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Malware Can Hide in the Most Obvious Places

You never know when malware will bite. Even browsing an online restaurant menu can download malicious code, put there by hackers.<p>Much has been said that Target’s hackers accessed the giant’s records via its heating and cooling system. They’ve even infiltrated thermostats and printers among the …

An epic battle in streaming music is about to begin, and only a few will survive

“One thing is for sure,” declared an influential American critic and record industry analyst, Bob Lefsetz, in a recent post on the topic of streaming music. “One service will dominate, it’s where we’ll all go, because we want to share, we don’t want to be left out.”<p>Music is now undeniably an …

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APPLE'S SECRET WEAPON: App Store Sales

Total revenue from Apple's iTunes, software and "services" was $4.6 billion — an 11% jump year-over-year and an all-time record for any quarter, the company reported.<p>According to Schachter, sales from the App Store were up 35-40%, which reportedly helped make up for struggling multimedia sales on …

PM/AM: White Holes Are the New Black Holes

Stories, videos, and our thoughts on big news you might have missed.<p><i>Welcome to PM/AM, Popular Mechanics' morning briefing on the top science and tech stories for today.</i><p>Is there a back end to a black hole? Does the stuff that a black hole sucks up go anywhere, or does it only get compressed into a …

From Jon Stewart to cable news, media missteps fuel backlash in Middle East war

The media environment surrounding the conflicts in the Middle East and Ukraine has turned incendiary, and a number of journalists are getting burned.<p>It’s understandable that passions are running high, given that more than 550 Palestinians and 27 Israelis have died in the war with Gaza, and 298 …

World's largest aquatic insect specimen found in China

The world's largest flying aquatic insect, with huge, nightmarish pincers, has been discovered in China's Sichuan province, experts say.<p>According to the Insect Museum of West China, local villagers in the outskirts of Chengdu handed over "weird insects that resemble giant dragonflies with long …

Wyoming cave with fossil secrets to be excavated

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — For the first time in three decades, scientists are about to revisit one of North America's most remarkable troves of ancient …

Auto earnings and non-melting ice cream — five things to know today

Hello, friends and <i>Fortune</i> readers.<p>Yesterday we saw a story that continued a long-standing traditions of weird things involving celebrities at the …

America's 10 Fastest Shrinking Companies

24/7 Wall St.: Equity markets have been extremely strong in the past few years. Most of America’s largest companies have managed to increase revenue, profitability, and shareholder distributions, sending their share prices to record highs. A few companies, on the other hand, haven’t achieved the …

This is your brain on racism: Inside the mind of modern bigotry

From Mel Gibson to Donald Sterling: What are the ingredients that fuel bigotry in contemporary America?<p>Karl Marx once quipped that “violence is the midwife of every old society pregnant with a new one.” Just as surely, however, prejudice is the midwife of violence. The bigot embraced this view from …

How the Lego company found success in the digital age — by going back to basics

Legos, the popular children's toy and global business super power, has humble beginnings that belie its modern day reach around the globe.<p>The company started when a failed carpenter, Ole Kirk Kristiansen, who couldn’t get enough wood to make furniture, started using scraps of wood to make toys, …

Malibu beach wars: app revealing public access to beaches infuriates wealthy homeowners

Once called the "most expensive sandbox in the world," the beaches of Malibu are at the centre of a bitter battle between billionaires and sunbathers. Now, an app appears to have helped the masses claim victory<p>The signs next to strips of pristine sand in Malibu seem clear. "Private beach," "No …