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Twitter joins mobile-commerce wars with ‘Buy Button’

The world's most popular microblog has joined the ranks of tech industry heavyweights betting that the smartphone is the new wallet.<p>Twitter Inc. announced on Monday it is rolling out a new service called a "Buy Button" that will allow users to buy and sell products directly within individual …

Mathew Martoma Sentenced To Nine Years For Insider Trading

Mathew Martoma, the portfolio manager who worked for an affiliate of billionaire Steve Cohen’s SAC Capital Advisors hedge fund firm, was sentenced to nine years in prison on Monday, one of the longest prison sentences ever handed out for an insider-trading conviction.<p>The sentence, handed down by …

Ukraine crisis: EU adopts new sanctions on Russia

<b>European Union member states have formally adopted new sanctions on Russia over the Ukraine crisis.</b><p>The new measures include restrictions on large Russian state-owned oil companies raising money on European financial markets.<p>However, the new measures will come into effect "in the next few days", not …

The 10 Best Beaches In The World

In order to celebrate the impending end to this nightmare of a winter, why not grab your passport and head to sunnier shores?<p>TripAdvisor just came out with their Travelers' Choice Awards for the best beaches around the globe, and found that Baia do Sancho in Brazil is the people's choice. The rest …

Travel's Contribution to the World Economy Grows for the Fourth Year in a Row

The World Travel and Tourism Council released it’s annual economic impact report this morning and it argues that the travel industry has had yet …

"Khotso" Peace at Devil's Knuckles

16 astonishing images of islands that could disappear in the next century

THERE IS A LOT OF DEBATE about how long these islands have and which are in the most danger due to climate change.<p>Whether they vanish in this …

The ultimate timelapse video: Experience 4 seasons in 2 minutes

ABOUT TWO YEARS AGO I was making another timelapse of my hometown — Cracow, Poland. As you can imagine, sitting beside my camera as it clicks away …

24 free things to do in San Francisco

Contrary to what you might expect from such a well known, tourist-heavy city, San Francisco quietly delivers a lot for the money. Many of its hotels offer comfort and location for a third of the cost of a comparable New York or London hotel; public transit is part of the fun (cheaper Market Street …

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Ten of the world's best city hikes

Stretch your legs over hours or days, without leaving some of the world’s biggest cities. This article is adapted from Lonely Planet's <i>1000 Ultimate Adventures.</i><p>Tijuca Forest, Rio de Janeiro<p>Aerial shot of Rio de Janeiro surrounded by the Tijuca Forest. Image by Paddy Eckersley / Digital Vision / …

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Is there new life for old Naples?

The city of Naples in Italy is planning to spend nearly $140m to restore some of its ancient churches and other historic buildings.<p>Naples has been declared a UN-listed World Heritage Site, but there has been growing concern about the crumbling state of the city centre.<p>Alan Johnston reports.

Splash out: the world's most amazing waterfalls

The bigger they are, the harder they fall – feel the power of the planet's mightiest and most beautiful waterfalls.<p>1. Victoria Falls, Zambia/Zimbabwe<p><i>Image by MAZZALIARMADI.IT</i><p>Explorer David Livingstone could be accused of dampening expectations by naming these falls after England's doughy queen: …

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Battle to become next Darrell Issa

It’s an opportunity that has some Republicans salivating: becoming the next Darrell Issa.<p>The California Republican’s perch atop the headline-grabbing House Oversight and Government Reform Committee doesn’t wrap up until the end of this year, but a high-profile group of Republicans is already …

Tony Abbott and Pope Francis held up as Republican role models

The former US senator Rick Santorum has cited Tony Abbott and the Pope as men the Republican party could learn from in the lead-up to the 2016 presidential campaign.<p>Republican Santorum used Abbott as an example of a rightwing politician who won office without compromising his values during an …

The CIA has brought darkness to America by fighting in the shadows

Little more than a week after 9/11, Cofer Black gave instructions to his CIA team before their mission. "I don't want Bin Laden and his thugs captured, I want them dead … I want to see photos of their heads on pikes. I want Bin Laden's head shipped back in a box filled with dry ice. I want to show …

Ray Monk's top 10 philosophy books of the 20th century

Ray Monk is professor of philosophy at the University of Southampton and is the author of Ludwig Wittgenstein: The Duty of Genius, and Bertrand Russell: The Spirit of Solitude. His most recent book, Bertrand Russell: The Ghost of Madness 1921-1970, focuses on Russell's relationship with his son, …

Plato's Dialogues, part 3: Philosophy as a way of life

Plato wrote dialogues. This is striking not only because it differs so wildly from the usual philosophical style today; often dry, usually abstract, always tightly argued prose. It matters because we can be sure Plato believed dialogues were the best way to do written philosophy: scholars are …

Spinoza, part 1: Philosophy as a way of life

Although Baruch Spinoza is one of the great thinkers of the European philosophical tradition, he was not a professional scholar – he earned his modest living as a lens grinder. So, unlike many thinkers of his time, he was unconstrained by allegiance to a church, university or royal court. He was …

Move over Socrates: a practical guide to teaching poetry with philosophy

I have been doing philosophy with children in primary and secondary schools for the past 10 years and have been on a never-ending mission to find stimuli for making philosophy accessible. Poetry seemed to me to be a natural place to look but I found that, apart from a few notable exceptions, most …

Founder Philosophy

>> I’m very anti schedule.<br>>> The worst thing when, you’re in the middle of like<br>>> a, great work conversation or a groove of getting things done.<br>>> …

Philosophy: a case of Sunday afternoon fever | James Garvey

It's not therapy or self-help. But people, many with mental health issues, pack out the Stuart Low Trust philosophy forums<p>The Stuart Low Trust provides support and companionship to isolated people in north London – many have experience of mental illness. They put on a startling range of activities: …

What's the point of political philosophy?

In majority-Sikh societies, a law making it compulsory to wear a motorcycle helmet would go against the will of the people. Are principles of justice …

Will Commerce Open The Doors To 'Eastern' Philosophy?

Let's play a game. Quickly name three philosophers of any historical era and write them down. If you are really ambitious, name five.<p>Take your time and think about it. It's OK. I'll wait.<p>Now look at your names. Were any of the men or women you wrote down born east of Afghanistan? Where any of the …

Gottfried Leibniz: Philosophy In An Hour

Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz was the archetypal caricature genius. He lived a life rich in incidents of high farce, of whose nature he was seldom …

Philosophy in Change and Change in Philosophy

<i>"Thomas Cathcart, coauthor of the bestseller Plato and A Platypus Walk Into a Bar, will present a blog series about philosophy for Big Think, in</i> …