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Clueless dealers do the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ no favors

No wonder these things don't sell.<p>The Internet wants you to buy a Scion FR-S or Subaru BRZ. It <i>needs</i> you to buy one so that it can buy one used. In five years. Or ten. After the depreciation hits. After the injector-seal issues are fully worked out. After the secret to wringing real power out of …

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Facebook, Twitter — and CPAC

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — #Help. #CPAC2014.<p>Republicans believe they got crushed in the tech race in 2012, so they called Facebook and Twitter to advise them on how to reboot their efforts for 2014 and 2016.<p>At a Conservative Political Action Conference panel on Friday, representatives from the two …

Why the Cold War isn't back

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s private analysis that Vladimir Putin is living “in another world” struck a chord because Russia’s military incursion into Crimea does feel like a blast from the Cold War past of twilight struggle, eyeball-to-eyeball brinkmanship, clattering hotlines, U-2 spy planes …

What's Inside CIA's 'Black Site' Database? And Were Senate Staffers Allowed to See?

The CIA and the Senators overseeing the agency are nearly at war. And it all revolves around the contents of a secret database documenting the CIA's …

The Duke Frat Guy Who Outed A Porn Star Has Been Himself Outed As A Subscriber To A Rough Facials Site

By now, you probably know all about the saga of the “outed” Duke freshman cum porn star, who has since wrote a second editorial owning her actual porn name, Belle Knox (I’ve researched some of her work myself and I really like what she brings to the genre). Knox finished her piece, “My name is …

Spider-Man star quashes rumour of Oscars snub to cancer survivor 'Batkid'

Academy backs Andrew Garfield statement over pulling from awards show of skit to honour California five-year-old Miles Scott<p>The British star of The Amazing Spider-Man, Andrew Garfield, has fiercely denied reports that he upset a five-year-old cancer survivor at last Sunday's Oscars through alleged …

T-Mobile’s German parent is growing to like its American problem child

Deutsche Telekom, the European telecom colossus that is one-third owned by the German state, is also a key player in the American wireless industry. It’s the biggest shareholder in T-Mobile US, with a 67% stake in the so-called “un-carrier”, which has been shaking up the market in exciting and …

Telecoms

FAA Appeals Court Decision Allowing Commercial Drone Flight

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is pushing back at a major federal court decision from Thursday that ruled the agency did not have the …

Can Diesels Rescue Cadillac From Pitifully Small Sales In Europe?

GENEVA, Switzerland – The Cadillac stand at the Geneva Car Show is impressive, if on the small side and in an obscure part of the exhibition hall. The beautiful ELR extended range electric coupe takes pride of place. The new little ATS Coupe is making its debut, alongside the impressive sedan …

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FORTUNE — Twenty-one-year-old Cesar Canas flashes a winning smile as he pitches his latest business idea: a shrimp farm that recycles its liquids rather than drawing daily on El Salvador’s limited water supply.<p>“You will hear about us in the United States,” he promises. Canas is one of many young …

Congressional Budget Office blows it — again

Its recent minimum wage report is terribly misleading. The time has come to change the CBO’s mandate fundamentally<p>The admirable Jared Bernstein entirely misses the point in his post about recent critiques of the Congressional Budget Office. Floyd Norris, Zachary Karabell, and Dean Baker have noted …

What 10 Things Should You Do Every Day To Improve Your Life?

Chris Pecoraro—Getty Images<p>Sam Edwards—Getty Images/Caiaimage<p>Jetta Productions—Getty Images<p>by nacoki ( MEDIA ARC )—Getty Images/Flickr RF<p>Reza …

The Soul Of The World's Most Expensive Violin

The Vieuxtemps Guarneri is a violin that is older than the United States of America — 273 years old, to be exact. It recently became the most expensive violin in the world, selling for an estimated $16 million. Its new owner anonymously donated the historic instrument to violinist Anne Akiko …

Men's Fashion, Style, Grooming, Fitness, Lifestyle, News & Politics

Travel<p>An over-planned vacation is a miserable one. At least most of the time.<p>By Benjy Hansen-Bundy3 days agoView More<p>Style<p>Just ask these rising …

Twitter Pays $36 Million To Avoid IBM Patent Suit

Twitter wants to reform the patent system. But for the moment, it’s still paying big bucks to avoid the kind of software patent lawsuits that have become all too common in recent years.<p>Read more on WIRED

Why WhatsApp’s founders still carry old Nokia phones

Brian Acton, one of the two founders of WhatsApp, the messaging service that Facebook recently bought for $19 billion, carries this phone:<p>His partner, Jan Koum, totes this old thing:<p>WhatsApp’s founders aren’t Luddites. They also carry other, more modern phones. But the pair—spotted carrying these …

Emerging Markets

AT&T reduces 2GB Mobile Share Value plans by $15 per month

Following up on the news that its UnCarrier rival will soon raise the cost of its unlimited data plan, AT&T is making some pricing changes of its own -- in the completely opposite direction. The base rate for the company's 2GB Mobile Share Value plan is currently $55 (that's the base price, …

Assange Says NSA Holds The Power In The Obama Administration

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange gave a rare talk via video at annual tech mega-conference SXSW, where he came out swinging not only at President Obama but also Google and Facebook. Assange claimed that in the Obama administration, the intelligence agencies “wear the pants” and he called out …

iPhone users are 'wall huggers,' says BlackBerry CEO

John Chen believes an iPhone can't last even a day, leaving Apple fanboys in a desperate search for a power outlet.<p>I'm extremely partial to hugging.<p>However, I find it strange when people choose to hug trees rather than people. Not only is it odd to think the tree will be grateful but then there are …

Gear & Gadgets

Microsoft hints DirectX 12 is coming to the Xbox One

A few days ago, Microsoft posted up a teaser site that announced the company will be unveiling the next version of DirectX at Game Developer Conference on March 20.<p>Today, the company added the Xbox One logo to the site and tweeted a second tease, saying that the new version of DirectX will also …

Libya threatens to bomb North Korea-flagged tanker

<b>Libya's prime minister has threatened to bomb a North Korean-flagged tanker if it tries to export oil from a rebel-controlled port.</b><p>Ali Zeidan said that orders had been issued to arrest the tanker's crew.<p>Earlier separatist militants said they had started loading oil on to the tanker at Sidra port, …

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As hostilities flare in Crimea, U.S. steps up pressure on Russia - CNN.com

Ukrainian tanks are transported from their base in Perevalne, Crimea, on Wednesday, March 26. After Russian troops seized most of Ukraine's bases in Crimea, interim Ukrainian President Oleksandr Turchynov ordered the withdrawal of armed forces from the peninsula, citing Russian threats to the lives …