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MLS Playoffs 2014: Bracket, schedule and scores

When are they playing? Where are they playing? Who plays who? Get it all here.<p>The MLS Cup Playoffs are here. They are six weeks of chaos that conclude on December 7, when one team will be crowned champion of it all.<p>The regular season set the seeding for the playoffs, with five teams from each …

Investment Manager Explains Why 99.5% Of Americans Can Never Win

<i>Beyond the charts and warnings from economists and investors, perhaps the most disturbing commentary on income inequality in America was written by an investment manager in 2011.</i><p><i>"In my view, the American dream of striking it rich is merely a well-marketed fantasy that keeps the bottom 99.5% hoping</i> …

Plague Inc.: Top 5 tips, tricks and cheats

Plague Inc. is one of the more popular games on the iOS App Store, and with good reason. Players gently guide and evolve a disease in an attempt to …

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VisaMapper Is A Magical Map Where You Can See Which Countries Require Visas To Visit

This might be the most brilliant thing a Reddit user has done in a while.<p>To curb the pain of the "do I need a visa?!" research headache, udit99 made a no-frills website called VisaMapper. Visitors select their nationality from a drop-down menu and instantly see, on a color-coded world map, which …

Google Updates Its Offers Ad Tool with Google Maps Support

Google today announced an update to its Google Offers self-service tool for all US businesses that speeds up creation and adds Google Maps support. The new version is rolling out “within the next week.”<p>Google claims the new offer creation tool lets businesses create their offer “in minutes” and …

40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World

If you’re a visual learner like myself, then you know maps, charts and infographics can really help bring data and information to life. Maps can make …

Ex-Apple Employees Reveal How The Company Is So Good At Keeping Secrets

Apple, of course, is famously press shy. It's incredibly difficult to get insider news out of the company, compared to its peers.<p>The former employees range from people who joined the company in its earliest days in the 1970s to those who've dealt with it recently.<p>Perhaps unsurprisingly, many say …

So Far, There Are Only 3 Big Winners in the Smartphone Market

Apple, Samsung, and Google.<p>Benedict Evans<p>Benedict Evans has a great post describing the market for smartphones (and phones more broadly) in three charts and about 600 words. Admirable economy! Let me try to compress the argument even further.<p>If one looks at profits, only two companies make a …

Neven Subotic makes amazing clearance, is new Dortmund god

Take your throne, Neven.<p>Neven Subotic would be wise to avoid the city of Munich for the rest of his life after robbing Bayern Munich of a sure goal that would have put the Bavarians up, 2-1.<p>It is unlikely that Subotic is bothered by his new travel restrictions. He is henceforth a god in Dortmund, …

At the last, the Bayern Munich steamroller rumbles over the line

If this really is the dawning of the age of Bavaria it arrived at Wembley with a sense of relief as much as elation at the final whistle for the …

London's Borough Market in pictures

I’ll be leaving for my holiday to Taiwan and it occurred that I haven’t even blogged about my recent holiday in London last November. Erm, maybe not …

Rooney responds to Twitter remarks, is quiet on future

• Premier League<p>ESPN staff<p>Wayne Rooney did not comment about his future at Manchester United © PA Photos<p>Enlarge<p>Related Links<p>News: Rooney will still …

Steve Nash eyes return to lineup

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- After having San Antonio end his season several times before as a member of the Phoenix Suns, Steve Nash doesn't plan to go out …

Stephen Curry on verge of record

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Stephen Curry is two shots shy of setting a new NBA standard, and the question circulating around the Golden State Warriors' …

Netflix switching to HTML5 video from Silverlight

When Microsoft announced that Silverlight would be coming to an end in 2021, it gave companies that utilize the video technology less than a decade …

Programmer Creates An AI To (Not Quite) Beat NES Games

Programmer and CMU PhD Tom Murphy created a function to “beat” NES games by watching the score. When the computer did things that raised the score it would learn how to reproduce them again and again, resulting, ultimately, in what amounts to a Super Mario Brothers-playing robot. The program, …

How Kobe Bryant's Injury Will Impact Dwight Howard's 2013 Free-Agent Decision

Kobe Bryant's torn Achilles tendon will reshape the Los Angeles Lakers' future in more ways than one, not the least of which will be the injury's impact on Dwight Howard's impending 2013 free-agent status.<p>L.A.'s center is in the final year of his deal, meaning he'll be free to test the market—a …

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The manatee is thriving in Florida's Kings Bay—and so is tourism. (Photo by Paul Nicklen) Humans mean well, but they sometimes get too close for the endangered sea cows' comfort. Get a closer look: http://on.natgeo.com/17vZZaT

In 2012, Obamas Made $662,076, Paid $112,214 In Taxes

President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama report that they had an adjusted gross income of $608,611 in 2012. The couple gave $150,034 to charity and ended up paying $112,214 in taxes.<p>That's an effective tax rate of about 18 percent.<p>That's a drop from what Obama had paid in previous years. In …

Protein Buyer's Guide Q & A

You need to make protein your starting point, no matter what your fitness goals are. Muscle is composed of protein, so in order to build bigger guns …

Manchester United lead chase to land Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao

<b>Manchester United have emerged as the shock front-runners to land Atletico Madrid’s much sought-after striker Radamel Falcao.</b><p>The Colombian hitman is …

Goal-line technology given the go-ahead: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/22107409

Bitcoin Suffers A Correction Amid Apparent DDOS Attacks On Some Exchanges

Bitcoin is undergoing a classic correction after quintupling in price over the past 30 days. The currency, which was trading as high as $265 earlier today on Mt. Gox, plummeted and is now trading at around $150.<p>We’ve reached out to one of the biggest exchanges, Mt. Gox, to see what happened. But …

Premier League title race: Where did it all go wrong for Manchester City?

Manchester United are deservedly on their way to a 20th top-flight title, and can stretch their lead over soon-to-be-deposed champions Manchester …

Sir Alex Ferguson: I’ve never watched Manchester derby hammering

Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed he never watched a repeat of Manchester United’s six-goal mauling by Manchester City last season and insists things …

Google Paid This Man $100 Million: Here's His Story

Two years ago, Twitter was in disarray.<p>On April 14, 2011, Fortune's Jessi Hempel blasted Twitter for failing to launch exciting new products, generate meaningful revenues, or hang on to executive talent.<p>None of this was news to Twitter's board members or CEO Dick Costolo, of course.<p>They'd spent the …

Jeremy Lin cites college race 'barrier'

Jeremy Lin thinks he would have been offered a Division I basketball scholarship -- if he wasn't Asian-American.<p>Lin, now the starting point guard for …

Report: Auburn bribed players

Auburn's football program changed players' grades to secure eligibility, offered money to potential NFL draft picks so they would return for their …