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Man jailed for 30 years in Thailand for insulting the monarchy on Facebook

Pongsak Sriboonpeng, 48, receives one of the toughest known sentences passed under the junta-ruled kingdom’s draconian royal defamation law<p>A Thai man has been jailed for 30 years for insulting the monarchy on Facebook, in one of the toughest known sentences passed under the junta-ruled kingdom’s …

Rio de Janeiro police killed 1,500 in five years, says Amnesty International

Rights group report finds almost one in six homicides in Brazil’s Olympic city were by officers on duty and most victims were young, poor, black and male<p>Military police in Rio de Janeiro have killed 1,519 residents in the past five years, according to a new report by Amnesty International, which …

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Spotify Just Discovered That Heavy Metal Is More Popular Than Pop Music

Spotify recently revealed that metalheads are the most loyal music listeners. Why are people so surprised?<p>Every diehard metalhead alive and breathing knows that A. heavy metal is the law, and B. other genres pale in comparison, but it's always nice to see some quantifiable data to that effect, …

Why Has America Stopped Winning Wars?

Since 1945, the United States has experienced little except military stalemate and loss—precisely because it’s a superpower in a more peaceful world.<p>At 9:44 p.m. on July 27, 1953, Harold Smith had just 16 more minutes of the Korean War to survive before a ceasefire came into effect at 10:00 p.m. …

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Oracle begins bundling Ask adware with Java for Mac installations by default

Windows users are likely already familiar with the adware that’s usually bundled with Oracle’s Java software, but for Mac users that annoyance has been mostly avoided. Unfortunately, ZDNet reports that today Oracle has updated its Java installer to include the Ask toolbar on OS X.<p>The installation …

Xbox One Gets Free-To-Play MMO Neverwinter This March

Perfect World Entertainment and Cryptic Studios have announced that Neverwinter will be available on March 31 for the Xbox One. The free-to-play massively multiplayer online role-playing game will incorporate all content from the base game, as well as the Tyranny of Dragons and Scourge Warlock …

800,000 HealthCare.gov users received wrong tax figures, says White House

Obama administration asks those affected to postpone 2014 tax filings and many could see refunds delayed while 50,000 may need to resubmit returns<p>The Obama administration says it sent about 800,000 HealthCare.gov customers the wrong tax information, and officials are asking those consumers to delay …

Microsoft Is The New Google, Google Is The Old Microsoft

A year is a long time in technology, but the past 12 months has seen one of the most surprising and exciting shake-ups in recent history: Microsoft and Google have swapped places.<p>In my opinion this is the current situation. In 2015 Satya Nadella led Microsoft has become a progressive, open, web …

What ISIS Really Wants

The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that means for its strategy—and for how to stop it.<p>What is the Islamic State?<p>Where did it come from, and what …

Sling TV, the Netflix for cable, opens doors to all subscribers, with new channels coming

Sling TV — the Dish-owned streaming service that does for cable what Netflix did for video tentals — has just announced that it is opening its door to the general public. And if the cable stations it currently has on offer don’t entice you to sign up for its $20 per month subscription, well, some …

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Climate change marchers told to hire private security firm

The right to stage demonstrations in Britain could be threatened following a demand that climate change protesters planning a march next month hire a private firm to oversee it – a role previously carried out by the police.<p>The Campaign Against Climate Change (CACC) says it is effectively being made …

American Sniper Pulled From Iraq Movie Theater

<b>Correction appended: Feb. 4, 2015</b><p>Is <i>American Sniper</i> the new <i>The Interview</i>?<p>Though the war drama is a critical and box office success, it has caught flak …

Venezuela jails store owners accused of creating queues: Maduro

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela has jailed the owners of an unnamed chain of shops accused of engineering queues to whip up anger with the socialist government, President Nicolas Maduro said on Sunday.<p>People line up outside a state-run Bicentenario supermarket in Caracas January 9, 2015. …

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In Egypt, atheists considered a 'dangerous development'

CAIRO — In Egypt, there is seemingly no place where atheists or those thought to be non-believers are safe.<p>They've been targeted at cafes, harassed on the streets and fired as part of a broader backlash by society and the state against atheism and blasphemy.<p>"I have to keep my mouth shut when it …

House GOP abruptly drops plans to debate abortion bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — In an embarrassing setback, House Republicans abruptly decided Wednesday to drop planned debate of a bill criminalizing virtually …

Uber hit with another cease and desist order, this time in South Carolina

Uber's been hit with another cease and desist order from an upset local government, this time in South Carolina. The Public Service Commission of South Carolina today ordered the transportation company (which also delivers kittens, ice cream, and human food), to halt its operations there due to …

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Tobogganing banned across US after towns forced to pay millions to injured kids

Dozens of towns and cities across the United States have closed off their snow-covered hills, afraid of having to pay out millions to injured children<p>For generations, American children have rushed to their local hills with toboggans at the first sign of winter snow.<p>But cities across the country are …

Dish's new Sling TV Internet TV service starts at $20, features ESPN, Disney Channel, CNN, TNT, and other channels

LAS VEGAS -- Fewer people -- and particularly fewer young people -- want to pay for cable or satellite TV service. So Dish Network, which has been gradually shedding subscribers, is trying something a little different to acquire new customers: It's launching Sling TV, a cheaper Over-the-Top (OTT) …

Apple's Software Is In A 'Nosedive' That Is Deeply Concerning, Longtime Apple Supporter Says

In a blog post he writes: "Apple's hardware today is amazing — it has never been better. But the software quality has taken such a nosedive in the last few years that I'm deeply concerned for its future."<p>Arment was CTO at Tumblr before he left to start Instapaper, the first app that let users save …

Oklahoma Is Attempting To Make It Illegal To Wear A Hooded Sweatshirt In Public

Hoodies, those comfy, cozy closet staples we all have emblazoned with the names of our colleges, adorned with our favorite TV shows or designed to look like you skinned a Wookie, could soon be illegal in Oklahoma thanks to a proposed amendment to an existing law originally created to combat the Ku …

These Major VS Minor Key Versions of Popular Songs Are Amazing

They make R.E.M sound like The Smiths and Red Hot Chili Peppers sound like Weezer.<p>One of the best parts of music, other than y’know, listening to incredible compositions that have the ability to make you reconsider your current emotional palette, is listening to artists cover other artists songs …

Girl, 13: Boko Haram tried to force me to become a suicide bomber

<b>Kano, Nigeria (CNN) —</b> A 13-year-old Nigerian girl told reporters that her father handed her over to Islamist militants to become a suicide bomber, but she fled as two other girls detonated their explosives at a market earlier this month.<p>The girl was presented before the media Wednesday to describe …

'Destiny' Must Truly Expand If It Wants To Survive

Destiny is back in the news with the release of the first major content expansion, The Dark Below, out yesterday across all its platforms. While Destiny has tried to keep players engaged with free weekly events like The Queen’s Bounty or the Iron Banner, The Dark Below marks the first time players …

Swiss man hostage kills guard and escapes Islamist group in Philippines

A Swiss hostage escapes from Abu Sayyaf extremists after hacking one militant commander and getting shot as he dashed to freedom, ending more than two years of jungle captivity in the Philippines<p>A <b>Swiss</b> wildlife photographer escaped from Islamist rebels in <b>the Philippines</b> on Saturday, killing one of …

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Uber Is Destroying The Value Of Taxi Monopolies In A Bunch Of American Cities

This is a huge part of Uber's entire business model: That cities have these artificial, rent-taking taxi commissions that license a limited number of operators for taxis.<p>Because licensing creates a cartel or local monopoly, taxi company "medallions" (a badge that gives you the right to drive a …

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S.F. protest turns ugly at Union Square

A march for racial justice Friday night turned ugly as hundreds of protesters converged on Union Square and frightened crowds of shoppers by smashing windows and attacking police.<p>Shopkeepers lowered metal gates to protect their entries while shoppers with children dashed inside the giant Macy’s …

Nigeria child bride, 14, faces death penalty for allegedly killing husband

The father of a 14-year-old child bride accused of murdering her husband said Thursday he was appealing to a Nigerian court to spare his daughter the death sentence.<p>Wasilat Tasi'u is on trial for the murder of her 35-year-old husband, Umar Sani, who died after eating food that Tasi'u allegedly …