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Cassini Photo: Stunning New Views of Saturn’s Hexagon Storm

Wildlife & Wild Places<p>NASA this week released the highest-resolution view yet of the unique, six-sided jet stream circling Saturn’s north pole—known as “the hexagon.” This movie (click image to run), made from images obtained by Cassini’s imaging cameras, is the first to show the hexagon in color …

Mega Man board game kills it on Kickstarter

Just a few short months after Mega Man's spiritual successor Mighty No. 9 became one of the highest ever funded Kickstarter games, a new Mega Man …

Nintendo Hardware Still Selling Well in Japan

New numbers from Media Create show an upward spike.<p>Newly released Media Create sales numbers show Nintendo hardware had another good week in …

Kevin Smith: Let's Play YouTube Videos 'Not Hurting Anybody'

Silent Bob says copyright claims are hurting freedom of expression.<p>The director of Clerks and Mallrats has sounded off on increasing concerns over …

Blizzard's Hearthstone Open Beta Delayed Until Next Year

The game taking up most of my time these days isn’t a giant, well-established franchise like Call of Duty or League of Legends, it’s Hearthstone, a game that’s not even out yet. Blizzard’s virtual collectible card battling game is still in closed beta, and it’s going to remain that way for a little …

Straight talk about Detroit and Illinois pensions - Encore - MarketWatch

Detroit and Illinois have both been headline news for anyone interested in pensions. The story in Detroit is that a judge ruled that pensions can be …

Android's permissions gap: why has it fallen so far behind Apple's iOS?

Dianne Hackborn, a program manager on the Android framework, says that stopping user control of per-app permissions is 'fixing security holes'. But is it?<p>No piece of technology knows as much about you as your smartphone. It goes where you do, so knows your movements, holds your contacts, your …

An update on Truecrypt

Several people have been asking for an update on our public audit of the Truecrypt disk encryption software. I'm happy to say that the project is on …

Twitter Could Challenge Google And Facebook On Advertising Front, Analyst Says

Could Twitter challenge Google and Facebook for as dominant advertiser? According to one bullish analyst at RBC Capital Markets, the far-fetched-sounding scenario is actually quite likely.<p>RBC teamed up with Ad Age to survey over 900 advertisers to get a sense of what advertisers think of Twitter’s …

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Tech buses blocked, vandalized in protests

For the second time in two weeks, protesters angry with tech-boom gentrification in the Bay Area surrounded and temporarily blocked corporate shuttle buses full of tech workers — both in San Francisco and Oakland. This go-round, however, some activists apparently became destructive.<p>A window was …

Facebook to raise $1.5B in secondary offering

The social network prices its second batch of shares at $55.05 a piece.<p>Facebook said Friday that it has priced the 70 million shares that the company and its insiders are selling through a secondary offering at $55.05. Facebook, itself, is selling a little more than 27 million shares, which means …

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LSE Apologises To Atheist Students Over Mohammed Jesus T-Shirt Row

The London School of Economics has apologised to two atheist students for threatening to kick them of a freshers fair if they did not cover up their …

Tottenham Have Not Approached Southampton Boss Mauricio Pochettino (VIDEO)

Tottenham have made no contact with Mauricio Pochettino about their vacant manager's job, the Southampton boss has confirmed.<p>Southampton host …

The Moon Has A New Crater (VIDEO)

The Moon has a new crater, and now we've taken a picture of it.<p>That's right, while we might like to pretend that the fact that our only natural …

Egypt's Morsi declares 'state of emergency'

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has declared a 30-day state of emergency and a night-time curfew in three cities along the Suez Canal that have seen deadly clashes in recent days.<p>In a televised address late on Sunday, Morsi said the emergency measures in Port Said, Ismailia and Suez would take …

Why It’s OK to Ignore Phil Robertson’s Racism

Amidst the current uproar over “Duck Dynasty” patriarch Phil Robertson’s take on homosexuality, we have heard rather little about the other wing of …

Duck Dynasty Star Called Gay People ‘Insolent, Arrogant God-Haters’

The <i>Duck Dynasty</i> star who caused an uproar this week with fiercely anti-gay remarks also called homosexuals “insolent, arrogant God-haters” in 2010.<p>A …

Defense Department Holding First-Ever ‘Afghanistan White Goods Sale’

For years, department stores endured the winter doldrums with “white goods” sales that would lower prices on refrigerators, washing machines and …

Stocks Reach Record Highs After a Week of Bullish Data

Both the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 index closed at record highs today, buoyed by revised GDP figures which showed that the U.S. …

In End Of Year Presser, Obama Tries to Turn Page On “Frustrating” 2013

The annual year-end White House press conference is a spectacle of public psychoanalysis and self-flagellation. The press briefing room is packed to …

Obama Worried About Malia and Sasha “Going Steady” with Boys

In an interview with comedian Steve Harvey that aired Friday, President Obama joked that he ran for a second term partly to keep his teenage …

AT&T Follows Verizon With Plans For Transparency Report

The largest technology and telecommunications companies in the Unites States have faced intense scrutiny following blockbuster revelations delivered …

Hey, My iPhone Smells Like Popcorn!

High-res graphics, stereo sound, touchscreens — gadgets have offered multisensory delights for years now. But with rare exceptions such as the …

NSA program stopped no terror attacks, says White House panel member

A member of the White House review panel on NSA surveillance said he was “absolutely” surprised when he discovered the agency’s lack of evidence that the bulk collection of telephone call records had thwarted any terrorist attacks.<p>“It was, ‘Huh, hello? What are we doing here?’” said Geoffrey Stone, …