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Russia hits out at 'kidnapping' of MP's son by US secret service

Russian authorities have reacted with anger over the "kidnapping" of the son of a Russian MP, apparently detained by US agents in the Maldives, on suspicion of hacking computer systems in order to steal the credit card details of thousands of Americans.<p>The US department of homeland security …

Berlin must take Brussels detour to curb US spying | DW | 08.07.2014

The answer to the question what Berlin can do to make Washington alter its intelligence and surveillance activities vis-à-vis Germany requires just …

Europe

The 12 Most Popular Free Online Courses For Professionals

Based on data from online education platform Coursera, we compiled a list of the 12 most popular, free online classes for working professionals.<p>Here they are, ranked by popularity:<p>Coursera's most popular course offers an introduction to classic and contemporary social psychology, covering topics …

How to Disappear (almost) Completely: living off the grid

Your day begins at dawn. After all, you are lying in a sleeping bag under the open sky grateful that you haven't: a) been stabbed by a grifter, b) been trampled by a herd of animals or c) contracted hypothermia and frozen to death. Then it's off for a morning routine that involves foraging for food …

Americans' baby photos and resumes among NSA spy haul

Heaps of baby photos, fitness selfies, medical records and resumes are among thousands of private communications scooped up and stored by NSA spy programs.<p>That's according to new disclosures based on documents Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor, gave to The Washington …

9 Things Rich People Do Differently Every Day

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>What you do today matters. In fact, your daily habits may be a major determinant of your wealth.<p>"The metaphor I like is the avalanche," says Thomas Corley, the author of "Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits Of Wealthy Individuals." "These habits …

10 things billionaires won’t tell you

<b>1.“We just get richer and richer.”</b><p>The past 35 years have been a period of extraordinary wealth creation by billionaires, according to a new “2015 …

Billionaires

Watch a Coffee Expert Review Cheap Coffee

Here's a video from Buzzfeed that shows coffee expert <b>Wes Johansen</b> tasting a selection of <b>cheap coffee</b>. He tries drip coffee from Folger's, 7-Eleven, Denny's and more. Some are just awful (<b>"I haven't violated my tongue like that in awhile"</b>). McDonald's brew is described as a <b>"a stick-to-your-ribs</b> …

Iraqis Are Using Sharing App 'Whisper' To Express Their Angst Amid Social Media Blackout

The Republic of Iraq has gone to extreme measures to prevent extremist militant organization ISIS from organizing an insurgency in the country.<p>As of yesterday, social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Google, and YouTube were blocked in Iraq.<p>But we're learning that one platform has prevailed: …

Does It Really Matter if You Eject Disks Properly?

Your computer nags you if you don't hit "eject," but there's a good reason.<p>We've all yanked external disks out of computers in a hurry, skipping the step of properly ejecting them. If you have a Mac, then your machine probably nags you about it. But are you actually doing any harm? The answer is …