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$5 Million Connecticut Mansion Completely Destroyed By Massive Fire

On Thursday night, a massive fire destroyed a $5 million mansion belonging to Lawrence Janesky, a contractor and motivational speaker, and his wife, Wendy, according to the New York Post. The home is located in Middlebury, Connecticut.<p>The cause of the fire is unknown, but it was difficult for fire …

1954 Alfa Romeo 1900 Super Sprint Zagato

Unseen for Decades, This Original Alfa Romeo 1900 Super Sprint Zagato was Exhumed From a Junk-Filled Garage<p>“When the time came to collect it, I chose to make the trip alone. I knew that the long journey home would be special, and I wanted to be able to pull over whenever the fancy took me — just to …

Google’s Self-Driving Car Is Real, And It Looks Like A Tiny Bubble-Car

Aw, look, it’s smiling at us. Nice autonomous car!<p>We’ve known Google has been working on self-driving cars for awhile now, but all of a sudden, the project is real: last night, Google revealed a working prototype of its self-driving car. It’s a two-seater that looks something like a mashup of a …

Apple’s Beats Deal Is Happening, And It’s A Dre Acquihire

<b>Update</b>: Apple announced the $3 billion deal on May 28th.<p>A well-placed source has confirmed rumors that Apple’s acquisition of Beats “is happening” but was close to falling apart multiple times. The source said with “70% certainty” that Apple’s planned multi-billion-dollar acquisition of headphone …

Iraq War inquiry: Crucial step yet to start

<b>A crucial step in the procedure for publishing the long-delayed report of the Chilcot Inquiry into the Iraq War has yet to start, the BBC understands.</b><p>The inquiry, which has cost more than £7m, interviewed its last witness three years ago but has yet to be published.<p>Whitehall sources said the …

China Built A Prototype For A Train Capable Of Reaching 1,800 MPH

Currently, the fastest commercially operated maglev reaches just 431 km/h and even the world record is just 581 km/hr.<p>According to project lead Dr. Deng Zigang, this huge increase in speed is achieved through the lack of air resistance in the near-vacuum tunnel.<p>"If the running speed exceeds 400 …

The history of Beats Electronics: from inception to Apple

Before Apple makes its Beats acquisition truly official, join us for a trip down context lane.<p>Sure, every tech pundit with Internet access has weighed in on why the $3.2 billion deal is good or bad for Apple, but before you make up your mind, here’s a look at how Beats Electronics evolved into the …

Samsung’s Gear Fit is a striking — but empty — beauty (review)

With every one of its gadgets this year, Samsung has shown that it has learned from its mistakes.<p>This started with the Galaxy S5, and it’s particularly true for the $200 Gear Fit, a device that sits somewhere between a health tracker and a dedicated smart watch. It has none of the big problems of …

HTC taps ex-Samsung exec for marketing muscle

HTC is looking for a little of that Samsung Electronics marketing magic.<p>The Taiwanese smartphone maker has hired Paul Golden, the former head of marketing for Samsung's US mobile division, as an adviser to HTC Chairwoman Cher Wang, CNET confirmed. The hiring was first reported by Bloomberg.<p>HTC …

Mobile

LG Again Rumored to be Sole Supplier of Flexible Displays for iWatch

LG will be the sole supplier for flexible displays to be used in the iWatch as Apple looks to launch the device later this year in two sizes, according to a report from Korea's <i>Naver</i> [Google Translate, via <i>GforGames</i>].<p><i>iWatch concept by Todd Hamilton, based on the Nike FuelBand</i><p>The report notes that …

Samsung Galaxy S5 launch-day sales soar, report says

Samsung's Galaxy S5 is off to a strong start, claims a new report out of Korea.<p>Samsung's flagship handset, which launched worldwide on Friday, surpassed the launch-day sales of last year's Galaxy S4 by roughly 30 percent, reported ZDNet Korea, a CNET sister site. In some markets, Galaxy S5 sales …

Gear & Gadgets

In Ukraine: Pro-Russia Occupiers Defy Deadline, War Fears Grow

"A deadline set by the Ukrainian government for pro-Russian gunmen to leave government buildings in eastern Ukraine and surrender weapons passed early Monday," The Associated Press writes, "with no immediate sign of any action to force the insurgents out."<p>NPR's Ari Shapiro, who is in the eastern …

Millions of passwords exposed

SAN FRANCISCO — An alarming lapse in Internet security has exposed millions of passwords, credit card numbers and other sensitive bits of information to potential theft by computer hackers who may have been secretly exploiting the problem before its discovery.<p>The breakdown revealed this week …

Don't Drink the Water: West Virginia After the Chemical Spill

Sharon Satterfield, a grandmother of six in Charleston, West Virginia, doesn't touch the water. "It's still not all right," she says, standing in her …

Australia to spend £1.6bn on drone fleet to protect borders

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott gives green light to purchase of multiple Triton Unmanned Aerial Vehicles to patrol nation's borders, monitor energy infrastructure and guard against illegal immigration<p>Australia announced plans on Thursday for a fleet of giant hi-tech unmanned drones to help …

Associated Press News

Egyptian soldier shot dead in Cairo bus attack

<b>An Egyptian soldier has been shot dead by gunmen who attacked an army bus in a district of eastern Cairo, the military says.</b><p>Masked men opened fire on the vehicle, injuring three other soldiers, it said.<p>It accused the banned Muslim Brotherhood of being behind the attack. No group has claimed …

Navy ship nearly crosses paths with migrating gray whales

The captain of a Dana Point whale watching boat gazed in awe as the 419-foot Navy combat ship made its way up the coast.<p>But his admiration shifted to concern when he saw it was headed straight for a pair of gray whales.<p>Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching Capt. Todd Mansur said he noticed the …

Australian State Bans Right To Protest

The conservative government of Victoria has passed a controversial law along the lines of those seen in Egypt and Russia banning the right of people …

US Airways plane blows tire on takeoff in Philadelphia, passengers evacuated

A US Airways plane blew a tire during takeoff Thursday evening at Philadelphia's airport, an airline spokesman said, with witnesses recalling seeing the plane "bounce" before screeching to a halt.<p>Citing initial reports, US Airways spokesman Todd Lehmacher said the commercial airliner's pilot …

Malaysia Jet Mystery Deepens

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Instagram Lands Its First Big Ad Deal

Facebook may finally start to recoup some of the money it paid for Instagram.<p><i>Ad Age</i> reports that Instagram has inked an ad commitment with Omnicom, a …

Knife-Wielding Attackers In Chinese Train Station Leave 27 Dead, 109 Injured

Approximately 27 people are dead and 109 people were wounded in the attack.<p>Witnesses said that the men began to hack passers-by with large knives shortly after 9 p.m. on Saturday night, according to the South China Morning Post.<p>The police then shot several of the suspects, according to state news …

Associated Press News

iPhone 6 speculation goes bezel-less

Will the iPhone 6 finally ditch the bezel? Mock-ups like to think so. The real thing is less certain, though.<p>The latest speculation comes from the Korea Herald, which said that Apple may bring out a bezel-free iPhone 6 that supports fingerprint scanning.<p>The rumor was widely reported in blogs that …

Mobile Technology

Syria's Death Toll Now Exceeds 140,000: Activist Group

BEIRUT, Feb 15 (Reuters) - More than 140,000 people, over 7,000 of them children, have been killed in Syria's uprising-turned-civil war, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Saturday.<p>The pro-opposition Observatory said the period since the "Geneva 2" peace talks for Syria began last …