Stephannie Hunter

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Israeli Startup Mines Data To Solve Global Water Crisis

<i>Note: the story was updated on January 1 to remove a reference to Thames Water</i><p>U.S. intelligence services agree: A major global water crisis is less than ten years away. Some time in the second decade of second millennium, countries important to the United States will start to suffer shortages and …

Mexico soda tax to re-ignite debate

Mexico’s new tax on soda and other high calorie foods kicked in Wednesday, starting the clock on a big policy experiment that could reignite calls for similar actions in the U.S.<p>Researchers, health advocates and the beverage industry are all closely watching what happens in Mexico — which recently …

Bomb Found Near Musharraf Home

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un boasts of removal of 'filth' after execution of uncle

Kim Jong-un claims in his New Year address that North Korea has been made stronger by the elimination of 'factional filth', the purge and execution of his once powerful uncle<p>Kim Jong-un began the New Year in typically fiery form, delivering a speech bristling with condemnation of his …

Google Pulls Privacy Feature it Says Wasn’t Supposed to Be in Android in First Place

With the latest update to Android, Google has removed a hidden feature that had been used to allow phone owners to more tightly control which …

Judge rejects ACLU challenge, says NSA telephone data collection is legal (update)

We don't expect this back and forth to flame out any time soon, of course, but a US District judge in Manhattan certainly issued a blow to an American Civil Liberties Union challenge of the National Security Agency's massive telephone data collection. The judge acknowledged that the agency has, …

UN: Syria chemical weapons deadline ‘unlikely’ to be met - Video on NBCNews.com

>>> killed since assault began, the latest in that country's long and brutal civil war . we get more across the border in lebanon.>> reporter: daytime who are error in the city of aleppo. carnage, destruction, chaos. survivors struggling to carry the wounded to help after a syrian air assault on a …

Middle East

More Than 1 Million Americans Lose Unemployment Benefits

About 1.3 million Americans lost their long-term unemployment benefits today. This means anyone who has been out of work and getting benefits for than six months will stop receiving their weekly check.<p>As <i>The New York Times</i> frames the story, beyond drastically curtailing a safety-net for jobless …

Free online Android programming course starting next month

An online university will start a free online Android programming course next month, offering interested applicants the first notions needed to create apps for smartphones and tablets running Google’s mobile operating system.<p>Spotted by a <i>reddit</i> user, the eight-week long course offered by the …

Android News

France ponders extending 'culture tax' to YouTube and Facebook

A new report from France's Superior Audiovisual Council (CSA) has opened the door to possible taxes on large web video outlets like YouTube and even more general content providers like Facebook. The report concerns France's current culture tax, which taxes movie theaters, broadcasters and ISPs, …

The year ahead: ten amazing science and technology innovations coming up in 2014

From the world's largest underground hotel to Star Wars-style holographic communication, the coming year is set to unveil an array of incredible advances in science and technology<p><b>Beam yourself across the world</b><p>The growth in video communication has been exponential. Skype now boasts 300 million …

California grants Tesla $34.7 million tax break to boost production

Tesla Motors' plans to expand just got a big boost, as the state of California has announced it will give the Palo Alto-based company a $34.7 million tax break to increase its production capacity. The EV manufacturer is being given a pass on sales and use taxes on up to $415 million worth of …

Snapchat Downplays Phone Number Matching Hack, Says It’s Added New Counter-Measures

Following security researchers publishing a way to match Snapchat usernames to phone numbers, Snapchat has published a skimpy statement making the hack sound impractical and noting “We recently added additional counter-measures and continue to make improvements to combat spam and abuse.”<p>Earlier …

Two tablet companies launch manufacturing in Haiti

A new pair of tablet companies are setting up in an unexpected place: Haiti. Surtab and Handxom SA both began production last month on a new brand of 7-inch Android tablets which are being sold direct to various Haitian government ministries and made available for retail through Digicel. Both …

Google's Share Of Copyright Takedown Requests Quadrupled Over The Last Year

According to file sharing news website TorrentFreak, which examined Google's transparency report, the number of takedown requests received by the search giant more than quadrupled during the last year.<p>Requests included major US media companies such as NBC Universal, Warner Brothers, Microsoft, …