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Greenpeace activists damage Peruvian heritage site to send environmental message

The future might be renewable, but the 1,500-year-old hummingbird next to Greenpeace's banner isn't<p>Greenpeace apologized to Peru today for placing a gigantic banner promoting renewable energy on the site of the Nazca Lines, an ancient heritage site, reports the <i>BBC</i>. The damage caused by the …

Artificial intelligence is here—and it’s nothing to fear (yet)

Just this week, the world’s most famous living physicist, Stephen Hawking, laid out his worries about artificial intelligence: “The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race,” he told the BBC. In October, Elon Musk delivered much the same message, warning …

Artificial Intelligence

Dick Cheney is in Obama’s head: Why U.S. foreign policy is broken

The American national security machinery seems incapable of handling the single threat it was built to destroy<p>Let’s play a game, the kind that makes no sense on this single-superpower planet of ours. For a moment, do your best to suspend disbelief and imagine that there’s another superpower, great …

Bono Apologizes For Putting Free Music On Your iPhone

Were you one of those people who was super angry that U2 would ever dare give you free stuff that you didn’t ask for?<p>Bono is sorry.<p>Blaming it all on a “drop of megalomania, a touch of generosity, and a dash of self-promotion,” Bono admitted in a Facebook fan interview today that they probably …

Ex-NBA star arrested for allegedly stealing from Apple store

Rex Chapman, formerly a player and executive in the NBA, is accused of stealing $14,000 worth of merchandise from the Apple store in Scottsdale, Ariz.<p>Stars fall.<p>60 percent of NBA stars are said to go bankrupt within 5 years of retirement. But the accusations leveled against former Kentucky Wildcats …

Apple Store

An Important Kindle request

Just ahead of World War II, there was a radical invention that shook the foundations of book publishing. It was the paperback book. This was a time …

Pizza Gio is Australia's first pizza vending machine

The vending machine dispenses artisan pizza in less than three minutes, for not too much dough.<p>It might sound like pie in the sky, but pizza vending machines have finally arrived in Australia, following examples in France, the US, and Italy.<p>The Pizza Gio machine vends two varieties of 11-inch …

Pizza

Russian government edits Wikipedia on flight MH17

A political battle has broken out on Wikipedia over an entry relating to the crash of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17, with the Russian government reportedly removing sections which accuse it of providing "terrorists" with missiles that were used to down the civilian airliner<p>A political battle has …

Russia

James Clapper Warned Ex-New York Times Editor Jill Abramson Of 'Blood On Your Hands'

NEW YORK -- On the evening of Aug. 2, former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson was on a crowded Metro North train, en route to her weekend home in Connecticut, when Director of National Intelligence James Clapper called with a stark warning.<p>The Times was prepared to report that U.S. …

Photo du Jour: ‘Stranger Tourist Self-Portraits’

As any photographer will tell you, asking to take a stranger’s portrait can be both uncomfortable and exhilerating. Benoit Paillé goes a step …

Yo App Hacked By College Students

A Georgia Tech student, together with two of his roommates, claims to have hacked Yo, the Poke-like app that has set some (though not all) of Silicon Valley alight in the last 48 hours. [See update below: Yo has confirmed it has been hacked].<p>The student emailed TechCrunch detailing what he alleges …

The million-dollar app that says 'yo'

Can you really call it a messaging app when there's no actual message-writing taking place?<p>A new mobile app called Yo lets users interact with friends and contacts in zero characters -- yes zero. And you thought 140 characters was tough! In place of an actual message, users send and receive push …

Sheryl Sandberg Presents Stock Photos of Hip Working Moms

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Today, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In organization will announce a partnership with Getty …

Rob Ford sued for alleged jail assault

The embattled Toronto mayor, Rob Ford, is being sued by his sister's ex-boyfriend for allegedly conspiring to have the man beaten in jail to prevent his own illicit behaviours becoming public.<p>A lawsuit submitted on Wednesday by Scott MacIntyre alleges the mayor was behind an assault at a Toronto …

Dennis Rodman's visit spurs interest in N. Korea tours

Dennis Rodman may be the highest-profile American tourist to visit North Korea. But thousands of others have ventured to the reclusive nation in the past two decades. And travel opportunities are gradually increasing for foreign visitors with a taste for the unusual.<p>Beijing-based Koryo Tours …

RSA Denies Knowingly Building NSA 'Back Door' Into Security Software

Security software provider RSA "categorically" denies that it knowingly incorporated a flawed random number generator in its BSAFE product at the …

Like This if You Like Pandas! Facebook Says Publishers Shouldn’t Fret About News Feed Changes.

In 2011, Google changed the way it ranked websites, in an effort to punish spammers and “content farms” that showed up high in search results but …

Puppies

Beijing confiscates barbecues in drive to cut air pollution

More than 500 barbecue grills seized in three-month campaign are cut up so they cannot be used again<p>Beijing is waging a war against air pollution, one barbecue at a time. Officials have destroyed more than 500 open-air barbecues to cut particulate matter.<p>Photos carried by state media showed workers …

Understanding America Through Deep-Fried Turkey Accidents

A new test to see if your state qualifies for "Heartland" status: Where does it rank on the deep-frier accident list on Thanksgiving?<p>Today, deep-fried food is almost as American as apple pie—which, incidentally, can be dunked into a vat of oil and emerge with a greasy, crunchy coating, along with …

Brooms for Beer: City Enlists Alcoholic Street Cleaners

Amsterdam has begun employing alcoholics to clean the city's streets, paying them in cash, tobacco and beer. City authorities say it's solving the …

Toronto mayor 'sorry' for crude remark, seeks help

Mayor Rob Ford threatened to sue ex-aides who spoke to police about his drug use. School trips to city hall suspended because of "unsafe environment."<p>Toronto Mayor Rob Ford apologized Thursday for obscene remarks he made to reporters earlier in the day and acknowledged for the first time that he is …

Rob Ford Had Another Bad Day

French magazine faces legal inquiry over racist slur against politician

A formal investigation has been launched over a racist slur made by a French far-right magazine against the country's justice minister.<p>On the cover of this week's edition, Minute magazine taunted Christiane Taubira with the headline: "Crafty as a monkey, Taubira gets her banana back". It is the …

Mayor Rob Ford: 'I'm Not a Gang Banger'

Toronto mayor says photo taken of him outside an alleged crack house was a "one-off picture."

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