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Comcast reportedly abandons acquisition of Time Warner Cable

Comcast is calling off its $45 billion dollar attempt to buy fellow cable provider Time Warner Cable, according to <i>Bloomberg</i>. The decision comes after recent reports that both the US Department of Justice and Federal Communications Commission were preparing to turn against the deal after months …

Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao ticket sales to begin Thursday

Nine days before Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao are scheduled to meet in boxing's richest fight, tickets for the arena and closed-circuit …

Boxing

Facebook Video Is On Course To Steal YouTube's Crown

Facebook video is big and it’s getting bigger. For the first time, YouTube really needs to worry about losing its position as the king of online video.<p>Facebook video, which is relatively young in comparison to YouTube which launched in 2005, is now delivering 4 billion daily viewers. That’s up from …

First Apple Watch orders now ‘shipped’ to customers for Friday delivery

Apple has now started sending delivery notifications to customers that their Apple Watch orders have ‘shipped’, ready for the launch tomorrow. Many users on Twitter are tweeting their orders to show that the status has changed to shipped (or dispatched, internationally).<p>Customers can now track …

Report: Setback for Comcast-Time Warner deal

In a major setback for the proposed merger between Comcast (CMCSA) and Time Warner Cable (TWC), Federal Communications Commission staff are recommending that the $45.2 billion deal be sent to an administrative hearing, <i>The Wall Street Journal</i> reported late Wednesday.<p>The FCC staff is proposing to …

Michael Brown family files lawsuit, seeks at least $75,000 in Ferguson case

<b>(CNN) —</b> The family of Michael Brown has filed a civil lawsuit against the city of Ferguson under Missouri's "wrongful death statute," family attorney Benjamin Crump said in a statement Thursday.<p>The suit seeks punitive and compensatory damages in excess of $75,000, in addition to attorney …

House Bill Would Force Feds To Respect State Marijuana Laws

A bipartisan group of lawmakers has come together to back a bill that would prevent the federal government from prosecuting individuals and businesses for drug crimes when they are in compliance with their states' marijuana laws.<p>On Wednesday, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) introduced the Respect …

Is this the first man busted for marijuana in Bay Area history?

The first time I smelled marijuana was in Candlestick Park for a Giants game. It was the early 1980s, a big dude behind me lit up a fat joint, and I remember feeling a little bit panicked. But the adults around me were all smiling. Clearly this was no big thing.<p>Throughout my lifetime, marijuana in …

Obama: Warren is wrong on trade

President Obama says he loves Elizabeth Warren, but the Massachusetts senator is wrong about free trade.<p>"I would not be doing this trade deal if I did not think it was good for the middle class," Obama said Tuesday during a taping of the MSNBC program <i>Hardball</i>. "When you hear folks make a lot of …

Dr. Dre Wins Digital Rights To "The Chronic"

A federal judge ruled yesterday (April 20) that WIDEawke Death Row Records does not have the right to profit from digital sales of Dr. Dre’s seminal …

Why are so many Americans criminals?

<b>(CNN) —</b> Criminal justice reform is rapidly becoming one of the few bipartisan issues of our time. It's about time.<p>America has the highest incarceration rate in the world, with 5% of the world's population and 25% of its prisoners. Nearly 2½ million Americans are in prison. Over 65 million people, …

Paul Ryan

When Cops Check Facebook

America’s police are using social media to fight crime, a practice that raises troubling questions.<p>In 2012, Brooklyn police officer Michael Rodrigues arrested a burglary gang, the Brower Boys, by adding gang members as friends on Facebook. The day of the arrest was like gathering the lowest-hanging …

Social Media

Baltimore police under scrutiny after death of 'black man running'

A 25-year-old Baltimore man died Sunday a week after reportedly suffering a partially severed spine during an arrest, and the mayor vowed "to find out exactly what happened" and "hold the right people accountable."<p>Baltimore police, working in conjunction with the state attorney's office, had …