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Anonymous declares war over Charlie Hebdo attack

Anonymous declared war on Islamic extremists Friday and promised to take revenge for the attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.<p>In a video posted on YouTube, the group of hackers said they would track down websites and social media networks linked to terrorists, and take them down.<p>"We, …

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I Ate Thanksgiving Dinner With My Identity Thief for 19 Years

Axton Betz-Hamilton was shocked to discover the truth about her mother.<p>Nineteen a minute: That’s how quickly people become identity theft victims in …

Black Friday: a brief history of madness and discounts

Finally! It's the time of year once more when Americans line up outside of major retail outlets at absurdly early hours in an effort to score the lowest prices on all manner of consumer goods. Looking for a washer/dryer on the cheap? How about a Samsung Galaxy Note 4? Or how about a new TV for Aunt …

A Tailor Once Advised President Eisenhower On Foreign Policy By Slipping Notes Into His Suits

<i>For Greenfield, the road to the American dream was filled with hardship.</i><p><i>At the age of 15, he was taken from his Czechoslovakian home and transported to the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz, where he worked in the alteration shop.</i><p><i>After being liberated in 1945, he came to the US and found work as</i> …

How 'Foodies' Were Duped Into Thinking McDonald's Was High-End Food

High-end organic fare, or McD's? <i>(Click "settings" to enable English subtitles.)</i><p>We all know that how a food is packaged and marketed can influence our choices, no matter how hard we try to shake the effect. Haven't you ever found yourself contemplating a row of wines, trying to decide which bottle …

California company imported Indian workers, paid them $1.21 an hour

Eight workers from India were paid as little as $1.21 an hour by a tech company in Fremont, Calif., over several months in late 2013, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, as reported by the Associated Press.<p>As a result the company, Electronics for Imaging, which specializes in printing …

How to Beat Online Price Discrimination

A new study found that major e-commerce retailers show some users different prices or a different set of results.<p>Do you think you can find the lowest …

How Minecraft has bewitched 40 million of us

A funny thing happened on the way to this column. Browsing idly through the <i>Publishers Weekly</i> site, I came on the list of the Nielsen bestselling books of 2014 (so far) in the US. The Top 20 list was dominated by "young adult" fiction, books such as <i>Divergent</i> by Veronica Roth and John Green's <i>The</i> …

The Potato Salad Kickstarter ends with more than $55,000 raised

A Kickstarter project to create a batch of potato salad closed this morning. Potato Salad was successfully funded at $55,492, or $55,482 more than its original goal of $10.<p>The creator, Zack Danger Brown of Columbus, Ohio, has promised to fulfill all of the Kickstarter's rewards and stretch goals …

Flappy Bird Is Back (If You Have Amazon Fire TV)

<i>Flappy Bird</i> is back!<p>As promised, creator Dong Nguyen has brought the world's favorite pixelated flapping bird back to life, and this time, there's a …

Meet the 12-year-old boy who makes games instead of going to school

Sam Smith is a 12-year-old game developer. That’s rather young, sure, but that’s not even the strangest part.<p>Sam makes games instead of going to school.<p>Spacepants is Sam’s latest game, available for $1 on iOS and Android devices. It’s a brutally tough “endless runner” — like Jetpack Joyride or …

Amateur cab driver says Nissan NV200 Taxi is in fare condition

If you want to find out how much Southern Californians love their cars, drive a taxi for a week.<p>I just checked out Nissan's NV200 Taxi, a new van-like cab the automaker is marketing in New York, London and Los Angeles. Over seven days and 200 miles — from downtown L.A. to Laguna Beach and other …

Clippers CEO Parsons: Doc Rivers will quit if Donald Sterling stays

Dick Parsons testified that the Clippers are in a lot of trouble if the team isn't sold.<p><b>More Offseason Analysis: Coaching changes, news | Free Agency</b> …

Kotaku 'Shop Contest: Mario At McDonald's: The Winners!

Last week Nintendo released a series of publicity photos of Mario and Luigi celebrating <i>Mario Kart 8</i> toys at McDonald's just in time for our weekly …

Sriracha Factory Saga Blamed on Faulty Science

It looks like the <b>City Council of Irwindale</b>, California used <b>bad science</b> to create its case against <b>Huy Fong Foods</b>, the manufacturer of Sriracha. Last year, the city took Huy Fong Foods to court after residents complained that the plant's production of its signature hot sauce caused unpleasant odors. …

Why I Want You to Steal My Startup Idea

I've been developing a social innovation platform that can potentially enable us to self-organize and replicate the most effective ideas for social change that are already working in different regions around the world, without (unreasonably) waiting around for a few dozen politicians to fix all of …

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