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Last of the VW campers: your tributes to the design classic – in pictures

After 63 years of road-tripping, the VW camper van will soon be no more. As the last one rolls off the assembly line, here are your favourite memories and photographs of the happy times you've had with your trusty travelling sidekick

Artificial Fruit Drink Creates Its Own Cancer Causing By-Product

Aaron Dykes <b><br>Activist Post</b><p>WARNING: On top of the GMO high fructose corn syrup, <i>the ingredients inside this imitation fruit beverage pose the risk of</i> …

NSA Stabs Silicon Valley in the Back

When tech companies wouldn’t cooperate on surveillance, the spies bugged and hacked them like everyone else. Maybe now they’ll fight for privacy.<p>The …

ACLU sues for details of U.S. surveillance under executive order

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit on Monday, seeking to force the U.S. government to disclose details of its foreign electronic surveillance program and what protections it provides to Americans whose communications are swept up.<p>A National Security Agency (NSA) …

A Shocking Number Of Americans, Especially Republicans, Don't Believe In Evolution

A third of Americans reject the idea of evolution, a new Pew Research Center poll has found, including a majority of white evangelical Protestants (64%) and Republicans (57%).<p>That means one in three Americans would agree that "humans and other living things have existed in their present form since …

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10 Ancient Archaeological Sites for Your World Travel Bucket List

Shares 7K<p>Typically, when ancient archaeological sites get some form of development, it’s a benefit.<p>With development comes better controlled access …

The Top 8 Robot Stories Of 2013

By Morgan Clendaniel2 minute Read<p>Robots are coming. This much is certain. The robots we have now are just the first tiny soldiers in an army of …

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With $200 Million in Revenue, South Korea's Top Messaging App Is All Smiley Faces - Bloomberg

In South Korea, there's no escaping KakaoTalk. The country has a smartphone penetration rate of 73 percent, according to research firm EMarketer, and …

Building a Startup is About Solving Problems, Not Chasing Ideas

<i>Rahul Varshneya is the co-founder of Arkenea, a company committed to helping entrepreneurs and businesses build, market and monetize their mobile apps.</i><p>Building a mobile app startup is the “I want to build an Internet startup” of the late 1990s. The only difference is, this time, there is no bubble …

Biotech Firm: We Will 3D Print A Human Liver In 2014

2014 could be a landmark year for an amazing medical technology: human organs built by 3D printers.<p>San Diego biotech firm Organovo promises that its "bioprinting" technology will successfully print a human liver by the end of 2014, the company told Computerworld's Lucas Mearian.<p>Mearian reports:<p>Like …

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Gogolook Confirms Its Acquisition By Naver, The Owner Of Line

Taipei-based startup Gogolook confirmed that it has been acquired by Naver, the Korean Internet giant that is best known outside of Asia for being the owner of Line. Gogolook has not disclosed the acquisition price, but a report yesterday from the Investment Commission of Taiwan’s Ministry of …

Elephanti Raises $4.5M To Help Shoppers Find Products In Nearby Stores

Elephanti, a startup that’s supposed to make it easier for physical stores to connect with shoppers online, is announcing that it has raised $4.5 million in seed funding from LMJ Holdings.<p>The basic selling point for consumers, according to founder and CEO Lalin Michael Jinasena, is avoiding …

Meet Re.mu, The Social Network For Idealistic Style Lovers From Plurk’s Founder

Remember Plurk, the social network once considered a rival to Twitter, along with other microblogging sites like Heello, FriendFeed and the late Rejaw? Plurk is still trucking along with 10 million users (and recent funding from W.I. Harper) and now its founder, Alvin Woon, is working on Re.mu, his …

Coinbase Launches Point of Sale App for Bitcoin Payments

Coinbase, the Bitcoin digital wallet service that recently raised a hefty $25 million, is upping its focus on merchants after it released its first standalone point-of-sale app to allow retailers to accept payment via Bitcoin on a mobile device (assuming recent price drops haven’t discouraged them.)<p>…

Web App Searchlet Lets You Perform Multiple Searches Without Opening A Gazillion Tabs

At any given moment during my working day, I have browser tabs open for my email account, Feedly, TechCrunch, WordPress, Convo, Twitter, Google Calendar, Reddit, Pinterest and Facebook. That’s in addition to all the sites I am using for research (or to procrastinate) and desktop apps like Skype and …

The top memes and viral videos of 2013

<b>A lot has changed since last year's round-up of the biggest viral hits, in which we met Grumpy Cat, the "overly attached girlfriend" and the One Pound Fish man.</b><p>As we begin to think back to this year, it's less "come and have a look, one pound fish..." and more "come and have a look... at our …

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Cisco “deeply concerned” over NSA backdoor claims

Cisco(s csco) is investigating a claim by Germany’s <i>Der Spiegel</i> that the company is among many whose devices have been backdoored by the NSA to assist …

2013: The year in design

From battery-powered exoskeletons to buildings that melt cars, this year was a notable one for design.<p><b>More amazing image galleries of the year:</b><p>The year in weather<p>The year in space<p>The year in wildlife

The Putin-Khodorkovsky dichotomy: The media got it all wrong

It looked like a scene from a Cold War spy thriller. 24 hours after his release, Oligrach Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who ended a 10-year sentence, appeared in Berlin wearing a heavy duty Russian air-force jacket and smiling broadly. It was, however, the Russian President Vladimir Putin's announcement …

Report: NSA hijacks computers

LONDON — A German magazine lifted the lid on the operations of the National Security Agency’s hacking unit Sunday, reporting that American spies intercept computer deliveries, exploit hardware vulnerabilities, and even hijack Microsoft’s internal reporting system to spy on their targets.<p>Der …

BBC server taken over by Russian hacker at Christmas

A Russian hacker secretly took over a computer server at the BBC before Christmas and tried to sell access to it to other hackers, according to reports.<p>The BBC's security team believes it managed to secure the site on Saturday 28 December. It had been broken into via a server usually used for …

NSA reportedly intercepting laptops purchased online to install spy malware

According to a new report from <i>Der Spiegel</i> based on internal NSA documents, the signals intelligence agency's elite hacking unit (TAO) is able to conduct sophisticated wiretaps in ways that make Hollywood fantasy look more like reality. The report indicates that the NSA, in collaboration with the …