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The Comprehensive Guide to Facebook Privacy Settings

The first thing you have to realize about Facebook: Nothing you put there is truly private. Yes, you can control how users see or don’t see your …

Target Warns Data Breach Could Be Worse Than Reported So Far

Target Corp. warned that last year's massive security breach could have been more extensive than reported so far.<p>"Our investigation of the matter is ongoing and it is possible that we will identify additional information that was accessed or stolen, which could materially worsen the losses and …

Security

Where Time Comes From

The time that ends up on your smartphone—and that synchronizes GPS, military operations, financial transactions, and internet communications—originates in a set of atomic clocks on the grounds of the U.S. Naval Observatory. Dr. Demetrios Matsakis, Chief Scientist for USNO's Time Services, gives a …

How Long Can a Cop Keep You After a Traffic Stop? No One's Sure

Doing business with North Korea is proving impossible, even for China

For a long time, North Korea and China had a decent working relationship. China would provide its communist neighbor with food supplies, oil, goods, arms, and investment, all while opposing international sanctions on the country over its nuclear program. In return, North Korea exports natural …

North Korea

The 10 strangest musical instruments

The cat piano, the ice trumpet, the road that plays Rossini ... Trevor Cox picks the world's weirdest tools for making music<p><b>1 The Great Stalacpipe Organ</b><p>Leland W Sprinkle was an electronic engineer whose day job was at the Pentagon. Sprinkle spent three years, armed with a small hammer, a tuning …

Why Songs Get Stuck in Your Head

Enjoyable now; maddening later.<p>Few people are spared the occasional experience of being gripped by the obstinate unfolding of an imagined line of music. Although the sound might not exist at the present moment in the real world, or be audible to anyone else, it can seem compellingly, maddeningly …

The End of China's 'Ashtray Diplomacy'

Communist Party officials are now prohibited from smoking in public, putting an end to a decades-old tradition.<p>Chinese leaders are now banned from smoking in public, using public funds to buy cigarettes, or smoking or offering cigarettes when performing official duties, the Communist Party said in …

Why Yasukuni Is Different From Auschwitz

In symbolism, it's worse.<p>Last night I was so amazed/regusted by news that Japan's prime minister, Shinzo Abe, had visited the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo that I batted out a quick item that used the wrong analogy. In the item I said:<p>For a Japanese leader to visit Yasukuni, in the midst of tensions …

Alan Turing's Body

There's no command-Z for this great man's suffering.<p>On Christmas Eve, Queen Elizabeth II pardoned the computer scientist Alan Mathison Turing.<p>Nearly all of the modern world is constructed on Turing’s accomplishments. He helped crack Germany’s “Enigma” code in World War II, contributed two important …

Royal pardon for codebreaker Alan Turing

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1039000/1039337_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524634124_31c0791aae27400d8d911db4e6f94fab<p><b>Computer pioneer and codebreaker Alan Turing has been given a posthumous royal pardon.</b><p>It addresses his 1952 conviction for gross indecency following …

H&M, Uniqlo and M&S compete for a place on Australia's high streets

Australia’s high street battle is set to explode in early 2014. If there was any lingering doubt of the country’s clout as a global retail and fashion destination, that will be dismissed when the latest influx of major international fast fashion players – Sweden’s H&M and Japan’s Uniqlo – hit our …

Black Friday Shoplifter Shot

The Great Illusion of Gettysburg

How a re-creation of its most famous battle helped erase the meaning of the Civil War.<p>"No person should die without seeing this cyclorama," declared a Boston man in 1885. "It's a duty they owe to their country." Paul Philippoteaux's lifelike depiction of the Battle of Gettysburg was much more than …

Kennedy Tapes: 'Government Improvised in the Air'

On this day 39 years ago, three shots rang out over Dealey Plaza in Dallas. Soon the nation and the world would learn that President John F. Kennedy had been assassinated. CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite, in one of his frequent commentaries for NPR on his personal recollections of reporting the …

Military

George Zimmerman Left Wife, Shellie, Bullet-Riddled Target As Threat: Report

The estranged wife of George Zimmerman says he nailed a bullet-filled target to the wall of her home as a "subliminal message."<p>Shellie Zimmerman, 26, filed for divorce in September, less than two months after George Zimmerman was found not guilty of second-degree murder after he shot and killed …

Autoweek divulges details on Presidential limo

Ever since the latest presidential limousine, also known as The Beast, debuted in 2009, we've wondered what's underneath that black Cadillac body. We already know a few details, like the fact it isn't a Cadillac at all, but a very heavy duty truck chassis from General Motors with a body that …

Vietnam: The Real War

“Vietnam: The Real War: A Photographic History from the Associated Press” opens October 24th at the Steven Kasher Gallery in New York City. The …

The Alarming Mistakes Police Made After the Boston Bombing - The Atlantic

Remember the scene of Boston area police surrounding the backyard boat where a bloodied Dzhokhar Tsarnaev lay in hiding? <i>The Boston Globe</i> has published an interview with the people who own the boat, the backyard, and the house. And it doesn't inspire confidence in law enforcement's response to …

The Tea Party Is Damaging Its Credibility in the Way It Can Least Afford

A faction that faces doubts about its ability to govern responsibly has foolishly associated itself with default and government shutdown.<p>On issues like drones, executive power, and NSA spying, some Tea Party leaders have taken principled stands that set them apart from their GOP colleagues.<p>It is …