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Twitter transparency report shows sharp rise in government data requests

26 minutes agoTechnology / Internet : SiliconANGLE

Twitter has just released its latest transparency report, and it reveals a somewhat worrying 50 percent rise in the number of user data requests over the last six months. According to its release, a total of 54 governments made requests … Continue reading ?

Freedom Fry

From the Mailbag So, here's the deal. I can't begin to listen to, digest or publish everything we receive. About once or twice a month in 2014, I'll open new mail - and so long as the stuff is potentially of interest to our music-crazed audiences, we'll publish it. Show More Summary

#TerrorTunnels: Hamas Detonates Suicide Bomb, Kidnaps IDF Soldier Just 90 Mins Into Ceasefire

We are conducting extensive searches in S. Gaza in order to find a missing IDF soldier. We suspect the soldier was kidnapped by Hamas today — IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) August 1, 2014 Just 90 minutes into the “humanitarian” “ceasefire”  Hamas emerged … Continue reading ?

Republican Blames Workers for Their Plant Closing

During a campaign appearance near the gate of a doomed paper mill, Connecticut Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley came to assail the economic policies of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy but found himself in a raucous street debate with soon-to-be jobless workers. Show More Summary

Build Your Own Bone Conducting Headphones

Bone conducting headphones sound like strange gadgets, but they're surprisingly easy to build. This video from Tinkernut walks you through the basics of speaker technology, and in the first minute or two tells you how to build a bone-conduction speaker you could easily house in a hollowed out pair of on-ear headphones or earmuffs. Read more...

Ex-aide to Prince Philip charged with sexual assault

One of Prince Philip's former aides, Benjamin Herman, has been charged with three "indecent assaults" in the '70s, the Associated Press reports. Herman, now 79, was employed by Philip, Queen Elizabeth II's husband, from 1971 to 1974....Show More Summary

Pregnant Pole Dance Video: Hot or Not?

Some people think of pole dancing and immediately picture Rihanna Twerking or whatever else they think goes on in that strip club down the road. Some people think about pregnant women and imagine them uncomfortable, bloated, moody, overcome...Show More Summary


ZOMG! THEY’RE ERASING THE VAGINAS! THEY’RE ERASING THE VAGINAS!!! The New Republic: Don’t Let Republicans Erase Vaginas From Women’s Health. Actually, I saw The Vagina Erasers open for... oh, hell, you can make up the rest yourself.

French T-Mo bid looks like peak TMT Entrepreneur

A debt boom has allowed TMT dealmakers like John Malone, Masayoshi Son and Patrick Drahi to finance their ever-bigger dreams. Now French billionaire Xavier Niel has made an unexpected $15 bln bid for 57 pct of Deutsche Telekom’s T-Mobile US unit. He risks over-reaching.

Usies vs selfies: the latest web photo trend

Credits: Oli Scarff/Getty Images Alt Text: Two women pose for an 'usie' in Hyde Park Social bonding or rampant narcissism? Academics argue over the cultural significance of 'usies' Talking Point Friday, August 1, 2014 - 12:24pm A year...Show More Summary

Kim Kardashian's Makeup-Free Face Makes Her Almost Unrecognizable (PHOTOS)

Post by Mary Fischer. Her appearance has changed so much over the years that we barely know what she looks like au naturale anymore -- but after seeing new photos of Kim Kardashian wearing no makeup, you seriously won't believe justShow More Summary

IMF Pushes for Higher Energy Taxes to Fight Climate Change

Energy prices should reflect the harmful and environmental side effects of using fossil fuels, particularly damage such as climate change and air pollution, the International Monetary Fund said in a book published Thursday. The IMF book “Getting Energy Prices Right: From Principle to Practice“argues energy prices in many countries are too low and are set at levels […]

World’s Most Powerful Dam Stonewalls Coal Shipments to China

29 minutes agoVehicles / Watercraft : gCaptain

Record production of hydropower from China’s Three Gorges and newer dams is displacing so much coal that rates to transport it have plunged to about record lows, roiling the shipping market. The post World’s Most Powerful Dam Stonewalls Coal Shipments to China appeared first on gCaptain Maritime & Offshore News.

G-Shock “Crazy Gold” Series

29 minutes agoLifestyle / Fashion : HighSnobiety

For Fall 2014, G-Shock is back with something a little bolder and shinier. The Japanese watch brand presents its “Crazy Gold” series. The series includes classics such as the DW-6900 and the GA-100 presented in metallic gold and metallic… G-Shock “Crazy Gold” Series is a post by David Fischer on Highsnobiety.

More Are Dropping Landlines, for New, Cheaper Options Two out of every five U.S. households have cut the cord on landline phone service and now subsist entirely on wireless phones. That's a statistic we'd ordinarily expect to be reported by the FCC (or maybe the NSA). But it comes courtesy of the CDC -- the U.S. Show More Summary

Man Found Guilty of Throwing Infant Out of a Car Window on Highway

Post by Lisa Fogarty. It took five years, but a jury was finally able to give Richard McTear what he deserves: a probable life conviction and even the possibility of receiving the death penalty. The Florida man was found guilty of killing...Show More Summary

Francesco Totti Mocks Lurking Ashley Cole in AS Roma Team Picture on USA Tour

Ashley Cole's picture with the AS Roma team got a lot of attention recently. Cole stood to one side, looking on. Jokes were made, memes were hastily put together. Ashley Cole's new team mates are certainly a welcoming bunch. — Santos L. Show More Summary

Grand Central: Plosser Puts “Considerable Time” In Play for Fed Rate Hike Plans

The Wall Street Journal’s Daily Report on Global Central Banks for Friday, August 1, 2014. Jon Hilsenrath writes about the significance of the phrase "considerable time" in providing guidance on the likely timing of the Fed's first rate hike.

An Unconvincing Defense of the Poor Door

Given the, shall we say, “unfavorable optics” of the poor door scandal, I wasn’t exactly expecting to see a defense of the policy, let alone from the putative center-left. But Matt Yglesias has made an attempt at one, so let’s have a look: the idea of a single building with two different doors — one for […]

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