roll on and on and on

Keef Richards: Stones will Roll on and on and on+1,828 views

ROLLING STONES fans who didn't get tickets to Glastonbury needn't worry this summer's gigs won't be their last. "But the one thing I can't kick is playing with the Rolling Stones. TAYLOR SWIFT has revealed she danced with MICK JAGGER in his dressing room before she joined the ROLLING STONES on stage. The US singer, who performed with the band during their gig in Chicago earlier this month, said: "Mick and I did this twirl in the dressing room when we were rehearsing and it was really fun.
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music Rihanna hits male fan in the face with her microphone

Rihanna hits male fan in the face with her microphone+1,076 views

RIHANNA struck a man in the face with her microphone during a concert in Birmingham earlier this week. The pop superstar was caught on camera violently lashing out after jumping down from the stage to perform up close to her fans. Rihanna took to the LG Arena stage late on Monday night, keeping fans waiting for two hours. She had been out partying in London with model pal Cara Delevingne the previous evening, finally calling it a night at 3am. Video: Rihanna 'strikes male fan' with her microphone Celebs Exposed CHART-topping singer appears to lash out as she performs close to...
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POLITICS

politics Mike Hancock case: woman wins right to see full QC report

Mike Hancock case: woman wins right to see full QC report+37 views

The alleged sexual assault victim of MP Mike Hancock has won the right to see a full version of an independent QC's report about her accusations.Portsmouth city council, the Lib Dem-led authority where Hancock is a councillor, opposed the application at the high court. The development means that the alleged victim will have the right to see Hancock's comments to the QC for the first time.Master Leslie, a high court official, ruled she should feel she had "a fair hearing and a fair crack of the whip".Earlier on Friday, Nick Clegg insisted he "acted immediately" over the allegations even...
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politics Balls Commits To Balancing The Nation's Books

Balls Commits To Balancing The Nation's Books+68 views

Shadow chancellor Ed Balls is promising to balance the nation's books, run a budget surplus and cut the national debt if Labour win power. In a speech to the Fabian Society Annual Conference on Saturday, Mr Balls will make a raft of commitments on the economy and public finances. New laws introducing tough fiscal rules would be introduced during the party's first year in power and rolling five-year targets scrapped under Labour's plans. The party is seeking to regain ground on the economy by demonstrating its fiscal discipline following growth forecasts that are favourable for the...
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politics Woman Wins Right To See Full Hancock Report

Woman Wins Right To See Full Hancock Report+39 views

A woman who alleges that she was the victim of a sexual impropriety by MP Mike Hancock has won a High Court bid to make available a full version of a QC's report about her accusations at a civil court action. Lib Dem-led Portsmouth City Council, where Mr Hancock is a councillor, opposed the application for full disclosure of the report. But Master Leslie, a High Court official, ruled disclosure was necessary so that the woman could feel she had "a fair hearing and a fair crack of the whip". The report was written by Nigel Pascoe QC, who was asked by the council to investigate the...
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politics Nigel Farage Disowns UKIP Manifesto As 'Drivel'

Nigel Farage Disowns UKIP Manifesto As 'Drivel'+69 views

By Vincent McAviney, Political ProducerUKIP leader Nigel Farage has disowned the party's entire general election manifesto - which he helped launch - branding it "drivel". He is understood to have fallen out with the main author of the manifesto, MEP David Bannerman, who has now rejoined the Conservative Party. In the past 24 hours the 2010 manifesto, which Mr Farage co-signed the foreword to, has disappeared from the UKIP website archive. Mr Farage said the party was working on new policies to be unveiled later this year. He told LBC radio on Friday: "Malcolm Pearson, who was leader at...
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politics Conservative MP Chases And Catches Shoplifter

Conservative MP Chases And Catches Shoplifter+209 views

An MP says he chased and caught a shoplifter in Essex who was then arrested by police. Conservative Douglas Carswellrevealed details of the incident on his Twitter account. "Just chased and caught a shop lifter in Clacton ... Then the police and store detective arrived very quickly." Mr Carswell added that he thought the man was in his twenties or thirties and saw a number of bottles of aftershavefalling from his pockets and clothes as he gave chase. Although he goes running every morning, Mr Carswell admitted the pursuit was over relatively swiftly because "the chap wasn't very quick"....
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politics PM: 'No Apology' For Migrant Benefit Clampdown

PM: 'No Apology' For Migrant Benefit Clampdown+163 views

David Cameron has defended his calls for restricting freedom of movement in Europe - and proposed changes to Britain's welfare system to prevent "benefit tourism". The Prime Minister said he made "absolutely no apology" for his stance. A tougher test is also to be introduced, with migrants being quizzed for the first time about whether their English language skills will be a barrier to them finding employment and about what efforts they had made to find work before coming to Britain. Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has suggested making EU migrants wait for up to two years to...
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RESTAURANTS

restaurants Top 10 restaurants in Philadelphia

Top 10 restaurants in Philadelphia+461 views

No one was going to get out of this list alive without talking about cheesesteaks, that most Philadelphian of sandwich. The local, seasonal dishes are always fresh and flavourful, and the brunch menu is arguably the best in town. Chef Greg Vernick excels at creating consistently simple, fresh and refined fare that changes frequently, and includes an assortment of toasts, a raw bar, small and large plates and food roasted in the wood-fired oven. Mains $25-$32We've been eating at Vietnam since long before all but one of the spots mentioned on this list (Geno's) were some young chef's dream....
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restaurants Top 10 restaurants and cafes in Boston

Top 10 restaurants and cafes in Boston+295 views

In New England, you're never far from a lobster dinner. 149 Alewife Brook Parkway, Cambridge, +1 617 520-9500 and 50 Dalton Street, Boston, +1 617 867-9955, summershackrestaurant.com. Mains from $19Alex Crabb opened Asta in early 2013 and, after just nine months, Boston Magazine named it "Best New Restaurant". The restaurant offers three, five and eight-course menus which change regularly, showcasing Crabb's creativity and impeccable technique in whimsical dishes such as "after the storm" (seaweed, salmon roe and mussels) and "the great escape" (escargots, market bounty, green goddess...
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restaurants Where to eat the best Philly cheesesteak in Philadelphia

Where to eat the best Philly cheesesteak in Philadelphia+278 views

The cheesesteak thin slices of beef cooked on a griddle and stuffed into a long, soft hoagie roll smeared with cheese (preferably a nuclear radiation-resistant processed brand known as Cheez Whiz) clings to the sophisticated Philadelphia dining scene like an embarrassing ex-lover. While you're much likelier to witness natives devouring roast pork-and-broccoli rabe, here are a few of the best places to sample an authentic cheesesteak.You wouldn't expect a place named for roast pork sandwiches to also make great cheesesteaks, but this cinderblock bunker serves the best in the city, sliced...
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restaurants Maine: a coastal destination for dining on classic American food

Maine: a coastal destination for dining on classic American food+427 views

A trip to Maine means walking in the woods and along the rocky coastline. The food scene in Maine is thriving. A holiday adventure in Maine is an interactive, enriching, experience, full of winding roads and delicious surprises.The midcoast of Maine, between Brunswick and Belfast, is an idyll from an idealised past, where children run to the ends of docks to catch crabs with pieces of chicken on a string. Rockland has a thriving Main Street and good art at the Farnsworth Art Museum, many fine galleries, an independent movie house, antiques shops, bookstores, coffee shops, and more than a few...
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restaurants Philadelphia's food and restaurant renaissance

Philadelphia's food and restaurant renaissance+272 views

On July 4 1776, the founding fathers of America gathered in Philadelphia to declare their independence from (no offence, English readers) the tyranny of English rule. His big goal this year is to start a snail farm, but first he'll replace Fork's adjacent grocery with High Street on Market, a cafe serving gutsy sandwiches by day and hyper-creative dinners at night.Formerly the chef of the trendsetting Torrisi Italian Specialties in Manhattan, Kulp is part of a recent wave of acclaimed chefs who've moved from New York to start a new life in the city that has long lived in the Big Apple's...
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restaurants US east coast food tour: Maine to Maryland

US east coast food tour: Maine to Maryland+238 views

If you know where to look, the north-eastern US is dense with great food, in both raw materials and restaurants. On the coast of Maine, much of the gastronomic wealth comes, of course, from the sea, including produce that old-fashioned Yankees would never think of eating, such as sea urchin roe, seaweed and sea cucumber.The coast of Maine may be my favourite place in the world, for its rocky beauty, the character of its people, its sense of history, and its food. It's very picturesque, with limited evidence of either the good or ill effects of tourism, and it lies on the Penobscot Bay, which...
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SCIENCE

Particle physicists bemoan a perfect theory+69 views

How can anyone hate perfection? In the excitement of the LHC starting up, breaking, starting up again, performing beautifully, and finding the Higgs Boson, we seem to forget that particle physics is in a really odd situation. The most common boast I hear at conferences goes something along the lines of "And the line represents the theory, which is not a fit, it has no free parameters, and you can see that it agrees very well with the experimental data."Yet in particle physics, smiles turn upside down and presenters shuffle about uncomfortably as they say "as you can see the standard model...
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science Biodiversity can flourish on an urban planet

Biodiversity can flourish on an urban planet+50 views

Mention the word "biodiversity" to a city dweller, and images of remote natural beauty will probably come to mind not an empty parking lot around the corner. But research shows that cities can in fact support biodiversity, and this can have major implications for conservation efforts.On a crowded planet, protecting species in their natural habitat is proving increasingly difficult. The number of species that occur in any given city depends on the extent to which it supports native species' habitats and on the introduction of non-native species. A recent global analysis of urban plant and bird...
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science IceCube neutrino detector is running hot

IceCube neutrino detector is running hot+93 views

With the IceCube detector now in operation at the South Pole, the first results are starting to come in, and boy are they interesting. What makes IceCube different is that it is looking especially for very high energy neutrinos. Although these events are interesting, they swamp those that are produced at great distances, making it difficult to use neutrinos as a window into the Universe.However, very distant and highly energetic events should produce neutrinos with a correspondingly high energy. These signals are then sent to a local computing center that sits at the center of the array (yes,...
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science The dirty secret behind ball lightning is dirt

The dirty secret behind ball lightning is dirt+73 views

Ball lightning is an odd phenomenon. However, while several experiments have reproduced something resembling the phenomenon, the physical mechanism behind ball lightning is somewhat mysterious.Now, a team of researchers serendipitously observed ball lightning at a time when they had the right equipment to study it. Jianyong Cen, Ping Yuan, and Simin Xue were in the field measuring the properties of ordinary lightning when they happened to catch ball lightning with both their high-speed cameras and their spectrographs. That strongly supports the hypothesis (proposed nearly fifteen years ago)...
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science Been there, done that: The problem with quantum research

Been there, done that: The problem with quantum research+82 views

The Dutch quantum optics community is quite a strong one, so it has a session devoted to its work at Physics@FOM almost every year. Now, as things move forward, researchers are starting to talk about applications one of the talks was partially titled "Towards the quantum Internet" meaning that these inefficiencies need to be dealt with. In the work, researchers entangled two nitrogen vacancies via their photon emissions. This entanglement was used to teleport a quantum state from one vacancy to another, which may sound radical, but it has been demonstrated in a variety of systems now.Somehow,...
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science After bright explosion, astronomers rush to study new supernova

After bright explosion, astronomers rush to study new supernova+311 views

Overnight, astronomers spotted what may be a very close white dwarf supernova close in cosmic terms at least. Based on those data, they identified it as a probable type Ia supernova, meaning it has little hydrogen, but significant amounts of silicon and other heavier elements.Type Ia supernovae are triggered either by the explosion of white dwarfs that accrete too much matter and exceed their maximum stable mass, or by the collision of two white dwarfs. The data will help astronomers distinguish whether it truly is a type Ia (the galaxy it's in makes a core-collapse supernova more probable,...
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SECURITY

security NSA Hackers Get the ‘Ungettable’ With Rich Catalog of Custom Tools

NSA Hackers Get the ‘Ungettable’ With Rich Catalog of Custom Tools+1,323 views

An item in a catalog of hacking tools available to the NSA subverts the firewalls made by the US firm Juniper Networks.An item in a catalog of hacking tools available to the NSA subverts the firewalls made by the US firm Juniper Networks.While most Americans spend their time shopping Amazon, Target and Apple.com, the National Security Agencys elite team of hackers spends its time shopping a secret high-end catalog of custom tools designed to subvert firewalls, servers, and routers made by US firms, impersonate a GSM base station to intercept mobile phone calls, or siphon data from a wireless...
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security Court Upholds Willy-Nilly Gadget Searches Along U.S. Border

Court Upholds Willy-Nilly Gadget Searches Along U.S. Border+4,397 views

Image: US Customs and Border Protection/FlickrImage: US Customs and Border Protection/FlickrA federal judge today upheld a President Barack Obama administration policy allowing authorities along the US border to seize and search laptops, smartphones and other electronic devices for any reason.The decision (.pdf) by US District Judge Edward Korman in New York comes as laptops, and now smartphones, have become virtual extensions of ourselves, housing everything from email to instant-message chats to our papers and effects.The American Civil Liberties Union brought the challenge nearly three...
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security Defense Secretary: Military Missed ‘Red Flags’ Before Navy Yard Shooting

Defense Secretary: Military Missed ‘Red Flags’ Before Navy Yard Shooting+221 views

Military personnel walk towards the Washington Navy Yard. Photo by Matt McClain/ The Washington Post via Getty ImagesSecretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced Wednesday that he has ordered several reviews of facility security and background checks in response to Mondays mass shooting rampage at the Washington Navy Yard that left a dozen people dead, acknowledging the multiple tiers of gaps and failures that provided access to what was supposed to be a secure military facility.Where there are gaps, we will close them. And where there are failures, we will correct them, said Hagel,...
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security Aging F-16 Converted Into a Target-Practice Drone

Aging F-16 Converted Into a Target-Practice Drone+464 views

A QF-16 Full Scale Aerial Target from the 82nd Aerial Targets Squadron flies over the Gulf of Mexico during its first unmanned flight at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., Sept. Scott Wilcox)A QF-16 Full Scale Aerial Target from the 82nd Aerial Targets Squadron flies over the Gulf of Mexico during its first unmanned flight at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., Sept. Scott Wilcox)After nearly 40 years as the cornerstone of the US Air Forces fighter fleet, the F-16 tried out a a new role last week: robotic flying bulls-eye.A modified F-16 took flight from Tindall Air Force Base in Florida without a...
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security Pray That This Scary, Galloping Four-Legged Robot Never Comes for You

Pray That This Scary, Galloping Four-Legged Robot Never Comes for You+3,222 views

Last year when DARPA released video of its new robot designed to replicate the movements (and, eventually, speed) of a cheetah, some of us were creeped out by the machines ability to "chase and evade" at the rate of nearly 30 mph. Now MIT spinoff Boston Dynamics has released WildCat, the sequel to Cheetah, which can only move at 16 mph at the moment, but can do so while untethered.Funded by DARPA, WildCat uses a combination of galloping and bounding to move and gain speed, as the video below shows, and can already recover from from stumbles and falls with ease.Its still not totally clear...
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security Special Ops Uniform Will Transform Commandos Into an Iron Man Army

Special Ops Uniform Will Transform Commandos Into an Iron Man Army+2,209 views

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is working on the Warrior Web Project, which has many of the attributes of the Armys Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit concept. Image: DARPAThe Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is working on the Warrior Web Project, which has many of the attributes of the Armys Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit concept. Image: DARPAArmy researchers are developing an advanced military uniform that would turn a special ops commando into Iron Man.The Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit, or TALOS, will deliver superhuman strength with greater...
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SKIING

skiing Reno and Denver: forget the resorts and stay in a US ski hub

Reno and Denver: forget the resorts and stay in a US ski hub+471 views

RENO Yet within an hour's drive of the city centre are a glut of resorts some big, some small, all offering knee-deep powder and a local feel. Like its Colorado counterpart Denver, Reno, on the Nevada-California border, is a city most skiers fly into and head straight out of to their resort of choice. Kids wet through from snow and exertion greeted parents, parents greeted each other, ski instructors had laughs with punters and the whole lodge hummed with the vibe of a community celebrating a great day on the hill.Mount Rose isn't the only place within shouting distance of Reno. But break...
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skiing A guide to Jackson Hole: the serious skiers' and snowboarders' resort

A guide to Jackson Hole: the serious skiers' and snowboarders' resort+1,617 views

There's a line in The Art of Flight, last winter's hit, big-budget snowboarding film, when pro snowboarder Travis Rice and his team are showing their helicopter pilot, on a big map, where they want to be dropped at the top of a remote peak in the wildest Patagonian backcountry, to ride some of the world's steepest, most isolated, and most terrifying mountain terrain. With wide eyes and a shocked expression, the pilot responds, "What planet the fuck are you from?"I'm kind of thinking the same thing about Travis when, at 5.30am on a dark, freezing cold morning in his home town of Jackson...
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skiing Ski six of the best resorts in Utah

Ski six of the best resorts in Utah+893 views

"Highway to Heaven? It forms the most testing part of the Utah Interconnect, a 27-mile ski route between the state's six best resorts.Utah prides itself on having "the greatest snow on earth", and however hyperbolic that may be, this guided adventure is one of North America's greatest days out on skis. It's a thrilling ski journey that uses a combination of lifts and easy backcountry skiing that any decent intermediate skier could manage and visits, in around six hours, Deer Valley, Park City, Solitude, Brighton, Alta and Snowbird. I had in fact visited all of these resorts over the previous...
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skiing Colorado's secret ski resorts

Colorado's secret ski resorts+1,019 views

Last winter Europe was basking in its best snow season since social networks began. Yet, even though not a flake fell, two mornings later I was carving turns in soft, untracked snow under a blazing sun and blue sky without a soul in sight.The San Juan mountains are a rugged range in the Rockies of south-western Colorado. It's popular with skiers and snowboarders seeking fresh snow and many of them are prepared to forgo the ski lifts and hike, ski tour or splitboard to access the finest untouched powder.Along Route 550, the road between Durango and Silverton, local powder-hounds pick the lines...
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skiing A family ski trip to California: readers' travel writing competition

A family ski trip to California: readers' travel writing competition+952 views

It's the last weekday of the spring season at Heavenly Mountain Resort, and I am at the top of the Sky Express high-speed lift, leaning on my poles to peer at a large trail map. I have an hour of skiing left before we drive back to San Francisco. Behind me, the mountain falls away into a thick mist, punctuated by large, gently twirling snowflakes. Several climatic zones separate me from the April flip-flops and warm asphalt of the log cabin-themed strip mall of Lake Tahoe Boulevard.It has taken me 45 minutes to get here by skis, chairlift, and Heavenly's famous gondola. Here starts a...
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skiing The best adventure travel videos on the web

The best adventure travel videos on the web+1,269 views

For the second instalment of our series on the best travel videos on the web, we've gone thrill-seeking. Many thanks to @lukewaterfield for the link.To promote news site Russia Beyond the Headlines' iPad app, Cody White embarked on a project to touch Russia. Yup, touch it. Cody fondled them all.In a segment from the All.I.Can documentary, Canadian pro skier JP Auclair hurtles down a trail in Rossland and into the town of Nelson in British Columbia, using every patch of snow available. Thanks to @boomergirl50 for the link.Stunning, cinematic footage from Filmmaker Michael Fletchers journey to...
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SPA

spa Six Senses Spa at Zighy Bay announces new director appointment and interior design

Six Senses Spa at Zighy Bay announces new director appointment and interior design+40 views

The Six Senses Spa at Oman's Leading Spa Resort, Six Senses Zighy Bay is ready to welcome 2014 with a new face; lead by recently-recruited Spa Director Mr Souhel El-Achbah. Conjunct with the new leadership are structural changes at the Spa, including a facelift to the reception, retail and relaxation areas, corridors and hammams. His canon of five-star spa resorts has placed Souhel throughout Europe and the Middle East, in particular as: pre-opening Spa Director with the Ritz Carlton Hotel Company in Abu Dhabi, UAE, and Wolfsburg, Germany; Spa Director at Mandara Spa at the JW Marriott in...
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spa Vana endeavours to become the most iconic wellness retreat in the world

Vana endeavours to become the most iconic wellness retreat in the world+38 views

Vana Retreats reached an important milestone as it opened the doors of its first wellness retreat, Vana, Malsi Estate, which it hopes will become a beacon of global wellbeing.The 21-acre estate is in Dehradun, India, situated in one of the most spiritually rich regions in the world. The wellness team at Vana, Malsi Estate includes wellness consultants, ayurvedic doctors, a Tibetan doctor, a traditional Chinese medicine doctor, yoga practitioners, senior therapists, specialist practitioners, fitness experts, naturopaths and a nutritionist.CONTINUES BELOWGuest rooms at Vana are in keeping with...
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spa Six Senses Spa opens in Kazakhstan

Six Senses Spa opens in Kazakhstan+52 views

Six Senses Spa has opened its first spa in Central Asia at the visionary 37-storey Esentai Tower. Six Senses Spa at Esentai Park is the 28th spa in the group's expanding portfolio and the latest addition to the list of spa openings set in locations and major cities around the world.The spa, measuring 1,500 square metres includes five treatment rooms all featuring glorious city views of Central Asia's prime financial and cultural destination. Here they can find a fusion of urban and retreat energies to relieve stress instantly or linger longer to rebalance and recharge the human batteries,"...
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spa 3 more makes 5 for Centara in Krabi, Thailand

3 more makes 5 for Centara in Krabi, Thailand+33 views

Centara Hotels&Resorts is to greatly expand its presence in the South Thailand province of Krabi following the signing of management contracts for three new properties within the same master development in Klong Muang, Krabi.The properties are Centara Pelican Bay Resort&Spa Krabi, Centara Pelican Bay Residence&Suites Krabi, and Centara Pelican Bay Villas Krabi.Perry&Son Co Ltd is developing all three properties, with Centara signing the management contracts on November 21, 2013.Centara opened its first Krabi resort, Centara Grand Beach Resort&Villas Krabi, in 2006. "They will give us a...
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spa Kallima Club & Spa opens in west London

Kallima Club & Spa opens in west London+21 views

This month Kallima Spa at Hilton London Syon Park re-launches with a brand new concept and name, becoming Kallima Club & Spa. Working in collaboration with [comfortzone] and introducing a team of experts, the Kallima Club & Spa will incorporate relaxation, fitness and nutritional advice, providing a holistic approach to wellbeing.Just a stone's throw away from central London, Kallima Club & Spa is located within the peaceful surroundings of the Syon Estate, part of the Duchy of Northumberland.It is the perfect urban retreat for both visitors and hotel guests looking for all-day indulgence, as...
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spa 2014 Spa & Wellness trends forecast

2014 Spa & Wellness trends forecast+37 views

Spafinder Wellness 365 , the worlds leading resource for feeling good and living well all year round, today released its 11th annual trends report of the top 10 spa and wellness trends spanning the globe, focusing on where, why and how people will spa, exercise and get their wellness on in the year ahead. Spafinder Wellness 365 provides an in-depth look at forecasting the most significant global trends that will impact the hospitality, spa and wellness industry, as well as consumers in 2014. Developed by a team of research analysts, editors and industry experts, the report is based on...
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STARTUPS

startups Job Outsourcing Marketplace Freelancer.com Files For $14.2M IPO

Job Outsourcing Marketplace Freelancer.com Files For $14.2M IPO+853 views

Freelancer.com announced today that it has filed for its initial public offering on the Australian Securities Exchange. The company aims to raise $15 million AUD (about $14.2 million USD). Thirty million new shares will be offered to the public at $0.50 AUD per share. Its IPO values the online services marketplace at $218 million AUD (about $206 million USD). The company disclosed in its prospectus that it forecasts 2013 revenue at $18.3 million AUD (about $17.3 million USD), compared to $10.6 million AUD (about $10 million USD) in 2012, with gross margins of 88%. Consolidated net profit...
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startups Drugs Search Engine Diagnosia Raises €1M To Take Its Wares To Europe

Drugs Search Engine Diagnosia Raises €1M To Take Its Wares To Europe+713 views

To readers looking for an alternative to Silk Road, Im afraid that Diagnosia is a drugs-related startup of a very different kind. Competing with the likes of Rxlist, Drugs.com and Epocrates, the Austrian company launched in 2011 as a European drugs info search engine targeting both consumers and medical professionals, but has since added a number of subscription-based apps aimed at physicians who need speedy and up-to-date access to drug information.Today Diagnosia, which is co-founded by former sometimes TechCrunch Europe contributor Lukas Zinnagl, has announced that its raised a further ...
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startups Guardian Uses Bluetooth Low Energy Tech To Keep Your Child Safe

Guardian Uses Bluetooth Low Energy Tech To Keep Your Child Safe+815 views

Despite the best efforts of vigilant parents, small children are like magicians with their ability to slip away unnoticed. BeLuvv, a startup in Taiwan, has created Guardian, a small wearable device that can be combined with a smartphone app to track your kids movements and prevent them from going into stealth mode. Guardian is currently available for pre-order and scheduled to start shipping at the end of November.There are already several child safety devices and apps on the market (ones covered by TechCrunch include Alert.Us and Filip). Guardian hopes to stand out by using bluetooth low...
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startups Founder Institute Says It Has Graduated More Than 1,000 Companies

Founder Institute Says It Has Graduated More Than 1,000 Companies+929 views

Adeo Ressi, founder of the Founder Institute startup incubator, recently told me that FI has hit a big milestone more than 1,000 (1,003 at the time of our conversation) companies have graduated from the program.A mind-boggling number of incubators and accelerators have launched in the past few years. Instead of targeting twentysomething programmers who have already started working on new companies, Ressi said his team created a structured process that would allow people who were working at big companies and daydreaming about their own startups to learn about the business and to figure...
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startups Snapchat Gets Its Own Timeline With Snapchat Stories, 24-Hour Photo & Video Tales

Snapchat Gets Its Own Timeline With Snapchat Stories, 24-Hour Photo & Video Tales+703 views

A new update for Snapchat that just rolled out adds an option to create Snapchat Stories, a new type of sharing for the temporary social network which allows users to build chains of shared content that can be viewed an unlimited number of times over a 24-hour period. These represent an effort on the part of the company to do more direct marketing, something it hasnt really embraced in the past.Altogether, while these definitely offer new tools that Snapchat users could find valuable (while keeping the basic Snapchat style temporary sharing intact, youll note), this push definitely seems...
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startups Bizness Apps Launches DIY Website Builder, Looks To Become A Full-Service Digital Marketing Suite For SMBs

Bizness Apps Launches DIY Website Builder, Looks To Become A Full-Service Digital Marketing Suite For SMBs+665 views

Once upon a time, if you wanted your own website, you either had to speak fluent Internet, or write a large check to someone who did. Bizness Apps launched in 2010 to do just that, providing companies with a low-cost way to build their own mobile apps and website without needing to know how to code. As a result, many choose to specialize, offering the same basic features as everyone else, while focusing on adding more features and value around, say, social networking, flier creation or shopping.Like SnapPages, to differentiate itself in this crowded market, Bizness Apps developed a...
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TECHNOLOGY

technology Bad Gmail link results in thousands of spam e-mails to a Hotmail user

Bad Gmail link results in thousands of spam e-mails to a Hotmail user+17 views

A Gmail bug has resulted in thousands of unsolicited e-mails hitting up the Hotmail account of one David S. TechCrunch suggests the glitch is possibly related to the outage that occurred earlier Friday.The bug operated like this: a Google search for the word "Gmail" turns up a couple of links under the Gmail header, including one with the text "Email." Peck contacted Hotmail for support, and as of Friday afternoon, the "Email" link on the Google results page leads to a 404.Earlier in the day, both Gmail and Google+ went down for about two hours. Given Google+'s recent integration with...
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technology Bill Gates: Progress On Poverty 'Amazing'

Bill Gates: Progress On Poverty 'Amazing'+199 views

Bill Gates has said government aid and philanthropy are helping ensure that the "poor are not getting poorer". The Microsoft chairman told Sky News: "The poor have in fact been doing quite well and people really should feel good about their generosity, their role in helping things like literacy, life expectancy, childhood death rates, go down. "That really is an incredible story that I think gets lost and it's unfortunate." Mr Gates was talking to Sky from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, where he is speaking on global development and poverty during the four-day event. The...
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technology Apple.com does more to protect your password, study of top 100 sites finds

Apple.com does more to protect your password, study of top 100 sites finds+193 views

Apple, Microsoft, Chegg, Newegg, and Target do the best job of safeguarding customer passwords, according to a comprehensive study of the top 100 e-commerce websites that also ranked Major League Baseball, Karmaloop, Dick's Sporting Goods, Toys R Us, and Aeropostale as performing the worst.Apple.com was the only site to receive a perfect score of 100, which was based on 24 criteria, such as whether the site accepts "123456" and other extremely weak passwords and whether it sends passwords in plaintext by e-mail. The study was conducted by researchers from password manager Dashlane based on...
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Samsung patches store site for account takeover bug+47 views

Samsung has fixed a vulnerability on at least one of its Samsung.com sites that allowed attackers to take over the account of a target by creating a lookalike user name. While the webpage for creating new accounts prevents adding trailing spaces to user names through form validation, the spaces can be added using an HTTP intercept tool such as the Tamper Data Firefox add-on.As a result, the new account would be authenticated as the target account, giving the attacker access to account details such as name and address, and to information about credit cards on file, as demonstrated in Bryant's...
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1.1 million payment cards exposed to malware in Neiman Marcus hack+81 views

Neiman Marcus has determined that a data breach extending from July until October of 2013 exposed as many as 1.1 million payment cards to malware, and that 2,400 cards have been used fraudulently as a result. Further Reading Point-of-sale malware infecting Target found hiding in plain sightKrebsOnSecurity's Brian Krebs uncovers "memory-scraping" malware on public site.Neiman Marcus acknowledged the breach two weeks ago and made further details available in a statement this week.KrebsOnSecurity's Brian Krebs uncovers "memory-scraping" malware on public site."While the forensic and criminal...
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technology 'Super-rare' Nintendo game hits eBay

'Super-rare' Nintendo game hits eBay+400 views

An extremely rare Nintendo game is expected to fetch thousands of dollars in an eBay auction.Only 116 copies of Nintendo World Championships were ever made, as part of a special event in 1990.The first bid came in at $4,999 ( 3,000), but the game is likely to fetch more, one Nintendo expert said.Unfortunately for collectors, the cartridge is in poor condition - with a ripped label and "Mario" written on it in ballpoint pen."This is quite unfortunate but happened many decades ago," explained the seller in his description of the "super-rare" item, adding that whoever wrote on the label did not...
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TRIP-IDEAS

trip-ideas Restaurant Report: Tamerò Pasta Bar in Florence

Restaurant Report: Tamerò Pasta Bar in Florence+750 views

The dining scene in Florence is mostly dominated by well-established trattorias, either tucked away in neighborhoods far from the city center and frequented by locals or situated in the heart of town and overrun with tourists. The opening of Tamero late last year breaks this pattern: it's a hip spot in the residential Santo Spirito area that serves modern renditions of food from all over Italy and beyond. Precursors to this main event include a handful of starters like roasted vegetables deeply marinated in rich olive oil and creatively presented in a glass jar alongside crispy Sardinian...
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trip-ideas Travel Guide: New York for Kids

Travel Guide: New York for Kids+1,655 views

New York is an overwhelming city to visit with children crowded, loud, expensive and larded with a seemingly infinite number of landmarks and showstoppers that your children simply must experience. If it's any consolation, even people raising children in New York are daunted; at any given moment another family is certainly doing something more enriching and entertaining than yours. But from experience comes wisdom, and local parents have learned how to take advantage of New York in manageable portions. Lesson Plan No one can expect children to spend a week traipsing through...
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trip-ideas Bringing Home the Spanish Civil War

Bringing Home the Spanish Civil War+778 views

MADRID The place once known by soldiers as the cookhouse is now shut, with dogs barking menacingly at anybody who tries to peer through a crack in the gate into its whitewashed courtyard. Such dramatic events are recalled by David Mathieson, an Englishman who started organizing day trips last summer to show visitors how the battle for Madrid helped shape the Spanish Civil War. On each of four itineraries, Mr. Mathieson focuses on a facet of the fighting around Madrid, describing it in his own words as well as using the accounts of writers who traveled to the front lines, among them...
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trip-ideas 36 Hours in Vancouver, British Columbia

36 Hours in Vancouver, British Columbia+5,742 views

Between the jaw-dropping confluence of mountains and sea, some of the best ethnic food in North America and public transit bliss courtesy of the Canada Line and SkyTrain, Vancouver is much more than an erstwhile Olympic site, or a place to stop over on your way to some other destination. FRIDAY 4:30 p.m. Two Views Vancouver is a movie-star-gorgeous city that should be admired from as many vantage points as possible. Start with a glass elevator ride 553 feet up to the Vancouver Lookout at the Harbor Center (555 West Hastings Street; vancouverlookout.com; 15.75 Canadian...
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TV

TV Katie Price: Relationship with Leo was a sham, really

Katie Price: Relationship with Leo was a sham, really+892 views

KATIE Price has dismissed her failed relationship with Leandro Penna as a "sham". Today she lashed out at her ex saying: "The thing with me and Leo, it was all a sham really because he should never have come back." Katie on Loose Women today The couple split for the first time in October 2011, but reconciled two months later and got engaged the following April. Speaking on telly's Loose Women today, Katie insisted she eventually ditched Leo because she was sick of him not having a job. Katie is finding her fourth pregnancy difficult Sun columnist Kate has since found love...
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TV Selena Gomez is happy ex-fella Justin has found a new missus

Selena Gomez is happy ex-fella Justin has found a new missus+1,016 views

SELENA GOMEZ is happy former squeeze Justin Bieber looks like he's moving on following their split earlier the year. A source said: "Selena has been doing a bunch of things like dealing with her Mom and new sister, hanging out with friends and doing her own thing and really doesn't have time to worry about Justin anymore. "She has moved on and now she is happy Justin is moving on as well." singer is happy Justin is finally moving on Barcroft Media Justin, 19, was spotted kissing Jordan during a trip to an indoor skydiving centre in the US city. Selena and the Baby singer had an...
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TV Millie Mackintosh shows off her pre-wedding body in skimpy underwear

Millie Mackintosh shows off her pre-wedding body in skimpy underwear+924 views

ENGAGED former Made In Chelsea star Millie Mackintosh has given her fans a frills by posing in lace-trimmed underwear. It was recently revealed that Millie who is set to marry Professor Green in September has quit E4 show Made In Chelsea. Although she is an original member of the cast, the Quality Street heiress is unlikely to be rubbing shoulders with any of the Chelsea crew in the near future as NONE of them have been invited to the wedding. Professor Green real name Stephen Manderson said: "Nah, no Chelsea people.
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TV Transgender 12-yr-old will be one of UK’s youngest on hormone drugs

Transgender 12-yr-old will be one of UK’s youngest on hormone drugs+1,171 views

A BOY of 12 is about to become one of the youngest children ever in the UK to take hormone blockers to stop him developing as a girl. Leo Waddell was born a girl and christened Lily, but has been dressing as a boy since the age of five. The brave youngster appeared on ITV's This Morning with his mum, Hayley, to explain his decision to take puberty-halting drugs. Close bond ... Leo's mum Hayley realised he was trapped in a girl's body at 18months Rex Features He is one of a growing number of under-18s to be treated for the condition, which is defined as gender dysphoria...
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TV It’s a rap as Mike makes film debut

It’s a rap as Mike makes film debut+877 views

RAPPER Mike Skinner's directorial debut will air on Channel 4 this week. Skinner, who had a string of chart hits with The Streets including the No1 Dry Your Eyes, has made a short film for the station's Random Acts arts strand. Skinner said: "I learnt a lot doing this and I really hope people enjoy it as much as I did making it." The producer of Skinner's film, Preethi Mavahalli, who worked with Ben Drew, aka Plan B, on Ill Manors, praised Skinner's storytelling abilities.
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TV A skate escape?

A skate escape?+952 views

DANCING On Ice may escape the axe after next year's series producers are secretly working on how to bring it back without Torvill and Dean. The Olympic skate duo have announced the 2014 run will be their last and ITV chief Peter Fincham declared the show would not go on without them. The show attracts more than seven million viewers on Sunday nights but is also one of ITV's most expensive entertainment formats. It is made by ITV Studios, which is part of the ITV empire, but separate from the channel bosses who decide what shows to air. A well-placed source said: "The show is still...
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U.S.

U.S. Student Dies After US University Shooting

Student Dies After US University Shooting+36 views

A student shot outside a dormitory at South Carolina State University has died. University President Thomas Elzey fought back tears as he announced the death of 20-year-old Brandon Robinson and vowed to keep the rest of his students safe. "He was a very nice young man," Mr Elzey said. Campus police who were called to the scene found Mr Robinson with injuries but he died later in hospital. A spokesperson for the university said police are looking for four suspects who left the scene of the shooting. Campus Police Chief Mernard Clarkson said police have been unable to discover what led to...
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US Senator John McCain calls on Egypt to release Australian journalist+72 views

Peter Greste, Baher Mohamed and Mohammed Fahmy have all been detained since December 29, and have been been accused of holding illegal meetings with the Muslim Brotherhood. Al Jazeera Arabic reporter Abdullah Al Shami and cameraman Mohamed Bader have also been detained for five months.There has been widespread condemnation of the Egyptian government's detention of the men from international organisations. The International Federation of Journalists, Reports without Borders and the International News Safety Institute have all called for the release of the men.Australia's Media,...
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U.S. Supernova In Nearby Galaxy Stuns Astronomers

Supernova In Nearby Galaxy Stuns Astronomers+24 views

The explosion of a star in a nearby galaxy is causing amateur astronomers around the world to rush to their telescopes. Designated SN 2014Jthe blast was caused by the complete destruction of a white dwarf - a small, incredibly dense star the size of a planet. The stellar explosion, or supernova, was discovered in the M82 galaxy just 12 million light years away and was photographed byNasa's Swift space observatory in low orbit around the Earth. This makes the blast the nearest optical supernova to Earth in 20 years. Such supernova blasts happen in one of two ways. The brightness of the...
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U.S. Pregnant mother's fatty diet 'may alter baby's brain'

Pregnant mother's fatty diet 'may alter baby's brain'+579 views

A high-fat diet during pregnancy has the potential to alter a baby's developing brain and increase its chances of obesity later in life, animal studies suggest.The team at Yale School of Medicine, in the US, showed diet could change the structure of mice brains.They argue this could explain why the children of obese parents are more likely to become grossly overweight.Experts said the study had merit, but brain changes in humans were unproven.Obesity can run in families and shared eating habits are a major factor.However, there is evidence that diet during pregnancy can also influence a...
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U.S. Team USA Uniforms 'Pose Security Risk' In Sochi

Team USA Uniforms 'Pose Security Risk' In Sochi+96 views

By Sky News US TeamAmerican athletes gearing up for the Sochi Winter Olympics have been told not to wear their Team USA uniforms outside the games' venues amid security concerns. A memo sent by the US Olympic Committee says they should avoid wearing team colours too prominently when they are not in the so-called 'Ring of Steel'. The secured boundary stretches for about 60 miles along the southwest coast of Russia and 25 miles inland. To get inside, spectators will have to pass through police checkpoints where cars and luggage will be X-rayed. President Vladimir Putin has staked his...
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U.S. Justin Bieber: Beliebers Camp Outside Hotel

Justin Bieber: Beliebers Camp Outside Hotel+350 views

Hundreds of fans of the pop star Justin Bieber have set up camp outside a Miami hotel where the singer has stayed since his release from jail. So-called Beliebers showed their devotion to the troubled teenage singer was undimmed after he was bailed on charges including driving under the influence of drink or drugs and resisting arrest. Bieber, who could face up to six months in prison if found guilty, told officers he had been drinking, smoking marijuana and taking anti-depressants, according to police. But one adoring fan outside Bieber's hotel told Sky News: "It makes me want to support...
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WEEK-END-BREAKS

week-end-breaks Top 10 bars in San Francisco

Top 10 bars in San Francisco+3,210 views

Beautiful wood interiors (mimicking the inside of a cask), stunningly tall liquor shelves (so high that they need a rolling ladder), live music and a good crowd make Rickhouse the quintessential San Francisco cocktail bar. Hidden within the famed prohibition-style Bourbon & Branch one of the first pioneers in San Francisco's craft cocktail movement the Wilson & Wilson is detective-agency themed, with a film-noir atmosphere, complete with 1920s-style wallpaper, old cash registers and cocktail menus fashioned to look like detective cases. Led by bar luminary Erik Adkins, The Slanted Door's...
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week-end-breaks 10 best museums and galleries in Austin

10 best museums and galleries in Austin+1,124 views

The Mexic-Arte experience begins before you walk in the door, with its north wall lined with murals that celebrate Latino figures and iconography. 419 Congress Ave, +1 512 480 9373, mexic-artemuseum.org, adult $5, student/senior $4, under-12 $1, free on Sundays. Open Mon-Thu 10am-6pm, Fri-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun noon-5pmSet at the south corner of the University of Texas campus, the Blanton Museum of Art blends in beautifully with the classical architecture, and the effect carries over into the museum's interior. One of the premier university art museums in the US, the Blanton complex also includes...
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week-end-breaks 10 best local food diners in Austin

10 best local food diners in Austin+1,186 views

Chicken-fried steak is pretty much the national dish of Texas, and Hoover Alexander makes one of the city's best, with beef the size of a high-five pounded flat, dredged in flour and fried a knobby golden brown before it's smothered in black pepper cream gravy. Hoover also draws fried catfish, barbecued ribs, meatloaf and fried pork chops from the Southern pantry, along with gumbo in a swampy roux with chicken and coarse, spicy sausage. The Liberty trailer specialises in sweet-hot fried chicken, pork belly steam buns and radiant fried beets. The Grackle trailer rolls out with a Japanese...
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week-end-breaks Top 10 thrift shops in Austin

Top 10 thrift shops in Austin+976 views

Nestled among the boutique shops and trendy restaurants of South Congress, antique and curios emporium Uncommon Objects has been an Austin must-see since 1991. Open daily 11am-7pm (until 8pm Fri-Sat)When it comes to plum vintage pickings for a steal, North Loop's Room Service Vintage can't be beaten. Unlike similar vintage stores, Room Service strives to keep its prices low and, if that weren't enough, every month it features a different themed discount, such as 20% off all floral print clothing/furniture or barware. Open daily 11am-7pmFeathers Boutique's atmosphere shouts New York City, but...
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week-end-breaks Best western: the Tombstone B&B where the Earps once lived

Best western: the Tombstone B&B where the Earps once lived+843 views

It's 131 years since the gunfight at the O.K. Now a boutique B&B, it was once the home of Virgil Earp. Virgil was the kingpin of the Earp family. We have heard of Wyatt because, unlike his brothers, he lived to a ripe old age, long enough to spin the tale.Virgil was senior lawman in Tombstone and built a house a couple of blocks from the O.K. And all of them have now been incorporated in the B&B's front section, which replicates Virgil's original 14ft x19ft house."I started planning and dreaming of the B&B because of the location and historical significance of the property," said Diane More....
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week-end-breaks Top 10 cool hangouts in New York's Greenwich Village

Top 10 cool hangouts in New York's Greenwich Village+1,155 views

You can't visit Greenwich Village without first reading (or re-reading) a Dawn Powell novel for atmosphere at the very least. 823 Greenwich Street, +1 212 929 8210, elfaronyc.com. Open Tue-Wed 5pm-11.30pm, Thu 11.30am-11.30pm, Fri-Sat 11.30am-12.30am, Sun 12 noon-11.30pmIf you are a jazz fan, chances are you already know why the Village Vanguard is special; for eight decades the Vanguard has remained relevant by consistently hosting the hippest exponents of the music. 57 Grove Street, +1 212 675 6879, arthurstavernnyc.com. Open daily 7pm-4amSmall's borrows a name from the legendary Harlem...
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