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More than 40% of Los Angeles water pipes graded C or worse

More than 40% of water pipes in the city of Los Angeles are graded C or worse, a Times analysis of the L.A. Department of Water and Power's pipe inventory data reveals.<p>More than 118,000 of the city's roughly 275,000 pipes received a C or lower grade based on their likelihood to fail and the …

Mark Zuckerberg talks about the Messaging app, his favorite unreleased features and Social Network movie during Facebook AMA

<i>Update</i>: You can now watch the full video from Mark Zuckerberg’s Q&A yesterday below.<p>Today Facebook hosted a video AMA of CEO Mark Zuckerberg. A week ago, Facebook asked users to drop questions for the CEO. Today, some of them got their answers.<p>Facebook has had weekly Q&As for employees for years. …

Who shot bin Laden? Former US Navy Seals make rival claims

As Rob O'Neill comes forward as the man who killed the al-Qaeda leader, other servicemen on the raid contradict his account<p>Members of the US Navy Seal commando team that killed Osama bin Laden at his Pakistan hideout in May, 2011 are making conflicting claims as to who actually shot the al-Qaeda …

AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd charged with attempting to have 2 men killed

Phil Rudd, the drummer for legendary hard rock band AC/DC, has been charged with attempting to have two men killed.<p>The 60-year-old appeared in a New Zealand court Thursday afternoon facing a count of attempting to procure the murder of two men, said Bay of Plenty Police District representative Kim …

Taking apart Google's modular smartphone

What do you want to know about Project Ara? Does a modular smartphone actually work? Yes. Is it very different from Android phones? In a basic how-a-phone-all-works, yes indeed. Paul Eremenko, Technical Project Lead on Google's modular phone project just called in at Expand NY, and he brought along …

Mexico gang suspects confess to mass killings

Suspected gang members in Mexico have confessed to killing more than 40 missing students and burning their remains, Mexico's chief prosecutor has said.<p>Three Guerreros Unidos gang members confessed to killing the male students after police handed them over between Iguala and the neighbouring town of …

Shooter: 'It doesn't matter anymore if I killed bin Laden'

<b>(CNN) —</b> The former Navy SEAL who says he fired the shot that killed Osama bin Laden says he doesn't care if people believe him.<p>"The most important thing that I've learned in the last two years is to me it doesn't matter anymore if I am 'The Shooter.' The team got him," Robert O'Neill said in an …

The Week in Review: Big Republican Win in Midterm Elections

The most expensive midterm election in history culminated Tuesday night with a Republican Party wave. Nearly $4 billion in spending turned state …

Mitch McConnell

GT Advanced claims Apple used ‘bait-and-switch strategy’ and said to ‘put on your big boy pants and accept the agreement’

Following a court order that documents be unsealed regarding the ill-fated partnership between Apple and sapphire crystal glass maker GT Advanced, a number of interesting anecdotes surrounding the tumultuous relationship have been exposed. In an unedited affidavit, GT Advanced COO Daniel Squiller …

Oddball USB stick offers infinite iPhone storage

Slo-mo videos have become my favorite new thing to shoot with the iPhone 6 Plus now that Apple added the ability to spit out gorgeous vids at 240 FPS, but my slo-mo addiction comes at a heavy cost: storage space.<p>The best smartphone camera in the world doesn’t mean jack if your 16GB iPhone can’t …

Apple told its sapphire supplier ‘Put on your big boy pants’

Judge Henry Boroff didn't do Apple any favors when he invited the company to specify which portions of Daniel Squiller's 21 pages of testimony were …

Texas Man Arrested For $4.5 Million Bitcoin Ponzi Scheme

A Texas man has been arrested on wire fraud and securities fraud charges for his operation of what authorities allege was a Bitcoin-related Ponzi scheme that raised millions of dollars through a purported online digital hedge fund. Trendon Shavers, known in Bitcoin forums as “Pirateat40,” was …

WiTricity's CEO paints a picture of a wirelessly powered future

If WiTricity CEO Alex Gruzen gets his way, the company's tech will soon wind up in your phone, your car and even inside your body. That's because the Massachusetts-based company deals in magnetic resonance technology, and if those words don't mean anything to you now, they probably will before …

Google says the best phishing scams have a 45-percent success rate

Conceptually, phishing scams sound easy to see through: a fake webpage with the wrong URL that doesn't look <i>quite right</i> -- who's going to fall for that? Quite a few people, apparently. According to a new Google study, the most successful phishing websites will capture data from 45-percent of its …

Mexican meth increasingly supplanting at-home labs

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The nation's Heartland is ridding itself of the scourge of homemade methamphetamine, with lab seizures down by nearly half in many …

Facebook Will Make it Easier to Unfollow Boring Friends

Facebook is continuing CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s dream of turning the social networking site into “the perfect, personalized newspaper for everyone in …

Harvard secretly installed cameras in lecture halls to monitor student attendance

Even students at the world's finest universities can struggle to make it to class. At Harvard, university officials initiated a controversial research program that saw cameras secretly installed in lecture halls just to keep tabs on student attendance. The program — which was kept secret from …

Mexican Officials Detail Horrific Scenario For Murdered Students

MEXICO CITY — Drug gang members have described a horrific effort to make 43 teachers college students disappear, detailing an industrial-scale effort involving piling their bodies like cord wood on a pyre that burned for 15 hours and then wading into the ashes to pulverize, bag and dispose of …

Pittsburgh professor convicted for fatally poisoning wife denied appeal

<i>This article, originally published in 2014, has been updated. For more, watch HLN's "Something's Killing Me"</i> Sundays at 8 p.m. ET/PT.<p><b>(CNN) —</b> Part of Robert Ferrante's job had been to manage a laboratory that conducted clinical trials using various drugs and chemicals.<p>Until he was accused of using …

An enormous bitcoin mine went up in flames, affecting the entire network

Flickr/Coindesk<p>A large bitcoin mining facility in Thailand went up in flames this week, destroying the five-megawatt operation and disrupting the crypto-currency’s entire network.<p>Bitcoin is a digital currency that has no central bank or government backing it. Without any authority to print money, …

Cryptocurrency

Why Silicon Valley doesn’t care about Android

Based on my experience meeting hundreds of startup founders and VCs in both San Francisco and New York, few professionals in America’s tech hubs have owned an Android phone or believe in the opportunity of the platform. Meanwhile, the growth and prevalence of Android around the globe shows that …

Silicon Valley

WATCH: The Robotic Baby Penguin That Spies For Scientists

Emperor penguins are elegant and adorable. They're also quite shy and skittish around humans.<p>Many penguins tracked in Antarctica have data-collecting devices underneath their skin. Usually, researchers have to get close to them and use hand readers to pick up a signal from the devices — which …

Gorbachev warns of new cold war threat as Berlin marks fall of wall

As Berliners watch 8,000 balloons being released into the night sky this evening, old divisions between east and west will symbolically vanish into thin air with them. Yet the runup to the festivities has already served up plenty of reminders that, 25 years after the fall of the wall that divided …

GT Bankruptcy Provides Rare Look at Apple’s Relationship With Suppliers

A New Hampshire company's bankruptcy filing affords a rare glimpse into the Cupertino tech giant's relationship with its suppliers.<p>Apple is known for its incredibly tough contract terms, but the chance to work with the Cupertino-based tech giant hasn’t deterred thousands of companies around the …

'I've had enough,' says Mexican attorney general in missing students gaffe

An off-the-cuff comment by the attorney general to cut off a news conference about the apparent killing of 43 missing college students has been taken up by protesters as a rallying cry against Mexico’s corruption and drug trade-fueled violence.<p>During the televised appearance on Friday, attorney …

Xiaomi, The Chinese Smartphone Company That's Crushing Everyone, Is Earning A Lot More Money Than People Realize

Xiaomi is currently trying to raise $1 billion in funding, the Journal reports. As part of the fund raise, it has a document detailing its financial performance. The Journal saw that document, and it reports the following:<p>A table in the document showed that Xiaomi's net profit last year rose 84% to …

Android Phones

DARPA funds $11 million tool that will make coding a lot easier

DARPA is funding a new project by Rice University called PLINY, and it's neither a killer robot nor a high-tech weapon. PLINY, named after Pliny the Elder who wrote one of the earliest encyclopedias ever, will actually be a tool that can automatically complete a programmer's draft -- and yes, it …

Missing Mexico students: 'We shot them then burnt the bodies'

Testimony from three hit men working for the Guerreros Unidos drugs cartel appears to prove that the 43 missing Mexican students were killed on the night of September 26. But their families refuse to believe they are dead until they have DNA proof<p>Agustín García Reyes knew exactly what he was doing …

Microsoft has its head in the cloud over ugly wearable tech

The Microsoft Band’s functions aren’t enough if it makes you feel like you’re under house arrest<p>Microsoft has released its own fitness tracker – for the moment in the US only, which means I haven’t been able to lay my hands on one. But plenty of people have, and have written about the …