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Moniker Guitars On Building A Business Through Kickstarter

What does it take to become a Kickstarter success? First you need a great product. Then you need a plan for the future. Luckily, Austin-based Moniker Guitars had both.<p>We first covered Moniker back in March when founders Dave Barry and Kevin Tully had already created a small guitar shop and wanted …

Wall Street To Republicans: Quit Playing Games With The Economy If You Want Our Cash

"No support until they solve debt ceiling and shutdown in an appropriate fashion. The implications for 2014 are real and very troubling," warns Wylde.<p>WASHINGTON — The government shutdown and debt-limit crisis facing Washington are starting to hit home for Republican politicians, who are hearing …

Einstein's brain a wonder of connectedness

Albert Einstein had a colossal corpus callosum. And when it comes to this particular piece of neural real estate, it's pretty clear that size matters.<p>Chances are, that brawny bundle of white matter cleaving the Swiss physicist's brain from front to back is part of what made his mind so phenomenally …

Senators Announce Bill That Ends NSA Phone Records Collection

Four U.S. Senators — Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Mark Udall (D-Colo.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Rand Paul (R-Ky) — introduced legislation that would end the NSA's bulk collection of Americans' phone records.<p>"It will amend the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to end dragnet domestic …

Afghan election head assassinated

The head of Afghanistan's election commission has been shot dead by the Taliban, a day after he warned deteriorating security threatened next year's presidential elections.<p>Amanullah Aman began his work during the first presidential election in 2004. He was the commission's first member to be …

Mission Success: Costa Concordia Is Vertical

In an operation that took 19 hours, the luxury cruise ship Costa Concordia is now in an upright position.<p>The head of Italy's Civil Protection agency, Franco Gabrielli, announced the ship had reached vertical and that the operation to rotate it was complete, according to The Associated Press.<p>The …

Disney Researchers Create A Way To Make Geared Figures That Look Amazingly Life-Like

For centuries the creation of geared automata has been sort of a dark art. To design a mechanical device to move like a human or animal was a trick in itself and to build the gears and rods necessary to propel the thing was even trickier. A team of Disney researchers, however, have created a system …

Google Knows The WiFi Passwords Of Every Android User: Report

Google might have access to WiFi passwords used by every single Android user, a new report suggests. That is a whole lot of WiFi passwords -- maybe most of them in the world.<p>“If an Android device (phone or tablet) has ever logged on to a particular Wi-Fi network, then Google probably knows the …

Man Throws Firecrackers on the White House Lawn Hours After D.C. Shootings

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>There's no good day to throw lit firecrackers on the White House lawn. But today, the day of a …

More than 1,000 unaccounted for in deadly Colo. floods

Historic flooding leaves weary residents reeling amid the dark forecast of more rain to come.<p>The number of people unaccounted for in flood-ravaged Colorado rose Sunday to 1,254 as flooding spread to 15 counties and rain continued to fall.<p>Many of those unaccounted for were reported unreachable on …

United Airlines to honour tickets issued for $0 in glitch

<b>United Airlines has pledged to honour airline tickets sold for as little as $0 because of a computer error.</b><p>The airline, one of the largest in the US, said it was unsure how many steeply discounted tickets it had issued.<p>It temporarily shut down its website and ceased taking telephone orders after …

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World War II veteran to return 'souvenir' Japanese sword

A 94-year-old veteran from southeastern Minnesota plans to return a sword he took from Nagasaki, Japan, as a token of his time during World War II.<p>“At first, I kept it as a souvenir,” said Orval Amdahl, of rural Lanesboro. “Then, all of a sudden, I began thinking — someone had to own this.”<p>Amdahl …

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Goldman, Visa, Nike Added to Dow; BofA, H-P, Alcoa Dropped

The Dow Jones Industrial Average is losing long-time blue-chip companies Alcoa (AA), Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) and Bank of America (BAC) in what marks the index's largest shakeup since 2004.<p>The companies are being replaced by Visa (V), Goldman Sachs (GS) and Nike (NKE).<p>Alcoa will be dropped from the …

Bulgaria Burgas bus bomb accused face trial in absentia

<b>Bulgaria will stage a trial for two men accused of last year's deadly Burgas suicide bus bombing whether or not the suspects are present, prosecutors say.</b><p>Chief Prosecutor Sotir Tsatsarov said he knew the whereabouts of the men and would seek extradition. Otherwise they would face trial in …

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Gogo's next-generation in-flight Wi-Fi to offer peak speeds of over 60Mbps

Gogo today revealed that the next major revision of its in-flight Wi-Fi service will deliver peak speeds exceeding 60Mbps. It's called Gogo GTO (for "ground to orbit") and Virgin Airlines has signed on as the company's launch partner. The "next-generation" offering will debut in the second half of …

FYI: Can Anything Move Faster Than Light?

Yes, the universe itself will eventually outpace the speed of light. Just how this will happen is a bit complicated, so let's begin at the very beginning: the big bang. Around 14 billion years ago, all matter in the universe was thrown in every direction. That first explosion is still pushing …

More women are going into math and science but bypassing tech careers

Despite some visible female CEOs at IBM, Hewlett Packard and Yahoo, women are turning off computer careers even as more of them sign onto other science or technical jobs.<p>Women have seen an overall increase in their share of many science and engineering jobs, but their proportion of computer jobs …

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Mars One: The psychology of isolation, confinement and 24-hour Big Brother

Those sent to live and die on the red planet face untold risk of mental illness<p>Since April, thousands of people have applied to take a one-way trip to Mars. Following further stages of selection and training, the plan is for the first four astronauts to lift off in 2022. After a seven-month journey …

Why Bloomberg snapped: The real reason he must hate de Blasio

For years his political power and cash helped prevent a sustained attack on his legacy. This time he’s powerless<p>Over the weekend, New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg drew attention for allegedly suggesting that Democratic candidate Bill de Blasio was running a “racist” campaign in his bid to …

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NSA can reportedly tap smartphone users' data

Intelligence-gathering agency has created working groups to access contacts lists, SMS, and user location on the three most popular mobile platforms, according to classified documents viewed by Spiegel.<p>The National Security Agency has the ability to access user data on three of the most popular …

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Tokyo Will Host The 2020 Summer Olympics, Beating Out Istanbul

It will be Tokyo, not Istanbul or Madrid, who hosts the 2020 Summer Olympics, the International Olympic Committee and its president, Jacques Rogge, announced in Buenos Aires Saturday. Rival city Madrid was eliminated in the first round of voting. We have updated this post with the latest</b> …

Stay in more! IMDb has ranked every show on Netflix

So your friends keep clogging up your Facebook feed with vague but foaming-at-the-mouth-enthusiastic rantings about <i>Orange Is the New Black</i>, but you can’t decide whether or not you want to commit.<p>What if the Internet Movie Database had a special Netflix page ranking all the TV shows the service had …