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California state senator held on corruption charges

SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- Federal agents on Wednesday arrested a California Democratic legislator on political-corruption charges as part of a …

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Herbalife, Plug Power, Castlight are stocks to watch

SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Among the companies whose shares are likely to attract investors’ attention on Monday are Herbalife Ltd., Plug Power …

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Did Michael Jackson Have A Secret Son? Well, Here's What's Going On

Rumors have been swirling these past couple of days about Michael Jackson and his supposed "secret" son, Brandon Howard, who goes by B. Howard. If the news shocks and/or confuses you, here's how to make sense of it:<p>On Thursday, March 6, TMZ reported that Howard, a 31-year-old singer, took a DNA …

The iPhone 6: Five Features It Must Have To Stay In The Game

Having owned the last three major revisions of Apple’s iPhone and had extensive use of other handsets besides, I believe the iPhone 6 will be one of the most significant launches yet of an Apple iPhone.<p>However, I don’t mean significant as in a feature-laden device that will wipe the floor with the …

Chris Brown Won’t Take Plea Deal for Alleged Assault

Chris Brown has rejected a plea deal after allegedly hitting a man outside a Washington hotel, his lawyers say.<p>He appeared in a D.C. court Wednesday …

Jay Z Invited A 12-Year-Old Holding A ‘Can I Rap For You?’ Sign On Stage With Him

“Can I rap for you?” Jay Z must hear that as many times a day as a doctor gets, “Would you mind taking a look at this?” But on Sunday night, during a show in Greensboro, North Carolina, he was in a good enough mood that he plucked one youngster holding a sign asking if he could show off his skills …

Judge orders life support for 13-year-old girl declared brain dead

A judge has ordered an Oakland hospital to keep a girl declared brain dead on life support following what was supposed to be a routine tonsillectomy.<p>At a hearing Friday, both sides in the case agreed to get together and choose a neurologist to further examine 13-year-old Jahi McMath and determine …

The Illuminati: the secret society pulling the strings of every major organisation in the world

You only have to look at that hand thing Jay Z does, or Lindsay Lohan's tattoos, or the Guardian's articles on quinoa to know that everyone is part of the great conspiracy<p><b>Name:</b> The Illuminati.<p><b>Age:</b> 237.<p><b>Appearance:</b> A pyramid with an eye on it, a hand signal, a tattoo on a rapper's back, a giant …

Here Are The ‘Stomach-Churning’ Sex Crime Allegations Against R. Kelly That People Have Forgotten

Kelly was acquitted in 2008 in the trial accusing him of filming sex with a 13-year-old.<p>Still, the mountain of allegations against Kelly is significant enough that DeRogatis has criticized media outlets like Pitchfork for letting him headline a music festival this summer and Jezebel for positively …

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Microsoft loses top engineer to Google

Blaise Agüera y Arcas, a former distinguished engineer at Microsoft, is joining Google. Agüera y Arcas originally joined Microsoft in 2006 after the software giant acquired his Seadragon startup. He was a key software architect who helped develop and build Microsoft’s Bing Maps service and its …

How Did Beyonce Keep Her Surprise Album a Secret?

Producer Noah '40' Shebib and industry experts weigh in on 'Beyonce'<p>A week ago, Toronto songwriter and producer Noah "40" Shebib was mixing and …

The New Armor That Lets You Sense Surveillance Cameras

Like a creepy digital tap on the shoulder<p>We pass under surveillance cameras every day, appearing on perhaps hundreds of minutes of film. We rarely notice them. London-based artist James Bridle would like to remind us.<p>Bridle has created a wearable device he calls the “surveillance spaulder.” …

What The Heck Will Google Do With These Scary Military Robots?

Let’s see, we have a company that already knows everything about us, has possibly the world’s largest computer network, has recently built one of the biggest artificial-intelligence teams in the world–a company so powerful that it feels the need to soften its dominance with the informal motto, …

NYPD report into Kenya mall attack suggests only four shooters involved, and all may have escaped

A report by the New York Police Department into the September terror attacks at an upscale shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya suggests that only four gunmen were involved -- and all four may have escaped the clutches of the Kenyan police and armed forces.<p>The report, released Tuesday, casts new doubts …

The iWallet Is Coming

<i>Post updated to reflect a misstatement about when Apple rolled out self checkout to its stores.</i><p>This week, Apple unveiled the first large-scale integration of iBeacon, a technology that, when coupled with their fingerprint identification system, may be another building block in building a …

Homejoy Raises $38M As It Looks To Expand Beyond Home Cleaning

Homejoy, a startup that makes it easy and relatively affordable ($20 an hour) to sign up for a home cleaning, is announcing that it has raised $38 million in new funding.<p>The money was actually raised across two rounds — a Series A led by Google Ventures and a Series B led by Redpoint Ventures. The …

Obama Forbidden iPhone for Security Reasons

President Barack Obama publicly explained why he is sticking with his bulky Blackberry—the super-secure device is the only one he is allowed to carry.<p>…

Want to See Some Exclusive Stills from a Brony Porn?

Because FilmDrunk is a very important site, we get offered exclusives like premiering the first images from <i>Tasha’s Pony Tales</i>, a full-length adult film from Tasha Reign’s Reign Productions aimed at the Brony crowd (that is, male fans of My Little Pony – yes, that’s a thing). The film also features …

Paul Walker: Inside His Life as a Dad to Meadow Rain, 15

Onscreen and off, Paul Walker loved the adrenaline rush of racing cars. But some of his time behind the wheel was quieter – and even closer to his …

New Music: R. Kelly Feat. Migos & Juicy J “Show Ya P*ssy”

R. Kelly wastes no time once entering the club on “Show Ya Pu**y,” a song off the deluxe edition of his upcoming <i>Black Panties</i> LP. After taking a few …

Amazon testing 'octocopter' package-delivery drones

Need a delivery fast? Amazon Prime Air might someday get a package to you within 30 minutes, via octocopter. Jeff Bezos says so.<p>Amazon is testing a delivery service that uses drones to deliver packages within 30 minutes of an order being placed.<p>Dubbed Amazon Prime Air, the service uses 8-propeller …

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First Listen: 7 Days Of Funk, '7 Days Of Funk'

Funk isn't exactly a high priority in contemporary music — spiritually, conceptually, or in the music itself. But 7 Days of Funk, a collaboration between two extravagantly funky Angelenos — producer Dâm-Funk and rap icon Snoop Dogg, billed here as Snoopzilla — celebrates this hard-to-pin down, yet …

Paul Walker: Fast and Furious star was typecast and proud

Actor's private love of cars and motor-racing scene meshed with his on-screen persona of petrol-head cop Brian O'Conner<p>It is always a danger for actors to become wholly identified with one big role, one hit franchise. For a while, Sean Connery was James Bond, but then showed he was dramatically …

Fights and a shooting mar US holiday shopping

A police officer was injured while breaking up a fight outside a California Walmart, a shopper was shot in the leg over a TV in Las Vegas and a Walmart north of New York City was evacuated as the post-Thanksgiving shopping rush sparked incidents of violence across the nation, according to police …

Walmart’s Black Thanksgiving Woes

Employees forced to work on ‘Black Thursday’ for low wages aren’t the only ones having a grim holiday—Walmart’s miserly ways are part of the downward …

Android has secret camera features, but Google won't let you use them yet

Buried deep inside Google's mobile operating are hidden two features that would make for a far more refined Android photography experience. Raw image …

Nuts For Longevity: Daily Handful Is Linked To Longer Life

Americans have not always been in love with nuts.<p>Think about it: They're loaded with calories and fat. Plus, they can be expensive.<p>But Americans' views — and eating habits — when it comes to nuts are changing. Fast.<p>There's a growing body of scientific evidence that's putting a health halo over …

Record sales will not be enough for Sony’s PS4

Sony announced this weekend that its new PlayStation 4 (PS4) console sold over 1 million units on the first day in the US and Canada.<p>The sales figure marks the first time that any video game console has sold so well, so quickly. The one-day figure for the PS4 launch easily beat the 2000 release of …

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