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  • Fox and Dish TV contract ends today.

    12/20/2014 9:01:39 PM PST · by KeyLargo · 25 replies
    WBOC ^ | 12-20-2014
    DISH FAQS Posted: Dec 19, 2014 1:50 PM CST 1. What is happening? By law, WBOC and FOX21 must negotiate carriage agreements with satellite companies like DISH. Usually, these deals are reached without any disruption to your service. In fact, our company has negotiated dozens of agreements. Unfortunately, so far, DISH has refused to reach a fair, market-based deal to carry WBOC and FOX21. Our existing agreement with DISH expires at midnight on Dec. 31, 2014. If no deal is reached before that date, you will lose live access to the shows, sports and local news on WBOC and FOX21,...
  • Fox - Just lost it via DISH

    12/20/2014 8:58:35 PM PST · by Qwackertoo · 43 replies
    Looks like DISH just axed the FOX News Channel. Liberals everywhere are probably ecstatic. I saw the logo and hear the crazy annoying music. They've been threatening on the air for days .. . so I guess it happened tonight at close to 11:00 p.m. Central Time.
  • NASA’s First Orion Crew Module Arrives Safely back at Kennedy Space Center

    “All of Orion’s system performed very well,” Schneider told me in an interview beside Orion. “And the capsule used only about 90 pounds of its about 300 pounds of hydrazine propellant stored on board.” “All of the separation events went beautifully and basically required virtually no maneuvering fuel to control the attitude of the capsule. The expected usage was perhaps about 150 pounds.” “Therefore there is a lot more hydrazine fuel on board than we expected. And we had to be cautious in transporting Orion across the country.”
  • Lawsuit shows resistance to legalization of pot

    12/20/2014 10:37:16 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 19, 2014 6:36 PM EST | Nicholas Riccardi
    Despite growing public support for legalizing marijuana, a lawsuit filed by Nebraska and Oklahoma shows that at least two segments of American society are prepared to fight the idea before the nation’s highest court—social conservatives and law enforcement. The lawsuit seeks to overturn Colorado’s experiment in legalized recreational pot, alleging that the two conservative states are being overrun with Colorado marijuana that is making it harder for them to enforce their own drug laws. …
  • Russia’s Central Bank Purchases 600,000 Troy Ounces of Gold in November

    12/20/2014 7:53:44 AM PST · by dennisw · 22 replies
    caseyresearch ^ | Dec 19 | Ed Steer
    Russia Busts "Gold-Selling" Rumors, Reports It Bought Another 600,000 Ounces Taking Gold Holdings To New Record High Yesterday, when we reported the latest rumor of Russian gold selling, this time out of SocGen, we said that "it should be noted that SocGen and its "sources" have a conflict: in an indirect way, none other than SocGen is suddenly very interested in Russia stabilizing its economy because as we wrote before, "Russia Contagion Spreads To European Banks : French SocGen, Austrian Raiffeisen Plummet" which also sent SocGen's default risk higher in recent days. So if all it will take to stabilize...
  • Why Apple shouldn't be blamed for exploitation in China and Indonesia

    12/19/2014 10:10:13 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 14 replies
    Macworld UK ^ | 19 Dec 2014 | by Karen Haslam
    BBC Panorama programme noted that Apple has gone to some lengths to moderate the practices within the factories of its suppliers, and to try and trace the origin of the soldering tin that it uses, but it was very much a programme about “Apple’s factories” and “Apple’s use of illegally mined tin”. The BBC last night aired a Panorama programme highlighting violations at the factories where iPhones are manufactured, as well as the dangers involved in mining some of the tin that ends up as solder inside Apple products. While the Panorama programme did make note of the fact that...
  • Dangerous 'Misfortune Cookie' flaw discovered in 12 million home routers

    12/19/2014 9:29:02 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 22 replies
    PCWorld ^ | December 19, 2014 | By John E. Dunn
    Researchers at Check Point have discovered a serious security vulnerability affecting at least 12 million leading-brand home and SME routers that appears to have gone unnoticed for over a decade. Dubbed the ’Misfortune Cookie’ flaw, the firm plans to give a detailed account of the issue at a forthcoming security conference but in the meantime it’s important to stress that no real-world attacks using it have yet been detected. That said, an attacker exploiting the flaw would be able to monitor all data travelling through a gateway such as files, emails and logins and have the power to infect connected...
  • Researchers discover flaw that could let anyone listen to your cell calls, intercept text messages

    12/19/2014 7:11:31 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 17 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | Friday, December 19, 2014 · 10:26 am
    “German researchers have discovered security flaws that could let hackers, spies and criminals listen to private phone calls and intercept text messages on a potentially massive scale – even when cellular networks are using the most advanced encryption now available,” Craig Timberg reports for The Washington Post. “The flaws, to be reported at a hacker conference in Hamburg this month, are the latest evidence of widespread insecurity on SS7, the global network that allows the world’s cellular carriers to route calls, texts and other services to each other,” Timberg reports. “Experts say it’s increasingly clear that SS7, first designed in...
  • As new CEO of SONY my response to the NORKS is

    12/19/2014 2:00:10 PM PST · by LS · 38 replies
    self | 12/19/2014 | LS
    Ladies and Gentlemen, as the new CEO of SONY Corporation, I am hereby announcing our strategy for the challenges presented by the North Korean hacking incident. I have: 1) Contacted via our representatives all our participating theaters, urging them to show "The Interview" at a special late night showing as the only film offered in that time slot. We don't want any innocent byestanders hurt and therefore all who attend will understand the risk they are taking. 2) Assembled our legal team to indemnify all said theater owners who screen the movie, both against physical/property loss and against lawsuits, should...
  • George Clooney: Kim Jong-un can’t tell me what to watch

    12/19/2014 10:11:46 AM PST · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 29 replies
    pagesix.com ^ | 12/19/14 | By Derrick Bryson Taylor
    George Clooney: Kim Jong-un can’t tell me what to watch By Derrick Bryson Taylor George Clooney won’t be told what to watch, especially by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. “Sony didn’t pull [The Interview] because they were scared,” the 53-year-old actor told Deadline. “They pulled the movie because of all the theaters said they were not going to run it. And they said they were not going to run it because they talked to their lawyers and those lawyers said, if somebody dies in one of these, then you’re going to be responsible.” Clooney also shared that he had been...
  • OCD: You Won’t Believe How Much Coin This MAN Dropped To Look Like Kim Kardashian

    12/19/2014 9:10:33 AM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 36 replies
    CLASH DAILY ^ | Dec 18,2014 | CLASH DAILY
    Do you think this guy is gay? :P Quickly, someone buy him my book, Raising Boys Feminists Will Hate before it is too late! She graces several magazine covers a month, has her own reality show clothing and make-up brand, and has millions in the bank So perhaps it’s no surprise that 23-year-old Jordan James Parke wants to be just like Kim Kardashian.
  • George Clooney reveals top Hollywood names refused to sign petition supporting Kim Jong-un

    12/19/2014 6:23:29 AM PST · by C19fan · 37 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 19, 2014 | Darren Boyle
    Hollywood star George Clooney said fellow celebrities and industry figures did not want to sign a petition supporting 'The Interview' film featuring the assassination of Kim Jong-un as they were afraid of the consequences. Clooney said he wanted to see the film released on-line to undermine the threats of the hacking gang, who are believed to be supported by North Korean agents. Sony's computer systems were breached following a major hacking attack last month, which saw highly confidential material released as well as a string of embarrassing emails.
  • 'You are a white lady telling me what is racist!': Whoopi Goldberg loses it with Rosie O'Donnell

    12/19/2014 5:06:07 AM PST · by Zakeet · 90 replies
    (UK) Daily Mail ^ | December 18, 2014 | Topper Toussaint
    Complete headline: 'You are a white lady telling me what is racist!': Whoopi Goldberg loses it with Rosie O'Donnell on The View in heated debate about Barack Obama being mistaken for a valet Co-hosts were discussing Barack Obama being mistaken for a valet Whoopi Goldberg said it was stupid people not knowing their president O'Donnell brought up racism, Goldberg became infuriated A screaming match over racism erupted between Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie O'Donnell on Thursday's episode of The View. The show's co-hosts were discussing the news that Barack Obama was mistaken for a valet. Goldberg dismissed the confusion as one...
  • Shakedown? Al Sharpton meets with Sony’s Amy Pascal to discuss race in Hollywood

    12/18/2014 11:24:38 AM PST · by C19fan · 17 replies
    Twitchy ^ | December 18, 2014 | Staff
    Sony Pictures co-chair Amy Pascal, who last week apologized over racially insensitive comments she made in leaked emails posted online, just finished a 90-minute meeting with Rev. Al Sharpton in NYC where the two discussed diversity in Hollywood. Here is Sharpton’s take:
  • When There Is No Price to be Paid the Hackers Win

    12/19/2014 12:55:45 PM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 8 replies
    Technology and Security New Technologies ^ | Dec 18 2014 | Stephen Bryen
    If there is one salient fact that emerges from the now infamous Sony hack it is that the bad guys won.  The bad guys won because there they paid no price for the damage inflicted.  In the Sony case the hackers are outside and beyond the law, so their backers and sponsors are encouraged to cause even more damage in future. To stop cyber attacks, particularly those sponsored by foreign governments, we need to respond to attacks now. Sony is a movie company, a major cog in the entertainment industry.  Whether Sony rises or falls has little or nothing to...
  • Yet Another #TOLDYA: Commodities Giant Ceases ALL Gold Trading

    12/19/2014 12:53:11 PM PST · by VRW Conspirator · 33 replies
    Barnhardt ^ | December 17, ARSH 2014 | Ann Barnhardt
    Yet Another #TOLDYA: Commodities Giant Ceases ALL Gold Trading There are actually TWO Barnhardt Axioms. The second Barnhardt Axiom is: Seeking and/or holding office, especially national-level office, is today, in and of itself, proof that a given person is psychologically and morally unfit to hold public office. The first, older Barnhardt Axiom is: If you can’t stand in front of something and physically defend it with a firearm, then you don’t own it, and probably never did. The fifth largest Commodity trading company (not a brokerage firm per se, but specializing in trading commodities in both the physical and on...
  • Bank of America Offline

    12/19/2014 11:21:44 AM PST · by Crusher138 · 31 replies
    Vanity | 12/19/14 | Paul Howell
    Sorry if this doesn't follow some arcane rule of proper Freeper-ism, but does anyone else have a Bank of America account and can they log onto it? We just discovered here at work that we cannot access the company account on line and several employees cannot access the web site or mobile site. With all of the Sony crap going on, I am a little sensitive to stuff like this.
  • Get Ready for The Next Wave of Tech Disruptions

    12/19/2014 10:36:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    33rd Square ^ | 12/17/2014
    According to technology expert Vivek Wadhwa, "One of the things that has begun to worry me is the fact that I'm seeing change happening at a scale which is unimaginable before and that it's impacting industry after industry after industry." "Every industry I've looked at I've seen a trend of major disruption happening," says Wadhwa in a new piece for Big Think. Wadhwa is a fellow at Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University, director of research at Center for Entrepreneurship and Research Commercialization at Duke, and Distinguished Fellow at Singularity University.  Wadhwa tells how manufacturing will be dramatically...
  • Instant Translation – No Longer Sci-Fi

    12/19/2014 9:45:37 AM PST · by goldstategop · 20 replies
    BBC News ^ | 12/19/2014 | Rory Cellan-Jones
    In any case, Skype's Translator and its rivals have some way to go before they can match the abilities of a skilled human linguist. You would not want them involved in vital negotiations between world leaders for example. But over the next decade, you can expect to chat to friends whose language you don't share without stopping to flick through a dictionary.
  • Rocket Issues force SpaceX and NASA to Postpone Falcon 9 Rocket Launch to January 2015

    12/18/2014 10:57:40 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | on December 18, 2014 | Ken Kremer
    “While the recent static fire test accomplished nearly all of our goals, the test did not run the full duration. The data suggests we could push forward without a second attempt, but out of an abundance of caution, we are opting to execute a second static fire test prior to launch.” “The ISS orbits through a high beta angle period a few times a year. This is where the angle between the ISS orbital plane and the sun is high, resulting in the ISS being in almost constant sunlight for a 10 day period. “During this time, there are thermal...
  • Hellmann’s maker Unilever drops suit over ‘Just Mayo’

    12/18/2014 4:22:33 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 18, 2014 6:52 PM EST
    Hellmann’s mayonnaise maker Unilever says that it has withdrawn its lawsuit against the maker of “Just Mayo.” […] Unilever argued that “Just Mayo” has no eggs and therefore doesn’t meet the definition of mayonnaise. Unilever had said that the word mayo implies that the product is mayonnaise, and that Just Mayo was stealing market share from Hellmann’s. …
  • Caption Obozo and his first legal Cuban cigar

    12/18/2014 3:08:13 PM PST · by FreeAtlanta · 28 replies
    imgur ^ | 12/18/2014 | unknown
  • An iPad app can land your plane if the engine quits

    12/18/2014 2:33:38 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    EndGadget ^ | 12/18/2014 | Steve Dent
    If the engine quits in a small plane, it's not the end of the world -- just glide to the nearest airport and make a dead-stick landing. Simple, right? Sure, if the pilot makes perfect, lightning-quick decisions. Since we're only human, there's now an iPad app called Xavion that can connect with a small-plane's autopilot, find the nearest airport and, if possible, fly you to the runway's threshold by itself. It'll even tell you if you can't make it, so that you can find a nearby farmer's field instead. According to Popular Science, the autopilot update will arrive in a...
  • Windows 10 Preview Was Installed by 1.5 Million Users

    12/18/2014 2:29:23 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Softpedia ^ | 12/18/2014
    Microsoft launched the Windows Insider Program in early October to provide users with access to the newest technical previews of Windows 10, and until now, this particular campaign has proven to be quite a successful effort. New statistics provided by Gabriel Aul, head of the Windows Insider Program, reveal that no less than 1.5 million people have actually installed Windows 10 through this program, but the number of those who have actually given the technical preview a try could be even bigger if we take into consideration the number of ISO downloads as well. Out of the 1.5 million users...
  • Exxon Mobil Shows Rising U.S. Output as Prices Fall

    12/18/2014 1:16:24 PM PST · by Up Yours Marxists · 29 replies
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | December 18, 2014 14:15 GMT | Joe Carroll (Bloomberg News)
    Crude oil production from U.S. wells is poised to approach a 42-year record next year as drillers ignore the recent decline in price pointing them in the opposite direction. U.S. energy producers plan to pump more crude in 2015 as declining equipment costs and enhanced drilling techniques more than offset the collapse in oil markets, said Troy Eckard, whose Eckard Global owns stakes in more than 260 North Dakota shale wells. Oil companies, while trimming 2015 budgets to cope with the lowest crude prices in five years, are also shifting their focus to their most-prolific, lowest-cost fields, which means extracting...
  • Remarkable: Republicans standing strong for liberal Democrat Hollywood; Obama wimpy response

    12/18/2014 8:17:42 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 25 replies
    12/18/14 | soflofreeper
    National Review's editorial board, Mitt Romney, and other Republicans seem to be MORE willing to stand for freedom of speech than the Obama administration. Getting pushed around by third world tin pot dictators is modus operandi for Demon Rats.
  • The Top 10 Skills That Got People Hired This Year, According To LinkedIn

    12/18/2014 7:46:44 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 80 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 12/18/2014 | JILLIAN D'ONFRO
    >With more than 330 million people using the service to list their resumes, find jobs, or find new hires, LinkedIn has a lot of data about the job market. To close out 2014, the company released a list of the top skills people who got hired this year had listed on their profiles and that recruiters searched for the most. These are the 10 skills that got people jobs this year:
  • Bright outlook: Business confidence rises in Germany for 2nd straight month

    12/18/2014 1:38:20 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 2 replies
    ctv news ^ | December 18, 2014 | Associated Press
    BERLIN -- A closely watched survey shows that business confidence in Germany, Europe's biggest economy, has risen for the second month in a row as managers' outlook for the next six months brightens. The Ifo institute said Thursday its monthly confidence index rose to 105.5 points from 104.7 in November. The increase was in line with economists' expectations.
  • Fox News finds new way to scare its viewers, warns of Dish blackout

    12/17/2014 8:48:51 PM PST · by KeyLargo · 39 replies
    FireceCable ^ | 12-15-2014 | Daniel Frankel
    Fox News finds new way to scare its viewers, warns of Dish blackout December 15, 2014 | By Daniel Frankel Already adept at scaring its rapt audience, Fox News has begun warning Dish Network (NASDAQ: DISH) subscribers that the channel, along with Fox Business News, could disappear from their program guides "any day now." The campaign features the usual TV spots, directing viewers to visit the "protest the operator" website, in this case KeepFoxNews.com. Fox News versus Dish Fox's post urged Dish subscribers to call the satellite operator. (Source: KeepFoxNews.com) A Fox News blog post notes, "Despite the undeniable demand...
  • Polish retailer....pro-life protests after Christmas ads feature Satanist and pro-abort

    12/17/2014 7:12:35 PM PST · by Morgana · 2 replies
    LIFE SITE NEWS ^ | Wed Dec 17, 2014 | Natalia Dueholm
    FULL TITLE: Polish retailer caught off guard by pro-life protests after Christmas ads feature Satanist and pro-abort The slogan for retail giant Empik claims the company “inspires everybody differently.” The ads inspired one pro-life group to boycott its stores. Polish pro-lifers organized a boycott of Empik, whose 200 stores sell books, magazines, DVDs, video games and other products. Empik’s Christmas ad campaign seems a better fit for Halloween, featuring a famous Satanist and an author who has boasted of her own abortions. Empik’s controversial campaign consisted of TV spots and posters with famous entertainers advertising various Christmas gifts. Among the...
  • Do Skyrocketing Electricity Rates in New England Foretell Consequences of Clean Power Plan?

    12/17/2014 2:32:36 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 30 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 12-17-14 | John Eick
    The New York Times ran an interesting article a few days ago discussing the skyrocketing electricity prices residents of New England are being forced to pay even before the winter season begins. The article identifies a resident of New Hampshire named John York who paid $376 to power his small printing business this past October. With no change in the amount of his work or his thermostat, his electricity bill climbed to $788 in November – an increase of 110 percent in just one month. What the article reveals (perhaps unintentionally) are the likely consequences of heavy handed government policies...
  • These Six Blue States Cut Taxes in 2014

    12/17/2014 1:19:10 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 10 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 12-17-14 | Rachel Stoltzfoos
    Fourteen states cut taxes in 2014, including six traditionally blue states, according to a new report by the American Legislative Exchange Council. To make the group’s list, a state must substantially lower taxes at the state level in a broad and neutral manner that does not pick winners and losers, and is not offset by other tax increases. 2014 includes the blue states of New York, Rhode Island, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota and Maryland. “The types of tax changes that were passed in 2014 suggest that many states are setting the stage for broader and more fundamental tax changes in the...
  • International Emissions Idiocy

    12/17/2014 9:27:16 AM PST · by rktman
    canadafreepress.com ^ | 12/17/2014 | Alan Caruba
    Most of the people of the world have concluded that the decades of warnings about “global warming” and its successor, “climate change”, is just idiotic nonsense. Few believe that humans ever had or ever will have any role in what the weather will be tomorrow or a thousand years from now. They are right. One of the most distinguishing factors about the Anthropogenic Global Warming theory has been the way its advocates have always predicted major changes decades into the future. When the future arrived, as it has since the first doomsday predictions were made in the late 1980s, they...
  • Nikon Warns That There Are Fake D800E DSLRs Out in the Wild

    12/17/2014 8:35:22 AM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 48 replies
    PETAPIXEL ^ | Dec 16,2014 | Michael Zhang
    Heads up: there are fake Nikon D800E DSLRs floating around. That’s according to Nikon Europe, which posted a notice “regarding fraudulent Nikon D800E digital SLR.” Apparently some unscrupulous folk are taking the D800, replacing its outer shell with the D800E cover, and selling the fake cameras through online auction sites (presumably eBay).
  • VIDEO: VICTORIA POLICE OFFICER CAUGHT TASERING ELDERLY MAN

    12/17/2014 7:05:11 AM PST · by servo1969 · 54 replies
    abc13.com ^ | 12-16-2014 | abc13.com
    VICTORIA, TX -- A Victoria police officer has been placed on administrative duty after his dashboard camera caught him Tasering an elderly man. In the video obtained by the Victoria Advocate, Officer Nathanial Robinson is seen arresting 76-year-old Pete Vasquez, when he suddenly throws Vasquez onto the hood of the car, pulls him to the ground and Tasers him. Vasquez said the cop acted more like a pit bull than a police officer. "I turn around and he pulled that Taser and he shot me with it, and you know it looked like he's enjoying that," Vasquez said.
  • Mercedes-Benz reportedly weighing move to Atlanta from Montvale (NJ)

    12/16/2014 8:49:16 PM PST · by PROCON · 6 replies
    northjersey.com ^ | Dec. 16, 2014 | LINDA MOSS
    The German luxury automaker Mercedes-Benz is looking to move its 1,000-employee North American headquarters from Montvale to Atlanta, several sources said Tuesday. The Atlanta Business Chronicle first reported on Tuesday that Mercedes-Benz USA is considering the move. A company spokesman declined to comment on the report, but several sources told The Record that Mercedes-Benz was indeed considering leaving Bergen County. One source within the company told The Record that an announcement on a move may come in January, at a company reception. “As a matter of policy, the company does not comment on rumors or speculation,” said Mercedes-Benz spokesman Rob...
  • Apple temporarily halts Russian online sales over currency issues

    12/16/2014 7:34:14 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    C/NET ^ | 12/16/2014 | by Shara Tibken
    Russian customers waiting for Apple's iPhone 6 will have to wait longer. The Cupertino, Calif., electronics giant on Tuesday temporarily shuttered its online store in the Eastern European country because of the instability of Russia's currency. Apple doesn't operate physical stores in the country, and the company declined to say when it would resume online sales there. "Due to extreme fluctuations in the value of the ruble, our online store in Russia is currently unavailable while we review pricing. We apologize to customers for any inconvenience," Apple said in a statement. The ruble has been dropping sharply in recent days...
  • Jury: Apple not guilty of harming consumers in iTunes DRM case

    12/16/2014 2:44:40 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 14 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | Tuesday, December 16, 2014 · 1:28 pm ·
    “A federal jury handed Apple a win in a long-running antitrust case on Tuesday, rejecting plaintiffs’ claims that the company had sidelined competitors and hiked up prices during the iPod’s heyday,” Julia Love reports for The Mercury News. “After just a few hours of deliberations, the eight-member jury sided with Apple that iTunes 7.0 was a meaningful improvement over previous versions of the software, rather than a plot to hobble rivals,” Love reports. “The verdict defuses a case that could have cost Apple as much as $1 billion.” “The trial was full of legal drama, including an eleventh-hour search for...
  • Currency Brokers: The Russian Ruble Is Hereby Halted Until Further Notice

    12/16/2014 2:18:02 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 12/16/2014 | Tyler Durden
    Earlier, we reported that various currency brokers such as FXCM and FxPro, would - as a result of the soaring liquidity in the USDRUB pair - suspend trading in the Russian Ruble (while other merely hiked margins to ridiculous levels). It appears things have escalated again, and as FXCM just reported, instead of just politely advising clients not to open new USDRUB position tomorrow, it has advised anyone long, or short, the USDRUB that their positions will be forcibly shut in moments. So for those curious why there appears to be a collapse in Ruble volatility in the past...
  • 1 in 5 Millennials Live in Poverty, Census Bureau Says

    12/16/2014 12:02:35 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 15, 2014 - 1:09 PM | Ali Meyer
    One in five young adults—ages 18 to 34 years old—live in poverty, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau. “More millennials are living in poverty today, and they have lower rates of employment, compared with their counterparts in 1980,” the Census states. “One in five young adults lives in poverty (13.5 million people), up from one in seven (8.4 million people) in 1980.” …
  • Fiat’s Chrysler Group changes its name to FCA US

    12/16/2014 8:42:02 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 16, 2014 10:59 AM EST
    Chrysler Group LLC has changed its name to FCA US LLC. The change will be largely unnoticed by consumers, affecting mostly corporate and financial communications. Chrysler-branded cars will continue to bear the Chrysler badge, as those branded Fiat will bear the Fiat badge. …
  • Fabiola Santiago: As tolls rise, Florida shorts Miami

    12/16/2014 7:44:24 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 2 replies
    Florida News ^ | December 14, 2014 | Fabiola Santiago
    While Miami-Dade residents were strike recently with new, rare fee hikes on vital east-west arteries, Gov. Rick Scott was rewarding his farming regressive supporters with $9 million to build and urge their toll-free roads. So while down south we compensate a way, a folks adult north who minister reduction to state revenues get a giveaway ride. Poor timing? Irony? A giggle to go with a slap to a pockets of Miami-Dade’s toll-payers? The governor’s proclamation from Tallahassee was all those things — and came by approach of press releases finished with difference of regard from a prolonged register of who’s...
  • Apple antitrust case over iPods nears jury deliberations

    12/15/2014 8:48:49 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Dec 15, 2014 4:10pm EST | BY DAN LEVINE
    (Reuters) Oakland, CA — A software update for Apple Inc's iPod music player was not a product improvement, but was intended to improperly raise costs for consumers who wanted to switch to newer devices, an attorney for Apple customers said in court. Closing arguments were delivered on Monday in an Oakland, California, federal courtroom in an antitrust trial that has cast fresh scrutiny on Apple's onetime virtual domination of the digital music market. The plaintiffs, a group of individuals and businesses who purchased iPods from 2006 to 2009, are seeking about $350 million in damages from Apple for unfairly blocking...
  • Story of the $72 million teen trader unravels

    12/15/2014 7:18:24 PM PST · by Signalman · 63 replies
    cnnmoney ^ | 12/15/14 | Tom Kludt
    It didn't take long for New York Magazine's story on a 17-year-old stock whiz with a rumored net worth of $72 million to make a splash. But the story's juicy premise unraveled almost as quickly. Wapo.com Jessica Pressler wrote the profile of Mohammed Islam, a senior at Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan, for a feature called "Reasons to Love New York." After getting an advanced look at Pressler's piece, the New York Post put the improbable story on its Sunday front page. By Monday morning, Islam's story was one of the hottest on Facebook. Then it fell apart. In an...
  • EXCLUSIVE: New York Mag’s Boy Genius Investor Made It All Up

    12/15/2014 7:11:08 PM PST · by SMGFan · 30 replies
    New York Observer ^ | December 15, 2014
    In an exclusive Observer interview, Mohammed Islam, said to have investment returns of $72 million as a hs senior, admits he invented the whole story
  • France bans rideshare apps like Uber

    12/15/2014 5:14:50 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 15.12.2014 | Jasper Niels Zimmermann [nz/sb (AFP, dpa)]
    French taxi drivers have succeeded in persuading the French government to ban rideshare apps like Uber and Lyft. A harsh new law takes effect in January. The move is good for taxi drivers, but will cost consumers money. […] Pierre-Henry Brandet, a spokesperson for the French Ministry of the Interior […] said that as of January 1, the operators of mobile apps like UberPOP that connect non-professional drivers and riders would face punishment of up to two years in prison and a fine of €300,000 if convicted. Those provisions were specified under a new law that had been passed earlier...
  • US appeals court hears Apple e-books challenge

    12/15/2014 4:39:25 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 7 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | December 14, 2014
    A US judge Monday expressed doubt towards the government's e-book antitrust case against Apple, saying the tech giant was challenging "predatory" pricing from rival Amazon. The comments came as a federal appeals court panel heard arguments in the case, in which Apple was found to have colluded with publishers to raise e-book prices. Apple argues that its entry into the e-book market fostered competition because it challenged Amazon, which had a dominant share in e-books. Apple claims its entry spurred additional publishers to produce e-books, and that prices of e-books generally fell even though it concedes that some prices rose...
  • Idaho A Medical Destination For Canadian Boomers

    12/15/2014 3:12:05 PM PST · by Theoria · 8 replies
    NW News Network ^ | 28 Nov 2014 | Jessica Robinson
    A hospital in North Idaho is marketing itself to Canadian tourists -- medical tourists, that is. Most of the patients who come into Northwest Specialty Hospital in Post Falls, Idaho, are from the local area -- plus a few from Washington and Montana.But hospital CEO Rick Rasmussen is thinking big -- Canada big. A little Canadian flag was recently added in the upper right of the hospital’s website.Medical tourism boomThe link goes to a list of procedures with some of the longest wait times north of the border. Total knee, total hip, total shoulder, ACL repair -- all with the...
  • Supreme Court Lets Planned Parenthood Risk Women’s Lives With Dangerous Abortion Pill

    12/15/2014 8:00:07 AM PST · by Morgana · 1 replies
    Life News ^ | 12/15/14 | Steven Ertelt
    The RU 486 abortion pill has been responsible for killing dozens of people — including women in the United States — and injuring thousands more. But the Supreme Court refused to take a case today to protect women from it. Contrary to Food and Drug Administration protocols, Planned Parenthood distributes abortion-inducing drugs to women, oftentimes without requiring an in-person visit, up until two weeks beyond the prescribed 49 days from their last menstrual cycle. Furthermore, the organization sends women home to complete the chemical abortion themselves without a physician present. Planned Parenthood’s instructions have directly led to the deaths of...
  • The must-have gift? A selfie stick: How poles for cameras are flying off the shelves

    12/15/2014 7:47:48 AM PST · by C19fan · 19 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 15, 2014 | Staff
    They are this year’s must-have Christmas presents for selfie-obsessed Britons. So-called ‘selfie-sticks’ that allow camera phones to be extended up to a metre away for group shots and panoramic images are flying off the shelves. While the selfie might have gone mainstream in 2014, it now appears that simply taking a picture of yourself and others with your smartphone is passe.