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Sony: We settled PSN hack suit to avoid trial costs, but 'continue to deny the allegations'

Sony this month agreed to a $15 million preliminary settlement in a class-action lawsuit over the 2011 data breach of the PlayStation Network, Qriocity and Sony Online Entertainment services.<p>But the company continues to deny allegations that the company's network wasn't properly secured, leading to …

Comcast's customer service nightmare is painful to hear

We've all been there<p>Almost anyone that has tried to cancel cable service, wireless service, or a gym membership knows how difficult it can be to do over the phone, but a recent call to Comcast by one customer might take the cake for the worst of them all. Ryan Block, formerly of <i>Engadget</i> and now at …

Tim Howard's Heroics Owned Twitter, Memes Explode, Vincent Kompany Pays Tribute

Link to Media<p>TIm Howard's goalkeeping display during Belgium vs. USA at one point was drawing more than 50,000 tweets per minute, as the USMNT bowed out of the World Cup.<p>Howard's record-breaking 15 saves in a single match kept the Americans in the game but were not enough as the U.S. slipped to a …

Soccer

Congress quietly removes annual reporting requirement for paid travel

...but a website will still show all lawmakers' paid trips<p>Congress has been criticized for many things in recent months — fumbling on immigration reform, failing to pass basic bills for state services, leaving the long-term unemployed without help — you name it. Now you can add obscuring details of …

Shut up and spend: inside the electronic music money machine

There was a time, not many years ago, when people used to ask each other what type of music they liked as a way of finding common ground. Genres <i>meant</i> something! You would walk into a record store and head to the R&B section, the rock section, or the country section, and where you went said …

Under The Dome Has A Villain Problem

Stephen King's mammoth 2009 novel <i>Under the Dome</i> features two killer antagonists. One is, well, the dome itself; the other is "Big Jim" Rennie, a …

You Should Be Able to Talk Back to the Police Without Getting Assaulted

An Arizona State University professor was thrown to the ground by a rookie cop after a routine interaction got out of hand—and it's the civilian getting charged with assault in the aftermath.<p><i>Photo of a man getting arrested by Flickr user A Gude</i><p>Last month, Arizona State University English professor …

Why Steve Jobs always ate lunch alone

Every kid who has ever gone to high school knows the social anxiety that deciding where to sit in the school lunchroom can cause. Do you sit with the jocks? The preps? The dweebs? Or will no one let you sit at their table at all, forcing you to do the worst thing possible: Sit all by yourself, …

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Figuring out why drugs don’t work on pancreatic cancer

A mix of cancerous and normal cells alters interactions with the immune system.<p>Pancreatic cancer is one of the most lethal cancers, with the survival …

There may be nothing America can do to save Iraq

<i>by Amar Toor and Carl Franzen</i><p>Less than four years after the withdrawal of American troops, Iraq is once again descending into chaos and violence. Islamist insurgents from an al-Qaeda breakaway group have seized large swaths of northern Iraq, and are marching toward Baghdad. The unrest has inflamed …

Tiny Wireless Earbuds Could Be Damn Near Invisible When In Use

Two tiny, cylindrical earbuds that could be great–if you don’t lose them.<p>Earin, currently attracting tons of money on Kickstarter, is a tiny wireless earbud product that’s a bit different from anything currently on the market–and by doing things so differently, it might be the first pair of …

Game of Thrones: Season 4 Review

All Men Must Die. For Chicken.<p><i>Warning: Spoilers for all of Game of Thrones: Season 4.</i><p>While Season 3's "The Red Wedding" will undoubtedly be …

Examining Superstars Who Failed to Capitalize on Money in the Bank Win

Link to Media<p>Winning the Money in the Bank briefcase is supposed to be a set of wings designed to carry a WWE Superstar to a higher tier, but for some, the wings' wax melted quickly and soaring turned to plunging.<p>Dolph Ziggler, Damien Sandow, Jack Swagger and Mr. Kennedy didn't reap the benefits …

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Sony: We were “dancing in the aisles” when Microsoft announced $499 Xbox One

In an interview, exec also expresses skepticism about the Steam Machine concept.<p>By the time E3 2014 rolled around earlier this month, the original …

Are Albuquerque’s Police the Worst in the Country?

The city's authorities have fatally shot 26 people in the past four years and have responded to protests against their brutality by infiltrating and secretly recording them.<p><i>Photo via Flickr user Charles Hope</i><p>In April, the Department of Justice concluded that the Albuquerque, New Mexico, police …

The 2-Minute Workout That Works Your Abs From Every Angle

How strong is your core? Find out with this ultimate ab challenge<p>Ripped abs are reason enough to add some core moves to your routine. But a strong torso can also give you the foundation you need to lift more weight with less risk of injury. "Crunches alone won't get the job done, though," says Todd …

What Has To Happen For The USMNT To Advance

The graphic you see above, inspired by this tweet from Chris Bunn, lays out the scenarios whereby the USMNT gets a spot in the Round of 16. If the …

Apple just obsoleted the Mac and nobody noticed

With iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, Apple is finally showing us its idea of how we’ll compute in the future. Perhaps not surprisingly, this pristine vision of our computing destiny — unveiled after years of secret, patient and painstaking development — aligns perfectly with how we currently use our …

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Iraq crisis: Barack Obama sends in US troops as Isis insurgency worsens

The Obama adminstration has ordered the urgent deployment of several hundred armed troops in and around Iraq, after the rampant insurgency in the country forced the first talks between the US and Iran over a common security interest in more than a decade.<p>Barack Obama discussed the crisis with …

Obama ordering 275 military personnel to Iraq; may send special ops

In a sign of the growing danger in Iraq, President<p>ObamanotifiedCongresson Monday that he was sending up to 275U.S. militarypersonnel “to provide support and security for U.S. personnel andthe U.S. Embassyin Baghdad.”<p>Obama also is considering sending 100 or fewer special operations troops to Iraq to …

Middle East

Pushup Circuit for Strong Shoulders

The circuit works like this: Do each exercise—the pushup, the side pushup to your right, and the side pushup to your left—for 30 seconds, and then move on to the next one. Rest 15 seconds between each exercise. That's one round. Rest one minute, and repeat.<p>"You'll not only ignite muscle growth and …

The Map The NCAA Got Thrown Out At Trial

You may have heard that the highest-paid employee in each state is usually the football coach at the largest state school. This is actually a gross …

World Cup Bracket 2014: Latest Predictions for All Groups Before Day 2 Results

Link to Media<p>Although the World Cup began on Thursday with the host nation of Brazil taking center stage against Croatia, the action now begins in earnest. There will be at least three matches per day over the next two weeks as the drama of group play unfolds.<p>Perhaps the most intriguing factor …

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How to Get Single-Digit Body Fat

If you want to get leaner than lean, every bite counts<p>At a fitness conference last Spring, I joined some friends for breakfast. It was a normal breakfast up until the moment Spencer Nadolsky, D.O., pulled a scale out of his gym bag to weigh a banana.<p>I knew Dr. Nadolsky was preparing for a …

Why Your World Cup Stadium Sucks: Arena Amazonia, Manaus

This is Arena Amazonia, nestled in the Amazon rainforest in Manaus, Brazil. It is the worst.<p>The basics<p>Capacity: 46,000<p>Date completed: March …

Your Ultimate Guide To Streaming Every World Cup Match Live

Want to watch the World Cup? We're here to provide you with the ultimate, comprehensive guide to watching every match of group play—either on a …

Man On Twitter Deftly Trolls Gun Nuts

Today, after yet another school shooting, some gun nuts with access to Twitter barfed out one of their three or four defensive responses in these …

3 Reasons Why We Love Joe Rogan as UFC Commentator

Link to Media<p>The first time Joe Rogan accepted the microphone on behalf of the UFC was at UFC 12, way back in 1997. Since that time, he has become one of the bigger gateways to the fighters for the fans, save perhaps Dana White himself.<p>Through the years, the combative sports have been augmented by …

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We're Really Starting to Panic About Heroin in America

Politicians and law enforcement are losing their shit, but a moral panic over any kind of drug use is usually a bad thing that hurts everyone involved—except the prison-industrial complex, of course.<p><i>A recent demonstration raising awareness of an uptick in heroin use in Michigan. Photo via Flickr</i> …

Photogs will fall in love with iOS 8’s time-lapse feature

Apple poured a ton of love into the iOS 8 Camera and Photos apps, but one feature that did not get enough stage time during last week’s Worldwide Developers Conference was the incredible time-lapse video feature.<p>The new feature lets you create videos of accelerated sequences of photos over time …

Time-lapse Photography