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How to Prevent Online Vandalism from Killing your Startup

<i>Sangeet Paul Choudary analyzes business models for Internet startups at his blog Platform Thinking. You can follow him on Twitter @sanguit.</i><p>Online platforms work on principles similar to offline communities. The onset of crime and vandalism in a community can lead to large-scale abandonment. The …

US nearly detonated atomic bomb over North Carolina – secret document

A secret document, published in declassified form for the first time by the Guardian today, reveals that the US Air Force came dramatically close to detonating an atom bomb over North Carolina that would have been 260 times more powerful than the device that devastated Hiroshima.<p>The document, …

Pope Francis sets out vision for more gay people and women in 'new' church

Pope Francis has set out his desire to find a "new balance" in the Catholic church, calling for greater involvement of women in key decisions and a less condemnatory approach towards gay people, divorcees and women who have had an abortion.<p>In a wide-ranging interview with an Italian Jesuit journal, …

Associated Press News

Poll: 39 Percent of American Adults See College as an 'Economic Burden'

But the majority of parents still expect their kids to go.<p>Average yearly tuition at a four-year college has risen to over $21,000, student loan debt is at an all-time high, and the unemployment rate for recent college graduates is 7.9 percent. Perhaps it’s no surprise that Americans are questioning …

The American Dream — Under Threat

It’s a tough time to be a kid in Amer­ica. Or a par­ent.<p>In the latest All­state/<i>Na­tion­al Journ­al</i> Heart­land Mon­it­or Poll, an over­whelm­ing …

Pope's blunt words break new ground - again

Unorthodox pope makes news with his most comprehensive interview since he was elected in March.<p>ROME - His first order of business as pope was to pay his hotel bill and move into a Vatican guest house instead of the sprawling papal apartments.<p>Then Pope Francis, who has made helping the poor a …

Need 70 days off your feet? NASA pays volunteers $18K to lie in bed

If you just can't get out of bed, NASA might have a mission for you.<p>A NASA study is recruiting volunteers to to lie in a bed that's tilted downward at a 6-degree angle for 70 days. Subjects who complete the entire bed rest project can earn up to $18,000.<p>The study is meant to test the conditions …

NASA Declares End to Deep Impact Comet Mission

Communication cutoff leads to loss of comet hunter, say space officials.<p><b>NASA officials declared the Deep Impact mission lost on Friday, after a computer glitch doomed the comet-smashing spacecraft.</b><p>Launched in 2005, the spacecraft memorably smashed a copper-jacketed probe into the comet Tempel 1 at …

Curiosity rover's methane result challenges life theory

The Tuneable Laser spectrometer sits inside the body of the rover<p><b>The Curiosity rover's failure to detect methane on Mars is a blow to theories that the planet may still host some types of life, say mission scientists.</b><p>Telescopes and satellites have reported seeing small but significant volumes of …

Methane

Brain-eating amoeba in water supply of New Orleans suburb could be linked to Hurricane Katrina

The occurrence of a brain-eating parasite in the water system of a New Orleans suburb could be linked to Hurricane Katrina according to one Louisiana official, The Times-Picayune reported.<p>Though the link remains unclear, Jake Causey, an administrator who oversees safe drinking water for Louisiana, …

Adobe's Project Mighty and Project Napoleon to Launch in 2014

At its MAX event in May this year, Adobe revealed that it was experimenting with hardware in the form of ‘Project Mighty’ – an Internet-connected stylus, and ‘Project Napoleon’, an accompanying digital ruler. Now the firm has announced that these two devices have graduated from experiments to …

With $14M, Bright.com uses data science to help employers score job seekers

Bright.com, a job search site that uses data science to match employers and job hunters, has raised $14 million in a Series B round led by Toba …

How your company can start using data: Think small and internal first

A company doesn’t necessarily need a fully fledged data science team and expensive tools to start doing data analysis, executives from PayPal, …

Graphene Turns Light Into Electricity For Faster Circuits

Welcome to another episode of “Cool Science Stuff That Probably Will Have Some Effect On Our Lives Later But We Probably Won’t Realize It.” In this week’s installment we present graphene photosensors.<p>While the vast majority of high speed data is transmitted via fiber optic cables, there is always a …

Growing Payment-Splitting Platform PayByGroup Expands Internationally

PayByGroup, a 500 Startups-backed payments platform that lets friends split the cost of purchase on bigger items like vacation rentals, parties, trips, sports tickets and more, is now making its service available internationally. The San Francisco-based startup has partnered with 53 payment …

Microsoft Buyback Program: $350 for Apple, Android, BlackBerry Devices

Last week, Microsoft launched a retail trade-in program offering to buy your iPad for up to $200 towards the purchase of a Surface tablet. Forget about that. The company is now offering a deal that encompasses not just the iPad, but the iPhone, BlackBerry devices, as well as Android phones and …

Evernote for Mac now offers a Presentation Mode as a premium feature

It's not just iOS and BlackBerry 10 users getting new Evernote apps this week; the company has now also released an updated version of its Mac app with one fairly big new feature. An all-new Presentation Mode will now let you share your notes with others and possibly eliminate the need to jump into …

After Texas boy dies from ant bites, debate rages over EpiPens in schools

The death of a middle school boy who suffered an allergic reaction to fire ants during a football game has added fuel to the debate about whether schools should stock epinephrine, a potentially life-saving medication for severe allergy attacks.<p>Cameron Espinosa, 13, was huddling with teammates at …

Middle School

$64,000 Raised So Far For Homeless Man Who Turned In $42,000

This week's feel-good story of the homeless man in Boston who found a backpack containing $42,000 in cash and travelers checks and then turned it into authorities is developing into an even better tale.<p>An online fundraiser to collect money for that Good Samaritan, who we now know is named Glen …

Cygnus cargo ship flies for first time, heading for space station

A new kind of commercial spaceship took to the air for the first time, with the launch of Orbital Sciences Corp's Cygnus cargo craft toward the International Space Station from a Virginia launch pad on Wednesday.<p>Orbital's two-stage Antares rocket lifted off at 10:58 a.m. ET from Launch Pad 0A at …

Google Wants to Cheat Death

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Google wants to make us all live longer, possibly forever, and doesn't see cancer as an enormous …

Cold War Mentality Creeps Into Americans’ Feelings on Russia

This isn’t the Cold War. But you wouldn’t know that by the way Amer­ic­ans now view Rus­sia.<p>A new poll re­leased by Gal­lup on Wed­nes­day shows that …

Judge: Boy In Tennessee Can Keep Name 'Messiah'

A judge has ruled that a Tennessee woman can name her 8-month-old son "Messiah" — a decision that overturns a ruling last month that drew international attention to the boy.<p>In a paternity hearing in August, Jaleesa Martin and Jawaan McCullough brought a dispute over their son's surname. Martin had …

T-Mobile scolded for ad campaign against AT&T

T-Mobile may have gone too far with its claims against AT&T.<p>The National Advertising Division has rebuked T-Mobile for several statements made in its advertising campaign, and has issued a statement calling for the ads to be pulled or changed.<p>Under CEO John Legere, T-Mobile has grown aggressive in …

T-Mobile

Google reportedly building in-house ad-tracking tool called 'AdID'

Google is reportedly developing its own system of tracking our activity online. According to a report from <i>USA Today</i>, Google is building an identification method for advertisers, called AdID, that would replace third-party HTTP cookies. An unnamed source tells the newspaper that AdID data would be …

Immigrants lacking papers work legally — as their own bosses

Savvy young immigrants discover the limited liability company as a way to work legally. Some even hire U.S. citizens.<p>September 14, 2013|By Cindy Carcamo<p>Carla Chavarria of Phoenix can't drive in Arizona because she entered… (Cindy Carcamo, Los Angeles…)<p>PHOENIX — At just 20 years of age, Carla …

Immigration

Syria Conflict Indicates Armageddon, Say One Third Of Americans (SURVEY)

Most things aren't really the end of the world, but one-third of Americans who were surveyed believe that the Syria conflict is an indication that our days are numbered. A biblical passage which prophesies the destruction of Damascus and links it to the coming of Armageddon is leading many people …