Harun Öztürk

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The Secret Startup That Saved the Worst Website in America

How a team of young people, living in a repurposed McMansion in Maryland, helped rebuild Healthcare.gov<p>Loren Yu was on a weekend trip in Los Angeles when he received an urgent email from a friend. The friend, Kalvin Wang, had a proposition.<p>"If your response isn’t ‘no way,’ then we should talk ASAP, …

Health Care

The latest security law illustrates the Chinese government’s love-hate relationship with the internet

Most people associate the phrase “national security” with guns and tanks. For the Chinese government, things like smartphone apps are also a serious threat to the state.<p>The People’s Republic of China Cybersecurity Law, which was published last week (translated into English here), directs a number …

FTC may investigate Apple for 30% cut of music subscriptions

Earlier this week Spotify sent out an email blast to its iOS subscribers advising them to stop paying for their subscriptions via the App Store to save money and avoid Apple’s fees.<p>A report from Reuters today says that the US Federal Trade Commission is “looking at” the issue after meetings with …

App Store

Mexican Drug Lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman Escapes Prison for Second Time

Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman — one of the world's most notorious crime figures — escaped a maximum-security prison Saturday via a 1,600-yard tunnel dug under his shower cell, Mexico's top security official said.<p>The brazen jailbreak is the second time Guzman, the powerful head of …

Inside Target’s Tech Funhouse and Search for Its Next Billion-Dollar Business

Homey scenes come to life inside a new tech wonderland created by Target, designed to show off Internet-connected home devices.<p>San Francisco is home to technology. Now it’s home to perhaps the most technologically-advanced house, too.<p>Inside a new store on Fourth Street stands a mockup of a …

Drug lord El Chapo's escape tunnel revealed

Mexico's attorney general tours the building at the end of the tunnel used by Joaquin Guzman to escape from Altiplano maximum security prison<p>Mexico's Attorney General on Sunday toured the building located at the end of the tunnel used by drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman to escape from the …

Nintendo President Satoru Iwata Has Died At 55

Satoru Iwata, the president of Nintendo Co., Ltd, has died at the age of 55. This news comes suddenly and by word of Nintendo’s investor relations team in Japan.<p>The company has disclosed the cause of death as a growth in his bile duct.<p>Iwata was an early employee at HAL, the company behind classics …

NASA's Mars Trek turns you into a Red Planet explorer

NASA astronauts won't be setting foot on Mars for at least another decade and a half, but that doesn't mean we have to be all forlorn and Mars-less in the meantime.<p>NASA has released a new interactive map of the red planet that lets you explore Mars' features. Called Mars Trek, it's like the global …

Pope acknowledges US critics, and downplays US-Cuba role

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis is acknowledging criticism in the United States of his anti-capitalist stance and is calling for dialogue …

Christianity

Iraq launches new offensive to drive Isis from Anbar province

Operation involving Shia militias, Iraqi police, military units and Sunni tribesmen opposed to Isis begins with assault on Falluja<p>Iraq declared the launch of a new military operation on Monday aimed at liberating the predominantly Sunni Anbar province, the country’s largest, from Islamic State …

Nigerian president replaces military's top brass

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has replaced his army, navy, air force and defence chiefs, a widely anticipated move as the former general has made crushing Boko Haram his top priority.<p>"The President has relieved the service chiefs, including the heads of the army, air force and navy of their …