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The Pentagon Stops Military Engagements With Russia

A Pentagon spokesman, Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby, said Monday evening that the U.S. military has "put on hold" all military-to-military engagements, including bilateral meetings, port visits and planning conferences.<p>Kirby said the Pentagon values the relationship it has developed with the Russian …

Russia

3-Year-Old Hawaii Girl Dies After Dental Procedure

Earlier this week, the family of Finley Boyle, 3, filed a lawsuit against dentist Lilly Geyer and Island Dentistry for Children in Honolulu, alleging that the child was given incorrect dosages of sedatives and that the hospital staff was not properly trained for emergencies.<p>On December 3, Ashley …

Dentistry

Why Trying to Be Perfect Won’t Help You Achieve Your Goals (And What Will)

In the book Art & Fear, authors David Bayles and Ted Orland share a surprising story about a ceramics teacher. This story just might reframe the way you think about setting goals, making progress, and becoming better at the things that are important to you.<p>Here's what happened…<p>It's not just art …

INITIAL JOBLESS CLAIMS FALL FASTER THAN EXPECTED

Initial claims fell to 338,000 in the week ended December 21 from an upward-revised 380,000 in the previous week, below estimates for a smaller drop to 345,000.<p>Continuing claims unexpectedly rose to 2.923 million in the week ended December 14 from 2.877 million the week before.<p>Take these numbers …

Jobless Claims

Bubonic plague killed 20 villagers in Madagascar, health experts confirm

Once feared as the Black Death – the rodent-borne disease that wiped out a third of the world's population in the Middle Ages – bubonic plague has killed 20 villagers in Madagascar in one of the worst outbreaks globally in recent years, health experts have confirmed.<p>The confirmation that bubonic …

A Look At Our Inevitable Drone-Filled Future

<i>"All operations conducted in civil airspace must meet minimum levels of safety. [...] Presently, the [we are] drafting a rule to address small [drones]." -the Federal Aviation Administration</i><p>Forget for a moment the dramatic news clips you've seen of Predator drones taking off to bomb battlefields. …

New York City's Ban On Electric Bikes Is A Serious Problem For Delivery Workers

Chen, 56, uses an illegal electric bike to race around the East Village delivering vegetarian sandwiches and noodles for Zen Palate as quickly as he can. As he's gotten older, Chen has relied on the the electric bike more and more, to enable him to keep up with younger delivery cyclists.<p>"If I can't …

Electric Bikes

Here's A Good Indication That Japan Is Going In The Right Direction

The Japanese economy continues to be improving nicely.<p>The latest quarterly "Tankan" survey — which measures the state of the economy via surveys of various businesses large and small — is out and it shows that business sentiment is at a 6-year high, surpassing levels right before the Great …

Business Insider Intelligence

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Why Facebook And Twitter Are Frightened Of Mobile Messaging Services Like WhatsApp

With Twitter updating its app to allow photos in its Direct Messaging service , and Instagram reportedly introducing its own private messaging service tomorrow , the focus for these sites over the last few months has been on messaging.<p>But why is this so important for these sites to break into this …

Social Media

China considers nationwide ban on smoking in public

China's leaders are considering a nationwide smoking ban in public, a leading health official said on Wednesday, as the country's tobacco-related health and economic costs continue to mount.<p>Yang Jie, deputy director of the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention's Office of Tobacco …

2014 Will Be Filled With Political Landmines In The Emerging Markets

Unfortunately, problems could persist a little longer.<p>Emerging markets have a busy political calendar in 2014. And there are concerns that officials won't push through much needed reforms, sticking to populist policies ahead of the elections instead. This political disincentive, could only …

South Africa

Reports Of A Deal Between Ukraine And Russia Leave Kiev Protesters Furious

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine's opposition accused President Viktor Yanukovich on Saturday of betraying national interests at unannounced talks with Russia's Vladimir Putin, though both countries said nothing had been agreed.<p>Both governments denied reports they had agreed a deal on cheaper Russian gas …

Microsoft Says Government Surveillance Is An 'Advanced Persistent Threat' That May Be Unconstitutional

"We all want to live in a world that is safe and secure, but we also want to live in a country that is protected by the Constitution," Smith continued.<p>It's unusually bold stuff.<p>And Microsoft has done this before. Back in July, Smith suggested that the NSA's domestic surveillance program, PRISM, was …

Privacy

China Made At Least $2.7 Billion Off Its One-Child Policy Last Year

<i>Yepoka Yeebo / Business Insider</i>As China begins to relax its one-child policy, local governments have made clear for the first time what a rich seam of revenue it is.<p>Twenty four out of mainland <i>China's</i> 31 provinces and autonomous regions have now declared their earnings from the one-child policy last …

China

Tablets Are Becoming More Important Than Smartphones For Online Shopping, But Retailers Aren't Ready

How is it that tablets are beginning to overtake the smartphone for retail, despite the fact that there are fewer tablets than smartphones in consumer hands? It turns out tablets are perfect devices for "lean-back," or power shopping sessions. Their large screens make it easy to pinch-to-zoom for …

Apple's New Patent Means People Could Unlock iPhones With Their Faces

The iPhone 5s already identifies users through their fingerprints, but it appears that Apple is looking to add a further layer of security to its mobile devices.<p>The patent, for a "personal computing device control using face detection and recognition" is made up of three systems: a face detection …

Greece Just Hit A Major Milestone In Its Economic Recovery

For the first time in more than four years, Greek manufacturing output has expanded.<p>Overall, the manufacturing sector remains in contraction (barely) but after a brutal period, there's a legitimate light at the end of the tunnel.<p>Here's the summary of what's going on, from Markit:<p>November saw output …

How Technology Can Save The News

Could this new band of news media owners shape a technology-led business model that will be profitable and protect the integrity of impartial, ideology-free journalism? Ultimately, according to Wharton experts, the ball will rest with the consumer.<p>Any new business model that those in the technology …

Journalism

Inside The Apple-Google Smartphone War [EXCERPT]

By 2010 Apple and Google were attacking each other on every possible front: in the courts, in the media, and in the marketplace. Android's surge in popularity was astonishing, and Andy Rubin, Eric Schmidt, and the rest of Google made no secret of their glee.<p>It seemed that every chance they got …

Mobile

Minecraft: how a game with no rules changed the rules of the game for ever

There is a new spot on the tourist trail in south Stockholm, for a particular kind of visitor.<p>The office of the Mojang company in Södermalm houses only 31 employees, along with a lot of leather sofas, a pool table and a fridge full of high-sugar energy drinks. But it is now a hallowed spot for …

Xi Jinping Is Positioning Himself As The Most Powerful Chinese Leader In Decades

<i>Xi Jinping is positioning himself as the most powerful Chinese leader since Deng Xiaoping</i><p>Xi Jinping, the stockily-built, 60 -year-old leader of the last major nation on earth ruled by a Communist Party, has had a good, week. A major meeting of <i>China's</i> leadership bolstered his authority one year …

China

The Week in Review: Typhoon Haiyan Takes Its Toll

Inside Flipboard / November 15, 2013<p>Nearly a week after Typhoon Haiyan swept through the Philippines, the local government is still struggling to …

Why School Buses Are Yellow

AP Today I found out why school buses are yellow.<p>School buses are the primary mode of student transportation in North America.<p>An estimated twenty-six million students in the United States alone are transported to school every school day via bus—over half the student population in the country.<p>While …

Transportation

Why I hate being a black man

Every time I sit on a crowded street car, bus, or subway train in Toronto, I know I will have an empty seat next to me. It's like a broken record. Sometimes I don't mind having the extra space, but other times I feel awkward, uncomfortable, and annoyed.<p>I know I have good hygiene, I dress …

Driverless cars to run in Milton Keynes

Milton Keynes will see 20 trial pods come to its streets by 2015 and expects to see 100 driverless pods by 2017<p>A £1.5 million project to bring 20 driverless cars to Milton Keynes could be operational by 2015.<p>The Government scheme, which will be announced today, will see a batch of autonomous pods …

Lioness Hugs Conservationist Who Saved Her (PHOTO)

The extraordinary bond between conservationist Mikkel Legarth and the lioness he once saved from almost certain death can be summed up in one picture:<p>The wonderful photograph, which was taken in October 2012, has gone viral this week after the pair's story was picked up by several news outlets. In …

The Pain Of Torture Lasts Forever

A study of Israeli veterans of the 1973 Yom Kippur War finds that torture permanently alters a person's perception of pain.<p>The pain inflicted during torture can last far beyond the actual event. Aside from the psychological ramifications, torture can cause long-term changes to the way your body …