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White House Report Warns Of 'Big Data' Abuses

The White House has published the results of a 90-day inquiry into the benefits and challenges of "big data" in our increasingly information-driven era, addressing everything from tornado tracking to health care fraud.<p>The report (PDF), commissioned by President Barack Obama in January, looks at the …

Tech firms to increase alerts about police requests for data -- report

Despite Justice Department objections, Apple, Facebook, and Microsoft plan to expand their policies on notifying customers whose data has been requested by law enforcement, says a report.<p>The news comes as a digital-rights organization gets set to release an influential privacy scorecard, and as bad …

Surveillance

21 Roads You Have to Drive in Your Lifetime

There’s nothing like a road trip to really experience a country. From coastal highways and dizzying mountain passes, to scenic routes through …

Design & Development News | The Next Web

Imagine you are trying to buy something online -- plane tickets, an app subscription, a pair of sneakers. If you are an English speaker with an email address ending in .com, .org, .edu or .net, that process probably goes pretty smoothly for you. But if your email address ends ...<p>To the layman UX …

Abusive Subject Line Behavior

<b>Intention:</b> By typing the word “URGENT,” “ACTION ITEM” or “READ ME” in the subject line, she is hoping to stress the actionable items of her email. Her message is clear. <b>Perception:</b> Her subject line implies that she presumes her message is more important than any other correspondence you might have …

Skull of Homo erectus throws story of human evolution into disarray

The spectacular fossilised skull of an ancient human ancestor that died nearly two million years ago has forced scientists to rethink the story of early human evolution.<p>Anthropologists unearthed the skull at a site in Dmanisi, a small town in southern Georgia, where other remains of human …

7 Business Titans Who Think The Government Shutdown And Possible Debt Ceiling Breach Is Stupid

Bankers, investors and industrial CEOs are not at all happy about this.<p>Warren Buffett, chairman and chief executive officer of Berkshire Hathaway, told CNBC today that the political system "will go right up to the point of extreme idiocy," but hopefully not past it. The Oracle of Omaha, as he is …

The Global Economy In 17 Beautiful Maps

Luckily, we found Countrylicious, an outstanding project by Romanian software engineer Daniel Chirita.<p>The site has reams of data collected from open sources about our planet's economy, and Chirita was kind enough to let us publish some. In the case that the data wasn't already made into a shaded …

Emerging Markets

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Hash Brown-Wrapped Eggs

How do you make hash browns and eggs even better? By putting one inside the other, of course. Just soft boil your egg, wrap the raw hash browns …

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Here Are The 43% Of Americans Who Don't Pay Federal Income Tax

Since 2009, the percentage of Americans who pay no federal income taxes has fallen from 47% to 43%, according to a recent report by the Tax Policy Center. The catalyst for the drop is due to two factors — federal tax cuts that expired after the Great Recession and an improving economy.<p>These charts …

Income Tax

These 11 Colleges Just Hit The Jackpot In Obama's New Education Plan

President Obama is touring the country promoting his new proposal for paying for college.<p>The Department of Education is planning to develop a rating system for colleges that will help decide which students will receive additional aid from the government.<p>Students attending the higher-ranked schools …

Are You Too Agreeable? 7 Strategies To Push Back Without Coming Off Pushy

General Patton once said, “If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.” However despite the widely accepted recognition that groupthink is lethal and diversity of thought is crucial, too few people are willing to push back on the consensus opinion and too many say they agree even …

Articles about 5 disappearing and invisible walls on Dwell.com - Dwell

Disappearing Corridor is a minimal space located in Hong Kong, designed by Bean Buro.<p>Create a space that stands out.<p>Aldo Cibic, Yves Behar, Kelly Wearstler, Marcel Wanders, and Johanna Grawunder discuss their earliest design memories, favorite...<p>On my final day in Glasgow, and alas my final day in …

13 Surprisingly Low-Paying Jobs

It’s no surprise that fast food workers, cashiers and amusement park attendants don’t pull in a pretty penny on the job—but did you know most legislators, firefighters and surgical technologists earn fairly small paychecks, too?<p><i>Forbes</i> combed through data gathered annually by the Bureau of Labor …

The 10 Best Books Of The Year (So Far), According To Amazon

The editors at Amazon.com recently came out with a list of the Best Books of 2013 So Far, which ranks the best books released between January and June 2013.<p>"Customers looking for great summer reads will find an eclectic selection on the list this year, from the very best fiction to compelling …

Books

35 Random Corners Of The Internet You Should Visit When You Need A Break

Bookmark this for when you're having a bad day or when you just need a distraction and want to play. There's something so soothing about these single-serving sites.<p>Major h/t to this post by Tumblr user Writing Weasels and the website The Useless Web for providing me with endless hours of amusement.

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Everything You Need to Know About Politics Today, in 2 Paragraphs

1990s conservatism is the new socialism<p>Let's play a game. See if you can tell the difference between a shrill professor and a couple of former Republican EPA chiefs when it comes to climate change. Here's the first:<p>A market-based approach, like a carbon tax, would be the best path to reducing …

America’s Secret Government Program to Hire Nazi War Criminals

Mad that our government lied about the NSA spying program? That’s nothing. In 1945, it lied about recruiting Nazis as spies—and the truth lay hidden …

10 places you should visit before you die

<b>UPDATE</b>: Discover the best places on earth and receive personalised travel recommendations with HomeAway’s new microsite Places to See Before You Die, …

China’s Modern Stingray-Shaped Art Museum

You may not have heard of the small Chinese island city of Pingtan, but due to a new government project in the area, it<br>may soon be bustling as a center of trade and as a new urban mecca. To capitalize on this future growth, China-based firm MAD released a proposal for a new museum to be built in …

Here's Who To Blame For America's Lousy Economy...

U.S. economic growth for the second quarter was 1.7%.<p>That's better than expected, but only because the expectations were so low. In absolute terms, for an economy in mid-recovery, 1.7% is a lousy growth rate. And growth in the first quarter was revised down to a pathetic 1%.<p>If you turn on the TV …

Economics

Google buys stake in Google Glass chip manufacturer Himax

Today an agreement was signed with Google by Himax Technologies for an investment agreement that will result in Google holding a 6.3 percent interest …

Google Glass

10 Things To Do While You're Unemployed

If you’re unemployed and worried that employers will turn you down for taking on unimpressive work during the recession or for the large employment gaps on your résumé—you needn’t panic. A survey released by the careers website CareerBuilder.com last year revealed that the vast majority of …