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Eric Schmidt says this issue of Playboy is the reason Larry Page and Sergey Brin rarely do interviews

They apparently had the bad experience of giving an interview to Playboy that risked derailing their company's initial public offering, according to a transcript of the class .<p>Schmidt was asked:<p><b>Q: How did the relationship with Larry and Sergey develop?</b><p>I knew that it was Larry and Sergey's company, …

Silicon Valley

Christie has to leave Amtrak 'quiet' car after talking on cell phone

GOP presidential candidate and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie had to leave an Amtrak “quiet” car for talking on his cellphone Sunday morning, shortly after boarding a north-bound train from Washington, D.C.<p>A fellow passenger told the website Gawker that Christie boarded the 9:55 a.m. train at the …

Bradley Cooper on American Sniper's fake baby: 'I couldn't believe it'

Clint Eastwood’s Oscar-winning, box office-topping drama American Sniper was a worldwide hit, but even its most fervent fans were unable to take the film’s clearly fake baby very seriously.<p>Cooper scooper: Bradley to take lead in talking dog movie<p>Read more<p>Star Bradley Cooper has now addressed the …

Parrot Enables Autonomous Flight For The Bebop Drone

The Parrot Bebop can now fly by itself. After purchasing Flight Mode, Bebop owners can tap out waypoints and sit back while the drone flys autonomously. The ability is enabled by purchasing the in-app upgrade called Flight Plan. It costs $20.<p>It takes just a few presses on the mobile app to set the …

Drones

It's time to start talking about a US recession

We're talking about "recession."<p>On the whole, the torrent of US economic data has been pretty good since 2009, which is when the last recession ended. From the labor market to the stock market, the trend has been growth.<p>Lately, however, Wall Street pros from Citi's Willem Buiter to Societe …

Markets

2 men were just awarded the Nobel Prize in physics for unlocking the secrets of the strangest particle in the universe

The prize goes jointly to Takaaki Kajita of the University of Tokyo in Japan and Arthur B. McDonald of Queen's University in Kingston, Canada "for the discovery of neutrino oscillations, which shows that neutrinos have mass."<p>The two recipients were leaders of two major underground neutrino …

Physics

Bill Maher and Richard Dawkins Slam Muslims: ‘To Hell with Their Culture’

The HBO host and evolutionary biologist teamed up to unload on Islam and Muslims, condemning liberals who give Islam ‘a free pass.’<p>It was Science …

RANKED: The world's 20 strongest militaries

Despite budget cuts and a reduction in size, the US has maintained its position as the world's strongest military, according to a report on globalization from Credit Suisse.<p>While the US is still far and away the world's top military superpower, Russia and China are its closest rivals. Canada, …

Military

Apple has an idea that would change the iPhone's screen as we know it

While these alterations have been substantial — such as the move from the glass back of the iPhone 4/4S to the all-aluminum design of Apple's most recent iPhones — the basic form factor has stayed the same.<p>However, Apple has an idea that would radically change the way you use your iPhone.<p>The …

San Francisco

Hindu mob kills Muslim man after rumours he was eating beef

A group of about 60 beat Mohammad Akhlaq with sticks and bricks and left son with severe injuries in Bisara, India<p>Indian police arrested eight people and were searching for two more on Wednesday after villagers allegedly beat a Muslim farmer to death and severely injured his son after hearing …

The first results of a brain study reveal something fascinating about smart, successful people

The researchers found that people with more traits the researchers classified as "positive," like high IQ, tended to have a greater number of brain connections than people with more traits the researchers classified as "negative," like high drug use.<p>But some say we should be cautious in how we …

The Brain

30 places to see before you turn 30

Amazing destinations around the world cater to the particular strengths and challenges of the twenty-something set.<p>These spots might be more physically challenging or tougher on your schedule.<p>They might be easier on the wallet, or a reveler's playground best appreciated while you can still stay up …

Costa Rica

Top 100 world universities 2015/16 – THE rankings

World university rankings were published today, with the California Institute of Technology maintaining its position as the top-ranked university<p>The California Institute of Technology (Caltech) has been placed top of the world university rankings for the fifth consecutive year, while Harvard …

Make them shut up about God: The right-wing’s religious delusions are killing us — and them

<b>(AP/Reuters/Joshua Lott/David Becker/Chris Keane/John Minchillo)</b><p>Carson, Fiorina, Huckabee and Jeb! can’t stop spouting insanity about the Lord. Journalists should call them out<p>Jeffrey Tayler<p>September 27, 2015 9:58am (UTC)<p>These are trying times for rationalist rejecters of make-believe celestial …

Religion

Apple has invented a mysterious new emoji — this is what it looks like

Jeremy Burge, the creator of emoji reference site Emojipedia, has noticed on his blog that Apple has added a mysterious new emoji to a beta version of its OS X operating system.<p>It's a black speech bubble, with a white eye in the centre.<p>What's the big deal, right? New emoji are added all the …

Unicode

The Tricky Encryption That Could Stump Quantum Computers

On August 11, the National Security Agency updated an obscure page on its website with an announcement that it plans to shift the encryption of …

50+ Free Data Science Books

Thomson Airways flight makes emergency landing as pilot states 'this is not a drill'

The pilot told terrified passengers "this is not a drill" as he guided Thomson Airways flight TOM6555 to the ground.<p>According to reports there was a …

Frozen Giant Virus Still Infectious After 30,000 Years

It's 30,000 years old and still ticking: A giant virus recently discovered deep in the Siberian permafrost reveals that huge ancient viruses are much …

Again: Saudi Arabia Elected Chair of UN Human Rights Council Panel

<b>Left: Faisal Trad, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador in Geneva,</b> <b> <br>has been elected Chair of the UN Human Rights Council</b> <b> <br>panel that appoints independent</b> …

Stalin’s Englishman review: the louche master of the spying game

Guy Burgess is recast as the key player in the Cambridge spy ring in a meticulous biography<p>The double lives of the Cambridge spies – five upper-crust students recruited in the 1930s to infiltrate the establishment on behalf of Stalin’s Russia – cast a long shadow.<p>In this meticulous biography of the …

Warring sides in Syria agree local ceasefire: monitor, al-Manar

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Warring parties in Syria agreed local ceasefires in two Shi’ite villages in northwestern Syria and a town near the Lebanese border on Sunday, a group monitoring the war and the al-Manar TV station controlled by Lebanon’s Hezbollah reported.<p>It marks the third local ceasefire …

Middle East

Portea Medical Announces US$37.5 Million Series B Funding Led by Accel

<i>IFC, Qualcomm Ventures and Ventureast co-invest to expand healthcare access to millions of people in India and the wider region</i><p>BANGALORE, India–(BUSINESS WIRE)–September 20, 2015–<p>Portea Medical, India’s leading home healthcare company, today announced that it has received US$37.5 million in Series …

Venture Capital

MRI scans used to create 3D-printed hearts for surgery practice

Heart surgeries could be so much safer if surgeons can see <i>and</i> feel an actual representation of the patient's organ before the procedure itself. A system developed by a group of researchers from MIT and Boston Children's Hospital might make that a viable option. By using MRI scans as a blueprint, it …

Putin's Plan: Moscow Handles Syria, Washington Handles Iraq

In ten days from now in New York, initiatives, talks, understandings, and deals will come together under two main titles: terrorism and immigration. Both issues in the minds of world leaders are closely linked to Syria and other crises in the Arab world.<p>U.S. President Barack Obama called for a …

CEO search delay underscores woes at Twitter

The San Francisco messaging platform has been searching for a new leader since Dick Costolo announced on June 12 he was stepping down, with co-founder Jack Dorsey holding the job on an interim basis since July 1.<p>The unusually long search has some investors and analysts worried over the future of …

Alien silence explained? Snowden says encryption could be squashing space signals

Encryption has become a top priority for those wanting to protect their privacy online, but US whistleblower Edward Snowden says the security measure …