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Most effective way to reduce smoking? Increase price of cigarettes, study says

The single most effective way to reduce smoking – along with the millions of deaths it causes – is to dramatically increase the price of cigarettes.<p>That is the conclusion of a new study that calls for a tripling of tobacco taxes and a doubling of the price of a pack of cigarettes in much of the …

Two states want their money back from the contractor that built most of Healthcare.gov

Vermont and Massachusetts are taking steps to get their money back from CGI Federal, the government contractor that built the health insurance marketplaces in those states as well as the federal marketplace Healthcare.gov.<p>State officials say CGI Federal delivered the websites late and with defects, …

Google and Facebook may be our best defenders against Big Brother

Over a few weeks' worth of bedtimes in the summer of 1984, my dad read me <i>Nineteen Eighty-Four</i> by George Orwell. Though the dystopian context would have been lost on nine-year old me, the pervasive malevolence and the futility of the struggle was not.<p>References to Orwell are never far off today, …

The Top Five Vitamins You Should Not Take

I used to take vitamin supplements almost every day. Taking vitamins seemed like a good idea: after all, we know that vitamins are essential for life, and vitamin deficiencies can definitely hurt you. I always thought that vitamins were an inexpensive way to get a little bit healthier.<p>Millions of …

Facebook Users Can No Longer Hide From Search

There was a time when Facebook users could make themselves “unsearchable” by changing a privacy setting called “Who can search for me by name?” Their accounts would still be visible to people who clicked their names in a News Feed story or on a mutual friends’ timeline, but the random person who …

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Google Launches Mobile Backend Starter for iOS

Google today launched Mobile Backend Starter for iOS, simplifying server-side development for app developers on Apple’s mobile platform. Mobile Backend Starter is a Google App Engine application, meaning it lets developers support hundreds of concurrent users at no charge.<p>The point of mobile …

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The NSA's Hugely Expensive Utah Data Center Has Major Electrical Problems And Basically Isn't Working

Well, this is good news for those with privacy concerns about the NSA and terrible news for those concerned about government spending. The National Security Agency’s new billion-dollar-plus data center in Bluffdale, Utah was supposed to go online in September, but the Wall Street Journal’s Siobhan …

Study: 10 Percent of U.S. Youths Cause Sexual Violence

Females are just as likely to be perpetrators as males.<p><b>When you think rapist, you probably think of an adult male lurking in an alley and preying upon young women.</b><p><b>Not so fast, according to a new study published in today's JAMA Pediatrics that overturns many commonly held beliefs about sexual</b> …

NSA tried and failed to compromise Tor, but browser vulnerabilities gave some users away

Intelligence agencies have devoted significant time to cracking the Tor encryption network, reports <i>The Guardian</i>, but it's largely failed to compromise the system. According to leaked documents obtained by Glenn Greenwald, the NSA and Britain's GCHQ were frustrated by Tor, at one point in 2012 …

Adobe source code breach; it’s bad, real bad

The theft of source code for Adobe(s adbe) Acrobat, Cold Fusion and other products poses a wide-spread threat given the installed base of these …

The Best Fried Chicken Recipes from Around the World

From Vietnam to India to Italy to Mexico—and beyond—we've got tons of recipes for fried chicken, and the appropriate side dishes<p>From Tennessee and Italy to India and Korea, we've got all the best recipes for fried chicken—and their attendant sides, of course—from nearly every corner of the globe. …

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Canadian carriers launch centralized database of stolen phones

In the latest installment of Grand Theft Mobile (TM): Canadian phone thieves face a major hurdle now that several carriers in the country have launched a centralized blacklist of stolen devices. Canada's Protect Your Data initiative combines collections of pilfered gadgets' IMEIs -- a unique …

NSA stores metadata of millions of web users for up to a year, secret files show

The National Security Agency is storing the online metadata of millions of internet users for up to a year, regardless of whether or not they are persons of interest to the agency, top secret documents reveal.<p>Metadata provides a record of almost anything a user does online, from browsing history – …

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Greek architecture studio 314 have recently completed a stunning private house in Athens, Greece. The house was designed in order to give the sense of hovering over the water and sailing, inspired by the owners love for yachts. The bioclimatic design of the residence, the cooling feeling of the house through the contact of water and the use of sun and the geothermic energy are consistent in developing a highly dynamic and modern but also eco friendly design. (o

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Ka-ching! There's money to be made in new $100 bills

To most people, it's a hundred bucks. But to a small cadre of dedicated, if slightly obsessed, collectors, the new $100 bills that go into circulation Oct. 8 are a gold mine.<p>What excites the collectors most are the new bills' serial numbers. With a new design, the bills' serial numbers will "reset" …

The terrifying, flesh-eating drug krokodil has reportedly surfaced in the US

No cases have been confirmed yet, but early reports have authorities on edge<p><i>A krokodil user with necrosis of the hand.</i><p>When the nasty, highly addictive street drug krokodil appears in a new area, it tends to spread fast. So when doctors at the Banner Good Samaritan Poison and Drug Information Center …

Around The World, Notions Of Beauty Can Be A Real Beast

Chinese-American TV personality Julie Chen reveals she had plastic surgery to make her eyes look less "Asian" to advance her career. Korean women are getting surgeries for permanent smiles. In Venezuela, breast augmentation is so widespread, it's a popular coming-of-age gift for quinceañera, or …

Official sidesteps questions on NSA and cellphones

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., asked if NSA ever collected or planned to collect cellphone data.<p>WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the National Security Agency sidestepped questions Thursday from a senator about whether the NSA has ever used Americans cellphone signals to collect information on their …

Plastic with invisible images may allow swipe-free payments and stop someone from stealing your car

Copying a credit card’s number or even the data out of its magnetic strip is easy. But imagine if all your information were embedded in the very fabric of any piece of plastic in a way that’s invisible to the naked eye.<p>Gordon Smith, a professor at the University of Warwick, has developed a way for …

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Google Glass competitor ships 50K devices, takes Intel investment, hints at Apple connection

Google Glass competitor Recon, which sells the Recon Jet heads-up display and bills itself as the Google Glass for athletes and professionals, has secured an investment from Intel Capital.<p>In perhaps bigger news, the company announced that it has already shipped 50,000 units worldwide of its Snow …

iPhone 5S Touch ID hacked by fake fingerprints

Hackers claim to have beaten Apple's Touch ID fingerprint security already, using movie-style fake fingerprints to break into the iPhone 5S.<p>The …

In secret, Fisa court contradicted US supreme court on constitutional rights

On Tuesday, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) declassified an opinion in which it explained why the government's collection of records of all Americans' phone calls is constitutional, and that if there is a problem with the program, it is a matter of political judgment, not …

Movements of sex offenders may by tracked by GPS tags

<b>Sex offenders could be tracked by GPS devices fitted inside their tags if government proposals get the go-ahead.</b><p>Ministers have launched a consultation on the use of the satellite tracking technology to monitor and control the movements of offenders.<p>It could set up "exclusion zones" alerting the …

Major US security company warns over NSA link to encryption formula

A major American computer security company has told thousands of customers to stop using an encryption system that relies on a mathematical formula developed by the National Security Agency (NSA).<p>RSA, the security arm of the storage company EMC, sent an email to customers telling them that the …

Brazil's controversial plan to extricate the internet from US control

When Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff postponed her official visit to the US in protest of National Security Agency spying activities on Tuesday, it seemed like a routine bit of diplomatic posturing.<p>But another one of her proposals could perhaps be more significant: a set of measures intended to …

US nearly detonated atomic bomb over North Carolina – secret document

A secret document, published in declassified form for the first time by the Guardian today, reveals that the US Air Force came dramatically close to detonating an atom bomb over North Carolina that would have been 260 times more powerful than the device that devastated Hiroshima.<p>The document, …