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U.S. Postal Service Alcohol Delivery Idea Criticized By Merchants

<b>CNBC:</b><p>Oh, the beer run. That time-honored tradition of hopping in the car and heading to the local liquor establishment to replenish your supply of alcohol. Could it soon be a thing of the past?<p>It just might, at least that is what U.S. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe is hoping for. He recently …

The Priceless Power Of Socially Empowered Employees

Companies could capture a big missed opportunity to optimize their employees’ talent to burnish their brand — and boost esprit de corp. How? By facilitating tighter, smarter teamwork via apt use of social tools. In light of the unsettling Gallup report that, “70% of Americans are unhappy and …

Twitter prepares to fly IPO

SAN FRANCISCO — Twitter appears to be getting ready to issue stock to the public in the wake of social media companion Facebook's return to favor on Wall Street.<p>The investment community has been expecting the micro-blogging service's initial public offering (IPO) to happen in early 2014, making the …

Bitcoin companies subpoenaed as New York financial regulators dig for answers

New York financial regulators are asking the Bitcoin industry tough questions as they mull new guidelines to try and rein in virtual currencies. The <i>Wall Street Journal</i> reports that the New York Department of Financial Services has issued subpoenas to roughly two dozen companies connected to …

JP Morgan to face criminal and civil investigations over mortgages

The investigations come amid a battery of other probes into the banking giant's business from federal and state regulators<p>JP Morgan has disclosed it faces criminal and civil investigations into the sale of mortgage-backed securities ahead of the financial crisis.<p>The bank faces parallel …

Carrot Is A Productivity And Social Motivation App With A Sense Of Humor

There are plenty of productivity and self-motivation apps on the market, but Hong Kong-based company Innopage wanted to create one that lets users indulge their whimsical side. iOS app Carrot‘s interface only allows you to fill-in a simple template and people have used the Mad Libs-like format to …

America’s most densely-packed startup scenes aren’t just in Northern California

If you’re up on trends in high tech startups, and you’re a budding entrepreneur, you should open your first office in Silicon Valley, right? Not so fast: A new report from the Kauffman Foundation, in collaboration with Engine, a policy coalition for startups, used data from the US Census to show …

Startups

Windows 8.1 Coming as Free Download on October 17

Windows 8 users should circle October 17 on the calendar. On that day at 7 a.m. ET / 4 a.m. PT Microsoft will release Windows 8.1 as a free upgrade …

Google confirms Android flaw that led to Bitcoin theft

While the tech giant explains the cause of the vulnerability that left Bitcoin digital wallets susceptible, Symantec researchers warn that hundreds of thousands of apps are at risk of similar attacks.<p>Google has confirmed a flaw in Android's operating system, which could make Bitcoin digital wallets …

Information Security
Nuclear Energy

Amid falling sales, Coke launches campaign to defend sweetener

Coca-Cola launched the first of a series of ads Wednesday defending its use of the sweetener aspartame, attracting immediate criticism from a consumer group that’s been lobbying to have it banned.<p>Rumors about health effects have abounded almost since aspartame hit the market in the 1970s, but …

Diabetes

Banned Rodeo Clown Who Mocked Obama Is Invited By Congressman To Perform In Texas

"I’m sure any rodeo in Texas would be proud to have performers."

Israel to hire pro-government tweeters and Facebookers

The Israeli government puts out a national call for university students to come work for its new social media project, which aims to combat anti-Semitism and anti-Israel sentiment.<p>Lots of college students pick up part-time jobs canvasing for different causes, politicians, or organizations. Maybe …

Social Media

Seattle's 'Hempfest' will feature munchies courtesy of the cops

A marijuana-centric festival in Washington state this weekend will have a heavy police presence, but the cops will be a little friendlier than one might expect.<p>Instead of handing out summonses at Hempfest 2013, Seattle police have announced plans to hand out bags of snacks— with a message.<p>Seattle …

Genetic map of cancer reveals trails of mutation that lead to disease

Map shows how 20 patterns of mutation drive 30 cancer types, pointing the way to prevention and treatment strategies<p>The first detailed map of genetic faults that cause cancers is published today, offering profound insights into the disease.<p>The map describes more than 20 "genetic signatures", or …

Google: don't expect privacy when sending to Gmail

Critics call revelation 'a stunning admission' as Google makes claim in court filing in attempt to head off class action lawsuit<p>People sending email to any of Google's 425 million Gmail users have no "reasonable expectation" that their communications are confidential, the internet giant has said in …

Now We Know Why Googling 'Pressure Cookers' Gets a Visit from Cops

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Michele Catalano was looking for information online about pressure cookers. Her husband, in the same …

School To Use Hair Test To Screen For Student Alcohol Use

<b>CHICAGO (CBS)</b> — Students will face mandatory testing for drugs and also alcohol this school year, at one northwest suburban high school.<p>Concerns …

Inside the Hyperloop: the pneumatic travel system faster than the speed of sound

It is called “The Hyperloop” and, according to the designer, it will be a revolutionary “fifth mode” of transport, eclipsing trains, planes, boats and automobiles.<p>The “cross between Concorde, a rail gun and an air hockey table” will deliver passengers between US cities faster than the speed of …

Rejected Florida License Plates Include 'PER VERT,' 'HASAGUN' (PHOTOS)

Florida is weird.<p>So it's only fitting that the state's vanity license plates reflect the people that give HuffPost Weird News all its great stories. Many of the most ridiculous license plate ideas get rejected, but luckily for us, the Sun Sentinel got a list of all the ideas that weren't allowed by …

Quiz: Love thy neighbour? Not likely...

Are you among the one-in-10 Britons at war with next door? Take our quiz to find out<p>A survey last week found that six in 10 adults are not talking to their neighbours. One in 10 has had a feud lasting more than four years. A quarter don’t even know their names. Common causes of strife include …

Jay Leno Ending 'Tonight Show' Run On February 6, 2014 (REPORT)

Jay Leno's last episode as host of "The Tonight Show" will reportedly air on Thursday, February 6, 2014, according to Variety.<p>It has already been reported that Jimmy Fallon will take over the late-night hosting gig on February 24, 2014, when the show moves to New York and Fallon hands over his …

XKeyscore: NSA tool collects 'nearly everything a user does on the internet'

• XKeyscore gives 'widest-reaching' collection of online data • NSA analysts require no prior authorization for searches • Sweeps up emails, social media activity and browsing history • NSA's XKeyscore program – read one of the presentations<p>A top secret National Security Agency program allows …

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The Most Stylish Movie Characters of All Time

<b>When you think about the work</b> that goes into costume design on literally every movie ever made — studios have been employing small armies of people to find or make clothes to dress each character since basically the dawn of the motion picture — it's really no surprise that cinematic fashion has had …

Stylish

Bitcoin: Tax haven of the future

Stashing money in a Swiss bank account is so passé.<p>Tomorrow’s tax havens could be fueled by new technology like Bitcoin and Litecoin — online currencies that can be used to purchase everything from coffee to illegal drugs.<p>The problem for government coffers: There’s no mechanism to ensure that …